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This Month’s Features

Severe Tooth Wear: A Case Report

When addressing the oral health and esthetic concerns of a patient with gastroparesis, effective patient education, risk assessment, and appropriate therapies are integral to successful treatment.

The Tipping Point for Air Polishing

Research continues to show that air polishing may be a valuable addition to the hand and ultrasonic instrumentation armamentarium during periodontal therapy.

Continuing Education

The New Generation of Blood Thinners

Special considerations are needed when providing dental care to patients taking novel oral anticoagulants. By Sandra Stramoski, RDH, MSDH, and Anna Matthews, RDH, MS

Infection Control Update

Oral health professionals need to be familiar with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recently published summary of infection prevention practices in dental settings.

Modifying Behavior to Improve Outcomes

An individualized approach to behavior modification may be the most successful in improving compliance with treatment and self-care regimens.

Considering the Two-Stage Injection Technique

While many oral health professionals prefer this technique, the evidence supporting its efficacy in reducing pain response is limited.


Editor’s Note

Supporting and Serving Dental Hygienists 

When you think of your profession and your role in health care, what descriptors come to mind?

Ask the Expert

Stretch for Pain Relief

I see patients every day from 7:30 am to 4 pm. Lately, I have been experiencing back problems specific to my dominant side, just at the bottom of my scapula. Do you have any suggestions for exercises or stretches that might help?

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Industry Info

Debra Zafiropoulos, RDH  Debra Zafiropoulos, RDH, has launched the National Cancer Network—a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing cancer mortality rates through early detection by oral health professionals.

Researcher Joins Dimensions’ Editorial Advisory Board

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene proudly announces that Hannah L. Maxey, PhD, MPH, RDH, has joined the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Supplement Examines Access-to-Care Solutions

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is proud to announce the publication of the third annual Perspectives on the Midlevel Practitioner—a reference that provides an in-depth look at the role new workforce models play in the evolving profession of dental hygiene.

California Dental Hygiene Program’s Approval Revoked

The Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC) formally withdrew its approval for the dental hygiene program at Concorde Career College in Garden Grove, California, on August 20.

Cochrane Review Examines Use of Fluoride Mouthrinse For Caries Prevention in Youth

In late July, the Cochrane Oral Health Group published the review "Fluoride Mouthrinses for Preventing Dental Caries in Children and Adolescents."


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