Tuesday, July 31, 2012

StarDental®’s 430 SWL Named #1 Selling Fiber-Optic Handpiece in America

 Handcrafted in Lancaster Pennsylvania,
StarDental’s 430 Line has Become an Industry Classic

Malvern, PA (July 24, 2012) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce that research performed by  Strategic Data Marketing* has revealed that StarDental®’s 430 SWL handpiece is the #1 selling fiber-optic handpiece in America.   
As the top-selling handpiece line in DentalEZ history, the solid and dependable StarDental 430 series has earned its place as a staple of the American dental practice.  Named the 430, which signifies the revolutions per minute, the first 430 handpiece was introduced in 1981.  Each 430 handpiece is handcrafted in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The design of the 430 series handpiece evolved from StarDental’s Vista line, which was first introduced in 1979.  Two years later in 1981, the first member of the 430 handpiece line was introduced to the dental industry.  Star’s Vista line introduced the original look of the 430, but each handpiece in the 430 line gradually evolved into its own right, with new overall designs and updated modern technology such as StarDental’s ceramic ball bearing turbines. 

A fiber optic version of the handpiece was introduced in 1987, and the LubeFree ceramic bearing was introduced in 1991.  Since then, the 430 has had numerous updates with many models to choose from.   

According to StarDental Senior Product Manager, Rick Gross, “Every StarDental 430 handpiece is built by hand in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a place where heritage and tradition are held in high regard by those who live and work there.  When a dental professional chooses to use a 430, they are not only purchasing a quality handpiece, they’re also shaking the hand that helped build it by supporting their fellow working Americans.” 

As the #1 selling fiber-optic handpiece on the market, each handpiece in the StarDental 430 Series remains a classic favorite among dental professionals.  Made with StarDental ceramic ball bearing turbines, the full family of the 430 Series includes: StarDental’s 430 SWL, featuring solid glass rod fiber optics, the 430 K®, 430 SW®, and the Kaleidoscope®.  Each is available in lubricated or StarDental’s traditional LubeFree which provides substantial cost and time savings. 

The small head and high-torque design of the 430 Series provides superior oral accessibility and visibility, and the high power enables fast and precise removal of tooth surface and amalgam.  Its low noise level reduces the possibility of auditory damage and provides a pleasant patient experience.   The recent introduction of the StarBright® LED Handpiece Swivel and StarBright® LED Replacement Bulbs provide the option to switch the 430 SWL, as well as all existing StarDental handpieces to a cool, white LED light source. 

For additional information on all DentalEZ promotions and products, please call 866-DTE-INFO or visit www.DentalEZ.com.   

*Document available upon request

About Strategic Data Marketing (SDM)

SDM is the only dental research company specifically dedicated to providing reliable and accurate market research services for a myriad of manufacturers and product brands in key dental markets.  Their extensive report options and custom services provide dental professionals with the tools needed to make informed, timely decisions in developing and selling dental products to the US, Canada and UK dental markets.

About DentalEZ® Group

DentalEZ® Group is committed to advancing the practice of dentistry through innovative products and services.  Encompassing six distinct product brands — StarDental®, DentalEZ®, CustomAir®, RAMVAC®, NevinLabs, and Columbia Dentoform® — DentalEZ® Group manufactures everything in the operatory, from handpieces to chairs to vacuum systems to dental simulation models, creating a complete line of products to elevate the health, comfort, and efficiency of the dental operatory.  For more information, please visit www.dentalez.com.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

NYU Dental School To Become Amalgam Free

Dental amalgam has been a successful restorative agent utilized for nearly 150 years. During this time, there have been many assaults on the safety of amalgam yet its functionality and safety remain essentially unquestioned. Certain other facts also remain unquestioned. Preparations, designed to retain amalgam restorations, are less conservative and more destructive of tooth structure than preparations designed for bonded restorations utilized to treat the exact same carious lesion. The current generation of bonded restorations permit lesion specific dental care to be administered in the most tooth conservative fashion rather than preparation designs created to retain dental amalgam. Today, and for the past seven years, we teach our students that tooth conservative, caries specific restorations are in the best interest of the long-term oral health of the patient and deliver the best care. Research worldwide, substantiates the need for these caries specific restorations and private practice based research has shown that even in extensive restorations bonded resin based composite performs as well or better than amalgam over a 12 year period (Opdam et al., 2010). Bonded restorations on molars and premolars show excellent results when followed for 22 years(Da Rosa Rodolpho et al., 2011).
Recently the United Nations Environmental Program, supported in part by the United States Department of State, has proposed a legally binding global treaty on mercury pollution and is recommending phasing out the use of mercury containing products including amalgam. If this treaty becomes reality all dentists may face a global mandate to stop the use of amalgam as a restorative material. Dental amalgam is cited as a major source of environmental mercury contamination. A 2002 study by the New York Academy of Sciences, Pollution Prevention and Management Strategies for Mercury in the New York/New Jersey Harbor, indicated that as much as 40 percent of total mercury loading in the New York/New Jersey harbor and watershed may have come from dental offices. In another study in 2002, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) estimated that nearly 40 percent of the mercury in the nation’s wastewater system came from dental offices, and that mercury discharged from dental offices far exceeded all other commercial and residential sources, each of which was below ten percent.
In addition, amalgam restorations represent fewer than one in ten posterior restorations in our own dental care facility. Students have difficulty convincing patients to have these procedures performed to complete our competency requirements.
In light of these recent developments NYU College of Dentistry has taken the initiative to become “amalgam free”.
Beginning immediately: All treatment plans should consider alternative restorative materials other than amalgam. Existing amalgam restorations that are deemed clinically acceptable should NOT be replaced. Amalgam will still be available at the supply area and will require justification by faculty for placement. Students will still receive pre-clinical training in the use of amalgam with special attention to the indications and contra-indications Strict mercury hygiene when using amalgam will be maintained in both the clinic and pre-clinical settings
The College of Dentistry will continue to seek the best alternative techniques and materials possible for the health of our patients and provide the highest quality of care.
Da Rosa Rodolpho PA, Donassollo TA, Cenci MS, Loguercio AD, Moraes RR, Bronkhorst EM et al. (2011). 22-Year clinical evaluation of the performance of two posterior composites with different filler characteristics. Dental materials : official publication of the Academy of Dental Materials 27(10):955-963.
Opdam NJ, Bronkhorst EM, Loomans BA, Huysmans MC (2010). 12-year survival of composite vs. amalgam restorations. J Dent Res 89(10):1063-1067.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cost Keeps Many Americans From Good Dental Care: Report

While most said their teeth were in good shape, many did not visit dentist regularly.
WEDNESDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Although most Americans say their teeth are in relatively good shape, a newly published survey reveals that many are not getting routine dental checkups, with cost cited as the most common obstacle.
The findings stem from the responses of more than 17,000 men and women, aged 18 to 64, across the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics report.
Among the results gleaned from the 2008 survey, the researchers found that roughly 75 percent of participants said their oral health was either good or very good, while 17 percent and 7 percent, respectively, described their dental health as fair or poor.
Oral health appeared to differ by the type of insurance people had, with Medicaid recipients running a five times greater risk for poorer dental health than those with private coverage. Adults on Medicaid were two times more likely than other adults to have not visited a dentist in more than a half-decade (21 percent versus 12 percent).
Race also appeared to play a role, as whites and Asians were more likely to have good oral health (37 percent) than either Hispanics or blacks (25 percent and 26 percent, respectively). Education was also cited as a factor, with college graduates significantly more likely to be in good dental shape than those with less than a high school diploma.
The poll further revealed that six in 10 adults had paid a visit to the dentist in the previous year. Among those who did not, cost appeared to be the largest impediment to getting a checkup, with the expense of a dental visit named as the main reason for not seeing a dentist in the prior six months.
On that score, 42 percent of survey participants said that they either did not have dental insurance and/or they could not afford to get their teeth treated.
Money issues aside, fear was cited by 10 percent as the primary reason not to cross a dentist's threshold.
The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics published the results of the survey July 18 in Vital and Health Statistics.
More information
For more on dental visit recommendations, visit the American Dental Association.
SOURCE: U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, news release, July 18, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

EU Commission study opens the way to phasing mercury out of dentistry and button cell batteries

BRUSSELS, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project welcomed a new European Commission study, which recommends phasing out dental amalgam use in the next five years, while improving enforcement of existing EU waste legislation[1]. Likewise, the study also recommended phasing out mercury use in button cell batteries within the two years after legislation is adopted.
"Once again a report has conclusively shown that mercury use must be phased out," said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Project Coordinator of EEB's Zero Mercury Campaign. "The European Institutions and EU Member States need to therefore take action against mercury use as the report recommends. Effective and affordable alternatives to mercury use in dentistry are available. It is high time that mercury becomes the exception rather than the rule.'
Amalgam's negative environmental effects are known in the EU, US and globally, and ultimately, society pays for the uncontrolled release of dental mercury through additional pollution control costs and the health effects associated with mercury pollution.
Sweden has already phased out dental mercury, while Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Italy have all significantly reduced amalgam use[2]. Others, including Germany, Spain, Italy and Austria, either have restrictions or guidance on amalgam in place.
Many EU and US dentists are already using alternatives to dental mercury like composite and glass ionomer. As the report explains, "Unlike dental amalgam, mercury-free materials have been the subject of continuous technical improvements in the past years and this trend is expected to continue."
The BIOS report noted that mercury-free fillings appear more expensive than amalgam because the negative external costs associated with management of amalgam waste and effluents are not factored into the market price.
Michael Bender, director of the US-based Mercury Policy Project pointed out that if they were, then the real price would be different. Referring to the situation in the US he said: "If the cost externalities of amalgam were factored in, the average price of an amalgam would be equal to or approximately 15% higher than that of a composite[3]". He added that "According to the BIOS report a similar result could be expected in the EU, because the EU management of amalgam releases and cost difference between composite and amalgam is comparable to that of the U.S."
In view of both the environmental concerns and the precautionary principle regarding direct health effects from amalgams, the European Environmental Bureau is urging the European Commission and Member States to act immediately to phase out the use of mercury in the dentistry and button cell batteries as quickly as possible.
[1] Study on the potential for reducing mercury pollution from dental amalgam and batteries, Final report prepared for the European Commission - DG ENV, BIO Intelligence Service (2012). http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/mercury/pdf/Final_report_11.07.12.pdf [2] according to the BIOS study [3] EEB, MPP, CDC Publication 'The Real Cost of Dental Mercury', March 2012. http://mercurypolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/real_cost_of_dental_mercury_april_2012-final.pdf
SOURCE Mercury Policy Project

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Early Detection Of Diabetes In Teeth Is Funded By Columbia University

A new study at Columbia University shows that pre-diabetes can be found from a routine dental checkup

NEW YORK, July 22, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) and backed by The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation amongst others; found that a pre-diabetes determination can be made by simply going to the dentist.
The study has huge implications for those Americans who are developing Type 2 diabetes at alarming rates. Unlike Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes is acquired, mostly from poor diet and therefore, early detection can stop the disease from progressing. According to the American Diabetes Association, a whopping 25.8 million Americans now have diabetes. That's 8.3% of the US population and 90% -95% of that is from Type 2.
The study at Columbia looked at approximately 530 adults with at least one diabetes risk factor (family history of diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, or obesity). Each patient received a periodontal examination and a finger-stick, hemoglobin A1c test. Patients later returned for a fasting plasma glucose test, to show whether they have diabetes or pre-diabetes.
The researchers found that a basic algorithm of only two dental parameters (the number of missing teeth and percentage of deep periodontal pockets) was necessary to identify patients with unrecognized pre-diabetes or diabetes. The addition of the hemoglobin A1c test further improved the algorithm's performance.
"Periodontal disease is an early complication of diabetes, and about 70% of U.S. adults see a dentist at least once a year," says Dr. Ira Lamster, Dean of CDM and senior author of the study.
"This study will hopefully become part of any routine dental checkup," Jeffrey Epstein remarked, whose foundation supports cutting edge science research. "Together with a hemoglobin A1c test, it will vastly improve the prevention of Type 2 diabetes."

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Studies Question the Economic Viability of Midlevel Providers in Dentistry ADA Calls for Increased Focus on Proven Solutions to Access Disparities

Chicago, July 25, 2012The American Dental Association today released six reports examining the economic viability of three models of so-called “midlevel” dental providers, the Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs) currently providing care in Alaska Native territories, the Dental Therapists (DTs), currently working in Minnesota, and the proposed but as yet unrealized Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP).  The reports raise serious questions about whether these midlevel provider models can sustain themselves economically.

“These studies represent a new way of examining whether midlevel providers are an economically viable way to improve access to dental care for underserved populations,” said ADA President William R.  Calnon, DDS.  “They are a first step, and not the last word.  But certainly, lawmakers and public health authorities should consider the factors examined in the studies carefully before rushing to create dental providers that may be unable to fulfill their intended purpose of reducing oral health disparities.”

The studies, performed by ECG Management Consultants, examine practice parameters in five states where adopting one or more of these models has been under discussion in the legislature or the public health community.  ECG produced separate reports for the five states, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire and Washington.  A five-state summary report also is available. 
ECG based its modeling on the length and cost of training of each midlevel position, operating costs, likely salaries, academic debt, and projected revenues. Researchers considered each model in the context of various combinations of public, sliding-scale, and private fee schedules.  (The fee schedules varied by state.)

Of the 45 scenarios modeled (three payer mixes for each of three practice models in five states), only five indicated positive net revenues, ranging from $8,000 in Kansas to $38,000 in Connecticut, assuming a 50/50 mix of public and private fees.  Four positive net revenue scenarios involved the Dental Health Aide Therapist model; one involved the Dental Therapist model.  The other 40 scenarios showed net losses ranging from $1,000 for a DHAT operating on a 50 public/50 private mix in Washington to $176,000 for an ADHP practicing in the same state, assuming a 75/25 public/sliding revenue mix.

“It is critical to understand that oral health disparities are a complex set of problems requiring an integrated set of solutions,” said Dr. Calnon.  “Medicaid reforms, community water fluoridation, oral health education and helping people overcome cultural, geographic and language barriers are critical components of this.  The ADA believes that allowing nondentists to perform irreversible surgical procedures is the wrong way to go.  And based on these studies, midlevel dental providers would in most settings be unable to generate sufficient revenue to sustain themselves absent a continual source of financial underwriting.  Given the current budget constraints at every level of government, and the already insufficient financing for dental care in most states, midlevel providers do not appear to be viable.

 “Certainly, this research is not all-encompassing. But to our knowledge, no one has considered the question this comprehensively. The ADA encourages all stakeholders to study these models comprehensively, to avoid wasting constrained resources on programs that ultimately are not sustainable. We welcome others who are interested in breaking down barriers to oral health to join us in delving further into how best to maximize limited available resources—and advocating for increased resources—to improve the oral health of the tens of millions of Americans—including as many as one-quarter of the nation’s children—who live without adequate access to regular dental care.”


About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association's Web site at www.ada.org.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Actor and producer Michael Douglas has donated his time to help create a television public service announcement (PSA) on behalf of the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those affected by the disease. The PSA will support the Foundation's efforts to educate the public about the need for annual screenings to catch oral cancers in their early, most survivable stages. The public service announcement will begin airing in June, and will continue to air nationwide through summer and autumn.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Worlds Smallest Chewable Toothbursh?

Not sure how it well it works but if your in the UK give it a try and let us know. MJ

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Henry Schein Outlet Center

I did not know that Henry Schein had an outlet center.  Maybe you are looking for some equipment or supplies at a discount.

Go check out the Henry Schein Outlet Center

Friday, July 20, 2012

Using Teeth to Help Restore Hearing in One Ear

I blogged about this a few years ago. It looks like it is finally becoming readily available. Check out the entire article in the Wall Street Journal. MJ

Susie Reust lost the hearing in her right ear due to a brain abscess—and says she lost much of her life as well. "It's very isolating. People think you're stupid because you don't respond to them," says the 45-year-old financial manager for a hospital chain in Phoenix.
In January, Ms. Reust tried a new hearing system that transmits sounds wirelessly through the teeth. Leaving the audiologist's office, she says she almost cried when she heard a sound on her right—high heels clicking on the sidewalk—for the first time in 10 years.
"To this day, I'm constantly clicking a pen near my right ear, just for the joy of hearing it," she says.
The aptly named SoundBite system relies on bone conduction—the ability of sound waves to travel from teeth through the bones in the skull.

Read the rest on the WSJ site

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Does More Dental Plaque Mean Higher Chances of Dying From Cancer?


TUESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- The gnarly plaque lurking on your gums and teeth may increase your chances of dying from cancer, new research suggests.
Many studies have linked oral health to chronic illnesses such as heart disease. This latest research, however, suggests that people who have more plaque on their teeth and gums are more likely to die prematurely from cancer.
The findings, which appear in the June 11 edition of BMJ Open, show only an association between plaque and a raised risk of early cancer death, and not a cause-and-effect relationship.
In the new study, nearly 1,400 Swedish adults were followed for 24 years. During this time, 58 of the subjects died, 35 from cancer.
Study participants were asked about smoking and other risk factors for cancer. Researchers examined dental-plaque buildup, tartar, gum disease and tooth loss among all participants. The individuals who died had more dental plaque covering larger surface areas of their teeth and gums than their counterparts who did not die during the study period.
Specifically, people with high amounts of dental plaque were 79 percent more likely to die prematurely, the study showed. That said, the absolute risk of any person with dental plaque dying early of cancer was low.
On average, female participants were 61 years old when they died and men were 60. Women would have been expected to live around 13 years longer, and the men an additional 8.5 years, the study authors wrote, so their deaths could be considered premature.
The findings held even after researchers controlled for certain factors known to increase risk of cancer death. Although the study did not examine how the two may be connected, underlying inflammation may be the common denominator.
"Bacteria in the gums may trigger local inflammation, and these bacteria and inflammatory markers don't just stay where they are," said Dr. Joel Epstein, director of oral medicine at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif. "They are measurable in the blood, so it becomes systemic and widely distributed."
Calling the new findings "interesting," Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, said they raise more questions than they answer.
"This study does not answer the question of whether or not dental plaque leads to cancer death," he said. "We only know how many people died, so we don't know if there is an increase in the incidence of cancer among people with plaque, or if, perhaps, it renders them more susceptible to treatment-associated infection."
The findings make sense to Saul Presser, a dentist in private practice in New York City.
"There have been reports recently of a connection between certain cancers and oral plaque accumulation," he said. "When one has a lot of dental plaque, this means that more microorganisms are present than if there was minimal plaque in the mouth. It has been shown that certain cancers can be related to some viruses and other microorganisms."
It is too early to say that this plaque directly causes cancer, he said, but "it would be wise for patients to minimize their oral plaque through good oral hygiene and regular dental exams and professional cleanings."
Epstein said the findings demonstrate the interconnectedness of the human body.
"This is interesting and impactful data that broadens the whole view of not being able to separate the mouth from other body parts," he said.
More information
Learn more about healthy teeth and gums at the American Dental Association.
SOURCES: Saul Pressner, D.M.D., dentist, New York City; Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., deputy chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Joel Epstein, D.M.D., director of oral medicine, City of Hope Cancer Center, Duarte, Calif.; June 11, 2012, BMJ Open
Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"The View" Responds to Dental Hygienists Association

As I previously posted the American Dental Hygienist Association response to the inaccuracies as to the qualifications of dental hygienists on the television show "The View"

 This is "The Views" response to the shows' lack of fact finding.


On July 6th, 2012, during a segment called “Who’s Hiring Now,” our expert reported that dental hygienists do not need a college degree and that the average salary is $45,000 annually.
We have since heard from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and several dental hygienists. We are told that dental hygienists, to obtain state licensure, generally go through a rigorous college-level certification program, and that in the process many obtain at least an associates degree and some go on to a bachelors or even a masters degree. Also, the salary we gave was the average starting salary. In fact, the median salary for a dental hygienist in 2010 was $68,250 annually. We regret any confusion.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

3D Systems' Dental Printer Makes the 3Shape Grade

      Integrated Trios(R) Intraoral Scanner and ProJet(TM) 3D
    Printer Deliver Accurate, Fast and Affordable Plaster-Like
                           Dental Models

ROCK HILL, S.C., July 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems
Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it successfully completed
the integration of its new ProJet(TM) MP 3500 Dental 3D Printers with
3Shape's Dental System(TM) and CAMbridge for direct, high speed,
precision model production from the 3Shape Trios(R) intraoral scanner.

Sun Dental Labs successfully deployed this integrated solution to
produce up to 24 quad cases in 5 1/2 hours. Chuck Stapleton, Vice
President of Digital Manufacturing at Sun, said, "The ProJet(TM) MP
produces full quad cases of plaster-like models for about $5 and
enables Sun to produce any type of restoration from our customer's
stone model scanner or intra-oral scanner. The combined impact of this
solution's precision, affordability and plaster-like characteristics
compel us to step up our transition to a full digital work flow."

"We are very pleased to offer our dental lab customers a proven,
integrated solution that combines the latest products from two leading
providers into a powerful and affordable manufacturing tool," said Lee
Dockstader, VP Business Development, 3D Systems Corporation. For
complete product information on the ProJet(TM) 3500 MP and DP dental
printers visit toptobottomdental.com.

About 3D Systems Corporation

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions
including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts
services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also
provides creative content development, design productivity tools and
curation services and downloads. Its expertly integrated solutions
replace, displace and complement traditional methods and reduce the
time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly
from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design,
communicate, prototype and produce functional parts, empowering its
customers to create with confidence.

More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com.

To experience our entire range of 3D content-to-print products and
services please visit www.printin3D.com, www.production3dprinters.com,
www.3Dproparts.com, www.zcorp.com, www.toptobottomdental.com,
www.quickparts.com, www.alibre.com, www.bitsfrombytes.com,
www.bespokeinnovations.com, www.botmill.com, www.cubify.com,
www.myrobotnation.com, www.freshfiber.com, www.The3dStudio.com,
www.freedomofcreation.com, www.sycode.com, www.paramountind.com,
blog.3dsystems.com, or via email at moreinfo@3Dsystems.com.

The 3D Systems Corporation logo is available at

About 3Shape

3Shape is a Danish company specializing in the development and
marketing of 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions designed for
the creation, processing, analysis and management of high-quality 3D
data for applications in complex manufacturing processes. 3Shape
envisions the age of the "full digital dental lab," and its more than
130 developers provide superior innovation power toward reaching this
goal. 3Shape's flexible solutions empower dental professionals through
automation of real workflows, and its systems are applied in thousands
of labs in more than 85 countries worldwide, putting 3Shape
technologies at the peak of the market in relation to units produced
per day by dental technicians. 3Shape boosts its first-line distributor
support network with a second-line support force of over 30 in-house
experts in 5 support and service centers strategically placed around
the globe. 3Shape is a privately-held company headquartered in
Copenhagen, with the market's largest team dedicated to scanner and
software development for the dental segment based in Denmark and
Ukraine, a production facility in Poland, and Sales and Support Offices
in New Jersey, USA and Asia. For further information regarding 3Shape,
please refer to www.3shapedental.com.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Colgate has just published a new web site for the promotion of good oral hygiene for those patients with dental implants.

The New Expert Implant Care website (www.expertimplantcare.com) has tools that helps professionals provide the content patients need to maintain their investment by providing expert advice on proper hygiene techniques. The website features a “Share this Website” tab that allows professionals to email or text a link to patients during a consultation. 

This replaces paper brochures that may never be reviewed with digital content delivered the way the patient prefers. This also benefits the dentist or hygienist by providing a valuable resource they can offer to their patients. Videos are available to show the patient how to properly clean their dental implants.

It is very simple to use the website so go take a look at the web site and bookmark it in the computers in your ops!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Beam Brush, the First App-Connected Toothbrush, Launches Indiegogo Campaign

Louisville, KY July 5, 2012 – The Beam Brush, the first app-connected toothbrush developed by digital health start-up Beam Technologies, has launched a promotional campaign on popular crowd-source funding website Indiegogo.
“Our team is really excited about crowd sourcing in general,” said Alex Frommeyer, CEO of Beam Tech. “We are really interested to see what kind of response we get and hopefully learn even more about the demographics of our early customers and users.  As a start-up, it is important for us to engage the community actively to find out what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong.  For example, we have found that many people think the Beam Brush has utility only for managing children brushing habits. We need to do a better job of communicating the importance of monitoring health metrics as an adult, as well as the app’s Goals platform that gamifies and even rewards brushing your teeth.”
Frommeyer noted that his goal is to use the campaign to raise awareness about the Beam Brush among those who are already looking to support consumer health focused projects.  Special pricing will be offered to supporters who will serve as some of the first customers for the company’s innovative product.  He expects to begin shipping product from their website (www.beamtoothbrush.com) in the Fall.
The Beam Brush made headlines in late June after announcing the FDA had given the company notice of substantial equivalency for the Beam Brush, allowing the company to begin marketing the innovative device publically.  In that release, Frommeyer said that “Our goal is to begin sales for the holiday season, when consumers are looking for new, unique, and useful health devices to take their personal health management to the next level.”
Support the Beam Brush's Indiegogo campaign at: http://bit.ly/NoL9am

Friday, July 13, 2012

The collagen-binding protein of Streptococcus mutans is involved in haemorrhagic stroke



Although several risk factors for stroke have been identified, one-third remain unexplained. Here we show that infection with Streptococcus mutansexpressing collagen-binding protein (CBP) is a potential risk factor for haemorrhagic stroke. Infection with serotype k S. mutans, but not a standard strain, aggravates cerebral haemorrhage in mice. Serotype k S. mutansaccumulates in the damaged, but not the contralateral hemisphere, indicating an interaction of bacteria with injured blood vessels. The most important factor for high-virulence is expression of CBP, which is a common property of most serotype k strains. The detection frequency of CBP-expressing S. mutans in haemorrhagic stroke patients is significantly higher than in control subjects. Strains isolated from haemorrhagic stroke patients aggravate haemorrhage in a mouse model, indicating that they are haemorrhagic stroke-associated. Administration of recombinant CBP causes aggravation of haemorrhage. Our data suggest that CBP of S. mutans is directly involved in haemorrhagic stroke.
full article at

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Saliva: a powerful diagnostic tool for minimal intervention dentistry.

Ranganath LM, Shet RGK, Rajesh AG. Saliva: A Powerful Diagnostic Tool for Minimal Intervention Dentistry. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012;13(2):240-245.

Saliva plays a vital role in oral health as patients strive to maintain a healthy dentition throughout their lives. It is natures primary defense mechanism for the oral environment, and is particularly important for protecting exposed tooth surfaces. While internal protection for dentin comes from odontoblasts and the dental pulp, the body's external protection for enamel comes from saliva. The noninvasive nature of salivary testing has made it an effective alternative to blood and urine testing and home testing kits have made it possible for people to monitor their own health using this diagnostic medium. This paper presents what saliva can reveal about general and oral health as well as highlights the current use and potential clinical and research applications, of diagnostics based on oral fluids. Clinical significance: Early detection always minimizes the need for more invasive treatment. It prevents oral health disease at an early stage and provides a good oral health in rejuvenated state. If you stick and follow regular professional care, prevention maintenance appointments, prevention counseling, good home care and oral hygiene, diet habits you will be free from oral health illness and you can experience the harmonious and rejuvenated state of good oral health. Keywords: Saliva, Oral fluid, Demineralization/remineralization.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dentrix G5 Offers New Screen Capture Feature

This came from the Dentrix Blog. I thought it was a great new feature. This is how NEA captures data into their program which we have been using for years.  MJ

Dentrix G5 includes a new Screen Capture feature that allows you to capture any image on your computer screen, including graphics, images from third-party software, X-rays, p MJerio charts and Web pages. This is especially useful for creating digital X-ray attachments for electronic insurance claims. With claims, you often need to send attachments to support or document the claim. Now you can use Screen Capture to include digital copies of images and send them with claims electronically.
To attach a screen capture to an insurance claim:
  1. From the patient’s Ledger, open an insurance claim and double-click the Claim Information block. The Insurance Claim Information dialog box appears.
  2. In the Attachments group box, select the type and number of attachments you are including, and click the Include Attachment(s) button.
    Insurance Claim Information
  3. In the Include Attachment(s) dialog box, click the Screen Capture button.
    Include Attachments
  4. The Screen Capture dialog box appears, which instructs you to find the image on your computer that you want to capture.
    Screen Capture
  5. When you have the image you want to capture on the screen, click the Start Capture button from the Screen Capture dialog box.
  6. Your cursor changes from an arrow to a cross-hair icon. Click and drag a box around the image you want to capture, and then release the mouse to capture the image inside the box you created.
    How to capture the image
  7. The captured image appears in the list of attachments for this claim, and a copy of the image is automatically sent to the patient’s Document Center as well.
  8. Include other attachments as needed, and click Close.
  9. Click OK in the Insurance Claim Information dialog, and send the insurance claim as you normally would.

For more information about using the Screen Capture feature, log in to the Dentrix Resource Center and view knowledgebase article #61031. Expand the Dentrix G5 option, and view the short video titled “Dentrix G5 New Features.” To see information about customizing Screen Capture default settings, see the Attaching screen captures topic in the Dentrix Help Files.

Monday, July 09, 2012

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association Responds to ABC’s ‘The View’

Chicago, July 9, 2012—On July 6, the ABC program ‘The View’ featured a segment that grossly misrepresented the educational requirements and annual salary of dental hygienists. As the national association representing the interests of more than 150,000 dental hygienists, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) seeks to clarify these misrepresentations immediately.
In a letter to ABC, the ADHA included the official ADHA policy defining a dental hygienist as, “a preventive oral health professional who has graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program in an institution of higher education, licensed in dental hygiene.”1 In 49 states, one must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program in order to qualify for licensure as a dental hygienist. Dental hygienists are qualified to provide educational, clinical, research, administrative, and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimal oral health.
ADHA included the following education data to dispute the inaccurate statement made on ‘The View’ that a degree is not required to become a dental hygienist:
There are 334 entry-level dental hygiene programs in the U.S.2; o 290 of these offer associate degrees
o 53 offer baccalaureate degrees
  • There are also 20 programs that offer either a master’s degree in dental hygiene or related health sciences.2
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary of dental hygienists in 2010 was $68,250 annually.3
    In light of this information, ADHA asks that ABC and ‘The View’ provide the American public with an accurate portrayal of dental hygienists and the vital role they play in Americans’ oral and total health.
    ADHA invites ABC and other interested parties to visit our website, as well as the BLS’ occupational outlook handbook,3 for more information about the dental hygiene profession.
    ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 150,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit ADHA at www.adha.org.
  1. American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Policy Manual. Available at: http://www.adha.org/downloads/ADHA_Policies.pdf.
  2. American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), Dental Hygiene Education: Curricula, Program Enrollment and Graduate Information, April 2012. Available at: http://www.adha.org/downloads/edu/dh_ed_fact_sheet.pdf.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook. Available at: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Dental- hygienists.htm.

3M™ ESPE™ Brings Lava™ Ultimate Restorative to Labs

Esthetic and shock-absorbent CAD/CAM material now available through
Authorized Lava™ Milling and Design Centers

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (July 2, 2012) – 3M ESPE is now bringing its unique new Lava Ultimate Restorative to labs by making it available to all dental professionals through their preferred Authorized Lava® Milling and Design Centers. Lava Ultimate restorative resin nano ceramic CAD/CAM material was originally introduced to users of chairside CEREC® and E4D® CAD/CAM systems in late 2011, and as those dentists have already experienced, Lava Ultimate restorative provides a polish that lasts, along with functionality other CAD/CAM materials can’t match. In fact, 3M ESPE is backing Lava Ultimate restorative with its industry-leading 10-year warranty.

“Dentists with chairside CAD/CAM systems have responded enthusiastically to the unique properties of this new resin nano ceramic CAD/CAM material,” said Mark Gates, vice president of sales and marketing, 3M ESPE. “We are happy to now offer Lava Ultimate restorative to an even greater number of dentists through their labs.”

Lava Ultimate restorative is part of a new class of CAD/CAM material based on 3M ESPE’s renowned nanotechnology. This resilient new milling material is incredibly durable and shock absorbent, not brittle. The unique properties of the CAD/CAM material enable a fast, no-firing process, and only a few minutes of polishing are needed to achieve an enamel-like luster. The resin nano ceramic CAD/CAM material also allows dentists to easily make adjustments, as well as to build-up and reseal restorations.

Lava Ultimate restorative CAD/CAM material builds upon two of 3M’s core technology platforms: ceramics and nanotechnology. 3M has developed a proprietary process for creating the CAD/CAM material, which is formulated from a blend of approximately 80 percent nanoceramic particles embedded in a highly-cured resin matrix. The result is a unique, patented resin nano ceramic milling material that maintains a brilliant, long-lasting polish.

Lava Ultimate restorative is indicated for a full range of permanent adhesive, single-unit restorations, including crowns, onlays, inlays and veneers. Additionally, Lava Ultimate restorative is ideally suited for implant-supported restorations because of its high flexural strength, shock-absorbing properties and low wear. Lava Ultimate restorative reduces stress to the implant, and dentists can adjust the material for occlusion with additive and subtractive techniques. Lava Ultimate restorative is offered in eight shades, four of which include both high and low translucencies, giving labs the choices they need to create natural-looking restorations. 

Two additional product introductions from 3M ESPE give dentists the complete package for delivering ceramic restorations alongside Lava Ultimate restorative: 3M™ ESPE™ RelyX™ Ultimate Adhesive Resin Cement and 3M™ ESPE™ Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive. This cement and adhesive are compatible and offer optimal performance when used in combination with Lava Ultimate restorative, giving dentists the utmost in ease of use and high performance.

For more information about 3M ESPE’s Lava Ultimate restorative, visit http://www.3MESPE.com/LavaUltimate or call 1-800-634-2249.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Gum Disease Linked To Oral Cancer Virus

The British Dental Health Foundation is looking to educate the public on good oral health after scientists discovered severe gum disease could be linked to an increased risk of head and neck cancer cases caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

The study found patients with HPV-positive tumours had significantly higher bone loss, a key factor in the development of severe gum disease, compared with patients with HPV-negative tumours.

Latest figures suggest more than 6,000 people in the UK suffer from oral cancer, while almost 2,000 lives are lost to the disease. HPV is a growing cause of the disease, with experts suggesting it may rival tobacco use as the main cause of oral cancer within 10 years. Other risk factors for developing the disease include tobacco use, drinking to excess and poor diet.

The significance of the research is compounded by the fact more teeth are lost through periodontal (gum) disease than through tooth decay.

Although further research is required to determine the exact relationship of the link between severe gum disease and an increased risk of HPV-related oral cancer, it is not the first time poor oral health and cancer have been linked. Recent research carried out at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden suggested failure to brush your teeth properly could increase the chance of premature death resulting from cancer. They found a link between high levels of dental plaque - the cause of gum disease - and dying from cancer up to 13 years earlier than previously expected.

The findings of both studies present even greater evidence of the need to ensure good oral health, according to Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE.

Dr Carter said: "A greater understanding of how we can tackle this potentially life-threatening disease could lead to many lives being saved.

"Most of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives, yet it is entirely preventable. By developing and keeping a good oral health routine it lowers the risk of gum disease and any possible links to more serious diseases. We should all take time to reflect on how we can make that a reality.

"Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning in between teeth daily with interdental brushes or floss, cutting down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend will be a great starting point.

"If you have swollen gums that bleed regularly when brushing, bad breath, loose teeth or regular mouth infections appear, it is likely you have gum disease.

"It is also vital to check regularly for early warning signs of mouth cancer. These include ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth. If you are in any doubt, please get checked out."

The study, published in the Archives of Otolaryngology, sampled 124 patients suffering from oral cancer, 50 of which were as a result of HPV. Lead author Mine Tezal, D.D.S., Ph.D., of the University at Buffalo commented: "Periodontitis is easy to detect and may represent a clinical high-risk profile for oral HPV infection.

"Prevention or treatment of sources of inflammation in the oral cavity may be a simple yet effective way to reduce the acquisition and persistence of oral HPV infection."

Friday, July 06, 2012

Linda Milles on Take Five With Marty

In Episode 7 of Take Five With Marty, Dr. Marty Jablow discusses today's dental practice management challenges with legendary dental consultant, Linda Miles. Linda also provides some recommendations regarding how to get patients back into the office regularly and grow your dental practice as a whole. To view more episodes of Take Five With Marty visit http://www.takefivewithmarty.com/.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Melatonin and Oral Cavity

International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 491872, 9 pages

While initially the oral cavity was considered to be mainly a source of various bacteria, their toxins and antigens, recent studies showed that it may also be a location of oxidative stress and periodontal inflammation. Accordingly, this paper focuses on the involvement of melatonin in oxidative stress diseases of oral cavity as well as on potential therapeutic implications of melatonin in dental disorders. Melatonin has immunomodulatory and antioxidant activities, stimulates the proliferation of collagen and osseous tissue, and acts as a protector against cellular degeneration associated with aging and toxin exposure. Arising out of its antioxidant actions, melatonin protects against inflammatory processes and cellular damage caused by the toxic derivates of oxygen. As a result of these actions, melatonin may be useful as a coadjuvant in the treatment of certain conditions of the oral cavity. However, the most important effect of melatonin seems to result from its potent antioxidant, immunomodulatory, protective, and anticancer properties. Thus, melatonin could be used therapeutically for instance, locally, in the oral cavity damage of mechanical, bacterial, fungal, or viral origin, in postsurgical wounds caused by tooth extractions and other oral surgeries. Additionally, it can help bone formation in various autoimmunological disorders such as Sjorgen syndrome, in periodontal diseases, in toxic effects of dental materials, in dental implants, and in oral cancers