Saturday, January 30, 2010

Best Fluoride Levels Determined For Children's Toothpastes

Everyone who has ever seen a toothpaste commercial knows that fluoride is the ingredient that helps fight tooth decay, but a new review has determined exactly how much fluoride is best in toothpastes for children.

For optimal prevention of cavities in children over age 6, toothpastes should contain at least 1,000 parts per million of fluoride. Preventing cavities can help reduce the need for extensive and costly dental treatments, including extractions.

The levels for fluoride in children's toothpastes have never undergone a systematic evaluation before, said review co-authors Helen Worthington, Ph.D., and Anne-Marie Glenny, PhD. Worthington is a professor of evidence-based care and Glenny is a senior lecturer in evidence based oral health at the University of Manchester School of Dentistry in England.

The review appears in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews like this one draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic.

The new review, which examined results from 75 controlled clinical studies, found that the benefits of fluoride are reduced for toothpastes that contain less than 1,000 parts per million of fluoride. Toothpastes with lower fluoride levels - in the 440 to 550 range - give results that are no better than the results seen with toothpaste that does not contain fluoride, Worthington and Glenny said.

Scientists made the link between fluoride and reduced tooth decay in the 1930s, the reviewers say, and adding fluoride to toothpastes and other oral hygiene products reduces the incidence of cavities and tooth decay by about 24 percent on average.

However, fluoride has a downside. Toothpastes with concentrations greater than 1,000 parts per million of fluoride increase the risks of fluorosis - a condition that can cause white streaks and spots or stained teeth - especially when they are used by children under the age of 5 or 6 years. In older children with fully developed teeth, the risks of fluorosis due to fluoride toothpastes are reduced and the benefits of reducing the risk of cavities and tooth decay are clear, Worthington and Glenny say.

There must be a balance between the benefits of fluoride in toothpastes and its risks in very young children who are developing their adult teeth, the reviewers wrote: "Most of the available evidence focuses on mild fluorosis. There is weak, unreliable evidence that starting the use of fluoride toothpaste in children under 12 months of age might be associated with an increased risk of fluorosis. The evidence for its use between the age of 12 and 24 months is equivocal."

Many clinical studies in the United States have been done to evaluate the benefits of toothpastes with between 1,000 and 1,100 parts per million of fluoride and most were done with children, said Clifford Whall, Ph.D., at the American Dental Association (ADA). What no researchers have done previously is systematically review all of the comparative studies on different concentrations of fluoride.

The finding that toothpastes with fluoride concentrations around 400 to 500 parts per million and below are not as effective in preventing tooth decay is not surprising, Whall said.

Not all U.S. toothpaste brands contain fluoride. However, those toothpastes that do are required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to have at least 1,000 parts per million. Toothpastes in the United Kingdom and Europe have levels of fluoride above and below 1,000 parts per million, according to Worthington and Glenny. Some have as much as 1,500 parts per million of fluoride, but some children's toothpastes contain levels as low as 250 parts per million.

A large variety of toothpastes containing fluoride is available in the United States, Whall said. "Toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance have undergone a rigorous independent scientific review of safety and effectiveness, and do what they say they do on the label." About 60 toothpaste products in the United States have the seal, he said.

The vast majority of cases of fluorosis seen in the United States are usually so mild that only a dentist would be able to identify the problem, Whall said. Mild fluorosis has no effect on tooth function, he said. "In fact, a recent study has indicated that teeth with mild fluorosis are even more resistant to tooth decay." Fluorosis can occur when children ingest too much fluoride, for example by swallowing fluoride-containing toothpaste or inappropriate use of prescribed fluoride supplements.

The ADA recommends the use of toothpastes with fluoride for older children and adults. "Children under age two should not use fluoride toothpaste unless a dentist recommends it," Whall said.

Children's toothpastes that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance include Crest Kids SparkleFun Cavity Protection Gel, Aquafresh for Kids Toothpaste, Colgate for Kids Toothpaste and Tom's of Maine Natural Fluoride Toothpaste for Children.

"You have to be careful with children," Whall said. Parents should tell children under age 6 to put a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on their brush. Children should be supervised while they brush their teeth to make sure they are not swallowing the paste.

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international nonprofit, independent organization that produces and disseminates systematic reviews of health care interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions. Visit for more information.

"Fluoride toothpastes of different concentrations for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents."
Walsh T, et al.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 1.

Friday, January 29, 2010

OraHealth Re-Brands CankerMelts® with Enhanced Product Technology and a Newly-Designed Package

OraHealth Re-Brands CankerMelts® with Enhanced Product Technology
and a Newly-Designed Package

Bellevue, Washington (January 26, 2010) – OraHealth, the world leader in the breakthrough technology of oral adhering discs, recently released a new and improved adhesion and non-stain formula and a newly-designed package for its CankerMelts® all-natural canker sore solution discs.

The improved adhering technology of CankerMelts better keeps the disc in place, while the disc's new transparent color eliminates the risk of staining tooth surfaces. Traditional benefits of using CankerMelts remain the same and include:

• Relief from canker sore-related pain in minutes
• Works well with braces & dentures
• As opposed to numbing chemicals, CankerMelts are made from an all-natural, time-released soothing collagen and natural medication
• CankerMelts can be safely and effectively used during any daily activity including showering, exercising, and sleeping

CankerMelts uses a patented dissolving time-release disc to allow precise application of natural collagen and licorice root extract directly to the sore. CankerMelts have been clinically proven to relieve pain while in place and reduce the pain after the disc dissolves by 89%.*

Designed by Lanmark Group, Inc., the newly-designed green and white package will replace the prior blue design of the CankerMelts box. “We wanted to brand the new CankerMelts design by using colors that reflect the all-natural ingredients used for our canker sore solution,” remarked OraHealth President and CEO Glenn Bonagura. “For the past three years, OraHealth has been at the forefront of providing all-natural relief from painful aphthous ulcers. By incorporating earth-tone colors and images into the new design, we are hoping our consumers will embrace OraHealth’s philosophy of using effective and clinically-proven, all-natural products for canker sores.”

CankerMelts has been proclaimed by many as the best treatment for canker sores (medically-termed aphthous ulcers). Recent clinical trials at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry, one of the nation’s premier centers of dental research and education, suggest that CankerMelts is more effective than any other non-prescription treatment and, moreover, equally effective as prescription treatments in relieving pain and accelerating healing of canker sores. For more information, please call 877-672-6541 or log onto

*References available at

About OraHealth

OraHealth is the world leader in the breakthrough technology of “oral adhering discs”, which time-release therapeutic levels of medication precisely where it’s needed. When you choose OraHealth products, you know you’re getting high-quality, innovative oral care solutions that are solidly backed by careful research based on medical science.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lares laser cleared for subgingival calculus

Chico, CA: January 27, 2010—Lares® Research and Fotona announced today that they have received FDA 510(k) clearance to market the PowerLase® AT Er:YAG laser for the removal of subgingival calculus in periodontal pockets with periodontitis. The new indication for use is an important element of the Lares Research laser treatment protocol for periodontal disease: Wavelength-optimized Periodontal Therapy™ or WPT™. WPT™ optimizes the use of both Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser wavelengths from the dual-wavelength PowerLase AT to treat both the hard and soft tissue sides of the diseased pocket.

WPT™ is a minimally invasive procedure to treat periodontal disease without scalpels or sutures in a general or specialty practice. Lares Research provides a full two-day advanced training course dedicated to laser treatment of periodontal disease using WPT™. Live patient video of WPT™ and subgingival calculus removal can be viewed on the Lares Research website at

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SoftLase Pro Family of Lasers Recalled

Class 2 Recall
SoftLase Pro Family of Lasers

Date Posted January 21, 2010

Recall Number Z-0587-2010

Product SoftLase Pro Dental Lasers Intended use: Dentistry.
Code Information All SoftLase Pro Dental Lasers.
Recalling Firm/
Manufacturer Zap Lasers LLC
2621 Pleasant Hill Rd Ste B
Pleasant Hill, California 94523-2161

Consumer Instructions Contact the recalling firm for information

Reason for
Recall The SoftLase Lasers are in need of compliance upgrades due to lack of a remote interlock connector, an emission delay, user guide labels and locations, and calibration procedures and schedule.
Action Zap Lasers sent a letter to customers stating that their SoftLase diode laser is eligible for a compliance maintenance upgrade. The upgrades will be free of charge and will enhance the performance of the laser. Customers are encouraged to call the firm's customer service line at 888-876-4547 to schedule their RMA number and shipping instructions. The letter also lists the upgrades that are needed.

Quantity in Commerce 1375 units
Distribution Worldwide Distribution

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Massachusettes to require toothbrushing

A new mandate in Massachusetts will require day care providers to help children brush their teeth after a meal.

Tooth brushing is becoming part of the daily routine at day cares across Massachusetts.

Starting this month, any child who has a meal in day care or is in care for more than four hours will be required to brush their teeth, according to the Department of Early Education and Care.
"We've notified the parents and we've talked to all the children about tooth brushing and good oral hygiene," said Nicole Chan, who works at Knowledge Beginnings in Needham, Mass.
Improving oral hygiene is the driving force behind the new regulations.
"One out of four children have tooth decay. Fifty percent of them aren't treated," said Dr. Maria Georgaklis, a pediatric dentist who works at Cleveland Circle Dental Associates.
Georgaklis says parents should embrace the regulations to protect their teeth of their children.
"This will prevent tooth decay," she said.
But some parents are concerned about germs. Knowledge Beginnings has a system in place to address this issue.
"We're providing the toothbrushes, the holders, the cases and the toothpastes, as well," said Chan.
And teachers are the only ones who can hand the child their toothbrush.
Even though the tooth brushing requirement is a state mandate, parents can opt out.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mother’s gum disease linked to infant's death

Pregnant women with untreated gum disease may have more at stake than just their teeth. They may also be risking the lives of their babies, a new study shows.
Read the rest on MSNBC

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Firefox 3.6 is Out!

I guess this says it all. I am a big fan of Firefox and it ability to be tweaked with add-ons. The new version is available from the Mozilla website or just click the update link. Some add on may not work as the update is new. I have found some work arounds for the time being.

Firefox is available for download now.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Poor Oral Hygiene Among 19-year-olds

I think this is something we already know! MJ

Swedish 19-year-olds need to improve their oral hygiene habits. Seven out of eight adolescents have unacceptable oral hygiene, which increases the risk of future dental problems. These are the findings of a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg.

The results have been published in the Swedish Dental Journal. The study examined 500 randomly selected adolescents from Västra Götaland (Fyrbodal and Skaraborg). "On average, these adolescents had plaque on half of all tooth surfaces, which is certainly too much. Seven out of eight adolescents had more plaque than is currently deemed acceptable," explains doctoral student Jessica Skoog Ericsson.

Gingivitis was also identified as a common problem resulting from poor oral hygiene. This can generally increase the risk of future dental problems as well as tooth-loosening.

This study shows that the vast majority of adolescents, 76 per cent, brush their teeth at least twice a day. Four per cent of adolescents also use dental floss daily, but just as many don't clean their teeth at all some days.

"There may be some who are less than honest and say that they brush their teeth more regularly than they actually do, but other studies have shown that adolescents do generally brush their teeth on a regular basis. Poor oral hygiene is probably therefore due to them not brushing correctly and not using dental floss," says Kajsa Henning Abrahamsson, a senior lecturer in odontology at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

Oral hygiene was slightly worse among the males in the study, compared with the females. The adolescents from Skaraborg had, on average, less plaque and gingivitis than those in Fyrbodal. However, socioeconomic factors, based on an index for the dental practice to which the adolescents belong in the region, had no impact on adolescents' oral hygiene.

This is not the first scientific study to show poor oral hygiene among Swedish adolescents. "It is lamentable that so many adolescents have poor oral hygiene despite considerable investment in information and preventive measures. The dental profession as a whole now needs to look at the reasons why we are not getting through better to this group," says Kajsa Henning Abrahamsson.

Source: University of Gothenburg

Thursday, January 21, 2010

ClearCorrect™ Showcases its Invisible Aligner Alternative During Yankee Dental Congress® Debut

ClearCorrect™ Showcases its Invisible Aligner Alternative
During Yankee Dental Congress® Debut

Dentists Who Register as ClearCorrect Providers will Receive a 50% Discount on
Their First Case After Attending a Full-Day CE Workshop in Boston

Houston, TX – January 18, 2010 – ClearCorrect™, Inc., the clear alternative in advanced and affordable transparent orthodontic aligners, otherwise known as invisible braces, will be exhibiting at this year’s Yankee Dental Congress® from January 28 – 30, 2010 at booth # 2130.

According to ClearCorrect founder and prominent cosmetic dentist Dr. Willis Pumphrey, "We’re kicking off 2010 at Yankee to introduce the ClearCorrect transparent aligner system to New England dentists looking for an affordable clear alternative to braces without annual case submission requirements.”
While at the Yankee Dental Congress®, ClearCorrect will be running a special promotion in which newly-registered dentists receive 50% off their first case after attending a full-day, CE-accredited workshop scheduled for February 13 at The Marriott Courtyard Boston Logan Airport. “We’re doing our utmost to ensure that our newly-registered New England dentists are well prepared to provide their patients with the most advanced and affordable clear braces available,” explained Dr. Pumphrey.
The company closed 2009 by more than doubling the overall size of its Houston Headquarters and tripling its dedicated manufacturing footage, due to increased demand. “Since Q4 2009, we’ve been consistently registering more and more dentists every week, and so to stay ahead of the curve, we already have plans underway to again double the size of our facilities,” stated Dr. Pumphrey.

The reasons why many dentists have made the invisible aligner switch to ClearCorrect include the following:

• No mid-course correction fees
• No refinement fees
• Enhanced treatment control
• Easier to understand and shorter runway to proficiency
• Developed by leading dentists in clear aligner orthodontics
• Lower lab fees
• All treatment products include initial retention at no extra charge
• More affordable option for dentists and patients
• Superior training
• Responsive customer service

ClearCorrect’s exponential growth continues to be fueled by its focus on educating the profession, rather than the consumer, in an effort to build relationships with orthodontists and general dentists, who will in turn recommend the clinical and financial advantages of ClearCorrect to their patients. For more information on becoming a ClearCorrect provider, visit

About ClearCorrect, Inc.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ClearCorrect was founded by dentists to serve the dental and orthodontic industries by providing a superior and more affordable clear aligner system. The highly sophisticated ClearCorrect treatment delivery system and corresponding aligner products are based on years of research and clinical experience. Cutting-edge technological advances and advanced treatment expertise, coupled with comprehensive marketing and sales support, make ClearCorrect the premier clear aligner solution of choice for informed dentists and patients. The company’s modern, needs-based approach for serving doctors and patients has earned it a leadership position within the dental industry. For information about ClearCorrect, the company and its products, please visit or call 1-888-331-3323.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lares Laser Video Library

Chico, CA: January 18, 2010— Lares Research has added an extensive library of laser live patient clinical videos to its website ( for viewing by prospective laser owners. The videos feature both hard and soft tissue laser treatments, including cavity preparation, root canal therapy using PIPS™ (Photon Induced Photoacoustic Streaming™), and periodontal disease therapy using WPT™ (Wavelength-optimized Periodontal Therapy™). Both Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser wavelengths available in the Lares PowerLase® AT laser are included in the videos. The videos were created by experienced laser clinicians from the providers of PowerLase AT user training- the Masters of Laser Dentistry, The Montana Center for Laser Dentistry, and the Arizona Center for Laser Dentistry.

Lares Research is a recognized leader in the development, manufacture, and distribution of oral cutting technology, supplying dentists with precision handpieces and high performance lasers worldwide. The company has been an innovator in the field of dental lasers since it began offering lasers to dental clinicians in 1997. For more information, call 1-888-333-8440, ext. 2050, or go to

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Quality of communication and master impressions for the fabrication of cobalt chromium removable partial dentures in general dental practice in Englan

Quality of communication and master impressions for the fabrication of cobalt chromium removable partial dentures in general dental practice in England, Ireland and Wales in 2009

Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
Early View (Articles online in advance of print)

Published Online: 17 Jan 2010

© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd


Summary The aim of this study was to investigate the quality of communication and master impressions for the fabrication of cobalt chromium removable partial dentures (RPDs) in general dental practice in England, Ireland and Wales in 2009. Two hundred and ten questionnaires were distributed to 21 laboratories throughout England, Ireland and Wales. Information was collected regarding the quality of written communication and selection of master impression techniques for cobalt chromium partial dentures in general dental practice. One hundred and forty-four questionnaires were returned (response rate = 68%). Alginate was the most popular impression material being used in 58% of cases (n = 84), while plastic stock trays were the most popular impression tray, being used in 31% of cases (n = 44). Twenty-four per cent (n = 35) of impressions were not adequately disinfected. Opposing casts were provided in 81% of cases (n = 116). Written instructions were described as being 'clear' in 31% of cases (n = 44). In 54% of cases (n = 76), the technician was asked to design the RPD. Based on the findings of this study, written communication for cobalt chromium RPDs by general dental practitioners is inadequate. This finding is in breach of relevant contemporary legal and ethical guidance. There are also concerns in relation to the fabrication process for this form of prosthesis, particularly, in relation to consideration of occlusal schemes.

Accepted for publication 13 December 2009

Monday, January 18, 2010

Yellow Pages?

I have not been in my local Yellow Page directory for years. For my practice and area I determined it was not worth the cost. One thing the sales folks are always telling me is that Yellow Page search is used a lot. I don't think so. Look at the December 2009 search chart.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Definitive Guide to Making the Most of Your Netbook

I own a Netbook and it is great for traveling. No need to lug around the big computer bag. There are limitations with Netbooks but here is a good article on ways to improve performance and get the most out of your little PC.

The Definitive Guide to Making the Most of Your Netbook

Friday, January 15, 2010

Predicting dental school performance based on prior dental experience and exposure

Predicting dental school performance based on prior dental experience and exposure

European Journal of Dental Education
Volume 14 Issue 1, Pages 1 - 6
Published Online: 7 Jan 2010

S. E. Park, J. D. Da Silva, J. L. Barnes, S. M. Susarla and T. H. Howell
Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterial Sciences, Office of Dental Education, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, USA


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the variables of students with prior dental assisting experience and students with a parent who is a dentist can be used as predictors of students' pre-clinical and clinical course performance in dental school.

Materials and methods: The study population consisted of a cohort of 159 students in the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) DMD graduation classes of 2001—2005. Data were collected via self-report using students' applications for admission to the HSDM DMD programme on which students provided information regarding whether they had prior dental assisting experience, including the type and duration of the experience and whether one or both of their parents were dentists. Data on the students' undergraduate science grade point average, Dental Admission Test academic average, Perceptual Ability Test (PAT) score, NBDE Part I and HSDM course grades (three pre-clinical and five clinical assessment categories) were collected from the Office of the Registrar. The pre-clinical categories included the first Oral Comprehensive Exam and the first two classes of the pre-clinical portion of the dental school, Treatment of Active Disease (TxAD) and Restorative Treatment (RTx). The clinical categories included the second Oral Comprehensive Exam and the cumulative grades received for the clinical procedures performed during the third and fourth years in the fields of Endodontics, Operative Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. Descriptive and bivariate statistical analyses were performed and included in a multiple logistic regression model.

Results: The results revealed that for the variable of prior dental-assisting experience, no statistically significant differences were noted in the pre-clinical and clinical assessment categories. However, students who had any amount of assisting experience were 2.2 times more likely to earn a grade of honours in TxAD compared with students who did not have assisting experience (P = 0.05). Students with a parent who was a dentist performed better only in Operative Dentistry clinical assessment compared with students without a dentist parent (P < 0.05).

Conclusions: Information on prior dental-assisting experience and having a parent who is a dentist have minimal merits for use as predictive agents based on these findings. Dental school admissions committees should continue to review a full spectrum of variables and ensure an applicant's true interest and motivation to pursue a career in dentistry.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Women's attitudes to and perceptions of oral health and dental care during pregnancy

Women's attitudes to and perceptions of oral health and dental care during pregnancy
Marc J.N.C. Keirse1,
Kamila Plutzer,

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia

Journal of Perinatal Medicine. Volume 38, Issue 1, Pages 3–8, ISSN (Online) 1619-3997, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: 10.1515/JPM.2010.007, January 2010
Publication History: Received: 16/3/2009; revised: 1/6/2009; accepted: 3/8/2009; published online: 05/01/2010


Aims: To assess pregnant women's opinions on and perceptions of oral health and their relationship to oral hygiene and dental care practices.

Methods: Questionnaire survey on perceived oral health, oral hygiene and utilization of dental services among 649 nulliparae attending for antenatal care at all public antenatal clinics in Adelaide, South Australia.

Results: Women rated their general health significantly better than their oral health (P<0.001) and attributed more importance to healthy teeth for their baby than for themselves (P<0.001). Only 35% had dental care during pregnancy; 35% had no dental visit for at least two years and 27% reported cost as a major deterrent. Eighteen percent had experienced gingival bleeding before pregnancy and 41% during pregnancy. Gingival bleeding outside pregnancy was clearly related to perceived oral health (P<0.001), but this was less so for bleeding during pregnancy. The latter was not related to age, level of education, employment, marital status, or smoking habits. Only 38% of women with gingival bleeding in pregnancy had a dental care visit in pregnancy and 28% considered their oral health as very good.

Conclusions: Many pregnant women do not perceive gingival bleeding as indicating inflammatory disease and seek no professional help for it. Maternity care providers need to devote more attention to oral health in antenatal clinics and antenatal education.

Keywords Dental care, gingivitis, maternal behavior, oral health, oral hygiene, periodontal disease, prenatal care, questionnaire survey, smoking, women's opinions

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

3M ESPE Guarantees Fit of Lava C.O.S.-Created Restorations
Program assures accurate fit of any restoration for dentists’ and labs’ first year with device

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (January 11, 2010) – 3M ESPE is assuring the accurate fit of restorations created using its Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. with a one year guarantee for new doctors. If the doctor chooses not to seat a restoration for reasons of fit, after verifying eligibility, 3M ESPE will:
• Issue the practice credits for two case fees
• Compensate the lab $100 to help defray the remake cost
• Provide an analysis about the reason(s) for the misfit to the doctor and lab
The program highlights the accuracy of the system and demonstrates the commitment of 3M ESPE to customers who purchase this powerful technology.
All approved indications for the Lava C.O.S. are covered by the guarantee, including single or multiple crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers, seated implant abutments and bridges up to 4 units. Doctors can take advantage of the guarantee if the restoration does not fit the patient and isn’t seated, or if it does not fit the stereolithography (SLA) model provided to the doctor’s lab. Labs can receive compensation if the restoration was made using approved processes but does not fit the unmodified SLA model.
“We provide this guarantee because our system, process and network deliver consistently excellent restorations,” said Mark Farmer, general manager, 3M digital oral care. “Even though this guarantee could apply to any traditional restoration created with the Lava C.O.S., it serves as the perfect complement to our Lava™ Zirconia 5-year Guarantee and further strengthens our position as the premiere brand in digital dentistry.”
Eligibility applies to new certified doctors of practices in good standing, as well as trained and certified laboratories in good standing producing restorations for eligible doctors only. The one-year duration of the guarantee begins on the practice’s certification date.
For more information, visit or call 1-800-634-2249. Lava C.O.S. purchase contract contains full details.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pentamix 3 Earns Prestigious Red Dot Award

(ST. PAUL, Minn.) – January 7, 2010 – The Pentamix™ 3 Automatic Mixing Unit from 3M ESPE is the recipient of the 2009 Red Dot Award in the “product design” category. An expert panel of international judges reviewed the functionality, degree of innovation, ergonomics, longevity, and ecological compatibility of 3,231 products from more than 1,400 companies in 49 countries.

The Red Dot Award is the largest and most renowned design competition in the world. The coveted international prize, awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen Institution in Essen, Germany, has honored outstanding design quality and trendsetters since 1955. The Red Dot Award is given in three different categories: product design, communication design, and design concept.

“Not only does the Red Dot Award prove the design excellence of the product, but the extremely high ratings we’ve been continually receiving from our users on superior functionality also demonstrates the impact the product has made on the industry,” said Sean Regan, marketing manager, 3M ESPE. “Out of a recent, worldwide survey completed by 168 clinicians who use the device, 83 percent felt it helped them save time during the impression-making procedure, and 98 percent said they would definitely recommend the unit to their colleagues.”

The high-tech design and easy-to-use features of the Pentamix 3 unit ensure void-free automatic mixing, accurate dispensing of the materials at the touch of a button, and comfortable handling for users. With a compact, streamlined design, the unit takes up less counter space in the practice and can be wall mounted. Featuring faster speeds and a smaller footprint than any other automatic mixing and dispensing system in the industry, the unit mixes impression materials for virtually every indication and technique.

Also in 2009, the Pentamix 3 unit was awarded the “The Dental Advisor 2009 Assistant’s Choice Award” by participating dental assistants. Various comments from assistants included, “the unit dispenses putty with ease,” and “it is solid and well-constructed.”

For more information about the Pentamix 3 unit, and other products from the worldwide leader in impression solutions, visit

Monday, January 11, 2010

Kerr Introduces Self-Adhering Composite: Vertise Flow

I will be doing the webinar for Vertise Flow on February 10, 2010 at 7PM EST.
Sign up at the Kerr Learning Source

Kerr Introduces Self-Adhering Composite:
Vertise Flow

ORANGE, CA – January 4, 2010 – Introducing Vertise™ Flow, Kerr’s first self-adhering flowable composite. Kerr has become a leader in resin restorative dentistry due to decades of advancements in composites and expertise in adhesives―both of which come together in Vertise Flow. The self-adhering flowable composite technology eliminates the need for a separate bonding application step with composites for direct restorative procedures. Powered by Kerr’s renowned OptiBond® adhesive technology, this product will greatly simplify the direct restorative procedure for today’s time-challenged dentist by incorporating the bonding agent into the flowable, a distinguishing feature that sets Vertise Flow apart from competitors.

Product Manager Mikhanh Pham said, “Vertise Flow’s incorporated adhesive creates a tenacious bond to tooth structure and protects against microleakage. Bond strengths to dentin and enamel are comparable to other self-etch adhesives.” Vice President of Research and Development David Tobia explains the technology further. “GPDM is a unique molecular entity containing a phosphate group that bonds to the calcium in the hydroxyapatite, and a methacrylate functionality that bonds to the monomers in the resin matrix. Thus, GPDM, with its dual chemical roles, is the glue that affords Vertise Flow its unique properties.” Clinical studies through independent research validate low microleakage and high bond strengths and are available for viewing on the company website.

Clinicians have remarked that Vertise Flow could impact the dental profession in a way that could be industry-changing. To view clinician endorsements and to learn more about this new product go to

To learn about our broad portfolio of products, visit or call 800.KERR.123. To find out more about continuing education online and free CE credit, visit Kerr University at for upcoming live webcasts, on-demand video, and the latest CE articles.

Kerr Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sybron Dental Specialties, Inc., is a manufacturer of premiere dental consumables. Advancing esthetic dentistry through education and sustainable solutions based on clinician input, Kerr has become synonymous with integrity for dental professionals worldwide.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Logitech Notebook Stand Looks Great, Holds Your Laptop for $5

I have thought about getting a notebook stand for my home office but I always thought they were over priced. Well here is one that looks good for the price. In fact I ordered 3 of them from TigerDirect via Amazon. Not sure how long the sale will last so go check i tout.

Logitech Notebook Stand Looks Great, Holds Your Laptop for $5
UPDATE. Item is now backordered

Get ready for Dentrix G4 Productivity Pack 7!

Get ready for Dentrix G4 Productivity Pack 7!

With the many great features packed into Dentrix G4 Productivity Pack 7, an exciting new tool called The Dentrix Practice Advisor is among the top of the list. This new tool helps dental practices analyze key performance indicators to gain a better understanding of the practice’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. Dental practices are able to leverage this data to make adjustments in key areas to reach their potential. Other highlights of the upcoming Productivity Pack 7 are:

* Schedule an operatory to be closed for a specified date and time range
* Run Dentrix on Microsoft Windows 7
* Store multiple appointments on the Pinboard
* Track the history of appointment changes
* Globally update scheduled amounts based on scheduled procedures when fee schedules are updated
* Display additional patient information and appointment notes when you move the mouse pointer over a scheduled appointment or event in the Appointment Book
* Print the week and month view, specify the number of copies, and select from multiple default views in the Print Appointment Book view
* Include “Rejected” insurance claims for claims that still need to be processed in the Insurance Claims to Process report
* Create custom formats for Quick Labels
* View a patient’s insurance eligibility status on his or her appointment, in the Appointment Information dialog box, on Appointment List, and in the Family File (if you have eCentral)
* Send a copy of a patient’s eligibility detail to the Document Center (if you have eCentral)

As you can see these new features will add considerable benefit to your practice. How do you get it? Easy, if you are a new customer it will come included in your installation CD as of Q1 2010. If you are a current customer, look for Productivity Pack 7 through the auto update feature in your Dentrix software.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Patterson Dental Releases Smile Channel 9

Patterson Dental Releases Smile Channel 9
New and updated presentations, all in widescreen

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (Dec. 28, 2009) – Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. introduces Smile Channel 9, 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. This edition of Smile Channel, a product of the esteemed CAESY Education Systems family, includes four new and four updated presentations, which are all offered in widescreen to showcase the latest in office technology.
Among the new presentations, the “Tech Minute” segments trace the evolution of the technology used in operatories today, with features on cone beam 3D imaging, lasers, and CEREC CAD/CAM. Also new is a “Smiles for the Whole Family” segment, which features photos demonstrating how cosmetic dentistry can help every member of the family.
Updates have been made to the existing “Did You Know?” presentations, with new information on both veneers and all-porcelain crowns. Additionally, the “Technologies in Dentistry” feature has been updated to include new material on minimally invasive dentistry, as well as CEREC CAD/CAM.
“These new presentations help practices showcase their capabilities as well as project a cutting-edge image to patients,” said Jana Berghoff, Patterson Dental corporate technology manager. “Smile Channel 9 can be a valuable tool in educating patients and raising awareness of a practice’s offerings.”
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 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 and CAESY Enterprise, which includes CAESY, Smile Channel and ShowCase. For more information, visit or call 1-800-294-8504.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

No Need for Dental Antibiotic Prophylaxis After Joint Replacement: Study

From Reuters Health Information
No Need for Dental Antibiotic Prophylaxis After Joint Replacement: Study

By Anne Harding

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jan 01 - A new study questions a recent recommendation that dentists give prophylactic antibiotics to all patients who have had joint replacement.

In early 2009, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS) safety committee recommended that dentists consider antibiotic prophylaxis for all patients with total joint replacement before any dental procedure, Dr. Elie F. Berbari of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues write.

That recommendation followed an earlier guideline by the AAOS and the American Dental Association, who in 2003 said that antibiotic prophylaxis should only be considered in high-risk patients who have high-risk dental procedures.

Dr. Berbari's team's results, however, support the 2003 recommendation: In a study reported in the January 1st issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, they found no association between dental procedures, with or without antibiotic prophylaxis, and the risk of total hip or knee infection.

"The risk of seeding a prosthesis from bacteria in the blood is certainly there," Dr. Berbari told Reuters Health. But, he added, routine activities such as toothbrushing, flossing, and chewing are much more likely to cause this seeding than transient bacteremia after a dental procedure.

Dr. Berbari and his colleagues compared 339 patients with such infections treated at their hospital between 2001 and 2006 to 339 patients with total hip or knee arthroplasty who did not have infections, but were hospitalized on the same floor.

Fourteen percent of case patients and 8% of controls were edentulous when enrolled in the study. Fifty-seven percent of the dentate case patients and 47% of controls had undergone a low-risk dental procedure during the observation period, while 48% of cases and 34% of controls had undergone a high-risk procedure.

Patients who underwent a low- or high-risk dental procedure in the two years before hospitalization and didn't receive antibiotic prophylaxis were not at increased risk for prosthetic hip or knee infection, the researchers found. And antibiotic prophylaxis before a low- or high-risk dental procedure didn't reduce the likelihood of infection.

The researchers did find that people who had regular dental hygiene visits were at 30% lower risk of infection, although this wasn't statistically significant.

While the current study is not a randomized controlled trial, Dr. Berbari said, it is large and "rigorously done," despite biases and limitations, and provides data "in a field that's mostly been plagued by expert opinions and not a lot of good science." A randomized controlled trial would have been difficult, he added, given the rarity of joint arthroplasty infection.

Based on the findings, he added, "better dental hygiene in patients with joint arthroplasty is certainly warranted."

That's particularly relevant, because the fear of joint infection may cause some patients to avoid going to the dentist, write Dr. Werner Zimmerli and Dr. Parham Sendi of the University of Bern in Switzerland in an editorial accompanying the study.

The new findings, they add, should "reassure the responsible physicians and dentists that antibiotic prophylaxis is not needed for all patients with joint replacement prior to any dental procedure and to convince individuals with joint replacement that meticulous dental hygiene is important."

Clin Infect Dis 2010;50:8-19.

Reuters Health Information © 2010

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

If you participate with Cigna PPO

If you participate with Cigna PPO did you know you can request a fee review every 2 years? So if you have not requested a review get to it and see how much money you maybe losing. Cigna will not upgrade a fee schedule without the review.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Forgot my Sonicare

So here I am on vacation and I go to brush my teeth at the end of the day and my Sonicare is back in NJ. I forgot to pack it. Force of habit, I put it back on the charger and was disinfecting the brush head. I have not bought a toothbrush is over 20 years. So I drive to the local food center. I get a $5 manual toothbrush and use that one for a week.

So once home, I am happy to be brushing my teeth with my Sonicare. Next time note to myself... check for the Sonicare.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Reduntant Systems

I am big proponent of having multiple systems in place just in case something goes wrong. Backups of data and computers are the ones most people think of. Same thing for digital radiography with the need for multiple sensors or scanners. Well while on vacation my staff called to say the phones were not working. After Verizon determined it was not the telephone lines we had to check the office telephone system. I was finally able to get a hold of my local guy and he sent someone out. Sure enough the KSU (telephone system brains) had a bad board. So we had to divert phone calls to cell phones, change messages and rely on email for contact with the outside world.

So just want everyone else to think about what would happen if your office lost telephone service for a day and half. What would you do? Put together a protocol for just this type of emergency.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

SEV Vest Video

There was a SEV post a few days ago and I am a happy user of some of their products. Here is an HD video to show exactly what it does.

Friday, January 01, 2010

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

Curve Dental Announces Release of New,
Web-based Dental Software
Curve Hero: A Fresh, Web-based Alternative to Dental Software

OREM, UT—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 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.

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