Hygiene & Preventive

March 7, 2019

The media is buzzing with news stories about how mouth health is connected to overall body health.  Recently, the media caught on to the links between periodontal disease, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and some forms of cancer. This new wave has brought lif...

March 5, 2019

With a name like Newtron Booster, this product sounds like a machine Captain Kirk would use in the Star Trek movies, but don’t hold that against Acteon.

I was introduced to this product after teaming up with a periodontist. We wanted to find products that could be used...

March 5, 2019

We’ve all heard patients say things like “I’m sorry I did not get a chance to brush after lunch today.” The reality is the plaque buildup we see in their mouths is not only a few hours old, but potentially days old. 

Historically, we have used disclosing agents to show...

February 12, 2019

The most recent news about the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and periodontal pathogens represented a major stride forward in informing patients about how important oral care is to their overall systemic health. This finding further supports the practice of zer...

January 18, 2019

As salivary flow decreases, plaque accumulation occurs and dental caries become more likely. In addition, xerostomia patients are also more prone to mucositis, infections, and lesions in the oral cavity. As our patients get older and take more medications, xerostomia w...

January 18, 2019

Dentists and hygienists are constantly in search of how to treat periodontal problems. Eighty percent of the population has periodontal problems that need treatment. Current medical research shows a connection between periodontal disease, diabetes, and systemic inflamm...

October 8, 2018

Do you have patients who do everything they are supposed to do from a hygiene standpoint, yet they get caries? At the same time, other patients who have terrible oral hygiene may have periodontal disease, but do not get caries.

The reason for this discrepancy may be ve...

September 10, 2018

The volume of information on heart disease and heart attack risk is very prevalent in the media. We are reading and hearing about sleep apnea, diabetes, genetic predispositions, etc., for heart attack risk. As healthcare providers, we need to know we are prepared when...

May 10, 2018

With younger children, many times parents are hesitant to have me prep the tooth, and the child is still left with a smile they are not happy with.

Icon is a noninvasive method to treat early enamel lesions without having to remove tooth structure. This product is a res...

March 14, 2018

Dry mouth is an ever-increasing battle we face in the dental world due to medications, hormones, cancer, autoimmune disorders and oral habits. Dry mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva, which increases acidity levels. The change in acidity poses a huge increase i...

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