The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for Dental Professionals 2017

the ultimate dental professional summer bucket list

What do baseball, bonfires, and beach parties have in common? They’re fun-filled, favorite summertime activities. And with the Summer Solstice today, that means it’s the official start of this sunniest of seasons. Unlike the kiddos who are free from homework and responsibility for the next few months, we grownups still have to be productive. But don’t worry – there are plenty of “cool” things to do in the summer that can also help you achieve your professional goals! Fun AND fulfilling = the perfect combination.

Why not plan out a Summer bucket list, so you’re not left at the end of September wondering where the time went? The following ideas are designed specifically for dental professionals, and offer a winning combination of productivity and play!



1. Apply for an AADOM Annual Scholarship

patterson dental annual aadom scholarships

Are you a stellar office manager, or do you know of one? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply or nominate someone for one of our annual AADOM Annual Conference scholarships. You can’t put a price on meeting other office managers from around the country to share ideas, make connections, and forge friendships. Scholarships include complimentary admission to the conference, up to three nights’ lodging at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, up to $600 in travel expenses (including flight and ground transportation), and a scholarship winner dinner.


2. Whiten Your Teeth

The sun shouldn’t be the only thing shining bright this summer. Your smile should too! Summer is an important time to keep up your good dental hygiene habits, as well as a great time of year to complement your bronzed skin by whitening your teeth. Keeping our smiles bright not only helps boost our moods – a healthy, genuine smile is contagious and makes those around us happier as well.


3. Learn a New Skill

cerec accpet video

Just because summer is a time for playing doesn’t mean you should stop learning. Learning a new skill could be as simple as listening to a free webinar or podcast. Want more of a hands-on learning experience? Attend a CEREC ACCEPT event. Staying up-to-date on the latest and greatest technologies and industry happenings will keep your brain focused throughout the summer.


4. Refresh Your Company Website or Social Pages

During the more relaxed summer months, you might find you have more time on your hands. Why not do something creative, like that website refresh you’ve been talking about? While you’re at it, why not give your social sites a little facelift too? Need content ideas and inspiration? Follow or like any of our social pages, we’d be flattered to help:


5. Plan a Team Happy Hour

Get in the summer spirit by putting together a potluck, BBQ, or happy hour. These staff activities can improve employee morale, leading to a more positive and productive company culture.


6. Volunteer

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Volunteering, whether by yourself or as a staff, can have a positive impact on morale and productivity, and leave you with a priceless sense of fulfillment. It also can help your business build credibility, nurture community relationships, and provide a great change of pace. Community service opportunities are one of the best ways to connect with your company outside of the daily grind.



1. KiDDS CUP Charity Golf Tournament | July 14th, 2017

dental charity summer golf tournament


Join the KiDDS Foundation for their annual charity golf tournament July 14, 2017. The KiDDS Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that changes the lives of children by providing dental care to those who can’t afford it. Even better? You can enjoy a game of golf and make a meaningful difference. That’s a win-win! Plus, you can do some networking with other dentists and businesses. More information on this event can be found HERE.


2. 13th Annual AADOM Dental Management Conference | September 7-9, 2017

13th annual aadom conference 2017


Join your fellow AADOM members and industry leaders September 7-9 at Scottsdale’s Westin Kierland Resort & Spa for three days of education, inspiration, and networking. Educational topics will cover the full spectrum of the issues you typically encounter in your practice, from compliance and HR, to practice management, to budgeting. More event information can be found HERE.


3. Dentsply Sirona World | September 14-16, 2017

jerry seinfeld at sironaworld


Take a trip to Sin City this summer to discover the latest in dentistry at SIROWorld. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the newest Dentsply Sirona products and technologies, listen to breakout sessions from expert keynote speakers, learn about dentistry’s full range of specialty areas, and take in top-notch entertainment. See this year’s entire event agenda HERE.



1. OffTheCusp Blog Posts

Here on OffTheCusp, we cover everything…dental practice management, social media, marketing, human resources, technology and equipment, celebrity smile quizzes, and more. Our goal is to keep you up-to-date on the latest dental topics, trends, and best practices across the industry.

2. Best Practice Magazine

Best Practice, formerly known as Patterson Today, introduces unique perspectives from industry professionals who share specific learnings that worked in their practices. Want to hear real stories about real people who make real differences in the lives of their patients? Bring a copy of Best Practice to the beach this summer.

3. How to Get New Dental Patients With the Power of the Web

Written by digital marketers and dental professionals, this book provides great advice on how to market your practice online. Learn the exact steps required for putting a web presence in place, acquire new skills to excel on social media, and utilize the power of paid search marketing. Summer dream read? We think so!

4. The Customer Rules: 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service

Want to create an environment that keeps your patients coming back for more? Boy oh boy have we found the book for you! The former EVP of Walt Disney World shares indispensable rules for serving customers with consistency, efficiency, sincerity, and excellence.



1. Tropical Prophy Paste

Continue fueling the summer fun by switching up your prophy paste options. Even your patients who are regularly partial to mint flavor will get excited about these exotic flavors. Pina colada, cherry, bubble gum…yum, yum, yum! – SHOP


2. Summer Beverage Bottle

In the midst of all the summer fun and heat, don’t forget to amp up your hydration habits. This toothy water bottle will satisfy even the thirstiest molars.


3. Cute Dental Koozie

sip all day get decay koozieWe are big fans of this hip koozie from our friends at Dental Hygiene Nation. This one’s for all the hardworking dental babes (or dudes) out there! ?


4. SALE away with Summer of Savings from Patterson

patterson dental summer of savings

All summer long, Patterson Dental is bringing you exclusive savings on a variety of handpieces and handpiece-related merchandise to help meet your procedural needs. This month, we’re focusing on merchandise for restorative procedures. Check back often for new offers – SHOP


What are some items on your summer bucket list? Share in the comments below! ☀️