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Stand-up dentistry

One thing I've learned over the years is that being a dental hygienist is easy compared to comedy. Every time I imagine that I've got the spotlight, that it's just me and a microphone, and I'm telling dumb jokes about cleaning teeth, I get this intense knot in my stomach that makes me realize it's really not my calling. Ask me to write something funny; well, I have days to think about it, time to play with the words, rewrite them when they're not working right. But delivery? Only to your screen, kid. Punchlines, storytelling, pacing, all that in real time? It's a surefire way to see me … [Read More...]

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Is Arestin® a red flag?

Not long ago, all dental practices were owned by the dentist who took care of you. Sure, they might not have given you any anesthetic before they smashed silver crunchy metal into your cavities, and they may have slapped you around and given you Post Traumatic … [Read More...]

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Phocal fluoride disks

What in the phôc is Phocal? The name is oh-so-clever, the way it changes up the F-sound, pinpoints the precision of its delivery mechanism, adds in a little calcium and acid/base interplay there. Plus, the little disks sorta kinda look like contact lenses. … [Read More...]

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Crest toothpaste embeds plastic in our gums

  This is polyethylene: Did you know that polyethylene is the most common plastic in the world? It is used primarily for containers and packaging, such as these bottles and plastic grocery bags, and has been a concern for the environment because … [Read More...]