Sleep Apnea Sufferers: Dental Solutions to Help Improve Quality of Life

Do you find yourself waking up during the night because you snore, and it is affecting you and your partner? Have you ever had to watch your child sleep and fear that your child will stop breathing due to pauses in breathing during their sleep? Snoring and pauses in breathing during sleep can be one of the first signs...

Athletes and Dental Caries: The Power of Acid on Tooth Decay

A new school year always represents the start of students participating in school sports. The athletic activities typically precipitate an increase in the consumption of sports beverages and protein bars for increasing carbohydrate intake for energy and to replenish electrolytes. The role of the dental hygienist is to educate the parent and the child on the importance of good nutritional...

Dental Botox Case Study: Long-term Relief for TMJ Patient Continues

A year ago, I began the Botox journey with my ridiculously overachieving masseters! Unwilling to wear a nightguard and clenching by day as well as during the night, I knew I needed some sort of untraditional relief. Anti-inflammatories, warm moist heat massage, and mindfulness were solutions without results, and my jaw muscles buffed up in a way I wished...

Good News You Might Have Missed: A Dental Hygiene Update

News is everywhere. Without even realizing it, we hop from story to story thanks to the ever-increasing availability of sources – radio, television, print, smartphone apps, social media, and more. Gone is the time of a family sitting down around the TV watching the six o’clock news, and the nation getting the same stories at the same time. Smartphones tailor...

Say “Yes” to the Treatment: Building Confidence in Restorative Case Acceptance

Truth be told, I had another version of this article with “how-tos,” “what-to-dos,” and pieces of advice from my experience thus far; I thought that would be the best way to share with my fellow dental hygienists. I will share those with you, but I also want to highlight the best way to gain restorative case acceptance is through...

Don’t Ask Me to Just Clean Your Teeth, I’m Here for More than That!

When I was five years old, I had an epiphany. There was absolutely no way I could be a princess when I grew up because, unless you have a glass slipper, you have to be born into royalty. From that moment on, I was always that kid; the kid who wanted to be a vet, an artist, a teacher,...

7 Self-Care Options for Dental Hygienists to Extend their Career

Dental hygiene is consistently among the top professions at risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) that affect the soft and hard tissues of the body. A one-year prevalence rate of MSD in dental hygienists ranged from 60% to 96% who are experiencing some form of neck, shoulder, wrist, hand, or back pain. These injuries occur from the precise, repetitive movements...

Spondylolisthesis and Spondylosis: A Warning for Hygienists with Back Pain

Managing chronic pain can be a lifetime task. Unfortunately, how we manage the pain may have dire consequences. Regular exercise, walking, yoga, massage, and chiropractic care of some methods of pain control and prevention. All of these methods may help prevent and control pain symptoms, but what if we forget to ascertain the cause? Radiography is the Gold Standard...

Kara RDH Demonstrates Injection-free Dental Anesthesia Using Cetacaine Liquid

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Video sponsored by Cetylite. Kara RDH discusses and demonstrates the features, benefits and technique to use non-injectable Cetacaine Liquid (benzocaine 14%, butamben 2%, tetracaine HCl 2%) in patients, for long lasting anesthesia to the mucous membrane for soft tissue periodontal treatments. A Cetacaine Liquid 30g bottle treats up to 300 quadrants for less than $2 per dose. Anesthesia takes effect...

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