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This Month’s Features

Supporting Implant Health

Effective implant maintenance is key to ensuring the success of this popular therapy.

A Minimally Invasive Approach to Caries

Prevention is the key to reducing the burden of tooth decay, and a variety of medicaments are available to support this effort.

Continuing Education

Interest in Teledentistry Continues to Grow

The COVID-19 pandemic thrust teledentistry into the spotlight, illuminating its many advantages in increasing access to car.

The Dental Hygienist’s Role in Treating Gingival Recession

Proper prevention, treatment, and maintenance strategies are integral to achieving positive patient outcomes.

Strategies to Support Dental Prostheses

Proper care will help maintain the longevity and service life of dental prostheses, while also supporting patient health.

Addressing Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Burning Mouth

Treatment acommodations may be necessary for patients with this complicated syndrome.


Editor’s Note

Welcome, New Colleagues!

The phrase, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” is usually associated with a popular Christmas song, but many dental hygiene students are echoing this sentiment right now. For them, it’s a time of celebration since the school term is winding down for the year. Some are facing an even more life-changing chapter—they are [...]

Ask the Expert

Reducing Root Caries Risk

Most of the patients I see are elderly and at elevated risk for root caries. What qualities should I look for in a fluoride varnish that will provide the best results in this population? Fluoride is widely accepted as a safe and effective caries preventive agent for all ages. Fluoride is delivered systemically or topically [...]

Products and Services

The Mobile Dental World Requires Durable Products

Pac-Dent’s ProMate CL cordless handpiece benefits both clinicians and patients.

May 2022 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

Study Finds Link Between Poor Oral Health and Severity of COVID-19

A study appearing in the Journal of Periodontology has found an association between poor periodontal health and severity of COVID-19 illness. In a sample of 128 subjects, all of whom were hospitalized due to COVID-19, those with poor oral health—which was evaluated using the decayed, missing, and filled teeth index, perio­dontal assessment, and the Eichner [...]

Join Us for a Dimensions Anniversary Giveaway!

Each month, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene will commemorate its 20-year anniversary with a fun giveaway of dental hygiene swag! Follow us on Instagram—@dimensionsofdentalhygiene—to learn how you can win!  From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. May 2022; 20(5)9.

Dental Hygienist Publishes a How-to Book on Ergonomics

Susan S. Parker, RDH, MEd, MBA, a contributor to Dimensions of Dental Hygiene and former member of the journal’s Peer Review Panel, has authored a book to help oral health professionals maintain their musculoskeletal health despite the ergonomic challenges of providing dental care. The easy-to-read manual, Ergonomics in the Dental Office, discusses the principles of [...]

Dimensions Commemorates 20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago, Lorene G. Kent, RDH, BA, decided to embark on a new endeavor to offer dental hygienists high-level information from the nation’s leading educators and researchers, and thus began Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Once Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS—the world-renowned expert on instrumentation from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles—was on [...]

May 2022 Social Commentary

What is one piece of advice you always give patients who present with existing gingival recession? Lisa Strathmann, RDH Dimensions Facebook Commenter I explain that most recession is caused by malocclusion and bruxism, and that they need to make sure they are brushing well enough to remove all of the plaque along the gumline—no more [...]

Connection Through Compassion

When I was 8 years old, my family and I left our home in Kabul, Afghanistan, due to increasing violence. We lived in India for 7 months and then relocated to Germany, where we were refugees. It was the most difficult time of my young life. None of us spoke German, nor did we have [...]

Recipient of the 2022 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award to Be Revealed in June

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. The award— sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc.—has been honoring the highest level of achievement in the field of dental hygiene since 2011. The award’s [...]


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