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This Articulating Foil Provides the Perfect Finishing Touch

In Blog by Dr. Ronni Brown

When wrapping up a restorative case, clinicians are looking for a nice finishing touch to the procedure and to send the patient off feeling good about the appointment. If the articulating product step gets messy or time-consuming, both the patient and the provider can start to feel stressed out and possibly end the procedure feeling dissatisfied. Noting that the product category is “not super sexy,” Dr. Brown was unsure just how much she could report about testing TrollFoil, or just …

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Understanding and treating patients with substance use disorders

In Blog by Dr. Ronni Brown

The uncomfortable reality is this, no matter how many years you have practiced dentistry, no matter whether you are in private practice or public health setting, and no matter the race, gender, culture or socioeconomics of your patients, we all have patients with substance-use disorders. But how much do we really understand about substance-use disorders and its impact on the oral, behavioral and physical health of our patients? Read my full article “Blackened, broken, decayed teeth: Understanding and treating patients …

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A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast

In Blog by Dr. Ronni Brown

Dr. Ronni Brown joins Andrew Johnston, host of the podcast A Tale of Two Hygienists, to discuss the impact of methamphetamines on your patient’s oral health. Episode Highlights will include: Brown’s background What is Meth Mouth How is it different from sugar decay? Addiction stages Signs and symptoms Pharmacology Treatment planning This episode has FREE CE! Be sure to view your state guidelines to ensure this CE is applicable in your State.  

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Is it the What, the When, or the Why?

In Blog by Dr. Ronni Brown

I must admit that I love to play games. One of my favorite dinner table games is 20 questions. In this game, a player picks a secret object from one of 4 categories (person, place, thing or animal). The other players have to guess what the secret object is by asking no more than 20 questions. Whoever guesses correctly, then selects the next secret object for the game. Each question asked should build upon what is known about the secret …

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Is It Really That Simple?

In Blog by Dr. Ronni Brown

A few years ago, I was a guest on a dental podcast discussing and fielding questions from the interviewer about the oral effects of methamphetamine. Prior to the “live” podcast, we had discussed questions in advance, which I thought I had adequately prepared for. But then came that moment, that pregnant pause, when I was asked a question, that stumped me, but not for the obvious reasons! The question was not difficult in terms of its embedded content but the …

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Interview: Treating Patients with Substance-Use Disorders

In Blog by Dr. Ronni Brown

One of the biggest challenges that we face as dental professionals is treating patients with substance-use disorders. Addiction is a sensitive topic that is easily misunderstood, extremely sensitive and sometimes extremely personal! Although national statistics estimate that 1 out of every 10 Americans has a substance-use disorder…which means 1 out of every 10 of our patients…very little time is spent in pre-doctoral education training dentists on substance-use and dependency. (Substance use and dependence education in predoctoral dental curricula: results of …