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Angela Grover, RDH, BASDH

Angela Grover, RDH, BASDH
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Angela Grover, RDH, BASDH, has been practicing dental hygiene since 1996. Angela received her AAS in dental hygiene from Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska in 1996; she received her BAS in dental hygiene from Community College of Denver May 2018. Angela is a dental hygiene educator at Iowa Western Community College, where she is actively involved in community implementation projects with her students. In addition, Angela and her students volunteer for Nebraska and Iowa Mission of Mercy outreach clinics, as well as an outreach called One World, where they provide care a few times a month through Creighton University’s School of Dentistry to patients in need. Angela is a member of ADHA. She lives near Omaha, Nebraska.

Students Develop CE Program Using Dental Hygiene Process of Care as Foundation

When approached by my dean during the fall 2019 semester about participating in a pilot project through Iowa Campus Compact, an Americorp project that focuses on catalyzing transformation through higher education, people and communities through partnerships, and Iowa Western Community College (IWCC), it was a no-brainer that I would say yes. I love community service projects, and I happen...

ADHA Membership Benefits to Support Dental Hygienists

You heard these words while you possibly were in dental hygiene school: “Become a member of your professional organization for x, y, z, reason(s).” Like many hygienists, you might have heard this as yet another piece of advice that you may or may not follow depending upon a number of reasons − usually time and cost. Quite possibly, you may...

Emotional Support Animals: Rules to Bringing One to the Dental Office

Author’s Note: A few months ago, Today’s RDH featured Max, an “office dog” who hangs out at a Nebraska dental office with his owner, Dr. Kathy DeFord. After reading so many comments on Facebook regarding this article, I felt that further research would be a welcomed adjunct to the light-hearted article about Max. Emotional support animal (ESA) assistance has become...

Meet Dr. Kathy DeFord and Max, the Therapeutic Office Dog

Dr. Kathy DeFord and I became acquainted through Iowa Western Community College’s Dental Hygiene Advisory Board. At a recent board meeting, I informed Dr. DeFord that I had learned from a former student’s research that she had a therapy dog at her office, and I would love to gain more insight. Dr. DeFord lit up and was happy to...

The Benefits of Yoga for Dental Hygienists

Definition of Yoga 1: a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently, especially in Western cultures, to promote physical and emotional well-being. Kim Stabbe, a registered dental hygienist (RDH)/yoga instructor from Fremont, Nebraska, began her career in 1982 as a clinical RDH and then began teaching at a community college in 1986. That is...

An Open Letter to Dental Patients: 10 Requests from Dental Hygienists to Create an Efficient Appointment

Dear Dental Patient, I appreciate that you chose me to be your dental hygienist! Thank you! I have a few thoughts I would appreciate sharing that will allow your appointment and my schedule to flow like a symphony... I have one hour to conduct a medical/dental history, take necessary x-rays, chart everything that needs to be updated, perform your necessary...

A Dental Hygienist’s Experience Using Essential Oils as an Alternative Treatment for Recurrent Herpes Labialis

As a sufferer of recurrent herpes labialis (RHL), I have utilized many methods to decrease duration, including acyclovir cream and acyclovir and hydrocortisone cream 5%/1%, laser treatment, docosanol, and valaciclovir. It had also been suggested to me that applying ice at first tingle reduces the duration and swelling. You name it, and I think I have tried it. Many of...

Hearing Loss in Dentistry: A Silent Topic

It is estimated that 30 million Americans are exposed to potentially harmful sounds at work. Many workplaces require hearing protection devices (HPD) as personal protective equipment (PPE). Dentists and their auxiliaries are regularly exposed to decibel (dB) levels at and above the level of 85, which begins an unsafe zone for ears without protection. Awareness needs to be generated...

An Ode to Hygienists: I’m a Hygienist, Hear Me Roar!

In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, I would like to honor all hygienists with an Ode to Dental Hygienists! I know we all can relate to this ode, and I hope you enjoy it! Endless hours of studying for competencies, tests, and boards. I’m a hygienist, hear me roar! Exhausted physically and mentally, you effortlessly put the health and care of...

4 Tips for Returning Back to (or Starting) Dental Hygiene School

A feeling of dread settles within you, and tears are falling. The summer break is over, and it’s time to think about dental hygiene classes again. The upcoming return to the campus always comes too quickly. There’s never enough time for the pool, reading for leisure, or afternoon naps. Unfortunately, there are goals to be met, material to cram...