I remember as a new grad sitting there perplexed (sound familiar?) as a female patient with immaculate oral hygiene in the chair with a mouth full of caries. She was understandably frustrated. I tried remembering what I learned in hygiene school and couldn't come up with anything beyond brush-floss-rinse&repeat.
I even pulled the other hygienist aside and asked her what I should do. She said "some people just have soft teeth." I couldn't accept this.
I went home and read and read. I learned about the role bacteria plays in caries. I learned about a natural sweetener found in fruits, vegetables and even you body makes it- it's called xylitol. There are over 2000 studies done and it decreases caries substantially.
The office I worked at started a caries remineralization program with xylitol. The kits flew off the shelf. The only problem was- I was the only person (at the beginning) that could confidently discuss xylitol. I want you to be able to confidently share this product with your patients.
Here is a video I made with ABC 4 in Utah discussing Xylitol.
Coming up soon:
Part 1: What is xylitol
Part 2: How to explain xylitol to patients
Part 3: How to get xylitol in your office