The DMD Checkup: Squid Ink Could Replace Probes

September 15, 2017
DMD Staff

A new study is testing the efficacy of squid ink as a replacement for periodontal probes. That tops this week’s news so far in the world of dentistry. Also making the list: augmented reality, NHS dental practices and pain alternatives.

A new study is testing the efficacy of squid ink as a replacement for periodontal probes. That tops this week’s news so far in the world of dentistry. Also making the list: augmented reality, NHS dental practices and pain alternatives.

Why Your Dentist Might Start Asking You to Swish With Squid Ink We’re all for advances in dentistry that don’t involve our gums being jabbed with pointy metal objects. A new study is taking on one of those pointy metal objects—the periodontal probe—and looking to replace it with an unlikely solution: squid ink.

Local developer working on pain alternatives in dentistry Lombardi said he wouldn’t want someone’s drug addiction on his conscious, so that’s why he’s one of the first dentists in the area to use a new product called DPR. DPR helps lessen the need for opioid painkillers. It’s an oral paste that dentists can use to help patients who have all of their teeth pulled.

Smile, you’re in augmented reality dentistry For someone getting major dental work or reconstructive surgery, it can be hard to visualize what they’ll look like afterwards. You can do casts and make wax molds, but that’s a bit… 19th century, isn’t it? A Swiss startup brings the, in retrospect, obvious solution of augmented reality to the problem, giving patients a virtual view of the smile they could soon have.

Giving back: Associations magnify dentists' community impact The heart of dentistry is the unyielding desire to help others. A commitment to improving the oral health of all Californians is why many CDA members entered the profession, and it’s why so many dentists are passionate about giving back to their communities. Whether through volunteer efforts, advocacy or leadership, CDA can help act as a conduit for those looking to make a difference.

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