VIDEO: Variables that Affect Aerosols Transmitted while Coronal Polishing

Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from Premier Dental as part of our sponsored partner program. Check out this video where Dr. Petra Wilder-Smith, DDS, DMD, PhD and Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, discuss variables that affect aerosols transmitted while coronal polishing. See a recent study showing less aerosol and less splatter with the AeroPro® by clicking here.

Clean Your Loupes, Protect Your Eyeballs

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from Designs for Vision as part of our sponsored partner program. For dental professionals, patient health and safety remain a top priority now more than ever. The expectations are to provide a high standard of care while creating the best possible experience for patients. Hundreds of precautionary measures are taken throughout the day to ensure...

5 MORE Non-Traditional Career Opportunities for Dental Hygienists

Are you burned out from working traditional, clinical dental hygiene day in and day out? Let’s be real, full-time clinical hygiene is hard on the body, mind, and soul! Even though dental hygienists love the satisfaction of a perfectly scaled tooth and enjoy interacting with patients, clinical practice takes a toll on our entire being. When was the last time...

Top 10 Essentials for Every Hygienist’s Toolkit

It takes years of trial and error for a dental hygienist to assemble the perfect arsenal of supplies, equipment, and techniques which allow him or her to provide the best care possible, in the best manner possible. Even the most seasoned hygienist will relentlessly search reviews, exhibit halls, and dental catalogs for that one thing that will undeniably transform...

Decades of Dental Hygiene: Kym Dallstream Believes Volunteering Led to Career Opportunities

We’ve met some amazing dental hygienists, all at different points in their careers: Fran Tourdot, age 82. Barb Orth, age 75. Renee Ahlf, age 67 and Kelli Dash, age 56. The next chapter in our Decades of Dental Hygiene introduces us to Kym Dallstream, RDH, BS, age 42. Kim is a nonstop volunteer and has used the networking connections...

8 Fun Dental History Facts

Dentistry does not always have to be boring! Below I have found some fun facts, ancient facts, and interesting facts about dentistry. In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist. Lucy had boarded with a physician while teaching, which sparked her interest in medicine. She was rejected from medical school but was encouraged to pursue dentistry. Jonathan Taft,...

Magnification: Are You in the Loupe?

Wanting to provide excellent care for our dental patients, as well as comfort and longevity in our chosen careers, are most likely the highest priorities for dental professionals. One of the most successful ways to assist ourselves as dental hygienists are with the use of dental loupes. Keeping in mind that purchasing the wrong loupes for your needs, can...

QUIZ: Test Your COVID-19 Infection Control Knowledge

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An Ode to Hygienists: I’m a Hygienist, Hear Me Roar!

In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, I would like to honor all hygienists with an Ode to Dental Hygienists! I know we all can relate to this ode, and I hope you enjoy it! Endless hours of studying for competencies, tests, and boards. I’m a hygienist, hear me roar! Exhausted physically and mentally, you effortlessly put the health and care of...

Oral Malignant Melanoma: A Rare Neoplasm Dental Hygienists Should Monitor

The vast majority of dental hygienists are familiar with melanoma and how devastating it can be to the skin and various other organs, but how familiar are we with how it can affect the oral cavity? Oral malignant melanoma represents a low percentage of all melanomas (thought to account for less than 1%). However, this variant tends to be more...

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