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Katrina M Sanders RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF, is a graduate and recipient of countless awards from the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry Division of Dental Hygiene. She is proud to currently serve on the alumni society for one of the most prestigious dental schools in the country. Katrina’s professional career emerged as an educator when she attained full-time employment with a career college in Phoenix, Arizona. A physical manifestation of Katrina’s commitment to her profession is in the development of her textbook, "Introduction to the Dental Hygiene Profession." Katrina proudly received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with distinction through Northern Arizona University as a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society distinguished member. Currently, Katrina is a distinguished speaker with Dental Hygiene Culture as she lectures nationally in a variety of dental hygiene continuing education content.
A holiday ode to dental hygienists' favorite things.
It’s the holiday season, which means patients are scheduling last-minute hygiene visits “before the insurance runs out”, our anxiety climbs as we ask each patient every hour on the hour “are you ready for the holidays?” and we spend our entire day in the office listening to the same 20 holiday songs on repeat.
While I’m partial to “sleigh ride” and that song that talks about Christmas in Africa (I really like the harmonies), there are certain holiday songs that I just CANNOT stand!
The other day, I was happily scaling away when I heard it:
“Raindrops on roses
and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles
and warm woolen mittens…”
While I’m more of a “raindrops while drinking rose´ wine and whiskers on puggles” gal myself, I realized that there are far better things that I would consider to be my favorite things.
As hygienists, we aren’t as different as we think we are. I’ve learned that, for the most part, our obsessive-compulsive desire for picking at oozing tissues has bonded us, and as such, most of us enjoy similar joys in the office.
So here it is, my fellow hygienists! An ode to you-well, us, really!
Instead of the 12 days of Christmas, I give you the 12 Favorite Things of a Dental Hygienist.
Remember, he sees you when you’re scaling, he knows when you’re probing, he knows if you’ve been to CE courses so be good for goodness sake!
Happy Holidays to you and your family, and I hope you enjoy a safe and enjoyable holiday season.