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OSAP, the ADA and CDC Partner to Develop Educational Webinar- “Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and Its Implications for the Oral Healthcare Community”
The American Dental Association (ADA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) hosted a webinar to answer specific questions regarding the outbreak of Ebola and implications for dental offices.
Hu-Friedy Hosts Sharpening CE Course at Des Plaines Facility- Proceeds Benefit ADHA Institute for Oral Health
In September and November, Hu-Friedy sponsored Continuing Education courses at Hu-Friedy’s West Campus (Des Plaines) facility. In this course, participants learned techniques to restore and maintain sharp edges on instruments. All proceeds from the course went to the ADHA Institute for Oral Health which supports charitable, educational, research and scientific endeavors toward the dental hygiene community.
Dental Hygienists by the Numbers *
We know dental hygienists. Did you know the states with the highest employment level in dental hygiene are: CA, TX, FL, NY and MI? Or that in a recent survey, 87% of dental hygienists said they’re happy with their profession?
#ShowUsYourPurple on October 22! *
October is National Dental Hygiene Month and what better way to celebrate than to wear PURPLE! It’s not clear why purple is the color of hygiene, but we’ll be wearing purple on Wednesday, October 22 for #ShowUsYourPurple day! Hu-Friedy created this recognition day in 2013 to celebrate the many dental hygienists we have on staff at Hu-Friedy and also all the dental hygienists we serve each day.
Hu-Point Redemption Orders Experiencing Delays
We've recently experienced a huge spike in registration and redemption orders through the Hu-Points Program.
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.
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