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Musculoskeletal disorders: reducing injury risk

Louise Madge discusses musculoskeletal disorders associated with the dental hygienist, and how instrumentation design and ergonomics can prevent injuries. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are injuries or disorders that affect the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage and spinal discs. There is a positive correlation between conditions of the neck, shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist and back, and performing … Continued

IDHA – back to the future!

Olivia Hanley looks ahead to the annual Irish Dental Hygienist Association (IDHA) conference and reveals what’s in store for attendees. As the summer comes to an end, the Irish Dental Hygienist’s Association (IDHA) committee is busy putting the final touches to its 2023 annual conference, sponsored by Haleon.  On 17 and 18 November, the IDHA … Continued

Mother diagnosed with cancer after dental hygienist spots symptom

A patient who got diagnosed with cancer following a trip to the dentist is calling on the public to check unusual symptoms. Jane Jackson had her skin cancer discovered after a dental hygienist noticed a cancerous mole on her neck during treatment, reports the Irish Mirror.  As a result, she got a dermatology appointment through … Continued

The hygienist in the cupboard

I recently heard a story about a dental practice where the hygienist’s ‘surgery’ was carved out and located in the cubbyhole under the stairs. Picture a triangular room, a slanting ceiling and the ‘thud, thump’ of footsteps providing a soundtrack to a relaxing treatment procedure. A ‘genius’ dentist saving a few pennies and investing wisely … Continued

Limerick dental hygienist wins patient-nominated award

Limerick dental hygienist Gillian Shannon was named Kin Dental Hygienist of the Year 2017 at the Irish Dental Hygienists Association (IDHA) annual conference. The award, created by Pamex, celebrates an exceptional dental hygienist in Ireland by asking patients up and down the country to nominate their hygienist for the accolade. The nominations are then whittled … Continued

IDHA to host smoking cessation night in Dublin

The Irish Dental Hygienists Association (IDHA) will host a free evening on smoking cessation for its members and Dublin Dental Hospital University staff and students on 21 April. The evening will look at smoking cessation and changing behaviours, with Catherine Waldron focusing on how to change the habits of patients who smoke, and offering advice … Continued

Yolande Keane wins national hygiene award

Yolande Keane from Eyre Square Dental in Galway was announced as the winner of this year’s Kin Dental Hygienist of the Year award at the Irish Dental Hygienists Association Annual Scientific Conference 2016 last month. Over the last few months, patients up and down the country have been nominating their hygienists for the chance to … Continued