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April 12, 2019 News Dental HygieneNewsOral Health

Expansion Of Dental Services To Low-Income Seniors A Strong Improvement For Oral Care In Ontario Say Dental Hygienists

by Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is applauding a move by the Ontario government to expand dental care for low-income seniors in the province. The investment of $90 million will see new services provided as early as summer 2019. “We

March 31, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneOral Health & Systemic HealthOral Health OfficePublic Health

Paid Oral Health for Total Health: The Integral Role of the Dental Hygienist

by Jennifer Turner, Director of Hygiene Programs at dentalcorp

Despite its integral function in the field of oral health care, many are unaware that the role of the dental hygienist goes beyond cleaning teeth. In celebration of National Dental Hygienists Week this April, we take a closer look at

February 19, 2019 Feature Dental Hygiene

Helping Patients Live Longer and Better Lives

by Dr. Kathryn Alderman

A New look at Systemic Inflammation, Microbiome, Gum Disease Diagnosis, Treatment and Keeping Dental/Gum Disease in Remission Traditionally in dentistry we have been taught to ask our patients to brush, floss and visit us twice a year for checkups to

February 19, 2019 Feature Dental Hygiene

Managing Oral Health’s Implications For/From Mild Cognitive Impairment

by Julie DiNardo, RDH

Chances are that you know of someone with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) 1, and/or your practice has some patients at high risk or early signs of this same, dreaded condition. And chances are you know that these same individuals are

February 19, 2019 Feature Dental Hygiene

Volunteering in Vietnam

by Sherry Priebe, RDH, BDSc, MSc

Sherry, would you consider volunteering in leadership of your knowledge and experience in Vietnam and plan a service and learning venture for our graduating Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree students? What would you say to volunteering your time, taking time off

February 19, 2019 Feature Dental Hygiene

A Leap of Faith: Jamaica 2018

by Irene Iancu, BSc, RDH, CTDP

Beneath bright blue skies with perfectly painted clouds lies a place that is making a change in dental hygiene. As a practicing RDH of 11 years, clinical educator and speaker, I not only welcome the opportunity to make a difference

February 19, 2019 Feature Dental HygieneEditorial

Serve from the Heart

by Jillian Cecchini, Managing Editor

They say the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. With busy lives, it can be difficult to find the time to volunteer. But volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have

January 21, 2019 News Dental HygieneNews

Dental Hygienists Encourage Smoke- and Vape-Free Living

by Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Canada’s dental hygienists will mark National Non-Smoking Week (January 20–26) by urging all Canadians to quit smoking and vaping for better oral and overall health. While most people know that tobacco use is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke,

January 9, 2019 News Dental HygieneNews

Do You Know a Dental Hygiene Superhero?

by Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA)

Join forces with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) to support our second annual competition to recognize dental hygiene health care superheroes in communities across Canada. Championed by your oral health defender CDHA and sponsored by Sensodyne®, we’re looking for

January 9, 2019 News Dental HygieneNews

Canadian Dental Hygienists Start the Cannabis Conversation

by Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA)

The beginning of a new year is a perfect opportunity to make a fresh start and set new personal and professional goals. With the recent legalization of cannabis in Canada, dental hygienists urge everyone to think carefully before using cannabis,

November 22, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Gloves Spread Disease and Have Created an Infection Control Dilemma

by John Hardie, BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCDC

Introduction Non-sterile clinical gloves are a key component of Standard Precautions. It was envisaged that their use, when there was a risk of direct contact with blood, body fluids, non-intact skin or mucous membranes, would prevent potential pathogens in those

November 22, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Managing Your Hygiene Schedule

by Lisa Philp, Chief Visionary Officer, TGNA – Transitions Group North America

There are many systems that can be implemented in a dental practice to enhance time management between dentists and hygienists. Although these solutions are relatively simple and easy to implement, they require the cooperation of all members of the administrative

November 22, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Backflow Matters — Think Disposable

by Sheri B. Doniger DDS

Do you ever request your patients to close on the saliva ejector to evacuate fluids from their mouths? If so, when was the last time you effectively cleaned out the valve? When a patient closes on the saliva ejector or

November 22, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Saliva – More Important Than You Think

by Dorothy Garlough RDH, MPA

The public’s perception of saliva is low indeed. The act of spitting on someone is considered a vile act, one of disrespect, and even hate. Yet, in some cases, spitting can be done in a joking manner, as in a

November 22, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Creating a Unique Tray Set-up, and the Evolution of Dental Hygiene Instruments

by Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH

Do you find that each of your instrumentation kits typically contain the same instruments? Are most of your instruments similar to what you were taught in school? I usually start my instrumentation presentations by asking the audience these two questions.

November 22, 2018 Feature Dental HygieneEditorial

Take Your Time

by Jillian Cecchini, Managing Editor

It’s that time of year. The alarm goes off and you get out of bed to start the day. You peek outside the window and surprise – it’s still dark. Your motivation to get the day started is lagging. You

September 26, 2018 Feature Dental HygienePublic Relations - Patient Care

Dental Hygiene Care for Survivors of Childhood Abuse

by Linda M. Douglas, RDH, BSc

We have all been mystified and even exasperated by our more challenging clients, for example: those with inadequate self-care despite having sufficient manual dexterity; and people who attend irregularly for dental care, or fail to show up for scheduled appointments.

September 26, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

An Emerging, Integrated Model of Oral Health Care

by Julie DiNardo, RDH

The traditional model of medicine treats the body as individual systems and organs. This “dis-integrated” model of medical care also frequently excludes the oral cavity. Some examples we are all too familiar with: a physician or an endocrinologist overlooks the

September 26, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Significant Trends in Global Oral Health and Oral Cancer: The Power of Cultural Oral Habits

by Sherry Priebe RDH, BDSc, MSc

Oral cancer is a serious disease and for dental professionals, the stakes are high. Detrimental cultural oral habits are deeply entrenched in today’s global societies resulting in greater potential for people to develop mucosal lesions and oral cancer. By learning

September 26, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Periodontitis Staging and Grading

by Beth Ryerse, RDH

We are being challenged every day to grow as professionals. It is often difficult to keep up with all of the new information that seems to bombard us. The necessity of oral cancer screening, routinely, on a younger demographic. Infection