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Developing Effective Patient Communication

For patients who only understand a portion of the information provided by health care professionals, it is nearly impossible to take medications properly, access appropriate services, and obtain accurate diagnoses. Language barriers and…

Administering Nitrous Oxide

We are charged with addressing and managing anxiety during dental treatment, and the use of nitrous oxide is highly effective in treating this type of dental fear. Dental hygienists are allowed to administer N2O-O2 in some states, but not…

Improve Your Cultural Competency

We practice in a variety of settings—private practice, public health, academia, and research, to name a few. As essential members of the oral health care team, we may provide treatment to people of various cultural backgrounds and belief…

Improving Sealant Retention

Caries can lead to a lifetime of oral health problems, making the prevention of tooth decay an important health issue. Sealants are one component of the caries prevention armamentarium. Developed in the 1960s to reduce caries risk, sealants…

Inflammation and Diet

Consuming a diet containing fewer pro-inflammatory foods and more anti-inflammatory foods may create less systemic and periodontal inflammation. One such diet, the Middle Eastern diet—which is consumed in countries such as Saudi Arabia,…

Advances in Esthetic Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is a dynamic process initiated by the movement of the active ingredient through the tooth structure, where it interacts with stain molecules and induces micromorphologic alterations on the tooth surface—and within the…