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Anne O. Rice, RDH, BS

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Anne O. Rice, RDH, BS, has been a clinical dental hygienist for over 30 years and received her degree from Wichita State University. Her oral-systemic passion led her to found Oral Systemic Seminars in 2017, in which she now devotes her time, focus, and study primarily to dementia prevention and sleep hygiene. She completed the Bale Doneen Preceptorship for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention for Healthcare Practitioners. In 2020 Anne became certified as a Longevity Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Research and Dementia Foundation, a Fellow with The American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, and in 2021 published her manuscript Alzheimer’s Disease and Oral-Systemic Health: Bidirectional Care Integration Improving Outcomes. The perspective article was part of a research topic: Integrating Oral and Systemic Health: Innovations in Transdisciplinary Science, Health Care and Policy. Anne is a consultant with Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic and is a consultant with Florida Atlantic College of Medicine under the direction of Dr. Richard Isaacson.

Is License Portability Coming with the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact?

The inbox gets hit with a ton of opportunities for continuing education, new research studies, and the who’s who of the dental industry. A last-minute email came in recently for an event that piqued my interest. It was a webinar of sorts, calling itself a review meeting concerning something called a compact. The way I read it, this could...

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...

Let’s Not Sugarcoat It: Viewing Sweeteners from a Dental Perspective

The industrialized world loves its sugar, and no one disputes that. The usual suspects are cupcakes, candy, etc., but processed foods such as granola bars and canned goods have their fill of sugar. Sugar isn't big news for the dental community; it promotes inflammation, weight gain, accelerated aging, and pesky dental decay. There is also an association between high...

Sickle Cell Disease: How Dental Treatment of Patients is Influenced

The American Society of Hematology's publication, Blood Advances, covers hematology and related sciences, including lymphomas, leukemias, hemophilia, and a host of anemias. Unless you struggled with a hematology issue or were a researcher, the journal doesn't trend on Yahoo or Google. I did find a study that somehow traveled into my inbox from the journal that piqued my interest. Patients...

How to Prepare for Violence Occurring in the Dental Office

A few things will make us become paralyzed with shock and horror during our lives. One is the senseless loss of human life due to the work of a deranged killer, and such events stupefy us even more when the victims are children. Another school shooting has occurred in Texas, and I believe it is affecting many of us...

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....

Patients with ALS: Don’t Let a Curveball Affect Your Hygiene Treatment

Years ago, when working for a dental practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I encountered my first patient diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The disease is often called Lou Gehrig's disease, deriving its name after an American professional baseball player who played for the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939. I knew about Lou Gehrig and the disease both...

Dental Professionals: Their Careers Have Value Inside and Outside the Operatory

Remember the argument that has been around for years about the working Mom vs. the stay-at-home Mom? It was utterly ridiculous − the whole idea of us vs. them. There shouldn’t be a debate about it, just like there shouldn’t be a debate regarding hygienists who are in the operatory or out and their value to the profession. Engaging in...

Research on Drug Suggests Future Possibilities as a Periodontal Antibiotic

While digging in the abyss of research studies, I fell across information about a potential new antibiotic that may have a chance to be utilized in the treatment of periodontal disease without drug resistance and would spare beneficial bacteria. For many years, the standard of care for treating periodontal disease included scaling and root planing. We may sometimes adjunctively use...

Gene-editing Research Hints at Possible Treatment for Cold Sores

In May 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that around half a billion people worldwide are living with genital herpes, and several billion have oral herpes. While available antiviral medications help reduce symptoms, there is no cure. A paper published in the science journal Nature Communications reported that a team of researchers were able to eliminate over 90% of...

Spinning Rooms: Dental Practice Considerations Can Help Patients with Vertigo

Vertigo is an umbrella term for a person who has a sensation of motion when they are not moving, and inner ear problems often cause it. Vertigo can also be caused by migraines and some medications, including those to treat high blood pressure, anxiety, or infections. Dental providers who stay alert about patients' health histories can help our clients with...

Where the Wild Germs Grow: Dental Professionals Can’t Kill Them All

Thankfully, we are learning all sorts of great information about keeping bacteria at bay in the dental office. The roadmap to cleanliness in the dental practice is quite clear ‒ hand hygiene, water line maintenance, and sterilization. As they say, cleanliness is next to godliness and ethical standards. I am not by nature a germaphobe. I should probably have more...

Awakening Too Early? The Solution May ‘Bee’ a Sweet Treat Away

I have a problem. OK, not just one but several. We are only addressing one today. I try every single trick for sleep on the planet. I know all too well the importance of a great nights' sleep. I study it and do my best, but that does not mean I get a perfect night's zzz's. I overly track my...

Recare Visits, Rumination, and Those Endless Minutes

You’re in the zone at the place after data collection before the exam ‒ the time when dental hygienists use their secret sauce to remove the biofilm, calculus, or debris (aka junk). Dental hygienists are lost in thought and hopefully only good ones. But it can be the time when we mull over something that is weighing heavily on our...

‘Tis the Season: Mistletoe Offers a Rich History as Medicine

Mistletoe has been hanging in archways around the Christmas season for centuries. When I was a child in my hometown in Oklahoma, we would look high up in trees to spot a bunch, try to knock it down, and drag it home like it was a trophy (The mistletoe is the official floral emblem for the state). If you got...

Coffee: When the Dental Patient Blames High Blood Pressure on Java

The Standard of care in dental offices includes taking a patient's blood pressure. This is almost step one in the dental visit following a thorough medical history surveillance. When a dental patient's blood pressure is noted as "high" by the clinician, the patient may reply with a variety of answers about why. Dental patients are often uneducated about what constitutes...

Collaboration with Other Health Care Specialties? Dental Hygienists Can Blaze the Trail.

Some hygienists would like autonomy working separately from the traditional dental practice and without the restrictions of a governing body, dentists, who have control of our clinical careers. We may feel limited in what we can say, the use of our skills, or our value as dental hygienists are not completely tapped into. Are we missing the opportunities to elevate...

Telomeres: Dental Hygienists Can Influence Patients’ Longevity

When you hear about someone living into their 90s, you immediately think what a wonderful success of life. Isn't longevity the goal? If you speak to many seniors living into their 90s, they may feel it's not all that it's cracked up to be. Many of us want to live a long life, enjoying our family and friends, but...

Dental/Medical Leadership: Santa Fe Group Closes Health Communication Gaps

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Dental providers have been talking about oral-systemic health for many years. Some may feel it falls on deaf ears, but they fight the good fight. Organizations such as the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health feature a bountiful array of continuing education classes speaking about the relationship between oral health and whole-body health. You can dial up courses on the...

Epileptic Patients: A Dental Hygienist’s Guide in Managing & Preventing Seizures

Our brain consists of millions of neurons that are linked by synapses in an elaborate network system, and this process of activity is called neurotransmission. The brain, as is sometimes speculated, houses more connections than there are stars in the Milky Way, and textbooks for years have estimated that there are "100 billion neurons" in the brain. Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel,...