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This Month’s Features

The Search for Consensus

Even though dental hygienists have been successfully administering local anesthesia for more than 40 years, consensus on national education standards and utilization guidelines has yet to be achieved.

Create a Culture of Safety

Dental practices that foster safety in the workplace may see improved treatment outcomes and more satisfied patients and employees.

The Impact of National Origin on Caries Risk

Dental hygienists are well positioned to address culturally related risk factors for early childhood caries.

Implementing a Minimally Invasive Approach

Employing remineralization strategies instead of providing restorative care may be the most prudent approach to saving tooth structure.

Polishing Protocol

There are many factors to consider when choosing the most appropriate polishing agent during prophylaxis.

Continuing Education

Recognizing the Signs Of Crohn’s Disease

Oral health professionals should be aware of the oral manifestations of this gastrointestinal condition in order to facilitate early diagnosis.

Sedation of the Pediatric Patient

The use of sedation and general anesthesia may make the treatment of children who cannot tolerate dental care possible.

Improve Oral Health During Pregnancy

Receiving professional dental care during pregnancy is critical to maintaining oral health.

Caring for Patients With Special Needs

Clinicians need to be prepared to provide safe and effective oral health care services to this population.


Editor’s Note

The Wellness Model of Care

Dental hygienists are well known as the prevention experts on the oral health care team.

Ask the Expert

What Strategies Do You Suggest For Dealing With Pediatric Patients?

We have a couple of patients in our pediatric dental practice who do not tolerate dental care well.

Products and Services

March 2016 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Product Profile: Cavitron®Touch™ featuring Steri Mate® 360 Fully Rotating Handpiece

Ultrasonic scaling system utilizes advanced technology.

Product Profile: Bite-Chek® by Microcopy

Articulation Film With Easy-Grip Handle

Product Profile: XDURA™ Scalers and Curettes by Nordent Manufacturing Inc

Advanced Stainless Steel Produces Long Lasting Instruments

Product Profile: Duraflor® Halo 5% Sodium Fluoride White Varnish By Medicom®

Varnish offers effortless application

Product Profile: EverEdge® 2.0 Scaler by Hu-Friedy

Instruments offer extreme sharpness and longevity.

Product Profile: Amazing Graceys™ by PDT Inc, Paradise Dental Technologies

New Instruments Employ Innovative Design

Product Profile: Shield Force® Plus by Tokuyama Dental America

Block Dentinal Hypersensitivity With Double Block Technology

Newsline + Industry Info

Dental Hygiene Mourns The Loss of A True Pioneer

Margaret "Peg" Walsh, RDH, MS, MA, EdD—one of dental hygiene's most prolific educators, researchers, and mentors—passed away in January following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Industry Info

Premier Dental Products will donate more than 200,000 Enamel Pro Varnish applications to the 2016 Give Kids A Smile program.

Sugary Drinks Hurt Kids’ Oral Health

The fact that consuming sugary drinks is bad for oral health is nothing new. However, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, parents and caregivers in Mexico are not getting this message, as their children have high rates of erosive tooth wear.

FTC Supports Legislation to Expand Scope of Practice For Georgia Dental Hygienists

House Bill 684 was introduced into the Georgia legislature in March 2015. If passed, the bill would enable dental hygienists to work independently in schools, prisons, long-term care facilities, etc, without the direct supervision of a dentist.


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