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This Month’s Features

Sunstar Spotlight: Motivational Interviewing

This technique may help patients implement behavior change to improve both their oral and systemic health.

Polishing Basics

While the research on tooth polishing is not robust, available evidence suggests that a conservative approach is most effective.

Remineralize with Calcium-Based Therapies

Patients at risk of tooth decay can sway the caries balance toward remineralization with these simple strategies.

Root Caries Prevention

As the number of older adults in the United States continues to grow, dental hygienists should be prepared to manage the risk of tooth decay with this population.

Update on Hepatitis B

While the incidence of hepatitis B infection is declining, the health risks associated with this “silent killer” remain significant.

Continuing Education

Redefine Risk

Head and neck cancers associated with human papillomavirus affect many patients who don’t present with the traditional risk factors for oral cancer.

The First Line of Defense

Dental hygienists play an important role in recognizing the signs of antiresorptive agent-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Gummy Smile Correction

Many treatment options are available for patients who want to improve the esthetics of their smile while reducing excess gingival display.

Help Older Adults Maintain Their Oral Health

By promoting healthy behaviors and encouraging prevention, dental hygienists can make a difference in both the oral and systemic health of this patient population.


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