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Anne O. Rice, RDH, BS

Anne O. Rice, RDH, BS
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Anne O. Rice, RDH, BS, has more than 30 years of clinical dental hygiene practice and has witnessed the impact of periodontal inflammation on a wide range of diseases and conditions. Anne graduated from Wichita State University then continued her studies earning a bachelor’s degree in Oral Health Promotion and is a graduate of the Bale/Doneen Preceptorship course for cardiovascular disease prevention for healthcare practitioners. In 2017, she found Oral Systemic Seminars that has fueled her drive to inform dental colleagues, medical providers, and the public regarding all thing’s oral health. Her deep passion regarding dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s Disease, moved her to dedicate enormous amounts of time and study researching and finding the multitude of ways in which valuable oral health care providers can help prevent this harrowing disease. Anne lives in Conroe, Texas with her husband, son and fur daughters Daisy and Maggie.

Dr. Erin Hartnett: Nurse Practitioner Advocates for Oral Health

More than two decades ago, the U.S. Surgeon General's report titled Oral Health in America was a call to action for all health professions to play a role in reducing the burden of oral disease in America. A decade after that, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released both Advancing Oral Health in America and Improving Access to Oral Health...

5 Snack Ideas for a Busy Day in the Dental Practice

Imagine that it is about 3 pm, and you have just finished a tough SRP. You walk your patient to the front, and she seamlessly gets checked out. You then have a quick chat with your coworker about her upcoming nuptials. After returning to your operatory and breaking it down and setting up, you realize that you need a...

Smoking Risks Higher in Women: The Dental Hygienist’s Role

It isn’t news that smoking is bad for your health. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths each year and is the leading cause of preventable death. That equates to one in five deaths.1-3 More deaths are caused by smoking than human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle accidents, and fire-arm related incidents.4...

Dental Patient Video Messaging: Smile, You’re on Camera!

In 2018, my husband and I were interviewing college coaches for our son (and, no, not the Lori Loughlin kind of “coach”). A friend at a university recommended a company that could help us navigate the minefield of discussions. My dear, sweet son had become a different soul in his teenage years. As I looked onto the horizon, I saw...

The Boomers: Enhancing the Dental Hygienist’s Communication Skills for the Elders

We all chose dentistry for different reasons. Our technical skills were developed and nurtured throughout college, but communication skills were never a clear focus in our curriculum, as far as I could tell. I think there is always the assumption that we had already developed great “people skills” by the time we entered college. After graduation, many clinicians realize that...

The Power of Water: Brain Fuel for the Dental Hygienist

How many of us would revolt if, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were told that we could not have coffee? At times, I have felt I could not function without my java. Through the years, I have investigated coffee’s benefits to cognitive health, and some research shows that moderate coffee intake may promote a healthy brain.1 Additionally, research shows it...

How Foliage Benefits Hygienists’ Health and Well-Being

I am very fortunate to live in an area where the climate seldom restricts me from outdoor activities. While the summer temperature in Houston can be sweltering and humid, I never have to face a freezing winter and imagine an icicle forming on my nose. My other great fortune in terms of locale is that I live next to...

The Benefits of REM Sleep for Dental Professionals and Patients

You can’t open a dental industry magazine or social media page without seeing some information about sleep. Sleep apnea is a health crisis that affects almost a billion people worldwide. Dentistry is at the forefront of treating the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, and, of course, we all should be screening for symptoms. But this isn’t just another apnea article....

Compelling Relationship between Candida and Alzheimer’s – What Hygienists Should Know

I am 100% not joking… Candida has been used as a baby name. I know right?! I stumbled upon this fun fact when I was looking for other names for yeast, fungus, and candida. The name Candida has been shared by a German artist, a keyboardist, and a filmmaker (who made the kind of films you wouldn’t want your...

The Vampire Hormone: What Dental Hygienists Need to Know

Don’t think this is another informative essay telling us women that our hormones will suck the life out of us. I’m speaking of melatonin. Melatonin has the nickname of vampire hormone because its production begins when it starts getting dark and shies away from the light. Anyone who knows me observes that anything related to sleep always makes me all...