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The world of business is all about achieving and exceeding production goals.  The business of dentistry is no different, a successful practice is defined by it's ability to exceed it's production goals and maintain a regular patient clientele.  Some practices focus and strive to increase quantity for profits with an unfortunate sacrifice to quality.  In Dental Hygiene school we are taught motivational interviewing and various patient education techniques to enlighten our patients in hopes they will maintain an appropriate level of care after their annual examination and prophylaxis.  Dental Hygienists are taught to become the prevention specialists.  We learn to provide the level of preventive care that may exceed the training or understanding of a General Dentist.  We understand the need for the to patient to floss in a C-shape around the tooth when flossing and we know when to demonstrate the Bass technique and explain to our patients why it is preferred over the Fones technique when brushing.   After Dental Hygiene school, hygienists are thrown into practices where they may be required to complete an exam and prophy within an hour.  During that hour, medical history's must be accomplished and radiographs are often required.  The examination itself may take an additional 15 minutes depending on the speed of the dentist and questions the patient may have.  20 minutes have gone by which would leave the hygienist 30 minutes for the prophy with 10 minutes left for breakdown, disinfection of the room and setup for the next patient.  Through all of this, how many Dental Hygienists can honestly say they provide the time for quality patient education and motivational interviewing?  Patient education should not be an afterthought and should be accomplished prior to any scaling.  The joy I find in the Dental Hygiene profession is that you can be as creative as you want to in regards to patient education.  You can perform patient education with oral hygiene aids and a hand mirror in the patient's own mouth, utilize demonstration models, or make use of the various technology aids that exist as demonstrated by this website.   Make use of the time allowed, get creative, and find ways that will motivate the patient to maintain their own oral health. 

 
 
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Quiet simply, the iPad just works for what we as Dental Hygienists would intend to use a tablet for.  I am currently an owner of an iPad, Nexus 7 and a Windows 8 laptop.  So I have experience with all of the major operating systems and am familiar with what's available within their application ecosystems.  When I say the iPad just works, I am speaking from not only my personal experience in ease of overall hardware usability, but I'm specifically referring to the quantity and quality of applications that are available for the three systems.  There will always be lots of debate over why any tablet is better than the iPad based on specs, but it is the apps that make the tablet useful and there is no ecosystem greater than Apple's iTunes Store.  

 
 
In four days I will achieve something that I would have never dreamed of since I've joined the Air Force 14 years ago.  I will be graduating Dental Hygiene School here at Saint Petersburg College in Florida.  It has been a long journey to get here, however I have met some amazing people, made some great friends, and have learned how much I truly love the dental hygiene profession.  This website is dedicated toward the advancement of our profession.  My favorite aspect of the dental profession is that you are only limited by your own imagination.  The iPad is a wonderful piece of technology that has been stated by many as a fantastic consumption device, to which I agree to an extent.  Did you know that there are currently over 400 apps designed for dentistry?  In the upcoming weeks I will demonstrate via weekly YouTube shows, how the iPad can be used in the clinical setting, as well as review 2 dental applications and 1 iPad accessory.  In addition, I will occasionally provide tips on how the iPad can be used by Dental Hygiene Students in the classroom setting.  Thank you for coming to my website and I promise to make this as entertaining and informative for you as possible.