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This Month’s Features

Guest Editorial: Ensuring Safety During Pediatric Dental Treatment

While children are at increased risk of adverse outcomes when receiving procedural sedation and or general anesthesia, these negative events can be prevented.

The Caries Epidemic in Native American Communities

While the exact cause of American Indian and Native Alaskan children's high prevalence and increased severity of caries is not well understood, possible solutions have been proposed.

Supporting Oral Health Through Innovation

Advancements in digital technology provide myriad benefits to clinicians, patients, and researchers.

Achieve Success With Ultrasonic Adaptation

Dental hygienists need to be well versed in technique to achieve positive outcomes with both magnetostrictive and piezoelectric devices.

Maximize the Benefits of Computer-Controlled Local Anesthesia Delivery

Fluid pressure and tissue type play important roles in the success of this pain management approach.

Addressing the Symptoms of Dentinal Hypersensitivity

Proper diagnosis and staying abreast of the latest treatment strategies are the basis of effectively Managing this common dental complaint.

Continuing Education

Caring For Patients With Hearing Impairment

Clinicians need to be prepared to provide effective oral health services to this patient population.

3D Printing in Dentistry

This promising technology has many uses in the delivery of oral health care services—from restorative care to implant dentistry.

Improving Periodontal Health

Nonsurgical periodontal therapy—both traditional practices and recent innovations—remains key to improving oral health outcomes.

Arresting Caries

The use of silver diamine fluoride offers many benefits in arresting caries lesions, especially among underserved and low-income populations.


Editor’s Note

The Mouth Is Connected to The Body

Dental hygiene professionals have long understood the association between oral and overall health.

Ask the Expert

Single-Use Items and Sterilization

In my dental practice, prophy angles are bagged individually, unlike other single-use items.

Products and Services

Product Profile: GXS-700™ Digital Intraoral Sensors by Gendex

Digital Sensors Deliver Enhanced Imaging Results.

Product Profile: FluoriMax™ Varnish and Allday Dry Mouth Spray by Elevate Oral Care

In-Office and At-Home Preventive Care

Product Profile: OralDNA Labs

Salivary Tests to Improve Oral Health

Newsline + Industry Info

Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Celebrated at Reception

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, alongside premier sponsor Colgate and supporting sponsor Patterson Dental, honored Pamela R. Overman, RDH, MS, EdD, with the 2016 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award on June 10.

Industry Info

Sulfate Free Fluoride Toothpaste Earns ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Dental Care Remains A Major Unmet Health Need, Pew Reports

According to a new analysis from the Pew Charitable Trust, dental care is one of the greatest unmet health needs in the United States.

Dimensions Board Member Receives Prestigious Alumni Award

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD—Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Editorial Advisory Board member and renowned physiologist—was recently honored by her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, with the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society 2016 Alumni Award of Merit.

ADHA Names Recipients of Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene

During the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Annual Session in Pittsburgh in June, Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, FAADH, was honored with the Johnson & Johnson 2016 Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene


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