‘Oral Cancer: the crucial role of early detection and diagnosis’

by Jo-Anne Jones
2020 CE Leader

Chances are if you are not wearing loupes and benefitting from the use of magnification in your clinical practice, you may be missing subtle changes in the oral environment.  If those subtle changes are related to an aphthous ulcer, there is not too much at stake.  However, the oversight of a pre-cancerous or cancerous lesion may have a devastating outcome for the patient in the chair.  It may even be a matter of life or death. 

 

The real numbers behind Oral Cancer

Here are the facts:

4 Benefits of Wearing Loupes

4 Benefits of Wearing Loupes

by Amber Auger
RDH, MPH

Imagine working with a scratched patient mouth mirror. The scratches on the mirror prevent the clinician from easily evaluating the oral cavity. Therefore, the clinician’s eyes are left straining to identify the details needed to diagnose the patient. Like a scratched mirror, clinicians working without magnification are often left straining their eyes. Wearing loupes decreases the clinician’s eye strain and overall stress on the body.

Do You See What I See? When it's Time to Update Your Magnification

When It’s Time to Update Your Magnification

by Amber Auger
RDH, MPH

When first purchasing loupes, it is recommended to select the lowest magnification that meets your needs. A 2.5X magnification is most common for first-time loupe wearers as there is a larger field of view which is easier to adjust to and use in delivering patient care. As vision changes over time, your magnification may need to increase to reduce the stress on the eyes and optimize the effectiveness of using loupes. Let’s review the signs and symptoms that reflect a need for an upgraded magnification:

Technology and Excellence

Technology and Excellence

by Diana Friedman
General Manager

Craftsmanship, the skill and art of creating items, has long been associated with handmade manufacturing processes. When thinking of luxury items, the specific identification of an article as ‘hand crafted’ connotes quality, expertise and artistry. This perception holds true for both products and services. Many healthcare professions, including dentistry, have a proud heritage in the hands-on delivery of clinical and aesthetic care by dentists, specialists and dental hygienists. Dexterity, handiness and manual agility are valued attributes in our profession.