Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers Improve Following Treatment Of Gum Disease

From Medical News Today

People, who suffer from gum disease and also have a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis, reduced their arthritic pain, number of swollen joints and the degree of morning stiffness when they cured their dental problems. Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland reported on this new intervention for arthritis in the Journal of Periodontology.

"It was exciting to find that if we eliminated the infection and inflammation in the gums, then patients with a severe kind of active rheumatoid arthritis reported improvement on the signs and symptoms of that disease," said Nabil Bissada, D.D.S., chair of the department of periodontics at the dental school. "It gives us a new intervention," adds Bissada.

This is not the first time that gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis have been linked. According to another researcher in the study, Ali Askari, M.D., chair of the department of rheumatology at University Hospitals, "From way back, rheumatologists and other clinicians have been perplexed by the myth that gum disease may have a big role in causing systematic disease."

He added that historically teeth were pulled or antibiotics given for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, which actually treated the periodontitis. The patients got better.

Askari and Bissada are part of a team of researchers that studied 40 patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease and a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis.

The study results should prompt rheumatologists to encourage their patients to be aware of the link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis, says Askari.

Bissada notes that gum disease tends to be prevalent in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Both inflammatory diseases share similarities in the progression of the disease over time. In both diseases, the soft and hard tissues are destroyed from inflammation caused by toxins from bacterial infection.

One toxin from the inflamed areas called tumor neurosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) is a marker present in the blood when inflammation is present in the body. TNF-α can initiate new infections or aggravate sites where inflammation already exists.

The study's participants were divided into four groups. Two groups of patients were receiving a new group of anti-TNF-α drugs that block the production of TNF-α at inflamed rheumatoid arthritis sites. Two groups were not on this new medication. Half of group of the participant on the medication and half not receiving the new drug received a standard nonsurgical form of periodontal treatment to clean and remove the infection from the bones and tissues in the gum areas. The other half of those studied did not receive the treatment until after completion of the study.

After receiving treatment for the gum disease, improvement in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms was seen in patients who did and did not receive the anti-TNF-α medications, which block the production of TNF-α that aggravate or can cause inflammation. Patients on the TNF- α inhibitors showed even greater improvements over those not receiving the drugs.

"I'm optimistic that someday the biologic agents that we use successfully in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis will lead to improvement of periodontitis and would be available for use and treatment of this perplexing problem," says Askari.

"Again we are seeing another link where good oral health improves the overall health of an individual," says Bissada, who adds that studies have linked gum disease to premature births, heart disease and diabetes.

Friday, May 29, 2009

3M ESPE Announces the Elipar™ S10 LED Curing Light


ST. PAUL, Minn. – (May 15, 2009) – 3M ESPE introduces the Elipar™ S10 LED Curing Light featuring a one-piece stainless steel housing that brings together form and function in a robust new face to the curing light market. Expanding upon 3M ESPE’s more than 30 years of experience in developing curing light technology, the Elipar S10 LED curing light has been designed to inspire confidence with its unmatched features for convenience and versatility of use.

The Elipar S10 LED curing light possesses a unique, ergonomic V-shape that provides a comfortable grip from various angles, allowing any user’s technique to be best accommodated. Along with superior esthetic appeal, the small size offers an excellent weight balance. The shield of the device serves as a flat surface rest for roll-off protection; and the wand is cordless, making handling and performing procedures easier. In addition to the extraordinary steel design and improved maneuverability, the Elipar S10 LED curing light has an innovative magnetic light guide fixture for quick attachment and removal of the light guide, allowing for easy insertion, removal and positioning.

With the capacity to operate in complete silence, the Elipar S10 LED curing light includes a switch-off option for timer and beep signals, and does not house a noisy fan. A unique timer on the device offers a range of five, 10, 15, 20 and 120 second cure modes, and a tack-cure mode. The tack-cure mode gives reproducible one-second light pulses in response to pushing and holding down the trigger button, making removal of excess cements easier, safer and more predictable.
This first class wand features the latest in high power LED technology, offering up to double the optical power of other leading devices—1200 mW/cm² of intensity out of a wide, 10 millimeter tip. The tip offers easy positioning that covers up to an 80 percent larger surface area than the standard LED light guide. The optical set-up of the Elipar S10 LED curing light, comprising 3M’s nano-reflector technology, is optimized to deliver a more focused light output. Even at a distance of seven millimeters, the Elipar S10 LED curing light offers up to three times more intensity than comparable devices, enabling an improved depth of cure. Used as directed, it is capable of performing a five second cure for shades A3 and lighter, and enables polymerization of compatible materials in half of the manufacturer’s recommended time.
The Elipar S10 LED curing light operates with a high-performance Lithium-Ion Battery that can be easily inserted and removed, much resembling a flashlight. The battery allows light output to remain consistent throughout its charge, and does not weaken during prolonged curing procedures. This advanced battery technology provides 60 minutes of cure time before recharging is needed. Although heat management is typically challenging in high-power devices that do not have a fan, continuous runtime is a benefit of the Elipar S10 LED curing light, as it can run a remarkable seven minutes in a sealed housing.

Manufactured from a one-piece stainless steel casing, the design not only gives the Elipar S10 LED curing light a modern, high-tech look, but provides a nearly unbreakable, smooth, stain-resistant exterior. This one-piece stainless steel exterior does not have seams or vents where liquid could seep in, and is made possible by a technique called hydroforming. The complex shapes that are achieved with hydroforming are impossible with traditional molding and milling techniques, and provide excellent leak tightness.

Overall, 83 percent of U.S. and German dentists who tested the Elipar S10 LED curing light found it very easy to use, rating the curing performance, robustness and hygiene “very good.” After participating in the test, Dr. Sharon Schindler said that she views the Elipar S10 LED curing light as an “excellent light [that I would] definitely use in my practice.” Dr. John Granger, an additional tester, states that the Elipar S10 is “by far the best light I have ever used. This light is a winner in all aspects of its design—curing deep and fast and giving me great confidence that my materials are completely cured.”
For more information call 1-800-634-2249 or visit www.3MESPE.com

Thursday, May 28, 2009

New PoliCare™ program supports patients throughout denture journey


New PoliCare™ program supports patients throughout denture journey,
helps dental professionals provide helpful start to that journey


PITTSBURGH, PA – (May 20, 2009) Each year, nearly two million Americans are fitted for their first denture. While dentures can improve a person’s dental health, smile, appearance and quality of life, the transition to and acceptance of this change can be challenging for many people. Among the key challenges: getting the right information to prepare them for this new phase in life, and getting emotional support since the experience can be embarrassing and stigmatizing, which can also inhibit patient inquiry. The dental professional can serve as a helpful support and information source, but all too often, patients do not reach out to the dental professional, since they are embarrassed, traumatized, and often don’t even know what to ask. Dental professionals, in turn, often don’t know how to approach these patients. Therefore a huge need gap exists between patient and professional.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare has therefore developed the PoliCare program to help bridge the gap between patient and professional, by helping consumers better understand life with dentures, and by helping the dental professional encourage inquiry and discussion with the patient. This one-of-a-kind outreach program, from the makers of Polident® Denture Cleanser and Super PoliGrip® Adhesive, helps denture wearers understand the process of being fitted for and wearing their dentures and provides a helping hand in the transition.

The patient website, MyPoliCare.com, offers patients and caregivers valuable support and information, including: preparing for dentures, living with dentures, and proper care and maintenance of dentures. By encouraging patients to visit MyPoliCare.com, dentists can help answer their questions outside of the office. After enrolling in the PoliCare, either on the website or by filling out a reply card in their dentists’ office, patients will receive additional promotions and members-only offers.

Qualifying dentists who join PoliCare will also receive a number of benefits, including complimentary patient education and practice management tools, as well as materials to send home with patients to help ease their transition to new dentures. Upon enrolling in the program, dentists will receive 12 Complete Care Starter Kits for patients, which include valuable product samples such as Polident Cleansing Tablets, Super PoliGrip Denture Adhesive Cream, a denture brush and bath, a patient education brochure, and coupons worth up to $17 in savings on Polident and Super PoliGrip products. Office posters and counter cards are also provided to encourage patients to register with PoliCare through MyPoliCare.com.

Additional tools available to dentists through PoliCare include a patient self-assessment quiz to help dentists understand and manage patient expectations prior to beginning the denture process. On the website, dental-professional.com/PoliCare, dentists can download and customize office materials such as appointment reminder emails and cards, as well as denture information for the practice website and newsletter.

“The transition to life with new dentures or partials can be overwhelming, even traumatic, for many patients,” says Dawn Kosanovich, Senior Brand Manger, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. “PoliCare is intended to help busy dental professionals better serve these patients by providing support and information throughout this transition, to help them start this new chapter in their lives in the best way possible.”

For more information about PoliCare or GlaxoSmithKline’s other dental care products, visit www.dental-professional.com or call 1.800.652.5625.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shared Genetic Link Between Dental Disease Periodontitis And Heart Attack Discovered

European Society of Human Genetics (2009, May 25). Shared Genetic Link Between Dental Disease Periodontitis And Heart Attack

ScienceDaily (May 25, 2009) — Vienna, Austria: The relationship between the dental disease periodontitis and coronary heart disease (CHD) has been known for several years. Although a genetic link seemed likely, until now its existence was uncertain. Now, for the first time, scientists have discovered a genetic relationship between the two conditions, a researcher told the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics on May 25.

Dr. Arne Schaefer, of the Institute for Clinical Molecular Biology, University of Kiel, Germany, said that his team had discovered a genetic variant situated on chromosome 9 which was shared between the two diseases. "We studied a genetic locus on chromosome 9p21.3 that had previously been identified to be associated with myocardial infarction, in a group of 151 patients suffering from the most aggressive, early-onset forms of periodontitis, and a group of 1097 CHD patients who had already had a heart attack. The genetic variation associated with the clinical pictures of both diseases was identical," he said. The scientists went on to verify the association in further groups of 1100 CHD patients and 180 periodontitis patients.

"We found that the genetic risk variant is located in a genetic region that codes for an antisense DNA called ANRIL", said Dr. Schaefer, "and that it is identical for both diseases."

When a gene is ready to produce a protein, the two strands of DNA in the gene unravel. One strand produces messenger RNA, and will express a protein. Antisense RNA is complementary to the mRNA, and is often carried by the reverse strand, the 'anti-sense' strand of the DNA double helix. This strand does not encode for a protein, but can bind specifically to the messenger RNA to form a duplex. Through this binding, the antisense strand inhibits the protein expression of the mRNA .

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and periodontitis, which leads to the loss of connective tissue and the bone support of teeth, is the major cause of tooth loss in adults over 40 years. Periodontitis is very common, and around 90% of people aged over 60 suffer from it. Research has already shown a genetic basis for both diseases.

"We intend to push ahead with our work to try to understand more about the function of this RNA molecule and the pathway in which it operates in healthy gums and also in periodontitis. In the meantime, because of its association with CHD, we think that periodontitis should be taken very seriously by dentists and diagnosed and treated as early as possible", said Dr. Schaefer.

Both CHD and periodontitis are propagated by the same risk factors – most importantly smoking, diabetes and obesity – and there is also a gender relationship, with men possibly more liable to these diseases than women. Researchers have also shown similarities in the bacteria found in the oral cavity and in coronary plaques, and both diseases are characterised by an imbalanced immune reaction and chronic inflammation.

"These factors already indicated a possible mutual genetic basis underlying the two diseases", said Dr. Schaefer. Now we know for sure that there is a strong genetic link, patients with periodontitis should try to reduce their risk factors and take preventive measures at an early stage", he said. "We hope that our findings will make it easier to diagnose the disease at an early stage, and that in future a greater insight into the specific pathophsyiology might open the way to effective treatment before the disease can take hold."

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day



Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

To all of those who have served in defense of this great nation, Thank You!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

OSAP Creates Dental Safety Mall


ANNAPOLIS, MD: May 19, 2009 - The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) has created a novel way for dental professionals to find solutions to their infection control and safety challenges: the OSAP Dental Safety Mall. The online mall features storefronts such as a bookstore, travel agency, novelty store, even an outlet, in addition to a Consultants Plaza, Educators Plaza, and Patient Depot. The Mall can be accessed directly at http://safetymall.osap.org.



The OSAP Dental Safety Mall provides a convenient shopping cart function and allows online payment for purchases. Shoppers can choose from training tools such as the popular “If Saliva Were Red” DVD, handwashing and latex allergy charts, CE programs, materials for educators and trainers, patient educational materials, even novelties such as a tie with dental plaque motif. In addition to academic texts, the bookstore offers member favorites such as The Andromeda Strain and Guns, Germs & Steel. OSAP is seeking additional recommendations; visitors can suggest a book using an email link in the bookstore.



The Dental Safety Mall offers an easy way to access current information and compliance tools, some in downloadable formats. The materials are constantly updated and new resources added, so bookmarking the site for easy access is advisable. OSAP is a nonprofit organization that provides dental infection control and safety information supported by science and research.



Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, OSAP 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. For more information, go to www.osap.org.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A comparison of root caries diagnosis based on visual-tactile criteria and DIAGNOdent in vivo

Wen Zhang, Colman McGrath
Journal of Dentistry
Volume 37, Issue 7, Pages 509-513 (July 2009)


Abstract
Objectives

This clinical study aimed to evaluate the validity of using DIAGNOdent in diagnosing root caries, and to assess the sensitivity and specificity of different cut-off DIAGNOdent values in assessing root caries with reference to visual-tactile criteria.
Methods

Exposed root surfaces were assessed by one examiner for root caries on 266 subjects using visual-tactile criteria and DIAGNOdent 2095 after dental scaling. Associations between DIAGNOdent values and visual-tactile diagnosis of root caries were determined. The cut-off level for statistical significance was 0.05. The sensitivity and specificity of DIAGNOdent with difference cut-off points were analysed compared to visual-tactile diagnosis of root caries.
Results

There was significant difference between DIAGNOdent values obtained from sound and carious root surfaces (p<0.001). On carious surfaces, active root caries obtained significantly higher DIAGNOdent values than inactive root caries (p<0.001). With increasing cut-off point DIAGNOdent values from 5 to 35, sensitivity decreased from 91.4% to 16.2% and specificity increased from 64.4% to 98.2%. A cut-off point of DIAGNOdent value between 5 and 10 produced the highest combined sensitivity and specificity.
Conclusions

There was a significant difference in DIAGNOdent values between sound and carious root surfaces diagnosed by visual-tactile criteria supporting the validity of DIAGNOdent for assessing root caries. A DIAGNOdent value between 5 and 10 produced the highest combined sensitivity and specificity when visual-tactile assessment of root caries was regarded as the criterion. These findings have implications in using and explaining DIAGNOdent values in assessing root caries.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Phosphur Plate Cleaning Wipes

Here was something else new I found at CDA.
My staff has already tried these plate cleaners and they like them a lot! MJ


One small hassle with PSP digital radiography systems is that they will get dirt and glue debris on the plates. It comes from the barriers and needs to be removed. It was always hit or miss using gauze and alcohol.


Air Techniques has specially formulated PSP Cleaning Wipes
for all of your Intraoral and Extraoral Phosphor Storage Plates
(PSP) and Plate Protectors. These extra soft, 100% polyester
fabric wipes will not scratch or damage while safely removing
dust, hair, dirt and smudges from the imaging surface. These
single use wipes are sure to make clean up easy and fast for
you and your staff.

To order, or for more information, please contact your
Air Techniques dealer or visit www.airtechniques.com
to find a local authorized dealer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ultradents- Valo LED Curing Light


Another new item from CDA is Ultradent's Valo- LED Curing light.

VALO’s focused, columnar beam delivers a complete,
uniform cure. Its efficient broadband LEDs ensure that VALO
doesn’t overheat.
• With three curing options – standard power, high power and
new plasma emulation mode – VALO cures all restorations
with the touch of a button.
• VALO features a slender, aerospace aluminum body, making it
lightweight and exceptionally durable.

More information is available at the Valo web site

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Osstell ISQ Instrument- When to load your implants


I was walking through the exhibit hall and stumbled upon this device, the Osstell ISQ. The Osstell ISQ is the latest in a series of implant stability meters.
A magnetic peg is inserted into the implant. A hand-held probe is placed next to the peg to stimulate the peg inside the implant. A numeric display reflects the degree of implant stability. This tells you whether the implant is ready for loading or not.

The unit costs around $4000 but if it saves a few implants it will be well worth the cost.

To learn more go to the Osstell web site.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Addent's New Composite Dispenser


While at the CDA I got to try the new Addent composite dispenser. It was extremely easy to manipulate the extrusion of the composite. The mechanism was easy to "Squeeze". Its unibody construction means no areas to potentially crack. Plus very easy insert and removal of the composite cartridge.

I look forward to giving it a real world try.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dentrix Kiosk

I got a chance at the CDA convention to go to the Dentrix booth and see the wireless kiosk. Basically it is a computer that is placed in a black box and has a touch screen. The patient would enter the office and can then enter or update patient information into the kiosk in response to questions. The kiosk then syncs with e-Central and web syncs back the information to the Dentrix database. This isolates the kiosk from the office computer database.

They were having trouble with the wireless connection in the exhibit hall so I did not get a great demonstration. If you are interested please contact Dentrix for more information.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Special CAESY pricing for CDA

I love patient education software and Patterson Dental is running a special on Caesy.

Patterson Dental has a special offer for those of you attending the 2009 California Dental Association Spring Scientific Session, May 14—17 in Anaheim, Calif.

Stop by the Patterson booth numbers 434 or 534 during the show to take advantage of greatly discounted CAESY Education Systems pricing!

Markdowns include:

* $2,000 off CAESY Enterprise
* $500 off both CAESY DVD and Smile Channel DVD, each now only $1,500
* Or, choose the “Bundle deal”: $2,700 for both the CAESY DVD and Smile Channel DVD

If you won't be in California call them as many companies honor show pricing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Comparison of Retention Characteristics in Prefabricated and Custom-Cast Dental Attachments

Here is an interesting article I came across. MJ

Chin-Chuan Fu, DDS, MS& Yung-Tsung Hsu, DDS, MS
Journal of Prosthodontics

Published Online: 8 May 2009

ABSTRACT

Purpose: The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate the retention characteristics of attachments fabricated by machine milling or by custom casting. In addition, the retention of reduced dimension attachments was also evaluated.

Materials and Methods: Three types of ERA matrices, one prefabricated and two cast, were used. Ten specimens were made for each type, and white nylon patrices were transferred to denture bases. Tests were performed at a crosshead speed of 0.2 in/min with an Instron machine. The dislodging force at baseline, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, and subsequently after every 500 pulls up to 2500 pulls were measured. ANOVA and Student's t-test were used to analyze the measurements.

Results: All three groups showed no difference at the baseline, but the cast groups showed greater variation within group. The prefabricated group showed higher retention after 200 pulls. Decreased-dimension attachments have no significant difference when compared to the cast regular dimension group after 400 pulls.

Conclusion: The prefabricated attachments had superior retention than the cast groups over time. Reduced dimension did not reduce the retention when compared to the cast group.

Monday, May 11, 2009

OSAP Symposium to Address Flu Pandemic

ANNAPOLIS, MD: May 11, 2009 - The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) has added bonus content to its 2009 Symposium, “Infection Prevention: Spread the Word, June 11-14 at the Marriott at Legacy Town Center, Plano, Texas. The OSAP Symposium will now include up-to-the-minute information on Influenza A (H1N1), previously referred to as “swine flu,” and its potential impact now and in the future.

The recent flu outbreak is a reminder of how important proper infection control procedures are for keeping dental professionals and their patients safe. The OSAP Symposium is a must-do for anyone concerned with infection control and safety in dentistry. Internationally-known experts will teach attendees how to make infection control practices “stick” and help professionals do things right the first time.

The 2009 OSAP Symposium will give attendees essential information on current and emerging diseases, disease prevention, “Never” events in dentistry, legal issues to understand, “green” infection control, new infection control guidelines, and much more. Educators, speakers, and consultants can participate in special workshops and break-out sessions. A new series, “InfoBites,” will provide information on four popular and pragmatic asepsis topics in digestible segments. Technical posters and product exhibits will inform attendees of the latest advances and newest products. Up to twenty hours of CE credit are available.

The Symposium provides many opportunities for networking and peer support. The agenda also includes social events, such as the John Molinari Charity Golf Tournament at the Tribute Golf Links in The Colony. The popular OSAP auction adds excitement and offers an impressive array of vacation packages, gourmet baskets, artwork, apparel, jewelry, literary and sporting goods, and much more.

Details of the Symposium as well as a reservation form are available online at www.osap.org or can be requested by calling 800-298-OSAP (6727). Check the website frequently; additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

OSAP is the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, 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.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Ubuntu is ready for your PC

I have been slowly migrating away from Windows as my Operating System for personal computers in my home. I still have a few Windows PC's running in the house but have moved many of them over to Ubuntu. I also am a MAC user and so are my kids.

Recently I was helping a friend of mine with his daughters notebook which was having issues and suggested Ubuntu. Well I downloaded the latest version (took 20 minutes) and took about another 20 minutes to install. Everything just worked. The notebook is much faster and no antivirus concerns etc.

The best part is you can test drive Ubuntu (or any of the Linux variants) with there live CD's and see if things just work for you too without installing the OS!

Go give Linux a try. There are some others Linux OS's that work on very old PC's that you may have lying around such as Puppy Linux or Damn Small Linux.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Dentrix is debuting a wireless patient check-in kiosk

I am eagerly waiting to see this in new Dentrix wireless kiosk. The interesting part is in the past Dentirx has not recommended a wireless network. I will report back after checking this out at the CDA convention next week.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Dr. Kathleen O'Loughlin Is Named As ADA's Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Kathleen T. O'Loughlin, DMD, MPH, of Medford, Massachusetts, has been selected by the Board of Trustees of the American Dental Association to serve as the next ADA Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, beginning June 1, 2009.

Dr. O'Loughlin brings a wealth of experience in several related oral health fields: twenty years in private general dental practice and public health dentistry, ten years experience as a dental educator, and a decade of demonstrated expertise in senior management, strategic planning and operations for large business.
Before joining the ADA, Dr. O'Loughlin worked briefly for United Healthcare as its Chief Dental Officer. Prior to that work, she consulted with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she led a curriculum development initiative in preparation for the expansion of the dental school facility. Dr. O'Loughlin's higher education experience includes serving as a course director for Tufts School of Dental Medicine and as an advisor to the President of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts, where she was responsible for developing a Masters in Public Health Program, overseeing the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene 2009 CODA Accreditation as well as planning the expansion of the Dental Hygiene Program to the Worcester Campus.

From 2002-2007, Dr. O'Loughlin served as President and CEO of Dental Services
of Massachusetts, Inc. (d/b/a Delta Dental of Massachusetts) where, through her leadership, the company doubled its reserves, grew membership by 400% and executed a dramatic five-year growth plan. Also during her leadership, Delta Dental of Massachusetts made charitable contributions of $53 million, which included endowed professorships at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston University School of Dental Medicine and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science. She also served as the President of the Oral Health Foundation of Massachusetts and holds the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor, in the Department of General Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Her education credentials are quite impressive. Dr. O'Loughlin earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine, Summa Cum Laude, from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; a Master's degree in Public Health, Health Care Management from Harvard University School of Public Health; and a Bachelor's degree, Cum Laude, in Biology from Boston University.
For over 25 years, Dr. O'Loughlin has been an active member in the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society, where she held several volunteer leadership positions including in the Yankee Dental Congress, held annually in Boston.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

CCLAD Conference

I am at the 2nd annual Computer Controlled Local Anesthesia Delivery conference. It is very informative. Lots of great presentations on many aspects of local anesthesia which concentrates on Milestone Scientific 's STA machine.

I use the STA every day. More information can be found at www.sta4u.com
Marty

Friday, May 01, 2009

FTC Red Flags Rule Suspended

FROM THE ADA.
My office put together a RED FLAG Rule program and it really was not a big deal. MJ



Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to inform you that the Federal Trade Commission has issued a 90-day delay in the enforcement of its Red Flags Rule, which would have gone into effect May 1. This delay will give the ADA more time to challenge its applicability to small health care providers such as dentists.

The ADA's vigorous efforts to reverse the FTC's regulation, coupled with the nearly 11,000 e-mails you sent to Congress, have had the desired effect. We are grateful to Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and House Small Business Chair Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), both of whom wrote to the FTC in support of our position.

The rule would require financial institutions and creditors to develop written plans to prevent and detect identity theft. FTC originally deemed dentists and physicians as creditors who are subject to the rule when they don't receive payment in full from their patients at the time of treatment.

The ADA believes that characterizing dentists as "creditors" in this context is incorrect, and our friends in Congress agree.

Rep. Simpson and nine other dentist and physician House members signed a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz asserting that the agency's interpretation of the authorizing law "goes beyond the intent of Congress and has failed to consider the financial burden this decision will have on dental and medical practices and those of other health care providers across the country."

Rep. Velazquez also wrote to the FTC saying that the agency "has failed to meet the requirements" of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires agencies to assure that small business entities are given an opportunity to participate in making rules that have a significant economic impact on them.

The FTC announced the delay in the rule's enforcement on FTC.gov.

I wish to thank all of you who have helped with this effort. We will keep you apprised of developments.


Sincerely,


John S. Findley, D.D.S.