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Working while pregnant: A guide for dental hygienists

Dental hygiene is known to be physically demanding, but what about when an RDH is pregnant? Yikes! And then there is safety to consider. Thankfully, Christie Lincoln, RDH, has gathered many helpful recommendations here. Always remember: you have the right to peace of mind.

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‘Disgusting, frustrating, upsetting’: When dental hygiene in a nursing home doesn’t go as planned

When an elderly patient turns up with heavy plaque along the margins and the entire buccal surface of every tooth has at least a 1–2mm thick veneer of plaque—and you've worked in his mouth recently—what do you do? Amy Ericks, RDH, BSDH, contemplates the question this week.

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How to tailor appointments for young orthodontic patients

Katie Melko, RDH, MSDH, used to cringe when orthodontic patients sat in her chair. But now she "welcomes the changeup." Here's why.

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Paone explains a career opportunity within the op

During the upcoming RDH Evolution conference in Chicago, Sara Paone leads a seminar on dental hygiene care. She says, "The front line for the evolution of dental hygiene is in the day-to-day work of dental hygienists. Our patients experience how we are evolving as a profession. Rooting our hygiene work in oral systemic links offers every hygienist a career-long opportunity to enhance care. In doing so, the same path offers the opportunity to influence our practice and our colleagues. One thing is certain. Our patients will feel the shift, and they will benefit from it. For that reason alone, making the shift is well worth it." Click here to learn more about RDH Evolution.

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Troubleshooter: Gross dental water lines have new employee worried

After this new RDH noticed some grime in her op's water lines, she asked the practice's veteran hygienist what day of the week they flush the lines. Her answer: a smirk and a "we don't." What should she do next?

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