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    Comparing surgical and pharmacological interventions for trigeminal neuralgia pain

    Both medications and surgical treatments are recommended for trigeminal neuralgia, and both have their benefits and side effects. Learn more about this chronic and debilitating...
    Fleur Bruna, RDH
    Career & Profession

    Open Wide: How a dental blog can empower hygienists and build patient trust

    March 24, 2024
    Fleur Bruna, RDH, shares her journey in starting her own dental education blog. Learn more about RDH Community Connections.
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    In-office Preventive

    Guided biofilm therapy: Embracing the latest in oral health care advancement

    Guided biofilm therapy is a predictable, evidence-based practice that is changing the way RDHs think and provide patient care. Patients reap the biggest rewards.
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    Patient Care

    What every dental hygienist needs to know about the three most common local anesthetics

    March 22, 2024
    The three local anesthetics dental hygienists most commonly administer have advantages and disadvantages that make them suitable (or unsuitable) in certain clinical situations...
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    Patient Care

    Succinate: Unveiling its role in periodontal disease and therapeutic implications

    Understanding the role of succinate in oral health opens new avenues for innovative strategies to manage and prevent the progression of periodontal disease. Here’s what you need...

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    Diving into the world of dental anomalies

    Dental anomalies can set the stage for a cascade of issues such as increased cavity risk, enhanced plaque retention, and accelerated tooth wear. This guide will help you identify...
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    Medical protocols for periodontal therapy

    Why are we ignoring standard protocols for wound care that medicine has used for years? Kathryn Gilliam shares evidence-based practices you can consider implementing in your practice...
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    Patient Care

    The lost art of hand instrumentation

    Hand instruments are not stressed much in dental hygiene anymore, but incorporating them into your armamentarium will lead to better patient care.
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    Paper up or paper down? Clarifying instrument reprocessing standards

    Details, details. Does the autoclave paper go up or down? Amanda Hill answers this question and more as she shares some evidence-based SOPs for instrument sterilization that you...
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    Water Safety

    Would you drink that?

    If someone poured you a drink straight from your air/water syringe, would you hesitate to drink it? Here are three steps you can take to ensure the water in your dental office...
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    Patient Care

    Medical and dental collaboration: How interprofessional education can close the divide

    There continues to be a divide between the medical and dental spheres, but interprofessional education can play a pivotal role in closing the chasm between the two professions...
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    Career & Profession

    Golden opportunities: Profitable geriatric dentistry with a heart

    Serving geriatric patients can be a profitable part of your practice. Here are some considerations for treating this patient population while still making money.
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    Obese dental patients can lead to ergonomic struggles

    Obese patients present ergonomic challenges for dental hygienists. To avoid injury, gently guide patients about how they can help during their appointment.