Tubarial Salivary Glands: Scientists Discover New Salivary Glands in Human Throat

Tubarial Salivary Glands
The year 2020 has brought us some wild and crazy things, including a novel virus that led to a global pandemic, a record-breaking number of hurricanes in the Atlantic, and, most recently, the discovery of previously unidentified salivary glands. The most astonishing to me is the discovery of the salivary glands; admittedly, I may be a little biased as...

Sharp Dental Instruments Create Better Treatment Outcomes and Comfort for Hygienists

Sharp instruments are critical for both dental clinician and patient. From the patient standpoint, they are much more comfortable as less pressure is applied to remove calculus. When sharp instruments are used, the amount of time for the procedure is reduced. Gingival tissues respond better when fewer repetitive strokes are used, and less pressure is applied. Comfortable dental patients with...

My Unexpected Journey to Heartland Dental

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Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from Heartland Dental as part of our sponsored partner program. Sometimes you find something totally unexpected in places you would never imagine. While searching for a dental hygiene job to secure health benefits for my family, I got so much more than I expected. My temporary relief became what I now see as my forever dental...

Ambassadors: Ways to Market a Dental Practice Internally and Externally

Image is everything, and everyone wants to look and feel their best. People are accomplishing this through personal trainers, expensive diets, and even seeking out plastic surgery. However, many people avoid both necessary and elective treatment when it comes to dentistry because of fear, anxiety, previous bad experiences, costs, and impatience with the process. They simply do not trust...

Loupes: Dentistry Doesn’t Have to be a Pain in the Neck

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from Designs for Vision as part of our sponsored partner program. The prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the dental profession is well established and can have detrimental effects on productivity and lead to early retirement. The cause is attributed to ergonomic hazards, such as strained posture and repetitive movements. Studies show MSDs occur in...

5 Dental Urban Legends: The Tooth be Told

Urban legends are types of modern folklore or fictional stories presented as true and used for entertainment or to serve as cautionary tales. Urban legends were first published in 1968 and are typically complete stories with plots and characters that are “rooted in popular culture” and display elements of “fear, humor, mystery or horror”.1 The urban legends of dentistry...

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...

Relocating to California: Obtaining Dental Hygiene Re-licensure in the Golden State

Sunny sky, ocean breezes, and palm trees − that is what you can look forward to when you decide to relocate to southern California. The part you may not look forward to is the detailed and time-consuming process to obtain your California dental hygiene license. In my experience, “time-consuming” consisted of a great deal of wait time, much of it...

VIDEO: Safety of LM Sharp Diamond™ Instruments & When to Replace

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Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from Planmeca as part of our sponsored partner program. Watch this video where I discuss the safety of LM Sharp Diamond™ instruments, how they are designed to minimize strain for hygienists, and when it is time to replace them. Get 20% off all LM instruments and kits when purchased for the first time from https://shop.planmecausa.com/

Spondylolisthesis and Spondylosis: A Warning for Hygienists with Back Pain

Managing chronic pain can be a lifetime task. Unfortunately, how we manage the pain may have dire consequences. Regular exercise, walking, yoga, massage, and chiropractic care of some methods of pain control and prevention. All of these methods may help prevent and control pain symptoms, but what if we forget to ascertain the cause? Radiography is the Gold Standard...

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