Dental supplies are any items you use regularly to maintain your dental health and appearance. They are also what dentists and other dental professionals use to protect the oral health of their patients. Using these items helps prevent oral health problems and fixes them when they do occur.What are some examples of dental supplies?
Dental supplies include the following:
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Mouth rinse
- Night guards
- Face masks
Dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and other dental professionals need a steady stream of supplies in order to do their work and preserve their patients' oral health. Some items, such as face masks, prevent spreading germs between dentists and their patients. Regular usage of these supplies to brush and floss teeth, for example, can prevent cavities, tooth decay, tooth loss, and a whole host of other oral health problems. These supplies can be used to save patients' natural teeth.Do you need a prescription for dental supplies?
Most dental supplies do not require a prescription unless they are designed by your dentist. Some pastes may also require a prescription.How do you decide which dental supplies to use?
- Try out different products, and see which ones work for you and your patients.
- Use industry standard products that have a proven track record of good performance.
- Look for products that will solve specific issues you or your patients have. For example, if you have sensitive teeth, buying toothpaste made for that condition can alleviate pain and discomfort.
Surface disinfectants and other cleaning supplies of various strengths are necessary to keep a practice sterile. Items such as personalized toothbrushes that have your practice's name and your practice's logo on them are good to give out to patients to encourage good dental practices.What types of mouthwash are there?
- Alcohol mouthwashes use alcohol as a powerful cleansing agent. The alcohol content of mouthwashes is usually around 20%.
- Alcohol-free mouthwashes usually use CPC, cetylpyridinium chloride, which destroys germs, so they cannot build up on the teeth.
- Fluoride rinses help protect teeth by strengthening the enamel against acids.
- Chlorhexidine mouthwash should be used for patients undergoing oral surgery or who have gum disease. It is a powerful antibacterial rinse that prevents infections.
It depends on the item in question.
- Some items, such as dental probes, can and should be reused. They must be sterilized and thoroughly cleaned between uses.
- Other items, such as exam gloves, should be disposable to ensure cleanliness during usage.
- Toothbrushes are considered a reusable dental tool for personal use.