Dental Tips for College Students

It’s hard to believe July is almost here. College students are starting to plan for heading off to school. For most college students, it’s hard to keep up on personal health and wellness while trying to balance papers, exams, laundry, and social activities. As our patients that are attending college get ready to leave, we wanted to share some dental …

“But What About My Free Cleaning?”

Patients come in all the time and ask about their “free cleaning”. Their insurance company has informed them that they have a benefit that allows them to get two “free” cleanings a year. Unfortunately, many of the patients I see are not candidates for a “free” cleaning. In the dental world, we call this type of cleaning a prophylaxis. It’s …

A dental vaccine? Hmm?

The University of Melbourne has been working on a vaccine for chronic periodontitis for many years. It looks like they will begin clinical trials in 2018. The vaccine will target enzymes created by the bacteria p.gingivalis and will hopefully reduce the need for surgery or antibiotics to treat severe gum disease. This is especially exciting for patients who are more at risk, …

I Love Hygiene Tricks!

I always love time saving tools that make appointments go better for patients. I think all hygienists find cleaning around lingual bars a little time consuming…..at least it is if we are being thorough. Here is a short video that I just love. It’s a way to floss under the bar without a threader. It’s also a trick we can …

Dry Mouth

I always ask my patients if they are experiencing dry mouth. Many ask me why. Aside from many medical conditions that cause dry mouth, there are over 600 medications on the market today that have dry mouth as a possible side effect. Anyone experiencing dry mouth automatically becomes a patient that is at high risk for decay. This includes patients …

DIY … great! Just not for your mouth.

Recently, I have seen lots of advertising for “Do-it-Yourself” orthodontic systems. Smile Direct Club (DSC) and Align Technologies (Invisalign) are the two I see most. These programs essentially have patients take “selfies” or “homemade models” of their smiles and send it in. They claim that every case is reviewed by a licensed dentist. If they feel you are a candidate, …

Amazing Changes

Dentistry is always changing. There are always new products, better techniques and procedures being done. Nothing has impressed me as much as the new laser technology. Earlier this year, I purchased a laser to use in my practice. I was excited about how it would improve procedures and allow me to provide treatments I would otherwise refer my patients out …

String Theory- the truth about flossing

I feel like everyone has seen this “study” about no flossing and immediately texted me saying “HA!” People hate flossing, it is a known fact. If floss were running a presidential campaign it would lose by a landslide! The fact of the matter is, cleaning between your teeth is essential, and brushing alone isn’t going to cut it. Brushing alone …

X-Ray Vision

I recently saw an article published in the New York Times about how people don’t need dental X-Rays every year. This article kind of terrifies me because, though it is well written and seems to have sound advice, I fear patients will only see the headline. X-Rays give the dental team so much information that cannot be seen by just …

Access to Care

I have written about this a little bit in some of my other posts, but access to affordable dentistry is a struggle for some individuals and families within the United States. This week the American Dental Hygienists Association sent out a newsletter stating that they had achieved affordable care in yet another state! The American Dental Hygiene Association has advocates …