6675e1a35faafeb26eb4f0d6 Ethics With Kevin Lopez

A driving force of ethics

May 23, 2024
Ethics should be stressed in all dental hygiene ops, but Kevin Lopez found out differently. Todays he makes it part of his mission to keep ethics top of mind.

Kevin Ohashi Lopez, MHA, BSDH, RDH, faced an unexpected event soon after becoming an RDH. A patient filed a formal complaint complaint about him when he performed an extraoral exam on her. She claimed that he touched her inappropriately. She was a standing patient, and he was surprised she'd never had the exam. The doctor did not defend Kevin, and he figured out quickly the dental practice was not where he wanted to stay. 

He asked around, and was told by other hygienists, "That's just the way we do things outside of school." He continued to inquire, and encountered one RDH who suggested he might want to pursue interests outside the op. Today he's a speaker, ambassador, mentor, guided biofilm therapy trainer with the Swiss Dental Academy, and NBDHE review faculty with Sanders Board Preparatory.

Through his work, Kevin stressed the importance of ethics in the profession. He strongly believes dental hygienists should build on their foundation in ethics and continue ethical practices after they graduate in the operatory.

If you ever experience any ethical issues, remember that you aren't alone. Reach out to your fellow hygienists for support, and follow Kevin on Instagram @kevstalksteeth.

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About the Author

Kevin Ohashi Lopez, MHA, BSDH, RDH

Kevin Ohashi Lopez, MHA, BSDH, RDH, is a San Francisco-based dental hygienist. He graduated from West Coast University in 2019 and obtained a master's in health administration. Currently practicing in Napa Valley, Kevin brings diverse dental experience, with both front- and back-office expertise. He is a speaker, ambassador, mentor, Guided Biofilm Therapy trainer with the Swiss Dental Academy, and NBDHE review faculty with Sanders Board Preparatory. Connect with him on Instagram @kevstalksteeth or via email at [email protected].

About the Author

Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH | Chief editor, RDH magazine

Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH, has over four decades of continual career development and experience in dentistry. As the chief editor of RDH magazine, she strives to remain a proactive personality in the continual advancement of the profession. She has been defined as a motivated trendsetter and dependable colleague and is inspired by her true passion of helping others to achieve their personal goals. 

Updated February 28, 2022