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May 11, 2021 Feature Dental HygieneOverall Health

Dental Hygiene Visits and Overall Health During COVID-19

by Dr. Jerry Baluta, DDS

It’s been over a year since we all began living in our COVID-19 inspired modified reality. As industry professionals, we know the importance of regular dental hygiene appointments and we have a responsibility to ensure our patients are protecting their

May 11, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Breaking Bad… Habits! 4 Steps to Implement and Sustain Change

by Judy Kay Mausolf, Speaker, Author, and Dental Culture Specialist

I Am a Habit! I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do might

Bleeding on Probing
May 11, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Take the Zero Percent Bleeding Challenge!

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

When it comes to percent bleeding on probing, I challenge your team to see how low you can go. These strategies will help you develop and optimize treatment protocols. If you haven’t integrated a zero percent Bleeding on Probing treatment

May 11, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Keep it Clean! Keep Your Loupes Spick and Span While Protecting Your Eyeballs.

by Irene Iancu, BSc, RDH, CDTP

Hey peeps, let me start by saying this: your eyeballs are just as precious as your patients. What exactly do I mean by this? Well, it’s quite simple. Eyesight is our most important sense. The eyes capture and interpret more

May 11, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Is Time Your Friend or Enemy? Strategies to Help You Confidently Follow the Standard of Care in Hygiene

by April Welker, RDH Jameson Clinical Advisor

Many hygienists face challenges in their offices but feel too rushed during the day and too tired or defeated to recommend changes. When we graduate and are ready to start working as a hygienist, it is impossible to imagine cutting

Tips for Implementing the 2018 AAP Periodontal Classification
May 11, 2021 Feature Dental HygienePeriodontics

Technically Speaking: Tips for Implementing the 2018 AAP Periodontal Classification (Part 4)

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

Still confused about the 2018 AAP Periodontal Classification? Never fear! The next few monthly columns will review some of the most important updates made to the industry’s global periodontal guidelines. Please feel free to send in your questions! Does a

The Best Defence to COVID-19 is a Healthy Mouth
May 11, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

The Best Defence to COVID-19 is a Healthy Mouth

by Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH

This past year has been a challenge and we have all felt the impact that COVID-19 has played in our lives, both professionally and personally. Anxiety levels are at an all-time high. There is fear for contracting the virus for

April 22, 2021 Feature Dental HygienePatient ManagementPractice Management

How You as a Hygienist Can Improve the Patient Experience

by Dr. Christopher Young, Young Family Dental

Dental hygienists are a key part in ensuring that patients are satisfied with their visit at the dental practice. As a hygienist, you not only assist your patients with their oral hygiene, you also are responsible for helping educate them

April 22, 2021 Feature Dental HygienePractice management

Mindfulness and Self-Care: Be Present While You Care for Others

by Lizelle Tucci RDH, MHS

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is an awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.1 Research has revealed that mindfulness has helped nurses reduce stress levels, increase relaxation, and a practice of self-care.2Advertisement A practice of

April 22, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Technically Speaking: Tips for Implementing the 2018 AAP Classification (Part 3)

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

Still confused about the 2018 AAP Periodontal classification. Never fear! The next few monthly columns will review some of the most important updates made to the industry’s global periodontal guidelines to help hygiene teams achieve the highest level of care. Once

Sleep Apnea
March 17, 2021 Feature Dental HygieneOverall HealthSleep apneaSleep disorders

Sleep Apnea: a NOT-so-Silent Killer

by Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH President of rdhu

What dental hygienists need to know to help save lives Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder characterized by upper airway collapse during sleep. OSA is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders and is potentially fatal, affecting approximately 4-9%

March 17, 2021 Feature Dental equipmentDental Hygiene

Equipment On the Go: One RDH Decides to Rent Her Equipment to Those in Need

by Jennifer Grzebien, RDH

At the age of 26, I decided to go back to school and become a RDH. I sought a change from retail management and wanted to do something that provided greater job opportunities and greater job satisfaction. What has taken

March 17, 2021 Feature Dental HygieneHuman ResourcesOffice ManagementPractice management

How to Get a Raise

by Alina Fintineanu, RDH, CTP, C.A Ed

Would you rather: 1) do your taxes, 2) use a restroom with broken locks, or 3) listen to a young child learn how to play the violin, rather than approach your employer for a raise? In the field of dental

March 17, 2021 Feature Dental HygienePractice management

Pandemic Proof your Hygiene Department!

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

When you stabilize your internal economy, your practice can weather the most volatile economic storms. The Canadian Dental Hygiene Association (CDHA) con-ducted a nation-wide survey in the fall of 2020 to evaluate the impact of Covid-19 on its members and

March 17, 2021 Feature Dental HygieneGum DiseasePeriodontology

Technically Speaking: Answering Your Questions About Implementing the 2018 AAP Periodontal Classification

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

Can you regress a patient’s Stage? A stage can only regress under one condition: when surgical intervention eliminates a complexity factor like Class II and III furcations or vertical defects. So, if a patient is a classified as Stage III

March 17, 2021 Feature Dental HygieneEditorial

It’s Been a Year… What Have We Learned?

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

Well, it’s been a year. Most of us would agree that the current pandemic is not something we had ever imagined we would live through. What have we learned through this past year? How will our lives, our careers, our

Considerations for Treating Children with Special Needs in the Clinical Environment
February 19, 2021 Feature Dental HygienePractice management

Considerations for Treating Children with Special Needs in the Clinical Environment

by Kari Slade, RDH

I began my journey into pediatric dental hygiene in 2015, before we were aware of our son’s diagnosis. I had always been drawn to working with children and I quickly found my niche while working in a pediatric clinic in

Dental Hygienists
February 19, 2021 Feature Dental HygienePractice management

Avoiding Burnout Among Dental Hygienists: How to Achieve the Main Goal for 2021

by Derek Jones, VP Enterprise Strategy, Americas

A smile can open the world, in love, with friends, and at work. But statistics are grim. 48% of young American adults untagged themselves from a photo on Facebook because they were not happy with their smiles. 57% of Americans

Technically Speaking: Tips For Implementing the 2018 AAP Classification (Part 2)
February 19, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Technically Speaking: Tips For Implementing the 2018 AAP Classification (Part 2)

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

Still confused about the 2018 AAP Periodontal classification. Never fear! The next few monthly columns will review some of the most important updates made to the industry’s global periodontal guidelines to help hygiene teams achieve the highest level of care.

January 22, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Plaque Analysis: The Oral Health You Can See

by Rachael Straus

While viruses might be on everyone’s mind because of the Covid-19 pandemic, let us not forget about other microscopic creatures that can influence our health, namely bacteria. Just the thought of bacteria makes many people cringe due to their associations