Laura Gail Hendricks, RDH, MEd, is an assistant professor and director of nonsurgical periodontics at the A. T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) in Mesa, where she teaches both clinical and didactic courses. She has more than 30 years of clinical experience, including general and periodontal practice and public health. Hendricks is also a member of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention.
By including dental hygienists in its dental school faculty, A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health is expanding opportunities for dental hygienists and improving dental education.
Treating the dental unit water, flushing the air/waterlines between patients, regular testing of water quality, and following all manufacturer instructions will help dental practices effectively maintain their dental unit waterlines.