Sunday, August 31, 2008

Accuracy of Automated Blood Pressure Monitors

Nelson, Debralee1; Kennedy, Beverly1; Regnerus, Carissa1; Schweinle, Amy2
Journal of Dental Hygiene, Number 4 Summer 1st July 2008 , pp. 35-35(1)

Purpose. The purpose of this study is to determine if automated and aneroid manometers are as accurate a means of determining blood pressure as the mercury manometer. Obtaining vital signs for patients is considered standard of care, yet many dental offices do not routinely perform this health service because of technique inconsistencies and time constraints. The use of automatic blood pressure monitors addresses both concerns. The mercury column manometer, the control in this study, has long been considered the most accurate and preferred instrument for obtaining blood pressure measurements.

Methods. During this study, 94 participants (19 years of age and older) consented to having blood pressure taken by each of 4 different monitors. These included the mercury column manometer and stethoscope, the aneroid manometer and stethoscope, the automatic arm blood pressure monitor, and the automatic wrist blood pressure monitor. Each of 3 investigators was assigned to and calibrated for a specific monitoring device. All measurements were taken from the left arm with 5 minutes allowed between measurements. Identical stethoscopes were used with the manual monitors. Strict adherence to the manufacturers' directions and patient preparation was followed for all monitors. Investigators were not aware of readings obtained by other investigators during testing. Eighty-three subjects completed all tests.

Results. Review and analysis of data indicates little difference for pulse readings between the automated and digital methods. Systolic readings by automated wrist manometers were the most unreliable. Automated arm monitors tended to provide higher measures than the mercury standard on average, and demonstrated significantly different diastolic readings in one age group compared to the control. All monitors exhibited low reliability for participants over age 50 compared to the control.

Conclusion. This study demonstrates there is inaccuracy in the use of automated blood pressure monitors and traditional aneroid manometers when compared to the gold standard mercury column manometer for subjects of all ages and blood pressure ranges.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline Stands Ready to Support Dental, Medical, and Veterinary Customers

MELVILLE, N.Y. - (Business Wire) Henry Schein, Inc., the largest provider of healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets, today reminded customers that its disaster relief hotline stands ready to assist dentists, physicians, veterinarians and healthcare facilities that may experience operational, logistical or financial issues as a result of hurricanes or other natural disasters. The toll-free number for all dental, medical and veterinary customers - 800-999-9729 - is operational and is being staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CDT, and monitored 24 hours a day.

“Henry Schein is ready to help support our dental, medical, and veterinary customers whose practices may be adversely affected by natural disasters,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Henry Schein. “We want to make sure that our customers are aware that as their valued business partner, Henry Schein is here to help. We encourage our customers in areas that may be affected by tropical storms, hurricanes, or other natural disasters this season to call our hotline for assistance.”

Friday, August 29, 2008

A human tongue as a Joystick

The Human Tongue as Computer Control Pad
Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Aug. 25, 2008 -- The tireless tongue already controls taste and speech, helps kiss and swallow and fights germs. Now scientists hope to add one more ability to the mouthy muscle, and turn it into a computer control pad.

Georgia Tech researchers believe a magnetic, tongue-powered system could transform a disabled person's mouth into a virtual computer, teeth into a keyboard -- and tongue into the key that manipulates it all.

"You could have full control over your environment by just being able to move your tongue," said Maysam Ghovanloo, a Georgia Tech assistant professor who leads the team's research.

The group's Tongue Drive System turns the tongue into a joystick of sorts, allowing the disabled to manipulate wheelchairs, manage home appliances and control computers. The work still has a ways to go -- one potential user called the design "grotesque" -- but early tests are encouraging.

The system is far from the first that seeks a new way to control electronics through facial movements. But disabled advocates have particularly high hopes that the tongue could prove the most effective.

Read more about the tongue as a joystick on

Thursday, August 28, 2008

UAppoint and Open Dental Integration

The Dental PMS Hybrid -- Integrating Desktop Practice Management Software with the WWW

OpenDental and UAppoint are pleased to announce a unique offering to the dental community. With the release of the latest version of OpenDental software, practices have all the advantages of the fully featured desktop practice management program and the ability to leverage the power of the Internet for efficient and profitable doctor-patient communications. Integrating desktop software with functions unique to the world wide web creates a hybrid solution; a significant paradigm shift in dental practice management.

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) August 26, 2008 -- (PRWEB) August 26, 2008 -- OpenDental and UAppoint are pleased to announce a unique offering to the dental community. With the release of OpenDental version 5.9, dental practices have all the advantages of the fully featured desktop practice management program, with a direct link to the Internet for efficient and profitable doctor-patient communications.

Doctors appreciate physical possession of their computer programs and practice data. Patients want to the convenience of connecting with their doctor's office via email and the Internet. By integrating UAppoint with OpenDental, doctors can now offer patients the convenience of the Internet while retaining full control of their dental practice management systems.

This OpenDental-UAppoint, desktop-Internet hybrid offers doctors the security and convenience of having the practice data under their control, while benefiting from the features only available from an online service. This hybrid makes it possible to view the office schedule and patient contact information from any place the doctor has access to the Internet.

The hybrid offers patients the option of scheduling their own hygiene appointments in real time without having to play phone tag or being limited to office hours. Other features, such as online patient satisfaction surveys, referral thank you messages, new patient welcome email with attached patient registration forms, instant appointment cards, reminders and confirmations as well as an up to the minute recall/reactivation report are an integral part of the hybrid.

Using the UAppoint service empowers patients to request specific appointment times that are actually available that very instant, thus automatically filling open slots in the doctor's schedule. The available time slots are based on criteria previously determined by the practice. Since the doctor's office knows the particular needs and preferences of the patient, there are no user names or passwords for the patient to remember. Integration instructions for a free trial version of OpenDental and 60-day free trial of UAppoint's premium service are readily available from the website.

OpenDental and UAppoint were developed, designed, and are operated by wet-gloved dentists for dentists. These doctors understand the needs of dentistry first hand, as they are directly involved with patient care and in managing dental technology. President of OpenDental Software®, Dr Jordan Sparks adds, "We are excited about being able to recommend UAppoint as an e-solution for our customers. UAppoint has our full support and cooperation."

About OpenDental
OpenDental aims to make its program the world standard for dental software by making it easy to access and share data.. OpenDental, previously known as Free Dental, is an open source Practice Management Software licensed under the GNU General Public License. Programmed using the C# programming language compatible with Microsoft .NET Framework and the Mono project. The most recent versions of OpenDental run on Linux and Mac OS X platforms.

About UAppoint
UAppoint, Inc., founded in 2004, specializes in smart patient scheduling solutions, thus enabling medical and dental practices to provide exceptional service to doctors, their staff, and the patients they serve. UAppoint's patented online appointment scheduling service is fully HIPAA complaint, creating a direct link between the invitation to schedule a recall appointment and the patient filling an open slot, instantly.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Radiographic analysis to better predict decay

ScienceDaily (Aug. 24, 2008) — Dental caries afflict at least 90% of the world's population at some time in their lives. Detecting the first signs of this disease, which can be lethal in extreme cases, just got easier thanks to work by researchers in India discussed in the latest issue of the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology.

R. Siva Kumar of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, at RMK Engineering College, in Tamil Nadu, explains that dental caries, known colloquially as tooth decay or dental cavities, is an infectious disease which damages the structures of teeth. The disease causes toothache, tooth loss, infection of the jawbone and beyond, and in severe cases, death.

Caries are caused by acid-producing bacteria that feed on fermentable carbohydrates including sucrose, fruit sugars, and glucose. The higher level of acidity in the mouth due to this bacterial activity effectively dissolves the mineral content of the tooth. In the USA, dental caries is the most common chronic childhood disease, being at least five times more common than asthma. It is the primary cause of tooth loss in children, while between a third and two thirds of people over 50 years experience caries too.

There are two types of dental caries, those that form on the smooth surfaces of the teeth and those in the pits and fissures. The latter are difficult to detect visually or manually with a dental explorer. Detecting caries in the early stages of development is important for saving affected teeth and avoiding the possibility of tooth loss and invasive surgery at later stages. Siva Kumar suggests that X-rays of a patient's teeth analyzed by specialist software could help.

The researchers at RMK engineering college have now developed an X-ray image analysis technique that reveals the pixel intensities at different X-ray wavelengths, much like the histogram analysis of images by a high-specification digital camera. Siva Kumar explains that the software reveals that the X-ray histogram and spectrum are very different depending on whether the teeth X-rayed are normal or exhibiting the early stages of decay. The researchers found that in the X-ray histogram the pixel intensities are concentrated in different ranges depending on degree of decay.

The technique could be very useful for dental clinicians, the researchers explain, and could be extended using neural networks to automatically identify the different stages of dental caries.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wi-Fi tweaks for speed freaks

Here is a good article on getting the most speed out of your wireless network.

If you're disappointed by the speed and reach of your wireless network -- and who isn't? -- there's a lot you can do to grab every last bit of data and foot of range. I spent a few hours optimizing my network and more than doubled its indoor range from 90 to over 200 feet (with an additional 150-foot extension into my backyard) while increasing performance fifteenfold -- all with a two-year-old 802.11g router.

Some of the techniques I used are basic, like where and how to set up the router. Others are more involved and require special equipment, but they can make a world of difference. Plus, for those who don't know what to do when the data connection goes south, I've also included a troubleshooting checklist that can help get your network back into the fast lane.

The beauty of modern Wi-Fi equipment is that it all works together, so you can build a network with best-of-breed gear. For instance, my network has a router from one maker, antennas from another, a print server from a third and client radios from several different companies. Think of it as the U.N. of wireless: the world cooperates to make your online life a little easier.

Monday, August 25, 2008

2 Men Plead Guilty For Importing Fake-Toothpaste

Two New York City businessmen have pleaded guilty in a scheme to distribute more than 500,000 tubes of counterfeit toothpaste imported from China.

Fifty-one-year-old Saifoulaye Diallo and 47-year-old Habib Bah each face up to 10 years in prison after entering their pleas Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors said the fake Colgate toothpaste was shipped to discount stores across the United States. They said it had no fluoride and contained microorganisms that posed health threats, but no illnesses have been reported.

The counterfeit Colgate toothpaste had a retail value of $730,000. Its packaging looked real but had spelling and grammatical errors.

The Colgate-Palmolive Co. launched a nationwide inspection to identify and remove the knockoff tubes from store shelves.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Stem cells 'created from teeth'

Japanese scientists say they have created human stem cells from tissue taken from the discarded wisdom teeth of a 10-year-old girl.

The researchers say their work suggests that wisdom teeth could be a suitable alternative to human embryos as a source for therapeutic stem cells.

Research involving stem cells is seen as having the potential to treat many life-threatening diseases.

But some people believe using human embryos is ethically controversial.

The researchers, based at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), say it will be at least five years before their findings result in practical medical applications.

Read the rest on stem cells from the BBC

Saturday, August 23, 2008

NuTorque™ Programmable Electric Handpiece System

I like electric handpieces. I am curretly using the Bien Air electircs and like them a lot. Here is a new electric coming out at the approaching ADA.

StarDental® Brand’s Most Intuitive Electric Handpiece System to Date

Malvern, PA (August 21, 2008) — DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, will officially unveil the latest in its growing line of StarDental® products, the NuTorque™ programmable electric handpiece system during this year’s American Dental Association Meeting on October 16-18 at booth #487.

The NuTorque system is a highly intuitive electric handpiece. Dental professionals will experience maximum control with minimum effort using NuTorque’s unique easy-to-use touch screen display. The system’s touch screen capabilities make every procedure more efficient and productive.

Benefits of the NuTorque system include:

• Auto-reverse, auto-reverse forward, and auto-reverse stop
• Torque control ranges from 0.1-3.0 Ncm with capabilities of 384 Ncm
• 27 (+2) possible reduction ratios
• Fully customizable presets
• Flat screen easily wipes clean for better asepsis and a sharp display
• Screen can also be mounted remotely for user convenience

The NuTorque system provides maximum flexibility for a wide variety of individual solutions. The customizable touch screen display includes numerous useful options, such as three general procedure memory presets for common practices such as cavity preparation, caries removal, and polishing; a speed/RPM display; an FO light; an on/off water spray; and an attachment
gear ratio indicator.

Moreover, the main display also provides a detailed and customizable Set-up Mode and ENDO Mode, which includes five endo memory presets that can be individually designed and tailored to fit various endodontic procedures.

The NuTorque is also equipped with a brushless motor that is extremely compact and lighter than existing electric motors currently on the market. Measuring in at a mere 4 inches and weighing less than 99 grams, the balanced, lightweight micro-motor of the NuTorque enables the dental professional to maneuver comfortably and effectively throughout the oral region.
With the NuTorque system, dental professionals are provided the freedom to perform various individual procedures while delivering consistent speed and powerful torque on both high and low speed settings. The 50 dBa whisper-quiet, vibration-free motor system is also easily adaptable to existing standard delivery units. Moreover, NuTorque’s micromotor is fully autoclavable.

In addition, NuTorque attachments feature lightweight, durable, and corrosion-resistant titanium housings that provide a firm, tactile grip. The light weight grants the handpiece exceptional balance and helps reduce hand and wrist fatigue.

A number of attachment features include:

• Push-button autochuck for easy bur placement/removal
• Quick, simple connections with 360-degree rotation
• A wide speed range of up to 200,000 rpm
• Ergonomic grips relieve user fatigue
• Universal E-type coupling
• All attachments are fully autoclavable

The slender angulation of NuTorque attachments permits excellent intraoral access and superior sight lines.

StarDental’s NuTorque system has a three-year warranty on the control box unit, a one-year warranty on the motor, tubing, and attachments, and a one-year warranty on the transformer.

For more information on the NuTorque electric handpiece system and a full listing of attachments, please call 866-DTE-INFO, or log on to

Friday, August 22, 2008

BIOLASE Launches Software Upgrade For First Generation WaterlaseTM Dental Laser Systems

BIOLASE Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLTI), the world's leading dental laser company, today announced the global launch of a new software upgrade that includes innovations designed to extend the capabilities and useful life of installed first generation Waterlase™ hard and soft tissue dental laser systems. This first-time offering for BIOLASE laser dental products gives these earlier-generation lasers variable pulse repetition rates (frequency) similar to the Company's latest generation Waterlase MD™ and Waterlase® C100 systems, for smoother tissue cutting and increased patient comfort. The Waterlase is used to perform a variety of dental procedures, including cavity preparation, caries removal, tooth etching and a wide range of soft tissue (gum) procedures.

"Offering software upgrades is another part of our overall plan to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction and expand our product offerings," said Chief Executive Officer Jake St. Philip. "Extending the useful life of our systems demonstrates our long-term commitment to Waterlase Dentists around the globe, confirms our technological leadership position, and strengthens our long-term opportunities to accelerate our growth." The Company recently reported 13.4 percent growth over the prior year period for the first half of 2008 and has an average 8-year growth rate of over 30 percent. The software upgrade comes one month after the introduction of the new Waterlase C100, which is due to begin shipping at the end of the current quarter.

The software upgrade includes the Waterlase LB 3.0 Operating System which provides five different repetition rates (from 10 to 30Hz) in addition to the original 20 Hz and a new CPU board. The upgrade is being launched this week with the Company's exclusive North American distribution partner Henry Schein Dental, part of Melville, NY-based Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), and installations will start in Waterlase Dentists' offices in September. It is being launched internationally throughout the next few weeks. For software upgrade information, contact BIOLASE Customer Service domestically at 1-800-321-6717 or internationally at 1-949-361-1200.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Darby Dental Supply’s Full Pay Deployment Program

Helps National Guard and Reserve Members Provide for their Families
when they Serve Their Country

Jericho, NY – August 20, 2008 – For the past two years, Darby Dental Supply, LLC, the largest all-telesales distributor of dental merchandise, has had a Full Pay Deployment Program in place for its National Guard and Reserve member employees. Equally important, the program also ensures that their jobs will be waiting for them when they return.

The policy was implemented at the request of the Ashkin family, who own the privately-held company. Three generations of Ashkins have operated Darby Dental Supply under a core philosophy that employees are part of an extended family and should be treated as such.

According to Darby president Gary Rosenberg, “The Ashkin family and executive management of Darby Dental Supply believe that no employee’s family should become financially strapped when their key source of income is deployed to preserve the freedom we often take for granted. We’ve noticed that our National Guard and Reserve members who return to work after deployment are more focused and less stressed if they don’t come home to unpaid bills, uncertain job security, or worse.”

“Knowing that my family was able to live the lifestyle they are accustomed to was very important to me,” said Memphis resident Antonio Bengco, a US Army reservist who recently returned from being stationed at Fort Irwin, California. “The Full Pay Deployment Program is one of the best benefits a company can offer in these troubled times.”

“We wish our employees were not deployed, and we pray for their safe return,” said Rosenberg. “Until then, we’ll do our best to ensure their families are provided for. It’s the least we can do.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gums and Teeth Give Clues About What's Going On Inside Your Body

By Ranit Mishori
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, August 19, 2008; Page HE01

The way to a person's heart is through his stomach, the adage goes. But researchers now think the way to a healthy heart might be through your gums and teeth.

Evidence suggests that the healthier they are, the stronger and less disease-prone the heart is. If you don't floss or brush, you might be setting yourself up not just for gum disease but also for heart disease.

The link between what's happening in your mouth and in the rest of your body goes further still: Gum disease might be a kind of early warning system, with poor oral health linked to diabetes, kidney disease, preterm labor, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease and even certain types of cancer.

Read the rest on the Washington Post site

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Dentist Weighs In on Olympic Age Controversy

The Chinese might consider it sour grapes; but many Americans remain upset that the Olympics' host nation beat the U.S. for the gold medal in women's team gymnastics--especially with some of the opponents appearing to be under the required age of 16.

"I'm concerned about the safety of these little girls," says Dr. Sandra Swing, a Colorado Springs dentist. "I'm not as concerned about who's got the gold or silver, but about the ethics and principle of the whole thing." Dr. Swing sent an E-mail message to NEWSCHANNEL 13 Friday, expressing her concern.

Watch the video on the Chinese Age Controversy

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lantis' OCT Dental Imaging System Capable of Providing Array of Diagnostic Scanning Modalities

OCT System Can Provide Macro, Micro and Nano Imaging of Dental Tissue

DENVILLE, N.J., Aug. 14, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lantis Laser Inc.'s (Pink Sheets:LLSR) ( ongoing research into the application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging technology demonstrates that Lantis' OCT Dental Imaging System(tm) can provide a wide array of imaging technology and modalities that can provide fast and accurate information to aid in the diagnosis of dental disease and microstructural defects.

OCT researchers have shown the ability of OCT to be used for wide-area scanning as a screening aid as well as a micro scanning device for obtaining detailed quantitative and qualitative information to aid dental professionals in making diagnostic decisions. Recent research has also shown that the use of nano particles can further enhance diagnostic ability of OCT.

Stan Baron, President & CEO of Lantis commented that, "The concept of macro imaging, micro imaging and nano imaging with OCT can provide dentists with the diagnostic aid needed to practice minimally invasive dentistry and transition to the medical model -- find disease early and treat it early. The possibilities presented by OCT technology and new research findings are very exciting and Lantis will continue to pursue relationships with research institutions where these concepts are being developed for commercial implementation."

Lantis has a strong OCT portfolio of licensed intellectual property and a strategic supply agreement for its OCT Engine with Axsun Technologies that ensures its dominance in the dental market for this next generation diagnostic imaging modality. Its OCT system provides chairside, real-time images of dental structures at a resolution of up to 10 times x-ray, and as it is light-based there is no harmful radiation. Providing more detailed information than x-ray, it is anticipated that it will likely become the dominant imaging modality in the dental office, after its introduction which is targeted for first quarter 2009.

About Lantis Laser

Lantis was formed to commercialize the application of novel technologies in the dental industry. The criteria for selected products include competitive edge, exclusivity and large market potential. Lantis is currently in Phase 2 and Phase 3 development, moving through beta systems, product development and application for FDA clearance and plans to launch the OCT Dental Imaging System(tm) in the first quarter of 2009. Lantis has exclusive rights to the application of OCT technology in the field of dentistry under its license Agreements with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (exclusive); Lightlab Imaging (non-exclusive) and AXSUN (exclusive). To find out more about Lantis Laser (Pink Sheets:LLSR), visit

Sunday, August 17, 2008

New charging regime blunders 'drove up NHS dental bills'

By Daniel Martin
Last updated at 8:47 AM on 14th August 2008

The cost of dental treatment shot up by more than twice the rate of inflation after the botched introduction of a new charging regime, it has been claimed.

The average cost of a visit rose by 7 per cent between 2005 and 2006, the year when the scheme was brought in alongside a new contract for NHS dentists.

That compares with an inflation rate of 3.1 per cent between those two years.

The analysis by the Tories shows that Health Service patients have paid £4.5billion in charges since 1997, and that average charges rose 35 per cent to £26.50 last year.

Last night the Government said this ten-year rise was in line with inflation. However, the leap in prices between the 2005 and 2006 financial years was not.

More than 400 separate charges for different-dental treatments were rationalised into just three bands in 2006.

But instead of the changes equalling out, ensuring that the average patient still paid the same as the year before, the charge shot up by 7 per cent.

Over the same period, the number of patients able to access an NHS dentist actually fell, because 1,000 dentists decided to leave the NHS.

Tory health spokesman Mike Penning said: 'Labour's botched policies mean that millions of hard-working families have completely lost access to affordable dental care.

Ministers need to own up to their mistakes, stop dithering and take action now to rectify the mess they've got the country into.'

Just a third of the population - some 20.4million - are registered with an NHS dentist.

Michael Summers of the Patients' Association said the lack of access to affordable treatment had 'disastrous consequences in terms of oral health'.

Susie Sanderson, of the British Dental Association's executive board, said: 'The untried and untested dental contract introduced in 2006 has caused serious problems for patients and dentists alike.'

A Department of Health spokesman said: 'Patient charges have stayed the same in real terms as they have gone up in line with inflation.'

He added that £2billion had been invested in NHS dentistry which was improving the level of service.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular disorder

Lasers don't work for everything! MJ

International Dental Journal
Author(s): Lia Alves da Cunha | Leily Macedo Firoozmand | Andressa Pereira da Silva | Samira Afonso Esteves | Wagner de Oliveira
doi: 10.1680/indj.2008.58.4.213

Aims: To evaluate the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in patients presenting with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) in a random and placebo-controlled research design.

Methods: The sample consisted of 40 patients, divided into an experimental group (G1) and a placebo group (G2). The treatment was done with an infrared laser (830nm, 500mW, 20s, 4J/point) at the painful points, once a week for four consecutive weeks. The patients were evaluated before and after the treatment through a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and the Craniomandibular Index (CMI).

Results: The baseline and post-therapy values of VAS and CMI were compared by the paired T-test, separately for the placebo and laser groups. A significant difference was observed between initial and final values (p<0.05) in both groups. Baseline and post-therapy values of pain and CMI were compared in the therapy groups by the two-sample T-test, yet no significant differences were observed regarding VAS and CMI (p>0.05).

Conclusion: After either placebo or laser therapy, pain and temporomandibular symptoms were significantly lower, although there was no significant difference between groups. The low-level laser therapy was not effective in the treatment of TMD, when compared to the placebo.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

DentalSenders- Online Confirmations

In today's economy you shouldn't have to pay anything to communicate with your patients! Nobel Biocare has teamed with DentalSenders™ to provide you with the ultimate tool for patient communications - and it's

Now you can improve office efficiencies while dramatically increasing patient satisfaction and production - thanks to NobelBiocare and DentalSenders™.

DentalSenders™ integrates seamlessly with your existing Practice Management System and provides automated and customized notifications, care reminders, birthday and holiday greetings, patient surveys and newsletters.

DentalSenders™ can help you:
Increase patient loyalty
Reduce no-shows
Avoid mundane administrative tasks
Enhance office efficiency
Retain patients
Increase production and referrals

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sirona’s CEREC® Connect adopted by over 25% of inLab users

Sirona’s CEREC® Connect adopted by over 25% of inLab users
due to ease and quick adaptation
Web-based Digital Transmission Benefits Both Practices and Laboratories
Long Island City, N.Y. (August 11, 2008) – Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the
company that pioneered digital impressions more than 20 years ago, and the
world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems proudly announce steadily
increasing CEREC Connect users. A web-based communication platform
designed exclusively for Sirona CEREC® and inLab dental CAD/CAM users,
CEREC Connect enhances productivity by eliminating physical impressions and
electronically transmitting a digitally-scanned impression to the inLab laboratory
of their choice.

As Dr. Robert Schmidt comments, “With digital impressions, the fits are better!
You just can’t beat a computer-milled finish, whether it’s CEREC or inLab... The
predictability with digital impressions is much better and more consistent than
with physical impressions.”
Sirona has taken the concept of digital impression taking systems one step
further, enabling dental laboratories to fabricate digital restorations without the
need for a conventional physical model.
Steve Killian, CDT (President, Killian Dental Ceramics), states, “We got into
digital impressions with the goal of reducing the amount of restoration remakes.
We have not had to remake a single restoration created from a digital impression
and we are saving significant time and materials by using virtual models.”
While digital impressions are gaining acceptance over physical impressions and
models, Sirona plans to offer labs the ability to create a physical model from the
CEREC digital impression in the near future. "Some laboratories prefer a model;
our plan is not to insist on model-less dentistry," remarks Norbert Ulmer, Director
of Laboratory CAD/CAM for Sirona. "Our next step will be to offer laboratories
both options, and let them decide on their own when they're ready to transition to
the digital method."
CEREC Connect is another value-added service created by Sirona exclusively
for its laboratory and dentist customers using inLab and CEREC CAD/CAM
For more information about CEREC Connect, please call (800) 873-7683 or visit
About Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.
Recognized as a leading global manufacturer of technologically advanced, high
quality dental equipment, Sirona has served equipment dealers and dentists
worldwide for more than 125 years. Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets
a complete line of dental products, including the CAD/CAM restoration equipment
(CEREC), digital and film-based intra-oral, panoramic and cephalometric X-ray
imaging systems, dental treatment centers and handpieces. Visit for more information about Sirona and its products.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Teeth and jewelry don't mix

Skin piercings might be the rage among teens, but researchers from Tel Aviv University have found good reasons to think twice about piercing one's tongue or lip.

Dr. Liran Levin, a dentist from the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University has found that about 15 to 20 percent of teens with oral piercings are at high risk for both tooth fractures and gum disease. Resulting tooth fractures as well as periodontal problems, he says, can lead to anterior (front) tooth loss later in life.

High rates of fractures due to piercings are not found in other age groups, and cases of severe periodontal damage in teens without oral piercings are similarly rare, says Dr. Levin, who conducted the study with partners Dr. Yehuda Zadik and Dr. Tal Becker, both dentists in the Israeli Army.

Their initial study was done on 400 young adults aged 18-19, and the results were published in the well-known peer-reviewed journal Dental Traumatology in 2005. A new review by Drs. Levin and Zadik published in the American Dental Journal in late 2007 is the first and largest of its kind to document the risks and complications of oral piercings, drawing on research from multiple centers in America and across the world.

Ten percent of all New York teenagers have some kind of oral piercings, compared to about 20 percent in Israel and 3.4 percent in Finland. Dr. Levin warns teens to think twice before getting an oral piercing, as it can lead to easily preventable health complications and, in some (rare) cases, even death.

Premature Frontal Tooth Loss

"There are short-term complications to piercings in low percentages of teens, and in rare cases a piercing to the oral cavity can cause death," Dr. Levin says. "Swelling and inflammation of the area can cause edema, which disturbs the respiratory tract." He warns that the most common concerns -- tooth fracture and periodontal complications -- are long-term.

"There is a repeated trauma to the area of the gum," says Dr. Levin. "You can see these young men and women playing with the piercing on their tongue or lip. This act prolongs the trauma to the mouth and in many cases is a precursor to anterior tooth loss."

During the Israel-based study, the researchers surveyed teens both with piercings and without, asking them a number of questions about their oral health, their knowledge of the risk factors associated with piercings, and about their piercing history, before conducting the clinical oral exams.

Ironically, Dr. Levin notes, those youngsters who opted for oral piercing were very concerned about body image, but seemed to be unaware of the future risks such piercings can cause.

The Doctor's Practical Advice to Teens and Parents

Bottom line, the best advice for teens is to "try and avoid getting your mouth pierced," says Dr. Zadik. If your teen is insistent, he says, then it's essential that piercing tools are disposable, and that all other equipment is cleaned in an on-site autoclave to help reduce infection.

After the procedure, the area should be rinsed regularly with a chloroxidine-based mouthwash for two weeks. Thereafter, avoid playing with the piercing and clean it on a regular basis. Calculus deposits on the piercing may form over time and should be removed by a dentist. Checkups should be made regularly.

"Teenagers are not easy to manage," Dr. Levin commiserates, but his advice to parents is simple: "Try where possible to dissuade your teen from getting a piercing. They will thank you when they are older."

Monday, August 11, 2008

MacPractice assists clients to ePrescribe for free

MacPractice, Inc., the leading Mac practice management and clinical applications company and developer of MacPractice MD, MacPractice DDS, MacPractice DC, and MacPractice 20/20 provides instructional assistance for MacPractice users to export their patient demographics to eRx NOW.

eRx NOW is a free internet-based electronic prescribing system provided by Allscripts, a member of the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI). eRx NOW stores prescription history, provides drug interactions and is accessible via the Internet on a computer, a PDA or a cell phone. Free training and support for eRx NOW is provided by Allscripts.
As a founding member of the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI), Allscripts offers the eRx NOW free electronic prescribing system. eRx NOW is an easy-to-use, web-based software solution that is safe, secure, requires no downloading and no new hardware.

In July, legislation was passed to increase payments made by Medicare to physicians who ePrescribe in 2009, and decrease payments to those who do not in 2010.

MacPractice will offer another ePrescribe solution in 2008 that maintains patient prescription history within the MacPractice MD, DDS, DC, 20/20 and MacPractice EMR/EHR.

“We are pleased to cooperate with the NEPSI initiative to improve healthcare in America by supplying doctors with a free solution for ePrescripting on a Mac, iPhone or any other Internet device.” said Mark Hollis, President and co-founder of MacPractice, in the press release.

Physicians, dentists, chiropractors and eye doctors are encouraged to view QuickTime demonstration movies of MacPractice software after registering at
2200 doctors' offices have chosen MacPractice to provide their practice management software and technical support. MacPractice, Inc. also supports the use of DentalMac, MediMac, and ChiroMac for several hundred offices.

MacPractice, Inc. is a client-centric practice management and clinical software development firm, comprised of highly experienced and caring individuals, dedicated to the development and support of best-of-class Macintosh software, hardware, and associated services for physicians, dentists, and chiropractor

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Obesity Linked to Gum Disease

(NaturalNews) The obesity epidemic may be linked to high worldwide rates of gum disease, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Boston University and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Researchers wrapped a material that had been infused with P. gingivalis, a bacteria that causes gum disease, around the gums of both obese mice and mice of normal weight. They found that the obese mice had more bone loss than the leaner mice, indicating a more severe form of gum disease. They also had higher levels of P. gingivalis in their mouths, and lower levels of certain immune system chemicals that the body produces to help fight off infections."These data indicate that obesity interferes with the ability of the immune system to appropriately respond to P. gingivalis infection," the researchers wrote. They noted that the generalized immune system suppression seen in the obese mice might indicate that obese people are more vulnerable to bacterial infections in general than people of healthier weight.Periodontal disease is incredibly common, affecting approximately 40 percent of adults around the world."The importance of the current findings is underscored by the facts that millions of people worldwide are affected by this infection every year," the researchers said, "and the universal prevalence of obesity has reached epidemic proportions." Another recent study may also link gum disease to obesity. Researchers at the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have discovered a connection between Type 2 diabetes, which is often correlated with obesity, and severe forms of gum disease."We found that periodontal disease was often of the more aggressive form in patients with diabetes," researcher John Taylor said. "It is possible that obesity may be compromising the immune response, leading to increased susceptibility to periodontal disease." (Source:

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Taiwan doctors find root of Asians people's gum diseas

From Earth Times

Taipei - Taiwan doctors have found that many Asian people suffer gum disease due to extra or fused dental roots, press reports said Saturday. The discovery was made by a team of dentists at the Tri Service General Hospital in Taipei after analysing gum disease patients at the hospital's Dentistry Department. The researchers then broadened their study to across Taiwan, the Taipei Times and Central News Agency (CNA) said.

Dr Fu Er, head of the research team, said that many Taiwanese have extra or fused roots for the first molars of their lower jaw, resulting in thinner gums that make their alveolar bones more prone to infection or injury caused by improper brushing.

The team found that 27 per cent of the 197 gum-disease patients at the hospital had an extra root in the first molar on one side of their lower jaw, and 90 per cent of these people also had an extra root in the first molar on the opposite side of their lower jaw.

He cited research data from abroad that showed that people from many nations, including Chinese, Japanese, native Americans and Inuits have similar problems.

By comparison, Caucasians generally had lower incidence of gum disease, while the percentage of Caucasians with extra or fused roots in the first molars of their lower jaws was comparatively much lower, Fu said.

Fu has found that cutting open the gum and removing the extra root can be an effective treatment for serious gum disease.

Fu and his team's research findings were published in the August 2008 edition of the US Journal of Periodontology.

The publication was challenged, however, by some dentistry professionals abroad, who argued that Fu's research was unconvincing because the hospital's research was based on only 197 patients, all from the same hospital, the Taipei Times and CNA said.

Undaunted, Fu and his colleagues approached dentistry departments of other research hospitals across Taiwan to obtain X-ray data in an attempt to test their theory.

Out of 600 dentistry patients from northern, central and southern Taiwan - not necessarily gum disease patients - they found that 136 patients had an extra root in the first molars on both sides of their lower jaws, validating their theory that 22 to 25 per cent of Taiwanese have extra roots.

"This is not a new discovery, as reports on the issue appeared more than 70 years ago," Fu said. "Our research results are only reconfirming an old theory and provide a clearer direction for treatment."

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Sybron Dental Specialties Acquires Pentron Corporation

ORANGE, CA – August 5, 2008 – Sybron Dental Specialties, Inc. announced today the addition of the Pentron brands to its corporate portfolio through the purchase of all the outstanding stock of Pentron Corporation. Daniel Even, Danaher Group Executive/President of Sybron Dental Specialties (SDS), said, “We are very enthusiastic about adding the Pentron brands to our family of companies. The crown jewel of Pentron is Resilon®, a synthetic alternative to gutta percha, which has demonstrated through clinical review and scientific investigation to be superior to gutta percha.” Mr. Even noted that Resilon-based endodontic filling materials bond to the canal wall and minimize leakage, thereby reducing the chances of a failed root canal.

Pentron’s Resilon products will be distributed via the SybronEndo distribution channel while the balance of the Pentron brands will continue to be distributed via their current channel. Pentron customers should continue to secure products through their preferred source.

More dentists feeling economic pain

Read what is happening with dentistry in Michigan during this economic down turn.

From the Grand Rapids Press

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Mac OS Pubmed Search

I use Pubmed quite often when I am writing a magazine article. I usually use the web interface but this software will make things simpler. Best of all its freeware!

PubSearch is a fast, efficient search tool for scientists, medical professionals and students who rely on the ability to quickly access the millions of research papers indexed in PubMed. By combining a simple, efficient user interface with fast access to the PubMed database, PubSearch lets you concentrate on finding the research articles you need without getting in your way.

* Fast, efficient PubMed searching
* Simple, intuitive interface
* Sort results by Authors, Title, Journal or Year
* Automatically displays an articles Abstract
* Automatically displays a generic bibliographic entry
* Click-and-drag single / multiple titles to automatically paste a bibliographic entry into any document (e.g. word processor or email)
* Double-click single or multiple titles to instantly view full-text articles in your web browser (works with your EZ Proxy setup)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

AAWD Nominates AnterioRest as 2008’s Best New Product for Women

During the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD), held June 19-21, 2008 in Oak Brook, IL, AAWD annual meeting attendees were given the opportunity to cast their vote for the 2nd Annual Best New Product for Women.

Contest entrants were AAWD member sponsors and exhibitors participating in the meeting. Attendees were given ballots with each participating company’s product description. And meeting attendees were encouraged to visit exhibitors to get more information about product. The judging criteria was the product needed to be a product or service beneficial to women dentists or their female patients.

AAWD is pleased to announce that the recipient for the 2008 Best New Product for Women is Career Extenders, Inc. for the AnterioRest®

AnterioRest® provides prevention and treatment of lower back injury. The concept of Back Support From the Front® applies research findings which suggest that anterior support is far more effective than posterior support in reducing muscle stress in an inclined position.
The AnterioRest attaches to the back of the patient chair and terminates in a small cushion against which the practitioner leans, thus freeing arms and hands for stress free manipulation of instruments. The supporting arms can be moved through a full range of motion, accommodating all treatment positions for right or left handed users. The optional dual mount installation attaches two AnterioRests to the back of the patient chair providing support for both the dentist and assistant during four-handed procedures. The AnterioRest has been instrumental in alleviating back, neck, and extremity pain, helping many users return to comfortable living and productivity
For more information about the AnterioRest, log on to

To participate in next year’s contest as an exhibitor/sponsor or meeting attendee, call AAWD Headquarters at (800) 920-2293.
The American Association of Women Dentists is the premier organization for women dentists dedicated to becoming the recognized resource for connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists.. For more information on AAWD and its activities, log on to

Monday, August 04, 2008

Evaluation of two soft manual toothbrushes with different filament designs in relation to gingival abrasion and plaque removing efficacy

PA Versteeg, NAM Rosema, MF Timmerman, U Van der Velden and GA Van der Weijden
PA Versteeg, NAM Rosema, MF Timmerman, U Van der Velden, GA Van der Weijden, Department of Periodontology, ACTA, Academic Centre for Dentistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Int J Dent Hygiene 6, 2008; 166–173
Versteeg PA, Rosema NAM, Timmerman MF, Van der Velden U, Van der Weijden GA. Evaluation of two soft manual toothbrushes with different filament designs in relation to gingival abrasion and plaque removing efficacy.

Objectives: To evaluate the effect of two soft manual toothbrushes with different filament and brush head designs in relation to gingival abrasion and plaque removing efficacy to the in relation flat trimmed manual reference toothbrush of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Methods: The study had a randomized single use cross-over model (n = 76) with three sessions whereby all brushes were used by each subject. Subjects were asked to abstain from all oral hygiene procedures for 48 h. They brushed according to split-mouth design. Pre- and post-brushing plaque and gingival abrasion were assessed.

Results: The Sensodyne® Sensitive (SENS) was more abrasive than the ADA (P < 0.001) while the Oral-B® Sensitive Advantage® (OBSA) was less abrasive than the SENS (P < 0.001). There was no statistically significant difference between the OBSA and the ADA (P = 0.319). All three brushes showed statistically significant reductions (49–56%) in plaque versus baseline. Compared to the ADA and the SENS, the OBSA had a smaller percentage of plaque removal (56% versus 49%, P ≤ 0.001; and 50% versus 52%, P = 0.028).

Conclusions: The present study which compared two soft toothbrushes showed that the OBSA caused less gingival abrasion compared to the SENS-brush with a marginal loss (2%) of efficacy.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Dental Benefits Contribute to Oral and Overall Health

Another survey that confirms what we already know! MJ

NADP White Paper Demonstrates How Dental Benefits Overcome Consumers'
Number One Concern

DALLAS, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dental benefits are
important to overcoming cost concerns that keep Americans from visiting the
dentist, a critical step in maintaining oral health, according to a white
paper released today by the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).

Based on its Consumer Survey of more than 6,000 individuals, NADP
discovered lack of insurance is the most common reason for not visiting the
dentist -- seven times more common than fear. In addition people covered by
dental benefits have a more positive perception of their oral and overall

The Consumer Survey also revealed that individuals with dental benefits
are more likely to receive restorative care to maintain their oral health.
They are:

-- 52 percent more likely to have had a root canal

-- 32 percent more likely to have had crowns

-- 18 percent more likely to have cavities filled

As well consumers with dental benefits maintain more of their teeth as
they are 30 percent less likely to have a tooth extraction

Conversely, respondents without dental coverage are 16 percent more
likely to report receiving no basic or major procedures in the last two

Based on findings from the Consumer Survey plus a body of industry
research and studies, NADP is releasing a white paper Dental Benefits: A
Wise Investment in Your Family's Health. The white paper explores the
prevalence of dental disease in children and adults and the role of dental
benefits coverage in maintaining oral health. The paper also provides
general information about the cost of dental benefits, reasons to have
dental coverage and where to find it.

For a copy of the white paper, visit NADP's consumer Web site,

About NADP

The National Association of Dental Plans is a non-profit trade
association representing the entire dental benefits industry, including
dental HMOs, dental PPOs, discount dental plans and dental indemnity
products. NADP's member dental plans provide dental benefits to
approximately 140 million of the 170 million Americans with dental
benefits. NADP's members include major commercial carriers, regional and
single-state companies.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Canada Lowers Fluoride In Water Supply

Cut children's fluoride exposure, report to Health Canada urges

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

July 29, 2008 at 4:08 AM EDT

An expert panel Health Canada commissioned to study the risks of fluoride
exposure says the government should cut the recommended amount in drinking
water, encourage the use of low-fluoride toothpaste by children and have
makers of infant formula reduce levels in their products.

The proposals were made in a report submitted to the federal government in
January of 2007, but made public last month with little fanfare when Health
Canada posted a summary on its website.

Fluoride is such a staunch cavity-fighter that it has been routinely added
to toothpaste and municipal water supplies for decades. Traces are also
found in infant formula.

But it has recently emerged as a controversial chemical for some
public-health advocates because of contested research linking it to
intelligence-quotient deficits in children; osteosarcoma, a rare type of
bone cancer in young boys - which felled Canadian icon Terry Fox - and the
mottling of youngsters' teeth, a condition known as fluorosis.

Although the panel concluded the "weight of evidence" supports neither an
association between fluoride and cancer, nor the findings of IQ deficits,
its three recommendations would lead to reduced exposure if implemented,
particularly for children.

The panel recommended reduced fluoride exposure because it was worried
children might be getting too much of the chemical from diet, water and
toothpaste, placing them at increased risk of fluorosis, said Steven Levy, a
panel member and a research professor at the University of Iowa's College of

The call for children's low-fluoride toothpaste, which is common in Europe,
was made because of concerns that youngsters might inadvertently swallow the
substance while brushing. The panel said lightly fluoridated toothpaste is
"already available in other countries" and Health Canada should "promote and
encourage" its use.

In Canada, children's toothpaste, which sometimes is candy-flavoured, has
about the same amount of fluoride as adult toothpaste. But some varieties,
sold mainly at health-food stores, do not contain any of the chemical and
are labelled "fluoride free."

In a response to questions from The Globe and Mail, Health Canada said in an
e-mail that it will accept the panel's recommendation to cut the fluroide
level in drinking water to 0.7 parts per million from the current guideline
allowing a range of 0.8 ppm to 1 ppm.

Fluoride is added to the municipal water supplies of about 13.5 million
Canadians, or about 43 per cent of the population. But the practice varies
widely by province, with almost no fluoridation in Quebec and British
Columbia and about 70 per cent of people receiving treated water in both
Ontario and Manitoba.

The impact of Health Canada's change may be muted because some jurisdictions
are already ignoring the department's water-fluoridation guideline and are
applying even more stringent limits.

Toronto, for instance, cut allowable levels in 2005 to 0.6 ppm. A report
issued by its public-health department last year says "credible scientific
evidence" supports the lower figure.

But the adoption of a new federal guideline will mark the continuation of a
long-running reduction of fluoride in water supplies. When fluoridation
began in the 1960s, it was customary for water to contain as much as 1.2

In its response to The Globe, Health Canada said it is not concerned that
millions of Canadians have been exposed for several decades to levels much
higher than the new guideline will call for because the current maximum
acceptable concentration in water supplies is 1.5 ppm.

The panel's summary does not specify an optimum fluoride concentration for
children's toothpaste, although some types available in Europe contain a
quarter to a half of the amount, ranging from 1,000 ppm to 1,500 ppm, common
in North American products.

Because toothpaste is spit out after use, it is allowed to contain far
higher fluoride concentrations than drinking water, which is ingested.

Dr. Levy said "it would be good" to have toothpaste available in North
America for children up to age 4 that would contain about half the fluoride
of regular toothpaste.

Health Canada said it is aware that youngsters might swallow toothpaste and,
as a safeguard, already recommends that those under 6 be supervised when
brushing and be given only pea-sized amounts on their brushes. The
department also said parents should contact a poison-control centre or other
medical help "right away" if more toothpaste than is used for brushing is

Infant formula contains traces of fluoride, because of the small amounts
naturally contained in its ingredients, according to two manufacturers, Mead
Johnson Nutritionals and Nestlé Canada Inc., which said their ready-to-use
products contain less than 0.3 ppm.

There are currently no industry or regulatory standards for fluoride in baby

Health Canada said cutting the recommended amount in municipal drinking
water to the 0.7-ppm level "will help address this concern" over "the risk
of excessive fluoride exposure from formula." It said adverse effects would
occur only after "extended periods of exposure" in infants consuming large
quantities of reconstituted formula.