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December 2010



Let it'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!

—Jill Rethman, RDH, BA Editorial Director

This Month's Features


Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know
In the third edition of this annual feature, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene highlights six outstanding dental hygienists on different career paths to illustrate the many possibilities available within the profession.

Sixth Annual Guide to Dental Hygiene Products [ Page 123 ]
Information about the latest products available for today’s dental hygiene practice.

Strategies for Detection and Intervention
How to recognize and treat patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in the dental setting.
By Michael W. Roberts, DDS, MScD; Travis M. Hicks, DDS; and Mary M. Hillmer, BA, RDH

Dealing with the Devastation
How to provide oral health care to patients with a history of methamphetamine abuse.
By Kathleen B. Muzzin, RDH, MS, and Courtney O’Brien, RDH, BS.

Dangerous Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is widespread and has serious oral and systemic health effects.
By Margaret F. Lemaster, BSDH, MS, and Catherine S. Seifert, RDH, BS

The Hidden Threat
Enamel erosion is caused by lifestyle habits common among most patients. Effective risk assessment and patient education are key to preventing serious and irreversible damage.
By Sarah DeBowes, RDH, BS



Editor's Note
Make New Friends, But Keep the Old
By Jill Rethman, RDH, BA


Dental Health Aide Therapist; Esther M. Wilkins, RDH, DMD, Honored; Oral Cancer Awareness in the UK

Industry Info
Crest Oral-B Award; Textbook Sponsored by Colgate; OHA Supports Varnish Program; OSAP Introduces New Logo

Tips on Technique
The Horizontal Stroke
By Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS