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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 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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Human Error: Will Dentistry Discover Ways to Overcome Oral Health Barriers?

The path to good oral health is a complicated process, and it is one that requires proper motivation, skills, and habits ‒ all of...

How Clinical Calibration Helps Clarify Dental Treatments

Differences that exist among clinicians can be problematic within a dental office, including clinic workflow, systems, dental coding, and philosophies. A dental practice is...

Professional Diversity: What Does A Dental Hygienist Look Like?

I graduated from Northern Arizona University’s dental hygiene program in May 1997, following my father’s footsteps into a career as a dental hygienist. When...

Connective Tissue Disorders: Tailoring Dental Appointments for CTD Patients

A connective tissue disease or disorder is one that affects the elastin and collagen proteins within connective tissues. Connective tissues are responsible for joining...

5 Everyday Tasks that Affect Patients’ Oral Health

Everyone has a daily routine. Some people brush their teeth and then grab a cup of coffee on the way to work. Certain routines...

7 Things Your Dental Hygienist Wish You Knew

Dental hygienists are very grateful to their patients, and they realize patients have chosen a dental office for assistance during the journey of keeping...

Dental Microscope Brings Macro Results: Building Value with Oral Pathogen Analysis

A few years ago, our dental office implemented a microscope for the hygiene room. Game changer! I had no idea what a profound impact...

Artificial Tooth Enamel: New Synthetic Material Could Impact Dental Care

The human tooth is no stranger to abuse. The human dentition has been taking a beating for years from everyday use and not-so-dental-friendly habits...

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