Claire Berry

Claire Berry

Author at Dentistry Online

Dental hygienist and Swiss Dental Academy trainer

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Is your ‘scale and polish’ mindset costing you patients?

Beyond ‘scale and polish’: Claire-Louise Berry reveals why systemic health should be at the heart of your business right now. There’s been a notable shift towards recognising the crucial link between systemic and oral health. However, regrettably, only a minority of dental clinics actively embrace this connection. This isn’t merely a passing trend; it underscores…

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Hand health risks for dental hygienists

Award-winning dental hygienist Claire Berry explores the common hand health risks, and discusses preventative strategies for a long and happy career in dental hygiene. ‘I’ve had a flare-up twice where the knuckle on my right index finger swells. I get a sore thumb on my right hand, too, which worries me because my job massively…

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Flipping the referral process – starting with a hygienist workflow

Claire Berry explores how to flip the referral process by using hygienists and the Itero Element scanner to help educate patients. Earlier this year, I underwent Invisalign treatment and talked about my journey, both as a patient and as an oral health expert. I detailed how myself and colleagues developed a robust prevention programme pre-Invisalign…

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The hygienist’s blog – what electric toothbrush should I recommend?

With so many electric toothbrushes, Claire Berry explains why she recommends Oral-B toothbrushes to her patients. I have no doubt this will cause some debate. The profession is most likely split between being on team Oral-B, or another electric toothbrush brand. But as long as debate remains professional, debate is perfectly healthy. Here is my…

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The hygienist’s blog – technologies that can boost behaviour change

Hygienists and therapists using the Itero Element scanner could help increase treatment uptake and improve patient habits, Claire Berry says. I recently started looking into Align Technology‘s Itero Element 5D scanner, to see how we could incorporate the concept into the hygiene work flow. Why you ask? I had heard the Itero Element 5D wand…

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The hygienist’s blog – three essential things to prevent back pain becoming an occupational therapy

Shoulder and back pain is one of the most common complaints for those working in dentistry. Claire Berry gives her three tips to help avoid it. When I was training to become a hygienist, I remember the instructors being really strict about back care. I recall adjusting my posture when I saw them walking toward…

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The hygienist’s blog – five ways to boost your practice income using your hygienist’s skillset

Claire Berry explores some of the avenues a hygienist can go down to help boost the income of dental practices. We can sometimes overlook the fantastic opportunities that can come from having a hygienist at the practice. Not only is the hygienist’s role essential for prevention and patient care, it’s a smart move to boost…

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Living life in technicolour

Colour is an essential tool when creating the right environment for your patients and developing your practice’s brand, highlights Claire Berry. I’ve lost many an hour designing my perfect surgery in my head; mulling over equipment, design, branding. Although, mostly intrigued by non-tangible considerations, predominantly what colour it would be, it intrigued me why I…

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The hygienist’s blog – the power of disclosing solution

In her final blog instalment of 2020, Claire Berry discusses why disclosing solution is a must-have for hygienists.  Disclosing solution – the most under used yet unbelievably useful tool in your hygienist armoury. I cannot understand why some hygienists aren’t using it. It’s revolutionised how I perform treatment. It has allowed me to flip my…

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The hygienist’s blog – social media whitening

With a huge growth in low-cost options for whitening on social media, Claire Berry explores how safe this is for patients. As a dental professional who carries out legal, professional, medical grade tooth whitening, it astounds me how able and willing the Instagram generation is to put their oral health at risk. They search for…

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The hygienist’s blog – are hygienists and therapists well placed for facial aesthetics?

Claire Berry explores the world of facial aesthetics in this months column, asking – are hygienists and therapists well placed for facial aesthetics? Well as a facial aesthetics practitioner, it’s a resounding yes from me! And with so many others entering the field of aesthetics what is it that draws us towards it? It felt…


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