Nancy Burkhart, EdD, BSDH, made it her mission to help her dental hygiene peers recognize unusual symptoms in their patients. With information and understanding about some of the many things that can go wrong with the body, hygienists are better equipped to develop treatment plans to fit each patient.
With her passion for excellent patient care, Nancy wrote hundreds of articles for RDH through the years that shared insights about such maladies as brittle bone disease, Munchausen syndrome, Fordyce granules, and much more. She even dove into how to live to be a healthy 100-year-old, and why early detection of oral cancer can be a life saver.
While Nancy has retired after many years of contributions, her work lives on and helps dental hygienists increase their knowledge about oral-systemic health. This knowledge improves their everyday clinical practice and keeps their patients healthier. Read on for a new gallery of information about conditions you may have already seen in your patients, and some you may come across.