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.

Glidewell to Use Only Obsidian for PFMs

Posted on September 22, 2016

Glidewell Laboratories has announced that production of conventional feldspathic PFMs will cease companywide effective October 1, 2016. All future PFM cases prescribed from the laboratory will use Obsidian® lithium silicate ceramic in place of feldspathic porcelain.

When compared to conventional PFMs, Obsidian Pressed to Metal crowns and bridges represent a higher standard of care in ceramo-metal restorations, the company says in a release, adding that Obsidian lithium silicate ceramic exhibits over four times the flexural strength and two times the chip resistance of traditional porcelains.

"The material polishes beautifully and is kinder to opposing dentition than previous PFM ceramics," the release says. "The increased toughness of Obsidian makes it ideal for bridges, cases with insufficient vertical space for full-contour zirconia, and screw-retained restorations.  

"Obsidian’s greater translucency matches shades and blends more naturally with real dentition. Obsidian Pressed to Metal restorations also enable a new level of marginal precision, with tolerances as tight as 20 microns. Each metal understructure is digitally designed and then fabricated with a computer-controlled selective laser sintering machine, which uses a laser to bind metal powder into a 3D shape. This precision established with these techniques helps prevent bacterial invasion and cement washout in delivered restorations."

Jim Glidewell, CDT, says, “Obsidian Pressed to Metal crowns are without question the next step in the evolution of PFMs.”

Obsidian Pressed to Metal restorations are priced at the current PFM rate of $109 per unit for non-precious alloy and at a reduced rate of $116 per unit for white noble alloy.

For more information about Obsidian lithium silicate ceramic, visit http://www.obsidianceramic.com.

Arfona, Valplast Make 3D Printing Breakthrough

Posted on September 22, 2016

Arfona and Valplast have entered into a joint distribution agreement that brings extrusion-based 3D printing to the dental industry with the introduction of the r.Pod® Desktop 3D Printer. Capable of printing thermoplastic filament, the r.Pod prints flexible partial dentures, study models, custom impression trays, and soft tissue gingiva for implant models. The r.Pod is optimized for printing Valplast® flexible nylon resin for partial dentures and appliances and represents an evolutionary step in CAD/CAM dentistry. 

Though typically not used in dentistry because of limitations on resolution, extrusion-based printing can offer a number of advantages over more common resin-type printers. By printing thermoplastic resins, the r.Pod can create end-use parts and dental appliances as opposed to prototypes or diagnostic appliances that are typically printed on DLP and SLA printers.

“The ability to create end-use parts is the most exciting feature of the r.Pod printer," says Arfona CEO Justin Marks, CDT. "In the past, thermoplastics had to be either injection molded or vacuum formed, but the possibility to now 3D print them opens up a whole new world of CAD/CAM materials that didn’t exist before. This is particularly interesting for laboratories that work with digital impressions because now there is now a completely digital workflow for restorations like Valplast that in the past required traditional fabrication techniques.”

The r.Pod is a dual extrusion 3D printer, containing two nozzles that can be used to print parts with removable support material or multicolor/multimaterial parts. The process for designing 3D printable Valplast partials has been validated using the 3Shape RPD module while other CAD systems are currently being tested. 

“We are thrilled that technicians can now move past the rapid prototyping stage and directly into additive manufacturing for Valplast appliances,” says CEO Peter Nagy of Valplast International Corp. “Our knowledge of flexible partial denture fabrication coupled with the most cutting edge technology is a slam dunk for labs who wish to go fully digital in their removables department.”

The r.Pod Desktop 3D Printer is available for pre-order exclusively from Arfona LLC and Valplast Corporation from now through the end of November with the first deliveries scheduled for December 2016. Further information is available at http://www.arfona.com or http://www.valplast.com and on the companies’ respective social media pages. 

Nowak Adds New Representative

Posted on September 22, 2016

Shawn Nowak, President of Nowak Dental Supply based in Carriere, Mississippi, announced that Sabrina Chmieleski will be joining the Nowak Dental team as a Regional Sales Representative.

Chmieleski has 17 years of experience in the dental industry and will be covering the West Coast, helping dental laboratories to grow.

Gift to Tufts University Will Fund New Anatomy Lab and Family Medicine Scholarships

Posted on September 21, 2016

Newswise—BOSTON (September 21, 2016)—The gross anatomy laboratory at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston will be relocated, expanded and integrated with state-of-the-art digital imaging thanks to a $15 million gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. The funding from the Jaharis family will also provide scholarships for middle- to low-income students committed to practicing family medicine, easing student indebtedness in a medical specialty with a tremendous shortage of physicians.

Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco says the Jaharis family’s philanthropy aligns with a core value of the university—to act as an engine for social good. “There’s nothing more noble than an investment in education and the health and well-being of our society,” says Monaco, an accomplished medical researcher and geneticist. “Family physicians trained at Tufts will play a critical role as we confront the obesity epidemic, opioid addiction and other great health challenges of our times and work to resolve them.”

New Gross Anatomy Laboratory

Advances in diagnostic imaging technologies are changing not only the practice of medicine but also medical education. While some medical schools have adopted virtual reality to replace cadaver labs, the new gross anatomy lab reinforces the School’s commitment to hands-on physical dissection as a critical component of medical education. The incorporation of advanced medical imaging, such as CAT scans, MRIs and computer-based visualizations, directly into the new lab will provide a foundation for students to better understand diagnostic imaging in relation to an individual body.

“Overall, the trend has been for schools to go away from physical dissection, although many have come back to it,” says Jeffrey Marchant, Ph.D., research assistant professor and associate director of the Division of Medical Education at Tufts. “In our view, in order to learn the material, students have to go into the lab and physically dissect the parts of the body. Searching for structures is an important part of the learning process.”

The new gross anatomy lab will feature an enlarged space and world-class technology in addition to hands-on physical dissection. Some of the new lab’s highlights will include:

• A flexible design for 200+ students and faculty with surgical lighting and 

computer screens at each dissection table; 

• integration of high-resolution diagnostic imaging; 

• a 75-person adjacent classroom specially equipped to support active and group 

learning; and,

• an advanced dissection lab adjacent to the main room and a specialty anatomy 

suite.

The gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation enables Tufts to maximize the use of one of its oldest buildings on campus, the Biomedical Research and Public Health Building, which has been central to the School since the 1950s. Construction on the new lab will begin in fall 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2018. The laboratory will run year-round, providing anatomical training for each medical, dental medicine, and physician assistant class.

Scholarships for Students in Family Medicine

Two million dollars of the gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation will go toward assisting middle- to low-income fourth-year medical students who pursue careers in family medicine, typically among the lowest-paid specialties in medicine. Nationally, fewer medical school graduates choose primary care, and specifically family medicine, compared with other fields, and the American Academy of Family Physicians projects a shortfall of 21,000 family medicine physicians by 2025.

The high levels of debt and the relatively lower pay in family medicine pose a likely deterrent for students when it comes to choosing a specialty. “It’s our most underserved field,” says Amy Kuhlik, M.D., dean of student affairs at Tufts School of Medicine. “We have a critical need in this area, yet year after year, this is where we see the greatest number go unfulfilled in the match.”

Steven Jaharis, a 1987 graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, long-time family medicine physician in the Chicago area and a director of the Jaharis Family Foundation, notes, “I recognize that student debt is a pressing issue for medical students today, and I don’t want the size of a student’s loans to discourage future physicians from selecting family medicine as their specialty. The need for primary care physicians in America is growing, and I hope that this scholarship will help students who go into family medicine graduate with less loan debt.”

Based on financial need, Tufts will award a total of $100,000 in scholarships each year prior to graduation to students who match into a family medicine residency program, reducing loan principal and the corresponding interest charges.

The Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. and Tufts University School of Medicine

This gift is the latest in a long history of transformative contributions the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. has made to Tufts University School of Medicine. The Foundation previously enabled the near-doubling of research space at the medical school with the construction of a new building called the Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutrition Sciences; endowed a professorship in family medicine at Tufts; funded a comprehensive renovation of the School’s Sackler Center and creation of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center; and established the Jaharis Family Scholarship Fund, which provides additional resources for financial aid.

Education was long an important cause for Jaharis family patriarch Michael Jaharis, who passed away in February. For many years he held a leadership role in the governance of Tufts, serving as a university trustee from 1993 to 2003 and as a chair of the board of advisors to the School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. In 2015, Tufts awarded him an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in recognition of his lifetime commitment to the public good.

“This gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation will dramatically enhance the gross anatomy course, a cornerstone of medical education, where students get the first glimmer of what type of physician they might become and where they first begin to work in a team environment. Moreover, the Jaharis family has helped to build a robust family medicine department at Tufts. The latest gift ensures that we continue to graduate well-trained physicians whose indebtedness does not dictate the medical specialty they choose. Most notably, the Foundation’s philanthropy will have a much broader impact—helping to guarantee a pipeline of physicians who are prepared to provide comprehensive and preventative care to patients who need it the most,” says Harris Berman, M.D., dean of Tufts University School of Medicine.

The School will be seeking $10 million in matching gifts from alumni, friends and other supporters. “When we make a gift, our family always wants to inspire others to do the same,” says Steven Jaharis.

About Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences are international leaders in medical and population health education and advanced research. Tufts University School of Medicine emphasizes rigorous fundamentals in a dynamic learning environment to educate physicians, scientists, and public health professionals to become leaders in their fields. The School of Medicine and the Sackler School are renowned for excellence in education in general medicine, the biomedical sciences, and public health, as well as for innovative research at the cellular, molecular, and population health level. The School of Medicine is affiliated with six major teaching hospitals and more than 30 health care facilities. Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School undertake research that is consistently rated among the highest in the nation for its effect on the advancement of medical and prevention science.

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