Every year, RDH editors and readers are blown away by the breadth of expertise from our contributors, and 2022 was no exception. From a deep dive into the potential dangers of PFAS in floss to a how-to on SOAP notes that hugely resonated with readers, our contributors provided a mix of content guaranteed to help you live your best work life.
We hope these picks inspire and educate you, support your professional development, and help you avoid burnout.
PFAS in floss: Bad for our health?
An article about coated floss prompted Kirsten Brancheau, to take a deep dive into whether polyfluoroalkyl substances—PFAS—on floss are truly a concern: “None of what I read on the EPA’s website was very reassuring to me. It seems that PFAS are everywhere.”
The value of SOAP notes
What is S-O-A-P about, and why should you be using SOAP notes to document your work? Because, author Diane Paz writes, “the number one way to protect yourself and your practice is to document, document, document.”
Redheads and anesthesia
The science on redheads and their sensitivity to pain is complicated, and readers were interested in learning why. As the daughter of a redhead, author Anne Nugent Guignon “simply wanted to know more about this complicated subject from both a personal perspective and how to better understand and manage pain from a patient perspective.”
Rinse and spit … but with what?
With so many mouthrinses to choose from—all claiming some degree of efficacy—it’s easy to become confused. This gallery broke down some of the many choices.
Better than fluoride?
Although nanohydroxyapatite is not approved for use in dental products in the US, these hygiene students make the case that it should be.
The 3 “ships” and the staffing shortage
Staffing shortages in dentistry have affected all areas of the profession. Author Bethany Montoya says it might not have to be that way and that focusing on relationship, ownership, and leadership can make all the difference.
Should face shields stay?
The pandemic brought about unprecedented changes to dentistry, including the introduction of increased levels of PPE. Author Linda Rhoades makes the case for why face shields should remain an integral part of infection control protocols, regardless of other PPE requirements.