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You graduated from dental hygiene school! Now what?

You survived embryology and histology, radiography, oral pathology, pharmacology, hours upon hours of clinic, and board exams! What now? How do you go about finding a job that you’ll love? Colleen M. Olson, RDH, gives you five tips from her own recent postgraduation job search to help get you on your way to an exciting career in dental hygiene!

Colleen M. Olson, RDH

Strategies to help the teenage patient achieve greater success with oral hygiene

Teenage patients in a dental practice can be some of the hardest to work with. They typically have poor oral hygiene, may be in full orthodontics, and can be generally resistant to being told what to do. Though each teenager and situation is different, Colleen M. Olson, RDH, suggests a few strategies that apply across the board that can help you work with these patients more easily and help them achieve greater success with their oral hygiene.

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Treating the geriatric dental patient

As our country experiences this dramatic increase in the older adult population, it would behoove the dental community to learn as much as possible about this complex population. The oral-systemic link has been well documented and will be even more important as we deliver comprehensive oral care to a large population of senior adults in the 21st century. Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH, discusses what you need to know to take care of this growing segment of patients.

Tina Beck, DDS

A periodontist's protocols to avoid dental implant complications: Part 2 -- establishing an implant maintenance protocol

In this second of a three-part series, periodontist Dr. Tina Beck takes you through the second phase of implant therapy – maintenance. Step by step she explains how she moves from the restoration right through the first few months of implant care. She provides evidence-based guidelines to prevent inflammation-based implant complications.

Cortney Annese, RDH

Importance of the hygienist for the orthodontic patient

Generally, many adolescents have a difficult time maintaining proper oral hygiene, and this challenge becomes even harder when orthodontic treatment is initiated. Cortney Annese, RDH, explains what an important role the dental hygienist plays in guiding orthodontic patients to understand the necessity for modified home-care regimens throughout their treatment, thus providing a healthier foundation for the required tooth movements.

Cortney Annese, RDH

A review of nonsurgical periodontal therapy

Nonsurgical therapy remains the cornerstone of periodontal treatment. Cortney Annese, RDH, says attention to detail, patient compliance, and proper selection of adjunctive antimicrobial agents for sustained plaque control are important elements in achieving successful long-term results. Although NSPT is effective, it does have its limitations. Knowledge about guided tissue regeneration and when to refer are important so that you can speak informatively to the patient.

Rebekah A. Florez, RDH

Stem cell opportunities for the dental hygienist

Abundant opportunities for dental hygienists are available in the field of dental research, and one of those is stem cell technology. Tremendous growth potential is occurring with mesenchymal stem cells, and Rebekah Florez, RDH, sees dental hygienists becoming an important facet of this research with their direct patient contact and ability to discuss new methods with patients who may be unfamiliar with the potential of stem cells.

Tina Beck, DDS

How effective are locally delivered antibiotics?

Locally delivered antibiotics are flourishing in the commercial marketplace. Flip through any dental magazine and you will see a barrage of marketing in regard to these products. The manufacturers lead us to believe that these are the magic bullet we have been looking for in periodontal treatment. Just how effective are they? Dr. Tina Beck weighs in.

Rebekah A. Florez, RDH

Treating implant gingivitis

Rebekah A. Florez, RDH, goes through the process she uses to treat implant gingivitis, better known as peri-implant mucositis, which is defined as a reversible inflammatory process in the soft tissue surrounding an osseointegrated dental implant without the loss of marginal bone beyond normal resorption. She reviews the research from recent studies and suggests the treatment process that has brought clinical success to her hygiene patients.

Sarah Robinson, RDH

Is it going to hurt?

Sarah Robinson, RDH, talks about two products — Oraqix and Cetacaine — that eliminate the “needle” while allowing her patients to be more comfortable and relaxed. Her patients give both products a big thumbs-up!

Stacey Simmons, DDS

Head, neck, and oral cancer: A general reference for treatment

Dr. Stacey Simmons believes that oral care for cancer patients is essential, and the key to successful treatment is ardent communication between all parties involved — the patient, oncologist, general practitioner, and dentist.

Sarah Robinson, RDH

A nonsurgical approach to tissue management: Education is key

Sarah Robinson, RDH, discusses the role of dental hygienists in gingival tissue management. Treatment first begins at the patient level, by educating the patient on the importance of arresting the infection and stopping the progression of the pathogens that cause periodontal disease.

Caroline Rubino, DDS

The link between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease: A brief overview

While there may be a lack of evidence for a causative relationship between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease, current knowledge supports an association between periodontal disease and atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases and a reduction in local periodontal inflammation after periodontal therapy. Dr. Caroline Rubino reviews the literature discussing the correlation between periodontal and cardiovascular diseases.

Judy Bendit, RDH, BS

Ergonomics and dental hygiene: It's all in how you say it

Sometimes when you begin dental treatment, the patient will balk at having the operatory chair repositioned so far back. Judy Bendit, RDH, BS, offers a different perspective on how to make both you AND your patient more comfortable every time.

Joo H. Kim, DDS

A review of mechanical dental plaque control

Dr. Joo H. Kim gives a detailed overview of the history of oral hygiene instruction and effective dental plaque control methods — both manual and mechanical toothbrushing options — based on documented studies.