Are you wondering about starting a wellness program in your dental office? We hope to share how we started the wellness program in dentistry at our offices.
Wellness is about everything and not just about working out or eating well. Doing those things are important but not enough to stay well and wellness in a dental office extends to how the schedule is designed or working relationships between teams or even the sense of appreciation or purpose among team members.
Dentistry as a professional can be challenging and those same challenges present at a single or multi-provider office. It may be the same challenging for a single dentist or a group of dentist to start a wellness program in dentistry. Those challenging can only grow as the dental practice grows. In this blog, we outline our wellness program in dentistry and hope this can help you to start yours.
Our dental team has been continuing to grow every year and it is important for us to grow smart, which means to keep the important things that made us great at first place and not to lose those things as we grow. In order to keep the traditions and the things that got to be the best dental office in Lincoln, NE for years in a row, we created mission goals to reflect our culture and goals and for everyone to be clear on what we are trying to achieve daily as a dental group.
At Nebraska Family Dentistry we created two simple mission goals:
#1 To become the friendliest dental office in town
#2 To have a great place for our team members to work at.
Wellness program in dentistry and mission goals, how are they connected?
Starting a wellness program in dentistry back in 2017 is our way to accomplish those missions goals for our patients and teams.
We believe that promoting wellness creates an environment where team members will enjoy working while providing the best experience for patient care. Our wellness program created in 2018 targeted towards keeping our patients and team members healthier, happier and hopefully helping them to live longer lives.
You can learn more about Living Longer and Better by Dr. Kathryn Alderman Here.
Wellness program in dentistry and our patients
We recognize that for patients, the dental office is usually not their favorite place to be. When patients come to our office, we want to give them the very best clinical care possible while helping them feel at ease during their appointments.
As dental providers, we know that patients are more likely to see us more frequently than their medical doctors throughout the year. The mouth is the gateway to the body, and often underlying systemic health problems may manifest themselves in various dental diseases or lesions in the mouth. At each wellness visit, we carefully review patients’ medical and dental histories to be aware of any medications they may be taking and any health conditions or allergies to foods, chemicals or medications. As a part of the wellness visit, we examine the soft tissues of the mouth for any signs of gum disease or oral cancer lesions. One of the most important things to us is helping patients identify any lifestyle risk factors or medical conditions that might be contributing negatively to their dental health. The dentist and hygienist will spend time counseling patients about any changes that could be made to the patient’s daily routine. They may recommend dietary supplements, changes in diet, exercise routine and advice on how to manage stress. Our goal is to treat the whole patient, not just their dental problems.
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How Dental Health is connected to Overall Health
Wellness program in dentistry and weekly health tips for our teams and patients.
Every week, we share wellness tips with our teams and patients.
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Wellness program in dentistry and wellness-oriented blogs
While it is important to have information about preventing cavities and treating periodontal disease and many others dental topics, our wellness oriented writers write blogs that connect dental and overall health. Check out an article on anti-inflammatory lifestyle and the importance of lifestyle changes in order to put the periodontal disease in remission or to prevent it.
Check out: Living Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle
Wellness program in dentistry, our teams and clean air by IQAir
IQAir assists people in living longer, healthier lives by providing the very best air quality products in the world. We are proud to offer clean air to our teams and patients.
As a part of our wellness program for both providers and patients, we installed an air-filtration system to help reduce the number of harmful aerosols that are created during dental appointments. The air-filtration system helps to remove excess mercury vapor that is released into the air during the removal of old amalgam fillings. In addition to this office-wide system, we have individual air-vacuum units at each of our locations. This vacuum helps to pull more of these vapors in close proximity to the patient’s face during amalgam removal. Not only does this new system reduce the risk to patients during appointments, but it helps to keep our office safer for the staff by reducing the mercury vapors and bacterial aerosols during patient care hours.
We use IQAir air filtration system. It is the world leader in air purification and provides the highest grade of air filtration technology on the market. Our filtration is able to capture ultra-fine particles down to .003 microns and clean 90% of the particles through all applications dentistry. This top of the line air cleaning systems has high-efficiency special filters that catch harmful things such as:
- Mercury vapors/ gas
- Harmful parts of disinfectants
- Volatile organic compounds used in dental materials
Wellness program in dentistry and healthy snacks for our teams
As a part of our wellness program in dentistry, we have snacks available for our teams. We try to avoid providing snack with high amounts of sugar and focus on stocking snack shelves with protein and fiber-rich snacks, such as nuts, oranges, and whole wheat crackers.
Wellness program in dentistry and wellness-oriented group activities
Our team at Nebraska Family Dentistry also actively promotes wellness among ourselves. Our team regularly shares wellness tips on our private Facebook group. Each team member contributes a tip each week. We also do group activities that promote wellness, like group exercise classes, movie nights, and team lunch and learn events where we talk about ways we can improve our own wellness as well as insights on how we can provide better patient care to you.
As a team, we choose to be warm and positive each day with one another as well as our patients. Using positive language and recognizing and appreciating one another each day with compliments on a job well done or thanking one another for helping out keeps team morale high.
Team members give out “Recognition Cards” which are a thank-you note for a job well done and helping above of what is expected. Those appreciation cards are encouraged to be shared among team members every time someone helps each other above and beyond of what is expected. This type of recognition for team members may seem small, but it helps team members feel appreciated for their efforts. Each team member is thanked quarterly by the doctors with a gift for a job well done with the amount reflecting the number of appreciation cards that team member collected.
Our Appreciation Card as a part of our wellness program in dentistry
It is important to reward team members individually and as a team together. At our offices, we work really hard every single day to provide exceptional dental care and it is important to have strong teams working well together.
Team relationships and wellness program in dentistry
Healthy team relationships are important in order to achieve wellness environment. To encourage healthy team approach, each team has it ” Team Fund” where money get deposited for getting things done that are important for running our dental offices smoothly. We have a list of daily things that simply need to be done and at the end of the day if those things get completed, money get deposited to “Team Fun Fund.”
Those daily things cannot be accomplished by just one person and always takes a whole team working together. The amounts that get deposited vary from $5-$10 per day and after the amounts build up, teams spend it any way they desire on activities, lunch or spa day.
Conclusion about wellness program in dentistry
At Nebraska Family Dentistry, we work very hard in creating that best dental office for patients to choose for their dental care.
Creating our wellness program allows us to accomplish our mission goals and to be at our best every day.