Should Dental Hygiene Programs Graduate Students with a Bachelor’s Degree?

An exciting part about dental hygiene’s foray into diversity has been the shunning of ageism. No, the sycophantic rookies and the old bats still squabble. I’m referring to the general demographic layout of the dental hygiene profession. For example, the diversity of age prevents me from saying that everyone who graduated from dental hygiene school between 2007 and 2015...

The Benefits of REM Sleep for Dental Professionals and Patients

You can’t open a dental industry magazine or social media page without seeing some information about sleep. Sleep apnea is a health crisis that affects almost a billion people worldwide. Dentistry is at the forefront of treating the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, and, of course, we all should be screening for symptoms. But this isn’t just another apnea article....

The Wonders of Xylitol

Xylitol, the sweetener with a twist; this little 5-carbon molecule packs a punch of health benefits.  Xylitol is a natural sweetener which has properties that have been shown to prevent tooth decay, increase salivary production, and reduce the development of bacteria in the mouth.1 Research shows that five exposures to xylitol a day can significantly inhibit bacterial growth in...

What Hygienists Should Know About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome & Oral Health

When a patient confided a few years ago about a recent diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), I had never heard of the illness before, nor was I aware of the severity of the symptoms. After her extraoral and intraoral examination, I learned that her condition had negatively affected her overall health. The patient’s hair had significantly fallen out, she...

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...

Fun Teeth Facts of Different Animals, Including Slugs!

Most dental professionals, if not all, find themselves gravitating towards any and all things dental. It's a second nature we cannot mask. Whether it's tooth-adorned apparel, custom dental license plates, or just merely seeing teeth when we look at random objects. Teeth are a major part of our lives in and out of our careers. What if we discussed the...

Non-celiac Gluten Sensitivity: Supporting Affected Dental Patients Through Lifestyle Changes

Literature states that approximately 6% to 13% of the population suffers from non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).1,2 The precise percentage is challenging to estimate since NCGS is difficult to diagnose. Unlike other gastrointestinal diseases, there are not any definitive biomarkers to identify NCGS.3 NCGS is defined as a non-autoimmune, nonallergic reaction to gluten that affects the female to male population 6:1.2...

Noteworthy Women in Dentistry Part 2: 20th Century’s Progressives in America

The late 1800s and early 1900s brought about many changes in economics, social and environmental reforms in the United States. This was known as the "Progressive Era" and inspired women and women's organizations to strive for equality.1 In addition to women's participation in dentistry, women fought for economic and political parity as well as social reforms such as the...

VIDEO: Hygiene Chat – New ARM & HAMMER™ Complete Care™ Toothpaste

Disclosure: This video is sponsored by ARM & HAMMER™. Krystal King, RDH, BSDH, and Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, discuss the new ARM & HAMMER™ Complete Care™ toothpaste. The new ARM & HAMMER™ Complete Care™ toothpaste has an ultra-smooth formula and minty fresh flavor. It is still powered by 100% natural baking soda but has a new taste for those who don’t love...

Nurse’s Conviction: Could Hygienists be Criminally Prosecuted for Errors?

Nurses and nurse practitioners across the country closely followed the RaDonda Vaught case. Vaught was a registered nurse working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was criminally charged and convicted of two felonies in March, potentially facing eight years in prison due to a medical error that resulted in the death of a patient. The case set a new precedent...

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