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This Month’s Features

Treating Periodontitis Systemically

The use of systemic antibiotics can be a helpful adjunct in the treatment of periodontal diseases.

Post-Surgical Implant Care

Consistent maintenance that includes thorough removal of biofilm, cement, and calculus is critical to supporting long-term implant health.

Supporting Remineralization

Implementing strategies to encourage remineralization is key to a successful caries prevention regimen.

Continuing Education

Diabetes in the Dental Office

Oral health professionals should have a basic understanding of glycemic monitoring and management to best serve patients with this common chronic disease.

Treatment Considerations For Heart Patients

Remaining up-to-date on the root causes and characteristics of cardiac arrhythmia and infective endocarditis helps to ensure the safe provision of dental care.

Exploring Prevalence And Prevention

What the research shows on the prevalence of chronic periodontitis and the efficacy of traditional prevention interventions.

Addressing Elder Abuse

Dental hygienists are well positioned to note the signs and symptoms of this increasingly common form of mistreatment among older adults.


Editor’s Note

Treasure Our Seniors 

My father in law turned 99 in February. Since my husband, Mike, and I recently moved to the town where he lives, we've enjoyed spending additional time with him.

Ask the Expert

How Long Can Aerosols Linger in the Dental Operatory?

I learned during a recent continuing education course that the use of ultrasonic scalers is no longer contraindicated for patients with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Per universal precautions, I understand we need to treat all patients as if they have an infectious disease, but what about the fact that aerosols [...]

Products and Services

May 2015 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Product Profile: DentaPure® acquired by Crosstex International

Dental waterline treatment utilizes advanced technology.

Product Profile: ACT® Advanced Care™ Plaque Guard™

New defense against plaque and gingivitis.

Product Profile: Patterson Dental launches

Promoting safer industrywide supply chain practices.

Product Profile: DisCide ULTRA by Palmero Health Care

Infection control lineup offers fast acting asepsis solutions.

Product Profile: Philips Sonicare AirFloss Pro and FlexCare Platinum

Technology improves efficacy of oral health aids.

Product Profile: Safe Flo™ Saliva Ejector by RJC Products

Reduce the risk of backflow.

Product Profile: Amazing™ Nitrile Exam Gloves by Aurelia® Gloves  

Thin, flexible gloves offer comfort and dexterity.

Product Profile: Evolve® Nitrile Powder-Free Examination Gloves by Cranberry® USA

Gloves offer silk like softness, durability.

Product Profile: Cetacaine by Cetylite

Needle free topical anesthetic.

Newsline + Industry Info

Industry Info

The prevalence of chronic periodontitis continues to be widely studied on both a national and international scale.

Early Childhood Caries Treatment Model Undergoes Testing

Early childhood caries (ECC) can severely impact the oral and systemic health of the United States’ most vulnerable children.

Lifetime Achievement Award to be Presented at ADHA Meeting

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene will present its sixth annual The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award during the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s 92nd Annual Session in Nashville on June 19.

Dental Hygiene Community Celebrates The Life of an Icon

On April 25, family, friends, and members of the Old Dominion University (ODU) community gathered at the ODU University Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia, to celebrate the life and legacy of Michele Leonardi Darby, BSDH, MS.

UNC Grad Student Wins International Research Award

Jennifer Harmon, RDH, BS, a 2015 candidate in the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, received the prestigious International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Behavioral Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group Outstanding Student Abstract Award.

New Mexico Creates Dental Therapy Task Force

The creation of a dental therapy task force has been authorized in New Mexico to investigate the possibility of introducing mid-level oral health practitioner legislation during the 2016 legislative session.


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