LeeAnn Winkler, BSDH, a hygienist at Miller & Miller, DDS in Plano, Texas actively advocates for Spry xylitol products to her patients. She has worked alongside Julie Wallace RDH with Drs. Chris and Matt Miller for the last seven years. She first heard about how the use of xylitol could impact a patient’s oral health at a state professional association meeting about six years ago. The office began its journey with xylitol slowly, at first just promoting the Spry Oral Rinse and the Spry Mints to patients.
Miller & Miller has a patient-centered philosophy and continues to learn more about xylitol at every opportunity. Many on staff have benefitted from its use personally. The entire office now recommends Spry products because of the many ways it can improve the overall health and quality of life for their patients with recurrent caries, dry mouth and diabetes. Patients are educated that “sugar free” doesn’t necessarily equal “good for you” and have a display set up to show the Spry line of products that are discussed at dental visits. This allows patients to see what they will be looking for on the store shelves when they go purchase at the local Natural/Health food store. What a creative way to inform the patients of the benefits of xylitol while keeping storage and inventory manageable! Patients can see the care and concern offered by Miller & Miller and helping their patients have a healthy smile through the xylitol protocol is part of that.