What You Should Know About Your Hygiene Production

Patient in dental officeAny good dental practice owner should know that their hygiene department alone can make or break their practice. It may surprise you to learn that the hygiene departments in the majority of dental practices are actually under-producing. This problem is mainly due to the fact that dentists are simply unaware of what to expect from their hygiene department.

Common Questions Regarding Hygiene Production

Below are some common questions and concerns regarding hygiene production and how it can be improved in your office:

  1. What should count towards hygiene production?

With the exception of the exam, everything billing in hygiene should count towards hygiene production. We know that some codes only allow an exam to be submitted if you, as the dentist, are the one performing it. However, this really only makes a difference if your hygiene team receives bonuses based on production.

  1. What percentage of production should come from the hygiene production?

The industry standard is around 35%. This number will vary depending on your own personal definition of ideal hygiene care as well as on treatment protocols. When you’re trying to calculate your own percentage, make sure you look closely at your fee schedule and the services you offer at your dental practice. For example, if your office routinely performs root planing & scaling, you will probably have a higher production average than an office that does not.

  1. How should hygienists be paid?

Many dentists wonder if hygienists should be salaried employees or paid based on commission. The most common payment system for hygienists is base pay with commission. This is to make sure that any mistake made by the front office won’t penalize your hygienists, but also provides your hygienists with the motivation to go the extra mile for your patients.

As a busy dentist and dental practice owner, we know you have a lot on your mind. Between caring for your patients, dealing with staff issues, and trying to run the business side of your practice, you may feel overwhelmed. Allow us to help you lighten your load a little by taking care of your insurance credentialing needs. For more information, please contact Dental Insurance Credentialing today.

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