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Spring Hatfield, RDH

Spring Hatfield, RDH
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Spring Hayes Hatfield, RDH, is a graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville. She practices clinically in Denham Springs, Louisiana. She is Dental Hygiene Board Certified in Florida and Louisiana. She is a member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and the Foundation for Airway and Craniofacial Excellence. Her passion is helping her patients better understand the oral-systemic disease connection. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two children. She can be reached via email at SpringHatfieldRDH@gmail.com.

Oral Cancer Awareness and Adjunctive Screening Devices

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. According to the CDC, 598,038 people died from some form of cancer in 2016. Of those deaths, approximately 10,000 were from oral cancer. That number may seem minor in comparison, however, consider this - 10,000 deaths a year is approximately one death per hour, every 24 hours. The...

Does Xylitol Outshine Fluoride in the Fight against Tooth Decay?

For years fluoride has been dentistry’s gold standard in the fight against tooth decay. In 1945, water fluoridation was implemented. A 60% reduction in tooth decay was reported over a 12-year span after water fluoridation. In 1950, the first fluoride toothpastes were marketed.1,2 The discovery of fluoride has no doubt been a huge benefit in reducing tooth decay. Even...

Implant Maintenance: An Overview

The number of implants placed by dentists and dental specialists is increasing based on a predictable outcome of success. A comprehensive treatment plan includes advising the patient of the risk of failure based on smoking, history of radiotherapy, systemic health issues, and local bone quality and quantity. Peri-implant disease is a combination of poor oral hygiene, placement of a...

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...

“Root Cause” Netflix Documentary: Let’s Review the Science

If you haven’t heard, let me be the first to introduce you to a documentary on Netflix called “Root Cause.” The documentary follows an individual’s experience with root canal treatment, and the alleged systemic issues he claims is directly associated with root canal treatment. I decided to watch the documentary for the sole purpose of preparing myself for the...

Busting Some of the Biggest Dental Myths Out There

We have all heard our fair share of myths growing up. My favorite myth my parents tried to sell me was a spin-off of the myth, “eating carrots improves your eyesight.” When I was a child, my favorite television show was Wonder Woman (it still is, if I’m being honest). At this time Lynda Carter was the star of...

The Dangers of “Curing” Tooth Decay Naturally

The idea of “naturally” curing tooth decay is a fast-growing fad. It has become such a craze there are Facebook pages and groups encouraging and supporting the idea. One such group called, “Cure Tooth Decay – Heal Tooth Cavities, Dental Caries, Tooth Abscess,” is a closed group, in which you must be accepted to join, which I’ve recently learned...

Sealants: Not Just For Kids Anymore

As a dental hygienist, I consider myself a preventive oral healthcare specialist. Dental hygienists are one of the few healthcare providers with the primary goal of preventing disease - not just treating it. We have an entire arsenal of preventive procedures we can offer our patients which ultimately leads to reduced cost and discomfort by reducing restorative treatment needs....

Dental Response to “Sucking Baby’s Pacifier Clean May Prevent Allergies”

To Whom It May Concern, Your recent article published on your website on November 19, 2018, titled “Sucking Baby’s Pacifier Clean May Prevent Allergies,” has me concerned for babies health. Let me begin by introducing myself; I’m a Registered Dental Hygienist. Dental hygienists are also considered preventive health care specialist; we are one of the professions in the health care...

Topical vs. Systemic Fluoride: What Patients Need to Know

A study published online in Environmental Health Perspective on July 20, 2012, written by Anna Choi, a research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard, claimed, “Children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low fluoride areas.”1 This publication fueled the fire for the anti-fluoride movement. In March of 2013, another article...