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Dental Assistants Recognition Week—A week we should all be thankful for

Feb. 26, 2016
Dental Assistants Recognition Week, March 6-12, is the perfect time for the dental team to band together and recognize these important members of the dental team. Lunch anyone?
We are excited to announce the annual celebration of Dental Assistants Recognition Week (DARW) takes place from March 6-12. During this special week we honor the hard working and important practice builders of every dental practice—dental assistants!

Whether you’re the office manager of a dental practice, or are the practice owner, make sure you’ve made plans regarding how you will celebrate this special week with your entire dental staff. If you need ideas or a little help in ways to show your appreciation to these hard working and dedicated team members, here are a few ideas and resources. Dental assistants, feel free to clip this article and post it in a visible place in the office (hint, hint).

1. A bonus. Nothing says “thank you” like a little extra cash.
2. Buy lunch, and don’t forget the dessert and lit candles!
3. Give a gift card to each member of your dental assisting staff.
4. Take a group staff photo with the assistants front and center, caption it DARW, and place it on your website, Facebook page, and other social media outlets.
5. Say thank you. These words can mean so much at the end of a hectic day.

Check out this awesome “idea kit” the ADAA has put together in honor of Dental Assistants Recognition Week. And if you need a reminder as to what makes dental assistants extra special to our daily lives, check out my article on DentistryIQ, 10 traits of highly effective dental assistants.

Be sure to take care of your team and they will always do the same for you. We here at Dental Assisting Digest look forward to celebrating this special week with the dental assistant community, and we will continue to bring you the most up-to-date information and current events within dentistry, which is our passion.

Kyle L. Summerford
Editor, DAD

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