Stannous vs. Sodium Fluoride: When Dental Professionals Should Customize Treatment

Over the years, the most common reason to use an active ingredient such as fluoride in toothpaste or oral rinses was to reduce dental decay. Dental professionals frequently hear patients ask, “What can I do to avoid developing cavities?” The most common active ingredient for this problem has been sodium fluoride, which is effective in the reduction of dental...

QUIZ: Test your Medical Errors Knowledge

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How to Prepare for Violence Occurring in the Dental Office

A few things will make us become paralyzed with shock and horror during our lives. One is the senseless loss of human life due to the work of a deranged killer, and such events stupefy us even more when the victims are children. Another school shooting has occurred in Texas, and I believe it is affecting many of us...

Botox Isn’t Just for Wrinkles Anymore: A Hygienist’s Experience with TMJ Treatment

Do you clench or grind your teeth? Wake up with headaches or stiff, tight muscles in your face? So many people are affected by the daily stress of life which can lead to clenching and grinding. Improper occlusion or airway issues can lead to bruxism and TMJ issues. Too much caffeine or too much gum chewing can lead to...

Infant Oral Care: Recommendations Dental Hygienists Can Give Parents

Dental hygienists often provide dental care for expectant mothers and new parents, and it is important to educate expectant mothers on how their oral health may affect a baby's health. Upon providing each pregnant patient with adequate education about her own oral health needs, expectant mothers and new mothers will often ask, "How should I care for my infant's...

QUIZ: Test your Microbiology Knowledge

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OraVerse®: How to Help Dental Patients Rebound from ‘Numb Feeling’ Faster

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from Septodont as part of our sponsored partner program. During my early years in dentistry, I was a dental assistant before going to dental hygiene school. I have a distinct memory that is seared into my brain of a child around five years old who had restorative work completed only to return the next day with...

Research on Drug Suggests Future Possibilities as a Periodontal Antibiotic

While digging in the abyss of research studies, I fell across information about a potential new antibiotic that may have a chance to be utilized in the treatment of periodontal disease without drug resistance and would spare beneficial bacteria. For many years, the standard of care for treating periodontal disease included scaling and root planing. We may sometimes adjunctively use...

D4346: The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Gingivitis Treatment

In 2017, the American Dental Association developed a new code for hygiene care: D4346, or scaling in the presence of generalized moderate or severe inflammation – full mouth after oral evaluation. This is a form of treatment that dentists and hygienists worked for years to create. However, even five years later, most dental offices are not utilizing this code. Many...

QUIZ: Test your Air Polishing Knowledge

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