Monday, March 31, 2008

False Teeth Collection Boxes Recover & Recycle for Charity

A somewhat unusual recycling initiative will see false teeth collection boxes set up at nine different locations in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka.

About 80% of the surprisingly large proceeds are being donated to charity.

Read the rest of the false teeth collection article by clicking here.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

New Dentalcast Episodes

Go to

Episode 37
Dr Robert Frazer, Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intellgience

Episode 36 Video
Review of Nitrous Induction Techniques with Dr Fred Quarnstrom of

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Reflux patients at increased risk of dental problems

Systematic review; gastroesophageal reflux disease and dental lesions.

Background: Dental erosion (DE), which is the irreversible loss of tooth substance that does not involve bacteria ranging from a minimal loss of surface enamel to the partial or complete exposure of dentin by a chemical process, is acknowledged as an established extraesophageal manifestation of Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). However, the real impact of GERD in the genesis of this lesion is unclear.

Aims: To review the existing literature in order to assess the relationship between DE and GERD.

Methods: Studies that assessed the prevalence of DE in individuals with GERD or viceversa were identified in Medline and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register via a systematic research strategy

Results: 17 studies met the selection criteria. Studies however differed greatly as far as design, population methods of diagnosing GERD, duration of follow-up and consequently findings. The median prevalence of DE in GERD patients was 24%, with a large range (5% - 47.5%), and the median prevalence of GERD in DE adults patients was 32.5% (range: 21%-83%) and in pediatric population 17% (range: 14%-87%).

Children with GERD are found by the majority of studies at increased risk of developing dental erosions in comparison with healthy subjects, as are intellectually disabled people.

Conclusion: This systematic review shows that there is a strong association between GERD and DE. The severity of dental erosions seems to be correlated with the presence of GERD symptoms, and also, at least in adults, with the severity of proximal esophageal or oral exposure to an acidic pH. The inspection of the oral cavity in search for dental erosions should become a routine manoeuvre in patients with GERD.

Friday, March 28, 2008

My Copy of Dentrix G3 Has Arrived!

I walked into my office today and found the G3 Dentrix update box on my desk. Usually I wait a minimum of 6 months to install a Dentrix update. I waited almost a year for G2.

I will not install it quite yet but will install it on a testing PC before jumping in for the office. I promise that I won't be waiting the 6 months to get it installed. I will be waiting for Jaime our trainer and decide when would be a good time to go live with G3.

I will keep everyone updated.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Scientists Launch First Comprehensive Database of Human Oral Microbiome

Scientists know more today than ever before about the microbes that inhabit our mouths. They know so much, in fact, that gathering all of the relevant bits of information into one place when designing experiments can be a labor-intensive job in itself. Now, grantees of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, and their international colleagues intend to solve this problem with the launch of the first comprehensive database of the oral microbiome, or the approximately 600 distinct microorganisms currently known to live in the mouth.

The free online compendium is called the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD). The database goes live today as the digital equivalent of an Oxford dictionary of oral microorganisms, providing detailed biological entries for each species and an extensive catalogue of the thousands of genes that these microbes express. The site is located at and is overseen by scientists at The Forsyth Institute in Boston and King's College London in England.

"The HOMD fills a critical research need," said NIDCR director Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D. "The oral microbiome is extremely rich in data, and HOMD becomes the essential search engine for scientists to view and retrieve this information, generate novel hypotheses, make computational discoveries, and ultimately develop more biologically sound therapies to control oral diseases."

According to Floyd Dewhirst, D.D.S., Ph.D., a leader of the project and a scientist at The Forsyth Institute, HOMD also introduces the first comprehensive nomenclature system to bring order to the naming of uncultured or previously unnamed oral microbes. The standardized numbering system helps to eliminate the Babel of confusing names and uninformative database designations that have frustrated scientists and sometimes hindered their research.

The database also categorizes each microbe by its 16S rRNA sequence, a distinctive fingerprint of genetic information that scientists have used for the past two decades to identify microorganisms. This sequence information allows the microbes to be placed in a family tree that shows how they are related to one another. For those organisms whose DNA has been sequenced, HOMD provides online tools to view and analyze all of their genes and proteins. Each category of information in the database is interlinked, readily searchable, appropriately annotated, and will be frequently updated to remain current.

Dewhirst noted that although HOMD has officially opened to scientists, the database remains an ongoing project. "We've already assembled a great deal of useful information for the research community, but we will continue to expand and refine the database for the next several years," said Dewhirst. "I can see the Human Oral Microbiome Database serving as a valuable model for other microbiome databases now and in the years to come."

Informally called "biology's next revolution," microbiome studies have opened a needed window into the complex microbial communities that occupy most parts of the human body. These studies will define how microbes contribute to sustaining health and, when their community dynamics are perturbed, play a role in common chronic disease, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease in the mouth. In December 2007, NIH launched the Human Microbiome Project that initially will sequence all of the genes, or genomes, of 600 representative microorganisms sampled from microbial communities in the mouth, skin, digestive tract, nose, and female urogenital tract. Additional studies are either under way or under development.

Among those already well under way is a NIDCR-supported project to compile a full catalogue of the complete genomes of all oral microbes. It has generated a tremendous amount of data and, coupled with the decades of more traditional studies of oral bacteria, the need for a comprehensive, user-friendly database has become a priority.

"The oral microbiome is currently better understood than those of other sites in the body, such as the intestine," said Dr. Bruce Paster, Ph.D., also at The Forsyth Institute and another project scientist. "Since oral microorganisms appear in infections throughout the human body, the HOMD database certainly will be useful to physicians. Likewise, microbiologists in industry will find HOMD helpful because oral microbes sometimes contaminate food or the drug manufacturing process."

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is the Nation's leading funder of research on oral, dental, and craniofacial health.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It 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. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Medications Plus Dental Materials May Equal Infection For Diabetic Patients

Academy of General Dentistry (2008, March 24). Medications Plus Dental Materials May Equal Infection For Diabetic Patients.

ScienceDaily (Mar. 24, 2008) — People who live with diabetes on a daily basis are usually instructed to eat right, maintain regular physical activity, and if necessary, take medication. What many may not know is that these medications that help control healthy insulin levels may lead to unexpected events at the dentist's office.

According to a study in the November/December 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the AGD's clinical, peer-reviewed journal, diabetic patients especially need to communicate special needs to their dentists. This is due to harmful interactions that could occur because of the materials and medications used at dental appointments.

According to the study, more than 194 million people worldwide have diabetes, and health officials estimate that this figure will double or triple in less than 20 years. "It is imperative that diabetic patients inform their dentist of their needs in order to anticipate medication interactions and physical reactions to treatment," says Lee Shackelford, DDS, FAGD, spokesperson for the AGD. "The doctor must know if the patient is taking insulin, and has taken their daily dose of insulin, in order to anticipate the length of the appointment."

It does not stop, however, with diabetic patients; providing dentists with as much information as possible about current medications is essential for everyone's oral health. "It is important that your dentist is aware of all of the medications that you are taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbal drugs as they may interact with agents that your dentist may use for your dental treatment," advises lead author of the study, James Little, DMD, MS.

"Talk with your dentist if you are concerned about how the medications you are taking could affect your oral health," advises Dr. Shackelford. "Open communication is the best way to ensure that your dentist gives you the best treatment possible."

Steps diabetic patients can take to ensure optimal dental care:

* Find a dentist who is aware of the needs of diabetic patients.
* See the dentist on a regular basis and alert him or her of any changes in health status and medications.
* Inform the dentist of any sores, swellings, or areas of redness in the mouth, as well as any painful areas in the mouth.
* Eat a normal meal prior to the dental appointment, take all diabetic medications on schedule, bringing a blood sugar monitoring device to the appointment, and inform the dentist if symptoms associated with low blood sugar are felt.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Wasatch Summit

Just a heads up on a very nice conference coming up on June 5-8 at the Snowbird Resort in Utah.

The Best Reasons to Attend the Wasatch Summit

Everybody in your practice will benefit from attending the Wasatch Summit. We will cover the following essential topics:

* Financial – Maximize practice income to reach your financial goals
* Leadership – Learn the skills of becoming an effective leader
* Productivity – Increase the productivity of your practice
* Knowledge – Strengthen your knowledge of DENTRIX and DENTRIX ENTERPRISE
* Development – Continually improve the atmosphere of your practice for your
employees and patients

More information on the Wasatch Summit web site.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Practice Makes Perfect with 3-D Dental Simulator

A group of dental and dental hygiene students at the University of Illinois at Chicago pick up instruments and prepare to begin a procedure.

In their hands, their tools gently rub against the teeth and underneath the gums, feeling for calculi on the tooth root, measuring pocket depth, and searching for periodontal abnormalities.

These students, however, are not practicing on patients. They're using a computer equipped with a 3-D training system to improve their skills.

Researchers at UIC's colleges of dentistry and engineering are collaborating to develop a life-like training simulator called PerioSim, which uses haptic virtual reality technology.

Haptics is the science of applying touch sensation and control to computer applications. It allows the user to "feel" what is pictured on a computer screen.

Over the past several years, dentistry has begun using simulators to train students, but the programs traditionally use tracker technology, not haptics, said Dr. Arnold Steinberg, professor of periodontics at UIC and project leader.

With the PerioSim, students guide a stylus on-screen that resembles an explorer -- a sharp, pointed instrument used by dentists during an examination. They can feel life-like tactile sensations as they navigate through various procedures.

"We can enhance the learning and training of a wide variety of tasks or procedures using this system," Steinberg said. "The need to practice on mannequins, animals and patients can be significantly reduced, and in some cases, eliminated entirely."

The device also provides a way for professionals and students to further refine their skills even after having experience with patients, he said.

Students can access PerioSim via the Internet. A realistic 3-D human mouth is shown in real-time, and the user can adjust the model position, viewpoint and transparency level.

The haptic device allows the student to feel the sensations in the virtual mouth, and a control panel lets the user choose different procedures to practice and instruments to use, Steinberg said.

The system allows instructors to create short scenarios of periodontal procedures, which can be saved and replayed at any time. The 3-D component permits students to replay from any angle, so the user can observe different views of the placement of the instrument and gingival relationships during a procedure, Steinberg said.

The recorded file can be viewed on any personal computer, and while not in 3-D, it is an actual representation of the original scenario, which offers great training potential, Steinberg said.

The program also allows for a second playback mode, where an instructor leads the trainee through the program. By simply holding onto the haptic stylus, the trainee receives the same sensations felt by the instructor. Trainees can also be tested and evaluated on their ability to mimic the instructor's periodontal procedures, Steinberg said.

A validation study was recently undertaken, finding the simulator to be "very useful," Steinberg said. Results were published in the Journal of Dental Education in December.

Today's dental schools are faced with rising costs, faculty shortages and an overloaded curriculum, Steinberg said. Haptic-based simulators such as the PerioSim require less initial investment, maintenance, and replacement of parts than earlier generation mannequin-based simulators and are more versatile, he said.

During his research methodology course, Gary Couser, a first-year orthodontics resident, used the PerioSim and said he has "never seen anything like it."

"I was able to perform periodontal probing and feel how rough enamels are when an explorer is drawn across the area," he said.

"The simulator is very eye-catching, and I think it has the potential to be an excellent tool to educate dental students in the future."

Saturday, March 22, 2008

BIOLASE Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of Its Waterlase® and Waterlase® MD Laser Systems for Root Canal Disinfection

First Lasers Cleared for Adjunctive Disinfection for Root Canal; 15 Million Procedures Performed Annually in the US

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - BIOLASE Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLTI), the world's leading dental laser company, announced today that its Waterlase® and Waterlase® MD laser systems became the first laser systems to receive 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for root canal disinfection after endodontic instrumentation. The global release of the new procedure, protocol and associated disposables will be introduced at the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) Annual Session being held April 9-12 in Vancouver, BC, and simultaneous at the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) Taiwan Super Symposium being held April 11-13 in Taipei, Taiwan and other major markets including Germany and Spain.

Combined with past FDA clearances for obtaining access, cleaning and shaping, this clearance allows BIOLASE users to perform the complete root canal procedure using FDA cleared procedures.

Dr. James Jesse, D.D.S., Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, said that since the 1920s, sodium hypochlorite, or bleach, has been the principal chemical disinfectant for root canal treatment and that the overall root canal procedure has changed little in decades of dental advancements.

"Being able to use a laser that is safer, faster and more effective than conventional chemical disinfectants to treat a condition that affects tens of millions of individuals/year is a true advancement for our profession," said Dr. Jesse. "In my experience, practitioners can perform the root canal procedure with superior results using the laser and may save as much as 20 to 30 minutes per procedure -- a strong clinical and economic argument for using the technology."

Jake St. Philip, BIOLASE Chief Executive Officer, said, "Clinically, we have developed and can now market a technology that is a better way to eliminate or avoid the infections that cause painful toothaches in millions of patients. Commercially, this clearance is a significant milestone for BIOLASE -- in addition to strengthening our intellectual property, it provides our sales force, our North American distributor Henry Schein and international distributors around the globe with a powerful marketing advantage.

"Ultimately, worldwide adoption of dental lasers as a standard will accelerate on dentists' ability to use the laser daily in a broader range of applications," St. Philip continued. "More than 15 million root canal procedures are done annually in the US alone and are a large part of any dental practice and laser root canals provide benefit to both the doctor and patients, making it an important everyday commercial application."

A root canal is a treatment used to eliminate infection and save a tooth that is painful, badly decayed and infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected and sealed.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Diagnodent To Detect Calculus

Its not on the web site yet but look for the offical announcement in the near future.

KAVO DENTAL in Lake Zurich, Illinois launches a new perio probe for its DIAGNOdent Classic & Pen caries detection system. The probe detects subgingival calculus.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

New NTI Flow-Chart

I have been providing NTI appliances for many years for my migraine and tension headache patients. Jim Boyd has recently updated a nice flow chart for those of you who need more information.

The most recent "update" of the NTI Fabrication Flow Chart can be gotten by clicking on the link below:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hypnosis and Dentistry

Here is a link to a video clip of my friend Ash Goodman. He was on the television show
"Human Body: Pushing The Limits; Sensation" which was recently broadcast on the Discovery Channel. He was preforming dental procedures without anesthesia. The patients were hypnotized.

To view the segment click here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Zenith Dental Holds RDH Under One Roof Sweepstakes

Englewood, NJ (March 18, 2008) – Zenith Dental, the visionary company with a 25-year tradition of introducing innovative and reliable restorative dental products and exclusive distributor of Kolorz™ and DMG-manufactured products, is pleased to support this year’s RDH Under One Roof conference by hosting a sweepstakes that will award two lucky winners a free trip to this year’s event, taking place July 31–August 2, 2008, at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, IL.

Each winner will receive round-trip airfare, paid tuition to the Under One Roof event, as well as a four-night stay at the Chicago Hilton. The sweepstakes is open to registered dental hygienists and dental hygiene students who are currently enrolled in an accredited dental hygiene program.

“Zenith is pleased to offer an easy and convenient way for hygienists who may not be able to attend the event a chance to participate in one of the most popular and important gatherings for their profession,” remarked George Wolfe, President of Zenith Dental. “This event is a three-day extravaganza of workshops, exhibits, and networking that introduces attendees to new products, techniques, and people that they may not otherwise have the chance to experience in their everyday workplace.”

Winners will be selected in a random drawing on or around June 2, 2008, and will be announced on the Zenith website and contacted via telephone and/or e-mail. All entries must be received by May 30, 2008.

To enter for a chance to win Zenith Dental’s Under One Roof sweepstakes, please visit

About RDH Under One Roof

RDH Under One Roof is an action-packed event that offers quality dental hygiene continuing education. The dental hygienist experiences dental hygiene continuing education courses with some of the leading speakers in the industry. RDH exhibitors feature new dental hygiene products, dental products, and dental equipment. The RDH Under One Roof Summer Conference will take place July 31–August 2, 2008 at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, IL.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Popular Energy Drinks Cause Tooth Erosion, Study Shows

Academy of General Dentistry (2008, March 16). Popular Energy Drinks Cause Tooth Erosion, Study Shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved

For more than 10 years, energy drinks in the United States have been on the rise, promising consumers more "oomph" in their day. In fact, it is estimated that the energy drink market will hit $10 billion by 2010. While that may be great news for energy drink companies, it could mean a different story for the oral health of consumers who sometimes daily rely on these drinks for that extra boost.
Previous scientific research findings have helped to warn consumers that the pH (potential of hydrogen) levels in beverages such as soda could lead to tooth erosion, the breakdown of tooth structure caused by the effect of acid on the teeth that leads to decay. The studies revealed that, whether diet or regular, ice tea or root beer, the acidity level in popular beverages that consumers drink every day contributes to the erosion of enamel.

However, in a recent study that appears in the November/December 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer reviewed journal, the pH level of soft drinks isn't the only factor that causes dental erosion. A beverage's "buffering capacity," or the ability to neutralize acid, plays a significant role in the cause of dental erosion.

The study examined the acidity levels of five popular beverages on the market. The results proved that popular "high energy" and sports drinks had the highest mean buffering capacity, resulting in the strongest potential for erosion of enamel.

According to the study, the popularity of energy drinks is on the rise, especially among adolescents and young adults. Their permanent teeth are more susceptible to attack from the acids found in soft drinks, due to the porous quality of their immature tooth enamel. As a result, there is high potential for erosion among this age demographic to increase.

In fact, Raymond Martin, DDS, MAGD, AGD spokesperson, says he treats more patients in their teens to 20s for tooth erosion. "They drink a great deal more sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks," he says. "The results, if not treated early and if extensive, can lead to very severe dental issues that would require full mouth rehabilitation to correct," says Dr. Martin.

Drink responsibly for your oral health:

* Use a straw positioned at the back of the mouth so that the liquid avoids the teeth
* Rinse the mouth with water after drinking acidic beverages
* Limit the intake of sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Reminder To Verify & Restore Backups

In my backup lectures I stress the need to verify and restore data. Yesterday, I had a previous lecture participant tell me how after the lecture he instituted a backup and restore schedule similar to mine. A few days later his server went down. He called his wife who brought his notebook computer to the office and they went right back to work.


Redundant systems are a must to ensure the successful data restoration.
Make sure you can restore your backups!


Friday, March 14, 2008

New BlisSonic™ Ergonomic Sonic Scalers

Clinically Proven to Gently and Effectively Remove
Stubborn Hard Calculus Deposits and Stains*

Malvern, PA (March 13, 2008) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to introduce the latest in its growing line of StarDental® products, the new ergonomically-designed BlisSonic™ Sonic Scalers.

The BlisSonic SW (swivel) and BlisSonic K (fixed connection) are portable, air powered sonic scalers available in 4-line swivel and fixed backend configurations. The 360 degree Quick-Connect Swivel (available only on the SW Sonic Scaler) reduces tubing drag for optimum operator comfort, and enables quick disconnection of the scaler for sterilization.

The new lighter design of the BlisSonic ergonomic Sonic Scalers is clinically proven to effectively remove stubborn hard calculus deposits and stains from the tooth surface, while providing an extremely gentle cleaning process for patients.

The slim anatomical blueprint of the BlisSonic allows for easier movement in the oral cavity, permitting a thorough scaling even in tight, hard-to-reach interproximal areas. Sub-gingival and supra-gingival scaling is easily achieved.

The newly-designed removable, ergonomic silicone grips of the BlisSonic are autoclavable up to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Replacement grips are available in pastel shades: blue, aqua, purple, and pink. Because of the assortment of grips available, the BlisSonic provides a great time-savings aspect since it can continue to be in operation while autoclaving the grip. Moreover, hygienists can also color code their BlisSonic with other hand instruments.

The scalers come equipped with five exclusive StarDental-patented scaling tips designed to employ a controlled, even water spray, providing a fog-free view and eliminating the unsavory patient “drowning effect” often experienced with other water spray systems. The tips are steam-sterilizable up to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

A Sensi-Tip® kit is also available for the BlisSonic Sonic Scalers, which includes 50 disposable tips. Sensi-Tips are designed to work gently and effectively on cosmetically enhanced patients with implants and veneers, as well as patients experiencing gingival recession due to periodontal disease.

In addition, the BlisSonic Sonic Scalers are safe to use on patients with heart pacemakers.

Completely portable, the BlisSonic conveniently connects to existing air driven handpiece tubings, with no need for extra control boxes or foot controls.

For more information on the new StarDental BlisSonic Sonic Scalers, call 1-866-DTE-INFO or log on to

*Document available upon request.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More Dentrix G2 Training

My office had another great training session last night. I cannot stress enough the need for good training! The office is ahead of schedule for going chartless. I have not looked into a paper chart in a week. We actually started entering treatment in about a week after the G2 upgrade. We are still pulling hygiene charts but no doctors charts unless requested by the doctor.

Last night was lots of tweaks to make the schedule easier to use for the front desk. I still need to customize more chart entries for the treatment entries.

Overall the upgrade has been well worth it, both in time and training. The staff is excited and we are freeing up time from the mundane tasks to getting more patients in the chair.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

TV For Your Ops

If you have Monitors installed for patient education then consider giving those PC's online access so patients can watch TV.

A new service called Hulu offers current primetime shows like The Office, Prison Break, Bionic Woman, House and Bones, and episodes from TV classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Miami Vice, Arrested Development and more. We've also partnered with premier content owners like E! Entertainment, FUEL TV, SciFi Network and USA Networks to add to our growing collection of premium programming.

Click on the link above and check it out!

Monday, March 10, 2008

New High Capacity 2.5 inch Drives

Backing up is a necessity in many of our offices with office data and images. Currently I am using a 500GB 3.5 hard drive as one way to move data off site. Now smaller high capacity drives are on the way. These drives can fit in a laptop or small USB enclosures.

500GB drives are available from Samsung.

No prices yet but can you put a price on convenience.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

More U.S. Teeth Susceptible To Silent Enamel-eating Syndrome

Reuters (2008, March 8). More U.S. Teeth Susceptible To Silent Enamel-eating Syndrome. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 8, 2008, from

ScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2008) — Cavities or not, your teeth could be in more trouble than you know because of a silent and destructive phenomenon called dental erosion. A faculty member at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has found that the incidence of dental erosion, which is the steady loss of the teeth’s protective enamel, is on the rise in the United States.
Bennett T. Amaechi, M.S., Ph.D., associate professor of community dentistry at the UT Health Science Center, and colleagues discovered a 30 percent prevalence rate of dental erosion among 10- to 14-year-olds in the United States. Dr. Amaechi led the San Antonio portion of the nation’s first population-based, multi-center study of dental erosion. The study, involving 900 middle school students, was conducted in 2004 and 2005 at Indiana University, the University of California at San Francisco and the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
Dental erosion has not been widely analyzed in the United States. “This study is important because it confirms our suspicions of the high prevalence of dental erosion in this country and, more importantly, brings awareness to dental practitioners and patients of its prevalence, causes, prevention and treatment,” Dr. Amaechi said.

He explained that dental erosion is caused by acids found in products that are being more widely consumed than ever in the U.S. These include soft drinks, some fruit juices, sports drinks, herbal teas, beer salts, and the Lucas brand of candy imported from Mexico that is especially popular among children in San Antonio and South Texas.

“When consumed in excess, these products can easily strip the enamel from the teeth, leaving the teeth more brittle and sensitive to pain,” Dr. Amaechi said. “The acids in these products can be so corrosive that not even cavity-causing bacteria can survive when exposed to them.”

Dr. Amaechi said some medications including aspirin, when taken regularly, have erosive potential. Some underlying medical conditions such as acid reflux disease or disorders associated with chronic vomiting, including bulimia, also can cause dental erosion because of the gastric acids that are regurgitated into the mouth.

“It is important for dental practitioners to identify dental erosion and its causes before it is too late,” Dr. Amaechi said. “Because dental erosion creates a smooth and shiny appearance of the enamel and causes no pain or sensitivity in its early stages, most patients are not aware that they are suffering from the condition until the problem becomes severe. Therefore, the responsibility of early detection and treatment falls on the professionals.”

Adapted from materials provided by University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

3M ESPE Presents Espertise™ Interactive Learning Website

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 7, 2008) – 3M ESPE announces the launch of Espertise™ Interactive Learning (, a free, comprehensive online training resource for dental professionals.
Espertise Interactive Learning allows dental professionals to stay current on the latest in dentistry by delivering procedure- and technique-specific content presented by industry-leading clinicians via free interactive webcasts and product tutorials. The online library includes CE classes and product tutorials, while live webcasts hosted on the site provide visitors the opportunity to participate in monthly training sessions designed to improve techniques for more predictable outcomes. Live webcasts permit members to interact with clinical experts in a virtual classroom setting, with the ability to ask questions or make comments in real time. All Espertise Interactive Learning ADA CERP-accredited continuing education courses offer immediate printing of personalized ADA CERP certificates upon completion.
“3M ESPE is committed to providing groundbreaking ideas for dentistry and the resources that educate dental professionals about these innovations,” explains Rob Gochoel, marketing supervisor, 3M ESPE. “Through archived CE courses, product tutorials and live webcasts, Espertise Interactive Learning is a convenient way to provide knowledge and communicate useful information to dental professionals.”
The simple registration for a 3M ESPE online training account connects members with complimentary access to the latest dental advancements, multimedia training and ADA CERP-accredited continuing education courses.
For more information call 1-800-634-2249 or visit

Friday, March 07, 2008

Zila To Launch ViziLite Plus In The United Kingdom

Zila, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZILA) announced that it plans to launch its proprietary oral cancer screening product, ViziLite® Plus with TBlue™, in the United Kingdom at the British Dental Conference & Exhibition, the British Dental Association's annual conference, on May 1, 2008 in Manchester, England.

"The launch of ViziLite Plus in the United Kingdom represents a significant opportunity for the company and is part of our ongoing strategy to penetrate major international markets," said Frank J. Bellizzi, DMD, president of Zila Pharmaceuticals. "ViziLite Plus brings a much needed oral cancer screening product to patients in the U.K. We expect to begin distributing ViziLite Plus in several other European countries by the end of 2008, and we are exploring market opportunities in India, where oral cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in men."

"ViziLite Plus helps dentists and hygienists identify and evaluate abnormalities in the mouth that could potentially harbor pathologic changes," said Dr. Mark Bride D.D.S., Zila's vice president, Medical Affairs. "Given that 25% of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and have no other behavioral risk factors, it is imperative that every adult, particularly those who are at high risk for oral cancer, be screened at least once a year. ViziLite Plus is a proven technology used by thousands of dental offices across the United States and should prove to be a valuable aid to practitioners in the United Kingdom and throughout the European Union."

ViziLite Plus sales in the U.K. and Europe are expected to contribute to revenues beginning in the second half of calendar 2008. The population of the U.K. and the European Union exceed 60 million and 490 million, respectively.

About ViziLite Plus

ViziLite Plus is an oral screening technology that utilizes a chemiluminescent light source (ViziLite) and a patented pharmaceutical-grade vital tissue dye (TBlue). Zila began marketing the product through its direct sales force in the U.S. in February 2007 and in Canada in November 2007.

About Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is among the most deadly cancer types, largely because approximately two-thirds of all oral cancers are detected at advanced stages. Treatment for advanced cases often results in disfigurement and a significant decline in quality of life. When oral cancer is detected in its earliest stage the 5-year survival rate is 81%. When detected late stage the 5-year survival rate plummets to 26%.

Risk factors

- age - all adult
- gender - more men than women develop oral cancer
- smoking - particularly if combined with heavy alcohol consumption
- tobacco or using snuff
- heavy alcohol consumption - particularly if combined with smoking
- excessive sun exposure to the lips

A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that exposure to the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus number 16 (HPV16), causes oropharyngeal cancer (a type of oral cancer), and may help explain the increasing incidence of the disease in younger people.

About Zila, Inc.

Zila, Inc., is a fully integrated oral diagnostic company dedicated to the prevention, detection and treatment of oral cancer and periodontal disease. ViziLite® Plus, the company's flagship product for the early detection of oral abnormalities that could lead to cancer, is the first and only adjunctive medical device cleared by the FDA for use in a population at increased risk for oral cancer. In addition, Zila designs, manufactures and markets a suite of proprietary products sold exclusively and directly to dental professionals for periodontal disease, including the Rota-dent(R) Professional Powered Brush, the Pro-Select(R) Platinum ultrasonic scaler and a portfolio of oral pharmaceutical products for both in-office and home-care use.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based largely on Zila's expectations or forecasts of future events, can be affected by inaccurate assumptions and are subject to various business risks and known and unknown uncertainties, a number of which are beyond the Company's control. Therefore, actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. A wide variety of factors could cause or contribute to such differences and could adversely affect revenue, profitability, cash flows and capital needs. There can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will, in fact, transpire or prove to be accurate. For a more detailed description of these and other cautionary factors that may affect Zila's future results, please refer to Zila's Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended July 31, 2007.

For more information about the company and its products, please visit

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Patterson Dental Announces CAESY Smile Channel DVD 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 3, 2008) – Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. announces the release of CAESY Smile Channel DVD 2008, the latest version of the educational reception area program designed to inform and entertain patients on a variety of topics related to general dental care and esthetic dentistry. Containing two new programs, Talk Out Loud and Health Watch, CAESY Smile Channel DVD 2008 motivates patients to take a proactive role in maintaining their oral health.
The first new program, Talk Out Loud, details important oral health topics for teens – such as smoking and nutrition – to initiate conversation between young patients and their dentists and hygienists. Health Watch, an interview-style news program, presents oral health as a component of total body health and encourages patients to request additional information and engage in conversations with their dental professionals. The programs feature 15 new segments on a variety of topics that incorporate before-and-after images, adding to Smile Channel’s comprehensive content.
Additionally, CAESY Smile Channel DVD 2008 Technology section offers three new presentations on the latest innovations in dental equipment, including lasers, CEREC® CAD/CAM technology and VELscope for early detection of oral cancer. CAESY Smile Channel DVD 2008 offers crisp graphics, streamlined menus for easy navigation and can be viewed in either English or Spanish, making it easy to provide customized content for each patient.
CAESY Education Systems has been dentistry’s premier developer of leading-edge patient education technology and content since 1993. CAESY was acquired by Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. in May 2004. The award-winning multimedia information on preventive, restorative and esthetic treatment options helps dental practices worldwide educate their patients and grow their practices. The CAESY content is distributed via video and computer networks or DVD players throughout the clinical and reception areas of the dental practice. The family of products includes CAESY DVD, Smile Channel DVD, CAESY Printables, CAESY Pediatrics, and CAESY Enterprise, which includes CAESY, Smile Channel and ShowCase. For more information, visit or call 1-800-294-8504.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Headlight for Hygienists’

Affordable, effective LED
High Q Dental is pleased to formally introduce the Starbright LED Headlight to the Hygienist community.

While the Starbright has been offered for a few years, only recently has it become recognized by Hygienists as an effective tool for their very specialized needs.

Three AAA batteries power the one-watt LED Starbright to deliver a clean, soft light into the field. With clips for most popular magnification loupes, standard safety glasses or mounted on a comfortable headband, the Starbright is easy to use, easy to integrate and easy to afford at only $125.

As the Starbright is an LED headlight, there will never be a bulb to change and virtually no heat emanating from the optic. Battery life is estimated between 15 – 20 hours when using standard or your own rechargeable batteries.

For more information on High Q Dental, please visit our web site at, call High Q at 1-800-775-3433, fax 480-905-0794 or E-mail at

Monday, March 03, 2008

Sirona infiniDent Service Introduces Anatomic Wax-Patterns

Long Island City, NY (March 3, 2008) –Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry more than 20 years ago and the world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, is pleased to partner with 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D modeling, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing solutions, to offer wax patterns to infiniDent users.

Offered exclusively through Sirona’s infiniDent service, inCoris WAX patterns will be available by March 2008. These precision wax-patterns, fabricated by 3D Systems’ InVision® DP (Dental Professional) 3D Modeler, are the perfect complement to the infiniDent material line.

The new inCoris WAX patterns are indicated for use in fabricating full cast crowns, copings and bridge frameworks, as well as full contour units for press ceramics or over metal and pure zirconium oxide (ZrO2) substructures.

Dental technicians who take advantage of inCoris WAX patterns through Sirona’s infiniDent service will save a substantial amount of time and money. Substructure and full contour wax patterns are obtained at one low price through a faster and more consistent method than the conventional labor-intensive and time-consuming technique.

New or experienced technicians can effortlessly create restorations by taking advantage of the user-friendly service. Using the inEos scanner, the technician scans the model, designs a virtual wax-pattern using the Sirona 3D design software, and then simply uploads the information to infiniDent for fabrication.

As with all infiniDent services, the turn-around time is quick and efficient for
inCoris WAX patterns. Laboratories can expect a return in a mere three days.

inCoris WAX patterns have a smooth surface finish and can be cast or pressed using conventional techniques. The specially-formulated resin material is virtually ash-free and can be used with traditional laboratory waxes.
“The introduction of inCoris WAX vastly increases infiniDent’s service offering for existing inLab and inEos users and provides them with more access to more materials,” remarked Marcus Meier, MDT, Manager of infiniDent. “We are convinced that dental laboratories utilizing these wax-patterns will substantially increase their efficiencies when fabricating wax-patterns through infiniDent.”

“This is another step in broadening the reach of our state-of-the-art dental solutions,” said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to partner with Sirona to further the impact of precision wax-patterns built on our consistent and reliable InVision® DP 3D Modeler.”

For more information about new inCoris WAX, please call 866 INLAB4U (465-2248).

About infiniDent

infiniDent is an Internet-based service concept that caters exclusively to Sirona inLab® and inEos® users. infiniDent enables inLab and inEos owners to derive additional value from their existing technology investments by providing access to a rapidly expanding menu of materials and indications.

The infiniDent fabrication service offers an extensive list of material options from material partners including VITA®, Ivoclar Vivadent®, 3D Systems® and Sirona. In addition, infiniDent supports pure zirconium oxide (ZrO2), aluminum oxide (AlO2), non-precious metal (CoCr) frameworks and wax-patterns to support customers in their fabrication of high-strength restorations, including large-span bridges, and predictable shade matching.

For more information about infiniDent, please write to, contact your Patterson sales representative, or call 800-659-5977 x145.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

OraPharma’s "Personal Standard of Care" awareness campaign

I forgot to mention another fun event at the Chicago Mid Winter Meeting. Orapharma threw a nice party at Nick's Fish Market.

By leveraging compelling new research regarding the possible oral/systemic health links of periodontal disease and the efficacy of locally administered antibiotics such as ARESTIN® minocycline HCI 1mg microspheres, OraPharma is partnering with dentists and hygienists to help elevate their personal standard of care when it comes to periodontal disease diagnosis and treatment.

OraPharma also had a unique booth promotion at the CMW meeting. Dentists and hygienists were photographed and their images were inserted on a poster entitled, "I Take it Personally" which is basically a pledge to provide patients with the most comprehensive periodontal disease treatment available, which includes the use of a locally administered antibiotic such as ARESTIN®. These posters are destined to be conversation starters in each participating clinician’s office, which is a great first step in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease.

I am waiting to get my poster.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Dental system in crisis as one in six Britons can't afford a check-up

From the Daily Mail

The soaring cost of dental treatment has been blamed for millions of Britons having teeth in shockingly poor state, a new report has found. More than 11million adults have not seen a dentist over the past two years because they could not afford to have a check-up.

Almost eight million patients admitted they refused a recommended course of action from their dentist because, once again, it was too expensive.

The research from Dentale, a new dental clinic, could explain the surveys other shocking findings. It reported that more than half of British adults have at least one tooth missing and five million claim they have lost more than five.

One in five people in Scotland and the Midlands rated their teeth as being in a poor or very poor condition - the worst results in the UK. Almost half of the adult population do not have access to an NHS dentist. In January the British Dental Association revealed more than 1,000 dentists had stopped providing NHS care since the introduction of the controversial new contract in 2006.

The contract aimed to give more patients the chance to register with an NHS dentist and encourage preventive care. It also simplified the charges for dental work.

But there has been mounting concern that it has had the opposite effect, with dentists rejecting NHS patients or providing less complex treatment over fears their income will be hit.

Jason Buglass, a dentist with 21 years experience of Dentale said: "Our findings are absolutely shocking. We are one of the richest countries in the world but we are known for having bad teeth. Our research suggests that one of the main reasons for this is that people cannot afford to go to a dentist."

"Some people have decided to go abroad for dental treatment because it can be much cheaper, but this can involve a number of risks such as not being able to communicate with your dentist properly, or the cost and inconvenience of having to go back if anything goes wrong or for aftercare.

"Despite this, our research shows that since 2003, 1.29 million Britons aged 16-64 have had dental treatment outside of the UK because it was cheaper."

Dentale commissioned the market research poll of 1,000 patients aged 16-64.