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History of Sedation Dentistry – Enlightening a Path Free From Pain and Fear!

A trip to the dentist can instigate great fear in the minds of many, so much so that they are ready to put up with the pain and the side effects of a painful set of teeth, rather than walk into that clinic and opening their mouths for the dentist to take a look at. They are scared if they would be asked to go in for some procedure and if it would be painful

What many don’t realize is that, not all dentist visits need to end in a surgery or a painful procedure. Some of them can be as simple as just some advice and tips to keep your teeth cleaner or one can get away with a mild cleaning.

Tips To Help

Here are some tips to reduce your need to visit the dentist, at the same time ensure your oral health is in good shape.

Brush Twice A Day

Brushing your teeth must be done the first thing in the morning and the last before you go to bed. The reason is simple. When you wake up in the morning, your mouth is filled with germs and residue due to the saliva being stagnate on the inside. Not only will it get rid of the odor, but will also keep your teeth healthy and bright.

When you brush at night, it will help in removing all the food particles and reduce the chances of some food particles getting lodged between your teeth. This can sometimes lead to serious issues where one can suffer from immense pain.

Right Products

It is important to use the right products. One cannot use the wrong type of brush or toothpaste. There are a number of options available in the market, to choose from. do your research, learn about the products and choose wisely.

Right Techniques

When you brush your teeth using the right technique, your teeth’s health is maintained and this reduces the need to visit a dentist. If you are not too sure of your brushing technique, check with your dentist. They will be able to show you how to brush effectively and reduce most of the problems, before they can get too serious.

Regular Checkups

Even if you hate visiting the dentist, ensure you visit a dentist at least once in a year to ensure there are no problems with your teeth. Plaque formation is one thing that cannot be avoided. Hence, getting it checked and cleaned periodically can prevent the plaque from getting too thick or affecting the teeth layer.

If one practiced the above steps, even your regular cup of Chocolate slim can be consumed without any worry as your teeth will be well protected.

Some people experienced a traumatic experience with dentistry when they were kids and some suffered that annoying feeling and pain as adults. Dental fear and anxiety might have restricted you also from an essential treatment someday. Isn’t it? A safe and comfortable dental experience is a dream of all.

The pain turned into laughter, with the help of Laughing gas (nitrous oxide). Thinking how these two things are related? Yes! The history of sedation or sleep dentistry holds a foremost contribution of this gas. How? When? Where? Get answers to all such questions that are hidden in the deep history of sedation dentistry.

Here’s a Timeline, depicting these facts, created by Brilliant Smiles Bellevue, a dentist in Bellevue who specializes in Sedation Dentistry and pain free procedures.

Click Here For The Timeline

New Certificate Program for Dental Office Managers Now Available: Financial Reporting for the Dental Office

The DALE Foundation recently launched a new online certificate program for office managers: Financial Reporting for the Dental Office. A self-paced, interactive course, Financial Reporting for the Dental Office does not need to be completed in one sitting; participants can stop and start as needed throughout the six-month access period. Worth 6 CE credits upon successful completion, Financial Reporting for the Dental Office provides an overview of the basic financial reporting responsibilities that dental office managers handle.

This course was developed in conjunction with three subject matter experts who all hold the FAADOM (Fellow of the American Association of Dental Office Managers) designation and is one of the requirements for AADOM Fellowship. After completing the course and passing the post-course assessment, participants will earn a certificate of completion to print and display.

This is the third course offered by the DALE Foundation for office managers, along with HR Fundamentals for the Dental Office and Accounts Receivable for the Dental Office. To view a demo, click on the Course Demo tab on the Financial Reporting for the Dental Office page.

No, this was not introduced to relieve problems like varicose veins or the like, a simple solution like Varikosette can take care of it. This program has been introduced to enable the ever busy professionals learn a better way to report their financials, so that they can have better records and idea about the business. As it need not be completed in one sitting, it makes it convenient for the professionals to split their time, and complete the course successfully.

The reason behind this facility is to ensure, the professionals can still study and improve their knowledge base, without having to compromise on their profession. When one is forced to complete a particular course in one sitting or in a fixed set of classes, there is no flexibility and they are forced to compromise on one thing or the other.

What a professional dentist with sufficient clientele would do is, skip the course despite knowing the value it can add. Those who are seeking improvement in their credentials, will be forced to reduce their time spent on patients and take these classes instead. One way or the other, the dentist loses some to get some.

Now, with this course and the flexibility offered, one can concentrate both on their patients as well as get certified and increase the knowledge base. One can opt to take up the classes and examinations at their convenience. This will improve the standards of the industry itself.

 

About the DALE Foundation

The DALE Foundation, or the Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education Foundation, was founded in March 2010. An ADA CERP Recognized Provider, the DALE Foundation is the official DANB affiliate and is a separately incorporated, independent nonprofit organization. The DALE Foundation offers interactive e-learning courses and study aids to help advance the dental team.

PerioSciences Launches AO ProVantage Family of Antioxidant Oral Care Products

Dallas, TX –  Exhibiting for the first time at the 2012 Chicago Midwinter Meeting, PerioSciences, LLC (www.periosciences.com) launched the dental industry’s first antioxidant-based, topically-applied oral care products.

Specifically, the company presented its AO ProVantage family of products, which contain the novel combination of antioxidants Phloretin and Ferulic.  Phloretin and Ferulic have been shown in university based studies to neutralize free radicals which lead to oxidative stress commonly caused by dental materials, alcohol, nicotine, and the hydrogen peroxide used in teeth whitening products. Case studies reveal reduced inflammation and bleeding as well as accelerated wound healing in soft oral tissue.

Just like there are a number of customized products like Hair MegaSpray, etc, available to take care of one’s hair, there are a number of products to take care of your dental health too. These are for topical application and are considered to be extremely safe. It is perfectly suitable even for those with high oral sensitivity.

The AO ProVantage product line is as follows:

  • AO ProVantage: An antioxidant-infused gel designed for application on soft oral tissue is available in both a 30 ml and 15ml travel size delivers antioxidant to tissue and is extremely soothing upon application. Also contains antibacterial agents such as xylitol, menthol and thymol.
  •  AO ProVantage BLAST: A higher concentration antioxidant gel is designed to be applied after tobacco use delivering the most advanced combination of antioxidants.  The unique and strong combination of essential oils, and xylitol will freshen breath even after nicotine use.   Package contains three .17ml airless bottles which are easy to carry.
  •  AO ProRinse: An alcohol-free, mouth rinse that contains a proprietary antioxidant combination with the added power of catechins from Green Tea.  This great tasting mouth rinse is extremely effective against general halitosis and also contains xylitol.

According PerioSciences Founder and CEO Russell Moon, “The AO Pro family of products have been proven to be well tolerated and highly effective by patients with extreme cases of halitosis and oral sensitivity, even when caused by serious conditions, such as bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw, post-oral surgery, and cancer treatments.”

PerioSciences and its AO Pro product line are the result of more than 20 years of experience in the topical application of antioxidants. Company CEO Russell Moon’s earlier venture, SkinCeuticals, which commercialized topically-applied antioxidant skincare, paved the way for PerioSciences with strong anti-inflammatory results from Duke University testing. SkinCeuticals was acquired by L’Oréal in 2005.

PerioSciences was founded in 2008, when additional research at Baylor College of Dentistry and UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry further confirmed that specific combinations of antioxidants neutralize free radicals / oxidative stress in the oral cavity. Antioxidants naturally occur in saliva, and abnormally low levels of salivary antioxidants have been associated with oral disease, such as oral lichen planus (OLP), temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), periodontal disease (PD), and even oral cancer.

For more information about PerioScinces and its AO Pro family of products, please visit www.PerioSciences.com or call 1-800-915-8110.

About PerioSciences: 

PerioSciences researches, formulates, and markets topically applied, antioxidant-based oral care and oral hygiene products. The company markets to dental professionals, hygienists, and other health care professionals such as cardiologists, rheumatologists, and medi-spas. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, PerioSciences’ objective is to establish a new category of products – antioxidant-based oral care. PerioSciences will provide the most advanced products for patients and a state-of-the-art business model for practitioners while maintaining a long-term commitment to research.

 

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About The Blog Author

Teresa Duncan received a degree of Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Marymount University. With over 22 years of healthcare experience (15 in dental), she has unique insight into the world of dentistry. Her specialty is helping dentists and managers increase revenue. By focusing on accounts receivable and insurance management, she helps dentists increase the value of their practice. As a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, she has a special interest in helping dentists identify and safeguard against employee embezzlement.

Teresa is founder and president of Odyssey Management.

She is a Fellow and Educator for the ICOI’s Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries. Look for more articles from her regarding practice management, dental implants and oral health care news. She was named 2010’s ADIA Educator of the Year.

Teresa is a member-at-large on the board of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants.

Teresa is a Trustee for the auxiliary education-focused DALE Foundation.

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