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This Month’s Features

Dental Aerosols: The Infection Connection

Oral health professionals need to be aware of the risks posed by dental aerosols in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission before, during, and after patient care.

Pain Control for Patients With Anxiety

Providing effective pain management to this population is key to ensuring anxious patients maintain their oral health.

Ergonomics and Visual Acuity

Maintaining visual acuity helps oral health professionals practice safely and effectively.

The Process of Remineralization

Oral health professionals are well-positioned to make individualized clinical recommendations regarding diet, oral self-care, and product selection in order to encourage remineralization.

Ultrasonic Instrumentation Technique for First Molar Teeth

Successful instrumentation of first molar teeth is integral toachieving and maintaining periodontal health.

Continuing Education

CE Sponsored by Colgate in Partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology: An In-Depth Look at the New Peri-Implant and Periodontal Disease Classification System

The first classifications for peri-implant conditions are included in this newly released periodontal disease classification system.

Air Polishing for Today’s Dental Hygienist

A new addition to the biofilm management armamentarium, air polishing offers significant benefits to both patients and clinicians.

Managing Dentin Hypersensitivity

A close-up look at the predisposing factors, differential diagnosis, and therapies for dentin hypersensitivity.

Oral Effects of Cancer Treatment

Creating an individualized treatment plan can help to minimize the adverse oral health effects of cancer treatment.


Editor’s Note

Small Steps, Big Impact

While I’ve long appreciated the role that physical therapy plays in prevention and rehabilitation, I never truly realized how vital physical therapists are until recently.

Ask the Expert

How Do You Define a Dental Hygiene Diagnosis?

A memo I was asked to sign regarding periodontal treatment guidelines does not mention the dentist’s responsibility for diagnosing periodontal disease, advising the patient, treatment planning, or referring to a periodontist. Am I outside of my practice act for performing these functions?

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New Perio Classification System Explained

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology recently released an updated classification system for periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions.

Dimensions Board Member Receives Research Award

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Editorial Advisory Board member and frequent contributor Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, PhD, RDH, FSCDH, received the 2018 Oral Health Research Award from the Oral Health Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) at the organization’s general session on July 26 in London.


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