By allowing hygienists to select and purchase products, a practice can take advantage of their hygienist’s professional expertise, answering important questions about what equipment is needed and how these choices will work best to treat patients. Here are three key considerations to make when selecting hygiene equipment.
Dental handpieces are hard-working tools with very delicate internal parts, which is why proper ongoing maintenance can make for the best possible performance and longevity. Here are a few ways to keep your handpieces in tip-top shape.
The simplest way to prevent aerosol generation in the dental office is to use equipment that does not generate aerosols. For dental hygienists, during the COVID-19 pandemic this has meant little to no use of ultrasonic scaling equipment, a greater reliance on hand scaling and an increased risk of hand and wrist fatigue. The AeroPro Cordless Prophy Handpiece System is one solution.
As dentists and hygienists question the use of ultrasonic instruments during the COVID-19 pandemic, they may also be looking for ways to eliminate or at least control aerosols and splatter. Young Innovations recently introduced the Splatter Guard® prophy angle, which nearly eliminates airborne particles during prophylaxis polishing. Whitney Howerton, MDH, RDH, gives Splatter Guard a test run.
The current recommendation for when to replace a scaler is when 20% of the instrument blade width or length is reduced or no longer the original design. But how long it takes for each instrument to reach this threshold is dependent on several factors. Deb (Hume) Brown, RDH, shares some of these factors and how a failure to replace instruments can affect the clinician and the patient.
It has been over 40 years since direct posterior composite resins were introduced as an alternative to metallic restorations, most specifically amalgams. During that time, they have been met with doubt and skepticism, which was borne out by myriad shortcomings such as poor wear resistance, […]
We view technology differently at Patterson Dental. We partner with the industry’s leaders to keep the practices we serve on the cutting edge of advanced technology and equipment because we believe this is the future of dentistry and of your practice. Because we want you […]
A little over a month ago, Hu-Friedy made dentistry’s longest running recycling program even greener with the launch of Environdent.com. Since 1995, the program has offered customers one free dental instrument for every twelve old, broken or dull instruments they submit – regardless of brand. […]
It’s part of daily life for every dental practice: cleaning and sterilizing instruments. Yet, when surveyed which ultrasonic cleaning solution they use to clean their instruments, the majority of dental practices couldn’t name what brand is inside their cabinets. It’s an interesting disconnect, considering how […]
Watch your mailbox! On August 1, our Fall Hygiene Guide will be arriving at dental practices and hygienists’ homes all across the country. It will feature promotions, special pricing and valuable free offers on select hygiene-related products. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
Watch your mailbox for the upcoming July/August ONtarget flyer! It will feature special pricing and valuable FREE offers on select merchandise and equipment from a huge variety of vendors. This issue showcases promotions on products such as Septodont’s Vivacaine anesthetic, GC America’s EQUIA Fil restorative […]
Ask your Patterson representative about the spring “What’s Hot” flyer for scorching hot deals on top-selling products from 3M, Kerr, Dentsply, VOCO, Hu-Friedy, DentaPure® and Patterson Private Label. Offers are valid from May 1 to June 30.
The CDA will be held May 3 – 5, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Look for great promotions featured in our Tradeshow Pocket Guide including GC MI Varnish, SS White Burs, VITA Easyshade Compact, Ivoclar Tetric EvoCeram Restorative and much more!
Join us May 4 – 8, 2012 at the AAO in Hawaii! Stop by our booth 665 to see the latest in digital pan/cephs, cone beams and more! Watch for the new issue of The Wave, tailored to orthodontists and specialty dentists featuring products to […]
February 1 marks the release date of our newest edition of the Rotary/Handpiece Catalog. This 52-page magazine features quality products and promotions on burs, diamonds and polishers, as well as high and low speed handpieces, accessories and components. The promotions in the magazine will last […]
The Greater New York Dental Meeting is off to a great start this week. If you haven’t been to one of these meetings, they are a great way to see all the new products and latest technologies in the dental industry. They are also a […]
I am happy to announce that Patterson now offers NSK handpieces! Founded in 1930, NSK is the second-leading manufacturer of precision instruments worldwide. NSK manufactures 85% of its handpiece components in-house to ensure consistent quality. NSK’s product line includes: High-speed (electric) handpieces and micromotors High-speed […]