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September 2017




Saying goodbye to the lazy days of summer is no easy feat, but fall brings much to look forward to—pumpkin spice, anyone? So grab a cup of coffee and sit down with the September issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Need to focus on workplace ergonomics? We’ve got you covered. Looking for new ways to encourage your patients to perform interdental cleaning? Check out our table on nonfloss interdental cleaners. Finding it difficult to scale premolar teeth? Help is inside Dimensions’ September issue. And as always, we offer four continuing education (CE) courses offering up to eight CE units to help you keep your license current. Welcome to fall! 



This Month's Features


Instrumenting Premolars 
The complex root anatomy of these teeth poses a distinct challenge during hand instrumentation.
By Kathleen O. Hodges, RDH, MS

Focus on Nonfloss Interdental Cleaners 
Interdental cleaning is a necessary part of maintaining oral health, and this table provides myriad details about available nonfloss interdental cleaners to help clinicians make appropriate patient recommendations.

 A Profession at Risk 
Oral health professionals need to develop a prevention plan to reduce their risk of musculoskeletal disorders.
By Lynn Marsh, RDH, EdD

 Breaking the Genetic Code 
Genetic testing may provide oral health professionals with a new avenue to customize patient care and improve preventive treatments and outcomes.
By Leciel K. Bono, RDH-ER, MS

 Digital Technology Integration 
The following strategies can help oral health professionals implement new technologies into daily clinical practice.
By Dennis J. Fasbinder, DDS, ABGD, and Stephen J. Sterlitz, DDS, MS, ABGD

 Changing the Trajectories of Diabetes and Periodontitis 
Oral health professionals who understand the interrelationship of the inflammatory burden shared by these two chronic diseases will be best prepared to provide customized treatment.
By Casey Hein, BSDH, MBA

 Adverse Birth Outcomes and Oral Health 
This literature review investigates the evidence surrounding the association between periodontal disease and preterm births and low birth weight.
By Erin A. Kierce, RDH, BA, MS, MPH, and Lori Rainchuso, RDH, MS,DHSC



 Editor's Note
Jenn's Vision
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


 Industry Info 


 Ask the Expert
Strategies for Effective Instrument Sharpening
By Mary Kaye Scaramucci, RDH, MS 


Product Profiles

Dentsply Sirona 

Sunstar Americas Inc 


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