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Jamie Collins, RDH

Jamie has been in the dental field for nearly 20 years, both as an assistant and hygienist. In addition to clinical practice, she is also an educator, speaker, and has contributed to multiple textbooks and curriculum development in addition to being a frequently published author.
Caring for Patients with Special Needs
By Jamie Collins, RDH on August 10, 2021

We all have those patients who leave an imprint on our heart. For me, that has been many of my patients with special needs, such as development disabilities. However, the challenges in...

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Career

Where Can Your Dental Hygiene Experience Take You?
By Jamie Collins, RDH on July 15, 2021

Dental hygiene is a profession many of us fell in love with. As careers grow and change, it’s not uncommon to want to map out a different path for yourself. It can take many forms, such...

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Patient Care, Orthodontics

The Orthodontic Patient: Simple Tips to Get You Through
By Jamie Collins, RDH on May 11, 2021

Ah, the dreaded orthodontic patient. Hardware galore, severe gingivitis and enough leftover food impacted around the brackets to sustain the patient for a week. Nothing is easy and the...

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Patient Care

Diabetes and Your Mouth
By Jamie Collins, RDH on March 26, 2021

Diabetes and oral care: the merry-go-round that never ends, and one that many patients don’t understand. How many times have we seen patients with a disconnect between oral and systemic...

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Homecare Trends: The Bad, the Good and the Great
By Jamie Collins, RDH on February 11, 2021

Dentistry is full of new ideas and trends, some of which are helpful and others … not so much. The COVID-19 pandemic brought personal care and health to the forefront for many. As our...

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Patient Care

5 Questions You Should Ask Every Patient
By Jamie Collins, RDH on March 9, 2020

Just like fingerprints, no two patients are ever the same in terms of oral health. Sure, we basically do the same things day in and day out, but digging a little deeper might uncover...

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Patient Care

This Is Your Mouth. This Is Your Mouth On Vaping.
By Jamie Collins, RDH on February 20, 2020

Anyone remember that 1980s anti-drug campaign? You know, the one with the egg and the frying pan? 

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12 Must-Haves on Your RDH Wish List
By Jamie Collins, RDH on December 16, 2019

What’s on your personal holiday wish list this year? You can probably answer that pretty easily – maybe it’s a fancy kitchen gadget or some new slippers to wear after a long work day. ...

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Career, Advice

5 Things I Wish I Knew Earlier in My Hygiene Career
By Jamie Collins, RDH on August 12, 2019

You never know what you don’t know … until you do. Twenty years ago, I started my young and fresh-faced career thinking that everything was about the patient, no. matter. what. But I’ve...

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How-To, Career

Ergonomically Outfitting Your Op
By Jamie Collins, RDH on July 25, 2019

As a left-handed hygienist, finding an ergonomic operatory setup is about as easy as finding a unicorn.While dental ergonomics are improving for both righties and lefties, anywhere from ...

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