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We’re   always on the lookout for the latest in dentistry, and this newish entry to the world of burgeoning oral health products caught our eye.  Developed by an orthodontist, it is a patented disclosing toothpaste (Plaque HD) which is designed to help patients with braces to brush better.

One of the greatest challenges when it comes to braces (especially the traditional metal Heavy-Plaque-on-Patient-with-Bracesones) is brushing.  Food and plaque tends to build up very easily, causing significant gingivitis to the point where the gums can grow over the braces and cover one’s teeth completely.  This can also lead to extremely significant cavities, the cost of repair approaching the cost of the braces themselves.  We’re talking thousands of dollars. Gulp!

But how does one know that you are doing an adequate job?  For our younger patients who don’t brush well, we give out disclosing tablets (there are also mouth rinses).  These tablets, which are chewed after an initial round of brushing, get incorporated into plaque that hasn’t been brushed off, turning these areas pink.  Hence, one can actually see the areas that are being missed, and can go back and brush the pink off.  Aside from a great educational tool, it is great fun for the kids to see their teeth turn pink.

Plaque HD incorporates this disclosing agent in their fluoride cavity preventing toothpaste. Instead of pink, it turns teeth green in areas that haven’t been brushed well (ie. plaque is accumulating) and serves as a visual cue for patients to go back and brush in those areas.  The benefit of this toothpaste is that it’s a one step process – simply  brush, look for green areas and then brush again until removed.

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This is a fabulous idea that is a long time coming. It’s applications are not limited only to patients with braces but can be used by anybody who brushes poorly. It is a vast improvement from the traditional disclosing tablet route which is more labor intensive, messy and takes more time.  The toothpaste retails for $21 (direct to consumer) which may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that even one small white composite filling costs significantly more.  Think of the toothpaste as an investment for not only a beautiful smile, but a healthy one. We think this is a win-win for all.

 


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US News and World Report came out with their annual (2016) listing of the Best Jobs in America.  Notwithstanding the fact that any ranking is subjective, and easily manipulated by the criteria one uses to rank a job, but we must admit that it was rewarding to see Orthodontists and Dentists finish #1 and #2.  Pediatric Dentists weren’t listed separately but I suspect we were lumped in under the ‘dentist’ category.

www.usnewsEither ways, dentistry is a fantastic profession (and deservedly one of the best jobs around) – we get to see our patients grow, develop relationships with them, eliminate discomfort and pain, educate,  make patients feel great about their smile (and their overall well being), partner with fellow team members (assistants, hygienists, business associates) towards a common goal, while exercising a certain level of independence and freedom that has largely disappeared from other professions.  What’s not to like? We think it’s a wonderful profession.

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Here’s a listing of the top 10 jobs of 2016:

  1. Orthodontist
  2. Dentist
  3. Computer Systems Analyst
  4. Nurse Anesthetist
  5. Physician Assistant
  6. Nurse Practitioner
  7. Psychiatrist
  8. Pediatrician
  9. Anesthesiologist
  10. (tie) Obstetrician and Gynecologist/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon