Name It, Claim It, Treat It: Flipping the Script on Patient Care
The profession of dental hygiene was created on the concept of prevention. If we take a moment to reassess what we do for our patients, are we preventing dental disease? Have we gotten into a routine that doesn’t support prevention as much as it supports treatment? Biofilm management is the name of the game; both in-office and at-home. Putting a more significant focus on biofilm management during patient care could be what tips the scale for patients.
What if we flipped the script during our patient care process and followed the Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice: Assessing, Diagnosing, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, Documentation to deliver “Minimally Invasive Support Therapy”? If disease prevention is based on at-home biofilm management, flipping the appointment and first coaching the patient vs. leaving it to last could be advantageous. Moving then into a therapeutic procedure, like air powder polishing, based on their assessment and diagnosis, instead of placing a scaler to the tooth could be what promotes prevention or treatment.
Join us for this 1-hour webinar where we will highlight changing your patient care process.
After this webinar, the attendee will be able to:
- Describe the Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice
- Evaluate current patient care practices for disease prevention
- Identify a patient who would benefit from air powder techniques and in-office biofilm management for Minimally Invasive Support Therapy
- “Flip” the appoint sequence to gain increased patient health
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Michelle Strange bio:
Michelle Strange, RDH, MSDH, brings 18 years of experience in dentistry to her roles as adjunct clinical faculty member at Trident Technical College, Educational and Professional Relations Manager for TePe Oral Health Care, Inc., and host of A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast. Her experience as a hygienist and surgical assistant led to her full-time career with TePe after six years of considerable success and patient compliance with their product. Michelle’s research has been published in multiple publications and, additionally, she has appeared in the Lifetime Network’s “Access Health,” Health Briefs TV, and Educational Videos by TePe Oral Health Care, Inc. Her podcast, A Tale of Two Hygienists, aimed to inform and inspire the dental community, was ranked the #1 Dental Podcast two years in a row. A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina with a Bachelors of Health Science and the Fones School of Dental Hygiene with a Masters in Dental Hygiene Education, Michelle focuses her career on the educational aspect of patient care. As adjunct faculty at Trident Technical College, she cultivates student and colleague knowledge of interdisciplinary collaboration between medical professionals and caretakers. Her passion for dentistry and its connection to overall health extends to her community and global efforts, most notably in her work as a weekly dental hygienist volunteer with Our Lady of Mercy in Johns Island, South Carolina, and dental mission trip participant with the Charleston-based OneWorld Health.