Reconnecting Practicing Hygienists with the Nation's Leading Educators and Researchers.

November 2004

Partners in Care

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene speaks with Michael Rethman, DDS, MS, and Jill Rethman, RDH, BA, about the importance of collaboration between periodontists, dental hygienists, and general dentists in providing the best possible patient care.


Mouthrinses can be an effective adjunct to mechanical cleaning in the fight against plaque. 

Controlling the Pain

Topical anesthesia is an important part of pain management and new uses offer more options for dental hygienists.

People Watching

New Program Director at Ohio State, Two Hygienists Receive Crest/ADHA Award, and 100% of Temple College Grads Pass National Boards

From the Editor: No More Tears

On October 8, Dr. Esther Wilkins sent me an email announcing great news— the governor of Massachusetts signed a bill into law adding local anesthesia administration to the dental hygienist's scope of practice.

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