A call for multiproduct testing.
In every practice, including mine, we have whitening Nazis. These are people who can't get white enough, who insist on constantly using the strips, the gum, the rinse, and the toothpastes on an ongoing basis. Some of these people are doing the in-office bleaching or the office dispensed at home bleaching in addition to using all of these products. We have to ask the product manufacturers for more long-term studies of patients using a multitude of products over a long period of time.
Now I don't mean to sound like a worrier, but I know I would feel more comfortable recommending these products after I have read these studies. In my practice, I am seeing more extra- and interoral allergic reactions that seem to be greatly improved if not eliminated by changing dental care products. I want my patients to choose the products that are right for them. We in the dental community must ask for these studies. The product manufacturers have always been more than willing to help us with every aspect of our patient care. I am sure this request will not be any different.
As dental patient caregivers, we are in a position to recommend quality products to our patients and feel good about doing so. We ask nothing in return and periodically, we hit the jackpot by having a patient come back to us and say, "Thank you, I can't tell you how happy I am with my smile. It never would have happened if it weren't for you."
By Diane Chandler, CDA
Diane Chandler has been practicing for 22 years in private practice in Washington, Michigan.
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|Publication:||The Dental Assistant|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2006|
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