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    Patient Care

    Communicating with your older dental patients for better health outcomes

    Older patients may present with hearing or vision loss that make your job harder. There are ways to make their experience at the dentist more pleasant for everyone.
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    RDH Community Connection: How dental hygienists build strength through community

    Dental hygiene can be a lonely profession. That's why connecting with others will make you feel like you aren't alone. There are many ways to do this.
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    Career & Profession

    Ready for a change? How to find career fulfillment in dental hygiene

    May 17, 2024
    If you feel it's time for a change in your hygiene career, ask yourself these questions to give you direction on your new path.
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    Patient Care

    Beyond traditional screening: Incorporating oral HPV testing

    Susan Cotten, BSDH, RDH, OMT, looks at three oral HPV tests available and explains why dental hygienists should consider incorporating oral HPV testing into their protocols.
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    Patient Care

    Death by sugar: Insulin resistance is a root cause of many diseases

    Educating patients about their glucose levels, and adding it into the hygiene appointment, can help guide people toward better lifestyle choices. Decreasing sugar is a good start...

    More content from Volume 44, Issue 3 (April/May 2024)

    Career & Profession

    Editor's note: Thank you, Craig

    It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Craig Dickson, VP/group publisher of the dental group at Endeavor Business Media. For 27 years Craig has played an...
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    Patient Care

    Chairside Impact: GrindRelief PRO

    When it comes to bruxing, patients need an affordable, immediate, effective solution, and GrindRelief PRO fits the bill.
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    Patient Care

    Chairside Impact: ProPaste One and AntiSplatr

    Bethany Montoya, BAS, RDH, reviews Pac-Dent's ProPaste One disposable prophy ring and AntiSplatr paste.

    RDH Clinical Recognition Program April and May winners: Kate Machado and Tiffany Summerlin

    Each month, the RDH Clinical Recognition Program, sponsored by Water Pik, features a dental hygiene clinician who goes the extra mile in their job to change their patients’ lives...
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    Patient Care

    The tissue is the issue: An honest look at oral inflammation management in the 21st century

    Taking an honest look at how you treat your patients, and having an open mind about current research, can lead dental hygienists to new therapies that patients will appreciate...
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    Alternative Practice

    Chairside Impact: Coconut oil pulling as a complementary, holistic practice

    April 29, 2024
    While nothing can replace brushing, some see coconut oil pulling as a complementary dental hygiene practice.
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    Dental Coding

    Changing D1110 to D1120 for reimbursement purposes: Is this legal?

    Never change a procedure code to receive reimbursement from an insurance carrier! And remember, your license could be on the line if you do.
    Patient Care

    Dental hygiene care: Face and neck screening

    April 16, 2024
    Dr. Michele White explains the characteristics of commonly appearing pink and brown lesions that may be found on the skin of the face and neck, what to watch for, and when to ...
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    Viruses and the oral cavity: A focus on HPV and HSV and their diverse clinical manifestations

    From harmless bumps to potentially precancerous lesions, understanding the various viral presentations of HPV and HSV is crucial for accurate diagnosis and timely intervention...
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    Patient Care

    Overlapping symptoms: Is it poor sleep or ADHD?

    Sleep-disordered breathing and ADHD can present with overlapping symptoms. In this peer-reviewed article, you’ll learn how adding sleep screening to the medical history can elevate...
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    Patient Care

    Chew the fat: What you need to know about cholesterol and statin use

    It's likely that many of your patients have chosen to use statins, but are you aware of how they can affect oral health?
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    How hygienists can avoid the hunchback

    Dental hygienists frequently experience pain and even disability due to the physical demands of the job. Stephanie Botts tells us how to avoid these threats to our health through...