May 18, 2023
Hydrogen peroxide, a familiar staple of home medicine cabinets, is a potent compound with versatile applications in the realm of dentistry. Renowned for its antimicrobial, bleaching, and oxygen-releasing properties, hydrogen peroxide serves as an invaluable tool for oral care, topical treatments, and surface disinfection in dental practices.
May 18, 2023
Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming various industries, including healthcare. The dental industry, in particular, has been increasingly incorporating AI technology to improve patient outcomes and optimize dental care. In this article, I will explore the ways in which AI is currently being used in dentistry and the potential future developments in this field.
May 15, 2023
There are plenty of preventative measures you can take to avoid letting mental stress get away from you; without implementing at least a few, the stress forms a kind of mental plaque.
You have to learn maintenance techniques that will keep your emotions in check, so the plaques don’t turn into something much worse.
May 02, 2023
The importance of infection control has long been established in the dental world.
Two main reasons are:
- Dental offices are higher risk in general, because of the amount of time spent in direct proximity to the patient’s mouth and nose while working.
- Patients cannot wear a mask as it would interfere with the procedure.
April 27, 2023
Dentists use dental dams as a barrier to isolate specific teeth or oral tissues during certain dental procedures.
The dental dam acts as a barrier to prevent saliva, blood, and other bodily fluids from interfering with the dentist's view and access to the tooth or oral tissue being worked on.
April 17, 2023
Dental burs are essential tools used in dentistry to remove and shape tooth and bone structures. Burs come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and materials, each designed for specific dental procedures. Understanding the different types of dental burs and their uses is essential for dental professionals to perform safe and effective procedures.
April 13, 2023
Writing an IPAC Manual has its challenges. It's not as easy as it seems, as there are many factors to consider before you can call it complete. The following is a list of frequently asked questions, and responses from maxill's own dental educator extraordinaire, Michelle Aube-Simmonds, RDH.
April 13, 2023
In dentistry, managing infection control is essential to ensure patient safety and prevent the spread of disease. One of the most important tools in preventing the spread of infection in dental procedures is the high-volume evacuator (HVE). In this article, we explore how HVEs work, the benefits, and how they are used to control the spread of infection and assist with dental procedures.
What is HVE?
HVE is a dental tool that features a large, flexible tube connected to a powerful suction system used to remove fluids and debris from a patient's mouth during dental procedures. The HVE is used in conjunction with other dental instruments, such as handpieces and rotary instruments, to provide a clean and safe working environment for the dental professional.
April 11, 2023
July 1976 at the American Legion Convention at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Legionnaires was named and identified as the cause of an outbreak of severe pneumonia with 200 cases and 29 deaths (3) (5). The outbreak was linked to the inhalation of aerosolized contaminated water (3)(5). A milder infection caused by the same type of Legionella bacteria is called Pontiac fever. Rewinding in time, in 1968 in Pontiac Michigan, Pontiac Fever was named and identified as an outbreak of influenza-like illness, identified by people who worked at & visited the city’s health department and had inhaled aerosols from contaminated water (3). Legionnaires' disease is an acute bacterial disease, causing death in 5% to 30% of cases (4). The Government of Canada’s Legionella site, states the following:
“Cases of Legionnaire’s disease may be difficult to detect because very few of the people exposed to the bacteria get infecte
April 04, 2023
Dental impression materials have evolved significantly over the years. In this article, we will discuss the different types of impression materials commonly used in dentistry, including polyvinyl siloxane, polyether, agar hydrocolloid, and alginate hydrocolloid, along with a brief history of their development.
Dental impression materials are an essential component of restorative dentistry. They are used to create an accurate replica of a patient's teeth and oral structures for the fabrication of dental restorations or prostheses.
The 3 Stages
There are three types of impression materials: preliminary, final, and bite registration.
Preliminary impressions are used to create a rough model of the teeth and oral structures for diagnosis and treatment planning.