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This Month’s Features

Maintain the Sharp Cutting Edge of Periodontal Instruments

Sharp instruments are crucial to achieving successful outcomes in nonsurgical periodontal therapy.

Imaging Techniques for Patients with Cleft Lip and/or Palate

Various imaging modalities play an important role in the diagnosis and pre- and post-surgical phases of orofacial cleft therapy.

Focus on Caries Prevention

Risk assessment and management are key to a caries prevention strategy.

The Case for a Doctoral Degree

By offering further education in dental hygiene, the science 
and practice of the profession will advance.

Continuing Education

Oral Health Effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

A greater knowledge of this disorder will help clinicians successfully provide dental care to this vulnerable population.

Improve the Oral Health of Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder

While the research is mixed on whether this population is at increased risk for dental caries, dental hygienists are well-positioned to help these patients maintain their oral health.

Caring for the Patient with a Spinal Cord Injury

Understanding the clinical implications and the barriers to care faced by patients with this type of disability is key to helping them maintain their oral health.

Supporting Oral-Systemic Health

Medical-dental integration is key in the effort to improve patients’ overall health.


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Editor’s Note

Progress and Perspective

Every February, oral health professionals celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). An initiative of the American Dental Association, the commemoration is meant to bring attention to the oral health needs of children and adolescents with a specific theme. This year, the theme is “Sealants Make Sense.” While oral health professionals are aware of the [...]

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Mouthrinses for High-Risk Kids

How effective are antimicrobial mouthrinses in reducing caries prevalence among children assessed as high risk? Caries is a multifactorial disease caused by oral microorganisms acting upon sugars and carbohydrates in the presence of dental hard tissues. Streptococcus mutans is the prime microbe implicated in caries production. Certain children can be at increased risk for caries [...]

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Sometimes You Need to Go Off Course

Throughout the past decade, I have grown professionally and personally on so many levels. It is impossible to pinpoint exactly what made me pivot toward the path that I’m on today, but what I can tell you is that I’ve never been happier. I take pride in providing care for children and working in the [...]

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Celebrates 20 years

When Lorene G. Kent, RDH, BA, decided to launch a new journal for her dental hygienist colleagues—Dimensions of Dental Hygiene—more than 20 years ago, she knew exactly who she wanted to lead it: Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS. Thus, she set out to woo Pattison, the world-renowned expert on instrumentation from the University of Southern [...]

Grants Available to Support Dental Hygiene Student Research

The National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice invites dental hygiene graduate students to apply for funding to support their research thesis or capstone projects. Supported by Crest + Oral-B, the program is designed to aid research that addresses public oral health with a focus on prevention and the translation of research evidence so [...]

Proton Pump Inhibitors May Serve as Adjunctive Therapy for Periodontitis

A study that sought to establish whether a relationship exists between the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and periodontal disease severity has demonstrated that patients with periodontitis who use PPIs have fewer teeth with elevated probing depths. Commonly prescribed for gastrointestinal disorders, PPIs modulate osteo­clast function, reduce gastric acid secretion, and are associated with [...]

Partnership Offers Training in Infection Control

A partnership between the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention and United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has spawned new opportunities for ongoing training in infection prevention protocols. Offered free to oral health professionals, the web-based, self-paced curriculum is designed to support safe treatment for patients and providers.  Under the “Foundations: Building [...]

Long-Haul COVID-19 Risk Examined

A study by Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research in the United Kingdom has found that 37% of those who have recovered from COVID-19 still experience at least one side effect 3 months to 6 months later. The most commonly reported side effects include respiratory issues, malaise, pain, anxiety, headache, stomachache, and [...]

February 2022 Digital Agenda

Digital Agenda covers all that’s happening under Dimensions’ social media platforms.

February 2022 Social Commentary

What do you think is the most important factor in supporting oral health throughout a lifetime? Mary Kaye Scaramucci, RDH, MS Dimensions Facebook Commenter A good dental hygienist. Jennifer Huebner, RDH, BSDH Dimensions Facebook Commenter The single most important factor in supporting oral health throughout a lifetime is consistency of care. We see the significant [...]

 

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