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It’s a typical day on the job: you see several patients, observe and clean their teeth and get them ready for a visit from the dentist. As you’re cleaning one patient’s mouth, something seems a little off. You notice that they have a large neck, and it’s difficult to see their soft palate as they…Read More
The glove is one of the first lines of the PPE combat. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s during the HIV/AIDS epidemic that the glove became more popular among medical professionals and the term “universal precaution” was born. It was “blood and certain body fluids of all patients that are to be considered potentially infectious for…Read More
Question Miriam wrote: I have a dental hygiene–related question. Are there any guidelines for pregnant dental hygienists about taking x-rays in the dental office? Should a pregnant dental hygienist continue to take x-rays? Or should a dental assistant take the x-rays during the hygienist's pregnancy? We have digital sensor technology, and I am unsure what the actual…Read More
Precision dentistry and medicine are set to transform clinical approaches to personalized care. The cornerstone of precision dentistry and medicine is targeting treatment to a patient’s specific needs on the basis of genetic, biomarker, epigenetic, phenotypic, and socioeconomic or psychosocial determinants that distinguish an individual from others with similar clinical presentations. The goal is to…Read More
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