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Kaitlyn Machado, RDH, BS, MEd

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Since a very young age, Kaitlyn Machado, RDH, BS, MEd, has always wanted to be a dental hygienist. She was the youngest student to graduate from her dental hygiene class in 2017. Since then, Kate has gone back for both her bachelor's and master's degrees. She is a faculty member at her local dental hygiene school, a clinical dental hygienist, and has been a part of Today's RDH since its launch. She is extremely passionate about homecare and loves her prophy paste and fluoride varnish. In addition, Kate loves to work with a local non-profit organization that helps fight against hygiene insecurity of all ages in her community. Kate is very involved in the profession as much as she can, including local and state-level professional associations. She loves to attend professional conferences when she can. When she isn't working, she enjoys traveling, sports, watching movies, and spending time with her amazing, supportive family.

Different Stages of Career: Mid-career RDH Reflects on Challenges

Over the past three years of clinical experience, I have been introduced to many different dental professionals, especially hygienists. Everyone possesses their own opinions, perspectives, and experiences about the profession. My goal here is to have hygienists reflect on their dental hygiene career based on their experience − a new graduate, a hygienist with a few years under her...

What Other Hygienists Do: Be an Advocate Through a Non-profit

Advocacy is a huge part of working with the community and different populations. When I think of advocacy, my first thought was Alicia Murria, RDH, MS(c). She has been a dental hygienist for eight years, is the executive director of a non-profit, and a hygiene faculty member with a dental technology company since 2017. My other articles in this series...

What Other Hygienists Do: A Look at a School-based Dental Program

Switching settings now, we enter the public health sector, which includes the school-based community. According to the American Dental Association, dental public health is defined as "that part of dentistry providing leadership and expertise in population-based dentistry, oral health surveillance, policy development, community-based disease prevention and health promotion, and the maintenance of the dental safety net.”1 I asked Paula Morrison,...

What Other Hygienists Do: A Look at Care Behind Bars

When we first entered dental hygiene school, we were taught that as dental hygienists, we perform many different roles such as clinician, advocate, researcher, educator, and administrative/manager. Some of us work in different types of dental offices such as private practices, general, perio, and pedo to name a few, while others work in the public health sector. Some hygienists have...

On the Hunt for CEs: Finding the Best Continuing Education Courses for You

Wherever you practice any form of dental hygiene, you require some sort of licensure, certification, or permit. One thing that all states have in common is the requirement of having a specific total amount of continuing education credits (CEUs). Some hygienists dread them, and others see it as a great opportunity to refresh themselves in topics or to dive into...

How I Went from Dental Hygiene Student to Educator

During dental hygiene school, I decided I wanted to eventually be a dental hygiene educator. I've previously written about the steps I took to get my bachelor's degree. I wasn't expecting that, as soon as I completed my bachelor's degree, I had a position at my dental hygiene school as adjunct faculty. For those who know me, I am very...

Difficult Patients: Not an Endangered Species

You see them all the time, difficult patients. They are definitely not an endangered species. We all have those war stories. Throughout the hygiene program, and the few months I’ve been in practice, I’ve already had my fair share of difficult patients. Even though they can sometimes bring a negative atmosphere to the appointment, we still have time to...

The Art of Sampling: A Fresh Insider Perspective of Dental Products

Samples, samples, samples! Sampling products from PPE to home-care supplies are a great opportunity for patients and clinicians to try something new and test it out. You may switch over to a new product almost immediately, quickly admiring the results of using it. Testing out products gives you hands-on experiences and observation, allowing you to formulate your own opinion...

5 Tips for Treating Geriatric Patients

Have you heard "I'm too old for x-rays!" from a geriatric patient? Age is but a number, and it is not an excuse for below standard of care. Quality dental care is always a must, no matter the age. First, who is categorized as a geriatric? On average, adults older than age 65 can be grouped in this category. According...

Networking: Dental Hygienists Should Make One Connection after Another

Networking can be intimidating, but it is necessary for your continued success. Networking is a form of communication in the professional world. Networking can occur inside and outside the dental profession. As with many things in life, it’s who you know. I’ll use my father as an example. He is not in the dental profession, but he is a professional...

What’s Next? My Personal Experience towards a Bachelor’s Degree

So you’re a dental hygienist, huh? Yes, yes I am. I am more than that though. Personally, I have goals outside the clinical setting. (And that’s ok if you have no desire to leave the clinic setting too). I hope to one day be an educator or work for a dental company, or possibly be a midlevel dental therapist,...

8 Tips for Conquering the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam

For some dental hygiene students, their last semester is fast approaching which means preparing for board exams and applying for your dental hygienist state licensure. One of the many board exams a dental hygiene student must take is the national dental hygiene board exam (NBDHE). The NBDHE definitely can be very intimidating. It's one of the many steps and requirements...

Why I Decided to Become a Dental Hygienist

What did you want to be when you grew up? Throughout childhood, we were asked this question. I assume many of you changed your answer a few times. I love to hear other's stories, see the similarities, and even the differences, of our dental hygiene upbringing. I knew my answer at a very young age, and it never changed....

It’s National Dental Hygiene Month: The Best Time of the Year!

No, it 's not Christmas yet, but during National Dental Hygiene Month, it can be. Mark your calendars for October 2018! This is the time dental hygiene is nationally appreciated. We are celebrating all we do in our community for our patients and the importance of oral health. Thousands of dental hygiene companies and manufacturers have promotions, contests, and giveaways...

The Importance of Social Media & An Online Presence for Dental Offices

Having a presence on social media and an updated website is now more important than ever, including in dentistry. Many patients, especially younger generations, prefer getting their information online through Google searches and social media platforms. Many patients even prefer to confirm their dental appointments by text or email. Facebook launched over a decade ago, with its original goal being...

3D’s: Do’s, Don’ts of Dental Hygiene Interviewing

New graduate? Looking to change your office? Whatever situation you’re in, it doesn’t matter, it all starts with a job interview. Eww, the dreaded interview! Before I talk about key points in interviews, we have to start with how to get an interview.  Nowadays there are many ways to find a job: networking, asking people you know, job search...