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A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast

Andrew Johnston, RDH - One of the Two Dental Hygienists

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Welcome to the world's #1 dental hygiene podcast! You will get up-to-date information with some real life application. Andrew and his panel of cohosts are exactly where you are, dental professionals looking to get better! We may not be experts, but we will do our best to get them on the show! Please rate and review us on iTunes or your favorite podcast app and enjoy the show!
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What is the responsibility of the dental hygienist in this very changed world? Just 15 years ago the landscape looked very different and the role and scope of the hygienist was leveraged to the fullest. What has changed and how can research be the key to advancement? JoAnn Gurenlian talks about this and so much more in this episode! Resources: joan…
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Our patients are so silly. Many of them think that just because the are on blood pressure meds, they no longer have "high blood pressure"... meaning they think they have no more risk. Machell joins the show to talk to us about what we can be doing and saying to our patients to position the topic of BP to be more importantly. Book Reference: The Blo…
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Lacy Walker has had some experiences in life and each point she had to make a choice... choices that shaped who she became today. And we have choices, choices that impact ourselves and others, choices that shape how others think and act. Join us on this TIPisode as Lacy tells us about her new book, "Choices" that dropped last week on Amazon. Resour…
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Have you ever wondered what else you can do with your license? When the comment comes up in the forums its always sales or education related... but how about you create your own pathway? That is exactly what Katharine Martinez did and she wants to share with you her journey into the hospital setting! Be sure to reach out to her! mdihygieneconsultin…
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DSOs have a reputation for using more fluoride therapy on patients than private practice, why is this the case? In Partnership with Cranberry USA, check out their new Bio Nitrile Gloves that reduces the waste in our landfills - www.cranberryusa.com Message Val for all of your DSO questions! Valdentsolutions@gmail.com…
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Sebastian Green-Duncan joins the podcast to talk about what it means for the dental professional with the new FTC ruling to ban non-compete clauses. While not very common among dental hygienists, this definitely could impact the offices you all work in. Give this episode a listen! sgreen@benco.com
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You did it! You've finished your pre-reqs, you got into school, you finished school, you got the job, you got the house, you got the personal life stuff you wanted.... now what? Unfortunately many of us think on the small scale. Dave Henrichsen comes on the show today to show us how having a big picture perspective can lead to achieving meaningful …
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Our patients present with different symptoms. Sometimes we catch them during a particularly acute episode of dry mouth and sometimes we don't... but what about all the times in between? Should we tailor our care based on the severity of xerostomia? Tom Viola chimes in with his opinion! Be sure to check out what Tom Viola is up to by visiting Tomvio…
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We talk ourselves out of amazing opportunities in life... for lots of different reasons but we really don't have to. Whether its overcoming a fear, working through uncertainty, having thoughts and notions that block your ability to concentrate, or whatever it might be... working with an NLP coach can change your life. Listen in as Heather McGuire t…
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The age old question asked by patients far and wide... Should we floss first then brush or brush first then floss? Does it even matter? Katrina Sanders has the answer! In partnership with Therabreath, get a free sample at www.trytherabreath.com Resources: More Fast Facts: https://www.ataleoftwohygienists.com/fast-facts/ Katrina Sanders Website: htt…
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This week's TIPisode features a conversation with Kathy Forbes in which we discuss codes, how we get new codes for services, and how the definitions of codes get changed. If you want to be a part of the code group, be sure to join the Facebook group called, DentalCodeology Consortium! If you want to reach out to Kathy, or want to see her speaking s…
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Have you ever thought about owning your own practice? Calling your own shots, being your own boss, working the hours you want? Colorado may have what you are looking for! In this conversation with Dr. Adam Altdorfer we explore a pathway they have created to help you help more patients... and in turn help the private practices. It's a win-win-win! R…
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Why are so many patients not wearing glasses for their dental appointments? Is it our fault or theirs? In this episode we give you the definitive answer to the question, "Do our patients need to be wearing eye protection?" This is a great episode to get an office conversation going! https://www.ada.org/en/resources/practice/practice-management/eye-…
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It seems like everyone is looking for a new job or taking on an extra part-time gig so Anna, Lizz, and Heather focused this episode on the red flags that come along with that search. What are some red flags you see in interviews or job postings? RDH Rant: https://www.facebook.com/groups/599722366843869…
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Have you ever been around two fellow hygienists and the conversations just flow? That's what it felt like in this weeks discussion with Trish and Heather. Both are experts in their field, both highly capable, both leaders, and both are down to earth great conversationalists. We cover an array of topics but one key message is the importance of the w…
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We know the effects of Xerostomia on the oral environment but what about beyond the mouth? How does that change the risk for systemic diseases? Machell Hudson-Hoover is here to answer this! Machell@rdhhealth integrativedentalcoaching.com
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Andrew Nobilini joins the podcast today to talk about what an office should do if they fail a water test… and it’s pretty simple. Sometimes we get so caught up in the failure that we are paralyzed into inaction, that does not need to be the case and Proedge Dental Water Labs has the answers for you so be sure to listen in! proedgedental.com Call pr…
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RDHs cannot diagnose… such a dumb statement. RDHs are completely underutilized in the analysis and objective measurement of decay, so while diagnosing if off the table, we should be utilized as key players in the detection of caries. Sometimes, we need someone in our field to demonstrate, to walk the walk and that is where Jessica Woods comes in. W…
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Are there big differences in expectations in private practice vs DSO when it comes to oral cancer screenings? Listen in as Valerie Dangler explains what she has seen in her experience working in DSOs. In Partnership with Cranberry USA, check out their new Bio Nitrile Gloves that reduces the waste in our landfills - www.cranberryusa.com Message Val …
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Rounding out our RDH's abroad series, Andrew brings on honorary RDH for a day, Brittany Duncan, to chat about all things travels. Later in the episode Brittany turns the tables and quizzes Andrew on the upcoming inaugural dental trip to the Philippines. Reach out to Brittany - BrittanyleeDuncan@gmail.com or check out her podcast Untraditionally Tra…
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Welcome to the age old debate of should we or shouldn't we use articaine for mandibular blocks from a pharmacologist's perspective! Be sure to check out what Tom Viola is up to by visiting Tomviola.com or email him - Tom@Tomviola.com Our partners on this episode Aquoral - Www.aquoralspray.com
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Why is this topic always coming back up? How much bleeding is enough - should there be any bleeding? How do we fix this problem, how do we talk about this with our patients, and what kind of treatment planning goes into it? What kind of products and solutions should the patients be going home with? We discuss some of these things in this week's TIP…
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Claudia Walder is different. She is confident and driven but also has the ability to embrace whimsy. When given the opportunity to work abroad in Switzerland, she jumped at the chance. Switzerland brought her new opportunities professionally and in the love department. If you are looking to see what its like to work in a different country, give thi…
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Oral cancer is the cancer of our profession so join Katrina Sanders this week as we walk through some important keys to effective oral cancer screenings! Resource: More Fast Facts: https://www.ataleoftwohygienists.com/fast-facts/ Katrina Sanders Website: https://www.katrinasanders.com Katrina Sanders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedentalwi…
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Anna, Heather, and Lizz are back with an episode about bbbburn out. With a study reporting that up to 35% of hygienists looking to leave the profession, we got some work to do. Join them for this super interesting conversation. RDH Rant: https://www.facebook.com/groups/599722366843869
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Have you ever wandered what it would be like to just sell everything, move over seas, and start a new life knowing you had a dentistry as your safety net? Well that is pretty close to what Lacy Walker did and we talk a little bit about that in this episode. This is part one of the series of dental hygiene abroad, be sure to reach out to her and ask…
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Alcohol is a central line in the fabric of our society, whether we want to admit it or not. Outside of the commonly known talking points, what else can we talk about with our patients when it comes to alcohol? Machell Hudson-Hoover dives deep into predicting outcomes based on alcohol use! Machell@rdhhealth integrativedentalcoaching.com…
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Being a dental hygienist is unique in that we have so many options for a career. We can work in perio, pediatrics, ortho, and general practices. We can work in educational settings, sales, training, dental products and systems companies. We can write, speak, and coach. We have so many options at our fingertips but that wasnt always so. In this epis…
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In this TIPisode, we talk a lot about what it means to be a leader. Belangie discusses the acronym for LEAD, what drives her, and how being a leader isn't about attaining a title, but about being in a role. There are certain traits and characteristics that make a good leader. Join us today to learn more! Find Belangie on social and dm her on linked…
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In this episode we are joined by Teresa Duncan and Beverly Wilburn to discuss some more hot topics in dentistry. What do you do when your boss's spouse runs the office... is that fair? How liable are you for the doctor not diagnosing periodontal disease? We get right to the point in this amazing episode! Resources: Teresa's Podcasts - Nobody Told M…
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When it comes to treatment plans, who is better at getting case acceptance: DSOs or Private Practice? In this Fast Fact Andrew discusses a couple of key differentiators that could be incorporated in any setting to be more successful... but maybe DSOs have the edge??? Sonicare Support Materials - https://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-pe/dental-professiona…
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In today's TIPisode we are joined by Dr. David Rice to explore the possibility of having a mandatory retirement age in dentistry. Are people working past their ability to keep the public safe? Resources: Dentistry Unmasked Podcast on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dentistry-unmasked-a-roundtable-podcast/id1692417504 Dentistry Unmasked…
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What is it you want out of this profession? Very few wrong answers here, but our guest today Whitney DiFoggio, RDH found a way to combine her drive to get patients healthy, and her love for creating videos and theater, rolled them all together and has created a successful side business on YouTube. This episode aims to discover what makes her tick! …
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Are you a slatherer or a minimalist? Does the dental assistant put the topical in before you even get there? How do you know what is the effective dose of topical anesthetic? Join Tom Viola on this weeks Fast Facts: Ask The Experts where he answers if there is such a thing as too much topical! Be sure to check out what Tom Viola is up to by visitin…
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We all start out as clinicians, but then many of us want the next step. Bethany Montoya knows what you might be feeling as has some answers for you if want to take the next step! Resources: bethanyrdh@outlook.com @humanrdh on insta https://pac-dent.com/pages/request-a-sample link for a free sample
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It's not often that we come to you and ask for your help, but this is one such time. Smiles Across Montana is an organization built to serve those who need it on their terms. Please listen to this episode and if you can help our fellow dental hygienist, please do. Resources: Website: smilesacrossmontana.com Email: crystalspringrdh@gmail.com…
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Dental Hygienists work hard to complete their pre-reqs, endure what can be a punishing dental hygiene program, then graduate. Now they are perfect, they will not struggle again because they have a perfect knowledge of dentistry... That's sometimes the expectation but the reality is that graduates are "minimally competent" and need additional help a…
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What happens when we do not get enough sleep? Join Katrina Sanders this week as our expert gives us the answer! Resources:More Fast Facts: https://www.ataleoftwohygienists.com/fast-facts/ Katrina Sanders Website: https://www.katrinasanders.com Katrina Sanders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedentalwinegenist/ Vishesh K. Kapur, Dennis H. Auck…
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In this episode, Jackie Sanders takes over the AToTH podcast feed with some updates for the RDH Under One Roof conference in Denver for 2024. She is joined by Laura Winfield-Roy and Andrew Johnston to talk about the hotel situation, registering for courses, networking receptions/workshops, and so much more. There is a discount still up for the podc…
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We dive into the last part of our Myofunctional Therapy series today and examine the role of interdisciplinary care with our chiropractic colleague Dr. Andrea Smith. This episode explores how our mind and body are connected, and what types of assessments, evaluations, and work is needed to help our patients achieve optimal health and how a myofunct…
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We talk a lot about the mouth and screening for oral cancer, but how does our work with controlling the mouth's microbiome impacting the risk for other cancers like colorectal cancer? Machell@rdhhealth integrativedentalcoaching.com
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The conundrum we are currently facing is that dry mouth - xerostomia - isn't just "dry mouth", it is a wide range of severity and accompanying symptoms. We cant treat everyone the same, and we are learning that the products from 20 years ago, maybe aren't keeping up with the symptoms manifesting in today's patient. What should we do? In this episod…
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We continue our myofunctional therapy series this month with a focus on children. Heidi Giasson and Leslie Farrin return to talk about screening and assessing, treatment, unique cases, nasal breathing and so much more. Resources: Myo2health.com @myo2health on insta Info@myo2health.com Leslie- Leslie@myo2health.com Heidi- Heidi@myo2health.com Paula-…
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Pediatrics can be a cornerstone to many practices but RDHs don't always love treating them. Val Dangler joins us today to talk about what happens in the DSO setting and what you should expect. Contact Val: Valdentsolutions@gmail.com Sonicare Support Materials - https://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-pe/dental-professionals/practice-solutions/patient-educa…
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Listener Mail! In this episode we hear from Cindy Midgett who heard a recent episode on becoming an educator at a traditional RDH program, and wanted to let people know of another option in education in case that setting isnt for you. Give this episode a listen about CTE (Career and Technical Education) program career options! You MUST watch this v…
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Today is a continuation of last weeks episode where we talk about the foundational moments of a babies life that can shape the anatomical features and future habits of adults. Huge thank you to Heidi and Leslie for bringing amazing topics to the table and for connecting us with Paula Norcott. Be sure to check out the show notes for their contact in…
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Pediatrics, Surgery, Restorative, Perio... so many times to use local anesthetics but how much should we be using? Is less more? Be sure to check out what Tom Viola is up to by visiting Tomviola.com or email him - Tom@Tomviola.com
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