Home Authors Posts by Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH

Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH

75 POSTS 0 COMMENTS
Spring Hayes Hatfield, RDH, BSPH, is a graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville and practices clinically in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. She is Dental Hygiene Board Certified in Florida, Louisiana, and Alabama. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. Spring is on the Advisory Board at Today’s RDH and holds the position of Associate Editor. Her passion is elevating the dental hygiene profession through science and education as well as 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.

Fluorine Discovered in a Galaxy 12 Billion Light-Years Away

I often hear patients and, in some instances, dental professionals stating they are trying to avoid using fluoride because it is a “neurotoxin.” When I hear these things, I always think to myself, “Good luck, fluoride is everywhere!” It turns out my thoughts may be further confirmed by a recent discovery of fluorine in a galaxy 12 billion light-years away.6...

QUIZ: Test your Nutrition & Oral Health Knowledge

Are you in need of CE credits? If so, check out our peer-reviewed, self-study CE courses here. Now Check Out the Self-Study, Peer-Reviewed CE Courses from Today's RDH! Listen to the Today's RDH Dental Hygiene Podcast Below:

Illinois Dental Society’s Insult to Dental Hygiene Really Insults Overall Population

Dave Marsh, a lobbyist for the Illinois Dental Society, recently offered a comment about dental hygienists that was quoted in the news media: "I just don't feel anybody with a two-year associate's degree is medically qualified to correct your health. They're trained to clean teeth. They take a sharp little instrument and scrape your teeth. That's what they do....

Tooth Agenesis: Oral Health Diagnosis Should Prompt Screening for Systemic Disease

Dental health professionals are aware of the connection between oral manifestations and systemic disease. We are well versed in having a conversation regarding the connection between periodontal disease and systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is a condition seen in the dental chair that many dental hygienists may not associate with systemic...

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...

QUIZ: Test your Forensic Dentistry Knowledge

Are you in need of CE credits? If so, check out our peer-reviewed, self-study CE courses here. Now Check Out the Self-Study, Peer-Reviewed CE Courses from Today's RDH! Listen to the Today's RDH Dental Hygiene Podcast Below:

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...

QUIZ: Test your Oral Pathology Knowledge

Are you in need of CE credits? If so, check out our peer-reviewed, self-study CE courses here. Now Check Out the Self-Study, Peer-Reviewed CE Courses from Today's RDH! Listen to the Today's RDH Dental Hygiene Podcast Below:

Smoking Cessation: Deliberate Education Can Steer Smoking Dental Patients towards Quitting

Most people are aware of the systemic diseases caused by smoking. Many, though, are unaware of the multiple oral health implications that are associated with smoking. Some oral health issues associated with smoking may be a precursor to systemic disease. In addition to improving oral health, dental professionals can encourage smoking cessation before the onset of systemic diseases that...

QUIZ: Test your Pregnant Patient Knowledge

Need CE? Check Out the Self-Study, Peer-Reviewed CE Courses from Today's RDH! Need CE? Check Out the Self-Study, Peer-Reviewed CE Courses from Today's RDH! Listen to the Today's RDH Dental Hygiene Podcast Below: