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This Month’s Features

Sunstar Spotlight: Gender Gap

Differences in the way chronic craniofacial-oral-dental pain presents in men and women may affect diagnosis, management, and treatment.

Activate Alternative Fulcrums

The use of alternative fulcrums enables dental hygienists to apply the multidirectional strokes necessary to remove deposits from deep periodontal pockets.

Advances in Caries Detection

Adjunctive technologies can help oral health professionals detect caries lesions in their earliest stages.

Continuing Education

Manage Medications Safely

Patient safety is supported by proper prescription labeling, distribution, storage, and disposal of medications in the dental setting.

A Natural Toothbrush

Supporting users of miswak with evidence-based education and recommendations is an important part of providing cross-cultural dental hygiene care.

Diabetes Care Strategies

Oral health professionals need to remain up-to-date on best practices for treating patients with diabetes.


Editor’s Note

One Size Does Not Fit All 

I recently received a question on Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's "Ask the Expert" online forum that elated and angered me at the same time.

Ask the Expert

What Type of Anesthetic Injections for SRP?

When providing selective scaling and root planing, what type of anesthetic injections would you recommend for a patient who has 5 mm to 7 mm pockets on the distal of #7 and the mesial of #4?

Products and Services

May 2014 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Safe Flo™ Saliva Ejectors by RJC Products

Reduce backflow risk.

Amazing™ Nitrile Exam Gloves by Aurelia® Gloves

Thin, flexible gloves offer comfort and dexterity.

Cushioned, Color Coded FLAPS® by Microcopy

Soft bite tabs improve patient comfort.

Pinnacle™ X Ray Sensor Sheaths by Kerr TotalCare™

Barrier sheath helps to prevent cross contamination.

Evolve™300 Nitrile Exam Gloves by Cranberry USA

Gloves deliver tactile sensitivity and durability.

Newsline + Industry Info

National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice to Host Event

The National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice will host its 3rd North American/Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference October 16 through October 18, 2014, in Bethesda, Md

Industry Info

Sunstar Spotlight looks at the role of gender in facial pain.

Research Report

Association between Vitamin D and dental caries.

Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice Releases Annual Report

The June 2014 issue of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, which publishes original articles and reviews of papers that discuss results and outcomes of clinical procedures and treatments, will include a special supplement.

Survey of Radiographic Imaging Practices Seeks Respondents

While guidelines on the safe practice of radiographic imaging are available, it is unclear how many oral health professionals follow these recommendations


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