Charcoal Whitening: Level of Abrasiveness and Effects on Enamel

The dental business is a booming structure that is constantly being introduced to new inventions and dentifrices intended to improve oral health. Whitening has become the new sought after trend that is said to be achieved naturally with the use of the popular additive charcoal. With the added benefit of being “natural,” charcoal whitening has quickly become the item...

The Rest of the Story: Dental Instrument Retipping

In late 2013 I was approached about writing an article to summarize some private independent research I completed, studying retipped dental instruments. This article was published by a dental hygiene industry journal and rocked the boat a little more than anticipated. At the time, I was working in private practice dentistry after finishing my Bachelor’s degree, where I learned...

Polishing: Are You Spinning in Circles or Ready to Ride the Wave?

Do you remember the spring semester your freshman year of dental hygiene school? Filled with lingering instrumentation competencies, the anticipation of seeing your first REAL patient? As an educator, each spring when I teach polishing, students are just thrilled. They love it, and it is FUN for them! Polishing is FUN, but depending on when and where you received...

The Journey of a Seasoned RDH as She Completes Her BASDH Degree

My educational journey, completing my Bachelors of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, guided me back into writing as, long ago and a far away, I was a journalism major. This educational process lit a fire. August 2016, I made a leap of faith to begin a completion degree program at the Community College of Denver. I was old!  Like...

The Medical History Mystery: Getting Patients to Understand the Importance of Medical History

I’m sure I’m not the only hygienist that has pondered why patients are so reluctant to provide complete disclosure of their medical history before dental treatment. More times than I would like to admit I’ve asked a patient “Have you had any changes in your medical history?” To which they would promptly reply “No.” Only then, to disclose a...

Tempted to Temp? 10 Ways to Prepare Yourself for the Best Day Possible

Like life, temping is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get. Well said, Forrest! At one point or another, you may consider taking on the challenge of temping for an office you’ve never been to, or maybe returning to one you’ve already graced with your awesome presence. So, just how prepared are you? Do...

Corporate Dentistry: How to Maintain Autonomy in a Corporate World

The abundance of private practices purchased by corporations has risen over the last decade. This increase in corporate dental practices and understanding the corporate web has influenced my research on the long-term effects it may have on the dental community. As a dental hygienist for over seventeen years, I have always been proud of the dental community for its ability...

What in the World is Oxidative Stress and How Does it Relate to Dentistry?

Have you ever noticed that everywhere you shop, everything seems labeled with that word “antioxidant” or “now contains antioxidants?” I was at the makeup counter, and even the moisturizer said, "now with antioxidants." After a shopping trip one day, I wondered what I was missing. What is so important about antioxidants that manufacturers are taking up label space to announce...

Advancing Your Degree as A MOMgienist®

Jasmin Haley
You exhale a sigh of relief. You made it through dental hygiene school. The most demanding and rewarding two years of your life. You have either started a family prior to school or have begun growing your family after successfully finishing the program. You've reached the point where you want to advance your career and your degree. How can...

5 Reasons Why You Might Have Sensitive Teeth

Do you ever experience sharp pain, almost like a lightning bolt hit your tooth, when drinking a cold beverage, eating ice cream, or when breathing in cold air? Maybe sweet, sour, or hot food and beverages cause discomfort? Or even brushing and flossing gives you a zinger? If any of these sound familiar to you, you aren’t alone. It...

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