Saturday, May 31, 2008

California Dental Hygienists Urge Californians To Provide Full Medical History

Many Californians compromise their health because they do not think that disclosing their medical history at the dental office is that important, say officials from the California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA), who warn that patients need to provide a full medical history to their oral care provider.

"When patients arrive at a dentist's office, they often don't take the medical history questionnaire very seriously," says CDHA president Jean Honny. "But their answers can help us prevent complications."

The daily regimen of aspirin is an example of what to disclose to your dentists, as patients should always list all medications they are taking to avoid complications during and following dental procedures. By disclosing one's medical history, a person who had suffered a heart attack or stroke would be told that they should not have any elective dental work done for six months after the event.

The California Dental Hygienist Association (CDHA) has recently embarked on a campaign to inform people about the importance of providing a full medical history at a dental office. The CDHA has created an index card about the American Heart Association recommended pre-medication guidelines and blood pressure guidelines to give to the dental healthcare professionals and patients.

Along with the informative guideline index card, the following are helpful tips for patients to keep in mind when visiting a dental office:

- If your dentist or dental hygienist does not review your medical history with you, ask them to;

- Please bring any medications you take to your visit. That way, the dentist or dental hygienist can look up your medications to determine if there are any side effects that could affect your oral health or limit any dental treatment;

- Be sure to mention any supplements you are taking, including vitamins, minerals and herbs because they can also play a role in your dental treatment;

- If your dentist or dental hygienist does not take your blood pressure at your visit, especially before getting an injection in your mouth, ask them to do so. High blood pressure is a silent killer and often goes unnoticed.

"We want patients to know they are protecting themselves by taking a few extra minutes to provide a full health history," says Honny.

The California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA) is the authoritative voice of the state's dental hygiene profession. The organization was established 20 years ago when two regional associations merged to form a unified professional group. CDHA represents thousands of dental hygienists throughout the state and is dedicated to expanding opportunities for the profession and access to care for all Californians.

Friday, May 30, 2008

New Portal From Smilereminder

SMILE REMINDER is now offering dentists the Smile Dash Patient Portal, which allows patients to confirm appointments, pay their dental bills, and see animations of their Invisalign® Clinchecks® treatment progress.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

DIY Identity-Theft Protection: A 12-Step Program

Here is a piece of an article from PC World about protecting your identity. Simple ways you can protect your identity yourself.

DIY Identity Protection

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A look at chairside oral scanning

My lecture partner Paul Feuerstein was recently at a 3M/Espe Expertise conference.
Here is a video interview discussing chairside impression scanning.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

AccuPal -For Easier Injections

Here is a information on an Accupal. I have been using this device for the past few weeks and I can say that it makes the palatal injections much more comfortable for the patients. Check out the video and more information is available at

Monday, May 26, 2008

Microleakage of composite resin restorations in cervical cavities prepared by Er,Cr:YSGG laser radiation.

Here is an interesting study about microleckage and lasers. I cannot wait to see an in vivo study. As I still use bonding agents but not normally phosphoric acid. MJ

Aust Dent J. 2008 Jun;53(2):172-5.

Microleakage of composite resin restorations in cervical cavities prepared by Er,Cr:YSGG laser radiation.

Shahabi S, Ebrahimpour L, Walsh Lj.

Department of Dental Materials, School of Dentistry and Dental Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran.

Background: Evaluation of microleakage is important for assessing the success of new methods for surface preparation and new adhesive restorative materials. The aim of this laboratory study was to assess microleakage at the margins of composite restorations in Er,Cr:YSGG laser prepared cavities on the cervical aspects of teeth by means of dye penetration, and compare this with conventionally prepared and conditioned cavities. Methods: Class V cavities were produced on sound extracted human teeth, which had been assigned randomly to one of three groups (N = 10 each), as follows: Group 1 - prepared using a diamond cylindrical bur and then treated with 37% phosphoric acid; Group 2 - irradiated with an Er,Cr:YSGG laser (Biolase Waterlase) and then treated with 37% phosphoric acid; Group 3 - irradiated only with the laser. After application of bonding agent (Excite, Ivoclar Vivadent), all cavities were restored with composite resin (Heliomolar). After polishing the restorations, the teeth were thermocycled from 5-50 degrees C for 500 cycles. Dye leakage was assessed after immersion in methylene blue, by examining longitudinal sections in a stereomicroscope at x30 magnification. Results: The extent of dye penetration was lowest in the laser only group (Group 3). Penetration of dye to dentine and axial walls occurred in 80 per cent of conventionally prepared (bur + acid) specimens, but in the laser group, dye penetration to the axial wall occurred in only 30 per cent of cases. There was a strong statistical association between treatment group and the distribution of microleakage scores (Chi-square, P = 0.0023). Conclusions: For Class V cavities, with the adhesive materials employed, higher microleakage occurs with phosphoric acid etching of bur- or laser-cut surfaces, than with the surface created by use of the laser alone without additional conditioning.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Quarter of a century of change: caries experience in Australian children, 1977-2002.

Aust Dent J. 2008 Jun;53(2):151-9.

Quarter of a century of change: caries experience in Australian children, 1977-2002.

Armfield JM, Spencer AJ.

School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide, South Australia.

Background: The establishment of the evaluation programme of the Australian School Dental Scheme has led to continuous surveillance of child oral health extending from 1977 to the present day. The aims of this study were to examine the state of child oral health in Australia in 2002 and to explore longer term trends across the quarter of a century of recorded surveillance activity. Methods: Caries data were obtained for children who were enrolled in the School Dental Services of each state and territory for the years 1977-2002. Data collection derived from routine examinations within the School Dental Service with oral examinations carried out by dentists and dental therapists. Results: There were considerable declines in caries experience between 1977 and the mid to late 1990s, with mean decayed, missing and filled deciduous teeth (dmft) for 6-year-old children decreasing from over 3 in 1977 to approximately 1.6 in 1996, and permanent 12-year-old decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) decreasing from 4.8 in 1977 to 0.89 in 1998. However, since the mid to late 1990s, deciduous 6-year-old dmft has increased by 24 per cent and 12-year-old DMFT has increased by almost 15 per cent. Reductions in caries experience of those children with the most disease have also ceased, and between 1999 and 2002 an increase in the Significant Caries Index occurred. Conclusions: Improvements in the oral health of Australian children halted during the mid 1990s, after which caries experience has increased. It is important that we understand the changes taking place and their causes, so that action can be taken to halt any further possible declines in child oral health.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Best Of Both Worlds-Run Your Practice Software On A Mac

Here is a great article on running Windows on a Mac. I do this on my laptop and I currently have Dentrix and Guru running just fine. I use VMWare Fusion.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Ozone therapy in medicine and dentistry.

J Contemp Dent Pract. 2008 May 1;9(4):75-84.

Ozone therapy in medicine and dentistry.

Nogales CG, Ferrari PH, Kantorovich EO, Lage-Marques JL.

School of Dentistry of the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil.

AIM: The purpose of this review is to present the potential for the incorporation of ozone therapy into the practice of dentistry. BACKGROUND: Ozone gas has a high oxidation potential and is 1.5 times greater than chloride when used as an antimicrobial agent against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. It also has the capacity to stimulate blood circulation and the immune response. Such features justify the current interest in its application in medicine and dentistry and have been indicated for the treatment of 260 different pathologies. It can be used for the treatment of alveolitis as a replacement for antibiotic therapy, as a mouthwash for reducing the oral microflora, as well as the adherence of microorganisms to tooth surfaces. Ozone has been shown to stimulate remineralization of recent caries-affected teeth after a period of about six to eight weeks. CONCLUSION: The future of ozone therapy must focus on the establishment of safe and well-defined parameters in accordance with randomized, controlled trials to determine the precise indications and guidelines in order to treat various medical and dental pathologies. Scientific support, as suggested by demonstrated studies, for ozone therapy presents a potential for an atraumatic, biologically-based treatment for conditions encountered in dental practice.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tooth Loss Linked to Esophageal, Head and Neck, and Lung Cancer

Newswise — Studying thousands of patients, Japanese researchers have found a strong link between tooth loss and increased risk of three cancers – esophageal, head and neck, and lung. They suggest that preservation of teeth may decrease risk of developing these diseases.

In the May issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, scientists from Aichi Cancer Center in Nagoya and Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine speculate that bacterial infection and inflammation resulting from poor oral care that leads to tooth loss could also be driving development of these cancers. Periodontal disease is known to increase risk for stroke and heart disease.

“Tooth loss is a common consequence of chronic bacterial infection and may, therefore, serve as a surrogate for chronic infection and inflammation, which in turn may be important to the pathogenesis of cancer,” said the study’s lead author, Akio Hiraki, Ph.D., a researcher at the Aichi Cancer Center.

Researchers measured rates of 14 different cancers and rates of tooth loss in 5,240 cancer patients in Japan, and compared those rates among 10,480 matched cancer-free participants. The researchers specifically found that people with tooth loss were 136 percent more likely to develop esophageal cancer, had a 68 percent increased risk of developing head and neck cancer and a 54 percent greater chance of developing lung cancer. The researchers also found that the rate of cancer increased proportionally to the number of teeth a patient had lost.

These increased risks were seen after researchers took into account a patient’s history of smoking and alcohol use.

Smaller studies have linked tooth loss to different cancers, but this is the largest study to date, and the first conducted within an Asian population, the researchers say. This is also the first study to show a link to lung cancer, they add.

The researchers noted that age and gender affected the associations between tooth loss and cancer risk. For head and neck and esophageal cancers, there were clear associations between tooth loss and cancer risk in women and patients younger than 70 years old, but a less clear link in men and older patients.

The researchers say that while widespread inflammation could explain the link between tooth loss and cancer risk, they also note that tooth loss in the cancer patients may simply reflect unhealthy behaviors that contribute to cancer risk. Furthermore, people who have lost teeth may not be able to eat a healthy diet, and diet is also a factor in cancer development.

Whatever the mechanism, the researchers stress that oral care is critical to good health.

“The oral cavity is a gateway between the external environment and the gastrointestinal tract and acts in both food ingestion and digestion,” the researchers wrote. “Oral hygiene potentially affects gastrointestinal flora and nutritional status and may thus have implications for the development of chronic disease.”

The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes nearly 27,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 70 other countries. AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 17,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special Conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. AACR publishes five major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Its most recent publication and its sixth major journal, Cancer Prevention Research, is dedicated exclusively to cancer prevention, from preclinical research to clinical trials. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors and their families, patient advocates, physicians and scientists. CR provides a forum for sharing essential, evidence-based information and perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship and advocacy.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Funny Dental Videos

DentalEz has released some very funny dental videos.
Go check them out at

Nomad Handheld Xray Machine Is Safe

We use a Nomad in my office and for those who still maybe concerned about scatter radiation here is a study to look at.

Radiation Safety for the NOMAD™ Portable X-Ray System in a Temporary Morgue Setting*

Kenneth P. Hermsen D.D.S., M.S., Stanley S. Jaeger M.S., Mackenzie A. Jaeger (2008)
Radiation Safety for the NOMAD™ Portable X-Ray System in a Temporary Morgue Setting*

abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the radiation levels resulting from leakage and scatter encountered by the forensic dental personnel using the Nomad™ at St. Gabriel, LA, following Hurricane Katrina. Using a Keithley Radiation Survey Meter and Lucite head phantom, radiation levels were measured at various distances and angles from the Nomad™ corresponding to the positions occupied by the dental personnel at St. Gabriel. The measurements were used to approximate the maximum total radiation dose from the Nomad to each team member for a 2- and a 4-week deployment. The results show that the maximum scatter radiation dose to any team member was 4.4 μR per X-ray or 0.253 millisieverts (mSv) for a 2-week deployment and 0.506 mSv for a 4-week deployment. Therefore, the leakage and scatter radiation dose from the Nomad™ was insignificant compared with established radiation safety guidelines of 50 mSv per year for all team members.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A New Cheaper Canon DSLR Camera?

Lots of dental offices use digital photography to document and image cases. One of the most popular lines of cameras is the Canon Digital Rebel. Well there maybe a newer and less expensive Canon DSLR on the way. Given the cost of a Canon Rebel DSLR Body is about $400 a less expensive model will make the barrier even less for dental offices in acquiring a good way of photographic documentation. Although the cost of the lens and ring flash still bring the cost up. This is not confirmed but read the entire article.

Read more on the New Digital Rebel by clicking here.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

DPR World 2008

You did not get a chance to go to Vegas. Well go check out the the DPR World Web Site to see video clips of new products along with write ups of the educational sessions.

Here is a link to Zenith Dental's New Luxacore Z Dual Cure Nano Technology Core Material and another on the new Zap Styla Laser

Saturday, May 17, 2008

3M to Acquire Dental Implant Manufacturer IMTEC Corp.

This could lead to CBCT scan integrated with Lava COS, articulated models, surgical stent, build the prosthesis all without touching the patient. This is the future. MJ

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 3M announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IMTEC Corp., a manufacturer of dental implants and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanning equipment for dental and medical radiology headquartered in Ardmore, Okla. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

This acquisition gives 3M ESPE access to two of the fastest growing segments in the dental industry. “Our combined digital products and expertise will enable a digital ‘total restorative’ approach with more options than ever, including IMTEC implants, 3MTM ESPETM LavaTM crowns, and 3M’s advanced digital workflow solutions,” said Jeffrey Lavers, vice president and general manager, 3M ESPE. “Together, we will have an end-to-end implantology solution, making the process easier, faster and better for dentists everywhere.”

Dental implants are rapidly emerging as a standard of care for dentistry. A titanium screw replaces the roots of an extracted tooth and is integrated into the bone structure of the jaw over the course of a few months to become a highly-stable platform for a crown, bridge, or full-arch denture. Implants offer several advantages over traditional crown and bridge work such as no preparation of adjacent teeth, better esthetics, and no resorption of bone in the jaw.

IMTEC is best known for its mini dental implants, which are small-diameter, single-unit dental implants that don’t require invasive surgery so bone trauma is minimal and patient discomfort is limited. Mini dental implants are primarily used for denture fixation, but are also appropriate for orthodontic anchorage.

“We are looking forward to the reputation, resources and worldwide reach that 3M brings to help us build this business,” said Ron Bulard, DDS and Chairman of the Board, IMTEC Corp. “Its overall strength in oral care with both the 3M ESPE and 3M Unitek divisions makes them a particularly good partner for us.”

One of the world’s largest suppliers to the dental industry, 3M manufactures and markets a wide range of products and services used by dental professionals worldwide to improve oral health. These products are designed to meet restorative, crown and bridge, orthodontic, preventive, infection control, and cosmetic dentistry needs. 3M’s current digital dentistry offering includes the Lava crown and bridge system – an innovative restorative design and milling system that has become a benchmark of quality among dentists and dental labs.

IMTEC employs approximately 230 people located at its operations in Ardmore; Los Alamos, N.M.; and Boulder, Colo. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Darby Dental Supply Sponsors Career Day

Memphis, TN – May 16, 2008 – Darby Dental Supply, LLC, the largest all-telesales distributor of dental merchandise, with its national distribution hub in Memphis, recently sponsored Westhaven Elementary School’s Career Day, which occurred on Monday, May 12th, and kicked off the school’s College Week program. The PK-5 public school has approximately 400 students and is located at 4585 Hodge Road in Memphis.

Specifically, Darby donated goodie bags for students that included a variety of oral health products, such as G-U-M® brand toothbrushes and toothpaste, Darby’s own SuperDent dental floss and toys such as bouncy balls and stickers, plus every student received a Darby baseball hat.

“We’re happy and grateful that Darby supplied goodie bags that are not only fun, but also encourage proper oral hygiene habits among our students,” said Kiki Jones, a teacher at Westhaven Elementary and the organizer of Career Day. “The Darby goodie bags are an excellent candy alternative and were a very appropriate takeaway item for this event.”

That’s because the importance of proper oral hygiene was an important topic at this year’s Career Day. Local Darby representative Trise Alexander and local Memphis-area dentist Dr. Joseph McLaurin provided Westhaven Elementary students with oral care instruction, distributed educational materials and recommended regular check-ups and cleanings.
“It feels good to know that our business of national dental product distribution can have a positive influence on the children in our own backyard,” said Darby President Gary Rosenberg. “We are proud to support the commendable efforts of Ms. Jones, the staff of Westhaven Elementary and
Dr. McLaurin.”

About Darby Dental Supply, LLC

For over 60 years, Darby Dental Supply, LLC has continued to thrive and evolve as the largest
all-telesales distributor of dental merchandise to office-based practitioners in the United States. Headquartered in Jericho, NY, Darby operates a hub and spoke distribution network, with Memphis, TN as the hub. Through strategic distribution points, the company fulfills over one million shipments per year from leading manufacturers of dental products. Offering the same “one customer at a time” philosophy for more than six decades helped establish Darby Dental as one of the largest, most trusted dental distributors in the nation.

New Advances In Dentistry

From the NBC Today Show. Covers Snap On Smile, Teeth In An Hour and Oral CDx Cancer Detection

Thursday, May 15, 2008

DDS Tech Fair

June 6-7, 2008 Online so you don't have to travel. Get free CE and its free to register.

What is DDS Tech Fair?

The dental community live and on-line, in a comfortable and hassle-free trade show environment. This innovative online conference and exhibition uses leading-edge technology to bring dental professionals together with colleagues and manufacturers at the convenience of your personal computer.

My DTS partner Paul Feuerstein will be doing a segment on Digital Impressions.

Go to the DDS Tech Fair web site to register

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Teeth-whitening kiosks have come to the mall, but how effective are they?

Read the entire article by clicking on the link below. Here is the conclusion...What you are getting at the mall kiosk is home bleaching and you pay them to apply it yourself. MJ


McClatchy Tribune

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Want to bring home a brighter smile the next time you shop at the mall?

Entrepreneurs at many malls are eager to sit you down at their new teeth-whitening booths for 20-minute treatments that typically cost $49 to $99.

Their businesses are part of a countrywide expansion of teeth-whitening kiosks, which dentists greet with reactions ranging from skepticism to outrage.

Some consumers who have sat at a kiosk for 20 minutes with a plastic tray full of peroxide gel in their mouths say they're happy with the results.

Others are unimpressed.

Read the entire article on Mall Bleaching by clicking here

Monday, May 12, 2008

Fewer Seeking Low-Cost Care Abroad Than Previously Estimated, Most Seeking Higher-Quality Care, Study Shows

From the Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report

Between 60,000 and 85,000 people annually travel abroad for inpatient hospital care, a number "far lower than commonly assumed," according to a study released Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. The study -- conducted by consulting firm McKinsey and led by Paul Mango, head of the firm's health care practice -- looked at the behavior of almost 50,000 patients using data from unidentified hospitals around the world, as well as government travel records and interviews with hospital officials and patients. Researchers estimated that the sample accounts for 60% to 80% of the global market and includes such patients as expatriates seeking care in the country where they live, tourists needing unexpected medical care and people traveling for care not available in their home countries.

According to the report:

* 40% of "medical travelers" identified in the report are people, mostly from developing countries, seeking the highest-quality care, not necessarily the lowest-cost;

* 32% were seeking better care than was available in their own country;

* 15% sought to avoid wait times for care in their own country, mostly the United Kingdom and Canada;

* 9% were residents of the U.S. and other countries seeking medically necessary procedures at lower costs; and

* 4% were seeking elective procedures such as plastic surgery.

According to the Journal, the report "contrasts sharply" with common assumptions and with figures often used by those who market medical tourism. "There's been an enormous amount of hype" regarding people traveling abroad to receive necessary procedures at a lower cost, Mango said. However, the report does indicate that "there remains potential for huge growth in the industry," the Journal reports. According to the report, about 710,000 procedures, which account for $35 billion in revenue, could be done overseas and save about $15,000 per procedure.

Renee-Marie Stephano, chief operating officer of the Medical Tourism Association, said the report's numbers could be slightly flawed because it only looked at a sample of facilities and hospital admissions. She added, "A large portion of the medical tourism industry is based in cosmetic procedures and dental care, which are not performed in hospitals" (Francis, Wall Street Journal, 5/6).

The San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday also examined the popularity of medical tourism. The article includes an estimate that 150,000 people sought care abroad in 2006 (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/4).

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Wiley-Blackwell is pleased to present the first issue of Oral Surgery. Oral Surgery's first issue includes;

Review Articles, Original Articles, Case Reports and a technical note covering a variety of oral surgery related topics and more. To view the complete first issue of Oral Surgery online for FREE please click here.

Oral Surgery is primarily dedicated to the clinical practice of oral surgery in its broadest terms. The journal will address both practicing clinicians and academics to facilitate the application of the latest developments and scientific knowledge to the daily practice and teaching of oral surgery.

The journal will publish original refereed research papers; review articles on topics that are likely to be of interest to oral surgeons including oral medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology; articles on clinical methods and techniques and case reports. The journal will also publish abstracts of relevant papers form other journals and book reviews.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

DTS- Back From Michigan

I got to spend the past two days traveling to get to our last Dental Technology Solutions lecture for the Spring. We went to West Branch MI where we got to do our technology lecture to a very eager Northland Dental Study Club. We had a wonderful time.

So if your group is looking for technology CE, we are booking winter and spring 2009. Just go to the DTS website and contact me for more information.


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

American Dental Association Stresses Good Oral Health During Pregnancy

With Mother's Day around the corner, the American Dental Association (ADA) wants to remind mothers-to-be that maintaining good oral health is an important part of overall health, especially during pregnancy.

Research suggests there may be an association between maternal gum disease and pre-term birth and low birth weight babies. In addition, a recent study says that pregnant women with gum disease may be more likely to develop gestational diabetes.

"Good oral health habits are an important part of a healthy lifestyle," says Sally Cram, D.D.S., ADA consumer advisor and periodontist in Washington, D.C. "If you are planning a pregnancy, schedule a dental checkup for a cleaning. If you are pregnant, continue your regular dental visits. Be sure to inform your dentist if you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant."

In addition to regular dental visits, the ADA recommends eating a well-balanced diet, maintaining daily oral hygiene by brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental cleaner. The ADA recommends that consumers look for oral healthcare products that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA Seal of Acceptance is designed to help consumers make informed decisions about the safety and effectiveness of dental products.

"Pregnancy often causes food cravings, and constant snacking on sugary food and beverages can lead to a buildup of dental plaque," explains Ada Cooper, D.D.S., ADA consumer advisor and a general dentist in New York. "In addition, the rising hormone levels that accompany pregnancy can irritate gums already battling plaque buildup. Some dentists might recommend more frequent cleanings during the second or early third trimester to control gingivitis."

Good oral health habits are not only valuable during pregnancy, but after pregnancy as well because cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from mother to child through contact such as sharing utensils or kissing.

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 155,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. JADA, a monthly journal, is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association's Web site at

American Dental Association

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Is Your Patient Looking For More Drugs?

We have all heard this story. Now here is the proof :-)

Monday, May 05, 2008

The Fight Against Periodontal Disease Gets Personal with ARESTIN®’s New Professional Awareness Campaign

I finally got my posters from OraPharma. I placed the posters in the hygiene rooms and they are generating a lot of discussion on periodontal disease and its effects on total health and the roll of antibiotics in treating periodontal disease.MJ

Warminster, PA (April 2, 2008) − OraPharma, Inc., a specialty oral health company dedicated to bringing scientifically and technologically superior products to the dental community, recently launched a professional awareness campaign to reflect that thousands of oral health professionals have adopted comprehensive periodontal therapy including ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) Microspheres, 1 mg plus scaling and root planing (SRP) as part of their personal standard of care for the treatment of periodontal disease.
The campaign titled, MY PERSONAL STANDARD OF CARE TM, highlights the clinical decisions that oral health professionals make every day when diagnosing and treating their adult patients. These choices are becoming even more important with the growing body of research indicating that periodontal disease can have a serious impact on oral health and potentially overall health, which is changing how many oral health professionals define their personal standard of care.1
The campaign also emphasizes the latest clinical research indicating that the use of the locally administered antibiotic, ARESTIN®, in conjunction with SRP, is more effective in improving patient outcomes by eradicating oral pathogens and reducing inflammation, resulting in significant improvement to several oral health indicators, such as pocket depth, bleeding on probing, and clinical attachment level, more so than SRP alone.2
“OraPharma is reinforcing its strong alliance with dentists and hygienists in the battle against periodontal disease,” said John Lenart, Senior Product Director, ARESTIN®. “We are well-armed in this ongoing battle thanks to compelling recent clinical studies proving the efficacy of ARESTIN® as an adjunct to SRP. The science behind this data is driving our patient communication and clinician education programs so the risks of untreated periodontal disease are clearly communicated, accurate diagnosis takes place, and comprehensive treatment that includes the use of a locally administered antibiotic such as ARESTIN® continues to be widely adopted by clinicians and accepted by patients.”
OraPharma is investing heavily in dental and hygiene print and online trade publications with a series of ads featuring the theme, “I Take it Personally.” The ads feature images of dentists and hygienists explaining their commitment to providing their patients with their personal standard of care, which includes the use of ARESTIN® as an adjunct to SRP for pocket depth reduction, which is accomplished by eradication of bacteria, as well as the inflammation associated with periodontal disease.3
During the recent Chicago Midwinter Meeting, OraPharma introduced a new booth promotion where dentists and hygienists were invited to sit for a digital portrait that would be used to create a poster-size version of the “I Take it Personally” ads. The completed posters were sent to participating clinicians’ offices a short time after the Midwinter Meeting. “Seeing your dentists or hygienists on a poster in the waiting room is bound to motivate patients to ask questions,” explained Lenart. “What a great way to encourage earlier diagnosis and increased patient acceptance of one of the most effective treatments for periodontal disease currently available.”
1. US Department of Health and Human Services. First-ever surgeon general’s report on oral health finds profound disparities in nation’s population. Available at: Accessed December 11, 2007.
2. Goodson JM, Gunsolley JC, Grossi SG, et al. Minocycline HCl microspheres reduce red-complex bacteria in periodontal disease therapy. J Periodontol 2007; 78(8):1568-1579.
3. Williams RC, Paquette DW, Offenbacher S, et al. Treatment of periodontitis by local administration of minocycline microspheres: a controlled trial. J Periodontol 2001; 72:1535-1544.

About OraPharma, Inc.

OraPharma, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes therapeutics for the treatment of periodontal disease at various phases of progression. ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) Microspheres, 1 mg ( is indicated as an adjunct to scaling and root planing procedures for reduction of pocket depth in patients with adult periodontitis. OSSIX™ PLUS™ (resorbable collagen membrane) is used in guided bone regeneration (GBR) and guided tissue regeneration (GTR) procedures. For more information about OraPharma and its products, visit


ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) Microspheres, 1 mg is indicated as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) procedures for reduction of pocket depth in patients with adult periodontitis. ARESTIN® may be used as part of a periodontal maintenance program which includes good oral hygiene and scaling and root planing.

ARESTIN® contains minocycline, a tetracycline derivative, and therefore should not be used in children and pregnant or nursing women. The use of drugs of the tetracycline class during tooth development may cause permanent discoloration of the teeth.

The most common treatment-emergent adverse events were headache (9.0%), infection (7.6%), flu syndrome (5.0%), and pain (4.3%). These occurred at a similar rate to SRP and SRP + placebo.

ARESTIN®, OSSIX™ PLUS™ and MY PERSONAL STANDARD OF CARE™ are trademarks of OraPharma, Inc.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Dentalcast-Cutting Edge Restorative/Cariology—Hien Ngo

Dentalcast has just released Part 1 of Episode 38

Cutting Edge Restorative/Cariology—Hien Ngo. Hien is a rennaissance man researcher and clinician from Adelaide, Australia who has been instrumental in developing some of the most powerful and forward-thinking techniques for early intervention restoration as well as caries prevention. He is credited, for instance, for the Fuji VII-Triage glass ionomers. Hien speaks on how to assess our patients for caries risk, how to use new materials to prevent caries and remineralize and reverse lesions. Includes discussion of his version of the multilayer sandwich procedure.

Visit to watch live, or download direct.

Also available via iTunes

Friday, May 02, 2008

Finger Prints For Helathcare Workers- Protecting The Public -NOT!

Yesterday I got to go get finger printed because the State of NJ has determined that every healthcare worker needs to undergo a criminal backround check. I still do not see how this will protect a single dental patient. Next round will involve the DA's and Hygienists. If you don't submit to this criminal background check your dental license does not get renewed. So as usual under threat you must comply. The only good thing was that it took less then 5 minutes and of course I had to pay over $70 for this privilege.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Periodontal Probe for DIAGNOdent

The DIAGNOdent Perio probe takes your detection and treatment of periodontal disease to a new level.

* Laser fluorescence of subgingival calculus allows quantification of calculus left behind by standard root planing and scaling. Calculus fluoresceses differently than healthy tissue. The device senses the difference and sends a signal to the display, indicating calculus has been identified.
* Detects calculus concrements in periodontal pockets up to 9 mm deep.
* Detected calculus levels are quantified acoustically and visually, allowing tracking over time.
* Hygiene treatments become more effective, prompting the hygienist to continue root planing or scaling to remove missed calculus.
* Audible detection and measurable values make more patients aware of their calculus levels, leading to increased patient compliance with the recommended treatment.

Read more on the Kavo web site.