Today’s RDH Honor Awards 2019 Recipient: Jennifer Geiselhofer, RDH

A special thank you to Dentsply Sirona for sponsoring the Today's RDH Honor Awards and for their unwavering commitment in supporting the profession of dental hygiene. The blue-and-white van is easy to spot on the streets of Denver. The elliptical logo for Dental At Your Door stands out high on the blue rear side of the van. After almost five...

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...

Sleep Apnea Sufferers: Dental Solutions to Help Improve Quality of Life

Do you find yourself waking up during the night because you snore, and it is affecting you and your partner? Have you ever had to watch your child sleep and fear that your child will stop breathing due to pauses in breathing during their sleep? Snoring and pauses in breathing during sleep can be one of the first signs...

Athletes and Dental Caries: The Power of Acid on Tooth Decay

A new school year always represents the start of students participating in school sports. The athletic activities typically precipitate an increase in the consumption of sports beverages and protein bars for increasing carbohydrate intake for energy and to replenish electrolytes. The role of the dental hygienist is to educate the parent and the child on the importance of good nutritional...

Dental Botox Case Study: Long-term Relief for TMJ Patient Continues

A year ago, I began the Botox journey with my ridiculously overachieving masseters! Unwilling to wear a nightguard and clenching by day as well as during the night, I knew I needed some sort of untraditional relief. Anti-inflammatories, warm moist heat massage, and mindfulness were solutions without results, and my jaw muscles buffed up in a way I wished...

Good News You Might Have Missed: A Dental Hygiene Update

News is everywhere. Without even realizing it, we hop from story to story thanks to the ever-increasing availability of sources – radio, television, print, smartphone apps, social media, and more. Gone is the time of a family sitting down around the TV watching the six o’clock news, and the nation getting the same stories at the same time. Smartphones tailor...

Say “Yes” to the Treatment: Building Confidence in Restorative Case Acceptance

Truth be told, I had another version of this article with “how-tos,” “what-to-dos,” and pieces of advice from my experience thus far; I thought that would be the best way to share with my fellow dental hygienists. I will share those with you, but I also want to highlight the best way to gain restorative case acceptance is through...

Don’t Ask Me to Just Clean Your Teeth, I’m Here for More than That!

When I was five years old, I had an epiphany. There was absolutely no way I could be a princess when I grew up because, unless you have a glass slipper, you have to be born into royalty. From that moment on, I was always that kid; the kid who wanted to be a vet, an artist, a teacher,...

7 Self-Care Options for Dental Hygienists to Extend their Career

Dental hygiene is consistently among the top professions at risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) that affect the soft and hard tissues of the body. A one-year prevalence rate of MSD in dental hygienists ranged from 60% to 96% who are experiencing some form of neck, shoulder, wrist, hand, or back pain. These injuries occur from the precise, repetitive movements...

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