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    5 ways for hygienists to deal with parents of patients

    Are you having more trouble dealing with parents than you are your young patients? Check out these tips.

    One of the best — and sometimes hardest — parts of our job as dental hygienists is working with individual patients and addressing their needs, concerns, fears and desired outcomes. When working with children, we also have to consider the parents of our patients and include them in the dental visit. There’s definitely a gentle balance (that can be learned over time) between the needs of the patient and the expectations of the parents.  

    Parents of dental patientsAs a dental hygienist, I’ve spent my career in the community health setting. I currently work in a school-based sealant program within a federally qualified health center (FQHC). One of the best parts of my job is that I’m able to work directly with students in the schools, but I also get the opportunity to work with their families in our dental clinics. I’ve seen children and their parents interact in many different situations, and now, as a parent myself, I have new perspectives on dental care for pediatric patients.

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    While some of the same techniques may work for adult patients and child patients, there are certainly some different strategies worth pointing out.

    Click through the slides to find out five ways to deal with parents in the dental office.

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