An APDH’s Journey – MiQuel McRae

How many times since graduating from hygiene school have you attended your CE courses and heard about the need for greater public oral health programs in Arizona?  I hear it at least once every time I attend an Az dental hygiene conference and 2015 was no exception. Our first speaker, Michelle Gross-Panico, started the conference speaking about the disparities in oral health in the rural areas of Arizona, particularly Greenlee County. She was reaching out to us as licensed hygienists to make a difference in our communities.

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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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Information for APDH

Are you interested in becoming an Affiliated Practice Dental Hygienist? If so, the following links have information on how to become an APDH:

 

7 Myths Branded About APDH                                           

AP Relationship

Direct Access States                                                                

AP Contract for BODEX 

Continuing Education for AP                                               

Steps for AP

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