Modern Hygienist

Patient Care

Mindreading what your patients are thinking

July 08, 2020

Be honest with patients, but minimize the stresses that have become all too common during the pandemic.

Dental Caries Etiology and Personal Oral Hygiene: Let’s Query the Truth Fairy

October 23, 2019

Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) has been around since it was introduced in early 2001. Even though the caries paradigm shifted from a surgical to a medical approach, some practitioners are still spitting out the same tired recommendations.

Pregnancy and xerostomia: What you need to know

September 30, 2019

Exploring the causes, symptoms and why treating this patient population is important.

Celebrating the red, white and blues of dental hygiene

July 12, 2019

Learn how to overcome three common challenges dental hygienists face.

Eating disorders and dental care

July 12, 2019

Hygienists are on the frontline to identify problems and guide patients to seek help. Your favorite patient climbs into your chair, and you are concerned. (I know, you aren’t supposed to have favorites, but face it, you do.) She doesn’t look so good. Weight has been dropping off her since her last visit four months ago. Her skin looks sallow, and the shine and luster in her eyes is gone. The enamel is wearing off of her teeth.

Baby Boomers and oral irrigation

June 24, 2019

Why clinicians must always consider the needs of individual patients and supporting research when selecting a protocol.

How starting a conversation can save a life

May 07, 2019

What should you do if your patient is suffering a crisis?

Dental care in paradise

May 03, 2019

How the volunteer efforts of faculty and students from the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine help Tongan patients.

5 ways to reduce coding stress

April 23, 2019

Follow these best practices to create a more efficient and profitable office.