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09 March 2023

Dental Assistant Courtney Koehring: ‘I have relied on Richmond Dental products my whole career’

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Mary Guiden


Courtney Koehring has worked in dentistry for nearly 30 years. A dental assistant in Illinois, Koehring started out working at the front desk of a solo general dental practitioner. She wanted to explore whether her interest in dental hygiene was something she truly wanted to pursue. 

“It didn’t take me long to realize that I really enjoyed assisting the doctor instead of cleaning teeth,” she said. Koehring takes great pride in helping patients who are in pain, afraid or even just embarrassed about their dental health. 

“I love being a part of their journey to someone who is pain-free, maybe not quite as afraid and proud to show off their smile,” she said. 

Koehring said that she’s worked for dentists that have primarily used Richmond Dental products. As an assistant, it’s her job to order all clinical supplies for the practice. 

“The doctors trusted me to order quality products that were easy to use and most comfortable for patients,” she said. “Throughout the years, both the dentist and I were eager to use Richmond products in our practice, and we have never been disappointed. I have relied on Richmond Dental products my whole career.”

According to Koehring, the quality of the company’s products is second to none. In particular, the company’s braided rolls and Reflective Shields Plus make doing her job easier. 

“The braided rolls are super absorbent, so we aren’t wasting time or hand movements to change them out during the appointment,” she explained. “Patients appreciate an appointment that is as quick and comfortable as possible. The Reflective Shield is so comfortable with no pinching or re-wetting to remove. It is easily removed with no fuzzy residue or tissue burn. It really does reflect the light into the mouth making it easy to see those posterior teeth.”

Koehring said that she also likes wearing the Richmond Path-O-Guard mask, which is dye-free and comfortable to wear. The mask offers high filtration yet is breathable. It is also available in multiple colors. 

What is Koehring’s favorite Richmond Dental product? She said that’s an easy question. 

“My favorite product is definitely the Reflective Shield Plus,” she said. “It absorbs saliva, retracts the cheek, and reflects the light into a patient’s mouth, exactly what I need a moisture abatement pad to do. I use them when I’m assisting the doctor or working by myself.”

Koehring said that dental hygienists love the small size and need to keep a dry field when they apply sealants. 

The comfort and ease are also apparent to patients even if it’s not something that they always think about. Koehring said that using Richmond Dental products provides patients with a quick and comfortable visit. 

“The absorbency of the cotton rolls and reflective shields helps me to control the moisture in the mouth,” she said. “Everyone who has had dental work done has worried about water or saliva building up in the back of the mouth, or a sore mouth after multiple cotton changes. With Richmond Dental products, I can focus on the procedure at hand, while keeping the patient calm and comfortable.”

About Richmond Dental & Medical

Richmond Dental & Medical is the leading brand that professionals trust and love, providing the safest, highest quality, premium performing single-use medical and dental products, as well as infection control dispensers.

Since 1895, Richmond Dental & Medical has been in continuous operation. In 1947, Richmond became vertically integrated with its cotton supplier, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Barnhardt’s fourth and fifth generation family members leverage more than 125 years of experience and innovation in purifying cotton fiber for use in dental and medical products.

Richmond’s made in the U.S.A. products are sustainably sourced cotton grown in the southeastern U.S. After being harvested by your local farmers, then ginned, it is purified to the highest quality, medical-grade standards in an FDA-registered facility.  When it comes to manufacturing our products, we follow cGMP.

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