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Tips to Succeed in Your Dental Hygiene Board Exam (Part 1)

It is finally time to show what you know and ace your board exam! You have been looking forward to this for a long time. Now that it is quickly approaching, anxiety and self-doubt is building up on your chance of succeeding at your exam. If something goes wrong, you might have to take it…

4 New Technologies Creating a New Era of Cavity Detection

Diagnosis of cavities has always been crucial cornerstone of a dental practice since the birth of the profession as a whole. Typically a decay is detected  by x-ray; imaging that will show decay as radiolucency (dark areas) on the tooth structure. This method is the gold-standard of cavity-detection but can often miss smaller caries. In…

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…

An iTero Experience

If you are in the clinical dental field, then you can understand the frustration of taking a first, second (or third) impression for everything from a crown to Invisalign impressions. The wide array of patient mouth morphology if fact makes it nearly impossible to learn how to take a perfect impression, making a providers job…

Oral Cancer: Dentistry and the Oncologic Team

Patients diagnosed with oral cancer tend to mistakenly abandon their dentists for an Oncologic team comprised of Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and potentially Surgical Oncology. While these specialists administer treatment for oral cancer, potential side effects in the mouth shouldn’t be overlooked. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USHHS) recommends visiting a dentist…

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…