Sunday, June 26, 2022

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foot stepping on scale

By Marleen Azzam, DHSc, RDH; and Cristina Casa-Levine, EdD, RDH Oral health professionals are well positioned to identify early signs of eating disorders and refer patients to the appropriate healthcare professionals.1 Understanding how to recognize the oral implications and manifestations of eating disorders and how to implement appropriate screening tools are critical in helping patients receive the treatment...

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fruits and vegetables

By Lesley Harbison, RDH, EPDH, MS Interest in vitamins, immune-boosting foods, and healthy lifestyle choices has grown significantly. Besides protecting against disease, a healthy immune system also helps support good oral health. On the other hand, deficiencies in micronutrients can cause negative oral health effects and worsen oral diseases. Dental hygienists should remain current on the important role...

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dental team looking at x-rays

By Victoria Benvenuto, RDH, EdM; Olga Gnatovych, RDH, MEd; and Kaitlin Stier, RDH, MPH Dental hygienists are well aware of the benefits of dental radiography, which is key to proper diagnosis and treatment. While imaging enables clinicians to evaluate periodontal health and identify caries lesions, they are also valuable in observing orthodontia and anatomical abnormalities, and even identifying...

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soft drink

By Sara Mir, DDS, and Lynn Marsh, RDH, EdD Dental enamel is the hardest and most highly mineralized substance in the human body. A crystalline latticework composed of a variety of minerals—predominantly hydroxyapatite—the enamel structure is a product of the demineralization and remineralization process. Dental biofilm adjusts the tooth surface pH, which affects the demineralization/​remineralization process. Consumption of...

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