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The role of dental plaque biofilm in oral health

The role of dental plaque biofilm in oral health JoAnn R. Gurenlian Abstract Overview. Microbial biofilms are complex communities of bacteria and are common in the human body and in the environment. In recent years, dental plaque has been identified as a biofilm, and the structure, microbiology, and pathophysiology of dental biofilms have been described. […]

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Commentary on “oral assessment of children with an autism spectrum disorder”

Commentary on “oral assessment of children with an autism spectrum disorder” Michele Carr * DeMattei R, Cuvo A, Maurizio S. Oral assessment of children with an autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Dental Hygiene, Vol. 81, No. 3, Summer 2007. Abstract Purpose. The study assessed the oral health status of children with an autism spectrum disorder […]

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its impact on your future and your career

ADHA membership: its impact on your future and your career Mary Calka The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has launched a new brand focused on empowering, developing and supporting dental hygienists, with the tagline “Unleashing Your Potential.” With this bold initiative, ADHA has begun to define a community where dental hygienists from all across the […]

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The top 20 most commonly prescribed medications for 2006

The top 20 most commonly prescribed medications for 2006 Ann Eshenaur Spolarich The purpose of this article is to review the top 20 most commonly prescribed medications in the United States for 2006. (1) Drugs included in this article are ranked according to the total number of prescriptions dispensed, based on a survey of U.S. […]

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Safety and efficacy of antimicrobial mouthrinses in clinical practice

Safety and efficacy of antimicrobial mouthrinses in clinical practice Louis G. DePaola Abstract Efficacy Overview. The use of an antimicrobial mouthrinse is an important adjunct to toothbrushing and interdental cleaning. To varying degrees, chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), and essential oils (EO) interrupt the integrity of the bacterial cell membrane, leading to lysis and […]

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The business of dental hygiene

The business of dental hygiene Deborah Dopson-Hartley When you see the words “the business of dental hygiene” what do you imagine? Perhaps you see a treadmill where high volume and financial reward are the main focus of the dental hygiene department? Or do you see a hygiene department where quality patient care and profitability are […]