March 9, 2019
We often take for granted those individuals who dedicate their lives to improving the health of others. We may thank our teachers, parents, pastors, or even coaches, but what about our dental health professionals? From the dentist to the dental assistant, each person plays an integral role in making sure you maintain optimal oral health. As Dental Assistant Awareness Week approaches, let a dentist in Ft. Collins share how you can show your appreciation.
Saying “Thank You”
Two simple words can make a tremendous difference in someone’s life. When people enter the healthcare field, it is often viewed as a thankless job. This is simply because people take their own health for granted, as well as those who are trained to help manage it. By stopping and saying, “Thank you,” to your dental team, you may be making more of a difference than you realize. Need a little help with some ideas? Here are a few:
While your dentist may tell you to cut back or avoid sweet treats, having one every now and then won’t hurt too bad. As a way to express your thanks, try sending your dental team a basket of goodies. Whether their homemade or store bought, the kind gesture is what matters.
Leaving a Review
When people move into a new area looking for a dentist, reviews can often be a deal breaker. By leaving a positive review of your dentist and his or her team, you are not only showing your appreciation for their hard work, but you are helping them to grow their business.
Many cities hand out awards to companies and individuals who are considered the best in the area. If your city’s magazine or newspaper hosts this type of selection process, nominate your dental team! There’s nothing better than receiving affirmation of a job well done. Plus, being awarded or known as the best of the best is certainly something to brag about.
Expressing Gratitude with Notes
Before leaving your dental appointment, don’t forget to stop and say “Thank you.” Each member of the dental team deserves recognition and thanks for their work, and no longer than it takes to utter these two words, it can lift spirits and even have them showing you their glowing smiles. If saying it isn’t your style, try mailing a card to say it – you might be surprised to see it hanging up the next time you visit.
The Role of the Dental Assistant
It can be difficult to look beyond the role of the dentist to see the other individuals who play an important role in your regular checkups. When it comes to a dental assistant, you might be surprised to know just how pivotal they are to ensure you have a successful cleaning. Here are just some of the responsibilities of a dental assistant:
- Setting up the exam room
- Cleaning and sterilizing the instruments
- Welcoming and seating patients
- Assisting the dentist
- Providing comfort to a patient during a procedure
Don’t let another day go by without thanking those who deserve it. It’s simple and easy to do, yet, it’s often avoided or forgotten. Your dental team is made up of a diverse group of people, each with valuable skill sets, and who want to give you the smile you deserve. Show your appreciation today.
About the author
Dr. Shiloh Lindsey, DDS, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology before completing dental school Summa Cum Laude and as valedictorian at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry. Dr. Lindsey treats her patients with respect and honesty, and she values her team of skilled dental professionals. Using the latest in preventative dentistry techniques and technology, you will be pleased with your new and improved smile. If you’re asking yourself, “Is there a dentist near me that can cater to my unique dental needs?” Look no further than Dr. Lindsey. To learn more, contact us at (970) 482-3166 or visit our website.
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