Oral health in man's best friend

March 10, 2015

DPR sat down with Dr. Jan Bellows, a board certified veterinary dentist and president of the American Veterinary Dental College, to discuss veterinary dentistry, and what that can mean for man's best friend.

Q&A with Kara Vavrosky, RDH, on infection control and dental hygienists

June 30, 2014

I recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Kara Vavrosky, RDH, who is an accomplished dental hygienist. She runs the popular Facebook page, Dental Hygiene with Kara RDH and is also the founder of, a question and answer platform for dental hygienists.

The important role that technology can and should play every day for dental hygienists [VIDEO]

June 27, 2014

There’s no question that technology plays a big role every day for today’s dental hygienist … but are there pieces of technology that hygienists could add to their arsenal or use more effectively in the battle against oral disease?

How happy are you as a dental hygienist? Take our survey and let us know.

June 25, 2014

So exactly how happy are dental hygienists around the country? That’s what we set out to explore through a recent Modern Hygienist survey where we asked hygienists from around the country to tell us about not only how happy they were in the practice where they work.

What 101 dental hygienists said ... about loupes

June 18, 2014

As dental professionals, spending your day working in a small oral cavity plays a major role in ergonomics, and how your body feels at the end of the day. The dental field offers three basic types of optical aids that will magnify your small workspace: procedure scopes, surgical operating microscopes and loupes.

Untapped power in 5½ minutes of a dental hygiene appointment

June 16, 2014

Untapped Power in 5½ Minutes If your patient is experiencing their dental hygiene care as a prophy, a brush and floss lecture and quick dentist check at the end, then you are NOT getting the most out of the most powerful 5 ½ minutes in your hygiene appointment.

How dental hygienists can find more time during appointments by talking less

June 03, 2014

The most common objection to providing additional services in the hygiene department is, "I don't have enough time to do more." That’s understandable. As the dental hygienists in the office, we are the direct line to patients, spending the most one-on-one time with them. As we all know, the list of required duties for a dental hygiene appointment is long and it includes talking.

More on what dental professionals should know about e-cigarettes [VIDEO]

June 02, 2014

When I first talked to Anastasia Turchetta, RDH, about e-cigarettes in February, the video was one of the most popular and most discussed among dental professionals on our site. With some new data being released, we decided to revisit the topic.