Taking care of someone else's patient isn't easy. How do you explain to patients that you're a temp hygienist and assure them that they'll get the same, great care? What if patients are critical of your technique? Check out these tips to succeed when you're filling in for someone else.
Dental hygienists may get caught up in a routine of seeing patients and explaining concepts. Now is the time to switch up your routine and adopt tools beyond a hand mirror to explain oral health to patients. Gum Health Physical allows you to tailor care and recommendations to each person and provides them with a reminder they can take home.
If patients report that they are experiencing tooth sensitivity, we begin a process to determine the cause of the sensitivity. When we rule out dental caries or a different problem during the differential diagnosis, it is usually determined that the patient is experiencing dentin hypersensitivity. By treating the patient in the office we can offer instant relief from sensitivity, making our job easier. Recommending products that the patient can use at home will allow continued relief from dentin hypersensitivity.
Teledentistry is the amalgamation of telecommunications and dentistry culminating in the exchange of dental information over distance to provide patients with treatment and consultations remotely. Teledentistry will be included in the American Dental Association's (ADA) Current Dental Terminology (CDT) coding beginning in 2018. Learn all about how this new way of treating patients could affect you and your patients.
As a dental hygienist, it is important to stay motivated in your everyday responsibilities. When you are dealing with work-related stress, you can lose sight of why you first chose dental hygiene as a career. Finding a way to stay motivated will help you to have a rewarding career in dental hygiene.
Technology is everywhere. People have cellphones, tablets, computers and laptops in their home and at work. What some people may not realize is by using these devices they are often compromising their posture. The long-term effects of poor smartphone ergonomics may cause neck, back, wrist and hand strain. Here are some tips to help improve smartphone use.
Dental hygienists, at one time or another, may have asked themselves, "Why does my patient hate me?" Building a strong patient experience from the moment the patient enters the office is important for developing a lasting relationship. But once a relationship has gone south, what can dental hygienists do to find out what the patient wants and to rebuild the relationship?
Domestic violence awareness prepares dental hygienists to intervene on behalf of a patient who is a victim of domestic abuse. In order to intervene, dental hygienists must know the different forms of domestic abuse, be able to identify to signs of domestic violence and provide appropriate interventions to assist patients.