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Debbi Viger, RDH, BHS

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.

Post-virus Hygiene: Make the Decision to Relaunch Your Career

Editor's Note: Information about COVID-19 is changing on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. We have made every attempt to ensure this article is up-to-date at the time of publication, but with the rapid changes occurring, some information may have changed since publication. Please visit https://www.coronavirus.gov/ for the latest news and information on COVID-19. Fellow hygienists, I hope this finds you all at...

Orthodontic Hygienist: RDH Discovers a “Love” for Bracket Removal

Dental hygiene comes to each of us in a unique way. This is a description of the journey by Candy Malone, BSDH, a 2003 graduate of Marquette University. As a nine-year-old, Candy was an orthodontic patient of Dr. Gregory Kubik. She had the most positive, wonderful experience as he worked his miracle, creating her now infectious smile. Candy also had...

Organic Does Not Mean Caries-free: Chasing the Elusive Hidden Sugars

Why do some of our patients believe that eating “clean” or eating only organic foods is some magic bullet for dental health!? In the last three weeks, I have seen multiple patients who eat only foods purchased from high-end grocery stores or boutique-style shops. These patients present with a ridiculous amount of interproximal tooth decay. When questioned about food intake...

Medical Updates: Dig To Find What the Dental Patient Isn’t Saying

When asking patients about their medical health updates, it’s crucial to listen for the answers and probe for greater depth of response. We all have dental patients who casually report no changes. It is best to read the medications from the previous history and ask about each medication. Validate the accuracy of each medication and any potential new prescriptions,...

Hygienists’ Opinions Sought: Consider Applying for Colgate’s Advisory Board

Have you thought about applying for a position on the Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board (COHAB) for 2020? I sincerely hope everyone knows about this opportunity Colgate provides for hygienists. The board is made up of a small number of diverse dental professionals. The number of years practicing, location, area of interest, and practice type are all taken into...

Tips for When Patients Question or Refuse Radiographs

Note: This is Part 1 of Debbi Viger's series, Special Needs: Everyone Has Special Needs All of us are special in some way and require adjustments to our treatment and our daily life. Let’s just embrace that concept for a moment, take a deep breath and strive to create excellence for ourselves and our patients. So often we read in blogs...

A Patient’s Story of Tori Removal

NOTE: This story and associated photos are all used with express, written permission from the patient. Who among us has had a patient that taking radiographs is a freakish nightmare!? Is it a gag reflex? Ropey, copious saliva? Fear of radiation? Or, the dreaded tori that leave no room for the sensor, let alone the tongue and food!? Recently, I...

Environmentally-friendly Dental Home Care Options for Flossing

Hey, all you floss-loving, pick-loving, tooth-brushing enthusiasts, we have a problem here! How often are you in a parking lot and see a discarded floss pick lying on the pavement? It happens all the time. People toss garbage as if it doesn’t matter. We need to educate our patients on excellent home care as well as the proper disposal...

Dental Botox Case Study: Long-term Relief for TMJ Patient Continues

A year ago, I began the Botox journey with my ridiculously overachieving masseters! Unwilling to wear a nightguard and clenching by day as well as during the night, I knew I needed some sort of untraditional relief. Anti-inflammatories, warm moist heat massage, and mindfulness were solutions without results, and my jaw muscles buffed up in a way I wished...

Colgate’s Anywhere Anytime: Offer Immediate Relief for Sensitivity During Dental Treatment

Have you started using the miracle in a tube? Every day we treat patients with dentinal hypersensitivity that makes the appointment uncomfortable or fearful. Worse yet are dental patients who choose not to seek treatment because of perceived pain that may occur. We now have a treatment option that is fast, affordable, proven, and long-acting. Anywhere Anytime by Colgate is...