The Modern Millennial Hygienist: Managing risks through revolutionary thinking

October 02, 2014

Dentistry is now serving four or more generations with two or three generations working in the practice. All of us are aging and, as we age, the real danger is thinking old. For dental hygiene professionals to succeed in the 21st century, it is essential to become a modern millennial hygienist (MMH). It is not age-based, it’s attitude-based. MMH challenges our brains to use higher level revolutionary thinking.

5 things every dental hygiene student should know before taking the NBDHE

September 29, 2014

We asked our friends at HygienistPrep to tell us some tips to share with dental hygiene students who are preparing to take the NBDHE and move further down the path toward becoming a full-time dental hygienist. Here are the 5 things they believe every dental hygiene student should know before taking the NBDHE.

The savvy dental hygienist: How to manage and control personal debt

September 22, 2014

Dr. Doug Carlsen retired at age 53 from a 25-year restorative practice. He never produced $1 million, yet was able to be financially free at an early age. Now he is sharing some of his secrets to financial success with you. Psychotherapist Phil Tyson lists two factors involving the psychology of debt:

Celebrate your profession and your patriotism with our downloadable flag

September 22, 2014

In remembrance of 9/11, Modern Hygienist creative director Kristen Morabito designed a flag that would not only allow dental hygienists to show their pride in their country, but also their pride in being a hygienist. When we posted it on our Facebook page, many of you asked how you could get a larger copy that you could share and/or keep for yourself.

Wanted: Your dental practice horror stories

September 15, 2014

It won’t be long until it’s Halloween, that annual celebration of all things creepy, crawly, and downright spooky. While many scary things have happened and will happen on October 31, it’s a sad statement that scary things happen in dental practices throughout the country every day. As a dental team member, we know you’ve witnessed plenty of things that would make our skin crawl … so we want to hear your best horror story.

The dental professional's role in stopping domestic violence and abuse

September 10, 2014

Whether you're a football fan or not, the incident of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee that was caught on camera has once again brought the topic of domestic violence and abuse into the spotlight.

The savvy dental hygienist, part 2: Tips on setting up the home office and managing personal finances

September 08, 2014

First, decide who’s the financial team leader. That person must meet quarterly with the other spouse to go over any questions and concerns. Second, designate one spot in your house for all financial items. An extra bedroom, which is quiet, works best. But a kitchen corner, dining room corner, or basement will work fine.

Introducing the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser

September 07, 2014

During the recent California Dental Association fall meeting in San Francisco, Dental Products Report was given a look at the Waterpik Aquarius. The company is calling the Aquarius their most advanced Water Flosser ever. Scott Headley of Waterpik gave us a quick overview of the Aquarius below…

The savvy dental hygienist, part 1: The hygienist's retirement number in less than 10 minutes

September 01, 2014

A major financial question on dental hygienists’ minds is, “How much will I need to save to retire at the level of spending I’m used to?” Is it $500,000? Is it $1 million? Is it more? Doug Carlsen, DDS, often hears from hygienists that they “have no idea what is needed to support my spouse and myself in retirement.” Financial professionals throw out retirement numbers like Halloween candy: often and indiscriminately, normally with no personal research or mathematical reasoning.