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Crest Will Eliminate Microbeads From Its Toothpastes
Your toothbrush bristles may not be the only plastic you put in your mouth this morning — what you probably assume are flavor crystals in your toothpaste may actually be plastic microbeads. And soon, they’ll most likely be disappearing from your tube, thanks to growing public concern about the beads’ effects on both marine and human health.
The Top 6 Questions that Dental Patients Ask About the Affordable Care Act *
Supporters of better dental care for children fought to have dental and vision services for children included as part of pediatric services, one of 10 categories of basic benefits. With the Affordable Care Act, more Americans will have the opportunity to purchase dental insurance. Here are some basic questions and answers about dental and vision coverage.
Dental Hygiene Care for Inmates
There are many different aspects to working behind bars with inmates. To get a more personal perspective, we interviewed a dental hygienist who worked at a federal penitentiary in Indiana. We were also able to explore the both the positive and potentially negative aspects through our own research.
Dental Hygiene Career Paths
We make choices each day that sustain us in reaching our goals or keep us stuck. If you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or complacent, then perhaps it is time to look at new choices. How do we become mediocre when we were brimming with enthusiasm for our profession at the graduation and pinning ceremonies? Remember the feeling of excitement to be finished with school and licensing exams? You were ready to change the world by improving the oral health of the public as recited at most pinning ceremonies.
Statistics on the Real Wealth of Dental Hygienists
RDH eVillage conducts salary surveys each year. In 2013, more than 1,300 dental hygienists were asked to estimate the total income earned as dental hygienists. Sixty-eight percent of dental hygienists in the United States estimated that they would earn between $31,000 to $70,000 in income in 2013.
CDC: Cigarette Smoking Continues to Decline, Prevalence of Other Tobacco Use Stable
Although cigarette smoking among U.S. adults have declined over the past five decades, the prevalence of use of other tobacco products such as cigars and smokeless tobacco has not changed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Future of Dental Hygiene Education Threatened as a Shortage Looms
The profession of dental hygiene experienced 20 years of growth during the 1960s and 1970s. During that period of time, an adequate number of hygienists entered dental hygiene education after earning an advanced degree and gaining experience in a clinical setting.
Eliminating the "Snoopy Talk" During Treatment
A recent conversation was very confusing to me, and it prompted me to think about the "language" that different professions speak. My experience was with a mortgage banker. I'd called to investigate how refinancing our mortgage might benefit my family.
Hu-Friedy Apprenticeship Program Feature in Wall Street Journal
While their colleagues bend and grind cylinders of steel on the factory floor, the four workers since March have been mastering the fundamentals of metal composition and heat-treating, among other things. The hope, managers say, is that the two years of full-time training will help keep the 106-year-old dental-instruments maker competitive in a mature industry crowded with rivals.
Hu-Friedy KOL Joyce Turcotte Named Mentor of the Year by Philips Sonicare and RDH Magazine
Congratulations to Hu-Friedy Key Opinion Leader Joyce Turcotte for being named Mentor of the Year by Philips Sonicare & RDH Magazine. We asked her how important having (and being!) a mentor is in the dental industry.
Top 25 Women in Dentistry for 2014 from Dental Products Report *
Congratulations to our own Regional Account Manager in South Carolina, Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA! With a mixture of dental professionals and industry executives and leaders, the Top 25 Women in Dentistry has become a highlight of the year for women who excel in their field to be recognized by America’s leading dental publication.
Toolkit: Working Together to Manage Diabetes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated version of Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD).
American Dental Hygienists’ Association Supports Increased Access to Care, Use of Dental Hygienists and Mid-level Providers to Help Deliver Dental Services
On June 30, 2014, The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report that included examples of mid-level dental providers in Minnesota and Alaska performing routine preventive and restorative care to underserved populations, and the benefits those services could have nationwide to those requiring oral health care. Currently, 37 states allow the public to directly access the oral health care services of a dental hygienist in at least one practice setting.
Bad Teeth? Blame Your Genes *
Scientists say the health of your teeth depends on a combination of genetics and dental hygiene. We all know that person who never brushes, eats tons of candy and rarely (if ever) has a cavity. Then there are those of us who floss regularly, yet still end up breathing in the laughing gas once or twice a year.
ADHA 2014 Highlights
Thank you to those who joined us at ADHA's 91st annual meeting in Las Vegas! We hope you returned home inspired and ready to perform at your best!
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