Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2K10

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


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

SeV Travel Clothing Eliminates the Hassle of New TSA Regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Scott Jordan
CEO & Founder
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Recall of Tylenol


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

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

Monday, December 28, 2009

A New Treatment for Pain Following Third

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Are dentists risking losing their relevance?

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

Are dentists risking losing their relevance?

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

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

Read the entire transcript

Saturday, December 26, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 24, 2009


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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We've all had burnt mouth syndrome too

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

Article in London Mail

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Added sugar in raisin cereals increases acidity of dental plaque

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 21, 2009

Study: Computers Don't Save Hospitals Money

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

Read the article on Businessweek

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dental care expenditures and retirement

Dental care expenditures and retirement

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 18, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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

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

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

B. Yang1, A. Barloi, M. KernCorresponding

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Clinical evaluations of resin-modified glass-ionomer restorations

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

Clinical evaluations of resin-modified glass-ionomer restorations

Sharanbir K. SidhuCorresponding Author Informationemail address

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 14, 2009

Recall of Zimmer Implants

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

Zimmer Dental, Inc., Carlsbad, CA;

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

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

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

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

Quantity in Commerce 738
Distribution Ohio, Canada and France.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Free Holiday Songs on iTunes

Free Songs For the Holidays on iTunes

See I did get you something for the holidays! MJ

The Holiday Sampler includes the following tracks:

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

Saturday, December 12, 2009

‘That’s DENtertainment!’

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

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

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

Check it out at

Friday, December 11, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not everyone is pleased with their decision.

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

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


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Epocrates RX for Palm Web OS

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

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Online reservations now being taken for Oral Health America gala

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

“Not on My Watch”

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 07, 2009

New Injection Device-DentalVibe

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

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Free Samples from Triodent.

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

Sample pack promotion - where anyone can grab a free sample pack of two of Triodent products at

Saturday, December 05, 2009


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

Friday, December 04, 2009

Latest issue of APEX now available

Latest issue of APEX now available

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

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

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

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

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

J├Ânsson B, Ohrn K, Oscarson N, Lindberg P.

Department of Public Health and Caring Science, Uppsala University, Sweden.

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

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Update from the GNYDM

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

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

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

Kerr launched Vertise Flow a self adhesive flowable composite.

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

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