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This Month’s Features

The New Generation of Stannous Fluoride

Over-the-counter dentifrices containing stannous fluoride offer patients a variety of benefits.

Efficacy of Hand Instrumentation vs Power Instrumentation

Research shows that both methods are equally effective in nonsurgical periodontal therapy.

Continuing Education

Detecting Trigeminal Neuralgia in the Dental Setting

Dental hygienists should be able to recognize the symptoms of this neuropathic pain condition and adapt the provision of care to avoid triggering pain in this patient population.

Gingival Crevicular Fluid and Periodontal Risk Assessment

Gingival crevicular fluid may be used as a biomarker for assessing the risk and stages of periodontal disease, as well as other oral and systemic conditions.

Oral Health Complications of X-Linked Hypophosphatemia

While rare, this genetic disorder impacts multiple organs and systems, including oral health.

An Update on Cardiovascular Disease

Educating patients on their risk for heart disease and strategies for prevention can help them maintain both their oral and overall health.


Editor’s Note

Be Your Own Ambassador

Brand Ambassadors—those who promote a particular company or product—are everywhere these days. In fact, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene has Brand Ambassadors, and we are truly grateful for all they do to promote the publication.

Ask the Expert

Dental Hygiene Vs Restorative Care

I need help starting a conversation with my dentist on why dental hygiene care needs to be completed before restorative work is begun.

Products and Services

May 2021 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Improve Your Ergonomics and Aerosol Control

ErgoFinger® is key to safe, efficient, and comfortable high-volume evacuation.

Newsline + Industry Info

May 2021 Social Commentary

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

May 2021 Digital Agenda

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

Medicaid Expansion Positively Affects Oral Health

A University of Michigan (U-M) study suggests that Medicaid dental coverage can improve the oral health of low-income individuals enrolled in the program in ways that help with their work and job searches.

Online Program Makes Oral Care Recommendations Easy

Colgate’s professional recommendation website connects patients with individually tailored oral care products.

Dental Hygiene Educator Is Inaugurated as College’s Sixth President

Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez, BSDH, MEd, EdD, was inaugurated as the sixth president of the Pennsylvania-based Montgomery County Community College.

Investigators Discover How Teeth Sense Cold

Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, have determined the ion channel, TRPC5, acts as a cold sensor in teeth.

SD Dental Hygienists Are Now Mandatory Reporters

Via new legislation signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem, dental hygienists will now be mandatory reporters of suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect in the state of South Dakota. 

Association Between Income Loss During COVID-19 and Children’s Dental Care

A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association determined unmet pediatric dental care was more common in households with pandemic-related household job loss.

The 2020/2021 Recipient of The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award to Be Announced Soon

Each year, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a dental hygienist who has made a tremendous impact on the art and science of the profession.

Patients Advised to Steer Clear of DIY TikTok Dentistry

As more people turn to social media for all things trending, oral health professionals should be prepared to remind patients that not all TikTok trends should be followed.

Spotlight on Clinicians: Dual Careers in Dental Hygiene and Law Make for an Interesting Professional Life

For Charlene LaVoie, JD, MPA, RDH, dental hygiene was both a personal achievement and an asset that enabled her to advance her education and put her on the track to a long and varied career. 


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