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This Month’s Features

Expanding Kids’ Access to Oral Health Care Services

New legislation in Tennessee helps dental hygienists provide preventive care to disadvantaged children.

Fluoride’s Role in Caries Prevention

While fluoride is key to preventing tooth decay, aspects of its usage can greatly affect efficacy.

Ensure the Safe Use of Digital Radiography

Digital imaging offers many benefits, but it also poses infection control challenges that must be addressed.

Consider the Cost

Oral health professionals need to address the financial side of esthetic dental treatment when discussing options with older adults.

Gain Green Benefits

High-tech dentistry offers environmental advantages in addition to time and cost savings.

Continuing Education

Strategies for the Safe Treatment of Cardiovascular Patients

As the prevalence of heart disease grows, dental hygienists must be aware of its implications for dental care.

See the Signs

Oral health professionals need to be aware of the symptoms of domestic violence and understand how to effectively assist victims.

Skip the Sugary Drinks

Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages causes a multitude of oral and systemic health problems.

The Evolution of Air Polishing

This dynamic technique is a helpful addition to the dental hygiene armamentarium.


Editor’s Note

An Angel Who Walked Among Us

The year was 1998, and I was excited beyond belief to be presenting at the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Florence, Italy.

Ask the Expert

2 Weeks’ or 4 Weeks’ Notice?

I recently moved to a new area that is 90 minutes away from the dental office in which I have worked for 18 years. I found a position close to my new home, so I gave my employer, who recently purchased the practice, a letter of resignation and 2 weeks’ notice. The dentist was very angry [...]

Products and Services

Newsline + Industry Info

Dental Hygiene Icon is Mourned

Michele L. Darby, BSDH, MS, a leader in dental hygiene research, education, and literature, passed away February 5 after a long illness

Industry Info

Dimensions congratulates iPad mini contest winner.

New Recommendations on Prophylaxis and Joint Replacement

The American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs in January released updated clinical practice guidelines on the need for prophylaxis among patients with prosthetic joint implants

National Survey on Radiographic Imaging Underway

Guidelines on the safe practice of radiographic imaging are available, though it remains unclear how many oral health professionals follow such recommendations.

North Dakota Senate Kills Mid-Level Provider Bill

In North Dakota, the combination of a shortage of dentists and lack of access to affordable care means that many people have never seen an oral health professional


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