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This Month’s Features

The Mysteries of Noncarious Cervical Lesions

The etiology of these lesions remains unknown, but clinical judgment and documentation of signs and symptoms can help clinicians determine an appropriate course of action.

Managing Pain

Many options are available when choosing the most appropriate injectable local anesthetic for dental patients.

The Effects of Polishing on Esthetic Restorations

Dental hygienists play key roles in advising patients on restorative options and In helping to maintain them.

Continuing Education

Caring for Patients Undergoing Immunotherapy

Understanding immune response is key to effectively detecting and managing the oral side effects of this treatment.

Health Literacy for the Dental Professional

Assessing and addressing low oral health literacy can help improve patient adherence to recommendations and outcomes.

Advancing Patient Care With Digital Technology

The use of digital impressioning and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing may help improve treatment outcomes.

Ensure the Safety of Dental Treatment Water

Appropriate methods to control biofilm formation and monitor water quality must be implemented to safeguard patients.


Editor’s Note

Redefining Oral Health

Recently, the FDI World Dental Federation developed a new definition of oral health.

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Products and Services


A listing of featured products.

Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System by Anutra Medical

Revolutionizing local anesthetic delivery.

Crest® PRO-HEALTH™ Clean Mint by Crest + Oral-B®

New formula provides improved usage experience.

Cavitron Touch™ Ultrasonic Scaling System by Dentsply Sirona

Ultrasonic scaler delivers reimagined solution.

TurboVue® Illuminated Ultrasonic Scaler by Parkell

Achieve uncompromised visibility during ultrasonic instrumentation.

Newsline + Industry Info

Evaluating and Maintaining the Safety of Dental Treatment Water

Oral health professionals need to be well versed in achieving and maintaining patient safety in the clinical setting.

University of Michigan Alums Make Generous Donation to Support Dental Hygiene Students

For Dolores and Chuck Kelly, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was not only where they earned their degrees, it was where they fell in love.

New Biolase Diode Laser System Receives FDA Clearance

Southern California-based BIOLASE Inc recently announced that its Epic Pro™ Diode Laser System has received 510(k) clearance for commercial distribution from the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Grant Supports Advocacy Efforts for Oral Health Initiatives

Oral Health America (OHA) received a $668,000 grant from DentaQuest Foundation.

Washington State Lobbies for Publicly Funded Dental Program to Improve Access to Care

Individuals with diabetes and pregnant women often see their systemic health improve when their dental problems are effectively treated.

$500K in Grants Will Bring Dental Care to Health Clinics in Michigan

In an effort to expand access to dental care in Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) has awarded $500,000 in grants to health clinics and health centers throughout the state.

Arizona Votes Against Midlevel Practitioners

As momentum continues in the push to improve access to oral health care, Arizona has experienced a setback in its efforts to expand the scope of practice for dental hygienists.


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