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Humor, Patient Care, Career, Just for Fun

Increase Hygiene Production in the Dental Office
By Young Dental on November 15, 2023

Hygienists accomplish vast patient care in their allotted appointment time, but sometimes we struggle with reaching productivity goals. When one-on-one with a patient, we're not always...

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How-To, Patient Care, Tips and Tricks

Improving Treatment Plan Compliancy with Dental Patients
By Young Dental on November 15, 2023

What if every "yes" saved a patient's tooth? Creating a treatment plan that resonates with your patients that will yield a "yes" indeed relies on knowing the "why?" Every resonating...

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Humor, Patient Care, Career, Just for Fun

The 6 Types of Patients You'll Encounter During Your Career
By Young Dental on August 14, 2023

They don't tell you in hygiene school that you're also going to be a psychologist, a travel agent, a teacher, or a referee. As rewarding as a career in dental hygiene may be, a day of work...

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Career, Advice

Purchasing Your Own Hygiene Instruments: Is It Worth It?
By Kelly Divito, RDH, MS on October 26, 2022

You know what makes me cringe and shake my head?When I hear about hygienists working with substandard hygiene instruments while still being expected to remove calculus and stain on every...

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Orthodontics, Tips and Tricks

How My "Clear Aligner" Journey Helped Me Help My Patients
By Tina Clarke, RDH, MEd on July 15, 2022

A few months ago, I finished my clear aligner journey. This experience helped me better understand what my patients may encounter, how to advise them on their journey, and which questions...

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Insider, Infection Control

The Surprising Reason for the Invention of Infection Control Gloves
By Young Dental on May 25, 2022

Glove manufacturers have had to ship a lot more product during the pandemic, and here at Young we've seen an increase in demand. Gloves come in many varieties, flavored, nitrile, neoprene,...

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Preventive Care, Clinical Education

Foam or Varnish: How These Fluoride Methods Stack Up
By Katie Melko, RDH, MSDH on May 13, 2022

Fluoride is a hot topic and can be quite controversial. Dental professionals often struggle just to get parents and patients to accept a fluoride treatment, never mind then having to decide...

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Ergonomics, Self-Care

Control That Noise
By Amanda Zubricki, RDH, BS on April 26, 2022

Raise your hand if you don’t realize hearing loss can happen in dental offices because, well, we may just not know this! We all experience those annoying background noises hovering into our...

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Patient Care, Orthodontics

5 Best Products for Braces
By Katie Melko, RDH, MSDH on April 25, 2022

When it comes to patients taking care of their teeth, one of the biggest hurdles is flossing! Whether it’s a child or adult, this tends to be an area where hygiene falters. Now add braces...

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Patient Care, Clinical Education

Side Effect Support, supporting patients through cancer and beyond
By Jill Meyer Lippert on March 31, 2022

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in every 2 women and 1 in 3 men in the US will develop cancer within their lifetime. (1) In 2022 alone, there will be an estimated 1.9 million...

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