Merlin Enterprises
Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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Fluor-A-Dent Information For Dentists

Empower Your Patients to Periodontal Health: A Paradigm Shift in Periodontal Home Care

Are you looking to differentiate your practice?

How much happier would your patients be if they didn't need the semi-annual "Are you flossing daily?" confrontation?

What if, without flossing, they could have truly healthy interproximal gingival?

You, as an excellent general dentist, work hard to get your patients to clean between their teeth, usually with flossing. Now be honest... what percent of your practice cleans the 112 surfaces of tooth and gum (28 teeth x 2 surfaces of teeth x 2 interdental gingival papillae) every day? 15 years ago, after being an idealistic young dentist out of school, diligently instructing flossing to my patients, I came to the realization that less than 5% truly floss well enough and frequently enough to control interproximal periodontal disease. It was setting up a negative confrontation each recare visit, with the patient having a lowered self esteem, presenting themselves with their head bowed and embarrassed that they had not lived up to my expectations of flossing their teeth well. Worse yet, the ones that did think they were doing the job, upon probing, still had interproximal bleeding! When asked to hold the floss, more than half straddled the floss between their index fingers with about a six inch width and attempted flossing their teeth.

I challenge you to ask the next 50 patients you see to hold their floss and be amazed at how many of them hold it in a way that would be impossible to adequately reach the depth of sulcuses. At that point, 15 years ago, I started my motto, "Flossing works, my patients don't do it!" I then looked to something that would do the same job but easier to use, especially for the adolescents through the 50 year-olds with gingivitis through Type III periodontitis.

Precision Dental Sticks

Over the past years we have utilized various interdental stimulators, i.e. Stimudents, round toothpicks, thin toothpicks, plastic toothpicks, rubber tips etc. All had some advantages and the compliance for my patients was better than flossing, but still they all had disadvantages. Usually they were too thick to get completely through the interproximal spacing, a problem of the sticks breaking, or ineffective plaque removal. Finally, while traveling in Europe, I found a European produced toothpick made of birch that was double ended, thinner than a "Stimudent" and would comfortably cleanse and massage both the teeth and gums of anyone from an adolescent through an adult Type III (moderate bone loss) periodontal patient. I even found that they could be fluoridated. In bringing them back to my practice, the reception was phenomenal as to their acceptance and the patient's compliance.

Imagine your patients presenting with no interproximal bleeding upon probing and feeling excited about how their gums feel and the freshness of their mouth. Additionally, as now we are having our teeth throughout life, it is good to burnish fluoride along the interproximal root surfaces where we are seeing an ever increasing frequency of root carics. Clinical trials in Europe have found a combination approach with these precision toothpicks to be equal to an excellent flosser and with a much higher patient acceptance and compliance than flossing.

Compare your practice to our clinical results. In our greatly diversified, large general practice, we have found almost 50% of our recare patients presenting with a zero in their bleeding index and have pockets of 3mm or less throughout the mouth. We feel this is due to the increase of patient compliance to cleansing interproximally.

The concept is so logical, if we read our radiograph and think about the interproximal gingival we are trying to keep health. After age 20, look at the interseptal bone. Is it flat or pointed? Almost always it is flat and the gingiva above it, as we know in our understanding of biological width, should lay just over it and in an architecture similar to the bone architecture. That means posteriorly, it would be not pointed, forming a pseudo pocket, but more rounded, laying flat over the bone and bleeding should be non existent. It's basically the same skin as the attached gingival. In healthy tissues, the tissues will rise again after being massaged. The analogy of this is like fresh bread that has elastic rebound after being compressed; thereby, in the anterior region the tissues do not flatten in a Type I or early Type II patient, creating a black hole but will maintain a nice esthetic architecture.

We all know that bleeding interproximally indicates inflammation, with scabs and pus between the teeth. If you think your patients are flossing well, use a stimudent (NEW Precision Dental Sticks) or even floss (scraping the sulcular gingiva), then do a bleeding index (take five upper and five lower interproximal spaces and massage the Precision Dental Sticks between the teeth, then go back and count the bleeding spots.) If your bleeding index are anything but 0, you have inflammation between the teeth and the flossing is not being effective. By eliminating bleeding, your patients will feel good about their gingival health and the freshness in their mouth. It makes a win-win situation with decreased confrontation with you and the hygienists and a better overall feeling about their active role in periodontal health. Precision Dental Sticks are outstanding for late adolescents, truck drivers out on the road, for busy moms, or people that can find some time during a commute or while relaxing at home to maintain health between the teeth. They maintain their health without having to floss 112 surfaces of teeth and gum every day.

Now, as I asked, just think about it. Look at each recare patient with a new questioning perspective and you might be surprised how often "Precision Dental Sticks" may be the answer and very importantly, the referrals you receive from happy patients in your differentiated practice.

Call 1-877-FLO-DENTS (877-356-3368) for more information.

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