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July 2016




Summer is hot and this issue has everything you need to stay cool, collected, and informed in regard to the latest trends in dental hygiene. From caries prevalence in American Indians and Native Alaskan populations to digital technology to ultrasonics to hypersensitivity, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene shares information you'll want to know. Also, earn as you learn: There are 4 CE opportunities in this issue on topics about treating patients with hearing impairment, 3D printing, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, and silver diamine fluoride.


This colored scanning electron micrograph is of the organ of Corti from the cochlea of the inner ear. The bony capsule that encloses the organ has been removed to reveal the organ's spiral structure. Rows of sensory hairs within the organ of Corti convert sound vibrations into nerve impulses that are sent along the auditory nerve to the brain.

This Month's Features


The Caries Epidemic in Native American Communities
While the exact cause of American Indian and Native Alaskan children's high prevalence and increased severity of caries is not well understood, possible solutions have been proposed.
By John J. Warren, DDS, MS

Supporting Oral Health Through Innovation
Advancements in digital technology provide myriad benefits to clinicians, patients, and researchers.
By Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, PhD

Achieve Success With Ultrasonic Adaptation
Dental hygienists need to be well versed in technique to achieve positive outcomes with both magnetostrictive and piezoelectric devices.
By Alexandra Ochi, RDH, BSDH, and Michaela Nguyen, RDH, MS

Maximize the Benefits of Computer-Controlled Local Anesthesia Delivery
Fluid pressure and tissue type play important roles in the success of this pain management approach.
By Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd, and Art DiMarco, DMD

Addressing the Symptoms of Dentinal Hypersensitivity
Proper diagnosis and staying abreast of the latest treatment strategies are the basis of effectively managing this common dental complaint.
By Shelly Withers, RDH, MS, and Debra Zawistowski, RDH, BS

 Caring For Patients With Hearing Impairment
Clinicians need to be prepared to provide effective oral health services to this patient population.
By Kimberly A. Erdman, RDH, PHDHP, MSDH

 3D Printing in Dentistry
This promising technology has many uses in the delivery of oral health care services—from restorative care to implant dentistry.
By Joseph W. Evans, DDS, and Parth S. Desai, BDS, MPH

 CE Sponsored by Colgate in Partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology
Improving Periodontal Health

Nonsurgical periodontal therapy—both traditional practices and recent innovations—remains key to improving oral health outcomes.
By Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, MS

Arresting Caries
The use of silver diamine fluoride offers many benefits in arresting caries lesions, especially among underserved and low-income populations.
By Bernadette Alvear Fa, DDS; Jeremy Alan Horst, DDS, MS, PhD; Jason Philip Hirsch, DMD, MPH; Steve Duffin, DDS; Allen Wong, DDS, EdD; and Douglas A. Young, DDS, EdD, MBA, MS



Editor's Note
The Mouth Is Connected to the Body
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


Industry Info 

Guest Editorial
Ensuring Safety During Pediatric Dental Treatment
By S. Thikkurissy, DDS, MS, and Carolyn Brown, RDH, EFDA, BS, MPA

Ask the Expert
Single-Use Items And Sterilization
By Kandis Garland, RDH, MS


Product Profiles


OralDNA® Labs   

Elevate Oral Care 


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