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Cheryl Calmis, RDH, BS, M.Ed

Cheryl Calmis, RDH, BS, M.Ed
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Cheryl Calmis, RDH, BS, M.Ed, is a practicing dental hygienist with experience in periodontics, including laser therapy and guided biofilm therapy. She received her BS degree in dental hygiene from UC San Francisco, a BS in biology from San Jose State University, and an M. Ed in Instructional Design from Western Governors University with the highest honors. She has written dental-related articles for DoctorBase and Cocofloss and is a Professional Educator for an oral hygiene company.

What It’s Like to be a Hygienist at a Periodontal Office

My career in dental hygiene has spanned over three decades ‒ something I find hard to believe. I have worked as a dental hygienist in various settings, including general dentistry, sedation dentistry, and prosthodontics. While I look back fondly on my time spent learning the different skills needed for each of these dental specialties, my dental hygienist heart belongs in...

All Thumbs: How Dental Hygienists Should Be Using Their Hands Wisely

Dental hygiene students are taught how to hold and use instruments during dental hygiene procedures. I still remember being taught to “rock, rock, and roll using a modified pen grasp.” During a full day of patient care, we grip instruments in both hands with our thumbs, index, and middle fingers. Our dominant hand will be rocking and rolling while...