A Brief Guide to Better Dental Recare
Having a strong recare process is essential to growing your practice.
Whether it’s scheduling two semi-annual cleanings, a follow-up appointment after a procedure, or several appointments required to fulfill a treatment plan, the health of your patient, as well as the health of your practice, depends on the success of your recare system. That includes both scheduling the appointment and sending reminders to keep your chairs filled and your patients on track.
Did you know that national hygiene reappointment rates are at about 59%? At the same time, the average dentist estimates their rate to be about 95%. That’s quite a gap, considering the actual rate should be about 90%. Now imagine how much revenue that would generate for your practice.
Executing the fundamentals with the right tools is the key to a profitable recare system.
Let’s start with these universal truths about the role dental hygiene plays in your practice:
- A full hygiene schedule drives office production and revenue. In fact, it is the backbone of your practice.
- The hygiene schedule feeds the doctor’s schedule.
- If the hygiene schedule is full, the doctor’s production will grow.
- Doctors have a higher earnings potential per hour than hygienists. Therefore, when the doctor’s production increases, the practice grows.
In conclusion, is dental hygiene a part of your typical treatment plan?
How to Build a Great Dental Recare System
- Focus on ensuring that every recare patient schedules their next appointment before they leave the office.
- For patients who do not schedule, make sure they receive notifications when their recare due date is close, and again when they are overdue.
- Use patient and staff-friendly communication software that allows you to communicate the way patients prefer communication. For example, according to survey data published by DentistryIQ…Open a new window to see the data…, 55% of patients (including dental patients) prefer text communications by healthcare providers. That number jumps significantly with younger patients.
- Keep your communication clear, precise, and non-invasive.
Other Dental Software Tools to Consider
- Your dental management software needs to work for you, not the other way around.
- It should be easy to track who is not scheduled for recare and those patients who are overdue.
- Recare reports should be easy to set up, run, and understand.
- Ideally, your patient communications…Click to learn more in a new window… should be incorporated into your dental management software to eliminate data syncing issues. All-in-one dental software like Curve SuperHero gives you everything you need to keep your recare system flowing.
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