Challenges with Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines: Lessons for Implementation Science.
Authors: Spolarich AE PMID: 32354846 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Measuring Oral Health Literacy of Refugees: Associations with Dental Care Utilization and Oral Health Self-Efficacy.
Conclusions: Results support the provision of easily obtainable and understandable oral health information to increase oral health literacy and dental care utilization among refugee populations. Future research is needed to examine the oral health literacy among refugees resettling in the United States. PMID: 32354847 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Oral Health-Related Quality of Life of Children: An Assessment of the Relationship between Child and Caregiver Reporting.
Conclusions: The moderate level of agreement found between children and caregivers reinforces the importance of including the child, as well as the caregiver, when assessing OHRQoL. PMID: 32354848 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Evaluation of an Automated Digital Scoring System of Dental Plaque.
Authors: Munro CL, Liang Z, Emechebe N, Chen X, Cairns PL, Manani P, Hamilton L, Good G, Kip K Abstract Purpose: Measurement of dental plaque is frequently used as an indicator of overall oral health. The purpose of this study was to compare a manual (visual) plaque scoring system (University of Mississippi Oral Hygiene Index, UM-OHI) with an innovative automated digital scoring system.Methods: Mechanically ventilated, intensive care unit (ICU) patients (n=79) were the study population. Informed consent was given by the subject's legally authorized representative. Digital images of dental plaque were taken using an...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Dental Hygienists Regarding Diabetes Risk Assessments and Screenings.
Conclusion: Despite high knowledge scores regarding diabetes and oral health, there is a gap in regards to dental hygienists' willingness to perform diabetes screenings in a clinical setting. Dental hygienists should be capable of integrating chairside diabetes screening practices into the process of care with proper training. PMID: 32354850 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

The Additive Effects of Cell Phone Use and Dental Hygiene Practice on Finger Muscle Strength: A Pilot Study.
Conclusion: Results from this pilot study indicate there are no significant additive effects of cell phone use and dental hygiene practice on finger muscles used for instrumentation. However, results indicate that dental hygiene practice demonstrated significant effects on muscular strength as compared to individuals who do not use tools/devices repetitively for work. The small sample size may have impacted results and the study should be repeated with a larger sample. PMID: 32354851 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

State Licensing Board Requirements for Entry into the Dental Hygiene Profession.
Conclusion: Although the majority of regulatory bodies require completion of entry-level dental hygiene education from a CODA accredited program and successful completion of national board and a live-patient, clinical examination, there is considerable variation in other additional requirements for initial dental hygiene licensure. PMID: 32354852 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - May 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Critical Issues Facing the Profession in 2020.
Authors: Battrell A, Lynch A PMID: 32127423 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Evaluation of a Curved Design Rubber Bristle Interdental Cleaner on Patients with Gingivitis.
Authors: Moretti AJ, Zhang S, Phillips ST, Williams K, Moss KL, Offenbacher S Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this clinical study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a curved rubber bristle interdental cleaner, as compared to dental floss, in the reduction of gingivitis and plaque.Methods: Gingival Index (GI), Bleeding on Probing (BOP), Periodontal Probing Depth (PPD) and Modified QH Plaque Index (MQH-PI) parameters were evaluated in an examiner-masked, parallel group, controlled clinical study. A total of 50 participants with gingivitis (no site with PPD>4 mm, BOP ≥10% but ≤50%) met the eligibility crit...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Drinking Water Practices Among Latino Families in North Carolina: A qualitative study.
Conclusion: Successful promotion of fluoridated CW consumption among NC Latino communities requires engagement of both health professionals and community stakeholders. Effective interventions aimed to promote fluoridated CW consumption need to be widespread, informative, persuasive, credible, culturally sensitive, and interactive. PMID: 32127425 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Dental Hygiene Program Directors' Perceptions of Advances in Accreditation Standards.
Conclusion: Dental hygiene program directors were divided regarding advancing accreditation standards to the baccalaureate degree for entry-level dental hygienists. Further research is needed to include dental hygiene educators' and leaders' perspectives to provide comparative information and a greater understanding regarding increasing accreditation standards. PMID: 32127426 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Dental Hygiene Learning Outcomes Obtained Through Computer-Assisted Simulation Modules.
Conclusion: Modules made available via a LMS for self-study were beneficial for Japanese undergraduate dental hygiene students in the acquisition of knowledge and skills for clinical decision-making in English. PMID: 32127427 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Oral Health of Older Adults in Washington State.
Conclusions: Although the majority of Washington's older adults report having good oral health, a small subgroup has oral problems which may have a negative impact on quality of life. PMID: 32127428 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 6, 2020 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Thank you for your Service!
Authors: Wilder R PMID: 31882555 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Enhancing Allied Dental Health Students' Understanding of Poverty through Simulation.
Conclusions: Results from this study demonstrate that a PSE was effective in eliciting change in allied dental health students' affective perceptions regarding poverty and helped improve their understanding of challenges faced by low-income populations. PMID: 31882556 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Use of Social Media for Out-of-Class Communication to Enhance Learning: A pilot study.
Conclusion: Dental hygiene students and faculty differ in their frequency and levels of comfort in using SM for out-of-class communication. Additional research related to the phenomenon of social media and communication to enhance learning in dental hygiene should be explored. PMID: 31882557 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Similarities and differences of international educational experiences of dental hygienists.
Conclusion: Understanding the similarities of DH educational experiences, such as the emphasis on preventive therapy and maintenance of periodontal health, with educational content delivered at the university level, may facilitate greater global collaboration and a more unified workforce. PMID: 31882558 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Techniques for dental radiographic examinations.
This report will review various ASD-related characteristics, comorbidities, and an assortment of general behavior guidance techniques (Picture Exchange Communication System, visual scheduling, social stories, first-then board, voice control, tell-show-do, electronic media devices, nonverbal communication, and desensitization). Guidelines for applying basic and advanced techniques for dental radiographic examinations will be discussed with the goal of improved patient interactions and positive outcomes. PMID: 31882559 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Eating Competence and Oral Health in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligible Populations.
Conclusions. Competent eaters had fewer oral health issues except when controlling for food security, a considerable challenge to oral health. PMID: 31882560 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - December 30, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Interprofessional Education: Preparing dental hygienists to practice in the evolving health care world.
Authors: Bell K PMID: 31628170 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Influence of a Smartphone Application on the Oral Health Practices and Behaviors of Parents of Preschool Children.
Conclusion: The use of TPB constructs in the development of oral health promotions aimed at parents of preschoolers was partially supported. Intention and behavior were not affected post-intervention, but SN and PBC emerged as significant predictors of intentions and behavior. A dental smartphone app may aid parents to make good oral health habits part of their preschooler's daily routine. PMID: 31628171 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Color-Blind Racial Attitudes in Dental Hygiene Students: A pilot study.
Conclusion: A majority of the participants in this pilot study possessed moderate levels of color-blind racial attitudes, suggesting rejection of the concept of racism. Color-blind racial attitudes and biases have been linked to a lack of awareness of White privilege. Further education in this area may foster improved interactions with diverse patient populations. PMID: 31628172 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Motivations and Challenges Towards Research Activities Among Undergraduate Dental Hygiene Students.
Authors: Partido BB, Colón M Abstract Purpose: Research is integral to dental hygiene practice, graduate education, and the advancement of the dental hygiene profession. The purpose of this study was to identify the motivations and challenges toward participation in research activities as perceived by undergraduate dental hygiene students.Methods: A nonprobability sample of undergraduate dental hygiene students from across the United States was used for this cross-sectional, electronic survey. Inclusion criteria were students entering their final year of their dental hygiene education program. Descriptive an...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Practice Patterns and Attitudes of Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries in the State of Maine.
Conclusions: EFDA practitioners are providing needed oral health care services, however they may not be providing access to care for the intended at-risk and underserved populations in designated geographic areas. Practice patterns of EFDAs in Maine should be assessed in greater depth. PMID: 31628174 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Patients' Perspective Regarding the Administration of Local Anesthesia by Dental Hygienists.
Conclusion: This qualitative study offers insight into the patient's perspective of dental hygienists administering LA. Participants supported dental hygienists administering LA and appreciated the aspects of patient-centered care that this practice provided. Patient participants were unclear on educational requirements and training, but supported legislation allowing dental hygienists to administer LA. PMID: 31628175 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Interprofessional Education: Opportunity for Advancement.
Authors: Furgeson D PMID: 31409718 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Attitudes and Access Patterns of Michigan Veterans Ineligible for Oral Healthcare Benefits: A cross-sectional study.
Conclusion: Results from this study indicate that while veterans in general value the importance of oral healthcare, cost and time are significant barriers to accessing dental care for individual's ineligible for VADC benefits. Veterans who perceive themselves as having poor oral health are more likely to report oral health disparities. Further research is needed to impact Veterans Administration policy and decrease oral health disparities. PMID: 31409719 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Radiation Safety Practices of Dental Hygienists in the United States.
Conclusion: Dental hygienists with more years of experience, a higher level of education, and recent CE course work were more likely to follow ADA radiographic examination selection guidelines and use appropriate techniques to reduce exposure to ionizing radiation. PMID: 31409720 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Experience and attitudes regarding requirements for magnification and coaxial illumination among dental hygiene students.
Authors: Kissell D, Partido BB, Moore W Abstract Purpose: Dental professionals are at elevated risks for the development of musculoskeletal disorders due to the occupational demands of static postures and precision movements required for instrumentation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the experiences and attitudes regarding the requirements of purchasing and utilizing magnification loupes and coaxial illumination for patient care among dental hygiene students with the state of Ohio.Methods: A cross-sectional, web-based, anonymous survey was sent via the dental hygiene program directors to dental hygiene ...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Examining the Impact of Dental Hygienists' Professional Appearance: Patients' and dental student providers' perspectives.
Authors: O'Brien MB, Copus A, Johnson J, Inglehart MR Abstract Purpose: Relationships between patients and their health care provider can impact treatment acceptance and patient compliance. The purpose of this study was to explore whether dental hygienists' hairstyle, clinic attire, and accessories affected patients' and dental student providers' perceptions of professionalism and the role gender plays in these perceptions.Methods: Survey data were collected from adult patients and dental student providers from a dental school in the Midwestern United States. Study participants rated the professional qualities of m...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Selecting a Bachelor of Dental Science Degree in Dental Hygiene: Stories shared from a narrative inquiry.
Conclusion: Findings reveal insights for educational institutions to better understand the possible factors attracting prospective students to a dental hygiene baccalaureate degree program. This information may also be useful for clinicians practicing with a diploma or associate degree who are considering additional education towards a baccalaureate degree. PMID: 31409723 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - August 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Remembering my friend ….
Remembering my friend…. J Dent Hyg. 2019 Jun;93(3):4-5 Authors: Forrest JL PMID: 31182562 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 12, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Workforce Policies and their Influence on School-Based Oral Health Programs: A synthesis of four case studies.
Conclusion: Dental hygienists' supervision requirements play a critical role in school-aged children's access to oral health services and the capacity of SBOHPs. The variations in the degree of practice autonomy accorded to dental hygienists under the Missouri and Kansas dental practice acts resulted in different oral health delivery models. Greater autonomy for dental hygienists is essential for realizing the promise of dental public health. PMID: 31182563 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 12, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Opinions on Dental Therapists: A comparison of dentists and dental hygienists in the Pacific Northwest.
Authors: Ly Y, Schuberg E, Lee J, Gallaway C, Bell K, Coplen AE Abstract Purpose: As the United States continues to face increasing demands for oral health care, many states are examining alternative provider models as well as the role the dental hygienist (DH) can play in meeting access to care needs. The purpose of this study was to assess the opinions of dentists and DHs about incorporating a dental therapist (DT) into a regional dental group (RDG) located in the Pacific Northwest.Methods: Cross-sectional, validated electronic surveys were sent to the dentists (n=220) and DHs (n=187) employed by a RDG. Survey it...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 12, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Creating Awareness for the Social Determinants of Health: Dental hygiene and nursing student interprofessional service-learning experiences.
Conclusion: Service-learning activities enhance IPE and learning outcomes on the topic of social determinants of health. Group discussion and individual reflection are essential components to consider when designing a service-learning IPE experience. PMID: 31182565 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 12, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Knowledge: Attitudes and screening practices of Minnesota dental hygienists.
Conclusion: Dental hygienists perceive that assessing patients for OSA is important, however they have moderate knowledge of the disease. Results support incorporating OSA into dental hygiene practice through additions to the dental hygiene education curriculum and ongoing professional development courses with the goal of improving the screening and referral of patients presenting with OSA symptoms. PMID: 31182566 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 12, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Social Media Use Behaviors and State Dental Licensing Boards.
Conclusion: Dental boards are aware of potential online unprofessional behaviors and have implemented various consequences. Dental boards should consider developing policies to address potential online unprofessional behavior to protect the public that they serve. PMID: 31182567 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - June 12, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Leadership Opportunities for Collaborative Change in Health Care.
Authors: Brame JL PMID: 31015301 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - April 26, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Collaborative Educational Experiences of Dental Hygiene and Audiology Students.
Authors: Brame JL, Gibbings E, Kowlowitz V, McKenna NM, Weintraub JA Abstract Purpose: An innovative, collaborative interprofessional experience for dental hygiene and audiology students that included hearing assessments and a class lecture/discussion session was developed and implemented at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the objectives were met for the initial educational experience and to identify areas for improvement.Methods: Audiology students, under faculty supervision, provided hearing screenings for 33 senior dental hygiene (DH) students and ...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - April 26, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Interprofessional Education in Dental Hygiene: Attitudes, barriers and practices of program faculty.
Conclusion: Most of the dental hygiene faculty surveyed considered IPE important, incorporated it into student experiences, and wanted greater curricular emphasis on IPE. Time and institutional support may limit expansion of IPE activities and more collaboration amongst program faculty may be needed. PMID: 31015303 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - April 26, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants in Dental Hygiene Programs: Guidelines for prevention strategies.
Authors: A'see KM, Cantey KB Abstract Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants (NPS), drugs frequently prescribed to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is defined as the use of medications without a prescription or in a way that is inconsistent with a medical diagnosis. These pharmaceuticals are frequently prescribed to increase attentiveness, decrease distractibility, and improve daily functioning in individuals diagnosed with ADHD. While medically prescribed stimulants, including amphetamine, methylphenidate, and dextroamphetamine, have been shown to be safe and effective for improving the sy...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - April 26, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

An Oral Health Education Training Intervention: A pilot study with Haitian schoolteachers.
Conclusion: Quantitative results from this study confirmed that training Haitian schoolteachers to integrate oral health education in the classroom can be an effective method for improving schoolteachers' personal oral health knowledge and attitudes. Findings also revealed a positive outlook on the training intervention and the application of an oral health education curriculum in the classroom. Results from this study provide a foundational knowledge for future oral health education trainings in underdeveloped countries with limited resources. PMID: 31015305 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - April 26, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Hypodontia, Oligodontia and Anodontia in West Virginia Appalachia.
Conclusion: In this sample of West Virginia children, females were more likely to have at least one missing permanent tooth bud/permanent tooth compared to males. Early recognition and treatment planning for dental care is needed for children with hypodontia/oligodontia/anodontia. PMID: 31015306 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - April 26, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

A Comparison of Oral Hygiene Products and Professional Care: A six-week randomized clinical trial.
Authors: Garcia-Godoy CE, Flores KL, Klukowska MA, Conde EL, Gerlach RW Abstract Purpose: To investigate the anti-gingivitis efficacy of a novel oral hygiene routine consisting of a two-step stannous fluoride dentifrice and hydrogen peroxide whitening gel system, an interactive oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush, and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene floss.Methods: A total of 52 participants (n=52;mean age 35.8±11.23 years) were enrolled in the study and randomized 1:1 to the experimental hygiene group or control (dental prophylaxis followed by use of standard sodium fluoride dentifrice and a manual too...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - April 26, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Remembering Steven Offenbacher, DDS, PhD.
Authors: Wilder R PMID: 30819840 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 4, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Magnification and Coaxial Illumination in Dental Hygiene Education: Experience and attitudes of clinical educators.
Conclusion: Dental hygiene faculty using magnification loupes and coaxial illumination in clinical practice and in academic settings supported requiring faculty and students to use magnification and illumination. PMID: 30819841 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 4, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Evaluating Oral Health in Pregnant Women: Knowledge, attitudes and practices of health professionals.
Conclusion: The majority of prenatal health care professionals surveyed were knowledgeable about oral health as it relates to prenatal care; however, a deficit was identified in current practice in regards to oral health history interviewing and conducting dental screenings. There is a need to implement best practice guidelines that include routine dental screenings and to engage pregnant women in oral health prevention practices. Optimal oral health requires a multidisciplinary approach in which dental hygienists can play a significant role by educating women's healthcare providers and raising awareness of the connection ...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 4, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Oral Rapid HIV Testing: Implementation experiences of dental hygiene faculty and students.
Conclusion: Results from this study indicate that dental hygienists can play a key role in public health efforts to identify persons who are unaware of their HIV status. PMID: 30819843 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 4, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Regarding Human Papilloma Virus Communication and Vaccine Advocacy Among Minnesota Dentists and Dental Hygienists.
Conclusion: Barriers preventing dental providers from discussing the HPV with patients, included a lack of knowledge and discomfort in discussing a sexually transmitted infection. Minnesota dentists and hygienists are interested in seeking guidance, including communication tools to discuss HPV infections and the HPV vaccine. PMID: 30819844 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene)
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 4, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: Current trends and patient education opportunities for dental hygienists.
Authors: Loewen JM, Relich EE Abstract Concerns regarding the overall health consequences, product safety, impact on youth brain development, and possible gateways to other tobacco products of Electronic Nicotene Delivery Systems (ENDS) are increasing. However, evidence suggests little is known about ENDS among health care professionals and the public. The purpose of this review was to explore the literature for opportunities to inform dental patients about the possible health consequences of ENDS and prevention strategies to consider for implementation in dental practice. A literature search was conducted on ENDS ...
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene - March 4, 2019 Category: Dentistry Tags: J Dent Hyg Source Type: research