When COVID-19 created an unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), many countries were caught off guard. Without sufficient stockpiles of items such as masks, gowns and gloves, many frontline healthcare workers were forced to reuse disposable items or go without. As demand began to surpass available supply from reputable manufacturers, companies and individuals were eager to profit from the situation and began producing face masks. However, many had no medical device manufacturing experience and no knowledge of the regulatory requirements that are in place to keep healthcare professionals safe. Unfortunately, their masks did not provide adequate protection against virus transmission and some even contained potentially harmful materials* that put wearers’ health further at risk.
With COVID-19 increasing demands on the supply chain, avoid the temptation to turn to unknown sources for cheap dental supplies. Using unfamiliar suppliers presents risks to healthcare providers- risks that distributors like DHP can help to reduce.
When it comes to fluoride varnish, you may have grown accustomed to some patient grumbling. From the uncomfortable, gritty feeling that their last fluoride varnish treatment left behind to adult patients claiming that it’s for "kids only"—there’s certainly some skepticism in the air. But the truth, as touted by the American Dental Association, is that in-office fluoride varnish treatment is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay for both children and adults.
Glass ionomers have a 6-decade-long history in dentistry. Their ability to release fluoride and prevent secondary decay is a winning perk among clinicians treating all types of cases—especially those involving pediatric, geriatric, and high-caries-risk patients. More recently, and especially in the case of materials from GC America, glass ionomers have steadily evolved to offer extra strength and increased esthetics.
Dental Product Shopper evaluators give top marks to 3M products from their new and improved adhesive duo to the versatile line of composites and reliable curing lights
As digital dentistry continues to make its way into the general dental practice, doctors now have greater access to new technologies and advanced materials that allow them to become more efficient in treating their patients. 3D printing creates an opportunity for mass customization, same-day designs, and repeatability—saving time and cost for the doctor.