Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Reduce Dental Cavities and Treatment Costs?

Posted on September 26, 2016

Alexandria, Va. – The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have published a Discovery! manuscript titled "Effects of Taxing Sugar-sweetened Beverages on Caries and Treatment Costs" by lead author Falk Schwendicke, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. This manuscript, published today in the OnlineFirst portion of the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research (JDR), provides the first economic evaluation of the effect of taxation on caries experience and treatment costs. Accompanying this article is an editorial titled "Taxes on SSBs: A Strategy to Reduce Epidemics of Dental Caries?", written by JDR Editor-in-Chief William Giannobile, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA; and JDR Associate Editor Jessica Lee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, diet is the leading cause of health loss. The dietary impact of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), in addition to tobacco, alcohol and salt, serves as a major contributor to death. SSBs have demonstrated putative effects on diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular diseases and certain cancer types. Furthermore, the increasing rise in dental caries experience due to SSBs has become a global public health problem that has attracted the attention of clinicians, scientists and policymakers.

In this study, Schwendicke and colleagues modeled the implementation of a 20% of SSBs' sales tax in a German population and concluded that taxation reduced caries increment and treatment costs especially in younger individuals and those with low income. If such a tax rate of 20% was implemented, this could help alleviate the rates in obesity, dental caries increments and perhaps other comorbidities, such as diabetes. There have been successes in the implementation of SSB taxes in an effort to reduce dietary intake of added sugars to combat obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Obesity, like dental caries is broadly perceived as a preventable condition that can be managed through behavioral changes, in most cases.

As far as recent triumphs in affecting change, Mexico and the UK have successfully passed legislation on SSBs using prototypes of taxation adapted from alcohol and tobacco. Taxing SSBs can be an important tool in the prevention of dental and metabolic diseases to promote oral and systemic well-being.

"This landmark contribution provides convincing evidence that changes in tax policy can result in improved oral health, at both the individual and population levels, and also yield significant financial benefits to governments," said oral health policy expert and AADR President-elect Raul Garcia. "These findings have immediate implications for formulation of health policy at the national level in all countries."

Please visit http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/early/recent to read the Discovery! manuscript titled "Effects of Taxing Sugar-sweetened Beverages on Caries and Treatment Costs" and the companion editorial.

 

Doceram, 3M Agree on Licensing

Posted on September 26, 2016

Doceram Medical Ceramics GmbH, headquarted in Dortmund, Germany, and 3M, headquarted in St. Paul, Minnesota, announced they have signed a licensing agreement for Doceram to use 3M’s patented techology that enables the coloring of unshaded ceramics by color-matching dental restorations to the natural color of patients’ teeth.

Doceram Medical will expand the Nacera® brand as a complete system solution for dental laboratories and dental technicians, leveraging 3M’s patented technology for staining zirconia with a new product marketed as Nacera® Classic Liquids.

3M has licensed its patented technology to several other partners in the dental industry and remains open to licensing this technology to other interested parties.

Oral Health America Makes Public Health Campaign Colorful with Hu-Friedy Coloring Sheet

Posted on September 26, 2016

CHICAGO, September 26 – Whether by choice, by culture or by need, grandfamilies are more commonplace with one-in-ten children residing fulltime in their grandparents’ homes. Grandfamilies face unique challenges, including those related to oral health as demonstrated by Oral Health America’s 2016 Public Opinion Poll conducted by Wakefield Research.

Though grandparents may experience increased stress-related issues while raising children children in their homes, 56% also reported that they were more likely to go outside specifically because their child encouraged or influenced them, compared with 43% of parents. Grandparents are working to provide the dental care their children require, while also remaining vibrant and benefiting from their children's influence.

Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign focuses on the oral health of families, and encourages everyone to spread the word about the positive effects of daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products. This year’s campaign highlights “grandfamilies” or kinship care to address the oral health issues that impact young and older generations.

Hu-Friedy supports Fall for Smiles with a free Nevi coloring sheet available for download online. Other free resources include interactive quizzes, brushing chart, and tips for the whole family.

Fall for Smiles is generously sponsored by 3M; Trident; Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait, an initiative of Dental Trade Alliance; Patterson Dental; Hu-Friedy; Midmark Corporation; SciCan, Inc.; Septodont USA; Sunstar Americas, Inc.; Whip Mix Corporation; the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention; National Dental Association; and Crosstex Dentapure.

Learn more about Fall for Smiles at oralhealthamerica.org/fallforsmiles.

 

 

100 Million Prescription Opioids Go Unused Each Year Following Wisdom Teeth Removal

Posted on September 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – More than half of opioids prescribed to patients following surgical tooth extraction – such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth – were left unused by patients in a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine. The authors say the surplus is troubling given the ongoing opioid epidemic and evidence showing that individuals who abuse prescription opioids often use leftover pills that were prescribed for friends or family members. The study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, suggests the availability of prescription disposal kiosks in pharmacies and small financial incentives may increase proper disposal of opioids by more than 20%.

“When translated to the broad US population, our findings suggest that more than 100 million opioid pills prescribed to patients following surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth are not used, leaving the door open for possible abuse or misuse by patients, or their friends or family,” said lead author Brandon C. Maughan, MD, MHS, MSHP, an emergency physician and health services researcher at The Lewin Group, a health policy consulting firm, who conducted the study while serving as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “Given the increasing concern about prescription opioid abuse in the United States, all prescribers – including physicians, oral surgeons and dental clinicians – have a responsibility to limit opioid exposure, to explain the risks of opioid misuse, and educate patients on proper drug disposal.”

In the study, researchers examined prescription opioid use for 79 patients after dental impaction surgery, and how a small financial incentive and information about a pharmacy-based drug disposal program would affect patients’ willingness to properly dispose of unused medications. Researchers also tested the effectiveness of using a text message-based platform to collect data on pain and prescription medication use.

During enrollment, participants received a debit card preloaded with $10. Surveys assessing pain levels and medication use were delivered via text message every day for the first week following surgery, and again on days 14 and 21 following surgery. For each survey completed, the participant would receive an addition $3 credit on the debit card (a possible $27 total). Patients who completed a follow-up health interview received an additional $10.

Just 24 hours after surgery, patients reported an average pain score of 5 out of 10 while taking pain medication. By the second day, more than half (51%) reported a low pain score (0-3 out of 10), and by the fifth day, almost 80% had a low pain score.

The majority of patients (94%) received a prescription for an opioid medication to manage pain, with 82% also receiving a prescription-strength nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and 78% received a prescription antibiotic. On average, participants who did not have post-surgical complications (93%) received prescriptions containing 28 opioid pills, but three weeks following surgery had only used 13, leaving more than 1,000 unused opioid pills. Only five patients used all of the prescribed pills.

“Results of our study show within five days of surgery, most patients are experiencing relatively little pain, and yet, most still had well over half of their opioid prescription left,” said Elliot V. Hersh, DMD, MS, PhD, a professor in the department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Pharmacology at Penn Dental Medicine, and a co-author on the study. “Research shows that prescription-strength NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, combined with acetaminophen, can offer more effective pain relief and fewer adverse effects than opioid-containing medications. While opioids can play a role in acute pain management after surgery, they should only be added in limited quantities for more severe pain.”

Additional results showed that offering information specific to a drug disposal program led to a 22% increase in the number of patients who had either properly disposed of or planned to properly dispose leftover opioids. Patients in the control arm received routine postoperative instructions with a controlled substance information sheet including details about the risks of keeping unused opioids and explained that a study hotline was available for information on drug disposal. Comparatively, participants in the intervention arm received the same instructions along with a one-page overview of a pharmacy-based drug disposal program.

“Expanding the availability of drug disposal mechanisms to community locations that patients regularly visit – such as grocery stores and retail pharmacies – may substantially increase the use of these programs,” Maughan said. “By providing a one-page information sheet coupled with a small financial incentive patients were significantly more interested in proper disposal of unused opioid pills. The results suggest that future trials might also use similar low-intensity and low-cost interventions to reduce the misuse of opioid medications.”

Other co-authors on the study include Lee R. Carrasco from the department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Pharmacology at Penn Dental Medicine, Frances S. Shofer, Kathryn J. Wanner, and Elizabeth Archer from the department of Emergency Medicine at Penn Medicine, and Karin V. Rhodes from the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. The study was funded by a grant from the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Oral Health America and Septodont Want You to Develop a Healthy Fall Routine

Posted on September 23, 2016

CHICAGO, September 23 – There are approximately 2.5 million grandfamilies with children residing fulltime in their grandparents’ homes. Grandfamilies face unique challenges, including those related to oral health as demonstrated by Oral Health America’s 2016 Public Opinion Poll conducted by Wakefield Research shows that 70% of grandparents reported that they believed it was harder for them to keep up with information surrounding children’s oral health than it was for younger parents.

That’s why OHA engages all Americans about the importance of good oral health as part of its annual public awareness campaign, Fall for Smiles. Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign, which focuses on the oral health of families encourages everyone to spread the word about the positive effects of daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products.

Septodont supportsFall for Smiles with a downloadable brushing chart to help families talk about the importance of toothbrushing. Other free downloadable resources include an interactive quiz, coloring sheet and tips for the whole family.

Fall for Smiles is generously sponsored by 3M; Trident; Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait, an initiative of Dental Trade Alliance; Patterson Dental; Hu-Friedy; Midmark Corporation; SciCan, Inc.; Septodont USA; Sunstar Americas, Inc.; Whip Mix Corporation; the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention; National Dental Association; Crosstex Dentapure and Trident.

Learn more about Fall for Smiles and register to attend the webinar at oralhealthamerica.org/fallforsmiles.

 

Test Your Wisdom Tooth with Oral Health America and SciCan

Posted on September 22, 2016

CHICAGO, September 21 – Whether by choice, by culture or by need, grandfamilies are more commonplace with one-in-ten children residing fulltime in their grandparents’ homes. Grandfamilies face unique challenges, including those related to oral health as demonstrated by Oral Health America’s 2016 Public Opinion Poll conducted by Wakefield Research shows that 70% of grandparents reported that they believed it was harder for them to keep up with information surrounding children’s oral health than it was for younger parents.

That’s why OHA engages all Americans about the importance of good oral health as part of its annual public awareness campaign, Fall for Smiles. Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign, which focuses on the oral health of families encourages everyone to spread the word about the positive effects of daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products.

SciCan supports Fall for Smiles with interactive quiz to test your oral health knowledge. The downloadable quiz is available online to share with friends and family. Other free downloadable resources include a brushing chart, coloring sheet and tips for the whole family. Take the quiz here. 

Fall for Smiles is generously sponsored by 3M; Trident; Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait, an initiative of Dental Trade Alliance; Patterson Dental; Hu-Friedy; Midmark Corporation; SciCan, Inc.; Septodont USA; Sunstar Americas, Inc.; Whip Mix Corporation; the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention; National Dental Association; Crosstex Dentapure and Trident.

Learn more about Fall for Smiles and register to attend the webinar at oralhealthamerica.org/fallforsmiles.

 

 

 

Sterngold Now Offers ABF Waxes

Posted on September 22, 2016

Attleboro, MA –ABF Waxes are now available in the U.S. through Sterngold. ABF waxes are characterized by their unique composition that guarantees exceptional properties during use. As their name indicates these waxes make it possible to create the esthetics that will provide your Wax-up with character. A light version to ensure basic coloring and a dark version to generate typical shade in the fissures. In the liquid stage these waxes still remain opaque. For more information or to order online visit www.sterngold.com. 

 

 

 

 

Breathable N2O Nasal Hood Liners Eliminate Facial Contact

Posted on September 22, 2016

Ultra-soft Safe-hood Nasal Hood Liners slip over all nitrous oxide nasal hoods to provide a breathable barrier that reduces surface contact while filtering airborne microbes and other residual contaminants. Polypropylene liners are fluid-resistant, odor-free and latex-free. Available in sky blue or mint green color.

For over three decades, Practicon has partnered with dental professionals to advance patient care, increase productivity and profitability, and heighten professional enjoyment by bringing “practical innovations” to dentistry. Practicon’s growing product line ranges from hard-to-find problem solvers to cost-effective everyday supplies. 

3M to Donate to Give Kids a Smile Program

Posted on September 22, 2016

The ADA Foundation and 3M announced that 3M will donate 3,000 introductory sealant kits to the ADA Foundation for use during the 2017 Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program. The donation, which has an estimated fair market value of $250,000, will help Give Kids A Smile volunteers place more than 400,000 sealants on underserved kids’ teeth in 2017.

“In our collaborations with oral health professionals around the world, we see the importance that our customers place on giving back to their communities, and it is one we share wholeheartedly,” says John Tobin, director, U.S. Sales and Marketing, 3M Oral Care. “We are proud to partner with the ADA Foundation and the 2017 Give Kids A Smile program to help kids keep healthy smiles for life.” 

Each sealant kit can provide approximately 140 sealant applications and includes two 1.2 ml 3M™ Clinpro™ Sealant syringes, one 3 ml 3M™ Scotchbond™ Etchant syringe, 20 sealant syringe tips, and 25 etchant syringe tips. A sealant kit will be included in each of the 3,000 Henry Schein Dental professional kits distributed to those who register and are awarded product for Give Kids A Smile programs in January 2017.

“Give Kids A Smile Programs from around the country have been asking for sealant material because they are highly effective and a safe means of preventive dental care,” says Dr. Jeff Dalin, ADA Foundation Give Kids A Smile Committee member. “We love working with 3M and are excited about the opportunity of getting their Clinpro Sealant into the hands of our wonderful volunteers. A lot of kids will benefit greatly from this generous donation of product."

The ADA Foundation will celebrate Give Kids A Smile’s 15th anniversary in 2017. For more information about Give Kids A Smile or to sign up your Give Kids A Smile program, visit adafoundation.org/GKAS. To make a donation to Give Kids A Smile, visit adafoundation.org

Aurident to Distribute Shining 3D Scanners

Posted on September 22, 2016

Aurident, Inc has entered into an agreement with Shinning 3D Tech Co LTD to distribute and service Shining 3D scanners in the North America.

Three cost-effective, highly efficient, advanced technology scanners are available.

"The DSX model is a very low-cost, reliable blue light scanner, ideal for any size laboratory," Aurident says in a release. "The DS200+ model is a high-production, competitively priced scanner capable of scanning a full arch in 6 seconds. The DS300 model scanner is capable of scanning fully articulated models."

All Shining 3D scanners use exocad CAD software available from Aurident. Aurident will also arrange for financing or leasing options for scanners and software at very favorable terms.

For more information on Shining 3D scanners, call Aurident at 800-422-7373 or visit www.aurident.com.

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