Earlier this year, two talented dental students, Thomas Nguyen and Eumi Choi, received National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarships for their dedication and commitment to volunteering. After both growing up and seeing the hardships of underserved areas, they decided to pursue dentistry as a way to better the world. These two budding professionals will undoubtedly serve as a beacon of hope in our industry for many years to come. You can learn more about these students here.
In November, Dr. Amulya Jayant, a dentist from Leominster, Massachusetts, and a team of 14 other professionals traveled to Guatemala to provide treatment and education to patients. For 10 days, the volunteers provided cleanings, extractions, and fillings—helping nearly 882 patients in the process. What an honor it is to have these professionals in our industry! You can read the full article here.
Good Neighbors, a volunteer-based agency in Ohio, has been providing food to those in need for over 60 years. However, volunteers recently noticed that toothbrushes and toothpaste weren’t covered in their community’s governmental assistance programs. So, to combat the growing dental hygiene issues in their community, the agency started passing them out. Their efforts got the attention of the Millennium Fund for the Children’s Dental Health Project, and earlier this year the Good Neighbors were awarded an additional $2000 for toothbrushes and oral care products. Kudos to these dedicated volunteers for sharing the importance of good hygiene! You can read the article here.
Are you inspired to help? If you’d like to get involved in your community, you can find free dental clinics in your area by visiting freedental.org or learn more about dental mission trips at Volunteer Forever.
Posted July 15, 2019
Sitting hunched over patients’ mouths for several hours a day is extremely taxing on your body. Dental hygienists and dentists are prone to problems as a result of poor working posture, eye strain, and unnatural hand positioning. Regular exercise, however, can help you minimize those problems and enjoy benefits such as: Greater comfort while working […]
Posted July 05, 2019
One of the great things about a career in dental hygiene is how flexible the job is. I have worked as little as two days a month when my kids were little. It was perfect. But for as flexible as the work days can be, once you commit to a day the flexibility ends. You […]
Posted July 04, 2019
Each year delivers more new dental technology that makes dentistry easier, faster, and more cost-effective than ever before. But like many other hygienists, this trend has you a bit concerned. You’re wondering how all the rapidly-developing technology will impact your dental hygienist duties. Could new dental technology devalue the work you do or render your […]