The Right Stuff: Knowing Your Dental Supplies

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dental toolsInnovations in dentistry have made it easier for dentists to choose from different dental supplies. Manufacturers continuously update products to accommodate the ever changing needs of dentists and patients.

As  vendors and suppliers are dime a dozen, Advance Dental Supply recommends doing comparative shopping online to find the right tools and get more value for your money.

Tools of the Trade

Several types of dental equipment have specific uses. They come in three forms:

  1. Instruments – are specialized devices such as x-ray machines and CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) which shows a detailed 3D model of teeth.
  1. Tools – include the infamous dental mirror and drills. Customers and dentists alike lately prefer lasers, as they are significantly more precise, relatively painless and faster than manual tools.
  1. Supplies – are consumable materials such as articulating paper or disposable cups, and materials commonly found in a non-dental environment. These include bathroom tissues, facemasks, and exam gloves. Dentists should have a ready stock of these in their clinics, and are generally cheaper (especially when bought in bulk).

Supply and Demand

Figures from Research and Markets show that the global dental supplies market should rise by slightly over 6 percent in the 2012-2016 period. This is because of the recent increase in procedures performed worldwide in response to sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets. Another factor may also be the better education of consumers in overcoming “dental phobia” or the irrational fear of dentists. The Internet has also helped shape this demand with some dental supply stores now selling online, in addition to their brick and mortar counterparts.

With the so many options available, choosing the right supplies can be overwhelming. But, knowing exactly what you need and your clients’ will help you decide.

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