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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.

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...

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...