Creating a profitable hygiene department

October 17, 2012

The dental hygiene component of a general practice can and should be a profit center for the practice. Yet in too many practices it is viewed as a break even, or even worse, a loss leader. The following miss-steps contribute to the perception that a hygiene department is unprofitable:

Track your oral pH number for improved health

March 21, 2012

August 18, 2010-People know their cholesterol number, but there is another important number that affects your health –the number that tells the acidity of your mouth.  There are billions of bacteria in your mouth. Each time you eat or drink anything with sugar, you are feeding the bacteria – and they double in number every 20 minutes. As the bacteria eat, they give off acids which increase the acidity of your mouth.  Acids dissolve the calcium in your teeth and are the basis of decay.  Scientists talk about acidity in terms of numbers called pH.

Trident teams up with Smiles Across America

March 21, 2012

CHIICAGO, IL, July 28, 2010 – Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America, yet over eight in ten (84%) American parents don't realize this. Smiles Across America® (SAA), an Oral Health America program led in conjunction with Trident® gum, is pleased to welcome Denver-based Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) into the SAA network.

New data supports efficacy of Cologate Sensitive Pro-Relief

March 21, 2012

August 2, 2010-New data presented today at the International Association for Dental Research meeting reinforce the clinical proof that supports the efficacy of Colgate® Sensitive Pro-Relief™ desensitizing paste in providing instant and lasting relief from dentin hypersensitivity.

Water Pik launches online community

March 21, 2012

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to educate and inform consumers, Water Pik, Inc., a global leader in personal healthcare products, today announced the launch of its new online community on Powered by Lithium Technologies, the online destination supports Water Pik's entire portfolio of oral health, shower head and sinus health products and brings the company's experts, consumers and industry experts together in one digital space.

Is fluoride contributing to early puberty?

March 21, 2012

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The medical and public health community is shocked by the news that young American girls are reaching puberty at ages as young as 7 years1. However, according to Paul Connett, PhD, Director of the Fluoride Action Network, "If fluoride's dangers had not been taken off the scientific radar screen by the US Public Health Service when it prematurely endorsed fluoridation in 1950, maybe key warning signals would not have been ignored for over 50 years."