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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

January 22, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Igniting That Spark For Your Hygiene Career Once Again

by Dezarae Aldridge-Earl, RDH

You are a dental hygienist. You went to school, you graduated, wrote the national board exam, found yourself a job and now you scale likely somewhere between 160 to 256 teeth each day, four days a week or upwards of

AAP Periodontal Classification
January 22, 2021 Feature Dental Hygiene

Technically Speaking: Tips For Implementing the 2018 AAP Periodontal Classification (Part 1)

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.

Periodontology Classifications
November 25, 2020 Feature Dental HygieneGum DiseasePeriodontology

Implementing the 2018 Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases into Your Practice

by Jodie Cantarelli, A.A.S., R.D.H., Dip.AdEd, Manager of Dental Hygiene Programs at dentalcorp

By now you would have seen or heard of the new classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, which replaced the previous (1999) classification system and addressed most of its limitations. Research indicates that 80% of North American adults have some

Streamlining Instrumentation
November 13, 2020 Feature Dental Hygiene

Streamlining Instrumentation

by Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH

As we try and get used to our new normal, we need to look for ways to make our days run more smoothly and more efficiently. We need to implement processes to make our days run a little easier in

Exceptional Hygiene Department
November 13, 2020 Feature Dental HygienePractice management

Breaking Down Barriers to an Exceptional Hygiene Department: What’s Holding Your Team Back?

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

As a clinical dental hygienist for 30+ years, it pains me to say this, but exceptional hygiene departments are not the norm in the dental industry. What do I mean by exceptional? I mean utilizing “best practices” in the treatment

Patient Experience
November 13, 2020 Feature Dental Hygiene

The Hygienist’s Pivotal Role in the Patient Experience

by Dru Halverson, RDH, BS Chief of Advisor Development & Advisor, The Jameson Group

The hygienist plays such an integral role in the overall success of our relationship with our patients. From the work we provide directly with the patient, to the role we as hygienists play in passing the baton of goodwill to

November 13, 2020 Feature Dental HygienePractice management

The Not So Grand Opening

by Irene Iancu, BSc, RDH, CDTP

Welcome back to part three of my article series, where did we leave off? In 2019, I shared the first steps that should be considered when opening a practice, a little sneak peek into the world of @Toothlife.Irene and the

dental fear
November 13, 2020 Feature Dental Hygiene

Scents, Sounds, and Sights: Managing Dental Fear in 2020

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

An Updated Look at Options for Setting Our Patients at Ease Two of the main culprits that prevent our patients from seeking care are fear and anxiety. Dentophobia (or odontophobia) is defined as “the extreme fear of going to the

November 13, 2020 Feature Dental HygieneEditorial

United We Scale

by Irene Iancu, BSc, RDH, CDTP

I had virtual coffee with my former classmate last week. We’ve been having coffee nearly every month since we graduated from dental hygiene school together in 2007. We chat about dental hygiene, what’s new in our offices, cool things we’ve

Clear Aligners
September 14, 2020 Feature Dental HygieneDental TechnologyOral HealthOrthodontics

Can Plant-Based Really be High-Tech?

by Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS and Thais Carter of Cellerant Consulting Group

In Combining Botanical Foam with the Latest in LED Innovation, PhotoDynamic is Poised to Revolutionize Home-Based Oral Hygiene for Ortho Patients Moving from research and development to an operationalized business is a milestone for any company but in the case

September 2, 2020 News Dental HygieneNews

Update to CDHO Guidance on Returning to DH Practice and Use of Isolation Gowns

by CDHO

The College has revised the CDHO Guidance on Returning to Dental Hygiene Practice to include references to: its new documents CDHO Guidance on the Extended Use of N95 Respirators/Masks During a Supply Shortage and CDHO Guidance on the Use of Isolation Gowns the Public Health

August 10, 2020 News Dental HygieneNewsOral Health

Canadians Might Want to Brush Up on Dental Hygiene, Poll Suggests

by Canora Courier

Health care has long been regarded as a source of pride for many Canadians. The fact that most of us share the same language as residents of the United States has led to many social media threads where Canadians joyfully

June 23, 2020 News Dental HygieneNewsOral Health

Study Finds Oral Hygiene Training Can Significantly Reduce Pneumonia in Nursing Homes

by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, MedicalXpress

The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a leading health services research group based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has published a paper in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open evaluating the

Hygienists
May 12, 2020 Feature Dental CareDental HygieneDental HygieneHygienistsPatient Management

Keep Calm & ADPIE: Unleashing Hygienists’ Potential

by Tracy Poirier, RDH, IMC™

Did you know that acronyms are actually very modern inventions? They were found to be in existence around World War 1, but were still not used very much until World War 2. The word “acronym” did not even come into

May 12, 2020 Feature Dental Hygiene

Hindsight is 20/20: Missing the Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer Diagnosis

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

Amid our present-day pandemic, the disease of oral and oropharyngeal cancer once again has a much larger adversary. April has come and gone with very little focus on it being Oral Cancer Awareness Month. All attention understandably has been on

autistic client
May 12, 2020 Feature Dental HygienePatient ManagementPatients with disabilities

Getting To Know Your Clients Who Have Autism

by Jennifer Grzebien, RDH

It was in March of 2019 that my daughter was diagnosed with autism at a support level 3, just before her 3rd birthday. This means that she requires substantial support in order to get through her day. Since then, I