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This Month’s Features

New Career Opportunity

A recent change in eligibility requirements enables dental hygienists to become certified diabetes educators.

The Evolution of Gloves

This component of personal protective equipment is critical to successful infection control protocol in the dental setting.

Erosive Tooth Wear

Dental hygienists are well positioned to help patients treat and prevent the effects of this common oral health problem.

Anterior Instrumentation

Purposeful assessment, correct instrument selection, and effective technique are key to maintaining health in the anterior dentition.

A Diagnostic Challenge

While a large radiopaque mass of the maxilla could represent a variety of oral health problems, a differential diagnosis is the key to pinpointing the cause.

Continuing Education

Causality or Coincidence?

A look at the emerging evidence surrounding the association between periodontal diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

Indications for CBCT Use

Cone-beam computed tomography has myriad uses in orthodontics.

Improving Access to Care

Dental hygienists play an important role in helping disadvantaged populations receive the oral health care they need.


Editor’s Note

Living My Dental Hygiene Dream

Maya Angelou said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Ask the Expert

Are Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Outside A Dental Hygienists’ Scope of Practice?

I have more than 30 years of experience as a clinical dental hygienist in Massachusetts. I thought that diagnosis and treatment planning were outside of dental hygienists' scope of practice and that these duties were the purview of dentists only.

Products and Services

MAXmin® with NuFluor® by Preventech

Prophy paste maximizes cleaning, minimizes splatter.

Clinpro™ 5000 and Vanish™ Varnish by 3M ESPE

Product duo provides preventive solutions.

September 2014 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Shield Force® Plus by Tokuyama Dental America

Knock out sensitivity with double block technology.

NiteBite® by Keystone Industries

Nightguard protects dentition from bruxism.

Mirror Magic by Zirc Dental Products Inc

Anti-fog system boosts visual acuity.

Newsline + Industry Info

Maine Welcomes Mid-Level Providers

Underserved patients in Maine have reason to smile.

Industry Info

Research reveals there is some association between periodontal diseases and cardiovascular diseases (CVD), although causality has yet to be demonstrated.

Dental Coverage for Children Set to Expire in 2015

With funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) set to expire in September 2015, the advocacy group Oral Health America (OHA) is asking dental professionals to express support for the passage of the CHIP Extension Act by contacting their senators.

Award for Excellence Honorees Announced

The 2014 American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene was given to Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's Editor in Chief Jill Rethman, RDH, BA, and Joyce Bartle Flieger, RDH, MPH, during the ADHA Annual Session on June 22 in Las Vegas.

Dimensions Partners with ADHA Institute for Oral Health to Offer Research Grant

Beginning November 1, licensed dental hygienists and post-graduate dental hygiene students will be able to apply for the 2014- 2015 Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Research Grant, administered via the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Institute for Oral Health


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