6 Traits to look for when Hiring a Dental Hygienist

tips for hiring dental hygienistLooking for one of the fastest-growing professions in America? Dental hygienists find themselves to be in increasingly high demand. According to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for dental hygienists is expected to grow as much as 20 percent by 2026. That’s going to make for a very competitive market for dentists who need help in their practices. In a growing field, it can become difficult to identify the right candidate for you.

Bryant Consultants has compiled this list of traits so that you know what to look for when hiring a dental hygienist:

  1. Having genuine care for others is a key attribute in a dental hygienist. This care can manifest in a variety of ways, not just restricted to interactions with patients. That type of care shows by arriving to work on time, and doing so dressed professionally, clean, and polished. Modeling these behaviors can help provide comfort for a new patient while also providing a good model for other members of your team.
  1. Good communication is key, no matter your profession. In the workplace, good communication means discussing problems with those who are affected directly by the situation, while resisting the temptation to talk to others who are not involved directly in what is happening. Sometimes, the discussion of a sensitive topic may need to be delayed, giving those involved time to calm down, get control of their emotions, and listen to what the other person is saying.
  1. A positive attitude is a cornerstone of being a good employee in almost any profession. Think about the times a negative mindset may have impacted your own professional life. You wouldn’t want someone with a negative attitude representing you and your practice, right? Keeping a positive attitude is infectious; other patients will pick up on it, as will your other employees, helping to make the tough times that inevitably will arise in the workplace just a little bit easier. 
  1. The ability to see opportunity in change is a rather sophisticated notion for many people. Change is inevitable but also hard to deal with in many situations. In the professional setting, this change could mean changing jobs, or in the dental field, or it could manifest in a change in practice ownership. These transitions are easier to navigate for individuals who can find the positives in times of change.
  2. Respect is important for anyone who works in the medical industry. This means self-respect, respect for the other members of your team, and, above all, respect for your patients.
  1. Competence is also crucial. You want to make sure any member of your team can do the job they’ve been hired to do, and a dental hygienist is no different. Luckily, given the projected numbers on the expansion of this field, you should have no shortage of qualified candidates.

Your practice only will be as good as the members of your team. Not sure how to go about finding the right hires for your practice? That’s where the professional expertise of the folks at Bryant Consultants can be so beneficial. Our services can help you refine your vision, establish goals, and set processes in place to evolve your practice. Contact us by calling (877) 768-4799.

We provide consultation, training, and coaching to help improve the operations of your practice so that you can provide exceptional results to your patients. No office is out of reach for us; we will even come to you!