What is the best way your practice has integrated your skills to assist the patients and your working environment?
Nothing has changed; the RDH is the first channel to identify pathology; educate on oral hygiene routines, and inform patients of “how” restorative procedures are performed.
Please, take me through a patient’s journey that has moved you and explain your part in it.
When I noticed-Periodontal refractory patients improved status after incorporating Xylitol/ calcium phosphates into their oral health routine~ it was a true epiphany! I was thrilled to find a pleasant-super easy adjunct with amazing benefits-that is when I researched the Web and found DR HEFFS!
Should hygienists have dental nurses? Are you working with a dental assistant, and how has that changed your system?
Yes! That would be awesome, as it would be productive to use the hygienist for procedures and education; rather than house cleaning.
Is there anything you would alter or add to the training pathway?
Incorporate time management and specialty skills in Periodontics. I was blessed to start with a Periodontist who had me do root planning after he “flapped” the quadrant to expose bone; awesome training experience.
We appreciate the benefits of guided biofilm therapy - can you explain your favorite long-term change from this process?
I have been using Prohy-jet (a similar technique) since 1984! The patients recognized how it improved their condition and would request the procedure at every appointment. This should be incorporated as a standard treatment for all cleaning /maintenance.
Do you think long-term use of agents such as chlorhexidine harms the oral microbiome?
The use of all Natural and minimally invasive therapy (w/ No chemical agents) is now being researched and “proven” to show results.
I feel chemical prescribed agents should be used only in extreme acute circumstances with pain and infection activity.
Do you think that the oral bacteria can travel through the placenta of a pregnant mother? What do you think the implications of this would be?
I have not read any study of this topic; however, considering drugs and diseases may pass, yes, I suspect that oral bacteria may as well.
Where do you see the future of hygiene therapy?
Oral hygiene is finally being implemented in Pre-hospital consideration; (cancer treatment and prosthetic joint/heart replacement).
I have a crusade to inform elderly care home facilities of the unbelievable benefits that will improve overall health by using natural products of xylitol and calcium phosphates.
12. Lastly, a cheeky final question - do you recommend Dr. Heff’s?!
ABSOLUTELY!!!! Words cannot inform of the magnificent improvement I witnessed with my patients; after they routinely used this all Natural and extremely Pleasant adjunct in their oral hygiene routine.
As a hygienist~ you will be shocked~ after long-term assessment of patients- to find lower plaque indices, reduced bleeding activity, improved tissue integrity, and less sensitivity of teeth-as well!
…After you have experienced the “OH WOW!” Moment ~ you will join the crusade to educate your patients of this revolutionary new product/concept.
AND… wait until you hear the response from the Patients! They LOVE IT!
Thank you, Rochelle! You are a star!