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More on the Flossing Controversy

Cheers For The Floss Controversy

A few days ago I wrote a blog about the recent Associated Press report indicating that insufficient research data exists to support the effectiveness of using dental floss. Because of this, the government has removed flossing from its Dietary Guidelines.

The Government’s position is not that they all of a sudden feel flossing doesn’t benefit oral health; they are simply saying that the scientific data to support its use doesn’t exist. This may…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on August 15, 2016 at 3:25pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on August 5, 2016 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Being the Dental Implant Patient

My Turn Being a Dental Implant Patient

Recently, 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…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 15, 2016 at 1:58pm — 3 Comments

Bad Dental Habits To Chat With Patients About – Part 2

Addressing Bad Dental Habits

This blog is a follow up to Part 1, which is based on an article on 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…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on June 29, 2016 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

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.…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on June 7, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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…


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…


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…


Added by Tina on May 16, 2016 at 11:18am — 2 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!…


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 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…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on April 29, 2016 at 1:50pm — 1 Comment

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…


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

Is Using a Waterpik Beneficial?


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…


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…


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

Use of Porcelain veneers in restoring your Oral Health

Use of Porcelain veneers in restoring your Oral Health…


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…


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…


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?…


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…


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

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