The end of the year is rapidly approaching, so it's time to take a look back at 2015 and the top stories that graced Modern Hygienist.
While MH featured an array of stories that were popular with readers in 2015, we compiled a list of the 5 most popular articles that really took off this year. An entertaining mix of product reviews, industry commentary and a few stories just for fun all made the list of the top 5 most-viewed articles on the website for 2015.
Click through the following pages to see the most popular stories from 2015.
15 tweets about dental hygienists you have to see
Being a dental hygienist can sometimes be a thankless job. You're doing your best to improve your patients' oral health ... but they don't always see it that way. They see you as the person with the sharp pointy thing who makes their gums bleed. Sigh. It's a tough gig.
We went out and looked for some tweets posted by patients after visiting the dental office and seeing the hygienist. Some were funny and some made us shake our heads! Check out the top 15 tweets we found ... and see if the patients might be yours!
Exposing one of dentistry's dirty little secrets
Warning: What you are about to read will not be candy coated to be politically correct or apologetic about exposing the truth about a dirty little secret that is so widely accepted in the dental profession that it has become an accepted and even comfortable inconvenient truth. The purpose of this article is to shed some light on a defective methodology so pervasive and unchallenged in dentistry that it is the gold standard ... and yet is not even common sense. It's time to raise the bar by raising awareness about this dirty little secret.
The truth about alternating codes D4910 and D1110
Since 1991, people have had questions about alternating codes D4910 and D110 for a follow-up of periodontal care. Even those who think they know the answers don't quite understand the why. It all comes down to dental-medical necessity. The challenge in understanding alternating coding is based on past thinking confusing current choices. Taking the time to understand coding leads to success.
What 101 dental hygienists said ... about loupes
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 scops, surgical operating microscopes and loupes.
Currently, loupes are the most popular type of magnification used by dental professionals. Modern Hygienist wanted to see your thoughts on the topic of dental loupes and provide some insight from the loupe company most used by our surveyed readers. Here are the results of the survey.
Breaking the law, dental hygiene style
Dental hygienists are arguably an officious bunch. They love their rules; they trot them out like prize ponies, showing everyone that they know the score and were taught well. But U.S. dental hygienists have a secret. They are thugs, and they don't even know it.
Whenever a new product advertisement comes out featuring a dental hygienist, the Internet groups are all abuzz commenting on the model's hair, mark placement, patient goggles, open or closed collar on the lab jacket, earrings, makeup, nails, infection control protocal breaks and who knows what else! They break their arms patting themselves on the back for noticing that the faucet still has knobs in the background of the picture. Chairside, they continue to change out the prophy code in patients who they are obviously treating for a periodontal condition. Who's it hurting? Everyone.