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Anne O. Rice, RDH, BS

Anne O. Rice, RDH, BS
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Anne O. Rice, BS, RDH, FAAOSH, CDP, graduated from Wichita State University, and then continued her studies and earned a bachelor’s degree in oral health promotion. She is a graduate of the BaleDoneen Preceptorship course for cardiovascular disease prevention for health-care practitioners. After almost 30 years of clinical care, she found Oral Systemic Seminars and is passionate about educating the community on all things oral-systemic health and is focused on prevention strategies for dementia and those relationships in dentistry. In 2020, Anne became a Fellow with the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and became Certified as a Brain Longevity Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. Please reach out to Anne, anneorice@gmail.com, or visit her website www.anneorice.com.

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...

75 Hard: Dental Hygienist Describes Vigorous and ‘Hard’ Journey

"We can do hard things" is a mantra that seems to be everywhere. Authors Glennon Doyle and Alan Packer wrote of the challenge. This isn't a new idea. President John F. Kennedy's "moon" speech in 1962 proclaimed, " We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but...

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...

Kirtan Kriya: 12 Minutes that Help Relieve Dental Occupational Stress

Most of us understand the basic mechanics of yoga. It is a system of physical postures and breathing exercises that promote well-being and the calming of the mind. The literal meaning is "merging two into one." Yoga is picking up speed within the dental community to help with career stress and helping to reduce the physical pain that may...

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...