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

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

Patients With Anxiety Disorders

Proper preparation will help clinicians Effectively care for this population, improving the likelihood that patients will return for regular oral health care. By Kristen M. Stephens, RDH, MS, and JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD

Caring for Patients With Diabetes

Caring for Patients With Diabetes KATARZYNABIALASIEWICZ ISTOCK GETTY IMAGES PLUS  Oral health professionals can play a role in supporting both the oral and systemic health of patients with diabetes. By Kelly K. Shutoff, RDH, BSDH, MEd, and Linda D. Boyd,

Community Water Fluoridation

Oral health professionals 
need to be prepared to effectively educate patients regarding the benefits of this public health effort to prevent caries. By Lori Rainchuso, RDH, MS, DHSc

The Role Of Nicotine In Caries Risk and Development

Research demonstrates a direct relationship between smoking and Streptococcus mutans biofilm formation that raises the risk for dental caries. By Youstina S. Beshay, BS, and Richard L. Gregory, PhD

Caries Classification

Effectively classifying caries lesions and implementing nonsurgical therapies, such as fluoride usage, can help reduce the damage done by tooth decay. By Diana Macri, RDH, BSDH, MSEd, and Annie Chitlall, RDH, BS

Caries Risk Assessment in Children With Special Needs

Understanding condition-specific caries risk factors can help clinicians identify successful prevention strategies. By Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH

A Comprehensive Approach to Dental Caries Management

Risk assessment, therapeutic and restorative therapies, establishment of a dental home, and interprofessional care are key to mitigating the negative effects of tooth decay. By Erin A. Kierce, RDH, BA, MS, MPH, and Lori Rainchuso, RDH, MS, DHSc

Current Concepts in Caries Risk Assessment

Staying abreast of the changing landscape of caries risk assessment, management, and prevention will help oral health professionals provide the highest quality patient care. By Martha McComas, RDH, MS

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