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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 — 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

Oral Hygiene Advice to Live By

When it comes to good oral hygiene, following the basics is really all you need to do. There’s no need to follow gimmicks or new fads. Practicing the essential oral hygiene habits truly are all you need to do to enjoy good oral health for your entire…


Added by Brent Cornelius, DDS on January 13, 2016 at 4:11pm — No Comments

4 Tips to Help Your Child Enjoy Going to the Dentist

Many children dislike going to the dentist. As in, really dislike going to the dentist! They are worried about getting a shot and feeling pain. Having to sit in the dentist’s chair with their mouth open for several a minutes a time isn’t all that easy, either. What’s…


Added by Brent Cornelius, DDS on January 8, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

If you’re of a certain age, you may have heard your parents – or even yourself – humming this tune. (Although it may not be as passé as we feared, for Elmo and Michael Bublé…


Added by Brent Cornelius, DDS on December 11, 2015 at 2:49pm — No Comments

3 Periodontal Examination Necessities

Periodontal Examination Information You Must Have

In the past, I have mentioned what I feel are the most important examination findings of a periodontal examination from a treatment planning perspective. In my opinion they are:

1. A determination of the quality of the calculus

2. A determination of the extent of furcation exposures

3. A determination of mobility

Note that pocket depth isn’t one of them. It’s not that I find pocket depth insignificant,…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on November 10, 2015 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

Out of Network Patients

Out of Network Patients: 

1. Tell the patient how much the insurance company is expected to pay. 

2. Tell the patient you will bill the insurance company for that…


Added by Cambridge Dental Consultants on October 5, 2015 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

Curette Sharpening – Get The Toe Right

Sharpening The Toe Of The Curette

Curette sharpening can be a challenge, but with the right tools you’ll get superior results.

Sharpening the toe of the curette has always been a difficult maneuver, evidenced by the number of curettes that have been sharpened to a point. Check your instruments and see if I’m right or not. If I’m not, you must be commended because you are certainly in the minority.

Sharpening the toe with a conventional flat hand stone is tricky. As you…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on September 15, 2015 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

When It Comes To Flossing – Take What the Patient Gives You

Is Floss Really The Best Choice For Inter-proximal Plaque Control?

Dental floss has long been the standard for inter-proximal plaque control. We stress the importance of its use to our patients and they all embrace it. From that day forward they are flossing every day without fail. No further discussion of it is ever needed, right? For any of you that find this to be true you need read no further.…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on August 31, 2015 at 4:33pm — 2 Comments

Why Not Sharpen The Face Of The Instrument?

Over the years, I have seen many educators who recommend sharpening the face of dental curettes and scalers, not the sides. They use a round stone and stroke the face of the instrument from heel to toe. I find several reasons that make this technique inappropriate.

First, think of a scaling stroke. Where is the major direction of force on the blade of that instrument? Logic tells me it is perpendicular to the face of the blade. (Picture 1) Think about what happens when you sharpen…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on August 12, 2015 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Hand Dental Instruments vs. Mechanical Scaling Devices

Hand Dental Instruments vs. Mechanical Devices – Which To Use?

Since mechanical scaling devices came into being in the mid 1950’s there has been a debate over what to use. To this day, there are offices that strictly use hand instrumentation. There are offices that have almost no hand instruments at all, and in the middle, are the majority of offices that use both.

I must admit, I’m mostly a hand instrument guy. I was trained in that era. For me, I truly feel I can scale and…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 29, 2015 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Dental Instrument Sharpening – Wire Edges?

Wire Edges: The Good, The Bad, Or The Meaningless

What are wire edges? They are tiny projections of metal on the edge of a sharpened surface of a dental instrument. In a nut shell, I feel wire edges are meaningless.

When sharpening dental instruments, metal is drawn in the direction of the sharpening stroke. When sharpening the side of the instrument, functional wire edges are created. They are parallel to the cutting stroke (Fig. 1). Many feel that these wire edges are truly…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 16, 2015 at 2:02pm — No Comments


Maxillofacial surgery

The branch of maxillofacial surgery is surgical treatment involving diagnosis, and treatment with medication and operations. The surgery treats conditions related to mouth, neck, jaws and face. This also look over disorders like neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, facial pain, impacted teeth, cysts and jaw tumors also with other disorders of the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and…


Added by Allyson James on July 16, 2015 at 2:13am — No Comments

Cone Socket Instruments vs. Re-tipping

Are Cone Socket Instruments Right For You?

Many dental and periodontal offices, in an attempt to contain costs and to be environmentally responsible, opt for re-tipping their scalers and curettes. However, like anything else, do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

There are many disadvantages to re-tipping and the dental instrument manufacturing companies are quick to point them out. I must say they do have several valid points.

When an instrument is re-tipped…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 9, 2015 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Perfect Stroke – Dental Instrument Sharpening

Perfect Stroke – Dental Instrument Sharpening

We have talked about the sharpening aids built into the dental instrument sharpeners from New Edge Technologies. We’ve also discussed the importance of the set up position for the instrument’s face (see previous blog). Now, let us move to another important point, the sharpening stroke.

It’s one thing to position the sharpener so the sharpening stroke angle is proper; it’s another to keep it that way. The set up is easy. Align the…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on June 12, 2015 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Root Planing-How Smooth Do They Need To Be?


I often asked myself the question regarding root planing, “How smooth do they (the roots) need to be?” I’ve never had a good answer. I asked others the same question and their answers weren’t any better than mine.

I don’t remember ever reading a study that looked into this. There are hundreds of articles that espouse the need for smooth roots but they never answer the question of how smooth they need to be?

I have a few other questions I…


Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on May 12, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments

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