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A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast

Feb 4, 2022

This week on A Tale of Two Hygienists TIPisode we are joined by Spring Hatfield, RDH to talk to us about better managing our patients pH. Spring invites us on a 3 step challenge to help our patients tackle their low pH. 

Episode Highlights

  • How to test your patients pH
  • Consistently low pH
  • Saliva Check Buffer
  • Nutritional Counseling 
  • Baking Soda Mouth Rinse 
  • Be patient with your patients 
  • Adjunctive Options: Prescription paste and fluoride varnish 


“I like to test my patients pH because it’s a learning experience for me and for them.” 

“I test my patients at the beginning of the appointment so they are responsible for whatever that pH level is.” 

“Knowing your pH is low is the first step in addressing it.” 

“If you have a patient that is consistently low you need to look into that further.” 

“I recommend that patients' mouth rinse with a water/baking soda mix after meals.”

“Patients are not going to come sit in your chair and be changed overnight.” 

“Many RDHs believe prescription paste and fluoride varnish are a bandaid and I don’t disagree with that. I do disagree with leaving patients vulnerable while they are making lifestyle changes, lifestyle changes are difficult.” 


Saliva Check BUFFER:

MI Varnish: