Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Children's perspective on the dentist's attire

International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry 2013; 00:00-00



Despite many advances in paediatric dentistry, the greatest challenge for any paediatric dentist is to remove the anxiety related to a dental visit and get the child patient to accept the treatment readily. The manner in which the dentist presents himself plays an important role in cementing a friendly relation with the child.


To assess school children's perceptions and preferences towards dentist's attire so as to understand their psych and promote a successful relationship with the patient.


A questionnaire designed to evaluate children's attitudes and preferences towards dentists was distributed in public schools and was completed by 619 children (322 males, 297 females) aged between 6–14 years.


The study found that majority of children preferred dental professionals to wear traditional formal attire with a white coat and name badge. They preferred the use of plain masks and white gloves but disliked protective eyewear or headcaps. Most children liked dentists with closed shoes and no jewellery but preferred the use of a wrist watch.


The results obtained from this study can help dentists decide what is appropriate to wear when dealing with children so as to minimise their anxiety and improve delivery of health care.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Brasseler USA®’s Most Popular Procedure Kits Now Available in Bonus Packs

Brasseler Redesigns Procedure Kits to Include Bonus Product and
 Informational Material at a Discounted Price

Savannah, GA (April 26, 2013) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, innovation and superior service to the dental industry, recently redesigned and repackaged its most popular procedure kits to include detailed usage and technique information and additional bonus product. 

Specifically, the company has taken twenty of its most popular procedure systems and has re-packaged them to include bonus product at a substantially discounted price. Depending on the type of procedure kit, Brasseler has added bonus product including refills of Brasseler’s most popular burs, or complimentary items appropriate for each particular procedure.

For example, Brasseler’s Ultra Denture Kit and All Purpose Dentist Lab Kit now include a bonus pack of 12 medium ET® ProviPros, 12 fine ET® ProviPros, and 6 mandrels, allowing dental professionals to polish both composite and acrylic based appliances, and provisional and removable restorations to a high gloss shine at chairside without the need for messy pumice. 

Moreover, each procedure kit now includes a comprehensive laminated technique guide for easy reference. The easy-to-use technique guides include detailed information related to each specific procedure, kit contents and re-order information, as well as technical tips and easy how-to instructions. The guides are laminated for convenient posting and durability.

For more information about Brasseler’s new Bonus Pack Procedure Kits and all Brasseler products and services, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.

About Brasseler USA®

Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and oral hygiene. Over the past 35 years, Brasseler USA has developed a reputation as an innovative market-leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instruments and power systems under one brand in the world. For more information, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com. 

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Curve Dental Announces First Customer Conference

Earlier this year a few customers suggested that Curve Dental organize a time and spot for customers to get together, to learn, to share ideas, and to have a good time. After some careful thought we're excited to announce the dates for the first-ever customer conference, called The Orange Summit.

The Orange Summit
October 10-13, 2013
Moab Utah
Registration Information

The Orange Summit will be unlike any conference you've ever attended. We'll be staying away from hotel meeting rooms and distracting urban surroundings. Instead, we've picked an inspiring, motivating scene that lends itself to invigorating discussions and adventure. Moab is one of the country's biggest secrets and it's host to our first meeting of the minds.

"The management team gets together several times a year to put a finger to the wind and make sure the company is moving in the right direction," says Curve Dental CEO Ian Zipursky. "We'll be in Moab that weekend in October. If our customers wish to join us, meet with us, play with us, they are more than welcome. That's the essence of the conference: spending time with our customers and building meaningful relationships."

Doctors and the entire team are welcome. Curve Dental has blocked out a limited number of rooms at the Red Cliffs Lodge. If you even think you might attend we highly recommend you call and reserve a room very soon (866-812-2002); tell the resort you are with Curve Dental in order to reserve a room or two at reduced, non-published rates.

The cost to attend is $197 per person. The registration fee includes at least three hours of training, a grand BBQ, an official conference T-shirt, a special gift, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Curve Dental.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

A clinical study comparing the efficacy of light activated in-surgery whitening versus in-surgery whitening without light activation

This study says the whitening results are the same with or without light activation. Interesting that there was more sensitivity without the light then with the light. I'm not sure why? MJ

Available online 19 March 2013



This randomised controlled clinical trial assessed the efficacy of colour change and sensitivity after in surgery whitening with and without light activation.


Twenty two patients were randomly assigned to one of two different groups: Group A – in-surgery bleaching with light activated 25% hydrogen peroxide gel followed by 2 weeks at home, night time bleaching with 10% carbamide peroxide gel in a customised bleaching tray. Group B – in-surgery bleaching with 25% hydrogen peroxide without light activation followed by 2 weeks at home, night time bleaching with 10% carbamide peroxide gel in a customised bleaching tray. The efficacy of tooth whitening was assessed by determining the colour change associated with the six maxillary anterior teeth. Sensitivity was self-assessed with the use of a visual analogue scale (VAS).


Overall, there was no significant difference in shade change between the two groups immediately after the in surgery whitening phase, and at one or two weeks post in surgery treatment. With regard to sensitivity immediately following the in surgery whitening participants in Group B reported a significantly higher level of sensitivity in comparison to Group A (p = 0.03).


There was no significant difference between the shade improvements achieved by the two whitening protocols tested throughout the 2-week period of the study (p > 0.05). There was no statistical significant difference in sensitivity at the one and two week review periods, however, immediately after treatment participants in Group B reported a significantly higher level of sensitivity than participants in Group A (p = 0.03).

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Masking of white spot lesions by resin infiltration in vitro

I have done some successful white spot lesion reversals using Icon along with GC's MI Paste and Voco's ReminPro. They all work but the depth of the lesion is unknown and can influence the results. MJ
Available online 11 April 2013



The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the ability of one commercial and five experimental infiltrating resins (infiltrants) to camouflage enamel white spot lesions immediately after resin infiltration and after a staining period.


In each of 120 bovine enamel samples, two artificial caries lesions were created (windows A, C; pH = 4.95, 50 days), whereas two windows were protected serving as sound controls (B, D). After etching windows C and D (37% phosphoric acid), specimens were randomly allocated to 6 groups. Either one of 5 experimental infiltrants or a commercial infiltrant (Icon, DMG) (refractive indices 1.50-1.55) was applied and light cured. After half of each specimen was polished, samples were remineralised (pH = 7.0) and stained with tea and red wine for 50 days. Photographic images after various treatment steps were obtained. Colour differences (ΔE) of untreated (A) and treated lesions (C) as well as infiltrated sound enamel (D) were compared with untreated enamel (B).


All infiltrants showed significantly better colour match with sound enamel (median ΔE [25th/75th percentile]: 2.2 [1.5/3.1]) than untreated controls (9.3 [8.0/10.9]) (p < 0.001, Wilcoxon, post-hoc Bonferroni). Moderate correlation between refractive index and ΔE of infiltrated lesions was demonstrated (R2 = 0.43, p > 0.05). Staining was significantly reduced for polished infiltrated lesions compared to untreated or infiltrated unpolished lesions (p < 0.001).


Resin infiltration is suitable to mask artificial white spot lesions. Polished infiltrated lesions are resistant to staining in vitro.

Clinical Significance

Resin infiltration is a micro-invasive approach to camouflage post-orthodontic white spot lesions.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Postmenopausal women who have smoked are at much higher risk of losing their teeth

Postmenopausal women who have smoked are at much higher risk of losing their teeth than women who never smoked, according to a new study published and featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Dental Association by researchers at the University at Buffalo.

The study involved 1,106 women who participated in the Buffalo OsteoPerio Study, an offshoot of the Women’s Health Initiative, (WHI), the largest clinical trial and observational study ever undertaken in the U.S., involving more than 162,000 women across the nation, including nearly 4,000 in Buffalo.

The UB study is the first to examine comprehensive smoking histories for participants that allowed the researchers to unravel some of the causes behind tooth loss in postmenopausal women who smoked.

The study, which appears in the journal’s current issue is available at http://jada.ada.org/content/144/3/252.full.

Smoking has long been associated with tooth loss, but postmenopausal women, in particular, experience more tooth loss than their male counterparts.

“Regardless of having better oral health practices, such as brushing and flossing, and visiting the dentist more frequently, postmenopausal women in general tend to experience more tooth loss than men of the same age,” says Xiaodan (pronounced Shee-ao-dan) Mai, a doctoral student in epidemiology in the UB Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of Public Health and Health Professions. “We were interested in smoking as a variable that might be important.”

While fewer adults lose their teeth now than in past decades, tooth loss is associated with poor health outcomes, including stroke, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.

In the UB study, heavy smokers -- defined as those who had at least 26 pack-years of smoking, or the equivalent of having smoked a pack a day for 26 years -- were nearly twice as likely to report having experienced tooth loss overall and more than six times as likely to have experienced tooth loss due to periodontal disease, compared to those who never smoked.

Participants provided information to researchers using a detailed questionnaire covering smoking history. Each participant also underwent a comprehensive oral examination and reported to the dental examiners reasons for each tooth lost. In some cases, the patient’s dental records also were reviewed.

“We found that heavy smokers had significantly higher odds of experiencing tooth loss due to periodontal disease than those who never smoked,” explains Mai. “We also found that the more women smoked, the more likely they experienced tooth loss as a result of periodontal disease.”

On the other hand, they found that smoking was a less important factor in tooth loss due to caries. That’s an important distinction, says Mai.

“Periodontal disease is a chronic, inflammatory condition that may be related to the development of cancer,” she explains.

The paper notes that cigarette smoke may accelerate periodontal disease and that other studies suggest that chemicals found in smoke may favor plaque-forming bacteria that could reduce the ability of saliva to be antioxidative. Nicotine also has been shown to reduce bone density and bone mineral factors while estrogen hormones have been found to be lower among women who smoke.

Mai is now interested in pursuing research that could determine whether smokers with periodontal disease are at even greater risk for certain cancers than smokers without periodontal disease.

“Tooth loss due to periodontal disease is a prevalent condition among postmenopausal women that severely impacts their dietary intake, aesthetics, and overall quality of life,” says Mai. “Women now have yet another, very tangible reason for quitting smoking.”

- See more at: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2013/03/002.html#sthash.c2iyIrI2.dpuf

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Oral health and welfare state regimes: a cross-national analysis of European countries

Very little is known about the potential relationship between welfare state regimes and oral health. This study assessed the oral health of adults in a range of European countries clustered by welfare regimes according to Ferrera's typology and the complementary Eastern type. We analysed data from Eurobarometer wave 72.3, a cross-sectional survey of 31 European countries carried out in 2009. We evaluated three self-reported oral health outcomes: edentulousness, no functional dentition (

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Do Your Teeth Define Your Personality

Your personality can be defined by many different things. How you talk, how you dress, the way you smile. Smiles are almost always associated with personality, but the one thing that is hardly ever associated with personality is teeth. While teeth are often times overlooked, they can actually be indicators of a person’s personality.
Every year millions of dollars are spent just on teeth. Maintaining healthy teeth is an everyday routine for most people. Brushing and flossing are the normal day to day activities, but many people also do other things. Whitening teeth is a popular undertaking along with straightening them. Teeth are a valued part of our culture, perhaps because they are essentially the main contributors to smiles. 

There are many things that can be indicated by your teeth alone. The way that your teeth are shaped can offer insight into your age, they indicate your gender, and they can also suggest whether you are feminine or masculine. Being aggressive, passive, or a pushover can also be associated with your teeth. These are some of the characteristics of teeth that can be indicative of someone’s personality. Grinding your teeth is also another aspect that can be reflective of people’s personalities.
While many things contribute to a person’s personality, it is interesting to think about the way in which teeth can be indicative of personality. Most people see the overall smile, but teeth are an essential part of smiles. The way that they look is clearly valued, maybe because people somehow know that teeth can display their personality. 

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Saturday, April 20, 2013


This is very interesting and dentist doing composites should take this into consideration. MJ
Available online 10 April 2013



To compare color and translucency changes after water-aging for 1-week and 1-month in light and dark shades of contemporary polychromatic resin composites.


Enamel (e) and dentin (d), light and dark (A1 and A4 or equivalents) shades were selected from the composites Enamel-Plus HRi/Micerium, Miris-2/Coltene, IPS Empress-Direct/Ivoclar and Filtek-Supreme/3 M ESPE and light and dark shades from the TPH-Spectum/Densply monochromatic composite. Five disks (d = 10 mm, h = 1 mm) per material, enamel/dentin and light/dark shade were prepared. A colorimetric evaluation, over white and black background, according to the CIELab system was performed just after preparation and after 1-week and 1-month dark water-storage at 37 °C. Color (ΔEab) and translucency (ΔTP) differences were calculated. Results were analyzed by ANOVA and Scheffe's test, paired t-test and linear regression analysis (a = 0.05).
Results:1-week water-aging provided a wide range of ΔΕab values (0.79Filtek(e)/D2 - 5.19 Filtek(d)/A1) and ΔTP values (-2.74 Hri/UD1 - 1.03 TPH/A1). After 1-month water-aging ΔΕab ranged from 1.09 Filtek(e)/D2 to 7.94 Filtek(d)/A1 and ΔTP values from -2.71Hri/UD1 to 1.07 Filtek(d)/A4. Significant changes in ΔΕab between 1-week and 1-month water-aging were noted for Filtek and Miris dentin and Miris light enamel shades. As for ΔTP, significant difference was recorded only for IPS(e)/A4. ΔΕab was significantly correlated with ΔL, Δα, Δb and ΔTP after 1-week and with ΔL and Δα after 1-month aging.


Water-aging caused remarkable color changes, which were material and shade depended. Thirteen out of eighteen of the tested composites exhibited clinically perceptible (ΔΕab > 2.6) color changes even after short water-aging period.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Carestream Dental Unveils CS Solutions for CAD/CAM Restorations

New Product Line Makes Single-Appointment Restorations
the New Reality for Restorative Dentistry

Anaheim, Calif. – Carestream Dental introduced its new product line for CAD/CAM restorations, CS Solutions, to the U.S. market today at the California Dental Association – South Meeting (CDA – South), being held through Saturday, April 13, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The CS Solutions product portfolio gives practitioners the ability to scan, design, mill and place restorations within their practice in just one appointment for patients. 

CS Solutions consists of an intraoral scanner, CBCT impression scanning, restoration design software, a milling machine, and a hosted, Web-based platform created to share and manage restoration cases between dentists and laboratories. The new product line requires minimal training by offering a light guidance system during capture, easy impression scanning, intuitive restoration design capabilities and step-by-step milling instructions. Additionally, CS Solutions is designed to work as an open system, so practices can choose to use the product family as a comprehensive approach or as standalone solutions. CS Solutions features:

·         CS 3500 ― With the CS 3500 intraoral scanner*, practitioners can scan patients’ teeth directly to acquire true color, 3D images. The CS 3500 offers high-angulation scanning of up to 45 degrees and a depth of 16 mm, and it features a light guidance system that navigates users through the image acquisition process. Requiring no powder, the CS 3500 lets practitioners capture images with little preparation and is a more pleasant experience for patients.
·         CBCT Impression Scanning ― Practitioners can use a Carestream Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system, like the CS 9000 3D or the CS 9300, to scan conventional impressions and create precise 3D models. This innovative technique on the market digitizes impressions quickly while offering practitioners a familiar impression workflow.
·         CS Restore ― CS Restore is a CAD (Computer Aided Design) software that enables practitioners to create natural and functional single tooth restorations in just a few steps. Once acquired with the CS 3500 or a Carestream Dental CBCT system, the 3D model is ready for design with almost no manipulation. The digital impression and the antagonist are automatically aligned by the software. CS Restore also features a Bioadaptable tooth model that creates customized, individual restorations for patients, including full crowns, inlays and onlays.
·         CS 3000 ― The CS 3000 milling machine is a CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) tool featuring a 4-axis brushless motor that produces high-quality restorations with ± 25 µm accuracy. The average milling time for a crown is less than 15 minutes, enabling practitioners to offer single-appointment restorations. The CS 3000 uses proven materials and is certified to mill VITA Mark II blocks, for durable restorations and natural results. The system’s elegant design and quiet, vibration-free milling allow practitioners to use the machine anywhere, even chairside.
·         CS Connect ― CS Connect is a hosted, Web-based portal that enables practitioners to electronically transmit cases ― either the digital impression data or the restoration design ― to the laboratory of their choice. With CS Connect, practitioners can view the latest status on cases, easily access the history of every case they have submitted and engage with lab technicians for collaborative case review.
“CS Solutions redefines CAD/CAM restorative dentistry, offering practitioners a simplified, comprehensive approach to support their everyday restoration needs,” said Edward Shellard, D.M.D., chief marketing officer and director of business development for Carestream Dental. “However, dentists also have the flexibility to use the products within the portfolio as standalone solutions based on their practice’s needs.”
Carestream Dental invites all CDA – South attendees to visit booth number 502 to learn more about the CS Solutions restorations portfolio during the show. For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions or to request a product demonstration, call (800) 944-6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com/solutions.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dental anesthesia may interrupt development of wisdom teeth in children

Researchers from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine have discovered a statistical association between the injection of local dental anesthesia given to children ages two to six and evidence of missing lower wisdom teeth. The results of this epidemiological study, published in the April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, suggest that injecting anesthesia into the gums of young children may interrupt the development of the lower wisdom tooth.

"It is intriguing to think that something as routine as local anesthesia could stop wisdom teeth from developing. This is the first study in humans showing an association between a routinely- administered, minimally-invasive clinical procedure and arrested third molar growth," said corresponding author, Anthony R. Silvestri, D.M.D., clinical professor in the department of prosthodontics and operative dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Wisdom teeth are potentially vulnerable to injury because their development – unlike all other teeth – does not begin until well after birth. Between two and six years of age, wisdom tooth (third molar) buds begin to develop in the back four corners of the mouth, and typically emerge in the late teens or early adulthood. Not everyone develops wisdom teeth, but for those who do, the teeth often become impacted or problematic.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reports that nine out of 10 people will have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, which can cause bad breath, pain, and/or infection. For this reason, many dentists recommend surgery to remove wisdom teeth to prevent disease or infection.

A developing wisdom tooth, called a bud, is vulnerable to injury for a relatively long time because it is tiny, not covered by bone, and only covered by a thin layer of soft tissue. When a tooth bud first forms, it is no bigger than the diameter of the dental needle itself. The soft tissue surrounding the budding tooth is close to where a needle penetrates when routine dental anesthesia is injected in the lower jaw, for example when treating cavities.

Using the Tufts digital dental record system, the researchers identified records of patients who had received treatment in the Tufts pediatric dental clinic between the ages of two and six and who also had a dental x-ray taken three or more years after initial treatment in the clinic. They eliminated records with confounding factors, such as delayed dental development, and analyzed a total of 439 sites where wisdom teeth could develop in the lower jaw, from 220 patient records.

Group one, the control group (376 sites), contained x-rays of patients who had not received anesthesia on the lower jaw where wisdom teeth could develop. Group two, the comparison group (63 sites), contained x-rays from patients who had received anesthesia.

In the control group, 1.9% of the sites did not have x-ray evidence of wisdom tooth buds. In contrast, 7.9% of the sites in the comparison group – those who had received anesthesia – did not have tooth buds. The comparison group was 4.35 times more likely to have missing wisdom tooth buds than the control group.

"The incidence of missing wisdom teeth was significantly higher in the group that had received dental anesthesia; statistical evidence suggests that this did not happen by chance alone. We hope our findings stimulate research using larger sample sizes and longer periods of observation to confirm our findings and help better understand how wisdom teeth can be stopped from developing," Silvestri continued. "Dentists have been giving local anesthesia to children for nearly 100 years and may have been preventing wisdom teeth from forming without even knowing it. Our findings give hope that a procedure preventing third molar growth can be developed."

Silvestri has previously published preliminary research on third molar tooth development, showing that third molars can be stopped from developing when non- or minimally-invasive techniques are applied to tooth buds.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarships Support Careers in Dental Education

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In support of the
development of future dental educators, the American Dental Education
Association (ADEA) presented two dental students with the 2013
ADEA/Crest Oral-B Laboratories Scholarship for Predoctoral Students
Pursuing Academic Careers, at the 2013 ADEA Annual Session &
Exhibition, held March 16-19, in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Jeffrey T. Hajibandeh and Mr. Michael C. Shapiro, both of the
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, each received a $5,000
scholarship to be applied to tuition and fees.

"Mr. Hajibandeh and Mr. Shapiro are to be congratulated for their
accomplishments," says Desi Nuckolls, Scientific Relations Manager at
The Procter & Gamble Company. "Crest Oral-B is proud to stand with ADEA
to support the careers of these aspiring academics. We wish them the
best of luck in their studies."

Each year, with the support of The Procter & Gamble Company, ADEA
presents this award to two predoctoral students who plan education
beyond a doctoral degree, and who have an interest in a career in
academic dentistry.

"The future of the dental profession will be driven by rising
generation of researchers and educators," says ADEA Chair of the Board,
Stephen K. Young, D.D.S., M.S. "This award demonstrates the commitment
ADEA shares with Crest Oral-B to support those individuals throughout
their careers."

For more information on allied dental education, visit www.adea.org.


About the American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental
education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and
many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations,
faculty, and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and
institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary
issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health
care for the health of the public. ADEA's activities encompass a wide
range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings, and
communications like the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well
as the dental school admissions services AADSAS, PASS, DHCAS, and
CAAPID. For more information about ADEA, visit www.adea.org.

About The Procter & Gamble Company

The Procter & Gamble Company (P &G) serves approximately 4.6 billion
people around the world with its brands. The company has one of the
strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including
Pampers(R), Tide(R), Ariel(R), Always(R), Whisper(R), Pantene(R),
Mach3(R), Bounty(R), Dawn(R), Fairy(R), Gain(R), Charmin(R), Downy(R),
Lenor(R), Iams(R), Crest(R), Oral-B(R), Duracell(R), Olay(R), Head &
Shoulders(R), Wella(R), Gillette(R), Braun(R), Fusion(R), Ace(R),
Febreze(R), Ambi Pur(R), SK-II(R), and Vicks(R). The P &G community
includes operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide. Please
visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information
about P &G and its brands.

About the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

The ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is the premier professional
development and networking event in academic dentistry, featuring four
days of dynamic plenary sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall
showcasing academic dentistry's leading partners and suppliers. For
more information, visit www.adea.org.

OralCDx Places Oral Cancer on Short List of Preventable Diseases

Oral Cancer Awareness Week:
A Disease That is Rapidly Growing Among Women, Young People and Non-Smokers 

4 billion mathematical operations per second used to analyze each of the 100,000 cells painlessly obtained from the mouth of one patient.  Over 500,000 patients already tested by primary care physicians, ENTs and dentists. 50,000 precancerous abnormalities found. 2,000 lives saved.

Oral cancer has met its match. Oral Cancer Awareness Week was created by people who saw the anguish that oral cancer can cause and refused to give up.  This week is in memory of all those who have suffered and died from the disease and in honor of those who are fighting against it.  As the disease is still on the rise in women, young people and non-smokers, the best weapon in this fight is prevention.

With the advent of the OralCDx computer-assisted brush biopsy, oral cancer has been made a largely preventable disease.  Every primary care physician, otolaryngologist, oral surgeon and dentist has available to them this quick and painless test that is used to brush the small, common white or red tissue spots found in many people’s mouths to rule out any still-harmless but precancerous changes.   

“Every day, I have the privilege of walking into my office and learning that we saved another life by detecting oral precancer, whether a 28-year-old pregnant woman or the brother of one of our employees,” says Mark Rutenberg, CEO of CDx Diagnostics, makers of the OralCDx brush biopsy.  “Having the most extensive database of information on oral cancer and dysplasia (precancer) has provided us with details about the disease that have never existed before.”

Once the patient’s oral spot is tested with a specially designed biopsy brush, the laboratory at CDx Diagnostics does the heavy lifting.  The over 100,000 cells found on each patient’s slide are first analyzed by a unique system that is based on a computer developed for the “Star Wars” missile defense system from the Department of Defense.  Once these proprietary computers detect the most suspicious-looking cells, the images of these cells are then analyzed by the specialized, on-site pathologists.

As the small brush is backed by large science, every doctor that utilizes the test is backed by CDx Diagnostics’ internal clinical support team of pathologists and oral cancer specialists.   

“Whether a diagnosis shows abnormalities or a doctor has a question or concern, we are in touch with them on a regular basis,” says Dr. Ron Lowenstein, Director of Clinical Support at CDx Diagnostics.  “Each case is given special attention, and our team helps guide the doctors with suggestions for next steps when appropriate.”

Just this month, renowned film critic Roger Ebert passed away.  He was a victim of oral cancer, alongside Bruce Paltrow, famous film producer and director, and father of Gwyneth Paltrow.  In recent years, celebrity survivors of oral cancer have pleaded with the public to take small steps to help protect themselves from oral cancer, including Michael Douglas, Colleen Zenk Pinter and renowned Alinea Chef Grant Achatz.

“In addition to its terrible toll on pain, morbidity and mortality, oral cancer has a devastating impact on appearance, ability to eat, socialize and even breathe,” says Dr. Steven A. Guttenberg, DDS, MD.  “The OralCDx brush biopsy is an excellent tool for the diagnosis of precancerous and cancerous lesions in the mouth.  Not only has it saved many of my patients’ lives, but it has also prevented enormous amounts of suffering and disabilities.”

For more information about OralCDx or to find a local dentist who offers the test, call (877) 71-BRUSH or visit www.OralCDx.com

About CDx Diagnostics
CDx Diagnostics (www.CDxDiagnostics.com) is the leader in the detection and prevention of cancers of the esophagus, oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx. The CDx tests are primarily used to help prevent cancer before it can start by identifying still-harmless dysplasia (precancer), and are also used to identify early stage cancers when they can be most easily cured. Clinicians use CDx patented brush biopsy instruments to non-invasively collect a broad, full thickness tissue specimen of a suspect lesion. This unique tissue specimen is then subjected to specialized, computer-assisted laboratory analysis. These life saving tests are nationally available to gastroenterologists, otolaryngologists, oral surgeons, periodontists, and dentists.

Monday, April 15, 2013

CS 9300C Select 3D Imaging System Receives Certification for Use with suresmile® Orthodontic Technology

Designation Recognizes Imaging System’s High Degree of Precision

ATLANTA – The CS 9300C Select has recently joined an elite group of advanced 3D imaging systems certified by OraMetrix Inc. for use with its suresmile® technology. This coveted distinction recognizes the CS 9300C Select’s exceptionally high degree of precision.

suresmile is an innovative system for orthodontists that combines 3D diagnostic imaging with computerized treatment plan modeling and robotic archwire customization. The suresmile system enables doctors to pro-actively plan tooth movement on digital models and customize prescriptive archwires for precise and efficient treatment. The integration of CS 9300C Select 3D scans with the suresmile software means orthodontists will have improved treatment planning as well as unprecedented control over treatment.

“The CS 9300C Select delivers high quality data that suresmile needs to precisely measure bracket positions on the teeth in order to create anatomically accurate computerized 3D models of patients’ mouths,” said Phil Getto, chief technology officer for OraMetrix. “suresmile creates therapeutic appliances that are customized according to the course of treatment prescribed by the orthodontist; therefore, it is crucial that models are accurate so practitioners can see how the teeth fit together from every angle and determine the most efficient treatment plan.

“The suresmile certification enhances the CS 9300C Select’s versatility,” said Edward Shellard, D.M.D., chief marketing officer and director of business development for Carestream Dental. “The integration with suresmile enables practitioners to explain cases visually to their patients using a 3D model that shows real-life dimensions. This ultimately leads to better patient understanding and increased case acceptance.”

The CS 9300C Select is a multi-purpose extraoral imaging system that is tailored to meet any practice’s diagnostic needs and budget. The CS 9300C Select offers 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), 2D digital panoramic imaging and a cephalometric modality. With four selectable fields of view ranging from 5 cm x 5 cm to 10 cm x 10 cm, the CS 9300C Select gives practitioners the ability to limit radiation exposure by collimating the field of view to a precise region of interest.

For more information about the CS 9300C Select or other dental imaging solutions, please call (800) 944-6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com. For more information about suresmile, go to www.suresmile.com. The CS 9300C previously received certification for Orametrix’s suresmile technology in October 2011.

About suresmile
The suresmile system is a digital technology that equips orthodontists with a powerful diagnostic, treatment and monitoring tool to deliver the most precise, customized orthodontic care available. suresmile has been shown to reduce treatment time by an average 30%, based on a February 2011 comparison of more than 40,000 patients. Since 2004, suresmile has been used on 125,000 patients by over 400 orthodontists in the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan and Canada. For more information, go to www.suresmile.com.

About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call (800) 944-6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.

About Carestream Health
Carestream Health is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; X-ray film and digital X-ray systems for non-destructive testing; and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets.

For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream Health representative or visit www.carestream.com.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

InfoSign Media Launches Cloud Version of ServDentist SOLO Patient Education Software


April 2, 2013, Montreal, Quebec: InfoSign Media, the leading provider of networked digital television content for dental offices, has announced a new cloud version patient educational solution for dental treatment rooms. ServDentist Solo is an interactive and on-demand educational tool designed for treatment rooms and available through an Internet connection. With ServDentist Solo, dentists now have access to more than 110 information clips from any desktop, laptop, or tablet computer in their offices.
Available topics include general and esthetic dentistry, dental surgery, prevention, prosthodontics, and orthodontics. ServDentist™ Solo also includes over 50 abbreviated video clips of 10 to 45 seconds in length that explain the most common practices to patients.

InfoSign Media is offering ServDentist Solo on a free trial basis for 30 days.
“We felt making ServDentist available via the cloud was the next logical step in the development of the product and the service. We believe our dental customers will respond enthusiastically,” said Yves Corsi, President of InfoSign Media.

Added features of ServDentist Solo include email capability so dentists can send animated clips of procedures to patients, new 2D/3D information clips, and other features that are updated regularly over Internet.

About InfoSign Media
InfoSign Media offers visual communication solutions designed specifically for the waiting and treatment rooms and websites of dentists, orthodontists, and denturists. Well known for its unique approach and the quality of its contributions, InfoSign Media produces and distributes ready-to-go digital TV signage with dynamic and interactive content. With more than 500 projects to its credit, InfoSign Media works closely with its clients and partners to offer innovative visual communications solutions.

For more details on ServDentist™ TV, Solo, and web animated services solutions for dental professionals, please visit: www.servdentist.com . For more information contact: Yves Corsi at 450-447-1999.

Friday, April 12, 2013

DentalEZ® Group Creates Android™ Version of its Sales Tools Application

Malvern, PA (March 28, 2013) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, recently expanded the availability of its popular Sales Tools application. Formerly available only to all iPhone® and iPad® users, the Sales Tools application is now available on all Android mobile devices including smartphones and tablet computers.

The DentalEZ Group Sales Tools application is intended for all dental professionals who are interested in obtaining more information about DentalEZ products and services. The application provides easy access to informational material, including an event calendar, product literature, images and catalog pages for DentalEZ products and brands, including StarDental®, DentalEZ, CustomAir®, RAMVAC®, and NevinLabs. Users of the application are also able to share the information with others by conveniently emailing PDFs of the available product literature and images.

In addition, a NEW “How-To” section was added to the Sales Tools application. This section, much like the “How-To” section on www.DentalEZ.com, offers quick access to the company’s many “How-To” instructional videos for each DentalEZ brand, plus its most-viewed product manuals.

The DentalEZ Group Sales Tools application is free of charge, and is available to all Android users through Google play. Interested users can simply visit www.play.google.com, search “DentalEZ,” and the Sales Tools application will appear. The application can then be installed by clicking the “install” button. 

Interested iPhone and iPad users can go to the App Store on their iPhone or iPad, search “DentalEZ,” and the DentalEZ Group Sales Tools application will appear. The application can then be installed by clicking the “install app” button. 

The DentalEZ Group Sales Tools application is periodically updated with additional content as it becomes available. 

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

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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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Introducing 3M™ ESPE™ Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels

Introducing 3M™ ESPE™ Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels
One unique shape for dental finishing and polishing in anterior and posterior,
convex and concave surfaces

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 5, 2013; Please EMBARGO ONLINE UNTIL APRIL 11, IN PRINT IN MAY PUBLICATIONS) – 3M ESPE introduces Sof-Lex™ Spiral Finishing and Polishing Wheels, a new way to put the final natural-looking gloss on restorations. With an innovative spiral shape that adapts to all tooth surfaces, Sof-Lex dental finishing and polishing wheels give dentists a versatile and simple alternative to traditional points, cups, discs and brushes.
These new dental finishing and polishing wheels are designed with flexible spiral “fingers” that adapt to all anterior and posterior surfaces. The fingers of the dental finishing and polishing wheels conform to convex and concave surfaces as they move across the restoration, so there is no need to switch shapes during the procedure to fit various contours. Abrasive particles are embedded throughout the dental finishing and polishing wheels, so effective dental finishing and polishing can be achieved from any side—top, bottom or edge. With just one shape, and with no water-cooling necessary, dentists can use dental finishing and polishing wheels from any angle and quickly achieve a lifelike luster.
The single-use dental finishing and polishing wheels have a simple two-step system. Dentists can use the fine Sof-Lex Spiral Finishing Wheel to remove minor scratches and prepare the surface for high gloss polishing. Then, the superfine Sof-Lex Spiral Polishing Wheel can be used to complete the procedure, creating a smooth, high-gloss, natural-looking surface.
Dental finishing and polishing wheels are ideal for use with composites such as 3M™ ESPE™ Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative, resin-modified glass ionomers, bisacrylic temporary materials, precious and semi-precious metal. With the addition of these dental finishing and polishing wheels, 3M ESPE’s industry-leading Sof-Lex™ Finishing and Polishing family now offers a comprehensive system for contouring, finishing, and high-gloss polishing.
“These dental finishing and polishing wheels allow dentists to finish and polish multiple surfaces from any angle,” said Christina Rego, marketing manager, 3M ESPE. “Their versatility and simple procedure make the dental finishing and polishing process quick and straightforward to produce natural, lifelike results.”
For more information, call 1-800-634-2249 or visit http://www.3MESPE.com/SofLex.

3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services. 3M ESPE dental products are designed to help dental professionals improve their patients' oral health care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M’s five Business Groups, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at http://www.3MESPE.com or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

33M, ESPE, Sof-Lex and Filtek are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Used under license in Canada. © 3M 2013. All
rights reserved.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Dental bib clips can harbor oral and skin bacteria even after disinfection

40 percent of bib clips retained aerobic bacteria; 70 percent retained anaerobic bacteria post-disinfection

Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the Forsyth Institute published a study today, "Comprehensive Analysis of Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacteria Found on Dental Bib Clips at Hygiene Clinic", that found that a significant proportion of dental bib clips harbored bacteria from the patient, dental clinician and the environment even after the clips had undergone standard disinfection procedures in a hygiene clinic. Although the majority of the thousands of bacteria found on the bib clips immediately after treatment were adequately eliminated through the disinfection procedure, the researchers found that 40% of the bib clips tested post-disinfection retained one or more aerobic bacteria, which can survive and grow in oxygenated environments. They found that 70% of bib clips tested post-disinfection retained one or more anaerobic bacteria, which do not live or grow in the presence of oxygen.

"The study of bib clips from the hygiene clinic demonstrates that with the current disinfection protocol, specific aerobic and anaerobic bacteria can remain viable on the surfaces of bib clips immediately after disinfection," said Addy Alt-Holland, M.Sc., Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Department of Endodontics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the lead researcher on the study. "Although actual transmission to patients was not demonstrated, some of the ubiquitous bacteria found may potentially become opportunistic pathogens in appropriate physical conditions, such as in susceptible patients or clinicians."

The study analyzed the clips on 20 dental bib holders after they had been used on patients treated in a dental hygiene clinic. The bib clips were sampled for aerobic and anaerobic bacterial contaminants immediately after treatment (post-treatment clips) and again after the clips were cleaned using disinfecting, alcohol-containing wipes (post-disinfection clips) according to the manufacturer instructions and the clinic's disinfection protocol.

Led by Dr. Bruce Paster, Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the Forsyth Institute, microbiologists at the Forsyth Institute used standard molecular identification techniques and a proprietary, one-of-a-kind technology that can detect 300 of the most prevalent oral bacteria, to analyze the sampled bacteria from the bib clips. The analyses found:

Immediately after treatment and before the clips had been disinfected, oral bacteria often associated with chronic and refractory periodontitis were found on 65% of the clips.
After disinfection, three of the bib clips (15%) still had anaerobic Streptococcus bacteria from the oral cavity and upper respiratory tract. Five percent (5%) of the clips still harbored at least one bacteria from the Staphylococcus, Prevotella and Neisseria species.
Additionally, after disinfection, nine clips (45%) retained at least one anaerobic bacterial isolate from skin.
"The results of our analysis show that there is indeed a risk of cross-contamination from dental bib clips. The previous patient's oral bacteria could potentially still be on the clip and the new patient has a chance of being exposed to infection by using that same bib clip," said Dr. Paster. "It is important to the clinician and the patient that the dental environment be as sterile as possible; thus it's concerning that we found bacteria on the clips after disinfection. This situation can be avoided by thoroughly sterilizing the clips between each patient or by using disposable bib holders."

Researchers involved in the study hypothesized that bacteria found on bib clips after patient care could have been transferred from patients and clinicians to the clips in different ways:

Oral bacteria present in the patient's saliva and the spray or spatter produced during dental treatments may contribute to the presence of bacteria on the disinfected bib clips.
Bacteria can also be transferred from the gloved hands of dental practitioners to the clips prior to- or during the patient's treatment.
Bacteria can be transferred from the patient's hands to the clips if the patient touches the clip.
In a previous study published in August 2012 by researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the Forsyth Institute it was found that 20% to 30% of dental bib clips still harbor aerobic bacterial contaminants even after proper disinfection procedures. Rubber-faced metal bib clips were found to retain more bacteria than bib clips made only of metal immediately after treatment and before disinfection. Four other research reports have found bacterial contamination on dental bib holders, including research conducted by U.S. infection control specialist Dr. John Molinari, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Dentistry Oral Microbiology lab and the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany.