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Kaitlyn Machado, RDH, BS, MEd, FADHA

Kaitlyn Machado, RDH, BS, MEd, FADHA
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Since a very young age, Kaitlyn Machado, RDH, BS, MEd, FADHA, 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 returned for her bachelor's and master's degrees. She is a faculty member at her local dental hygiene school and a clinical dental hygienist. Kate has been a part of Today's RDH since its launch. She is extremely passionate about homecare, loves her prophy paste and fluoride varnish, and enjoys attending professional conferences. In addition, Kate loves to work with a local non-profit organization that helps fight against hygiene insecurity of all ages in her community. As a lifelong learner, she enjoys being as involved as possible in the dental hygiene profession. When Kate isn't working, she enjoys traveling, sports, watching movies, and spending time with her amazing, supportive family.

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,...

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 because 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...