Timothy J. Hempton, DDS, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and maintains a private practice limited to periodontology and implantology in Dedham, Massachusetts. He is also an adjunct associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. Hempton is a member of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Editorial Advisory Board.
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