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Biologics and Their Effect on Oral Health

Comprising a large and fast-growing group of medications with diverse therapeutic targets, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have a wide-ranging variety of current and potential therapeutic applications. The first mAb was generated in 1975, and…

Determining Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common cause of limited or lost work time. According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, approximately 30% of work-related injuries are attributed to MSDs. As dental…

Addressing Sleep Breathing Disorders

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep breathing disorder characterized by severe hypoxia, or periods when an individual does not get enough oxygen during sleep. Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) is classified beneath the umbrella…

Can a Plant-Based Diet Improve Oral Health?

Dental hygienists can play a role in reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with poor nutrition and other lifestyle habits. Increasing evidence of the relationship between physical and oral health emphasizes the urgency of…

Help Your Patients Improve Their Pet’s Oral Health

Dental hygienists advocate and promote oral health for their patients and recognize the systemic effects of periodontal diseases. Dental hygienists can also assist their patients by promoting the oral health of their pets. Pet owners need…

Helping Your Older Patients Weather the Pandemic

Never have the issues of social isolation, loneliness, and depression been brought to light more poignantly and dramatically than through the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing public health sequelae, especially among the most vulnerable…

Quell Dental Anxiety With Hypnotherapy

The word “hypnosis” usually conjures images of show business hypnotists mesmerizing audience members to perform embarrassing acts on stage. Although there are misconceptions associated with hypnosis, it offers many benefits in the dental…

Decrease Your Risk of Musculoskeletal Injury

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a leading cause of workplace injury, decreased production, and early retirement among oral health professionals. Clinicians in dentistry experience MSDs at higher rates in the back, neck, and shoulders…

Treating Transgender Patients

Transgender individuals identify their gender, expression, and behavior differently than their biological sex established at birth. An estimated 1.4 million Americans identified as transgender in 2014 according to the Williams Institute at…

Making a Difference in the Opioid Crisis

This information is from the article Addressing the Opioid Crisis by Heather B. Allen, RDH, BSDH, MSHCM, Tricia S. Barker, RDH, BSDH, MEd and Tina Patel Gunaldo, PhD, DPT, MHS. To read the article, click here.

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