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This Month’s Features

Tips for Instrumenting First Molar Teeth

Applying advanced principles of periodontal instrumentation to enhance mechanical debridement is key to meeting the goals of nonsurgical periodontal therapy.

Caries Prevention with Sealants

Pit and fissure sealants are an important part of a comprehensive caries prevention plan.

Supporting Children’s Oral Health

Ensuring the early and comprehensive examination of children puts them on the path to positive oral health.

Continuing Education

The Role of Genetics in Caries Risk and Resistance

Improved understanding of relevant genetic factors will help increase the precision of caries risk assessment and, ultimately, enable more targeted, personalized interventions that will effectively prevent and manage dental caries.

Effects of Asthma On Oral Health

Supporting the oral and systemic health of pediatric patients with asthma is key to successful outcomes.

Quit The Dip

This discussion of trends in smokeless tobacco use and strategies for cessation are designed to help oral health professionals adequately address this public health epidemic.

Esthetic Options for Tooth Movement

Clear aligners and lingually positioned appliances present esthetic alternatives to orthodontic treatment with traditional braces.


Editor’s Note

Choice and Competition

Last month, I wrote about the increased attention being paid to oral health care at the federal level.

Ask the Expert

Products and Services

Newsline + Industry Info

Dental Hygienist Still Passionate After 45+ Years

Devoted. Dedicated. Passionate. These words describe Iris Rosen, RDH, BS, a dental hygienist for more than 45 years who is still serving patients at the same private practice where she began her career in the early 1970s.


In the introductory paragraphs of the “Managing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Dental Office” article in December 2018, congestive heart disease was cited as the most common underlying pathology for sudden cardiac arrest in adults over age 35.

UCSF’s Graduate Dental Hygiene Program Suspends Admissions

The University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Program has ceased accepting new students for the 2019-2020 school year

Link Between Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease Uncovered

A new study that examined the brain tissue, spinal tissue, and saliva of patients with Alzheimer’s disease found Porphyromonas gingivalis present in samples taken from both living and deceased subjects.

Senator Proposes Medicare Dental Legislation

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced S.22, the Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019, on January 3, 2019.


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