A break in the “normal” routine has presented clinicians with an opportunity to revisit common elective procedures that patients will request upon their return. If there’s a less invasive way to achieve highly esthetic results in the anterior, now is an ideal time to explore those techniques and revamp your material armamentarium.
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Undeniably, COVID-19 has forever changed the way we practice dentistry and manage infection control. Every area of your practice has been impacted, from how patients are scheduled and checked in, to how office staff don and doff all the new PPE.
As dental practices get comfortable operating in the “new normal,” the burden of wearing—and storing—extra PPE and time spent disinfecting operatories between patients continues to be a challenge. To meet these challenges, dentists are looking for new ways to save valuable chair time and streamline inventory management.
Oral healthcare is essential at any age, but for children, maintaining a healthy mouth holds special importance. Dental caries is the most common chronic childhood infectious disease. As of 2015, approximately 573 million children worldwide had at least one untreated cavity.
A recent global health pandemic has brought personal protective equipment (PPE) to the public’s attention, but dental professionals have long been familiar with the concept of PPE. Despite this, many workers fail to adhere to PPE requirements because they find equipment cumbersome, uncomfortable or disruptive to performing tasks and communicating with patients and personnel. To remove these barriers, dental offices must supply PPE that maximizes ease of use, comfort and performance.
Nothing is more important than protecting the lives of your patients and staff. Yet new circumstances you and other dental professionals are now facing require the use of more personal protective equipment (PPE) and the proper procedures for ensuring you and your team are securely covered – from head to toe.
Quick, easy-to-use products can optimize compliance in your practice. One prime example is fluoride varnish, which is painted on the teeth versus a fluoride gel or foam used with a fluoride tray. Among varnishes, GC America Fluoride Varnish offers a number of distinct advantages: APPLICATION […]
With the market flooded with attractive ads for “new and improved” cements, the practitioner may wonder if, and when, they are worth the extra money. Since our trust in the quality and sealing ability of composite resins has grown, that has tended to flow over […]
If navigating options for teeth whitening is making you dizzy instead of dazzled, you’re not alone. The options are endless, especially with so many new over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening products on the market. But teeth whitening is not black and white, and it might not […]
There are many different instruments needed for the extraction of a tooth and they vary greatly for many reasons including the number of teeth needing to be pulled, the location of the tooth within the oral cavity and the reason for the procedure. The degree […]
Managing the maintenance and compliance protocols for dental unit waterlines can be confusing, time consuming and costly … OR NOT! Many offices treat their waterlines with daily tablets; however, these protocols leave room for human error and in some cases, leave caustic chemicals behind in […]
KaVo is known for producing premium dental equipment worldwide, but you don’t have to take our word for it – you can put a variety of our products to the test with the TryKaVo program! How it works Choose a KaVo handpiece you’d like to […]
CDC, OSHA, OSAP, ADHA. These are all organizations that require dental offices to be compliant with infection control regulations. Practices that do not meet these standards are subject to hefty fines and in extreme cases, loss of license. Beyond the punitive damages that can result […]
There are several benefits to being proactive with preventive dentistry, and regular semi-annual dental cleanings are a large part of any good oral health care regime. These visits can benefit the patient in six simple ways: Prevent cavities and decay Stop tooth loss Brighten their […]
You work hard to help keep your patients’ gums and teeth clean, but let’s face it, good oral health starts at home. The products patients use after they leave your office will dictate the condition of their oral cavity for the next 6 months between […]
We’re really excited about endodontics here at Patterson. So excited that I wanted to share what my ideal endo tray setup would look like. Here’s what our endo tray looks like. These are fundamental needs for endo procedures, and you can save on these basic […]
All signs are pointing to the fact that this digital health trend that we’re all witnessing, maybe even experiencing, is not really a trend at all. We are well on our way to an era of mobile connectivity and personal health. By 2017, half of […]
Similar to carbide and diamond burs, dental instruments present many unique combinations of shapes, sizes, applications and materials. Because of this, we knew we could create a better search experience on pattersondental.com by creating faceted search pages for instruments or, simply, the “dental instrument finder.” […]
I purchased a dental practice in August 2014. This practice has only had only one other owner who built this practice from scratch in 1982. The practice philosophy was practically etched in well-mineralized enamel (forget stone) and the patients are very loyal and wonderful people […]
As product manager at Sirona, Joe Goldstone is responsible for knowing all the ins and outs of all of their platforms. Recently, he took the time to discuss the Schick 33 sensor. This is a two-part series, the second of which will be appearing on […]
One of the new tools in the 4.2 software is the new Incisal Variation tool. Not only can we get great looking anterior proposals with the 4.2 software, we also have the ability to enhance the facials of the software. I was playing around with […]
Did I get your attention with that blog headline? We at Patterson have heard your feedback and know saving you time is an important part of your day-to-day routine. Which leads me into today’s post – what if we could take something off your plate […]
This spring, your dollars can put supplies on your practice shelves AND help save children’s smiles thanks to Patterson Dental, BeeSure®, Centrix, Certol®, Crosstex, Cranberry, DentalEZ, Premier, Pulpdent®, Septodont and Kerr TotalCare™. These generous corporations have joined America’s ToothFairy to help ensure vulnerable children have […]
Keeping all patients, clinical and nonclinical personnel, and the community safe from harm has never been more important, or more in focus. Before, during and after treatment, patients trust their dentist and dental hygienist to provide care in a safe manner. That’s where infection control […]
When your Patterson Dental representative stops in for their next visit, he or she likely will be carrying a small but savings-packed piece of paper. The What’s Hot Flyer contains discounts, free items and more on some of the top selling items we carry. The […]
Moisture is the nature of the human body – especially the oral cavity. And while we’ve developed products to restore and protect our natural teeth, we’ve mostly only been able to develop products that work in dry environments. Look at dental sealants for example. Traditional […]
It’s always easy to go to the International Dental Show in Germany and it’s often hard to leave. That disparity was even greater this year. The biennial show features more than 2,000 exhibitors from throughout the world, a staggering amount of attendees and a peek […]
Every other year for the past 90 years, dental suppliers and manufacturers from across the globe have gathered in Cologne, Germany, for the International Dental Show (IDS). The IDS is the world’s largest dental trade show, showcasing the latest products and technological developments in the […]
During root canal preparation, you have two major goals: prevention of periradicular disease and the healing of any current infection. The first step in achieving this goal includes removing affected tissue from canals and creating adequate space within the canals to allow for necessary irrigation […]