Orthodontic Plaque Removal Made Easy
Tabitha Acret BOH
If you’re anything like me, my heart would sink a little when I would see that a teenage patient in active orthodontics was booked to see me. Who would walk through the door? Would it be a mouth full of food debris stuck in what looked like moldy orthodontic brackets and profusely bleeding gums? Would I see impossible to reach staining around the brackets or think my patient just ate a packet of Cheezels™ only to find out that he or she had just not brushed his teeth since the last time I saw them?
I used to loath this type of patient, not just because I could find enough food in their brackets to feed a small nation but because I was never satisfied with the results I’d achieved after I’d finished their clean. Far too often, I felt under pressure to get their teeth cleaned in the “child” timed appointment slot, never feeling like I had removed everything. I was always feeling frustrated trying to manoeuvre my ultrasonic tip around brackets, trying to use a prophy handpiece and gluggy prophy paste to remove tenacious sticky mature plaque from modules and on the gingival side of the bracket. As I frantically worked away, I would be loathing the patient in the chair; blood, sweat and tears from both of us were going into the appointment with a lacklustre result!
Traditional methods for professional prophylaxis of the orthodontic patient are often time consuming and biofilm is more often than not, left on and around the brackets. By incorporating AIRFLOW® and the 8 steps of GUIDED BIOFILM THERAPY into my orthodontic preventative care programs, I now achieve painless 100% biofilm removal with 360 degree accessibility and improve my patient’s’ long term outcomes. My orthodontic appointments have reduced from 1 hour to 30 minutes and I now plaque disclose every single one of my patients. By using Guided Biofilm Therapy with AIRFLOW® technology combined with appropriate home OHI instructions and motivation, I am providing the best treatments possible for my patients. And you can too!
In this dental webinar, learn how you can make orthodontic appointments more effective, efficient and safe. Not only will your patients find the procedure more comfortable, but you will reduce your patients’ risks of gingival disease, demineralisation and caries. GUIDED BIOFILM THERAPY has transformed my clinical practice and it can transform yours too - it’s a win win win for all!
Release date: Thursday 29th November, 2018, 06:30 PM
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Tabitha Acret BOH
Tabitha Acret is a dedicated and passionate award-winning Dental Hygienist. She studied a Bachelor or Oral Health at Newcastle University after working as a Dental Nurse and Practice Manager for 10 years and graduated in 2008. Since qualifying, Tabitha has become one of the most sought-after Hygienists and Educators in Australia and internationally with a fast-growing and loyal customer base of patients, dental professionals and media.
Tabitha was previously the National Vice-President for the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia and has volunteered in many roles since graduation for the Association. She also has a passion for educating with students, working as a Clinical Educator at Sydney University and currently works as a private Clinical Educator for implant maintenance and non-surgical periodontal therapy. She lectures and writes regularly for both industry and consumer press on motivating patients, implant maintenance and disease prevention and periodontal therapy. Winner of the 2018 Leadership Award in Dental Hygiene and the 2019 Award for Clinical Excellence, Tabitha had dedicated her professional life to continued learning and sharing her passion with the dental community.
Outside of her busy work life of lecturing and working clinically in private practice Tabitha enjoys volunteering both locally and internationally to raise awareness to change the way oral health care is delivered to patients, she co-hosts a podcast called disrupting dentistry sharing her passions for high level dentistry around the world.