How To Maintain Your Dental Practice
Running your own dental practice can be a very rewarding, but difficult, choice. You will have the freedom to choose your own hours and work with amazing staff, but you will also have to be responsible for the stocking of supplies and equipment as well as maintenance for the equipment, building and staff.
Maintaining dental equipment can mean that you either take courses in how to do it yourself or you schedule an appointment with professionals to come in and do it for you. Either way, it is a good idea to know what kinds of maintenance needs to be done and when. It is also a good idea to research parts suppliers for everything from the pneumatic systems in your chairs to the high speed dental handpiece cartridge replacement you will need eventually.
Building maintenance can get a bit trickier depending on where you are located. If you own your building, then you are likely to be responsible for general cleaning maintenance, parking lot cleaning and safety and the maintenance of building systems such as ventilation and plumbing. Most practices will hire a maintenance crew or company to take care of these tasks as well as the logistics of scheduling and supplies. If you rent space, then some maintenance chores will be provided by the owner and some you will be responsible for.
Maintaining your staff means that you are working to ensure that they have the right hours and pay for their position as well as that they are properly trained. You can train your staff in maintenance and repair chores, in customer service and in the hardware and software they will be using.
Running and maintaining a dental practice means keeping track of many different things and can seem intimidating. One way you can make it easier is by hiring maintenance pros to do many things for you such as repairing and maintaining your dental tools or bringing in HVAC pros once a season.