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This Month’s Features

Combating Periodontal Diseases With Cannabidiol

Emerging research provides preliminary evidence that the adjunctive use of cannabinoids supports the treatment of periodontal diseases.

Remembering Your Roots

A keen understanding of root morphology and how it provides hiding places for biofilm and calculus is integral to successful patient outcomes.

Continuing Education

Detecting and Managing Supernumerary and Ectopic Teeth

Early diagnosis and evaluation for genetic health conditions are key to providing comprehensive, patient-centered care.

A Closer Look at Clear Aligner Therapy

Dental hygienists need to be well versed in this popular technique in order to effectively educate and treat patients undergoing treatment for malocclusion.

A Preventive Approach to Molar Incisor Hypomineralization

This overview of molar incisor hypomineralization explores the clinical presentation and treatment of this developmental defect.

Fluoride Treatment Strategies

Evidence-based guidelines are integral to providing safe and effective recommendations for fluoride use to prevent dental caries.


Editor’s Note

Vaccine Facts

If you want to generate lively discussion these days, mention vaccines. COVID-19 has brought the topic of immunization against disease to the forefront. Like many of you, I have friends who are on both sides of the debate. I’ve heard comments like “Vaccines work, get vaccinated!”as well as “I have a strong immune system and [...]

Ask the Expert

Improve Your Ergonomics

I have been working in clinical practice for almost 5 years. I am starting to experience pain in my hands, arms, and shoulders. I use loupes and a headlamp. My dentist wants to improve the ergonomics of my operatory. What should I suggest? Congratulations on having an employer who values your health and is willing [...]

Products and Services

Clinical Insights: Water Flossing is Key to Maintaining Oral Health

Safe and effective, water flossing offers myriad oral health benefits.

September 2021 Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

Newsline + Industry Info

September 2021 Digital Agenda

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

UNC Receives Grant to Retain Dental Hygiene Faculty

The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry recently received a $975,000 grant to help the school retain dental hygiene and dental faculty. Awarded by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration, the grant money will repay student loans for up to four faculty members per year who dedicate [...]

September 2021 Social Commentary

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

Spotlight on Clinicians: Give, Collaborate, Disrupt, Repeat!

Let me start by saying, we have the best profession in the world. Dental hygiene has given me wings to do whatever my mind can dream up—and am I a dreamer! I graduated from The Ohio State University as a “guygienist” with a desire to make an impact and do something nontraditional. I moved to [...]

US Surgeon General Urges Americans to Fight Health Misinformation

United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, has issued a brief citing health misinformation as a serious threat to public welfare, with inaccurate or false news resulting in individuals declining COVID-19 vaccinations. Exposure to misinformation has also caused people to push back on health safety recommendations, such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and [...]

Analysis Finds Medicare Recipients Often Skip Needed Dental Care

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Medicare will be helpful in informing policymakers as they develop a possible dental benefit for adult Medicare recipients. The report found that 47% of those covered by Medicare had not visited a dental practice within the past 12 months. Although dental benefits are being considered for adults, at [...]


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