A note by Chief Editor Jackie Sanders from the September issue of RDH magazine.

Editor's note: When career opportunity knocks, answer!

Sept. 27, 2023
Chief Editor Jackie Sanders wants to know: Are you taking advantage of all the opportunities a career in dental hygiene has to offer?
Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH, Chief editor, RDH magazine

September brings seasonal changes: kids heading back to school, the opportunity to begin cheering for your favorite football team, and for some, the chance to squeeze in a few more camping trips. The dental hygiene profession continues to provide opportunities as well. If you haven’t attended one, our Solutions Labs are short lectures providing product/service solutions (no CEU provided). Dental hygiene continues to thrive with numerous opportunities for growth and personal development.

Hygienists’ diverse platforms were on display when the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction recipients were honored at RDH Under One Roof. Our colleagues were recognized for their achievements in academia, entrepreneurship, clinical hygiene, public health, and as a newcomer. This provided but a small glimpse into the numerous ways dental hygienists impact others’ lives. If you are seeking inspiration, be sure to dive into this issue of RDH, as we present the story of each Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction recipient.

This month in RDH, authors give clinical insight on product information and clinical solutions. Kristin Evans shares her wealth of knowledge on what the tongue is trying to tell us, and be sure to read about red ulcerative lesions and differentiating them from white lesions.

As our team reviews the post-RDH Under One Roof Survey and looks at the results from the RDH Readers Survey, I would like to personally thank each of you for lending us your insight and recommendations. Your voice gives the RDH team the opportunity to continue supporting you in the best way possible. Each year we look forward to hearing what we’re doing right and where we can improve.

Is there someone in your life who inspires you? Is there someone who supports you when you have a great idea? Could it be your inner voice cheering you on and telling you to move forward? This month, I hope you will embrace the opportunity that is knocking at your door. Step forward and make that change, sign up for that class you have always wanted to, listen to that inner voice that is cheering you on, or pay attention to that individual in your life who says, “You can do this.” To each of my personal cheerleaders (you know who you are), thank you for providing me with the courage to embrace the next opportunity.

Editor's note: This article appeared in the September 2023 print edition of RDH magazine. Dental hygienists in North America are eligible for a complimentary print subscription. Sign up here.