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This Month’s Features

Quenching Thirst or Demineralizing Tooth Enamel?

The pH of beverages significantly impacts the health of enamel.

The Benefits of Digital Radiography Outweigh the Risks

Helping patients overcome their apprehension regarding Intraoral imaging may increase compliance with this important diagnostic tool.

Improving Access to Care

The dental prevention coordinator can make a big difference in the oral health of vulnerable populations.

Continuing Education

Importance of Micronutrients in Both Systemic and Oral Health

Remaining up to date on the important role vitamins and minerals play in a functioning immune system as well as how they relate to oral health is part of providing patient-centered care.

Addressing Suicide Risk in the Dental Setting

Incorporating screening questionnaires that assess probability for suicide ideation, capability, and attempt into the medical history form may help ensure at-risk patients receive the help they need.

Oral Effects of Eating Disorders

Spotting the signs of these issues and helping to mitigate their impact on the oral cavity are key to supporting both oral and systemic health.

Human Papillomavirus-Induced Head and Neck Lesions

Oral health professionals should be well-versed in the mode of transmission, risk factors associated with infection, and treatment modalities.


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Editor’s Note

The Ongoing Impact Of Covid-19

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), in conjunction with the American Dental Association, recently conducted a webinar to apprise interested parties on the impact of COVID-19 on the infection prevention practices and vaccine acceptance of dental hygienists, as well as the dental hygiene employment situation. A follow-up to two previous webinars, the purpose of this [...]

Ask the Expert

Preventing Cross-Contamination

What are some effective strategies to reduce the risk of cross-contamination in the dental operatory? The dental operatory is a prime source of infection, so surfaces in this area must be properly disinfected to avoid cross contamination. Environmental surfaces—such as light handles, chair adjustment switches, and counter tops, or equipment such as radiography items, air [...]

Products and Services

Preventive Products for Happy, Healthy Patients

ACCLEAN® by Henry Schein has revamped its line of dental hygiene products to provide a comprehensive, end-to-end solution across all stages of preventive care.

A New Generation of Loupes

Designs for Vision’s Infinity VUE loupes provide the benefits of a customized, ergonomic design.

Newsline + Industry Info

April 2022 Social Commentary

What do you think about introducing new providers to address access-to-care issues? Carrie Nennich, RDH Dimensions Facebook Commenter Increasing reimbursement rates for dental care in state insurance plans would improve access to care. Many dental offices don’t accept state insurance because they lose money. Sara Dever RDH, MPH Dimensions Facebook Commenter We absolutely need midlevel [...]

New Edition of Highly Regarded Oral Pathology Textbook is Released

Elsevier recently published the 8th edition of the highly regarded oral pathology textbook, Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist. The textbook has been used by more than 300,000 dental hygiene students and practitioners, and has been translated into several languages including Korean, Spanish, and Italian.  Tailored to the role of the dental hygienist, the book [...]

Dental Hygiene Educator Receives Colgate Research Award

Michelle C. Arnett, RDH, BS, MS, an assistant professor in the Department of Primary Dental Care, Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in Minneapolis, recently received the 2022 Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE). The CARE identifies and supports the next generation of academic researchers by providing $30,000 per [...]

Study Evaluates Naproxen Sodium Vs Opioid to Treat Dental Pain

New clinical research has shown that a single 440-mg dose of over-the-counter naproxen sodium (NapS) is as effective, lasts longer, and is better tolerated than a single dose of a commonly prescribed opioid for managing acute post-surgical dental pain. The single-dose study, “Analgesic Efficacy of Naproxen Sodium Vs Hydro­codone/​Acetaminophen in Acute Post-Surgical Dental Pain: a [...]

 

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