March 07, 2023
What is a dental mirror? — Dental mirrors are also known as mouth mirrors or stomatoscopes, consisting of a mirror head and handle. They offer the ability to observe areas in the mouth otherwise impossible to see. Dental staff uses mirrors inside the oral cavity for indirect vision, retraction, light reflection, and transillumination.
The 3 Types Of Dental Mirrors
Not all dental mirrors are built the same, there are three main types used in the dental office and each one is designed for a specific and unique purpose.
Concave Surface Mirrors
- Magnified view
- Non-inverted single image
- Provides some illumination
March 05, 2023
Suppose you ask dental-phobic patients for the main reasons that the thought of dental visit elicits such fear and loathing.
In that case, most will probably respond with feelings related to the potential for anxiety or pain.
This anxiety can stem from genuine unpleasant past dental experiences or unknown potential for pain.
February 15, 2023
What are the different types of cleaners used in dentistry? — In the dental office, multiple cleaners are used to keep the office free of harmful germs. These cleaners are referred to as disinfectants and are applied to contaminated surfaces to kill the pathogens present. They are available in the form of sprays, wipes, and solutions.
Types of Disinfectants
The process of disinfecting is a two-step procedure. First, the surface must be cleaned to ensure all blood, debris, and waste is removed. Second, the surface is disinfected by applying a disinfectant and letting the chemicals activate for the noted contact time to kill all bacteria, viruses and possible fungi present.
Disinfectants are separated into three different categories:
February 14, 2023
Gloves are the most important part of any medical facility.
Why do dentists choose nitrile gloves? — Disposable nitrile gloves are part of the dental staff’s personal protection equipment (PPE) used when completing exams and procedures. They provide a barrier of protection to the skin, resistance from tears, and durability. Nitrile gloves are produced from hypoallergenic synthetic materials, making them a safe alternative for those with latex allergies.
Latex Gloves vs. Nitrile Gloves
In the past, disposable latex gloves were the standard gloves used in hospitals and dental offices in Canada. That changed several years ago as latex allergies became more common, and nitrile gloves became the alternative.
Latex gloves are
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 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.
August 22, 2022Fluoride is an element found naturally in air, soil, and water. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases among children, especially those living below the federal poverty level. This disease can contribute to days of pain, interrupted school days, difficulty eating, concentrating, and lack of self-esteem. Tooth decay is preventable, and fluoridated water supply, fluoride-containing home care products, and professionally applied fluoride treatments can potentially prevent this chronic oral disease.
August 12, 2022Although digital imaging is at the forefront of dentistry, not every office has a digital scanner or a second or third scanner to fully eliminate manual impression taking. In every office there seems to always be the one or two impression guru’s that constantly capture a fabulous impression. You too can be an impression guru with the review of some simple elements and skills that can deliver a more predictable ‘good impression’ organized with proper planning.
July 18, 2022
Identifying pathogens to ensure proper elimination has always been part of the infection prevention and control in dentistry. The SARS CoV-2 pandemic has shown how an emerging pathogen can surface and spread globally. Emerging pathogens are defined as a new microorganism or an existing microorganism that is changing patterns. In the hopeful forward movement out of the SARS CoV-2 pandemic, the Monkeypox virus has made a come back from the late 1970’s where in the 1980’s it was believed to be irradicated with successful vaccinations 1. Monkeypox virus is a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus, and includes variola virus (smallpox virus), vaccinia virus, cowpox, and other poxviruses 2. The National Library of Medicine states “the last endemic case of smallpox occurred in 1977, total eradication was confirmed in 1980” 3. “Smallpox helped to shape history, and it made history by being the first disease to be controlled by immunization and the first to