patients when we incorporate teleden-tistry to care for patients with innovations
such as Mouth Watch?
Each of us also needs to be grateful for
the unsung hours that our colleagues
spend trying to craft meaningful legislation that allows us to practice outside of
the four walls of a traditional office. We
should be grateful for those who are willing to support our professional organization, the recognized voice of our profession
on a state and national level. We need to
be grateful for the California pioneers who
put their member interests at the forefront
when the state’s dental hygiene association choose to follow an independent path.
So, what are you doing to make your
workplace a better place? What are you
willing to do to support the advancements
in our profession? It’s time to express sincere gratitude and give thanks that there
are so many willing to support us. RDH
earns a pittance to clean your house every
week. What about the restaurant server
who relies on tips to create a full wage, or
the bus driver who works split shifts to
bus your kids to school?
I can hear your response now. But we
have an education and a college degree.
Yes, you do and that is why you earn more
per hour than many other workers in the
country. Student debt has been a way of
life for most dental hygienists and dentists
who have graduated over the last 10 years.
But student debt is not new. I clearly remember driving down the road six months
after graduation realizing that my first loan
installment was due in a couple of weeks.
You would laugh at the amount today, but
back then it was a lot of money.
THE POSITIVE SIDE OF CONNECTING
From my vantage point, we should also
be grateful for our ability to readily con-
nect via the internet. Companies often
underwrite these forums. The Colgate
Oral Health Advisor site is a perfect ex-
ample. Over 15,000 dental hygienists com-
municate 24/7, 365 days a year. We need
to champion and support companies such
as Penn Well who fuel our education pipe-
line with publications like RDH, and con-
tinuing opportunities through RDH Under
One Roof and the Dental Academy of CE.
Have you given thought to the time and
expense a company incurs to bring inno-
vative products into our hands? Recent
innovations such as the Young Dental’s
Varnish Pen, Orascoptic’s Spark headlight
or the OmniOptic loupes, and Ansell’s
UltraForm half sizes are products that will
help improve our clinical outcomes.
What about the dental hygiene entre-
preneurs who often place their lives on
hold to bring new ideas and products to
us? What about the potential to care for
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