Author | Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH


Who is on your interdisciplinary team?

June 16, 2016

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

August 19, 2015

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

August 19, 2015

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

August 10, 2015

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?