Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy 2008

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2008

Sunday, December 30, 2007

NADL To Be Featured In Public Television Documentary Educating Viewers About The Origin And Materials Used In Dental Restorations, USA

The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) and GTS Education Inc. announced that "The Global Learning Series," an education-focused television program distributed to public television, has invited NADL to be featured in an episode called "Understanding Dentistry."

The program will educate viewers about a patient's right to know where their dental restoration was manufactured and the credentials of the manufacturer. Nearly 25 percent of all dental restorations used by U.S. patients are made in foreign countries by dental technicians who likely lack recognized certifications. The show will be distributed this winter and spring to public television stations and cable television stations throughout the country as well as abroad through VOA Television.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Brain Abscess Secondary to Dental Braces.

I guess this is true but I wonder if its not a reach just like the MVP and dental treatment, and this was an undiagnosed at risk patient. MJ

Brief Reports
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 27(1):84-85, January 2008.
Wolf, Joshua MBBS, BA *+; Curtis, Nigel FRCPCH, PhD *+++

We report a case of Haemophilus aphrophilus brain abscess presenting 6 weeks after application of dental braces in an adolescent patient with a formerly undetected patent foramen ovale. Neither brain abscess nor invasive H. aphrophilus infection has previously been associated with dental braces. Application or tightening of dental braces may cause bacteremia and invasive disease from oral commensals.

(C) 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

Friday, December 28, 2007

American Dental Partners Transfer Assets In Settlement

American Dental Partners Inc. said it agreed to transfer leases and assets to a Minneapolis dentists group two weeks after a local jury hit American Dental with about $131 million in damages seen as having far-reaching implications for clinics and hospitals.

Read the rest at the Wall Street Journal Site.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

In Kentucky’s Teeth, Poverty and Neglect Take Toll

An interesting NY Times article on why there is dental neglect in KY ( this is the same for many states) Not a lot of answers but an interesting read.

NY Times Dental Neglect Article

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Dental Stocks Look For More Bite



Posted 12/21/2007

People don't typically wait for the economy to get better before they go to the dentist.

Maybe that's why many took notice when Patterson (PDCO) Chief Executive James Wiltz blamed the economy for disappointing sales.

Dental supply firms have long been thought of as resistant to the economy's slumps. To a large extent that's still the case, says Jeff Johnson, analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co.

Read the whole article on the Investors Business Daily site.

"I still see dental as a great place to be in the next 24 months," he said. "These stocks do well in a slow economy. Dental tends to be recession-resistant."

A lot depends on which part of the dental business you're talking about.

Johnson did an in-depth study and found that spending on dental services has held up through recessions the past 40 years. That spending tends to bottom out 12 to 18 months after the recession's midpoint. And that dip in spending growth is only 1 to 2 percentage points.

"Even in recession, there's a very modest change in dental spending," Johnson said.

That takes care of the 75% of the dental supplies market that is in consumable items. These include toothpaste and other products that dentists use for routine treatments and checkups. Sales link closely to consumer dental spending.

"Demand for consumable supplies is really insensitive to the economy," said Derek Leckow, analyst at Barrington Research Associates.

Tighter Purse Strings

The other one-fourth of the market is in equipment. These are bigger-ticket items such as chairs, stands and lights, as well as high-tech gadgets like 3-D imagers.

Those sales are tied to dentists' spending rather than consumer spending.

The two aren't always the same. Dentists' economic outlooks can affect how much they invest in their business.

"That could cause them to temporarily delay spending," Johnson said.

That's the part of the dental market in which Patterson's sales are slumping.

While sales of core equipment such as chairs have stayed strong, high-end products have been hit. Dentists might hold off on items that run $150,000 or more.

Tighter credit is also affecting dentists' willingness to spend, Leckow says. Think of dentists as small businesses. If they're concerned that money could become tight, they'll slow their spending.

Read the entire article on the Investors web site.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sampling Water from Chemically Cleaned Dental Units with Detachable Power Scalers

Authors: Coan, Lorinda L1; Hughes, Elizabeth A1; Hudson, Joyce C1; Palenik, Charles J1
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene, Number 4, Fall, 1st Oct 2007 , pp. 80-80(1)

Publisher: American Dental Hygienists' Association
Purpose.This study's purpose was to determine the effect chemical cleaning had on the microbial quality of water emitted from dental unit waterlines (DUWL), 3-way syringes, and power scalers.

Methods. Ten randomly selected dental units with attached self-contained independent water reservoirs filled with deionized water were used. An ultrasonic scaler was paired with each of the ten units. This combination was retained for the duration of the study. Water samples were collected at the beginning of the fall semester and again after two weeks. Analysis indicated unacceptable levels of microorganisms and the need for a shock treatment, which included cleanings on 3 consecutive days. Water samples were collected following the initial shock treatment and for the following 4 weeks. Weekly cleanings were performed as part of routine equipment maintenance. Water specimens from the 3-way syringes and scaler handpieces were spiral plated on R2A agar plates. Incubation was at room temperature for 7 days. Plates were examined and the number of colony-forming units per milliliter (CFU/mL) was determined for each specimen.

Results.The first sampling showed that none of the 3-way syringes and one of the power scalers produced potable water after sitting unused for 6 weeks and receiving only one chemical cleaning. Improvement was noted after the second cleaning with specimens from 8 units having bacterial levels <500 CFU/mL. Three power scalers emitted potable water. Improvements in the bacterial levels of the power scalers were noted following the shock treatment; all of the power scalers emitted potable water.

Conclusions. Practitioners should routinely treat dental units and power scalers with products that will maintain acceptable microbial water quality. Administration of a shock treatment may be necessary prior to beginning a weekly maintenance protocol. Shock treatments are beneficial if units or power scalers have not been used for an extended period of time.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Guardian One of the First Major Dental Insurers to Cover Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

I hope this is an insurance company "covering" a procedure but not just reducing the fee to a PPO level but providing no money.MJ

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are tired of the rituals involved in using over-the-counter teeth whitening products, and would prefer to receive professional dental treatments to achieve or maintain your movie star smile, then you'll be happy with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America's (Guardian) new dental plan enhancements. Guardian, a leading provider of employee and voluntary benefits for small and midsized companies and the second largest dental network in the nation(1), today announced that it now covers cosmetic teeth whitening and has expanded its coverage of periodontal maintenance cleanings.

Dental insurance companies usually do not cover cosmetic procedures, but demand from clients and brokers supported Guardian's decision to offer teeth whitening as a covered benefit. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), teeth whitening is the number one requested cosmetic service today, and they expect its popularity to soar.

"Guardian is committed to helping small and midsize employers attract and retain the best talent," said Jim Pogue, vice president, Group Dental, Guardian. "Research shows that dental insurance is a popular benefit and can bolster a company's overall benefits package. Guardian's focus is on wellness and preventive procedures. But we believe that there is value in offering cosmetic teeth whitening because it will encourage employees to visit their dentists and seek not only the treatments that will improve the look of their smile, but also their oral health and overall health."

In addition to the new teeth whitening feature, citing the connection between oral health and overall health, Guardian has also expanded the number of periodontal cleanings in its dental plan. An estimated 80 percent of American adults have some form of periodontal disease, according to a 2006 National Institutes of Health report. This prevalent disease can lead to high blood sugar, heart disease and premature births.

Guardian's new plan gives employers the option of offering their employees up to four periodontal maintenance cleanings per year, regardless of medical conditions. Traditionally, a physician's certification that the employee has a disease with a known correlation to periodontal disease is required to qualify for more than 2-3 cleanings in a year.

"Americans realize that there is a link between oral health and overall health," said Dr. Richard Goren, 2nd vice president, Group Dental, Guardian. "In fact, 89 percent of respondents in a 2006 survey conducted by Guardian, 'Benefits & Behavior Spotlight on Dental', indicated that consumers recognize a connection. With the relationship between oral and overall health in mind, we have expanded our periodontal coverage so that plan holders can offer their employees as many as four routine or periodontal cleanings per year."

The cosmetic teeth whitening and enhanced gum cleanings complement existing Guardian Group Dental programs including discounts on Xylitol products, coverage for dental implants, adult fluoride treatments and ViziLite(R) Plus oral cancer screenings and a dental account rollover program that allows members to save up their annual maximums for costly procedures as part of its standard coverage. Many of these types of programs are not widely available in competing dental plans.

Name Change For Clinical Research Associates (CRA)

CRA (Clinical Research Associates) Foundation in Provo, Utah is changing its name to CR (Clinicians Report) Foundation effective January 1, 2008. In addition, its monthly clinical newsletter will be renamed the Gordon J. Christensen Clinicians Report.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

New Video Network Targets Dental Waiting Rooms

by Erik Sass, Tuesday, Dec 11, 2007 8:00 AM ET
AT LONG LAST THERE'S SOMETHING to take your mind off the fear of dentists: a new place-based video network operated by Creative Marketing and Media Solutions. It's set to go live in the waiting rooms of 200 dental offices nationwide by the end of 2007, with plans to add an additional 1,200 in 2008. The C3MS NobelVisionT Network is the result of a partnership with Nobel Biocare, which manufactures and distributes dental supplies to 160,000 practicing dentists in the United States. It will broadcast entertainment and educational content, as well as news, weather, and sports updates.

In addition to promotional content focusing on dental care products offered by Nobel Biocare, the IP-based network also offers space to advertisers in the health-care and healthy lifestyle categories. Advertisers can purchase spots on the network or exclusively sponsor a 10-minute video package, taking advantage of the system's touch-screen and SMS text-messaging features.

The place-based video category is booming, and networks are keen to break into medical waiting rooms, which attract a relatively well-off audience with long "dwell" times. For example, Healium--a video network serving waiting rooms in doctors' offices--will include 120,000 medical practices by the end of 2008, delivering 3 million viewers per month. Healium features video content from CBS.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dentalcast- Sleep Apnea

Episode 35: Dr Kent Smith, co-founder and co-director for the Dental Organization of Sleep Apnea discusses recognizing possible sleep apnea patients in your practice, and possible methods of treating them with a dental sleep appliance.

You can get this episode via iTunes, or download from the website;

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


December 15th, 2007

Henry Gottlieb
New Jersey Law Journal
December 14, 2007

A New Jersey lawyer who won a $45 million class action settlement last year from Horizon Blue Cross is suing the carrier in small claims court for not paying his $462 dental bill.

And the carrier, saying it fears the suit may be a prelude to another class action, has hired McCarter & English, the state’s largest firm, to make a federal case out of it.

A dentist charged Eric Katz $600 to fill a decayed tooth with composition bonding, but Horizon Blue Cross told him his coverage under his ex-wife’s family policy permitted reimbursement for an inexpensive silver filling only. The carrier pegged the benefit at $138, leaving the rest of the bill to Katz.

Katz appealed to the carrier, armed with a statement from dentist Fred Teschemacher that bonding was required because Katz’s teeth were “severely eroded.”

Teschemacher also wrote that dentists have reduced their use of silver fillings — metal amalgams that include mercury — “due to concerns about mercury exposure.” New Jersey has strict rules on amalgam disposal because of the mercury.

The American Dental Association, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Public Health Service say amalgams are safe for patients, but Katz says his dentist’s concern adds weight to his demand for more coverage.

In October, when he received no satisfaction, Katz sued the carrier in Special Civil Court in Essex County, N.J.

Katz usually has larger sums in mind when he sues Horizon Blue Cross. In an October 2006 settlement of a class action suit on behalf of the state’s doctors, a judge approved a package of billing and claims processing reforms worth $39 million to the class.

On top of that, Horizon Blue Cross paid $6.5 million in legal fees to Katz’s firm, Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland, N.J.

He represents dentists in a similar class action against Horizon Blue Cross and is seeking class certification for patients with eating disorders who allege the carrier denied legitimate claims. He also represents individuals in benefit-denial cases.

Given Katz’s history, it’s not surprising that the insurance company is making a mountain out of a molar.

The company hired McCarter & English partner Andrew Bunn. On Dec. 6, he filed a removal petition in federal court, which has jurisdiction over benefits cases of any size under the Employee Retirement Insurance Security Act. The law also gives federal judges the power to send such matters back to state court.

Thomas Rubino, a spokesman for Horizon Blue Cross, says the suit is “a little crazy.”

“Katz is just forum shopping to develop more class actions,” Rubino says. “It has to be seen in that context because he has filed a lot of class action lawsuits.”

He says the federal court is a better forum for the company than state court, but declines to say how much the company is paying McCarter & English to defend a case worth $462.

Katz denies he had anything more than a small claims court matter on his mind when he filed the suit.

But he says that at his firm, “we’ve now had some internal discussions here about whether we should take a closer look at this particular issue. I have no idea how many people are impacted by this.”

He says his case can’t morph into a class action because a lawyer representing a class can’t be a member of the class.

He says he sued rather than do what a typical patient would do — complain, shrug and pay — because suing is easy for a lawyer, especially a lawyer with his experience.

“This sort of thing goes on hundreds if not thousands of times a day,” he says. “Horizon receives between 4,600 and 4,700 dental claims a day. Most people are not lawyers of course, and what lawyer would ever take a $500 case?

“The issue here, more than anything, is that Horizon apparently is so afraid of me that they hired McCarter & English,” he says.

A lawyer outside the case, Keith McMurdy, a corporate benefits lawyer at Fox Rothschild in New York, suggests a company in Horizon Blue Cross’ position would have a reason to petition for removal.

“If it was a $400 claim and that was the only exposure associated with it, I might say to the client, a state court judge is competent to hear it,” he says.

“But the other side is if you’ve got thousands of claims out there and you’re doing it over and over and if you feel someone is trying to challenge your mechanism and you need to define your mechanism, what you are going to do is fight in federal court,” McMurdy says.

The final question is, why would Katz, whose lawsuits have alleged that Horizon Blue Cross mistreats doctors and patients, continue to be covered by the company, under COBRA, from his ex-wife’s policy?

The answer: His firm doesn’t pay his dental coverage, he says

Monday, December 17, 2007

Interplak Video Unboxing

Here is a short video of the unboxing of a new Interplak toothbrush.
For more information call the Interplak hotline at 800-633-6363

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jury awards $130 million to Twin Cities dentists

A jury has awarded a group of Twin Cities dental clinics more than $130 million over charges that a Massachusetts company had overstepped its legal authority by interfering with patient care.

Read the rest on the Star Tribune web Site

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Search Engine Rankings

Just found this interesting and thought you might also. Lots of money in searching. You might not know that the browser you use gets renumeration from the search companies.

Google’s (GOOG) share of the U.S. search query market improved to 65.1% in November from 64.49% in October, and and 61.84% a year ago, according to data release today by Hitwise.

Yahoo’s (YHOO) share slipped to 21.21%, down from 21.65% in October, and 22.43% a year ago.

Microsoft’s (MSFT) share dropped to 7.09%, from 7.42% a month ago, and 9.82% a year ago.’s (IACI) share declined to 4.63% from 4.76% a month ago, but up up from 4.23% a year ago.

The other 46 search engines tracked by Hitwise had a combined 1.96% share.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Burns From Electric handpieces

Electric dental handpieces used by dentist and oral surgeons have been leaving many people with severe burns. The culprit in many of these dental handpiece injuries, says the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), are poorly maintained devices.

According to an FDA warning issued yesterday, patients have been severely burned when poorly maintained electric dental handpieces were used during dental procedures. Some patients even suffered third degree burns which required plastic surgery. The FDA said that the burns are often not apparent to the operator or the patient until after the tissue damage is done, because the anesthetized patient cannot feel the tissue burning and the dental handpiece housing insulates the operator from the heated attachment. The FDA warning said that while all of the reported burns have so far occurred during cutting of tooth and bone, tooth extraction and other dental surgical procedures, overheating could occur during any dental procedure.

The burns have only been reported in relation to the use of electric dental handpieces, and not with the air-driven variety. With high and low speed air-driven handpieces, sluggish handpiece performance will alert the dental practitioner to maintenance issues such as a dull bur or worn or clogged gears or bearings. But a poorly maintained electric handpiece does not provide a similar warning that maintenance is needed. Instead, if an electric handpiece is worn or clogged, the electric motor sends increased power to the handpiece head or attachment in order to maintain handpiece performance. This increased power can rapidly generate heat at the head of the handpiece attachment. Because the heat buildup is so rapid, and is efficiently conducted through the metal handpiece, a burned patient may be the first indication of handpiece problems that the practitioner receives.

The FDA recommended that dentists and other practitioners who use the electric dental handpieces be aware of the burn risk associated with them, and take steps to insure that they are properly maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions. Users of these devices should also verify with the manufacturer the appropriate routine service interval for their dental practice based on the actual use of the electric dental handpieces. Personnel should be trained to properly clean and maintain the electric dental handpieces and to follow specific device maintenance requirements. The FDA also recommended that practitioners develop a method for tracking maintenance and routine service for each handpiece used. Dentists were also cautioned to examine all dental handpiece attachments prior to use. Finally, the FDA warned that worn drills or burs and poorly maintained electric dental handpieces should never be used.

This is not the first time the FDA has reported on burn problems related to hand held medical devices. In 2003 the FDA warned that rotary surgical handpieces can cause patient burns during orthopedic procedures, as reported in the July 2003 edition of FDA Patient Safety News

Thursday, December 13, 2007

gumEase- Drug Free Anesthesia

I have not tried this but it does look interesting. Go check out the gumEase web site for more information and watch the video.

Dental pain relief in seconds without drugs? The FDA says yes, recently certifying the first cryoanesthetic dental mouthpiece for the US OTC market. Used standalone or in conjunction with conventional anesthesia, gumEase provides pain relief without the side effects or complications of drugs. It's a tempting solution for clinicians plagued with patient needle phobia, sharps and the complex issues of hypodermic delivery.

The easy-to-use, disposable device is a breakthrough in pain management - as effective as it is inexpensive. Inserted easily into the upper and lower sulci, the latex-free device delivers a soothing, cool temperature to the maxillofacial nerves, quickly diminishing pain across a wide area of the mouth. In patient tests the new gumEase diminished pain by 90% in 2 to 3 minutes for the average participant. Patients can apply them post-operatively as needed, and reuse without side effects by storing in a household freezer.

"It gives dentists an option they didn't have before", says Tay McClellan, BioMeDevice CTO, "they can manage patient pain easily in a wider range of situations. Now it's not a problem to have a patient who can't use drug-based anesthesia." The device also holds promise for situations where needle use is limited; such as Brazil, whose interest in the gumEase is spurred by HIV initiatives there.

The Class 2 gumEase G-100 is prepared by storing in a conventional freezer until freezing temperature is reached. Proprietary solutions inside the mouthpiece prevent it from freezing, allowing it to form comfortably within the patient's mouth for several minutes. Pain reduction lasts for up to twenty minutes, and the process can be repeated as often as needed.

Developed in Laguna Hills, California by BioMeDevice, the gumEase is manufactured in Ireland. The company's plans for the device include establishing a global supply network to meet current demand, and emphasis on the US OTC market. For more information on the gumEase, please visit

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Proper Care Needed For Safety Of Mouthguards

Fractured teeth, neck injuries and abrasions in the mouth, also known as sports-related dental injuries, are ever present among athletes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year.

One may assume that mouthguards should serve as a preventive measure. In some 200,000 cases annually, mouthguards have been known to avert oral injuries and cut the risk of concussion by 50 percent. However, while a mouthguard may be popular for its ability to prevent the injuries that may temporarily and sometimes permanently disfigure a person's appearance, what many may not be aware of is the importance of proper maintenance, cleanliness and care to prevent disease transmission and infection.

According to a study that appeared in General Dentistry, the AGD's clinical, peer-reviewed journal, mouthguards harbor large numbers of bacteria, yeasts and molds that can possibly lead to life and/or health-threatening infectious/inflammatory diseases.

"Everything that a microorganism needs to survive, including food and water, can be found in a mouthguard," says Thomas Glass, DDS, PhD, lead author of the study. "While mouthguards appear solid, they are very porous, like a sponge, and with use, microorganisms invade these porosities."

"These concerns are similar to using an infected toothbrush repeatedly or using silverware that has not been cleaned properly," says AGD spokesperson Bruce Burton, DMD, MAGD, ABGD. "Although a mouthguard is recommended to prevent permanent damage to the mouth and teeth, we know it also has the potential to be a reservoir for bacteria that can cause gum infections or the bacteria that help promote tooth decay."

There are warning signs that can alert athletes that he or she may be suffering from a contaminated mouthguard. Those include "difficulty breathing, wheezing, diarrhea and nausea to the point of vomiting," says Dr. Glass.

As a high school football coach for 25 years, Dr. Burton witnessed many poor habits athletes practiced when handling their mouthguard. "Chewing on the mouthguard until it no longer serves the purpose of protecting the dentition is one poor habit," says Dr. Burton. "In addition, some athletes throw the mouthguard in with dirty, sweaty gear and never clean it."

Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

Mouthguard maintenance:

* Brush teeth before wearing a mouthguard.
* Never share a mouthguard with teammates.
* During sporting events, have a backup mouthguard.
* Purchase disposable mouthguards.
* Clean mouthguards before storing them.

The Academy of General Dentistry is a non-profit organization of more than 35,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patient's oral health needs. Learn more about AGD member dentists or find more information on dental health topics at

Source Stefanie Schroeder
Academy of General Dentistry

Article URL:

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cavities - Nature Or Nurture? $1 Million Grant To Pitt Dental School To Study Causes

Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities, remains the most common chronic affliction of childhood, five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than environmental allergies. Four out of ten children have caries when they enter kindergarten. To identify the genetic and environmental risk factors that cause dental caries, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine researcher Mary L. Marazita, Ph.D., director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Research, associate dean for research and professor and chair of oral biology. Dr. Marazita and colleagues will study the interaction between genes and environmental factors that lead to tooth decay. The results of these studies will allow a better understanding of the disease, which in turn will lead to earlier identification of children at risk and improved and targeted interventions.

"As prevalent as tooth decay is in everyday life, there are many gaps in our scientific knowledge about its causes," said Dr. Marazita. "It is striking that some people will have many teeth affected with decay while other people in the same environment will not. Our study is the first to apply a comprehensive approach that will allow us to tease out what's in our genes and what's in our environment that is causing tooth decay."

The grant is part of the Genes, Environment and Health Initiative (GEI). In addition to the grant, NIH will provide genetic services of approximately $2.5 million to Dr. Marazita. She is one of only eight scientists selected to receive these grants during this funding cycle.

In 2005, dental health care costs reached nearly $84 billion, of which 60 percent or about $50 billion was related to treatment of cavities. Childhood caries is a serious public health issue because of associated health problems and because disparities in oral health have led to substantially higher average disease prevalence among children in poverty and in underserved racial and ethnic groups.

The genome-wide association studies will be led by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of NIH. First-year funding for the studies was contributed by all NIH institutes and centers, including an extra investment by NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). NHGRI is one of 27 institutes and centers at the NIH, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The NHGRI Division of Extramural Research supports grants for research and for training and career development at sites nationwide.

The NIDCR is the nation's leading funder of research on oral, dental and craniofacial health. NIH is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases.

Additional collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh include Robert Weyant, D.M.D., School of Dental Medicine; and Eleanor Feingold, Ph.D., Daniel Weeks Ph.D., and Michael Barmada, Ph.D., Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Other collaborators include Steven Levy, D.D.S., and colleagues of the University of Iowa; Rebecca Slayton, D.D.S., Ph.D., University of Washington; and Richard Crout, D.M.D., and Daniel McNeil, Ph.D, West Virginia University.

The School of Dental Medicine has been an integral part of the University of Pittsburgh's growth for nearly a century. Established in 1896 as an independent institution named the Pittsburgh Dental College, the school was incorporated into the University in 1905. Like the five other Schools of the Health Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine is affiliated with the internationally renowned academic medical center, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which provides the region's largest network of tertiary, specialty and community hospitals. Collectively, these facilities provide one of the nation's greatest, most complete health centers for teaching, patient care and research in the health sciences.

School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Monday, December 10, 2007

Visible Body

Argosy's Visible Body is the most comprehensive
human anatomy visualization tool available today.
This entirely Web-delivered application offers an
unparalleled understanding of the human body.
The Visible Body includes over 1,700 anatomical
structures, including all major organs and systems
of the human body.

Go check out the human body

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Survey Confirms Americans Prefer Root Canal Treatment By Endodontists

Here is an interesting article I came across. No discounting the need for endodontist as I routinely will refer difficult root canals to them. I would really have liked to have seen the questions in this AAE study. I think this is just another of those self serving polls.

There may not be a more feared dental procedure than a root canal, but the key to ensuring a positive experience is choosing the right professional to perform the procedure. Painful root canal treatment is a thing of the past thanks to advances pioneered by endodontists, the root canal specialists. In a just released L.C. Williams & Associates poll, 89 percent of individuals who previously underwent a root canal by an endodontist would return to the specialist for future procedures.

Nearly half of overall respondents would choose to have an endodontist perform their root canal procedure. Even certain dental professionals would prefer an endodontist perform their root canals, with four out of five dental educators surveyed saying they would seek root canal treatment from a specialist.

"I trust my general dentist and make an effort to see him on a regular basis," says Sande Gioia, a 61 year-old patient from Newark, Delaware. "When my dentist told me I needed a root canal, he recommended that I see an endodontist who specializes in the procedure. My teeth are important, so when I need root canal treatment, I see a specialist who has the expertise in performing it."

Just as it is commonplace to see a cardiologist for a heart condition or an oncologist for a cancer diagnosis, consulting a specialist is equally important for maintaining your dental health. Routinely seeing a general dentist is the cornerstone of sustaining a healthy mouth, but for more complex and challenging procedures, such as a root canal, a visit to an endodontist may be preferable. Endodontists complete four years of dental school followed by two to three years of advanced training in endodontics. Their specialized training in administering anesthesia and use of leading-edge technologies can make root canal treatment more effective and predictable and result in a more positive patient experience. Endodontists also are experts in diagnosing and treating facial pain as it relates to dental problems.

"Endodontists are really micro-surgeons trained to navigate the intricate canals inside the tooth," says Shepard S. Goldstein, D.M.D., president of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) and an endodontist from Framingham, Mass. "Our specialized training paired with the latest dental technologies helps us to accurately and effectively eliminate tooth pain and ultimately allow the patient to keep the natural tooth."

The advanced technology often found in the endodontist's office, such as digital radiography and operating microscopes, has dramatically improved the precision and success of every step of the root canal procedure. By harnessing this technology, endodontists are able to save teeth that would have been pulled -- all while making root canals virtually painless.

General dentists are trained to perform basic root canal treatments in dental school and on average they perform about two a week. Endodontists' advanced training makes them true experts in root canal procedures and especially adept at handling complex cases. Endodontists perform an average of 25 root canals per week.

For more information on endodontists or to find a local specialist, visit the AAE Web site at

Friday, December 07, 2007

Clean Machine-A Small Business IT Solution

Here is a good idea if you cannot keep up with your computers and need a remote IT guy or gal

Most Brand-New PCs and Laptops are Compromised by “Junkware”
And Vulnerable to Virus and Spyware Attacks

Far Hills. NJ – December 06, 2007 - This year, many PC and laptop computers will be given as holiday gifts. However, most of these nice gifts will have something naughty inside that can seriously compromise their performance. It’s appropriately named junkware.

Junkware is the trial software, games and so-called efficiency tools you didn’t ask for, but nonetheless came pre-loaded on your new PC or laptop. Computer manufacturers market junkware as free, extra-value programs. But in reality, they profit from companies who pay to have these programs bundled with new computers. While the computer manufacturers count the cash, you’re left to fend off the constant pop-ups reminding you to renew your expired trial software.

According to Larry Gordon, CEO and Founder of PC security and performance management services company Clean Machine, Inc., “Junkware is not only annoying, it can seriously impair the performance of your new computer. That’s because junkware uses valuable disk and memory resources, which in turn slows processing speeds and raises the potential for system crashing. If this wasn’t bad enough, much of this junkware is integrated into the computer’s operating system, which makes it tricky to remove without also removing vital system files by accident. Plus, it’s just clutter.”

There are ways to remove junkware. One way is to use a multitude of system cleaning tools. One leading computer magazine recommended 20 different tools to do the complete job; but this is can be complicated and time consuming. A computer consultant or the service department at your computer store can do the job as well but for a hefty fee.

Clean Machine will be offering a superior alternative globally in January when it launches its unique and powerful PC Concierge Service, which for $19.95 a month assigns a highly trained technician to remotely scan your PC or laptop to effectively remove virtually all junkware, spyware and viruses.

The PC Concierge Service technician is armed with an extensive arsenal of the latest system optimization and security tools. Clean Machine also provides the customer with the most secure environment. It is more secure than onsite or other remote access solutions, including, for example, those offered by Geek Squad. The company has a unique, patent pending, 5 stage security process based on their proprietary software and processes.

“Our PC Concierge Service is the most complete, cost-effective and secure way to remove junkware from your brand new PC or laptop and then continuously protect it from the constant onslaught of viruses and spyware,” explains Gordon. “You don’t have to learn anything, talk to anyone, know how the software or computer works, or do anything. You don’t even have to be at your computer! We can do everything to help keep your computer optimized and secure for as long as you own it.”

The PC Concierge Service is also the perfect system optimization and security solution for small businesses of 5-10 computers, such as dental practices which generally don’t have a dedicated IT staff. Clean Machine's remote PC support offers a very cost effective solution for supporting a dental practice’s critical business systems and avoiding downtime that can severely impact their bottom line.

About Clean Machine

Clean Machine is a NJ-based and incorporated company that helps consumers and small business owners easily manage and protect their computing environments safely and cost effectively. The company is has a unique, powerful and inexpensive PC Concierge Service. Specifically, for $19.95 per month (discounts available for multiple computers), each customer is assigned a highly-trained tech concierge who remotely examines their computer system on a scheduled and very secure basis. The tech concierge will immediately fix software-based problems and prevent new threats to the customer's computing environment including offensive pop-ups, browser redirects and slow performance, and then provide a detailed report. Clean Machine's proprietary Radar™ technology (Remote Access Detection Audit and Repair) allows its expert technicians to remotely resolve any problems, eliminating the need for customers to go through the frustrating process of speaking with a tech support expert, and still having to do the work themselves. In other words, the Clean Machine PC Concierges do it all. For more information on Clean Machine, its PC Concierge Service, and how to become an authorized reseller, please visit

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Solar Powered Toothbrush

"Soladey‐J3X" is a toothbrush that can remove accumulated plaque completely through the workings of minus electrons. The electronic power is upgraded with the double power of a semiconductor + solar panel, attaining a high plaque removal level.

More on the Soladey on their web site.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The New Oral B Triumph

New Oral-B® Triumph™ with SmartGuide™ is the most technologically advanced toothbrush on the market. It is the first toothbrush to combine best-in-class cleaning and gum care with wireless technology that promotes better brushing in real time. Triumph with SmartGuide features a wireless display – the first in the category – that helps you brush better, longer and gentler.

Brush Better. Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide’s oscillating-rotating technology has been clinically proven to remove significantly more plaque than the next best performing toothbrush, healing and reversing gingivitis for healthier teeth and gums.
Oral-B’s FlossAction™ brushhead with patented MicroPulse™ bristles gently removes plaque between teeth and along the gum line.
Oral-B’s dentist-inspired PowerPolisher™ brush head erases 60 percent more stains, for whiter teeth.
Features clean, massage, soft and polishing brushing modes.

Brush Longer.
The wireless display tracks brushing time, taking the guess work out of brushing to help you brush as dentists recommend.
Notifies user every 30 seconds to brush another area of the mouth and when user has brushed for two minutes.
With Triumph with SmartGuide, you are four times more likely to brush up to the dental-recommended two minutes than with a manual brush.

Brush Gentler. A visual pressure alert sensor on the wireless display ensures that the user is brushing with the right pressure, to reduce the risk of gum recession and promote healthier gums.

Brush Smarter. The newest innovation from Oral-B features Smart Technology, in which the brush head, handle and visual display work together to provide instant interactive feedback to help you brush your best every day.
Tracks usage and alerts user when it’s time to change the brushhead (approximately every 3 months).

Handle synchronization ensures there will be no wireless interference if another Triumph with SmartGuide is used in the same area.
Feedback is available in 13 languages via the wireless display.

Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide is available at department, retail and specialty stores at a suggested retail price of $149.99.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Treating Your Periodontal Pockets May Benefit Your Pocketbook

Study suggests that preventing periodontal diseases can positively impact health care expenses

CHICAGO—November 27, 2007—A new study in the November issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) found that prevention of periodontal diseases may lead to savings on not only dental costs, but also medical care costs. Periodontal (gum) diseases have been linked to systemic health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory problems.

The JOP study, conducted in Japan, examined the effect of periodontal diseases on medical and dental costs in 4,285 patients over a 3.5-year time span. The patients were between the ages of 40-59. Researchers found that cumulative health care costs were 21% higher for those patients with severe periodontal disease than those with no periodontal disease. Severe periodontal disease (periodontitis) involves bone loss and diminished attachment around the teeth.

“While previous studies have evaluated the potential link between periodontal diseases and other systemic conditions, this study provides an interesting analysis of total health care costs and the financial impact of having periodontal diseases,” explained JOP editor Kenneth Kornman, DDS. “The research suggests that patients with sever periodontal diseases incur higher overall health care expenses as compared to those patients with no periodontal disease. Prevention of periodontal disease may be very important in overall health, and this study suggests that it may also indirectly translate into lower total health care costs.”

“Everyone is looking for ways to reduce health care costs,” said Susan Karabin, DDS, President of the American Academy of Periodontology, “especially those who are in an age category where they are more susceptible to periodontal diseases. Because of the relationship between the mouth and the rest of the body, treating periodontal disease may be one simple way to decrease total health care costs. If caught early, periodontal diseases can be treated using simple non-surgical techniques which can restore your mouth to a healthy state.”

Monday, December 03, 2007

The American Dental Education Association And Colgate-Palmolive Announce Partnership To Create A Dental Plaque Biofilm Curriculum

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and Colgate-Palmolive have partnered to create a curriculum on dental plaque biofilm (commonly known as dental plaque), gum inflammation, and treatment options for dental and allied dental programs. The curriculum will provide educators with the latest research in a rapidly evolving field tailored to first-year students in dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting. With funding from Colgate-Palmolive, ADEA will lead the working group of dental academics and clinicians that develops the curriculum.

"Colgate-Palmolive, the global leader in oral care, is extremely pleased to be partnering with ADEA to have this curriculum produced," said Fotinos S. Panagakos, D.M.D., Ph.D., Director of Professional Relations for Colgate Palmolive. "Our hope is that once completed, this curriculum will become a valuable addition to the existing dental and dental hygiene program, and lead to future curriculum projects with ADEA."

Plaque biofilm was identified as a topic because it bridges the basic and the clinical sciences. By examining plaque biofilm from both of these scientific perspectives, students will be able to easily synthesize how the complex nature of plaque biofilm connects to treatment options and preventive education. The curriculum will also provide a foundation for more advanced coursework in periodontal therapy that occurs later in the programs.

"We were pleased to be approached by Colgate-Palmolive to lead the project. ADEA looks forward to leading the design of a curriculum that brings together science, theory, and practice to better educate future dental professionals," said ADEA President James Q. Swift, D.D.S.

The curriculum will include a syllabus, DVD supplemental program, and content for lectures and seminars. A dental professional from Colgate-Palmolive will also give guest lectures to students as part of the course. The final curriculum will be announced in November 2008 at the 50th Annual ADEA Deans' Conference.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

New CT Scanner

From the BBC News web site. Go check out the video

A new scanner has been unveiled which can produce 3D body images of unprecedented clarity while reducing radiation by as much as 80%.

The new 256-slice CT machine takes large numbers of X-ray pictures, and combines them using computer technology to produce the final detailed images.

It also generates images in a fraction of the time of other scanners: a full body scan takes less than a minute.

The Philips machine was unveiled at the Radiological Society of North America.

Because the images are 3D they can be rotated and viewed from different directions - giving doctors the greatest possible help in looking for signs of abnormalities or disease.

All images also can be accessed on any computer in a hospital or by colleagues and researchers remotely, to make it easier for the whole team to share information.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Fosamax Users Seek Class-Action Status

Fosamax Users Seek Class-Action Status

Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lawyers for Fosamax users who believe their jaws were damaged by the osteoporosis drug on Friday asked a federal judge to order Merck & Co. to provide a dental monitoring program for the drug's users.

The lawyers made the suggestion to U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan as they argued for the case to be certified as a class-action, in order to pursue claims by users who believe the drug caused osteonecrosis of the jaw, a condition in which portions of the jaw bone die, sometimes leaving the bone exposed.

Timothy M. O'Brien, a lawyer for plaintiffs, said hundreds of thousands of patients would benefit from a dental monitoring program that would include regular dental screenings, X-rays and lab tests, all aimed at preventing the need for dental surgery.

Paul Strain, a Merck attorney, called Fosamax a "life altering and life saving drug" that helps to prevent the kind of bone fractures that can hasten the deaths of people as they age. He said the drug was a pioneer 11 years ago.

Strain also said there was no proven link between degeneration of the jaw bone in some patients and Fosamax.

Damage to the jaw bone can result in many ways, including from using steroids, from diseases or weaknesses in the body and from poor dental hygiene.

O'Brien said as many as one in every 296 patients who use Fosamax develop the severe damage to the jaw, though Merck disputed the figure. O'Brien said jaws were more susceptible to damage because they are used so frequently and are under greater stress than most bones.

Keenan did not immediately rule after hearing arguments.

Vance Andrus, another lawyer for the plaintiffs, argued a class-action certification would allow for a trial where a jury could decide whether Fosamax is toxic and hazardous and whether Merck was negligent and should have warned users of dangers.

Kavo GENTLEray 980 Diode Laser Gets FDA Clearance

The Kavo Gentleray 980 diode laser has received FDA clearance so it is now available for sale. This laser has a nice touch screen with lots of information for preforming many different soft tissue procedures. This is a 6 Watt laser and has the ability to add water cooling through the tip. More information is available from Kavo