Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Convergent Dental Announces New Partnership with Patterson Dental

Strategic Alliance Expands Availability of Solea®
to Thousands of Dental Professionals Nationwide

Natick, MA (October 20, 2016) – Convergent Dental Inc., developer of Solea®, the industry-leading, computer-aided, CO2 all-tissue dental laser system, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Patterson Dental, a leading distributor of dental products, equipment, and technology in the US and Canada. Effective immediately, Patterson Dental will distribute Solea, the first and only CO2 dental laser cleared to cut hard, soft and osseous tissue across the US.

“We are tremendously excited about this partnership,” remarked Michael Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental. “Patterson’s representatives have earned a place as trusted advisors to thousands of dentists because of their commitment to a deep understanding of what is important to each customer and delivering the best solutions to meet those needs. This thoughtful approach to helping practices grow matches exactly with how we do business at Convergent Dental and is the most important aspect of this partnership.”  

Solea has earned its reputation for delivering reliably anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free experiences because of the science behind it, the technology that enables it, and its simplicity in the hands of the dentists. With a single setting, dentists move back and forth between hard, soft, and osseous tissue by just changing pressure on the dental laser industry’s only variable speed foot pedal. 

“Solea is revolutionizing the dental practice by dramatically increasing production while greatly improving the patient experience,” remarked Dave Misiak, President of Patterson Dental. “We truly believe in this groundbreaking technology and see it as a powerful complement to the other technologies that we have so successfully introduced to thousands of our customers.”

All dental professionals attending this year’s American Dental Association (ADA) Meeting are encouraged to visit Convergent Dental at booth #1814 and Patterson Dental at booth #3036 for a free demonstration of how Solea can improve their own clinical procedures and practice profitability. 

For more 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.

About Patterson Dental
Patterson Dental, a leading distributor of dental products, equipment and technology in the US and Canada, serves as the largest business in the progressive, global Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO) family of businesses. Patterson is committed to creating value for customers through products, services, and lasting relationships. Dental professionals who partner with Patterson enjoy the convenience and peace of mind that come with relying on one trusted source for everything they need. For more information, please visit

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ntroducing The Future of Oral Health, a new custom collaboration between Scientific American Custom Media and Colgate-Palmolive Company


New York City, NY (October 24, 2016) – The impact of oral disease on whole-body health and the changes to the practice of dentistry worldwide are the subjects of The Future of Oral Heath, a new publication produced by Scientific American Custom Media, in collaboration with Colgate-Palmolive Company.

The issue will launch on October 21st at the American Dental Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver during the panel discussion, The Evolving Landscape of Global Oral Health, Its Prevention and Treatment,” moderated by Jeremy Abbate, VP and publisher of Scientific American and the publishing director of The Future of Oral Heath. Panelists include: Michael C. Alfano, DMD, PhD, Caswell A. Evans, DDS, MPH, Sharon Guynup, Thomas E. Van Dyke, DDS, PhD, Dipl. ABP (Periodontology) and Marko Vujicic, PhD.

The publication explores science, policy and new delivery models to better understand the current and future state of the multifaceted oral health field. Within the issue are updates on:

  • The oral health of a growing elderly population; global health issue of caries and periodontal diseases and the latest industry developments helping to improve access and cost-of-care in these areas.
  • The state of the science linking oral health and other areas of medicine and changes in the relationships between the dental and medical communities as they slowly de-silo and integrate to deliver better care and greater access for patients.
  • New tools being employed in diagnostics, biotechnology, and digital health that are advancing care, along with a special look at how dentistry and oral health will be managed in the future.
  • Philosophies and technologies that have fueled industry changes and ways in which global demographics are mandating more accommodating, on-demand approaches to dentistry that reduce cost and bring care to hard-to-reach populations.

“We are thrilled to be working with Colgate to bring these important issues to an international audience,” notes Jeremy Abbate, VP and Publisher, Scientific American and the project’s leader. “Examining oral health through the lens of global health, access to care, and future technology is a relevant conversation, not just for dentistry, but for the larger allied health space.”

Pat Verduin, Colgate’s Chief Technology Officer, concurs: “Solutions in oral health must address evolving patient needs, changing global demographics, and the ever-advancing innovation landscape that will affect delivery methods and models of care. We are very proud to be a part of this multifaceted conversation.”

Scientific American’s The Future of Oral Health: Global Challenges, Advances, and New Technologies is freely accessible at
About Scientific American Custom Media

Scientific American’s Custom Media Division operates as a separate and distinct unit from its Editorial department. Leveraging the highest standards embodied by its brand, Scientific American Custom Media develops events, content, and special projects in partnership with corporations, government institutions and other organizations.

About Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit

About Springer Nature

Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s most influential journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. Visit and follow @SpringerNature

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Marijuana Use Linked to Increased Gum Disease Risk

Frequent cannabis users exhibit key indicators of periodontal disease in new study in AAP journal
CHICAGO (October 12, 2016)Researchers have found that frequent recreational cannabis useincluding marijuana, hashish, and hash oilmay be associated with elevated risk of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). When compared to study participants who used cannabis less regularly, those who had used it at least once a month for a year demonstrated increased indicators of mild, moderate, and severe periodontal disease. The study is featured in the Journal of Periodontology, which is published by the American Academy of Periodontology.
In the report, titled “Relationship Between Frequent Recreational Cannabis (Marijuana and Hashish) Use and Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: NHANES 2011-2012,” participants who identified as frequent users of recreational cannabis demonstrated an average of 29.2 sites around the teeth with periodontal pocket depths of greater than or equal to four millimeters; 24.8 sites with pocket depth of greater than or equal to six millimeters; and 24.5 sites with at least eight millimeters of pocket depth. Study participants who reported to less frequent cannabis use indicated an average of 22.3, 19.2, and 18.9 sites respectively.
Pocket depths are critical indicators of periodontal disease, measuring the space between a tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Healthy attachment of gum tissue, which should fit snuggly around a tooth, measures between one to three millimeters in depth. Pocket depth measurements indicative of disease can range between three to five millimeters deep (mild periodontal disease) to more than seven millimeters deep (severe periodontal disease).
“At a time when the decriminalization of marijuana use is becoming more common in the United States, users should be made aware of the impact that any form of cannabis can have on the health of their gums,” says Dr. Terrence J. Griffin, president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). “There are a number of risk factors that contribute to the development of periodontal disease, and this report suggests that cannabis use may be one of them. Patients should notify their periodontists of all known risk factors to ensure timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment.”
Data for this reportwhich assessed a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults between age 30 and 59were collected as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2011-2012), administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the AAP. The AAP and the CDC have worked together since 2003 to determine periodontitis prevalence in the United States, finding that nearly half of all U.S. adults age 30 and above have some form of periodontal disease.
Those who suspect they have gum disease should schedule an appointment with a local periodontist,” Dr. Griffin says.
Periodontal disease is caused by an inflammatory reaction to a bacterial infection below the gum line, and it can lead to swelling, irritation, receding gums, and tooth loss if left untreated. The AAP recommends regular flossing, brushing twice a day, and undergoing yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluations for the prevention of periodontal disease, which is treatable and often reversible with proper and timely care from a periodontist.
To learn more about periodontal disease or to find a periodontist in your area, visit
About the American Academy of Periodontology
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents over 8,000 periodontistsspecialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

International Dental Show (IDS) 2017: Ten good reasons for visiting the trade fair

Impressive figures - impressive innovations - a fascinating city - so don't miss IDS!

139,000 trade visitors from 152 countries, 2,199 companies from 59 countries on a total of 157,000 square metres of exhibition space - in the view of these figures from the year 2015, it is immediately clear to everyone: There are a multitude of reasons for visiting the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne from 21 to 25 March 2017. For example, the following ten:

1. Among all information possibilities on dental themes, IDS is the central forum and an unparalleled marketplace - big-scale, with a high degree of comfort and staged with great attention to deal. 
2. IDS has firmly established itself as the global leading trade fair for dentistry and dental technology over the course of many decades. For example, it offers the most comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art technologies and current innovations, interesting product developments and new services.
3. Located in the heart of Europe, IDS is easily accessible from all over the world, the world capital of dentistry lies in Cologne every two years.
4. It is child's play to reach the fair, because the website offers efficient support for arrival by car, train or airplane as well as for finding and booking a hotel.
5. IDS is organised by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI). Which itself is an industry association with a long tradition and which also disposes of the corresponding wealth of experience in organising exhibitions and trade fairs. This year VDDI is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It was founded as the Association of German Dental Manufacturers on 24 June 1916 and organised the first Dental Show in 1923.
6. IDS is an ideal place for an eventful outing with the entire team. While touring around the exhibition halls, you certainly won't be stuck for topics of conversation and each individual person will enjoy his own personal trade fair experience.
7. Making the preparations and organising one's visit in advance is easy. Because the website provides plenty of support here. You can find the exhibiting companies and themes here, which enable you to efficiently plan your visit to the trade fair in advance. The new IDS app, which contains many functions, and the Matchmaking tool are very useful while preparing one's visit and touring the fair in Cologne.
8. The trade visitors plan their tour around the exhibition halls based on the focal point of their practice or laboratory and according to the current investment needs. For instance, endodontists, orthodontists or dental technicians that specialise in implant prosthetics will quickly find those suppliers of the dental industry with whom they can cooperate as partners.
9. Beyond the industry exhibition, IDS offers an extensive supporting programme, including among others the traditional Speaker's Corner, the Generation Lounge or exciting award ceremonies (i.e. the Gysi Prize for aspiring young dental technicians). Further demonstrations and short lectures are held at the exhibition stands.
10. IDS is exciting, it demands a high degree of attentiveness, if one wants to exploit the maximum benefit. It is thus recommendable to explore the Cathedral city with one's team after a long day at the trade fair. There are more sights and opportunities for a cosy get-together in Cologne than in hardly any other city.
"Within seconds, I could think of at least twenty other reasons to visit IDS, the world's largest trade fair for dentistry and dental technology, in Cologne from 21 to 25 March 2017," Dr. Martin Rickert, Chairman of the VDDI (Association of the German Dental Manufacturers), assured. "That is why it goes without saying that 
I will visit the fair personally, meet up with plenty of trade visitors and hold interesting discussions with them."

IDS (International Dental Show) takes place in Cologne every two years and is organised by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI) and is staged by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.

100 years of VDDI
The VDDI is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. It was founded as the Association of German Dental Manufacturers on 24 June 1916 and organised the first Dental Show in 1923. In 1928 the VDDF organised the first International Dental Show.
Today the VDDI has 200 member companies with 20,000 employees. The overall turnover is more than Euro 5 billion with an export share of 62 percent.

More information on the anniversary can be found at

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sunstar Pledges $250,000 to AAP for Innovative Periodontitis Research

Sunstar Innovation Grants to be awarded to researchers over next three years
SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, October 7, 2016— Sunstar Americas recently announced that it has pledged $250,000 to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) for a series of research grants to be awarded over a three-year period beginning in 2017.
The first Sunstar Innovation Grant will award $30,000 to an AAP member whose research will be presented at the AAP’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston September 9-12, 2017. Grant applications must address the following objectives:
  • Innovative treatments and research that serve to alleviate the high burden of periodontitis on the U.S. population.
  • Interdisciplinary team approaches to treating patients with periodontal disease that focus efforts on preserving the patient’s natural dentition, particularly among patients at risk.
  • Novel approaches to achieve patient compliance with oral hygiene instruction/treatment plans using modern, evidence-based diagnostics and modern patient education tools during and between dental visits.
    “For over half a century, our company’s stated mission has been, ‘Always strive to help people everywhere achieve better health and enhance their quality-of-life,’” said Marie Wilson, Sunstar Americas Senior Manager, Scientific Affairs & Professional Relations. “By awarding our Sunstar Innovation Grants over the next three years, we will be able to further support not only our mission but the crucial efforts of AAP members to significantly reduce the impact of periodontitis in America.”
    Applications for the initial grant must be submitted by October 16, 2016 on the AAP’s online submission site at All grant applications will be administered by the AAP Research Submissions Committee. Grant applicants must be members of the AAP.
    About Sunstar Americas
    Sunstar Americas, Inc. is a member of the Sunstar Group of companies, a global organization headquartered in Switzerland that serves oral health care professionals and consumers in 90
countries around the world. Sunstar’s mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people everywhere via its four business areas: mouth and body, health and beauty, healthy home, safety and technology. Sunstar Americas, Inc. provides quality oral care products under the GUM®, Butler® and GUIDOR® brands.

Monday, October 17, 2016




Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the stability during healing and before loading of implants placed at two different supracrestal levels according to their collar texture.
Materials and Methods: This retrospective study included patients who received posterior implants with the same macro design. Implants with a machined collar were placed 0.3 mm above the crestal bone (M group), while those with a laser-microtextured collar were placed 1 mm above the crestal bone (L group). All implants healed in a single stage with healing abutments. Implant stability quotient (ISQ) values were determined using resonance frequency analysis immediately after implant placement during surgery and after 1, 4, 8, and 12 weeks after surgery. Other evaluated factors for stability included the implant diameter and length and the site of placement (maxilla or mandible).
Results: In total, 103 implants (47 L, 56 M) were evaluated. The median ISQ values at baseline and 1 week after placement were significantly higher for the M group than for the L group (p=0.006 and p=0.031, respectively). There were no differences at the subsequent observation points. The ISQ value was higher for wide-diameter than regular diameter (p=0.001) and mandibular implants than maxillary implants (p=0.001 at 0-8. weeks; p=0.012 at 12 weeks) at all observation points. When diameter data were neglected, the implant length did not influence the ISQ value at all observation points.
Conclusion: Our results suggest that submerging implant more inside bone may only influence primary stability. Moreover, the implant diameter and site of placement influence primary and secondary stability before loading, whereas the implant length does not when its diameter is not accounted for.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Diagnostic accuracy of direct digital radiography and conventional radiography for proximal caries detection in primary teeth: A systematic review.

Nuvvula S, Bhumireddy JR, Kamatham R, Mallineni SK. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2016;34:300-5


Objective: The present study was conducted to uncover the diagnostic accuracy of digital versus conventional radiographic methods for the detection of proximal caries in primary teeth.

Methods: Two researchers independently involved in the search process to explore Medical Subject Heading terms "dental digital radiography," "dental radiography," "bitewing," "dental caries," and "primary teeth" using PubMed, Cochrane Library, Ovid SP, and SIGLE databases. Search was confined to the articles published in English language only, with time period limit January 1996 to April 2014 and a hand search was performed to retrieve additional citations. Explicit inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied to eliminate undesired studies. Critical appraisal of the retrieved articles was done using the quality rating based on Bader and co-workers criteria.  

Results: A total of 129 articles were retrieved, among which 4 articles were included. All the four studies included were in vitro, of which two studies attained a high-quality score, whereas the other two attained average, and low scores based on Bader et al.'s criteria.  

Conclusions: A big lacuna exists in the literature, regarding the evaluation of radiographic systems in primary teeth, suggesting an immediate need for well conducted in vivo studies. The quality of available evidence can be regarded as fair but cannot be suggested to set a baseline, indicating a need to perform high-quality studies in a randomized sample to find out the accuracy of digital and conventional radiographs.