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Mark Hartley

Mark Hartley
For 33 years, Mark Hartley wrote and prepared articles for the dental profession. From 1995 through 2018, he was the editor of RDH magazine. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, he currently lives in Tulsa, OK, with his wife and three Boston Terriers.

Survey Results: Today’s RDH Discovers How Hygienists Define Ambition

Many dental hygienists attempted to define “ambition” within the dental hygiene profession as part of a Today’s RDH survey, even while many admittedly struggled with career satisfaction. Overall, 82 American dental hygienists participated in the Today’s RDH survey. Fifty-nine percent of the respondents have been practicing dental hygiene for less than 20 years. Most hygienists (87 percent) say they feel encouraged...

Can a Dental Hygienist’s Career Goals be Ambitious Too?

A dental hygienist could pinpoint five or six zip codes for his or her career goals. I live in the 74135 zip code. So I want all dental disease eradicated through preventive efforts in that zip code. My doctor’s office is in 74137 zip code. He has some patients living there, of course, but I want that entire zip code...

Dentistry’s Wall of Noise for the Cochlear Implant Wearer

The shortest journal I have ever kept arguably contains the most important observations of my life. After 60 years of deafness, I recently was the recipient of a cochlear implant. The related journal on my hard drive, though, only offers eight entries - from just eight days. Don’t get me wrong. Cochlear implants are life-changing, complete with the frequent and...