Where do I Start when Learning How to Clean my Ortho...

With all the new hardware in your mouth, you have likely noticed that there are many places for food and plaque to get caught. Cleaning your teeth will now take more than a toothbrush to clean around the orthodontic brackets and wires.
With all the new hardware in your mouth, you have likely noticed that there are many places for food and plaque to get caught. Cleaning your teeth will now take more than a toothbrush to clean around the orthodontic brackets and wires. This makes it even more important to use the home care products that are meant to clean around all those new nooks and crannies.   Here is a List of Products to get you started around your new...
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Why Cleaning your Mouth during Orthodontics is so Es...

Our teeth have 5 surfaces to clean: the cheek side, tongue side, chewing surfaces, and between the teeth on the sides. There are already many nooks and crannies that can catch food and plaque. When the food or plaque is left on the tooth, a disease typically begins. Now, add the addition of orthodontic brackets, wires, spacers, or any other device that is needed to adjust your teeth, and you have the addition of so many more surfaces to care for.
  Our teeth have 5 surfaces to clean: the cheek side, tongue side, chewing surfaces, and between the teeth on the sides. There are already many nooks and crannies that can catch food and plaque. When the food or plaque is left on the tooth, a disease typically begins. Now, add the addition of orthodontic brackets, wires, spacers, or any other device that is needed to adjust your teeth, and you have the addition of so many more surfaces to...
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TePe in Clinicians Report "The BEST Products 2018"

TePe has once again been mentioned in the renowned Clinicians Report by Dr. Gordon Christensen. This time around TePe´s Interdental Brushes were presented in the issue called ´´Best Products for 2018´´.
TePe has once again been mentioned in the renowned Clinicians Report by Dr. Gordon Christensen. This time around TePe´s Interdental Brushes were presented in the issue called ´´Best Products for 2018´´. As previously stated, TePe USA recently had a collaboration with Dr. Gordon Christensen, who is a prestigious key opinion leader within the odontological field in the U.S. TePe was mentioned in the latest report from January. According to the report, the primary advantages of TePe´s interdental brushes were; the...
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TePe Interdental Brushes have been chosen "The Best ...

We are excited to announce that TePe Interdental Bruushes have been chosen "The Best Products for 2018" by the independent Gordon J. Christensen, Clinicians Report! The report concludes that 87% of 30 CR Evaluators stated they would incorporate TePe Interdental Brushes into their practice.
We are excited to announce that TePe Interdental Bruushes have been chosen "The Best Products for 2018" by the independent Gordon J. Christensen, Clinicians Report! The report concludes that 87% of 30 CR Evaluators stated they would incorporate TePe Interdental Brushes into their practice. 93% rated them  excellent or good and worthy of trial by collegues!   Among the advantages noted were: Variety of sizes Ergonomic handle  Easy to use Soft bristles clean well Full report to follow.   
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Knowledge Impacts the Quality of Cleaning

Finding an upper limit of what might be achievable by patients: oral cleanliness in dental professionals after self-performed manual oral hygiene. Deinzer R et al. What can we expect from our patients when it comes to self-performed oral hygiene?
Finding an upper limit of what might be achievable by patients: oral cleanliness in dental professionals after self-performed manual oral hygiene. Deinzer R et al. What can we expect from our patients when it comes to self-performed oral hygiene? To find out what can be considered an upper level, this study assessed the oral cleanliness of dental staff. 127 participants, university dentists, dental students and dental assistants, were included in the study. Prior to performing an oral hygiene procedure, a...
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Dental Implant Maintenance

As dental clinicians, how does one choose from among the many options available which dental implant maintenance techniques to use and what evidence-based research to believe? Likewise, which is the best protocol for implant therapy? Michelle Strange, RDH, MSDH, explains how she sorts through the enormous amounts of information. 

By B. Michelle Strange, RDH, MSDH  Originally published in Perio-Implant Advisory As dental clinicians, we have a responsibility to get through each day doing what's right for our patients and practicing the best standard of care we can. While that sounds ideal, we all know that sometimes it's a struggle. We learn these best practices in dentistry in a variety of ways—by reading articles, attending meetings, continuing education courses, and having conversations with colleagues—but how do we choose from the many options; WHO...
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5 Routine Things We Do in the Dental Profession That...

As dental professionals, most of the work we do as a matter of routine may be considered insane. For example, we work in a small dark area all day; we are constantly told that patients would rather be other places;  and we are members of one of the most feared professions.
As dental professionals, most of the work we do as a matter of routine may be considered insane. For example, we work in a small dark area all day; we are constantly told that patients would rather be other places; and we are members of one of the most feared professions. Nonetheless, Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Can this definition be applicable to dentistry? Let’s take a look at...
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You Have a Medical Disease of the Mouth

I like to joke with my patients by saying, “I don’t know if you know this, but your mouth is actually connected to your body”. Because dentistry and medicine don’t always cross paths, we can forget that what happens in the body can manifest signs and symptoms in the mouth.
I like to joke with my patients by saying, “I don’t know if you know this, but your mouth is actually connected to your body”. Because dentistry and medicine don’t always cross paths, we can forget that what happens in the body can manifest signs and symptoms in the mouth. Conversely, inflammation in the mouth can exacerbate systemic disease. The dental hygiene profession has based its existence on prevention and education of disease. I feel, at times, we have lost...
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British Society of Periodontology Statement on Flossing

August, 2016: PRESS RELEASE: “Daily cleaning between your teeth using special interdental brushes is essential for treating and preventing gum disease."
PRESS RELEASE 2 August 2016 Following articles published today in various national newspapers, the British Society of Periodontology would like to make the following statement with regard to comments made by the Associated Press in the United States about the ineffectiveness of flossing. Evidence supports the use of small interdental brushes for cleaning between the teeth, where there is space to do so, in preference to flossing. The recommendation from the 11th European Workshop on the prevention of gum diseases (2015) to patients is...
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The Tongue Test

The tongue may be difficult to work around for a hygienist, but it can be a great asset to help patients improve their brushing skills.
Oh the tongue! The nemesis to all dental hygienists. I have spent most of my clinical career battling the most curious, and in my opinion, strongest muscle in the body. Patients are not even aware that their tongue is trying to push me away or trying to feel where my instrument is. The tongue may be difficult to work around but it can be a great asset to help patients improve their brushing skills.  I know that I am a...
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Could your Hygienist Save you Money?

Dental visits can go many different ways. If you have history with and enjoy your hygienist, you will probably chat and catch up on life. If they are new to you, you may critique him or her, comparing them to the last dental hygienist.
Dental visits can go many different ways. If you have history with and enjoy your hygienist, you will probably chat and catch up on life. If they are new to you, you may critique him or her, comparing them to the last dental hygienist. However, if you are lucky, at some point they may give you some great advice, introduce you to new products (especially ones that are inexpensive and easy to use) and even encourage you to improve the...
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How to Size your TePe Interdental Brushes

A helpful explanation on how to size your TePe interdental brushes for your patients based on their embrasure spaces.
The great thing about the TePe interdental line is how extensive it is. You really can tailor patient education for cleaning interdental spaces to exactly what the patient needs. However, getting started with the TePe line can be overwhelming. Especially, if you have been using only 1, 2 or 3 sizes for interdental cleaners.  We hate wasting product as we try to size our patients, so here is a helpful tip for sizing TePe's interdental brushes. I take my probe, the...
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