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Ellen Byrd, CRDH

Ellen Byrd, CRDH
Ellen Byrd, CRDH, resides in Pinellas County, Florida, and works in a periodontal practice in Clearwater as a dental hygienist, transcriptionist, social media manager, and part-time blogger. She loves researching and writing about current dental hygiene topics. Ellen has worked in the dental field as a clinical and administrative assistant in both a general or periodontal practice since 1997.

What Should and What Should NOT be Written in a Patient’s Dental Record

A patient’s dental record is both a medical and a legal document. According to the American Dental Association, “The dental record also serves to provide continuity of care for the patient and is critical in the event of a malpractice insurance claim,” and the “information in the dental record should primarily be clinical in nature.” The following are examples of what is...

Bridging the Gap Between Medical and Dental Health of Our Diabetic Patients

The bridge between medical and dental health is a hot topic and one we as dental hygienists cannot ignore! A lot is being done to try to build this bridge and shorten this gap, particularly with one of the most well-known and direct oral-systemic connections – diabetes and oral health. Our hygiene profession and the care we provide our...