Real World Dental Hygiene

The Consummate Dental Hygienist book

Real World Dental Hygiene – Where the Rubber Cup Meets the Road is a valuable read for new and seasoned hygienists.  There are ten chapters (258 pages) that include:

  •  Practice Management and the Dental Hygienist
  • Compensation Issues and the Dental Hygienist
  • Proper Coding of Dental Hygiene Procedures
  • Problems with the Boss
  • Treatment Discussions with Patients
  • Scheduling Dilemmas
  • Problems with Coworkers
  • Legal Issues and the Dental Hygienist
  • Radiation Safety Issues
  • Communication, Landing a Job, and Preventing Burnout

Get your copy at the introductory price of $29.99 (regularly $34.95) which includes shipping and handling. 


From Linda Miles, CSP, CMC

“Dianne Watterson, RDH, MBA, has created a page-turning, award-winning book for all things related to dental hygienists and their role within the practice. Every new hygienist will use Dianne’s book as their how-to manual in becoming a top-notch clinician, team player, communicator, and loyal employee to their practice. Seasoned hygienists will wonder where this information was twenty years ago when they needed it. They will be thankful that they are now totally in compliance with insurance coding, patient education, legalities, safety issues, and know-how to avoid professional burnout.”

From Kirsten Brancheau, RDH

“The word ‘consultant’ brings fear to the heart of many a hygienist. Dianne Glasscoe Watterson is one consultant that hygienists need not fear. Perhaps it’s because she is a hygienist herself and understands the ‘real world’ of dental hygiene. Hygienist readers of Real World Dental Hygiene will relate to the problems and situations presented and will appreciate Dianne’s insight and wisdom. Often, as I read this book, I found myself saying ‘Yes! Why didn’t I think of that!’ And just as often I found myself saying ‘Wow, I didn’t know that, but I’m glad I do now!’ Well-researched and concisely written, this is one book you will want to consult throughout your hygiene career.”

From Cathy Seckman, RDH, Professional Indexer

“Watterson approaches dentistry and dental hygiene from a business standpoint, something few of us bother to do. Systematically, she walks us through the steps of calculating downtime and salary/production ratios in a way that even the most mathematically challenged can understand. In the same logical way, she demystifies legal challenges, insurance coding, and staff dynamics. Hygienists armed with this book will not only survive dentistry, they’ll thrive in it.”

From Mark Hartley, Editor RDH Magazine

“I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I have read more than 200 of Dianne Watterson’s columns. Of course, the editor of RDH magazine is supposed to read her columns. In January 1999, Dianne was commiserating with the dental hygienist who said she didn’t have the time to sharpen instruments. In April 2006, her column, ‘Clear as Mud,’ reinforced the need for an office policy manual to alleviate disagreements between staff members. It feels like just yesterday when I was reading about the dental hygienist who was befuddled by all of the gizmos her doctor was bringing home from dental conferences. ‘It makes no sense to expect team members to get excited about a new treatment if they don’t know “diddly” about it,’ Dianne wrote. There’s no one who has better advice than Watterson for dental hygienists who are struggling with the weird and naughty things they see in the dental setting.”


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