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    • CalculusThief

      I’ve got sensitive, “aging” (it still kills me to type that- but I am 40!) clog-prone skin, and I’ve been oil cleansing for over ten years. It’s made a huge difference in my skin. I wear sunscreen every day, even when I don’t wear makeup, and any sunscreen worth its salt is going to be a pain in the ass to take off with a “normal” cleanser. However, most cleansing oils are water-soluble. Massage one into your dry skin to remove makeup and sunscreen, then rinse with water. It’s not totally necessary to use a second cleanser unless you’re using olive oil or a heavier cold-cream type oil. If you’re then using a toner, that will take off any remaining residue (just in case you’re like me and like a more streamlined version of this complicated routine). Also, cleansing oils can seem expensive, but one pump is usually sufficient and the bottle will last a long time. I use Kose Softymo and it comes in a special, capri-sun-like refill bag to put in the original pump it came in- and it costs about $11 on Amazon.

    • CalculusThief

      I’ve worked in dentistry for almost 17 years. Not every type of technology can be used for every aspect of dentistry. That scanning technology isn’t considered as accurate as taking impressions which counts for a lot when you’re making a crown and want it to fit as well as possible. The technology doesn’t produce models that are as accurate, and the difference in fit has to be made up with cement, which affects the longevity of the crown. And when the images are only digital, they aren’t useful for when a doctor wants to use models and an articulator to study a patient’s centric occlusion. While this technology has been around for a while, dentists (of most specialties) are slow to adopt it not only because of the shortcomings I mentioned above, but because of the cost of adopting (and maintaining- these systems require subscriptions to their software and support) a brand new technology (brand new to the office, not to dentistry). It doesn’t make sense when what they’ve been using has hopefully been helping them turn out consistent positive outcomes. I’m not against it- we actually have one of these scanning machines in our office. It was used for about six months and never used again, for the reasons I mentioned above. It’s just that it’s not a tool thats universally appropriate (kind of like when new patients don’t want to take a full mouth series of x-rays and ask why we don’t have one of those ones “that rotates around your head”. We do, but not for what we want to see).

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