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This Month’s Features

Innovations in Scope of Practice

The career paths for dental hygienists continue to expand, providing 
additional professional opportunities and improving access to care.

Techniques Tips for Ultrasonic Instrumentation

Learn how to improve the effectiveness of your power instrumentation during initial periodontal therapy, prophylaxis, and periodontal maintenance.

Protecting Public Health

In light of declining vaccination rates, oral health professionals need to be knowledgeable about current vaccine recommendations so they can best advise their patients and support public health.

Continuing Education

The Oral Impact of Celiac Disease

Patients with this genetic, autoimmune disorder experience significant oral health effects.

Determining Recare Intervals for Periodontal Maintenance

Dental hygienists are well positioned to implement risk-based recare intervals in order to improve patient compliance and outcomes.

Estrogen and Temporomandibular Disorders

Hormonal fluctuations may be a contributing risk factor for TMD-related pain.

Caring for the Transgender Patient

Oral health professionals should be prepared to provide equitable care to this often stigmatized population.


Departments

Editor’s Note

Upward in 2020

A new year is upon us! Greeting another year is always thought-provoking since it’s likely the only time that we reflect back and look forward simultaneously.

Ask the Expert

What Can I Recommend to Patients Who Abstain From Fluoride?

What do you recommend to patients who want to maintain their oral health but abstain from fluoride?

Products and Services

January 2020 Marketplace For Dental Hygienists

A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

New Guideline Suggests Antibiotics Seldom Needed for Toothaches

The American Dental Association (ADA) has released a new guideline that suggests antibiotics are not appropriate for toothaches in most cases.

Maine Health Center Looks to Add a Dental Hygiene Therapist

A federally qualified health center—Penobscot Community Health Care—in Bangor, Maine, has received the necessary funding to begin a pilot project that would integrate the state’s first dental hygiene therapist into its dental center’s care team.

Study Finds Oral Palate Differences In Patients With Schizophrenia

Research from the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Dentistry indicates patients with deficit schizophrenia have a wider oral palate than individuals with other forms of the disease, as well as those without the disorder.

January 2020 Social Commentary

If you could change anything about providing oral health care, what would it be?

January 2020 Top Brand Ambassadors

Each month, Newsline features some of our most active Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Brand Ambassadors.

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Launches Two New Columns

To kick off the new year, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is excited to an­nounce the launch of two new columns—”Digital Agenda” and “Social Commentary.“

Hygienists Receive Teledentistry Award

The second annual Teledentistry Innovation Awards, spon­sored by MouthWatch LLC, an intraoral and teledentistry solutions company based in Metuchen, New Jersey, were presented at a ceremony during the Greater New York Dental Meeting in November 2019.

Experts Call for Radical Reform in Dental Care

New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Quality Improvement and Evidence-Based Dentistry, together with The Lancet, hosted an event at the United Nations to bring oral health into the conversation about universal health coverage.

January 2020 Digital Agenda

Digital Agenda covers all that’s happening under Dimensions’ social media platforms.