This Month’s Features
Face shields play an important role in the PPE armamentarium, particularly during procedures that create large particles and droplets.
Addressing Dentinal Hypersensitivity With Mouthrinse
Research shows that some formulations may offer patients relief from this common oral condition.
Basic Prevention and Management of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders
While at increased risk for these injuries, dental hygienists can implement strategies for effective prevention and care to ensure the longevity of their careers.
Supporting the Longevity of Dental Implants
Dental hygienists play a critical role in the success of implant therapy.
The Link Between Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Strategies for recognizing and managing sleep apnea in the dental setting.
Emergency Medicine Preparedness
The entire dental team needs to be equipped to identify and manage perioperative emergencies during moderate sedation.
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
Oral health professionals can make a difference in decreasing opioid misuse through risk assessment, education, and providing referrals for treatment.
Turning Resolutions Into Rituals
It’s that time of year when we make resolutions we plan to keep, yet somehow fall short. It’s an opportunity to make positive changes, yet we become disillusioned when those changes aren’t implemented. We have good intentions, yet are angry with ourselves when we don’t do our best. Why does this happen? I must admit [...]
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One-Time Subgingival Irrigation
Should I use chlorhexidine or stabilized chlorine dioxide for one-time subgingival irrigation after scaling and root planing? Chlorhexidine gluconate (0.12%) is known as the gold standard for antimicrobials due to its demonstrated efficacy. Prescription mouthrinses containing chlorhexidine are indicated for gingival inflammation, caries, and in-office preprocedural rinsing. Two systematic reviews revealed significant plaque and gingivitis [...]
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New Expert on Fluoride to Answer Reader Questions
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is excited to announce the addition of Denise Muesch Helm, RDH, EdD, as the new expert on fluoride in the online and in-print “As the Expert” forum. A professor of dental hygiene and affiliated faculty in the Center for Health Equity Research at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Helm has [...]
Belmont Publications Rebrands as Belmont Business Media
The parent company of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, Belmont Publications, Inc. formally announces the rebranding of its corporate identity to Belmont Business Media. As a market leader in providing peer-reviewed clinical content, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene will continue to deliver evidence-based editorial and continuing education courses from the nation’s most renowned educators and researchers. The [...]
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Celebrates 20 Years
It is difficult to fathom but Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is turning 20!
Ventilation Calculator Measures Operatory Air Exchange Rates
Researchers at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health (EIOH) in Rochester, New York, have created a “ventilator calculator” to help practices improve their indoor air quality in an effort to mitigate the risk for SARS-CoV-2 transmission. The calculator determines the number of air changes per hour in a given space, which helps clinicians decide if [...]
Help For Those Seeking Clarity Regarding Covid-19 Testing
As the third year of the global pandemic begins, understanding the ins and outs of COVID-19 testing is important. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put together an online resource center that provides detailed information regarding the types of tests currently on the market and when they should be used. Available at: fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/coronavirus-disease-2019-testing-basics, [...]
National Institutes of Health Releases New Report on Oral Health
Despite advances in the understanding and treatment of oral conditions, many in the United States still have chronic oral health problems and lack access to care, according to a new report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges” is a follow-up to the seminal “Oral Health in America: [...]