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January 2018




Happy New Year! All of us at Dimensions of Dental Hygiene are energized and excited to kick off the coming year with some invaluable education. Need some advice for reaching Millennial patients? We've got it covered. Looking to update your surface disinfection protocol? Look no further. Trying to keep work-related injury at bay? Dimensions is here for you. As always, the journal offers four continuing education articles for a total of eight CE units with successful test completion. We support your commitment to lifelong learning and wish you all the best for a fabulous year ahead!  



This Month's Features


Connecting With Millennial Patients
Oral health professionals who recognize generational traits may be more successful in achieving patient adherence.
By Lorie Speer, RDH, MSDH

Innovation in Tooth Whitening
The continuous advances in whitening materials and techniques reflect the efforts of oral health professionals and industry toward preserving tooth structure, minimizing dentinal hypersensitivity, and enhancing esthetics.
By So Ran Kwon, DDS, MS, PhD, MS

 Surface Disinfection Strategies 
The following protocols will help ensure effective asepsis for clinical surfaces and equipment.
By Eve J. Cuny, BA, MS

 An Interprofessional Approach To Ergonomics 
A collaboration between occupational therapy and dental hygiene departments increased awareness of the common pitfalls that lead to musculoskeletal disorders in the dental setting.
By Claudia Turcotte, CDA, RDH, MSDH, MSOSH; Martha J. Sanders, PhD, MSOSH, OTR/L, CPE; and Patricia A. Johnson, RDH, MS

 Dietary Influence on Inflammation 
Consuming a Middle Eastern diet may reduce systemic and periodontal inflammation compared with a Western diet.
By Rana Alhendi, BSDH; Chaya Morris, RDH, BS; and Emily R. Holt, RDH, MHA, CDA, EFDA

 Cultivating Cultural Competency in the Dental Setting 
With an increasingly diverse population, oral health professionals need to be able to communicate effectively with all types of patients.
By Beth Monnin, RDH, MSEd

 Managing Orofacial Pain 
Oral health professionals should be prepared to address chronic idiopathic or dysfunctional orofacial pain conditions.
By Vandana Singh, BDS, MMSc; Reid Friesen, DDS; and Pallavi Parashar, BDS, DDS, FRCD(C)

 Treating the Transgender Patient 
Following are strategies to support oral health professionals in their efforts to meet the needs of this patient population and to identify barriers to care.
By Lisa B. Stefanou, RDH, MPH; Andrea Beall, RDH, MA; and Harold Jennings, RDH, MA



 Editor's Note
Precision Medicine
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


 Clinical Insights
Oral Irrigation for Chronic Periodontitis
By Timothy J. Hempton, DDS


 Ask the Expert
Locally Delivered Antibiotics and Periodontal Maintenance
By Stacy A. Matsuda, RDH, BS, MS 


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