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The dental hygiene products you need in 2022

July 8, 2022
It's time to announce the winners of the 2022 Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene Awards. What will your next favorite dental products be?

For the second year, Cellerant Consulting Group is pleased to announce the Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene Award winners. This program was created by Dr. Lou Shuman in 2009 to recognize innovative products that set a standard of quality in dentistry. Covered by every major dental journal in North America, the award has been acknowledged as the most prestigious and coveted award a dental manufacturer can receive.

In 2021, Dr. Shuman expanded the program’s footprint into the dental hygiene space by incorporating his prestigious hygiene panel and awarding 22 winners whose products represented innovative technologies, materials, and other solutions designed to help provide enhanced clinical outcomes, improved clinician ergonomics, and optimized hygiene treatment. Eight panelists who are renowned dental hygiene thought leaders and educators exhaustively search for practice-changing technologies that define and differentiate companies from their competitors. The Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene panel members include:

Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS—CEO of Cellerant Consulting Group, dentistry’s leading corporate accelerator and incubator; Selected by 2021 Global Summits Institute World’s Top 100 Doctors

Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP, EFDA—Chief hygiene officer and director of social media strategy for Cellerant; RDH editorial advisory board member; cofounder of National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference; founder of I Heart Dentistry Network

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, RDH, FACP—Chief development officer for Cellerant; editor-in-chief for Dental Economics; associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Andrew Johnston, BSBM, RDH—Director of dental hygiene for Coast Dental; cofounder and COO of A Tale of Two Hygienists and media company the Dental Podcast Network; international lecturer; certified in direct access care and restorative clinical restorations

Amanda Hill, BSDH, RDH—Clinical education manager for Young Innovations; editorial advisory board member for RDH magazine, DentistryIQ, and OSAP's Infection Control Editorial Board; 2022 recipient of the OSAP Emerging Infection Control Leader Award

Brooke Crouch, RDH—Preventive care consultant for Elevate Oral Care; board member for American Mobile & Teledentistry Alliance; clinical advisory board chair for Virginia Health Catalyst

Kristin Goodfellow, BA, RDH—Clinical director of OraCare; 2013 recipient of Proctor & Gamble’s Excellence in Patient Communication Award; published Dental Products Report and RDH; certified in Hygiene Mastery

Nancy Miller, BA, RDH—Founder of UltraConcepts; clinical advisor at Jameson Management; former adjunct faculty and clinical instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Sarah Crow, RDH—President of Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association; 2021 recipient of Massachusetts Dental Society Hygienist of the Year; recipient of Middlesex Community College Member of the Year

The award is unbiased and nonprofit, and the designation is awarded after a rigorous and uncompromising selection process that takes place in February. To keep the voting fair and impartial, panel members divulge any consulting relationships in which they are involved and are not allowed to vote in that specific category. The spirited debate that follows results in a selection of products that range from products that are part of every dental hygienist’s toolkit to emerging products not yet on the market. Winners are first announced to the public in early summer via a feature in RDH.

This year, a 14-year tradition is being introduced at RDH Under One Roof as winners will be highlighted at the event in Orlando, Florida, on July 21-23. Come interact with the winners and panel members on the exhibit floor and have the chance to indulge in Dr. Shuman’s famous gourmet cupcakes! Cellerant Consulting Group is also a proud sponsor of both RDH Evolution and RDH Under One Roof.

On behalf of Cellerant Consulting Group and the selection panel, please join us in congratulating the official 2022 Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene Award winners!

Cavitron 300 - Dentsply Sirona

Have you seen the new data on ultrasonic scaling with the Cavitron® 300 Series? It may change the way you think about scaling—and help you further enhance your patient care. Schedule your demo today!


TePe Original Interdental Brushes - TePe Oral Health Care

TePe Original Interdental brushes are highly effective in removing dental plaque between teeth, plus, interdental brushes are often easier for patients to use and allows them to reach all the grooves between their teeth.


Airflow Prophylaxis Master - EMS Dental

Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) is the systematic, predictable solution for biofilm management in professional prophylaxis using state of the art AIRFLOW®, PERIOFLOW® and PIEZON® technologies. GBT consists of treatment protocols based on individual patient diagnosis and risk assessment in order to achieve optimal results.



This super-cleansing, dentist-designed floss boasts 500-plus textured filaments, which act like a gentle loofah to scrub away plaque. Plus, it’s infused with antimicrobial coconut oil and irresistible aromas—like Pure Strawberry and Fresh Coconut. It’s also ecofriendly, vegan, and PFAS-free.


Harmony Ergonomic Scalers - HuFriedyGroup

Knowing nearly 70% of dental hygienists experience hand, wrist, and/or arm pain, HuFriedyGroup proactively developed Harmony™ Ergonomic Scalers and Curettes with TrueFit™ technology. Scientifically proven to be truly ergonomic by reducing pinch force and pressure applied to the tooth while also providing optimal tactile sensitivity, they’re relief for your hands—down to a science.



Developed as an alternative to chlorhexdine, this product can kill the same bacteria but without side effects (no staining). It also provides the additional benefits of killing viruses and fungi, neutralizing VSCs, and breaking up biofilm.


Advantage Arrest Silver Diamine Fluoride 38% - Elevate Oral Care

Advantage Arrest Silver Diamine Fluoride 38% is the first, most widely used, and only American-made brand. Oral health professionals find Advantage Arrest to be an essential treatment and prevention tool. Schedule a CE eligible staff meeting today to get started.


Allday Mouth Spray - Elevate Oral Care

Allday Dry Mouth Spray  With its ~7.0 pH, unique mucoadhesive hydrogel and 44% xylitol, much more than other brands, patented Allday spray instantly relieves dry mouth and helps improve oral health. Learn why dental professionals recommend it and why consumers are raving about it.


FluoriMax NaF Varnish - Elevate Oral Care

FluoriMax NaF Varnish  Thin, non-tacky, hypoallergenic, and great tasting help make FluoriMax NaF Varnish the fastest-growing fluoride varnish brand. FluoriMax is available in both a unique flow-through ampule or an economical bottle system, significantly eliminating waste. Learn why Hygienists are raving about FluoriMax.


Tri Plaque ID Gel - GC America

GC Tri Plaque ID Gel is an innovative, plaque disclosing gel that identifies new, mature, and acid producing biofilms in three colors (red/pink, dark blue/purple, and light blue). GC Tri Plaque ID Gel is easy to use and helps to promote teamwork between the dental professional and their patients for improved oral care.


Fuji TRIAGE EP - GC America

GC Fuji TRIAGE EP is the revolutionary glass ionomer sealant incorporating RECALDENT (CPP-ACP) technology! It works in a moist field and no isolation or bonding agent is required. You’ll never have to worry about sealing over immature enamel or non-cavitated lesions. It’s self-bonding and high fluoride releasing, and creates a strong, acid-resistant fused layer.


OraCoat Xylimelts - Quest Products

XyliMelts are the only overnight treatment for xerostomia. The Stick-on Melts comfortably and safely adhere to your patient’s gums during the day or while they sleep to relieve dry mouth symptoms for up to eight hours.


Perio Tray therapy with Perio Gel - Perio Protect

Perio Tray therapy by Perio Protect delivers Perio Gel™ (1.7% hydrogen peroxide) deep into periodontal pockets. This home care helps resolve chronic infections and inflammation associated with gum disease. Ideal for patients with gingivitis, halitosis, periodontitis, and implants.


Xlear Nasal Spray

Xlear products use a patented xylitol solution that works against bacteria and pulls moisture into the nasal cavity for a thorough cleanse. The Xlear Sinus Care solution not only cleanses, but also hydrates dry, irritated tissues and battles allergies, colds, and the flu.


QuickPass In-office Dental Water Test - ProEdge

In-office water test designed specifically to measure water quality compliance with 48-72 hour results. Bacteria grows red on white surface for easy reading. Features advanced neutralization technology to ensure reliable results. Improve results with complimentary consultations with ProEdge safe water specialists.


About the Author

Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP, EFDA

Melissa K. Turner, BASDH, RDHEP, EFDA, is a fresh force of change and is on a powerful mission to transform the future of dentistry for both patients and practitioners. She is a fractional executive and advises companies and DSOs on brand strategy and product growth. A top millennial influencer and KOL, she is cofounder of The Denobi Awards, the National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference, and the I,Woman podcast. Reach Melissa at melissakturner.com.

Updated May 22, 2023