Organic Does Not Mean Caries-free: Chasing the Elusive Hidden Sugars

Why do some of our patients believe that eating “clean” or eating only organic foods is some magic bullet for dental health!? In the last three weeks, I have seen multiple patients who eat only foods purchased from high-end grocery stores or boutique-style shops. These patients present with a ridiculous amount of interproximal tooth decay. When questioned about food intake...

Compelling Relationship between Candida and Alzheimer’s – What Hygienists Should Know

I am 100% not joking… Candida has been used as a baby name. I know right?! I stumbled upon this fun fact when I was looking for other names for yeast, fungus, and candida. The name Candida has been shared by a German artist, a keyboardist, and a filmmaker (who made the kind of films you wouldn’t want your...

What Does Your Myers-Briggs Say About You as a Clinician?

The following assessment is a loose interpretation of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment, often used in hiring practices and for psychological evaluations. The true test is a lengthy questionnaire. This version, though, will be drastically simplified to help you understand your type, your strengths and weaknesses, and how you can more effectively communicate with types opposite you in...

8 Things Hygienists Should Know before Volunteering Overseas

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from quip as part of our sponsored partner program. 8 Things Hygienists Should Know before Volunteering Overseas 1) Where to Go? Choosing where to go is often the hardest decision. Oral health education and care is needed worldwide and therefore your skills are needed across the globe! Where have you always dreamed of traveling? Do you know...

Decades of Dental Hygiene: Dyslexic Hygienist Overcomes Educational Obstacles for Bright Career

Lori Cackovic, RDH, BS, is a 35-year-old dental hygienist who has overcome many battles with being severely dyslexic. In recent months, Decades of Dental Hygiene has interviewed Fran Tourdot, Barb Orth, Renee Ahlf, Kelli Dash, and Kym Dallstream about a wide variety of career experiences in dental hygiene. Jensen: Lori, tell me a little about your family background? Cackovic: I was born...

Why Dental Hygienists Should be Using a Saddle Stool

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from The Brewer Company as part of our sponsored partner program. The prevalence of back pain in dentistry over the past 50 years is at a steadfast 67%.1 According to Dr. Bethany Valachi, a physical therapist, one in two dental professionals experienced back pain during a 12-month study.2 At some point when standing dentistry transitioned...

I Decay (IDK) What to Say: National Children’s Dental Health Month Presentations

Standing in front of a room full of listeners can be intimidating, even when the listeners are only elementary-age schoolchildren. When thinking of a school oral health presentation for National Children’s Dental Health Month, it can be overwhelming to decide what to say or topics to cover. Thankfully, there are many resources available for dental hygienists to gather ideas....

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...

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Brushing Up on National Children’s Dental Health Month

As February begins, stores across the country are filled with all things pink, red, and chocolate. Large stuffed animals and cards line the aisles. For dental professionals, February has an equally important occasion to celebrate. Each year, February is recognized as National Children’s Dental Health Month. Sponsored by the American Dental Association, this month of oral health promotion first began...

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