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October 09, 2018

Tech Trends for Dental Hygiene in 2019

Technology and research have been adversely affecting how things work in almost every industry. Dentistry, in particular, has felt the wave effect of new innovations.

Dentists need to know what’s going on at all times. Everything in constantly changing, including the best daily care strategies, advised to patients.

In this article, we are going to look at some of the emerging trends which are bound to make an impact in 2019. They are arming dentists with resources which maximize professional work and health care.

  • Cleaning in between your teeth

Apparently flossing is not the best method to clean in between your teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), there are actually better alternatives. One of those  methods that you should check out is the tooth powder from Primal Life.

The adage of "brush and floss" is being replaced with "brush and clean in between". The ADA recommends that an individual should brush twice a day, eat a balanced diet, and visit the dentist regularly. When it comes to brushing, an electric toothbrush can work wonders!

This will ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime. It is actually easier to follow than the brush and floss method.

  • Do-it-yourself Dentistry

DIY projects have become very common in this day and age. Many people are opting to fix their own teeth instead of a regular visit to the dentist.

If you search do it yourself dentistry, on the net, you’ll find over 2.5 million results. Moreover, they have images which have detailed explanations.

These rising trends have worried professionals. People just buy kits equipped with items. They end up finding temporary solutions to things such as fillings, caps, and crowns. People are beginning, though, not unfinishing courses on sedatives and antidepressants.

Anyone who wishes to start DIY dentistry should consult a professional. This will ensure that they become educated before performing anything.

  • Apps

Smartphones have revolutionized how people operate. Apps can be installed in either Android or IOS devices. The apps are downloaded through the Apple (News - Alert) store or the Google play store.

There is a vast number of apps designed to help with general healthcare and well being. Dentistry apps have also increased and they help users learn about oral hygiene.

The best thing is to always consult a dentist before using these apps. They might recommend the best ones to use.

  • Telehealth

The rising demand for access to healthcare has resulted in the development of telehealth. It has become an alternative for people who are unable to visit a physician.

Telehealth is a wide term that refers to a collection of different technologies to further promote health care in remote areas.

There are four types of telehealth:

  • Live video

This is a two-way communication real-time video transmission between dentists patients.  Multiple people can be involved in the video. It comes in handy in situations where patients are unable to move.

  • Asynchronous data transmission

This involves a secure communication channel to transmit health documents. By this, dentists can easily share information with patients.

  • Remote monitoring

This type of service is used after a patient has been released from a clinic or hospital. This is a good way of monitoring the patient's progress, especially after an intensive procedure.

  • Mobile health

Dentists can use their phones to send alerts to patients. This can be in form of reminders, texts, and also calls, in order that they might encourage healthy living.

  • Continuing Virtual Education

Virtual education has become a good platform to improve education. There is a wide range of entry programs which make it convenient for learners to pursue their education.

There are, in fact, dental institutions which offer such educational platforms. The best place to for continuing dental education should be the place that saves both time and money. Moreover, they should provide the training topics which are important to you.

Professionals in the dentist industry should always ensure that online education will count toward credit renewal.

  • Laser dentistry

Lasers have been used in the dental industry since 1990. A laser is an instrument which produces a narrow, intense beam of light. Once it comes into contact with a tissue it can either shape or remove it.

Lasers are used in dentistry for a variety of procedures. Some are..

  • To reduce discomfort of canker sores
  • Manage gum tissue
  • Expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Perform biopsy repairs
  • Treat infections in root canals

Dental lasers can be safe if they are used by a professional. There are instances where anaesthesia does not need to be administered if a laser is used.

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