<![CDATA[MichelleStrangeRDH.com - Articles]]>Wed, 06 Jan 2021 21:01:08 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[How technology can help patients understand their health status and buy in to the solution]]>Fri, 01 Jan 2021 05:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/how-technology-can-help-patients-understand-their-health-status-and-buy-in-to-the-solutionWith modern advances in technology, many industries are seeing a change in how they operate. Certain concepts that many could not have fathomed in years prior are now becoming realities for medical professionals everywhere. In the case of dentistry, innovation has brought a myriad of positive changes that can help advance oral health management and the way people access dental care.

Teledentistry is one such area that has seen an increase in demand due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the technological advancements that have made it possible. Although the idea of teledentistry is not new, it can help provide contactless care in an otherwise hands-on profession. With this increased availability of technology suitable for use in dentistry comes new ways to utilize tools such as intraoral cameras and processes that can help drive the overall betterment of oral health for our patients. 
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<![CDATA[The 5 most overlooked cleaning guidelines for your ultrasonic bath]]>Fri, 01 Jan 2021 05:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/the-5-most-overlooked-cleaning-guidelines-for-your-ultrasonic-bathThoroughly and properly cleaning dental instruments and equipment is critical to patient care. Contaminated dental instruments can lead to disease in otherwise healthy individuals and leave a dental practice reeling from the aftermath.1 Prior to the use of technologically advanced cleaners, many dentists and staff had to clean their instruments by hand. This has changed with engineering controls such as the ultrasonic bath cleaner.2

​The ultrasonic cleaner is without a doubt a step-up in sterilization practices and helps avoid potential cross contamination and percutaneous injuries from hand scrubbing. There is more to ultrasonic cleaning than meets the eye though; it requires more than turning the dial, listening for the vibrations, and hoping it is working.
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<![CDATA[What to do when dentist thinks COVID is a ‘joke’]]>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 05:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/what-to-do-when-dentist-thinks-covid-is-a-jokeThis dental team member is frustrated about her dentist-boss not taking COVID-19 seriously. She feels the team and patients are not receiving the protection they deserve because of his nonchalance. What can she do? Author - India R. Chance, BSDH, RDH Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH

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<![CDATA[Thanks to COVID-19, we are discussing the hierarchy of hazard controls for dentistry]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/thanks-to-covid-19-we-are-discussing-the-hierarchy-of-hazard-controls-for-dentistryAs types of infections and risks evolve, so do the methods of containment and control. But one thing will stay the same—the hierarchy of hazard controls. Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH, explains how to implement these infection controls in your practice.
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<![CDATA[There has to be more to dental hygiene than this: A systemic approach]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/there-has-to-be-more-to-dental-hygiene-than-this-a-systemic-approachDental hygienists have the opportunity to integrate oral health into overall health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, prevention of oral disease becomes even more essential in maintaining systemic health.
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<![CDATA[Our success is often due to successful networking]]>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/our-success-is-often-due-to-successful-networkingI was recently pondering how my podcast, A Tale of Two Hygienists, which I cohost with Andrew Johnston, became so popular. We didn’t even have a website in the first few years and neither of us have any background in marketing. I concluded that our success is due to our time spent networking and our genuine love for the profession. We truly want to shine a light on dental hygiene, help clinicians fight burnout, and disseminate information to everyone who is willing to listen and learn. Our network of people we’ve met at meetings helps us spread the word and we are so grateful to them!
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<![CDATA[Environmental disinfection is a vital step toward preventing the spread of COVID-19]]>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/environmental-disinfection-is-a-vital-step-toward-preventing-the-spread-of-covid-19Dental professionals are hyper-aware of proper hand hygiene and PPE, but we should be careful not to overlook environmental disinfection processes. Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH, reviews important environmental disinfection guidelines.
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<![CDATA[When you are the victim of aggressive online behavior in your profession]]>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/when-you-are-the-victim-of-aggressive-online-behavior-in-your-professionBullies and victims. These two personas have been around as long as humans have existed. Usually, we think of them in the classroom or on the playground, but as the internet has evolved, bullying has become more complex. Online bullying, or cyberbullying, wreaks havoc on its victims, and it is much harder to escape when it happens in online forums attached to personal or professional social media accounts.1

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<![CDATA[Listen to dental podcasts to avoid professional burnout]]>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/listen-to-dental-podcasts-to-avoid-professional-burnoutWith burnout rates so high among dental professionals, how can you combat professional pressure and recover from workday stress? One effective method might be easier than you think. By listening to dental podcasts, you can better manage the feelings that come from the everyday challenges of dentistry.
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<![CDATA[Volunteering: An unexpected way to market your dental practice]]>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMThttp://michellestrangerdh.com/articles/volunteering-an-unexpected-way-to-market-your-dental-practiceFor dental professionals, the benefits of volunteering are tremendous. Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH, shares how giving back to your community could yield personal, professional, and even financial rewards.
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