Dental Industry Truth or Hyperbole?

Dental Industry Truth, Hyperbole, and Responsible Publishing There is an old saying in the academic world, “publish or perish”. There is a much more current saying in the tech world, “garbage in, garbage out”. They both are true and, unfortunately, pertain to much of our “academic” literature. When I ponder this, two things come to…

Curettes That Never Need Sharpening???

Never Sharpen Curettes and Scalers – Too Good To Be True? I’m sure you have heard the claim from some instrument manufactures that they now can produce scalers and curettes that never need sharpening. When you take a moment to think about this is it possibly true? I tend to doubt it. Come on, a…

Improve Dental Patient Care And Your Bottom Line

Over the years I have emphasized the importance of using sharp scalers and curettes. With sharp instruments you scale and root plane better, you work faster, you are more efficient, and your procedure is more comfortable for you and dental patient care improves. I’ve talked indirectly about the economic benefit of using sharp instruments. One…

Bad Dental Habits To Chat With Patients About – Part 3

Addressing Bad Dental Habits – Part 3 This blog is a follow up to Parts 1 and 2, which are based on an article on MedicineNet.com that discusses bad dental habits to avoid.  We’re moving into the cold and flu season. Many of us will be seeking relief of a sore throat and coughing. Do…