Four Reasons to Attend a Convention with Your Team

We, the entire Mitchell Dentistry team, recently returned from the Florida Dental Association’s 2015 annual conference  which took place at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando. By our whole team I mean front desk staff, hygienists, assistants and three dentists – all of us. Are you wondering if the full court press was entirely necessary or cost effective? The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Our Mitchell Dentistry team worked hard at the conference…but we took some time to have fun too!

Our Mitchell Dentistry team worked hard at the conference…but we took some time to have fun too!

Here are the four main reasons why:

  1. We Fulfilled Our Professional Goals

With more than 120 courses offering continuing education credits, each of us had ample opportunity to learn something very specific to our roles. Everyone was excited by the rich curriculum and the magnitude of opportunities to enhance our knowledge. No one was left out, and we all came back a little smarter for our patients.

  1. We Divided & Conquered

Because there were so many options, our strength in numbers allowed us to spread out and cover more workshops. When Dr. Yolanda or Dr. Joe and I go to some of these meetings by ourselves we have to prioritize, forgoing some classes that may take place during the same timeframe. With our team all there, we could split up and gather an exponential amount of information. After the day was over we had so much to share with one another!

  1. We Got Better Acquainted aka Had Fun

What better way to get to know each other than to spend time outside of the office in an environment conducive to learning? Of course we had meetings and classes all day, but there was plenty of time for enjoying live entertainment, joining together for fun activities and just talking about our lives over breakfast and lunch. I know that we will bring this unique bonding experience back into the workplace with us, creating that warm, family feeling our patients so appreciate.

  1. We Came Away with Multiple Perspectives

It always amazes me how people can experience the same event and come away with completely different thoughts and opinions. That’s exactly what happened with the National Dental Convention – because we each attended separate workshops and met various professionals from all parts of the state, our individual perspectives are unique to each of us. We are enjoying sharing these thoughts and learning from each other.

Our team benefited from this conference in ways that are not limited to the field of dentistry. Have you had similar experiences in your professional life? Please share with us – we’re always eager to hear your stories. In the meantime, please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or would like to know more about our practice.

Best wishes,

Dr. Jim


Dental hygienists are the eyes of the practice

Dental hygienists are sometimes called the

Dental hygienists are sometimes called the “eyes” of the practice.

Over the years, a lot of patients have asked us about the role of the dental hygienist, and with a third registered hygienist joining our team this month, I wanted to devote some space to explaining that role.

Together, the dentist and the hygienist work closely to meet the oral health needs of our patients. While the dentist uses his or her expertise and training to oversee the patients’ comprehensive oral health, the dental hygienist may provide services including:

  • patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse
  • taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays) and other digital images
  • removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth
  • applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
  • teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health;
(e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • making impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)
  • performing documentation and office management activities

Plus, unique to our practice, two of our dental hygienists have achieved local anesthesia certification, and the third is currently taking the course.

At Mitchell Dentistry, Dr. Yolanda, Dr. Joe and I enjoy great communication with our very skilled hygiene team. They are so adept at anticipating what we need that many times we don’t even have to say anything during treatment! With mutual respect and understanding, we share the same philosophy that our patients come first and we do whatever it takes to provide seamless, gentle care as we work together on each patient.

I read an article recently by Dr. Greg Psaltis who writes that the dental practice can be likened to a physical body, and staff members make up the parts. The front office staff members are the mouth and ears of the practice, being the first to interface with patients and hearing their needs expressed. The hygienists are the eyes, because their extensive training allows them to see and identify oral conditions that point the doctors to immediate and future dental needs the patient may have. Finally, the doctors are the soul and brain of the practice, being the leaders and making treatment decisions based on advanced skill gained through education.

If you would like to stop by and say hello to our Hygiene Team – Lisa, April and Kim – to get to know them better, just let our front desk know and they will set up a “Meet & Greet” for you.

In the meantime, please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or would like to know more about our practice.

Best wishes,

Dr. Jim

Why You Should Choose Professional Teeth-Whitening

Teeth whitening is a seemingly simple procedure that many people believe can easily be done at home. While this does work for some people, for others at-home teeth-whitening products don’t provide the expected results. The truth is, whitening is best done by your dentist, not only to prevent pain and other problems, but also because you’ll get a much better, more natural-looking result.

1) Professional Whitening is Safer for Your Oral Health

Professional whitening, monitored by your dentist, is much safer. People who use over-the-counter whitening kits risk the possibility of tooth damage caused by over-bleaching.

By opting for professional teeth whitening, you don’t have to worry about damaging your gums and teeth. Your dentist can gauge how much whitening is required and protect soft tissue during the procedure.. 

2) Your Teeth will Look More Natural

Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits seem easy and convenient, but each brand differs in the strength of the whitening solution, and it’s hard for most people to gauge the solution strength they need. Teeth don’t lighten as much as the person was hoping for, or they lighten too much, and look unnaturally white.

On the other hand, your dentist can accurately judge how much whitening your teeth need to look both natural and aesthetically pleasing, and customize a treatment to provide exactly the right results.

3) Your Dentist has Access to Professional, High-Quality Products

Dentists can provide customized take-home kits, or same-day whitening treatments, which cannot be purchased over the counter.

Professional at-home whitening kits from a dentist produce more predictable results. If you choose in-office whitening, your dentist can lighten your teeth up to eight shades in less than an hour, with whitening products like Zoom!®. With such a short application time the appearance of your the teeth is improved considerably in just one visit to your dentist.

If you want to know more about teeth whitening or would like to inquire about our Zoom!® Whitening procedures, contact Mitchell Dentistry of Fort Meyers.