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September 22, 2022 News Dental Governance & RegulationsDental HygieneNews

CDHA Applauds Dental Hygienists Being Named in Proposed Dental Care Legislation

by CDHA

After months of hard work, meetings with parliamentarians and senior staff in Health and Finance, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), representing the sixth-largest regulated health profession in Canada, was excited at yesterday’s announcement about the Government of Canada’s proposed

September 20, 2022 News Dental HygieneDentistryNews

Dental Hygienists Go Mobile, Give Oral Care to Migrant Workers and Ukrainian Refugees

by CTV News

A church basement was transformed into a make-shift dentist’s office on Saturday, as dental hygienists are raising awareness about the services they can provide, increasing access to oral care. The Gift from the Heart event was a charity tooth cleaning

September 13, 2022 News Dental Industry

America’s ToothFairy Celebrates Dental Hygienists as Part of “My Smile Matters” Campaign

by America’s ToothFairy

America’s ToothFairy invites all dental professionals to join them during the month of October, Dental Hygiene Month, to spread awareness about why smiles matter for overall good health and success in life, and the value dental hygienists bring to the

Chlorhexidine
September 12, 2022 Feature Dental HygieneDental Product

Chlorhexidine: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, CEO and Founder of Cellerant Consulting

When you hear the word chlorhexidine it is easy to guess the first things that pop into your mind: stain, poor patient compliance, great bacterial killer, terrible taste, works well but causes calculus, and adds a lot more work. If

oral cancer
September 12, 2022 Feature CancerCancerDental HygieneOral cancer

Oral Cancer: Screening and Early Discovery

by Jo-Anne Jones, President, RDH Connection Inc.

A vast amount of my career has been spent on defining our powerful role as dental hygienists in the earlier discovery of an abnormal lesion through effective visual and tactile examination of the structures of the head, neck and oral

September 12, 2022 Feature Chronic dental care for the elderlyDental HygieneOral HealthPeriodontology

Prevora as a Successful Therapy for Oral Dysbiosis in High-risk, Complex-needs Adults: A Series of Four Patients and a Review of the Literature

by Julie DiNardo, RDH; Irene DeHaan, RDH; Julie Stang, RDH

Oral dysbiosis is an imbalance of bacteria in the dental plaque whereby pathogenic bacteria dominate the biofilm and, in turn, initiate destruction of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. Caries and periodontal diseases result from oral dysbiosis. A

Dry Mouth
September 12, 2022 Feature Dental HygieneDental Product

Preventive Protocols and Quality Recommendations: Helping Your High-Risk Dry Mouth Patients

by Brooke Crouch, RDH

Is dry mouth a complaint you hear frequently from your patients? Does your mirror ever stick to your patient’s cheek during their dental visit? We can all probably think of those patients – those patients with severe dry mouth. The

September 12, 2022 Feature Dental HygienePeriodontology

Stay Sharp: Technical Guidelines and Workplace Strategies for the Clinical Dental Hygienist. (Part 5)

by Gabriele Maycher, CEO, GEM Dental Experts Inc. BSc, PID, dip DH, RDH

Q: Has the definition of “localized” and “generalized” changed in reference to describing the extent of periodontal disease? There seems to be a lot of debate among the new grads and seasoned hygienists in our office. A: The new 2018

September 12, 2022 Feature Dental HygieneDentistryEditorial

Behind Every Hurricane is a Rainbow

by Lisa Philp RDH

A rainbow has arrived – no more fallow time! For years, dentistry has weathered the pandemic storm (“Hurricane”) of shut-down, isolation, cabin fever, new normal and re-build. It experienced waves of shock, fear, worry, paralysis, confusion, conflict, loss and change.

September 6, 2022 News Dental HygieneNews

Dentsply Sirona’s Cavitron 300 Series Wins 2022 Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene Award

by Dentsply Sirona

Awarded by Cellerant Consulting Group, the Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene Award recognizes game-changing dental hygiene technologies. The Cavitron 300 Series was identified as a standout product that should be part of every dental hygienist’s toolkit. The honor comes in

August 26, 2022 Feature Dental Hygiene

Understanding Procedure Codes: A Practical Look at Risks and Ethics

by Michelle Budd, D.D.S, Patient Safety Consultant, dentalcorp; Julian Perez, J.D., Chief Legal Officer, dentalcorp

Proper procedure coding within your practice is important on many levels, from ensuring accurate payment for dentists to creating a valid record of patient care. Failing to use appropriate procedure codes can lead to all kinds of mischief for dentists

August 26, 2022 Feature Dental HygienePeriodontology

Stay Sharp: Technical Guidelines and Workplace Strategies for the Clinical Dental Hygienist. (Part 4)

by Gabriele Maycher, CEO, GEM Dental Experts Inc., BSc, PID, dip DH, RDH

Q: I just started using the term “nonsurgical periodontal therapy” (NSPT) when speaking to my patients, and they often ask how NSPT is different than a “cleaning.” What is the easiest way to describe the difference without getting too technical?

August 9, 2022 News Dental HygieneNews

New Grant Program Makes Dental Hygiene Part of Hospital Care

by University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Cyndee Stull, DHSc, director of the Division of Dental Hygiene, takes the connection between oral and systemic health seriously. That connection informs everything she does, and it’s the inspiration behind a project being funded by Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.

wellbeing
July 22, 2022 Feature Dental HygieneDental TeamMental HealthTeam motivation

Making Your Team’s Wellbeing a Top Priority

by Nicola Deall, Chief People Officer, dentalcorp

Since the onset of the pandemic, our personal and professional lives have been turned upside down in ways we could never have imagined. In addition to adopting rigorous health and safety protocols and procedures in our practices, we also go

dental hygienist
July 22, 2022 Feature Dental Hygiene

The Rush Hour: Time to Get Off the Hygiene Hamster Wheel

by Chrissy Ford, RDH, Advanced Hygiene Solutions

Some days, the life of a dental hygienist is like running on a hamster wheel. The race of the clock, running around in circles as you frantically try to stay on time. In hygiene school, we were given three hours

July 22, 2022 Feature Dental HygienePractice Management

True Success, Giving Back.

by Dale Audrey Ungar R.D.H.

In my personal and professional journey throughout of my life, I have discovered that giving back is the ultimate sign of true success. And in today’s world, we need to remember that we are all connected, in many ways. We

July 22, 2022 Feature Dental HygieneGum DiseasePeriodontology

Stay Sharp: Technical Guidelines and Workplace Strategies for the Clinical Dental Hygienist. (Part 3)

by Gabriele Maycher, CEO, GEM Dental Experts Inc., BSc, PID, dip DH, RDH

Q: Can you make a dental hygiene diagnosis based on pocket depths alone? A few of my fellow hygienists insist that a 5mm pocket depth is an indication of periodontitis. A: No, you can not make an accurate Dental Hygiene

July 6, 2022 News Dental HygieneNews

The 2021 Best of Class Hygiene Award Winners

by Cellerant Consulting

Cellerant Consulting Group is pleased to announce the 2021 Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene Award winners. “Since 2009, the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards have identified and acknowledged the top technologies in dentistry,” said Melissa Turner, Chief Hygiene Officer

Radiographic Interpretation
June 24, 2022 Feature Dental HygieneDental TechnologyDentistryRadiology

Reducing Noise in Dentistry: The Role of AI in Improving Radiographic Interpretation

by Michelle Budd, D.D.S, Patient Safety Consultant, dentalcorp; Julian Perez, J.D., Chief Legal Officer, dentalcorp

A patient emails 20 different dentists her recently taken full mouth series of x-rays, stating, “My previous dentist took these just before I moved to town. The move was sudden (work-related), so my dentist never had a chance to tell

Intra-oral Camera
June 24, 2022 Feature Dental CareDental HygieneDental Technology

Seeing Is Believing: Maximizing the Use of an Intra-oral Camera During the Dental Hygiene Appointment to Motivate Patient Compliance

by Julianne Souza, RDH, BS

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” You may have heard this common phrase many times before. Have you thought about this when it comes to your daily interactions with patients? We are trained, educated and taught how to assess,