National Children’s Dental Health Month is a great time to remind yourself and your patients why pediatric dental care is so important and revisit the steps that can help ensure a lifetime of good oral health.
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.
In an update about her now finished dental studio, Irene Iancu explains how she made her vision of owning her own hygienist-run dental practice with a strong voice on social media come to life.
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.
Making sure patients are well informed of the importance of oral health before they even book their hygiene appointment can help curb anxiety or other barriers that may be preventing them from coming into the dental office. And with staff training on how to communicate key oral health messages with patients, the oral hygiene appointment can be the perfect way to build relationships and trust with patients.
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.
What if you could restore teeth by regrowing dentin and enamel? Although that technology remains the province of science fiction for now, bioactive restorative materials that do more than just take up space already do exist, and have for more than 40 years.
As a pre-law student and tennis player, Irene Iancu never initially planned to go into dentistry. Getting hurt on the tennis court, combined with other life changes, led her to the field of dental hygiene and she became a hygienist in 2007. Her work ethic […]
We all know that good oral healthcare begins at an early age (by age 1, if we’re following the guidelines of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association). For optimal compliance in young dental patients, a lot practices turn to products that are […]
As an RDH, I hear a lot of “facts” about teeth and gums and I feel the need to set the record straight on a few of them. These are three common myths that you may have heard, but rest assured that they are all […]
According to a recent Oral Health America (OHA) survey, low-income Americans and those with children are more likely to delay and skip dental visits. That’s why OHA’s Fall for Smiles campaign is so important this year. Every September and October, the campaign teaches Americans about […]
Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles® campaign is underway, having launched Sept. 1 with the release of our public opinion survey results that show that low-income older Americans are not receiving the oral health care they need. We also recently hosted an event on Capitol […]
In just its first year the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign is making serious headway in improving children’s oral health habits: More parents are reporting that their children are brushing regularly, according to a survey commissioned by the Ad Council. The campaign targeting parents and caregivers […]
Oral Health America’s annual Fall for Smiles® campaign is just around the corner, which focuses on educating all Americans about the importance of oral health and how to keep a healthy smile through daily brushing and flossing, regular visits to the dentist, eating a healthy diet, […]
Introduced to the United States in 2004, GC America’s MI Paste has been – and continues to be – a trusted topical tooth cream in many households and dental offices worldwide. It is a highly effective, safe product that can be used to treat a […]
During the month of October, we are partnering with 11 infection control companies to raise funds for the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) in a special initiative – Support the Fight for Infection Prevention. The purpose of the campaign is to increase awareness […]
*REMINDER* This Year’s Insurance Benefits Will Expire Soon! Dental insurance can be confusing for patients and providers alike. When I worked in a dental office, a majority of my time was spent communicating benefits to patients who needed help understanding their plan. Don’t assume your […]
OSAP (Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention) is a community of dental practices, educators and consultants, dental companies and stakeholders with interest in trusted information, education and resources in the area of oral healthcare. They offer many valuable training and educational resources to assist in […]