Keeping an appropriately stocked inventory of materials and instruments is a bit of a balancing act. You have limited space, but you have a busy practice. You don’t want to be short of a material in the middle of an emergency procedure, but you also don’t want to keep whitening gel past its expiration date because you ordered too much.
With the importance of performing pediatric dental procedures quickly in mind, a recent evaluation in Dental Product Shopper looked at durability, fit, ease of placement, practice benefits and overall satisfaction of Patterson Primary Molar Stainless Steel Crowns.
Wearing PPE is one of the most tangible ways healthcare workers can protect themselves from increased risks of COVID-19 infection. But due to the extended use and extra precautions taken, PPE can become uncomfortable.
Almost a year since the COVID-19 pandemic forced public awareness of PPE, disinfection practices and social distancing, even those who were previously compliant with biannual dental visits may think that unless something is noticeably wrong, in-office dental care can be postponed indefinitely. But reassuring adults is only one challenge, another highly important task is conveying to parents what efforts your practice is making to maintain a child-safe environment.
Whether you’re new to digital dentistry or a seasoned expert, you’ll be able to provide the best treatment to patients by making sure you have options at every stage of the CAD/CAM process.
Given our still-developing understanding of the coronavirus, it is clear changes to our daily life are here to stay. What we are experiencing is “the new normal.” For practices and patients to thrive, we must learn to accept and adapt.
After the initial outbreak of COVID-19 shut down almost 200,000 dental practices in the United States in early 2020, the industry needed to quickly develop an effective response that would not only allow practices to reopen safely but also ensure that patients could access the oral care they needed.
Regular comprehensive dental exams provide patients the best chance at improving their health and quality of life while allowing practitioners to deliver a higher standard of care. This OnTarget article discusses oral health screening guidance for clinicians before and during the exam, the importance of oral cancer screening, and recommended products for dental exam and prophylaxis.
Hand washing, though it may seem simplistic during a pandemic, can actually be the most effective way of preventing the spread of germs, including those that cause COVID-19. As dental practices navigate the recent challenges related to COVID-19 and work to implement strategies to protect patients and staff, a closer look at hand hygiene may prove helpful.
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 […]