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Kathryn Gilliam, BA, RDH, FAAOSH

Kathryn Gilliam, BA, RDH, FAAOSH
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Kathryn Gilliam, BA, RDH, FAAOSH, is an advocate for incorporating the latest scientific research on the multiple oral-systemic links into practical clinical protocols. Kathryn’s interest in the medical side of dentistry led her to years of advanced study into the oral-systemic links, including twice graduating from the prestigious Bale Doneen Preceptorship for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention for Healthcare Practitioners, and in 2018, she earned a fellowship of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Kathryn coaches dental teams, and empowers dental professionals, to elevate their standard of care with protocols based on sound scientific principles. Kathryn has also been on the front lines of early detection of oral cancer throughout her career and serves as the Director of Education of the Oral Cancer Cause. Kathryn is an honors graduate of the University of Nebraska and The University of Texas Health Science Center. She has published continuing education courses and articles that have been featured in The Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, AGD Impact, Dental Economics, RDH Magazine, Dentistry Today, Modern Hygienist, and Hygiene Mastery Magazine. After 30 years as a dental hygienist, Kathryn still loves and is passionate about her career as a dental hygienist, and she feels her purpose is to love her patients back to health.

Air Polishing Dangers: Case Study of an Injured Dental Patient

A friend recently reached out to me and other dental professionals on Facebook to ask for help regarding a soft tissue injury sustained while his dental hygienist was using an air polisher. We’ll just refer to this fellow as Joe to protect his privacy. Joe has seemingly suffered every complication and long-term side effect from treatment for head-and-neck cancer...