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January 2012



The new year has begun, and we're kicking it off with an issue filled with compelling, evidence-based articles on topics such as xerostomia, musculoskeletal disorders, dental unit waterlines, and ultrasonic instrumentation. In addition, we have four CE articles that explore bacteremia, human papillomavirus, antibiotics, and caries prevention in older adults. We also have a special feature that offers strategies for helping patients with diabetes improve their oral health. Join us in welcoming 2012—it's going to be a great year! 

This Month's Features


Xerostomia from A to Z
Effective detection and treatment guidelines to improve your patients' quality of life.
By Warren H. Noble, DDS, MS, MSEd; Kalid Aziz, DDS; Karen Edwards, DDS;
and Eric Salmon, DDS

Protect Your Musculoskeletal Health
Strategies to reduce the risk of injury during off-work hours.
By Becca D. Jorde, PT, DPT, GCS, Cert MDT, and JoNell Bly, RDH, BS

Dental Waterline Safety
Tips to ensure the water quality in your practice.
By Susan Lynn Tolle, BSDH, MS

The Possibility of Pulsation
A discussion with A. Damien Walmsley, BDS, MSc, PhD, about cavitation and acoustic microstreaming in ultrasonic instrumentation.

Bacteremia and Oral Health
Maintaining oral health may be more effective than antibiotic prophylaxis in reducing the risk of bacteremia.
By Gen Benoit, RDH, MEd; Ruth Tornwall, RDH, MS; and Frieda Atherton Pickett, RDH, MS

Educate Patients About HPV
Dental hygienists can serve as the first line of defense in detecting and treating oral human papillomavirus.
By Constance R. Sharuga, RDH, PhD; Tabitha Price, RDH, MPH; and Deborah Dotson, RDH, PhD

Antibiotics and Dental Biofilms
The complexity of dental biofilms interferes with the ability of antibiotics to penetrate these destructive bacterial communities.
By Inessa A. Levitt, BA, and Richard L. Gregory, PhD

9 Myths About Caries Prevention inOlder Adults
New research discredits the traditional emphasis on restorative care for older patients—paving the way for more effective prevention strategies.
By Dona R. Roberts, RDH, and Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, BSDH, DMD

Sunstar Spotlight PDF
A Team Approach to Diabetes Care
Strategies for helping patients with diabetes manage their disease and improve their oral health.
By Cynthia Stegeman, EdD, RDH, RD, CDE

 Product Profiles
An ongoing feature in Dimensions, our product profiles provide the information you need about the products you use in practice and those you recommend to your patients.   

Sunstar Americas Inc
Philips Oral Healthcare
Plak Smacker
Procter & Gamble Professional Oral Health
Chattem Inc/ACT



Editor's Note
New Beginnings
By Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS

Dental Hygienist Creates Senior Oral Care Program; 'Mother of Dental Hygiene' to Recieve Gies Award; Hispanics Face Barriers to Professional Oral Care 

Research Report 
Stem Cell Therapeutics; Inhibiting Bleeding After Extraction in Patients with Heart Disease; Dental Radiography and Bone Fracture Risk; Restoration of Noncarious Tooth Defects 

Industry Info 

Tips on Technique
Update on Water Fluoridation Guidelines
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA