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May 2017




May happens to be “National Get Caught Reading Month,” and we couldn’t think of a better material to get caught reading with than the May issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene! From an interesting look at the effects of joint hypermobility on clinician health and periodontal instrumentation outcomes to a discussion of ethical decision making to a literature review on the effectiveness and safety of medical marijuana use—this issue has something every dental hygienist can enjoy. 



This Month's Features


   The Role of Attached Gingiva in Implant Therapy 
While there is insufficient evidence to routinely recommend gingival augmentation to maintain implants, gingival grafting may benefit certain patient populations.
By Rania Livada, DDS, MS; Amjad M. Nazzal, DDS, MDS; and Jacob Shiloah, DMD

Reducing Demineralization Risk
Sports and energy drinks are designed to prevent dehydration and replenish energy, but they also contribute to the demineralization of tooth enamel.
By Lynn Marsh, RDH, EdD

Impact of Joint Hypermobility
Practitioners should self-identify the presence of joint hypermobility and recognize its potential effect on the musculoskeletal system and the effectiveness of periodontal instrumentation.
By Joyce Y. Sumi, RDH, MS; Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS; and Michaela Nguyen, RDH, MS

 Focus on Toothbrushes
This guide provides information on many of the manual and power toothbrushes currently available.

 Ethical Decision Making in Dental Hygiene 
Clinicians face ethical dilemmas throughout their careers, but a strong educational foundation in ethics and ethical decision-making provides a helpful guide.
By Michele Carr, RDH, MA

 The Therapeutic Potential of Medical Marijuana
Providing patients with scientific information and clarifying misinformation about cannabis are essential to the provision of safe, ethical, and compassionate care.
By Anna Matthews, RDH, MS, and Sandra Stramoski, RDH, MSDH

CE Sponsored by Colgate in Partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology  
 Strategies for Dentinal Hypersensitivity Management

Patient discomfort caused by this common complaint can be effectively address with both in-office and at-home therapies.
By Mia L. Geisinger, DDS, MS

 Motivational Interviewing for Dental Hygienists
The following techniques can help guide patients to improved self-care and optimal oral health.
By Michelle Arnett, RDH, BS, MS, and Anne Gwozdek, RDH, BA, MA



 Editor's Note
Make a Virtual Commitment Real 
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


 Industry Info 

 Your Marketplace 

 Ask the Expert
Periodontal Charting
By Timothy J. Hempton, DDS 

Product Profiles


RJC Products 


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