Fitness Ideas for Dental Hygienists to Relieve Stress, Aches, and Pain

Working as a clinical dental hygienist can lead to aches, stress, and occasional pain. It’s fairly common that a dental hygienist may encounter these discomforts throughout his or her career. Dental professionals are more susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders and often cope with these occupational hazards. Fortunately, there are many ways to relieve and prevent the aches and pains associated with...

Temping: 10 Things Dental Hygienists Should Not Do during Temporary Jobs

Dental hygienists who work on a temporary basis are becoming even more mainstream since the world changed so significantly during the first year of the pandemic. Many hygienists turn to temping as a way to feel empowered with the how, when, and where to work. They can choose the days and times we work due to the high demand...

The Vampire Hormone: What Dental Hygienists Need to Know

Don’t think this is another informative essay telling us women that our hormones will suck the life out of us. I’m speaking of melatonin. Melatonin has the nickname of vampire hormone because its production begins when it starts getting dark and shies away from the light. Anyone who knows me observes that anything related to sleep always makes me all...

Documentation 101: How to Write Thorough Dental Hygiene Progress Notes

Documentation is a very important piece of the dental hygiene process of care. Chart notes are considered legal documents and, according to the American Dental Association, are "critical in the event of a malpractice insurance claim."1 The notes keep track of the procedures, treatments, recommendations, and findings from previous dental visits. The documentation also reminds dental hygiene professionals how the patient is...

Antidepressants: Medications Can Influence Direction of Dental Care

Antidepressants are used to correct chemical imbalances in the brain. The body naturally produces brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, which correlate with depression, such as serotonin and dopamine to provide happiness to the brain. Norepinephrine is another neurotransmitter to help treat depression by focusing on attention, promoting concentration, responding to stress, boosts energy, increases alertness and arousal.1 Most medications relieve...

Premier Dental Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting Give Kids a Smile® Program

Plymouth Meeting, PA – February 11, 2021 – Premier Dental Products Company is proud to announce that over the last 15 years it has donated over $4 million to the American Dental Association Foundation’s Give Kids a Smile® (GKAS) program, with its latest donation of 10,000 individual treatments of Enamel Pro® Varnish, an innovative product that serves to strengthen...

7 Reasons to Date or Marry a Dental Hygienist

We may be a bit biased being a dental hygiene publication and all, but we think dental hygienists are awesome people! The following are seven reasons why dating or marrying a dental hygienist is a wonderful thing! 1) Dental Hygienists are Well-educated! Hygienists have spent years in college and have gone through rigorous training to get where they are. So needless...

VIDCAST: The Relationship Between Doctors and Hygienists at Heartland Dental

Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from Heartland Dental as part of our sponsored partner program. The founder of Heartland Dental, Dr. Rick Workman, DMD, and hygienist Julie Thomas, RDH, the Senior Director of Operations (and Dr. Workman's former hygienist), discuss the relationship between doctors and hygienists at Heartland Dental. They also share their experience of starting and growing Heartland Dental...

Hygiene Burnout: You May Actually be an Introvert, Not Burnt Out

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently added more details about occupational burnout to the International Classification of Diseases. Consequently, the topic of hygiene burnout is more relevant than ever.1 A staggering percentage of hygienists (17%) fantasize about a career change at least once per month, according to a 2015 survey, and graduates after 2010 reported the least amount of...

High Blood Pressure: Medications Can Have Impact on Dental Hygiene Care

An understanding of the mechanism, the purpose, and dosage will help determine when and why multiple blood pressure medications are used. Simple lifestyle changes (such as diet, exercise, and weight loss) can lower blood pressure. When blood pressure is very high, and lifestyle measures have failed, medications are commonly prescribed. Some blood pressure medications work in the heart. Others work...

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