Pizzi to Host Ceramics Course

Posted on May 23, 2016

Peter Pizzi, CDT, MDT, will host a two-day hands-on course, "Ceramic Options for Our Future Restorative Dental Team," on June 11-12 at Pizzi Dental Studio in Staten Island, New York.

Tuition for the course, which is part of Pizzi's Esthetic Realitie is $1050.

A press release for the course says: "Our educated patients and the advancement of materials have created a need for us to didactically move through the diagnostic process. This two-day course will focus on a rational methodology to help eliminate the frustrations often encountered during this endeavor. Communication, material options, the importance of photography as an aid for ceramic builds, and color communication can be incorporated into a routine regiment that will enable the dentist and technician to achieve a high level of predictability. The ability to understand each material’s optical and functional parameters will be a key to future success."

The course will cover case management; diagnostic communication; preparation guided ceramic layering and contours; the use of new technologies; the importance of photographic communication and perception; and material choices for proper case management.

A tissue cast for a 3-unit combination case will be provided. 

To register, contact Jennifer at 718-477-3771 or jcrane33@aol.com or pizzi7@aol.com. Pizzi Dental Studio is located at 4038 Victory Blvd. in Staten Island, New York.

New Nutrition Facts Label for Packaged Foods Addresses Added Sugars

Posted on May 23, 2016

On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration took a major step in making sure consumers have updated nutritional information for most packaged foods sold in the United States, that will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families.

“I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”

“For more than 20 years, Americans have relied on the Nutrition Facts label as a leading source of information regarding calories, fat and other nutrients to help them understand more about the foods they eat in a day,” said FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D. “The updated label makes improvements to this valuable resource so consumers can make more informed food choices – one of the most important steps a person can take to reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity.”

Key Updates

The new Nutrition Facts label will include the following.

  • An updated design to highlight “calories” and “servings,” two important elements in making informed food choices.

  • Requirements for serving sizes that more closely reflect the amounts of food that people currently eat. What and how much people eat and drink has changed since the last serving size requirements were published in 1993. By law, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, requires that serving sizes be based on what people actually eat.

  • Declaration of grams and a percent daily value (%DV) for “added sugars” to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to the product. It is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugars, and this is consistent with the scientific evidence supporting the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • “Dual column” labels to indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for certain multi-serving food products that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings. Examples include a pint of ice cream and a 3-ounce bag of chips. With dual-column labels available, people will be able to easily understand how many calories and nutrients they are getting if they eat or drink the entire package/unit at one time.

  • For packages that are between one and two servings, such as a 20 ounce soda, the calories and other nutrients will be required to be labeled as one serving because people typically consume it in one sitting.

  • Updated daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D, consistent with Institute of Medicine recommendations and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Daily values are reference amounts of nutrients to consume or not to exceed and are used to calculate the %DV that manufacturers include on the label.

  • Declaration of Vitamin D and potassium that will include the actual gram amount, in addition to the %DV. These are nutrients that some people are not getting enough of, which puts them at higher risk for chronic disease. The %DV for calcium and iron will continue to be required, along with the actual gram amount. Vitamins A and C will no longer be required because deficiencies of these vitamins are rare, but these nutrients can be included on a voluntary basis.

  • “Calories from Fat” will be removed because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount. “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” will continue to be required.

  • An abbreviated footnote to better explain the %DV.

The FDA is also making minor changes to the Supplement Facts label found on dietary supplements to make it consistent with the Nutrition Facts label.

Most food manufacturers will be required to use the new label by July 26, 2018. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have an additional year to comply with the new rules. The FDA plans to conduct outreach and education efforts on the new requirements.

The iconic Nutrition Facts label was introduced more than 20 years ago to help consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. In March 2014, the FDA proposed two rules to update the label, and in July 2015, issued a supplemental proposed rule. The Nutrition Facts label regulations apply to packaged foods except certain meat, poultry and processed egg products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

FDA, an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency is also responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Researchers Analyze Potentially Hazardous Dental Drill Debris Under Composite Fillings

Posted on May 22, 2016

While dental drills, or burs, are used extensively in dentistry to mechanically prepare tooth structures for fillings, little is known about the bur debris left behind in the teeth and whether it poses potential health risks to patients.

Imaging analyses have revealed dental bur fragments of different sizes in different locations on the floor of the prepared surface of the teeth and under the filling, which places them in direct contact with the tubules and fluid within dentin. The fragments are made of tungsten carbide-cobalt, which is bio-incompatible.

“Further studies need to investigate if or to what extent the small amount of bio-incompatible debris constitutes a biohazard to patients,” said Dr. Assem Hedayat, lead author of the Journal of Synchrotron Radiation article.

Patterson Foundation Awards Grants

Posted on May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 (St. Paul, MN) – At its March 4 board meeting, the Patterson Foundation awarded grants to six nonprofit organizations from across the U.S. Grants totaling more than $43,000 were awarded to the nonprofits in support of their missions to provide care to underserved populations.

Longtime grantee Union Gospel Mission received $10,000 in support of its dental professional volunteers providing care to more than 2,450 patients annually at its clinic. “Our most recent meals and dental assistant grant from the Foundation helps us to keep our evening dental clinic hours staffed, at which many patients access our free dental services,” said clinic director Jessica Flotterud. “Students, faculty and other volunteers assisting in the evening clinic often come directly from classes or treating their own patients in their private dental offices. The light meals we serve onsite help them concentrate on the treatments they’re providing.” The food budget also feeds hundreds of dental volunteers during four days of pediatric dental treatment and oral health education events by appointment in February and August, as well as two walk-ˇin Saint Paul Dental Connect days in March and September each year.

Union Gospel Mission provides free dental care to needy men, women and children each year, “to help fill an increasingly worrisome gap in access to quality dental care, despite national healthcare legislation,” Flotterud continued. “We’re also committed to educating children as well as adults about best oral health practices. When patients adopt basic brushing and flossing techniques, and consider new pathways to nutrition, dental office visits and oral infections can be reduced – the goals of a free community clinic.”

Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded Union Gospel Mission $131,500, which has enabled the organization to broaden its ability to serve more people in need in the community. “Patterson has been a long-ˇterm partner, advocating for us and our efforts to expand oral health not only among our own homeless residents, but to members of the community at large,” Flotterud said. “Foundation funding has helped us with niche funding that has been difficult to find elsewhere, including dollars that have helped us retain dental volunteers to staff our evening clinic hours.”

The Patterson Foundation will award additional grants to nonprofit organizations at its June board meeting. Q1 grant recipients and the communities where each is located:

• Friends of Creston Children’s Dental Clinic – Portland, Ore.

• Good Samaritan Care Clinic – Mountain View, Mo.

• KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic – Columbus, Ohio

• Sacramento District Dental Foundation – Sacramento, Calif.

• Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities – St. Paul, Minn.

• Walton Foundation for Independence – Augusta, Ga.


Colorvue Goldstein Probe Introduced

Posted on May 19, 2016

CHICAGO (May 19, 2016)– Hu-Friedy, a global leader in the manufacture of high quality dental instruments and products, announced today the launch of their Colorvue® Goldstein Probe, developed in partnership with world renowned clinician Dr. Ronald Goldstein. Adding to Hu-Friedy’s extensive line of instruments, this new probe offers improved visibility for greater measurement accuracy in both diagnostic and restorative procedures.

During diagnostic procedures, precise probing can be a challenge for practitioners due to lack of contrast and visibility, and probe measurements are typically marked in 3 mm increments. The new Goldstein Colorvue probe features 1/2 mm increments and extends up to 3 mm for increased accuracy, especially in measuring sulcular depth for margin placement. The use of bright colors to differentiate these measurements makes the probing process much more efficient and accurate. In restorative procedures, when probing potential infrabony areas or for other defects, a standard metal probe can cause the patient noticeable discomfort. The Colorvue Goldstein probe features a narrow, flexible tip which alleviates this feeling of irritation allowing for a more positive patient experience.

The Colorvue Goldstein probe is the latest of more than 50 instruments created through the collaboration between Hu-Friedy and Dr. Goldstein. Hu-Friedy President, Ken Serota, shares, “For more than 100 years, Hu-Friedy has proudly partnered with leading educators to develop cutting-edge product designs that meet the evolving needs of dental professionals. Hu-Friedy values Dr. Goldstein’s insight and expertise, and we are proud to deliver this latest innovation to the market.”

Dr. Ronald Goldstein is the Clinical Professor of Oral Rehabilitation at Georgia Regents University School of Dentistry, Augusta, Georgia, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Prosthodontics at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor of Restorative Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Goldstein has presented continuing education courses at more than twenty universities and lectured at over 700 dental meetings worldwide. He is a contributor to ten published texts and author of the text Esthetics inDentistry, 3rd edition to be published by Wiley in 2016. His best-selling consumer book for the public entitled Change Your Smile, now in its fourth edition, is published by Quintessence, and has been read by over 2,000,000 people.

The Goldstein ColorVue® Probe is offered as a Starter Kit (consisting of 1 handle and 7 tips) as well as a Replacement Set (consisting of 12 replacement tips). For more information on these and our full line of products, please visit www.hu-friedy.com.


SafeLink Consulting Live Webinar

Posted on May 19, 2016

SafeLink Consulting to Present Live Webinar June 16, 2016

SafeLink Consulting, a premier provider of OSHA and FDA regulatory compliance services for dental practices and dental laboratories, will present a live webinar on June 16, 2016, 10am PT / 1pm ET.  SafeLink Consulting vice president and senior consultant Gary Morgan, CDT, will present The Written Elements of Defined Manufacturing Processes.  Morgan is an Authorized Trainer under OSHA’s Outreach Program, an ASQ-Certified Quality Auditor, an authorized DAMAS consultant and DAMAS certification auditor.

This presentation will address the importance of documented standards in the form of Standard Operating Procedures and Work Instructions.  FDA requires that a manufacturer of medical devices develop, conduct, control, and monitor production processes to ensure that the device conforms to its specifications.  What is your quality standard for your products and services and are those standards documented?  If you don’t have written standards how can you expect from your workers a consistent product and how can you provide to your customers a consistent product or service every time?  Course provides one hour CE credit for: NBC Regulatory Standards and FL Office of Dental Laboratories Prevention of Medical Errors. 

Registration for this webinar is available at: http://www.safelinkconsulting.com/live-webinars.html .  Fee: $75 per attendee.

Since 1991, SafeLink Consulting has been educating the dental industry by preparing them with the day-to-day safety requirements needed to meet OSHA standards, quality assurance consulting and quality systems required by the FDA. SafeLink Consulting is nationally recognized for providing workshops, seminars, onsite visits and webinars to diverse audiences with a commitment to helping businesses succeed. SafeLink Consulting has successfully trained thousands of clients’ employees on safety and quality management. Choosing to partner with SafeLink Consulting means a customized, industry-specific, continuous solution for all stages of safety and/or quality assurance programs, focused on client needs, backed by excellent service and support.

For more information on this event or to learn how SafeLink can help your business meet compliance standards, contact SafeLink Consulting.


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Millennium Dental Technologies Announces Historic Sales at 2016 CDA Presents

Posted on May 19, 2016

CERRITOS, Calif., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Record sales to general dentists versus periodontal specialists were achieved at the CDA Presents 2016 Scientific Session in Anaheim, this past weekend of May 12-14 2016. 

Hugh Sule, DDS, a LANAP certified specialist and general practitioner from Guam, attended all 3 days as a spokesperson for Millennium Dental Technologies (MDT).  Dr. Sule, who has been practicing the LANAP Protocol for 7 years asserted, "The PerioLase MVP-7 is the Golden Wand that makes the LANAP Protocol the Gold Standard for True Regeneration! All dentists should have this available for their patients."

More PerioLase Periodontal Packages were sold at the 2016 CDA meeting than the past 4 years combined.  "The tide seems to shifting from periodontal specialists back to general practitioners, and it's seismic," commented Robert H Gregg, DDS, inventor of the LANAP Protocol. 

Eight years ago, MDT saw a shift of sales from general dentists to periodontal specialists with the company's FDA clearance for 'cementum-mediated new attachment.'  In March 2016, MDT received FDA clearance for periodontal true regeneration – new cementum, new periodontal ligament and new alveolar bone.

"The new FDA clearance for True Regeneration is a clear, clean, simple concept for non-specialists to appreciate the huge significance that the LANAP Protocol makes for patients suffering from gum disease," remarks Dawn M. Gregg, DDS, MDT vice president operations. "Patients also easily understand the difference between regeneration and other treatment options including 'deep cleaning' and classic bone surgery."

For more information on the LANAP protocol visit lanap.com


Awrel Unveils Mobile and Web Application for HIPAA-Compliant Texting

Posted on May 19, 2016

Awrel, a Boston-based start-up, today announced that the first-ever HIPAA-compliant texting application for quick, easy, and secure dental communication and collaboration is available from the App Store for iPhone users and from the Google Play Store for Android users. Developed by dental professionals for use across the dental industry, the solution helps save time and money by streamlining workflow. Perhaps most important, the application’s design ensures that information exchange complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), safeguarding individuals and organizations from the risk of being fined for unlawfully sharing protected patient information.

“Thousands of today’s dental professionals are breaking HIPAA privacy rules by sharing information using embedded SMS texting functionality. Many among them are unaware of the serious risk they face in doing so,” said Lee Culp, a respected innovator, author and lecturer in the dental lab industry. “Awrel is an industry game-changer. Now, dental professionals can use cell phones and mobile devices to quickly and easily share patient data in a secure, HIPAA-compliant way. The industry will likely see significant cost-savings thanks to improved workflow.”  

Designed to improve processes, outcomes, and efficiency, the Awrel solution provides functionality to intuitively create custom platforms for individuals and groups to exchange and store information, images, and documents. A dentist, for example, can benefit from specialty consultation directly at the point of patient care or from real-time interaction with a technician creating an implant or cosmetic prosthesis at a dental lab. 

As electronic transmission of data has evolved in healthcare, the federal government is scrutinizing increasing numbers of clinicians and healthcare entities, with some paying large fines for security breaches and some even facing imprisonment. “Hospitals, clinics, and physician practices have traditionally been under scrutiny while the dental industry has essentially flown under the radar, at least until recently,” said Awrel Founder and CEO Arnold Rosen, DDS, MBA.

To date, a New York academic medical center has paid the highest fine, $4.8 million in 2014 after the records of 6,800 people were accessible on Google. Rosen cites an April 2015 comment from Adam Greene, a privacy attorney and former Department of Health and Human Services regulator, who said, “it wouldn't be surprising for us to start seeing some really surprising settlement agreements [later this year] with respect to potential record-breaking [financial penalties].”

“Many are frustrated with the time, hassle, and delays of using HIPAA-compliant email systems,” Culp explains. “They want information readily available where and when they need it – during appointments, in the lab, away from the office, etc. With Awrel, clinicians eliminate worries of breaching security and also improve workflow, thereby enhancing opportunities to deliver quality services and products in a timely, cost-effective manner.”

Awrel offers a free 30-day trial of its application for the desktop at http://app.awrel.com or the mobile device from Apple and Google. Pricing is scaled based upon number of users and volume of storage, with custom pricing available for resellers and/or integration into existing systems.

About Awrel

In May 2016, Boston-based Awrel introduced dentistry’s first low-cost, easy-to-use application for 100% HIPAA-compliant texting and collaboration with functionality for image and document exchange, individual and group messaging, collaborative workflow, and cloud-based data archiving. The solution can be used by anyone seeking to ensure HIPAA compliance when texting including dentists and dental labs sharing digital information, Web companies, and practice management companies integrating chats for dentists and patients, dental device reps working with dentists and dental labs, and dental companies and academic environments seeking solutions for secure and private texting. The company offers a stand-alone mobile and desktop application for the dental industry as its initial solution and will roll-out of expanded capabilities and/or apps for use in other clinical environments. Built with interoperability for today’s Internet of Things environment, Awrel will soon offer plug-and-play integration into practice management and other enterprise systems. 

SIROWORLD Adds Seinfeld to Lineup

Posted on May 19, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dentsply Sirona has announced that revered comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform a private standup act for SIROWORLD attendees in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday evening, Aug. 11.

Seinfeld broke into the comedic scene when he appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson in 1981, and later appeared on similar shows such as “Late Night with David Letterman” and the “Merv Griffin” show.

After starring in his own TV special in 1987, he and fellow comedian Larry David created the hilarious and critically-acclaimed sitcom “Seinfeld,” which premiered in 1989, ran for nine seasons, and was one of the highest-rated and most successful shows in the United States.

Since the sitcom’s finale, Seinfeld has performed and recorded several standup specials; authored numerous books including the best-seller “Seinlanguage”; starred in various films such as the animated “Bee Movie,” which he co-wrote and co-produced as well; and created the popular web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” in 2012 that is now in its seventh season.

“Jerry Seinfeld is a comedic titan and we’re ecstatic to welcome him to our lineup of entertainment this year,” says Group Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins. “After a full day of educational sessions and training, his performance at SIROWORLD is sure to give the audience a boost of energy that will carry throughout the remainder of the event.”

A three-day educational extravaganza, SIROWORLD offers groundbreaking general sessions, innovative and informative breakout sessions, copious networking opportunities, and astonishing entertainment for all who attend the inaugural event at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

Early Bird registration rates are available for SIROWORLD through May 31. Dentist registration is offered for only $1,695 (regularly $1,995). Staff/spouse/guest/technician registration is only $995 (regularly $1,195) and is buy-three-get-one-free. Other specials are available as well; visit www.siroworld.com to learn more about different registration types and specialty rates.

VIP tickets can be purchased for an additional $500. VIP tickets include reserved seating, upgraded dining options. and special admittance into SIROWORLD entertainment events, including Jerry Seinfeld.

For more information on the various registration types and to register for SIROWORLD, visit www.siroworld.com, or contact the help desk at siroworld@sirona.com or 844-GO2-SIRO (844-462-7476). 

Geistlich Bio-Oss Portfolio Expands

Posted on May 18, 2016

Ever since its global market debut thirty years ago, Geistlich Bio-Oss®,a bone substitute utilized in periodontal and oral surgery procedures to regenerate lost bone in the oral cavity, has demonstrated clinical efficacy, long-term implant survival rates and predictability, all backed by scientific publications and investigations. “Geistlich Bio-Oss® 1 g meets the need for an extended product range! Additional flexibility in Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) therapy for excellent long-term outcomes and stable esthetic results!” said Prof. Matteo Chiapasco from Milan Italy. The addition of Geistlich Bio-Oss® 1 g provides a convenient new size that bridges the gap between small and large procedures.

Geistlich Bio-Oss®, derived from bovine bone, preserves the native crystalline structure, which is highly similar to human bone, through unique, patented technology. This manufacturing process ensures the vital building blocks are present to promote the initial biologic processes of cell adhesion and proliferation. The slow resorbing nature of Geistlich Bio-Oss® is a desirable characteristic providing long-term volume preservation. As the body recognizes and accepts these native crystalline structures, the particles become fully integrated into living bone.

To view this product being used in a surgical video, please click the link below.


The pairing of Geistlich Bio-Oss® with Geistlich Bio-Gide® in GBR treatments have been documented with clinical long-term success resulting in reliable 91.9% and 96% implant survival rates.1,2 In addition to GBR, Geistlich Bio-Oss® and Geistlich Bio-Gide® has demonstrated the preservation of facial bone walls after 5-9 years. 3,4


1 Jung R. et al., Clin Oral Implants Res. 2013 Oct;24(10):1065–73

2 Aghaloo TL. and Moy PK., Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2007;22 Suppl:49-70.

3 Buser D. et al., J Periodontol. 2013 Nov;84(11):1517-27. doi: 10.1902/jop.2013.120635. Epub 2013 Jan 24

4 Jensen S.S. et al., J Periodontol. 2014 Nov;85(11):1549-56


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