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Oral Cancer Prevention – Dental Clinic


Oral cancer most commonly involves the lips or the tongue. It may also occur on the:

  • Cheek lining
  • Floor of the mouth
  • Gums (gingiva)
  • Roof of the mouth (palate)

Most oral cancers are a type called squamous cell carcinomas. These tend to spread quickly.

SOURCE: Nytimes


Smoking and other tobacco use are linked to most cases of oral cancer. Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for oral cancer.

Other factors that may increase the risk for oral cancer include:

  • Chronic irritation (such as from rough teeth, dentures, or fillings)
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection
  • Taking medications that weaken the immune system (immunosuppressants)
  • Poor dental and oral hygiene

Some oral cancers begin as a white plaque (leukoplakia) or as a mouth ulcer.

Men get oral cancer twice as often as women do, particularly men older than 40.

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Adapting Listerine to a Global Market

Clinica Dental del Vinyet – Adapting Listerine to a Global Market

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — Walking into the Listerine “stink lab” is like stepping into a gigantic human mouth.

A gigantic human mouth with terrible, terrible breath.

The stink lab (or odor chamber, as Johnson & Johnson prefers to call it) is where the consumer products manufacturer cultivates the germs it needs to test a growing list of mouthwash varieties.

There is the alcohol-free Listerine Zero, popular in Muslim countries where spirits are forbidden; Green Tea Listerine, made specifically for Asian markets; and most recently Listerine Naturals, a mouthwash geared toward Americans’ obsession with nonsynthetic ingredients that was introduced this year in the United States and could expand overseas.

SOURCE: The New York Times 

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Dental whitening – Clinica dental del vinyet

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Blame Hollywood or the media for the anti-aging craze we’re living in but there’s hardly one of us who isn’t longing to look younger, healthier and more attractive.  Studies show that there is no better way to look up to 10 years younger and boost confidence than whitening your smile by just a couple of shades.  Thanks to recent products and techniques, it’s one of the first things we can easily and affordably improve.

SOURCE: Insidetoronto

What is Dental Whitening?

Whiteningrefers to any procedure that lightens the shade of the teeth without using restorative dental filling materials such as bonding, veneers etc.

Today the most common whitening agent is carbamide peroxide (derived from hydrogen peroxide but more stable and longer lasting) which is available in over the counter strips (eg. Crest Whitestrips cost approximately $52.00) or used in gel form and placed in lab made custom filled trays over the teeth (cost approximately $300.00).Dental whitening – the easiest way to your own smile makeover

How Does it Work?

The basis for whitening is oxidation: Carbamide peroxide in the presence of saliva breaks down to hydrogen peroxide which penetrates the pores in tooth enamel and causes the stain-containing molecules to be released.

Hydrogen peroxide does not penetrate porcelain or bonding material so teeth that are capped or bonded will not respond to whitening.

Does Whitening Work on all Teeth?

It depends on the kind of staining, its location, how long it’s been there and is best diagnosed by your dentist.

Best results are obtained where the staining is not intrinsic from a systemic cause (eg. Tetracycline) but from extrinsic causes such as smoking, food, aging etc.

Whitening strips with at least 10% peroxide work well on moderate extrinsic staining and the newest strips stretch to better fit your teeth for better results.  When used for 20-30 minutes a day, teeth should appear 3 shades lighter in just 2 weeks.  Caution:  if you have sensitivity, use every other day and consider using toothpaste for sensitive teeth like Sensodyne Pro Enamel gentle whitening.

What About In-Office Bleaching Versus Home Bleaching?

In office bleaching often referred to as one-hour bleaching (we use Spadent, approximately $200.00 with little or no sensitivity reported) uses a higher concentration of carbamide peroxide, 25% -35%, versus 10%-20% for home tray bleaching and a light or laser enhancement.  This requires specific safety protocols such as wearing eye protection and placing a barrier over the soft tissues in the form of a rubber dam or a paint on resin.  Research is showing that the 2-3 week at home tray method still produces better results than all other methods.  Laser in office bleaching which may require more than one visit is especially useful for jumpstarting the bleach process and is a practical alternative for people with busy schedules who can’t afford the time to apply strips or trays.

Is Bleaching Safe and are there Side Effects?

Tooth whitening is safe and effective when done under a dentist’s care and supervision and the recommended precautions taken.  10% carbamide peroxide has been in use since 1989 and has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).  Higher concentrations of carbamide peroxide require more judicious use and supervision.  Studies have shown that whitening can alter enamel porosity temporarily therefore it is current practice to wait at least one week before doing any bonding procedures on bleached teeth.

NB:  If you are using any OTC whitening products you must notify your dentist so that appointments for bonding can be scheduled appropriately!

The most common side effects are tooth hypersensitivity and gum irritation both of which are transient and reversible.  Tooth sensitivity can be reduced by using fluoride gel or potassium nitrate for 10-30 minutes with tray before using the whitening gel.  Sensitivity generally subsides after the first week of treatment.

Will My Whitening Last?

Yes to varying degrees depending on oral hygiene, eating and smoking habits and even the stiffness of your toothbrush (keep it soft or you’ll thin out the enamel!)

Immediately after a bleaching session (this applies especially to in office whitening) it’s important to avoid any staining food and drink (no red wine please) for 48-72 hours.  Bleaching relapse after one year seems to be the least with home bleaching (26 %) than with in office bleaching (41%) and to maintain your new brighter smile use a power toothbrush with a whitening toothpaste rather than a manual toothbrush.  A once yearly touch-up with your custom trays or strips will keep your smile shining and bright!

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Dental Clinic Sitges – Educational tips and tricks

Dental Clinic Sitges – Educational tips and tricks

October 16, 2014

5 ways to maximize your patient education system

BY Jana Berghoff


It’s often said that when patients don’t understand a treatment, they’re less likely to move forward with it, and this is especially true in the dental industry. As hygienists, part of our job is to educate patients on treatment options and help them understand procedures that might seem overwhelming. Luckily, thanks to technology, we now have more help than ever to educate our patients in the form of patient education systems such as CAESY Cloud from Patterson Dental. Patient education systems give hygienists the tools they need as a trusted source of information and help guide a two-way communication that can build patient relationships.



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Like many technologies, patient education systems work best when used to their full potential. Through my experiences, I have a few tips and tricks to help every practice maximize its patient education system and create a better patient experience.

1. Use patient education systems during all stages of the appointment

Patient education systems can and should be used before, during, and after an appointment, not just when a patient is in the chair.

Before – Hygienists now have the opportunity to begin educating patients before they even walk through the door. Sending the patient an email with a quick video of a procedure they’re about to undergo is a good way to prep for the appointment and ensures the patient knows what to expect. If the patient is a child, CAESY Cloud offers the “Andy” video series, which aims to calm the nerves of children before their first dental visit.

During – There are often natural breaks during an appointment that allow hygienists to present educational videos to a patient. While waiting for the dentist, play a video for the patient regarding any problems you’ve noticed or to help clear up any questions the patient might have asked about during the visit.

After – Education doesn’t have to end when the appointment is over. Send a follow-up email to answer any lingering questions a patient may have or to give information on a procedure you feel a patient would benefit from. This helps keep the dentist top-of-mind for the patient and positions the hygienist as a valued source of information.

2. Personalize for each patient

Every patient learns differently, so hygienists should present information in a way that best suits each patient. CAESY Cloud offers several types of presentations that allow hygienists to tailor their message. Some videos allow users to stop, slow down, and rewind an animated diagram of a procedure while the hygienist explains what is happening in his or her own words. A personalized presentation allows a patient to ask questions and helps foster great conversation and a more meaningful relationship.

A good use for this tool is when explaining a root canal. Many patients have a very scary perception of the procedure, but when it’s explained to them, they realize the procedure isn’t nearly as frightening as they initially believed. By going through each step of the procedure with the help of CAESY, a hygienist can watch a patient’s reactions and relieve any concerns he or she may have with specific segments of the video. When patients feel they’re being treated as individuals, they can feel more at ease and comfortable with a decision.

3. Educate while patients wait

The waiting room is a great opportunity to educate patients before an appointment starts. If the hygienist knows a patient has asked about specific dental work, he or she can play a video in the reception area to address that specific treatment. This can help a patient remember he or she had asked about a treatment previously and encourage action. This can often be the spark the patient was waiting for when it comes to selecting a procedure.

Displaying general videos about cosmetic dentistry also creates an opportunity for patients to mention they’ve been thinking about certain cosmetic treatments, and for hygienists to present more information regarding the options available.

4. Build relationships

Repeat patients are key to a successful and thriving practice. A patient education system such as CAESY Cloud can act as a trusted third-party resource to educate patients in an unbiased way. Several videos in CAESY’s video library offer patients lessons in preventive care on topics such as proper brushing and flossing techniques. Although these lessons may sound basic, prevention videos show patients you care about their long-term health and are committed to providing them the best overall dental care. And best of all, it only takes 60 seconds during an appointment, so you can put it on while getting the instruments ready.

By knowing a patient’s needs and providing them with this resource in an appropriate manner, you can help them feel more comfortable and encourage them to be more loyal to you and the practice.

5. Start slow

Implementing new workflows may be challenging. If you want to integrate CAESY videos into your daily routine – but want to do it slowly – create manageable goals for the number of patients with whom you and your team are going to use your education system. A great starting point is two patients a day. At the end of the day, have every team member meet and go over best practices. Sometimes a team might discover certain personality types were more perceptive to the videos and responded favorably.

With the whole office working together and gaining confidence using the system, patient education will become second nature.

When used properly, patient education systems empower hygienists to be an even greater source of information to patients and help foster relationships based on trust. By personalizing each presentation to the patient, hygienists can maximize the effect of patient education systems and help increase case acceptance throughout the practice.

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