Reconnecting Practicing Hygienists with the Nation's Leading Educators and Researchers.
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Current Concepts in Caries Risk Assessment

Staying abreast of the changing landscape of caries risk assessment, management, and prevention will help oral health professionals provide the highest quality patient care.

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Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Oral health professionals play important roles in detecting and treating obstructive sleep apnea.

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Treating Patients on Antiplatelet Therapy

In order to safely and effectively manage this patient population, oral health professionals should be able to recognize the medical indications for which antiplatelets are prescribed and understand their adverse effects.

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Caring For Patients With Spina Bifida

This complex neural tube defect causes a variety of impairments that can impact the delivery of dental treatment.

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Diabetes and Periodontal Diseases

Inflammation is the link that binds these two common maladies.

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Supporting Oral Health in Pregnancy

Providing dental care to pregnant patients is both safe and necessary to ensure the health of both mothers and infants.

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Tobacco Trends

While tobacco use continues to decline in adults, its prevalence is growing among young people, emphasizing the need for effective prevention and intervention strategies.

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The Use Of Lasers in Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy

The efficacy of this technology as an adjunctive treatment for periodontitis and peri-implant diseases remains controversial.

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Recognizing the Signs Of Crohn’s Disease

Oral health professionals should be aware of the oral manifestations of this gastrointestinal condition in order to facilitate early diagnosis.

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Sedation of the Pediatric Patient

The use of sedation and general anesthesia may make the treatment of children who cannot tolerate dental care possible.

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Improve Oral Health During Pregnancy

Receiving professional dental care during pregnancy is critical to maintaining oral health.

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Caring for Patients With Special Needs

Clinicians need to be prepared to provide safe and effective oral health care services to this population.

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Alternative Injection Techniques

The use of the infraorbital, anterior middle superior alveolar, and maxillary nerve blocks provide safety and efficiency benefits during the administration of local anesthesia.

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The Impact of Diet and Nutrition On Oral Health

Dental hygienists can help patients improve their oral health by identifying dietary contributors to oral disease, assessing patients for nutrition-related risks, and providing dietary counseling.

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Screening for Suicide May Save a Life

Oral health professionals are well positioned to screen for this preventable cause of death during the dental hygiene process of care.

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Laser Basics

Although the research is mixed, the use of laser technology in periodontics and implantology continues to grow.

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Supporting Oral Health in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

Understanding the specific risk factors that affect these patients will help clinicians effectively manage their caries risk.

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Trends in the Prevention of Peri-Implant Diseases

Dental professionals who are well versed in the etiologies and risk factors for peri-implantitis can help prevent implant failure.

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The Role of Sugar Alcohols in Caries Prevention

This literature review examines the evidence regarding the effectiveness of sugar alcohols in preventing tooth decay.

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Managing Deep Caries

Vital pulp therapy can be a useful option for treating severe caries in primary molars.

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Caries Management with Silver Diamine Fluoride

A new chemotherapeutic option for caries management, SDF is a safe and effective caries-preventive agent.

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Ensuring Sealant Efficacy

Supporting successful sealant placement – through material choice, tooth preparation, and technique – is key to positive patient outcomes.

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Addressing Xerostomia

Here is how you can detect and treat this common problem to help patients improve their quality of life and prevent oral disease.

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Quit The Dip

This discussion of trends in smokeless tobacco use and strategies for cessation are designed to help oral health professionals adequately address this public health epidemic.

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Effects of Asthma On Oral Health

Supporting the oral and systemic health of pediatric patients with asthma is key to successful outcomes.

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Esthetic Options for Tooth Movement

Clear aligners and lingually positioned appliances present esthetic alternatives to orthodontic treatment with traditional braces.

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The Role of Genetics in Caries Risk and Resistance

Improved understanding of relevant genetic factors will help increase the precision of caries risk assessment and, ultimately, enable more targeted, personalized interventions that will effectively prevent and manage dental caries.

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Control the Aerosol Risk

Precautions must be taken to ensure both clinician and patient safety during ultrasonic instrumentation.

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Incorporating HIV Testing in the Dental Office

HIV testing in the dental setting can help patients get connected with the care they need to improve their long-term health outcomes.

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Ergonomics Reinvigorated

Strategies for using the Core Four to help prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

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Update on Dental Restorative Materials

How to safely and effectively care for dental restorations.

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Therapeutic Use of Botulinum Neurotoxin Injections

As the popularity of these therapeutic injections increases, oral health professionals should be familiar with their mechanism of action, indications, adverse effects, and evidence for safe and effective use.

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Strategies to Improve Sealant Retention

Supporting the long-term viability of sealants in key to their success in caries prevention.

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Sealant Success

Dental sealants remain an integral part of the caries prevention armamentarium.

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Choosing the Right Sealant Material

Selecting the most appropriate selant material depends on several factors, including patient needs.

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A Profession At Risk

Oral health professionals need to develop a prevention plan to reduce their risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

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Preparing for the Zika Virus

Oral health professionals need to remain up to date on this viral epidemic so they can best protect themselves and their patients.

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Complications in Tooth Development

Early diagnosis of dental anomalies—such as variations in tooth number, size, and shape—enables optimal patient management and treatment planning.

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Expanding the Caries Prevention Armamentarium

Effectively reducing tooth decay depends on moving beyond traditional interventions to include adjunctive therapies, behavior modification approaches, and legislative advocacy.

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Ensure Proper Fit

Implementing well-fitting loupes into clinical practice can improve both ergonomics and the quality of patient care.

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