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December 2017




Dimensions of Dental Hygiene may have saved the best for last in 2017 with an issue filled with a celebration of highly accomplished dental hygienists, as well as our traditional evidence-based articles. In this issue, we remember the matriarch of dental hygiene, Dr. Esther Wilkins, one year after her passing with a poignant reflection by her close friend and biographer Dr. Pamela Bretschneider. This December also marks the 10th anniversary of Dimensions' "Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know." This year's honorees are announced and the online mentorship program continues through sponsorship by Hu-Friedy. Additionally, the issue offers editorial on the future of periodontology, infection control, and radiography, as well as four continuing education articles. All of us at Dimensions of Dental Hygiene wish you a very special holiday season.  



This Month's Features


Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's 10th Annual Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know
These dental hygienists represent the best of the best within the areas of academia, clinical practice, industry, "mover and shaker," public health, and research. Each changemaker has pushed the boundaries of the dental hygiene profession and risen to the top of her field.

What the Future Holds For Periodontal Treatment
Although today's periodontal treatment has experienced significant advancement, even more promising therapies are on the horizon.
By P. Mark Bartold, DDSc, PhD

 Third Molar Removal 
While the decision to remove third molars without the presence of pathology has become controversial, this case study illustrates the risks of leaving them intact.
By Jennifer S. Sherry, RDH, MSEd; Sandi Watts, MHA, RTR, ARRT; Samantha Hennig, RDH, BSDH; and Molly Hogan, RDH, BSDH

 Ensure Safe Practice While Volunteering 
Strategies for maintaining proper infection control while providing care in nontraditional settings.
By Douglas L. Risk, DDS, COL, USAF, DC

 Update on Methods for Oral Biofilm Disruption 
Regular personal and professional biofilm removal is key to preventing and treating oral infections.
By Kathleen O. hodges, RDH, MS

 Adverse Effects of Medication Use 
As complications of medication use negatively impact oral comfort, function, and quality of life, clinicians should assess patients' drug regimens to determine oral health risks.
By Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD

 Detecting Gingival Cancer 
Created with patients' own donor tissue, thOral health professionals play a crucial role in the early detection and post-therapy management of this disease.e placement of L-PRF encourages healing following a variety of dental procedures.
By Joshua E. Lubek, DDS, MD, FACS

 Early Detection of Type 2 Diabetes In Children and Adolescents 
Following are assessment techniques that are easily implemented into routine dental hygiene practice.
By Lorinda L. Coan, RDH, MS; Angela Wooton, PhD, RN, FNP-C; Amanda R. Reddington, LDH, MHA, CDA, EFDA; and Lynne Melchior, MSN, ACNP-BC, CDE



 Editor's Note
Create Ripples, Change Your World
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA

 Guest Editorial
Remembering Trailblazer Esther M. Wilkins, BS, RDH, DMD
By Pamela J. Bretschneider, PhD


 Ask the Expert
Does "Activated Charcoal" Effectively Whiten Teeth?
By Van B. Haywood, DMD, and Erin Boyleston, RDH, MS 



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