Dentists need new patients, so it’s important to make strong connections with local community organizations. Here are five networking connections every local dentist should make.
1- Connect with Other Professionals
One essential tactic dentists can do to improve their practice is to network with other professionals. Not every business is affiliated with the local Chamber of Commerce, so find those that are not, and connect with other dentists, orthodontists, optometrists, chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopathic doctors, and specialists. By making these connections, dentists can build strong community relationships while forming a network for community referrals.
2- Join the Chamber of Commerce
Connect with the local Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce often has connections to dentists who may be looking for new patients. You can also expand the practice by advertising in the Chamber’s directory.
3- Join Professional Organizations
Network through professional organizations. Many dentists are members of professional organizations, such as the American Dental Association (ADA). Membership in these organizations can give you access to resources and networking opportunities.
4- Host or Attend Seminars
Dentists are a crucial part of any community. They strengthen the community by providing quality dental care to local residents. Dentists are also responsible for teaching children about oral health and the importance of preventive dentistry. Connect with principals and vice principals of private and public schools in the area. These initial connections can be made initially through emailing the school’s office for an appointment.
Dentists have found significant opportunities for students to learn from seminars about the importance of regular dental care and how to maintain optimal oral health. In addition, school seminars can also provide students with the information they need to make informed decisions about their oral health care in the future.
5- Post in Local Facebook Community Groups, Meetups, and Neighborhood Community Apps
Meetups are a great way to connect with like-minded people in your community. And because Meetups are typically organized around a specific topic or interest, they can be an excellent resource for local information. Joining a local Facebook community group is a great way to connect with others in your area and learn more about what’s going on in the community. Many groups focus on everything from arts and culture to fitness and cooking. Find groups by searching for local community groups on Facebook or using the group section of the Facebook website.
Neighborhood community apps are mobile applications that allow users to connect with their neighbors and share information or resources. They can be used to find local events, get directions, find out about community news, or chat with your neighbors. Neighborhood community apps are great networking tools.
Local dentists are likely already well-connected in the community. But there are always more opportunities to make connections. Local networking for dentists is a critical step in building a successful dental practice. With as much competition as there can be in the field, stand-apart, and become the dentist that is trusted in the community by participating in local events and making real human connections.