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Brooke Sergent, RDH, BS

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Brooke Sergent, RDH, BS, graduated cum laude from Big Sandy Community and Technical College Dental Hygiene program in 2004, where she was also the recipient of the Colgate S.T.A.R. award. In 2005, she moved to East Tennessee and earned her Bachelors in Science from Tennessee Tech University based in Cookeville, TN. Brooke served on the Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board in Piscataway, NJ, in 2013. In 2014, she organized a Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Future Event for a local elementary school. Brooke currently works in private practice and serves as a BURST Ambassador.

Fun Teeth Facts of Different Animals, Including Slugs!

Most dental professionals, if not all, find themselves gravitating towards any and all things dental. It's a second nature we cannot mask. Whether it's tooth-adorned apparel, custom dental license plates, or just merely seeing teeth when we look at random objects. Teeth are a major part of our lives in and out of our careers. What if we discussed the...

Halitosis: How Dental Professionals Can Sniff Their Way to the Source

Halitosis is a malodor that is expelled from the mouth. While everyone wakes in the morning with a less than desirable mouth aroma, some dental patients actually battle chronic bad breath on a daily basis. One in four people experience bad breath, and some studies have reported as high as 50% of the adult population suffers from halitosis.1,2 In fact,...

Chewing into Nutrition: Foods that Help Promote a Healthier Oral Biome

Details about the foods dental patients eat seem to be a natural conversation for dental hygienists to initiate in the pursuit of a healthier oral cavity. I am sure I have given that same spiel hundreds of times to patients and their caregivers. In fact, I am guilty of sharing nutritional information with friends and family when I overhear...

Dental Stain: Hygienists Can Ascertain Source, Help Increase Dental Patient Confidence

I think it’s safe to say that most dental hygienists loathe extrinsic dental stains. Personally, nothing exhausts me more than working relentlessly to remove tenacious stain. Despite the pleasing satisfaction of accomplishment once the mouth in our chair is stain-ridden, the task is one I can go my entire career without ever having to repeat. On the contrary, intrinsic stain...

Straight to the Source: How Dental Professionals Should Seek Professional Information

In a world surrounded by social media that is growing exponentially, we often find ourselves delving into these platforms for answers, advice, and news. Social media is a part of many people's routines, and users average 144 minutes on social media daily.1 Facebook, specifically, is chock-full of groups for connecting with like-minded individuals. The dental community is no exception, with...

Toothbrush Etiquette: Could Your Toothbrush Have Fecal Matter On It?

For most of us, brushing our teeth is something we do daily, at least twice. It helps freshen our breath and to brighten our smile, but most importantly, we do it to keep our mouths healthy which unknowingly to most, affects our overall health. Society has been brushing their teeth for thousands of years now. The brush has evolved...

Open Letter to Dentists: How to Show Appreciation to Your Hygienist

October was National Dental Hygiene Month. Unfortunately, not every dental hygienist was recognized for their efforts or shown appreciation. As I scrolled through my social media accounts, I detected a consensus that more dental hygienists were not shown appreciation than those who were. This broke my heart. As a fellow dental hygienist, I know just how deserving we are. Fellow...

Decorative Dentistry: Dental Patients Continue to Invest in Trendy Teeth Modifications

It is no secret that society has become center focused on appearance, and the mere fact that “selfie” was named word of the year in 2013 by Miriam Webster further clarifies this.1 Focusing on ourselves more leads to the desire to look better. New research reveals that American women spend nearly a quarter of a million dollars on their appearance...

A Comprehensive Review of Designs for Vision Loupes & Headlight

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from Designs for Vision as part of our sponsored partner program. The mere thought of how I ever practiced my dental hygiene career without loupes is unfathomable. Loupes have assisted me in my career by improving my posture, as well as reducing musculoskeletal disorders and hand fatigue. In addition, loupes help perform dental procedures with...

Flossing: An Inexpensive Way to Add Years to Your Life

Currently, more people are flossing than ever! However, don’t get excited… They are flossing their bodies not their teeth (you know you have tried it!) If I could get my son to be as diligent with his math as he is with his floss dance, he would become the next Albert Einstein. Flossing, such a simple concept yet practiced...