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Dental Instrument Sharpener Properties – Part 2

The Ideal Dental Instrument Sharpener

I started a series with my last blog about the properties of the ideal hand sharpener. I discussed the hardness of the sharpener and its ability to break down during use. This controlled wearing down of the sharpener creates a fresh sharpening surface for each stroke. The result of this is a more efficient sharpener.

In future blogs, I’ll touch on other properties and benefits of the ideal hand dental instrument sharpener. Before we…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on May 23, 2016 at 12:22pm — No Comments

What To Look For In a Dental Instrument Sharpener

How To Avoid “Loading”

There are several properties to look for in a dental instrument sharpener that help make the sharpening task simple and efficient. One is the sharpeners tendency to resist a phenomenon called “Loading”. You may have experienced this. Have you used a new sharpener that works great for a short while then becomes inefficient, making it more and more difficult to get a good, sharp edge? This is most likely the result of loading.

Loading occurs when fine…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on May 16, 2016 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Replacing the toothbrush, a secure way to prevent dental issues

After three months of use, your toothbrush becomes a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Yes, your toothbrush is a shelter for 10 million germs and other tiny microorganisms. Its bristles worn out and less effective at removing plaque from your teeth and gums. Furthermore, the bristles cannot get into all the nooks and crannies of your mouth as they become dull and out of place.

You should know that using a toothbrush more than three months exposes you to dental problems such as…

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Added by Tina on May 16, 2016 at 11:18am — No Comments

7 Myths about Dental Implants

Dental implants aren't just a cosmetic treatment. If you're missing teeth, implants are one of the best options to preserve your oral health. With medical advancements in the past decades, you can get your smile perfected in days!…

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Added by Mark Silberg on May 9, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

Bad Dental Habits To Chat With Patients About – Part 1

Addressing Bad Dental Habits

I’m always on the lookout for dental health info to share with dental professionals. I came across an article on MedicineNet.com on bad dental habits to avoid.

The article got me thinking of conversations I’ve had with patients over the years and what dental hygienists may be advising patients regarding prevention of dental problems. What may seem…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on April 29, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Antibiotics and Periodontal Therapy

Is There A Place For Antibiotics In Periodontal Therapy?

The answer is yes but not early in treatment. What I mean is that antibiotics are not a solution for incomplete or inappropriate treatment. Antibiotics are more of, for lack of a better term, a last resort.

There are no short cuts to an appropriate treatment protocol. Thorough scaling and root planing, along with plaque control instructions, should be the foundation of our treatment approach. When I say thorough, I’m…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on April 5, 2016 at 9:29am — No Comments

Is Using a Waterpik Beneficial?

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Added by Ashlea Drakeford on April 4, 2016 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Aspects You Should know About Oral Hygiene

Healthy teeth require lots of care methods and tactics. Regular teeth brushing is the most important rule you can take into account in order to enjoy healthy teeth and to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Another key-elements are mouthwashes, tongue cleaning and especially a healthy…

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Added by Ashlea Drakeford on March 28, 2016 at 8:43am — No Comments

Acceptable Plaque Control

Is There An Acceptable Level Of Plaque Control?

What level of plaque control can we accept from our patients? The simple answer is – the best they are willing to perform. What is the minimal level of plaque control needed to control disease? The answer is – it depends. It depends on several factors none the least being the patient’s level of resistance. Another major factor is the frequency and quality of maintenance visits.

For years we would see our patients for their…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on March 22, 2016 at 9:51am — No Comments

All You Need to Know about Getting a Great Smile

All You Need to Know about Getting a Great Smile

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Added by Jordan Colton on March 3, 2016 at 12:11am — No Comments

Use of Porcelain veneers in restoring your Oral Health

Use of Porcelain veneers in restoring your Oral Health…

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Added by Ashlea Drakeford on February 24, 2016 at 9:10am — No Comments

How to Get and Retain a Better Smile?

How to Get and Retain a Better Smile

A first impression is very hard to get off your mind. It is, therefore, important to work on your smile. A bright and cheerful smile makes you to look younger and more attractive. According to research carried out, an attractive smile can make a person more appealing. Working on your smile does not only benefit the body, but, rather, it benefits the whole body. The mouth is the gateway…

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Added by Ashlea Drakeford on February 22, 2016 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Periodontal Treatment Planning

Questions To Ask In Periodontal Treatment Planning

Up to this point I have posted several blogs concerning the periodontal assessment. We’ve talked about periodontal charting, the evaluation of radiographs, the assessment of local factors, etc. I like to refer to the accumulation of this information as the science of the periodontal assessment. It is black or white. A 5 millimeter pocket is a 5 millimeter pocket. A class 2 furcation exposure is a class 2 furcation exposure. The exam…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on February 17, 2016 at 10:18am — No Comments

5 Fantastic Advantages Of Invisalign

Invisalign isn’t just for the vain--it’s for almost anyone who wants straight teeth (except severe cases). Since Invisalign blazed on the orthodontic scene in 1997, over two million people have taken advantage of the opportunity. So what’s all the hype about?…

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Added by Ashlea Drakeford on February 12, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Tips That Can Help To Control Tartar.

Tips That Can Help To Control Tartar.

Despite the care taken for your oral hygiene, there is still bacteria living in your mouth. Tartar results from the accumulation of plaque, which is commonly formed from a mix of proteins and other food byproducts. These food acids can really damage the enamel thus leading to teeth cavities. They can also lead to gum infection. One of the major ways of preventing permanent tooth decay is…

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Added by Ashlea Drakeford on February 12, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Periodontal Evaluation – Inflammation

Periodontal Evaluation – Inflammation Management

Our periodontal evaluation needs to include an evaluation of the inflammatory response. This is an interesting subject because inflammation is both good and bad. Inflammation can martial the forces, so to speak, that attack and destroy invading bacteria. Inflammation can clean up diseased and dead tissue.

On the other hand, inflammation also destroys healthy tissue, a sort of collateral damage. Actually, there is a benefit to…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on February 1, 2016 at 2:11pm — No Comments

How to Make Sure You Keep All Your Teeth as an Adult

Have you never lost a tooth? Good for you because many people have lost at least one tooth: 178 million American adults have lost at least one. What’s more,…

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Added by Brent Cornelius, DDS on January 22, 2016 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Periodontal Examination Of Attached Gingiva

Analyze The Attached Gingiva

A periodontal examination includes evaluation of the attached gingiva. Is the attached gingiva adequate in quantity and quality? The amount of attached gingiva necessary to maintain periodontal health has been debated. From a practical perspective, the attached gingiva is adequate if the gingival complex can remain inflammation free and there is an absence of gingival recession over time. In order to properly monitor gingival recession, accurate…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on January 21, 2016 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Periodontal Radiograph Analysis

Radiograph Analysis In A Periodontal Setting

Periapical and bitewing radiographs provide a wealth of information about the patient’s dental condition. They are indispensable for diagnosis and treatment planning. They are indicative of the patient status at the time they were taken. Radiograph analysis does not predict future disease progression.

When reading radiographs the obvious things we look for are caries, periapical lesions, and bone loss. There is additional…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on January 14, 2016 at 2:22pm — No Comments

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