What to Expect from a Good Dentist

There are so many dentists to select from now, how do you identify that you have selected the right one?  For the beginners, the good dentist is much concentrated on what to do instead of what not to do especially when dealing with a patient. If you have a doubt whether you are going to the Best OKC dentist or not, just check out these 10 things which a good dentist does for a patient.

Active Listener: A good dental practitioner always helps in assisting the patients and a good dentist uses a physical technique for taking the total medical history from him and good dentists concentrate much on their listening skills to know the exact problem from the patient. A good doctor listens to the patients’ concern and never neglects a treatment.

Educating the Patient: A patient always expects oral health tips, good habits, medical issues from a dental doctor which they are not aware of. A perfect dentist will be happy to take your time to clear your doubts and help in enhancing your confidence levels and also your smile.

Being Punctual to the Patients: A patient gets frustrated by waiting for a doctor for more than the mentioned time and also for the high cost-effective treatments which are not affordable. Good dentists always maintain punctuality and consider your bottom line while suggesting treatment.

Maintaining an Astonishing Office: The ADA or American Dental Association suggests that a good dentist office is clean, systematic and neat. If you identify any of the old used gloves or dirty instruments which are not stowed, consider that your dentist is contaminating the lab room, which spreads the germs and makes you and your surroundings sick.

Doesn’t Upsell: You actually need a good dentist and not a sales executive? Good dentists don’t upsell you on the costly treatments and products which you don’t need at all.

Knowing More about You: The more time your dentist takes on you can give you the better options and care which works according to medical history. If you experience an impersonal feeling or experience, it may affect the quality and level of care you receive.

Long-Term Relationship: A good dentist always invest his quality time on you to make you a long-term patient like for an appointment, X – rays, regular dental checkups etc., and makes you feel recognized when you are in the home. If your dental doctor considers your appointment as a part-time job, you can look out for some other dentist instead.

Staff Caring: Best OKC Dental Implants doctors not only care about the patients but attentive to the staff members also. The way the dentist interacts with the colleagues and staff can actually give you an idea of a particular doctor’s mood and management style.

Regular Follow-Ups: Some of the dental treatments could be arduous and long, making you feel out of the sorts for few hours. A good dentist will make follow-ups with the patient following a different procedure and making sure that there are no complications after the treatment is done.

Giving Value to You as a Patient: A good dentist knows about the patient personally and will be interested to know their families, lives, and concerns if any and support you in the team of general care.

 

Invisalign – Advantages And Downsides

In a world where looks are becoming very important for success in personal and career progression, the look and appearance of our teeth are important. Not all of us are born with the best-looking teeth and gums and therefore at some point in time we need to straighten it out and make it look presentable. Even a few decades ago, braces were the only option available. However, this is not the case as far as modern-day options are concerned. Today science and technology have helped us to come out with new methods. There is a growing demand for a more sophisticated solution called invisalign and it would be interesting to know more about it.

What It is All About?

 This is often considered to be one of the best ways by which you can improve the quality of your smile. Unlike the conventional metal braces which many thousands of children are used to in schools, invisalign offers a virtually invisible solution. In other words, the world outside will not know that you are undergoing some correction to align your teeth properly. Hence it has many reasons to become highly popular. We are sharing below a few obvious reasons why it is good to choose this form of teeth straightening.

  •    It is virtually invisible. This goes a long way in not feeling embarrassed when one moves around with this option. It makes them more confident and less self-conscious. Hence it certainly is a big emotional motivator.
  •    It is also removable, unlike traditional braces which can be removed only when you visit a dentist.
  •    It is easier to clean. The conventional braces are notorious because they attract food particles making the process of cleaning quite tough. This is not the case withRichmondinvisalign. It also is painful in many cases.
  •    It is comfortable when compared to traditional metal braces. They are known to cause discomfort, irritation and even pain in some cases. This happens when the metal often comes in contact with the insides of your mouth. On the other hand, invisalign uses smooth plastic metal which does not cause abrasion.

Cons

It should be removed before meals. Dentists recommend that they are removed with each meal of eating process. Only water can be drunk without removing these invisalign braces. This could be a big nuisance for many.

  •    Frequent teeth cleaning are also something which could be irritating for many users of this option.  Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing are a must with invisalign.
  •    It is expensive. Compared to conventional braces, there is no doubt that invisalign is a more expensive option. Hence, it may not be actually affordable for all those who are looking at cost-effective solutions.

 The Final Word

 When the pros, cons, and features are taken into account there is hardly any doubt that you have many reasons to choose invisalign over others. Though the cost of the process could be a bit higher, it is worth it because it offers a more private and confidential way of treating improper teeth formation. It, however, boils down to personal choices and choosing the right Orthodontist Richmond TX is, of course, vital and critical.

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5 steps to creating a purpose-driven dental hygiene practice

On my first day of dental hygiene school in 1986, my class of 32 students sat nervously in an auditorium at the University of Texas. Juanita “Nita” Wallace, PhD, RDH, our program director, was about to give the welcome message. She entered the room in a way that inspired respect and awe. Her message was simple: “With all that you do in your profession, always put your patients’ interest first, and every other aspect of your career will fall into place.”

It was not until the end of my program that I would truly learn this lesson. As a student, I studied well and scaled teeth with passion. But up until that point, I’d never put anyone else before me—I was young. Meeting the clinical requirements for graduation was tough, as any dental hygiene student can attest. The pressures mounted, I fell behind, and I struggled to complete my clinical requirements for graduation. This led to lapses in clinical judgment, and I began “squeezing in” patients to meet the requirements, which led to stress and anxiety.



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Four days before graduation, I was summoned to Dr. Wallace’s office. I was informed that I was not eligible to graduate and would be held back one semester. I was shocked. My family had already flown into town to watch my commencement. I had several job offers waiting for me. My life was shattered into a million pieces. I cried and begged to no avail. It was determined that, even though I had technically met the clinical requirements, I had not learned the most important lesson of all.

Moving prevention forward

The role of preventive restoratives and innovative screening technologies in caries risk management in SEARHC dental clinics

Oral health encompasses the stability of, and absence of diseases in, all structures in the mouth—from the teeth to gingival tissues, tongue to the hard palate, and other buccal and lingual tissues. Among the most preventable and reversible diseases that dental professionals see are caries and periodontal diseases.1,2 Regular visits to oral health-care professionals, combined with good hygiene that begins at a very young age, can prevent and curtail tooth decay and gum disease.

Unfortunately, several factors can increase an individual’s caries risk.3,4 These include genetic predisposition to caries and periodontal diseases, different strains of caries active bacteria that can be transmitted from person to person and which may be localized to specific geographic areas and populations, difficulty accessing inexpensive fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy foods, and lack of running water. An inability to access dental care in geographically dispersed locations also contributes to caries disease risk. Combined, these factors create barriers to good oral health.

The SEARHC caries risk program

In Southeast Alaska, however, dentists, dental hygienists, and primary dental health aides and therapists (levels 1 and 2) affiliated with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) dental clinics have incorporated a multilevel approach for preventing, arresting, and treating caries disease.5 Even before CAMBRA (Caries Management by Risk Assessment) was established as the standard for caries risk assessment through disease indicators, protective protocol, and clinical interventions,6 SEARHC dental professionals began addressing the caries disease problem differently after realizing we weren’t winning the fight against cavities by drilling and filling. Rather than treat cavities according to a surgical model, we sought to treat caries disease according to a medical model, and spent considerable time researching and exploring available caries preventative and therapeutic products.

Helping dental patients with sleep apnea and breathing issues

Here’s a question you may not have asked lately. How many men, women, and children under your care have undiagnosed sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) issues? I believe this topic warrants more attention from dental professionals, so I’d like to share what I learned about SDB from personal experience. I bet some of you reading this are just like me, and more importantly, you see a lot patients who are like me.

My learning experience began one morning when my husband said, “Karen, you were snoring last night.”

I quickly replied, “No, I wasn’t.” I don’t snore!

After we bantered for a few minutes, I conceded. I asked, “Well, was the snoring at least quiet and feminine?” When he said no, I had to pick up my jaw off the floor. I couldn’t believe it. He was the one with sleep apnea. He wore the CPAP every night.



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What would my snoring mean for me? I was curious enough to take the next step, so I downloaded an app called SnoreLab. I now recommend this app to my patients so they can find out whether or not they snore. Not all snoring indicates sleep apnea. But if you do snore you need to find out whether or not you stop breathing for 10 seconds or more during these events referred to as sleep apnea. Breathing cessation, even for a few seconds at a time, reduces the oxygen traveling to cells and organs, which contributes to a domino effect that adversely impacts health.

What did I learn from my SnoreLab app when it recorded my snoring, and then ranked the snoring episodes as quiet, light, loud, or epic? Again, I had to pick up my jaw off the floor when I checked it. I made it all the way up to epic snoring! Definitely not feminine. Mind you, I was completely unaware that somehow my sleep had turned into a snoring frenzy.

What should hygienist do about subpar dentist?

Dear Dianne,

I work in a group practice with four general dentists. Three of the doctors do very nice dentistry and seem to take a lot of pride in their work. However, the other dentist does some of the worst dentistry I’ve ever seen. I’m talking about crown margins I could park my car under, composites that do not match, restorations that leak and fall out, and more. When this doctor checks my patients, I cringe when I have to reappoint them with him.

This dentist has been out of dental school for 10 years, so it’s not like he’s old and decrepit. Sometimes, I wonder how he ever graduated with such poor skills.

Don’t get me wrong—he’s a nice guy, but his dentistry sucks! I would not want him to even adjust a filling in my mouth. Several of my coworkers have noticed the poor quality of his dentistry as well.

My question to you is, what is my ethical obligation to my patients? Should I steer them away from his schedule? Should I say something to the senior doctor about what I’ve observed?

Northern RDH

Dear Northern,

As you are aware, hygienists are in the best position of all the staff members to judge the quality of a dentist’s work. With your instruments, you get to explore margins of restorations subgingivally, and you chart when you observe recurrent decay, failing restorations, or any other dental need. Hygienists certainly recognize when dentistry is high-quality or substandard.

Many hygienists are employed in offices where the dentists are fully engaged in advanced dental procedures that require many hours of continuing education. These dentists often push themselves to attain the precision needed to excel in those specialized areas. Some become over-the-top perfectionists who feel that all of their employees should have the same zeal as they do. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about. They have the bar set so high that nobody can please them. Staff turnover is common in these situations.

3 hidden benefits of clear aligner therapy relating to airway health

Clear aligners are becoming increasingly popular. Are you aware that by offering clear aligner therapy (CAT), you may also help patients breathe, sleep, and thrive? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder.1 According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 22 million Americans are suffering from OSA, with two-thirds of the moderate to severe cases remaining undiagnosed.2 Recently, dentists have been called upon by the ADA as the “only health professionals” with the experience to prescribe oral appliance therapy.3 The question is, should CAT be considered an oral appliance to combat sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)? This article will review the three essential hidden benefits of CAT that may help patients breathe better while also giving them a beautiful smile:

1. Changing the morphology of the arch form and width

2. Increasing oral cavity volume

3. Proper tongue placement

Changing morphology of arch form and width

If we take the time to disclose the cause of disease, we can then focus on proper treatment modalities. The root cause of most crowded malocclusions is a result of three conditions: improper arch form, improper arch width, and improper buccolingual inclination (figure 1).

Occupational noise-induced hearing loss: What dental hygienists need to know

An increasing number of dental professionals now experience significant hearing loss. The issue of noise-induced hearing loss received little attention in the educational arena until recently, but the tide is turning with more academic institutions now addressing the need for hearing protection.

Risk for compromised hearing

Despite this increased awareness, many clinicians today are grappling with compromised hearing. Typically, occupational noise-induced hearing loss occurs when the human ear is subjected to loud noises over long periods of time. Although everyone’s occupational exposure is different, it is now understood that the cumulative effects of exposure to 85 dB over an eight-hour day will affect human hearing.1

It’s not just how often you use a power scaler. The problem is compounded by noise from the suction, the sound of the high-speed handpiece in the next cubicle, and the compressor or lab grinder down the hall. Lifestyle choices and genetics also play a role in accelerating hearing loss.

Since noise-induced hearing loss is cumulative over time, many dental professionals are not well prepared for a future that involves hearing loss. Along with having to cope with diminished hearing, the cost of assistive hearing devices, commonly known as hearing aids, causes sticker shock for many people.

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Reporting lack of infection control in dental practice

The newest dental office in town promotes itself as a heavenly oasis. In the waiting area, written in embellished cursive, is a sign that promises a relaxing dental visit and invites patients to ask about add-on services such as Botox and teeth whitening. Lavender aromatherapy greets patients when they arrive, and the sounds of Enya can be heard throughout the spacious office. A customized saltwater aquarium lines the side wall. The plump waiting room chairs sit on ornately carved wooden legs.

The front desk team wears matching sweaters with their names embroidered on them that are color-coordinated with the beige and black accents of the office. The lower level of the office is a dedicated training facility and conference room, complete with a drink station and large-screen television. The clinic has a total of 12 rooms, six operatories on each side, that line a long, winding hallway. The beige walls are accented by white Corinthian columns, and grapes droop from the latticework overhead, imitating a Grecian garden.

I had just completed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) infection control training and was conducting a mock inspection of this office accompanied by a safety officer, a hygienist. At the start she confided that she had concerns about some of this office’s infection control practices. I thought, “Surely I’m not going to find much in such an immaculate palace.”

However, by the end of the assessment, the practice had amassed an inordinate number of “opportunities” for correction. Some of the things we observed were running the ultrasonic without the lid on (with a glass of orange juice sitting nearby), not changing out barriers or disinfecting surfaces between every patient, and team members exiting restrooms without washing their hands and then setting up cookies for arriving patients.

Exfoliative cheilitis and lip damage: A clinical overview for dental hygienists

In an appearance-conscious world, patients today are increasingly concerned about their outward appearance. Various media have heightened public awareness of appearance, making patients very aware of any variations in what is deemed “normal.” The mouth and lips are so prominent that when there are abnormalities, patients want our help—both to fix their appearance and address concerns about cancer and other abnormal disease states. That is why chronic lip peeling, lip scaling, and ulcerative lesions of the lip will bring patients into a dental practice searching for answers.

Lip abnormalities

Abnormalities of the lips and their various causes include the following:

• lip injuries

• exfoliative cheilitis

• basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma

• angular cheilitis

• cheilocandidiasis

• parafunctional causes, such as lip smacking, lip biting, and chronic lip licking

• circumoral dermatitis

• chronic chapped lips

• mouth breathing resulting in lip fissures

• allergy-type reactions from lip products, toothpaste, and dental products

• metal allergy reactions

• food sensitivity

• damage from sun exposure

• contact dermatitis and skin diseases such as lichen planus, scleroderma, and pemphigus/pemphigoid

An abnormal outward appearance of the lips usually demands an etiology for the patient. Hygienists can begin by asking questions to narrow the prospect of the offending product or disease state.