Back in the day, your local dental practice was owned by the Dentist who generally took good care of you. Sure, we all panicked when they told us to open wide, but you were confident that you’re in good hands.
Hands that looked out for your best interest.
Since then, your local dental practice might have been replaced by national chains, where the quality of dental care provided to patients may be secondary, succeeded by the amount of profit generated by each provider.
Can you imagine a leaderboard, like in a sales department, where all the dentists’ production numbers are on display for the entire office, so it’s a race to see who can make the most money?
Welcome to the 21st Century Big Box Dental Practice.
The Upselling of Arestin and Atridox
Which brings me to the possible overuse (upselling) of Arestin or Atridox.
Recently, a patient came to me seeking a second opinion on his need for $12,000 worth of Arestin.
While I’m not going to get into the particulars of this case, I thought it important to educate those patients being told they need a massive regiment of Arestin or Atridox.
- Neither product is cheap, and the cost can vary from practice to practice.
- Some dentists will pressure their hygienists to place more product.
- Arestin and Atridox antibacterial effect lasts two to three weeks. After that, the bacteria will repopulate the pockets, and you’re back to square one infection wise.
Pro Tip: Unless you have 6mm or greater gum pockets, you don’t need it.
To be free of gum disease, bacteria needs to be killed on a daily basis.
A Better (and Cheaper) Ways
Perio Protect® is an easy and comfortable way to control gum disease on a daily basis. Perio Protect combines professional cleanings with non-invasive Perio Tray delivery of medication to better manage gum disease. Side effects include whiter teeth and fresher breath.
Additionally, Periosciences, an oral home care product, has a potent combination of antioxidants with an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
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