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This Month’s Features

Combating the Periodontitis Epidemic

Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MS, discusses the importance of antimicrobial toothpastes in the fight against plaque and gingivitis.

Optical Coherence Tomography

This advanced imaging technology may help improve treatment outcomes, as well as support patient education.

Tips for Effective Surface Disinfection

Adhering to regulations and choosing the appropriate product are key to reducing the risk of cross-contamination.

The ABCs of Sealants

Educating parents/caregivers about the benefits and limitations of sealants is an important part of supporting children’s oral health.

Managing Caries Risk in Adults

Oral health professionals must keep up-to-date on effective strategies to prevent and manage root caries in older adults.

Continuing Education

Provide Comprehensive Care for Patients with Marfan Syndrome

Dental hygienists can support the early diagnosis and effective treatment of this genetic disorder.

Treating Periodontal Diseases with Laser Therapy

While several types of lasers are available to oral health professionals, the evidence supporting their use in treating periodontal diseases is mixed.

Working to Improve Access to Care

Community health centers play a vital role in improving the health and quality of life of disadvantaged patient populations.

Periodontal Risk Management

Assessment and identification of specific risk factors are integral to a comprehensive periodontal examination.


Editor’s Note

Healing Those Who Need It Most

Dental hygiene and dentistry are filled with remarkable clinicians who are doing amazing things.

Ask the Expert

Is It Possible to Reduce Whitening-Related Tooth Sensitivity?

I often suggest to patients who experience mild sensitivity caused by at-home whitening treatment to reduce any excess solution in the tray by using a Q-tip to apply it directly to the teeth. For very sensitive patients, I also recommend putting less solution in the tray, shortening the time the tray is used, or decreasing [...]

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Industry Info

New pros in the profession award winner named.

Academic Leader Receives The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Juanita S. Wallace, RDH, PhD, who dedicated 38 years to dental hygiene education, will receive The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award at a June 20 reception during the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Session in Las Vegas.

Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene Course Announced

Registration is now open for a three-part continuing education workshop titled “Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene Techniques”—hosted by the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.


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