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2017

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 2016 Supplement

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, which highlights the importance of oral health in our youngest patients. To coincide with this month-long celebration, this issue features evidence-based content focused on children, prevention of disease, and unique solutions for the delivery of high-quality oral health care. Scroll down to read engaging articles on topics such as fluoride, radiography, and instrumentation. Four continuing education (CE) articles focus on oral health during pregnancy, the link between diabetes and periodontal diseases, tobacco trends, and the use of lasers during periodontal therapy—offering you the opportunity to earn up to eight CE units. We hope you enjoy this thought-provoking issue!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 2016 Supplement

Happy New Year! In an effort to make 2017 your best, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene presents our January issue, which features myriad articles we hope you'll find interesting, informative, and clinically relevant. Click the links below to read up on subjects such as musculoskeletal health and ergonomics, salivary diagnostic testing, instrumentation, and hepatitis C virus. Our continuing education (CE) articles present the opportunity to earn 8 CE units and cover treating patients on antiplatelet therapy, obstructive sleep apnea, caries risk assessment, and caring for patients with spina bifida. This is your year, and Dimensions is here to support your professional journey!

2016

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 2016 Supplement

December is upon us, and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is gifting oral health professionals with the content necessary to stay current on techniques, tips, and trade. Within this issue, you'll find articles on infection control, caries prevention through the use of fluoride mouthrinse, and the differences in oral health between men and women. Dimensions also proudly announces in December its "Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know." Finally, earn up to 8 continuing education credits on topics ranging from complex implant restorations to caring for patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome to multiple sclerosis to older adults. Enjoy this issue and this season!.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 2016 Supplement

November and its cooler temperatures provide an ideal time to get cozy up to the fire and get caught up on the latest in dental hygiene. This issue provides an alternative approach to instrumentation using the Gracey 7/8 curet, discusses the importance of sealants, touches on tai chi for mental and physical health, and explores the use of antimicrobial mouthrinses. A total of 8 continuing education units are also offered on topics including caring for patients who abuse methamphetamine, the role of occlusion in the progression of periodontal diseases, a blended approach to instrumentation, and the use of the dental videoscope for direct visualization of otherwise undetectable sub gingival calculus deposits.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 2016 Supplement

Welcome to the third annual edition of Perspectives on the Midlevel Practitioner. This publication provides the most up to date look at the foundational changes taking place in the dental hygiene profession. As the expanded role of dental hygienists becomes an increasingly popular topic, one thing is clear: dental hygienists can make a significant impact in addressing the access-to-care gap. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene hopes you find this resource beneficial as you make the most of your career, no matter which professional path you choose.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene October 2016 Issue

The October issue of Dimensions is anything but spooky! Rather, scroll down to find myriad articles on topics you'll find devilishly delightful. From remineralization to air polishing to our annual Toothpaste Table, to four continuing education (CE) articles worth up to a combined total of 8 CE units, we are proud to deliver content that is relevant and engaging. This month's CEs span the subjects of blood thinners to infection control to patient behavior modification to the two-stage injection technique. Happy reading!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene September 2016 Issue

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's September issue is ready for reading! And the journal continues to offer content that inspires lifelong learning, no matter your level of clinical expertise. This month's features include a Q&A offering insight on the European Federation of Periodontology's perspective on ensuring implant success; a look at nonfloss interdental cleaners; how to maximize the use of sickle instruments; and the importance of reporting notifiable infectious diseases. Eight continuing education (CE) units are offered and cover topics such as: caring for patients with Huntington's Disease; maintenance considerations for prosthodontic patients; complications in tooth development; and communicating with patients about sensitive topics.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene August 2016 Issue

August marks the return of school and the return of routine. It may also be the perfect time to try a new product or service from one of the hundreds of companies in our Annual Purchasing Guide. Scroll down to peruse the services each provides. Keep this reference bookmarked, too, as it will surely come in handy for months to come. This issue also provides the opportunity to earn up to 8 continuing education (CE) units, with our CE courses covering oral cancer detection, treating patients with fibromyalgia, caring for the LGBT community, and oral health risks in athletes.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene July 2016 Issue

Summer is hot and this issue has everything you need to stay cool, collected, and informed in regard to the latest trends in dental hygiene. From caries prevalence in American Indians and Native Alaskan populations to digital technology to ultrasonics to hypersensitivity, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene shares information you'll want to know. Also, earn as you learn: there are 4 CE opportunities below on topics comprising treating patients with hearing impairment, 3D printing, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, and silver diamine fluoride.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene May 2016 Issue

May is here, and we're saving you from a potential mayday in the seas of dental hygiene with a sea of learning opportunities. Periodontal maintenance, remineralization, periodontitis, and a focus on toothbrushes are just a few of the features included this issue. You'll also find four continuing education articles on such topics as supporting patients with cystic fibrosis, trends in the prevention of peri-implant disease, the role of sugar alcohols in caries, and management of deep caries.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene May 2016 Issue

May is here, and we're saving you from a potential mayday in the seas of dental hygiene with a sea of learning opportunities. Periodontal maintenance, remineralization, periodontitis, and a focus on toothbrushes are just a few of the features included this issue. You'll also find four continuing education articles on such topics as supporting patients with cystic fibrosis, trends in the prevention of peri-implant disease, the role of sugar alcohols in caries, and management of deep caries.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Arpil 2016 Issue

This issue has been thoughtfully crafted and comprises valuable subject matter that is perfect for reading during April's rain showers. You'll enjoy reading about the chairside management of dentinal hypersensitivity, how handpieces affect ergonomics, and improving patient comfort during ultrasonic instrumentation. April's continuing education (CE) articles offer up to a total of 8 CE units and cover alternative injection techniques, the use of lasers for periodontology and implantology, chairside suicide screening, and the impact of diet and nutrition on oral health.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene March 2016 Issue

Spring is just around the corner! What better way to celebrate than by planting some seeds of knowledge with Dimensions of Dental Hygiene? The March 2016 issue comprises information about the topics that matter most to oral health professionals. This includes the status of local anesthesia administration by dental hygienists across the United States, the importance of creating a culture of safety in the dental setting, and the effects of national origin on caries status. Clinicians will also find four continuing education articles on the subjects Crohn's disease, sedation of children, the importance of maintaining oral health during pregnancy, and treating patients with special needs.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene February 2016 Issue

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, which means this issue of Dimensions includes a variety of articles pertaining to children's oral health. From how to reduce the use of hospitals for dental care to radiography best practices to fluoride varnish to calculus detection via a dental endoscope, this is content you don't want to miss. Also, earn up to 8 continuing education credits on the subjects of sleep disorder detection, treating patients with CREST Syndrome, localized aggressive periodontitis, and pediatric pain management.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene January 2016 Issue

It's a new year, and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is here to help you start it off with myriad topics that will help keep you at the top of your clinical game. The January 2016 issue of the journal comprises articles that discuss ergonomics, instrumentation, and infection control. If you're resolution is to jumpstart your continuing education (CE) credits, there is an opportunity to earn up to 8 CE credits this issue. Scroll below to read our CE articles on topics including macular degeneration, antibiotic prophylaxis, periodontitis, and caring for older adults.

2015

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene December 2015 Issue

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's December issue touches on myriad topics in an engaging manner with the hope of keeping oral health professionals up-to-date on relevant subject matter as we prepare for a new year. This month's journal offers a case study for which radiography provided valuable clues; strategies for improving patient compliance; and the importance of minimizing radiation exposure while also adhering to infection control protocols. This issue also provides up to 8 continuing education credits. Click below to read about early childhood caries, viral-induced periodontitis, delivering care to patients with cerebral palsy, and screening for oral cancer.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene November 2015 Issue

November is the perfect time to reflect on those things for which we are thankful: family, friends, and health. And this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene touches myriad topics that offer guidance on ways to boost your clinical practice skills, so that you may be thankful for career longevity in this rewarding profession. Improving musculoskeletal health through yoga, evidence-based polishing, and caring for patients with oral cancer are discussed. Continuing education articles address these topics: supporting patients with breast cancer, administering the inferior alveolar nerve block, understanding the correlation between periodontal inflammation and Alzheimer's disease, and recognizing the importance of health literacy.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Supplement 2015 Issue

Oral Health America (OHA) joins the dental and public health industry in mourning the loss of its former president and CEO, Robert Klaus, PhD. His dedication, leadership, and public service established the groundwork for advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations. During his 20 year tenure at OHA from 1988 to 2008, Dr. Klaus played an instrumental role in fostering a national dialogue about the importance of oral health. Current OHA programs and campaigns such as Smiles Across America® and NSTEP® (National Spit Tobacco Education Project) were established during his tenure. Dr. Klaus will be deeply missed.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene October 2015 Issue

October celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month, and this issue of Dimensions presents a variety of articles that will help clinicians reach their full potential this and every month. Oral health professionals are invited to reflect on their professional journey alongside Editor in Chief Jill Rethman. Features on instrumentation, root caries, and technological advances are also included, as are continuing education courses on treating patients who have gluten allergies, have survived a stroke, or are autistic. We also explore ways to ensure long-term implant success. Enjoy reading the latest issue of Dimensions between the spooks and the treats of the season!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene September 2015 Issue

September marks a return to routine, with most students back to school. While you may not be back in the classroom yourself, it's a great time to increase your dental hygiene knowledge base. In this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene are updates on an array of topics, including instrumentation, infection control, dental hygiene diagnosis, patient compliance, anesthesia, ergonomics, and more. Then, complete the continuing education courses to earn up to 8 credits.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene august 2015 Issue

As the August issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene demonstrates, there is no shortage of quality dental companies—each of which is ready to serve the needs of oral health professionals in every practice setting. This month, take a moment to browse our list of companies and the products each offers in our Annual Purchasing Guide. While you are here, earn up to eight continuing education (CE) units when you read and complete August's CE articles on vaccinations, developmental tooth anomolies, interprofessional collaboration, and white spot lesions. Keep this issue handy—it's one you can reference all year!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene July 2015 Issue

The July issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is sure to reinvigorate your passion for the profession! Let off your inner fireworks as you review articles on many popular topics, including whitening-related sensitivity, the use of silver diamine fluoride for the prevention of caries, the benefits of intraoral cameras, and efficacious use of ultrasonic instrumentation. You'll also enjoy continuing education (CE) articles on improving health outcomes for patients with dementia, treating patients with the blood-clotting disorder von Willebrand disease, delivering oral care to older adults, and the meaning of tooth migration—the combination of which offer 8 CE credits.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene June 2015 Issue

School is out, and summer means it's time to dive in to the latest issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. The June issue marks the year's halfway mark and offers clinicians many ways to recharge so that they can power through the remainder of 2015. From self-mentorship and sealants to surface disinfection and radiography, Dimensions' refreshing evidence-based content is the perfect summer read. Paired with 8 continuing education units on the topics of the influence of sex on health, the periodontal-diabetes connection, the effect of sugar on the body, and implant safety, this issue is a must-read summer delight.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene May 2015 Issue

The May issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is designed to help clinicians stay at the forefront of professional knowledge. With articles on systemic antibiotics for periodontitis, implant care, and remineralization, oral health professionals have many opportunities to learn the latest techniques and concepts to best treat patients. This month's journal also contains four great continuing education articles to help clinicians reach their professional development goals. Additionally, scroll down to view the annual toothbrush guide, which details the latest manual and power instruments.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene April 2015 Issue

Spring is finally here, and there is no better way to feel refreshed and renewed about the profession than reading the April issue of Dimensions. With articles on needle safety, managing hypersensitivity, and effective ultrasonic instrumentation, you'll be abreast of current concepts. In addition, our mouthrinse table will help you decide which products to recommend for each patient's needs. As always, four continuing education (CE) articles are included, offering a total of 8 hours of CE credit. Jump in and enjoy spring!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene March 2015 Issue

March comes in like a lion with this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Springing with cutting-edge, evidence-based information, this month's journal includes articles on fluoride use, digital radiography, and esthetics. We invite you to jump ahead on your continuing education (CE) units for 2015, as this issue offers the chance to earn up to 8 CE units on pertinent subject matter, including treating cardiovascular patients, recognizing the signs of domestic violence, understanding the complications of sugary drinks, and updating your knowledge of air polishing.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene February 2015 Issue

February marks National Children's Dental Health Month, during which time the importance of helping instill good oral hygiene habits in this patient population is highlighted. In order to help deliver the highest level of quality care to these patients, this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene has extensive content focused on this subgroup—from fluoride to sealants to preventing tongue trauma from metal water bottle use. In addition, be sure to check out the four CE articles—three of which focus on the latest developments in periodontics and one that explains the dangers of tickborne diseases. This issue of Dimensions is one you are sure to love!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene January 2015 Issue

It's a new year and the opportune time to stay up-to-date with Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. The January issue contains four evidence-based continuing education articles, including medical emergency management, the pathogenesis of breath malodor, culturally competent care, and social media's impact on patient compliance. It also features important subjects such as ergonomics, ultrasonics, and antibiotic resistance. Not to be missed is an article on the human microbiome, which provides a glimpse into the future of health care delivery. Here's to a new year of learning!

2014

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene December 2014 Issue

December marks the season for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's annual "Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know" feature. Scroll down to find out which dental hygiene leaders have been honored for their outstanding contributions to the profession. This month's journal also offers a chance to catch up on continuing education (CE) units by offering four CE articles exploring the connection between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis, treating patients with HIV/AIDS, the association between periodontal diseases and pregnancy, and minimizing medication risks in pregnant patients. We wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful New Year!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene November 2014 Issue

Perspectives on Dental Hygiene provides an in-depth look at the status of the profession. As the role of dental hygienists continues to evolve, dental hygienists are well-positioned to make a significant impact in addressing the access-to-care problems faced across the United States. Perspectives touches on many pertinent topics, including legislation affecting dental hygiene practice, expanded practice settings, and the transformation of dental hygiene education to include a doctoral level. In short, this supplement is designed to support clinicians as they reshape the future of dental hygiene.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene November 2014 Issue

Feeling a little stressed this holiday season? One way to relax is to check out the November issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. The article "Strategies for Managing Stress" offers tips for alleviating the negative effects of stress from dental hygiene practice and your personal life. This month's journal also features articles on implant health, pediatric oral care, treating patients with spinal cord injuries, and an update on coronal polishing. And, with four continuing education (CE) articles—worth a total of 8 CE units—there is plenty of content to help you unwind. So, take a break from the hustle and bustle and relax with Dimensions.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene October 2014 Issue

October typically conjures up thoughts of falling leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween tricks and treats. However, for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, October marks National Dental Hygiene Month—and it sure is sweet! This issue contains articles on a host of topics—including ultrasonic insert/tip selection, assessing noncarious cervical lesions, pediatric dental anesthesia, promoting interdental cleaning, and much more. Not to be forgotten are four continuing education articles on the topics of tooth sensitivity, implant failure, risk assessment, and domestic violence, which together offer a combined total of 8 CE units. Keep reading to see why the October issue is such a treat!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene September 2014 Issue

September is synonymous with back-to-school time—although with Dimensions of Dental Hygiene the learning is year-round! This information-packed issue is designed to bring you the latest updates on a variety of topics, including proper glove use, erosive tooth wear, instrumenting anterior areas, and a differential diagnosis exercise for a maxillary radiopaque mass. The September edition also presents four continuing education (CE) articles, worth a combined 8 CE units—including an informative CE from Colgate in collaboration with the American Academy of Periodontology that discusses the association between periodontal diseases and cardiovascular diseases. As you can see, there's a lot to learn, so sit back and enjoy this issue.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene August 2014 Issue

On your mark, get set, purchase! Yes, it's that time of year when Dimensions of Dental Hygiene publishes its annual Purchasing Guide. Use this helpful resource to look for specific products within given categories, and to identify which companies manufacture items used in dental hygiene practice. In addition, the Purchasing Guide offers both in-office and patient self-care listings. This month's journal also contains four continuing education (CE) articles that will enhance your knowledge of cone-beam computed tomography, minimally invasive dentistry, treating patients with cancer, and nutritional approaches to reduce caries. Take all four CE courses to earn 8 CE units!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene July 2014 Issue

Now that summer is in full swing, it's time to relax with some great reading—and the July issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is a must-read! Learn about the latest advances in anesthesia and ultrasonic therapy. Understand how intraoral cameras can help improve communication with patients and refresh your knowledge of common tooth abnormalities and treatment. This issue also offers four continuing education (CE) articles, which offer a total of eight CE units on the topics of sterilization, oral health risks among college students, treating patients with eating disorders, and promoting oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Enjoy this issue as you relax this summer!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene June 2014 Issue

The June issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene has something for everyone. From articles on antimicrobial toothpastes to sealants, caries, new imaging technology, and surface disinfection, Dimensions is working hard to ensure you remain up-to-date on the latest information. That's why we've also included a table of prophy pastes and air polishing powders that are currently on the market, plus four continuing education (CE) articles. These CE opportunities focus on treating patients with Marfan syndrome, laser therapy, community health centers, and risk management for periodontal diseases. This is an value-packed issue you won't want to miss!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene May 2014 Issue

Did you know the use of electronic cigarettes is growing in popularity—especially among young people? Learn more about the effects of this habit on oral health in the article "The Rise of E-Cigarettes," which offers two continuing education (CE) units. The May issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene offers three additional CE courses, including the safe management of medications; the cultural use of miswak, a chewing stick that acts as a natural toothbrush; and best practices for treating patients with diabetes. Other timely topics—from alternative fulcrums to advances in caries detection technologies—eare also discussed in the May journal.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene April 2014 Issue

Do you know about the latest advancements in three-dimensional imaging? What about power instrumentation, managing dentinal hypersensitivity, or preventing work-related injuries? You will find these insightful articles—and more—in the April issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Earn up to 8 continuing education (CE) credits as you read this month's CE articles that cover such topics as antibiotic resistance, educating staff of nursing homes on proper oral care of elderly patients, cone-beam computed tomography, and—in honor of April being Oral Cancer Prevention Month—debunking common oral cancer risks. There's a lot to learn, so sit back and enjoy this issue!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene March 2014 Issue

Are you confused about the perio/systemic connection and its impact on diabetes? Be sure to read this month's special feature, "The Bidirectional Link," which offers 2 continuing education units (CEUs). Enhance your understanding of caries, Parkinson's diseases, and how to best manage today's restorative materials while reading and completing up to 6 additional CEUs offered in this month's journal. The March issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene also includes features on eco-dentistry, a Q&A on esthetic dentistry with Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS, and the importance of nail hygiene for infection control. So spring forward with Dimensions and get a jump on the latest evidence-based information about cutting-edge oral health care.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene February 2014 Issue

February marks National Children's Dental Health Month, and this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene contains evidence-based scientific articles that will help you optimally treat your youngest patients. Covering a wide range of pediatric-focused topics—including water fluoridation, establishing a dental home, caries risk assessment, and recognizing the signs of child abuse—the February issue also touches on other important components of oral health care, such as treatment of peri-implant mucositis, interpreting digital radiographs, and the dangers of betel quid chewing. Read on for vital information that, when implemented, will make both you and your patients smile.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene January 2014 Issue

Welcome to 2014! The new year presents a fresh opportunity to stay at your professional best. The January issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene contains cutting-edge information to help you start the year right. Earn up to 8 continuing education credits as you read the latest perspectives on sleep apnea, telehealth and forensic odontology, ethical decision making, and early childhood caries. Feature articles address operator stool selection for improved ergonomics, provide an update on antimicrobial usage, and offer best practices for preparing for medical emergencies in the dental office. Happy New Year!

2013

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene September 2013 Issue

December is finally here! Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene gives you a reason to take a well-deserved break by focusing on your profession. There's no better way to accomplish this than by reading the guest editorial by Denise Bowers, RDH, PhD, president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, who offers insight on the future of dental hygiene as a profession. You'll also find cutting-edge articles on minimizing radiation exposure, diagnosing and treating patients with primary herpetic gingivostomatitis, the world of social media, subgingival air polishing, and much more. Happy holidays and happy reading!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene September 2013 Issue

Hookah smoking is becoming increasingly popular among adolescents and young adults, and these patients may be completely in the dark about this tobacco trend's negative health effects. This issue offers a CE article that clears up a fog of misconception surrounding hookah smoking. To earn even more CE credits, read about alternative therapies to ease repetitive motion pain; the health implications of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia; and our cover story exploring the progressive implementation of telehealth into our profession. We've also included features on sealants and the risk of bisphenol A exposure, as well as the use of magnification and illumination to help patients improve their oral hygiene, and much more. Enjoy!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene September 2013 Issue

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month! To celebrate, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's October journal is ripe with articles that explore the many roles dental hygienists play in oral health care. A wide variety of topics is discussed, including how to support orthodontic treatment success, assess periodontal risk, and improve patient compliance with therapy recommendations. Among other practice-relevant content, you'll also find an insightful article detailing strategies to help patients with lupus maintain their oral health. Here's to a great month celebrating you and our profession, as well as promoting the importance of oral health. Cheers!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene September 2013 Issue

September traditionally marks the return of a new school year, but Dimensions of Dental Hygiene provides learning opportunities year-round. This month's journal, for example, includes continuing education articles addressing the oral health benefits of breastfeeding, managing medication-induced gingival enlargement, interpreting common variations in radiographs, and treating patients with cystic fibrosis. It also presents articles covering infection control protocols, the effective use of explorers, and how the latest updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act may affect your practice. It's all here in the September issue—so enjoy this opportunity to keep your clinical skills up to date, because with Dimensions, the learning never stops.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene August 2013 Issue

It's August...and what's hot (other than the weather)? Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's Annual Purchasing Guide! Each year Dimensions brings oral health professionals a useful index of products for professional and patient use in an easy-to-follow format. You can browse by either company name or individual products. In addition to this thorough guide, the August issue contains four CE articles that address a variety of topics, such as oral pathology, nutrition, treating patients with myasthenia gravis, and providing dental care to residents of long-term care facilities. With all of this valuable content contained in a single issue, the August edition is one to keep on hand for reference throughout the coming year.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene July 2013 Issue

The July issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is filled with timely articles, updates, and other relevant information that will help you on your quest for clinical excellence. If you're looking to improve your instrumentation skills, then "Incorporate Channeling Into Ultrasonic Instrumentation" is a must read. Other articles that will enhance your knowledge base include an examination of the association between marijuana use and caries, an update on the safe administration of local anesthesia, and a review of the oral implications of seven common medical conditions experienced by older adults. Also found in this month's journal are features that explore eating disorders, fluoride, and dentinal hypersensitivity. And, finally, not to be missed is a special supplement on periodontal diseases and diabetes, created in collaboration with the American Academy of Periodontology and sponsored by Colgate. It's summer reading at its best!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene June 2013 Issue

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's June issue is filled with timely information to keep you at your professional best. In light of concerns generated by well-publicized breaches in infection control, "Revisit OSHA Compliance" is a must-read to ensure you are up-to-date on all Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. Additionally, this month's journal explores topics ranging from implant instrumentation to improving intraoral photography technique, and the role of sealants in fighting caries, to name just a few. As a bonus, our Dimensions Digest supplement, sponsored by Sunstar Americas Inc, will help you better understand biofilm's role in the periodontal disease process. Enjoy!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene May 2013 Issue

Following the spring rains, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's May issue is sprouting with informative and highly educational content that's bound to raise your level of practice. Be sure to check out our feature articles on hand instrumentation, remineralization, and the use of lasers. In addition to three continuing education (CE) articles, this issue offers several special supplements. The first investigates the future of bone regeneration with barrier membranes. Another provides an in-depth update on the use of fluoride to reduce caries, while the third addresses the role of dental hygienists in recognizing peri-implant diseases. Happy reading!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Special Issue

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's special commemorative issue, 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration of Dental Hygiene, is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the dental hygiene profession. Highlighting the many milestone developments over the past century, as well as the people who made them, our celebration begins with three dental hygiene legends—Alfred C. Fones, DDS, Irene Newman, and Esther M. Wilkins, BS, RDH, DMD—who have made defining contributions to the profession. This keepsake issue also includes a timeline that marks key events. Additional articles touch on advances in technology, and the extensive progress that has been made in dental hygiene education. We also explore how the profession has expanded into new settings, and look ahead to what the next 100 years might bring.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene April 2013 Issue

The April issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is a celebration. Accompanying our traditional, information-filled journal this month is the special supplement, A Centennial Celebration of Dental Hygiene, honoring 100 years of the profession. It's a keepsake edition that chronicles all facets of dental hygiene from 1913 to the present, and you won't want to miss it. The April issue is chock full of excellent content, including four continuing education articles to keep you informed and aware. Don't miss the guest editorial by Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH, of the Children's Dental Health Project, on how dental hygienists can support oral health care for all children, or Frieda Atherton Pickett's review of the American Dental Association's new recommendations about patient selection in dental radiography. Let the festivities begin.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene March 2013 Issue

March comes in like a lion with this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. In this month's cover story, we explore the health effects of hepatitis B, otherwise known as the "silent killer." The March journal also keeps you at the top of your game with a fresh look at these standards of dental hygiene care: polishing, remineralization, and caries prevention. Need to earn some continuing education credits? Dimensions provides four CE articles this month covering some fascinating topics, including esthetic options and treatments to correct a gummy smile. Get ready to roar!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene February 2013 Issue

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, so this issue focuses on treating our youngest patients. Delve into pediatric dental care with a guest editorial on the importance of brushing technique by American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry President Joel Berg, DDS, MS. Then explore articles covering topical anesthetic use in children, systemic fluoride, dental trauma, and treating patients with rickets. And that's not all—as we round out the February journal with articles about hand instrumentation, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, and more. It's all here in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene January 2013 Issue

Happy New Year! Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is starting the year off right with some excellent content. Not to be missed is our feature on the role of the cytokine, interleukin-6, in oral diseases. In addition, check out the CE article on treating patients following weight loss surgery. And there's more. From intraoral cameras to infection control to treating patients with diabetes, our January issue is chock full of editorial that will enhance your practice knowledge. Here's to a banner year ahead!

2012

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene December 2012 Issue

If you need inspiration to jump-start your dental hygiene career, look no further than the December issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Our annual "Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know" feature will inspire you to reach your potential as an oral health care professional. These visionaries represent key facets of the profession and have all pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a dental hygienist. To further support the importance of the profession, we are honored to have Harold C. Slavkin, DDS, author a guest editorial about ensuring the vitality and longevity of the dental hygiene profession. Articles on infection control and radiography, along with our regular departments, round out this month's journal. In addition, the December month's journal features four CE articles—providing a total of 8 CE units—covering oral pathology, nonfluoride caries prevention, managing the developing occlusion, and autoimmune diseases. Happy reading and happy holidays!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene November 2012 Issue

November is an exciting time of year as we anticipate and prepare for the holiday season. Since it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, and hosting, now is the perfect time to sit down and read this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. With articles about mouthrinses, instrumentation, xerostomia, sealants, and ergonomics, you are sure to find a topic of interest. And that's not all. Check out Dimensions' four CE articles exploring salivary diagnostics, dental forensics, irrigation, and omega-3 fatty acids. It's all here in the November journal, so carve out a little "me" time to keep your practice skills up to date. Now that's a present worth sharing!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene October 2012 Issue

It is amazing how media savvy we have all become in just a few short years. Not only are you reading this introduction online, hopefully you have also "liked" Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's Facebook page. Maybe you also have a Twitter account and tweet about the journal. And because social media has become part of daily life, be sure to read this month's article about how to maintain a professional image when using social media. This issue also explores the use of general anesthesia to treat early childhood caries, the negative oral consequences of sports and energy drinks, and presents four continuing education articles that focus on the early treatment of periodontal diseases, sealants, infant oral health, and implant complications. It's information designed to help you become more knowledgeable about key aspects of clinical practice—and that's something to tweet about.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene September 2012 Issue

The September issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene has something for everyone. Infection control and ergonomics are the focus of two of our features, and we cover the specifics of treating patients with HIV and diabetes, scleroderma, and oral cancer in our continuing education (CE) section. A bonus CE created in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry discusses early caries detection and risk assessment. In addition, you will not want to miss the special Dimensions In Brief digest that provides an in-depth look at the evolution of dental radiography, and how innovations have improved the safety of this important modality. These great articles, along with our helpful review of interdental cleaning devices, will add to your clinical knowledge and take your practice to the next level.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene August 2012 Issue

It's August, and you know what that means—Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's Annual Purchasing Guide is here. This is your yearly resource for in-office and patient self-care products; and it's presented in an easy-to-follow format. The Purchasing Guide contains information for all your favorite products listed alphabetically according to category. We've also included company information so you can contact the manufacturers for more information or product samples. But wait, there's more! This issue also includes four CE articles to help you stay current. So jump right in and enjoy shopping and learning at the same time.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene July 2012 Issue

Looking for a relaxing way to spend those hazy days of summer? Look no further than the July issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. This month's journal includes articles on pain management, preventing white spot lesions in orthodontic patients, sensitivity related to bruxism, and effective power instrumentation. Three CE articles focus on treating stroke patients, screening for sleep disorders, and caring for children with special needs. There is also a special CE feature on the relationship between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease, as well as a piece on the role of the host response in periodontal diseases. So dive right in!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene June 2012 Issue

Prevention and risk reduction are two of the important topics covered in the June issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Our cover story this month looks at how to better prepare yourself and your dental office for natural or man-made disasters. We also examine ways to reduce the risk of contamination during instrument reprocessing, and present articles exploring the use of sealants and topical fluoride therapy. In addition, you will find helpful features about antimicrobial toothpastes, and how to discuss the risks of dental X-rays with patients. The June journal also includes our annual prophy pastes and air polishing powders table, as well as a discussion of two Institute of Medicine reports that offer solutions to oral health care issues in the United States. And this is just a sampling of the stories in this issue that will help keep you up to date about the latest in dental hygiene care.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene May 2012 Issue

It's May...time for a fresh perspective! This issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene can help revitalize your professional skills. For example, don't miss the special CE supplement, "Bleeding on Probing Defined." It will answer your questions about why we perform this important assessment. And have you wondered what's new in hand instruments? We've got an article on that as well, written by Editor In Chief Anna Pattison, RDH, MS. Tooth whitening, hepatitis, nutrition, eating disorders, and ceramic restorations are all covered in May's issue, too. And there's more—Dimensions' annual toothbrush guide, and special supplements on orthodontics and biologic monitoring for infection control round out this issue. You'll definitely feel renewed after reading May's Dimensions!

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene April 2012 Issue

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's March journal brings another round of insightful articles to keep you updated about the latest in dental hygiene practice. Are you wondering how to decrease patients' anxiety about local anesthesia injections? Want to know the latest thinking about hand hygiene and selective polishing? How about remineralization? It's all right here. This issue also brings four continuing education articles covering tooth sensitivity from whitening procedures, complementary and alternative medicine, taste alterations due to medications, and the need to establish a child's dental home by age 1. But it doesn't end there—open up this issue to see what's in store!

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dimensions of dental hygiene march 2012 issue

Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's March journal brings another round of insightful articles to keep you updated about the latest in dental hygiene practice. Are you wondering how to decrease patients' anxiety about local anesthesia injections? Want to know the latest thinking about hand hygiene and selective polishing? How about remineralization? It's all right here. This issue also brings four continuing education articles covering tooth sensitivity from whitening procedures, complementary and alternative medicine, taste alterations due to medications, and the need to establish a child's dental home by age 1. But it doesn't end there—open up this issue to see what's in store!

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dimensions of dental hygiene february 2012 issue

We're celebrating! 2012 marks Dimensions' 10th birthday and we're inviting you to join us for a year of great learning and fun. In this issue, we tackle the topics of tooth whitening, osteoporosis detection, sealants, periodontal instrumentation and bottled water. We also have a special CE insert from the American Academy of Periodontology that discusses implant maintenance and the dental hygienist's role. And....there are 3 more CE articles on CAMBRA, treating patients with ADHD and health literacy. Add our regular departments and a special Guest Editorial from the President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and you'll see why it's time to get the party started!

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dimensions of dental hygiene january 2012 issue

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!

2011

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dimensions of dental hygiene december 2011 issue

It's back! Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's December issue is always a hit because this is when we present the inspirational "Six Dental Hygienists You Want To Know" feature. This month we spotlight key leaders in academia, clinical practice, industry, public health, and research—as well as a "mover and shaker"—who are helping to advance the profession and promote the highest level of oral health care. We hope their stories will engage you and strengthen your commitment to improving your clinical practice. Toward that goal, this issue offers three continuing education articles covering plasma therapy, risk assessment, and antibiotic prophylaxis. And that's not all. We also explore the ongoing debate over whether double gloving is advantageous, and present a guide to the latest products for dental hygiene practice—and it's all wrapped up for you in one tidy little package. Happy Holidays and happy reading!

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dimensions of dental hygiene november 2011 issue

"Over the river and through the woods..." It's a common refrain this time of year. We're planning feasts, spending time with family and friends and giving thanks for all our blessings. It's also a great time to take a break from all the preparations and brush up on your professional knowledge! Be sure to read about the new Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy statement from the American Academy of Periodontology, contained in this issue. We also have articles about ergonomics, tooth whitening, mouthrinses, sealants, instrumentation, cultural competence, xerostomia and treating patients with cardiovascular disease. And don't miss the feature about the adaptability of oral microorganisms. So have another slice of pumpkin pie and read away!

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dimensions of dental hygiene october 2011 issue

October is National Dental Hygiene Month — what better way to celebrate than by reading this month's Dimensions? This issue has tons of information to keep you up-to-date on the latest topics, such as laser use in orthodontic therapy, heart disease and its connection to oral health, remineralization strategies, removing tenacious calculus, digital radiographs techniques, and treating people with autism. We also have our annual toothpaste guide and ever popular departments. So celebrate dental hygiene — celebrate YOU!

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dimensions of dental hygiene september 2011 issue

Have we got an issue for you! This month's Dimensions is so full of informative articles and special features, you're sure to find something of interest. First, our regular feature articles tackle topics such as tobacco trends, instrument sharpening, implants, infection control, interdental cleaning and more. Plus, this issue has two CE articles—one on periodontal care for patients with special needs and another on caries assessment. But we're not finished yet! Two special features focus on biofilms and dentinal sensitivity. Be sure to check out the Dimensions Digest, a 32-page booklet that gives an in-depth description of biofilms and their impact on the oral cavity. Add our regular Departments and Product Profiles, and you have one mega-issue!

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dimensions of dental hygiene august 2011 issue

It's August, and you know what that means—it's time for Dimensions' Annual Purchasing Guide! In this edition of the guide, you can browse products by type as well as company. Are you looking for desensitizing products? You've come to the right place. How about fluorides, infection control products or instruments? Look no further. The Annual Purchasing Guide is your one-stop source for all the items you need to practice effectively and efficiently. This issue also includes three continuing education articles covering oral health in aging adults, treating patients with an autoimmune blood disorder, and protecting yourself from aerosols and splatter. And don't forget to read the Editor's Note and Tips on Technique columns from the editors. It's all here, in one convenient issue!

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dimensions of dental hygiene july 2011 issue

Have you taken a summer vacation yet? While it's not a cruise, this issue of Dimensions can help you relax and learn...at the same time! First, be sure to check out the special CE insert, "The New Era of Periodontal Regeneration." It's an excellent overview of current, state-of-the-art therapies. Then head on over to our other informative feature articles on dentinal hypersensitivity, fluoride, local anesthesia, skin cancer, and treating patients who've had a myocardial infarction. The next stop is our guide on ultrasonic inserts and tips, then a visit to our always-popular Departments. You've now taken an educational journey, all from the comfort of your own home!

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dimensions of dental hygiene june 2011 issue

Can you smell the freshness in the air? It's June! Join us in this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene for a fresh look at multiple topics of interest. Have you wondered about sealants for adults, the latest concepts on caries prevention, or oral care for cancer patients? Our three CE articles address these concerns. How about locally delivered antibiotics, digital X-rays, or intraoral cameras? Look no further. And for the most complete overview of current CDC infection control guidelines, you've come to the right place! We've also got a table on prophy pastes and air polishing powders, and additional articles of interest to practicing dental hygienists. You'll get a new perspective after spending some time with us this month.

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dimensions of dental hygiene may 2011 issue

May is the month to honor mothers, and our cover story does just that! "Pregnancy and Oral Health" explains how to provide safe and effective care for this special patient population. In addition, we have feature articles on remineralization, dental trauma, and extraoral fulcrums. Three CE articles discuss treating the mentally ill, implant complications and the comprehensive periodontal examination. We've also got a toothbrush table with information on both manual and power brushes. And don't miss the special guest editorial from the president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. There's lots of good reading in this month's issue!

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dimensions of dental hygiene april 2011 issue

If variety is what you're looking for, then look no further than this month's issue of Dimensions! With articles on such diverse topics as orthodontics, oral pathology, osteoarthritis, hypersensitivity, ultrasonics, malocclusion, hand health and addiction, you're sure to find something of interest. Plus, don't miss the Annual Mouthrinse Table, including a brief history of oral rinses. We've also got a special Guest Editorial from Ann Battrell, Executive Director of the ADHA. Along with our regular departments, such as Industry Info and Research Report, there's a lot to keep you engaged. Let's get started!

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dimensions of dental hygiene march 2011 issue

March Madness is here! Basketball tournaments are in full swing, the weather can't decide whether to snow or rain, and we're all looking forward to those first tulips peeking through the soil. Take a break from the craziness and enjoy this issue of Dimensions. The variety of articles this month will keep you interested and engaged: infection control, prophy paste, preventive services for children, remineralization, treating patients with heart disease, and multi-disciplinary care. We also have product profiles, our ever-popular departments, and a special feature on treating older adults. So forget the madness and enjoy March—it's calmer than you think.

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dimensions of dental hygiene february 2011 issue

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and this issue of Dimensions is packed with useful information to help your pediatric patients. Did you know that bruxing is a growing concern in children? It's more common than you may think. Want the latest information on fluoride? Look no further. And what about the role of the dental hygienist in orthodontic treatment? Read how a dental hygiene colleague has made a career change so she can work in the field of orthodontics. We also have a user-friendly sealant guide to help you choose the perfect product. But that's not all! Articles on automated probing, radiography, and salivary diagnostics round out this issue...along with our ever-popular, ongoing Departments. It's enough to make the child in all of us smile!

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dimensions of dental hygiene january 2011 issue

Happy 2011! It's a new year and a time for resolutions. How about making one to stay at the top of your profession? Dimensions can help you do that, beginning with the January issue. You'll find articles on timely topics like instrument sterilization, ergonomics and treating xerostomia. Learn how to best treat furcation involvement and implants. And understand how risk assessment and laser therapies fit into treatment planning and care. Be sure to check out the special guest editorial from the chair of the ADA's Council on Scientific Affairs, as well as our other regular columns. It's going to be a great year, and Dimensions hopes you'll join us for lots of good things to come!

2010

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dimensions of dental hygiene december 2010 issue

Let it snow....you've got lots of good reading to keep you busy! This issue of Dimensions contains our Sixth Annual Guide to Dental Hygiene Products so you can choose the best products for your practice. Wondering what it might be like outside the operatory? The third installment of "Six Dental Hygienists You Want To Know" highlights the amazing work your colleagues are doing in various areas of the profession. Be sure to check out our regular Departments for the latest News, Industry Info, Editor's Note, Tips on Technique and more. And that's not all....this issue contains four CE articles to help you earn up to 8 hours of continuing education credit! So even if the weather outside is frightful, the reading inside is delightful with Dimensions. Happy Holidays!

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dimensions of dental hygiene november 2010 issue

It's November, and there's excitement in the air as we approach another Holiday Season. In between the planning, cooking and gatherings, be sure to take some time for yourself - this issue of Dimensions can help! Check out the great feature articles on preventing HPV, the use of magnification, instrumentation with Gracey curets, and therapeutic mouthrinses. Our three (yes, three!) excellent CE articles keep you informed about xerostomia, esthetic restorations and the importance of informed consent. And don't miss the Departments, including a Guest Editorial from the new President of the American Academy of Periodontology. We can't do the cooking for you, but we can help you be your professional best! Happy Thanksgiving.

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dimensions of dental hygiene october 2010 issue

It's October, and "trick or treat" is on our minds. But never fear, this issue of Dimensions is full of treats! To counter all that Halloween candy, let's start with an article on caries management by using calcium phosphate technologies. We've also got an interview with Dr. John Novak, a well known periodontal researcher on the possible association between periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Stanley Malamed provides helpful information about overcoming obstacles in mandibular anesthesia. To update your information on patient care, another article reviews new design features in both ultrasonic scalers and tips. And for the latest on irrigation, be sure to read how oral irrigation can help your patients improve their self-care routines. The two CE features in this issue discuss treating patients with special needs and xerostomia. Plus, our Annual Guide to Toothpastes shares information about the myriad of dentifrices currently available. The trick? Tearing yourself away from this issue—enjoy!

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dimensions of dental hygiene september 2010 issue

September is here! There's a crispness and a "back-to-school" feeling in the air, even for those long-time clinicians...we know the learning never stops. This issue of Dimensions enhances life-long learning by bringing you a varied and useful line-up of content. Want to know the latest information on implant maintenance? Look no further than this issue. How about periodontal probing concepts, surface infection control, proper posture, or motivational interviewing? We've got that, too. And for those patients who are suffering from head and neck cancer, we have helpful strategies for dental hygiene care. Learn new concepts for intraoral cameras, interdental cleaning and more! Join us here at Dimensions, where the learning is fun :-)

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dimensions of dental hygiene august 2010 issue

Welcome to the Dimensions Annual Purchasing Guide! It's your one-stop resource where you'll find products for patient and professional use, divided into categories and organized alphabetically. The Purchasing Guide also includes company information for all your favorite products, so you can easily contact the manufacturers for additional information. Also included in this issue are two CE articles: "Enhancing Denture Care," and "Breaking Down Barriers." The Editor's Note and Tips on Technique round out the issue. So read, shop, learn and enjoy!

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dimensions of dental hygiene july 2010 issue

Do you know what impact vitamin C has on oral health? Are you aware of all the different sugar substitutes on the market today? Look no further than this issue of Dimensions for answers! We have two excellent CE articles that delve into those topics, as well as several great feature articles on anesthesia, caries, ultrasonics and sealants. And don't miss the final installment of the Colgate six-part CE series, "Implementing Knowledge Into Practice." There's even more—the latest dental hygiene news, Industry Info, Research Report, Marketplace and Product Profiles provide a variety of information on a vast array of subjects. So jump right in...the reading's fine!

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dimensions of dental hygiene june 2010 issue

Do you know what impact vitamin C has on oral health? Are you aware of all the different sugar substitutes on the market today? Look no further than this issue of Dimensions for answers! We have two excellent CE articles that delve into those topics, as well as several great feature articles on anesthesia, caries, ultrasonics and sealants. And don't miss the final installment of the Colgate six-part CE series, "Implementing Knowledge Into Practice." There's even more—the latest dental hygiene news, Industry Info, Research Report, Marketplace and Product Profiles provide a variety of information on a vast array of subjects. So jump right in...the reading's fine!

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dimensions of dental hygiene may 2010 issue

Are you assessing for risk? Today's state-of-the-art dental hygiene practice uses risk assessment to determine patients' susceptibilities to caries, periodontitis and other oral diseases. The May issue of Dimensions has some great topics to get you started. With articles on caries, special needs, furcations and digital imaging you'll be well on your way to understanding contemporary ideas in all these areas. And be sure to read "Risk Assessment for General and Oral Conditions" to fully understand this all-important step in applying those current concepts. The Toothbrush Guide provides great information on both manual and power designs. And of course, our regular columns will keep you aware of industry, research and other important news. We hope you enjoy the issue!

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dimensions of dental hygiene april 2010 issue

Pain and sensitivity—this issue of Dimensions focuses on those concerns with three distinct articles. One article discusses the uses for aspirin and how it works to alleviate pain. Another article looks at dentinal sensitivity and how to address that condition. Then breathe deeply and read how Pilates can help prevent and treat back pain. We've also got features on ultrasonics, preventing child abuse, screening for sleep apnea and recognizing and treating the ranula. Our annual Mouthrinse Table will help you choose the best product for a variety of patient needs. And don't forget our regular departments, especially the very popular Research Report. Feel better? We hope you dive in and enjoy the April issue of Dimensions!

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dimensions of dental hygiene march 2010 issue

March is here....can Spring be far behind? Some early flowers are popping up, the sun is shining and this issue of Dimensions will surely brighten your spirits! We've got great articles on periodontal/systemic links (did you know about the connection between periodontitis and Alzheimer's disease?) as well as updates on air polishing, personal protective equipment, caries control and tooth whitening. Our CE articles focus on two very informative topics: recognizing and preventing common eye disorders in the dental practice setting and what dental hygienists need to know about the causes of and treatment for Class V cervical lesions. Add our regular Departments and Product Profiles and you have a complete package of enjoyable, enlightening reading!

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dimensions of dental hygiene february 2010 issue

It's February, and this month we focus on children! National Children's Dental Health Month is a great time to reflect on ways to improve the oral health of youngsters, and this edition of Dimensions does just that. The blood pressure monitoring, remineralization, sealants, autism, and pathology articles in this issue discuss these concepts and how they relate to younger patients. We also have articles on radiographic technique, universal curets, and international employment to round out the topics. And don't miss our regular departments, including Research Report to stay up-to-date on studies of interest to you and your practice. We hope you enjoy this issue!

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dimensions of dental hygiene january 2010 issue

It's another year...how did that happen?? Welcome to 2010, and a new year of informative, useful articles from Dimensions! We're starting the year off right with a wide variety of topics to enhance your professional knowledge. This issue has articles on ultrasonic instrumentation, polishing esthetic restorations, Pilates exercises for better core strength, effective local anesthesia delivery, and addressing adverse drug events. Our two CE articles focus on instrument sterilization and the oral effects of multiple sclerosis. Along with Product Profiles and our regular Departments, this first issue of the new year has something for everyone. And to top it all off, be sure to read the special Guest Editorial by Dr. Esther Wilkins. Happy 2010—it's going to be a great year!

2009

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dimensions of dental hygiene december 2009 issue

Here's a Holiday gift for you.....the December issue of Dimensions! It not only contains our Annual Dental Hygiene Product Guide, but three excellent CE articles. You can shop for state-of-the-art products while earning CE credits. This issue also includes our very popular "Six Dental Hygienists You Want To Know" feature, where you can read about the amazing things some of your colleagues have accomplished. Anna's "Tips on Techniques" focuses on instruments for dental implants, while Jill's Editor's Note provides numerous options for giving that can truly make a difference in people's lives. So from the entire Dimensions team to you, our valued readers, best wishes for a very merry Christmas and happy Holiday season!

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dimensions of dental hygiene november 2009 issue

Happy Thanksgiving! Just like Thanksgiving dinner, this issue of Dimensions has something tasty for everyone. To whet your appetite, check out Anna's Editor's Note. For the main course, we have articles on polishing, whitening, root caries, instrumentation, mouthrinses, veterinary dentistry and new FDA guidelines on medication labeling. The Product Profiles round out the menu and serve as a perfect side-dish. Dessert? We're serving up our regular departments, including Jill's Tips on Technique discussing Sleep Medicine and the oral healthcare professional. BTW, all these dishes go very well with a nice cup of coffee ;-) Enjoy!

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dimensions of dental hygiene october 2009 issue

Trick or Treat? This issue of Dimensions had nothing but treats! From periodontal esthetics, to denture patients....anesthesia to fluoride varnish...ultrasonics to toothpaste—there's something here for everyone. And don't miss our two excellent CE articles on periodontitis and respiratory diseases, and dental forensics. So relax, grab a cup of hot cider, and enjoy all the goodies.

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dimensions of dental hygiene september 2009 issue

Welcome to Dimensions' biggest issue EVER! Thanks to your readership, we continue to bring you cutting edge information so you can provide the best possible treatment for you patients. This issue is no exception—check out the great features on caries risk assessment, digital imaging, instrument sharpening, bio-identical hormones, waterline safety and magnification. Our two CE articles focus on oral clefts and oral cancer detection. Plus, we have a reference table on interdental cleaners, numerous "Product Profiles" and our regular departments. We are thrilled and honored that you overwhelmingly support Dimensions—here's to YOU!

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dimensions of dental hygiene august 2009 issue

It's August so it's time to shop! Welcome to the Dimensions Annual Purchasing Guide. Here you'll find products for patient and professional use, divided into categories and organized alphabetically. The Purchasing Guide also includes company information for all your favorite products, so you can easily contact the manufacturers for additional information. Also included in this issue are two CE articles to enhance your knowledge. So you can shop and learn at the same time. Enjoy!

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dimensions of dental hygiene july 2009 issue

Why all the fuss about remineralization? Read this issue of Dimensions and find out! With prevention and minimally invasive treatment all the buzz, you'll see why and how remineralization technologies are key to today's dental hygiene practice. Plus, catch up on the latest concepts in ultrasonics, sealants, anesthesia, obesity and periodontitis, and treating youngsters. The Product Profiles help you understand the companies behind the products you use. It's July - the heat is on - let's read!

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dimensions of dental hygiene june 2009 issue

We see them everyday, yet might not give a second thought to how germ-laden they are. Thinking about mouths? Actually, it's computer surfaces! This issue of Dimensions has an interesting overview of the drug-resistant bacteria that might be "infecting" your computer keyboard and mouse. Also included in June is an update on the use of antimicrobials, tooth wear and hypersensitivity, and maintenance of cosmetic restorations. Learn about Fragile X Syndrome and earn CE while you do so. Our regular Departments and a helpful Floss Table round out this issue. So much to learn....enjoy!

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dimensions of dental hygiene may 2009 issue

In this issue of Dimensions, we get up close and personal. Up close with an interview of a world-renown caries expert and a "how-to" on area-specific instruments; personal with articles about tooth whitening and treating patients with Rett Syndrome. Our popular Product Profiles give information about a variety of professional and patient products. And if you're wondering what toothbrush to recommend, check out the toothbrush reference guide. Top it off by enjoying the Departments, where you can learn more about the ADA Seal and even take a European tour :-) Ready....set...go!

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dimensions of dental hygiene april 2009 issue

It's mid-April....tax day is over....forget the past, it's time to focus on your professional enhancement! This issue of Dimensions has the articles to help you do just that. Look to the future with an overview of how DNA testing might be used in the dental office and how to perform your own risk assessment for developing musculoskeletal disorders. Help your present practice by understanding hypersensitivity, the source of drug nomenclature, how to use ultrasonics with implants and much more! Finally, increase your knowledge base about inflammation and its connection to overall and oral health with our landmark supplement, "Inflammation and Periodontal Science: What We Know Now and What the Future May Hold." Join us in improving our present while expanding our future!

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dimensions of dental hygiene march 2009 issue

You've probably noticed the growing trend toward risk assessment and prevention, versus "let's-wait-and-see" and treatment. This month's issue of Dimensions has two articles relating to the wellness model of care: one focuses on risk assessment for periodontitis while the other discusses how to integrate CAMBRA into your practice. You'll also find articles on obesity and periodontitis, proper monitoring for sterilizers, and polishing techniques. With Product Profiles and our regular Departments, this issue is a must read!

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dimensions of dental hygiene february 2009 issue

February seems like a "month in the middle". It's the middle of winter and we typically look for something to brighten our daily routines. Look no further than this issue of Dimensions! With articles on CAMBRA, debridement, stem cells and remineralization, no doubt there is something to perk up your practice. We also have information on radiographs for children, cancer care and a useful table on sealant products. So make this "month in the middle" a time of enlightenment!

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dimensions of dental hygiene january 2009 issue

Happy 2009! Have you made your resolutions? Along with eating better, exercising more and focusing on other self-improvement measures, don't forget to resolve to stay at the top of your profession. This issue of Dimensions will help you do just that. Articles on ergonomics, anesthesia, xerostomia, infection control, stem cells and gluten sensitivity will enhance your knowledge of these topics. Our Product Profiles will keep you aware of products to help you and your patients. It's a new year and the perfect time to renew your fervor for dental hygiene!

2008

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dimensions of dental hygiene december 2008 issue

As another year comes to an end, it's time for holidays, celebrating and the Dimensions Annual Product Guide! Browse this year's listing of the latest products available for dental hygiene practice, complete with helpful information and color images. This issue includes a new feature, "Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know." Read about some of the amazing things your colleagues are doing—their accomplishments will inspire you. And for even more inspiration, the guest editorial with Dr. Esther Wilkins will affirm your commitment to your profession. But that's not all...articles on cultural competency, using periodontal files, and initiating a personnel health program in the office round out this issue. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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dimensions of dental hygiene november 2008 issue

Do your patients know how to perform their own oral cancer exams? You can help them understand the difference between normal and abnormal and maybe save lives! This issue contains a complete, easy-to-understand oral cancer evaluation that you can share with your patients so they can be aware—a must-read! In addition, you'll find articles on online education, ergonomic instrumentation, how mouthrinses are regulated, considerations when choosing loupes, and xerostomia. This month's CE article discusses the use of NSAIDs to treat periodontitis. Read...learn...share...grow...GO!!

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dimensions of dental hygiene october 2008 issue

Have you wondered why the American Heart Association's antibiotic prophylactic guidelines were changed? Just as important, what changes were made? This issue of Dimensions gives you an update on the AHA guidelines and what it means for you and your patients. Local anesthesia, perio and preeclampsia, ultrasonic scaling, and caries management by risk assessment round out this issue. We also have a toothpaste reference guide and an intro to our brand-new on-line community, myhygienespace. Be sure to check it out - see you there!

September 2008 > View Table of Contents

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This issue is our biggest ever! It's chock-full of great articles and features that I know you'll enjoy. You can read about digital technology, bariatric surgery, ergonomics, oral cancer, blood disorders, instrumentation, and interdental cleaners. Plus, we give you lots of website info about different manufacturers and what's new on our own site. Add Product Profiles, the Editor's Memo and Tips on Technique and you've got a well-rounded September issue. Ready...set....read!

August 2008 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene august 2008 issue

Mark your ballot and let your voice be heard! Have a say in your future and express yourself! It's that time again.....for the Dimensions Annual Purchasing Guide! Every August, Dimensions publishes the Annual Purchasing Guide to help you determine appropriate products for your patients and practice. Included is a comprehensive list of manufacturers, distributors, and service providers as well as a product listing and brand name index, complete with contact information. So if you're ready for something new or happy with what you have, here is your resource. Ready, set, go!

July 2008 > View Table of Contents

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July is a month of celebration. At Dimensions, we are happy to celebrate that we now have over 10,000 registered users on our website! That means that MANY of you are enjoying our content, including the wonderful articles we have this month. Nitrous oxide, instrumentation, xylitol, perio/systemic and sealants are all part of this issue. With our regular columns and some interesting Product Profiles, there's something here for everyone. So be sure to check out all the great content—it's a blockbuster of an issue!

June 2008 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene june 2008 issue

Welcome to the June issue of Dimensions! Since we know our readers are eager to learn about a variety of topics, this issue is sure to please. We have features on aerosols from ultrasonic scalers, coricosteroid supplementation, the infectious nature of periodontal diseases, and hypersensitivity. Plus, our prophy paste Table and regular features round out the content. Let us know what you think and if there are topics you'd like to see. Happy reading!

May 2008 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene may 2008 issue

Oral health & overall health? It's amazing to think that not that long ago we didn't even consider that oral health might impact systemic health. We might have suspected that there was a connection, but lack of research made it difficult for us to claim that in terms of health, the mouth is indeed connected to the body. Things sure have changed! This month's cover story, Helicobacter Pylori and the Oral Cavity by Casey Hein is a must-read. It will show how more and more, the mouth/body connection is being researched and proven. To round out this issue, we have features on the modified pen grasp and tooth whitening. Our Toothbrush Guide will help you determine the appropriate product for your patients' needs. And several manufacturers share information about their excellent dental hygiene products in our Product Profiles. There's lots of great info to read and share!!

April 2008 > View Table of Contents

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Can you feel the change in the air? Spring is here, and like a breath of fresh air is surely welcome after the long, cold winter! This issue of Dimensions has content that is also a welcome change. From ultrasonics to ergonomics, nutrition to medication, perio to pathology - this month's articles will give you a new perspective on patient care. Wondering about mouthrinses? Check out the Table for current products and their ingredients. Plus, Anna explains the use of an extraoral fulcrum so you can reach those difficult sites more effectively. Happy Spring!

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March is here—it's kind of a "hump month" bridging the quietness of Winter and the bursting of Spring. We've got a great issue of Dimensions that's full of interesting information to get you past that "hump!" Be sure to check out our CE article on the connection between periodontal diseases & rheumatoid arthritis—it's a real eye-opener. And if you've been thinking about losing weight, read Anna's weight loss challenge for some encouragement. Is there a "smear factor" concern in dental hygiene? Tips on Technique looks at that topic. Handwashing protocols, early childhood caries, whitening and perio/medicine round out this issue, as well as Product Profiles and other informative columns. Enjoy!

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February is often a time when we settle in for the winter, with thoughts of warmer temperatures or even vacations to exciting places. This issue of Dimensions will take your mind on a rewarding journey! From caries to radiographs, sealants to furcations, there is something for everyone. And don't miss Anna's Tips on Technique column on how to instrument those difficult anterior areas. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip :-)

January 2008 View Table of Contents

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A new year...a new look!!! As you read the January issue of Dimensions you'll notice we've changed. Not only have we had some "cosmetic enhancements," like a fresh color scheme, we have some different content as well. Check out our "Tips on Technique" column for something new. The feature articles include a vaccination update, and facts about using amide local anesthetics. If you've wondered about the contraindications when treating someone with a pacemaker, our CE article discusses treating patients with various types of implanted cardiovascular devices. Enjoy the changes and the information in this issue!

2007

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Warmest Holiday Wishes to All! The December issue contains our annual Product Guide and Manufacturer's Index. We hope you find it useful as you choose products for your practice. And since this is the time of year when we reflect on the past and look toward the future, we at Dimensions want to thank our loyal readers, wonderful authors, and supportive corporate friends. Without all of you, we wouldn't exist. May this special season bring you peace, happiness and good health!

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The holiday season is upon us! While most of our thoughts focus on dinners with family and friends, holiday decorations, gift lists and more, be sure to take some time for yourself. The November issue of Dimensions offers lots of good articles to keep your professional focus. Don't miss the update on osteonecrosis and who is at risk. Dr. Ron Goldstein's interview on tooth staining and treatment is a must-read. We've also got excellent articles on new hand instruments as well as Sjogren's Syndrome and oral cancer. Thinking of purchasing loupes? Then be sure to check out our Loupes Table in this issue. All that and more await you in this issue—Happy Holidays and happy reading!

October 2007 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene october 2007 issue

There's a chill in the air and the days are getting shorter. This is the time of year when it's nice to curl up and catch up on some reading, so we hope this issue of Dimensions fills the bill! Don't miss Part Two of Dr. Brian Mealey's interview on glucometer testing. In Part One of Dr. Stephen Harrel's article, he writes an informative piece on minimally invasive periodontal surgery. From a safety standpoint, Kathy Bassett and Dr. Arthur DiMarco explain the risks and benefits of topical anesthetics. Plus, our toothpaste guide provides useful information on current brands. Happy Autumn to all!

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dimensions of dental hygiene september 2007 issue

Several months ago, the headlines were alarming: a man had traveled on an airplane with an infectious case of tuberculosis. How risky was this behavior and did he place his fellow passengers in danger? The September issue of Dimensions addresses that concern and more specifically, the risk of TB transmission in the dental office. Are you performing glucometer testing with your patients? The article by Dr. Brian Mealey discusses this important option for diabetic patients. Also included in this issue are articles on instrument sharpening, ergonomics and oral pathology, as well as a table on interdental cleaning devices. Enjoy!

August 2007 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene august 2007 issue

It's August and you know what that means....time to go shopping! Every August, Dimensions publishes the Annual Purchasing Guide to help you determine appropriate products for your patients and practice. Included is a comprehensive list of manufacturers, distributors, and service providers as well as a product listing and brand name index, complete with contact information. Enjoy the purchasing guide!

July 2007 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene july 2007 issue

The lazy, hazy days of summer are here! It's a perfect time to get caught up on reading while relaxing with a nice, cool drink. The July issue of Dimensions has some great topics to pique your interest. Be sure to check out the latest information on preterm, low birthweight babies and periodontal diseases. Then, learn about current concepts in piezo ultrasonic scalers, sealants, and fluoride. We also have a feature on how to alleviate the "fear factor" by controlling pain during nonsurgical periodontal therapy.Summer sizzles...and so does the July issue!

June 2007 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene june 2007 issue

Did you know that enamel can be regenerated? Don't miss the fascinating article in the June issue of Dimensions by Dr. Hal Slavkin. It will open your eyes to new technologies that can rebuild enamel. This issue also has an update on dental unit waterline contamination, the latest thoughts on polishing procedures, approaches to alleviate sensitivity from tooth whitening, and much more. And... if you've wondered about the use of herbal products for medicinal & oral purposes, the CE article by Leslie Andrews & Ann Spolarich will answer your questions. Enjoy!

May 2007 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene may 2007 issue

On the cutting edge - the May issue of Dimensions keeps you that way! Included is the latest information on the newly released and revised guidelines from the ADA/AHA on antibiotic pre-medication. We also have an in-depth review of biofilms, instrument sharpening, and how to treat intrinsic stains. Add to that our toothbrush table and Product Profiles, and you have all the ingredients to stay at the top of your profession. So read on and be aware!

April 2007 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene april 2007 issue

Past...Present...Future. The April issue of Dimensions focuses on aspects of dental hygiene care that transcend time! Look into the future with the interview on tissue engineering by William Giannobile. For the present, examine your current skills with ultrasonic instrumentation by Donna Stach and magnification by Paul Michaelides & Roger Stambaugh. Review the past by considering some important patient concerns and what may cause them, such as oral cancer risk factors with Sol Silverman, anxiety management with Jacqueline James Samuels & hypersensitivity causes with Samuel Oglesby. The time to learn is now, so let's begin!

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This issue of Dimensions has something for everyone! From hand hygiene...to product profiles...to xylitol...to prophy pastes...to treating extrinsic stains, March's edition is full of useful information. In addition, there is an overview of "meth mouth" and what the hygienist should know about this growing problem. And - ADHA leadership provides insight into the future of dental hygiene with the second part of a fascinating interview. We hope you enjoy the issue!

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February's here and so is National Children's Dental Health Month! This issue of Dimensions focuses on strategies for children's oral health, in particular preventing caries. Fluorides, sealants, remineralization & radiography are all covered this month. Plus, we have the latest information on instrumentation and the various risk factors for developing oral cancer. Click away!

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Welcome to 2007! This issue of Dimensions has articles concerning many different aspects of dental hygiene practice. Our cover feature focuses on the connection between diabetes and periodontal diseases. We are fortunate to have one of the foremost authorities, Dr. Brian Mealey, share his views on the latest information regarding this link. In addition, we've got information on ergonomics, cancer therapy and xerostomia, anesthesia dilemmas and more. Happy New Year!

2006

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Holiday Greetings to all! This issue marks our third Annual Product Guide. We hope it helps you determine the appropriate products for your patients and practice. As dental product companies continue to develop new and innovative materials for us and those we treat, our mission to improve oral health becomes easier. We come closer to reaching the goal of better health for all! And speaking of goals, don't miss the interview with Ann Battrell, ADHA executive director, and Marge Green, ADHA president. It will give you a renewed fervor for our profession and an enhanced admiration for our leaders—their foresight and dedication are admirable!

November 2006 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene november 2006 issue

Do you think that sealants are only for children? Are you aware of the adverse oral reactions that may occur due to medication use? Have you considered the important features when choosing a magnification device? Do you think younger patients are not susceptible to oral cancer? Did you know there are instruments that require little or no sharpening? The November issue of Dimensions has answers to all these questions and more! Enjoy the issue.

October 2006 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene october 2006 issue

October often brings winds of change and this year is no exception‹a change is in the air that will help us manage periodontal patients more effectively and appropriately. In an effort to promote optimal patient care, Dimensions has published the new American Academy of Periodontology document, Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Periodontal Diseases. Thanks to an educational grant from OraPharma we are able to bring you this document as a pull-out (see the print version of Dimensions) to keep handy in your operatory. Also in this issue: debridement protocols, xylitol information and an update on degree completion programs via the internet. Enjoy the articles in this ground-breaking issue and feel the welcome breeze of change!

September 2006 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene september 2006 issue

As summer comes to an end, fall brings many opportunities for renewal and professional awakening! The September issue of Dimensions has a variety of topics to help invigorate your spirit and enhance your knowledge. Instrumentation, infection control, ergonomics, radiography, interdental cleaning, and hypersensitivity are all addressed with current, evidence-based information. So grab a cup of tea to take the chill out of the air and spend some time with us!

August 2006 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene august 2006 issue

Welcome to Dimensions' Annual Purchasing Guide! This issue provides you a comprehensive lisit of manufacturers, distributors, and service providers that help us in our day-to-day practices. You'll find a product listing, brand name index, and contact information for the most commonly used products in dental hygiene. We hope it helps you in your buying decisions!

July 2006 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene july 2006 issue

We deal with it on a daily basis. Sometimes it's helpful and sometimes it gets in our way. We know it's important for a healthy dentition but this month's issue will have you looking at it in an entirely different way. What is it? Saliva! Our July cover story introduces some of the amazing research that is studying the diagnostic potential of saliva. Dr. Stanley Malamed gives us an informative interview on anesthesia and also contributes to the CE piece on pain control (along with Anna and Gordon Pattison and Stacy Matsuda.) Plus, we have articles on early childhood caries, sealants, and ultrasonic instrumentation. Enjoy the read!

June 2006 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene june 2006 issue

The June issue of Dimensions marks a milestone for us—we are publishing our first CE article! Stacy A. Matsuda, RDH, BS, has written an evidence-based, practical article on piezoelectric ultrasonic technology...a must-read! We also have articles on hypersensitivity, oral cancer, bisphosphonate usage, avian flu, polishing, and HIV. What a great issue to update your knowledge on a variety of topics! So start reading and be sure to submit for CE credit, right from the comfort of your home....one more way Dimensions is striving to meet your needs.

May 2006 > View Table of Contents

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The May issue of Dimensions really gives us something to chew on—literally! Have you wondered what impact occlusion may have on periodontal health? Stephen Harrel, DDS, and Claire Belling, BS, RDH, tackle this controversial topic and provide the most current concepts on occlusion. In addition, we have articles on such timely topics as salivary gland hypofunction, whitening, and fluoride usage. Our toothbrush focus will help you determine the appropriate tool for patients based on their individual needs and preferences. And Dimensions' Editor In Chief, Anna Pattison, RDH, MS, provides an overview on some of the latest advances in hand instrumentation. So take a bite and dig in! With such a variety of topics, there is sure to be something to please your taste.

April 2006 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene april 2006 issue

Spring has sprung, and with it come fresh ideas! Our cover story this month discusses a new approach to probing using ultrasound technology. This technique holds promise for improved, non-invasive, real time assessment of the periodontium. Similar to ultrasound performed for medical procedures, such technology may eliminate many of the drawbacks associated with traditional probing methods. Have you wondered about the role of mouthrinses in oral hygiene? Don't miss our feature on how these products can be used as successful adjuncts. The role of nutrition in tooth wear, caries, and sensitivity in adults is explored, and we've included a table of sensitivity products for your review. Last (but certainly not least) Dr. Stanley Malamed continues his series on anesthesia for the dental hygienist. So enjoy this issue....and the warm, sunny weather!

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March is often said to come in like a lion or a lamb. But how about like a bird? This issue of Dimensions looks at a concern that faces many around the globe—avian flu. While this topic was discussed in a previous article (July 2005) this issue's review of avian flu describes the condition in more detail. Other great topics in March are ergonomics and xylitol. Plus, learn about the companies that make dental hygiene products their business in the Corporate Profiles. And since you've told us how much you like our Product Tables, we have two this month: loupes & prophy paste! Lion, lamb (or bird!) there is some excellent reading in the March issue of Dimensions—enjoy!

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February is Children's Dental Health Month, so let's make it count! As we know, prevention strategies that are applied early in life can go a long way in promoting oral health throughout life. Two of the most effective preventive measures that dental hygienists can implement are fluoride therapy and sealants. This issue of Dimensions has articles on both. Be sure to read these features to help you determine the role of both types of treatment. To round out this issue, we also have an update on hand instrumentation by our own Editor In Chief, Anna Pattison, RDH, MS. Plus, we've included features on hypersensitivity and radiography. So let's get started!

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Happy New Year to all! Dimensions is starting the new year off with a bang by bringing you some great articles. Our cover story this month discusses the rising problem of obesity and its impact on overall health and oral health. Dental hygienists CAN help solve this life-threatening problem! And did you know how to measure salivary flow? Our article on the importance of saliva will tell you. We also cover the topic of proper hand hygiene protocol and the evolution of anesthesia in dental hygiene. Don't miss the Corporate Profiles! This new, quarterly feature helps you get up close and personal with dental hygiene product companies. Happy reading!

2005

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It's that time of year! We're busy with shopping, parties, gathering with family and friends, and reflecting on what's important in our lives. We at Dimensions appreciate YOU and the contributions you make to the health of your patients. To help you decide on appropriate products we are publishing our Second Annual Product Guide. With so many excellent products for today's dental hygiene practice, the Product Guide will help you sort through what's new. And don't miss the Guest Editorial, "Thinking Big" by Dominick P. DePaola, DDS, PhD, ScD (Hon). It will give you a renewed fervor for our chosen profession. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

November 2005 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene november 2005 issue

It's that time of year! We're busy with shopping, parties, gathering with family and friends, and reflecting on what's important in our lives. We at Dimensions appreciate YOU and the contributions you make to the health of your patients. To help you decide on appropriate products we are publishing our Second Annual Product Guide. With so many excellent products for today's dental hygiene practice, the Product Guide will help you sort through what's new. And don't miss the Guest Editorial, "Thinking Big" by Dominick P. DePaola, DDS, PhD, ScD (Hon). It will give you a renewed fervor for our chosen profession. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

October 2005 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene october 2005 issue

Are you a modern day Sherlock Holmes? Well, get out your magnifying glass and dig into Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's November cover story on dental forensics. Dr. Gerald Vale talks about how the identities of victims are uncovered through dental records and comparing similarities and dissimilarities with smiles and teeth. Keep turning the pages-literally or figuratively-because this issue is full of pragmatic information you can use in your everyday practice on topics such as interdental cleaning devices, Xylitol, and ultrasonics. Enjoy and have a safe and very happy Thanksgiving!

September 2005 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene september 2005 issue

September is back to school for students around the country. You too can feel a part of the back to school phenomenon with Dimensions! Learn all about evidence-based decision making, using a problem solving approach to ergonomics, vasoconstrictors, getting your grasp right, digital radiography, and dentin hypersensitivity in this issue of Dimensions. We hope you can find some time to curl up with the first signs of fall on the way and dig into this important information.

August 2005 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene august 2005 issue

Our third annual Purchasing Guide is here again! A complete listing of companies and products that are integral to dental hygiene practice are included along with a Brand Name Index. The Company Index features contact information for each manufacturer included in the guide. The Product Index includes the products used in dental hygiene with the makers of each product listed under the specific product category. New this year, the Brand Name Index includes a sampling of the brands available in dental hygiene with their related manufacturer identified. The 2005 Purchasing Guide is perfect to keep in your operatory for quick reference all year long!

July 2005 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene july 2005 issue

July is the month for celebrating, not only our country's independence but dental hygiene as well! This issue announces several exciting happenings in the field—the American Dental Hygienists' Association has hired a dental hygienist as its executive director and our own Editor In Chief is an ADHA/Pfizer award winner! Besides these news items, we have fascinating articles on implant dentistry, sealant placement, xerostomia, instrumentation, and infection control. Enjoy!

June 2005 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene june 2005 issue

Welcome to summer! But don't head off into the lazy days of summer just yet because Dimensions has another issue jam packed with information relative to your day-to-day practice. Tobacco cessation, the classification system for periodontal diseases, anesthesia, fluoride varnish in caries prevention, sharpening, treating anxious patients, and a handy table on floss are all in this issue, plus an expanded news section!

May 2005 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene may 2005 issue

This month, Dimensions gets you prepared for the possibility of an infectious outbreak with our cover story on bioterrorism. Two military experts and a hygienist who specializes in infection control share their expertise on how dental hygienists can help limit an infectious outbreak and become more involved in protecting our country. Besides this exciting feature, Dimensions provides the best information on your day-to-day practice needs. Maintaining good posture while practicing, topical anesthesia, using the periodontal probe, and a comprehensive look at toothbrushes are all included in the May issue. Dimensions is also going on the road! Please visit our booth at the California Dental Hygienists' Association meeting on May 13 in Anaheim and hear our Editor In Chief, Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS, share her wealth of knowledge. We will also be at the American Dental Hygienists' Association Annual Session in June in Las Vegas giving out our tote bags filled with samples from our advertisers. Hope to see you there!

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Spring is here again and it's time to begin the annual ritual of spring cleaning. In Dimensions, this means a strong issue chock full of reviews on important topics. Hand care, xerostomia, using explorers, and root caries are all key issues in dental hygiene. Our experts discuss the tried and true in hygiene while lending their own expertise to keep you up-to-date on the latest information. Our cover story focuses on the elderly and how hygienists can help these patients stay in the best of health. The role of the dental hygienist seems to continually expand! Enjoy the newness spring!

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We are living in an exciting age where technological advances are the norm rather than anomalies. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's March issue features one of the most breathtaking developments to hit medicine and dentistry—tissue regeneration. Dr. Michael McGuire shares his expertise with us on this revolutionary discovery. A step-by-step technique guide with images is included on local anesthesia. An important "keeper" as more states add this important facet to the hygienist's armamentarium. Dimensions also has one of the inventors of nightguard vital bleaching—Dr. Harald Heymann—talk about the progress achieved in whitening. And, of course, we have valuable refresher pieces on the duties performed every day by dental hygienists: ultrasonics, polishing, and treating hypersensitivity. Enjoy!

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February is National Children's Dental Health Month. In dentistry, dental hygienists are the leaders in prevention and getting patients on the lifetime road to good oral health should start as early as possible! We've provided three pieces that focus on pediatric patients—Caries Update, Maximizing the Benefits of Sealants, and our new Radiography column by Laura Jansen Howerton, RDH, MS, focuses on kids and x-rays. Dr. Molinari is back for part 2 of his series on influenza and infection control. The Your Health column this issue focuses on another epidemic in America, diabetes. We hope this issue fortifies your knowledge arsenal that keeps you at the forefront of oral and overall health.

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is ringing in the New Year with a bang! We want you to start your year off right so we've got the latest on emerging technologies in periodontal assessment and diagnosis and a two part series on infection control and the influenza epidemic. Keep practicing healthy and protected this year with an ergonomics article and a column on professional liability. Brush-up on the all important fluoride with an interview on its role in caries prevention. Dimensions is dedicated to bringing you another year packed with the most important information you can use on a daily basis. Happy New Year!

2004

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We wanted to close out the year with another reference guide to help you with purchasing decisions—hence, the 2004 Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Product Guide! This annual guide features an abundance of new product information and photos for your perusal. Don't miss Dr. Pam Overman's Guest Editorial on the future of dental hygiene! Happy Holidays!

November 2004 > View Table of Contents

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Dental hygiene is definitely not a stagnant profession. Through innovation in techniques and products, the growth of the dental hygiene scope of practice, and new research in the oral health arena, dental hygiene is constantly moving forward. Our November issue truly showcases this fact. Our cover story discusses local anesthesia and provides details on the newest topical to hit the market—a periodontal gel that is inserted with a blunt tip applicator. Editor In Chief Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS, also tracks the progress of the hygienist's ability to administer anesthesia state-by-state in her monthly column. The efficacy of mouthrinses on plaque formation is included as is an article that will help you better understand how to use files and how they can complement your instrumentation toolbox. For a quick and easy-to-use reference sheet, we have compiled information on some of the interdental cleaning devices on the market. Editorial Director, Jill Rethman, RDH, BA, with her husband Michael Rethman, DDS, MS, share their thoughts about the importance of partnering with other oral health care professionals, particularly the periodontist and the general dentist, to provide patients with the best possible care. Dental hygiene has a lot to be proud of and new accomplishments in its future. Let's remember to be thankful for those ground breaking hygienists in practice, research, and the political end who continue to further the profession. Happy Thanksgiving!

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dimensions of dental hygiene october 2004 issue

Welcome to fall! The crisp air and colored leaves also signify the biggest candy-eating day of the year—Halloween. Dimensions is right on time with an article on Xylitol—a natural sweetener—that can also reduce the risk of caries. Gum with Xylitol may be a better alternative for trick-or-treaters this year than sugary sweets! Anna Pattison, RDH, MS; Stacy Matsuda, RDH, BS; and Gordon L. Pattison, DDS, share their expertise on extraoral fulcrums. Also, tooth whitening and preventing cross-contamination are covered in our October issue. Definitely don't miss the web-only extras on the extraoral fulcrum, infection control, and tooth whitening articles! Happy Halloween!

September 2004 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene september 2004 issue

Dimensions goes back to school with our in-depth cover story by Michele L. Darby, BSDH, MS, on graduate education. Also, check out our new Career Center in the Online Community part of this site for more information —from sketches written by hygienists in a variety of different jobs to tips on writing a great resume. This issue also provides editorial on those topics that hygienists deal with every day—ultrasonics, xerostomia, and caries. Also don't miss the latest column from Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, on smoking-related oral pathologic lesions. We hope you're enjoying the new features on our website! Happy Fall!

August 2004 > View Table of Contents

dimensions of dental hygiene august 2004 issue

August brings our second annual Purchasing Guide–a complete listing of companies and products that are integral to dental hygiene practice. The Company Index features contact information for each manufacturer included in the guide. The Product Index includes the products used in dental hygiene with the makers of each product listed under the specific product category. Both indexes are in alphabetical order to ensure easy use. The 2004 Purchasing Guide is a handy reference tool that you can use throughout the year when making purchasing decisions. Keep it in your operatory for quick reference!

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dimensions of dental hygiene july 2004 issue

Giving your best care to patients all day long can be taxing, even overwhelming sometimes, especially if you are in pain. We have two features this issue that address different angles of clinician health. Our cover story talks about the importance of upper extremity health and how to maintain it. A large selection of images, with bonus pictures included with the web version, along with step-by-step directions will help you adapt the correct grasp, neutral positioning, and better hand, wrist, and forearm relationships to prevent repetitive strain injuries. "Maximize Your Visual Acuity" focuses on the three types of magnification and how they can help in the fight against musculoskeletal injuries and improve diagnostic ability. Increase your understanding of sealant usage and hypersensitivity with our other two features: "Making the Most of Sealant Usage" and "The Complexity of Hypersensitivity." Our goal is to provide you with important information that you can read the night before and use the next day in practice. We hope you find July indicative of our mission!

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dimensions of dental hygiene june 2004 issue

Americans seem to be consumed with how we look from the popularity of television shows like "Extreme Makeover" and "The Swan." As the demand for facial esthetic procedures grows, dental hygienists may have a roll to play in both the recommending of esthetic facial procedures and the administration of some types of filler materials. Check out "Beauty Is Skin Deep" for more details provided by Dr. Louis Costa, a facial plastic surgeon and a dentist. In our quest to keep you up to date on infection control, Dimensions offers an in-depth article on precautions to protect the immune compromised patient and clinician in "The Fragile Immune System" by Dr. Stephen Harrel. "Furthering Fluoride Usage," written by a team of pediatric specialists at the University of Washington: Dr. Rama Oskouian, Dr. Peter Domoto, and Dr. Joel Berg, will enlighten you on the off-label use of fluoride varnish and provide you with information on the many available fluoride products. "The Protocol for Polishing," authored by a Dimensions of Dental Hygiene editorial advisory board member, Caren Barnes, RDH, MS, answers many of the questions we all have on the fundamentals of polishing and prophy pastes.

May 2004 > View Table of Contents

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Pragmatism is a virtue. Your ability to put information to use is a driving force behind Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. This issue exemplifies this fact. Patients asking about which toothbrush to buy? Check out our Toothbrush Focus, which handily lists the features of a myriad of brushes that are on the market—both power and manual. Two features this issue will update you on the latest information while also emphasizing the basics on two very important topics—radiology and ultrasonics. And don't forget to brush up your diagnostic skills with Olga Ibsen's Oral Pathology column. Our cover story—The Inflammation Connection—may not appear practical at first glance. However, dental hygienists are at the forefront of oral health promotion and new evidence suggests that there is indeed some type of relationship between chronic inflammation and serious health risk. Understanding this important science as the information unfolds is integral to the health of our patients. With mainstream media covering these breakthroughs, we need to be informed so we can answer our patients' questions.

April 2004 > View Table of Contents

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Bacterial biofilm is the focus of April's issue, but not just in its typical format. Dimensions takes a closer look at the effects of bacteria not only on oral health but also in connection with systemic health, infection control, and chemotherapeutics. Dr. Ira B. Lamster and Dr. Evanthia Lalla—from the prestigious Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery—cover groundbreaking research in the investigation of the link between oral health and systemic disease in "Periodontal Medicine—Changing the Faces of Dental Care." Rebecca Wilder, RDH, BS, MS, of the University of North Carolin, Chapel Hill, provides the latest information on the efficacy of local delivery antimicrobials and antibiotics in question and answer format in "The Battle of Bacteria." In "Preventing Disease and Promoting Health," an author of the new 2003 CDC Guidelines for Infection Control, gives you a brief rundown of some of the guidelines most important points. We all know how difficult it is to remove calculus with dull instruments, so Kathleen Hodges, RDH, MS, of Idaho State University, discusses the importance of technique in keeping your instruments sharp.

March 2004 View Table of Contents

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene wants to keep the importance of your own physical well-being at the forefront of your mind. Our March cover story "Preventive Positioning" by Patricia Nunn, RDH, MS, chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Oklahoma, reflects this commitment. With March comes spring and spring is a time of new beginnings. If you haven't yet looked into practicing more healthfully—whether that means being aware of your posture or getting fitted for loupes—make it your spring resolution.

Spring is also a great time to refresh your knowledge banks. Don't miss the second half of the in-depth article on caries assessment and prevention by Dr. John Featherstone, MSc, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Do you have patients quizzing you on the latest in tooth whitening? Well, Van Haywood, DMD, professor at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, weighs in with the details about what works and what doesn't.

This issue features the first installment of our new Oral Pathology column written by Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS , adjunct professor at both the University of New Haven and New York University , and co-author of Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist. She delves right in with the basics of the diagnostic process.

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Children are the future. As dental hygienists, we know how important oral health is to overall well being, a fact that resonates deep when thinking of the little ones who depend on our care. This issue is dedicated to pediatrics in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month. However, treatment protocols for children are also relative to other populations. For instance, our cover story "The Caries Balance" by John D.B. Featherstone, MSc, PhD, of University of California, San Francisco, discusses caries prevention and intervention, which can affect adults as well as kids. Dr. Slavkin, the dean of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, provides a primer on craniofacial birth defects and their affect on oral health. Addressing caries prevention in high-risk groups is the focus of our Q and A with Philip Weinstein, PhD, of the University of Washington, Seattle.

Plus, don't miss our new column—Practice Solutions—by Rebecca S. Wilder, RDH, BS, MS, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Wilder will cover practice management issues ranging from practice ethics to dealing with difficult patients. Check out February's discussion of handling patients who refuse radiographs.

January 2004 View Table of Contents

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Promoting oral health is integral to what dental hygienists do on a daily basis. In this issue, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene continues to support this dental hygiene function with the second part of our series on smoking cessation: Treating Tobacco Dependency by Margaret M Walsh, RDH, MS, EdD. However, taking care of yourself is also important in a career that is physically very demanding. Our other January features take a closer look at the health of the hygienist. Don't miss Dr. Sunnell's and Dr. Rucker's informative article on magnification "Boost Your Optic Acumen," which is key to a long career in clinical practice. Are you interested in moving on from clinical practice? If so, you may need an advanced degree. Rebecca Stolberg, RDH, MS, from Eastern Washington University, discusses your options for advancing your education in "Back to School." We are proud to announce also that Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, an expert on women's health and a dental hygienist, will be our Your Health columnist throughout 2004. The January column focuses on starting the year off right with good nutrition and a fitness program in "On the Road to Wellness." We hope this issue helps you maintain your own health and wellness as a new year begins.

2003

November/December 2003 > View Table of Contents

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Dimensions of Dental Hygiene rounds out its first year with two issues that are packaged together to bring you a wealth of information. The November/December issue features a variety of topics and the Perio Focus supplement is a themed issue that gets in-depth with the field of periodontics. Esthetic dentistry is the cover story for November/December and features an interview with the national expert, Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS. Find out what you need to know to assist you to better treat your patients with esthetic restorations. Smoking cessation, fluorides, and how drugs are developed are the other hot topics in this issue.

The Perio Focus is designed for your use as a reference. National experts on instrumentation--Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS, and Stacy Matsuda, RDH, BS--provide the latest information on making the best hand instrument selections for initial periodontal therapy. Kathleen Hodges, RDH, MS, offers guidance on providing the most efficacious periodontal maintenance with her article and three tables. Mark www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com with a bookmark because you will definitely want to access this information again. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene is proud to have completed its first year serving the dental hygiene field. We are excited about what 2004 will bring. Stay tuned!

October 2003 > View Table of Contents

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The future is now and the October issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene exemplifies this phrase in the world of dentistry. Technology is advancing quickly and this month we focus on new technologies developed for diagnosing dental caries. George K. Stookey, MSD, PhD, of Indiana University , discusses new caries detection equipment. DIFOTI™, the Diagnodent, and QLF all employ new methods of detecting caries and dental hygienists need to know their impact on treatment and outcomes.

In our next feature, Stephen K. Harrel, DDS, an expert on aerosols, explains what dental hygienists need to know about contaminated dental aerosols. As more is uncovered about respiratory transmitted diseases like SARS, the greater the implications appear for dental professionals. He provides advice to keep you practicing safely.

The third feature discusses research done on dentinal hypersensitivity, however, as the article explains, we do not have answers to all of our questions. The key lies with diagnosis but pain perception involves many variables. Terri Tilliss, RDH, MS, MA, from the University of Colorado, details the etiology of dentinal hypersensitivity and how to recognize its predisposing factors.

Finally, our last article explains why dental hygienists need to protect themselves against the physical rigors of clinical practice. M. Elaine Parker, RDH, MS , PhD, from the University of Maryland , talks about preventing cumulative trauma disorders in the upper extremities.

September 2003 > View Table of Contents

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Experts are predicting a reemergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) during the upcoming flu season, reinforcing the need for meticulous infection control by dental health care workers. September's cover story gets in-depth with infection control and specifically addresses the SARS issue. Written by one of the most preeminent experts on infection control, John A. Molinari, PhD, this feature covers the detection, distribution, and etiology of this new virus.

In the area of pedodontics, Steven M. Adair, DDS, MS , provides the answers to what we all need to know about sealants in our second feature. This question and answer article covers information on the utilization of sealants--from evaluation to clinical placement.

Moving to the cosmetic side of dentistry, our last feature looks at over-the-counter bleaching products. In the quest for a more youthful appearance, more and more patients are looking into self-directed tooth whitening with over-the-counter products. Because dental hygienists serve as a trusted authority for the general public on oral health care products, we need to be informed of the facts. Marie A. Collins, RDH, MS, writes about the various options available.

Don't miss the Your Health column this month--it could save lives. Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, BA, MS, explains the risk of cardiovascular disease for women. The disease may not appear in headlines as often as breast cancer but cardiovascular disease kills ten times more women than breast cancer and more women die each year from it than men.

August 2003 > View Table of Contents

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A first in the dental hygiene field, the Annual Purchasing Guide provides dental hygienists with the information they need to make informed purchasing decisions on the products and services used and recommended every day in dental offices. First, the Company Index lists each company name in alphabetical order with accompanying contact information, including phone and fax numbers and email and website addresses. The Product Index lists the most important products used with an alphabetical list of companies that make each product.

June/July 2003 > View Table of Contents

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Calculus detection and its removal are featured in this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. The DetecTar Probe, which detects subgingival deposits, may revolutionize the current protocols for detecting calculus, thus vastly improving treatment outcomes. At press time, the DetecTar was still waiting for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. However since the journal was printed, FDA approval has been granted.

Two articles discuss instrumentation from two different angles—mini-bladed instruments and ultrasonics. Barbara A. Long, SDT, RDH, CACE, herself an inventor of mini-bladed instruments, covers the modifications made to the standard Gracy curets, while Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS, (editor in chief of Dimensions), Stacy A. Matsuda, RDH, BS, and Gordon L. Pattison, DDS, talk about how their observations with the dental endoscope have influenced ultrasonic tip selection. And, of course, understanding how calculus develops is integral to effectively fighting it, so we have an interview with two of the most well-known biofilm researchers from the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University: J.W. Costeron, PhD, MS, and Paul Stoodley, PhD.

Increasing hygienists' clinical knowledge is essential but if hygienists don't take of care of their bodies, their careers may be shortened. This is where ergonomics comes in. "Improving Your Musculoskeletal Health" advises dental hygienists how to integrate postural strategies to avoid musculoskeletal pain. Physical therapist and ergonomic specialist, Bethany Valachi, MS, PT, CEAS, provides tips and stretches to manage, control, and prevent work-related pain.

April/May 2003 > View Table of Contents

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Staying on the cutting edge is integral to Dimensions of Dental Hygieneand our April/May issue really demonstrates this commitment. Two of the features in this issue deal with a new technology—The Dental Endoscope. Small enough to fit within the gingival sulcus, the endoscope makes thorough debridement more possible than ever before.

Dr. Roger Stambaugh and our own Editor In Chief, Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS, have been using this technology since its onset and provide a comprehensive look at its role in dentistry and dental hygiene. An exploration of two new treatment options—minocycline microspheres, a local delivery antibiotic, and the AMSA injection, an anesthesia option that requires fewer injections and less pain, are also included.

Our goal is to provide the best clinical information to our readers but to also support them in their everyday lives as well. Check out our two lifestyle columns on finance "Dollars and Sense" and health "Your Health." We hope you find this issue helpful in your practice and in your life. We look forward to bringing you more from the forefront of dental hygiene theory and practice.

February/March 2003 > View Table of Contents

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The February/March 2003 edition focuses on one of the hottest topics in dental hygiene today—dental biofilm. Our first three features take an in-depth look at the genetics of biofilm, how bacterial biofilms behave and how this affects periodontal disease, and, finally, how instrumentation is key in the battle against dental bioflim. A comprehensive overview of toothbrushes and antimicrobial use are also included. Our goal is to provide the best clinical information to our readers but to also support them in their everyday lives as well. Check out our two lifestyle columns on finance "Dollars and Sense" and health "Your Health." We hope you find this issue helpful in your practice and in your life. We look forward to bringing you more from the cutting edge of dental hygiene theory and practice.