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Weekly Top 5: Handling pressure situations; what patients want

Aug. 20, 2021
In this week's edition: Straight talk with your patients, Delta discussions, what patients really want right now, and more.

In the news: Recently we shared a study from Science Daily  that indicated that the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is “largely unable to evade antibodies elicited by vaccination”—despite Delta's current surge, the vaccine largely protects people from severe infection. In this letter to the editor, a past president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association urges following all CDC protocols, saying those who remain unvaxed and unmasked risk serious consequences.

Huddle tip: Hear what Dr. David Rice has to say about how the way you handle pressure situations with your patients makes the difference between practices and teams that thrive, and those that don’t.

Trending: Burnout in the dental profession is a frequent topic these days, and with good reason. “10 ways for hygienists to avoid burnout” looks at the issue from an RDH perspective and offers commonsense ways to manage feeling overwhelmed and overworked.

Patient perspective: You might think you know what your patients want, but do you have the full picture? Team members from DIY Digital Dental Consulting offer hands-on advice from patients on what they'd like from their dental practices, including offering teledentistry and one-stop appointments.

Webinar on special needs patients: People who have disabilities sometimes face special challenges in accessing dental care. In September, the ADA will address this with a free four-part webinar series.