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Lucia Allen commented on Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS's blog post Improve Dental Patient Care And Your Bottom Line
"As a dental assistant, dental hygienist, and practice consultant, I would say that same thought is on the mind of all patients, no matter what their age. You may have a good relationship with your patients, and they may seem like they enjoy being…"
Dec 24, 2016
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Make Your Own Sickle Scaler

Curette Sharpened To Sickle ScalerI like to keep it simple. I don’t use sickle scalers. I can’t remember the last time I used one, especially in a posterior area. I used a universal curette, a University of California 5/6 (virtually the same as the Columbia 4R/4L)* and the ever so versatile Gracey 13/14. Actually, I had four curettes in my setup, one each of the above and one each of the above that had been sharpened to the point where their blades were narrow. I referred to the well sharpened…See More
Dec 13, 2016
Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS posted a blog post

Dental Industry Truth, Hyperbole, and Responsible Publishing

There is an old saying in the academic world, “publish or perish”. There is a much more current saying in the tech world, “garbage in, garbage out”. They both are true and, unfortunately, pertain to much of our “academic” literature.When I ponder this, two things come to mind. First, there are many things that we were taught simply because the people teaching us were taught the same thing. And many of these so called facts go back several generations of educators. It’s amazing how many things…See More
Dec 5, 2016
Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS posted a blog post

formats Curettes That Never Need Sharpening???

Never Sharpen Curettes and Scalers – Too Good To Be True?I’m sure you have heard the claim from some instrument manufactures that they now can produce scalers and curettes that never need sharpening. When you take a moment to think about this is it possibly true? I tend to doubt it. Come on, a blade that never gets dull? Where is the research that supports this outlandish claim? I haven’t seen it but I have seen research that reports the opposite.A study by independent professional engineers…See More
Nov 4, 2016
Joanne McKenzie commented on Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS's blog post Bad Dental Habits To Chat With Patients About – Part 1
"Alcohol, soda and sugar are badly effected to our teeth. So, if we love our teeth than very careful of our teeth."
Oct 26, 2016
Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS posted a blog post

Improve Dental Patient Care And Your Bottom Line

Improve Dental Patient Care And Your Bottom LineOver the years I have emphasized the importance of using sharp scalers and curettes. With sharp instruments you scale and root plane better, you work faster, you are more efficient, and your procedure is more comfortable for you and dental patient care improves.I’ve talked indirectly about the economic benefit of using sharp instruments. One economic benefit is the fact that you can work faster. You can complete the procedure in less time. It’s…See More
Oct 24, 2016
Joanne McKenzie commented on Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS's blog post Bad Dental Habits To Chat With Patients About – Part 3
"It's true. When our dental problem were started, then we are decided next time we are very careful better then this time. But we can not reminded. Every problem are stared with eating gum food. So, at first we can change our habit. "
Oct 20, 2016
Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS posted a blog post

Bad Dental Habits To Chat With Patients About – Part 3

Addressing Bad Dental HabitsThis blog is a follow up to Parts 1 and 2, which are based on an article on MedicineNet.com that discusses bad dental habits to avoid. We’re moving into the cold and flu season. Many of us will be seeking relief of a sore throat and coughing. Do yourself and your patients a favor – talk to them about choosing sugar-free lozenges and cough drops. They may not be aware…See More
Sep 30, 2016
Joanne McKenzie commented on Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS's blog post Bad Dental Habits To Chat With Patients About – Part 2
"You brush your teeth, floss fairly regularly, and see your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Good for you! But you’re probably also engaging in one or more bad habits that can undermine the good ones and compromise your dental…"
Sep 1, 2016
Joanne McKenzie commented on Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS's blog post Being the Dental Implant Patient
"A dental implant patient being experience have not needed any restorative treatment for some time. I must say my friend If you change your teeth professionaly then go to dr Ismael khouly."
Aug 20, 2016
Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS commented on Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS's blog post Being the Dental Implant Patient
"Hi Joanne - thanks for your comment. No complications so far. All has gone as planned so far."
Aug 11, 2016
Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS posted a blog post

To Floss or Not To Floss

Should You Floss?Much of the dental community is upset about the recent Associated Press report questioning the efficacy of flossing. Is the Flossing Study a disservice or a blessing in disguise? I choose to look at it as a blessing. What else could possibly bring flossing into the forefront of the social media more than something like this? Within 24 hours of it…See More
Aug 5, 2016
Joanne McKenzie commented on Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS's blog post Being the Dental Implant Patient
"Wow, I hope it's a great experience for you. But is there any complication that you noticed at the process?"
Aug 1, 2016
Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS posted a blog post

Being the Dental Implant Patient

My Turn Being a Dental Implant PatientRecently, I had the experience of being a dental implant patient. Sure, I’ve had regular prophies over the years but have not needed any restorative treatment for some time.Many years ago I had an asymptomatic periapical lesion involving tooth #23. Endo was done and all was fine until about 6 months ago. I started to experience a slight tenderness over the apex. I went to my endodontist friend and after his evaluation we agreed that the endo was failing and…See More
Jul 15, 2016
Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS posted a blog post

Bad Dental Habits To Chat With Patients About – Part 2

Addressing Bad Dental HabitsThis blog is a follow up to Part 1, which is based on an article on MedicineNet.com that discusses bad dental habits to avoid. We’re in the heart of the summer season when barbecuing and snacking are enjoyed by many. These activities present challenges to maintaining dental health and we should all make our patients aware of them.First on today’s list of bad dental…See More
Jun 29, 2016
Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS posted a blog post

Dental Instrument Sharpener Properties – Part 3

How Coarse Should Your Dental Instrument Sharpener Be?Last time we discussed how the hardness of the dental instrument sharpener affects its performance. Now let’s discuss the grit. The coarser the grit, the faster the stone sharpens. The coarser the grit, the more imperfect the sharpened edge is, in other words, the rougher the edge. So, is there a happy medium? I think there is.Most of us were taught to use a fine grit sharpening stone in order to end up with a fine edge. We would spend a…See More
Jun 7, 2016

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What is your profession?
Dentist, Dental Dealer
What dental school/dental hygiene school did you attend?
University of Michigan
In what state do you practice
Michigan
For how many years have you been in the dental profession/industry?
30+
What professional affiliations/associations do you belong to?
MDA, ADA, American Academy of Periodontology, Midwest Society of Periodontology, and The Academy of Osseointegration
Do you have a Web site address?
http://trueedgedental.com

Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS's Blog

Make Your Own Sickle Scaler

Curette Sharpened To Sickle Scaler

I like to keep it simple. I don’t use sickle scalers. I can’t remember the last time I used one, especially in a posterior area. I used a universal curette, a University of California 5/6 (virtually the same as the Columbia 4R/4L)* and the ever so versatile Gracey 13/14. Actually, I had four curettes in my setup, one each of the above and one each of the above that had been sharpened to the point where their blades were narrow. I referred to the…

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Posted on December 13, 2016 at 12:48pm

Dental Industry Truth, Hyperbole, and Responsible Publishing

There is an old saying in the academic world, “publish or perish”. There is a much more current saying in the tech world, “garbage in, garbage out”. They both are true and, unfortunately, pertain to much of our “academic” literature.

When I ponder this, two things come to mind. First, there are many things that we were taught simply because the people teaching us were taught the same thing. And many of these so called facts go back several generations of educators. It’s amazing how…

Continue

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 2:44pm

formats Curettes That Never Need Sharpening???

Never Sharpen Curettes and Scalers – Too Good To Be True?

I’m sure you have heard the claim from some instrument manufactures that they now can produce scalers and curettes that never need sharpening. When you take a moment to think about this is it possibly true? I tend to doubt it. Come on, a blade that never gets dull? Where is the research that supports this outlandish claim? I haven’t seen it but I have seen research that reports the opposite.

A study by independent…

Continue

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 6:36am

Improve Dental Patient Care And Your Bottom Line

Improve Dental Patient Care And Your Bottom Line

Over the years I have emphasized the importance of using sharp scalers and curettes. With sharp instruments you scale and root plane better, you work faster, you are more efficient, and your procedure is more comfortable for you and dental patient care improves.

I’ve talked indirectly about the economic benefit of using sharp instruments. One economic benefit is the fact that you can work faster.…

Continue

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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