Tuesday, July 28, 2015

US court sides with Connecticut over teeth-whitening firms

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Connecticut was justified in imposing certain regulations on teeth-whitening businesses, the latest turn in a four-year battle over the state's dental health rules.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a number of reasons exist for rules governing teeth-whitening, particularly the practice of shining a light on teeth to activate peroxides.
The state Dental Commission heard expert testimony about potential health risks associated with the use of the lights, the court said.
Paul Sherman, a lawyer at the Institute for Justice, a Virginia law firm that represents Sensational Smiles, the business that challenged the regulation, said it is unconstitutional to require eight years of higher education "before they can point a flashlight at someone's teeth."
"Connecticut's policy had nothing to do with public health and safety and only serves to make life difficult for entrepreneurs who wanted to earn an honest living offering teeth-whitening services," he said.
The office of Attorney General George Jepsen said lawyers are reviewing the decision, but are "gratified" that the court agreed with the state.
The Department of Public Health in 2011 asked Sensational Smiles to cease business or face legal action. The Dental Commission ruled only dentists may perform certain procedures.
Sensational Smiles sued and a lower federal court ruled in favor of the state.
Taso Kariofyllis, co-owner of Sensational Smiles, said that his business offers a cosmetic service and that he is disgusted with Friday's ruling. His business operated in two shopping malls before the state ordered it to close.
"We should have an uninhibited way to provide services to customers in the same way other small businesses can provide cosmetic services," he said.
The Alabama Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling last month that teeth-whitening procedures may only be performed by licensed dentists. It said the service is considered the practice of dentistry and the Legislature included teeth bleaching and whitening as dental procedures.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hepatitis Seminar for Dental Professionals

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit™, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), is presenting a webinar on the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) on August 19, 12-1:30 pm CDT. The goal of the webinar is to bring dental teams up to date with HCV and new HCV therapies. HCV can survive in the environment for 16 hours on a dry surface and can be detected in saliva. It is important that clinicians understand the disease, know how to identify it, and understand how to follow-up for HCV and other bloodborne pathogens after a needlestick injury.

The HCV webinar will give dental health care providers up-to-date information on the natural history and epidemiology of HCV, new HCV therapies, recent screening guidelines from CDC, surveillance for HCV, healthcare-related hepatitis infections and prevention options, and recommendations for needlestick injury response.

The webinar is being presented by Anne Moorman, BSN, MPH. Ms. Moorman is an epidemiologist in the Division of Viral Hepatitis at CDC. Currently, she is one of the division staff leading the investigation of healthcare-associated hepatitis infections and has helped develop current guidance on these investigations in partnership with state public health departments and colleagues in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. She has contributed to more than 70 scientific articles for peer-reviewed journals during her two decades at CDC, including 12 recent articles describing healthcare-associated hepatitis transmissions and outbreaks.

The webinar registration fee is $50 and the course carries 1.5 CE credits. To register, go to: https://www.etouches.com/133687.

Celebrating over 30 years of service to the worldwide dental community, OSAP is a growing community of clinicians, educators, students, policy-makers, 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 to help dental professionals ensure that every visit is The Safest Dental Visit™ for patients and the dental team.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Angie Stone, RDH, BS and Michael Ventriello Co-Author DIY Marketing Manual for HyLife Independent Oral Care Specialists


Step-By-Step Guide Developed to Support and Expand HyLife’s
Oral Care Program for Dependent Elders

Edgerton, WI – July 22, 2015 – Angie Stone, RDH, BS founder of HyLife, LLC, a company that provides compassionate oral care services for dependent elders, recently collaborated with dental marketing veteran Michael Ventriello to co-author a do-it-yourself marketing manual in an e-book format, exclusively for its network of independent oral care specialists.

HyLife’s independent oral care specialists visit nursing home clients on an average of once a week to provide a thorough brushing of natural dentition as well as prosthetics such as bridges and partial dentures. They also provide interdental cleaning with dental floss or other over- the-counter interdental aids and dispense xylitol-based oral care products to help prevent caries.

According to Stone, “After Michael and I collaborated on developing a full range of marketing tools, including brochures, presentations, telemarketing scripts and press release templates, we realized we also needed to provide our oral care specialists with directions on how to use these tools.”

“What started out as a simple directions-for-use brochure evolved into a comprehensive do-it-yourself marketing manual,” explained Ventriello. “It was written specifically for hygienists, to help them build a successful HyLife business in their local communities.” 

The HyLife Marketing Manual is an e-book that includes chapters on the following topics:

·       Prospecting
·       Cold Calling & Follow-Up Calls
·       Email Etiquette
·       Presentations
·       Events
·       Public Relations
·       Advertising
·       Social Media

The success of the HyLife program is a passion of Stone and her team of Independent Oral Care Specialists because dependent elders in nursing homes have the worst oral health compared to any subset of the U.S. population. “They are losing their teeth at epidemic proportions, are at increased risk of heart attacks and strokes and are dying at alarming rates from aspiration pneumonia, which can be caused by bacteria from the mouth being aspirated into the lungs,” explains Stone.

“If this marketing manual can help Angie’s team be more successful, more of our elders will have improved oral health, which in turn will mean improved health and quality of life in their remaining years,” added Ventriello.

The HyLife Marketing Manual is an exclusive, downloadable resource for HyLife Independent Oral Care Specialists. HyLife service territories are assigned by zip code on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, visit www.HylifeLLC.com , call 608-884-0038, or send an e-mail to info@HyLifeLLC.com.
About Angie Stone, RDH, BS
Angie began her career in the Navy as a dental assistant. After completing her enlistment, she continued to assist while obtaining her hygiene degree.  As Angie practiced hygiene, she completed her bachelors in psychology.
She has taught in dental assisting and dental hygiene programs. She has also provided onsite education to dental professionals in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 countries and territories.
In addition to numerous published articles, her original research regarding xylitol and elders was published in a peer reviewed medical journal in November of 2013. Angie’s book, Dying from Dirty Teeth, was launched in March of 2015 and became an Amazon best seller.
Her company, HyLife, LLC, brings oral care services to dependent elders because they shouldn’t “die from dirty teeth”.  Angie is a six time attendee of CareerFusion and was awarded the Sunstar Award of Distinction in 2012 for her work with xylitol and the geriatric population.
Angie can be contacted at astone@HyLifeLLC.com.

About Michael Ventriello
Michael has more than 30 years of integrated public relations and marketing experience in a variety of industries including healthcare-focused organizations. His functional specialty is launching innovative companies and products quickly and effectively.

Michael also has more than 10 years of concentrated experience in dental industry public relations and marketing communications. During this time, he has developed and deployed highly-successful public relations and marketing communications campaigns for some of the dental industry’s most innovative products, technologies and key opinion leaders – Especially those related to oral-systemic health links.
In 2013 he founded Ventriello Communications, LLC, a healthcare marketing communications consultancy focused on the development and distribution of strategic content with the purpose of launching innovative products, building brands and generating sales leads.
Michael can be contacted at Michael@Ventriello.com.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

IDR articles explore 3-D printing for oral and dental tissue engineering

Alexandria, Va., USA - Today, the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) published a case report on the first application of a 3D printed scaffold for periodontal tissue engineering in a human patient, along with a review of 3D printing for oral and craniofacial tissue engineering. These papers are published in the latest clinical supplement to the Journal of Dental Research, which encompasses all areas of clinical research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences, and brings emerging contributions in discovery and translational science to clinical application for the healthcare community.
In the case report titled "3D Printed Bioresorbable Scaffold for Periodontal Repair," researchers Giulio Rasperini, Sophia P. Pilipchuk, Colleen L. Flanagan, Chan Ho Park, Giorgio Pagni, Scott J. Hollister and William V. Giannobile provide the first reported human case of treatment of a large periodontal osseous defect with a 3D printed, bioresorbable, patient-specific, polymer scaffold and signaling growth factor. A patient diagnosed with severe destruction of periodontal tissues presented for treatment to preserve his dentition. The treated site remained intact for 12 months following therapy but failed at 13 months. Although this case was unsuccessful long term, the authors believe the approach warrants further study on how 3D printing can be implemented for the reconstruction of dental and craniofacial anomalies.
In a review titled "3D Bioprinting for Regenerative Dentistry and Craniofacial Tissue Engineering" reviewers Fabian Obregon, Cedryck Vaquette, Saso Ivanovski, Dietmar Hutmacher and Luiz Bertassoni describe different 3D bioprinting methods. They also summarize how different classes of biomaterials (polymers, hydrogels, ceramics, composites and cell-aggregates) may be utilized for 3D biomanufacturing of scaffolds, as well as craniofacial tissue analogues.
A companion podcast is also available for download. The papers and the companion podcast interview with Drs. Luiz Bertassoni and Scott J. Hollister are available online at http://jdr.sagepub.com. Reporters and writers may contact Ingrid L. Thomas at ithomas@iadr.org to request a PDF of the studies.
About the Journal of Dental Research
The IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research, the journal for dental, oral and craniofacial research, is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge in all sciences relevant to dentistry and the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease.
About the International Association for Dental Research
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with more than 11,000 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. To learn more, visit http://www.iadr.org. The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR, with nearly 3,400 members in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.aadr.org.


Toronto, Canada - Quantum Dental Technologies (QDT) presented findings of a study last week at the 62nd Congress of the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) in Brussels, Belgium that The Canary System® can monitor caries progression after caries lesions are infiltrated with DMG’s ICON - a clear resin.
This study showed The Canary System could detect and monitor caries treated with ICON resin. It also demonstrated that resin infiltration significantly delayed the progression of natural caries development on smooth surfaces and between teeth. The study involved immersing teeth treated with ICON in a very acidic solution for up to 50 days, indicating the strong clinical potential of ICON to delay caries progression.   
“Current detection methods for caries after resin infiltration are extremely challenging because of the thickness and transparency of resin”, said Dr. Stephen Abrams, President of QDT. “Evidence from this study suggests that lesions treated with resin can now be effectively monitored with The Canary System.  This gives dentists another option for treating early tooth decay”.
The sensitivity of using traditional diagnostic methods, such as X-rays and visual inspection, is inadequate in a number of clinical situations. By the time caries or decay is visible on a radiograph, the lesion has penetrated at least 60% into the dentin and requires a restoration or filling. Now with The Canary System, clinicians can make more informed decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment planning. Resin infiltrants present an even more challenging situation.  The resin is transparent and the lesions are very shallow.  The Canary System appears to be the only method to detect and monitor the area to ensure the resin coating does not break down over time.  With The Canary System, dentists now have another application for treating the early stages of tooth decay – another preventive solution to a common disease.
The Canary System, with its unique crystal structure diagnostics, allows oral health professionals to detect, image, track and monitor tooth decay on all tooth surfaces, beneath opaque sealants, around the margins of restorations and detect cracks in teeth. The accompanying Canary Cloud (www.thecanarycloud.com) enables dentists to view and manage this data in an online environment, track Canary usage in the office, and keep up-to-date on Canary products and clinical news.  With The Canary System, caries detection is not simply shining a light on a tooth surface but it’s about gathering accurate information on the status of the tooth’s crystal structure and then storing it to allow ongoing analysis and monitoring. 
Visit www.thecanarysystem.com or email sales@thecanarysystem.com to request additional information.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the nonsurgical treatment of chronic periodontitis by means of scaling and root planing with or without adjuncts.

J Am Dent Assoc. 2015 Jul;146(7):525-35. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2015.01.026.



A panel of experts convened by the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs presents an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on nonsurgical treatment of patients with chronic periodontitis by means of scaling and root planing (SRP) with or without adjuncts.


The authors developed this clinical practice guideline according to the American Dental Association's evidence-based guideline development methodology. This guideline is founded on a systematic review of the evidence that included 72 research articles providing clinical attachment level data on trials of at least 6 months' duration and published in English through July 2014. The strength of each recommendation (strong, in favor, weak, expert opinion for, expert opinion against, and against) is based on an assessment of the level of certainty in the evidence for the treatment's benefit in combination with an assessment of the balance between the magnitude of the benefit and the potential for adverse effects.


For patients with chronic periodontitis, SRP showed a moderate benefit, and the benefits were judged to outweigh potential adverse effects. The authors voted in favor of SRP as the initial nonsurgical treatment for chronic periodontitis. Although systemic subantimicrobial-dose doxycycline and systemic antimicrobials showed similar magnitudes of benefits as adjunctive therapies to SRP, they were recommended at different strengths (in favor for systemic subantimicrobial-dose doxycycline and weak for systemic antimicrobials) because of the higher potential for adverse effects with higher doses of antimicrobials. The strengths of 2 other recommendations are weak: chlorhexidine chips and photodynamic therapy with a diode laser. Recommendations for the other local antimicrobials (doxycycline hyclate gel and minocycline microspheres) were expert opinion for. Recommendations for the nonsurgical use of other lasers as SRP adjuncts were limited to expert opinion against because there was uncertainty regarding their clinical benefits and benefit-to-adverse effects balance. Note that expert opinion for does not imply endorsement but instead signifies that evidence is lacking and the level of certainty in the evidence is low.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CEREC® 30 Sponsorship Opportunities, Exhibitor Booths Sell Out

July 13, 2015 – Charlotte, NC Sirona Dental, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry, announced today that sponsorship opportunities and exhibition space at its upcoming CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration (C30) are officially sold out, completely filling the expansive 100,000 square-foot trade show floor. 
Scheduled for September 17-19th, 2015 at The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, CEREC 30 is a three-day CAD/CAM extravaganza featuring outstanding clinical education across a comprehensive spectrum of digital dentistry topics, an impressive lineup of musical talent and motivational speakers, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall showcasing top dental companies and their products and services.
“CEREC 30 is proving to be the must-attend event of the year not only for dental professionals, but also for the leading dental industry vendors showcasing their products and services at the C30 trade show,” said Sirona Dental, Inc. President Michael Augins. “Every inch of the trade show floor will be filled with unique and valuable opportunities for CEREC 30 attendees to experience the best digital dentistry products that our industry partners and exhibitors have to offer.”
CEREC 30 sponsors include:
·       Diamond Sponsors: Ivoclar Vivadent and DENTSPLY
·       Platinum Sponsor: Comprehensive Finance
·       Gold Sponsor: VITA North America
·       Silver Sponsors: cerecdoctors.com, ClearCorrect, and 1-800-DENTIST
·       Bronze Sponsors: CareCredit, Digital Enamel, Fortune Management,
and Isolite
·       Orthodontic Symposium Sponsors: American Orthodontics and Dolphin
·       Exclusive Distribution Partner Sponsor: Patterson Dental
To view the entire list of trade show exhibitors, the CEREC 30 pre-show program or to register as an attendee, all dental and dental lab professionals are encouraged to visit http://www.CEREC30th.com, or call 844-CEREC30. Companies that wish to be placed on a wait list for CEREC 30 exhibit hall booth space if it becomes available should contact Meggan Polich at meggan.polich@sirona.com.
About Sirona Dental, Inc.
Sirona, the dental technology leader, has served dealers and dentists worldwide for more than 130 years. Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a complete line of dental products, including CAD/CAM restoration systems (CEREC), digital intra-oral, panoramic and 3D imaging systems, dental treatment centers, and handpieces. Visit www.sironausa.com for more information about Sirona and its products.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Eight-year randomized clinical evaluation of Class II nanohybrid resin composite restorations bonded with a one-step self-etch or a two-step etch-and-rinse adhesive

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 1371-1379
Date: 31 Oct 2014



The aim of this study is to observe the durability of Class II nanohybrid resin composite restorations, placed with two different adhesive systems, in an 8-year follow-up.


Seventy-eight participants received at random at least two Class II restorations of the ormocer-based nanohybrid resin composite (Ceram X) bonded with either a one-step self-etch adhesive (Xeno III) or a control two-step etch-and-rinse adhesive (Excite). The 165 restorations were evaluated using slightly modified United States Public Health Services (USPHS) criteria at baseline and then yearly during 8 years.


One hundred and fifty-eight restorations were evaluated after 8 years. Three participants with five restorations (three Xeno III, two Excite) were registered as dropouts. Twenty-one failed restorations (13.3 %) were observed during the follow-up. Twelve in the one-step self-etch adhesive group (13.5 %) and nine in the two-step etch-and-rinse group (13.0 %). This resulted in nonsignificant different annual failure rates of 1.69 and 1.63 %, respectively. Fracture of restoration was the main reason for failure.


Good clinical performance was shown during the 8-year evaluation and no significant difference in overall clinical performance between the two adhesives. Fracture was the main reason for failure.

Clinical relevance

The one-step self-etch adhesive showed a good long-term clinical effectiveness in combination with the nanohybrid resin composite in Class II restorations.