In this episode of the Daily Dental Podcast, we delve into effective strategies for optimizing the performance of the hygiene department in dental practices. There are two key objectives: increasing hygienists' gross pay to 3.3 times their hourly wage in collections and having the hygiene department contribute 25% of the practice's revenues. We explore the importance of monthly meetings with hygienists to track performance, discuss necessary improvements, and ensure they have the required equipment and supplies. Additionally, we touch on the significance of patient education regarding the oral systemic connection and overall health. The episode emphasizes how these strategies can lead to a more productive and profitable hygiene department while enhancing patient care and practice success.