Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2K10


Just want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this blog on a regular basis. May all your tech dreams come true in 2010 and may you not need tech support! Hoping everyone is enjoying some time with their families and looking forward to a better world in 2010.

Marty

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

SeV Travel Clothing Eliminates the Hassle of New TSA Regulations

I wear SEV CLOTHING and it definitely makes getting through security easier. Lots of easy accessible pockets are what makes this clothing special. MJ


For Immediate Release-SeV Travel Clothing Eliminates the Hassle of New TSA Regulations

Everyone knows that the new TSA rules are designed to keep us safe, but they can be a major hassle, too. Remain seated for the last hour? What if you need something from your carry-on bag stored above? There is an approved solution already on the market from SeV/SCOTTEVEST Travel Clothing http://www.scottevest.com. Since SeV products are clothing, and not a bag, all SeV products by defination comply with the new TSA regulations which prohibit access to your carry-on bags during the last hour of flight.

SeV travel clothing is stylish and designed to carry a multitude of electronics and other things in discreet pockets, to be used in place of a carry-on. Passengers can stay seated and still access their convenience items for a better overall travel experience.

Containing slim, interior pockets, each SeV piece is designed to carry what you need on your flight– even a netbook or eBook reader – and can be easily taken off and passed through the x-ray at security without emptying each pocket. With some pieces containing upwards of 50 pockets, SeV clothing contains an impressive array of features for the traveler, including:

* Easy-access pockets designed for specific items travelers carry, such as boarding passes, ID, cameras and much more. Icons stitched onto the interior pockets act as a map to help you find what you're looking for without fumbling.
* SeV’s patented Personal Area Network (P.A.N.) - which manages wires and earbuds through the jacket's lining, keeping them from tangling.
* Clear Touch fabric, which allows a traveler to see and control their iPod® (and cell phone, when appropriate) through the fabric without removing the device.
* NoBulge™ pocket design - just because you "actually wear your carry-on" as travel expert Peter Greenberg points out, you don't need to look like the Michelin Man.
* Weight Management System™ engineered to balance the weight from these added devices. This system is much more ergonomic than wearing a bag that puts all the weight on one shoulder.

Holiday travelers are already commenting via Twitter on how SeV is improving their travel experience under the new regulations, in addition to the hundreds of other favorable tweets about SeV:

* "Traveling with my @scottevest is so much easier" - @Dorv via Twitter
* "So I just went through airport security with my @scottevest travel vest and they didn't believe all the stuff I had in it when I took it off" - @chadmanfoto via Twitter
* "Just gave the fatherinlaw an @scottevest classic vest I bought him. Him "What's this for?" Me "you travel all the time now. You need this!" - @dmcohen via Twitter

SeV travel clothing makes it simple for travelers to comply with the new TSA regulations while still enjoying their flights. Please visit www.scottevest.com to see the full line of SeV clothing and let me know if I can answer any questions about our company.

Sincerely,

Scott Jordan
CEO & Founder
Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ScotteVest

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Recall of Tylenol

12/28/2009

Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet, 100 count bottles: Recall of all lots

[Posted 12/28/2009] McNeil Consumer Healthcare and FDA notified consumers that it is expanding a voluntary recall
to include all available product lots of TYLENOL Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles, with the distinctive red
EZ-OPEN CAP (Full list of lot numbers provided in press release at link below). In November 2009, 5 lots of this
product were recalled due to consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that was associated
with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. The odor is caused by the presence of a chemical 2,4,6-
tribromoanisole, believed to be the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store
packaging materials. The health effects of this compound have not been well studied, and to date all of the
observed events reported to McNeil were temporary and non-serious. Consumers who purchased TYLENOL Arthritis Pain
Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP from the lots included in this recall should stop
using the product and contact McNeil for instructions on a refund or replacement.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A New Treatment for Pain Following Third

This past week, BioDelivery Sciences International Inc. announced the successful completion of phase II trials for its BEMA Buprenorphine dental surgery pain treatment.

The Raleigh-based company has been working to use its BEMA technology for the treatment of pain following third molar extraction dental surgery. BEMA, or BioErodible MucoAdhesive, is a thin, dissolvable film that is applied to the lining of the cheek to deliver pain medication.

In the phase II trial, BDSI compared results of the different doses of BEMA Buprenorphine against a placebo and oral oxycodone. Andrew Finn, executive vice president of product development, said the results were consistent with phase I results and the doses were applicable for the relief of chronic pain. The company will continue to work to determine the effectiveness of BEMA Buprenorhine for acute pain.

“We believe that BEMA Buprenorphine has the potential to become a major player in the treatment of pain by addressing a significant unmet market need by virtue of a lower propensity for abuse and addiction compared to other opioids such as oxycodone and morphine,” said Mark A. Sirgo, president and CEO. “We are hopeful that this profile, along with our Phase 2 data, will lead to significant partnering interest.”

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Are dentists risking losing their relevance?

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics
Volume 107, Issue 5, Pages 599-604 (May 2009)

Are dentists risking losing their relevance?

James R. Hupp, DMD, MD, JD, MBA (Editor-in-Chief, Section Editor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)

Although there are still some debates about the severity of and reasons for problems in access to good dental care, it seems clear that in many states the citizens and their elected representatives believe there is a serious access problem. This is typically portrayed as primarily a problem in rural parts of the country that have no dentists. Yet there is evidence of concern even in areas that do have dentists. The worry is that access is compromised by the cost of dental care. Also, some patients feel they must wait longer than desired to see dentists. Sure, new dental schools are coming online, and many existing schools are increasing class sizes. But these changes are unlikely to change what I feel is a major root cause of the problem. That is, that the current way most dentists practice is poorly designed to deliver high-quality care to the large numbers of patients who are currently underserved. Every dentist knows there are practice styles that deliver care to sizable numbers of patients. They are usually called “dental mills.” These practices commonly (but not always) focus on procedures covered by public assistance programs while ignoring other aspects of a patient's oral health needs. In this way, they commonly see larger volumes of patients, but also are commonly thought to deliver suboptimal care.

Read the entire transcript

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Evaluation of the flow rate of 3 endodontic sealers: Sealer 26, AH Plus, and MTA Obtura

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics
Volume 109, Issue 1, Pages e47-e49 (January 2010)

Evaluation of the flow rate of 3 endodontic sealers: Sealer 26, AH Plus, and MTA Obtura

Ricardo Affonso Bernardes, DDS, MSc, PhDaCorresponding Author Information, Adriana de Amorim Campelo, DDSb, Dario Silva S. Junior, DDSc, Luciana O. Pereira, DDS, MSc, Marco Antonio H. Duarte, DDS, MSc, PhDd, Ivaldo G. Moraes, DDS, MSc, PhDc, Clovis M. Bramante, DDS, MSc, PhDc


The aim of this study was to evaluate the flow rate of 3 endodontic sealers: Sealer 26, AH Plus, and MTA Obtura.
Study design

According to the method proposed by the American Dental Association (ADA specification no. 57), the sealers were placed between 2 glass slabs under a weight of 120 g. The diameters of the formed discs were measured with a digital paquimeter. The test was repeated 5 times for each sealer.
Results

The results were expressed as arithmetic means, and the statistical analysis was performed through Tukey test. AH Plus showed significantly superior flow rate compared with Sealer 26 and MTA Obtura. There was no statistically significant difference between flow rates presented by Sealer 26 and MTA Obtura.
Conclusion

Within the limitations of this in vitro study, it was concluded that all of the the endodontic sealers tested presented greater flow than the minimum recommended in the ADA 57 specification.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


PULPDENT INTRODUCES WINK™ LUBRICANT AND RELEASE AGENT

WATERTOWN, MA: December 21, 2009— Pulpdent Corporation has introduced WINK™, a greaseless, water soluble lubricant and release agent for all dental applications. WINK replaces petroleum jelly and other greasy, lumpy, and hard to remove materials. It goes on smoothly and evenly, is easily thinned with compressed air, and washes off quickly with water.

Wink has a wide range of uses and applications. It provides easy release of impressions and prevents the distortion caused by torque and stresses during removal from the mouth, even with polyether impression materials.

For provisional restorations, WINK can be placed on build ups, teeth and preps to provide fast and easy removal from the mouth after curing. Wink can also be placed on the outside surface of restorations for effortless removal of excess set cement.

Dental professionals can use Wink when making final impressions for removable partial dentures and can place it on the buccal surfaces of dentures during reline procedures.

WINK can also be used on rubber dams to facilitate placement without tearing, on face and tissue for easy removal of excess set cement and impression material, and on tight-fitting implant abutments for easy removal during the try-in phase.

Pulpdent manufactures high-quality products for the dental profession, including adhesives, composites, sealants, cements, etching gels, calcium hydroxide products, endodontic specialties and bonding accessories. For more information call 800-343-4342 or visit www.pulpdent.com.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We've all had burnt mouth syndrome too

Here is a very interesting article along with comments after it on Burning Mouth Syndrome. Lots of ideas on causes and treatments. Although much of it is anecdotal it is worth the read.

Article in London Mail

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Added sugar in raisin cereals increases acidity of dental plaque

Elevated dental plaque acid is a risk factor that contributes to cavities in children. But eating bran flakes with raisins containing no added sugar does not promote more acid in dental plaque than bran flakes alone, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Some dentists believe sweet, sticky foods such as raisins cause cavities because they are difficult to clear off the tooth surfaces, said Christine Wu, professor and director of cariology research at UIC and lead investigator of the study.

But studies have shown that raisins are rapidly cleared from the surface of the teeth just like apples, bananas and chocolate, she said.

In the study, published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry, children ages 7 to 11 compared four food groups -- raisins, bran flakes, commercially marketed raisin bran cereal, and a mix of bran flakes with raisins lacking any added sugar.

Sucrose, or table sugar, and sorbitol, a sugar substitute often used in diet foods, were also tested as controls.

Children chewed and swallowed the test foods within two minutes. The acid produced by the plaque bacteria on the surface of their teeth was measured at intervals.

All test foods except the sorbitol solution promoted acid production in dental plaque over 30 minutes, with the largest production between 10 to 15 minutes.

Wu says there is a "well-documented" danger zone of dental plaque acidity that puts a tooth's enamel at risk for mineral loss that may lead to cavities. Achint Utreja, a research scientist and dentist formerly on Wu's team, said plaque acidity did not reach that point after children consumed 10 grams of raisins. Adding unsweetened raisins to bran flakes did not increase plaque acid compared to bran flakes alone.

However, eating commercially marketed raisin bran led to significantly more acid in the plaque, he said, reaching into what Wu identified as the danger zone.

Plaque bacteria on tooth surfaces can ferment various sugars such as glucose, fructose or sucrose and produce acids that may promote decay. But sucrose is also used by bacteria to produce sticky sugar polymers that help the bacteria remain on tooth surfaces, Wu said. Raisins themselves do not contain sucrose.

In a previous study at UIC, researchers identified several natural compounds from raisins that can inhibit the growth of some oral bacteria linked to cavities or gum disease.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Study: Computers Don't Save Hospitals Money

A Harvard Medical School study found that the huge cost of installing and running hospital IT systems is greater than any expected cost savings.

Read the article on Businessweek

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dental care expenditures and retirement

Dental care expenditures and retirement

Richard J. Manski, DDS, MBA, PhD 1 ; John Moeller, PhD 1 ; Haiyan Chen, MD, PhD 1 ; Patricia A. St. Clair, ScB 2 ; Jody Schimmel, PhD 3 ; Larry Magder, MPH, PhD 4 ; John V. Pepper, PhD 5
1 Division of Health Services Research, Department of Health Promotion and Policy, Dental School, University of Maryland
2 RAND Corporation
3 Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
4 Division of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Maryland
5 Department of Economics, University of Virginia
Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Maryland.
Copyright © 2009 American Association of Public Health Dentistry


Objectives: To examine the relationship of dental care coverage, retirement, and out-of-pocket (OOP) dental expenditures in an aging population, using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

Methods: We estimate OOP dental expenditures among individuals who have dental utilization as a function of dental care coverage status, retirement, and individual and household characteristics. We also estimate a multivariate model controlling for potentially confounding variables.

Results: Overall, mean OOP dental expenditures among those with any spending were substantially larger for those without coverage than for those with coverage. However, controlling for coverage shows that there is little difference in spending by retirement status.

Conclusions: Although having dental coverage is a key determinant of the level of OOP expenditures on dental care; spending is higher among those without coverage than those who have dental insurance. We also found that while retirement has no independent effect on OOP dental expenditures once controlling for coverage, dental coverage rates are much lower among retirees.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Curve Dental Announces Release of New, Web-based Dental Software



Orem, UT (PRWEB) December 17, 2009 -- Curve Dental, Inc. announced the release of Curve Hero, a new web-based alternative to dental software designed for simple operation, lifestyle flexibility and better business value. In development for more than five years, Curve Hero’s advanced technology is designed only for the web for the contemporary dental practice, providing key features, such as scheduling, billing, clinical and perio charting, reporting, imaging, clinical notes, patient education, and more.

Curve Hero's web-based chart.
“Curve Hero is a fresh alternative to dental software,” said Matt Dorey, founder of Curve Dental, Inc. “Our primary objective was to take a different approach to dental software, beginning with the web. As a result, Curve Hero is dreamy simple. Doctors and their staff will find that we’ve taken a cleaner, smoother approach to helping them accomplish their tasks and responsibilities in less time and with more efficiency. Curve Hero is an extension of their style of working. Our customers prefer Curve Hero for the same reasons they bank on-line, book a vacation on-line or shop on-line: It’s more convenient and it’s faster—and less expensive.”

As web-based dental software Curve Hero offers advantages over traditional client/server applications with respect to implementation costs, convenience and data security. Because the software only requires a browser and an Internet connection, expensive investments in hardware, servers and IT services are not required. The convenience of the web allows the practice to access patient data from any location at any time, which is more flexible to varying lifestyle preferences. With patient data stored off-site at redundant and secure data centers, the practice is not threatened by theft, natural disaster or local hardware failure, greatly simplifying business continuity and disaster planning. Further, the practice also benefits by fully complying with all HIPAA or PIPEDA requirements pertaining to data security.

“Data security is substantially improved with web-based software than it is for legacy client-server software,” Dorey said. “Our encryption process meets or exceeds all government standards and our data centers are secured physically. On-line banking, on-line trading, on-line shopping, and on-line travel reservations have shown that doing business on the Internet is safe and much more convenient. A practice can now manage their practice on-line, too, with Curve Hero and not have to worry about data backup or IT assistance.”

Curve Hero’s web-based simplicity and flexibility makes it the perfect choice for dentists looking for an alternative to traditional, legacy client-server software. The seamless work style extension and business value in Curve Hero will help dentists better brand and manage their practices.

About Curve Dental, Inc.
Founded in 2005 Curve Dental provides web-based practice management software and related services to dental practices within the United States and Canada. The company is privately-held, based in the USA in Orem, Utah with offices in Calgary, Canada and Dunedin, New Zealand. Dentists can call 888-910-4376 or visit www.curvedental.com for more information.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Influence of air-abrasion on zirconia ceramic bonding using an adhesive composite resin

Dental Materials
Volume 26, Issue 1, Pages 44-50 (January 2010)

Influence of air-abrasion on zirconia ceramic bonding using an adhesive composite resin

B. Yang1, A. Barloi, M. KernCorresponding

Air-abrasion as bonding conditioning method for zirconia ceramic might compromise the mechanical strength of zirconia restorations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of surface conditioning parameters, i.e., air-abrasion with reduced pressure or no air-abrasion and priming with adhesive primers on the long-term resin bond strength to zirconia ceramic.
Methods

Zirconia ceramic disks were polished with 600 grit abrasive paper. Plexiglas tubes filled with composite resin were bonded with RelyX Unicem luting composite resin to the conditioned zirconia disks. Three surface conditions (unconditioned, air-born particle abrasion at 0.05 or 0.25MPa) and four priming conditions (no priming, priming with Metal/Zirconia Primer, priming with Alloy Primer, priming with Clearfil Ceramic Primer) were tested. Sixteen specimens of each combination were bonded. Subgroups of eight bonded samples were stored in water either for 3 days or 150 days with 37,500 thermocycling. Tensile bond strengths (TBSs) were determined with a universal testing machine at a crosshead speed of 2mm/min.
Results

Without priming, RelyX Unicem showed durable bond strength to 0.25MPa airborne-particle abraded ceramic. When combined with 10-methacryloyloxy-decyl dihydrogenphosphate containing primers, air-abrasion resulted in a durable TBS to zirconia ceramic even at a reduced abrasion pressure. However, combined with Metal/Zirconia Primer air-abrasion did not provide a durable TBS to zirconia ceramic.
Significance

Using a self-adhesive luting resin composite (RelyX Unicem), air-abrasion at 0.25MPa or the combination of low pressure air-abrasion and priming with MDP-containing primers seems to be useful to achieve durable long-term bonding to zirconia ceramic.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Clinical evaluations of resin-modified glass-ionomer restorations

Dental Materials
Volume 26, Issue 1, Pages 7-12 (January 2010)


Clinical evaluations of resin-modified glass-ionomer restorations

Sharanbir K. SidhuCorresponding Author Informationemail address


This paper collates some of the existing data on the clinical evaluations of resin-modified glass-ionomer cements (RMGICs) since their introduction two decades ago.
Methods

The relevant literature was considered and data reviewed under the headings of retention, marginal characteristics, material deterioration, secondary caries, color stability, as well as pulpal and biological effects.
Results

The retention for RMGICs is generally good, with an annual failure rate over 13 years reported as being under 3%. However, more data is required on their performance in carious situations. Regarding marginal characteristics, they exhibit margins that are likely to deteriorate over time. From the limited data on the surface characteristics, they appear to exhibit some wear and loss of anatomic form, particularly in the mid to long term. Despite the fact that the studies reviewed for secondary caries varied in the initial caries status of lesions restored, the overwhelming conclusion is that this does not seem to be a problem. While their initial color match may be favorable, it appears that they change over time and may not be color stable. In the absence of more clinical data, it is difficult to draw conclusions on the pulpal and biological effects. The existing information primarily reports postoperative sensitivity, which fortunately does not seem to be an issue with RMGICs, and limited histopathology of the pulp, with mixed opinions.
Significance

The RMGICs appear to perform well in terms of retention, and secondary caries as well as postoperative sensitivity are not a problem. However, this is not necessarily true of their marginal characteristics, surface properties and color stability. More and long-term clinical research is required to establish compelling evidence of their behavior, particularly in terms of retention in carious cavities, surface properties and biological effects.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Recall of Zimmer Implants

Zimmer Dental AdVent Implant System, Abutment, Tapered s
Date Posted December 10, 2009
Recall Number Z-0499-2010
Product Zimmer Dental AdVent Implant System, Abutment, Tapered, Rx, sterile,


Zimmer Dental, Inc., Carlsbad, CA;

Code Information Lots 61233652, 61238956, 61245049, 61252577, 61256798, 61263053, 61314067 and 61341224.

Recalling Firm/
Manufacturer Zimmer Inc.
345 E Main St
Warsaw, Indiana 46580-2746

Reason for
Recall The devices may not meet specifications, which may result in fracturing during tightening of the component.

Action User accounts were notified of the issue by phone on or about 11/6/09. Clinicians were requested to schedule a follow-up appointment and to remove and replace the recalled components for any patients who had this device placed without fracturing during the procedure. Questions are directed to the company at 1-800-854-7019.

Quantity in Commerce 738
Distribution Ohio, Canada and France.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Free Holiday Songs on iTunes

Free Songs For the Holidays on iTunes

See I did get you something for the holidays! MJ


The Holiday Sampler includes the following tracks:

1. O Come All Ye Faithful - Amy Grant
2. The First Noel - David Archuleta
3. Silent Night - Sarah McLachlan
4. Carol of the Bells/Jingle Bells - Barry Manilow
5. It Snowed - Meaghan Smith
6. Above the Northern Lights - Manheim Steamroller
7. Baby It’s Cold Outside - Lady Antebellum
8. We Three Kings - Toby Keith
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Rascal Flatts
10. Silent Night - Wynonna
11. 12 Days of Christmas - Mexicani Marimba Band
12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Weezer
13. A Snowflake Fell (and It Felt Like a Kiss) - Glasvegas
14. Another Christmas Song - Stephen Colbert
15. Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi
16. Dream a Dream - Charlotte Church
17. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Act 2: Character Dances - Kirov Orchestra & Valery Gergiev
18. Angels We Have Heard on High - Aretha Franklin
19. O Holy Night - Musiq Soulchild
20. Auld Lang Syne - The Lonesome Travelers

Saturday, December 12, 2009

‘That’s DENtertainment!’

I am part of these online entertainment/CE shows. Go check them out. MJ


Dental Team Concepts (DTC) is proud to announce the launch of an entirely new concept in online media for dental professionals: The DEN, short for Dental Entertainment Network. This fresh, exciting and high-energy alternative for presenting information about the latest dental techniques, products and services, The DEN seeks to entertain as it educates. Dr. Lou Graham, President of DTC says, “When you look at the way new technologies are presented to dental professionals today, many times the marketing is very traditional. Because of this, some products don’t resonate with dental professionals – they don’t stay top of mind. We believe that we can maintain high ethical standards and information quality while creating original video segments that are actually fun to watch.”

The DEN’s online video segments will feature well known dental key opinion leaders interacting with professional anchors and hosts. Updated monthly and available 24/7/365, The DEN segments will offer information and instruction on a wide range of topics, including dental techniques, dental products, new technologies, and practice and patient management.

Check it out at www.dentalentertainment.com

Friday, December 11, 2009

Oral Sex or Peer Pressure: How a Sexual Myth Has Made Being Toothless Fashionable

http://www.medindia.net/news/Oral-Sex-or-Peer-Pressure-How-a-Sexual-Myth-Has-Made-Being-Toothless-Fashionable-In-Cape-Town-59114-1.htm

Oral Sex or Peer Pressure: How a Sexual Myth Has Made Being Toothless Fashionable In Cape Town

The laughing young man has a perfect set of teeth, his golden incisors glinting in the sunlight.

Suddenly he pops out a pair of dentures, revealing a gap-toothed smile, the four upper front teeth missing, a common sight among mixed-race Capetonians that has spawned outrageous myths and stereotypes.

A group of youngsters clad in baggy sweaters, caps drawn low over shiny sunglasses, mill around curiously before they start to pop out their own dentures, showing off gummy smiles and striking gangster poses.

"It is fashion, everyone has it," said 21-year-old Yazeed Adams, who insists he had to take out his healthy incisors because they were "huge".

One of the most enduring images of mixed-race South Africans known as coloureds is the frequent absence of their front teeth, a mystery to many but popularly believed to facilitate oral sex.

This sexual myth -- not borne out by research -- has seen the trend referred to as the "Passion Gap" or the "Cape Flats smile", after a populous neighbourhood.

Jacqui Friedling of the University of Cape Town's human biology department studied the phenomenon in 2003 and found fashion and peer pressure the main reasons for removing teeth, followed by gangsterism and medical reasons.

"It is the 'in' thing to do. It went through a wave, it was fashionable in my parents' time," she said of the practice which has been around for at least 60 years.

Dental modification in Africa is historically found only in tribal people, including filing of teeth and ornamentation, but in modern Cape Town the practice abounds, often as a rite of passage for teenagers -- almost exclusively from poorer families.

Rob Barry from the dentistry faculty at the University of the Western Cape said the practice has surged, even though dentists are ethically barred from removing healthy teeth.

"Almost every week I get some or other teenager in here wanting teeth out," he said.

He said he has made thousands of partial dentures for people who need to look acceptable at work or for special occasions.

Friedling said the dentures themselves have become a fashion statement, some decorated with gold or bits of precious stone or various designs.

She noted that the Cape Town trend preceded the hip-hop culture fad of wearing ornate gold or diamond "grills" on teeth that swept the United States in the last decade, in which people opted for removable gold or ornamented caps rather than extracting the actual teeth.

"Here, it was a case of them elevating themselves above the rest of their peers, (it was) not to do with hip hop culture. The minute they can afford different sets of dentures then (the idea is) 'I am a bit better than you'," Friedling said.

"That's what makes it here in South Africa so unique," she said.

Kevin Brown, 33, sits in his "office", a crate on the corner of Long Street, the city's nightlife hub, where he hands out cards for an upstairs brothel, popping out his teeth at passers by -- often tourists -- and laughing at their reactions.

"I am the pimp," he smiles, displaying four gold incisors. "It is a fashionable thing."

Ronald de Villiers, 45, lost all his teeth after he initially put in gold dentures which infected the rest of his mouth, a common occurrence.

He said his 11-year-old and 14-year-old had already had theirs out "to look a bit prettier" and says it is easy to find a dentist to pay a bit extra to remove the healthy teeth.

"I think it was initially a form of identity. If you look at the coloured people they are a hodge podge of everyone that came in, they couldn't claim any of those ancestries of their own," said Friedling.

To her surprise, she also discovered the practice among a few whites, blacks and even one or two Chinese living alongside poor coloured areas.

In interviews with 2,167 people, 41 percent had modified their teeth of which 44.8 percent were male, in the only study of its kind.

Peer pressure was cited by 42 percent while 10 percent removed their teeth due to gangsterism practices -- a huge problem on the Cape Flats -- a mainly coloured area on the outskirts of Cape Town.

"They said when they have gang fights they take the people's teeth away, it is taking a bit of their wealth away," said Friedling, adding that different gangs would also have different implants.

Not everyone is pleased with their decision.

Ebrahim Jardin, 33, is not wearing his silver, gold or plain pair of dentures today. A cigarette is clenched between his gums.

"I should have kept my front teeth. Most of the younger people do it, but I don't think it's cool anymore. It is people expressing their stupidity."

Source-AFP

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Epocrates RX for Palm Web OS

Just thought all the Palm Pre owners would like to know that ePocrates for Web OS is in beta testing. I don't know when it will go Gold and be available but its nice to know that another drug database program will be available int he near future.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Online reservations now being taken for Oral Health America gala

A great event for a wonderful cause that I will be lucky enough to attend. So if you are in Chicago for the Mid Winter meeting consider coming.MJ

chicago, il: December 1, 2009- Reservations can now be made online for the 20th Anniversary Oral Health America (OHA) Gala Dinner and Auction, to be held Wednesday, February 24, 2010. The Gala will occur on a Wednesday night this year, due to the Chicago Midwinter meeting being moved a day later. The event also has a dazzling new location: Chicago’s historic Union Station. The site is considered to be one of the greatest indoor spaces in the United States. Reservations can be made by going to: http://oralhealthamerica.org.



The OHA Gala raises funds to support access to care, education and policies to improve the oral healthcare of the American public, especially those most vulnerable. Held each year during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, the OHA Gala is one of the dental industry’s premier networking events. It has become so popular that it often sells out. For this reason, organizers set up the online reservation system, so attendees can reserve their tickets early to avoid disappointment. The black tie optional evening features dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Oral Health America is also seeking event sponsors at the Gold ($3,000), Platinum ($5,000), and Diamond ($10,000) levels. In recognition of the Gala’s 20th anniversary, there will also be a special, one-time Anniversary level sponsorship available for $20,000.



The Oral Health America 20th Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction will run from 6:30pm to 11pm on Wednesday February 24, 2010. Tickets are $285 each ($300 after February 1, if still available); a table for 10 can be purchased for $2,500 ($2,750 after February 1, if still available). To get information on sponsorships or donations please contact Joe Donohue at OHA by calling 312-836-9900 or email him at joe@oralhealthamerica.org.



Oral Health America is the nation’s leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Find out more at www.oralhealthamerica.org.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

“Not on My Watch”


To protect patients by reducing the risk of HAI, healthcare professionals must continually update their knowledge of infection management.

Doctors care about Healthcare-associated infections (HAI)As part of an ongoing commitment to quality care and infection prevention, nationwide doctors and hospitals are partnering with Kimberly-Clark to deliver continuing education programs on healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention to staff and management. As simple as education sounds, busy doctors and nurses on the front lines of delivering care can find it difficult to find the time to take advantage of scheduled programs within their hospitals.

The HAI Education Program is part of a national infection awareness campaign for healthcare professionals called “Not on My Watch” and will provide the facility with a toolkit that contains informational flyers, patient safety tips and posters.

The "Not on My Watch" campaign provides accredited continuing education (CE) programs based on best practices and guidelines as well as research available on reducing the incidence of healthcare-associated infections.

For details about the "Not On My Watch" campaign, and the HAI Education Bus please visit www.HAIwatch.com.

Monday, December 07, 2009

New Injection Device-DentalVibe


Here is a device called the DentalVibe that will be officially launched at the Chicago Mid winter meeting. It vibrates to to distract the patient from feeling the injection. This type of technology does work as I have a similar device called an Accupal that works quite well in my office.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Free Samples from Triodent.


I use Triodent products and just love the V3 rings! Here are free samples for Griptabs and Triotrays.

Sample pack promotion - where anyone can grab a free sample pack of two of Triodent products at
www.triodent.com/triosamplepack

Saturday, December 05, 2009

SENSODYNE® ISO-ACTIVE® WHITENING


Sensodyne® iso-active® foaming gel is a breakthrough in oral health care technology. Starting off as a gel on your brush, it instantly transforms into a micro-fine foam in your mouth. This innovative foaming action disperses quickly to penetrate critical, hard-to-reach areas providing all around protection and sensitivity relief.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Latest issue of APEX now available


Latest issue of APEX now available

Apex, a monthly ezine for the whole dental team, provides you with the latest news in dental research worldwide, clinical updates, interviews with key opinion leaders, practice advice and details of new dental equipment.
Inside the latest issue:

* “One of the aims is to strengthen public health consciousness among dentists” Dr Habib Benzian in Oral Health Atlas maps out global trends on page 17
* “What has really changed the landscape for me, is that we can now do so much more with the image data than simply hold a film up to the light or ‘left click’ to make an on-screen measurement.” Dr Andrew Dawood in Beyond 3D: the human-machine interface on page 5
* “There are few people checking our work, if patients leave they rarely tell us why and young associates are tempted to move jobs frequently.” Dr Chris O’Connor in How’s my dentistry? on page 32
* “Design means more than just a motif to decorate your letterhead - it’s an investment in the future of your business.” Cathy Johnson in What does your practice image say about you? on page 28

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The effectiveness of an individually tailored oral health educational programme on oral hygiene behaviour in patients with periodontal disease: a blin

J Clin Periodontol. 2009 Dec;36(12):1025-34.
The effectiveness of an individually tailored oral health educational programme on oral hygiene behaviour in patients with periodontal disease: a blinded randomized-controlled clinical trial (one-year follow-up).

Jönsson B, Ohrn K, Oscarson N, Lindberg P.

Department of Public Health and Caring Science, Uppsala University, Sweden. birgitta.jonsson@lul.se

AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of an individually tailored oral health educational programme for oral hygiene self-care in patients with chronic periodontitis compared with the standard treatment. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A randomized, evaluator-blinded, controlled trial with two different active treatments were used with 113 subjects (60 females and 53 males) randomly allocated to an experimental or a control group. The individually tailored oral health educational programme was based on cognitive behavioural principles and the individual tailoring for each participant was based on participants' thoughts, intermediate, and long-term goals, and oral health status. The effect of the programmes on gingivitis [gingival index (GI)], oral hygiene [plaque indices (PlI) and self-report], and participants' global rating of treatment was evaluated 3 and 12 months after oral health education and non-surgical treatment. RESULTS: Between baseline and the 12-month follow-up, the experimental group improved both GI and PlI more than the control group. The mean gain-score difference was 0.27 for global GI [99.2% confidence interval (CI): 0.16-0.39, p<0.001] and 0.40 for proximal GI (99.2% CI: 0.27-0.53, p<0.001). The mean gain-score difference was 0.16 for global PlI (99.2% CI: 0.03-0.30, p=0.001), and 0.26 for proximal PlI (99.2% CI: 0.10-0.43, p<0.001). The subjects in the experimental group reported a higher frequency of daily inter-dental cleaning and were more certain that they could maintain the attained level of behaviour change. CONCLUSION: The individually tailored oral health educational programme was efficacious in improving long-term adherence to oral hygiene in periodontal treatment. The largest difference was for interproximal surfaces

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Update from the GNYDM


So I got to spend a day at the NY meeting. Unfortunately more meetings then time to wander.
I did see two things that I want to put on your radar. The first is Soporolife a new camera and caries detector from Acteon that is awaiting FDA clearance for sale in the US. It uses light induced florescence. It is an introral camera and caries detection built into one unit. I have previously used the Soporo 717 and thought it was a great camera. Now to make things better I can use the all in one device to view a tooth and then by rotating a switch I can search for caries. It can even be used for excavation of caries. It integrates with all the popular imaging software.

Another item underdevelopment was a retrofit LED light that will integrate into your existing over the patient dental light. I say a prototype and thought it was a great idea.

Pride Institute put on a tech fair and it highlighted many tech products and I look forward to seeing how this continues to grow. I may be part of this tech fair in the future. You can read all about in on most of the trade publication web sites.

Kerr launched Vertise Flow a self adhesive flowable composite.

So that is my quick wrap up of products. Attendance was good on Sunday and there was a good buzz in the crowd.

Next up for me will be the Chicago Mid Winter meeting although I may sneak up to the Yankee meeting in Boston.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The effects of lavender scent on dental patient anxiety levels: a cluster randomised-controlled trial

Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Metaxia Kritsidima, Tim Newton and Koula Asimakopoulou
King's College London, Dental Institute, Denmark Hill, London, UK

ABSTRACT
Abstract –

Objectives: To review the effect of lavender scent on anticipatory anxiety in dental participants.

Methods: In a cluster randomized-controlled trial, patients' (N = 340) anxiety was assessed while waiting for a scheduled dental appointment, either under the odor of lavender or with no odor. Current anxiety, assessed by the brief State Trait Anxiety Indicator (STAI-6), and generalized dental anxiety, assessed by the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS) were examined.

Results: Analyses of variance (anovas) showed that although both groups showed similar, moderate levels of generalized dental anxiety (MDAS F(1,338) = 2.17, P > 0.05) the lavender group reported significantly lower current anxiety (STAI: F(1,338) = 74.69, P < 0.001) than the control group.

Conclusions: Although anxiety about future dental visits seems to be unaffected, lavender scent reduces state anxiety in dental patients.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

American Dental Association petitions FDA to classify, regulate tooth-whitening products

CHICAGO, November 20, 2009— The American Dental Association (ADA) today asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish appropriate classifications for tooth-whitening chemicals.

Citing concern about the safety of whitening products that are often administered without the benefit of professional consultation or examination by a dentist, the Association said that the application of chemically based tooth whitening or bleaching agents can harm teeth, gums and other tissues in the mouth.

The ADA pointed out that such concerns have prompted many states to prevent application of tooth whitening products in non-dental settings.

"The tremendous expansion of products available directly to consumers and application of products in venues such as shopping malls, cruise ships, and salons is troubling since consumers have little or no assurance regarding the safety of product ingredients, dosesor the professional qualifications of individuals employed in these non-dental settings," said ADA President Dr. Ron Tankersley and Executive Director Dr. Kathleen O'Loughlin, in a letter to the agency.

"Application of whitening/bleaching materials is not risk-free and may not be appropriate for all dark or discolored teeth," they wrote.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Dentists Can Help to Identify Patients at Risk of a Heart Attack

ScienceDaily (Nov. 25, 2009) — Dentists can help to identify patients who are in danger of dying of a heart attack or stroke, reveals a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy. Thanks to the study, six men who thought they were completely healthy were able to start preventive treatment in time.

Dentists are really proud of their profession and feel no need to encroach upon doctors' territory," says senior dental officer and professor Mats Jontell at the Sahlgrenska Academy. "However, we wanted to find out if we as a profession could identify patients at risk of cardiovascular disease."

The study involved 200 men and women over the age of 45 who did not have any known cardiovascular problems. During a routine visit to their normal dentists in Borås and Gothenburg they were also checked out for known risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

"These risk factors are not normally manifested in the mouth, which is why the dentists went beyond their normal check-up routine," says Jontell. "They also took the patients' blood pressure and checked total cholesterol and blood sugar levels."

The risk of a fatal cardiovascular disease was calculated using a software known as HeartScore. The dentists felt that twelve men had a ten per cent risk of developing a fatal cardiovascular disease over the next ten years and advised them to see their doctors. Six of the twelve were subsequently prescribed medication to lower their blood pressure.

"Dentists regularly see a very large percentage of the Swedish population, and if there is sufficient interest they could also screen for cardiovascular risk factors which, untreated, could lead to a heart attack or stroke," says Jontell.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

The holiday of Thanksgiving encourages us to step back and give thanks for all the blessings we have. Those we know, such family and friends. Those we don't such as the service men and woman who protect us and our way of life. So before you eat the turkey and watch football take a minute to reflect how even in these uncertain times there is much to be thankful for.

Marty

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

IMTEC Launches “My MDI story” Website

Ardmore, Okla. – November 23, 2009 – IMTEC announces the launch of MyMDIstory.com, a new website featuring dentists and patients sharing stories of the positive impact MDI implants have made in their practices and lives. On the site, dental professionals will find other dentists who are experienced in placing the mini implants, and who explain the benefits of offering the service. Additionally, patient testimonial videos illustrate the dramatic differences that MDI implants have made for patients. The site offers dentists and patients a resource for information to better understand the mini implant system and procedure.
As dentists on the site explain, MDI implants enable denture stabilization via a minimally invasive one-hour procedure. They are well-tolerated by patients, and can be used on patients who are not candidates for traditional implants. Additionally, the system’s reasonable cost makes it affordable for both dentists and patients.
“The new website makes it simple for patients to hear the benefits of the procedure, and also to locate a dentist who offers the service,” said Tay Harvey, Global Implant Category Manager, IMTEC. “Additionally, dental professionals will be able to hear from other dentists on the productivity gains that the MDI system can bring.”
One dentist featured on the site, Dr. Ian Erwood of Unionville, Ontario, states that he had “instant success” with the procedure in his practice. “With the MDI protocol,” he states, “we’ve been able to increase the revenue in our practice due to the atraumatic technique, the reduction in material costs, and the number of referrals we’ve gained.”
The site offers dentists links to additional information on DVD, as well as the IMTEC MDI website and a schedule of MDI Certification Seminars.
For more information call 1-800-879-9799 or visit www.imtec.com.

Monday, November 23, 2009

U.S. military halts rollout of electronic dental record

U.S. military halts rollout of electronic dental record
November 23, 2009
By: Kathy Kincade, Editor in Chief

The highly anticipated rollout of the U.S. Military Health System's (MHS) first integrated electronic medical and dental record has hit a snag.

Deployment of AHLTA Dental, the dental component of the military's electronic health record known as AHLTA (Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application), is undergoing a "strategic pause" to enable the MHS to "further analyze some existing functions within other systems," according to Charles Campbell, MHS Chief Information Officer.

"MHS is initiating a pause to do a pulse check of where we are with the process and make modifications based on the needs of our healthcare providers," Campbell said. "We need to make sure we can keep pace with the dental community's evolving needs, so I would rather take time to examine those needs and make adjustments now rather than replacing the system later."

The AHLTA electronic health record is designed to integrate all dental and medical information in the MHS Clinical Data Repository, which maintains records on more than nine million active-duty and retired military personnel and their families.

MHS launched the dental module of AHLTA in March of this year. MHS had originally planned to deploy AHLTA Dental to nearly 400 Army, Air Force, and Navy dental clinics worldwide by the end of 2010, with the Army scheduled to begin rolling it out to 18 clinics this month. But on November 3, news reports indicated that the Army was pulling out of the deployment, opting to use its own dental record application instead.

In reality, all branches of the military are delaying the AHLTA Dental rollout, according to Michael Kilpatrick, M.D., MHS Director of Strategic Communications.

"This schedule delay is the result of an MHS agreement with all three Services to review existing options prior to making a decision to complete the remaining deployment," Dr. Kilpatrick told DrBicuspid.com in an e-mail.

Reviewing their options

In addition, while the Army's Corporate Dental Application (CDA) provides some capabilities that are not in the AHLTA Dental module, it was not developed to be an electronic dental record, Dr. Kilpatrick said.

"The CDA is a modular, Web-based application that meets several of the required dental capabilities other than the sustaining base electronic dental record capability," he said. "As it progressed, however, it acquired many robust features that allowed users to manage day-to-day dental activities."

In June 2008 the Army awarded Harris Corporation an $11.6 million contract to maintain and enhance the CDA.

"As we work to improve our electronic health record, we need to put the tools in the hands of our providers that can best support their needs for rapid documentation and access to their patient's health information," said Jack Smith, M.D., acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Clinical and Program Policy. "While we're still evaluating the business case for a change, the CDA appears to provide a reasonable alternate to address many of the current needs of our dental providers."

Because the CDA is currently available at Army and Air Force dental clinics, including remote locations in Theater, "it makes sense to review our options," Campbell added.

Despite the delay, Kilpatrick emphasized the MHS's objective to deploy a comprehensive electronic dental and medical record.

"The most important aspect of an electronic medical record is to be able to render accurate, secure patient information to the medical provider at the point of care," he said. "That goal has not changed."

Copyright © 2009 DrBicuspid.com

Montessori School Of Dentistry Lets Students Discover Their Own Root Canal Procedures


Here is a fun article from The Onion to check out.

NEW YORK—Inside the Montessori School of Dentistry, you won't find any old-fashioned cotton swabs, or so-called periodontal charts, or even any amalgam fillings. That's because at this alternative-learning institution, students are being encouraged to break away from medical tradition and discover their very own root canal procedures.

Read the rest

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Kerr Expands Tissue Management Line with Hemostasyl


ORANGE, CA – October 15, 2009 – Kerr introduces the latest innovation in tissue management, HemostasylTM—a highly efficient hemostatic agent that stops bleeding with precision and ease. When moderate bleeding occurs and gingival retraction is not required, Hemostasyl is an ideal choice. This product is exceptionally easy to place, and less material is required compared to other similar hemostatic agents on the market.
Product Manager James Lobsenz said, “With Hemostasyl, doctors now have a material that is incredibly easy to dispense using a convenient syringe delivery and a viscosity that stays in place and controls blood and other fluids well.”
Hemostasyl is brightly colored, so it is easy to see and clean up, and its composition helps adhere to soft and hard tissue with ease, making placement a breeze. With a concentration of 15% aluminum chloride, this material is an effective way to stop bleeding in many clinical applications such as Class V composite placement, cementation, and scaling in perio cases. Compromising esthetics of the procedure is not a worry—Hemostasyl contains no ferric sulfate, unlike similar products on the market, which can stain proteins a black color, including soft tissue and dentin.
For gingival retraction needs, the Kerr Tissue Management line also offers ExpasylTM, an atraumatic gingival retraction paste, now in a pleasant new strawberry taste.
To learn more about Hemostasyl or our broad portfolio of products, visit kerrdental.com/hemostasyl or call 800.KERR.123. To find out more about continuing education online and free CE credit, visit Kerr University at kerrdental.com/education for upcoming live webcasts, on-demand video, and the latest CE articles.

Friday, November 20, 2009

ORALDNA LABS INTRODUCES TWO SALIVARY DNA TESTS TO SUPPORT DENTISTS’ FIGHT AGAINST PERIODONTAL DISEASE


Molecular DNA Tests Positioning Dental Professionals at the Forefront of Oral Medicine - Company Planning the Launch of HPV/Oral Cancer DNA Test in 2010

Nashville, TN – November 16, 2009 – OralDNA Labs™ Inc. (www.OralDNA.com),
a specialty diagnostics subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics® Incorporated (NYSE: DGX) focused on bringing advanced laboratory testing to the dental community, today announced the availability of two revolutionary molecular tests to help periodontists and general dentists identify patients with and at risk for periodontal disease. MyPerioPathsm detects the presence and quantity of specific bacteria associated with periodontal disease, while MyPerioIDsm PST®, which the company licenses from Interleukin Genetics, provides a means of quickly and accurately1 assessing an individual’s genetic risk for periodontal disease.

Used together, the new salivary DNA diagnostic tests can help dental professionals reduce patient incidence of periodontal disease. MyPerioPathsm provides early and accurate1 diagnosis of existing periodontal disease by identifying and measuring specific types of bacteria, while MyPerioIDsm PST® assesses a patient’s genetic predisposition to developing periodontal disease well before physical symptoms occur. The company has launched a national dental industry awareness and training program to support the profession’s understanding and effective use of the new tools.

According to OralDNA Inc. senior vice president and general manager Robert Walker,

the company has been introducing the tests to leading dental industry practitioners
during the past year. “Leading periodontists and general dentists are already relying
on the MyPerioPathsm and MyPerioIDsm PST® salivary diagnostic tests to provide valuable insights for enhanced patient care, and as important tools in the fight against periodontal disease. We believe these tests will not only help put dental professionals at the forefront of oral medicine, but also enable them to provide more comprehensive and accurate treatment plans for their patients.”

According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 75% of all Americans over the age of 35 have some form of periodontal disease2 and research conducted during the past 10 years has provided insight into the Perio / Systemic Connection and the link between chronic periodontal infections and heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer.3,4

Within the next year, OralDNA expects to add the clinician-administered oral DNA HPV test, OraRisksm HPV, for use in assessing the risks associated with certain types of oral cancer, and intends to continue to broaden its menu of salivary diagnostic tests for use in oral medicine.

For more information, education, and training related to OralDNA’s salivary DNA diagnostic tests, dental professionals, including periodontists, general dentists, and dental hygienists, should visit www.OralDNAtraining.com or call (877) 577-9055.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

British Dental Association Attacks Unacceptable And Growing Chasm" In Oral Health Inequalities

An "unacceptable and growing chasm" exists in the UK between those with good and poor oral health, according to the British Dental Association's (BDA's) Oral Health Inequalities Policy which is published today. The policy highlights the close association between low socio-economic status and poor oral health, calling for more focus on preventive care. It also says there should be a more integrated approach to oral health from health and social care providers. Furthermore, the paper argues greater priority should be given to particular patient groups, including those with disabilities, older people and the prison population.

The contributions of alcohol and tobacco to oral health inequalities are stressed by the paper, particularly as risk factors for oral cancer. It calls for resources to enable dental professionals to take a more preventive approach, including counselling patients on the dangers associated with alcohol and tobacco products, referring patients to smoking cessation schemes and the extension of the ability to prescribe Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to a wider group of health professionals.

Professor Damien Walmsley, Scientific Adviser to the BDA, said:

"There has been a significant improvement in the nation's overall oral health over the last 30 years, but despite that we still see a huge disparity that is all-too-often related to social deprivation. It is completely unacceptable that in Britain, in 2009, such a wide gap should exist.

"Much good work to address this problem has begun, and this report commends a number of schemes such as Brushing for Life and Sure Start that are starting to make a difference. However, a great deal of work remains to be done and it is vital dentists are supported in doing it."

The Oral Health Inequalities Policy is available at: http://www.bda.org/inequalities.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Form Of Mercury In Older Dental Fillings Unlikely To Be Toxic

Amid the on-going controversy over the safety of mercury-containing dental fillings, a University of Saskatchewan research team has shed new light on how the chemical forms of mercury at the surface of fillings change over time.

Their work, just published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, shows that the surface forms of mercury in older "silver" fillings (also known as amalgams) may be less toxic than previously thought.

"The dental amalgam on the surface of an old tooth filling may have lost as much as 95 per cent of its mercury but what's left is in a form that is unlikely to be toxic in the body," said U of S Canada Research Chair Graham George who led the study.

But the team cautions that due to the significant mercury loss over time, human exposure to mercury lost from fillings is "still of concern" and that further research is needed to determine when, how and in what form mercury is lost from fillings.

Mercury-based fillings have been used by dentists to repair teeth for well over a century. But in recent decades, their use has become controversial due to concerns about exposure to potentially toxic mercury.

"Mercury can potentially exist in several different chemical forms, each with a different toxicity," said George. "Prior to our work, little was known about how the chemical forms of mercury in dental amalgam might change over time."

The team used a special X-ray technique at the Stanford Sychrotron Radiation Lightsource to probe the amount and chemical nature of mercury at the surface of both freshly prepared metal fillings and aged fillings (about 20 years old) obtained from the U of S dental clinic's tooth bank.

While the fresh fillings contained metallic mercury, which can be toxic, aged fillings contained a form of mercury called beta-mercuric sulfide or metacinnabar which is unlikely to be toxic in the body. For this reason, grinding or polishing during dental cleaning is unlikely to cause any toxic effects.

But of potential greater concern is the nature of the surface mercury lost from fillings. This may be due to evaporation (with subsequent inhalation and leaching of mercury into saliva), exposure to some kinds of dental hygiene products such as those containing peroxides, exposure to certain sulphur-containing foods (such as onion and garlic or coffee), or other factors.

"Possibly this missing mercury is in the less toxic form of mercury (metacinnabar) abraded from the surface of the filling. Or alternatively, it may be mercury lost prior to formation of the metacinnabar through various types of exposures," said George.

In North America, the traditional view is that the advantages of mercury-containing amalgam outweigh any possible health risks, and for this reason, mercury-containing dental amalgams are still widely used. However, several countries including Sweden and Norway have banned the use of mercury in fillings.

Other members of the team include Satya Singh, Jay Hoover, and Canada Research Chair Ingrid Pickering. This project was supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Source
University of Saskatchewan

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cambridge MedCom to Shoot Free 30-Second Video for Dentists' Websites at The Greater NY Dental Meeting

Cambridge MedCom to Shoot Free 30-Second Video for Dentists' Websites at
The Greater NY Dental Meeting * Come to Health Compliance Team Booth # 826


New York, New York – Cambridge MedCom, the nation's leading boutique internet, marketing, and public relations firm serving dentists, and the larger healthcare community, will be shooting free videos for dentists at the Greater NY Dental Meeting at Jacob Javitz from November 29, 2009 to December 2, 2009. “The internet represents a tremendous opportunity for dentists to expand their business and acquire new patients, but only if it's done right,” said Abe Kasbo Chairman of Verasoni Worldwide, the parent company of Cambridge MedCom.


Cambridge MedCom will provide participating dentists with a complimentary 30-second “webisode” to use on their website, Youtube channel, facebook, Linkedin, twitter and blogs. The videos will be professionally taped, edited on the spot, uploaded to the dentist's email account, and placed on Cambridge's Branded Youtube Channel for additional exposure. “Having a website without an integrated marketing plan is akin to flying a plane without a pilot, so it's critical that dentists implement a content distribution strategy to ensure their site stays ahead of the competition,” continued Mr. Kasbo. “Additionally, various active organic and non-organic strategies must be incorporated in order to effectively optimize a websites' position, and that takes fresh thinking along with work.”


Dentists will be asked to dress for the on-camera interview. The interview will be brief, focused on one area of interest to each dentist, and specifically designed for online viewing. The video's positioning on Youtube, which happens to be the second largest search engine in the world, ought to contribute positively to the participating dentist's website search engine relevance.


How To Get Your Free Interview:

Interview spots are limited to 32 per day and, dentists must reserve their spot. This offer is on first-come, first-serve basis. Dentists will be able to reserve an interview by sending an email to nydentalmeeting@verasoni.com and MUST include the following:

• Dentist full name
• Practice Name
• Practice address
• Practice phone number
• Practice fax number
• Practice email address
• Name of practice manager

Dentists must provide the date of attendance and choose from the following time categories:

• Early
• Mid-morning
• Noon - early afternoon
• Late afternoon


Once the time category is chosen, Cambridge MedCom will provide an exact time based on the category chosen by the dentist. Dentists will forfeit their interview spot if unable to make the time reserved.


To learn more about Verasoni Worldwide and Cambridge MedCom, visit www.verasoni.com.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Occupational exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) and the risk of Self-Reported Male Sexual Dysfunction.

Why is this dental? BPA is in composite. MJ

Hum Reprod. 2009 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print]
Occupational exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) and the risk of Self-Reported Male Sexual Dysfunction.

Li D, Zhou Z, Qing D, He Y, Wu T, Miao M, Wang J, Weng X, Ferber JR, Herrinton LJ, Zhu Q, Gao E, Checkoway H, Yuan W.

Division of Research, Kaiser Foundation Research Institute,Kaiser Permanente Northern California, 2000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA.

BACKGROUND Animal studies have suggested that bisphenol-A (BPA) is a potential human endocrine disrupter; but evidence from human studies is needed. METHODS We conducted an occupational cohort study to examine the effect of occupational exposure to BPA on the risk of male sexual dysfunction. Current workers from BPA-exposed and control factories were recruited. The exposed workers were exposed to very high BPA levels in their workplace. Male sexual function was ascertained through in-person interviews using a standard male sexual function inventory. RESULTS BPA-exposed workers had consistently higher risk of male sexual dysfunction across all domains of male sexual function than the unexposed workers. After controlling for matching variables and potential confounders, exposed workers had a significantly increased risk of reduced sexual desire [odds ratios (OR) = 3.9, 95% confidence interval: 1.8-8.6), erectile difficulty (OR = 4.5, 95% CI 2.1-9.8), ejaculation difficulty (OR = 7.1, 95% CI 2.9-17.6), and reduced satisfaction with sex life (OR = 3.9, 95% CI 2.3-6.6). A dose-response relationship was observed with an increasing level of cumulative BPA exposure associated with a higher risk of sexual dysfunction. Furthermore, compared with the unexposed workers, BPA-exposed workers reported significantly higher frequencies of reduced sexual function within 1 year of employment in the BPA-exposed factories. CONCLUSIONS Our findings provide the first evidence that exposure to BPA in the workplace could have an adverse effect on male sexual dysfunction.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Core Materials – Which to choose and Which to use

Core Materials – Which to choose and Which to use
Sponsored by Pentron


Presenter: Dr. Martin Jablow CE Credits: 1
Webcast Begins: 11/19/09 7:00 PM ET, 4:00 PM PT

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of different materials that can be used for build-ups. Dr. Jablow will discuss the use of amalgam, composite and other materials dedicated for build-ups. As every dental practitioner knows, time is valuable, so sign-up now to learn how you can improve your dental techniques and earn free CE credit

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Noncovered services: House supports legislative action to counter trend

Seeking legislative action to prevent dental plans from capping the amount dentists can charge for services a plan doesn't cover, the 2009 House of Delegates adopted Resolution 59H-2009.

Dental plans began implementing contract provisions holding dentists to maximum allowed fees for services for which no benefit is available with increasing frequency last year.

Many dentists fear such provisions limit access.

Read the ADA resolution

Friday, November 13, 2009

Google Picasa Drops Price of Storage


Picasa offers 1GB of free photo storage space. Google has reduced the price of 20GB of space to $5/year. Thats 10K photos at 5MB each. Not a bad deal.

Check out the Picasa pricing information.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tonights Webinar

I am doing a webinar tonight A Fresh Web-Based Approach to Managing Your Practice @ 8PM. Sign up http://www.towniecentral.com/Dentaltown/Webcasts.aspx

Latest edition of Apex

APEX 1st November 2009 Issue

Read in this Issue

In this issue you will find a range of articles covering:

* “I feel that tooth whitening in the UK is currently a bit shady” Dr James Goolnik in Extending the power of bleaching on page 5
* “We are naturally programmed to enjoy sweet foods” Angela Walker in Natural sweetness: how to help your patients cut down on sugary snacks on page 16
* “We’ve known caries is preventable for 70 years but we still treat it by restorative means” Dr David Alexander in A year in review: looking forward on page 13
* “20 is the number of new patients per month per full time dentist that you need to keep your business prospering” Chris Barrow in What time is it? on page 23
* Latest jobs in dentistry

In addition, this issue also includes details of the latest product innovations:

* Griptab by Triodent
* ENDO-MATE by NSK

Below the publication is a menu bar giving you control of the reading experience in terms of viewing, navigation, printing and downloading.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

RelyX Unicem Cement Capsules Hit the 50 Million Mark


I have used RelyX and its a wonderful cement. MJ

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (November 3, 2009) – 3M ESPE announces the production of the 50 millionth capsule of RelyX™ Unicem Self-Adhesive Universal Resin Cement. The first ever self-adhesive resin cement has proven its value in millions of applications around the globe. RelyX Unicem cement has received several third party evaluations over the years, such as CR Foundation, Townie Choice Award for Cements, and The Dental Advisor +++++ rating along with their “Top” and “Preferred Product” Awards.
Since its launch in 2002, an ever-increasing number of users trust the world market leader, RelyX Unicem cement. The self-adhesive material allows for quick and easy cementation enabling a strong bond, while eliminating the need for separate etching, priming or bonding. Designed for permanent cementation of inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges as well as endodontic posts made of diverse materials, the product allows for universal application. The cement is also available in the convenient Clicker™ Dispenser.

Numerous independent and third party studies have attested to the extraordinary performance of the cement. It features high physical strengths and low linear expansion as well as impressive color stability and hydrophobicity. High marginal integrity, which reduces the risk of debonding and post-operative sensitivity considerably, has been confirmed as well.

Jeffrey R. Lavers, Division Vice President, 3M ESPE, is proud of the 50 millionth capsule leaving the production line: “The significant number of capsules produced during the last seven years reflects the outstanding reliability and clinical performance of RelyX Unicem cement. A combination of tradition and innovation, long-term experience, and new ideas are key to the cement’s success. Its unique chemistry will secure our product a leading position in future markets as well.”
For more information call 1-800-634-2249 or visit www.3MESPE.com/RelyX

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Aribex Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against Bio-Ray Prox

Just an FYI I use Nomads in my office and like them a lot. MJ

OREM, UTAH, USA—30 Oct 2009—Aribex, Inc., of Orem, Utah, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement complaint for unspecified damages against manufacturer DigiMed Co., Ltd (of Seoul, Korea), Sigma Biomedics (of Buffalo Grove, Illinois), and Dentalaire Products (of Fountain Valley, CA). Sigma and Dentalaire distribute the Bio-Ray Prox, a portable x-ray device which is manufactured in Korea by DigiMed. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, comes after a number of attempts by Aribex to resolve concerns over the alleged infringement of Aribex patents by several different manufacturers and importers.

Aribex is the developer of a novel class of handheld x-ray sources, with patented technology enabling a lightweight and easily transported design. Their popular NOMAD® family of x-ray devices is currently used in the dental, veterinary, and forensic disciplines.

The complaint alleges that Aribex intellectual property rights are being knowingly and unfairly violated. According to Dr. D. Clark Turner, president and CEO of Aribex and inventor of the NOMAD handheld x-ray, "Aribex has spent considerable time and money to establish the value proposition of handheld x-ray. We consider our intellectual property to be one of our core assets and plan to aggressively defend and enforce our IP rights. This is the first visible step in that process."

Monday, November 09, 2009

Lanmark Group to Review Highlights of Benchmark RDH Survey During Greater New York Dental Meeting

Results of Recent In-Depth Poll Will Provide Invaluable Market Intelligence
to any Company Striving to Effectively Engage with Today’s Registered Dental Hygienist

Eatontown, NJ (November 3, 2009) – Lanmark Group, the dental industry’s leading full-service, business-to-business advertising, marketing, and public relations agency, will be scheduling appointments to review the highlights of its recent benchmark survey of dental hygienists, during the Greater New York Dental Meeting.

The online survey was conducted independently by Lanmark’s Research Team and polled close to 300 dental hygienists on a wide range of topics including product preferences, career satisfaction, association affiliation, social media usage, publication readership, professional relationships, hygienist-friendly companies, oral/systemic link relevance, product recommendations, and much more.

“This is was a detailed survey that required participants to spend about a half hour to complete,” commented Lanmark Chief Strategy Officer, Michael McCarthy. “Our first take away from this process was that hygienists are a dedicated, passionate group of dental professionals who take the time to communicate with any company willing to listen – We’re listening!”

The full results of this survey will provide valuable market intelligence to any company that markets products, materials and services to the dental hygienist. “There are some surprising answers that will shatter some preconceived notions, plus enlightening answers to questions that have simply never been asked before,” explained McCarthy. “No hygiene-focused marketing director or product manager should be without the in-depth findings of this survey.”

Senior members of the Lanmark Research Team will be on hand during the Greater New York Dental Meeting to present the highlights of this benchmark survey of dental hygienists, or to explain how they can develop a custom research project if needed. To schedule a free 30-minute consultation, call Erin Foster at 732-389-4500 ext. 128 or send an e-mail to efoster@lanmarkgroup.com.

Lanmark Group’s recent benchmark survey of dental hygienists was conducted independently by the company’s research department, using its proprietary database. The survey was not developed in cooperation with any publications, associations, or third party groups.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Thanks to Continental Airlines

I had been away in Mexico on vacation. I was scheduled to leave at the same time Hurricane Ida was supposed to be very close to Cancun. I called Continental Airlines late in the afternoon to see if they had a late flight out of Cancun before the hurricane was to pass the area. Low and behold they were sending a plane just for that purpose! So Continental added an unscheduled flight to take out all those people requesting to leave Cancun before the hurricane.

I boarded my flight at about 10 o'clock PM and was in Houston at midnight. An added flight and now fees to change. Most importantly my family was out of harms way.

So a very big "THANK YOU" to Continental Airlines for excellent customer service!!!!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

ClearCorrect to be at GNYDM


ClearCorrect™, Inc., the clear alternative in advanced and affordable transparent orthodontic aligners, is wrapping up a successful year with its exhibitor debut at this year’s Greater New York Dental Meeting. Dentists who sign up to become a ClearCorrect provider at booth # 322 will receive a 50% discount on their first ClearCorrect case.

Friday, November 06, 2009

AAP Keynote Address on Perio/Systemic Connection

Watch Paul Ridker, cardiologist deliver the keynote address at the APP meeting on the perio/systemic connection.

http://plum.tv/aap/keynote/

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States

Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2006. Read the government report.

The national average expenditure for dental care was $607 in 2006

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Opinions of American and Swedish Orthodontists about the Role of Erupting Third Molars as a Cause of Dental Crowding.

Angle Orthod. 2009 Nov;79(6):1139-42.
Opinions of American and Swedish Orthodontists about the Role of Erupting Third Molars as a Cause of Dental Crowding.

Tüfekçi E, Svensk D, Kallunki J, Huggare J, Lindauer SJ, Laskin DM.

Abstract Objective: To compare the opinions of Swedish orthodontists and American orthodontists regarding the association between third molar eruption and dental crowding. Materials and Methods: A survey was distributed to Swedish orthodontists (n = 230) asking their views on the force exerted by erupting third molars, its relationship to crowding, and their recommendations for prophylactic removal. Results were compared with those from a similar study conducted in the United States. Chi square analysis was used to determine differences in responses to questions between Swedish and American orthodontists. P

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

DENTAL surgeries have been told to remove magazines and toys from their waiting rooms

Last Updated: 28 October 2009 10:04 AM
Source: Edinburgh Evening News


DENTAL surgeries have been told to remove magazines and toys from their waiting rooms to help halt the spread of swine flu.
The Evening News has discovered every NHS practice has been sent the new guidance as health chiefs battle to control the spread of the H1N1 virus.

The move has been met with a mixed reaction, with some branding it a step too far – arguing that there are other more dangerous risks of swine flu spreading – while others insist it is merely a sensible measure.

It is understood the Lothian board is one of the first health authorities in the country to implement the guidelines, though dentists can ultimately choose to ignore them.

And it is not clear whether the moves will be extended to GP surgeries, with the British Medical Association saying that it had not been made aware of similar advice.

One dentist based in West Lothian told the Evening News: "We're not convinced.

"If you start taking magazines away then you'll have to stop people touching door handles and make sure they wash their hands thoroughly before coming back from the toilet.

"It certainly wouldn't be 100 per cent effective, and you can hardly stop people bringing in their own magazines to read and then leaving them."

Another city-based dentist added: "Perhaps it's quite a sensible thing, sometimes you see big boxes of toys which won't have been cleaned for ages."

It is thought that even once the swine flu outbreak passes, it is likely the advice will remain to reduce the spread of other bugs.

More than 1,000 people reported to their GP last week with symptoms of flu in the Lothians, and that figure is expected to rise as the temperature continues to plummet.

Dr Marion Storrie, clinical director of Lothian Unscheduled Care Service for NHS Lothian, confirmed the letters had been sent out.

She said: "This guidance was issued to general dental practitioners, advising them that they may wish to consider removing items such as toys and magazines from their waiting area to reduce the spread of the virus."

NHS Lothian already has significant contingency plans in place to tackle swine flu, and the vaccination of the 200,000 at-risk individuals and key frontline healthcare workers has begun.

While swine flu remains a reasonably tame strain of influenza, health chiefs are keen to eliminate the risk of catching it, particularly from healthcare premises

Margaret Watt, chairwoman of the Scotland Patients' Association, said: "We fully support NHS Lothian on this, and would urge them to move it on from just a request.

"It has long been known paper is a carrier of infection, especially second-hand. Years ago comics that were sent to infection hospitals used to go straight into the furnace, they knew even then of the dangers."

Monday, November 02, 2009

Characterization of mouthguard materials: Thermal properties of commercialized products

Dental Materials
Volume 25, Issue 12, Pages 1593-1602 (December 2009)

Characterization of mouthguard materials: Thermal properties of commercialized products

Trenton E. GouldaCorresponding Author Informationemail address, Scott G. Pilanda, Junghwan Shinb, Olivia McNairb, Charles E. Hoyleb, Sergei Nazarenkob

Received 15 July 2009; accepted 11 August 2009.

Abstract
Objectives

Several mechanisms have been purported to describe how mouthguards protect the orofacial complex against injury. As the properties needed for these mechanisms to be effective are temperature and frequency dependent, the specific aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive thermal characterization of commercial mouthguard materials.
Methods

Five commercially representative thermoplastic mouthguard materials (Essix™ Resin, Erkoflex™, Proform™-regular, Proform™-laminate, and Polyshok™) were tested. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) techniques were implemented to measure thermal transitions and mechanical properties. Measurements were conducted three times per sample. One-way ANOVA and one-sample t-tests were used to test for differences between commercial products on selected mean thermal property values.
Results

The DSC measurements indicated no differences between commercial materials for mean glass transition (p=0.053), onset melt (p=0.973), or peak melt (p=0.436) temperatures. Likewise, DMA measurements revealed no differences between commercial materials for the mean glass transition (p=0.093), storage modulus (p=0.257), or loss modulus (p=0.172) properties, respectively. The one-sample t-tests revealed that glass transition temperatures were different from intra-oral temperature (p<0.005) for all materials.
Significance

Commercialized mouthguard materials are sensitive to repetitive heating and cooling cycles, prolonged thermal treatment, and have glass transitions well below their end-use intra-oral temperature. As such, these materials are functioning as elastomers and not optimal mechanical damping materials. Dental clinicians, healthcare practitioners, or end-users should be aware that these materials are at best problematic with respect to this protective mechanism.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Five years of sleep apnea treatment with a mandibular advancement device.

Angle Orthod. 2010 Jan;80(1):30-6.
Five years of sleep apnea treatment with a mandibular advancement device.

Martínez-Gomis J, Willaert E, Nogues L, Pascual M, Somoza M, Monasterio C.

a Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract Objective: To determine the variation in prevalence of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), other side effects, and technical complications during 5 years of sleep apnea treatment with a mandibular advancement device. Materials and Methods: Forty patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea received an adjustable appliance at 70% of the maximum protrusion. The protrusion was then progressively increased. TMD (diagnosed according to the Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMD), overjet, overbite, occlusal contacts, subjective side effects, and technical complications were recorded before and a mean of 14, 21, and 58 months after treatment and analyzed by the Wilcoxon test (P < .05). Results: Fifteen patients still used the oral appliance at the 5-year follow-up, and no significant variation in TMD prevalence was observed. Subjective side effects were common, and a significant reduction was found in overjet, overbite, and in the number of occlusal contacts. Furthermore, the patients made a mean of 2.5 unscheduled dental visits per year and a mean of 0.8 appliance repairs/relines per year by a dental technician. The most frequent unscheduled visits were needed during the first year and were a result of acrylic breakage on the lateral telescopic attachment, poor retention, and other adjustments to improve comfort. Conclusions: Five-year oral appliance treatment does not affect TMD prevalence but is associated with permanent occlusal changes in most sleep apnea patients during the first 2 years. Patients seek several unscheduled visits, mainly because of technical complications.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Orthodontic treatment of malocclusion improves impaired skillfulness of masticatory jaw movements.

Angle Orthod. 2009 Nov;79(6):1078-83.
Orthodontic treatment of malocclusion improves impaired skillfulness of masticatory jaw movements.

Tome W, Yashiro K, Takada K.

Abstract Objective: To investigate whether individuals with malocclusion show less skillfulness, as represented by kinematic parameters that characterize masticatory jaw movement, compared with those having normal occlusion and, if so, to examine whether more skilled movements are achieved after completion of orthodontic treatment. Materials and Methods: Lower incisor point movement in space during gum chewing was recorded, and the kinematic traits of such movement were compared among four subject groups: a Control Group (36 females with good occlusion), a Malocclusion Group (24 females with dental malocclusions), an Extraction Group (31 females who had received orthodontic treatment with premolar extraction) and a Nonextraction Group (27 females who had been treated orthodontically without tooth extraction). Before treatment, all subjects in the three experimental groups exhibited dental malocclusions and skeletal class I jaw-base relationship. Results: Compared with the Malocclusion Group, the lower normalized jerk-cost, the shorter phase durations, the more symmetric property of the velocity profile, and the smaller variance of lateral jaw-closing trajectories near the tooth intercuspation position were determined in the Extraction Group and the Nonextraction Group as well as in the Control Group. Conclusions: As measured by kinematic parameters such as normalized jerk-costs, velocity profile, and variance of movement trajectories near the endpoint of movement, dental malocclusions were associated with significantly lower skillfulness of masticatory jaw motion, whereas good occlusion and orthodontically improved occlusion (either with or without premolar extraction) were both associated with more skillful motion.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

OSAP Shakes it Up for 2010 Symposium

Annapolis, MD: October 26, 2009 - The Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) has announced their 2010 Infection Prevention Symposium: SHAKE IT UP – *O*vercome complacency, *S*upport compliance, *A*dvance a culture of safety, *P*repare for contingencies, which will be held June 10-13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Florida. The information-packed Symposium is designed to provide a wealth of take-aways to help oral healthcare educators and consultants, and dental professionals responsible for infection control and safety in their clinics and practices, address today’s fast-changing safety and infection control challenges.

A Thursday morning golf tournament kicks off the Symposium. The tournament, which raises funds for the OSAP Foundation, is open to all; no Symposium registration is required. Thursday also offers special pre-conference content for educators and consultants. Friday, following a day of informative sessions that include a spotlight on H1N1, a panel on social media and public health, information on new technologies, and the Zapp Lecture, the popular OSAP auction will again feature an astounding array of fabulous items. Saturday offers a full day of workshops and information sessions, on topics ranging from ergonomics to how to write an abstract and how to create clear infection control/safety messages. Optional post-conference session offerings are available Sunday morning.

Sunny Tampa Florida features more than 2,000 acres of parks and beaches within the city limits and is very accessible- just a $10 van ride from the airport, which is served by Southwest and other inexpensive carriers. Saturday night’s dine-around event will give participants a chance to experience the dynamic restaurant scene in Tampa and will include a tour of historic Ybor City, where the Cuban sandwiches are hot and crisp, the cigars are hand-rolled, and the colorful streets are lined with fun.

For more information or Symposium registration information, call 800-298-OSAP (6727) or visit www.osap.org.

OSAP is the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. Founded in 1984, the non-profit association is dentistry's premier resource for infection control and safety information. Through its publications, courses, website, and worldwide collaborations, OSAP and the tax-exempt OSAP Foundation support education, research, service, and policy development to promote safety and the control of infectious diseases in dental healthcare settings worldwide.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Minimum Intervention Dentistry e-zine


The first issue of MID, an informative digital turning page edition dedicated to Minimum Intervention Dentistry, compiled by Interactive Dental Media in partnership with GC.
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MID October 2009 Issue

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* “MID is the foundation for good clinical practice in the modern era of knowledge of disease and developments in material science.” Dr Avijit Banerjee, King’s College London Dental Institute, UK, in MID Worldwide, page 4
* “In the past, a lot of resistance to MID practice has stemmed from dentists not believing that this style of dentistry will allow them to run a profitable and satisfying practice – we believe that you can.” Dr David Manton, University of Melbourne, Australia, in MID Symposium, page 6.
* “I like this way of not just fixing the holes in my teeth, but also explaining to me how to stop the disease I didn’t know about. This minimal dentistry rocks!” James, patient, Australia, in Practice Perspectives, page 15.
* “By approaching evidence-based scrutiny and meta-analysis, it is exciting to be able to answer clinical questions relevant to MI and to do so largely independently from systematic error and bias.” Dr Steffen Mickenautsch, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, in Evidence, page 28.

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