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  • Volume 44, Issue 1 (January/February 2024)

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    Patient Care

    Food for thought: Incorporating the COM-B model for behavior change into dental patient care

    Here’s a look at the latest in behavioral change psychology that dental professionals can use to counsel patients to improve their nutritional choices.
    Career & Profession

    Colorado welcomes dental hygienists to RDH Under One Roof 2024

    The CODHA is gearing up to welcome RDH Under One Roof 2024. Here's an introduction to some of the Colorado hygiene leaders who will be there.
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    In-office Preventive

    Probiotics: Good for the gut, good for oral health

    The benefits of probiotics extend to oral health. Adding Prodentis to your armamentarium can help you treat a variety of patients.

    Ergonomic loupes: Your key to practicing smarter dental hygiene

    Ergonomic loupes are proving to be game-changers for extending careers in dental hygiene. They help prevent MSDs due to awkward positions.
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    Patient Care

    Game changers: Many factors put athletes at increased risk for oral health complications

    High risk for health complications isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the athlete community, but for dental pros, maybe it should be.

    More content from Volume 44, Issue 1 (January/February 2024)

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    5 things to know about your body before practicing dental hygiene

    A career in dentistry has many benefits, but aches and pains from poor ergonomics are one of the downsides. Here's what to keep in mind.
    Patient Care

    Can caries prevention be profitable?

    PreviDent 5000 ppm dentifrice is a great product for reducing caries risk in pediatric patients.
    Career & Profession

    Nominate yourself or a colleague for RDH Clinical Recognition Program sponsored by Waterpik

    Feb. 5, 2024
    RDH magazine and Waterpik are pleased to announce the rebranding of the PIRA program as the RDH Clinical Recognition Program. Learn more, and nominate a deserving clinical hygienist...
    Career & Profession

    RDH Clinical Recognition Program winner: Nicole Derby, RDH

    For Nicole Derby, it's about much more than teeth. Learn how her dedication to airway screenings has had a profound impact on her patients’ lives.

    RDH Clinical Recognition Program winner: Ryan Rutar, BS, BA, RDH, MAM

    For Ryan Rutar, clinical hygiene provides fulfillment and a sense of purpose—and it shows in his many efforts and accomplishments.
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    Infection Control

    Infection control in your dental office: Strategies to get everyone on board

    Encountering resistance when trying to bring your office up to speed on IC protocols? We've got strategies to help!
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    Oral Systemic

    Hyaluronic acid: It’s not just for the skin

    Recent research shows that hyaluronic acid plays a role in wound healing and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that may prove useful in several areas of dentistry...
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    Clinical tips: Intuitive patient care for pediatric dental patients

    Acknowledging and embracing the “humanness” of the patient we're caring for, including our youngest ones, helps foster positive feelings about dental care that can last a lifetime...
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    The synergistic power of nano-hydroxyapatite and vitamins for oral health

    As clinicians, we have the opportunity to prevent oral disease and promote oral and systemic wellness. Here's a look at how nano-hydroxyapatite can work with vitamins to build...
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    Dental sealants and pediatric patients: Options, benefits, and drawbacks

    Dental sealants play a particularly important role in pediatric patients' care, serving as a barrier to children's dental caries. Here's a look at the four primary categories ...
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    Career & Profession

    Helping dental patients quit tobacco through interprofessional collaboration

    Helping patients with tobacco cessation requires a concentrated interdisciplinary approach to succeed. Learn how to measure a patient’s readiness to change as well as provide ...
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    Patient Care

    To bleed or not to bleed: What every dental hygienist needs to know about antithrombotic agents

    Jan. 15, 2024
    Whether to continue or discontinue the use of anticoagulants and antiplatelets prior to and after dental procedures has been debated for years. Tom Viola, RPh, CCP, offers insight...
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    Patient Care

    Cardiovascular screenings by dental hygienists: The vital connection

    Jan. 12, 2024
    Preventive visits are critical for patients’ health and early detection of disease indicators. Blood pressure screenings are a standard of care for dental hygienists. Here’s an...
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    Patient Care

    How a group of grassroots hygienists changed the course of dental coding

    When California dental hygienists succeeded in improving dental coding, they encouraged all RDHs to voice their opinions about coding.
    Career & Profession

    RDH Community Connections: Jennifer Stanley, RDH

    We are expanding the RCC program to embrace all the communities where an RDH may build a professional connection, whether in a study club, a public health program, locally, or...
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    Career & Profession

    Editor's Note: What does your New Year hold?

    What's on your list to change for the new year? RDH is here to give you some ideas and direction, and to help you achieve your goals.