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This Month’s Features

Probiotic Supplements and Oral Health

While research is limited, some studies show that this therapy may be helpful in preventing and managing periodontal diseases, dental caries, and oral malodor.

The Influence of Vaping on Dentinal Hypersensitivity

Electronic cigarette use has a wide range of implications for oral health.

Continuing Education

Making Patient Data More Secure

Strategies for navigating compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and mitigating breach risks.

The Complexities of Erosive Tooth Wear

The evolutionary roots and modern contributors to enamel erosion shed light on preventive strategies and clinical management.

The Role of Nutrition in Dental Caries

Explore the impact of diet on demineralization, oral microbiome, and pH levels in the oral cavity.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Head and Neck Cancers

Oral health professionals are integral to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of oral sequelae in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.


Departments

Editor’s Note

Use the Power of Your Voice

Whenever and Wherever the Next Conference Occurs, Plan to Attend and Unleash Your Voice and Its Power!

Ask the Expert

End-of-the-Day Schedule

Our nonclinical staff members want to close the office and leave the minute the last patient is gone. They don’t understand that we need to clean the operatories/sterilize instruments prior to leaving. Is this a legal issue?

Products and Services

Pac-Dent’s Air/Water Syringes

Pac-Dent offers a variety of disposable air/water syringe tips for oral health professionals. Pac-Dent’s Armor™ Air/​Water Syringe Tip and Sleeve Combo merges tip and sleeve placement into a single step, saving time while ensuring stringent infection control. The syringe features a five air-core tip for precise air and water delivery. Its co-polymer film sleeve provides [...]

Level Up Your Infection Control Protocol

Pac-Dent’s air/water syringe tips offer high performance at an affordable cost.

Revolutionizing Dental Care

Profisil by Kettenbach Dental offers innovative fluoride varnish technology.

Newsline + Industry Info

Recipient of Sunstar eBrief Giveaway Revealed

The monthly enewsletter, Sunstar Ebrief — created through a collaboration between Sunstar and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene — added a new feature in 2024: a monthly giveaway! Sunstar Ebrief continues to provide news relevant to the profession and an interview with a dental hygienist involved in novel endeavors. The first giveaway included a dental hygienist [...]

Periodontal Bacterium Linked to Aggressive Colon Cancer

A recent study published in Nature reveals a potential link between a type of bacteria associated with dental plaque and treatment-resistant colorectal cancer. The Gram-negative, anaerobic bacterium, Fusobacterium nucleatum, was found in 50% of tumors tested, suggesting it may protect tumor cells from cancer-fighting drugs. This discovery opens avenues for new treatments and screening methods. [...]

 

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