Friday, October 31, 2014

Upgrade Your Oral Care with REACH® Total Care™ Toothbrushes Fact Sheet

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Since its inception, the REACH® brand has brought to market innovative, high performance toothbrushes.  Now, forty years later, the brand continues to respond to the evolving oral care needs of consumers everywhere with REACH® Total Care™ toothbrushes, a new line from Dr. Fresh®, LLC.

·       REACH® Total Care™ toothbrushes come in three designs addressing individual oral care goals.  Choose from these targeted solutions: REACH® Total Care™ Multi-Action, REACH® Total Care™ + Whitening, and REACH® Total Care™ Floss Clean

·       All designs are technologically advanced for superior access to hard-to-reach areas, excellent control, plaque removal, fresh breath, and total mouth clean

·       Upgrading your toothbrush to REACH® Total Care™ is an affordable and important investment towards better oral care and overall health

·       Special features include scientifically angled necks, lightweight ergonomic handles, a unique thumb grip for precision and control, and tongue cleaners to fight bad breath-causing bacteria

·       REACH® Total Care™ Multi-Action offers multi-directional cleaning and polishing for a superior whole mouth clean.  The multi-directional bristles buff away stubborn plaque and have even been shown to remove up to 90% of plaque.  A soft thumb grip affords excellent control

·       REACH® Total Care™ + Whitening features unique Calcium Carbonate Micrawhitening® bristles, proven in laboratory tests to remove surface stains.  It also has multi-action cleaning bristles and a cleaning tip to aid in the removal of plaque

·       REACH® Total Care™ Floss Clean is ideal for cleaning the tight spaces between teeth and gums with its slimmer tipped Floss Bristles™ technology, while a tongue cleaner removes bad breath causing bacteria.

·       Even the best toothbrushes need to be replaced after three months. REACH offers consumers a convenient SMS text reminder program.   To sign up for these important alerts, visit www.Reachtoothbrush.com/sms

·       All three brushes are available in single or value-priced two packs, and come in a choice of soft or medium bristles

·       REACH® Total Care™ toothbrushes retail from $3.99-$5.99 (for one count and two count, respectively)

·       Available at major food, drug, and mass merchandise outlets nationwide.  Or visit www.reachtoothbrush.com/buy

·       For more information, please contact Megan Brown Bennett of Light Years Ahead at (310) 505-4224 or megan@lightyearsahead.com

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About Dr. Fresh, LLC
Dr. Fresh, LLC (www.drfresh.com) is an oral care company dedicated to helping families live better, healthier lives.  As one of the fastest growing oral care companies in the U.S., Dr. Fresh provides great brands that provide innovative solutions and remarkable value. Established in 1998, Dr. Fresh offers quality personal care products including its top-selling Firefly® flashing toothbrush for kids, Reach® advanced toothbrushes providing superior cleaning for hard-to-reach places®, Binaca® breath freshening products, and Dr. Fresh® products focused on value and affordability.  With a broad international business, Dr. Fresh operates three offices globally (US, UK, and China), and has distribution in over 35 countries.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Colgate® Launches “Science to Cities” Educational Tour

Colgate Enlists Industry Thought Leaders to Present New Perspectives on Evidence-Based Dentistry via a 3 CE Accredited Five-City Educational Tour

New York, NY – October 29, 2014 – Colgate®, the global leader in oral care, is pleased to announce the launch of “Science to Cities”, a five-city educational lecture tour led by key industry thought leaders who will present the latest perspectives on evidence-based dentistry.
Entitled, “New Perspectives on Evidence-Based Dentistry,” the lectures will offer timely, applicable and educational information featuring new approaches to the practical application of evidence-based dentistry in clinical practice. 
Each lecture will discuss the gum disease epidemic among the U.S. population while helping dental professionals make informed evidence-based recommendations for patient home care of both natural teeth and implants. In addition, the technology behind dentifrice containing triclosan/copolymer will be reviewed in detail along with the mode of action, clinical benefits
and safety.
Participants will learn:
•    New advances in periodontology and evidence-based management of disease including treatment protocols
•    How evidence-based dentistry can be used in clinical practice to make decisions for patient care
•    The fundamentals of systematic reviews – how to interpret results and the role these reviews play in evidence-based dentistry
•    New insights on implant maintenance and the role of triclosan with respect to inflammation
•    A review of the safety and efficacy of triclosan for use in Colgate Total® toothpaste

“Almost half of American adults have periodontal disease and far too many are living with chronic gingivitis and inflammation,” remarked Dr. Barbara Shearer, Director of Scientific Affairs for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. “As part of our efforts to decrease these concerning statistics, Colgate is committed to providing timely, relevant information to the industry in order to increase successful patient outcomes. We are happy to provide this educational tour which spans the nation so that dental professionals have access to these informative lectures and can apply this newfound knowledge to their daily practices immediately.”


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Colgate has enlisted an impressive lineup of distinguished key thought leaders for the presentations. Dates, locations and speakers are as follows:
•    Boston – November 19th – John Comisi, DDS & JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
•    Atlanta – November 21st – Angelo Mariotti, DDS & Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD
•    San Francisco – December 3rd – Angelo Mariotti, DDS & JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
•    Houston – December 5th – Angelo Mariotti, DDS & JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
•    Chicago – December 10th – John Comisi, DDS & JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD

While registration for the event is $49, all interested attendees are encouraged to take advantage of an early registration offer of $29. 
To register for Colgate’s Science to Cities tour, please call 844-382-5224 or visit www.ScienceToCities.com. These events are open exclusively to all practicing dentists and hygienists.

About Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s website at www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate’s global oral health education program, please visit www.colgatebsbf.com.



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CS 3500 Intraoral Scanner Receives Certification for Use with suresmile® Orthodontic Technology


ATLANTA – The high degree of precision of the CS 3500 has earned it the coveted distinction of an OraMetrix Inc. certification for use with its suresmile® technology.
suresmile is an innovative system for orthodontists that combines 3D diagnostic imaging with computerized treatment planning  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 3500 scans with the suresmile software means orthodontists will have improved treatment planning as well as unprecedented control over treatment.
“The CS 3500 delivers the high resolution images that suresmile needs to design 3D models and produce precise orthodontic appliances,” Phil Getto, chief technology officer, OraMetrix, said. “It’s crucial that models are accurate so that we can measure bracket positions on the teeth, and, most important, 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 3500’s versatility,” Matt Hendrickson, U.S. orthodontic director at Carestream Dental, said. “The integration with suresmile enables practitioners to capture high-resolution images digitally rather than using traditional impressions, eliminating the need for using impression material, pouring molds or waiting for stone models to set.”
The CS 3500 acquires true color, 2D and 3D images that can be used with CS Model software to create digital models. Requiring no external heater, powder or trolley system, the CS 3500 features high-angulation scanning of up to 45 degrees and to a depth from -2 to +13mm. It also features autoclavable tips available in two sizes—a smaller tip for children or adults with small mouths and a larger tip for adults.
Carestream Dental's CS 9300C Select and CS 9300C systems previously received certification for Orametrix’s suresmile technology in April 2013 and October 2011, respectively. Carestream Dental is now the only company to have both a CBCT unit and intraoral scanner certified by suresmile.
For more information about the CS 3500 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.
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 percent, based on a February 2011 comparison of more than 40,000 patients. Since 2004, suresmile has been used on over 150,000 patients by 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, CAD/CAM, 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 is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging 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 representative, call 888.777.2072 or visit www.carestream.com.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DentalEZ® Group Announces #MyStarHandpiece Facebook Sweepstakes

Enter to Win a Free StarDental® High-Speed or Hygiene Handpiece of Choice
 Plus Five Years of Handpiece Repair Services

Malvern, PA (October 20, 2014) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce its #MyStarHandpiece Sweepstakes. Currently running on the DentalEZ Group Facebook page, winners of the #MyStarHandpiece sweepstakes have the option to choose between one of two grand prizes: a StarDental® High-Speed or Hygiene Handpiece along with five years of free handpiece repair. 

Open to all U.S. practicing licensed dentists and hygienists, the #MyStarHandpiece sweepstakes runs from October 7, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Entering the sweepstakes is easy. DentalEZ Group Facebook fans can simply visit the DentalEZ Group Facebook page at facebook.com/dentalezgroup and click on the “#MyStarHandpiece” sweepstakes tab. An online registration entry form will appear and dental professionals will be prompted to complete the form as instructed. Non-fans of the DentalEZ Group Facebook page can also enter for a chance to win.

Participants can submit up to one entry per day and each submission counts as one entry towards the grand prize. One grand prize will be awarded for every 100 entries (i.e. if there are fewer than 100 entries, one winner will be chosen, if there are 101-200 entries, two winners will be chosen, etc., until a maximum of five prizes are awarded.) The grand prize winner(s) will be selected in a random drawing on or about January 5, 2015 and potential winners will be notified within five days of the drawing.  

StarDental’s classic high-speed dental and hygiene handpieces offer extraordinary strength and durability that dental professionals rely on. StarDental has a highly-trained customer support and field sales staff that work closely alongside dental practices to troubleshoot any issues that may occur as well as train and install office protocols for proper handpiece maintenance. Visit the new 360 Customer Care online tool for handpiece maintenance and repair.





Monday, October 27, 2014

RealSeal R.I.P.

I recently received a letter form SybronEndo informing me that that have decide to end of life the RealSeal product line at the endo of 2014. RealSeal was the Resilon product that SybronEndo bought Pentron for a few years ago. RealSeal was a bonded sealer and points system that were bonded together to seal the root canal system.

So for those RealSeal users its time to either order as much as you can now or revert back to traditional sealer and gutta percha to finish your endo cases.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Huge fake dental equipment haul


More than 12,000 pieces of illegal dental equipment have been seized in the UK in the past six months.
The products, ranging from drills to X-rays, were counterfeit copies of major brands or sub-standard with fake documentation.
Some products appeared to have official safety CE marks, but importers said it meant "Chinese export".
The regulator said that dentists could be prosecuted if they knowingly bought equipment that put patients at risk.
The items were discovered during an investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is responsible for making sure that dental equipment in the UK meets safety standards.
Among the items seized on arrival in the UK were poorly made dentist power drills and handheld X-ray machines with dangerous wiring.

Read the rest here on the BBC website

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Carestream Dental Signs Integration Agreement with Sesame Communications


Relationship enhances automated online marketing and communications for dentists and specialists using Carestream Dental practice management software
ATLANTA – Carestream Dental, a worldwide provider of industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals, today announced an integration agreement with Sesame Communications, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions to help dental care providers accelerate new patient acquisition and build patient loyalty.
Under the terms of the agreement, Carestream Dental will develop bidirectional integration for Sesame services in its CS PracticeWorks, CS SoftDent, CS OrthoTrac and CS WinOMS practice management software products. In addition, Carestream Dental will provide technical assistance to Sesame Communications for their existing practice management software integrations with Carestream Dental practice management software products.
“We are very excited to add Sesame Communications as an Integrated Partner as we continue to expand our partnership channel in the patient communications and practice marketing arena to better serve our customers,” Alistair Bruce, general manager, global dental practice management solutions business, Carestream Dental, said. “The agreement will ensure the stability of Sesame’s existing integrations with Carestream Dental practice management software products and allow for the development of enhanced functionality between Sesame services and our practice management software products to provide even more benefit to our mutual customers.”
“Automated appointment reminders are critical to improve efficiency and increase production within dental practices, and is a core component of Dental Sesame,” Diana P. Friedman, president and CEO, Sesame Communications, said. “We are honored to be working with Carestream Dental within its Integrated Partner program and are excited about the tremendous benefits this new cross-system functionality offers our valued dental care provider members.”
For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.
For more information on Sesame and its service offerings, call 866.437.5384 or visit www.sesamecommunications.com.
About Sesame Communications
Sesame Communications helps dental care providers harness the power of the Internet to accelerate new patient acquisition and transform the patient experience. The company supports thousands of practices in their efforts to grow and increase profitability in the digital age. The Sesame 24-7 platform provides an end-to-end, HIPAA-compliant system tailored to the unique and specific needs of dentistry. An Inc. 500|5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ company, Sesame is recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. For more information about Sesame, visit sesamecommunications.com.
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, 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 is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging 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 representative, call 888.777.2072 or visit www.carestream.com.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Genetic Risk Assessment for Periodontal Disease Highlighted during American Dental Association Annual Meeting



Dr. Kenneth S. Kornman of Interleukin Genetics Presents the Value and Use of Genetic Testing in Clinical Dentistry. 

Interleukin’s Genetic Risk Test, PerioPredict® Awarded “Best New Hygienist Product” by DrBicuspid

WALTHAM, Mass., – October 13, 2014 – Interleukin Genetics, Inc. is pleased to announce that the topic of genetics in relation to periodontal disease was a focus at the 2014 American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Meeting.

During a Saturday morning continuing education course titled, “Introduce Scientific Advances Into Your Clinical Practice”, Interleukin’s Chief Executive Officer Kenneth S. Kornman, DDS, PhD presented on the topic of genetic testing as part of risk stratification for preventive dental care.

Heightened interest in the subject results from the landmark research published in the Journal of Dental Research (June 2013). The University of Michigan Personalized Prevention Study provided important new insights into the prevention of periodontal disease and the significant opportunity to improve oral health through a personalized approach to preventive care that includes genetics. Last month, the study’s authors received the 2014 Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Periodontology demonstrating the impact of this research on clinical dentistry.

During the ADA annual meeting Dr. Kornman was also presented with a 2014 DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Award, naming PerioPredict® “Best New Hygienist Product”. The Dental Excellence Awards recognize the very best people, products and services that are helping to improve dental health.  The votes are cast by members of the DrBicuspid.com professional community and DrBicuspid.com readers, and honor the best of what dentistry has to offer.

“We’re truly honored that PerioPredict® has been recognized with an award by the members of DrBicuspid.com. I am also pleased that the ADA has chosen to dedicate a CE session to the important topic of genetic testing, including the research that supports use of genetics as part of a personalized risk-based approach to preventive care” said Dr. Kornman. “The concept of personalized medicine is not new, but current tools, especially in genomics, now allow us to identify and stratify patients with greater precision. This research is opening new doors for the dental profession in terms of optimizing patient care and early identification and prevention of severe periodontitis in patients who are at increased risk.

About PerioPredict®

The PerioPredict® genetic test is quick, easy and painless and is performed by dentists during a routine exam or cleaning. PerioPredic® measures variations in genes for Interleukin-1 (IL-1), a key mediator of inflammation, and identifies individuals who are at increased risk for moderate to severe periodontal disease. The PerioPredict® test results provide essential information to the dental professional for assessing prevention and treatment options for their patients. PerioPredict® is run solely in the Interleukin Genetics CLIA-certified lab in Waltham, MA.  For more information, visit www.PerioPredict.com.

About Interleukin Genetics

Interleukin Genetics, Inc. (OTCQB: ILIU) develops and markets proprietary genetic tests for chronic diseases and health related conditions. The products empower individuals to prevent certain chronic conditions and manage their existing health and wellness through genetic-based insights with actionable guidance. Interleukin Genetics leverages its research, intellectual property and genetic panel development expertise in metabolism and inflammation to facilitate the emerging personalized healthcare market. The Company markets its tests through partnerships with health and wellness companies, healthcare professionals and other distribution channels. Interleukin Genetics’ flagship products include its proprietary PerioPredict® genetic risk panel for periodontal disease and tooth loss susceptibility sold through dentists, and the Inherent Health Weight Management Genetic Test that identifies the most effective diet and exercise program for an individual based on genetics. Interleukin Genetics is headquartered in Waltham, MA and operates an on-site, state-of-the-art DNA testing laboratory certified under the Clinical Laboratories Improvements Act (CLIA). For more information, please visit www.ilgenetics.com.

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking” statements. Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation or intention to update these forward-looking statements.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. Enters into Unprecedented Agreement with Boston University to Enable it to Become Nation’s First All-Digital Dental School




Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Students to Learn about Complete Digital Workflow Process in Fully Equipped Operatories


Charlotte, NC (October 10, 2014) – Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry, has recently entered into a unique digital dentistry agreement with Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) that will enable GSDM to become the first all-digital school of dentistry in the nation, providing dental students at GSDM the opportunity to learn about the current digital dentistry landscape in fully equipped operatories.

Specifically, all dental students will have ready access to the latest digital equipment purchased from Sirona in order to experience a full digital dentistry workflow, including both dental and laboratory techniques and applications. The GSDM Patient Treatment Centers will now be furnished with equipment from Sirona’s CEREC®, Schick, GALILEOS and inLab® product lines.   

A digital dentistry task force was established to transform the dental school curriculum to a completely digital learning environment. The task force set out with a goal to provide students with all of the tools needed for comprehensive treatment plans and efficient delivery of the highest level of oral healthcare using digital dental technologies. It evaluated the necessary facilities, equipment and technical support required to create a seamless all-inclusive system. GSDM sought to make the digital conversion as user-friendly and seamless as possible. The findings of that task force led GSDM to enter into an agreement with Sirona that will enable GSDM to become the first all-digital school of dentistry in the nation. Sirona is able to offer an expansive leading product portfolio, strong technical support and seamless technology integration capabilities. Sirona’s digital technology is used as an educational tool as well as for hands-on clinical experience in the majority of dental schools.


“We are honored to enter into this first of its kind endeavor with Boston University,” remarked Jeffrey Slovin, President and CEO of Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. “Students will get to experience the true workings of a current dental practice environment and we commend the University for leading the way towards educating its students using digital dentistry techniques. We are pleased to collaborate with Boston University in setting the stage for the future of dental education.”

About Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.

Sirona, the dental technology leader, has served dealers and dentists worldwide for more than 130 years. Sirona develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of dental products, including CAD/CAM restoration systems (CEREC), digital intra-oral, panoramic and 3D imaging systems, dental treatment centers and handpieces. Visit www.sironausa.com for more information about Sirona and its products.

About Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral healthcare and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.
For more information, please visit www.bu.edu/dental.  

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Monday, October 20, 2014

ADA Launches Benefit Plan Analyzer Powered by Sikka Software

Sikka Software Corporation, the leader in business intelligence software for the Dental industry, and the American Dental Association(ADA) are proud to announce the launch of the revolutionary Benefit Plan Analyzer application. The ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer is powered by Sikka Software’s unique cloud-based platform Sikka Platform Utility™ (SPU). SPU can be installed easily and in a matter of minutes with just a few clicks and is seamlessly compatible with most practice management systems in Dental, Animal Health, Hearing Care and Eye Care markets.
The ADA will add the Benefit Plan Analyzer as a new product offering via its Center for Professional Success (success.ada.org). By analyzing data from their practice management software, the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer will be used by Dentists to make informed decisions about future practice insurance offerings. “Deciding which Dental benefit plan to participate in is an important business decision for many dentists,” said Dr. Andrew Vorrasi, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, which came up with the idea to offer this benefit. “Dentists need to consider both the financial implications to their practice and the capacity issues that may arise as a result of the contract they’re being asked to sign. This new application makes those decisions easier, allowing the Dentists to compare plans and determine what best suits their practice needs.” This new offering is just one of the ADA Center for Professional Success’ innovative resources to help Dentists succeed both professionally and personally.
Sikka Software Corporation CEO, Vijay Sikka said, “The ADA is the gold standard in the Dental industry. The ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer, utilizing the Sikka Platform Utility™. has the potential to help over 70,000 Dental offices make better practice management decisions.” Sikka continued, “We are very pleased that ADA has chosen our SPU to assist their members.”
About Sikka Software
Sikka Software Corporation, a privately-held company, is headquartered in Milpitas, California. The company provides applications for Dental, Animal Health, Hearing Care, Eye Care and other small to medium sized businesses using a unique cloud-based integration platform, Sikka Platform Utility™ (SPU). SPU and over 26 applications manage business processes, such as: practice optimization, account receivable management, lab communication, new patients, patient rewards, insurance, revenue cycle, marketing and communication. With over 12,500 opt-in installations, the company supports a real-time optimization and information network with providers, patients, consultants, manufacturers and financial service providers.
For more information about Sikka Software and its products or to schedule a demo please contact us at 800.947.4552 or visit http://www.sikkasoftware.com.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Carestream Dental Launches CS PracticeWorks Cloud, Offers Live Demos on CAD/CAM Stage at ADA 2014


SAN ANTONIO—Carestream Dental announced today at ADA 2014, the annual meeting of the American Dental Association, the launch of CS PracticeWorks Cloud. Carestream Dental is also showcasing its computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing portfolio, CS Solutions, on the Live-Patient CAD/CAM Stage. Both CS PracticeWorks Cloud and CS Solutions represent Carestream Dental’s continued commitment to workflow integration, humanized technology and diagnostic excellence in the field of dentistry.
CS PracticeWorks Cloud is Carestream Dental’s fourth cloud offering, joining CS SoftDent Cloud, CS Orthotrac Cloud and CS WinOMS Cloud. The platform gives practices the tools they need to work smarter, including a comprehensive set of scheduling, charting and financial features that can be accessed anytime, anywhere on a device with Internet capabilities. The cloud version of CS PracticeWorks also includes several features to enhance practices’ workflow such as the Patient Attachments and Doctor's Work Queue functionality; the eReminders module; and 2015 CDT codes, to name just a few features. ICD-10 codes for CS PracticeWorks Cloud will also be available in 2015.
Workflow has been greatly improved with Patient Attachments and Doctor's Work Queue, which gives practices the ability to attach any kind of document to a patient record; easy labeling and categorization features also makes searching for these attachments more efficient. This feature allows users to flag a patient attachment as "requiring doctor's review," which will move it into a queue for the doctor to review and acknowledge.
Studies have shown that using appointment reminders can reduce no-shows by up to 30 percent. The eReminders module allows practices to connect with their patients through text messages, emails or voicemails. Users simply select a contact message and specify a timeframe and frequency and messages are sent automatically; no user intervention is required.
“One of the unique features of using CS PracticeWorks on a cloud platform is that, as we continue to enhance the product, all upgrades are made automatically,” Matt Ackerman, senior product line manager, CS PracticeWorks, said. “Practices will always be using the most up-to-date version of CS PracticeWorks because Carestream Dental takes care of upgrading practices remotely. Other benefits include secure, HIPPA-compliant storage of patient files, automatic backups and even fewer physical paper files around the office.”  
Also at ADA 2014, Daniel Delrose, D.D.S., is presenting live 30-minute demonstrations of CS Solutions, Carestream Dental’s CAD/CAM portfolio, at the Live-Patient CAD/CAM Stage. Attendees can see how CS Solutions keeps the entire process within a practice to provide more control, save time and keep patients happier. Delrose will perform procedures step-by-step and take questions from the audience in this interactive session. Demonstrations are held twice a day, Thursday, Oct. 9 through Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
CS Solutions, made available for the first time at ADA 2013, is an open CAD/CAM system that allows users to opt for the workflow that is best for their practice, such as handling the entire restoration process in-house or capturing scans and sharing files with one of hundreds of preferred labs around the country. Tools in the CS Solution portfolio include the CS 3500 intraoral scanner, CS Restore software and the CS 3000 milling machine.
ADA 2014 takes place Oct. 9-14, San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Carestream Dental is exhibiting all of its latest products in booth #2300, Oct. 9-11.
For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, please call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, 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 is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging 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 representative, call 888.777.2072 or visit www.carestream.com.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Guidance to Dental Professionals on the Ebola Virus from the ADA


A person infected with Ebola is not considered contagious until symptoms appear. Due to the virulent nature of the disease, it is highly unlikely that someone with Ebola symptoms will seek dental care when they are severely ill. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ADA Division of Science, dental professionals are advised to take a medical history, including a travel history from their patients with symptoms in which a viral infection is suspected.
Any person within 21 days of returning from the West African countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea may be at risk of having contacted persons infected with Ebola and may not exhibit symptoms. If this is the case, dental professionals are advised to delay routine dental care of the patient until 21 days have elapsed from their trip. Palliative care for serious oral health conditions, dental infections and pain can be provided if necessary after consulting with the patient’s physician and conforming to standard precautions and physical barriers.
An elevated temperature (fever) is often a consequence of infection, but Ebola is not the only infection that may have similar signs and symptoms. The most common signs and symptoms of Ebola infection are:
  • fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F) and severe headache
  • muscle pain
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruising
You are advised not to treat dental patients if they have these signs and symptoms for Ebola. If a patient is feeling feverish and their travel history indicates they may be at risk of Ebola, dental professionals and staff in contact with the patient should:
  • immediately protect themselves by using standard precautions with physical barriers (gowns, masks, face protection, and gloves)
  • immediately call 911 on behalf of the patient
  • notify the appropriate state or local health department authorities
  • ask the health department to provide you and your staff with the most up-to-date guidance on removing and disposing of potentially contaminated materials and equipment, including the physical barriers. 
The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood and body fluids (urine, feces, saliva, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the virus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water or, in general, by food. Again, there is no reported risk of transmission of Ebola from asymptomatic infected patients.
Information and resources on Ebola are posted on the CDC’s website at cdc.gov. A checklist for healthcare providers (PDF) specific to Ebola is included on the site.
Please visit ADA.org/ebola for continued updates on this important public health issue.




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMD Lasers launches new web site

Indianapolis, IN – (October 15, 2014) – AMD LASERS, a global leader in dental lasers and dental laser education, is proud to announce the launch of its new awww.amdlasers.com.  The newly designed site provides an intuitive and easy-to-use experience for dental professionals looking for content on laser dentistry and Picasso laser technology.
nd improved website

"We are excited to launch our new website and e-store,” said Alan Miller, President and Founder of AMD LASERS. We redesigned our site to provide laser enthusiasts with a better online laser experience,” he mentioned. “The result is a fresh, new look with streamlined navigation and more content. Our products are known for their intuitiveness and simplicity, so we made sure to provide that same experience to our online visitors, whether they are looking for information on laser technology or making a purchase on our new e-store; we are proud of the end result and we know our online visitors will love it.” added Miller.

The new amdlasers.com includes the following site enhancements:
·         Improved Structure and Navigation: The site has been redesigned for an improved spacious layout, including intuitive navigation and an easy-to-use menu structure.
·         Simplified E-Commerce Experience: Users will now be able to register for an online account, view purchase history, see and quickly add related items to their cart, view wish lists and more.
·         Picasso Learning Center: More content has been added to provide a rich experience for visitors looking to learn about laser dentistry and Picasso laser technology.

To learn more about Picasso laser technology and to view the new website, please visit  www.amdlasers.com.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

High levels of tooth decay found in UK three-year-olds

"Tooth decay affects 12% of three-year-olds, says survey," BBC News reports. The survey, carried out by Public Health England, found big variations in different parts of the country. Experts believe sugary drinks are to blame for this trend.
The survey looked at the prevalence and severity of tooth decay in three-year-old children in 2013. This is the first time the dental health of this age group has been surveyed nationally. It found 12% of children surveyed had tooth decay – more than one in eight children.
Tooth decay (also known as dental decay or dental caries) occurs when a sticky acidic film called plaque builds up on the teeth and begins to break down the tooth's surface. A diet high in sugar can help stimulate the production of plaque.
As it progresses, tooth decay can cause an infection of underlying gum tissue. This type of infection is known as a dental abscess and can be extremely painful.

Who produced the children's dental health report?

The survey and subsequent report was produced by Public Health England (PHE), part of the Department of Health. PHE's role is to protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.
This survey of the prevalence and severity of tooth decay in three-year-olds was performed to help identify which age group interventions to improve tooth decay should be aimed at.

What data did the report look at?

The report looked at the prevalence and severity of dental decay in three-year-old children in 2013. At three years of age most children have all 20 milk teeth (also known as primary teeth).
PHE randomly sampled children attending private and state-funded nurseries, as well as nursery classes attached to schools and playgroups. The children's teeth were examined to see if they had missing teeth, filled teeth or obvious signs of tooth decay.

What were the main findings of the report?

Of the 53,814 children included in the survey, 12% had dental decay. Of the children with dental decay, on average these children had at least three teeth that were decayed, missing or filled.
Across all the children included in the survey, the average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth was 0.36 per child.
The report found a wide variation in the levels of decay experienced by three-year-old children living in different parts of the country. The four regions with the most dental decay were:
  • the East Midlands
  • the north west
  • London
  • Yorkshire and the Humber

What are the implications of the report?

Where there are high levels of tooth decay among three-year-olds, Public Health England wants earlier interventions to target this younger age group, rather than waiting until the age of five (when these interventions usually take place).
Where there are high levels of tooth decay found in the primary incisors (a condition known as early childhood caries), PHE wants local organisations to tackle problems related to infant feeding practices.
Early childhood caries are associated with young children being given sugar-sweetened drinks in a bottle – especially when these are given overnight or for long periods of the day.
Where tooth decay levels increase sharply between the ages of three and five, PHE wants local organisations to tackle this by helping parents reduce the amount and frequency of sugary food and drinks their children have, as well as increasing the availability of fluoride.

Is fluoride safe?

There has been concern from some quarters that fluoride may be linked to a variety of health conditions.

Reviews of the risks have found no evidence to support these concerns, and the general consensus is that both fluoride toothpaste and water that contains the correct amount of fluoride have a significant benefit in reducing tooth decay.

Dental fluorosis (which can discolour teeth) can occur if a child's teeth are exposed to too much fluoride when they're developing. This is unlikely to cause problems for your child.

Conclusion

There are two important steps you can take to protect your children's teeth against tooth decay:
  • limit their consumption of sugar, especially sugary drinks
  • make sure they brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste

Sugar

Sugar causes tooth decay. Children who eat sweets every day have nearly twice as much decay as children who eat sweets less often.
This is caused not only by the amount of sugar in sweet food and drinks, but by how often the teeth are in contact with the sugar. This means sweet drinks in a bottle or feeder cup and lollipops are particularly damaging because they bathe the teeth in sugar for long periods of time. Acidic drinks such as fruit juice and squash can harm teeth, too.
Don't fall into the trap of thinking that a fruit juice advertised as "organic", "natural" or with "no added sugar" is inherently healthy. A standard 330ml carton of orange juice can contain almost as much sugar (30.4g) as a can of coke (around 39g).
As Dr Sandra White, director of dental public health at PHE, points out: "Posh sugar is no better than any other sugar … our key advice for [children] under three is to just have water and milk."

Tooth brushing

A regular teeth cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Follow these tips and you can help keep your kids' teeth decay free:
  • Start brushing your baby's teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through (usually at around six months, but it can be earlier or later). It's important to use a fluoride paste as this helps prevent and control tooth decay.
  • Children under the age of three can use a smear of family toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm (parts per million) fluoride. Toothpaste with less fluoride is not as effective at preventing decay.
  • Children between the ages of three and six should use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste containing 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride. Check the toothpaste packet for this information or ask your dentist.
  • Make sure your child doesn't eat or lick the toothpaste from the tube.
  • Brush your child's teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day.
  • Encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste, but not to rinse with lots of water. Rinsing with water after tooth brushing will wash away the fluoride and reduce its benefits.
  • Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it. From the age of seven or eight they should be able to brush their own teeth, but it's still a good idea to watch them now and again to make sure they brush properly and for the whole two minutes. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Variations in mouthguard thickness according to fabrication method.

Mizuhashi, F., Koide, K. and Takahashi, M. (2014), Variations in mouthguard thickness according to fabrication method. Dental Traumatology. doi: 10.1111/edt.12128

Abstract

Aim

The purpose of this study was to examine differences in mouthguard thickness according to the method used to form the mouthguard sheet in a combination vacuum-pressure former.

Materials and methods

The material used in this study was a mouthguard sheet of 3.8-mm ethylene vinyl acetate. Three forming methods were used: vacuum-forming, vacuum-pressure-forming, and pressure-forming. The sheets were formed when heating causing them to displace 15 mm from baseline. We measured mouthguard thickness at the labial surface of the central incisor, the buccal surface of the first molar, and the occlusal surface of the first molar. Differences in thickness in different regions of mouthguards formed under different conditions were analyzed by two-way analysis of variance and the Bonferroni method.

Results

We found that mouthguard thickness differed in different regions of the central incisors and the first molars (< 0.01). The incisal (cusp) region was thinner than the cervical region. There were significant differences in the thicknesses of vacuum-formed mouthguards and vacuum-pressure-formed mouthguards (< 0.05), with the vacuum-forming method resulting in thinner guards than the vacuum-pressure-forming method. Mouthguard thickness at the first molar did not differ according to the forming method.

Conclusions

Our results suggest that mouthguard thickness at the anterior teeth varies with different forming methods. This information is important when selecting a mouthguard-forming method.