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Wearing purple proves popular for Dental Hygiene Month
Dental Hygienists snatch up Hu-Friedy #RDHStrong Shirts in less than two days

In an effort to help Registered Dental Hygienists show their pride and their purple during Dental Hygiene Month, Hu-Friedy created limited run tee-shirts with the words #RDHStrong. In an overwhelming response, all of the shirts were claimed in less than two days.
Dr Esther Wilkins prepares to mark a milestone
Send your birthday greetings to Esther as she turns 100!

This December, everyone’s favorite dental hygienist, Esther Wilkins, will turn 100 years old. Join us in sending her wishes for a very happy birthday!
Tooth Sensitivity
Answers for your patients’ burning questions

About 25% of the adult population (according to the best estimates) has suffered tooth sensitivity in one or more teeth during their life. What causes this painful, but common, symptom? What can you tell your patients about it, and is it preventable?
Melissa McCard & Sarah Newberry win Esther Wilkins Scholarship
Get know the 2016 winners of this sought-after scholarship

The ADHA have named the two recipients of this year’s Esther Wilkins Scholarship. We asked the winners a few questions about themselves and their thoughts on dental hygiene.
A high-pressure issue every RDH should know about

Blood pressure, for most of us, is something we only think of once a year at our physical (if we even get a physical, that is). However, hypertension affects over 33% of American adults – meaning you come into contact with a hypertensive patient every day. What do you need to know about high blood pressure?
Nancy Miller, RDH, recognized by “Dental Products Report”
Miller named one of the top 25 women in dentistry

Nancy Miller, a Hu-Friedy Key Opinion Leader and renowned hygienist, has been named by Dental Products Report as one of the top 25 women in dentistry for 2016. Nancy shared some of her thoughts on the profession with us.
Reactions in the wake of the recent flossing controversy

August 2, 2016 was a day that inflamed the dental community, while leaving the general public scratching their heads; news outlets “broke” the story that flossing had scant – if any – evidence to support the practice. Dental practitioners are irritated, and the general public is confused. How did the controversy over such an innocuous – if not mundane – topic arise?
Caring for senior patients in the dental practice
. With better overall healthcare comes a prolonged life expectancy; it follows, then, that the coming years will see increased numbers of geriatric patients visiting dental practices for everything from routine prophylaxis to extensive dental work. In fact, it is estimated that the number of Americans aged 85 years and older will double by the year 2050. What things might the dental clinician have to be prepared for as the age of those in her chair changes?
Hu-Friedy proudly supports Dental Missions of Mercy clinic
Dental "MOM" clinics provide needed care to underserved communities

The Illinois Mission of Mercy, in conjunction with the America’s Dentists Care Foundation Mission of Mercy held a Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Collinsville, Ill. for the fourth time July 15-16, 2016. The clinic drew over 1,000 patients in need of dental care to the Gateway Center over the course of the two-day event.
Special needs dentistry
Tips on providing dental care to all patients

As dental practitioners and allied healthcare professionals, one is obligated to provide care to as many people and demographics as possible. Dental care, however, extends far beyond the “simple” middle-aged, able-bodied recall patient with impeccable oral hygiene. Who is a special needs patient? The answer depends on whom you ask, and the people who may be considered special needs are diverse.
Smiles for miles
Hannah Wilson bikes across America in support of OHA

Hannah Wilson, an advocate for oral health and an aspiring dentist, has a few passions that play a large role in her life: dental hygiene, travel, and biking. For summer 2016, she has decided to combine all of these passions into one admirable mission: a transcontinental bike ride across the USA to raise money for Oral Health America.
Survey:Perceptions of dental professionals on sugar consumption and obesity screening or advice for patients
Dr. Petya Karadobreva is currently surveying dental professionals on their perceptions of sugar consumption and obesity screening as part of her MSc Dissertation in Restorative Dental Practice. We figured our Friends community could help!
Congratulations to the Hu-Friedy / American Dental Assistants' Association Merit Scholar Award Recipients!
On behalf of Hu-Friedy and the American Dental Assistants Association, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Hu-Friedy/ADAA Merit Scholar Award!
A summary of the ‘Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care’
By: Marie T Fluent, DDS

Marie Fluent: "As I concluded reading the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care for the first time, I found myself thinking a more alluring title might have been 'An Infection Control Primer for the Time-Constrained Dental Team.'"...
Hu-Friedy Expands EverEdge 2.0 Line with Gracey Curette Designs
EverEdge® 2.0 scientifically-proven to be sharpest, longest lasting hand instrumentation

Hu-Friedy, a global leader in the manufacturing of dental instruments and products, today announced the addition of Gracey Curette designs to its line of EverEdge 2.0 hand instruments designed to help clinicians achieve the best clinical outcomes.
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