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Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH

Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH
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Spring Hayes Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, is a graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville, and she holds licensure in Florida, Louisiana, and Alabama. Spring is on the Advisory Board and holds the position of Continuing Education Manager at Today’s RDH. Her passion is elevating the dental hygiene profession through science, education, and clinical excellence. In her free time, she loves traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband, children, and the animals at her useless animal farm. She can be reached via email at Spring@TodaysRDH.com

Dental Board Exams: The Ethical Conflicts of Using Live Dental Patients

Are you aware that dentistry is the only area of health care that requires a live board patent exam for licensure? In no other area of health care is this an acceptable practice.1 Historically, we have been using live patients since the early 1900s.2 The consistent use of live patients for so many years has made shifting away from...

Curiosity Killed the Plaque Ep. 18: Genetics & Oral Health

In this episode of Curiosity Killed the Plaque, Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, dives into the topic of genetics and oral health. Give it a watch, and make sure to subscribe to the Today’s RDH Dental Hygiene podcast on your favorite podcasting app or by going to https://anchor.fm/todaysrdh.

Artificial Sweeteners: Reviewing the Oral Health Effects of Different Sugar Alternatives

A few years ago, I was told by a fellow hygienist that certain artificial sweeteners, specifically sorbitol, increased the risk of dental caries. I inquired about sources to support this claim, and the hygienist directed me to the dentist who provided this information to her. I reached out to him on multiple occasions, and during these interactions, he assured me...

The History of Periodontics and Where We are Today

The challenges dental hygienists currently face are quite different from those we have faced in the past. In the past, the challenge was finding effective treatment and maintenance of periodontal disease. Now, we face the challenge of highlighting the importance of a dental hygienist's role in patient care in the first place. Several states have recently passed bills that allow...

QUIZ: Test Your HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer Knowledge

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Geographic Tongue: Is There a Systemic Link?

Geographic tongue is an inflammatory but harmless condition affecting the surface of the tongue. With geographic tongue, patches on the surface of the tongue are missing papillae and appear as smooth, red "islands," often with slightly raised borders. Geographic tongue is said to be idiopathic in nature. With so much research connecting systemic disease with oral manifestations, is it...

A Hygienists’ Review of Obtaining Medical Clearance Before Dental Treatment

During my clinical career in dental hygiene, I had the opportunity to work in five different dental practices across three states. Some were private practices, and some were DSOs. Though many protocols were similar or, in some cases, precisely the same, the one thing that was always different in every practice was the protocols for medical clearance. Differing protocols from...

Understanding and Managing Dental Patients with Central Sensitivity Syndrome

Central sensitivity syndrome (CSS) is a term that encompasses multiple disorders, including fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic headaches, temporomandibular disorder, trigeminal neuralgia, and pelvic pain syndromes. This group of disorders often share common symptoms, and chronic pain is the most prominent feature.1,2 Diseases associated with central sensitivity syndrome are often “invisible” diseases. Invisible diseases are often present in a way...

Curiosity Killed the Plaque Ep. 17: Caries Management

In this episode of Curiosity Killed the Plaque, Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, looks at the importance of evidence-based dentistry for caries management. Give it a watch, and make sure to subscribe to the Today’s RDH Dental Hygiene podcast on your favorite podcasting app or by going to https://anchor.fm/todaysrdh.

Dissecting the Research: Elusive Causes of Black Line Stain and Hygiene Management

Black stain is “an external dental discoloration of bacterial origin, considered a special form of dental plaque.”1 The discoloration is characterized as a “dark line, or an incomplete coalescence of dark dots localized on the cervical third of the tooth.”2 Black line stain can be difficult to manage for both patients and dental professionals alike. Many patients who experience black...

Critical Thinking: How Dental Professionals Can Reboot Thought Patterns

Carl Sagan once said, "The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what is true." Critical thinking does not come naturally; it takes some level of...

QUIZ: Test Your Oral Manifestations of Substance Abuse Disorders Knowledge

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QUIZ: Test Your Osteonecrosis of the Jaw Knowledge

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5 Things to Know about HIPAA When Patients Request Dental Records

Over the past month, I have frequently seen posts on social media about patients being denied access to their records and radiographs. This is a direct violation of HIPAA, and dental practices with any policy limiting or creating a barrier to the patient’s access to their records could lead to a steep fine. This article aims to clarify the patient’s...

Seasonality of Immune Response: Could Gingival Inflammation Have a Seasonal Component?

The immune response is very complex as it can vary between individuals, and the response can be affected by environmental factors, among other things. This is an important concept for dental hygienists to understand, as one of the components in the development and progression of periodontal disease is the host response to the pathogenic bacterial assault. Immune variation can occur...

Curiosity Killed the Plaque Ep. 16: Diabetes and Oral Health

In this episode of Curiosity Killed the Plaque, Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, dives into diabetes and oral health. Give it a watch, and make sure to subscribe to the Today’s RDH Dental Hygiene podcast on your favorite podcasting app or by going to https://anchor.fm/todaysrdh.

QUIZ: Test Your Radiation Safety Knowledge

  Are you in need of CE credits? If so, check out our peer-reviewed, self-study CE courses here. Before you leave, check out the Today's RDH self-study CE courses. All courses are peer-reviewed and non-sponsored to focus solely on high-quality education. Click here now.

Curiosity Killed the Plaque Ep. 15: Dental Related Infections that Can Lead to Serious Complications

In this episode of Curiosity Killed the Plaque, Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, dives into dental related infections that can lead to serious complications and sometimes even death. Give it a watch, and make sure to subscribe to the Today’s RDH Dental Hygiene podcast on your favorite podcasting app or by going to https://anchor.fm/todaysrdh.

Persistent Gingival Bleeding Despite Excellent Home Care? What Dental Hygienists Should Know about Macrothrombocytopenia

As dental hygienists, we encounter bleeding and inflamed gingiva daily. Most of the time, it is due to poor oral hygiene and a lack of disrupting that pesky biofilm. However, sometimes persistent bleeding gingiva can be a sign of something more serious. A plethora of systemic diseases can cause bleeding and inflammation of the gingival tissue, including macrothrombocytopenia, a...

Nano Silver Fluoride: A Possible Solution to Preventing and Arresting Dental Caries?

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Historically, one of the most challenging dental diseases to manage has been dental caries. The prevalence of untreated dental caries between 2017-2020 is estimated to be around 21.3% or one in 5 adults in the U.S. population. This does not account for the number of children that are affected by untreated dental caries.1 The reason is often lack of access...