In seven years, PDS-supported Offices Have Provided Over $20 Million in Donated Dentistry
August 23, 2017 – Pacific Dental Services and The Smile Generation® hosted their seventh annual Smile Generation Serve Day on Saturday August 19th. Over the course of seven years, roughly 12,500 patients have received care totaling more than $20 million dollars. Smile Generation Serve Day is an annual day of service part of a nationwide campaign of giving that focuses on dental care and also includes local service projects, such as cleaning up community parks and volunteering at local food banks.
Thanks to the participation of 540 PDS-supported offices and nearly 5,000 Smile Generation volunteers, over 2,300 patients received care resulting in $4.3 million in donated dentistry on this year’s Smile Generation Serve Day.
Many of these offices partnered with local non-profit organizations to combine their efforts in reaching community members. Dental Lifeline Network, a nonprofit that provides dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly and medically fragile, partnered with The Smile Generation in eight states.
“Smile Generation Serve Day gave us the opportunity to serve more patients with special needs, in states where many had been desperately waiting for care,” said Fred Leviton, CEO, Dental Lifeline Network. “We are so appreciative to Pacific Dental Services and all of The Smile Generation volunteers who changed lives in their communities.”
Other local organizations that worked with PDS-supported offices this year include Special Olympics New Mexico, Veterans of America in Arizona, Salvation Army in California, and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
“Our partnership with The Smile Generation is very important,” said Victoria Gonzales, Director of School and Community Initiatives with Special Olympics New Mexico. “It helps us to break down barriers for health care access for individuals with intellectual disabilities, which helps improve our athletes’ quality of life.”
Stephen Thorne IV, CEO and Founder of Pacific Dental Services, sees Smile Generation Serve Day as a way of engaging volunteers to help people through acts of service. Thorne reflected, “I’ve found when people engage in the physical act of service – of giving oneself and one’s time and talents to serving others – it changes our hearts and minds about what is truly important in life.”
About Pacific Dental Services
Founded in 1994, PDS is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing supported autonomy that enable dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the Private Practice+® model to enable dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients. PDS also pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry – enabling dentists to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education – to grow to over 580 supported dental offices across the United States. They aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve, helping supported dentists to develop Patients for LifeTM.
The hygiene department is a key factor in the success of a dental practice. The demand for dental hygienists remains high, but the hygiene job market is oversaturated. This creates problems for both the job-seeker and the dental practice.
Candidates who have recently received their Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) license have to face off against their experienced counterparts. Hygienists may also find it a challenge to enter or continue into a niche they prefer, such as pediatric dentistry.
Hygienists have two large-scale, job-finding avenues: online job sites and staffing agencies. However, the recruitment process at these providers isn’t streamlined, which poses problems for the hygienist and the practice. This is where dental support organizations (DSOs) are of great benefit to dental practices and candidates.
- There is seldom a mechanism in place that empowers dentists to quickly vet candidates from the agency and pick one who aligns ideally with their requirements. Lack of profile matching also affects the candidate who has to choose between contracting for a practice incompatible with their professional desires and seizing the opportunity in a crowded, competitive market. With DSOs, practices are able to connect with the Recruiting team who has an ongoing relationship with the practice and better understanding of what type of candidate is best-suited for the practice.
- Job sites charge exorbitant membership fees that can hit dental practices’ budgets quite hard. More so for start-up practices that may need a part-time hygienist until they are ready to scale up and accept a qualified professional in a full-time position. When rates are not feasible, the solo dentist may have to spend about 25% of his/her time performing hygiene procedures. By partnering with a DSO, owner dentists can rest assured knowing they have on-hand support in case they need to fill a position in the office.
- Many DSOs work to find candidates who seek full-time employment with an individual or multiple offices, depending on the offices’ needs and candidates’ availability. Candidates are matched with offices according to their potential for long-term success. Dental staffing agencies and online job sites usually advertise contract jobs. This traps dental practices into a continuous hiring cycle. As hygienists are contract-bound, dental practices are only left with the option of ‘buying the candidate out’, which is once again, an expensive proposition.
- Due to the ongoing relationship between DSOs and supported practices, the recruitment process often only becomes more efficient over time. The recruiting team and dental practice adapt processes that work best for all parties involved. However, with agencies and online job sites, beyond time and money, weak techniques that don’t entirely satisfy the job-seeker or the dental practice only cause each more frustration.
In a modern business landscape where ‘customer is king’ and ‘client-centric’ attitudes have seeped into the culture of most industries, dental staffing providers have a lot of ground to cover. The administrative desk of a dental practice may also handle recruitment, but it is almost always a burden that should be shifted to a third party who can focus on the recruitment function of the practice. While job sites and agencies continue holding on to a traditional model that does not benefit either party they serve, DSOs are able to provide a more personalized experience that benefits all parties involved.
Recruitment is one of the business functions where DSOs excel and are able to provide support for the practice. By partnering with a DSO, the dental office is able to focus on what they do best: dentistry. Candidates also have a better experience by working directly with recruiting professionals who are able to find the best-fit practice for them and connect them accordingly.
To find opportunities with offices supported by Pacific Dental Services®, visit Jobs.PacificDentalServices.com.
There is no denying the fact that the US is witnessing a massive transformation within the dentistry industry. This is primarily because the country reports a diverse range of disease patterns and there is increasing awareness about cosmetic, preventive, and restorative dental care. What does this imply? Growing Family Insurance suggests that cosmetic dental treatments are likely to gain more popularity and there will be increased access to health insurance.
There is perhaps no better time to consider a career as a dental assistant than right now. Emerging dental assistants in the US are quickly realizing that their practice is in fact quite valuable and that the demand for assistants is going to increase further in the near future. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of both dentists and assistants is estimated to grow by 18 percent between 2014 and 2024.
A dental assistant performs various important tasks including disinfecting and sterilizing equipment, preparation and organization of various instruments and materials needed for treatment, compiling dental records for patients, and more. The U.S. Census Bureau reports a steady and rapid increase in the total elderly population in the United States of America.
This has led to a rise in the demand for multiple dental care services. With continued aging, numerous baby boomers in the country will need complex dental work. Also, the older population of today is more in favor of retaining its teeth than it was in the past. Hence, they would need greater care as compared to the former generations. At the same time, the youth will continue to require minor dental treatments and preventive checkups alongside various cosmetic dental services like teeth whitening, bleaching, and so on.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a dental assistant is like another ‘pair of hands’ for the dentist. The future prospects for dental assistants are definitely very bright and it is deemed to be one of the fastest growing professions in the coming ten years.
There are a number of available dental assistant positions at PDS®-supported practices. To view currently available opportunities, visit Jobs.PacificDentalServices.com.
The Dentistry iQ Network conducted a survey with participation from a little over 1,000 respondents including dentists, dental consultants, office managers, and so on. The goal of the survey was to get some insight into the future of employment trends in the dental industry in the US.
One of the most pertinent questions raised in the survey was “Who is actually hiring professionals in the dental offices?” Nearly 45% of the respondents informed that it was the office manager’s responsibility to hire new candidates at a dental practice. Also, only about 38% of the dentists actually hire on their own and dental consultants might be performing the job in 5% of the cases.
Another question covered by the survey was related to the job seekers and where they looked for open positions to get hired. Of the total respondents, 72% revealed they make use of the Internet when looking for available jobs in the industry. Also, even though the Internet-supported job hunt is quite popular among job seekers, they also utilize industry events and their present relationships to a large extent when hunting for new jobs in the dentistry industry.
The survey also delved into the area of multiple employments, that is, the percentage of dental employees who choose to work in more than just one dental office. It does not come as a surprise that the percentage of such employees was quite high, given the current industry trends.
Out of the total respondents, about 41% said they were employed by two or more than two dental practices. What is the reason for working at multiple offices? Around 25% of the dental professionals said they wished to work a couple extra shifts each week.
Research analysts and industry experts inform this is becoming an increasingly popular trend in the industry. Dental employees end up seeking extra shifts due to the lack of opportunities for full-time employment, fewer working hours or because some dentists prefer to handle the hygiene part of the treatment themselves and not depend on dental hygienists.
There are a number of full-time and part-time opportunities available at PDS®-supported practices. To explore them all, visit Jobs.PacificDentalServices.com.
Once a candidate is selected for the interview process, getting hired is about making a great impression and demonstrating likeability. By taking an intentional approach to planning for the interview, it can become easier to stand out from other candidates.
In the third article of this three-part series, “10 Ways to Stand Out During the Interview Process,” we’re focusing on the top ways candidates can leave a positive impression with interviewers and land the job desired.
The article was written by Tangie Pettis, dentist recruiter for PDS®-supported owner dentists in North Central Texas. Tangie has spent over 18 years as a strategic recruitment business partner within some of the most well-known companies and organizations across the nation and has been recognized as an award-winning and innovative thought leader in the talent acquisition space.
To download Part 3 of the series, click the link below.
10 Ways to Stand Out During the Interview Process
Interviewing can be one of the most stressful aspects of the job search. The key to feeling more confident and achieving success is intentional preparation, and new graduates often struggle with how to plan their approach to the interview.
In the second article of this three-part series, “Master the Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions,” we’re focusing on how you can stand out among the rest when preparing for some of the toughest interview questions.
The article was written by Rebecca Soric, university and clinician communications manager at Pacific Dental Services®. Rebecca spent the past 15 years developing content for clinicians and industry professionals and lectures on the topic of career preparation to dental students across the country.
To download Part 2 of the series, click the link below.
Master the Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions
Be sure to look for Part 3 in the series next week.
Dental students, over the next three weeks, we will be exploring some ways to prepare for your career after dental school. Although this is an exciting time, you want to ensure you are prepared to launch your career.
To help guide you through the preparation process, we’re featuring a three-part series to focus on the intentional steps needed to plan for your career.
The first article of this series, “The Top 5 Things You Can Do TODAY,” summarizes the top five steps you can take during dental school to prepare for your job search and stand out from others.
The article was written by Rebecca Sorci, university and clinician communications manager at Pacific Dental Services®. Rebecca spent the past 15 years developing content for clinicians and industry professionals and lectures on the topic of career preparation to dental students across the country.
To download Part 1 of the series, click the link below.
The Top 5 Things You Can Do TODAY
Be sure to look for Part 2 in the series next week.
In a compilation of the 100 best jobs for 2017, careers in the dental sector topped the list. In a U.S. News and World Report, jobs in dentistry were ranked high for the third year running. The dental profession consists of specialist categories and these are all included in the latest list of most desirable occupations.
Overall oral care provided by a dentist has proved to be the most popular job, hence its position in the #1 spot for 100 best jobs for 2017. The other dental professions on the list are placed as follows:
- #5 Orthodontist
- #9 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
- #21 Prosthodontist
- #32 Dental Hygienist
- #100 Dental Assistant
It is anticipated that up to the year 2024, new jobs in the dental industry will reach 26,700. This is according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. When it comes to selecting a future occupation, a career in dentistry has become an attractive option for many job seekers. The need for new dentists is an ongoing process as the gaps left by those retiring have to be filled. Also, taking into consideration the growth of the population and any changes made to the health law, the call for more dentists is on the rise. According to the American Dental Association, with widely differing ratios of dentists in practice to population, it is estimated that they range from approximately 42 to 108 dentists per 100,000 people.
There are many reasons why candidates have ambitions to make dentistry their career. Apart from the normal preventative care and repair procedures, patients often seek care from a dentist due to dental pain. Being able to diagnose, treat and provide prompt relief to patients, dentists can derive a certain amount of job satisfaction knowing that the oral health of their patients has been restored.
Independence is a major advantage for dentists. They can establish their own practices soon after completing their studies, giving them the opportunity and freedom to develop career plans and set their own goals for the future. Also, salaries are above average for those specializing in dentistry. In the ADA Health Policy Institute 2015 ‘Survey of Dental Practitioners’, in 2014, general practitioners who wholly or partly owned their practice earned an average net income of $183,340 while dental specialists earned an average of $344,740. Incomes across the country differ as they are determined by the sort of practice that is operated.
Another positive move towards the selection of a dental career is the number of options that are available under the dental umbrella. Although most dental graduates, (80%), go on to work in a private practice doing general dentistry, there are also research, academic, group practice, and clinical choices provided by the profession that can enhance the careers of both new graduates and established dentists. Also, the availability of different work options can give a practitioner the freedom, where possible, to set the number of hours or days they wish to work and to channel their expertise in an environment that suits them best. This flexibility allows for a good work-life balance.
The role of a dentist is not only confined to the practice. They can also play a major part in the dental education of others and participate in research. As a faculty member, their contribution can determine the curriculum of a dental education institution and as a researcher, with the most advanced technology and techniques at their disposal, they can play their part in efforts to solve countless dental problems and to use the results of their research in the advancement of oral health care.
Dentists are held in high regard by the communities they work with, mainly because of the positive impact they have on enhancing their lives. This is especially relevant when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Teeth that are crooked, missing or discolored can have a devastating effect on an individual’s self-esteem and make them feel self-conscious about their overall appearance. Dentists that have specific aesthetic skills have the talent to restore a set of teeth to their former glory, the results in many cases being even better than before, enabling a patient to smile with confidence again.
Although the dentist is regarded as the main practitioner, he or she is part of a team. This can consist of dental hygienists, assistants, and office managers – to name a few – who all work together with the dentist to provide a complete package of oral care and office experience to the patient. Teamwork is essential when it comes to achieving a successful outcome. With a flexible work schedule and earning power that exceeds the national norm, a dentist is also in the privileged position of being able to provide oral health care that can benefit communities or people who, because of access difficulties and financial constraints, are prevented from seeking essential treatment.
To find dentist opportunities and other dentistry related positions with offices supported by Pacific Dental Services®, visit Jobs.PacificDentalServices.com.