Advancing Patient Care With Digital Technology

The use of digital impressioning and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing may help improve treatment outcomes. By Sharon L. Varlotta, RDH, MS; Ira T. Bloom, DDS; and Sheryl L. Syme, RDH, MS

Health Literacy for the Dental Professional

Assessing and addressing low oral health literacy can help improve patient adherence to recommendations and outcomes. By Priscilla M. Flynn, RDH, MPH, DrPH

The Use Of Lasers in Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy

The efficacy of this technology as an adjunctive treatment for periodontitis and peri-implant diseases remains controversial. By Denise M. Bowen, RDH, MS

Tobacco Trends

While tobacco use continues to decline in adults, its prevalence is growing among young people, emphasizing the need for effective prevention and intervention strategies. By Linda D. Boyd, RDH, RD, EdD

Supporting Oral Health in Pregnancy

Providing dental care to pregnant patients is both safe and necessary to ensure the health of both mothers and infants. By Susan L. Vogell, RDH, BS, MBA

Caring For Patients With Spina Bifida

This complex neural tube defect causes a variety of impairments that can impact the delivery of dental treatment. By Faizan Kabani, RDH, MHA, MBA

Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Oral health professionals play important roles in detecting and treating obstructive sleep apnea. By Beth Kornegay, CDA, RDH, MS

Treating Patients on Antiplatelet Therapy

In order to safely and effectively manage this patient population, oral health professionals should be able to recognize the medical indications for which antiplatelets are prescribed and understand their adverse effects. By Sandra Stramoski, RDH, MSDH, and Anna Matthews, RDH, MS

Improving the Oral Health of Older Adults

As the ranks of older adults continue to grow, oral health professionals must adapt their clinical approaches to meet the needs of this patient population.
By Sheri Alderson, CDA, EFDA, BS

The Complexity Of Multiple Sclerosis

Patients with this neurodegenerative disorder need a customized dental care plan to maintain both oral and overall health.
By Kelly Schroeder, RDH, MS, and JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD

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