March 31, 2023
Are you in charge of your dental office's supplies, but don't know how to stay on top of it, or on track while you're counting?
Are you new to the role and/or unsure of whether you might have missed something?
This article will go over all the basic necessities to maintain your dental office supplies at a sufficient level and give you some suggestions you might not have been aware of.
March 29, 2023
Masks are an important part of dental personal protective equipment (PPE).
With quality masks, you and your staff can reduce the spread of germs, bacteria, and other infectious particles present in patients’ mouths.
Masks are recommended by several protocols, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration Bloodborne Pathogens.
Dental workers need to be trained on how to keep infections under control and understand the role of disposable masks in disease prevention.
March 28, 2023
Sterilization pouches are a vital tool that help to ensure the safety of patients and staff.
These specialized pouches provide an extra layer of protection against infection by killing instrument germs and bacteria.
They provide a sterile environment that prevents cross-contamination, which can be potentially dangerous.
But how do sterilization pouches work?
Sterilization pouches use a combination of heat, humidity, and pressure to create an environment inside the pouch that eliminates microorganisms.
The pouch is constructed from solid paper and/or plastic material
March 24, 2023
A barrier in a dental office can be defined as any material impervious to the clinical contact surfaces. Many barriers include clear plastic wraps, bags, sheets, tubing, and plastic-backed papers or materials impervious to moisture. They come in other forms, such as gloves, gowns, face shields, and dental dams. These barriers can help to protect patients and providers from cross-contamination. They can also help to keep materials clean and organized.
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
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.