How Safe is Your Dental Practice?
In running your own dental practice, do you ever stop and wonder how safe it is?
From the procedures you do to your office setup and more is your practice as safe as it can be?
If not, now would be a good time to start making some changes for the better.
Take the Time to Review Your Setup
In looking at your dental practice, here would be some key areas to hone in on:
- Setup – First take a look at how your office is set up. Make sure everything is in good working order. Safety should always be a top priority along with cleanliness and organization. If any of these areas are lacking, you need to tend to them sooner than later. Some will decide to go elsewhere if they feel any of these key areas are missing from your practice. You also want to be sure your parking facilities are safe. Make sure you have the proper signage and lighting in place for patients when they arrive and leave. You do not want to be held responsible for an accident or two that could have been prevented.
- Protection – What would happen if you suffered a serious injury and had to miss much work time? Would your practice go under? Could you make a go of it and keep your practice operating? This is why it is important to have dentist disability insurance. Such insurance allows you to keep your finances in order if you have to miss any notable amount of work time. Without such coverage, you could be on the outside looking in. That is when it comes to having your practice operating. Shop around to see which provider offers you the best coverage at a competitive price.
- Techniques – It is also crucial you are using the best techniques possible to treat folks. This means you stay up on dental technology. As the world of dental tech evolves, you need to be up to speed on it. Falling behind can mean your patients are not getting all the treatments that they should be. Take the time to review dental work online and attend some dental trade conferences. That is when you have the chance during the year.
- Employees – Finally, never forget the importance of hiring the best staff you can. Your patients may only see you for a few minutes when they come in for a cleaning. Short of fillings and other procedures, most spend more time without you. This would be time with hygienists and front desk people. As such, it is important that you have gone about hiring the best folks possible. Setting the right tone with your patients is something you can never take for granted. Take the time to interview and get the right people in the right positions. Doing so enhances your chances of keeping patients around for the long term.
When you take some time to review the safety of your practice, the hope is you will have much to smile about.