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    5 New Year’s resolutions every dental hygienist should make

    From eating healthier to establishing a workout routine, the new year is the perfect time to set goals for yourself.

    As the ball drops at midnight and the off-key vocals of “Auld Lang Syne” bid farewell to a fabulous 2017, we enter a time of reflection. Did we lose the weight, travel more, begin journaling, call home more often, or snowball our debt? What successes did 2017 bring us? What are we glad to leave behind as we enter a new year?

    New Year's resolutionsWe also enter a time of new growth, new challenges and new opportunities. For dental hygienists, a new year means renewed insurance benefits for our patients, new CDT codes to research and new production goals for the office. It also means new continuing education opportunities, new families of patients to meet, and new standards in legislation and research to redefine our industry.

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    As we iron our scrubs and shine our loupes in preparation for the new year, it is important that we reflect on the ways in which we can continue to improve as people and as providers for our patients and colleagues. Sadly, with great excitement for pledging to a New Year’s resolution comes the all-too-common failure to commit beyond the first month of a new year. The following resolutions, however, are twists on common New Year’s resolutions that we, as dental hygienists, can apply to both our personal lives as well as our professional practice.

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    Katrina M. Sanders RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF
    Katrina M Sanders RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF, is a graduate and recipient of countless awards from the University of Minnesota’s School of ...


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