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Abigail Alewelt, RDH

Abigail Alewelt, RDH
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Abigail Alewelt, RDH, is a clinical hygienist in Springfield, Illinois. While working, she plans to complete her bachelor's degree with the intention to apply to dental school. In her spare time, she loves to sing karaoke around town and spend time with her three bunnies and loving fiance, Derek.

Why All Dental Hygienists Should Own a Pair of Loupes

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from Designs for Vision as part of our sponsored partner program. To get a free 45-day trial of a pair of loupes from Designs for Vision, please see the limited time only link at the bottom of this article. Dentistry has advanced in plenty of ways, including techniques, equipment, and the science behind it all....

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation in Dental and Medical Settings as a Method of Sterilization

Contaminated surfaces, instruments, and airborne particles present in dental and medical settings are a potential health hazard to medical professionals and patients. Although these microbial populations can be minimized through preventive efforts such as pre-procedural rinses, plastics barriers and proper infection control, these microorganisms are still present in the operatory. Sterilization has been thoroughly studied for use in many...

Why Caries Detection is More than Just Looking for “Stickiness”

Patients and dental professionals don’t always see eye to eye on dental needs, but carious lesions are one thing they often agree on. No one wants to hear the dreaded words that you, or your child, have a cavity. Through various lectures of my schooling, caries detection, both traditional and newer age techniques, have been addressed. Traditionally, caries detection was...

Helping Patients Overcome the Anxiety of Working with a New Graduate

Being a new hygienist, I find myself facing many challenges beyond clinical work. Acclimating myself to a new set of patients and moving to a different office system have been challenges of their own. While some patients are very open and accepting to having a new hire or a different hygienist provide treatment, some often shy away or get...

Dental Hygiene School: Skip the Stress, Hit the Strategies

Dental hygiene students begin preparing for board exams starting from the beginning of the program up until the day of the exam. Whether it be honing in on instrumentation skills or hitting the books, students have a lot to master before they are deemed competent in the practice of dental hygiene. As a student, some of the most daunting...