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This Month’s Features

Ensure Career Longevity With Eye Health

As dental hygienists rely on their visual acuity to effectively treat patients, promoting eye health is important.

Extend Your Reach During Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy

Focusing on deep periodontal pocket topography can aid dental hygienists in selecting appropriate hand instruments and providing effective treatment.

Continuing Education

Improving Oral Health One Tea at a Time

The extracts contained within green, black, and oolong teas provide significant oral health benefits.

Recognize the Manifestations of Autoimmune Diseases

Oral health professionals can play a vital role in ensuring patients demonstrating signs or risk factors for these serious conditions get an appropriate referral.

Role of Antimicrobial Peptides in the Fight Against Infection

This class of therapeutics may offer an effective treatment for oral infections, such as dental caries, periodontal diseases, oral mucosal diseases, and oral cancer.

Oral Health Consequences of Khat Use

Cultural competency training will help oral health professionals provide appropriate care and referrals when treating patients who use khat.


Departments

Editor’s Note

It’s Time to Imagine License Portability

License portability is a key issue in dental hygiene. I have personally experienced the challenges associated with moving from one state to another as have many of my colleagues.

Ask the Expert

Create an Instrument Processing Protocolas

What sterilization protocol do you suggest to ensure our instruments are truly sterilized but will be simple for all dental team members to follow?

Products and Services

Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Surface Disinfection Strategy

Kerr TotalCare’s CaviWipes 2.0 offer high material compatibility, efficacy against a broad spectrum of pathogens, and ease of use.

Optimize Patient Outcomes With Simplified Aligner Care

EverSmile WhiteFoam, AlignerFresh, and OrthoChews increase compliance while eliminating bacteria.

Newsline + Industry Info

October 2021 Digital Agenda

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

Low Rates of Fluoride Varnish Use Found Among Pediatric Practitioners

A University of Massachusetts Amherst study has determined that fewer than 5% of well-child visits for children ages 1 to 5 included the application of fluoride varnish to prevent caries.

October 2021 Social Commentary

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

Spotlight on Clinicians: A Passion for Healing

One day while doing a preliminary oral tissue exam, I felt a lump the size of a lima bean underneath a patient’s tongue.

ODU Dental Hygiene Professors Receive Accolades

Two professors at the Old Dominion University (ODU) Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene in Norfolk, Virginia, recently received awards.

NC Educator Leaves Academia to Work on Access-to-Care Issues

Crystal Adams, MA, CDA, RDH, former director of the Dental Hygiene Program at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina, has left academia to become the associate director of the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative.

 

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