I have done research on charcoal based toothbrushes to gain better knowledge in order to educate my patients on the newest tools being sold on the market today. Throughout my research, it is, in fact, confirmed that the charcoal infused bristles had significantly greater antimicrobial properties and less bacterial growth which makes them a product for the prevention of oral disease causing microorganisms!
A Comparison of Bacterial Contamination and Antibacterial Efficacy in Bristles of Charcoal Toothbrushes VS. Non charcoal toothbrushes a Microbiological Study
My research on periapical pathology has helped me gain the knowledge of better identifying pathology on radiographs. My peer and I have done research on many of the pathology seen including : Radicular cyst, granuloma, abscess, residual cyst, periapical scarring, complex odontoma, periapical cemental dysplasia I, II and III. My role was to evaluate the appearance and characteristics of a radicular cyst, granuloma, abscess, residual cyst and periapical scarring. Upon reviewing the radiographic appearance of periapical pathology, I have learned that an abscess can be mistaken for a periapical scar and vice versa unless proper evaluation of a patient is done. Also, after reviewing radiographs of the granuloma vs the radicular cyst, it is official that they are identical in appearance and are very difficult to differentiate. Although, if characteristics of a cyst are present, which are: displacement of adjacent structures and expansion of outer cortical boundaries of the jaw, this can help with confirming pathology.
Charcoal Toothpaste- This research was done to evaluate if charcoal dentrifice was really a great benefit for patients looking for whiter teeth. After doing the research we saw that the charcoal was known to be more of an abrasive compound, which could do damage to enamel with continuous use although the other products in the dentrifice were the real cause for the effects of whitening.