Recently, I had the pleasure of working as a hygienist in 2 different offices, and although the offices were quite nice, I have to say I was saddened by their choice of products they used both in the office and ones they dispensed to patients. All too often this is the case that I come across when I go into an office as a temp. Offices somewhat blind fully give away products to patients, and patients think that these products that they have been given are the best ones to use. It’s marketing genius, really.
Sales reps come in and sample the office with products, and then create packages of other products that the office gets for “free” when they have items delivered on a regular interval. So let’s say that you like a specific toothbrush or toothpaste you can agree to purchase these brushes or pastes to give to your patients at a reduced price and they will throw in floss and other goodies to distribute, oh, and they will give you bags with their logo on them as well for patients take home “goodie bags”.
The problem with this scenario (in my opinion), is that it our job as dental professionals to help educate people on what products are available, and how to use them. There are many times when I go into an office where no-one has heard of ANY of the products that I represent and recommend; they have no idea that Tooth and Gums Tonic delivers better results than its chemical counterpart Chlorhexadine Gluconate (Peridex) which contains alcohol (increases dry mouth), and causes heavy build up, stain and leaves a metallic taste in your mouth.
They have no idea what a SulcaBrush is, and that it will eliminate nearly all of the stain and build up that floss leaves behind, or is one of the best things that non flossers can use.
Or that the pointed head on a Rotadent or Revolution gets in between the teeth better than a flat brush and has micro filaments that do not cause gum damage like regular nylon bristled brushes do.
How about a HydroFloss vs WaterPik. Do they know that WaterPiks are only meant to be used at medium power because the psi (pounds per square inch) often go to 80 or 90, where as the HydroFloss is pressure regulated to 40 psi (what is considered maximum for gum tissue health), is safe to use at high speed, AND ionizes (alkalizes) the water due to a magnet in the handle which also attracts the bacteria?
This is my why! These are the products I have fallen in love with. This is years of searching and treating patients weaving through what works, what doesn’t and what natural products are effective and why. For some reason this has become my passion, and I can no longer just sit back and let people think that using products like Colgate Total or Crest Multi Care for whitening and tartar control and sensitivity are good for them. Instead my goal is to help people identify what their mouth is saying about them, how to create balance and stay cavity free! Whatever your situation is, I bet there is a natural product or a way to position a tool that can have you one step closer to the healthiest mouth you could imagine.