How to Choose an Athletic Mouthguard to Protect Your Health

Research papers are cited and available for download at the conclusion of this article. In 2009, the National Football League (NFL) instituted its concussion protocol (Stites). Since then, researchers have invested countless hours conducting neurologic studies. These studies have made the public more aware of the long-term consequences associated with head trauma and have influenced…

Five Secrets To Becoming The Ultimate Dental Assistant

High-speed evacuator placement: The high-speed evacuator is a critical component in a dental assistant’s arsenal of tools. Aside from being used to evacuate saliva and dental debris generated from restorative procedures, the high suction can be used for lip, cheek and tongue isolation. During the isolation process, it is critical to be gentle with the…

The Ins and Outs of Gum Recession

Hello Team Dental Blog Followers!  It’s Lea! The Team Dental Northern Liberties Hygienist. This week, I wanted to discuss Gum Recession. This is conclusively the number one reason for sensitivity that I and many other fellow hygienists have noted over the years. In order to understand why recession causes sensitivity, let’s discuss the tooth. The…

Are You Long In the Tooth? (and I Don’t Mean Your Age!)

Our teeth are pretty important. They help us speak, eat, and give us confidence when we smile.  The gum tissue surrounding them is just as important, as it helps protect our teeth from bacteria entering where they don’t belong and helps protect our roots from damage. “Long-appearing teeth” can be a sign of gingival recession….

Snapshot: Public Health and Oral Care

Given my background, I felt it’s appropriate to discuss oral cancer public health efforts for the first post. Amidst the uncertainty surrounding a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, public health efforts have been minimally discussed. Healthcare is a (shaky) pillar of our GDP – roughly 17%. Key Stats: Healthcare accounts for about 17%…