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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.




    With a new year comes incredible opportunity to make lasting changes that will improve the way you feel in the operatory, but most importantly, change how you feel as a person. As Maslow taught us in his Hierarchy of Needs6, we simply cannot take care of others until our own personal needs are met. By making a commitment to improving one or more areas of your life, you are able to continue to serve your patients and community in a profound way. So, refill that champagne glass, kiss your beloved ones at midnight, and sip that bubbly as we cheers to a new year and a new start in 2018.


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    3. Monson AL, Engeswich LM.  Promotion of Tobacco Cessation Through Dental Hygiene Education: A Pilot Study. Journal of Dental Education 2005; 69(8): 901-911.

    4. Deeb GR, Braun S, Carrico C, Kinser P, Laskin D, Golob Deeb J. Burnout, depression and suicidal ideation in dental and dental hygiene students. Eur J Dent Educ. 2017 Feb 27. Doi: 10.1111/eje.12259.

    5. Dental Hygiene Oath. Florida Dental Hygiene Association. http://www.nefdha.org/florida-dental-hygiene-association. Accessed December 19, 2017.

    6. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Simply Psychology. https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html. Accessed December 19, 2017.


    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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