An APDH’s Journey – Tamara Baca

My journey toward becoming an Affiliated Practice Dental Hygienist (APDH) was based on a desire to improve the oral health of a larger population than that in private practice. Coincidentally, I was new to the concept of what an APDH was, how it could improve my career, and how it was going to move me closer toward my goals of reaching a larger population. 

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An APDH’s Perspective – Audrey McFarland

Gone are the days of 30 minute child prophys for me. I am scheduled an hour or an hour and 15 minutes per patient, which includes children up to age 18. Oral hygiene education is a key component in affecting behavior change in our patients, so I am allotted that chair time to disclose every patient and work on proper brushing and flossing techniques.
Neither my patient nor I have to wait around for a dentist exam. Based on my oral evaluations, I can refer patients for restorative care with partnering dentists.

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Karen Felty APDH awarded grant

December 2016 was an exciting month for Karen Felty, RDH, APDH as she learned she had been awarded a $2,500 grant for the First Teeth First Program of Dignity Health, Chandler Regional Medical Center.

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