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Katie Melko, RDH, MSDH

Katie Melko, RDH, MSDH
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Katie Melko, RDH, MSDH, has been practicing clinical hygiene since 2009. She has her Masters in Dental Hygiene from the University of Bridgeport, FONES. Katie is active in her community and professional organizations. She enjoys writing, providing CE, and mentoring.

Drug Addiction: The Importance of Patient Disclosure before Dental Treatment

Working for a Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC) is rewarding, yet the variety of patients I serve can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful. Patients I see regularly range from drug and alcohol addicts, special needs, juvenile delinquents, patients who are starting over after being in prison, AIDS/HIV, and more. Each patient is unique and has a set of health...

Crohn’s Disease and its Effects on the Oral Cavity

What is Crohn’s Disease? “Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract; this disease belongs to a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).1” This disease can be triggered by an autoimmune reaction in your body; what happens is the immune system might mistake the bacteria in your digestive tract and cause your body to...

Should Essential Oils Be Used in a Dental Setting?

Essential oils have been around for a very long time, but recently over the last few years using essential oils have been becoming more popular to help naturally treat the body. There are many types of oils you can buy and from many different companies. One of the most important things about buying essential oils is making sure that...