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This Month’s Features

Improve Visibility

With the help of new technology, clinicians can enhance their view of the oral cavity while improving ergonomics and patient care.

Oral Effects of Kidney Disease

This increasingly common health problem exerts a variety of dental side effects that oral health professionals need to be prepared to handle safely and effectively.

The Right Stuff

Optimize your ultrasonic scaling technique to effectively remove subgingival calculus.

Combat Antibiotic Resistance

This growing problem needs to be addressed across all health care fields.

The Human Microbiome

New understanding of the complex human bacterial ecosystem has great implications for both oral and systemic health.

Continuing Education

Managing Medical Emergencies

Dental team members need to be prepared to handle a variety of emergencies during the provision of routine dental care.

Simple Solutions for Breath Malodor

A thorough understanding of the pathogenesis of breath malodor, as well as strategies for its assessment and management arm clinicians with the tools needed to address this common problem.

Deliver Culturally Competent Care

Clinicians can improve their quality of care by learning how cultural perceptions impact patient health.


Editor’s Note

Your Year of Self Mentorship 

As the new year begins, we often focus on how we can improve ourselves.

Ask the Expert

What Is The Protocol for Pain Control During Scaling and Root Planing?

In an office I recently worked at, the protocol for pain control during scaling and root planing was to anesthetize the entire mouth before beginning therapy. Is this an acceptable approach?

Products and Services

January 2015 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Product Profile: BasicBites™ by Ortek Therapeutics Inc

Soft chews nourish enamel and promote healthy bacteria.

Product Profile: Crest® PRO-HEALTH® HD ™ by Procter & Gamble

System cleans teeth and Improves gingival health.

Product Profile: Enamel Health™ by Colgate®

Toothpaste protects and strengthens enamel.

Newsline + Industry Info

California Expands Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Programs

A new California law (Senate Bill 850) has paved the way for more than 15 community college districts to launch pilot bachelor degree programs in vocational fields, including dental hygiene.

Industry Info

Coalition aims to promote effective infection control.

ADHA, FTC Submit Final Comments to CODA

The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) recently submitted its comments to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) regarding the proposed accreditation standards for dental therapy education programs.

Maine Nonprofit Receives Grant to Expand Mobile Dental Care Services

Maine Dental Health Out-Reach Inc (MDHOI), a nonprofit charitable organization based in Winthrop, Maine, recently received a $350,000 grant from the Next Generation Foundation of Maine.

Oral Health Services Provided In Medical Setting May Improve Access to Care

Providing routine preventive oral health screenings in physician-based settings may help resolve the access-to-care problems that plague the United States.


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