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This Month’s Features

Reducing Caries Risk With Topical Fluoride

A variety of options are available to support clinicians in their efforts to reduce the prevalence of tooth decay.

What Oral Health Professionals Need to Know About the AAP’s Classification System

The new system is designed to support clinicians in their ability to provide individualized, patient-centered care.

Continuing Education

Dentinal Hypersensitivity Diagnosis

With careful consideration of myriad factors—from self-report to clinical exam—oral health professionals can effectively diagnosis and treat this common condition.

Preventing the Spread of Mumps

Oral health professionals have an important role to play in reducing the prevalence of this virus.

Reduce Your Panoramic Imaging Errors

Panoramic radiography offers many benefits but appropriate technique is key.

Supporting Implant Health and Managing Peri-implant Diseases 

Routine maintenance is critical to preventing implant failure.


Editor’s Note

We Can Do This

Memorial Day 2020 is approximately when clinical dental hygiene practice reopened after COVID-19 shut us down.

Ask the Expert

Can Sickle Scalers Be Used Subgingivally for Light and Heavy Scaling?

Clinicians should consider the design of the sickle when deciding upon its use.

Products and Services

June 2020 Marketplace For Dental Hygienists

A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

University of Maryland Offers Dental Certification for Healthcare Providers

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) in Baltimore has created a graduate program in oral health and dental medicine for nondental healthcare providers.

Immune-Regulating Drug Improves Periodontal Health in Mice

The immune-suppressing drug used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients, rapamycin, has been reported to reduce bone loss, inflammation, and changes to oral bacteria in older mice with periodontal diseases, according to a recent study.

June 2020 Digital Agenda

Digital Agenda covers all that’s happening under Dimensions’ social media platforms.

Ambassadors up Close: Helping Others Smile With Confidence 

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Brand Ambassador Ann Cote, RDH, MSHA, talks about her 17-year career in the dental field.

June 2020 Social Commentary

Like Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Facebook page to share your thoughts on posted questions.

Peer to Peer: Preprocedural Rinsing and Dental Aerosols

Preprocedural rinses have recently been recommended to help reduce viral loads in dental aerosols.

Antibiotics in Combination With Opioids May Increase Risk of Abuse

A study published in eNeuro suggests taking antibiotics alongside opioids may increase the risk of opioid abuse.

C-Doctor Receives $30 Million Grant to Investigate Regenerative Therapies for Oral Applications

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)  has awarded the Center for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR) a $30 million grant to further explore regenerative therapies.

ADHA Task Force Continues to Update Its Return to Work Document

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) released its “Interim Guidance on Returning to Work” in early May, as many states began allowing the reopening of dental practices for elective treatment.


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