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April 2017




Spring has sprung! We hope you get a few moments this season to read the latest issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, as it's packed full of important information. Our annual Mouthrinse Guide appears, providing details on both therapeutic and cosmetic rinses. Technique tips on ultrasonic instrumentation and suggestions for using loupes to prevent musculoskeletal disorders are also included. And if you need to earn continuing education units, this issue offers eight units through articles covering the opioid crisis, treating children with diabetes, the signs and symptoms of hypophosphatasia, and caries management. 



This Month's Features


Adapting Site-Specific Ultrasonic Inserts/Tips
These instruments can increase access to difficult-to-reach areas and may help to improve periodontal therapy outcomes.
By Kristel Caganap, RDH, MSDH; Joan Beleno Sanchez, RDH, BSDH, BAS; and Michaela Nguyen, RDH, MS

Ensure Proper Fit
Implementing well-fitting loupes into clinical practice can improve both ergonomics and the quality of patient care.
By Emily Ludwig, RDH, MSDH, and Susan Lynn Tolle, BSDH, MS

Focus on Mouthrinses
This informative table provides details on the therapeutic and cosmetic mouthrinses available today.

 The Opioid Crisis
Clinicians should be knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms of opioid use disorder in order to provide the most appropriate care to these patients.
By Lisa Bilich, RDH, MS, CHSE

 Caring for Children With Diabetes 
Oral health professionals are well positioned to provide the extensive preventive and therapeutic care required to maintain the oral health of this patient population.
By Dorothy J. Rowe, RDH, MS, PhD, and Hyun A. Sohn, RDH, MS

 Signs and Symptoms of Hypophosphatasia
As premature tooth loss is one of the first signs of this debilitating disease, oral health professionals need to be prepared to recognize it in its earliest stages.
By Julio Sotillo, DDS, PhD, and Kyriakie Sarafoglou, MD

 A Comprehensive Approach to Dental Caries Management
Risk assessment, therapeutic and restorative therapies, establishment of a dental home, and interprofessional care are key to mitigating the negative effects of tooth decay.
By Erin A. Kierce, RDH, BA, MS, MPH, and Lori Rainchuso, RDH, MS, DHSc



Editor's Note
There's a Code for That
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


Industry Info 

Guest Editorial
The Journey to Opportunity
By Debra J. Sidd, RDH, RF, MEd

Your Marketplace 

Ask the Expert
Implications of Biofilms in Dental Unit Waterlines
By Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS 




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