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‘Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know’ announced.

2014 ‘Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know’ Announced

This issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene features a look into six facets of the profession—academia, clinical practice, industry, “mover and shaker,” public health, and research—from the perspectives of six noteworthy dental hygienists. The seventh annual “Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know” supplement, sponsored by Sunstar Americas Inc, honors: Pam Zarkowski, BSDH, MPH, JD, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy, for academia; Karine Strickland, RDHAP, BS, owner of HygentleCare, for clinical practice; Candy B. Ross, RDH, BS, director of industry and professional relations at KaVo Kerr Group, for industry; Kelly Tanner Williams, RDH, MS, CDA, coordinator of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Reaffirmation at Thomas Nelson Community College, for “mover and shaker;” Martha M. Dellapenna, RDH, MEd, director of the Medicaid-Children’s Health Insurance Program State Dental Association Center for Quality, Policy and Financing, for public health; and Margaret Walsh, MA, MS, EdD, RDH, a professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences and dental hygiene graduate program director at the University of California, San Francisco, for research. Turn to page 19 to read the stories of these accomplished dental hygienists.

Supplement Examines the Oral Systemic Link

Data show that periodontal diseases are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preterm birth, low-birth weight, miscarriage/ stillbirth, and preeclampsia. In the final installment of our continuing education series, sponsored by Colgate in collaboration with the American Academy of Periodontology, a comprehensive review of the evidence surrounding this controversial subject is provided. Written by Ranjitha Krishna, MPH, MS, DMD, and Roger M. Arce, DDS, MS, PhD, both assistant professors in the Department of Periodontics at the College of Dental Medicine, Georgia Regents University in Augusta, “Adverse Pregnancy Out comes and PeriodontalDiseases” exam ines the risk factors, associations, and confounding effects of this relationship on both oral and systemic

Fall for Smiles Campaign Draws National Support

The nonprofit organization Oral Health America is grateful for the support it received for its annual Fall for Smiles campaign. The 2014 program—which was designed to educate communities about the importance of healthy food choices, regular dental visits, brushing and flossing, and avoiding tobacco—focused on oral health disparities in the United States. Through the help of the American Association of Dental Office Managers, National Dental Association, and Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, thousands more Americans gained access to the campaign’s message, as well as its free oral health resources. Other partners included Patterson Dental, 3M ESPE, Procter & Gamble, Midmark Corp, Denticator, Hu-Friedy Mfg Co LLC, Trident (Cadbury Adams), and DentaQuest.

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. December 2014;12(12):15.


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