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Can’t or Don’t Want to Use Plastic Bags? Try a Reusable Patient Gift Bag Solution

Do single-use plastic bag laws have you rethinking how your dental practice uses plastic? Or maybe you just want to offer something different or a little nicer. Good news! Quantum Labs has many patient take-home bag options that comply with most single-use plastic bag laws. Our reusable patient supply bags were designed with doctors in mind.  They are the perfect size to fit a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste and even a giveaway. There is a pocket to place your business card or appointment reminder card with optional logo imprinting. They come in many different colors and durable materials to match your style and branding all with a sturdy zip closure.

Our reusable patient gift bags come in three main styles:

  •          The original ToothCase™ with zip lock closure starting at just .29 each
  •          The SmileCase™ extra durable vinyl with full zipper closure bag as low as .34 each
  •          The Deluxe Mesh Zipper Bag made of beautiful nylon starting at an unbelievable .84 each

Quantum Reusable Gift Bags

We were the first to offer reusable bags specifically for dental patients. They were designed to be cost-effective and they had to be something patients loved and wanted to reuse.  They are TSA compliant and are frequently spotted in use during travel or as cosmetic bags and at the gym. The ToothCase Bags are made of a durable 5.5 Mil (.14 mm) poly material. This makes them exempt from most single-use laws and qualifies them as reusable in most municipalities. The SmileCase Bag’s reinforced vinyl and toggle zipper shows it is serious about being reused. The Deluxe Mesh supply bag with metal zipper is a truly plastic-free product. To see all of our prints and colors and to order including personalization visit our supply bag page at quantumlabs.com/zipperbags.

Send patients home with the hygiene products they need in sustainable style. Quantum Labs offers a full line of professional bulk toothbrushes, patient-size floss and toothpaste as well as curated personalized gifts such as lip balm and hot cold packs. We offer supply kit pricing starting at just .89 each for the brush, floss and bag!

Plastic bag bans can vary and be complicated. If you would like assistance evaluating patient giveaway and take-home options that comply in your area, we are here to help. Just call 1-800-328-8213 or email: contact@quantumlabs.com   

Grow Your Practice with a Positive Last Impression - It's Science

Want to grow your dental practice? Talk with any dental practice growth consultant and they’ll strongly emphasize the lasting value of creating a truly remarkable patient experience. That effort becomes your professional image and what patients ultimately remember.

The dental patient experience has a direct impact on their compliance to schedule 6-month dental checkups, retention, referrals and their enthusiasm to post amazing online reviews! Increased patient participation in any or several of these areas will definitely quicken the stride toward dental practice growth.

So what specific steps can you take to give your dental patients the memorable send-off feeling of their dreams? A part of the answer might reside in what German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus, a pioneer in the study of memory, coined as the “Recency Effect.”  Dr. Ebbinghaus observed when his study subjects were asked to recall a list of items in any order he noted, “People tend to begin recall with the end of the list, recalling those items best.”

Holding to the idea of the “Recency Effect,” a dental practice owner might want to place greater, more deliberate consideration on the patient experience during and toward the end of the dental visit.

 Lasting Impression memory foam handprint

A few ways to demonstrate excellence in the latter part of the dental visit might be:

  1.        Memorable Comfort: Consider the “Wow!” factor of offering each dental patient a premium MediPosture memory foam neck pillow. There is no denying that such cushions offer enhanced neck support and comfort over factory chair configurations. At the conclusion of a dental visit, patients who’ve experienced the cushion, tend to feel more refreshed and less strained. As a hidden benefit, these cushions help increase the tolerance patients have to being reclined. Therefore, ergonomic work angles are often improved for the dental operator.
  2.        Loyalty Builders: Don’t underestimate the lasting value of investing in dental-specific patient giveaways that help support the message of dental health. Choosing products such as toothbrushes, dental floss or complete dental care kits will be a sure way to promote good oral hygiene habits. Your dental practice will further benefit with custom imprinting. Quantum Labs is the original designer of the dental Toothcase Supply Bag, which can be configured as a kit to include a toothbrush, toothpaste and brushing timer – electric toothbrush replacement heads are available too!
  3.        Digital “Nitrous”: Visit the OperaDDS VR (virtual reality) website if you wish to deliver a “Far-Out” experience that is sure to be remembered by dental patients. Designed by Dr. Bryan Laskin, these virtual reality headsets offer patients a variety of incredible virtual-reality experiences with scenarios of their choosing. According to Opera VR, the headset’s effectiveness in relieving patient anxiety has been documented to be as effective as using nitrous oxide.

Leverage the science behind the “Recency Effect” to make your practice’s unique patient experience and last impression, a positive lasting impression. Trying one of these suggestions during dental visits should create greater patient enthusiasm and long-term participation – and remember the old saying, “You’re only as good as your last performance.”  

5 Methods for Whiter Teeth

Having white teeth is both a sign of good health and personal hygiene. If your teeth aren't as white as you'd like them to be, there are a few things you can try at home to achieve a whiter smile. Though none of these tips will do the job as well as a professional whitening service, they can definitely help whiten your teeth and won't break the bank in the process. Before you try any of these or other tooth whitening tips, remember to check with your dentist for a dental hygiene plan personalized to your oral health.
 4 Methods For Whiter Teeth

Whitening Toothpaste 

Always try to buy toothpaste that has a clearly-mentioned whitening formula. Whitening toothpaste makes use of polishers, abrasives to lighten dark spots, and bleaching agents to brighten your smile. Don’t expect instant results though, whitening toothpaste typically takes months to produce noticeable results. Regardless, they are still the most universally-used product for teeth whitening because they’re easy to incorporate into your daily oral care regimen. In fact, it should be part of your daily oral care routine anyway, even if you are using other teeth whitening processes, since it also maintains your teeth. Regular use of whitening toothpaste will help you achieve and maintain a bright white smile.

 

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are typically more effective than toothpaste alone. They use peroxides and whiten your smile quickly. There are both over-the-counter strips and professional strips available. Neither are designed for your bite and mouth specifically, so you may not see the same results as someone else using the same product. Strips work great if you have minor staining and are looking to brighten up your teeth quickly and at a low cost.

 

Brushing with Baking Soda 

Baking soda has long been used as an alternative to toothpaste. Many people will admit to brushing teeth with just baking soda. Today, many toothpaste manufacturers are incorporating baking soda into their formula. 

To use baking soda as a toothpaste, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water and brush your teeth with the paste. Adding a few drops of peppermint or clove essential oil can add to the fresh feel it leaves behind.  Do not add essential oils directly to your toothbrush as it can quickly degrade the bristles of the brush. You should only be brushing with baking soda a few times per week and in addition to your regular toothpaste recommended by your dentist.

 

Oil Pulling 

Oil pulling originated in India and is part of a natural healing practice called Ayurveda. This method is used to improve oral hygiene and remove toxins from the body. The practice involves swishing oil around in your mouth to remove bacteria, which can turn into plaque and cause your teeth to look yellow. Coconut oil is a popular choice because it has a pleasant taste and offers many additional health benefits. Coconut oil is also high in lauric acid, which is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. Unlike many other tooth whitening methods, coconut oil pulling does not expose your teeth to acid or other ingredients that erode the enamel. This means it is safe to do daily. 

To oil pull, put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and push and pull the oil through your teeth. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so you may need to wait a few seconds for it to melt. Continue the oil pulling for a full 15–20 minutes. Be sure to spit the coconut oil into a toilet or trash can, as it could return to solid form once in your drain pipes and cause a clog.

 

Diet 

Prevent tooth stains before they happen by being mindful of the food and beverages you are consuming throughout the day. Coffee, red wine, soda, and dark berries, for example, all have properties that will leave stains on your teeth. You don’t need to cut these out of your diet completely, but be mindful of your intake. You should also consider brushing your teeth before and after consuming any one of these food or beverages, this will help prevent stains from forming. Using a straw with dark or stain-producing beverages can also help to minimize staining effects.

 

If you’d like to learn more about these remedies or any others you may have heard of, please consult your dentist.