What’s on My Tray: A Bag of Pediatric Hygienist Stuff

I’m excited to share that I will be writing RDH’s new column, “What’s on My Tray,” which features real-life clinicians sharing how they use their product setups to meet the demands of their daytime.

Our first HDR featured is pediatric dental hygienist, mom and speaker, An Chih “Angela” Do, also known as “The Pediatric HDR”. She has worked in pediatrics since 2006, when she started as a dental assistant.

During her adventures, she has worked in hospitals, treated sedated children, served adults and children with disabilities, and educated the dental community about the complexities of being a pediatric dental hygienist.

“Pediatric dental hygienists don’t just see children. Often they treat patients well into young adulthood. I need to have full practical knowledge for patients as young as infants and into their late teens and for our disabled patients much older than that,” Angela said.

She is particularly passionate about caring for patients with muscular dystrophy, like Duchenne, and making the dental experience enjoyable at all stages of life.

So what does The Pediatric HDR have on its shelf? “My top three dental products are fun and effective. These are NSK iProphy, Ivoclar Vivadent Helioseal F Plus and CaviWipes 2.0.

On your marks, get set, heal

There’s no race against time like having to put sealant on a squirming kid who’s about to shut his mouth and contaminate your workplace. That’s why Angela uses Helioseal F Plus sealing material from Ivoclar Vivadent.

“Helioseal’s 10 second cure improves my efficiency and makes visiting the dentist a more pleasant experience for the patient.”

Helioseal is easy to use and is similar in mechanics to other sealants. You clean the dent, bite down, rinse, dry, apply and light cure, but the difference is that you only have to cure for 10 seconds for the material to harden.

This fast-acting sealant is opaque in color and has a “perfect consistency,” says Angela. “The not-too-thin consistency allows me to easily handle the sealant and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.”

Choo-choo’ing plaque away

Taking care of big and small teeth involves fun and adventure. Angela uses her “choo-choo”, the NSK iProphy, at varying levels of speed. “During the tell-show-do, I show patients a low level, so it doesn’t intimate the patient, but then increases it at the speed needed to clear plaque.”

The NSK iProphy mobile has simple power control buttons instead of a foot pedal. The lightweight and ergonomic cordless handpiece is convenient when using multiple chairs. “The iProphy is easily transportable from chair to chair. I especially like how quiet yet powerful it is. It’s quiet enough not to intimidate children, but powerful enough to get the job done.

Not only is the iProphy wireless, but it’s also compatible with most angles. “I especially like to make the date fun by having the ability to use a variety of prophy angles, colored or with animal faces. The NSK iProphy gives me the flexibility to choose the angle that matches best for my patient’s needs.

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“Wax, wax”

If you haven’t seen the beloved 80s movie The Karate Kid, you probably still know the phrase “Wax, wax”. In this film, a kind-hearted Okinawan immigrant teaches a struggling teenager the muscle memory necessary for karate using repetitive manual tasks, including waxing cars.

As hygienists, we know all about repetitive tasks! There’s nothing quite like a good Karate Kid impersonation to keep us entertained while performing the important – but tedious – task of wiping down our operating rooms with disinfectant.

In the hustle and bustle of treating and dismissing your patient, writing your notes, and sanitizing your room, there’s sometimes not a moment to catch your breath. It’s safe to say that every minute of a clinical appointment counts.

That’s why Angela says CaviWipes 2.0 is her new favorite dental product. “These wipes are fantastic! I have always loved and preferred CaviWipes due to their product effectiveness and long standing reputation. Now, with the CaviWipes 2 Minute Wipes, I can use those minutes saved from my appointment to catch my breath,” said Angela. “CaviWipes 2.0 is not only effective, but also effective against over 40 pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2.”

What else is on Angela’s set? Follow her @thepediatricrdh on Instagram for more pediatric tips.

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