How To Keep That “I Voted” Buzz Going in The Dental Practice

I saw it all over social media, and so did you. All of the people posting their “I voted” stickers after turning in their ballots in the elections.

People were so proud to have their voices heard when they were able to choose what mattered to them. Man, wasn’t that a cool moment? Didn’t that make you smile knowing people were exercising their rights in a democracy?

So, as we move past the election, why aren’t team members doing the same by making their voices heard in the dental practice?

Here’s the truth: Many dental team members either don’t feel like they have a voice or don’t feel like they can institute changes in the dental practice. Well, until someone voices what matters to them, their thoughts often go unnoticed. That has to change … both for the team members and the business overall.

And no, I am not saying that everyone should be able to do everything they want. That’s not what we voted on this election, is it? The same holds true in the dental practice. There needs to be a structured way to introduce change, and then allow team members to choose what they feel is best and let the majority rule.

So how does that work? What does that look like? I have some thoughts in my video below.

And let’s not forget the important role that education plays in knowing what we want and how we’re going to get there. With that in mind, check out what Ignite is offering alongside Yankee Dental Congress in the coming weeks. You won’t want to miss this virtual CE-driven time of focus and sharing that you can be a part of from anywhere in the world. Learn more about Re-Ignite at Yankee Dental Congress by clicking here.


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Kevin Henry

Kevin Henry

With more than 20 years in the dental publishing industry, Kevin Henry is the former group editorial director for Dental Products Report, managing editor for Dental Economics, and editor-in-chief for He now serves as the co-founder for IgniteDA, a community designed to empower, enlighten, and educate dental assistants, and as director of marketing for Fortune Management. He has spoken to dental assistants throughout the world, in person and through the Dental Assistant Nation podcast series, reminding them of the important role they play every day in their practice. He is also certified as a DiSC trainer, helping dental practices learn how to understand each other better through personality assessments and training.