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Nicole Howell, RDH, BSDH

Nicole Howell, RDH, BSDH
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Nicole Howell, RDH, BSDH, began her career as a dental assistant in 2003 and continued working in the dental field until she received her Associate Degree from Trident Technical College in 2014 and Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University in 2018. Although she focuses her efforts primarily in clinical patient care, her true calling lies with public outreach and motivating others to push past personal barriers and achieve their goals, both big and small. Feel free to connect Nicole at www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-howell-rdh-bsdh-a29302150

Resetting the Dynamics of Healthcare Communication in a Pandemic World

Dental providers are regarded as the go-to for incidents of dental pain and oral health. We are the experts who can provide level-headed instruction and guidance to treat potentially burdensome illnesses and injuries. From the outside, any given dental facility will display organization with its appointment system and systematic medical assessment procedures. Each treatment plan is formulated on a case-by-case...

Relax: Guiding Anxious Dental Patients to Calm Thoughts about Treatment

How many times have you been told by a patient, friend, or family member, “No offense, but I really hate going to the dentist?” Many dental professionals are already desensitized to the offensive statement, as well as other reactions that occur during an appointment. While some level of compartmentalizing is necessary for maintaining control of the treatment environment and...

Fostering Resilience for the Dental Professional: How to Avoid Burnout

Ask any experienced health-care professional what his or her goals are as clinicians, and the response will likely be something along the lines of placing patients first or doing what is best for those who need it. Regardless of the type of clinician, being able to guide an individual to health in any capacity requires the caregiver to retain...

A Refresher to Caries Risk Management Strategies

Dental caries is defined as a “biofilm-mediated, sugar-driven, multifactorial, dynamic disease that results in the phasic demineralization and remineralization of dental hard tissues.”1 It is a progressive and chronic process enabled by the continuous provision of a sugar source, often combined with substandard oral hygiene habits, as well as other factors such as the mineral composition of the saliva...

4 Tips to Help Achieve Patient Compliance

We hear about seemingly difficult patients quite often. “My patient was so difficult.” “I can’t believe my patient would possibly tell me he is OK with such poor oral health!” We may even be guilty of making some of the preceding complaints. As clinicians, the care we provide is reliant on the amount of success we can achieve in gaining...