This one simple trick will increase your Memory
How good is your memory on a scale of 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest? If your answer is on the lower scale, are you aware of what the reason may be?
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This article will provide a case study about myself, and how my lifestyle was the biggest reason for my poor memory and performance as a Dental Hygienist along with all the steps I have taken to ensure better outcomes for my patients as well as myself.
What is the trick to a better Memory?
Proper sleep for an adult should be 9 hours, and physical excercise play crucial roles in memory and performance.
At my previous job as a Dental Hygienist, the daily goal for me was to make a minimum
of $1200 per day. This was based on seeing approximately 8 patients with insurance paying
about 75$ for a Prophy, and 75$ based on their X-rays. Not every person needed X-rays, but the
goal was still usually met. As time went on, my goal slowly increased to 1400$, and then to
1600$ per day. Before I was able to reach these goals, my clinical skills had to improve and so
did my communication with the front office, DDS as well as the patients. As a salesman of
Dental health, I had to learn to allocate my most important resource; my time.
The DDS I worked for was unhappy because many patients would not come back for
Prophys or to fill their cavities/get crowns after they were diagnosed. These problems
happened because I forgot to reschedule these patients for cleanings as well as forgetting to
inform the front-office certain patients needed to be scheduled for restorative treatment. This
was the result of my slow pace, next patient waiting, being physically tired, being in a rush to
get to the next patient, and being new. Being in the Dental Office environment, there are a
million things happening at once. Some patient’s arrive early, some patient’s arrive late, and
then trying to educate patients on their home care, post-op instructions as well as trying to get
the DDS into your room to see the patient.
Being in school was so much easier because you get 4 hours per appointment, so you
have so much time to spend with the patient as well as the teachers are helping you.
Transitioning into the real work environment was a totally different world, and the consultant
ended up bringing in a Dental Assistant to help out the DDS. At the time, I was out of shape and
I was eating fast food everyday. I was depressed because I wasn’t doing good job at work, and
this new Dental Assistant encouraged me to make a change in my life starting with my own
health. He said to me, “how can you care about other people’s health if you don’t care about
your own?”. This made a lot of sense to me, so I decided it was time to get back into shape.
I was working three days a week, so I figured I had enough time to start exercising again
5 days per week 25 minutes a day to a video called T25. Fixing my work goals had to start with
me fixing my life goals. I wanted to become healthy, be able to move faster, and I wanted to
improve my memory. Everyone around me including the DDS, the font-office staff, the other
Hygienist and the Dental Assistant were so helpful and encouraging that I really got into it. As
time went on, I noticed myself being able to move faster at work as well as my memory starting
I noticed myself being able to relate to patients more, more optimistic, less
complaints, and my memory improving.
I had a goal, and it was specific and it was measurable.
I wanted to work out 25
minutes per day, and it was measured by jumping on the scale each week, writing everything
that I ate and each exercise that I did.
In order to achieve my ultimate work goals of
communicating properly with my other coworkers, the new goal was set as an office to work on
coming up with a specific plan to obtain a higher percentage of crowns/restorative treatment
accepting treatment, and coming back for their appointments.
We knew that we needed to allocate the proper resources and time by giving them
more education about what is happening in their mouth. The people who needed the product,
the “restoration”, had a lack of education about the importance of the decaying bacteria in
their mouth because they never saw a picture of it or understood the consequences if left
As an office, we decided to start our day differently with 10-minute morning discussions
at the beginning of the day to discuss the treatment that was needed for each patient as well as
anything else we needed to know about what was going on during the day.
HOW TO DEAL WITH DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES
We came up with
plans of action about the personalities of these patients and how to give them the information
they needed to accept treatment. We were learning to allocate our resources and time on the
customers with the most potential for the sale.
During those two months, there were “trackers” placed on the number of restorations
diagnosed vs. patient acceptance of treatment. The acceptance rate started at 60%, but
because we set up these goals to focus on certain objectives based on each patient at the
beginning of the day, we were able to target these patients with high probability for sale, aka
“ABC customers” with the most potential. It was my job to start focusing on using the Intra-oral
camera to take pictures of previous diagnosed lesions were, and to show and educate the
patient before the DDS entered the room. As soon as the DDS entered the room, the patient
was again told by the DDS of what they needed, and they usually quickly accepted. Over time, I
was able to learn the true meaning of co-diagnosis by learning to create, follow and use time-management successfully.
The number of case acceptances quickly rose to 80% because of the daily morning
I was proud of being able to build my communication skills with other team
members after creating and setting goals even if I was running behind. I was able to improve
the quality of my own life and eventually being able to help others and become a vital part of a whole.
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