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February 2018




As winter continues to drag on, let Dimensions of Dental Hygiene serve as a little bright spot with some great information on children's oral health. February is National Children's Dental Health Month and we kick it off with cute kids on the cover (they happen to be the children of Dimensions' executive editor)! Look inside to find a Guest Editorial from the president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, in addition to articles on dental sealants, fluoride, and treating patients with autism. We hope you find these features helpful in your efforts to support good oral health in the youngest patients. 



This Month's Features


Benefits and Risks of Dental Sealants
While concern remains regarding the presence of bisphenol-A in some sealant materials, their success in preventing caries should remain top of mind.
By Molly A. Walters, RDH, BSDH, and Laura J. Sleeper, RDH, DHSc

Maintain the Cutting Edge of Dental Instruments
Instrument sharpness is key to achieving successful periodontal treatment.
By Donna Smith, BSDH, MSEd, RDHAP

 The Art of Dental Radiography 
Take this quiz to evaluate your radiographic diagnostic skills.
By J. Sean Hubar, DMD, MS, and Paul J. Caballero, BSc

 The Role of Fluoride In Caries Prevention 
Fluoride is one of the most valuable weapons in the fight against tooth decay among pediatric patients.
By Denise M. Claiborne, PhD, RDH

 CE Sponsored by Colgate in Partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology
Maintaining Oral Health in Patients with Special Needs 

Periodontal health is intricately tied to oral and systemic health in patients with special needs.
By Lorenzo Mordini, DDS, CAGS, MS

 Treating Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Following are strategies to help improve treatment outcomes in this patient population.
By Lauren B. Mirsky, RDH, BS, and JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD

  The Role of Oral Health Professionals in the Opioid Epidemic 
Clinicians need to understand the signs and symptoms of opioid abuse and engage in efforts to curtail it.
By Heather R. Thomas, RDH, BS, MEd, and Priscilla A. Rost, RDH, BS, MEd

  Advantages of Teledentistry Technologies 
Implementing telehealth practices can enhance oral health care delivery and improve access to care.
By Tracye A. Moore, RDH, MS, EdD, and JoAnn Rover, RDH, MPA



 Editor's Note
Reflecting on Progress Made in Kids' Oral Health
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


 Guest Editorial
A Strategic Approach to Addressing Dental Caries

In addition to establishing a dental home and developing a comprehensive treatment plan, the introduction of silver diamine fluoride may be a game changer in the effort to reduce the prevalence of dental caries.
By James D. Nickman, DDS, MS

 Industry Info 


 Ask the Expert
Reducing the Risks Posed by Ultrasonic Aerosols
By Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS 






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