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May 2018




It's graduation season and soon a new class of dental hygienists will be entering the profession. With many opportunities emerging and the importance of oral health continuing to be emphasized in the greater health care delivery system, the timing couldn't be better. Don't miss the story in Newsline about the first dental hygienist to reach the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Another important article you don't want to miss is the continuing education feature on the new blood pressure guidelines and how these affect patient care. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene remains dedicated to keeping you up to date!  



This Month's Features


Hand Instrumentation of First Molar Teeth
Memorizing the anatomy and proper instrument selection are key to successful scaling of this part of the dentition.
By Kathleen O. Hodges, RDH, MS 

Implementing a Multifaceted Approach to Caries Prevention
To reduce caries prevalence, oral health professionals need to not only use the traditional interventions but also consider adjunctive therapies, behavior modification approaches, and legislative advocacy to improve the oral health of vulnerable populations.
By Diana Macri, RDH, BSDH, MSEd

 Saliva's Role in Remineralization 
Various preventive therapies are available to encourage remineralization and inhibit demineralization.
By Elizabeth I. Pitts, RDH, MS, and Danielle Furgeson, RDH, MS, DHSc

 The Third Molar Extraction Conundrum 
With a lack of evidence demonstrating the need to extract asymptomatic third molars, this decision must consider patient preference, clinical expertise, and mitigating factors.
By Staci A. Violante, RDH, BSDH, MSDH

 Obtain Esthetic Results With Conservative Treatment 
This clinical report presents a simple treatment approach for the esthetic management of dark teeth.
By Mario F. Romero, DDS; David Urbanawiz, DMD; and Courtney S. Babb, DMD

 CE Sponsored by Colgate in Partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology
Oral Health Effects of Head and Neck Radiation 

A collaborative treatment plan is necessary for patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, as they are susceptible to side effects that manifest in various tissues of the oral cavity.
By Andrea Ravidà, DDS, MS, and Fernando Suárez López del Amo, DDS, MS

 Understanding the New Blood Pressure Guidelines 
Oral health professionals who are well versed in the new guidelines will be best prepared to handle the implications on patient care.
By Susan Davide, RDH, MS, MSEd, and Anty Lam, RDH, MPH

 Improving Oral Health With Polyphenols 
These antioxidants provide anti-inflammatory, anticariogenic, and anticarcinogenic effects.
By Donna Catapano-Martinez, CDA, RDH, DHSc; Michelle Boyce, RDH, BSDH, DHSc; and Margaret Garland, MS, DDS

 The Relationship Between Obesity and Periodontal Diseases 
Remaining up to date on this potential oral-systemic link can help clinicians effectively educate their patients.
By Jean Conover, BSDH, MS; Susan Lynn Tolle, BSDH, MS; and Tara L. Newcomb, RDH, MS



 Editor's Note
Diabetes and Dental Visits
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


 Industry Info 


 Ask the Expert
Reduce the Likelihood of Burnished Calculus
By Stacy A. Matsuda, RDH, BS, MS 





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