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Number of dental patients per day

In a general practice, a hygienist can see 8-10 patients per day with operative also seeing 8-10 patients plus consultations, impressions, etc. Variables can include the type of dentistry being done (including SRPs), number of ops and whether there is some form of  assisted hygiene in use

Regularly moving patients like this is a no-no. It wastes time and and pisses patients off. If this isn't a "laziness" issue then you, the practice owner and the hygienists need to come up with a scheduling plan to accommodate the 90 minute appointments without having to change other patient's appointments. Assisted hygiene might your solution if this is a legitimate problem.


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