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Today I'm going to explore the lack of medical intention with respect to biofilm infections and how that relates to the dental hygiene workforce and job outlook. That sounds kind of convoluted and it may turn some people's mouse clicking finger but this intersection between biofilm, dental hygiene, and jobs is an important one that rears its head often. This past month it came to my attention many times even though the holidays took up a lot of hours!

Examples include Steven, the man dying a slow death due to a biofilm in his sinus caused by a bad root canal treatment in an upper tooth. Brian whose interview will premiere next week, who had radiation therapy for cancer and is now suffering tooth disintegration. Lastly, a question on the Tennessee Dental Hygienists Association (TDHA) Face Book Page prompted a lot of comments about job security; there isn’t any. Not only is there no security, there are no jobs!

I’ll talk about the intersection between all of these conditions today and offer a couple of solutions that should decrease healthcare costs and increase the job outlook for dental hygienists. 

Host: Shirley Gutkowski
Producer: Shirley Gutkowski

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