Reconnecting Practicing Hygienists with the Nation's Leading Educators and Researchers.


This Month’s Features

Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know

In the 11th edition of this annual feature, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene recognizes the best and the brightest in academia, clinical practice, industry, “mover and shaker,” public health, and research.

A New Paradigm in Interproximal Plaque Removal

Many floss alternatives are available that may help improve compliance and outcomes.

Safe and Effective Use of Gloves

Gloves provide the most important barrier to disease transmission.

Continuing Education

Dental Hygiene Diagnosis

The full scope of dental hygiene practice requires a link between the assessment data and the dental hygiene care plan.

How to Screen for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Oral health professionals are well-positioned to facilitate obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment in the dental setting.

Protocol for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Dental Setting

Proper training enables oral health professionals to quickly respond to sudden cardiac arrest in dental patients.

The Oral Use of Transmucosal Drug Delivery

Transmucosal drug delivery provides an alternative to traditional enteral, intravenous, or intramuscular routes of medication administration.


Editor’s Note

What a Difference A Year Makes

It’s difficult to believe that nearly a year has passed since my brother Frank had a stroke.

Ask the Expert

What’s the Protocol for Treating Patients with Active Cold Sores?

What is the protocol for treating a patient with an active cold sore? Do universal precautions cover the risks involved?

Products and Services

Newsline + Industry Info

Dogs May Pose Infection Risk in Health Care Settings

While the idea of calming anxious dental patients with a well-trained, adorable therapy or comfort dog appeals to most, new research shows that the use of such animals is not without risk.

American Academy of Oral Medicine Introduces Affiliate Program

Dedicated to the oral health care of medically complex patients with a focus on the oral-systemic link, the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) has introduced an academic affiliate fellowship program that enables health care professionals, including dental hygienists, to earn the AAOM academic fellowship credential.


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