This Month’s Features
While some oral health professionals are wary of recommending oral irrigation for the management of chronic periodontitis, evidence demonstrates it is an effective therapy in reducing inflammation.
Oral health professionals who recognize generational traits may be more successful in achieving patient adherence.
The continuous advances in whitening materials and techniques reflect the efforts of oral health professionals and industry toward preserving tooth structure, minimizing dentinal hypersensitivity, and enhancing esthetics.
The following protocols will help ensure effective asepsis for clinical surfaces and equipment.
A collaboration between occupational therapy and dental hygiene departments increased awareness of the common pitfalls that lead to musculoskeletal disorders in the dental setting.
Consuming a Middle Eastern diet could reduce systemic and periodontal inflammation compared with a Western diet.
With an increasingly diverse population, oral health professionals need to be able to communicate effectively with all types of patients.
Oral health professionals should be prepared to address chronic idiopathic or dysfunctional orofacial pain conditions.
Following are strategies to support oral health professionals in their efforts to meet the needs of this patient population and to identify barriers to care.
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A study in the Journal of Dental Research, "Postnatal Identification of Zika Virus Peptides From Saliva," suggests there may be a quick and cost-effective salivary test for the Zika virus.
Margo Y. Melchor, RDH, BSDH, MEd, EdD, associate professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene and community outreach director at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry has been appointed to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.
Desiree Morriseau-Shields, RDH, founder of the Anishinabek Dental Hygiene Clinic, was presented with the "New Business of the Year" Award during the 27th Annual Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Business Awards in Thunder Bay, Canada.