Falling in Love with Intraoral Cameras

At the beginning of my dental hygiene career, I was fortunate to have an intraoral (IO) camera, at least I was told this by the dentist. I was excited because I was told I should be...but I hated that camera! It was heavy and hard to maneuver; that was 1996. In 2006, I was exposed to a lightweight Schick IO...

Hygienist Profile: Getting to Know Whitney aka Teeth Talk Girl!

The Today’s RDH Hygienist Profile is an ongoing series that features dental hygienists who have expanded their career beyond clinical work, are putting a unique spin on dental hygiene, or have gone above and beyond as a preventive specialist. To kick off the Today’s RDH Hygienist Profile series, we interview Whitney, RDH, BS, also known as Teeth Talk Girl!...

Ergonomics & 360° Dynamic Motion: A review of The Brewer Company’s 135AS & 135JS Series Saddle Stools

Disclosure: We value transparency at Today’s RDH. This review is sponsored content from The Brewer Company as part of our sponsored partner program. As dental hygienists, we all know the importance of ergonomics. Hygiene program instructors stressed its importance every moment they could. “Shoulders down, elbows in, use your modified pen grasp, and sit up straight” are among a few phrases I...

Ergonomics: If I’d Only Known

Ergonomics Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction er·go·nom·ics   ˌər-gə-ˈnä-miks  An applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely – called also biotechnology, human engineering, human factors.1 If Only I’d Known… If only I’d know that this body would age, If only I’d known that loupes were good for my...

Social Media Dos and Don’ts for the Dental Professional

Join us as we embark on a series, Social Media for the Dental Professional. In this series, we will discuss what not to do and say, how to create and maintain a professional online image, how to use social media to advance your career, and what the future of the digital dental world looks like. As a millennial hygienist,...

Could Periodontal Disease have an Autoimmune Component?

Periodontal disease causes chronic inflammation, tissue destruction, and cannot be cured only maintained. Periodontal disease has some genetic qualities, and if left untreated can wreak havoc on other organs. It has been associated with heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. All the traits I used to describe periodontal disease could be used to describe several other diseases, all of...

Charcoal Whitening: Level of Abrasiveness and Effects on Enamel

The dental business is a booming structure that is constantly being introduced to new inventions and dentifrices intended to improve oral health. Whitening has become the new sought after trend that is said to be achieved naturally with the use of the popular additive charcoal. With the added benefit of being “natural,” charcoal whitening has quickly become the item...

The Rest of the Story: Dental Instrument Retipping

In late 2013 I was approached about writing an article to summarize some private independent research I completed, studying retipped dental instruments. This article was published by a dental hygiene industry journal and rocked the boat a little more than anticipated. At the time, I was working in private practice dentistry after finishing my Bachelor’s degree, where I learned...

Polishing: Are You Spinning in Circles or Ready to Ride the Wave?

Do you remember the spring semester your freshman year of dental hygiene school? Filled with lingering instrumentation competencies, the anticipation of seeing your first REAL patient? As an educator, each spring when I teach polishing, students are just thrilled. They love it, and it is FUN for them! Polishing is FUN, but depending on when and where you received...

The Journey of a Seasoned RDH as She Completes Her BASDH Degree

My educational journey, completing my Bachelors of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, guided me back into writing as, long ago and a far away, I was a journalism major. This educational process lit a fire. August 2016, I made a leap of faith to begin a completion degree program at the Community College of Denver. I was old!  Like...

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