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 …

Recommended 6-Month Oral Cavity Service: Physical And Financial Consequences

My 42 year old friend who had dental insurance through his job, had not been to his dentist for a checkup in two years. Just a week prior to his dental checkup, his new Toyota Forerunner hit 5,000 miles and was scheduled for the recommended 5,000 mile service. The $30,000 question is WHY did he wait 24 months for the recommended 6-month oral cavity …

Risks of Exposed Toothbrush Heads: Cleaning Fluid, Bacteria and Dust

Is your toothbrush sitting in a toothbrush holder on your sink top? Not so sanitary, but convenient. Not so pretty, but practical. If you had to open a cabinet and reach in carefully to prevent knocking over other things, you may not brush as often.  I’m a grab and brush gal. What microscopic drops of cleaning fluid, bacteria, and dust end up on my toothbrush …

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The Value of the Services Provided by a Registered Dental Hygienist

Dan the Audio/Visual man hadn’t received a dental check-up for 15 years until he was hired to provide AV services at the Ottawa Dental Hygienists Society annual conference. Eight years later, as he continues to provide AV services for the conference, Dan take his oral health seriously. “Now, I know how important my oral health is. It is the window …