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Dental Hygiene

True governance and the value of health diplomacy Jun 8, 2017 | Dental Hygiene USA

True governance and the value of health diplomacy

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: I was recently in Washington, D.C., to hear a National Institutes of Health lecturer speak about the direction and future of global public health. When planning my weekend sightseeing, I wanted to include both classical architecture and structures with new vision. With that in mind, my first stop was a historic Smithsonian building and next was the ultra modern Newseum (www.newseum.org).

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PAW’s ‘tatooth’: Buccal aspect adventure connects hygienist with lab tech Nov 23, 2016 | Dental Hygiene USA

PAW’s ‘tatooth’: Buccal aspect adventure connects hygienist with lab tech

Just prior to his retirement, my boss decided it was time do some farewell dentistry on me. Poor old #18 had been patched and repatched for years. The tooth was in need of a crown. For decades, quick restorations were done. Spur-of-the-moment fillings were squeezed in between my hygiene duties. At one point, I was left alone — still-elevated and reclined — when the doctor and his assistant went off to see their next patient in an adjoining room.

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Telling the whole tooth: Not all the pundits got the flossing story quite right Oct 10, 2016 | Dental Hygiene USA

Telling the whole tooth: Not all the pundits got the flossing story quite right

Edith Wharton was the first woman to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize in fiction. “The House of Mirth” was written while she was residing in Paris. Her beloved home in Lenox, Mass., which she helped to design, is one of the lesser-known tourist attractions in New England. The formal grounds are as lovely as a Paris park; the gardens rival those of the stately Belle Époque mansions in Newport, R.I.

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Protecting digital tools: Intraoral sensor care and maintenance Jul 22, 2016 | Dental Hygiene USA

Protecting digital tools: Intraoral sensor care and maintenance

Technology is one of the biggest investments that a dental practice will make, and intraoral sensors are among one of the first tools dentists invest in before going 100 percent digital. There are many considerations when choosing a sensor: size/sizes, integration, service and support, return on investment, and cost. To protect your investment, ongoing sensor care and maintenance are critical right from the start.

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Testing toothpastes, toothbrushes May 12, 2016 | Dental Hygiene USA

Testing toothpastes, toothbrushes

Designing toothpastes and toothbrushes is a time-consuming process involving the production and testing of numerous samples. Using a new type of simulation, various parameters such as bristle shape and abrasive particle size can be modified with just a click. This enables manufacturers to improve the quality of new dental care products and bring them to market more quickly.

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Coronary heart disease patients with no teeth have nearly double risk of death Jan 14, 2016 | Dental Hygiene USA

Coronary heart disease patients with no teeth have nearly double risk of death

Coronary heart disease patients with no teeth have nearly double the risk of death as those with all of their teeth, according to research recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.[1] The study with more than 15,000 patients from 39 countries found that levels of tooth loss were linearly associated with increasing death rates.

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Offering your patients alcohol-free products Dec 16, 2015 | Dental Hygiene USA

Offering your patients alcohol-free products

Fluoride or no fluoride, compact toothbrush or full size toothbrush, coronal polish first or polish last. The decisions necessary in the dental practice are numerous and many times are based upon personal choice. How and when does the dental professional decide whether to eliminate alcohol products from the practice or limit the recommendation of products that contain a high quantity of alcohol?

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Patients are looking for you. There are apps that help them find you Oct 9, 2015 | Dental Hygiene USA

Patients are looking for you. There are apps that help them find you

Summer comes early to Colonial Williamsburg. Poppies, our nation’s brilliant symbol of remembrance, are in full bloom by Memorial Day. I just love the town’s wigmaker’s shop, which also would have doubled as the town barber shop. It was fashionable for well-to-do young ladies to have their heads shaved at such shops prior to being fitted for a wig. By 1775, the year this living-history site is modeled on, the barber no longer extracted teeth.

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Earth Day perspective Jun 12, 2015 | Dental Hygiene USA

Earth Day perspective

Earth Day this year coincided with some of the best walking weather New York City has seen in a very long time. I was lucky enough to have been out of the office and up on an elevated park called The High Line. Once a stretch of railway designed to bring produce and other goods into the city, it is now a diverse landscape of natural beauty. Even on the hottest day, soft breezes flow up from the nearby Hudson River. It took about 10 years from conception to completion.

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Infection control in an era of emerging infectious diseases Apr 17, 2015 | Dental Hygiene USA

Infection control in an era of emerging infectious diseases

More than three decades have passed since the emergence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as a global pandemic. More than any other infection, it is possible to single out HIV as the primary stimulus for changing infection control practices in dentistry. Prior to the mid-1980s, it was uncommon for dentists and allied professionals to wear gloves during routine dental procedures.

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Reflecting on oral-health’s good old iodine days Mar 19, 2015 | Dental Hygiene USA

Reflecting on oral-health’s good old iodine days

While anxiously waiting for the “Downton Abbey” television series to start up again, I got my English history fix by reading the history of Wentworth Castle. The book covered the trials and tribulations of an aristocratic family in a home three times the size of Buckingham Palace. I was taken by surprise when the author mentioned the cause of death of a high-ranking nobleman as “quinsy throat.”

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Seeing teeth everywhere (while trying not to) Feb 13, 2015 | Dental Hygiene USA

Seeing teeth everywhere (while trying not to)

I can always tell when I’m in great need of a vacation: I start to dream about teeth. There are more subtle signs that often escape me. The first of which is the emergence of the robotic hygienist. She lurks inside of me and, fortunately for all those involved, doesn’t rear her ugly head too often. The other is the OCD hygienist. The one who doesn’t enjoy the human variety of her coworkers and sees them only through OSHA-colored glasses.

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