Top 5 Modern Hygienist articles of 2016

December 1, 2016
Dental Products Report, Dental Products Report December 2016, Volume 50, Issue 12

We take a look at the most popular Modern Hygienist articles from 2016.

Here at DPR we're always looking for ways to learn and innovate. The articles, videos, e-books, webinars and newsletters we put out are designed to make sure you have all the knowledge you need to be the best healthcare professional you can be. As we take a look back on the Top 100 in 2016, we're showing you the top articles, videos, e-books, webinars and products that helped you.

Here we have the top articles from Modern Hygienist based on the number of views. This year you seemed to be interested in the personal aspects of being a hygienist, and you were really interested in how you might be making infection control mistakes. We found these articles to be engaging and informative, and so did you! We look forward to reading and learning more with you in 2017!

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5 reasons being a dental hygienist is harder than you might think

by Kara Vavrosky, RDH

“Oh, you’re a dental hygienist?! Don’t you just scrape on teeth? What an easy job you have!” Not so fast there!

Dental hygienists are often discounted in their role as healthcare professions by the public. Nor is the public aware of the schooling it takes to become a dental hygienist. Even further, many don’t understand how physically demanding dentistry is, despite the fact it looks like we are just sitting there.

Related article: Professionalism in the dental practice: Are you acting the part?

Is the public entirely in the wrong for not knowing? To be fair, many of us don’t know what education it takes to be an electrician and what it takes to wire a house to code so it doesn’t burn down. So we shouldn’t expect everyone know all about the dental hygiene profession either. However, I’d like to help with that. Here are five reasons being a dental hygienist is harder than you might think.

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7 reasons to date or marry a dental hygienist

by Kara Vavrosky, RDH

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or another day during the year, I’m here to show you some good reasons why a dental hygienist makes a perfect partner. Now, I may be biased because I’m a hygienist myself, but I think we make wonderful people to date and marry. Here are seven reasons why dating or marrying a dental hygienist means you’re with somebody who’s a step above!

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5 infection control mistakes you may be making and not even realize

by Kara Vavrosky, RDH

Are you and your office up to date on infection control protocols and required infection control training?

Just because you or your office has always done something a certain way doesn’t necessarily make it correct. Protocols and best practices are constantly changing. For the safety of our patients, and even ourselves as clinicians, reviewing infection control protocols needs to be at the forefront of our priorities. Here are five infection control mistakes you might be making without even realizing.

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5 more infection control mistakes you might not realize you’re making

by Kara Vavrosky, RDH

When it comes to dentistry, it’s easy to think what you are doing is current protocol because it’s the way your office has always done it.

Thinking this way can be a slippery slope, since protocols and best practices change as new research emerges. Infection control is no different. We take infection control seriously to keep ourselves and our patients safe, but are you taking all necessary precautions?

After writing the first article on infection control mistakes, I had an influx of more mistakes hygienists wanted me to address. So here are five more infection control mistakes you may be making and not even realize.

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2016 Annual State of Dental Hygiene survey: Part I

by Kara Vavrosky, RDH

With any profession, there are awesome aspects to the job, but also downfalls and points of concern. So what are hygienists thinking about the dental hygiene profession? To find out, and as a way to evaluate the state of the dental hygiene profession, Modern Hygienist conducted its first Annual State of Dental Hygiene survey.

More for Hygienists: Hygienist burnout? Ways to make sure you sizzle rather than fizzle

This non-scientific, anonymous survey covered topics from the basics of hours worked per week and pay structure to factors that contribute to on-the-job stress, burn out and how often hygienists are allowed to replace their instruments. In this three-part series, we explore the survey results.

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