How to Extend Your Hygiene Career with a Few Simple Steps

As a dental hygienist, at the end of a long work day... Does your body ache? Are you exhausted? Are you stressed out? Do you wonder why you ever chose such a career that is so mentally and physically demanding? Most hygienists enter our profession because we want to help people. What we quickly realize though, is that due to...

Pharmacology Review of Dental Patients’ Cholesterol Medications

Cholesterol can be controlled by diet, weight management, exercise, and lifestyle, although in some cases, medications may be required. Medications are confusing to dental patients − multiple names and pronunciations, and the spelling is a nightmare. Patients are often unsure what medications they consume and will disclose two medications only to find out it's the same medication. Or they know...

Education: Programs that Allow Hygienists to Move Beyond Clinical Dental Hygiene

How do dental hygienists embrace their role as a specialist beyond the dental chair? Many clinical dental hygiene providers eventually want to step into other positions in administration, health policy, global health, academia, research, or educational roles. However, the information to pursue those pathways can be unclear or hard to find. The following information can be used as a starting...

Dental Investing: Understand What Patients Need & Invest in Those Products

Disclaimer: This article is for general informational purposes only, and you should not construe any such information as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice. The information, opinions, and views contained in this article are current only as of the date the article was written. All investment strategies and investments involve risk of loss. Any reference to an investment’s...

Dental Professionals: Their Careers Have Value Inside and Outside the Operatory

Remember the argument that has been around for years about the working Mom vs. the stay-at-home Mom? It was utterly ridiculous − the whole idea of us vs. them. There shouldn’t be a debate about it, just like there shouldn’t be a debate regarding hygienists who are in the operatory or out and their value to the profession. Engaging in...

Diagnostic Instruments: Choosing Dental Mirrors, Periodontal Probes, and Explorers

The best diagnostic instruments offer the clinician and patient superior overall dental health and comfort. We deserve to have the very best diagnostic instruments with a proven record of quality and durability in order to offer our patients the most comprehensive diagnostic opportunity possible. Diagnostic instruments are where dentistry and treatment begin. Clinicians must be able to see exceptionally well...

Emotional Regulation: How Dental Hygienists Can Cope during Stressful Times

As a society and a profession, we are facing an extremely stressful time. The COVID-19 shelter-in-place restrictions are not only a public health emergency, but it has quickly become an emotional and mental health crisis. Stress-related depression and anxiety are rising while families are trapped at home with no or little income, homeschooling children, and under a constant barrage...

VIDEO: Kara RDH Discusses the AeroPro® Cordless Prophy Handpiece System

Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from Premier Dental as part of our sponsored partner program. Discover how the AeroPro® Cordless Prophy Handpiece System from Premier Dental helps reduce splatter and improves ergonomics – two important things during these challenging times! AeroPro® is a lightweight, ergonomic cordless, and pedal-less handpiece that provides greater mobility, control, and the choice of prophy angles. It...

VIDEO: Kara RDH Discusses LISTERINE® Gum Therapy

Disclosure: This video is sponsored content from LISTERINE® as part of our sponsored partner program. Watch this video where Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, discusses LISTERINE® Gum Therapy and how it can reverse the signs of early gum disease! Did you know that over 90% of the world’s population has some degree of chronic gingivitis? In the US alone, at least 75% of adults...

Fostering Resilience for the Dental Professional: How to Avoid Burnout

Ask any experienced health-care professional what his or her goals are as clinicians, and the response will likely be something along the lines of placing patients first or doing what is best for those who need it. Regardless of the type of clinician, being able to guide an individual to health in any capacity requires the caregiver to retain...

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