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This Month’s Features

Preventive Interventions for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Evaluating the evidence behind strategies designed to reduce the risk of these common injuries is key to improving the ergonomics of clinical practice.

Strategies for Success

Removing tenacious calculus deposits requires a complementary approach that includes both ultrasonic and hand instrumentation.

Tips for Successfully Serving as Infection Control Coordinator

Myriad resources are available for dental professionals who serve in this important role.

Continuing Education

Promoting Oral Health Among the Visually Impaired

Dental professionals need to be prepared to safely and effectively treat patients with age-related macular degeneration.

Assessing Chronic Periodontitis

Periodontal probing and dental radiography are important components of evaluating the location and severity of this common oral disease.

Prevent Infective Endocarditis

The debate over whether antibiotic prophylaxis is necessary to prevent this life-threatening infection remains ongoing.

Caring for Older Adults Residing in Institutions

This vulnerable population is at increased risk for a variety of oral diseases, including caries, periodontal diseases, and fungal infections.


Departments

Editor’s Note

Be Part of the Transformation 

As the calendar turns another page, there is much to celebrate within the profession of dental hygiene, as well as ongoing challenges to face in the coming year.

Ask the Expert

What Does The Latest Research Say About Choosing An Instrument For Implant Maintenance?

What does the latest research say about the safety and efficacy of scaling dental implants?

Products and Services

Product Profile: Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum, AirFloss Pro, and BreathRx

Oral Health Products Inspired By Dental Professionals.

Product Profile: Enamel Health™ by Colgate®

Toothpaste Protects and Strengthens Enamel.

Product Profile: ACT Advanced Care Plaque Guard

New Defense Against Plaque and Gingivitis.

Product Profile: MI Varnish™, MI Paste™, and MI Paste Plus™ by GC America

Enamel Enhancing Preventive System.

Product Profile: LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE Anticavity Mouthwash

Caries Prevention Mouthwash Makes a Splash

Newsline + Industry Info

Behavioral Therapy May Benefit Patients With Dental Phobias

Individuals who fear the dentist may avoid the dental office for years, leading to poor oral health and lack of trust.

Industry Info

Hu Friedy, Chicago, has launched a new line of instruments—Periodontal Maintenance Curettes—developed in partnership with Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS, renowned dental hygiene educator and practitioner and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's editor in chief emerita.

Dental Hygienists Expand Access To Care In Colorado

The recent launch of the Colorado Medical-Dental Integration Project (CO-MDI) is helping make affordable medical and dental care for the centennial state's most vulnerable residents more accessible than ever before.

 

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