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October 2013




Happy National Dental Hygiene Month! To celebrate, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's October journal is ripe with articles that explore the many roles dental hygienists play in oral health care. A wide variety of topics is discussed, including how to support orthodontic treatment success, assess periodontal risk, and improve patient compliance with therapy recommendations. Among other practice-relevant content, you'll also find an insightful article detailing strategies to help patients with lupus maintain their oral health. Here's to a great month celebrating you and our profession, as well as promoting the importance of oral health. Cheers!  

This Month's Features


 Support Orthodontic Treatment Success
Dental hygienists play an integral role in helping orthodontic patients maintain adequate oral hygiene—a necessity for positive treatment outcomes.
By Bhoomika Ahuja, BDS, MS, and Bhushan Ahuja, BDS, MDS, RDH

 Update on Maximum Recommended Dosages for Local Anesthesia
Clinicians should be aware of current Food and Drug Administration-approved recommendations when determining the appropriate dose for individual patients.
By Arthur C. DiMarco, DMD, and Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd

 Control the Aerosol Risk
Precautions must be taken to ensure both clinician and patient safety during ultrasonic instrumentation.
By Linda Brookman, RDH, BSDH, MSHS, and
Donna Smith, BSDH, MSEd, RDHAP

 Balance the Scales
Calcium phosphate technologies may support the remineralization process, thereby helping to ensure the integrity of the tooth surface in the face of mineral loss.
By Lynn Marsh, RDH, EdD

 Brought to you by NSK Dental LLC
Healthy Hands
By improving the ergonomics of clinical practice, dental hygienists can reduce the risk of career-ending injuries.
By Tabitha Tavoc, RDH, PhD

 Focus on Toothpaste
Our annual guide provides details about the variety of dentifrices currently on the market.

 Treating Patients with Lupus
Following are simple strategies to help patients with this autoimmune disorder maintain their oral health.
By Alice C. Trail, RDH, BSDH(c), and
Denise M. Claiborne, RDH, BSDH, MS

 Assess Periodontal Risk
Risk assessment analysis, monitoring risk factor modification, and managing risk factors in patients with periodontal diseases, or those at high risk, are essential to successful treatment.
By Sara G. Grossi, DDS, MS

 Minimally Invasive Periodontal Surgery Revisited
The addition of a videoscope to this technique provides benefits for both clinicians and patients.
By Stephen K. Harrel, DDS, and Jeffrey D. Pope, DDS, MS

 CE Sponsored by Colgate in Partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology
Improving Compliance
Oral health professionals can help noncompliant patients improve their dental health by using the interdisciplinary system of behavioral modification.
By David H. Yu, DDS, MS



Editor's Note
Out of Africa
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA

CDC Awards $30 Million to Strengthen Oral Disease Prevention Programs; Existing Initiatives May Offer Best Solutions to Improving Access to Care; Congressional Hearing Focuses on Crisis in Dental Care 

Industry Info
NSK Supplement Highlights Hand Health; Colgate/AAP Series on Improving Periodontal Outcomes Concludes; Educational Grant Supports Open-Access Website 

Research Report
Association Between Caries and Head and Neck Cancers; Future of Dental Composites; Antibiotics Before Implant Surgery May Not Be Necessary; Periodontal Diseases and Nonapnea Sleep Disorders; the Use of Diamonds in Implants; Material in Molar Extraction Site Supports Implant Placement 


Ask the Expert
The Relationship Between Facial Paralysis and Xerostomia
By Pallavi Parashar, BDS, DDS, FAAOM


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