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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.

Today’s RDH Honor Awards 2019 Recipient: Debra Snelling, RDH

A special thank you to Dentsply Sirona for sponsoring the Today's RDH Honor Awards and for their unwavering commitment in supporting the profession of dental hygiene. In Sugar Land, there’s a six-foot giant tooth named Tillie who crusades against dental disease. All of the words in the preceding sentence are true and not plagiarized from a comic book. Tillie is worth...

Today’s RDH Honor Awards 2019 Recipient: Mandy Macachor, RDH

A special thank you to Dentsply Sirona for sponsoring the Today's RDH Honor Awards and for their unwavering commitment in supporting the profession of dental hygiene. Gauri Mona Patel and Aaron Seubert are the dentists at Bayshore Dental, which is in a north Milwaukee neighborhood known as Whitefish Bay. Whitefish Bay is a very family-oriented community, with a diverse demographic....

Today’s RDH Honor Awards 2019 Recipient: Jennifer Geiselhofer, RDH

A special thank you to Dentsply Sirona for sponsoring the Today's RDH Honor Awards and for their unwavering commitment in supporting the profession of dental hygiene. The blue-and-white van is easy to spot on the streets of Denver. The elliptical logo for Dental At Your Door stands out high on the blue rear side of the van. After almost five...

Should Dental Hygiene Programs Graduate Students with a Bachelor’s Degree?

An exciting part about dental hygiene’s foray into diversity has been the shunning of ageism. No, the sycophantic rookies and the old bats still squabble. I’m referring to the general demographic layout of the dental hygiene profession. For example, the diversity of age prevents me from saying that everyone who graduated from dental hygiene school between 2007 and 2015...

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...