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10 steps to perform an oral cancer screening by Scott Froum, DDS

10 steps to perform an oral cancer screening

Squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and throat account for about 45,000 cases each year in the United States, resulting in approximately 8,000 deaths per year. Studies show that successful treatment is highly dependent upon diagnosis and treatment of this disease in its early stages. Although there have been advances in surgical, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment, five-year survival rates of patients with moderate to advanced cases of oral cancer are less than 60%. Patients who do survive typically have trouble chewing, speaking, eating, and smiling after treatment thus it is extremely important to diagnose OC before it becomes advanced, since treatment for early cancer is not as severe. Editorial Director Dr. Scott Froum offers steps to use as you screen patients in your office.

Increasing dental case acceptance through the use of salivary diagnostics by Michael A. Scialabba, DDS

Increasing dental case acceptance through the use of salivary diagnostics

A tremendous amount of literature supports the correlations between gingivitis and/or periodontitis and systemic health. Reports and research continue to find correlations between inflammation of the oral cavity and other inflammatory disease processes, especially cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Educating patients about these links and encouraging oral health awareness has always been a challenge. Dr. Michael Scialabba talks about how salivary testing along with personalized custom periodontal therapy can be a tool to help patients improve not only their oral health but also their overall health.

Manage, repair, or regenerate periodontal disease? by Susan Wingrove, RDH

Manage, repair, or regenerate periodontal disease?

The American Academy of Periodontology warns of a significant public health problem: One out of every two American adults 30 years and older has periodontal disease. (1) As dental professionals, we need to step up to this challenge and change the way we evaluate and treat mucosal oral infections. The research, tools, and biologic products are now available to regenerate bone and tissue—not simply “manage or repair”! Susan Wingrove, RDH, says our role as dental professionals is to identify the optimal time for regenerative periodontal therapy.

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Letter to the editor regarding study comparing chlorine dioxide oral rinse to chlorhexidine

The editors of Surgical-Restorative Resource recently received a letter from Bill Landers, president of OraTec, regarding the article, “An in vitro study comparing a two-part activated chlorine dioxide oral rinse to chlorhexidine” by Richard D. Downs, DDS, Jeffrey A. Banas, PhD, and Min Zhu, DDS, PhD. Landers objected to some of the wording in the article. The authors responded to his comments here.

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An in vitro study comparing a two-part activated chlorine dioxide oral rinse to chlorhexidine

Chlorhexidine is considered the “gold standard” for antiplaque agents. However, there are side effects associated with long-term use of chlorhexidine. Richard D. Downs, DDS, Jeffrey A. Banas, PhD, and Min Zhu, DDS, PhD, present the results of a study that compared a chlorine dioxide-based mouth rinse (Oracare) with chlorhexidine for antimicrobial activity and an ability to remove volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) generated by the periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis.

Colleen M. Olson, RDH

In case you missed it: Three lecture summaries from the 2014 AAP Dental Hygiene Symposium

Colleen M. Olson, RDH, attended the 100th Annual American Academy of Periodontology Meeting in San Francisco in late September, during which the California Society of Periodontists hosted a Dental Hygiene Symposium. In this article, Olson summarizes the lectures of the three presenters.

Colleen M. Olson, RDH

You graduated from dental hygiene school! Now what?

You survived embryology and histology, radiography, oral pathology, pharmacology, hours upon hours of clinic, and board exams! What now? How do you go about finding a job that you’ll love? Colleen M. Olson, RDH, gives you five tips from her own recent postgraduation job search to help get you on your way to an exciting career in dental hygiene!

Colleen M. Olson, RDH

Strategies to help the teenage patient achieve greater success with oral hygiene

Teenage patients in a dental practice can be some of the hardest to work with. They typically have poor oral hygiene, may be in full orthodontics, and can be generally resistant to being told what to do. Though each teenager and situation is different, Colleen M. Olson, RDH, suggests a few strategies that apply across the board that can help you work with these patients more easily and help them achieve greater success with their oral hygiene.

Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH

Treating the geriatric dental patient

As our country experiences this dramatic increase in the older adult population, it would behoove the dental community to learn as much as possible about this complex population. The oral-systemic link has been well documented and will be even more important as we deliver comprehensive oral care to a large population of senior adults in the 21st century. Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH, discusses what you need to know to take care of this growing segment of patients.

Tina Beck, DDS

A periodontist's protocols to avoid dental implant complications: Part 2 -- establishing an implant maintenance protocol

In this second of a three-part series, periodontist Dr. Tina Beck takes you through the second phase of implant therapy – maintenance. Step by step she explains how she moves from the restoration right through the first few months of implant care. She provides evidence-based guidelines to prevent inflammation-based implant complications.

Cortney Annese, RDH

Importance of the hygienist for the orthodontic patient

Generally, many adolescents have a difficult time maintaining proper oral hygiene, and this challenge becomes even harder when orthodontic treatment is initiated. Cortney Annese, RDH, explains what an important role the dental hygienist plays in guiding orthodontic patients to understand the necessity for modified home-care regimens throughout their treatment, thus providing a healthier foundation for the required tooth movements.

Cortney Annese, RDH

A review of nonsurgical periodontal therapy

Nonsurgical therapy remains the cornerstone of periodontal treatment. Cortney Annese, RDH, says attention to detail, patient compliance, and proper selection of adjunctive antimicrobial agents for sustained plaque control are important elements in achieving successful long-term results. Although NSPT is effective, it does have its limitations. Knowledge about guided tissue regeneration and when to refer are important so that you can speak informatively to the patient.

Rebekah A. Florez, RDH

Stem cell opportunities for the dental hygienist

Abundant opportunities for dental hygienists are available in the field of dental research, and one of those is stem cell technology. Tremendous growth potential is occurring with mesenchymal stem cells, and Rebekah Florez, RDH, sees dental hygienists becoming an important facet of this research with their direct patient contact and ability to discuss new methods with patients who may be unfamiliar with the potential of stem cells.

Tina Beck, DDS

How effective are locally delivered antibiotics?

Locally delivered antibiotics are flourishing in the commercial marketplace. Flip through any dental magazine and you will see a barrage of marketing in regard to these products. The manufacturers lead us to believe that these are the magic bullet we have been looking for in periodontal treatment. Just how effective are they? Dr. Tina Beck weighs in.

Rebekah A. Florez, RDH

Treating implant gingivitis

Rebekah A. Florez, RDH, goes through the process she uses to treat implant gingivitis, better known as peri-implant mucositis, which is defined as a reversible inflammatory process in the soft tissue surrounding an osseointegrated dental implant without the loss of marginal bone beyond normal resorption. She reviews the research from recent studies and suggests the treatment process that has brought clinical success to her hygiene patients.