New Revv Single Patient Mini-Polishers

Posted on December 6, 2016

Garrison’s new Revv™ Single Patient Mini-Polishers provide clinicians with the points and cups necessary to successfully finish and polish composite restorations to a lustrous, durable shine.

This comprehensive kit includes three grits, coarse, medium, and fine, in both the mini-cups and mini-points.   Revv™ is indicated for use on all varieties of composite and all types of restorations.

Revv’s single patient use eliminates reprocessing and sterilization saving the clinician time and labor expense.  This also means that the clinician has a fresh, properly shaped polisher for every patient.  Both the points and cups are significantly smaller and are mounted to non-marking tapered medical grade plastic shanks.  Their small size and tapered shank improves clinician visibility and allows access to the smallest anatomical details.

The Revv™ diamond impregnated high shine final polisher does not crumble during use and does not require paste to create a beautiful high shine.  Revv™ points and cups are supplied fully assembled further simplifying use.

Color coded and conveniently organized, Revv™ Single Patient Mini-Polishers also have a complete selection of refills available.  Contact Garrison Dental Solutions at 888-437-0032 or visit garrisondental.com for more information.

For more information call 1-888-437-0032 or visit www.garrisondental.com.

Study: Fewer Older Americans Have Dental Insurance

Posted on December 6, 2016

Only 12% of older Americans have some form of dental insurance and fewer than half visited a dentist in the previous year, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research on Medicare beneficiaries.

Insurance status appeared to be the biggest predictor of whether a person received oral health care: For those with incomes just over the federal poverty level, 27% of those without dental insurance had a dental visit in the previous year, compared to 65% with dental insurance, according to an analysis of 2012 Medicare data.

Income also played a role: High-income beneficiaries were almost three times as likely to have received dental care in the previous 12 months as compared to low-income beneficiaries, 74% of whom reported receiving no dental care. Many high-income beneficiaries – even those with dental insurance – paid a sizable portion of their bills out of pocket.

The findings, published in the December issue of the journal Health Affairs, suggest an enormous unmet need for dental insurance among those 65 and older in the United States, putting older adults at risk for oral health problems that could be prevented or treated with timely dental care, including tooth decay, gum disease and loss of teeth. It also highlights the financial burden associated with dental visits, among both the insured and uninsured.

“Medicare is focused specifically on physical health needs and not oral health needs and, as a result, a staggering 49 million Medicare beneficiaries in this country do not have dental insurance,” says study author Amber Willink, PhD, an assistant scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School. “With fewer and fewer retiree health plans covering dental benefits, we are ushering in a population of people with less coverage and who are less likely to routinely see a dentist. We need to think about cost-effective solutions to this problem.”

Eighty percent of Americans under the age of 65 are covered by employer-sponsored programs that offer dental insurance, which covers routine cleanings and cost-sharing on fillings and other dental work. Many of them lose that coverage when they retire or go on Medicare. The vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries who have dental insurance are those who are still covered by employer-sponsored insurance, either because they are still working or because they are part of an ever-dwindling group of people with very generous retiree medical and dental benefits.

For the new study, the researchers analyzed data provided by 11,299 respondents to the 2012 Cost and Use Files of the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. The data included information collected on income, dental insurance status, dental health access and out-of-pocket expenditures.

Among the findings: On average, Medicare beneficiaries reported spending $427 on dental care over the previous year, 77% of which was out-of-pocket spending. An estimated seven percent reported spending more than $1,500. Dental expenses, on average, accounted for 14% of Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket health spending.

Poor dental hygiene not only contributes to gum disease, but the same bacteria linked to gum disease has also been linked to pneumonia, a serious illness that increases the risk of hospitalization and death. It can also contribute to difficulty eating, swallowing or speaking, all of which bring their own health challenges. Nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries doesn’t have any of his or her original teeth left, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The researchers took the research a step further. They analyzed two separate proposals for adding dental benefits to Medicare, estimating how much each would cost. One was similar to the premium-financed, voluntary Medicare Part D benefit that was added to Medicare a decade ago to help cover prescription drugs for seniors. The other was similar to a proposal that has been introduced in Congress that would embed dental care into Medicare as a core benefit for all of the program’s 56 million beneficiaries, which is not expected to pass before Congress recesses.

The first proposal, which would cost an average premium of $29-a-month and would come with a subsidy for low-income seniors who couldn’t afford that, would run an estimated $4.4 to $5.9 billion annually depending on the number of low-income beneficiaries who participate. The second, with a $7 monthly premium and subsidies for low-income people, would cost between $12.8 and $16.2 billion annually. The packages would cover the full cost of one preventive care visit a year and 50 percent of allowable costs for necessary care up to a $1,500 limit per year to cover additional preventive care and treatment of acute gum disease or tooth decay.

“It’s hard to tell in this current political climate whether this is something that will be addressed by lawmakers, but regardless this is affecting the lives of many older adults,” Willink says.

She cautions that if the costs become too high for Medicare beneficiaries, they could lose whatever wealth they have and end up on Medicaid, the insurance for the very poor which the government pays for fully.

“Older adults are struggling and the current benefits structure of Medicare is not meeting their needs. We need to find the right solution,” she says. “Otherwise, it’s going to end up being so much more expensive for everyone.”

“Dental Care and Medicare Beneficiaries: Access Gaps, Cost Burdens and Policy Options” was written by Amber Willink, Cathy Schoen, and Karen Davis.

The work was supported by the Commonwealth Fund.

Sterngold Dental Presents 3-Day Hands-on Attachment Course

Posted on December 5, 2016

Attleboro, MA– On October 6-8, 2016, James T. Ellison, CDT, Technical and Educational Services Manager for Sterngold, lectured on “Attachments” at Sterngold’s headquarters.  The course was designed for both dentists and dental technicians.  Through slide presentations, case design, and hands-on work the 10 participants were given a broad view of attachment application in partial dentures, overdentures, implants, and segmented bridgework. This intensive 3-day program left the participants confident in their ability to design, prescribe and fabricate attachment-retained prostheses. 

 

From Left to Right:  Ronald Wilson, CDT, Michael Kayser, DDS, Steven Mitchell, DDS, Robert Scarazzo, DMD, Christopher Hoffpauir, DDS, Rebecca Elovic, DMD, James Ellison, CDT (speaker) Reza Vakili, DDS, Randy Young, DDS, Christine Swanson, Timothy Slavin, DMD, Julie Ellison.   

For more information on Sterngold’s training courses visit http://www.sterngold.com/Sterngold/events/training or call 800-243-9942. 

 

Sterngold Hosts Attachments Course

Posted on December 5, 2016

On October 6-8, James T. Ellison, CDT, Technical and Educational Services Manager for Sterngold, lectured on “Attachments” at Sterngold’s headquarters.

The course was designed for both dentists and dental technicians. Through slide presentations, case design, and hands-on work, the 10 participants were given a broad view of attachment application in partial dentures, overdentures, implants, and segmented bridgework. This intensive 3-day program left the participants confident in their ability to design, prescribe and fabricate attachment-retained prostheses.

For more information on Sterngold’s training courses, visit http://www.sterngold.com/Sterngold/events/training or call 800-243-9942. 

Picture, from left: Ronald Wilson, CDT; Michael Kayser, DDS; Steven Mitchell, DDS; Robert Scarazzo, DMD; Christopher Hoffpauir, DDS; Rebecca Elovic, DMD; Ellison; Reza Vakili, DDS; Randy Young, DDS; Christine Swanson; Timothy Slavin, DMD; and Julie Ellison. 

Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future Awards Grants to Positively Impact Oral Health of Young Children

Posted on December 5, 2016

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Canada-United States Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) has awarded three interprofessional grants totaling $50,000.00 (USD) to fund projects that will be carried out in 2017 and have a positive impact on dental caries, an early form of tooth decay which is reversible, for children aged 0-6.

The inaugural grant program aims to bring together groups outside of dentistry, such as pediatrics and primary care, to help underserved communities.  Made possible through funding from Colgate-Palmolive, the grants focus on specific populations including communities with high caries needs, populations living in remote areas with limited access to dental care, disadvantaged communities such as those with low incomes and other populations with specialized health care needs.

"The programs funded through this grant are outstanding examples of the interprofessional collaboration being implemented to address oral health," said Alyssa Hayes, BDent, MSc, FRCD(C), Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health, University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry and Canada-US ACFF Chapter Co-Chair. "Only by working together can we improve the oral health of young children."

About the 2016 Winners

  • Promoting Oral Health in Primary Care: Closing the Dental Referral Loop (Children's Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.) – This program aims to improve the process of dental referrals for children at highest risk. By expanding the role of a dedicated staff member who will help to shepherd identified children through the referral process and coordinate care between patients and providers. Ultimately, by February 2018, the organizers believe that 80% of children at absolute high risk for caries according to the AAP Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool will have a formal dental referral completed.

  • An Ontario Primary Health Care System to Support a Cavity-free Future (Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto and Niagara Region, Public Health, Toronto) – Through a participatory action research approach, this project aims to build readiness across dentistry, medicine, public health and government to make fluoride varnish (FV) routine primary care practice in Ontario. The project will engage key policy and practice leaders to understand their perspectives on the challenges of adopting FV in primary care. In collaboration with these stakeholders, the project will also develop the strategy that will be necessary to making FV application routing primary care practice in Ontario.

  • Online Parenting Forums: Drawing Implications for Caries Prevention from Parents' Perspectives of Childhood Decay and Dental Expertise (University of Calgary) – A research project that seeks to better understand online parenting forums in relation to early childhood caries (ECC). In-person sessions with parents recruited from online forums will focus on how parents use forums, their perceptions of trust and expertise online, and what supportive role health professionals might play on parenting forums. Findings from these sessions will then better inform the role of public health professionals in enhancing ECC prevention efforts.

"Disparities in dental caries experience and access to care exist all across North America," said Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD, Professor, University of Michigan School of Dentistry and Canada-US ACFF Chapter Co-Chair. "We believe these programs will have a significant short and long-term impact in our understanding of how to reduce these disparities."

For those interested in finding resources on cavity prevention, more information can be found at www.AllianceforaCavityFreeFuture.org. Specific information about the Canada-US Chapter can be obtained by contacting Co-Chair Alyssa Hayes via email (alyssa.hayes@usask.ca) or phone (306-966-1407).

 

Watch: Highlights of the 2016 Greater New York Dental Meeting

Posted on December 2, 2016

The Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting is one of the largest Dental Congresses in the world. This year’s program, Friday, November 25 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016, included attendees from all 50 states and numerous international visitors.

The AEGIS Communications team was on site all week to see the latest products, interview participants, and capture the excitement. Check out the video highlights here. 

 

Prosthodontists, General Dentists, and Dental Technicians to Gather in Chicago This February for APS Annual Conference

Posted on December 1, 2016

Chicago, IL –The American Prosthodontic Society’s (APS) 89th Annual Meeting will join together hundreds of prosthodontists, dental technicians, general dentists and students from around the world, Feb. 23-24 in Chicago. Taking place at the Swissótel, the two-day conference program will showcase the research, techniques, and technologies that are at the crossroads of technology and art in the discovery of new treatments and techniques in prosthodontics. 

The 89th Annual Meeting will feature an impressive line-up of the most sought-after, international dental speakers in the profession, including:

• Mr. Peter Angelus, MDT

• Dr. Edmond Bedrossian

• Dr. Marco Brindis

• Dr. Lyndon Cooper

• Mr. Jungo Endo, MDT

• Dr. Jonathan Esquivel

• Dr. Lee Jameson

• Mr. Robert Kreyer

• Dr. Frank LaMar, Jr.

• Dr. Gary Morris

• Dr. Martin Osswald

• Dr. Mamaly Reshad

• Dr. Susanne Scherrer

• Dr. Ami Smidt

• Dr. Clark Stanford

• Dr. Jonathan Wiens

Among others, conference sessions will examine the following topics:

• Contemporary Techniques in Custom Designed Prosthetics

• Reverse Engineering Concept with Dental Implant Prosthetics

• Digital Design of Maxillo-Mandibular Reconstruction

• The Use of Extended Length Implants with Prosthetics

• Contemporary Design of High End Implant Restorations

• Classification Guidelines for Implant CAD CAM Frameworks

• Fractography and Considerations in handling Ceramic Materials

• Management of Occlusal Disharmony in Daily Practice

Beyond the speaker sessions, the annual meeting schedule includes networking breaks, a Thursday evening reception, and a digital poster competition. For those looking to take part in the competition, primary poster presenters will receive complimentary registration to the meeting and will have their poster featured in an online gallery for viewing after the conference ends.

Event exhibitors for the 89th Annual Meeting will enjoy dedicated hours to meet with attendees and vast recognition at the event, with options to host Corporate Lunch Forums.  

Learn more about APS and the 89th Annual Meeting at www.prostho.org

anaxdent Hosts BDT Technique Course

Posted on December 1, 2016

Phil Reddington, RDT, and Lee Mullins, RDT, of Beever Dental Technology in Leeds, United Kingdom, educated 43 technicians from the US and Canada on their BDT Technique to fabricate BDT Implant Bridges at LVI Global in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 18-19.

Their technique focuses on full-arch implant bridges with Pekkton Ivory (anaxdent North America) polymer frames, individual ceramic crowns, and pink composite gingiva. Attendees observed the technique live from planning, to design, to fabrication and finish, and were the first to see the new digital BDT approach for CAD/CAM production of the Pekkton frame.

Reddington and Mullins will return to the LVI facility to teach the course again June 2-3, 2017. To register, contact anaxdent North America at 877-897-6598 or go to anaxdentusa.com/BDTvegas.

Renfert to Host Bruguera at Booth in Chicago

Posted on November 30, 2016

Renfert USA will feature August Bruguera at its booth to perform live hands-on demonstrations featuring the GEO Expert Wax Set at Lab Day Chicago in February.

RENFERT’s GEO Expert Wax Set allows the production of monolithic, diagnostic, and esthetic wax-ups for single restorations and bridgework, thus promoting perfect coordination between the patient, dental office, and laboratory from the beginning, ie, while waxing up. The set includes a manual on creating wax-ups according to August Bruguera’s philosophy.

NYU Dentistry Awarded $1.3M Grant to Expand Dental Access for Underserved Populations

Posted on November 29, 2016

Courtney H. Chinn, DDS, MPH, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry and director of the postgraduate program in pediatric dentistry at the NYU College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry), has received a five-year, $1.3 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish Growing Faculty Success in Community-based Educational Settings (Growing Success).

"The goal of this novel faculty development program," explains Dr. Chinn, "is to recruit, develop, and retain faculty who are committed to teaching the delivery of quality, interprofessional, community-based oral health care for underserved pediatric, adolescent, and special needs populations and to inspire trainees to utilize their skills in their future careers." Grant partners of the NYU Department of Pediatric Dentistry include the NYU Dentistry Office of Allied Health Programs, Office of Professional Development, and Office of Student Affairs & Academic Support Services.

Growing Success seeks to achieve this goal by establishing a community-based educator track for qualified pediatric dentists and dental hygienists who demonstrate sincere interest in teaching students to deliver successful community-based dental services. Over the five-year program, selected faculty will receive educational loan repayment and participate in structured development activities designed to bolster their personal professional portfolios while simultaneously building their confidence, comfort, and skill sets to succeed in educating future dental professionals.

The program consists of a core "community-based curriculum" offered by NYU Dentistry's Office of Faculty Development; pre-selection into one of three "community-based concentrations" (in school-based oral health, interprofessional education, or community dental hygiene) offered by the College's Department of Pediatric Dentistry and its Office of Allied Health Programs; guided mentorship; and individually-tailored faculty development experiences.

Growing Success leverages the extensive network of NYU Department of Pediatric Dentistry community partners including Head Start, the New York City Department of Education and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bellevue Hospital Center, the NYU Meyers College of Nursing, and the NYU School of Medicine to place faculty and students in community-based primary care sites throughout New York City. Through these placements, Growing Success seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current community programs while strengthening existing partnerships. Moreover, as the largest dental school in the US, NYU Dentistry is uniquely positioned to help narrow the dental workforce gap for underserved pediatric populations not only in New York City but beyond, as faculty who complete this track go on to teach and practice across the nation.

"The current challenge facing dental professionals and oral health advocates," says Dr. Chinn, "is to ensure an adequate and appropriately trained dental workforce that can successfully meet the oral health needs of a large and growing US pediatric population. The next generation of dentists and hygienists must be equipped with the knowledge, experience, and confidence that will allow them to successfully provide services and improve access to care for traditionally underserved communities. Recruiting and supporting diverse, high-quality dental school faculty is a crucial element in facilitating the growth and success of our future dental professionals."

HRSA Award Number: 1T93HP30390-01-00

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