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October 2017




Happy National Dental Hygiene Month! Our hats are off to you, the prevention experts, as you help your patients move toward optimal oral health every day. During this month of frenzied candy consumption, your education and clinical skills are even more in demand. We hope you enjoy some of your own self-care this month. While you take a break, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene has another packed issue full of relevant, evidence-based editorial. 



This Month's Features


Brush Up on the Basics of PPE 
The appropriate use of personal protective equipment is integral to the safe provision of oral health care services.
By Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS

 Root Coverage Therapy 
Jonathan H. Do, DDS, shares his perspective on surgical approaches and patient selection criteria for this approach to treating gingival recession.

 Providing Conscious Sedation 
Nitrous oxide delivery is an important facet of pain management during dental procedures.
By Diana Aboytes, RDH, MS, and Jason R. Flores, DDS, RN, DADBA, DNDBA, FADSA

 Improve Your Ultrasonic Technique 
Many factors contribute to a clinician's ability to effectively remove calculus and help patients achieve optimal oral health.
By Julia Cherney, RDH, MS, and Michaela Nguyen, RDH, MS

 Targeting Treatment to Patient Needs 
Precision dentistry and medicine are set to transform clinical approaches to personalized care.
By Harold C. Slavkin, DDS

Focus on Toothpaste 
This informative table provides information on some of the dentifrices currently available in the United States.

 CE Sponsored by Colgate in Partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology
Successful Strategies for Periodontal Debridement 

The majority of periodontal patients can retain their dentition with appropriate treatment, effective plaque control, and regular maintenance.
By Keerthana Satheesh, DDS, MS

 Managing Patients With Critical Cardiac Conditions 
This population has complex medical needs that may impact the provision of oral health care.
By Anna Matthews, RDH, MS, and Sandra Stramoski, RDH, MSDH

 HIV Testing in the Dental Setting 
Oral health professionals are well positioned to identify the early stages of human immunodeficiency virus infection.
By Lawrence Pizzitola, DDS

 CE Sponsored by 3M Oral Care
Use of Fluoride Varnish in Caries Prevention 

As this effective preventive tool is widely used, oral health professionals need to remain up-to-date regarding product innovations and the most current evidence-based approaches.
By Erin Relich, RDH, BSDH, MSA, and Durinda Mattana, RDH, BSDH, MS



 Editor's Note
Be Prepared
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


 Industry Info 


 Ask the Expert
Pharmacotherapy in Patients With Heart Disease
By Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD 





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