As dental students, most of us did not have many options when it came to which dental materials to use in clinic. There was one brand of composite, one brand of impression material, one brand of prophy paste, etc. These limitations often carried over into the free patient home-hygiene bag given out after cleanings. I was a creature of habit and did not put much thought into the products that were given to our patients. At that time, I did not have any influence over which products were recommended to my clinic patients.