Combatting dental patient instruction overload

YOU KNOW THEM: the patients who continue bad oral hygiene habits despite your best efforts. It’s not that your instructions were unclear or delivered poorly. Why do patients resist our instructions to change or our well developed treatment plans? There are those who, no matter what, are not going to buy in to change. However, increased…
Read More

How to get your patients to ramp up their oral hygiene efforts

By: Lynne H. Slim, RDH, MS I’ve been a refrigerator hygienist for many years. This nickname was given to nurses years ago and refers to nurses who go to work simply to pay for a specific item or a vacation. They work to provide for their families, and if the family doesn’t need the extra cash,…
Read More

Dental hygiene career inspiration: The power of the RDH in 5 Ws (and a how)

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBILITIES FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS? To answer that question, let’s pull out a tool you probably remember from grade school—the Five Ws and Sometimes How (i.e., who, what, when, where, why, and how). The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the relationship of oral health to systemic health and why RDHs are the ideal professionals for management…
Read More