Sunday, February 26, 2017

Long-term cannabis use does not seem to lead to a decline in overall physical health, though decades of smoking the sweet leaf could contribute to periodontal disease, a significant new study finds.

In a study of nearly 1,000 New Zealanders tracked over 40 years, people reporting nearly 20 years of consistent pot smoking did not show any signs of a decline in lung function, high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other deterioration of physical health.
In fact, the only negative consequence researchers say was present in heavy cannabis smokers as opposed to non-smokers was more gum disease.
“We can see the physical health effects of tobacco smoking in this study, but we don’t see similar effects for cannabis smoking,” said lead study author Madeline Meier, assistant professor of psychology at Arizona State University.
This means while choosing to smoke cannabis as a preferred method of consumption may bring about some oral health problems over an extended period of time (researchers noticed this happening to people between the ages of 26 and 38) there is no evidence to suggest that smoking weed on a regular basis, even if that means decades of daily use, has the potential to sabotage one’s health in a similar manner to that of long-term use of tobacco.
“What we’re seeing is that cannabis may be harmful in some respects, but possibly not in every way,” says study co-author Avshalom Caspi, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. “We need to recognise that heavy recreational cannabis use does have some adverse consequences, but overall damage to physical health is not apparent in this study.”

Convergent Dental Introduces Solea SW 3.1.1: Significant Advancements in Usability and Patient Comfort


Company Unveils Latest Software Innovation at this Year’s
Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting

Needham, MA (February 23, 2017) – Convergent Dental Inc., developer of Solea®, the industry-leading, computer-aided, CO2 all-tissue dental laser system, is pleased to announce the launch of Solea SW 3.1.1 at this year’s Chicago Midwinter dental meeting. The latest software provides dental professionals with unprecedented usability and control while further enhancing the patient experience. With updated algorithms that control how the laser cuts both hard and soft tissue, Solea SW 3.1.1 facilitates the onset of analgesia more quickly and effectively than ever before, and provides exceptional cutting speed ability in both hard and soft tissue.

“Solea SW 3.1.1 marks yet another milestone in improved usability that makes it easier for any dentist to confidently treat patients without anesthesia,” remarked Michael Cataldo, Convergent Dental CEO. “We are constantly gathering data on how our customers use Solea and how their patients experience it. That gets fed into the product development process and incorporated into software improvements that improve cutting speed, analgesia, the ability to control bleeding and more. Simply put, the more Solea is used, the smarter it gets. All of that accrues to the benefit of our customers and their patients, no matter when Solea was integrated into the practice. Every system in the market gets the same updates delivered over Wi-Fi keeping every customer up to date. Solea SW 3.1.1 is another testament to our commitment to increasing customer value long after the initial purchase.”

Solea SW 3.1.1 is readily available at no charge to all Solea customers with an active service contract. Customers simply type in a four-digit PIN number on their existing Solea unit, and the new Solea SW 3.1.1 is automatically downloaded. No additional external service is needed; there is no waiting on technicians; just a no-hassle simple download for a seamless transition.    

The innovative software update was well received during its beta test phase. According to Dr. Yooson Kim, an early adopter of Solea, “After a quick and simple download, from the first use of Solea SW 3.1.1 it offered an improved experience for both me and my patients. The onset of analgesia was almost automatic, and the cutting speed just keeps getting faster. I didn’t think it was possible for Solea to be even simpler to use but Convergent Dental has exceeded my expectations once again.”
Dental professionals are encouraged to experience how the Solea SW 3.1.1 can work for them by visiting Convergent Dental at the 2017 Chicago Midwinter dental meeting at Booth #4431.

For further information about Solea, please visit or call 844.GOSOLEA.

About Convergent Dental, Inc.
Convergent Dental, Inc. is a privately owned dental equipment and technology company. Solea® is the only computer-aided, CO2 laser system to be cleared by the FDA for all-tissue indications. With Solea’s unique wavelength and computer controls, dentists can reliably perform procedures anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free. Reliably anesthesia-free and blood-free procedures pay huge dividends for patients in the form of a vastly improved dental experience and dentists in terms of significant practice growth. For more information, please visit Follow the company on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

OSAP Conference to Focus on Critical IC Issues

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), a community of clinicians, educators, consultants, researchers and industry representatives who advocate for the Safest Dental Visit™ will bring focus to current and emerging dental infection control and patient safety issues at its annual conference, June 22-25, in Atlanta, GA. The OSAP conference is the premier infection control education and networking event in the dental industry. Nationally and internationally known experts discuss current and emerging issues relating to infection prevention and safety in oral healthcare settings, and provide attendees with essential resources, valuable tools, and new approaches for better protecting patients and staff.
The OSAP conference is a must for anyone who wants to get the most current dental infection control information right from the experts. Among the items on this year’s agenda is the Orange County California Dental Clinic outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae/abscessus (M. chelonae/abscessus) in which 67* children were infected. The conference will also feature new instrument processing technologies, teaching and compliance aids for infection control, targeted workshops and a session on late-breaking issues—topics so up-to-the-minute that they aren’t even identified until shortly before the conference convenes.
Because the conference draws leading educators, policy makers, and researchers, it offers unparalleled networking opportunities. The OSAP conference includes a wine & cheese reception sponsored by OSAP exhibitors, the legendary “Fun”d-raising Auction that gives participants an opportunity to bid on a dazzling array of items, an optional tour of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the headquarters of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and more.
The earlybird price is $549 for OSAP members, $699 for nonmembers (additional attendees from the same facility are $449), and $99 for students. The deadline for hotel and course registration is May 30, and the deadline for the earlybird discount is March 15.
For additional information and to register, go to
*As of February 7, 2017
About OSAP
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is a growing community of clinicians, educators, consultants, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists and toolkits that help dental professionals deliver the safest dental visit possible for their patients. Plus, online and live courses help advance the level of knowledge and skill for every member of the dental team. For additional information, visit

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rhinogram to Debut New Features at Chicago MW

The creators of Rhinogram will debut two new features of their cloud-based HIPAA-compliant conversation kit at the upcoming Chicago Midwinter Meeting (booth #1103). Team chat allows healthcare team members to securely exchange messages about patient care and treatment. Mobile messaging frees patients and healthcare teams to securely discuss and exchange patient health information (PHI) on their smartphones. These features expand the HIPAA protections already built into Rhinogram.

“These additions increase the flexibility and reach of Rhinogram’s conversation kit,” stated Bo Ferger, chief operating officer of Rhinogram. “Practices will now have the power to communicate seamlessly and securely across any channel. That includes texting with patients through the practice’s existing landline, messaging with patients through social media, chatting with teammates, and exchanging images and PHI through unlimited secure messaging.”

Rhinogram was created by orthodontist Keith Dressler, who saw rigid communication tools frustrate staff and alienate patients. His vision for Rhinogram was to make clinical conversations secure and simple for everyone.

Rhinogram cuts incoming phone calls by up to 30% by inviting patients to text, an option 84% of patients prefer, according to a recent StudyKIK survey. This increases efficiency for staff, and dramatically reduces hold time for any patients who still prefer the phone.

Rhinogram will be featured in booth 1103 at the 2016 Chicago Midwinter meeting held on February 23-25. Dentists and their staff members are invited to come to the Rhinogram booth to view a product demo and learn more about what Rhinogram can do to improve their practice’s operating efficiency.

Rhinogram is perfect for dental teams who like their patients and believe that great care takes great conversations. For more information about Rhinogram and its products, call 803-546- 7678, or go to

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Patients’ esthetic expectations and satisfaction with complete dentures


Statement of problem

Understanding the factors affecting patients’ satisfaction with their dentures is essential to achieving higher satisfaction rates.


The purpose of this clinical study was to test for possible relationships between the esthetic satisfaction of complete denture therapy and factors including age, sex, and esthetic expectations.

Material and methods

Data were integrated from 4 previous studies of complete denture satisfaction, and a secondary data analysis was performed. All studies, which had similar methodologies, recorded patients’ esthetic expectation and satisfaction scores using a 0 to 10 visual analog scale. The Sign test was used to test the difference between satisfaction and expectations. The Fisher exact, Spearman rank correlation, Wilcoxon rank sum, and Kruskal-Wallis tests, as well as the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test using ridit scores, were used to assess the relationships regarding the heterogeneity among studies, satisfaction, and factors of interest.


Of the 283 participants studied, 52% were female, and the median age was 58 years. The satisfaction scores exceeded expectation scores significantly (P<.001), although they were both high. Age, sex, and expectations were different among studies (P<.008); age also differed between sexes (P=.004). After adjusting for the study, men had higher expectations than women (P=.005); there was no sex difference in level of satisfaction. Only in men was satisfaction positively correlated with expectations (r=0.300; P<.001).


Overall, patients were more esthetically satisfied than they expected after completing denture therapy; esthetic satisfaction did not differ between sexes or with age. The expectation of men was higher than that of women and was positively correlated with their level of satisfaction.

Treatment Center Intego: optimally designed for preventive care and ready for the future

Feb 22, 2017

At the 2017 Chicago Midwinter Meeting, Dentsply Sirona presents the integration of two proven solutions. The Cavitron Ultrasonic Scaling Technology is now fully integrated in the Intego Treatment Centers.

Charlotte. Professional teeth cleaning and preventive care are an integral service offered by dental practices. In order to help practitioners to best set up their treatment rooms, Dentsply Sirona has expanded its existing Treatment Centers product range with an integrated preventive care concept. This summer, the Cavitron built-in ultrasonic scaler will be available with the Intego line of Treatment Centers for fast and effective removal of the most stubborn calculus. The Intego and Intego pro Ambidextrous models are available in the US and offer modern dental practice everything necessary for professional dental hygiene, dental aesthetics and dental care.

Flexibility through individually configurable equipment

Intego supports a variety of treatment concepts through two different variants: Intego TS is a traditional, over the patient delivery with hanging hoses. The dentist element has a wide range of movement and the adjustable tray holder makes for a convenient work environment. Intego CS is a continental delivery system with whip arms and offers the widest range of treatment positions around the oral cavity, whether working alone or as a team.

Intego is additionally configurable with special packages and practical equipment options. For optimal patient communication, the unit can be equipped with a 22-inch full-HD monitor, and an autofocus intraoral camera.

Integrated design ideal for hygiene procedures

Intego is an excellent choice for hygiene procedures. Configuration is ergonomically and functionally adapted to preventive care treatments thanks to features such as a double articulating headrest, external device connection, multifunctional syringe, maintenance-free electric motors, LED operating lights and, coming soon, the integration of Cavitron. The Intego pro Ambidextrous model features an integrated infection prevention system and automated cleaning funtions. Ergomotion provides a synchronized movement of the patient’s spine with no readjustment of the headrest. Changing from right-handed to left-handed operation can be easily done in 15 seconds between the treatments of patients. The Carl or Hugo stools are available as ergonomic add-ons.

Ready for the future thanks to innovative design and digital interfaces

Developed at the Dentsply Sirona Innovation Center in Bensheim, Germany, Intego Treatment Centers were created as high-quality and reliable units, designed for the technical requirements of the future. A network interface in the patient chair, and USB connections in the doctor's element enable digital updates as well as the use of additional applications. New system solutions can be accessed and controlled via the comprehensive user interface on the EasyTouch touchscreen.

The Intego Treatment Centers combine modern, award-winning design available in many color variations, with compact dimensions, and a holistic infection prevention concept. Intego is optimally equipped for every clinical need while also being optimally prepared for long-term use into the future.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Taub announces Kidz Seal

TAUB Products, a long-time manufacturer of dental consumable products, announced a unique verification system for Kidz Seal™ America sealants. This system will allow sealant program monitors to quickly and accurately record and document placed sealants for community health centers and school-based programs.

Kidz Seal America is a pit-and-fissure sealant that can be used in either a dry or wet field. It is tooth-integrating, which does not allow microleakage and offers long-lasting retention. Kidz Seal is low-viscosity and self-adjusting so no additional occlusal adjusting is needed. 

“TAUB realizes how important good oral health is for young children,” stated Ed Matthews, vice-president of sales at TAUB Products. “So our mission is to provide sealants for all children who are in need through our Kidz Seal America campaign,” he added. 

Kidz Seal America comes in a package containing four 1.2ml syringes and twenty tips and is available through authorized dental dealers nationwide. Kidz Seal will be featured in the TAUB booth #1911 at the 2017 Chicago Midwinter Meeting from February 23-25.

TAUB Products recently celebrated their 65th year in business. TAUB provides innovative, high quality solutions for dental professionals. For more information on TAUB and its products, call 800-828-2634, or go to

Monday, February 20, 2017

NYU Colleges of Dentistry and Global Public Health Jointly Offer DDS/Online Advanced Certificate in Public Health Option

The program, one of very few in the U.S., gives dental students the opportunity to gain added expertise in core public health concepts, enhancing their ability to deliver effective public health solutions.

Reflecting a societal need for dentists with both excellent clinical skills and a deep understanding of public health issues and challenges, New York University’s College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and College of Global Public Health (CGPH) have created a DDS/Online Advanced Certificate in Public Health Program through which dental students can complete both the DDS degree program and the certificate program within four years. This dual program option is one of a very few of its kind in the U.S.

“We are extremely pleased to introduce our new DDS/CPH program, which offers dental students the opportunity to gain added expertise in providing effective health solutions,” said Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, the Herman Robert Fox Dean of NYU Dentistry. “The two disciplines, dentistry and public health, are naturally complementary as both seek to improve the health of the public.”

Because courses in the online advanced certificate program are offered every semester, including the summer, DDS students will not require additional time beyond their four-year dental curriculum to graduate with the dual program option. CPH courses include epidemiology, global issues in social and behavioral health, global health policy and management, biostatistics for public health, and global environmental public health.

“With this new program, dental students now have the opportunity to gain essential knowledge and training in core public health concepts that will enhance their ability to develop more efficient healthcare delivery, improve patient outcomes, and make a positive difference in people’s lives in global communities,” added Dean Bertolami.

“This unique online certificate underscores the multidisciplinary nature of CGPH,” added Dr. Cheryl G. Healton, Dean CGPH. “We’re excited to team up with our Faculty of Health partner, NYU Dentistry, to maximize the benefits of sharing resources developed here to be accessible at other NYU schools.”

The DDS/CPH program is open to prospective dental students who express an interest in public health training and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. DDS students may begin taking online CPH courses as early as the summer semester of their first year.

According to NYU College of Dentistry Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, “This new dual program option is an additional example of steps NYU College of Dentistry is taking to be at the forefront of transforming dental education in order to best meet the needs of tomorrow’s dentists and the public they will serve.”

Dr. Joyce O’Connor, the program’s director at CGPH, agreed. “Because online technology makes this course so accessible for our College of Dentistry students to take, they can gain invaluable public health perspectives developed here at CGPH without the costly burden of doing an extra year to take the course in person.”

About NYU College of Dentistry
New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating 8 percent of all dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity that is unmatched by any other dental school.

About NYU College of Global Public Health
At the College of Global Public Health (CGPH) at New York University (NYU), we are preparing the next generation of public health pioneers with the critical thinking skills, acumen and entrepreneurial approaches necessary to reinvent the public health paradigm.
Devoted to employing a nontraditional, inter-disciplinary model, CGPH aims to improve health worldwide through a unique blend of global public health studies, research and practice. CGPH is located in the heart of New York City and extends to NYU’s global network on six continents. Innovation is at the core of our ambitious approach, thinking and teaching.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Customized SmartPeg for measurement of resonance frequency of mini dental implants

International Journal of Implant Dentistry20173:4
DOI: 10.1186/s40729-017-0066-6
Received: 9 November 2016
Accepted: 13 January 2017
Published: 1 February 2017



One-piece narrow diameter implants (NDIs) have been recommended as “Single-tooth replacements in the anterior zones, single posterior, multiple-unit fixed dental prosthesis (FDP), edentulous jaws to be rehabilitated with FDP, and edentulous jaws rehabilitation with overdentures in situations with reduced mesiodistal space or reduced ridge width.” (ITI consensus 2013). Since NDIs can be immediately loaded, it is important to be able to carry out stability testing. We developed and validated a customized SmartPeg for this type of implant to measure the Implant Stability Quotient (ISQ). The ISQ of mini dental implants (MDIs) was measured and compared with the stability of standard and in a rabbit model.


The aim of the study is to test the feasibility of a customized SmartPeg for resonance frequency measurement of single-piece mini dental implants and to compare primary stability of a standard and the mini dental implant (3M™ESPE™ MDI) in a rabbit model after 6 weeks of healing.


Eight New Zealand white rabbits were used for the study. The protocol was approved by the McGill University Animal Ethics Review Board. Sixteen 3M™ESPE™ MDI and equal number of standard implants (Ankylos® Friadent, Dentsply) were inserted into the tibia/femur of the rabbits and compared. Each rabbit randomly received two 3M™ESPE™ MDI and two Ankylos® implants in each leg. ISQ values were measured with the help of an Osstell ISQ device using custom-made SmartPegs for the MDIs and implant-specific SmartPegs™ (Osstell) for the Ankylos®. Measurements were obtained both immediately following implant placement surgery and after a 6-week healing period. Each reading was taken thrice and their average compared using Wilcoxon matched pairs signed-rank tests.


The median ISQ and interquartile range (IQR) values were 53.3 (8.3) at insertion and 60.5 (5.5) at 6 weeks for the 3M™ESPE™MDI and, respectively, 58.5 (4.75) and 65.5 (9.3) for the Ankylos® implant. These values also indicate that both types of implants achieved primary and secondary stability, and this is supported by histological data. ISQ values of both 3M™ESPE™ MDI and Ankylos® increased significantly from the time of insertion to 6 weeks post-insertion (p < 0.05).


The new custom-made SmartPeg is suitable for measuring the Implant Stability Quotient of 3M™ESPE™MDIs. The primary stability of 3M™ESPE™MDIs is similar to the primary stability attained by standard implants in the rabbit tibia.