Teeth Whitening – Why A Dentist Is A Better Option

Though there are over the counter bleaching products for whitening your teeth, there are some questions that often arise in the minds of people. Is it better to go in for teeth whitening in the home or visiting a dentist would be a better option? There is no doubt that visiting a dentist is certainly a much better choice because of some obvious reasons and benefits. If you are from Oklahoma City and are looking for a good dentist for whitening your teeth, then this article could be interesting in more ways than one. We are happy to list down a few reasons as to why choosing a dentist for this job would always be a better choice.

 OTC Products Do Not Always Work

 There is a continuing and growing demand for over the counter teeth whitening agents in Edmond OK. While most of them are good, they do have their own problems. Since they are produced in mass scale, they may not be effective for all kind of teeth stains and other such problems. Further, a few of them could also lead to some kind of problems and lead to irritation and allergic problems. In such cases, the best way forward would be to take the help of professional dentists. They will be able to do a thorough job without compromising the safety aspect under any circumstances.

 They Know How To Tackle Tough Stains

 While ordinary stains and plaque buildup can be cleaned using OTC solutions and products, there could be some deeply embedded stains. These may not be easily removable with the help of over the counter products that we are used to. In such situations, it would be a better option to take the help of professional dentists to get the job done.

 The Results Are Much Better

 Professional whitening of teeth can always restore almost seven to ten shades of brightness and help you to have a much confident and better smile. This most certainly will not be possible when you decide to go in for over the counter whitening and cleaning agents. Some portions of the teeth may not get cleaned through these agents and you need specialized treatments. This is where the role of qualified and experienced dentists would benefit you in more ways than one.

 You Can Customize

 Before going in for whitening treatment, cosmetic dentists or even ordinary dentists will have a clear assessment of the shade of the teeth. They will help you to choose the right shade that will enhance your smile. This, for sure, will not be possible when you decide to use some low cost or even high cost over the counter teeth whitening agents.

 Consistency In Appearance

 When you go in for teeth whitening you would like to be sure that the appearance is consistent all through. This is possible only when you get it done with the help of professional and qualified dentists and teeth cleaners.

Finally, when you hire the services of these Edmond Orthodontist professionals from Oklahoma, you also can be sure about one more thing. Home-based teeth whitening choices cause various other problems. All these can be avoided when you decide to go in for a cosmetic dentist.

Contact US:

Nanda Orthodontics

Address:17200 N May Ave Suite 300
Edmond, OK
Phone: (405) 330-9911

Advantages Of Choosing A Family Dentist

Visiting a good dentist twice a year is not a choice but a necessity for each and every member of your family. However, if you feel that you are not getting the best of services from your general practitioner, it would make sense to choose a family dentist in OKC. When you visit a family dentist, you certainly are getting the services from specialists who know much more about oral health and other dental problems when compared to your family physician or a general physician. These professionals can take care of each and every of dental problems for your young and growing children and other members of the family. Apart from this, there are a few more reasons as to why it makes sense to choose a dental clinic that offers the best of dental treatments for your entire family.

 Your Child’s Development Can Be Tracked.

 Regular visits to a dental clinic and that too to a good family dentist will ensure that the overall health of the child is monitored properly. We do take efforts to find out the hearing and vision developments of our children. In the same way, when we make it a habit to take our children to a good local family dentist, it will ensure that the child has the best of dental and oral health. Any problem that children face with regard to their oral health can be diagnosed and treated before it becomes a major problem.

 Handling Dental Emergencies Effectively

 Chipped teeth and cracked teeth is a problem that not only impacts young children. It could happen to adults too. If you are into some outdoor sports activities, you could run the risk of a heavy fall and it could damage your teeth and gums and lead to breakage and cracks. It also could happen if you met with an unfortunate car, bike or other such accidents. In such cases, you have an emergency in hand. The same can be handled effectively when you have a quality family dentist to fall back upon.

 Identify Inherited Problems

 If somebody in your home suffers from inherited dental, gum or other such oral health problems, it would be easier to spot the same if you have a focused and devoted family dental physician. He or she can easily identify the root of the problem because they have a clear idea about the dental and oral health background of all other members of the family. They certainly can help to identify the problem before it becomes a serious problem in more ways than one.

 Speed Of Visits

 As a busy OKC dental implants professional, both you and your spouse could be hard pushed on time. In such situations, having a family dentist can certainly come in handy. You will be able to fix an appointment over a phone call and visit them either on your way back from the office or during weekends.

 In view of the facts mentioned above, there are many reasons for having a family dentist available in your list of contacts. They could come in handy when you need them urgently and they understand you and your families’ dental problems much better when compared to others.

Contact US:

Reflections Dental Care

Address:10924 Hefner Pointe Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
Phone: (405) 563-7097

Products to see at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting

Headed to the exhibit hall? Here are some highlights of the many products that will be featured on the show floor.

Booth 4644

BURST sonic toothbrush

BURST is proven to be the best brush at removing plaque. At 33,000 vibrations per minute, BURST has the highest rate of sonic vibrations. BURST has charcoal embedded, multilength, interdental bristles that are super soft and easy on your gums and enamel. Get rewarded and offer your patients a more than 40% discount on the BURST brush by becoming a BURST Ambassador. Sign up today at burstambassadors.com or visit us at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting booth 4644. To learn more, visit burstoralcare.com or call 1-833-BURSTUS.

Booth 4216

OPTIM 1 disinfectant (SciCan)

With a 1-minute broad-spectrum contact time, OPTIM 1 is one of the fastest and most effective cleaner and intermediate level disinfectants. It is also listed as a category IV, the EPA’s lowest toxicity category. OPTIM 1 provides the confidence that you are compliant and protecting your patients, staff, and the environment without compromise—the perfect balance. To learn more, visit bit.ly/2CztWwc.

Time to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is celebrated each February to raise awareness of the importance of oral health care in children. The campaign, now in its 63rd year, is observed by dental professionals and dental companies alike. As Colgate notes on its website, NCDHM “brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health-care providers, and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers, and many others.”1

This year’s catchy slogan is “Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile.”2 It focuses on oral hygiene practices and draws attention to safe and effective preventive measures that can be practiced at home.

To date, tooth decay is still the most prevalent disease in children, with 42% of children ages 2–11 developing one or more cavities in their primary teeth.1 As hygienists and health professionals, we are at the forefront to provide oral health education. We can prevent the spread of tooth decay in our pediatric patients because we are fortunate enough to have the resources to prevent oral disease and provide access to care.

The American Dental Association, which sponsors and promotes NCDHM each year, notes that “developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.”2 NCDHM has many other supporters, such as ones who provide free health education materials. These materials include activities for all ages, teaching guides, videos, and presentations.

In this month’s issue, there are four articles that will help shape your perspective of children’s oral health. Kory Nieuwkoop looks at tethered oral tissues (p. 20), which can have profound effects on children’s oral health. Colleen Roy explains how CBCT is being used in pediatric dentistry (p. 24). Alyssa Delgado presents her favorite products for kids (p. 30). Finally, Nancy Burkhart gives tips on how to teach oral health care to children (p. 33).

Practice Changers: Gingicaine

When it comes to scaling, I am burnished calculus’s worst nightmare. I find few things as rewarding as removing calculus that has been hiding under the patient’s gums. As dental professionals, we know that the burnished calculus can lead to periodontal disease. Over the last few years, I have found an increasing amount of residual subgingival calculus that is often burnished. I attribute this to improper technique, neglecting to implement an 11/12 explorer, improper working ends, reduced clinical time, and well-intentioned concern for patient comfort. With the intention of not becoming the “mean hygienist” in the office, I began my pursuit of finding a topical anesthetic. My research led me to Gingicaine, an anesthetic gel that works quickly, tastes great, and patients love.

Overview

• Active ingredient: 20% benzocaine gel

• Uses: Reduce pain or discomfort caused by minor dental procedures, minor gum injuries, canker sores, and minor mouth or gum irritations caused by dentures or orthodontic appliances.1

• Contraindications: Should not be used in patients with history of hypersensitivity to ester-like anesthetics, or on severely traumatized mucosal areas that are infected. Do not use on patients who are allergic to “-caine” anesthetics or FD&C Red 40.1

• Ordering: Gingicaine can be ordered through major distributors and comes in a strawberry-flavored gel. Gingicaine gel syringes are available in kits containing 20 syringes each with 1.2 mL of benzocaine gel and 40 micro needle tips.

Finding the right dry mouth fit

Dental professionals, particularly hygienists, bond with patients quickly—often during the first visit. That is what happened with Connie and me. She was a health-aware person, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 25 years before her first visit. Connie shared that her dry mouth was one of her biggest challenges. She said sometimes she didn’t have enough saliva to chew her food. By the end of the visit, she took my hands and said, “God is taking my legs—can you help me keep my teeth?” What an honor! What a challenge.

Based on her risk and to maintain her quality of life, Connie saw me every two to three months. At every visit there was a complete evaluation and discussion of her dry mouth needs. Why? Because every time Connie came into the office, she was different than she had been at the last visit . . . just like all of our patients.

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A dry mouth condition is not static. Evaluation is needed at every visit to create the best comfort and preventive care plan. There are many arrows in the quiver of product choices. Care must be taken to recommend products that are safe, effective, and the right fit for each individual.

At least 30% of your patients are afflicted

Many of us take saliva for granted, but when this natural function is diminished or stops, the quality of life can drastically change. Connie described her dryness as her tongue and palate feeling like halves of Velcro.

Dental unit waterline safety: The science and what dental professionals need to know

The science of waterlines and what dental professionals need to know

In many areas of dentistry, outcomes are determined by the dental health-care professional’s (DHCP) level of ethics, standard of care, and ability to stay up to date. Dentistry is not static; being aware of current findings and embracing them ethically can protect both the patient and DHCP from disease. Dental unit waterlines are one of these areas. When new findings and regulations come forward, finding out if you are in compliance can be daunting—like opening a can of worms. Finding out you have an issue and addressing it can be a defining moment.

What do we know?

Recently, there has been a focus on water safety in dentistry. Dental unit waterline systems (DUWS) have long been known as a harbor for high concentrations of potentially pathogenic bacteria.1 The small tubing has proven a haven for specific pathogenic bacteria,2 including Pseudomonas spp., Legionella spp., and nontuberculosis mycobacteria.3 Most microorganisms detected in DUWS come from public water supply and do not pose a risk for healthy patients. Until recently, it was assumed infection was possible only in immunocompromised patients. But infection outbreaks involving at least 90 healthy patients in Anaheim, California, and Atlanta, Georgia, suggest otherwise. There are now documented cases of direct transmission of disease from DUWS.4–10


Recent cases of disease acquisition from dental waterlines involving healthy children have also brought the topic to the forefront in dentistry and the media.11,12 DHCPs may also be put at risk by exposure to water spray and aerosols from devices that use DUWS.

The effects of dull hygiene instruments on hygiene production

The hygiene appointment is known throughout the industry to be an important source of production and overall practice health. Though the exact figure varies, most industry experts suggest that hygiene production as a percentage of overall production should be about 30%.1

This means that the tools hygienists have to work with directly affect the financial fate of a practice. In the August 2016 issue of Dental Economics, Chris Salierno, DDS, wrote that “Your hygiene systems are arguably the most important in your practice. We must keep a healthy supply of patients flowing into our practice, give them an outstanding experience, diagnose any disease that is present, and correctly bill for the services provided. There are a lot of moving parts here and a critical failure at any step can cost you lost revenue and, even worse, lost patients.”2

One moving part—literally—is the scraping of a scaler against enamel, doing the all-important job of removing calculus. Though judging from the survey comments, many dentists see sharpening as either a hygienist’s “problem” or a waste of time altogether. Why? Arguably it’s a lack of understanding of how dull instruments impact their practices, and with this last article, I’d like to take a more bird’s-eye view of the importance of sharp instruments. Some of the previous articles in this series have briefly touched on these points, and we’ll dive into them further here.

Patients—through no fault of their own—are usually not qualified to judge the quality of care they receive at an appointment.3 They are often only left with how dental professionals made them feel, whether emotionally or physically. And what is the first sustained point of contact a patient usually makes with a practice? The hygiene appointment. The hygienist continues to be the face of the practice for most patients, and their experience of the prophy is their only yardstick for judging other potential procedures.

Pediatric oral care: How dental hygienists can assist parents and children in oral care

Many oral diseases, such as dental caries, are public health concerns that are preventable. Dental professionals can facilitate prevention of these diseases in children by presenting home care education, encouraging skill development, and fostering self-efficacy techniques. Additionally, by assisting parents in developing values of total health for their children, long-term health goals can be achieved.

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Oral care is vital to the well-being of children, both in the short term and for their entire lives. This includes brushing, flossing, and acquiring key knowledge related to nutrition. Dental hygienists, in particular, are vital to promoting a total health concept and assisting parents in teaching the best oral health practices for their children.

Figures 1 and 2 are examples of potential damage by children. In Figure 1, the damage is related to pressure applied by a power toothbrush over time to a specific area of the mouth. Very young children are sometimes given toothbrushes and allowed to “play” with them, potentially keeping brushes in their mouths for long periods of time. For example, power toothbrushes are sometimes given to children while they watch television shows. Children may hold power toothbrushs in one area or on one tooth for an extended period of time, such as is seen in Figure 2.

Figure 1: A child was allowed to “play” with a manual toothbrush throughout the day. Note the recession and the tissue trauma on all anterior teeth.

Using Piaget’s theory of cognitive development to make pediatric product recommendations

Child development has been studied and researched since 1936 when Jean Piaget became the first psychologist to theorize the stages of cognitive development. Piaget “regarded cognitive development as a process which occurs due to biologic maturation and interaction with the environment.”1,2 His theory can give health-care providers insight into pediatric patients’ development based on age.

It is important for children to develop healthy habits starting at a very early age to promote future health and well-being. This can be accomplished through imitation of healthy habits and introduction to products and routines that promote a healthy lifestyle.3 Using Piaget’s stages of cognitive development (table 1), dental hygienists can recommend products and routines appropriate to pediatric patients’ development.1,2


The first stage of cognitive development is the sensorimotor stage, which typically occurs from birth to two years of age. During this stage of cognitive development, the child explores the world by looking, hearing, touching, and mouthing.2 Children under the age of two love to explore the world by putting things in their mouths, so introducing brushing at this developmental stage can increase the likelihood that they will maintain this healthy habit later on.

Children will repeat behaviors with positive associations.1 It is recommended to begin oral hygiene behaviors by stimulating the child’s gum tissue, even before tooth eruption occurs and as early as four weeks old. Parents or caregivers can introduce brushing in a positive manner by using finger brushes in fun colors and characters, such as the Brushies finger puppets (figure 1).i Each finger-puppet toothbrush comes with a storybook to engage the child and provide tips to parents or caregivers on introducing a brushing routine.