Monday, February 24, 2014

Dycal: Information for Dental Assistants

What is Dycal?
Dycal is a cavity liner, which comes as a two paste system, base and accelerator. It is Calcium Hydroxide. It can also be used in pulp capping.
It usually used when the dentist feels like the cavity is so deep and almost the nerve is almost exposed. The calcium hydroxide will help the tooth to heal. 

How to Mix Dycal
Here is a video of how to mix the dycal.

Usually the assistant gives the Dycal along with a Dycal applicator to the dentist. (Dycal applicator looks like a ball burnisher but slightly different.)
The one above is single ended. The one below is double ended and you can see how it is different from a ball burnisher.
It is a hard setting and has low solubility. Dycal helps the restoration of pulp vitality and do not interfere with composite filling materials.

If doing composite fillings, usually dentist put Dycal first, then do the etching, bonding and placing of composite.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Save money by taking care

It is good to have dental cleaning done every six months. The dental professionals advice you.

In reality, it is expensive, isn't it? Without a good paying job or having a job with benefits, regular dental dental visits are expensive to many of us. Then think about the need for getting cavities filled or the severe toothache leading to root canal treatment? That will sure put your budget upside down.

If we can spend some time each day to take care of our teeth, we can avoid some of the expensive treatments. 

Brushing and flossing regularly is the first step to maintain healthy teeth. It is not that expensive. Just careful to brush gently. By, brushing gently, what I mean is your brush should look like new even after six months of using.  

Make a habit of flossing after dinner. If you are just starting to do flossing, little bit of bleeding from the gums are expected. But, if the bleeding is not reducing with the continuous use of flossing, it is an indication that the gums are infected and needs to be checked by a dentist.

You might have heard of oil pulling from Dr.Oz show. I am sure the benefit of it. It is just another way you can try everyday to have healthy mouth. 

All health conscious people know carbonated soft drinks and high sure diet are not good for health. That goes to oral health too. How many people know that raisins are not healthy for tooth? Any food that stick to tooth is not good at all. So, after eating such sticky food, remember to brush it off or chew on sugar free gums, or chew a celery stick. 

Crunchy fruits and vegetables are called detergent foods. They can remove the food sticking to the tooth surfaces to avoid getting cavity. Drink more water instead of juices. Rinse mouth with water after each meal. 

I am not suggesting we can avoid dental visits completely by these tips. We can reduce the chances of getting cavities and gum disease by being careful. 

Usually, if you are getting the cleaning done at a hygiene clinic, it will be less expensive than getting it done in a dentist's office. 

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ultrasonic cleaner : Only for medial and dental offices?

You might have seen something like this in your dentist's office or the doctor's office. You might have even asked what is that and what is doing.

The friendly dental assistant might have told you it is an ultrasonic cleaner for cleaning the instruments. 

What is it really doing? 

First of all, it can be used to clean more than dental instruments. It can be used to clean jewelry, lenses and optical parts. 

It has a chamber to hold the cleaning solution (specially designed for the ultrasonic cleaners) and a wire basket to hold the instruments. The ultrasonic cleaner uses ultrasound for cleaning. 
Actually, the sound waves produces millions of bubbles in the solution, which implode. This cavitation process helps to loosen the blood saliva and plaque from the instruments. It is done in a microscopic level, which is far better than hand scrubbing the instruments by hand. This cleaner helps to remove debris from the tiny crevices and pores of the instruments. 

Your dental assistants will wash the cleaned instruments and then sterilize them in autoclave or statim. 

Now, there are small ultrasonic cleaners available in the market to be used at home. You can have one to clean your precious gold and silver jewelry or eyeglasses or dentures at home. 

The iSonic one can be bought with less than $50. 

Then on Instructables I saw this homemade ultrasonic tank.
Can it be used to remove that annoying dirty marks from the shirt collars too? 

What else you want your ultrasonic cleaner to do for you?