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and Ohio. 2 Lastly—and sadly—approximately
40% of food is thrown out in our country each
year. 2 This food could feed half of those who
are hungry. 2
We can do better. Maybe we should try. I
have never known anything better than the
power of dental hygienists. For more
information, visit feedingamerica.org,
dosomething.org, and HungerFight.org. RDH
1. Food Security in the U.S.: Key Statistics and Graphics.
United States Department of Agriculture Economic
Research Service website. https://www.ers.usda.gov/
topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/ key-statistics-graphics.aspx. Updated October 11,
2016. Accessed August 23, 2017.
2. 11 facts about hunger in the US. DoSomething.org
about-hunger-us. Accessed August 23, 2017.
3. Impact of Hunger. Feeding America website. http://
www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/im-pact-of-hunger. Accessed August 23, 2017.
4. Importance of Nutrition on Health in America. Feeding
America website. http://www.feedingamerica.org/hun-ger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/hunger-and-nutrition.
Accessed August 23, 2017.
5. Child Hunger Fact Sheet. Feeding America website.
child-hunger-fact-sheet.pdf. Published March 2017.
Accessed August 23, 2017.
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think, “They’re just baby teeth and will fall
out, so it’s no biggie.” As professionals, we
know that isn’t the case. It can cause the
child to require procedures that seem
stressful and scary and to grow up fearing
the dental office. Parents are often shocked
when I tell them that the first permanent
tooth comes in at five or six years old.
Many parents don’t realize that children
get permanent molars that early.
Here are the top five tips I give parents to
help stubborn brushers or nonbrushers:
1. Brush together as a family. Making it a
family activity helps increase interest in
brushing and shows that it is important
to parents too.
2. Use Listerine Agent Cool Blue when the
child brushes. It tints the teeth blue to
encourage them to brush thoroughly by
making it more like a game. Adding a timer
helps give the child a better concept of
what two minutes of brushing should be.
3. Have the child use ACT fluoride rinse.
4. Make healthier snack choices and eat together as a family.
5. Don’t use a negative approach when discussing oral health.
Too often, I hear parents say things like, “I
told you what would happen if you didn’t
brush!” When I’d ask what would happen, the
child or parent would say something about
how “the dentist is going to rip your teeth
out” or “it’s going to hurt to get your teeth
cleaned because your teeth are so dirty.”
Sometimes the children will say that their
teeth are rotting and will fall out or that
they’re going to be bleeding and miserable.
I spend the first five to 10 minutes promising I’m not going to rip their teeth out
before I can even start.
When discussing negativity with parents,
I try to explain that negativity can cause children to fear coming to the office and that
positive reinforcement is a better approach
than this. Most of the time, I learn the parents
are scared of the dentist. I recommend that
they try to embrace the fear together.
The approaches you choose for your office
will depend on what you have to offer and
what you’re comfortable with. I strongly recommend trying these out and seeing what
you do and don’t like and what works for you.
I love working with children, and I always find
myself learning something new while treating
them. Enjoy taking care of them, and as always, continue to help brighten their smiles
and their days. RDH
Katie Melko, RDH, MSDH, is a public health
hygienist at Community Health Center Inc. She
graduated from Fones School of Dental Hygiene at
the University of Bridgeport in 2016 with an MSDH.
She is president of the Connecticut Dental
Hygienists’ Association, and has practiced dental
hygiene since 2009.
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a published guideline on radiographic frequency, and every dental professional should
be familiar with those guidelines. (Google
“dental radiography frequency guidelines” for
the ADA document.)
Concerning diagnosis, hygienists have
served in the role of “codiagnosis” for many
years. In 99% of cases, hygienists identify dental needs and doctors confirm what the hygienists have found. That’s not “diagnosing”;