Prevention of periodontal infection is a complex and integrated process that includes risk assessment, detailed medical and dental histories, evaluation of personal habits, and patient values and expectations. This article will discuss the relevance of risk assessment, the impact of risks such as type 2 diabetes and smoking on periodontal health, and systematic reviews on self-care regimens.
Allison M. DiMatteo, BA, MPS, with contributions by Kathryn A. Latanyshyn, BA, MS
Recent trends in restoratives—including direct composites and CAD/CAM all-ceramics, along with in-office procedures like tooth whitening—are broadening the scope of treatments that can be performed completely within the dental practice.
The past few years have been exciting for dental hygiene, from the perspective of the profession and public health. Check out our special issue of Inside Dental Hygiene for insights from key opinion leaders in the profession.