Twenty-one days. If you browse through the self-help aisle at your local bookstore, you’ll see one number come up consistently: 21. 21 Days to a Skinnier You. 21 Days to Find Your Perfect Career. 21 Days to a Better Self Image. Whatever the topic, 21 days seems to be suggested length of time it takes to achieve what you want.
That is why TePe is launching the Healthy Smiles 21 program!
The idea of a new habit forming in that time has been debated for years. It originated when a plastic surgeon observed that people become comfortable with their new image or adapted to the loss of a limb after 21 days. The truth is, everyone is different and developing a habit within 21 days may work for some but maybe not for others. But, it is a good start and a very achievable goal.
For me, as a hygienist, TePe’s Healthy Smiles 21 program is exciting because now I have another reason to encourage my patients to use TePe brushes to improve their homecare. I like to think my love of the product and evangelistic words are what motivate them, but it might also be the threat of needing periodontal surgery or costly restorative work. It is amazing to see the enthusiasm patients develop when they see a choice between a treatment plan and pain in their future. With this 21-day program, hygienists will be able to encourage patients who need to improve their homecare and provide them with as a plan, as well as free brushes to get them through the first 21 days. After the 21 days, the patient can contact TePe and receive a discount on their order of more products or can be placed on an auto-ship plan. I love the idea of the auto-ship plan. When patients are left on their own to remember to buy the products I suggest, they will almost always forget. That is, until they get the reminder card in the mail that their next appointment is coming up! I am sure most of you can relate. TePe’s goal is to encourage the patient to continue these good habits between their visits. Since we cannot call our patients every day and remind them to perform the habits we taught them at their last visit, the auto-ship program from TePe is the next best thing. With good habits, we can compliment and praise our patients instead of being the constant reminder that they need to improve. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Some thoughts on how to help our patients develop good home care routines:
Remember, to be able to get your patients started on the Healthy Smiles 21 program, the office needs to have a practice box with the 9 different sizes. Sizing the patient is the most important part. We want them to have the correct size brush so they are the most effective with their interdental cleaning. Once the patient is sized, mark it on the Healthy Smiles 21 form and send the patients to us. They can call or go online to register and we will send out their brushes. If you or your patients have any questions about how to size the interdental space, use the brushes, or have questions about our line of specialty brushes, please check out our instructional videos at tepeusa.com!