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This Month’s Features

The Essential Role of Airflow Filtration, and Ventilation on Air Quality in the Dental Setting

A multidimensional approach is key to creating a safe indoor environment.

Managing Enamel Demineralization

Fluoride is the gold standard when it comes to remineralization, however, alternative therapies are available, including natural approaches.

Continuing Education

Impact of Cannabis Use on the Provision of Dental Care

Oral health professionals should be able to identify signs and symptoms of use and possible abuse of cannabis and cannabis products.

The Effects of Flavonoids on Oral Health

This overview of the current research on the use of flavonoids in dentistry will help oral health professionals effectively advise their patients.

Cancer and the Oral Systemic Link

Healthcare professionals play a vital role in the prevention of oral and systemic disease.

Support Oral Health in Patients With Removable Dental Prostheses

Removable oral prosthesis hygiene and care require approaches that incorporate insight from patients, multidisciplinary healthcare teams, and researchers.


Editor’s Note

The Reality of Long COVID

All who have experienced a SARS-CoV-2 infection know its distinct symptoms and effects. Vaccinated or not, anyone can contract COVID-19, and this latest strain (known as the Omicron BA.5 variant) has shown that while it may not be as deadly as earlier iterations, it is particularly transmissible. According to data as of July 2, 2022, [...]

Ask the Expert

Suggestions for Patients With Sensitive Gingiva

One of my patients has such sensitive gingiva that her oral hygiene has really suffered. Any suggestions on what implements may help her be more successful at self-care? I am sure you will agree that sensitive gingiva is not a physiological presentation. I am also certain that you and your dentist are investigating the underlying [...]

Products and Services

A Winning Combination

From supporting a sustainable product to taking digital images with ease, Kimera Bio is a perfect solution for you and the environment.

How Does Whitening Fit into the Dental Hygiene Appointment?

While clinicians are focused on oral health, patients are often more concerned about achieving an esthetic smile.

Newsline + Industry Info

Maryland Private Practice Reaches Out to Veterans in Need of Dental Care

A dental assistant, Emily Fleming, CDA, at Patuxent Dental, a private practice in Hollywood, Maryland, whose husband and father had served in the military, shared with the staff that veterans often had difficulty accessing oral healthcare services. This set a plan into action and in November 2019, the practice offered its first free veterans clinic. [...]

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Continues its Year-Long Anniversary Celebration

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene has always been on the cutting edge, posting every issue on its website since 2002 and jumping into social media. Once Dimensions’ founder Lorene G. Kent, RDH, BA, hired Kimberly Farrell  to lead the journal’s digital operations, it was not long before it was clear that this was more than a [...]

Penn to Provide Dental Care for Individuals With Disabilities

Expanding its outreach within the community, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has an­nounced a partnership with Woods Services to provide dental treatment for Woods’ patients and residents. Woods is a Pennsylvania- and New Jersey-based nonprofit that serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. Woods’ dental clinic [...]

Dedicated to Doing the Right Thing

I grew up visiting my Aunt Mary in a nursing home, and too soon after that, I found myself visiting my Grandma Louise in another long-term care facility. Seeing my wheelchair-bound grandma in that facility was one of the hardest things I have lived through. I witnessed neglect on many levels. When I was in [...]

August 2022 Social Commentary

What Are Your Key Oral Hygiene Recommendations for Patients Who Use Cannabis? Maria Dimino, RDH, BS, MA Dimensions Facebook Commenter Brush, floss, rinse, chew! I generally ask them how they use cannabis— tinctures, gummies or vape. Although, all three cause xerostomia so I recommend dry mouth products in addition to fluoride trays to prevent caries. [...]

August 2022 Digital Agenda

Dimensions Launches Perio Update The first edition of Perio Update, a twice-monthly enewsletter created by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, was deployed at the end of July. Designed to provide you with the latest information on periodontal therapy, Perio Update will share relevant and useful content to help you achieve better patient outcomes. From implant surgery [...]

Ambassadors Up Close: Shoot for the Stars

Inspired by her own dental hygienist, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Brand Ambassador Karley Morin, RDH, is excited about all that dental hygiene has to offer.


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