Adverse Birth Outcomes and Oral Health

This literature review investigates the evidence surrounding the association between periodontal disease and preterm births and low birth weight. By Erin A. Kierce, RDH, BA, MS, MPH, and Lori Rainchuso, RDH, MS, DHSC

Changing the Trajectories of Diabetes and Periodontitis

Oral health professionals who understand the interrelationship of the inflammatory burden shared by these two chronic diseases will be best prepared to provide customized treatment. By Casey Hein, BSDH, MBA

Breaking the Genetic Code

Genetic testing may provide oral health professionals with a new avenue to customize patient care and improve preventive treatments and outcomes. By Leciel K. Bono, RDH-ER, MS

The Role of Homeopathy in Oral Health Care

As the number of patients interested in complementary and alternative medicine grows, clinicians should be aware of this modality. By Diana Bronstein, DDS, MS, MS

Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking

Oral health professionals need to be able to recognize the sometimes subtle signs of victimization in order to effectively assist this vulnerable population. By Sheryl L. Syme, RDH, MS; Susan Camardese, RDH, MS; and Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, PhD

Tattoos in the Dental Setting

Visible tattoos on oral health professionals can impact patients’ perception of care. By Susan L. Tolle, BSDH, MS; Kathryn R. Search, RDH, BSDH, MS; and Amanda B. Verissimo, RDH, MS

Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoid Use

Oral health professionals need to be aware of the systemic and oral health effects of the substances in this class of drugs. By Susan Davide, RDH, MS, MSEd

Supporting Implant Health

While myriad factors can threaten the success of implant therapy, implementing maintenance strategies may support positive outcomes. By Timothy J. Hempton, DDS, and Evangelos Papathanasiou, DMD, MS, PhD

Identifying Patients at Risk for Inflammatory Driven Conditions

Clinicians have a variety of options available to improve their viewing of the oral cavity. By Casey Hein, BSDH, MBA, and Eraldo L. Batista Jr, DDS, MSc

Motivational Interviewing for Dental Hygienists

The following techniques can help guide patients to improved self-care and optimal oral health. By Michelle Arnett, RDH, BS, MS, and Anne Gwozdek, RDH, BA, MA

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