Your Official ADHA Podcast
This show is the official podcast for the ADHA! Join us as we discuss relevant thoughts, ideas, and best practices for hygienists throughout the United States. Be sure to reach out with ideas for our show on any of the social media channels!
info_outline Talking All Things Delegates and Dublin (Ep 99) 05/10/2022
Talking All Things Delegates and Dublin (Ep 99) This week, Matt chats with Kelli Jaecks, MA, RDH, and Jill Rethman, RDH, BA (both ADHA Past Presidents) about their current roles as delegates from ADHA to the International Federation of Dental Hygienists and the upcoming International Symposia on Dental Hygiene this August in Dublin, Ireland. Listen in to learn more about the important work they do as delegates and to hear what they are most looking forward to doing in Ireland.
info_outline Retired but not tired of advancing oral health (Ep 98) 04/19/2022
Retired but not tired of advancing oral health (Ep 98) This week, Matt chats with returning guest Patti DeQuardo, RDH, to learn more about her latest venture in the world of dental hygiene. Listen in as Patti shares her experiences leading a dental program for Afghan refugees who have resettled at military installments around the country. Hear what Patti is up to and learn about some of her recent travel experiences around the globe. ADHA Advocacy Video: Be an ADHA Ambassador! Email by May 6. Register for ADHA Annual Conference: Music: Spark Of Inspiration by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/
info_outline Discussing the research: COVID-19 and the dental hygienist Part 2 (Ep 97) 04/05/2022
Discussing the research: COVID-19 and the dental hygienist Part 2 (Ep 97) Ready for PART II? Our expert ADHA and ADA panel is back to continue the discussion about the recent research release of "COVID-19 and the Dental Hygienist”. Join us for more on what we are learning about the impact of the pandemic on the dental hygiene workforce, infection control practices and vaccine acceptance. Tune in and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the full manuscripts from the longitudinal study featured in this month’s issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. To read the full studies discussed on this episode visit: To learn more about the research done by the ADA Health Policy Institute visit:
info_outline Discussing the research: COVID-19 and the dental hygienist Part 1 (Ep 96) 03/22/2022
Discussing the research: COVID-19 and the dental hygienist Part 1 (Ep 96) Our expert ADHA and ADA panel is here to answer your questions following the recent research release of "COVID-19 and the Dental Hygienist". We were flooded with interest and great discussion following the recent webinar on the same topic, and this part one of a two-part Official ADHA Podcast goes deeper into what we are learning about the impact of the pandemic on the dental hygiene workforce, infection control practices and vaccine acceptance. Tune in and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the full manuscripts from the longitudinal study featured in this month’s issue of The Journal of Dental Hygiene. To read the full studies discussed on this episode visit: To learn more about the research done by the ADA Health Policy Institute visit:
info_outline Saving lives one dental visit at a time (Ep 95) 03/08/2022
Saving lives one dental visit at a time (Ep 95) This week, Matt chats with Sherry Laliberte, RDH, IPDH, BSDH, the Program Manager for the Maine CDC School Oral Health Program. Listen in as Sherry shares her journey and the impact her life-saving discovery had on a child’s life. They’ll also discuss school-based oral health care and how Sherry’s program has successfully improved the oral health and overall health of the children they reach. And find out how you can get involved and cast your vote a project Sherry is working on! Tune in here: Vote in the poster contest mentioned in the podcast: Music: Spark Of Inspiration by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/
info_outline Talking Therapeutic Caries Counseling (Ep 94) 02/22/2022
Talking Therapeutic Caries Counseling (Ep 94) As we celebrate NCDHM, Matt chats with Dr. Burton Edelstein about the role that dental hygienists play in improving oral health outcomes. In 1997, Dr. Edelstein created the Children's Dental Health Project as "the voice for children's oral health." Today, he is leading the effort to research how therapeutic caries counseling can reduce disease in children. Listen in to learn more about the many ways dental hygienists can make a difference. This short video explains the MSB approach to caries management: This film explains or large effectiveness trial sponsored by the federal Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center: from: -Lumsden, C.L., Wolf, R. L., Contento, I., Basch, C., Zybert, P., Koch, P., and Edelstein, B. L. “Feasibility, Acceptability, and Short-term Behavioral Impact of the MySmileBuddy Intervention for Early Childhood Caries.” Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. 2019. 30(1):59-69. Available at: - Lumsden, C. L., Andrews, H. A., Leu, C. S., Edelstein, B. L. “Changes in Knowledge and Beliefs of Community Health Workers Following an Oral Health Intervention Training Program.” Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 2019. 47(1): 54-65. Available at: - Custodio-Lumsden, C., Wolf, R. L., Contento, I., Basch, C., Zybert, P., Koch, P., and Edelstein, B. L. “Validation of an Early Childhood Caries Risk Assessment Tool in a Low-income Hispanic Population.” Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2016. 76(2):136-142. Available at: - Chinn CH, Levine J, Matos S, Findley S, Edelstein BL. An inter-professional collaborative approach in the development of a caries risk assessment mobile tablet application: My Smile Buddy. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Aug;24(3):1010-20. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0114. Available at: - Levine J, Wolf RL, Chinn C, Edelstein BL. MySmileBuddy: an iPad-based interactive program to assess dietary risk for early childhood caries. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Oct;112(10):1539-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2012.06.010. Available at: - Lumsden CL, Edelstein BL, Basch CE, Wolf RL, Koch PA, McKeague I, Leu C-S, Andrews H. Protocol for a family centered behavioral intervention to reduce early childhood caries: the MySmileBuddy program efficacy trial. Music: Spark Of Inspiration by Shane Ivers - : Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/
info_outline Leadership, Ethics and Critical Decision Making (Ep 093) 02/08/2022
Leadership, Ethics and Critical Decision Making (Ep 093) This week, Matt is talking all things Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit. He will be joined by ADHA Director of Education & Research, Dr JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH,MS, AFAAOM and Pam Zarkowski, BSDH, MPH, JD, who will be speaking at the March 4-5, 2022 Summit. Expand your expertise and learn the role ethics and critical decision making play in the daily lives of dental hygienists regardless of workplace setting. Plus, Matt will share the origins of Black History Month and Chinese (Lunar) New Year as we continue to focus on inclusion, diversity and equity issues. ADHA Leadership Summit - Black History Month - Chinese/Lunar New Year - Music: Spark Of Inspiration by Shane Ivers - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/
info_outline Talking Licensure Portability (Ep 092) 01/25/2022
Talking Licensure Portability (Ep 092) This week, Matt chats about license portability with Matt Shafer, Associate Director of Public Policy at the Council of State Governments(CSG). Dental hygienists have historically struggled to find ways to seamlessly obtain licensure when moving out of state. The two Matts are on it! Listen in as they discuss the work that ADHA and CSG are doing to lead the way on developing interstate licensure compacts to assist with licensure portability. Links: ADHA Annual Conference: ADHA Leadership Summit: Council on State Governments:
info_outline 091 The Power of Connection 01/11/2022
091 The Power of Connection This week, Matt is kicking off the new year with his guests Tracy Brunkhorst, RDH, EPDH and Ilya Babiy, RDH, MS, EPP. Listen in as they discuss how networking led to their connection and ignited their passion to serve their community. Learn how Ilya’s love of teaching helped make his dream come full circle. And discover how being the ADHA 2021 Community Outreach Award winner has impacted Tracy’s professional journey. Matt will also be sharing some exciting updates on upcoming ADHA events and activities.
info_outline 090- Year in Review with ADHA President, Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdD Part 2 12/28/2021
090- Year in Review with ADHA President, Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdD Part 2 Final ADHA podcast of 2021! We’re closing the year as the best-for-last conversation continues with ADHA President, Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdD. Part two includes more highlights from the year as well as a look ahead at some anticipated initiatives and events including our focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit (virtual and live) and ADHA22 in Louisville. Don’t miss it and get ready for a fabulous 2022. https://bit.ly/3ECtqMd
info_outline 089- Year in Review with ADHA President, Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdD 12/21/2021
089- Year in Review with ADHA President, Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdD This week, Matt chats with ADHA President, Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdD, about the accomplishments of the past year. Listen in as they discuss the various ways in which ADHA is advocating for hygienists at the national level including Matt’s work with Ann Lynch, ADHA’s Directory of Advocacy as part of the newly launched Technical Assistance Group, as they explore interstate licensure compacts to improve license portability. And join us next week as we continue our recap of 2021!
info_outline 088- Putting Evidence-based Research into Practice 11/16/2021
088- Putting Evidence-based Research into Practice This week, Matt chats with Josefine Ortiz Wolfe, PhD, RDH, CHES, about why using evidence-based research is critical in guiding our clinical decision making. Join us to learn more about Josefine’s journey as a dental hygienist, her role in expanding her education and her leadership as a past chair of the American Public Health Association’s Oral Health Section during the global pandemic. You’re not going to want to miss this! Listen here...
info_outline 087- Taking Things To New Heights 11/09/2021
087- Taking Things To New Heights This week, Matt elevates the conversation with Ashley McCauley, MS, RDH and her brother Jordan Wolf who are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for stilt walking once held by their father. Ashley is the first to admit that her upbringing was a bit out of the ordinary but she also says it is what led her to dentistry. Full shownotes at https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/adhapodcast
info_outline 086- Importance Of Engaging In Advocacy To Improve Access To Care 11/02/2021
086- Importance Of Engaging In Advocacy To Improve Access To Care This week Matt discusses advocacy and the variance in scope of practice from state to state. Matt chats with Sherri Foran, RDH, BSDH, MPA, PHDH who is the president of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association. Matt and Sherri discuss the public health dental hygiene(PHDH) model in Illinois and the efforts to pass new legislation to increase the settings where PHDHs can practice.
info_outline 085- Colgate Celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month 10/26/2021
085- Colgate Celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month This week, Matt chats with Phyllis Martina, RDH, MBA, the Senior Professional Education Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. As a longtime supporter of dental hygienists, Colgate is bringing some added brilliance to ADHA’s celebration of resilience this National Dental Hygiene Month. Tune in to learn more about Colgate’s commitment to dental hygienists and New Colgate® Optic White® Professional for at-home whitening.
info_outline 084- Celebrating LGBTQ+ Month 10/19/2021
084- Celebrating LGBTQ+ Month Up next, Matt chats with Ryan Rutar, RDH, MAM, BS, BA the CEO and CoFounder of Pearly White Prevention. Don’t miss this important conversation about LGBTQ+ History Month and how we can better communicate with patients to ensure we are creating an inclusive environment for our patients and colleagues. They’re also talking about the resilience of dental hygienists nationwide as we continue to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month this October. Join the conversation here.
info_outline 083- Putting Teeth into Medicare 10/12/2021
083- Putting Teeth into Medicare This week, Matt discusses the importance of including an oral health benefit in Medicare and what ADHA is doing to help make it happen. Joining the conversation, Matt’s esteemed guests include Vice President for Grant Making at Care Quest institute, Dr. Michael Monopoli, DMD, MPH, MS, FACD; Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships at Families USA, Melissa Burroughs and Senior Attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Wey-Wey Kwok.
info_outline 082- Meet RDH, Author and IOH Grant Recipient Amber Lovatos BSDH, RDH 10/05/2021
082- Meet RDH, Author and IOH Grant Recipient Amber Lovatos BSDH, RDH Spend time with multi-talented RDH Amber Lovatos BSDH, RDH. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Matt Crespin discusses her children’s book about oral health called Smiles Por Vida. She also updates listeners on the progress she’s making in her mobile program as a result of receiving an ADHA IOH grant last year called Going Where No One Has Gone Before.
info_outline 081- CDC Tips® Partners with ADHA to Help Patients Quit Smoking 09/28/2021
081- CDC Tips® Partners with ADHA to Help Patients Quit Smoking Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the US today. CDC’sTips from Former Smokers® campaign highlights real stories of real people living with smoking-related disease, including oral disease. In this episode, you’ll learn more about Tips and how dental hygiene professionals can play a role in helping patients quit. You’ll also hear from former smoker Brett, who shares his quit journey.
info_outline 080- What does “non-traditional” really mean? 09/21/2021
080- What does “non-traditional” really mean? This week Matt chats with Tia S. Meyer, RDH about her journey in dental hygiene and her role as a leader within a DSO in South Dakota and Nebraska. They discuss implications of the term “non-traditional,” and the importance of redefining its meaning and prioritizing inclusion in our profession. Matt highlights Hispanic Heritage Month and sets the stage for the upcoming October National Dental Hygiene Month, which is right around the corner! Listen in.
info_outline 079-Putting your Foot in Your Mouth 09/14/2021
079-Putting your Foot in Your Mouth Did you know podiatry and oral health are closely connected? This week Matt chats with Dr. Elizabeth Sanders DPM, AACFAS, DABPM and Katrina Sanders, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, RF about their collaborative efforts to educate the dental and medical community this very topic! Learn what inspires their work and some fun facts about favorite things to do in Matt’s hometown and theirs, Milwaukee, Wis.
info_outline 078- Pain-free Practice is Possible 09/07/2021
078- Pain-free Practice is Possible This week Matt is joined by Stephanie Botts, RDH, BSDH, CEAS about the prevalence of pain in dental hygiene and what we can do inside and outside the operatory to feel better and ensure career longevity. Stephanie is a certified ergonomics specialist with a passion for helping the oral health community make simple changes that help reduce workplace discomfort and injury. Listen in!
info_outline 077- Quest For Advocacy Leads To A New World 08/31/2021
077- Quest For Advocacy Leads To A New World This week, Matt chats with Annette Smith, RDH, MSDH, about her experience as an educator and member of the ADHA Task Force on Return to Work. They also discuss Annette’s quest to advocate for dental hygienists’ ability to administer local anesthetic and her upcoming role as the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association (TDHA) President. Be sure to listen and get inspired by her passion for our profession.
info_outline 076- Our 100-ish Episode 08/25/2021
076- Our 100-ish Episode This week Matt talks with Kelli Jaecks, MA, RDH about her journey as both a dental hygienist and entrepreneur. Kelli is an author, speaker and influencer and is passionate about education on a variety of topics. Listen to find out if Matt and Kelli find a way to make a link to the number 100 during this 100-ish episode of the ADHA Podcast. Matt shares an exciting collaboration between ADHA and Dentsply Sirona so listen to learn more.
info_outline 075- ADHA past president, award winner, DSO leader and mentor 08/17/2021
075- ADHA past president, award winner, DSO leader and mentor Matt chats with Tammy Filipiak, MS, RDH who is a past ADHA president and leader in the DSO space about her role with Smile Brands. They discuss her recent Johnson & Johnson / ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene, leadership and much more.
info_outline 074- Medical-Dental Integration in Arizona Part 2 08/10/2021
074- Medical-Dental Integration in Arizona Part 2 On this week’s podcast, Matt continues his chat with Laurie Clark, RDH, AP, BADH about her work as a dental hygienist at Dignity Health in Arizona. Listen in as she shares her experience working in a primary care setting and being part of the medical team. Plus, Matt reflects on his time at the ADHA Annual Conference in Phoenix and announces an exciting ADHA staff update about a familiar face who will be joining the team as the new Director of Education and Research.
info_outline 073- Medical-Dental Integration in Arizona: Part 1 of 2 08/03/2021
073- Medical-Dental Integration in Arizona: Part 1 of 2 This week Matt chats with Michelle Gross-Panico, DHSc, RDH, Manager of the Community Oral Health Department at Dignity Health in Arizona for the first of a two-part episode on medical-dental integration in the state. Matt and Michelle discuss the many aspects of how oral health is woven into the Dignity Health model and her vision for the future of integration and the profession.
info_outline 072- Dental Team Collaboration At Its Finest 07/27/2021
072- Dental Team Collaboration At Its Finest ADHA Immediate Past President Lisa Moravec RDH, MSDH and ADAA President Betty Fox, A.S., CDA, RDA, FADAA talk about the collaboration between the two organizations. Additionally a special treat with a couple of dental team members from Heartland Dental that really know what collaboration means both in and out of the office. Dental assistant Cesar Mendoza and his wife, dental hygienist Amber Mendoza chat with Matt about the benefits of working for a DSO and working together.
info_outline 071- Putting The Mouth Back Into The Body 07/20/2021
071- Putting The Mouth Back Into The Body Matt chats live at the ADHA Conference with Machell Hudson, RDH about her passion for educating on the oral systemic link. Machell shares a little about the course she was preparing to present as a first time ADHA speaker.
info_outline 070- ADHA Collaborates to Address Live Patient Exams and License Portability 07/13/2021
070- ADHA Collaborates to Address Live Patient Exams and License Portability This week Matt chats with and panel of esteemed guests including Ann Battrell, ADHA CEO; Ann Lynch, ADHA Director of Advocacy and Education; and Dr. Joesph Crowley, chair of the Coalition For Modernizing Dental Licensure (CMDL). The group discusses ADHA’s role as a member of the Coalition and the work the group is doing toward eliminating the single encounter, procedure-based patient exams and replacing them with clinical assessments .