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January 2017




Happy New Year! In an effort to make 2017 your best, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene presents our January issue, which features myriad articles we hope you’ll find interesting, informative, and clinically relevant. Click the links below to read up on subjects such as musculoskeletal health and ergonomics, salivary diagnostic testing, instrumentation, and hepatitis C virus. Our continuing education (CE) articles present the opportunity to earn 8 CE units and cover treating patients on antiplatelet therapy, obstructive sleep apnea, caries risk assessment, and caring for patients with spina bifida. This is your year, and Dimensions is here to support your professional journey!



This Month's Features


Antidotes for Musculoskeletal Disorders
Maintaining fitness and sticking to a regular exercise routine may help oral health professionals prevent work-related injury.
By Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS

The New Liquid Biopsy
Salivary diagnostic testing is poised to move the dental setting into primary, preventive care.
By Barbara Kunselman, RDH, MS, and Mary Kaye Scaramucci, RDH, MS

Decision Making in Ultrasonic Instrumentation
Sufficient power, proper adaptation, and appropriate stroke activation are integral to successful use of this modality.
By Stacy A. Matsuda, RDH, BS, MS

Hepatitis C—A Silent Killer
With increasing numbers of hepatitis C virus infections, oral health professionals need to advise their baby boomer patients to seek testing.
By Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS, and Rachelle Williams, RDH, MS

 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.
By Sandra Stramoski, RDH, MSDH, and Anna Matthews, RDH, MS

 Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Oral health professionals play important roles in detecting and treating obstructive sleep apnea.
By Beth Kornegay, CDA, RDH, MS

 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.
By Martha McComas, RDH, MS

 Caring For Patients With Spina Bifida
This complex neural tube defect causes a variety of impairments that can impact the delivery of dental treatment.
By Faizan Kabani, RDH, MHA, MBA




Industry Info 

In Memoriam
A Lasting Legacy
By Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS

Your Marketplace 

Ask the Expert
The Disappearing Dental Hygienist
By Michele Carr, RDH, MA 


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