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Buyer Beware! Not all Curing Lights are Equal

This post was prepared in collaboration with BlueLight Analytics On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited number of companies to provide us with practical “How To” answers to clinical questions. We were prompted to conduct this experiment when dental team members told us that they visit company websites and consult company representatives for practical clinical information. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment.  Light cured materials (sealants, resin composite, cements) are a prominent part of dentistry.  As such, light curing units are a “must-have” in a dental practice. An increasing number of dentists are sourcing ...

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An EnLIGHTening look at light sources in dentistry

This post was prepared in collaboration with BlueLight Analytics On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited number of companies to provide us with practical “How To” answers to clinical questions. We were prompted to conduct this experiment when dental team members told us that they visit company websites and consult company representatives for practical clinical information. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment.  On the surface, light curing appears to be very easy – literally!  Point the curing light, turn it on and the surface hardens almost immediately. Unfortunately, surface hardness is not indicative of ...

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Practical How To: How do you clean your light curing unit?

This post was prepared in collaboration with BlueLight Analytics On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited number of companies to provide us with practical “How To” answers to clinical questions. We were prompted to conduct this experiment when dental team members told us that they visit company websites and consult company representatives for practical clinical information. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment.  Please refer to your specific Light Curing Unit (LCU) “Directions for Use” to find the curing light maintenance and care instructions. If maintenance instructions have not been provided or are not accessible ...

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How can I increase the value my patients place on their oral health?

This post was prepared in collaboration with Procter & Gamble Canada On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited number of companies to provide us with practical “How To” answers to clinical questions. We were prompted to conduct this experiment when dental team members told us that they visit company websites and consult company representatives for practical clinical information. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment.  What is the Problem? It is very frustrating for dentists and dental teams when patients don’t prioritize their oral health with proper home care and regular hygiene visits. In addition, ...

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Listerine for World Oral Health Day: Helping you communicate better with your patients about Gingivitis

This infographic is a resource document distributed by J&J. In addition to highlighting the benefits of using Listerine as part of a regular oral hygiene routine, the document is mainly a patient educational resource about Gingivitis and establishing good oral care habits to maintain optimal oral health. Print the Resource: Building Better Oral Health Habits (PDF)

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What are the questions you should ask when selecting an intra-oral camera?

On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited number of companies to provide us with practical “How To” answers to clinical questions. We were prompted to conduct this experiment when dental team members told us that they visit company websites and consult company representatives for practical clinical information. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment.  By Denika Smallwood The benefits of incorporating an intra-oral camera are well known; in fact, the top 10 reasons why you should be using one in your practice was explained in Carestream Dental’s recent blog post. However, knowing why you should ...

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What are the most common malpractice insurance claim issues?

In this post, CDSPI presents the most common issues that emerge from reviewing malpractice insurance claim cases.  CDSPI focuses on helping dental professionals successfully reach their goals by providing financial planning solutions and other support services. Communication with the Patient After completing an assessment, discuss the nature and extent of the required treatment with the patient. This should include: A review of their dental issues, Recommendations on how to address these (including options where available), Potential risks of treatment, Anticipated cost, Length of treatment (i.e. number of visits over a period of time), and Any after-care requirements or adjustments. If there ...

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How can I use CBCT and barium markers when placing temporary implants?

On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited number of companies to provide us with practical “How To” answers to clinical questions. We were prompted to conduct this experiment when dental team members told us that they visit company websites and consult company representatives for practical clinical information. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment. By Dr. Robert Waugh When it comes to the placement of temporary implants (TADs) in difficult areas, CBCT technology and radiopaque markers provide the diagnostic views necessary for 3D treatment planning and treatment sequencing in cases involving the temporary replacement of ...

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