Posted 11/17/2017 by SmarterDA in SmarterDA - Dental Assisting Boards Prep Courses   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 20
Indications and Contraindications for Coronal Polishing [Dental Hygiene]
What is coronal polishing? Coronal polishing is defined as the procedure that removes plaque and stain from the coronal surfaces of teeth. It gives the patient the “clean and sparkly” feeling and concludes many dental appointments. As much as the patient may love having their teeth...  Read More
Posted 11/14/2017 by SmarterDA in SmarterDA - Dental Assisting Boards Prep Courses   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 21
[Embryology] How to remember the stages of tooth development
During one of my latest presentation, while we were talking about Embryology and Histology, one of the students asked me what type of memory techniques I use to memorize content. I thought it was a great question so today I would like to share with you a few easy tips on how to memorize the...  Read More
Posted 10/18/2017 by Dr Juanita Benedict in Practice Pain Free Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 29
Episode 16: Fundamentals of Dental Ergonomics
Ergonomic solutions not working out for you? Take 7 minutes to explore the fundamentals of understanding posturing while practicing dentistry from a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or Podbean. Episode 16: The...  Read More
Posted 2/10/2017 by CharlotteSmiled in Dental Hygiene Heaven & Hell   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 30
I Needed Therapy so I Started a Web Blog
For a number of years, I've been able to find work writing dental blogs for marketing firms and dental offices. It's a nice part time gig, but my name could never be associated with them as a ghost writer. I love educating the public and writing is my therapy too so a month or so ago, I decided to...  Read More
Posted 11/29/2016 by jhaley in MOMgienists® Podcast   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 18
Episode 7: Native American Heritage Month and Family Values
November is a time of reflection, gratitude, and family values. Did you also know that November is Native American Heritage Month? Co-founder, Christie, is Wamponoag and for this month we decided to share her beautiful heritage and values. Jasmin has learned so much from Christie over the years....  Read More
Patient presented with full mouth pain/gum pain. Examination revealed full mouth perio disease. Full mouth SRPs with oral irrigation and Stannous Fluoride rinse for daily home use was the recommended treatment. Consent forms were signed by patient and procedures explained. The patient was...  Read More
Posted 7/1/2015 by Brent Cornelius in Brent Cornelius Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 508
How to Make Your Dental Hygienist Happy
Most people have their teeth by a dental hygienist. These para professionals undergo two to four years of training (most earn a two-year associate’s degree) in order to clean your teeth, x-ray them, and check them out for bigger problems (this is when your dentist might...  Read More
Posted 5/19/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 216
The Future of Dental Hygiene
What Can The Past of Dental Hygiene Tell Us of the Future? I have been a member of the American Academy of Periodontology for my entire thirty plus year career. I attended the majority of the annual meetings. I wish I kept all the programs from those meetings because they would tell an...  Read More
Posted 4/23/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 200
The Three Bears Of Dental Instrument Sharpening
What could the Three Bears possibly have to do with dental instrument sharpening? Well, you don’t want to use a sharpening stone that’s too hard or too soft. You want the one that’s just right! If you read my previous blogs you know I prefer to use a slightly coarser grit...  Read More
Posted 4/17/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 640
Dental Instrument Sharpening Stone – Fine or Medium Grit?
In my last blog I recommended the use of a medium grit instrument sharpener instead of the fine Arkansas grit sharpener most of us were trained with. I mentioned the benefits included the ability to sharpen faster and the creation of functional wire edges (below) which can enhance the removal...  Read More
Posted 3/18/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 646
Dental Instrument Sharpening
How To Achieve The All Important 15 Degree Bevel in Dental Instrument Sharpening Most dental professionals who are experienced in hand sharpening scalers and curettes advocate a 15 degree bevel - the angle between the face of the instrument and the sharpened side the instrument. What’s...  Read More
Posted 2/27/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 739
3 Reasons Why You Should Sharpen Dental Instruments Chair-side
3 Reasons Why You Should Sharpen Dental Instruments Chair-side Chair-side sharpening of my scalers and curettes is something I’ve done throughout my career as a periodontist. In each of my scaling and root planing kits, and in my surgical set-ups, I have a sterile dental instrument...  Read More
Posted 2/26/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 235
Deliver Exceptional Scaling and Root Planing With Sharp Dental Instruments
Sharp dental instruments are essential for the delivery of exceptional scaling and root planing. Sharp instruments do indeed “sharpen your performance”. There are many reasons for this. Sharp instruments allow you to work faster. Calculus removal is more complete with fewer strokes...  Read More
Posted 1/12/2015 by konarocky in Mark Frias, RDH   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 315
RDH Roundtable Discussion 1
A Google Hangout with some fellow Townies. If you're a Townie and a hygienist and would like to participate in a future RDH Roundtable Discussion, please let me know. You can just PM me. Participants Mark Frias, RDH Andrew Johnston, RDH Daniel Lopez, RDH Topics What do you think about...  Read More
Posted 8/20/2014 by Sandy Pardue in Sandy Pardue, Consultant/Classic Practice Resources   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 6315
Consultant Tip: Pre-Scheduling of Hygiene Patients
To insure the viability ofthe practice, every patient should leave the office with an appointment or a future recall date. As the hygienist finishes his/her patient he/she should pre-schedule the patient for their next hygiene visit. The hygienist will print the appointment card for the patient,...  Read More
Posted 6/21/2014 by konarocky in Mark Frias, RDH   |  Comments: 3  |   Views: 19896
Why hygienists should consider buying their own instruments
Imagine you were offered a two week dream vacation anywhere in the world, all expenses paid. You know, the kind of vacation you only fantasize about. But there’s only one catch. You can only eat 500 calories of plain white rice per day and you can only drink water during the whole vacation,...  Read More
Posted 6/1/2014 by konarocky in Mark Frias, RDH   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 24326
Daniel Lopez, RDH Interview - Managing HIV/AIDs Patients
Daniel Lopez is a dental hygienist (and fellow Townie) currently working at thein New York. He has extensive training in the management and treatment of HIV/AIDs patients. In this video interview, we discuss howDaniel’s current position is different (and the same in many ways) from a typical...  Read More
Posted 4/9/2014 by Carrie @ Natural Gumption in Oral Health Coaching   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 38916
Products in the office: To sell or not to sell?
In dentistry, there is a definite division in thought toward distributing products in the office: those who embrace "selling" in office, and those that shudder at the mere thought of recommending products. Oral health supplies are big business. According to , from 2011 alone, billions of...  Read More
Posted 3/18/2014 by Carrie @ Natural Gumption in Oral Health Coaching   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 42994
5 ways to get patients on board with home care
With the oral-systemic health link now well recognized, this is the time to help patients understand what they need to do to control bacteria at home. Unless patients understand the portion of their home care, our efforts will continue to show limited results, and periodontal issues will still...  Read More
Posted 3/17/2014 by konarocky in Mark Frias, RDH   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 39534
7 ways hygienists can help dentists complete the exam
1. Take quality radiographs and have them displayed. - They should be displayed for you anyway, so this really shouldn’t be an issue. - Ask yourself this question every time you take radiographs, “If I were 100% responsible for diagnosing everything would I be satisfied with these...  Read More
Posted 2/2/2014 by CharlotteSmiled in Dental Hygiene Heaven & Hell   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 50440
Hygienist or Gynocologist?
When you see a client twice or more a year for over a decade, you certainly build a trust like no other. As a therapist (yes, we hygienists are therapists) I have found that patients sometimes just need help with other completely unrelated topics. There was no preparing for the recent...  Read More
Posted 1/25/2014 by konarocky in Mark Frias, RDH   |  Comments: 4  |   Views: 36724
3 Tips for hygienists to decrease prophy times
1 – Use your ultrasonic scaler! - At least 80% of your scaling on average should be done with an ultrasonic scaler (magnetostrictive or piezo). - It is more efficient and more effective (irrigation, cavitation, etc.) than hand scaling in most areas. - It is easier on your hands. Stop...  Read More
Posted 1/10/2014 by CharlotteSmiled in Dental Hygiene Heaven & Hell   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 52878
Hi, I'm Charlotte!
"Dental Hygiene Hell" was the phrase coined by my classmates back in 1998. I'm sure we weren't the only wanna-be RDH's that thought our program was one gigantic stress inducing, social life strangling, time devouring tornado. We were neck deep in pharmacology, chemistry, root morphology,...  Read More

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