Bad Breath: Can You Smell The Cause?

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Can the odor be described as rotten, foul or unclean, musky, strong, pungent, rancid, rank? Dental professionals can strengthen their role as trusted gatekeepers of systemic and oral health by developing their sense of smell to diagnose breath malodor. It’s subjective nature is problematic. Sinusitis, allergies, smells in the operatory, diet and medications can all interfere with an accurate organoleptic …

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Eva’s Keynote Speech Influenced My Career Path: Improve Dental Care For Cancer Patients

Dear Eva, In January of 2012, when I was in college, I volunteered in the oral oncology department of the British Columbia Cancer Agency. During this time I was exposed to dentistry and the challenges faced by those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer, but I didn’t really connect the dots between cancer and dentistry at that time. I …

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Hospital Infections: Dental Biofilm

Dental hygiene is not part of the care patients are given. My dad is receiving treatment at one of the most acclaimed cancer centers in the world. In his hygiene package, he was given a tube of toothpaste, a mini hard-bristled toothbrush, and a Biotene mouth rinse. Due to the severity of my Dad’s operation, family members are by his side to …

Dental Plaque: A Billion Dollar Business

Dental plaque is a biofilm. Biofilms contribute to a billion dollar business for dental practices with additional office visits and dental treatments. Surveys indicate that nearly 24% of adults in the U.S. have untreated dental caries. In addition, around 39% of Americans have moderate-to-severe periodontitis – a number that rises to 64% for those over 65. How can we keep …

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The Value of Your Dental Hygienist: RDH’s Save Lives

Do you value your appointment with your hygienist? It’s NOT about cleaning….if only the general public understood that. Hygienists provide a periodontal exam to prevent disease in your oral tissue, and an oral cancer screening to be sure there aren’t signs of pre-cancer. The cleaning is like the carwash at the end of your service. Does your dentist value the …