Reconnecting Practicing Hygienists with the Nation's Leading Educators and Researchers.


This Month’s Features

An Alternative Approach With the Gracey 7/8 Curet

When used with appropriate fulcrum placement, this instrument can improve access to pocket depths and proximal surfaces.

Sealant Success

Dental sealants remain an integral part of the caries prevention armamentarium.

Tai Chi for Health

Dental Hygienists can enhance both their psychological and physical health by participating in this ancient form of exercise.

Antimicrobial Mouthrinses For Plaque and Gingivitis Control

Mouthrinses may be helpful adjuncts to mechanical biofilm removal in efforts to maintain oral health.

Continuing Education

Caring for Patients Who Abuse Methamphetamine

The nonmedical use of this drug significantly impacts oral health.

The Role of Occlusion In the Progression of Periodontal Diseases

Current data suggest that occlusal discrepancies and certain types of occlusal contacts negatively impact periodontal health.

The Blended Approach to Instrumentation

The best patient outcomes are achieved through the tandem use of ultrasonic and hand instrumentation.

Improve the View

The dental videoscope provides direct visualization of nearly undetectable subgingival calculus deposits.


Editor’s Note

Increasing Collaboration

Recently, while reading online, this headline caught my attention: "Dentists to Test Patients' Blood Pressure Under New Program."

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert

I have seen prophylaxis pastes advertised that claim to whiten teeth while polishing. Are these worth a try?

Products and Services

Produce Profile: The Gum Health Physical by Colgate

Interactive Digital Tool Supports Patient Compliance

Produce Profile: Orbit® Prophy Paste and Gum Packs by Young Dental and Wrigley

Improve polishing experience with an innovative approach by Young Dental and Wrigley

Produce Profile: Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected

Power toothbrush provides customized care

Newsline + Industry Info

Report Examines Tie Between Mercury Exposure and Dental Restorations

The potential negative effects of mercury released from amalgam dental restorative materials and bisphenol A (BPA) leaked from composite resin dental materials have been long debated.

A Tailored Approach to Instrumentation

Dental hygienists, especially those at the top of their skill set, use the blended approach—which combines the use of ultrasonic and hand instrumentation—in order to achieve the best patient outcomes.

OSAP Foundation  Receives Grant

The Organization for  Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP)  Foundation is the recipient of a $95,000 grant from the Dental Assistants Foundation.

Mydent Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Mydent International, Hauppauge, New York, is raising breast cancer awareness through its annual "DEFEND Yourself with Pink" promotion.

New Publication On The Future Of Oral Health Is Released

Scientific American Custom Media, in collaboration with the Colgate-Palmolive Co, launched a new publication, The Future of Oral Heath: Global Challenges, Advances, and New Technologies, at the American Dental Association Annual Meeting in October.

UCSF Professor Awarded $8M For Dental Stem Cell Research

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recently awarded Ophir Klein, MD, PhD, with one of two inaugural Sustaining Outstanding Achievement in Research (SOAR) grants

Zika Virus May Spread Through Bodily Fluids

Zika virus may be spread through contact with bodily fluids, which include tears, discharge from infected eyes, saliva, vomit, urine, and stool.


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