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Can Yoga Bridge the Link Between Stress and Periodontal Disease?

Many factors play a role in the manifestation of periodontal disease. One example is stress − the body's mechanism of response to a stressor. Negative events or challenges may alter the body's way of functioning.7 Chronic stress is closely linked to depression, which is defined as being one of the most common psychiatric illnesses that "can evoke emotional and physiologic...

75 Hard: Dental Hygienist Describes Vigorous and ‘Hard’ Journey

"We can do hard things" is a mantra that seems to be everywhere. Authors Glennon Doyle and Alan Packer wrote of the challenge. This isn't a new idea. President John F. Kennedy's "moon" speech in 1962 proclaimed, " We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but...

Refugee Children: How Dental Hygienists Help Welcome Them to New Country

When families are severed from the land of their origin and placed in another country, living conditions are anything but ideal. Refugees face many problems when settling in new surroundings. Money is tight, there is a cultural shock, and there is often discrimination and xenophobia based on race or religion.13 Under all these conditions, thinking about oral health, especially...

Oral Allergy Syndrome: Educate Dental Patients about Reactions to Food

Oral allergy syndrome (OAS), which is also called pollen-fruit allergy syndrome, is a type of food allergy that causes instant allergic reactions in the mouth and throat. The syndrome is caused by cross-reacting allergens found in both pollen and the protein in raw fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts. This reaction occurs usually from eating raw or fully ripened fresh fruits...

How to Extend Your Hygiene Career with a Few Simple Steps

As a dental hygienist, at the end of a long work day... Does your body ache? Are you exhausted? Are you stressed out? Do you wonder why you ever chose such a career that is so mentally and physically demanding? Most hygienists enter our profession because we want to help people. What we quickly realize though, is that due to...

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...

Education: Programs that Allow Hygienists to Move Beyond Clinical Dental Hygiene

How do dental hygienists embrace their role as a specialist beyond the dental chair? Many clinical dental hygiene providers eventually want to step into other positions in administration, health policy, global health, academia, research, or educational roles. However, the information to pursue those pathways can be unclear or hard to find. The following information can be used as a starting...

Dental Investing: Understand What Patients Need & Invest in Those Products

Disclaimer: This article is for general informational purposes only, and you should not construe any such information as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice. The information, opinions, and views contained in this article are current only as of the date the article was written. All investment strategies and investments involve risk of loss. Any reference to an investment’s...

Dental Professionals: Their Careers Have Value Inside and Outside the Operatory

Remember the argument that has been around for years about the working Mom vs. the stay-at-home Mom? It was utterly ridiculous − the whole idea of us vs. them. There shouldn’t be a debate about it, just like there shouldn’t be a debate regarding hygienists who are in the operatory or out and their value to the profession. Engaging in...

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