Releases benefcial amounts of
fuoride, calcium and phosphate
10 times more fuoride release than
the leading brand*
• Releases Calcium, Phosphate & Fluoride
• 18% Xylitol and 5% Sodium Fluoride
• Smooth fnish, no grit
• Fills superfcial, non-carious enamel
• Premixed - uniform dosage
*The Dental Advisor
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Another innovation that may be a game changer is the ReLeaf,
a 280-degree suction device made of an FDA-approved polymer
that is amazingly comfortable. I have not tested its effectiveness
in saliva removal and certainly would advise its engineers to
work on giving it a better flavor, but it is amazingly comfortable
tucked into the cheek fold.
It was enlightening to learn that hygienists can receive an
online bachelor of science degree in public health from Allen
College in Iowa, and I also discovered the Team Placement
Dental Travel Program. Modeled after travel nursing programs,
it offers new possibilities for hygienists. With free housing and
competitive pay for working stints of 8, 12, or 16 weeks, it is an
opportunity for adventurous hygienists to experience other parts
of the country.
There were over 40 courses offered, and no one could partake
in all of them. As I sat in a Chicago-style restaurant tempted by
a delectably presented crème brûlée, I regretted that I had not
attended the program “A Bite of Sugar: Retrain Your Brain.”
Fortunately, handouts for many of the programs are available
online, and I can at least have access to some of the information,
albeit too late to rethink my decision to eat that crème brûlée.
There were multiple sponsored parties with blues music,
lights, and reverie. Poking my head into one of them, my senses
were flooded with the party, which was delivered Chicago style.
There is nothing like women (and a few men) partying, cutting
loose, and having a good time. No doubt there were hurting
heads the next morning, but from what I know of women, they
would pick themselves up and give it their all again the next day.
A surprise was in store with Anastasia Turchetta’s skilled
modelling of a talk show host during the Hygienist Proud program. In particular, I liked how two of the adept guest hygienists
could express different viewpoints in a nonthreatening yet direct
way. It wasn’t that they differed in the science (or lack thereof)
behind oil pulling, but in whether they would counsel their
patients to stop the practice. A valid point was made that being
sensitive to cultural practices when no harm is being done to
patients may be prudent. Seeing firsthand how two experts can
disagree respectfully was a solid example in elements of critical
thinking and I was glad I witnessed it.
There was great loot at RDH UOR as well. Everyone attending
the keynote received a whitening kit from Phillips as we exited.
As hygienists, we need to walk our talk, and dazzling white smiles
influence our patients. Cash winnings flowed too, with five $500
cash prizes and even one prize of $1,000. Pretty exciting stuff in
Chicago! But what I want to know is who won the Tiffany necklace for which I am willing to trade my next born?
My personal pièce de résistance was sharing the stage at the
closing program with three dynamic colleagues offering pointers
on career opportunities. Sponsored by Colgate and moderated
by Phyllis Martina, it was a personal highlight, for it is here that
I obtained a goal that l have long held in my heart. Life had intervened years ago, and as only life can, took me in a different
direction. Life has now come full circle, enabling me to offer