Table of Contents

Registered Dental Hygienist

Volume 34, Issue 11
  • Features

  • Columns

    • Looking Ahead

      • Encouraging the heart

        Recently, I participated in a faculty retreat with the dental hygiene faculty at Idaho State University. We had two days of meetings to plan for the academic year for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. I always find these meetings stimulating and look forward to them because they help to set the tone for the work we will accomplish in the year ahead.

    • Anecdotal Hygienist

      • Amazing graciousness

        I had the honor of presenting at RDH Under One Roof in Chicago in August as the American Academy of Dental Hygiene's sponsored speaker. (Check AADH.org to learn more about this superb organization in our profession.) I took full advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the conference and hear a handful of the many wonderful dental hygiene speakers during the three days that I was there.

    • Public Health

      • Annual report on dental hygiene

        Great news for dental public health! The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice (the Journal) just published its "Annual Report on Dental Hygiene." As stated on their website, the Journal presents original articles as well as reviews of articles on the results and outcomes of clinical procedures and treatment.

    • Evolving Hygienist

      • Working for free?

        Looking for a job can be time-consuming, difficult, and discouraging - especially if it takes you a long time to find a fill-in or part-time job. What can you do to keep your skill level up and stay current with your instrumentation skills?

    • Crafting Connection

      • Meet the traditionalists

        Chaos and conflict arise in our dental practices when we attempt to fit nontraditional workforces into traditional workplaces. With four generations1 working today, creativity is needed to bridge the differences that naturally occur between varied groups of people.

    • Comfort Zone

      • No right or wrong answers

        Who should provide supplies or equipment to the practicing dental hygienist? Visualize a bell curve. The answers to this complicated question fall somewhere between the two extreme points found on any bell curve.

    • Encouraging Excellence

      • Patients' bad attitudes

        We've all had those patients who come in with a negative attitude. From the moment you greet them, they make it clear they would rather be anywhere else than with you. Whether it's a snide comment or an angry demeanor, you know this isn't going to be the most pleasant experience for either of you. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be this way. Rather than letting this patient ruin your day, it is actually possible to turn things around and have you both leave with a smile.

    • Web Weaving

      • State of emergency

        The topics for this column normally come from questions being asked by dental hygienists via social media, during my courses, or in emails sent to me. Knowing what is on the minds of my colleagues directs me to finding sites with answers or useful resources. On Aug. 24, the questions for this column came at 3:23 a.m. in the form of an earthquake. Nothing makes you ponder your own personal preparedness better than a shaking house followed by complete darkness.

    • Oral Exam

      • Antral pseudocyst

        Your patient today is Carl, a 33-year-old engineer who has a six-month maintenance appointment. Carl has not had a Panorex film made for a number of years, and it is suggested to him. Upon evaluation of the film, you note a broad-based, weakly opaque, dome-shaped entity in the right maxillary sinus.

    • Staff Rx

      • Problem with coworker

        Dear Dianne,
        I graduated from hygiene school three years ago, and I have worked in the same office full-time since passing my boards. Another full-time hygienist has been working in the office for 20 years. The problem is that the other hygienist leaves calculus all the time. I have seen a number of her patients, and I almost always find deep subgingival calculus that she missed.

    • From the Podium

      • Pinpointing eating disorders

        According to the National Institutes of Health, eating disorders affect approximately 30 million individuals in the United States each year. By comparison, Alzheimer's and autism affect 5 million and 3.6 million people respectively. Eating disorders are psychiatric disorders with psychological, behavioral, and physiological manifestations, and have the highest mortality rate of the psychiatric disorders (National Eating Disorders, National Eating Disorders Association).

    • Perio Therapy

      • Book pinpoints EBD evidence

        Deciphering science isn't easy, but it has been made a bit less difficult because of the dedicated effort of a fellow dental hygienist. Julie Hawley, RDH, PhD, is making it easier for us to grasp science after two grueling years of editing the first book on evidence-based dentistry (EBD) for dental hygienists. Julie's bio is impressive; she developed and launched the American Dental Association's EBD website and directed their Center for EBD for 10 years. She received a doctorate from Harvard University's biological and biomedical sciences program and has conducted cancer research. Specifically, Julie studied how genetic mutations manipulate cells to cause leukemia.

    • Infection Control

      • Common Errors in Surface Disinfection

        For the past year, I have conducted surveys online and with my speaking audiences about infection control issues in the dental office for clinicians. In the next few articles, I will review some of the findings from these surveys. I have received 2,400 responses that are both reassuring and concerning at the same time.

  • Departments