Try it, You’ll Like it!

April 8, 2014

I can’t believe it has been so long since I last wrote something for my blog. How quickly time flies!

It has been a crazy year. I have been consumed with getting our Waterpik® lunch and learn team off the ground. Yes, you heard me correctly; Water Pik is now providing lunch and learns in select locations around the country.

The dental hygienists (and a couple of dentists too) that are on the lunch and learn team are great to work with. I have enjoyed meeting all of them (even it was virtual in most cases) and most of all, I have been energized by hearing about how much they love the Water Flosser and by the stories that they have told me.

Here is one I heard yesterday. Like many dental professionals, this hygienist had tried the Water Flosser in the past but wasn’t a regular user. She was, however, a regular recommender – to people with ortho, implants, crown and bridge or perio. Like I used to be when I was in clinical practice and probably like many of you too.

But then she decided to try it again. Guess what? Now she is recommending it to everyone.

A lot of recommenders have never tried the Water Flosser and a lot of recommenders think it’s just for those patients with cleaning challenges.

And yet, don’t most patients face cleaning challenges……with flossing….most people exaggerate a little on how much they do it. And then there are those that actually do it; but never well enough to get a health benefit.

So, I have two suggestions. Try the Waterpik® Water Flosser again – you won’t be disappointed. Number two, book a lunch and learn.

Here are the locations where we are offering them: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Daytona, Denver/Fort Collins, Detroit, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles/Orange County, Miami, New York City/Long Island/New Jersey, Norfolk, Portland, Richmond, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, St Louis, Walnut Creek, Washington DC

Don’t see your city on the list? Here is where we are looking for dental hygienists to work as independent professional educators: Alexandria/Arlington, Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Duluth, Fairfield County, CT, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Pasadena/San Gabriel, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Mateo, Tucson

If you are interested in a lunch and learn or want to inquire about becoming a lunch and learn presenter, email me a cjahn@waterpik.com

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November 1, 2012

Back in 2001, when I was president of my local dental hygiene component, I received a flyer from one of the local hospitals announcing a diabetes fair.  The theme was ‘Diabetes from Head to Toe’,  so, I called and asked, “who’s covering the mouth?”  Total silence followed by “no one has every contacted us about this before.”   Fortunately, they welcomed us, and that led to an invitation to exhibit at the first Diabetes Expo held at Navy Pier in Chicago. Thus began a ten year plus relationship between the West Suburban Dental Hygienists’ Society and the American Diabetes Association.

To say the event was eye-opening would be an understatement.   We met single and double amputees, people who were legally blind, and those just struggling with their diagnosis.  What many of them had in common was that they had no idea that diabetes impacted their oral health.  Many had not had a dental visit in years; and more importantly, their medical providers were not even recommending it.

What was even more shocking was the lack of knowledge that most medical professionals had in this area. One physician actually asked me why we there.  He had no idea that diabetes increased the incidence and severity of periodontal disease.

According the American Diabetes Association, 25.6 million adults have diabetes.  Nearly 11 million of them are age 65 or older.  That’s a lot of people who need our help.

It’s time to take our message out into the community.  Volunteer at a local health fair.  Contact the diabetes association in your area and see what opportunities are available.  People will be receptive to your message.  I know the volunteers from West Suburban find the day very rewarding.