Coronoavirus impact on dental practices: New opportunities for RDHs and assistants

June 3, 2020
How has the challenged relationship between dentists and hygienists affected manufacturers, dental assistants, and the dental industry? Here are some personal perspectives.

It’s no secret that the relationship between dental hygienists and dentists is strained at the moment. As the CEO of onDiem, Joe Fogg speaks about how his company is seeing both sides of the issue, and how the company is trying to serve both. The fact that the two need each other, coupled with a heightened sense of fear and anxiety, has made for a dynamic atmosphere of tension, he says. How does his company help dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants?

Melissa Turner speaks to the dental hygienist point of view. She utilizes the onDiem platform, which provides jobs for the dental industry. She recommends it to her peers for a number of reasons, and she discusses them here.

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Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of DentistryIQ. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics.