IADR: Brazil’s National Oral Health Policy An Example for Other Nations

Posted on August 28, 2015

Alexandria, Va., USA – Today, the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) published a Discovery! article titled “10 Years of a National Oral Health Policy in Brazil: Innovation, Boldness and Numerous Challenges.” In it, authors Gilberto Alfredo Pucca, Jr., University of Brasília; and Mariana Gabriel, Maria Ercilia de Araujo and Fernanda Campos Sousa de Almeida, University of São Paulo, discuss Brazil’s National Policy of Oral Health, also known as “Smiling Brazil.” 

Brazil is the only country with more than 200 million inhabitants that has a universal health system, funded by federal, state and municipal budgets. In recent decades, the system has evolved from an exclusionary to a universal model, the unified health system (Sistema Único de Saúde [SUS]), where everyone is entitled to healthcare and the government is required to provide it. Primary healthcare is the backbone of the new system, in keeping with the guidelines set forth by the Primary Healthcare Reform, recommended by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. 

Evidence shows that Brazil is tackling its health inequalities. In a clear demonstration that the country is overcoming this challenge, it was removed from the World Health Organization’s hunger map in 2014, after 22 million were lifted out of extreme poverty, meaning that the segment of the population living in extreme poverty fell from 25.5% to 3.5% between 1990 and 2012. For Brazil to take these strides, it had to deploy actions across different sectors and take individuals as well as society as a whole into consideration. Bearing in mind this integral approach, oral healthcare was incorporated into the public healthcare system. 

Smiling Brazil was launched in 2004. Under its initiative, oral health was designated one of the four priority areas of the SUS. This policy changed the concept of oral healthcare by pursuing the integral care system envisaged for SUS at its creation. The authors of this paper believe that smiling Brazil is an extraordinary experience that can be emulated and adapted to the conditions of other countries and other healthcare systems, evidently taking into account internal political and budgetary considerations. Positive evidence of the accomplishment of this goal can be attested to by observing: oral health epidemiological indicators; financial investment and professional development; and the building of an oral healthcare network throughout the policy’s existence. 

 “As IADR strives to improve oral health worldwide and eliminate oral health disparities, it’s encouraging to know that the Smiling Brazil initiative has been successful and is helping Brazilians have access to oral health care,” said IADR Past President Maria Fidela de Lima Navarro. “I hope that Smiling Brazil can serve as an example to other nations that are researching methods to eliminate healthcare disparities and provide all its citizens with access to health care.” 

The Discovery! article “10 Years of a National Oral Health Policy in Brazil: Innovation, Boldness and Numerous Challenges” is available in the OnlineFirst portion of the JDR, at http://jdr.sagepub.com. Reporters and writers may contact Ingrid L. Thomas at ithomas@iadr.org to request a PDF. 

ACP Honors Technician Pigliacelli

Posted on August 28, 2015

CHICAGO (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)Steven Pigliacelli, MDT, will receive the Dental Technician Leadership award from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Pigliacelli is to be honored during the 45th Annual Session of the ACP held in Orlando from October 21-24.

Pigliacelli has more than 30 years of experience with Marotta Dental Studio as a dental implant specialist. He is a Certified Dental Technician with the National Board for Certification and has a Master of Dental Technology from the ASMDT Certificate program at New York University. Pigliacelli is a Faculty Instructor in Post-Graduate Prosthodontics at NYU College of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics.

He manages Marotta Dental Studio and is the technical liaison between the dentist and the laboratory for case planning, telephone support, and quality control. He directs the GPR and Prosthetic Resident Rotation at Marotta, an intensive educational program that focuses on dental technology and the value of the technician/dentists relationship.

"I am honored to be selected for this award," Pigliacelli said. "I welcome being a part of a community that focuses on new and challenging ideas and strategies in today's changing world of dentistry."

The Dental Technician Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the prosthodontic community and made outstanding contributions to the dental laboratory profession and the discipline of prosthodontics.

Heraeus Kulzer Launches Universal Bonding Agent

Posted on August 28, 2015

South Bend, Indiana, August 27, 2015 –Several definitions for the word ‘universal’ seem to exist on the dental market when describing a bonding agent.  Yet, universal simply means ‘generally applicable’, and that is how it should be. For an adhesive to be generally applicable, it should naturally be compatible with all kinds of dental materials. It should also work with different bonding techniques and cover all indications for the adhesion of direct and indirect restorations. To be truly universal, it should also be conveniently easy to use and precise in application. As a basic requirement, it must be safe and provide excellent, durable bond strength. Last but not least, as a modern bonding agent, it should meet all these demands in one bottle.

With iBOND Universal, Heraeus Kulzer introduces a new bonding agent that combines all these properties in an intelligent new formula for instant and reliable bond strength.

For the creation of iBOND Universal, scientists from Europe and Japan have cooperated in order to develop a bonding agent that combines the best of two worlds. The result: an acetone-based universal adhesive with a unique moisture control system. Acetone acts like a water chaser and supports the fast evaporation of water. During the air-drying, the water phase is separated from the monomer phase and improves the bonding efficacy. This effect leads to easier air-drying, reduced technique-sensitivity and a homogeneous bonding layer. The different components interact to allow the fast evaporation of water, effective etching, and good penetration into the dentinal tubules. This intelligent new formula of iBOND Universal contains MDP and provides instant and reliable bond strength.

iBOND Universal is also compatible with light-, self- and dual-cure materials without the need of a dual cure activator. That means reliable bond strength for all common types of restorations and materials, from resin cements and core-build-up materials to self-cure composites and compomers for the cementation of indirect restorations. Silicate ceramics are bonded with the additional iBOND Ceramic Primer. iBOND Universal can be applied for bonding of direct restorations for all cavity classes and fissure sealants, sealing of cavities and core preparations, cementation of indirect restorations, or sealing of hypersensitive tooth areas. Restoration fractures or chippings and localized caries lesions at the restoration margin can be repaired at one appointment instead of costly replacements, making the process very effective and economical. This allows the direct, easy repair of all types of dental ceramics including oxide and silicate ceramics, composites and metal restorations with one layer of iBOND Universal in combination with composites.

As one of the world’s leading dental companies, Heraeus Kulzer once again proves its profound knowledge of clinical needs and innovative products.  

2015 Dental Industry Metrics Report Now Available

Posted on August 27, 2015

PEORIA, AZ: august 27, 2015-The 2015 Dental Industry Metrics Report© is now available from The Anaheim Group, publishers of Dentalfax® Weekly. The 365-page report contains performance data on 90 publicly traded dental industry companies. The report includes companies based in over a dozen countries.

The 2015 Dental Industry Metrics Report contains information such as sales growth, earnings per share, market value, return on assets and return on equity, number of employees, price to earnings ratio, and sales multiple for each company profiled. In addition, the report includes industry-wide averages for insurance companies, manufacturing organizations, lab management firms, practice management companies, distributors, and consumer over-the-counter product firms. All of the sales and stock data are for the completion of the most recent fiscal year for each company.

The 2015 Dental Industry Metrics Report is a useful resource for investors, as well as dental company executives interested in comparing their company’s performance against specific competitors or the industry as a whole. The report is available immediately via Direct Download for $295. To order the report or obtain additional information, send an email to dentalfax@dentalfax.com or call 623-334-0091. A faxable order form may be downloaded at www.dentalfax.com. 

Investing Tooth Fairy Money Could Payoff in Retirement

Posted on August 27, 2015

OAKBROOK, Ill., Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It'll take a little discipline and a lot of patience, but it turns out a good source for retirement income for today's kids may be right under their pillow. According to a new analysis out today from Delta Dental Plans Association, if today's 6 year olds invest all the money they receive from the Tooth Fairy, they could be sitting on a combined total of roughly $70 billion by the time they reach 67, the traditional retirement age.

That could mean a whopping $21,000 per child when current 6 year olds in the United States hit retirement age, if, that is, they invest all their Tooth Fairy earnings. Delta Dental's 2015 The Original Tooth Fairy Poll® found the Tooth Fairy visited 81% of homes in the United States, meaning out of the current 4.1 million 6 years olds about 3.35 million received gifts.

The retirement income figure is based on a 6 year old (average age for 1st tooth loss) receiving the national average Tooth Fairy gift of$4.36 (from Delta Dental's most recent survey of U.S. parents of 6-12 year olds), with 6.5% in-mouth inflation (the typical increase for Tooth Fairy gifts from year to year) for each subsequent tooth, and a 9.6% return on investment based on historic stock market returns (S&P 500 average) per year until they turn 67.

By region, the retirement savings will vary in line with the average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift:

  • Northeast: $20,477 (average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift of $4.16)

  • Midwest: $13,910 (average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift of $2.83)

  • South: $25,362 (average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift of $5.16)

  • West: $23,004 (average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift of $4.68)

According to Delta Dental's The Original Tooth Fairy Poll®, the average Tooth Fairy gift reached a record high last year, up 24.6% from 2013 when the average gift was $3.50

Implant Company Noris Comes to US

Posted on August 26, 2015

Buffalo, New York has been a hub for premier dental work and dental education for the past 10 years and continues to grow with support from domestic companies. But it was not until recently that international companies gained interest in Buffalo and its dental niche.

Reports from WGRZ, ADA, BizJournals, and the Buffalo news have shed light on a major partnership that has been established between two dental gurus. Noris Medical has agreed to partner with Evolve, the digital arm of Cheektowaga, New York-based Evolution Dental Science.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), Noris is touted as “one of Israel’s largest manufacturers of implants and dental devices.” This partnership will establish a US headquarters for Noris, which already has offices in Rome, Moscow, Mexico, Barcelona, and Mumbai. Noris' business reach stretches to 20 countries worldwide. Bringing in Noris medical will not only give Evolution premium products and a respected household name in the dental industry, it will also create new jobs for the Buffalo dental community. Evolution forecasts that this partnership will create 25 to 30 jobs ranging from sales positions to administrative staff.

“We’re just adding to the heavy dental community that we already have here, with Ivoclar (Vivadent), UB Dental, Great Lakes (Orthodontics), and Evolution,” says Andy Jakson, Evolution's Owner and CEO.

Evolution Dental Science has been in business for 21 years but is always looking for ways to advance its product quality and development.

“We really fell in love with their line of implants and the quality of implants that Noris provides,” Jakson says.

Evolution will look to combine cutting‐edge laboratory technology with quality implants provided by Noris to create the most advanced dental laboratory Buffalo has to offer. Jakson has a close personal connection to the dental education system in Buffalo, having started his career studying at the Harkness Vocational Center. Through this new partnership, both Evolution and Noris say that they will look to advance the availability of new-age dental education in Buffalo.

"This was highly suited with a university here, a dental school here, and the quality of the workforce that we're looking at to add on. It's great," says David Sklarski of Noris USA.

Evolution also will provide dentists and oral surgeons with the proper training and on-site education needed to work with these new implant systems. Both companies can hold their own separately, but together they look to create a new digital dental identity.

“With them, we could do everything much bigger, much faster,” says Remi Siev, owner and CEO of Noris.

Both companies expect these changes to be implemented within the immediate future and are hopeful for the advancement of available dental education within the Buffalo community.

Dr. Nancy Arbree Honored with Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award by the American College of Prosthodontists

Posted on August 26, 2015

CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nancy Arbree, DDS, MS, FACP, will receive the Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Dr. Arbree will be honored during the 45th Annual Session of the ACP held in Orlando from Oct. 21-24, 2015.

Dr. Arbree has an impressive resume, accomplishing many great things throughout her career as a prosthodontist. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, where she served as national President. She is also a member of the American Dental Association and the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, where she also served as President. As the Division Head of Clinical Complete Denture Prosthodontics, Dr. Arbree taught in the student clinic at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She created the first Implant Dentistry Course at the School. Her numerous presentations and publications are in the discipline of complete denture prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics and prosthodontic curriculum.

Dr. Arbree was awarded Professor with Tenure in the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry. Dr. Arbree was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Tufts from 1996 to 2012. When she retired from Tufts in order to expand her private practice, she was granted Professor Emeritus and Academic Dean Emeritus status. In 2012, she was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgetown University School of Dentistry Alumni. In 2014, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Arbree has limited her practice to Prosthodontics at the Dental Group at Post Office Square in Boston since 1999.

The Dan Gordon Award recognizes lifetime achievement. It is presented to ACP members contributing at the highest level to the welfare and advancement of the College and Prosthodontics; with outstanding contributions to dentistry; exceptional service to the college; and advancements to the sciences or health professions.

Prosthodontists are specialized dentists with advanced training in oral health issues, who are committed to improving patient outcomes. From implants, crowns, veneers and tooth whitening, to full-mouth reconstruction, Prosthodontists specialize in digital dentistry and CAD/CAM solutions.

The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty organization whose membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in Prosthodontics.

American Association of Orthodontists Teams with Crest + Oral-B

Posted on August 26, 2015

CINCINNATI, Aug 25, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) are treating more than 5.8 million children, teen-agers and adults in the U.S. and Canada. These orthodontic patients are paying close attention to an important aspect of their treatment: their oral hygiene home care. Crest/Oral-B and the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) are teaming up to raise awareness about good oral hygiene maintenance for orthodontic patients in addition to the benefits of getting professional services from AAO member orthodontists.

“Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in good dental health,” according to Morris N. Poole, DDS, president of the AAO. “Good oral hygiene is especially critical during orthodontic treatment. Using the proper oral care products can help patients keep teeth and gums clean, and enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile when their treatment is complete.”

Crest + Oral-B's collaboration with the AAO will include a number of activities to build awareness among both dental professionals and consumers. These include the development of materials to help dental professionals communicate and engage their patients on oral hygiene techniques, compliance and making the right product choices for optimal oral health. On the retail front, in-store and other activities will allow the AAO to reach more consumers more often. Crest/Oral-B is one of the global leaders in oral care product technologies with the most comprehensive range of home care products like the Bluetooth-enabled electric toothbrushes, toothpastes, rinses, flosses and other specialty products. Its Ortho Essentials Kit has been scientifically shown to reduce plaque and improve oral health in patients who are having orthodontic treatment.

“Crest/Oral-B is very excited about the collaboration with the AAO and remains committed to promoting better oral health awareness and making it accessible to consumers,” said Bob Straka, Director of Professional Oral Care, P&G.

Frequent removal of plaque and food debris that collect around teeth and orthodontic “appliances” (the formal name for devices such as braces that move teeth and align jaws) contributes to successful orthodontic treatment. Brushing and flossing as recommended by one’s orthodontist during active orthodontic treatment will maintain the good health of teeth, gums and supporting bone tissue. The right tools enable patients to perform their oral hygiene effectively, which will help them finish treatment on time with great results.

The AAO helps its members provide the highest level of expert care to their patients by supporting orthodontic education and research, and by offering members world-class continuing education opportunities to stay abreast of innovations in clinical care. Orthodontists are dentistry’s experts in moving teeth and aligning jaws to create a healthy bite. After graduating from dental school, the future orthodontist must study orthodontics for an additional two-to-three academic years in an accredited orthodontic residency program. There they learn about tooth movement (orthodontics) and the guidance of dental, jaw and facial development (dentofacial orthopedics). Only after successful completion of this formal education may an individual be announced as an “orthodontist.” The AAO admits only orthodontists for membership. By selecting an AAO member for orthodontic treatment, the public is assured that the doctor is an orthodontist.

The AAO provides a Find an Orthodontist service at www.mylifemysmile.org. The public can also look for the AAO logo on a doctor’s website or in the office to confirm their AAO membership; only AAO members may display the AAO logo.

Anyone interested in improving the function and appearance of their teeth should consult an AAO-member orthodontist. Consumers can refer to a list of questions athttps://mylifemysmile.org/mylifemysmile/brochures/To_help_you_find_the_right_kind_of_professional.pdfto help them choose their provider.

For more information, visit: www.crestprohealth.comwww.oral-b.com,www.mylifemysmile.org and www.aaoinfo.org.

Core3daCADemy Announces Courses

Posted on August 25, 2015

Las Vegas, NV – Core3daCADemy™, the educational arm of Core3dcentres®, announced it is offering a full slate of hands-on courses and in-depth webinars over the fall season.

Held in Las Vegas, Calgary, and Toronto, all aCADemy™ 2-day courses are designed by dental technicians for dental technicians, feature a smaller class size ensuring a dedicated hands-on experience along with lecture-style instruction, and are packed with tips and tricks that will increase participant’s design efficiency, thus increasing their profitability.

Two courses will be held this year: “aCADemy™ 1 - The Fundamentals of Scanning and Designing” (November 13-14 in Las Vegas) and “aCADemy™ 3 - Digital Smile Design and Advanced Cosmetics" (September 18-19, in Las Vegas; October 23-24, in Calgary; or November 6-7, in Toronto). The next “aCADemy™ 2 – and Digital Implant and Implant Bar Design” courses will be held in early 2016.

Under the direction of Mark Ferguson, Digital Integration Specialist, Core3dcentres, participants in the series gain a comprehensive understanding of design essentials from custom abutments and full-contour screw-retained bars right up to advanced scanning and how it relates to advanced cosmetic cases and smile design. Dates for 2016 will be announced soon.

Core3daCADemy™ is also hosting a wide variety of in-depth technical webinars over coming months. Available free of charge are:

- “Selection of CAD/CAM Material to Meet Modern Indications” (September 23)

- “Simple and Split File Abutment Design using the Core3dcentres Library” (October 21)

All webinars are offered at the same time on each date: Noon EDT (10am MDT, 9am PDT). Core3daCADemy maintains a large library of past webinar topics on its website. Go to core3dcentres.com and click on Core3daCADemy, Webinars to view the entire title list.

Core3daCADemy™ offers a wide range of courses on-site at laboratories and presentations with a variety of dental organizations. For more information, upcoming webinar topics and dates, or course schedules and registration information (or to arrange for course delivery at your laboratory), visit core3dcentres.com or contact Emily Bradley, Director at Core3daCADemy™ at 888-750-9204 or ebradley@core3dcentres-na.com.

Registration Opens for OSAP Infection Control Boot Camp

Posted on August 25, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, MD. – August 25, 2015– The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit™, has opened registration for their 2016 Boot Camp: Infection Control Basic Training in Atlanta, Georgia, January 11-13, 2016. The course will cover all of the core infection prevention fundamentals for dental practitioners, and offer up to 24 continuing education (CE) hours. For more information or to register, go to http://bit.ly/1WF6kKC. Space is limited.

The OSAP Boot Camp features national and international experts in infection prevention and safety, presenting a fast-paced, comprehensive curriculum. The course starts at 8am on Monday, January 11, and concludes at 5:30pm on Wednesday, January 13. Federal services attendees will have breakout sessions on Thursday, August 21 and will earn an additional four hours of CE credit. All attendees will receive a resource binder, checklists, tools, and much more.

Boot Camp participants will learn about:

·       disease transmission and principles of infection prevention and control in a variety of oral healthcare settings

·       infection control laws, regulations, guidelines and best practices

·       principles of quality assurance in infection control

Anyone involved with infection control in dentistry would benefit from this course.  Boot Camp is targeted to dental personnel who desire a strong foundation in infection control, infection control coordinators, educators, and compliance officers, federal service employees with infection control responsibilities, federally qualified health center personnel, consultants, and sales representatives.

Early-bird (before September 30) registration for the 2016 Boot Camp is $375 for OSAP members and $550 for non-members. There is a discount for additional attendees from the same facility. Discounted hotel rooms are available at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, where the course will be held. Complete information on the Boot Camp is available on the OSAP website: www.osap.org.

Companies are invited to showcase innovative products and services related to dental infection control and patient safety at the vendor fair on Wednesday, January 13.Exhibition space is still available and OSAP Corporate members are eligible to receive a discounted rate. For more information about exhibiting, go to: http://bit.ly/1NljgCn.

Celebrating over 30 years of service to the worldwide dental community, OSAP is a growing community of clinicians, educators, students, policy-makers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists and toolkits to help dental professionals ensure that every visit is The Safest Dental Visit™ for patients and the dental team. For more information, call 800-298-OSAP (6727) or 410-571-0003 or visit www.osap.org.

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