— A dental technician at the Twin Cities’ Minnesota Dental Association is making sure his clients don’t have to spend hours brushing their teeth in a hurry.
The dentist is giving a free round of toothbrush strokes to his patients, with a goal to get the dental assistants on the job at least 90 percent of the time, said Tim O’Neill, dental assistant at the MDA.
The free round is called the Turt Tumbler.
It uses a toothpaste and a tooth brush to gently clean the teeth.
O’Neil said he’s gotten about 2,000 strokes in the past year.
It works like this: First, the dentist uses a special toothbrush, which looks like a miniature toothbrush.
Next, he uses a brush to clean the entire surface.
The next step is to give the patient another toothbrush that is much thicker, he said.
That toothbrush is the Turton Tumblers, which has a much thicker bristles, O’Nell said.
The Turt can also be used to clean a sink, a sink sink, or even a sink floor, he added.
O’Noll said his patients typically have a problem with their teeth because they don’t know how to use their brush, but they are willing to learn.
“I know how my teeth feel when I brush them,” he said, “so I’m happy to help them.”
The MDA is also offering a free dental exam and dental cleaning service at the dentist’s office for people who are not currently working.
O.J. Pugh, dental surgeon for the MCA, said they want to see what works for you and your family, especially if you have children.
He said they are also working on expanding the program to give teethbrushes and toothbrushes to dentists at other Minnesota hospitals.
The dental associations are partnering with a local dentist who will provide free, round-the-clock service.
O.J.’s dentist, Dr. Michael H. Miller, said that because of the recent recession, dentists have been able to make more money than ever.
He said the number of dental assistants has increased, and the amount of visits has increased as well.
He added that a major challenge is to get people to stay in the dentist office for the full 30 minutes.
Ollner said he has gotten about 80 percent of his patients in the morning.
He hopes the program will help them.