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This Month’s Features

The Future of Oral Health Care Delivery

The dental care delivery system is evolving, putting the dental therapist center stage in the next generation of oral health care.

Negotiating Deep Pockets with Ultrasonics

Understanding the anatomy, topography, and calculus type is essential to effective power instrumentation of deep pockets.

Ensure Safe Practice with the Infection Control Coordinator

A well-versed infection control coordinator is integral to making sure a site-specific infection control program is both compliant and effective.

Continuing Education

Therapeutic Use of Botulinum Neurotoxin Injections

As the popularity of these therapeutic injections increases, oral health professionals should be familiar with their mechanism of action, indications, adverse effects, and evidence for safe and effective use.

Update on Dental Restorative Materials

How to safely and effectively care for dental restorations.

Ergonomics Reinvigorated

Strategies for using the Core Four to help prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

Incorporating HIV Testing in the Dental Office

HIV testing in the dental setting can help patients get connected with the care they need to improve their long-term health outcomes.


Editor’s Note

A New Emphasis on Oral Health

A significant piece of legislation regarding oral health care was recently passed.

Ask the Expert

How Can You Maintain Color After Bleaching?

I have several patients who have undergone in-office bleaching and would like some over-the-counter options to upkeep their new white smiles. What do you suggest?

Products and Services

January 2019 Marketplace for Dental Hygienists

A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

Tooth Loss May Indicate Malnutrition

Older adults with 10 teeth to 19 teeth are at increased risk for malnutrition compared with those who have 20 or more teeth, according to a new study out of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

School-Based Clinics Help Kids Access Dental Care

The New Haven Public Schools district in Connecticut is addressing access-to-care issues by bringing dental services to children’s classrooms.

Special Care Dentistry Association Offers Fellowship

The Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA)—an international organization of oral health professionals dedicated to promoting oral health and well-being for people with special needs—offers a Special Care Dental Hygiene Fellowship Program for dental hygienists who work with patients who have special needs in both community and institutional settings.

Michigan Passes Dental Therapist Legislation

A bill authorizing the licensing of dental therapists in the state of Michigan—Senate Bill 541—passed the House of Representatives in December 2018.


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