What Patient's are Talking About: Crest Gum Detoxify


Gum Detoxify is Crest’s latest and greatest toothpaste on the market. And they’ve been heavy on the marketing for this new product. They even have a sponsored Buzzfeed video! Of course, with all this marketing of the paste, your patients will definitely ask about it. Here’s a little bit about it:


When you compare the ingredients from Crest Pro Health and the new Crest Gum Detoxify, they are surprisingly similar. The active ingredient is the same, stannous fluoride 0.454%, and most of the inactive are exactly the same. I talked to a few reps about the difference in products, and they mentioned that the new paste has a higher concentration of SLS which causes an increase of “bubbling” and a clean feeling, and the list of ingredients does have SLS higher in the list.  

Subgingival Cleaning

One claim that Crest does make is that Gum Detoxify does clean subgingivally better than other pastes. There is a study posted on their website, however reading through it, the conclusion that they came to doesn’t say too much about how Gum Detoxify is better than any other toothpaste.

Different Packaging

Also, you’ll want to be aware that there are 3 “different” Gum Detoxify toothpastes out in stores. They are, however, all the same product but are marketed differently depending on the purchaser. Currently, there are Gentle Whitening, Sensitivity, and Deep Clean packeting at major retail stores like Target. They all have the same ingredients however. “Deep Clean” is currently the only one that is sold and marketed to dental professionals and to dental offices. If you request a sample, you’ll definitely be given that “Deep Clean” packaging.

My Experience

I personally have been using this paste for the last 2ish months to try it out and see. And honestly, I like it. Because of the extra foaming agent, it “feels” like it cleans better. I don’t know if that’s a great feature for the everyday patient who rarely brushes or only brushes the anterior teeth, but if it helps motivate then hey! Sign me up. The cost is another factor for both patients and me. Since it's a premium product,  it costs $3-5 more than another toothpastes on the market.

Have you tried this new Crest toothpaste? What did you think?

What are your patient's asking about? Let us know!

Hygienist Spotlight: Whitney DiFoggio, RDH, BS


Name: Whitney DiFoggio RDH, BS (aka Teeth Talk Girl on YouTube).

Where/when did you graduate DH school? I graduated from dental hygiene school in 2015 from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. Before that, I graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

What are you doing now? I’m currently working in private practice at two offices part-time…the goal is to become a full-time YouTuber/Filmmaker one day, but like Jasmin Haley reminded me, as I was listening to her amazing podcast “Beyond The Prophy” today… I won’t quit my day job just yet. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love working in a clinical setting. I just love creating health videos on YouTube slightly more! If video creating ever becomes an actual hustle, I can’t even explain to you what my level of happiness would be…

Any funny stories from school or practice? I feel like everyday is a funny story. I used to be super involved in the acting scene, and each day when I’d show up at my office, my co-workers would notice glitter in my hair, or something like that …and they knew I was up to some acting gig the night before. They would always joke that I was living a double life. We’ve had some good laughs.

What is one reason you love being a hygienist? I know it may sound naive, but I truly enjoy helping people. I love going to sleep each night knowing I’ve done my ultimate best to help each person I’ve seen throughout the day, in one way or another. Whether it was scaling away tenacious calculus, or being a good listener when your patient needs to vent about a hardship in his or her life - it all counts.

What is one piece of advice you'd give a new dental hygiene grad? My best advice is to of course be professional, but never too professional. Just be genuine and be yourself. If you’re sincere and want to help others, then by doing your honest best, you will shine as an outstanding clinician and a kind & thoughtful human.

To check out Whitney online, check her out on social media!
YouTube: YouTube.com/TeethTalk
Website: teethtalkgirl.com
Instagram: @teethtalkgirl
Facebook: @teethtalkgirl

April Favorites Round Up


Spring is here! Also, convention season is in full swing! Which dental hygiene or dental conventions are you going to this year? What are your favorites to attend?

Another great research article shows a high correlation between gingival inflammation and preeclampsia. It highlights how important oral hygiene education is for pregnant woman.

Remembering the "Big Picture" of dental hygiene.

This print is perfect for a Waterpik enthusiast. 

What are your patient's favorite flavor of prophy paste?


Dental Hygienist Spotlight- Ashley Nelson


Name: Ashley Nelson, BS, RDH

Where/When You Graduated from DH School: I graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, UT in 2011

What's one thing you love about dental hygiene? One thing I love about hygiene is the relationships that you build with your patients. You really learn to love them and their families. And maybe going after a large ledge of calculus with an ultrasonic and watching it fly! Haha!

What do you do now? I recently went from working full-time in private practice to being at home. I started an online community called Elevated Hygiene that focuses on helping dental professionals "step up their hygiene game" by making small changes to their current routine to ensure that their hygiene department is thriving. I'm really passionate about setting up protocols so that patients get the treatment they deserve. I was inspired to start Elevated Hygiene after years of being stuck in the prophy trap. I was having a difficult time translating all I had learned in school into "real life." After years of feeling like I wasn't performing at my highest potential as a Hygienist and having low periodontal therapy case acceptance, I started researching how to change that and came up with my own flowcharts and checklists to help me improve my perio percentages. Right as I felt like I was starting to "get it" life threw a curve ball at me. After returning to work after my second baby, my body was not able to handle the physical strain of the job and I had to stop clinical hygiene. I was devastated and if truth be told, a bit peeved. Right when I was onto something, I felt like my body failed me. But I was determined to keep going and that's how Elevated Hygiene was born. I want to equip others with tools so that they don't end up in the same prophy trap that I was in.

Any funny stories from practice? This was before hygiene school, but I passed out HARD (like hit the floor without even trying to catch myself) when I was job shadowing and watching my first oral surgery. It was an apicoectomy and I had never seen anything like that before! I don't even know how I got past the assistant, but I ended up falling flat on my face in the hallway right outside the op. We still get a pretty good laugh when we reminisce about that day!

Advice for a new dental hygiene grad: My advice would be to really mind your ergonomics! Your body definitely will thank you!

We love spotlight amazing hygienists! If you or someone you know would like to be highlighted here on Hygiene Edge, email us at hygieneedge@gmail.com.

Dental Injection Guide


So I've recently started to work clinically again which has been so fun! However, I get a little nervous each time I have a free second, since I know the dentist will ask me to jump in and help with injections. I love a good injection and I feel confident in my injections for perio debridement. Dental procedures on the other hand, not so much. So I'll be printing off our latest free download, a dental injection guide for the dental hygienist, and sticking it in my OHE kit to have on hand as a reference. Hopefully now, no more sweating will be involved when someone asked to help on the doctor's side!

Other fun facts about using local anesthetic on dental patients:

1. Do not give less than what is recommended, even if the patient is under sedation. The patient is still conscious, could still feel the procedure, and will move when they feel pain.

2. Many dental schools teach to only use lidocaine on all injections. Some teach septocaine on everything except the IA block. 

3. Checking blood pressure is always recommended before treatments with local anesthetic to see how much can epi can be used.

Note: This is a guide. This injection protocol is taught at most dental schools, but your dentist may have a different school of though when it comes to what local anesthetic is needed or which injections should be utilized. If you ever have questions on their preferences, just ask! They'd prefer you to double check instead of not having the patient fully numb.

Do you regularly give injections for the dentist's procedures? How often?