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This Month’s Features

Chairside Management of Dentinal Hypersensitivity

In-office treatment of this common dental complaint can provide effective relief.

Reducing Muscle Workload

The use of cordless handpieces may help dental hygienists mitigate their risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

Addressing Patient Discomfort During Ultrasonic Instrumentation

Technique plays an important role in enhancing patient comfort during periodontal debridement.

Continuing Education

Alternative Injection Techniques

The use of the infraorbital, anterior middle superior alveolar, and maxillary nerve blocks provide safety and efficiency benefits during the administration of local anesthesia.

The Impact of Diet and Nutrition On Oral Health

Dental hygienists can help patients improve their oral health by identifying dietary contributors to oral disease, assessing patients for nutrition-related risks, and providing dietary counseling.

Screening for Suicide May Save a Life

Oral health professionals are well positioned to screen for this preventable cause of death during the dental hygiene process of care.

Laser Basics

Although the research is mixed, the use of laser technology in periodontics and implantology continues to grow.


Editor’s Note

Season of New Beginnings

Spring has arrived, which always evokes thoughts of renewal and rebirth.

Ask the Expert

Protocol for Post-Exposure Management

I had a small drop of ultrasonic cleaner splash into my eye while sterilizing instruments. I immediately flushed it with saline solution and sterilized my contact. Is there any risk of bloodborne infection?

Products and Services

April 2016 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

Zika Virus Found in Saliva

In January, a 20 year old Italian woman was diagnosed with a febrile illness after spending 2 weeks in the Dominican Republic.

Industry Info

New York based Colgate Palmolive and Laval, Quebec based Klox Technologies Inc recently announced an agreement to foster further development of Klox's Human Oral Health technology platform.

CDC Releases New Overview On Infection Control Guidelines

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care in March.

Consortium Grants to Research Childhood Oral Health Disparities

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is awarding more than $7 million in first-year funding to 10 research grants designed to eliminate inequalities in access to dental care among children.


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