How One Hygienist Became a Dental Hygiene Educator & Changed Her Career

Earning the title RDH is no easy task, and you can ask any graduate, surviving the 2-3 years of dental hygiene school is a rite of passage. Yet, on this journey, some want more after a few years of clinical practice and have taken the path to higher education to complete a bachelors or master’s degree. I have worn...

Air Polishing: We’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

Long gone are the days of messy, salty air abrasion polishing for stain removal on our patients. Welcome to a whole new world of safer softer powders and Guided Biofilm Therapy. In 2004, a coworker RDH of mine told me about a new subgingival air polishing powder she had recently seen presented at a Perio CE in Vienna. I was...

The Many Lives of the Mysterious Full Mouth Debridement

What is full mouth debridement and when exactly are we supposed to do it? Ask a variety of clinicians, and you will receive a variety of answers. Does it pertain only to scaling above the gingival margin, or can we go below? Is it an acceptable step prior to scaling and root planing or is it simply a “bloody...

Sam’s Journey: Beating Breast Cancer during Hygiene School

I was halfway there; it was right before my summer classes were to begin the last year of dental hygiene school. One night I noticed a little bump on my right breast, so I did an exam on myself and felt a small, rock-like lump. Being only twenty-nine years old, and having no family history of breast cancer, I wasn’t...

Beating the Dental Hygiene Blahs

I can still remember how it felt in those first few months out of hygiene school. The anxiety over finding a job, the thrill of landing one, and the excitement of finally being able to practice Dental Hygiene as a clinician in private practice. It was all so new and exhilarating, like setting off on an adventure into my...

Cutting through the Premedication Confusion

To premedicate or not to premedicate, that is the question, and it has become an increasingly difficult question to answer. New clinical research and recommendations are colliding with long-held, but outdated, protocols to create the perfect storm of confusion for clinicians. Add to that the controversy regarding the overuse of antibiotics, and it becomes apparent that this issue is...

7 Reasons to Date or Marry a Dental Hygienist

We may be a bit biased being a dental hygiene publication and all, but we think dental hygienists are awesome people! The following are seven reasons why dating or marrying a dental hygienist is a wonderful thing! 1) Dental Hygienists are Well-educated! Hygienists have spent years in college and have gone through rigorous training to get where they are. So needless...

10 Ways to Get Kids to Brush their Teeth and Have Fun Doing It

Let's face it; some little ones simply do not like brushing their teeth. Can you blame them? The idea of putting a brush in their mouth simply isn’t very appealing, and I get it! Who wants a plastic stick with tinny bristles in their mouth anyway?! Especially when they don’t understand the benefit. It does not matter how much...

Happy Habit Hygiene: The App That Attracts

Disclosure: We value transparency at Today’s RDH. This article is sponsored content from Crest/Oral-B as part of our sponsored partner program. Children, precious, innocent, at times a little difficult! Any parent or grandparent understands the amount of work it takes to raise a child. Children need and deserve our complete attention, direction and guidance to succeed in every way. We all want...

How One Hygienist Packed Up and Started Practicing Abroad

Have you ever wanted to pack it all up and run away? Well, you can! Really! Dental hygienists are needed around the world. There are many different venues for hygienists to work and contribute in all four corners of the world. Dental hygiene is a growing worldwide profession, recognized in over 30 countries. These countries belong to the International...

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