maxill's Dental Blog
February 09, 2023
An Ultrasonic Scaler is a specialized dental instrument that removes calculus deposits and plaque from teeth.
It uses high-frequency sound waves, piezo tips, and magnetostrictive vibration transmitted through a metal handpiece placed against the patient's teeth.
These vibrations break up complex substances like tartar, leaving behind a smooth surface free of plaque and bacteria.
An Ultrasonic Scaler can be used in various procedures such as scaling and root planing, deep cleaning, and polishing.
During scaling and root planing, the device cleans off hardened plaque along the gum line and beneath it to prevent gingivitis or periodontitis from forming.
February 06, 2023
Everybody has questions about the products they use. Sometimes the right answers are complicated, sometimes simple.
In this article, we’ll answer all the questions you had about benzocaine, so if you’re not sure, now you will be.
This article is meant for everyone, but it’s mostly here to show dental professionals that, as manufacturers of benzocaine, we know all about benzocaine.
Skip to the end of this article to see a summary of all these questions.
What is benzocaine and how do you use it?
Benzocaine is a topical anesthetic commonly used in dentistry.
It works by temporarily numbing the area to which it is applied, making it useful for procedures such as filling cavities, perfo
February 02, 2023
Mouthwash is an antiseptic liquid preparation for cleaning the mouth and teeth or freshening the breath. There are 2 types:
- Cosmetic mouth wash may temporarily control bad breath and leave behind a pleasant taste but has no chemical or biological application beyond its temporary benefit.
- Therapeutic mouth wash helps reduce or control plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, and tooth decay.
Chlorhexidine is another antiseptic that is used in dentistry to clean the mouth and teeth. It’s a cationic antiseptic with a bisbiguanide
January 30, 2023
Cleaning and maintaining Dental Unit Waterlines is essential for patients and dental professionals' health and safety.
Not only does it keep patients safe from harmful bacteria, but it also helps to protect equipment longevity.
Dental Unit Waterlines are a common source of microbial contamination and need to be cleaned regularly in order to prevent build up of a microbial biofilm colony inside the narrow tubing of the DUWL.
Reasons for Cleaning
Dental Unit Waterlines are essential to keeping a dental practice running smoothly. It is important to keep these waterlines clean and free from contaminants to ensure the safe delivery of water during dental services.
January 25, 2023
Alginate is an impression material that is commonly used in dentistry. Alginate impression material is used to create an accurate negative model of the teeth and gums. Alginate impressions are typically taken of the maxillary and mandibular teeth.
Alginate is a natural polysaccharide derived from brown algae that is commonly used in dentistry for creating dental impressions. It is also used to make dental prosthetics, such as dentures and crowns. Alginate impression can be used for the fabrication of a primary cast in prosthodontics, study models in orthodontic, and duplication of casts.
Alginate is typically used in the form of a hydrogel in biomedicine, including wound healing, drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Hydrogels are three-dimensionally cross-linked networks composed of hydrophilic polymers with high water content.
January 23, 2023
Dentists use aspirating syringes to administer local anesthetics and prepare patients for oral procedures.
This syringe differs from a non-aspirating syringe in the fact that the anesthetic is delivered from a cartridge placed inside the syringe’s barrel.
Aspirating syringes reduce the risk of hitting a blood vessel and causing swelling.
The aspiration allows checking for blood before administering the anesthetic.
What Is an Aspirating Syringe in Dentistry?
An aspirating syringe is a common choice for the delivery of anesthetics in dental procedures.
December 29, 2022
This blog may have been posted after our holiday season celebrations with office parties and family gatherings.
As we return to our routine office schedules, we must maintain our respiratory health program with the most current and appropriate CDC infection prevention recommendations for the 2022-2023 flu season.
Influenza viruses are constantly changing, and even new viruses can appear each year and a gift none of us wants to receive.
Although the fall and winter is typically the most popular season for the flu to rear its ugly head, the season of flu can vary from different parts of the country and from season to season.
Annual flu is “a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death”.1 (CDC influenza). Flu symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or
November 30, 2022The future of dental hygiene lies at the intersection of patient needs, technology, and the evolving role of the hygienist.
November 11, 2022Through extensive progress, virtual reality has many practical applications in a dental office including easing patient anxiety when it comes to time in the chair. Virtual reality in dentistry education creates a unique hands on experience for students and will take learning to the next level.