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June 2017




Warm weather is here and whether you’re enjoying a “staycation” in your backyard or you’re lounging on a beautiful beach, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is full of content to keep your interest during the lazy days of summer. From an interesting look at effectively educating patients about the human papillomavirus to the introduction of a risk assessment model for inflammatory-driven diseases to a discussion on common implant complications—this issue will prevent any summer brain drain! 



This Month's Features


Strategies to Improve Sealant Retention 
Supporting the long-term viability of sealants is integral to their success in caries prevention.
By Jodi L. Olmsted, RDH, PhD

Focus on Prophy Pastes and Air Polishing Powders
Clinicians have a wide range of prophy pastes and air polishing powders at their fingertips, making personalized care both accessible and simple.

Update on HIV/AIDS
Oral health professionals are well positioned to incorporate global and national strategies for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
By Jasmin Haley, RDH, BSDH, CDA

 Advances in Visual Acuity
Clinicians have a variety of options available to improve their viewing of the oral cavity.
By Frances McConaughy, RDH, MS 

 Bridging the HPV Knowledge Gap 
As many patients are unaware of the association between the human papillomavirus and oral cancer, oral health professionals and charged with educating patients on this important topic. 
By Christina A. Demopoulos, DDS, MPH; Tanis Stewart, MPA, MBA, PhD; and Marcia M. Ditmyer, PhD, MCHES

 Identifying Patients at Risk for Inflammatory-Driven Conditions 
Implementing a risk assessment model may help decrease the chance of developing obesity and prevent metabolic diseases, in addition to improving patients' periodontal health.
By Casey Hein, BSDH, MBA, and Eraldo L. Batista Jr, DDS, MSc, DSc

 Caries Risk Assessment in Children With Special Needs 
Understanding condition-specific caries risk factors can help clinicians identify successful prevention strategies.
By Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH

 Supporting Implant Health 
While myriad factors can threaten the success of implant therapy, implementing maintenance strategies may support positive outcomes.
By Timothy J. Hempton, DDS, and Evangelos Papathanasiou, DMD, MS, PhD



 Editor's Note
What's in a Name?
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


 Industry Info 

 Your Marketplace 

 Ask the Expert
Standards for Patient Scheduling
By Michele Carr, RDH, MA, and Rachel Kearney, RDH, MS 


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