More Hygiene Articles

Gail Williamson, RDH, MS

Patient dose reduction in dental imaging

Dental radiographic examinations and their associated risks have been a topic of discussion in the national media recently. Gail F. Williamson, RDH, MS, covers risk assessment, patient concerns, guidelines for dental radiographic exams, and steps to reduce dental patient radiation exposure.

Robert S. Schoor, DDS

The role of antibiotics in periodontal diseases

Dr. Robert Schoor examines the current role of antibiotics as a much-abused prescription, reviews the use of antibiotics in periodontal literature, and debates the clinical relevance of antibiotics in the treatment of patients in a dental setting.


Systemic antibiotics in the treatment of periodontal disease

Dr. Michael Jaffin says the best evidence shows that antibiotics have added benefit in treating periodontitis in conjunction with scaling and root planing. In this article, he cites studies that explain the various antibiotics prescribed for periodontitis, and the effects they have on biofilms and clinical treatment modalities.

Scott Froum, DDS

Review of the treatment protocols for peri-implantitis

Surgical-Restorative Resource co-editor Dr. Scott Froum defines peri-implantitis, discusses various treatment modalities, and assesses the latest scientific studies. He concludes that new treatment modalities need to be evaluated using long-term randomized-controlled studies to identify predictable and successful treatment of peri-implantitis.

Valerie Sternberg Smith, RDH

Detecting cement in the peri-implant sulcus

Retained cement around an implant can lead to peri-implantitis, and in some cases implant failure. Valerie Sternberg Smith, RDH, BS, suggests when and how to remove cement from implant restorations.

Study finds association between periodontal disease and psoriasis

Findings from a recent Nurses' Health Study suggest periodontal disease may be a risk factor for psoriasis.

Rebekah A. Duffy, RDH

To take the dental radiograph or not: that is the question

Rebekah A. Duffy, RDH, says hygienists need to be not only nonsurgical periodontal therapists, but also educators. They need to take that extra time and recite the timetables and exposure risks of X-rays to patients so they can have a better understanding of the importance of the dental radiograph.

Jamie White, RDH

Oral antioxidants: a weapon in wound healing

Following surgical or periodontal procedures, the oral surgeon and dental hygiene team — not to mention the patient — turn their focus to wound healing. Jamie White, RDH, discusses how she uses antioxidants as an important weapon in the fight against inflammation.

Linda Douglas, RDH

Fascinating facts about saliva

Linda Douglas, RDH, a British-trained Canadian hygienist shares a review of saliva that includes some lesser known, fascinating trivia about this essential bodily fluid. The article gives an overview of the latest research and discusses promising options for saliva-based diagnostics for systemic diseases.

Unique approach to improve dental hygiene in dementia patients found

A pilot study by a team of nurses has now found a tailored approach to improve dental hygiene in dementia patients.

Women more proactive in maintaining oral health

According to new research published in the Journal of Periodontology, women are almost twice as likely to have received a regular dental checkup in the past year.

Maureen Tsokris, RDH, EdD

Dental implant maintenance: a team effort

As more and more implants are placed, the dental team will encounter great variations in patient needs and potential complications. Maureen Tsokris, RDH, EdD, explains how imperative it is that all dental team members are equipped to provide proper assessment and maintenance of dental implants to ensure long-term success.