Trinity Cleveland, District XI Trustee

I’m sure we have all been looking forward to 2021, for many different reasons, but let’s not forget all of the positive outcomes the challenges 2020 brought to us! As a profession, we came together to share evidence-based COVID-19 information, advocated for dental hygienists, released an antiracism statement, attended our first virtual ADHA Annual Conference and House of Delegates, and most importantly, we demonstrated unity and resilience as healthcare professionals! But, we didn’t stop there!

What’s Up at the Capitol

The 2021 Legislative Session began on Monday, January 11th, and there are already over 1,000 bills introduced. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic promises to shape much of thissession, from policy items pursued to the way in which legislative business is conducted. Both chambers have adopted special rules to protect the health and safety of legislators, staff, and the public.

ZOOM IN with a Registered Dental Hygienist

Teledentistry – Dignity Health, First Teeth First

February is Children’s Dental Health month so it is fitting for me to tell you about our children’s oral health program. The First Teeth First Program is a community based program providing services to children 0-5 years of age and expectant mothers at no charge. Services provided include an oral screening, anticipatory guidance, goal
setting, and referral and care coordination, provided by a registered dental hygienist and promotora. Before the
COVID-19 pandemic, the program operated in person at WIC clinics (Women, Infant, and Children), pediatrician’s
offices, OBGYN offices and childcares.

The Story of Dental Therapy

Many years ago, when the profession of Dental Hygiene was born in the United States, Dental Therapy was being born in New Zealand. Recently some states have legalized Dental Therapy (and New Zealand has adopted Dental Hygiene!)

When Dental Therapy was started in Australia and New Zealand, the therapists worked in schools on children. They could meet most of the dental needs of children. The services were supported by the government. The Therapists were paid a salary not based on procedures. Adults were cared for in private dental

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