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Sabrina P. Heglund, RDH, BDSc., MHS, Ph.D.

Sabrina P. Heglund, RDH, BDSc., MHS, Ph.D.
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Sabrina P. Heglund, RDH, BDSc., MHS, Ph.D., resides in Alberta, Canada. She earned her Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Trident University International. Her Ph.D. thesis featured the role of neutrophils in the gingival crevicular fluid of healthy and periodontally compromised patients. Sabrina worked in Karachi, Pakistan, where she refined the curriculum and clinical practice for the Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree at the Aga Khan University. Residing in Karachi was an unexpected and tremendous learning experience. Sabrina has worked and volunteered on many fronts to assist indigenous people, disadvantaged homeless folks, and professional organizations to further educate populations on dental health and its connections to systemic health.

Canadian Hygienist Learns a Hard Lesson about Antibiotics and Joint Replacements

Antibiotic prophylaxis prior to dental treatment and hygiene therapy was considered an issue, and guidelines were set in place by the American Heart Association in 2007 for patients potentially at risk for bacterial endocarditis. In 2012, both the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) agreed that patients with prosthetic joint replacements were also...