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3 Tips for Training Your Team on the Complete Dental Exam

Performing a complete exam on a new patient is our greatest opportunity to differentiate our practice, and if done the way Pete teaches us, it can be a huge practice builder. However, getting our team on board and getting them trained in the concepts of complete dentistry can often be our greatest barrier to implementation. There are three steps that I recommend for getting our team trained.

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The first thing would be to have them read Pete's first chapter in the textbook.

It is important for them to understand the reason behind why we do the complete exam.

The second step would be to develop a consistent flow in your exam process, doing the exam the same way every time.

If you are using the diagnostic wizard, that is done automatically for you, and if you do not have the wizard, once you develop your flow, you can develop a form to follow. And when patients realize that you can work together as nonverbally as possible, they will be in awe of how well the two of you are in tandem.

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The third step is really investing the time to train.

And I really feel for me, that this is the greatest challenge. Doing complete exams on your team members, setting aside a time doing team dentistry days, is a great way to get all of the team members on board, not only for scheduling but also understanding the whole important process as it relate to hygiene. And I believe it is the greatest thing that we can do to build our practice.

Want help training your team?

Consider our team training courses: Dental Assistant's Role in Supportin Complete Dentistry, Hygienist's Role in Complete Dentistry, or Implementing Complete Care Dentistry.

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Dr. Daxon is a native of Fort Pierce, Florida and attended John Carroll High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Stetson University in 1989 where she met her future husband, Patrick. Dr. Daxon graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill in 1993. Following graduation, she served a one-year general practice residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a two-year Prosthodontic residency at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Veterans Administration. Prior to starting Daxon and Grundset Dentistry, Dr. Daxon was a partner with the International Center for Complete Dentistry for 12 years. She is a Prosthodontist specializing in complex occlusal disorders, complete dentures, implants, and dermal fillers. She is a faculty member at The Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg. She holds awards from the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Oral Medicine. Dr. Daxon is also a member of the International College of Dentists, the Florida Academy of Dental Practice Administration, the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontists, the Florida Prosthodontic Association, the West Coast Dental Association and the Pinellas County Dental Association. Dr. Daxon is an active member in her church and community. Her husband, Patrick, is Vice President of the Financial Planning Department at Raymond James. They enjoy spending time with their three girls, Claire, Grace, and Lilly. Her interests include cooking, gardening, water-skiing, exercising and fishing.