Using Social Media to Advance Your Dental Hygiene Career

Join us as we embark on a series: Social Media for the Dental Professional. In Part 1 we discussed what not do on social media. Here, we explore ways you should use social media to advance your career, and in Part 3 we will consider the future of the virtual dental world and how it will impact you. With the...

Dental Patient Transportation Issues? There’s an App for That!

Dental offices all experience a certain number of broken and missed appointments that can become a common source of frustration. Transportation issues have long been a concern in relation not only to lost production for dental providers but as a major barrier to access to care for many patients.  According to federal government research, 3 million people a year...

A New Dental Hygienist Shares Her Story of Staying True to Herself

I am here to tell you a story, a story with a moral to it. I will tell you that moral from the outset, just to alleviate your anticipation a bit and hopefully spark a hint of interest in you. The moral of this story is: You are enough and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself. I...

Oil Pulling: Is it Effective?

I have recently been asked my professional opinion on “coconut oil pulling” by numerous patients. Although unfamiliar with this technique, I was curious about its benefits to dental health. What is “Oil Pulling?” Oil pulling is an ancient and traditional technique that is practiced in Southeast Asia and India. The remedy claims to remove bacterial toxins, mostly Streptococcus mutans, which...

5 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Career as a Dental Hygienist

Disclosure: We value transparency at Today’s RDH. This article is sponsored content from Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program as part of our sponsored partner program. For many dental hygienists, the road to becoming a licensed professional may not have been filled with rainbows and unicorns. After completing college prerequisites, there’s applying to a hygiene program or even several. Once accepted, getting through the...

A Look at Forensic Dentistry & How Teeth Are Used to Identify a Person

A big part of mainstream media is criminal investigations and law enforcement dramas. Most of the time, these involve missing persons or murder investigations. As a dental hygienist, this brought about some interest in determining if it was possible to identify a person from a single tooth. There are several different manners of using teeth to identify a person; the...

Community Dental Clinics: Serving Those in Need

In today’s day of insurance coverage for all, one would think everyone would have access to quality dental care. This is a myth. 28.2 million Americans remain uninsured1. This population will go without care, even when in pain, due to the cost of receiving that care. This is where low-cost dental clinics come to the rescue. When people have...

Charcoal White: The Charcoal Teeth Whitening Trend on your Social Media Feed

My first patient in the morning was a woman in her late 20s. I had seen her once before, trying to remember if I had noted anything specific about her that will help me interact with her socially before we got into the routine of her visit. As I evaluated her gingival health, I noticed it wasn’t healthy at...

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...

The History of Fluoride & Why It’s So Important

In dental hygiene school, I remember being taught the efficacy and benefits of fluoride on the dentition nearly from day one. There were never any questions asked nor did students doubt what this element was capable of. We studied the content in our “dental hygiene bibles,” a.k.a. Textbooks, and as we transitioned into clinic, the proof was simply in...

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