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July 2018




How are you surviving these dog days of summer? We encourage you to relax with the July issue of Dimensions to bone up on some important dental hygiene topics. Learn how to master pain management with periodontal ligament injections, improve your ultrasonic instrumentation skills, and get up to date on current vaccination recommendations for health care professionals in our July issue. And those are just a few of the important topics covered! 



This Month's Features


The Use of Periodontal Ligament Injections
Periodontal ligament injections can help achieve the anesthesia necessary for successful dental treatment.
By Arthur C. DiMarco, DMD, and Kathy Bassett, RDH, MEd 

The Role of the Dental Hygienist in Caries Risk Assessment
Dental hygienists are key to personalized, evidence-based caries prevention, which involves a thorough and comprehensive assessment of individual risk indicators and factors, detection and diagnosis of carious lesions, and acknowledgement and incorporation of the patient's medical and dental histories.
By Elizabeth I. Pitts, RDH, MS, and Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD

Ultrasonic Insert/Tip Selection for First Molar Teeth
Choosing the most appropriate ultrasonic inserts/tips for the task at hand is integral to effective ultrasonic instrumentation of this area of the dentition.
By Kathleen O. Hodges, RDH, MS 

CE Sponsored by Colgate in Partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology
Treating Dry Mouth 

Dry mouth/xerostomia are common conditions that need a multifaceted approach to mitigate symptoms.
By Hana Gadalla, BDS, MSc

 Vaccination Recommendations 
Dental hygienists need to be familiar with vaccination recommendations in order to protect themselves from exposure to infectious diseases and educate patients about the importance of immunizations.
By Susan H. Davide, RDH, MS, MSEd; Christine Macarelli, RDH, MS; and Anty Lam, RDH, MPH

 A Guide to Water Fluoridation 
Examining fluoride intake at an individual patient level is necessary to develop effective caries management plans.
By Kimberly K. McFarland, DDS, MHSA, and Lorena Baccaglini, PhD, DDS, MS

 Periodontal Disease Management 
Understanding the biology behind periodontal disease phenotypes will help oral health professionals create individualized periodontal treatment plans.
By Diana Bronstein, DDS, MS, MS, and Jon B. Suzuki, DDS, PhD, MBA



 Editor's Note
The Spirit of Giving
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


 Industry Info 

 Ask the Expert
Use of Chlorhexidine Following Scaling and Root Planing
By Timothy J. Hempton, DDS 


Product Profiles

 Dentsply Sirona 






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