Dental News: A Look Back at Some Big Stories from 2019

Every year, the dental industry makes strides to improve knowledge and stay on the cutting edge. Enhancing patients’ experiences through new technologies, improved business operations, and an optimal standard of care in dentistry are a few examples of how the dental industry moves forward year after year. For example, in 2019, the dental industry advocated for patient safety in attempting...

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 Amazing Oral Health Benefits of Pumpkins

Cooler weather, colorful leaves, and warm drinks around a fire are some of the indications that autumn has arrived, but none are more emblematic than the appearance of pumpkin-inspired treats and décor over-flowing from store shelves. Many sweet treats that come to mind may not strike you as dental hygiene-friendly, but the pumpkin is surprisingly good for your oral...

Getting Out of the Op: Advice is Everywhere, but Beware

Googling “dental hygiene burnout” will give you articles, blogs, and videos, all with great ideas and information on how to beat it. This isn’t a new concern in the field of dentistry, especially within dental hygiene. If you are a person who has experienced burnout, doesn’t want to settle for the status quo, or knows their skills can be...

Pharmacology Review of Dental Patients’ Cholesterol Medications

Cholesterol can be controlled by diet, weight management, exercise, and lifestyle, although in some cases, medications may be required. Medications are confusing to dental patients − multiple names and pronunciations, and the spelling is a nightmare. Patients are often unsure what medications they consume and will disclose two medications only to find out it's the same medication. Or they know...

Dental Prevention: 6 Ways to Help Patients Counter Cognitive Decline

The key to solving most chronic diseases is prevention, and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and cognitive decline are no different. Hundreds of billions of dollars have gone into research with no consensus on treatment or cure, but there is significant evidence that the answer is in what is called “modifiable risk factors.”1,2 Dr. Rudy Tanzi is one of the leading...

Oil Pulling: Should Dental Hygienists Recommend It?

Oil pulling, and the supposed health benefits of it, has been making the rounds for a few years now. You've probably even had a patient or two ask you about it. Spread through articles on social media and online blogs, oil pulling is touted as the latest and greatest way to improve oral health and purify your body. As a...

5 Ways Dentists Should Support Their Dental Hygiene Team Members

My roommate and I are both hygienists, which often makes for some entertaining discussions over dinner after we both finish up our workdays and get home. Between the two of us, we have worked at a few different dental offices, have seen a variety of office cultures, met our fair share of dentists, and have often talked about the...

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...

Colgate’s Anywhere Anytime: Offer Immediate Relief for Sensitivity During Dental Treatment

Have you started using the miracle in a tube? Every day we treat patients with dentinal hypersensitivity that makes the appointment uncomfortable or fearful. Worse yet are dental patients who choose not to seek treatment because of perceived pain that may occur. We now have a treatment option that is fast, affordable, proven, and long-acting. Anywhere Anytime by Colgate is...

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