The digital dental revolution

October 16th, 2014

Dentistry and oral hygiene care are moving beyond the analog realm into the digital one. Schools that don't want to be left behind would do well to consider dental school software that maintains an up-to-date connection with everything students need to compete in the 21st century.

One example of the digital dentistry revolution was written about in an article on Dental Economics. It describes Catherine, who suffered from a condition that could only be discovered with a digital 3-D imaging machine that takes accurate pictures of someone's mouth.

Her doctors believed initially that she suffered from neuralgia, but it was found instead that she had a punctured sinus cavity. There would have been no way to diagnose the condition without using this new technology. For dentists and hygienists alike, knowing exactly how to treat a patient can sometimes be difficult if someone isn't aware of all the different imaging and treatment plans available. If Catherine's doctors hadn't been familiar with the machine, she would have never received the treatment she needed.

"We did a full evaluation for Catherine, even though her most pressing need was one particular area," said Dr. Thomas Bissell, who operates the 3-D scanner. "I couldn't see it clinically, couldn't see it with a traditional two-dimensional radiography, but we were able to find it with the CBCT scan."

Other things that can be discovered through dental hygiene academic software
An additional research tool available to oral hygienists and dentists, dental school software helps people keep up with the latest information. One such piece of research that might otherwise slip under the radar is the most recent findings about street drugs. According to Dentistry IQ, which recently sent a representative to speak with expert Dr. Harold Crossley, chemical dependency is a disease with many factors that influence its course through a person's life. It is chronic, and without treatment, it can be fatal.

One common source of addiction is huffing, which means using inhalants like glue or even canisters that contain nitrous oxide for whipped cream. Items as diverse as cough syrup, mint and catnip can all be used to get high.

"Possible oral manifestations of substance abuse are nicotine stomatitis, absence of stains on lingual of lower anterior teeth, spots or sores around the mouth, burns on lips, leukoplakia, meth mouth, unexplained periodontitis, unusual amount and location of caries and xerostomia," Dr. Crossley explained.

Hygienists and dentists alike should look for signs of drug abuse in order to make sure that patients are safe.

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