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Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH
Who is on your interdisciplinary team?
Who is on your interdisciplinary team?
Imagine my surprise when I heard someone talking about an interdisciplinary team comprised of the receptionist, dental assistant, practice manager, dentist and dental hygienist. I suppose that’s right but a true interdisciplinary team refers to medical disciplines, like dentistry, cardiology, respiratory, chiropractor, oncology and pediatrics to name a few. That’s the best way to treat the whole patient.
The importance of proper chewing and its relationship to health
In the coming months and years, the idea of chewing and learning about the mechanics of chewing will become all the rage. The physiological benefits of chewing have been understood for a while. However, the magnitude of the benefits in the context of epigenetics is a game-changer. Many dental hygienists across the country visit schools during the academic school year to teach youngsters about oral hygiene.
Dental hygienists, here are 3 ways to know you are overpaid
Dental hygienists, here are 3 ways to know you are overpaid
One of the big mysteries of dental hygiene practice is how some hygienists are highly paid and some are not. Even people from the same class with the same grades have a per-hour discrepancy that defies logic.
Hey dental hygienists, it's time to stop blaming the victim
Stories on all types of media question whether victims of sexual harassment, rape, bullying, poverty and more are at least partially to blame for their circumstances. How often do oral health professionals do the same—blame the victim for new or continuing conditions?
3 ways to participate in the dental practice without employees

Most businesses today, including dental practices, are run using a factory assembly line-model.

3 baked-in-the-cake patient-enabling behaviors

Have patients ever said they missed an appointment because you didn’t remind them?

Do you have an associate's degree but paid for a bachelor's?

Millennials in almost any arena except dental hygiene know entry level is a bachelor's degree. Many dental hygienists have an associate’s degree but have paid for a baccalaureate in time, energy and cold, hard cash. The only people who don’t know it are recent grads, non-dental people and registered dental hygienists that just ignore this cold, hard fact.

The truth about alternating codes D4910 and D1110

Since 1991, people have had questions about alternating codes D4910 with D1110 for follow-up of periodontal care.

Bleeding on punching in the nose ... Thoughts on bleeding on probing

Over the years, the idea of bleeding on probing has been a tightly held tenant in dental hygiene education and in practice. New studies on treatment benefits measure both bleeding and the decrease of bleeding on probing sites. Does anyone even know what that means?

Be part of the oral cancer change

Once again, April has arrived with thoughts of spring, flowers and a new beginnings change perceptions and outlooks. Did you think, hey, it’s also Oral Cancer Awareness month?