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This Month’s Features

A European Look at Implant Therapy

Iain Chapple, PhD, BDS, FDSRCPS, FDSRCS, CCST (REST DENT), shares the European Federation of Periodontology's perspective on ensuring implant success.

Focus on Nonfloss Interdental Cleaners

Interdental cleaning is a necessary part of maintaining oral health, and this table provides myriad details about available nonfloss interdental cleaners to help clinicians make appropriate patient recommendations.

Maximize the Use of Sickle Instruments

Alternative fulcrums and different body positions can be implemented with this type of hand instrument to support the success of calculus removal.

Reporting Notifiable Infectious Diseases

Oral health professionals need to understand the process for reporting such conditions at the local, state, and national levels.

Guest Editorial: The Growing Popularity of Dental Tourism

With rising dental costs and limited insurance coverage, many Americans are traveling abroad for oral health care—from cosmetic procedures to implant therapy to oral surgery.

Continuing Education

Caring for Patients With Huntington’s Disease

This genetic disease has severe consequences for oral and overall health.

Maintenance Considerations for Prosthodontic Patients

Without the development of, and compliance with, a structured maintenance program, the long-term success of restorative care is at risk.

Communicating About Sensitive Topics

While addressing issues like sexually transmitted infections, obesity, and tobacco use is not easy, oral health professionals are obligated to educate patients on key factors related to oral and systemic health.


Editor’s Note

The Furor Over Dental Floss

Have we been wrong for so many years in recommending that patients floss?

Ask the Expert

Timing For Comprehensive Periodontal Charting

Do patients need to be comprehensively charted at each periodontal maintenance visit?

Products and Services

BeautiSealant and PRG Barrier Coat by Shofu Dental Corp

Giomer is a collective term for bioactive materials that incorporate Shofu's proprietary surface pre-reacted glass (S-PRG) technology.

esa® Disposable Prophy Angle by Preventech®

By eliminating the nose cone from the low-speed handpiece, the patented esa disposable prophy angle reduces the burden of infection control and saves both time and money.

Enamelon® Preventive Treatment Gel by Premier Dental Products Co

A proper daily self-care routine remains a key step in the fight against dental caries, gingivitis, and hypersensitivity.

September 2016 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

Oregon School Receives Grant to Study Implementation of Dental Therapists

Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

ECC Names New Department Head

The State University of New York’s Erie Community College in Williamsville has named Nicole Greco, BSDH, MA, head of the Department of Dental Hygiene.

September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month

September has been declared Dental Infection Control Awareness Month by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention

Maintenance Proves Pivotal to Success

A carefully organized and strategically implemented maintenance program is integral.

Smiles All Around at Dental Home Day

In concert with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session, the fourth annual Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Dental Home Day was held in May to help underserved children in San Antonio.


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