Debunking the Dental Hygiene Diagnosis

The first time I heard the phrase, “dental hygiene diagnosis,” I was completely befuddled. What in the world could this be referring to? Dental hygienists, if I understood correctly, were legally prohibited from diagnosing; the right to diagnose remained the dentist’s right alone. So what does a “dental hygiene diagnosis” involve? Did this phrase refer more to observations such...

Dear Dr. Oz: A Letter from a Licensed Dental Professional

Dear Dr. Oz, I would like to begin by saying, your show has been very informative over the years, and I appreciate what you are trying to do for patients and healthcare providers. However, I am disappointed in your recent show titled, “Undercover Investigation: Dental Scams: Are You Being Overdiagnosed and Overcharged?” Before I get into the issues I have with...

Suicide in Dentistry: Revealing the Facts

Can we take a moment and address the pink elephant in the room? How often do you hear dentists have a high suicide rate? Maybe you have personally worked for a dentist that took his/her own life. Maybe you or someone you know wants to go to dental school, but the mere fact that looms over the possibility of...

A Beginner’s Guide to Teledentistry

When you think of your daily work as a dental hygienist, you probably envision yourself moving from patient to patient, scaling teeth, assessing disease, exposing radiographs, educating on oral health, and otherwise preparing patients for a doctor exam. But, there is a new way dentists are conducting business. It’s called Teledentistry. Think of teledentistry as a high-tech way for...

Teeth Talk Girl: How To Organize CE Credits with CE Zoom!

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CE Zoom is the only fully automated, state specific, CE tracker and state compliance/auditing tool. CE Zoom will not only track, store, and remind you of your continuing education requirements, but it simplifies check-in procedures for CE courses and conferences, instantly generates continuing education certificates that will immediately be stored and saved, never to be misplaced again! Sign up for...

Are Patients Being Over-medicated and Are You Paying Attention?

We have all been educated to review our patients’ health histories prior to every dental appointment, but are we seeing the red flags some health histories wave? With today’s over-prescribed pain and anti-depressant medications, close attention needs to be paid to the patient sitting in our dental chair. We are in a prime position to be a positive influence...

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...

It’s National Dental Hygiene Month: The Best Time of the Year!

No, it 's not Christmas yet, but during National Dental Hygiene Month, it can be. Mark your calendars for October 2018! This is the time dental hygiene is nationally appreciated. We are celebrating all we do in our community for our patients and the importance of oral health. Thousands of dental hygiene companies and manufacturers have promotions, contests, and giveaways...

America’s Opioid Epidemic and the Responsibility of Dental Professionals

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, every day more than 115 people in the United States die from overdosing on opioids.1 Although opioid addiction does not discriminate against age, many people who suffer from these addictions started using prescription opioid painkillers in their teenage years. Surprisingly, the group of health care providers responsible for...

Our Own Special Dental Hygienist Needs: Finding Career Happiness

Our own special dental hygienist needs must be met to keep the motivation for our career alive. So many of us have been there; those days when you just don’t feel your hygiene heart is 100% in the game. What to do? Give yourself a two-week maximum to roll in lethargy, and then make a conscious choice to either...

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