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This Month’s Features

Vermont Opens the Door To Dental Therapists

New legislation paves the way for improving access to care in this state through the introduction of a new provider model.

An Evidence-Based Look at Denture Care

Dental hygienists need to remain up to date on best practices for denture care so they can effectively educate patients.

Prevent Technique Errors

The use of sound radiographic principles and improved technique will help clinicians produce diagnostically useful images.

Best Practices for Personal Protective Equipment

The effective use of these infection control tools makes all the difference in ensuring clinician and patient health and safety.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Internal Resorption

Early detection and treatment of this oral condition can help maintain the functionality of the tooth.

Continuing Education

Preparing for the Zika Virus

Oral health professionals need to remain up to date on this viral epidemic so they can best protect themselves and their patients.

Improving Oral Health With School-Based Sealant Programs

Such programs can reduce the risk of dental caries, while improving school attendance and decreasing Medicaid costs.

Reduce the Prevalence of Early Childhood Caries

While the expansion of Medicaid and The Children's Health Insurance Program has improved utilization of dental care, state disparities remain.

Minimize Amalgam Waste

Dental practices must follow best management practices to ensure the safe handling and disposal of amalgam waste.


Editor’s Note

FDA to Regulate E-Cigerettes

On May 5, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will regulate e cigarettes along with all tobacco products, including hookah, tobacco, cigars and pipe tobacco.

Ask the Expert

Should the 5-week re-evaluation be included with the price of SRP?

In our office, patients return for a 5-week re-evaluation after localized or full-mouth scaling and root planing (SRP). In the past, our office used a D4910 (periodontal maintenance) code at the reevaluation appointment, which was not submitted to insurance.

Products and Services


A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

Ethics and Professionalism Student Award Winner Named

Paige Sapienza, a May graduate of New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry's Associate in Applied Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene, is the recipient of the fifth annual Alla J. Wheeler Ethics and Professionalism Award.

Missouri Educator Receives The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, alongside premier sponsor Colgate and supporting sponsor Patterson Dental, is pleased to announce that Pamela R. Overman, RDH, MS, EdD, is the 2016 recipient of The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award.

Veto in Maine is a Setback For Midlevel Practitioners

The movement to increase implementation of the midlevel practitioner model hit a speed bump recently when the Maine state Senate sustained the governor's veto of a bill that would have expanded the role of dental hygiene therapists.


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