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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

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...

QUIZ: Test Your Knowledge of Cultural Sensitivity in the Dental Office

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Curiosity Killed the Plaque Ep. 14: Informed Consent

In this episode of Curiosity Killed the Plaque, Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, discusses informed consent. 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.

Dental Radiology: New Recommendations for Patient Lead Shielding

Radiographs are an important aspect of providing comprehensive patient care in dentistry. Though many patients balk at the idea of getting radiographs, it’s imperative to acquire them in order to diagnose diseases such as periodontal disease, dental caries, abscesses, and certain lesions of the jaw. One could argue radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools we use in...

Human Skull, Jaw, and Teeth Evolution: Looking Beyond Dietary Changes Alone

Dentistry has been abuzz with airway and tongue/lip ties, forward head posture, and the like. Some dental professionals believe that this is all due to the change in our diets, and admittedly, this likely played a role in the shape of our jaws. However, if you are of the belief that this is the sole reason our faces have...

Curiosity Killed the Plaque Ep. 13: The Concept of ALARA

In this episode of Curiosity Killed the Plaque, Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, discusses the concept of ALARA. 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 Oral-Systemic Link Knowledge

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6 Case Studies Looking at the Oral Manifestations of Long COVID

Editor’s Note: As new research emerges, information about COVID-19 can change. We have made every attempt to ensure this article is up to date at the time of its original publication (August 28, 2023). However, knowledge about COVID-19 is constantly evolving. We are finally on the other side of the pandemic, and though COVID-19 isn’t gone, we have prevention...

What the Research Shows Regarding the Efficacy of Dental Whitening Options

Almost every patient visiting a dental hygienist wants whiter teeth. I wish I had a dollar for every chief complaint that I described as “wants whiter teeth.” So many whitening options are available ‒ gels, strips, toothpaste, mouth rinses, and, of course, in-office treatments. How do dental hygienists decide the best recommendation for patients seeking a whiter and brighter smile? Whitening...

Curiosity Killed the Plaque Ep. 12: The Rights of Dental Hygienists as Employees

In this episode of Curiosity Killed the Plaque, Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, discusses the rights dental hygienists have as employees. 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.

Curiosity Killed the Plaque Ep. 11: Traumatic Occlusion in Multiple Oral Conditions

In this episode of Curiosity Killed the Plaque, Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, discusses the role of traumatic occlusion in multiple oral conditions. 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.

Unveiling the Oral Connection: High Blood Pressure, Foam Cells, and Periodontal Disease

Patients often inquire about why I take vital signs at their dental appointments. I respond that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body and every type of health care provider should take vital signs at every visit. Though both statements are true, it doesn't really give the dental patient the real answer. As it relates to oral...

Can the APOE4 Gene Connect the Dots Between Cardiovascular and Periodontal Disease?

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), no gene has been identified that has a large impact on periodontal disease.1 Nonetheless, we see this disease affects families, which would indicate there is some level of genetic factor associated with disease onset and progression. The ADA clearly states environmental influences are the biggest association with periodontal disease, and the connection...

Evidence-Based Dentistry: Caries Management Guidelines for the Dental Professional

Health care in every area should be based on evidence. For years, the medical profession has evolved to provide better guidance and protocols to provide the standard of care across the board. Dentistry, though, has stayed stagnant for many years. To this day, dentistry is practiced on a spectrum, while other areas of health care are more calibrated with...

Articaine vs. Lidocaine: A Comparison of Local Anesthetics

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from Septodont as part of our sponsored partner program. Pain management is arguably one of the most important aspects of patient care. Poor pain management can lead to dental fear and anxiety that could ultimately delay treatment, increase costs, and require more invasive treatments. First introduced in the 1900s, local anesthetic is the most used,...

How to Make Effective Oral Health Recommendations to Dental Patients

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from LISTERINE® as part of our sponsored partner program. As dental hygienists, our primary role is as disease prevention specialists. This means we must have tough conversations with patients about their oral health status, but we get to follow up with recommendations to help the patient. Educating on oral hygiene techniques and products is...