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This Month’s Features

Clinical Insights: What We Know and Don’t Know About Dental Aerosols

As dental practices reopen for elective procedures, oral health professionals will need to be prepared to protect themselves and patients from dental aerosols.

Tackling Terminal Distal Surfaces

Choosing the right instrument and implementing the appropriate technique to scaling terminal distal surfaces are key.

Building Blocks of a Beautiful Smile

Gingival health is closely related to the esthetics of the smile.

Continuing Education

Lung Disease and E-Cigarettes

While often touted as less harmful than traditional smoking, electronic cigarette use is not without risks.

Examining the Oral-Systemic Link

Inflammation plays a key role in the association between periodontal and systemic diseases.

Caring for Patients with Schizophrenia

Dental teams well versed in schizophrenia are best positioned to manage the oral health complications of this disorder.

Genetic Disorders and Oral Health

Research continues to provide insight into the possible association between genetic disorders and periodontal diseases.


Departments

Editor’s Note

EBM in the Age of COVID-19

We are in uncharted territory with so many aspects of COVID-19.

Ask the Expert

What Are the Contraindications to Chlorhexidine Use

The only absolute contraindication to CHG mouthrinse use is hypersensitivity to CHG or to any components found in the product formulation.

Products and Services

May 2020 Marketplace For Dental Hygienists

A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

States Seek to Ease Restrictions on Initial Licensure During COVID-19

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Advocate reports three states have eased restrictions on initial licensure for students graduating from dental hygiene programs due to the cancellation of clinical examinations.

Dental Hygienist Makes the Most of Her Time Away From Clinical Practice

Elaine J. DeBitetto, RDH, a dental hygienist in Concord, Massachusetts, is striving to make the best of her time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Louisville Develops 3D-Printed Swabs

Faculty and students from Kentucky’s University of Louisville Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science & Technology (AMIST) and the Schools of Dentistry, Engineering, and Medicine have developed 3D-printed swabs for COVID-19 testing kits.

Scientists Identify Oral Stem Cells’ Role in Wound Healing Process

A team led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that a unique set of stem cells located on the roof of the mouth begin dividing in response to wounding and move toward the site of injury.

May 2020 Digital Agenda

Digital Agenda covers all that’s happening under Dimensions’ social media platforms.

May 2020 Social Commentary

Like Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Facebook page to share your thoughts on posted questions.

Researcher Develops Tool to Assess Risk of Caries Development

Bob Schroth, DMD, MSc, a Rady Faculty of Health Sciences professor at the University of Manitoba in Canada has designed a Canadian Caries Risk Assessment Tool to assess the risk of lesions in children younger than 6.

Dental Hygiene Meetings Go Virtual or Reschedule

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Meeting, which was originally scheduled for June 11-14, 2020, in New Orleans, will now be held virtually on June 26-28.

Meet Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Top Brand Ambassadors

Each month, Newsline features some of our most active Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Brand Ambassadors

Oral Biologists Recognized for Their Research and Mentorship

Frank A. Scannapieco, DMD, PhD, and Rosemary Dziak, PhD were honored by the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and American Academy of Implant Dentistry for their outstanding efforts in the areas of research, training, and mentorship.

 

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