It’s A Tale of Two Hygienists’ student roundtable episode, which means Andrew and Michelle have invited a roster of guests to educate student listeners on a chosen topic. This month’s roundtable shines a spotlight on pediatric dentistry and how we should modify our techniques and behavior to best suit our younger patients.
Anaika Forbes is the co-host of the Dental-ish Podcast and currently works as the department chair of a dental assisting program and part-time as an adjunct professor; she’s spent the last decade of her hygiene career working in pediatrics, private offices and in public health. Returning from last week’s episode are Kelly Quolas and Natalie Hayward, two hygienists with extensive experience in pediatrics. And last but not least, Brooke Crouch is the dental outreach program manager for New Horizons Healthcare, a not-for-profit community and family health center based in Roanoke, VA.
In this episode, our guests discuss their encounters with celebrity parents, how vomit differs from one age group to another, and consider ways hygiene schools can improve their pediatric education programs.
Interview starts: 7:33
– The guests discuss the pediatric opportunities out there for dental hygienists.
– What subject or techniques should have a greater focus in hygiene school?
– When have they felt most out of their depth?—including the kid who broke Anaika’s heart.
– Overcoming parental objections to your treatment and advice.
– Sharing the great—and not so great, maybe even gross—parts of working with kids.
– Their best advice for students going into pediatrics or considering that path.
“I feel that collaborative care with a pediatric hygienist and a pediatric dentist works way better than other specialties.”
“Behavior management is its own specialty when it comes to dealing with the pediatric population.”
“You take a step back and say ‘How can I handle this situation if it happens again a little bit better?’.”
“Every day in the pediatric world is a new day.”
“Show them that you’re coming from a place of care [and] give them all the information they would need to make the proper decision for their child.”
“Educate them as best as we can, but also do our best to not scare them off either.”
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