Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mouthguards: Custom fit and custom protection

Below is an article published in First Impressions last year. We helped them gather the information.

Oral healthcare is a round-the clock job for patients. So, it makes sense that dentists should  educate their patients on new technologies, such as mouthguards.

It’s becoming common to see mouthguards used in a  wide range of sports, from basketball to gymnastics, skateboarding and martial arts. And, as more amateur athletes seek  the same quality equipment and styles as professionals do,  more are looking for the same level of protection and safety.

Today’s custom mouthguards are tight-fitting, thereby offering better protection without compromising athletes’  ability to communicate or breathe. In fact, as they become available in more colors and styles, mouthguards are becoming somewhat of
a fashion trend in sports.

Why mouthguards?

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Pro-form mouthguards are a great way to promote custom fit mouthguards.

High impact sports typically  require athletes to wear a  mouthguard. But, in some  sports, such as basketball, mouthguards are not always worn. Athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 percent more likely to suffer a mouth injury, according to experts.
In fact, mouthguards are estimated to prevent over 200,000 oral injuries each year. While it’s often difficult or impossible for athletes to avoid a blow to the mouth, wearing a mouthguard can help them avoid the discomfort and expense of lost or broken teeth, a broken jaw or worse.

Inexpensive mouthguards available at sports retailers do not always afford adequate protection. For instance, boil-and-bite options (designed to be softened in hot water and then shaped around one’s teeth) may only cost about $10, but they  tend to wear out easily. What’s more, chewed-up mouthguards  likely will fail to offer adequate protection. And, what seemed like an upfront savings can lead to dental bills to repair cracked
or even lost teeth. By comparison, custom mouthguards, which are designed around an impression that the dentist takes of the patient’s mouth, are said to fit better, provide greater protection, last longer and can be used for multiple sports.

Working with your customers 

Rather than working with an outside laboratory to make custom mouthguards, dentists can employ an in-house system to create custom mouthguards at their office. Reps  should encourage their customers to speak to their patients and parents of their younger patients, as well as reach out to schools and local athletic directors. Some good probing questions reps can ask include:

• “Doctor, are many of your patients children or
student athletes?”
• “Are you involved in – or connected to – the local
sports scene?”
• “Are there local sports teams that might be interested
in bulk rate deals for custom fit mouthguards?”
• “Do you yourself play sports? If so, do you wear
a mouthguard?” (Dentists can promote their
products by demonstrating their value firsthand.)

Dentists may object that the cost of a custom mouthguard is a turn-off to some patients. Sales reps should remind their customers to stress the savings – both financial and medical – that comes from protecting one’s oral health and avoiding costly and painful injuries.

Selecting a mouthguard is not a matter of one size fits all. As athletes (both professional and amateur) and parents of child athletes become increasingly aware of the risks involved in sports – as well as the protective gear available to help prevent those risks – the demand for mouthguards will likely increase. If they’re not already on board, your dental customers will want to be a part of this opportunity, and they’ll appreciate the insight their sales reps have to offer.

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Benefits of straight teeth

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A time-tested vacuum former

 

Are you looking for an inexpensive vacuum forming machine? Then look no further than the Pro-form Machine III. Read below about its time-tested performance. And don’t forget, its made in America! Machine III_revisedflyer

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A combo punch to the jaw: Gum disease bacteria destroys bone too

A newly discovered bacterium that causes gum disease also prompts protective proteins the mouth to actually destroy more bone, a University of Michigan study found.

It’s been known for decades that bacteria are responsible for periodontitis or gum disease, however they have not identified the bacterium until now, according to the June 11 press release.

“Identifying the mechanism that is responsible for periodontitis is a major discovery,” said Yizu Jiao, a postdoctoral fellow at the U-M Health System, and lead author of the study appearing in the recent issue of the journal Cell Host and Microbe.

The study also produced another discovery of the gum disease-causing bacterium called NI1060 also triggers normal protective protein in the mouth called Nod1, to become duplicitous and actually deploy bone-destroying cells. Under good oral health circumstances, Nod1 fights harmful bacterium in the body.

This is an important discovery because by understanding what causes gum disease at this level could help develop personalized therapy for dental patients.

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Five things you need to do at the dentist office

Cross contamination is one of the biggest issues dental offices tackle on a daily basis. Dentists should have the utmost control on a clean work area, making it safe for his or her patients. Here are some ways a patient can ensure their dentist has a plus on the office’s infection control procedures.

1. Keep an eye on the gloves

How does your dentist or hygienist put on his or her gloves? Gloves should always come out of the glove dispenser, not off an unsterilized countertop.

What does you dentist touch with the gloves? The only thing he or she should touch is sterile instruments and/or your mouth. If they leave the room and come back, they should get news gloves.

Are there soap containers around the office? There should be several cleaning stations throughout the office with the proper amount of soap and other hand cleaning supplies.

2. Check out the overall cleanliness of the office

The office should be clean and uncluttered. The appearance of the office is an indication of how serious your dentist is about sterilization.

Is there a lot of clutter on the countertops? How clean is the floor? Where do they disinfect the instruments and how do they sterilize the instruments?

3. Ask for autoclave validation

Dentists should have autoclave certifications – autoclave is just another term for sterilization. You can simply ask for that confirmation.

4. Check the instruments

The dentist or hygienist should unwrap a sealed bag of instruments in front of you. The sealed bag indicates that the instruments have been sterilized.

5. Ask questions

Never be afraid of asking questions. A good dentist will gladly field any questions. Ask your dentist on how he or she ensures infection control.

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Having a white smile is very beneficial

Having a white smile is very important, as you can tell from the infographic below. Get that white shining smile with out teeth whiteners.

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Seven ways you may be destroying your teeth

Too much of a good thing can sometimes be damaging, especially when it comes to oral health. Did you know you can actually brush too much or too hard, or rinse too much, or floss too hard? Yes, these things may be damaging you teeth.

  1. Brushing too hard – Some people think that if you brush harder the cleaner your mouth and teeth get. This can’t be any further from the truth. Aggressive brushing can cause permanent gum tissue damage and also wear down the enamel.
  2. Brushing with abrasive toothpaste – Some toothpastes are too abrasive for your teeth and gums. Remember your teeth and gums have to last a long time and constantly rubbing abrasive material on them isn’t going to help. You can tell you’re wearing away enamel or damaging gums if you start to feel discomfort or pain. Talk to you a dentist if this happens.
  3. Rinsing too much – Rinsing 20 times a day really doesn’t do much of anything as far as good oral health. All you need to do is rinse after you eat or dring sugary drinks.
  4. Hard flossing – Flossing should be a gentle way to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth. Using floss with excessive motions can lead to cutting the gums. These cuts can accumulate harmful germs and bacteria.
  5. Forcing a small brush between teeth – Flossing is every effective, however, some people use small inter-dental brushes. Usually, though, there isn’t enough space for the brush. Don’t force in then because this can cause permanent gum loss or tooth breakage.
  6. Acidic foods – Lozenges, candy or medication can lead to permanent acid damage to your teeth gums and bone. Even small baby aspirin has enough acid to damage teeth
  7. Sucking on lemons – Well, this may not happen often, but if you’re sucking on lemons, STOP! The low pH of the lemon can destroy your teeth.

It’s important to make sure you take care of your teeth, and yes, too much of a good thing can be bad. The key is to create healthy oral hygiene habits without overdoing it. Remember, moderation is the key to a healthy smile and good oral health.

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Watch this video on Syrijet

Syrijet2Did you read about Syrijet earlier today. Well now check out this video.

Watch this video about Syrijet Needleless Injector.

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Keystone Industries’ Syrijet is a tried and true needleless injector

It’s inevitable that every dentist battles patient dental chair fear and needle-phobia. But now, you can ease the fear of dental chairs and needles all with one eco-friendly tool. Keystone Industries Syrijet Mark II Needleless Injector is a truly tested needleless injector that reduces patient apprehension by eliminating painful and unsightly needles.

Syrijet is a precision instrument designed for simple, reliable operation. It saves time and effort, and eliminates unnecessary patient discomfort and needle apprehension. Syrijet assures reliable anesthesia for successful operative and surgical procedures in both upper and lower anterior areas, and for all procedures on deciduous teeth. If used as prescribed and cared for routinely, Syrijet will give you and your patients years of satisfaction.

Syrijet provides operative and surgical anesthesia for:
– Cavity preparation in upper and lower anterior teeth
– Crown and bridge preparation

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Keystone Industries Syrijet’s solid construction makes it easy to use and durable.

Extraction:
– All permanent upper and most lower anterior teeth
– All deciduous teeth
– Deep scaling
– Flap removal
– Gingivectomy
– Excision of soft tissue lesions (fibroma, papilloma, etc.)
– Incision and drainage
– Placement or removal of sutures
– Revision of hypertrophic tissue
– Reduction of tuberosity
– Excision of mucous retention cyst (lip)
– Tissue biopsies
– Curettage
– Copper band impressions
– Cord retractions
– Post-op removal of bone
– Application of arch bars and ligature wires

Syrijet sub-topical anesthesia for painless needle insertions such as:
– Posterior superior alveolar nerve block
– Inferior alveolar nerve block
– Pre-IV needle insertion

The Syrijet instrument comes with rubber covers to ensure infection control and easy cleaning (autoclavable). The sleek looking injector is made of aluminum for even weight distribution and easy handling. It uses standard 1.8 cc local anesthetic cartridges with a volume control ranging form .05 to 20cc.

So ease your patients’ fears while still delivering the same anesthesia results with Keystone Industries’ Syrijet. You and your patient deserve the peace of mind and the elimination of dental procedure apprehension.

You can get more information at Keystone Industries website about Syrijet or other great Keystone products, contact Keystone Industries toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131 or fax (856) 663-0381.

Keystone Industries, 616 Hollywood Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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