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Cephalic Tetanus and Tetanus of Dental Origin: An Overview and Case Studies

I became acutely aware of the controversy regarding dental professionals inquiring about patients' vaccination status during the pandemic. Though some dental professionals thought that...

Case Study: Dental Hygiene Student Bases Patient Education on Medical History

Many patients who come into the dental clinic are on various medications, and it is rare and surprising when a patient over the age...

Case Study: Xylitol’s Role in the 4Ds of Smoking Cessation

Xylitol has resurfaced in recent years as a natural sugar (derived from birch bark, corn cob, raspberries, and even strawberries) that inhibits bacterial repopulation...

6 Case Studies Looking at the Oral Manifestations of Long COVID

Editor’s Note: As new research emerges, information about COVID-19 can change. We have made every attempt to ensure this article is up to date...

Case Study: Dental Hygiene Patient’s “Extra” Thyroid Medication Raises Flag

An elderly female patient recently presented with hypothyroidism. Her health history documented that she was taking Synthroid. While verbally reviewing and updating her health...

Case Study: Patient Finally Heeds RDH’s Alert Over Lesion

Last spring, I treated a patient who I have seen routinely every six months for the past 11 years. Rob is a 75-year-old Caucasian...

Say “Yes” to the Treatment: Building Confidence in Restorative Case Acceptance

Truth be told, I had another version of this article with “how-tos,” “what-to-dos,” and pieces of advice from my experience thus far; I thought...

Dental Hygiene Instruments: Expanded Setup for Periodontal Cases

A dentist wouldn’t place an implant using a composite kit. Why do so many hygienists settle for an augmented prophy setup when performing an...

Hygiene Careers: A Case for Stressing the Importance of Office Culture

Job opportunities are on every corner for dental hygienists. If you are on LinkedIn or have a resume on Indeed or other niche sites,...

Case Acceptance: Guiding Dental Patients through Treatment Planning via Imaging

One of the most effective ways to gain case acceptance in the dental practice is through “co-planning” each dental patient’s treatment. Co-planning is essentially...

How the Pandemic Strengthens the Case for Teledentistry and Dental Hygienists

Since the shut down over COVID-19, the dental world as we know it has changed, and teledentistry has become an industry buzz word. Although...

Dental Botox Case Study: Long-term Relief for TMJ Patient Continues

A year ago, I began the Botox journey with my ridiculously overachieving masseters! Unwilling to wear a nightguard and clenching by day as well...

Noma (Cancrum Oris): A Case of a Third World Disease in a First World...

People who live in developed countries often lack knowledge of some of the serious dental and health issues that persistently trouble residents in developing...

Air Polishing Dangers: Case Study of an Injured Dental Patient

A friend recently reached out to me and other dental professionals on Facebook to ask for help regarding a soft tissue injury sustained while...

Hygienist Spotlight: How One Hygienist is Upscaling Clinical Competency Software

As a dental hygiene graduate, Sara Taft, MSAH, RDH, thought clinical dental hygiene would be her forever job. However, after a couple of years,...

Researchers Look at the Relationship of Molar Emergence and Evolutionary Life History

While permanent molars typically appear at ages six, twelve, and eighteen in humans, chimpanzees attain them at a much earlier age: three, six, and...

Graduated and Job Hunting: How to Stand Out as a New Hygienist

It’s here: The time is approaching to move that tassel from right to left. Dental hygiene school has been filled with long clinic days...

Teeth Stress Lines: How Teeth Are Archives of Our Past

Researchers have been utilizing tree rings for years to determine a tree's age and the environmental factors that influence the development of a tree....

Research Finds Potential Association Between Oral Bacteria and High Blood Pressure

Research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has identified an association between certain oral bacteria and the development of hypertension among...

Researchers Find the Mechanism Behind Potential Anticancer Properties in Lidocaine

Lidocaine is a widely used local anesthetic in dentistry, known for its ability to successfully inhibit pain signals from sensory neurons, typically administered through...

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