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Debbi Viger, RDH, BHS

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Debra Viger, RDH, BHS, has 30 years of clinical dental hygiene, dental office management, and treatment coordination experience. Embracing a complete approach to efficient dental office operations, she successfully encourages offices to work at peak performance levels with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm. She is past president of McHenry County Dental Hygiene Society and past chair of continuing education. She has published in both RDH and Access Magazine.

Debra is currently a Director of Outreach, teaching daily home care techniques, nutrition for dental health, and desensitization for the developmentally delayed and autistic community. Through her program, she has demonstrated that all patients are special and need unique treatment options. This programming is easily shared including the video training. Reach out for further information to nviger8 [at] aol.com.

Thyroid Cancer: Hygienist Survives Surgery and Recommends Dental Monitoring for Symptoms

WARNING: Graphic images contained in this thyroid cancer article. With limited appointment times and an increasing number of tasks to accomplish, dental hygienists may be tempted to skip the head and neck examination. Every dental hygiene procedure and treatment protocol seems necessary, and yet we still need to disinfect the operatory and prepare for the next patient. The lack of time...

A Child’s First Appointment: Hygienists Set the Tone for Lifelong Care

We all know that children need to have the best, most positive dental experience to ensure a fondness for a lifetime of dental visits. We want to help eliminate stress and apprehension for both the clinician, patient, and their families. The best way to accomplish this is to start early. With all expecting patients, take a few moments to discuss...

Dental Hygiene Ventures: Hygienist Finds Path in Nutritional Counseling

Dental hygienists who are lifelong learners, science nerds, and thrive on changes and challenges are amazed at what can be accomplished. Courtney Beth Anderson, RDH, a 2009 AAS graduate of Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois, believes in going the distance with her career, and she is frequently undertaking new challenges. As a child with "bucky teeth," Courtney didn't smile...

Diagnostic Instruments: Choosing Dental Mirrors, Periodontal Probes, and Explorers

The best diagnostic instruments offer the clinician and patient superior overall dental health and comfort. We deserve to have the very best diagnostic instruments with a proven record of quality and durability in order to offer our patients the most comprehensive diagnostic opportunity possible. Diagnostic instruments are where dentistry and treatment begin. Clinicians must be able to see exceptionally well...

Assisted Hygiene: Patricia Farmer, RDH, Offers Guidance on Increasing Production

Want to know how one amazingly energetic dental hygienist can produce $42,000 to $50,000 a month? Using time management and performing every task allowed under her state guidelines, this hygienist has created a superb daily flow. Assisted hygiene changed the trajectory of her career. Patty Farmer, RDH, graduated from Prairie State College in 2002. Her LinkedIn account reveals a vast...

Sharp Dental Instruments Create Better Treatment Outcomes and Comfort for Hygienists

Sharp instruments are critical for both dental clinician and patient. From the patient standpoint, they are much more comfortable as less pressure is applied to remove calculus. When sharp instruments are used, the amount of time for the procedure is reduced. Gingival tissues respond better when fewer repetitive strokes are used, and less pressure is applied. Comfortable dental patients with...

Still Negative: How Do Hygienists Create Change?

A recent article about negativity in the dental hygiene profession was published in Today’s RDH, and the Facebook posts of the article (here and here) resulted in comments, concerns, and questions about personal protective equipment (PPE) and the current state of dentistry. I thought my article brought out an interesting thought process that should be addressed. One hygienist said, “Our...

Preparations for Dental Hygiene Temping Assignments during Pandemic

Are you uncertain about whether you are feeling respected and appreciated in your current employment situation? Multiple options abound in the dental profession. Perhaps it is time to start interviewing for another permanent position. Perhaps a total change is needed, and you crave flexibility. With the current pandemic situation, temporary positions are bountiful. Many hygienists have chosen not to go...

Negativity in Dental Hygiene: Halt Fears and Focus on the Positive

Do you find that the negativity found online has become almost overwhelming? Social media is inundated with horror stories of terrible dental offices and horrible shortages of protective gear. We can scroll for hours and find hundreds of posts and comments revealing fear as well as a lack of respect within the dental office for both staff and patients. This...

5 Step Implant Assessment

Implants are becoming commonplace in our patients, and we need to know how to care for them in office and for patient instruction. At one time, patients presented with bridges; we now know that cutting down healthy opposing teeth to give patients a biting surface is old school and that asking patients to clean under a bridge was wishful...