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At Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, we consistently strive to better serve our readers. This issue is no exception with the introduction of the Annual Purchasing Guide; a comprehensive directory of the product manufacturers, distributors, and service.

At Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, we consistently strive to better serve our readers. This issue is no exception with the introduction of the Annual Purchasing Guide—a comprehensive directory of the product manufacturers, distributors, and service providers that serve our dental hygiene profession. A first in the field, this issue is designed so dental hygienists will have all the information necessary to make informed purchasing decisions on the products and services used and recommended every day in our dental offices.

The Purchasing Guide offers two important indexes. The Company Index lists each company name in alphabetical order with accompanying contact information, including phone and fax numbers and email and website addresses. The Product Index lists the most important products used in dental hygiene practice with an alphabetical list of companies that make each type of product.

This convenient desktop reference will save you valuable time whether you are researching or purchasing products for your practice or your patients. We are confident that the Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Purchasing Guide will become an indispensable asset that you and other members of your dental team will refer to throughout the year.

Speaking of assets, we recently returned loaded with new clinical and practice information from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Annual Session in New York City. Former mayor, Rudy Giuliani, gave the inspirational keynote address to a packed house full of ADHA officers, delegates, and members. His insights on leadership, the experiences and lessons of 9/11, and his kind words regarding the importance of dental hygienists and health care professionals were much appreciated by all who attended. The meeting was, as always, a great forum for fresh information, innovative ideas, and professional growth.

During the week preceding the ADHA meeting, my husband and I attended EuroPerio 4, the meeting of the European Society of Periodontology in Berlin, Germany. Periodontists, dentists, and dental hygienists from all over the world attended. It was a wonderful opportunity to vacation in a fascinating city, network with international colleagues, and attend informative sessions on new periodontal research and therapies. I met many members of international dental hygiene associations who were promoting the next International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Madrid, Spain on July 8 -11, 2004.

Furthering your clinical and professional knowledge and meeting colleagues from around the United States or the world are important facets of best practice. I encourage you to attend these upcoming meetings and your own local and state sessions throughout the year. Education is the key to furthering dental hygiene.

We hope you add the Purchasing Guide to your arsenal of practice tools and we look forward to seeing many of you in San Francisco in September!

—Anna M. PattisonRDH, MS

Upcoming Events

September 21, 2003

American Academy of Periodontology,

Dental Hygiene Symposium

Moscone West Convention Center,

San Francisco

(312) 573-3210

June 25-30, 2004

ADHA Annual Session

Hyatt Regency, Dallas

(312) 440-8911

July 8-11, 2004

16th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

Palacio de Congresosy Exposiciones, MadridSpain

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