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Contents

This Month’s Features

The Ethics of Infection Control

Dental hygienists must be prepared to address breaches in infection control to ensure the safety of patients and dental team members.

Maintain Visual Acuity

Strategies to reduce vision-related risks and improve ocular health.

Continuing Education

Update on Monkeypox

Understanding the origins of this viral disease and how it spreads will help oral health professionals advise their patients and prevent its transmission.

The Pathogenicity of Porphyromonas Gingivalis

This Gram-negative anaerobe plays a significant role in inflammation and disease.

Insight into Chronic Kidney Disease

Oral health professionals need to be aware of the oral implications of this serious disease.

Detecting Endodontic-Periodontal Lesions

Identifying the etiology of endodontic-periodontal lesions is key to successful treatment.


Departments

Editor’s Note

Update on License Portability

In the October 2021 issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, I wrote about a new initiative that would allow dental hygienists and dentists to practice in more than one state without needing to take a licensure exam for each state.1 The American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Association, and United States Department of Defense are [...]

Ask the Expert

How to Keep Instruments Sharp

I am spending lots of time sharpening my instruments. What can I do to help them stay sharp longer? There are two basic sharpening objectives: to produce a sharp cutting edge and to maintain the original contour of the instrument. The optimal internal angle of an instrument face to its lateral surface is 70° to [...]

Products and Services

Clinical Insights: Patient Care Plan Allows Offices to Customize Goody Bags

The Colgate Care Plan lets dental offices choose goody bag toothbrush and toothpaste options that meet each patient's specific needs.

Part Two: Do You Know Your Lines?

Keeping evacuation lines clean is key to safe patient care.

Clinical Insights: Supercharge Your Cleaning Power

Solmetex PowerSonic™ UltraSonic Cleaning Solution is designed to boost the effectiveness of ultrasonic baths and instrument washers.

Newsline + Industry Info

Researchers Work to Develop a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine

With COVID-19 still prevalent globally, how will the global pandemic end? Some researchers suggest a universal vaccine that is effective against all mutations of the novel coronavirus may be the answer and they believe this is possible—all thanks to a specially designed nanoparticle. While researching a universal flu vaccine, investigators at the California Institute of [...]

Spotlight on Clinicians: Serving Those Who Served Our Country

When I speak to dental hygienists, I remind them of how far our profession has come since I graduated from dental hygiene school 40 years ago. My intention is to inspire them to change the paradigm for our profession, increase access to care, and open more options for dental hygienists so that we can find [...]

Dimensions Welcomes New Editorial Advisory Board Member

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene announces the addition of Anna Matthews, RDH, MS, to its prestigious Editorial Advisory Board. A professor in the Dental Hygiene Program at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), she was named chairperson of the department in August 2022. A 2004 alumna of the City Tech Dental Hygiene Program, Matthews [...]

Protein Study May Help Improve Oral Cancer Outcomes

In a study appearing in Molecular Cancer Research, scientists from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine have identified a protein that stimulates the growth of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) tumors. They suggest that targeting the lysine-specific demethylase 1 enzyme with either medications or genetic eradication may limit a tumor’s development and [...]

Partnership Seeks to Ensure Kids Secure a Dental Home

Ensuring that children have a dental home is an important step to promoting a lifetime of good oral health. However, this task is daunting for those with limited resources. As a result, DentaQuest, a United States-based company that provides Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program dental benefits, and TeamSmile, an advocacy group that connects oral [...]

First Dental Therapy Program in the Lower 48 States Receives Accreditation

The Dental Therapy Education Program at Skagit Valley College (SVC) in Mount Vernon, Washington, received accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), the first such program to receive CODA accreditation in the lower 48 states. The program—supported through a partnership between SVC and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community—is designed to increase access to care [...]

October 2022 Digital Agenda

Subscribe to Perio Update Perio Update, a twice-monthly enewsletter created by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, is designed to provide you with the latest information on periodontal therapy, sharing relevant and useful content to help you achieve better patient outcomes. From implant surgery to guided tissue regeneration to scaling and root planing, you won’t want to [...]

 

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