The world of business is all about achieving and exceeding production goals. The business of dentistry is no different, a successful practice is defined by it's ability to exceed it's production goals and maintain a regular patient clientele. Some practices focus and strive to increase quantity for profits with an unfortunate sacrifice to quality. In Dental Hygiene school we are taught motivational interviewing and various patient education techniques to enlighten our patients in hopes they will maintain an appropriate level of care after their annual examination and prophylaxis. Dental Hygienists are taught to become the prevention specialists. We learn to provide the level of preventive care that may exceed the training or understanding of a General Dentist. We understand the need for the to patient to floss in a C-shape around the tooth when flossing and we know when to demonstrate the Bass technique and explain to our patients why it is preferred over the Fones technique when brushing. After Dental Hygiene school, hygienists are thrown into practices where they may be required to complete an exam and prophy within an hour. During that hour, medical history's must be accomplished and radiographs are often required. The examination itself may take an additional 15 minutes depending on the speed of the dentist and questions the patient may have. 20 minutes have gone by which would leave the hygienist 30 minutes for the prophy with 10 minutes left for breakdown, disinfection of the room and setup for the next patient. Through all of this, how many Dental Hygienists can honestly say they provide the time for quality patient education and motivational interviewing? Patient education should not be an afterthought and should be accomplished prior to any scaling. The joy I find in the Dental Hygiene profession is that you can be as creative as you want to in regards to patient education. You can perform patient education with oral hygiene aids and a hand mirror in the patient's own mouth, utilize demonstration models, or make use of the various technology aids that exist as demonstrated by this website. Make use of the time allowed, get creative, and find ways that will motivate the patient to maintain their own oral health.