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December 4, 2019 News Dental HygieneNews

Saskatchewan’s Dental Hygienist Shortage Exacerbated By Extra Year of Required Training

by CBC News

A chronic shortage of dental hygienists in the province became worse this year after changes were made to the diploma program for students. Instead of two years to get a diploma, the Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists Association now requires students to

November 28, 2019 News Dental HygieneNews

Moncton Break-Dancing Dentist Releases ‘Old Town Road’ Remake To Promote Oral Hygiene

by Global News

When you first meet Moncton’s Dr. Luc Sipkema, he comes off as a pretty clinical and serious guy. “Everybody has got that professional side and then their true self,” said Sipkema, who calls himself a bit of a goofball. He

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November 22, 2019 Feature Dental Hygiene

Premature Birth: Helping Pregnant Patients Understand The Dangers Of Gum Disease

by Dr. Amanda Tavoularis

Being pregnant is a wonderful time for women, and it’s packed with so much to do when preparing for their baby. Unfortunately, during this busy time, one of the things that sometimes gets less attention is dental health. This is

November 22, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneHygienists

The ‘System’ Of A Dental Hygienist

by Sherry Priebe, RDH, BDSc, MSc

I recently had coffee with one of my dental hygiene classmates from the University of Alberta. We reminisced about our days of learning about the profession of dental hygiene with memories of our favourite instructors, exams, radiography labs, petri dishes

opening your own practice
November 22, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneOffice Management

Q&A With Michelle Worton, RDH, Blooming Smiles Dental Hygiene, Fort St. John, British Columbia 

by Irene Iancu, BSc, RDH, CDTP

Irene: When did you know you wanted to open your own practice?   Michelle: In 2015, the entrepreneurial vision began. Why? I’ve always had a passion for health. For wellness. For connection. For beautiful SMILES. My beginning was a shift.

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November 22, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneDental OfficeHygienistsOffice designOffice Management

Good Things Come To Those Who Hustle

by Irene Iancu, BSc, RDH, CDTP

Owning my own practice seemed insurmountable in 2010 when I put together my first business plan. It took me three months to add the lines and numbers into various spreadsheets and when I realized that I didn’t have enough money,

November 22, 2019 Feature Continuing EducationDental HygieneHygienists

RDHU Celebrates 10 Years!

by Kathleen Bokrossy RDH

I’ve been blessed to have an extraordinary support team of friends, family and colleagues who have helped me with every step of our mission, to help ‘Transform the Dental Hygiene Experience’, for the Clinician, the Client and the Practice.Advertisement It

November 22, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneDental StudentsHygienistsNew gradsPractice management

Oral Hygiene Presents: The Hygienist Handbook

by Jillian Cecchini, Managing Editor

As you are all very aware, dental hygienists are educated health professionals who specialize in the promotion of oral health and the prevention of oral diseases. But in the grand scheme of things, you are so much more than that.

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November 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneHygienistsPain management

The Dental Hygienist As A Trusted Resource Provider: There Is A Resource For That!

by Natalie Muccioli Emery, RDH, BHA

Historical thinking about the role of the dental hygienist as a member of the health care team is that their purpose is primarily auxiliary or clinical.1 However, a paradigm shift in the profession has been in process for several years.2

re-care program
November 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneHygienistsPatient Management

How To Craft The Perfect Re-Care Program

by Jodie Cantarelli, AAS, RDH, Dip.AdEd

In the world of dental hygiene, we commonly refer to routine follow up exams with patients as ‘recall’ appointments. More appropriately, these can be considered re-care exams, as our patients aren’t recalled per se, rather compassionately re-cared for through the

healthy fit
November 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneHygienistsOverall HealthWellness

7 Career Boosting Reasons To Being Healthy & Fit

by Uche Odiatu, DMD; Mahsa Bakhshandeh, RDH

Forget trying to lose weight for the next selfie on Instagram – get healthy and fit to boost productivity and mental clarity. You see being physically fit has major physiological benefits that go far beyond fitting into your skinny jeans.

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November 19, 2019 Feature Continuing EducationDental HygieneHygienists

Why CE Goes Beyond Professional Obligation

by Beth Parkes, RDH, BSc

As dental hygienists across Canada, we are united and bonded by one major, collective fear: The Continuing Competence, Quality Assurance auditing process. The mere mention of the term elicits a sequence of events including, but not limited to, sweating, blurred

November 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneDental StudentsHygienistsNew grads

Financial Tips, Tricks And Traps For The Dental Hygienists

by David Chong Yen, CPA, CA, CFP; Louise Wong, CPA, CA, TEP; and Eugene Chu, CPA, CA

As we approach the end of the year, it’s common for many people to look at their bank accounts and question where all the money they made has gone. Taking control of your finances requires discipline and we have provided

dream job
November 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneDental StudentsHygienistsNew dentistsNew grads

Strategies To Help Land Your Dream Job

by Irene Iancu, BSc, RDH, CDTP

Ivividly remember my interview, first job and very first day. I thought outside of the box to secure my first job. Writing my resume was a challenge being a new graduate without any dental experience. Unlike some of my 2007

patient experience
November 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneDental TechnologyHygienistsNew Technologies

Leveraging New Technologies To Enhance Patient Experience And Increase Patient Retention

by Julie Gaffney RDH, BSc

The dental patients we once knew are a thing of the past – much like your old flip phone. Today’s patients are tech savvy, well educated and likely to have researched all of their symptoms and dental treatments prior to

job contracts
November 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneDental StudentsNew dentistsNew grads

So, You Just Got A Job Offer… Contracts: What You Need To Know

by Stuart Rudner, Employment Lawyer and Mediator

Perhaps you’re fresh out of school, looking for your first position as a hygienist. Or maybe you have been working as a hygienist for many years and are looking to move to a new practice (or multiple practices). Or, perhaps

business dental hygiene
November 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneDental OfficeFinancesHygienistsPractice Operations

The Business Of Dental Hygiene

by Jodie Cantarelli AAS, RDH, Dip.AdEd

As a practicing dental hygienist, I focused on the delivery of patient-centred care, avoided the financial and operational aspects of a dental practice, and had no need for business acumen. Over time working in dental clinics, my interests and horizons

October 31, 2019 News Dental HygieneNews

Dental Hygienists Offer Tooth-Friendly Tricks & Treats For Halloween

by CDHA

As witches and wizards prepare to haunt neighbourhoods across Canada on October 31, dental hygienists urge us all to be mindful of warding off cavities on Halloween night. While the new Canada’s Food Guide emphasizes sugar reduction for good overall

October 17, 2019 News Dental HygieneNews

ADA Supports Legislation Regulating Vaping Devices

by ADA News

The ADA reiterated its support for legislation aimed at regulating vaping devices and liquids in the same manner the Food and Drug Administration regulates cigarettes and other tobacco products. In an Oct. 15 letter to Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Chair

October 16, 2019 News Dental HygieneNews

Canada’s Dental Hygienists Elect New President

by Canadian Dental Hygienist Association

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is pleased to announce the installation of its new president, Leanne Huvenaars, at its recent national conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Leanne is from Saskatchewan and joins president-elect Tiffany Ludwicki (Newfoundland and