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This Month’s Features

Hypersensitivity in the Orthodontic Patient

Hard tissue and soft tissue hypersensitivity may be experienced by patients undergoing different types of orthodontic treatment.

Strategies to Boost Remineralization

Products that aid in the remineralization process should be considered as part of an overall caries prevention and management plan for at-risk patients.

Community Water Fluoridation

Oral health professionals need to be prepared to effectively educate patients regarding the benefits of this public health effort to prevent caries.

Ultrasonic Instrumentation Tips for Premolars

Effective ultrasonic instrumentation for these teeth depends on the clinician's knowledge of tooth anatomy, ultrasonic insert/tip designs, and technique.

Continuing Education

Endodontic Diagnosis for the Dental Hygienist

Endodontic diagnosis and diagnostic techniques may not be familiar to dental hygienists but their use can improve patient flow, efficiency, and outcomes.

Caring for Patients With Diabetes

Oral health professionals can play a role in supporting both the oral and systemic health of patients with diabetes.

Maintaining the Oral Health of Patients With Sjögren’s Syndrome

Identifying and addressing oral complications are essential to successful management of this chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease.

Treating Patients with Anxiety Disorders

Proper preparation will help clinicians effectively care for this population, improving the likelihood that patients will return for regular oral health care.


Editor’s Note

RTs Are Our Partners in Care

I recently experienced a life lesson when my older brother suffered a debilitating health crisis.

Ask the Expert

Providing Culturally Competent Care

I will be treating a patient who speaks only Arabic and has never received professional dental care before. Do you have any strategies for making the first and subsequent appointments a success?

Products and Services


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Newsline + Industry Info

American Academy of Cariology to Meet in August

The American Academy of Cariology (AAC) is hosting its second annual conference on August 16 at the Westin Denver International Airport and Conference Center in Denver.

Indiana Dental Hygienists Achieve Legislative Victory

Dental hygienists in Indiana achieved a major victory when House Enrolled Act 1116 passed the Senate with a vote of 49 to 0 and was signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb on March 8, 2018.

Study Looks at Efficacy of Self-Care Instruction

Results from a study published in Dentistry Journal show that oral hygiene instructions provided via human interaction or through a computer-generated format are equally effective.

Dental Hygienist Receives Gies Award, Dental Educator

Amy E. Coplen, RDH, MS, received the William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement, Dental Educator, on March 19, 2018.

Youth Using Alternative Tobacco Products More Likely to Smoke cigarettes

Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 who use e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, or tobacco water pipes are more likely to move to conventional cigarettes within a year.

Group Calls for More Integration of Oral Health Care Services

A group of dentists from the UCLA School of Dentistry and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and Gillings School of Global Public Health has issued recommendations on improving the integration of dentistry and primary health care.

Application Cycle is Open for World Dental Hygienist Awards

The Sunstar Foundation, which has been dedicated to improving the oral health of the general public since 1977, sponsors the World Dental Hygienist Awards.


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