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February 2014




February marks National Children's Dental Health Month, and this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene contains evidence-based scientific articles that will help you optimally treat your youngest patients. Covering a wide range of pediatric-focused topics—including water fluoridation, establishing a dental home, caries risk assessment, and recognizing the signs of child abuse—the February issue also touches on other important components of oral health care, such as treatment of peri-implant mucositis, interpreting digital radiographs, and the dangers of betel quid chewing. Read on for vital information that, when implemented, will make both you and your patients smile.   

Piper Machado is the daughter of Kristen Pratt Machado, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's executive editor, and has appeared on the February cover in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month every year since 2009.


This Month's Features


 A New Pediatric Paradigm
Updates to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Reference Manual are designed to improve the quality of care provided to children, while emphasizing the importance of prevention.
By Warren A. Brill, DMD, MS (HYG)

 Treatment of Peri-Implant Mucositis
A comprehensive nonsurgical approach is the best defense against this aggressive threat to gingival health.
By Scott Froum, DDS

 Establish a Dental Home
A collaborative approach is needed when encouraging parents/caregivers to seek professional oral health care for their children before age 1.
By Denise M. Claiborne, RDH, BSDH, MS

 Hone Your Sharpening Technique
Technique, routine, workstation setup, and maintenance are all integral parts of an effective sharpening regimen.
By Mary Kaye Scaramucci, RDH, MS

 Decoding Digital X-Rays
Clinicians must remain up to date on their anatomy knowledge and diagnostic skills to effectively interpret radiographs.
By Mitzi J. Palazzolo, DDS, MS, Capt, USAF, DC; Teresa Reeves, DDS, JD, Lt Col, USAF, DC; and Shawneen M. Gonzalez, DDS, MS

 Defenders of Community Water Fluoridation
Oral health professionals should be ready to advocate for this important component of caries prevention efforts.
By Lori Rainchuso, RDH, MS

 Focus on Sealants
Here are key details about sealants and sealant-related products currently on the market.

 Sunstar Spotlight
Oral Health Maintenance in Orthodontics
A patient-centered approach can help individuals with orthodontic appliances improve their dental health.
By Terri Tilliss, RDH, PhD

 Recognize the Signs
Oral health professionals are in an ideal position to identify and report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.
By Merri L. Jones, RDH, MSDH, and Elena Francisco, RDH, RDHAP, MS

 Evaluating Caries Risk
Clinicians must assess each patient's risk for developing decay in order to effectively implement a caries prevention program.
By Elizabeth Velan, DMD, MSD, and Travis Nelson, DDS, MSD, MPH

 Tricho-Dento-Osseous Syndrome
A form of ectodermal dysplasia, this genetic disease exerts a variety of effects on the oral cavity.
By Sherri M. Lukes, RDH, MS, and Mackenzie Bacot

The Dangers of Betel Quid Chewing
This addictive habit, popular in Southeast Asia and India, negatively impacts the oral cavity.
By Petal C. Leu-wai-see, AAS, RDH, BSDH, MA




Editor's Note
In Memory of Finley
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA

Industry Info
Sunstar Spotlight Highlights Oral Health Maintenance; Pros in the Profession Names First Winner of 2014; DUX Dental Raises Awareness, Funds for Cervical Cancer; Professional SAVVY to Host First Seminar on Patient Care; 3M ESPE Promotes Dental Hygienist to Director 

Applications Available for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Research Grant; Affordable Care Act Leaves Dental Loophole; National Dental Hygiene Research Conference Slated for October; World Oral Health Day 2014 Promotes Healthy Mouths Around the Globe 

Your Marketplace 

Ask the Expert
Implement a Recare System
By Michele Carr, RDH, MA, and Rachel Henry, RDH, MS


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