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That is an authentic weblog put up from Dr. Gupreet Sidhu, D.D.S., Langley, BC
Haley got here to me three years in the past and mentioned she had a terrific lunch the place she discovered a couple of new Fluoride varnish she had an opportunity to attempt from Oral Science. It was completely different in its normal make-up as a result of it didn’t have the cheesy really feel most varnishes have. As much as that time, we had been principally utilizing a standard PCxx thixotropic 1.23% APF gel. Usually, sufferers had been okay with it, however we all the time had a good variety of sufferers who declined fluoride due to style considerations, upset stomachs, not having the ability to eat for half-hour afterward, and even simply normal discomfort with the process. It was all the time one thing I used to be conscious of on the workplace (Lighthouse Dental Centre), however from the time I used to be in dental college, this was nonetheless thought of the popular methodology of Fluoride software.
From a time-efficiency perspective, I’ve all the time felt gel fluoride hasn’t been the most effective product for a number of causes:
- Your entire course of takes about 4-5 minutes by the point you sit up the affected person, select the correct trays, load the gel, and permit the affected person to expectorate for 30-60 seconds afterwards.
- When working a busy follow, if I’m coming in for an examination, and it’s the beginning of the Fluoride software, then I’m ready, and consequently, my different affected person is ready for me to return as properly.
- The hygienist ceaselessly solely has 60 minutes to assessment the affected person’s medical historical past, probe tooth, take X-rays, full the cleansing, prophy, floss, await the examination, clear the room, and arrange for the subsequent affected person. Each minute counts.
We used a number of varnishes, however the varnish we predominantly used was a 3M product referred to as Vanish. We typically would use this on sufferers that declined the gel or had a excessive incidence of cavities. Vanish is available in a Unidose package deal, which inherently will increase the CPP (Value per affected person), however it does have some nice properties like a 24-hour Fluoride launch time, straightforward software, and no must dry the tooth. It additionally labored nice with sensitivity alongside the gum line, however nearly all sufferers would touch upon how the tooth didn’t really feel “clear” afterward due to the tackiness attributable to the pine tree sap ingredient referred to as colophony or rosin.
I say all of the above to say this: My hygienists and I’ve been in search of a product with all of the optimistic attributes I’ve talked about with out the drawbacks that retract from the affected person expertise.
Then, alongside got here Fluorimax.
Oral Science does a terrific job explaining what Colophony-free means by way of product thickness, however in our real-world software, what it actually means is a a lot better affected person expertise. The food-grade shellac permits the appliance to be very skinny and nearly invisible. We use this product on 100% of our sufferers, and thru the hundreds of hygiene sufferers we’ve seen, not a single affected person has complained or has not been capable of tolerate the Fluoride software.
Like Vanish, the Shellac works properly for hypersensitivity, and now we have had nice success with utilizing it earlier than an ultrasonic cleansing to lower sensitivity and discomfort throughout instrumentation.
When it comes to the time it takes to use, the CDA and hygienist can apply the fluoride in below a minute, making it rather more environment friendly for the follow. Due to the thinness, I can do an examination any time earlier than or after the appliance.
We typically use two flavours: mint and bubble gum. As anticipated, the youngsters love bubble gum, and most adults want mint. In its place, a caramel flavour can be out there. Alongside the way in which, we definitely discovered it’s essential to observe instructions and shake the bottle for 15 seconds earlier than shelling out the Fluoride to forestall settling. If we don’t do this, sufferers will discover an acidic style from the appliance, however as soon as the Fluoride is correctly blended, it’s fairly nice for the affected person. They actually love the truth that they’ll eat and brush usually after the appointment. Dental professionals all have these sufferers who get so hungry within the chair, and so they wish to get out to seize a snack immediately!
Regarding price with 585 drops in a single bottle, it’s extremely cost-effective, and it decreases the related hygiene overhead. Every affected person is barely completely different, so we will dial in how a lot varnish we wish to dispense per affected person.
I lately took over a second dental workplace (Blue Water Dental) that has a longtime affected person base of over 40 years. Each hygienists have been practising for many years, and so they love this product a lot it took solely sooner or later of software to comprehend that this was going to be the way forward for our hygiene program. With it being extra snug, it has undoubtedly enhanced affected person compliance.
Quite a few occasions, we had sufferers who all the time denied Fluoride software, who are actually transformed to Fluoride customers after we’ve satisfied them to attempt Fluorimax. It really is completely different than something available on the market.
One in every of my favorite quotes, “None of us are smarter than all of us,” is a precept that has helped our enterprise develop. By listening to others who’ve been on the same path in progress and growth, we’ve been capable of evolve. I approached Oral science to offer my genuine suggestions on their product to succeed in a broader viewers to hopefully assist different dentists and follow house owners improve their companies for his or her sufferers and improve effectivity and profitability.