New dental technology increases the relevance of oral hygienists

October 3rd, 2014


Dental care is a profession driven strongly by the need to stay in touch with the latest technological and scientific innovations, such as new procedures and the most recent tools available for practicing dentistry. One way for schools and universities to keep up with this influx of information is to have high-quality dental school software. These programs automatically update with the latest information, and help students learn about recent procedures and new findings about oral care.

A new article by Dentistry IQ gives a list of new innovations that can help people practice oral hygiene smarter. One tool is a new hard- and soft-tissue laser called the Solea. It allows doctors to perform the majority of restorative procedures without local anesthesia, according to the story. By being free from having to give anesthesia to one part of the mouth, doctors can administer procedures in several parts on the same visit, saving time for doctor and patient alike.

Another tool is the intraoral camera, which is a tool that takes pictures of the inside of someone's mouth. That way if a patient resists treatment, the dentist can show him or her the problem with the tooth using a picture, encouraging that person to get help for his or her teeth.

Oral hygienists can help with laser-based periodontal care
Another article by Dental Economics cited the help that lasers can bring to those who need periodontal treatments. Because a lot of periodontal work is already done by the hygienist, having a laser expands even more greatly upon the range of things that an oral care professional can do.

One of the other benefits of using a laser for periodontal treatment is that a laser is fundamentally antimicrobial. One example cited was that of a special dye that a laser will react to by heating up, killing harmful bacteria. By painting various danger zones with the special dye, the laser will only target select areas of the mouth.

Another benefit of laser-based tools is that they can be used to effectively remove necrotic surfaces on roots. Doing so helps to reduce inflammation and prepare the way for future dental surgeries.

Students seeking to learn about the latest in laser technologies would do well to update themselves using quality dental hygiene academic software provided by their school. Good dental software will provide students with information that will keep them updated about the latest findings by the periodontal community.

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