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Lauren Hapeman, BSDH, RDH

Lauren Hapeman, BSDH, RDH
Lauren Hapeman, BSDH, RDH, lives in Richmond, Virginia and has practiced as a clinical dental hygienist in a variety of settings for the past five years. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in dental hygiene through the University of Bridgeport. Her passions are diversity, equity, and inclusion within the profession, periodontal therapy, and public health. She welcomes your feedback and can be reached at lauren.hapeman@gmail.com.

Dental Appliances: Tips to Ensuring Patient Safety while Ensuring Thorough Cleaning

The risk associated with cross-contamination while cleaning dental appliances is a topic that has garnered more attention in recent years. During a dental hygiene appointment, we are tasked with thoroughly cleaning our patients’ night guards, orthodontic appliances, and whitening trays at intermittent times throughout the day. While the hygiene appointment is a balancing act, and we are often watching the...