Monthly Archives: August 2019

BioGaia study: Clinical and microbiological effects of Lactobacillus reuteri probiotics in the treatment of chronic periodontitis

Did you know that BioGaia Prodentis is the world’s most studied probiotic for oral health? With over 20 published studies regarding the product’s active ingredient, Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis, it is clear that BioGaia Prodentis certainly has the clinical evidence to back it up! Among the several studies is this one published in the Journal of Clinical Peridontology that explores the effects of Lactobacillus reuteri probiotics in the treatment of chronic periodontitis. Check out a summary of the study with the infographic below!


OPTIM 33TB wipes: What makes a disinfectant stand out?

As a dental assistant of many years, I have been exposed to different protocol for cleaning and disinfection. I have never questioned anyone’s process until I did some deep research through HANSAmed’s educational portals on different types of disinfectants. I learned many things about disinfectants, but one thing that really stood out to me was that they are not all the same. With so many cleaning and disinfecting products on the market, HANSAmed feels its part of our due diligence to explain why OPTIM is such a quality and premium product.

Let’s start with the solution its self. According to SciCan, OPTIM has “The perfect balance. No compromise between safety and efficacy.” OPTIM 33TB are different from those on the market because of the active ingredient: 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, which leaves no active residue after wiping and remains wet for the said contact time of just one minute. Try it yourself. Take an OPTIM 33TB wipe and a competitor wipe and swipe two separate parts of the operatory counter top and time it. OPTIM will remain wet for at least 1 minute and will even last up to 3 minutes. Competitors “claim” do the same, but that is not always the case.

OPTIM is a highly effective cleaner1. It is a one-step solution. OPTIM removes organic debris while disinfecting at the same time, therefore, it is considered a “one step cleaner and disinfectant”. Most competitors are two step solutions. (Cleaner and disinfectant in two separate steps – and don’t forget about the contact time in between steps). This means you will need to use twice the number of wipes (which is not cost effective) and twice the amount of time (which is also not time effective). One wipe is used to clean organic debris then another wipe to disinfect the area.  Another great fact about the OPTIM wipes, they cover twice as much area compared to leading competitors.

OPTIM wipes are a known as a broad-spectrum disinfection. This means it can kill off many different types of germs, viruses and bacteria in a timely fashion. OPTIM has a fungicidal claim of 3 minutes. People tend to focus on the 3-minute fungicidal claim but let’s be realistic – in dentistry, how often do we treat fungus? We are more interested in cleaning and disinfecting mycobacteria, non-enveloped viruses and enveloped viruses such as TB, polio, hepatitis A & B and HIV, to name a few. Let’s reconsider and focus on what is being destroyed under the one minute claim.

Now, let’s talk about the safety of the product. How would you like to work with a product that has NO warning signs, NO toxicity, NO skin irritation, NO eye irritation or respiratory irritation? Remember, as dental professionals, we are using cleaning and disinfecting wipes all day long– between every patient we see in every single operatory of the clinic.  This means you will be inhaling the fumes the disinfectants lead off which may be harmful to you, the patient and the environment. With OPTIM 33TB, consider yourself safe. OPTIM has no GHS hazard pictograms, no signal words or statements on the bottle nor on the SDS. OPTIM is also compatible with a wide range of materials within the dental operatory.

When purchasing a disinfectant, please consider the following questions:

  • Is it a 1-step or a 2-step cleaner disinfectant?
  • What is the contact time?
  • Which bacteria/viruses are being killed?
  • Is it safe for me and those around me?
  • Is it time and cost effective?
  • Does it have scientific clams proving its efficiency?
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  1. John Molinari, PhD. “OPTIM 33TB Cleaning Study”, Ann Arbor: Dental Advisor, 2010.

Systemic links between periodontal health and overall health: The importance of patient education in the dental field

47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal Disease increases with age, 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.1

Educating our patients on oral health and the negative effect of periodontal disease will help encourage overall oral health. In this, we mean ensuring patients understand what is really going on in their mouth and if left untreated, the risk to the rest of the body. Studies are showing that there is a systemic link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and preterm low weight babies.  Periodontal disease also leads to gum loss, bone loss and eventually tooth loss. By having your patient acknowledge this bacterial infection, they will be more open to pre-surgical treatment options, such as Arestin.

In 2014, OraPharma (manufacturer of Arestin) conducted a survey based on 300 adult patients who required a routine dental appointment within the preceding 9 months, and the findings focused on those who had received a new diagnosis (other than caries) during that visit. The objective of this survey was to understand the impact of consistent communication between dental professionals and patients and the understanding of their new diagnoses and acceptance of treatment recommendations.The key message is to help doctors in increasing acceptance of exact treatment recommendations in practice

If the patient receives a new diagnosis, the professional should consider using consistent language and terminology in delivering that diagnosis. Ensure that all dental staff members understand the treatment plan recommended for the patient’s newly diagnosed issue, so there’s additional consistency in continuing communications.

Finally, it is important continue to educate patients about periodontal disease and the fact that it is a chronic, active infection. Allow enough time after the examination for patients to engage in open dialogue with dental staff members.

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Eke PI, Dye B, Wei L, Thornton-Evans G, Genco R. Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010. J Dent Res. Published online 30 August 2012:1–7.

Data on file. OraPharma, Inc. Market research: interactions with dental professionals. Prepared by Lightspeed, LLC. May 2014.

Data on file. OraPharma, Inc. Market research: trends among consumers with periodontal disease. Prepared by Lightspeed, LLC. April 2013.


It’s National Lighthouse Day! Explore how LIGHTHOUSE kits can help overcome a medical emergency

What is the best way to successfully handle a medical emergency in the dental office? Some might say the answer is to act fast when the taxing situation arises. Some might say the solution is to work diligently when a patient is in distress. What’s our answer? First and foremost, we believe the best way to swiftly handle a medical emergency in the dental office is to be prepared.

An article written by Daniel A. Haas (DDS, PhD) and published in The Journal of the American Dental Association described that “a medical emergency can occur in any dental office, and managing it successfully requires preparation.”1 We could not agree more. With August 7th being National Lighthouse Day, we thought we would shed some light on the importance of being prepared with LIGHTHOUSE medical emergency kits.

The occurrence of medical emergencies in the dental clinic, although infrequent, are not rare. A survey conducted by Fast et al. involving 4000 dentists reported that, on average, a dentist will experience 7.5 medical emergencies during a span of 10 years.2 Tackling the topic of medical emergencies can seem daunting, but luckily, there are many actions that can be taken to ensure your clinic is prepared.

In addition to proper education and training, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) outlines that each clinic is to include six up-to-date emergency drugs. Those drugs being: oxygen, aspirin, nitroglycerin, salbutamol, epinephrine and diphenhydramine. Additionally, these medications must be housed in a labeled and organized manner, making them easily recognizable and ready to use at all times.3

Conveniently, a LIGHTHOUSE medical emergency kit serves as your one-stop-shop for handling a medical emergency. Not only do these kits include the necessary medications and tools to help save a life, but they are also impeccably organized and labeled for quick and easy use. Medical emergencies tend to happen when we least expect them to, and LIGHTHOUSE kits put the minds of both the dental professional and the patient to at ease.  After all, when it comes to patient safety, you can never be too prepared.


  1. Haas, D. A. (2010). Preparing dental office staff members for emergencies: developing a basic action plan. Journal of the American Dental Association, 141(1), 8-13. doi: 10.14219.
  2. Fast, T. B., Martin, M. D., & Ellis, T. M. (1986). Emergency preparedness: a survey of dental practitioners. Journal of the American Dental Association, 112(4), 499-501. doi: 10.14219.
  3. Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. Information on Medical Emergencies. Retrieved from