Instrument Sharpening by the RDH: The How and Why

I can almost vouch with utmost certainty that one of the most exhilarating events for a dental hygienist is receiving and opening brand-new instruments. The sheer knowledge of knowing that new instruments pack a sharp edge is sure to have every hygienist playing favoritism among the instruments in their stash − at least until the edges become dull. While sharp...

Oral Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

It is, of course, common knowledge to all of us in the dental profession that systemic diseases can be exacerbated or even caused by negligent dental hygiene and related oral health diseases. But, did you know that, as a dental professional, you may notice various side effects of certain diseases that the patient doesn't realize that they have? Ankylosing Spondylitis Dr....

Athletic Mouth Guards: Playing It Safe

It is that time of year when the kids start a new school year, and many participate in school sports programs. Although schools attempt to keep our children safe on and off the field, the regulations for athletic mouth guards are not consistent with the need to prevent injury in the majority of school-based sports. A dental professional has...

New Year, New You: A Resolution for Dental Hygienists

Once again, another new year is upon us! For some of the lucky ones, a new year is a time of hope, inspiration, and maybe even change! For others, perhaps more “seasoned” life veterans, a new year is simply a reminder of the many unkept New Year’s resolutions that have vanished somewhere amidst the short, dark days of January. For...

Hygienists Under Attack! Oppose Washington State HB 1935 & SB 5833

On Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 the Washington State Legislature proposed bills in both the House and Senate that will allow dental assistants to perform dental hygiene procedures with nothing more than a "one-time training." Specifically, if these bills pass, dental assistants will be able to do the following: Perform dental prophylaxis with supragingival scaling; Perform periodontal probing; and Perform gross...

Reducing Tooth Sensitivity and Bacteria with CHX-containing Varnish, Cervitec Plus

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Ivoclar Vivadent as part of our sponsored partner program. When hygienists hear the word chlorhexidine, many may automatically think of chlorhexidine gluconate rinse; with that comes the thought of stain, calculus build-up, inhibition of fibroblasts (which can impair healing), and taste alterations. While these are downfalls for chlorhexidine gluconate rinses, the same does not hold...

Medications: General Principles for Dental Hygienists

Medications cure, treat, or prevent a disease or condition or relieve symptoms from an illness ─ vital elements to maintaining or improving health. Over 20,000 prescription medications are approved for marketing, and more than 66% of all adults in the United States use prescription medications. 1 Dental patients are more often on medications than not. Dental professionals should evaluate the...

Dr. Erin Hartnett: Nurse Practitioner Advocates for Oral Health

More than two decades ago, the U.S. Surgeon General's report titled Oral Health in America was a call to action for all health professions to play a role in reducing the burden of oral disease in America. A decade after that, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released both Advancing Oral Health in America and Improving Access to Oral Health...

TikTok Users Promoting Unsafe Filing Down of Teeth

Dental professionals are most likely aware of TikTok, the social network for video sharing. The TikTok application (app) allows users to post videos of themselves, often doing silly things. The app also allows you to interact with other users' videos and make comments. With some silly videos, the danger is evident as people have been hurt. Another distressing issue is...

Disability Insurance: Prevention May Lead to a Denied Claim

Does anybody feel like insurance companies have a vague resemblance to a scamming scheme? You pay month after month for an illusory sense of security. If something should happen on the off chance the worst-case scenario does arise, there is a huge deductible. Or worse, the insurance denies your claim for a reason found in the small print on...

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