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Sarah Ostrander, RDH, MS

Sarah Ostrander, RDH, MS
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Sarah Ostrander, RDH, MS, is a Clinical Educator in Global Curriculum Development. She previously taught in two dental hygiene programs as clinical and didactic faculty. Sarah has clinical experience in both the private and public health sectors. Sarah’s passion is education. Not only does she love learning, but she also loves to educate others. Sarah has received her associate, bachelor and master degrees in dental hygiene with an education focus. She is currently completing a doctorate program in health sciences. She loves not only educating patients but also students pursuing a dental hygiene career, and current dental professionals.

ASTM Mask Levels: What Should Dental Hygienists Wear?

There are a ton of different types of masks on the market. Dental masks vary in level, color and patterns, fit, comfort, and price. However, are we buying and using the correct mask for the procedures we are performing daily? As dental professionals, mask level is not something that is always thought about routinely. Some may not even realize...

A Comprehensive Review on Ultrasonic Scaling for Dental Hygienists

Ultrasonic scaling has been around for decades and should be part of the dental hygienist’s daily patient routine. Sonic scalers are still around, but most have transitioned to ultrasonic scalers. Ultrasonic Scaling Technology There are two types of ultrasonic scalers: magnetostrictive and piezoelectric. Both ultrasonics are effective but operate differently. Piezoelectric devices use electrical energy to activate crystals within the...

New AAP Periodontal Classification Guidelines

New and exciting things were happening at this past EuroPerio9 held in Amsterdam from June 20th-23rd, 2018. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) announced new periodontal classifications for the AAP Guidelines. The guidelines have not been updated since 1999, so this is a pretty big deal! This was a long time coming as both the American Academy of Periodontology...

Handheld X-Ray Units: Are They Safe and Easy to Use?

Handheld portable imaging devices have increased in popularity over the recent years. Offices are converting to handheld units for a number of reasons. This includes portability, space-savings and the big one, cost-effectiveness. Handheld units are battery operated and can be recharged in a timely manner. As dental hygienists, we are the ones exposing the majority of images throughout the...