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July 2017




From the oral health effects of synthetic cannabinoid use to the effects of visibly tattooed oral health professionals on patient care—the July issue of Dimensions is hot! This issue has something for every dental hygienist, including discussions of caries risk, ultrasonic instrumentation, topical anesthesia, aging and periodontal health, and gingival recession. So pour yourself a tall iced glass of your favorite drink and enjoy all that July Dimensions has to offer.  



This Month's Features


Caries Classification 
Effectively classifying caries lesions and implementing nonsurgical therapies, such as fluoride usage, can help reduce the damage done by tooth decay.
By Diana Macri, RDH, BSDH, MSEd, and Annie Chitall, RDH, BS

The Role of Nicotine in Caries Risk and Development
Research demonstrates a direct relationship between smoking and Streptococcus mutans biofilm formation that raises the risk for dental caries.
By Youstina S. Beshay, BS, and Richard L. Gregory, PhD

Troubleshooting Instrumentation of Furcations, Concavities, and Depressions
The use of site-specific ultrasonic inserts/tips can help improve the success of nonsurgical periodontal therapy.
By Kristel Caganap, RDH, MSDH; Joan Beleno Sanchez, RDH, BSDH, BAS; and Michaela Nguyen, RDH, MS

Topical Anesthetics for Dental Hygiene Procedures
Alternative pain control modalities offer soft tissue anesthesia, providing clinicians with additional options.
By Kathryn Bell, RDH, MS 

 Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoid Use 
Oral health professionals need to be aware of the systemic and oral health effects of the substances in this class of drugs.
By Susan Davide, RDH, MS, MSEd

 Tattoos in the Dental Setting 
Visible tattoos on oral health professionals can impact patients' perception of care.
By Susan L. Tolle, BSDH, MS; Kathryn, R. Search, RDH, BSDH, MS; and Amanda B. Verissimo, RDH, MS

 CE Sponsored by Colgate in Partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology
Effects of Aging on Periodontal Health 

The cumulative effects of periodontal diseases make it difficult to distinguish long-standing disease from age-related incidence of disease.
By Sivaraman Prakasam, BDS, MSD, PhD

 A Closer Look at Gingival Recession 
While not every case of recession requires treatment, evaluating etiology and precipitating factors will help clinicians determine the need for a therapeutic solution.
By Keerthana Satheesh, DDS, MS



 Editor's Note
The Dental Drive Campaign
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


 Industry Info 

 Your Marketplace 

 Ask the Expert
Addressing Precavitated Lesions in Toddlers
By Durinda Mattana, RDH, MS 


Product Profiles


Sunstar Americas Inc 

OraCoat, a division of OraHealth Inc 

Dentsply Sirona 


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