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February 26, 2020 News BlogsDental Hygiene

Tips for Treating Autistic Clients

by Jennifer Grzebien

When treating an individual with autism, having an in-depth talk with the client or client’s caregiver prior to the appointment is crucial to having a successful appointment. Autistic individuals often have sensory issues so knowing what they are is so

self-care
February 13, 2020 Feature Dental HygienePractice management

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

by Jillian Cecchini, Managing Editor

As I’m writing this editorial, it happens to be the 10th #BellLetsTalk day. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is honouring Bell Canada for its visionary leadership on mental health and is urging everyone across Canada to join this

February 13, 2020 Feature CharityDental HygienePatient ManagementPeriodontology

Let Love Rule: Flight 1246, Seat 18A

by Irene Iancu, BSc, RDH, CDTP

Crosscheck complete. Ready for departure from one of the most remarkable adventures I’ve had the privilege of embarking on. I’m faced with the incredibly challenging task of describing what seems to be an indescribable dream; a blur of circumstances sous

dental hygiene
February 13, 2020 Feature Dental HygienePeriodontology

20/20 Vision on Dental Hygiene

by Katrina M. Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF

With the ball drop at midnight and the off-key vocals of “Auld Lang Syne” bidding farewell to 2019, we enter a time of both reflection on what the previous year brought, as well as turning our sights to the future

February 13, 2020 Feature Dental Hygiene

Collect What You Produce: Overcoming Objections

by Cathy Jameson, PhD

‘‘The # 1 secret to overcoming cost objections is to actively listen to your clients/patients and simply create value that exceeds their expectations.” — John DiLemme At the end of a great treatment presentation, you might think a patient is

dental hygienists
February 13, 2020 Feature Dental Hygiene

Amazing, Innovative, Dental Hygienists!

by Linda M. Douglas BSc, RDH

According to CDHA, the key responsibilities of dental hygienists are health promotion, education, clinical therapy, research, change agent, and administration. The following five hygienists are amazing dental hygiene professionals who have definitely demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement. They have

February 13, 2020 Feature Dental HygienePeriodontology

Communicating Oral Inflammation: A Chair-Side Conversation That Can Change a Life

by Lisa Hardill, RDH, BHADM

Have you ever said to a client during their dental hygiene appointment, “oh there is just a little bit of bleeding”?  Overall, giving the client the impression, this is expected, normal, or really not something to be overly concerned with.

February 4, 2020 News Dental HygieneNews

Do You Know a Dental Hygiene Superhero?

by CDHA

Join forces with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) to help us recognize, for the third year in a row, dental hygiene health care superheroes in communities across Canada. Championed by your oral health defender CDHA and sponsored by Sensodyne®,

January 21, 2020 News Dental HygieneNews

USC’s Dental Hygiene Program Transforms to Serve a New Generation of Students

by USC News

If you took a look at USC’s dental hygiene program in the fall, you might not have recognized it: It’s gone through a number of noteworthy changes. First off, the class is smaller: 20 students comprise the Class of 2021.

January 20, 2020 News Dental HygieneNews

Dental Hygienist Offering Alternative to Traditional Dentist Visit

by My Grande Prairie Now

A Grande Prairie woman is hoping to change the way people look at a traditional visit to the dentist. Dental Hygienist Meg Kreutziger recently opened up the only dental hygiene practice in Grande Prairie called To the Root. “There are

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

pregnant gum disease
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.

opening practice
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.

dental hygienist resource
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