Time Saver for Whitening Tray Impressions

Do you work at an office that offers the free whitening for life for their patients? If you do, you know you have to take bleaching tray impressions daily and that means getting out the mixing bowl, spatula, measuring out alginate, water, and then cleaning up the mess afterwards. Well, a dental assistant taught me a new time saving technique that does not require a bowl or spatula, so less mess! And it saves time by pre-measuring alginate! Here is a step-by-step guide. (P.S. Sorry the pictures are sideways, I tried everything I could to fix it, IT guy could not either).

Measurements are equal parts water to alginate. Pre-measure the alginate and place in ziploc baggies. One Baggie equals one arch per patient. You will make many of these baggies.








Measure the water and place in baggie. Then you will zip the baggie and knead it until it is mixed.








Then knead all the mixture into one bottom corner of the bag (like you would with a pastry bag),twist and knead, and snip the bottom corner. Then you are ready to squeeze into the tray.

Ta Da!

Basic Bites

A new product out there called Basic Bites,  “are sugar free chocolate-flavored soft chews containing Ortek’s innovative nutrient based AlkaGen Technology®. This unique blend of tooth-coating nutrients mimics healthy saliva’s role in supporting enamel health.” They are recommended twice a day for people with xerostomia, acid reflux with regurgitation, diets high in sugar. Sounds pretty great, give them to kids after they eat sugary snacks or after your Starbucks. Learn more by clicking the website link:


Endodontist Uses PaperClips for Post

A Pittsburgh endodontist admits to using store bought paperclips as posts on his patients. And he doesn’t even blink an eye in admitting it, he acts like it’s no big deal because he sterilizes beforehand. I have actually had dental assistants tell me they have worked for dentists who have done this and thought it was normal. See how influential dentists can be? We look to them for guidance and they area leading us astray!

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Paperclip Endo

Flossing Linked to Knee Infection

A woman in the US has been diagnosed with a severe bacterial infection in her knee, and doctors say her new vigorous flossing regimen was likely the cause. My question is, was she diagnosed with periodontal disease and then started flossing aggressively? Had her perio been treated or under treatment? And now does this mean we’re back to pre-med for knee replacement forever?

Flossing linked to Knee Infection

Dentist Kills Lion

Zimbabwean authorities say that a Minnesota dentist is responsible for slaying one of the country’s most beloved lions.

On Tuesday, The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said in a statement that Walter James Palmer of Eden Prairie, Minn., paid at least $50,000 to track and kill the animal.

The conservation group and Zimbabwean authorities said that Palmer ultimately killed, Cecil, a protected lion and one of the most famous animals at the Hwange National Park. Cecil was fitted with a GPS collar and tracked by the Oxford University research program, according to a statement from Johnny Rodrigues, the chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

On Tuesday, Palmer said in a statement, “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt,” CBS reported.

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt,” Palmer said, according to CBS. “I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”

Whether the lion was “famous” or not before he killed him, many people are outraged that this dentist even killed a lion. Some people are lashing out by threatening his life, his dental practice and his dental license. Was it wrong for him to kill exotic animals? Yes. Should we be ruining his career and threatening his life about it? No! Yet another reason dentists get a bad rep!


Ban on Trophy Hunts

Controlling Infection Control

I temp at many offices and though we all take the same infection control course (right?), why do these offices seem to adopt their own cheaper or unsanitary version of infection control. One such office would pack up the autoclave to the brim with instrument packs on top of each other and to justify that they would just crank the heat up all the way and put the timer up to an hour. The assistant said doing that compensated for all the instruments packed in there. Um, no I don’t think that’s right! First, follow the manufacturer’s guide for the autoclave in terms of time and temperature. Second, NEVER over stack the instruments. Even if the tab turns color it doesn’t mean it’s sterile it just means it reached the right temperature. But to be sterile it must be at a constant temperature for a certain amount of time.  I assume she was doing spore strip tests since that was noted on her daily duties.Hopefully they all passed the test!

Another office I went to the x-ray scanner and had my x-rays on a paper towel and was wiping them down. The assistant scolded me and said do that in your op, we want to keep this area clean. Hmm, talk about clean? Why is there no lid on your ultrasonic? That is my biggest pet peeve, so gross! All those aerosols you’re breathing in from the autoclave of all the patient’s mouths! Gross!Gross!

At another place they used cheap store brand disinfecting wipes instead of cavi-wipes! The assistants bought them. Sheer terror! Just because it says kills 99% virus germs? Read the print, it says cold and flu virus. These are the least of our concern in a dental office with saliva and blood! We want HOSPITAL GRADE disinfecting wipes that kill more important viruses like HIV and Hep B, C and Staph. etc.!

I cannot tell you how important it is for cover film and sleeves. Even if you wipe after each patient, having that cover sleeve will have more germs on it and you just throw away, THEN wipe down. Extra protection and eases the mind of patient. It’s a bit weird seeing some offices using food-grade saran wrap for this purpose but I guess it works?

Anyway, I guess people are not paying attention to OSHA training or just skipping through assuming they know what to do but really I don’t think they do! We all have the same training, why do people think they can be skimpy or thrifty with infection control? What is your and your patient’s health worth?