Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights
Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights
RickPascoe
Delivering insights on chair-side best practices, dental instrument maintenance, practice promotion, and patient relationship building. Sharing my experiences and passing on advice gained in over 30 years as a Periodontist and dental practice owner.

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Posted 12/13/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 63
Curette Sharpened To Sickle Scaler I like to keep it simple. I don’t use sickle scalers. I can’t remember the last time I used one, especially in a posterior area. I used a universal curette, a University of California 5/6 (virtually the same as the Columbia 4R/4L)* and the ever so...  Read More
Posted 12/5/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 43
Dental Industry Truth, Hyperbole, and Responsible Publishing There is an old saying in the academic world, “publish or perish”. There is a much more current saying in the tech world, “garbage in, garbage out”. They both are true and, unfortunately, pertain to much of our...  Read More
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Posted 11/4/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 65
Never Sharpen Curettes and Scalers – Too Good To Be True? I’m sure you have heard the claim from some instrument manufactures that they now can produce scalers and curettes that never need sharpening. When you take a moment to think about this is it possibly true? I tend to doubt...  Read More
Posted 10/24/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 50
Over the years I have emphasized the importance of using sharp scalers and curettes. With sharp instruments you scale and root plane better, you work faster, you are more efficient, and your procedure is more comfortable for you and dental patient care improves. I’ve talked indirectly...  Read More
Posted 9/30/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 82
Addressing Bad Dental Habits This blog is a follow up to Parts 1 and 2, which are based on an article on that discusses bad dental habits to avoid. We’re moving into the cold and flu season. Many of us will be seeking relief of a sore throat and coughing. Do yourself and your patients...  Read More
Posted 8/15/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 134
Cheers For The Floss Controversy A few days ago I wrote a blog about the recent Associated Press report indicating that insufficient research data exists to support the effectiveness of using dental floss. Because of this, the government has removed flossing from its Dietary Guidelines. The...  Read More
Posted 8/4/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 83
Should You Floss? Much of the dental community is upset about the recent Associated Press report questioning the efficacy of flossing. Is the a disservice or a blessing in disguise? I choose to look at it as a blessing. What else could possibly bring flossing into the forefront of the social...  Read More
Posted 7/15/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 101
My Turn Being a Dental Implant Patient Recently, I had the experience of being a dental implant patient. Sure, I’ve had regular prophies over the years but have not needed any restorative treatment for some time. Many years ago I had an asymptomatic periapical lesion involving tooth...  Read More
Posted 6/29/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 86
Addressing Bad Dental Habits This blog is a follow up to Part 1, which is based on an article on that discusses bad dental habits to avoid. We’re in the heart of the summer season when barbecuing and snacking are enjoyed by many. These activities present challenges to maintaining dental...  Read More
Posted 6/7/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 83
How Coarse Should Your Dental Instrument Sharpener Be? Last time we discussed how the hardness of the dental instrument sharpener affects its performance. Now let’s discuss the grit. The coarser the grit, the faster the stone sharpens. The coarser the grit, the more imperfect the...  Read More
Posted 5/23/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 88
The Ideal Dental Instrument Sharpener I started a series with my last blog about the properties of the ideal hand sharpener. I discussed the hardness of the sharpener and its ability to break down during use. This controlled wearing down of the sharpener creates a fresh sharpening surface for...  Read More
Posted 5/16/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 80
How To Avoid “Loading” There are several properties to look for in a dental instrument sharpener that help make the sharpening task simple and efficient. One is the sharpeners tendency to resist a phenomenon called “Loading”. You may have experienced this. Have you used...  Read More
Posted 4/29/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 92
Addressing Bad Dental Habits I’m always on the lookout for dental health info to share with dental professionals. I came across an article on on bad dental habits to avoid. The article got me thinking of conversations I’ve had with patients over the years and what dental hygienists...  Read More
Posted 4/5/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 128
Is There A Place For Antibiotics In Periodontal Therapy? The answer is yes but not early in treatment. What I mean is that antibiotics are not a solution for incomplete or inappropriate treatment. Antibiotics are more of, for lack of a better term, a last resort. There are no short cuts to an...  Read More
Posted 3/22/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 84
Is There An Acceptable Level Of Plaque Control? What level of plaque control can we accept from our patients? The simple answer is – the best they are willing to perform. What is the minimal level of plaque control needed to control disease? The answer is – it depends. It depends...  Read More
Posted 2/17/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 136
Questions To Ask In Periodontal Treatment Planning Up to this point I have posted several blogs concerning the periodontal assessment. We’ve talked about periodontal charting, the evaluation of radiographs, the assessment of local factors, etc. I like to refer to the accumulation of this...  Read More
Posted 2/1/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 82
Periodontal Evaluation – Inflammation Management Our periodontal evaluation needs to include an evaluation of the inflammatory response. This is an interesting subject because inflammation is both good and bad. Inflammation can martial the forces, so to speak, that attack and destroy...  Read More
Posted 1/21/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 180
Analyze The Attached Gingiva A periodontal examination includes evaluation of the attached gingiva. Is the attached gingiva adequate in quantity and quality? The amount of attached gingiva necessary to maintain periodontal health has been debated. From a practical perspective, the attached...  Read More
Posted 1/14/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 78
Radiograph Analysis In A Periodontal Setting Periapical and bitewing radiographs provide a wealth of information about the patient’s dental condition. They are indispensable for diagnosis and treatment planning. They are indicative of the patient status at the time they were taken....  Read More
Posted 1/8/2016 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 84
Periodontal Care Is All About Documentation We’ve gone through a series dealing with the periodontal evaluation. Of course, we next need to formulate a diagnosis and proceed with appropriate treatment. When all is said and done, the patient is then placed in a maintenance program where...  Read More
Posted 12/21/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 130
Periodontal Charting – It’s Not Just Pocket Depth When we talk about periodontal charting we think pocket depth. Pocket depth is an important part of the periodontal exam but it’s obviously not everything. In fact, as a stand alone diagnostic, it’s almost meaningless. ...  Read More
Posted 12/14/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 84
Evaluate Tooth Mobility Tooth mobility needs to be considered when evaluating the treatment and care of a periodontal patient. Why? Because untreated mobility can have negative consequences for healing, especially if a regeneration procedure is planned. Other more obvious sequela of mobile...  Read More
Posted 11/25/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 121
Analyze The Furcations We are in a series discussing the key elements of a periodontal evaluation. My last blog touched on the importance of evaluating not only the quantity, but also the quality of calculus. Now, let’s move on to another important finding, furcation involvement. The...  Read More
Posted 11/19/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 103
Analyze The Calculus In a previous blog I mentioned three important examination findings that play an integral part in a periodontal evaluation and the development of a treatment plan. One is an assessment of the calculus. There are two things you need to know about the calculus. First is...  Read More
Posted 11/10/2015 by RickPascoe in Sharpen Your Performance - True Edge Dental Insights   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 165
Periodontal Examination Information You Must Have In the past, I have mentioned what I feel are the most important examination findings of a periodontal examination from a treatment planning perspective. In my opinion they are: 1. A determination of the quality of the calculus 2. A...  Read More
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