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Sharon Boyd, MA, RDH

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Sharon Boyd, MA, RDH, has over 20 years of experience in the dental industry and is the founder of DentaSpeak, LLC. In addition to being a registered hygienist, she also holds a master’s degree in Strategic Communication and a degree in Human Relations and Business. Sharon serves as a full-time patient education professional with special interests in dental communications methodology. She often works as a liaison between practitioners and patients, bridging the gap between care needs and patient concerns. Sharon is an Ironman, band mom, and enjoys teaching Sunday School at her family’s church.

Examining Growth of Mid-level Dental Practitioners Inside and Outside the U.S.

Over the past several years, a push for mid-level dental practitioners has been underway to better provide care for at-risk and underserved populations. Mid-level dental practitioners are essentially the equivalent of a nurse practitioner or physician assistant in medicine. States such as Alaska, Washington, and Minnesota are just a few examples of areas where these mid-level practitioners can train...

Halitosis: Methods for Dental Hygienists to Broach a Sensitive Topic

Chronic halitosis is embarrassing for everyone. A dental patient with bad breath may feel too embarrassed to step foot inside a dentist’s office, and the dental team may feel uncomfortable bringing the issue to the patient’s attention. Oral health professionals, though, have the responsibility to feel confident in effectively and gently helping patients find a solution for the halitosis. Sometimes...

Dental Hygienists Can Detect Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Dentition

Dental professionals have a front seat view of the oral manifestations of underlying medical conditions, and obstructive sleep apnea is one of them. When conducting a dental screening, some common oral symptoms of a sleeping disorder include the signs below. Flat, worn teeth ‒ Bruxism is a natural side effect of oxygen deprivation during episodes of sleep apnea. Since the...

Taboo Topics: How Periodontal Health Impacts Sexual Health

Hygienists understand how important it is for patients to make the connection between their oral and systemic health. Those "other" health conditions can sometimes be a touchy subject ‒ reproductive health, for example. These conditions include everything from the ability to get pregnant to whether they have erectile dysfunction (ED). More than likely, a dental hygienist is not going to...

Case Acceptance: Guiding Dental Patients through Treatment Planning via Imaging

One of the most effective ways to gain case acceptance in the dental practice is through “co-planning” each dental patient’s treatment. Co-planning is essentially a broader concept of theoretical hand-holding and guiding your patient along as you work together to assess, identify, and plan the best course of care for specific oral health concerns. In pediatrics, we often use the...