Oral Health Group
September 13, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

The Value of an Optimally Sharp Instrument

by Dr. Joy Void-Holmes, RDH, BSDH, DHSc., AADH

Manual and Ultrasonic instrumentation techniques and guidelines for treatment have changed over the past few decades according technological advancements and theoretical interpretation for the literature. Technological advancements in the areas of ergonomics, metallurgy and cryogenic processing have led dental manufacturers

Difficult Patients
September 13, 2021 Feature Dental HygienePatient Management

The Troublemakers: How to Deal with Difficult Patients

by Jordan Stone

Eventually, every dental hygienist will deal with a difficult patient. Despite best efforts, a patient may be angry or upset with the care they have received or something that has been said to them. Sometimes they will be angry for

September 13, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Are You a New Generation Hygienist?

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

It has nothing to do with your age – or where or when you graduated – but everything to do with your commitment to excellence. When new procedures and techniques become available, do you update and adapt your clinical strategies

September 13, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Great Temping Expectations: Make Your Temporary Time at a Practice Count.

by Dr. James Younger, DDS; Fiona Mattrasingh, RDH, AEC

This past year has been a roller coaster ride for everyone, and the job market for dental professionals is no exception. There has been a huge flux in job-seekers looking for new positions and dental offices searching for new team

September 13, 2021 Feature Dental HygienePeriodontics

Technically Speaking: Tips for Implementing the 2018 AAP Periodontal Classification (Part 8)

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

Perfectionism
September 13, 2021 Feature Dental HygieneEditorial

Perfectionism: A Blessing and a Curse

by Loretta Langille, RDH

The dental profession often sets extremely high standards for excellence. I recall the pressure I felt to ensure I didn’t miss a thing. We were trained to measure in millimetres, feel specs of grain and see the slightest shade differences;

August 27, 2021 Feature Dental HygieneOral HealthOverall HealthSleep disorders

Assessing Tethered Oral Tissues and Understanding Their Role in Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

by Kari Slade RDH

The world of healthcare is ever evolving, and as science continues to discover the intricate network of systemic health, the focus becomes more holistic or whole body focused. Connective tissues or fascia have been a long-overlooked system of the body

August 27, 2021 Feature Dental CareDental HygieneDental ProductOral Health

Toothpaste for Two and Under: The Fluoride Fill

by Rachael Straus

The use of fluoride is normally an easy topic to agree upon for evidence-based dental professionals. However, in the past year, I’ve stumbled upon an aspect of fluoride usage that seems to be rather debated between dental professionals. The issue

2018 AAP Periodontal Classification
August 27, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Technically Speaking! Tips for Implementing the 2018 AAP Periodontal Classification (Part 7)

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.

independent dental hygienist
July 22, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Guidance for Those Beginning Independent Dental Hygiene: Your Journey Starts Now

by Dezarae Aldridge-Earl, RDH

Knowing what I know now, if I could travel back in time and talk to my former professional self—oh, the things I would tell her. With 16 years of experience as an RDH, it’s now been 5 years since I

July 22, 2021 Feature Dental HygieneOverall Health

Enhancing Care for The Most Important Patient—Yourself!

by Jennifer Hawley

The conditions created for the healthcare industry in 2020 have created substantial pressures for professionals within the industry—dental hygienists and other dental professionals included. A 2021 journal published in the BMC Journal of Systematic Reviews found that, globally, there is huge

2018 AAP Periodontal Classification
July 22, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Technically Speaking! Tips for Implementing the 2018 AAP Periodontal Classification (Part 6)

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.

Dental Hygiene Career
June 25, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Dental Hygiene Career… In the Middle of a Pandemic

by Alana Munro, RDH

So that’s it! Board exams are done and passed, the stress of studying endlessly for weeks at a time is behind you, and you can finally celebrate the joys of being an educated professional. Any new career can cause a

Temporary Dental Hygienist
June 25, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

The Ideal Etiquette as a Temporary Dental Hygienist: What You Should Know

by Dr. Leana Lundt, JVR Dental

Temporary dental hygienists are rapidly growing in popularity. Not only are dental offices needing more for those at home in quarantine, but a variety of hygienists are also finding the flexibility of temporary jobs appealing. These temps include dental hygienists

2018 AAP Periodontal Classification
June 25, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Technically Speaking: Tips for Implementing the 2018 AAP Periodontal Classification (Part 5)

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! Q: Do

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