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

Pediatric Use of Dental Lasers

With applications ranging from soft tissue surgery to sealant and caries preparations, dental lasers represent a viable treatment modality for this patient population. By Graham L. Hearn, DDS, MSd

Note the Signs of Elder Abuse

Dental hygienists are well positioned to recognize the symptoms of Elder Abuse. By Kimberly A. Erdman, RDH, PHDHP, MSDH

Addressing Prescription Opioid Misuse

Improving communication between providers, increasing use of alternative pain control mechanisms, and creating evidence-based prescribing guidelines will reduce the unintended distribution of prescription opioids. By Shernel Thomas, BS; Diane Rhee, PharmD, MHA; Sarah Bettag, BA; Melanie Boyd, RDA; and Romesh P. Nalliah, DDS, MHCM

Joining the Emergency Preparedness Team

Oral health professionals have unique skills that can be invaluable to emergency preparedness teams. By Tara L. Newcomb, BSDH, MS, and Ann M. Bruhn, BSDH, MS

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

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

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

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, MS

Maintaining the Oral Health of Patients With Sjögren's Syndrome

Identifying and Addressing oral complications are essential to successful management of this chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease. By Ava J. Wu, DDS

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