I have a long-term hygienist who doesn’t always probe and chart because she says she can’t find anyone to help her. I am short-staffed and my other staff are busy so maybe she’s right. What should I do?
You are a dentist in need of a system. Hmm – now when could the team plan out the day and choreograph who needs to be where? Hey – could that be at morning huddle? Yup, at morning huddle, the hygienist should note which patients need charting. The rest of the team then consult their schedules and decide who can go to the operatory and assist. I created Huddle Prep Worksheets to aid hygienists and the rest of the team review their patients’ needs so that the team can be focused and organized during the huddle. Contact me to get the worksheets and a Huddle Agenda. Of course, there may be a different reason why your hygienist isn’t probing – and that would be the subject of another Ask Sharyn.