DENTSPLY Prosthetics to Hold Facebook Contest

Posted on June 29, 2015

YORK, PA – DENTSPLY Prosthetics announced the DENTSPLY Truly EZ Denture Challenge Contest – a social media contest to pick one deserving best denture case winner each month from July through December 2015. Dental laboratory technicians can submit their best denture case using DENTSPLY Trubyte® denture teeth for posting on the DENTSPLY Truly EZ Denture Challenge Contest FACEBOOK page. Laboratories are encouraged to build support for their denture by reaching out to fellow dental technicians or dentists to have them cast a “like” vote for their image on the Truly EZ Denture Challenge Contest Facebook page. A monthly winner is selected based on the highest number of “likes” tallied. A $250 gift card will be awarded to the deserving dental laboratory technician. 

Any denture using DENTSPLY TruExpression® denture teeth will be awarded ten bonus “likes” to support the expansion of the TruExpression tooth line with new Highly Characterized mould forms. 

See the DENTSPLY Trubyte Truly EZ Denture Challenge Contest on Facebook for full details on the program. The challenge is open for all dental laboratories based in the US. 

Alcohol Consumption Can Have a Negative Impact on Gum Health, Study Says

Posted on June 29, 2015

CHICAGO -- June 29, 2015 -- In a recent study published ahead of print in the Journal of Periodontology, Brazilian researchers have found that consumption of alcoholic beverages can have adverse effects on the health of a person’s gums, aggravating existing cases of severe periodontal disease or increasing periodontal disease risk factors. Moreover, previous research indicates that poor oral hygiene is a common trait in alcohol users, thus increasing drinkers’ susceptibility for developing periodontal disease.

“Although the topic of alcohol use and its effect on periodontal health requires further research, this report offers valuable insight on why our patients should care for their gums and teeth, especially if they enjoy the occasional drink,” remarked Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, President of the American Academy of Periodontology.

In the study entitled, “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and Cytokines,” researchers assessed a sample of 542 regular alcohol users, occasional drinkers, and non-drinkers both with and without periodontitis.

Some key findings noted in the study include:

• The severity of a regular alcohol user’s existing periodontitis correlated incrementally with the frequency of his or her alcohol consumption. As a result, these individuals were found to require additional periodontal treatment.

• Drinkers without periodontitis saw an increased incidence of gums that bled with gentle manipulation.

• More frequently than the non-drinkers in the study, drinkers who did not have periodontitis presented clinical attachment levels of four millimeters or greater.

• Drinkers without periodontitis exhibited a higher presence of plaque than their non-drinking counterparts. Study researchers noted that alcohol’s drying effect on the mouth may contribute to the formation of plaque that can trigger an inflammatory response in the gums.

“Alcohol slows the production of saliva, which helps neutralize the acids produced by plaque, and an accumulation of these acids can lead to the early stages of periodontal disease,” continued Dr. Otomo-Corgel. “For patients who are diagnosed with periodontal disease, it’s imperative that they are encouraged to be completely honest about their drinking habits. This information can guide in determining appropriate treatment and next steps.”

A full version of “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and Cytokines,” study can be found in an upcoming print edition of the Journal of Periodontology.

For more information about periodontal disease, please visit www.perio.org

 

About the Journal of Periodontology

Established in 1930 as the official publication of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) publishes original papers of the highest scientific quality to support the practice, education, and research in the dental specialty of periodontics. The Journal is published monthly. 

About the American Academy of Periodontology

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents over 8,000 periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Benco Dental Announces Distribution Partnership with Amann Girrbach

Posted on June 29, 2015

 

PITTSTON, PA -- June 25, 2015 -- Benco Dental, the nation’s fastest growing privately owned dental distribution company, announces its distribution partnership agreement with Amann Girrbach, a pioneer in dental CAD/CAM technology and one of the leading innovators and preferred full-service providers in digital dental prosthetics. While the two companies have enjoyed success for years, they agree that a combined focus and alignment of synergies allow for one of the best offerings available to the market, and just at the right time.

“In meetings over the past several months, we have realized that we have the right people in both organizations, with the right expertise, to deliver a robust set of open solutions to our diverse customer base,” said Paul Jackson, VP of Marketing for Benco Dental. “Our agreement with Amann Girrbach affords both companies the chance to meet the needs of the dentist and the lab with leading edge equipment and materials.”

“I’m thrilled about the Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach partnership,” said Marco Ratz, CEO Amann Girrbach. “Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach have been in discussions for quite some time. Both companies have grown and evolved at such an accelerated rate in the past few years and we feel now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The technology is ever-changing and we have seen a shift in the market; we are well equipped to mutually support it."

Amann Girrbach has proven itself to be a global leader and innovator of CAD/CAM equipment, materials and technology. Benco Dental has enjoyed 84 years of success in the U.S. market because of a commitment to deliver best-in-class products and solutions to a diverse customer base.

“When reviewing solutions to offer to our customers and prospects, we feel that Amann Girrbach, with their open architecture, truly allows for a seamless integration of digital function for doctors. Not only that, but no matter the size of the lab, we are confident that Amann Girrbach’s full product line is uniquely suited to any need or sophistication,” said Mark Nelson, CAD/CAM Product Manager at Benco Dental.

“We realize that supporting the U.S. market is about more than just providing a full line of integrated solutions to our customers and prospects – it is about relationships, service and continuous dialogue with our customers to continue to innovate to meet demand. We are fortunate to have a greater reach to the voice of the customer through our distribution partners. Their feedback continues to fuel the innovation of our R&D team in Koblach, Austria – one of the largest in the industry – and we are excited to continue to innovate and deliver solutions to the market,” said Kat Dunham, Director of Operations and Service at Amann Girrbach America Inc.


About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to ‘deliver success, smile after smile.’ Over the past decade, Benco has been the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, now servicing more than 35,000 dentists and dental laboratories. Within the past 84 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network of more than 65 regional locations, five distribution centers, and two design showrooms to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office. Named one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for 11 of the past 12 years, Benco Dental is proud to boast a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally-trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For details, visit www.benco.com or call (800) GO-BENCO.


About Amann Girrbach America, Inc.

As a pioneer in dental CAD/CAM technology, Amann Girrbach is one of the leading innovators and preferred full-service providers in digital dental prosthetics. With its high degree of expertise in development and commitment to customer orientation, the ambitious company from Vorarlberg, Austria, creates sophisticated system solutions for tomorrow's practice routine. Maximum customer satisfaction and a constantly increasing number of partners in over 90 countries worldwide speaks for itself. Amann Girrbach AG has long since proven itself in the global dental sector as a guarantee for the highest quality innovative material, excellent quality products and sophisticated system solutions. Visit Amann Girrbach America, Inc.'s website at www.amanngirrbach.com or call them at (800) 851-3179. 

New Study: Alcohol Consumption Can Have a Negative Impact on Gum Health

Posted on June 29, 2015

CHICAGO (June 29, 2015)—In a recent study published ahead of print in the Journal of Periodontology, Brazilian researchers have found that consumption of alcoholic beverages can have adverse effects on the health of a person’s gums, aggravating existing cases of severe periodontal disease or increasing periodontal disease risk factors. Moreover, previous research indicates that poor oral hygiene is a common trait in alcohol users, thus increasing drinkers’ susceptibility for developing periodontal disease.

“Although the topic of alcohol use and its effect on periodontal health requires further research, this report offers valuable insight on why our patients should care for their gums and teeth, especially if they enjoy the occasional drink,” remarked Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, President of the American Academy of Periodontology.

In the study entitled, “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and Cytokines,” researchers assessed a sample of 542 regular alcohol users, occasional drinkers, and non-drinkers both with and without periodontitis.

Some key findings noted in the study include:

·       The severity of a regular alcohol user’s existing periodontitis correlated incrementally with the frequency of his or her alcohol consumption. As a result, these individuals were found to require additional periodontal treatment.

·       Drinkers without periodontitis saw an increased incidence of gums that bled with gentle manipulation.

·       More frequently than the non-drinkers in the study, drinkers who did not have periodontitis presented clinical attachment levels of four millimeters or greater.

·       Drinkers without periodontitis exhibited a higher presence of plaque than their non-drinking counterparts. Study researchers noted that alcohol’s drying effect on the mouth may contribute to the formation of plaque that can trigger an inflammatory response in the gums. 

“Alcohol slows the production of saliva, which helps neutralize the acids produced by plaque, and an accumulation of these acids can lead to the early stages of periodontal disease,” continued Dr. Otomo-Corgel. “For patients who are diagnosed with periodontal disease, it’s imperative that they are encouraged to be completely honest about their drinking habits. This information can guide in determining appropriate treatment and next steps.”

A full version of “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and Cytokines,” study can be found in an upcoming print edition of the Journal of Periodontology.

For more information about periodontal disease, please visit www.perio.org

JDR Articles Explore 3D Printing for Oral and Dental Tissue Engineering

Posted on June 29, 2015

Alexandria, Va., USA – Today, the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) published a case report on the first application of a 3D printed scaffold for periodontal tissue engineering in a human patient, along with a review of 3D printing for oral and craniofacial tissue engineering. These papers are published in the latest clinical supplement to the Journal of Dental Research, which encompasses all areas of clinical research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences, and brings emerging contributions in discovery and translational science to clinical application for the healthcare community. 

In the case report titled “3D Printed Bioresorbable Scaffold for Periodontal Repair,” researchers Giulio Rasperini, Sophia P. Pilipchuk, Colleen L. Flanagan, Chan Ho Park, Giorgio Pagni, Scott J. Hollister and William V. Giannobile provide the first reported human case of treatment of a large periodontal osseous defect with a 3D printed, bioresorbable, patient-specific, polymer scaffold and signaling growth factor. A patient diagnosed with severe destruction of periodontal tissues presented for treatment to preserve his dentition. The treated site remained intact for 12 months following therapy but failed at 13 months. Although this case was unsuccessful long term, the authors believe the approach warrants further study on how 3D printing can be implemented for the reconstruction of dental and craniofacial anomalies. 

In a review titled "3D Bioprinting for Regenerative Dentistry and Craniofacial Tissue Engineering" reviewers Fabian Obregon, Cedryck Vaquette, Saso Ivanovski, Dietmar Hutmacher and Luiz Bertassoni describe different 3D bioprinting methods. They also summarize how different classes of biomaterials (polymers, hydrogels, ceramics, composites and cell-aggregates) may be utilized for 3D biomanufacturing of scaffolds, as well as craniofacial tissue analogues. 

A companion podcast is also available for download. The papers and the companion podcast interview with Drs. Luiz Bertassoni and Scott J. Hollister are available online at http://jdr.sagepub.com. Reporters and writers may contact Ingrid L. Thomas at ithomas@iadr.org to request a PDF of the studies. 

AHHE Honors Henry Schein

Posted on June 29, 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y. -- Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, announced that it has been selected as the Corporation of the Year by the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE), a national voluntary tax-exempt organization that fosters programs and policies to increase the presence of Hispanic health care executives.

The company was recognized for its commitment to help increase diversity and cultural competency in the health care professions. Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, accepted the honor on behalf of the company at the Quindecennial Healthcare Diversity Awards, held June 25 at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York, N.Y. The event was co-hosted by the AHHE and the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health.

"On behalf of more than 18,000 Team Schein Members from around the world, it is a great honor to accept this recognition as AHHE Corporation of the Year," Bergman said. "At Henry Schein, we share the AHHE's understanding of the importance of recruiting more members of the Hispanic community into health care careers, advocating for increased Hispanic faculty at dental and medical schools, and expanding access to and improving equity in health care.The AHHE is an important piece of the quickly changing health care mosaic in the United States, and Henry Schein is proud to be its partner in promoting diversity."

For 2 decades, Henry Schein has supported programs and initiatives dedicated to promoting diversity in health care. In 1995, the company created the Leadership Training and Speaker Development program for the National Dental Association. The company also served as a founding co-sponsor of the American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership; sponsored the first Dental Diversity in Leadership Conference in New York; and created REACH, Henry Schein's national outreach program to help facilitate the growth of culturally specific health care professional organizations.

Through Henry Schein Cares, the company's global corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein has also sponsored participants in the Senior Dental Leaders Program, which develops high-level leadership and management capabilities in global oral health leaders. In 2015, Henry Schein began its support of the new Hispanic Dental Association leadership program for the New York City Tri-State area, which it will continue to support in 2016.  

"We are delighted to honor Henry Schein for its exemplary commitment to increasing diversity in the health care professions and to bridging disparities in care," said George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero, National President, Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives and National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health. "The burgeoning Hispanic population in the United States underscores the continuing need to develop the professional and leadership capabilities of U.S. Hispanic health care professionals, and to increase their visibility and inclusion at all levels and settings – from office-based practices to medical and health-related academic institutions. Henry Schein's efforts deepen the impact we have in advancing diversity and Hispanic representation in the health care community."

Lynda Baquero, NBC 4 New York's consumer reporter, was the event's master of ceremonies, and Dr. Philip O. Ozuah, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Montefiore Health System, Inc., was the Keynote Speaker and an honoree. Other honorees included Dr. Amarilis Jacobo, President-elect of the Hispanic Dental Association, who was selected as the Health Care Provider of the Year; Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, who was selected as the Visionary Leader of the Year; Dr. John-Paul Sanchez, Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, and Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who was selected as the Academic Leader of the Year; and Nancy Sanchez, Senior Vice President and Vice Dean, Human Resources and Organizational Development and Learning, NYU Langone Medical Center, who was selected as the Healthcare Executive of the Year.

Henry Schein Selected As Corporation of the Year By The Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives

Posted on June 29, 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today that it has been selected as the Corporation of the Year by the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE), a national voluntary tax-exempt organization that fosters programs and policies to increase the presence of Hispanic health care executives.

The Company was recognized for its commitment to help increase diversity and cultural competency in the health care professions. Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, accepted the honor on behalf of the Company at the Quindecennial Healthcare Diversity Awards, held June 25 at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York, N.Y. The event was co-hosted by the AHHE and the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health.

"On behalf of more than 18,000 Team Schein Members from around the world, it is a great honor to accept this recognition as AHHE Corporation of the Year," said Mr. Bergman. "At Henry Schein, we share the AHHE's understanding of the importance of recruiting more members of the Hispanic community into health care careers, advocating for increased Hispanic faculty at dental and medical schools, and expanding access to and improving equity in health care.The AHHE is an important piece of the quickly changing health care mosaic in the United States, and Henry Schein is proud to be its partner in promoting diversity."

For two decades, Henry Schein has supported programs and initiatives dedicated to promoting diversity in health care. In 1995, the Company created the Leadership Training and Speaker Development program for the National Dental Association. The Company also served as a founding co-sponsor of the American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership; sponsored the first Dental Diversity in Leadership Conference in New York; and created REACH, Henry Schein's national outreach program to help facilitate the growth of culturally specific health care professional organizations.

Through Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein has also sponsored participants in the Senior Dental Leaders Program, which develops high-level leadership and management capabilities in global oral health leaders. In 2015, Henry Schein began its support of the new Hispanic Dental Association leadership program for the New York City Tri-State area, which it will continue to support in 2016.  

"We are delighted to honor Henry Schein for its exemplary commitment to increasing diversity in the health care professions and to bridging disparities in care," said George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero, National President, Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives and National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health. "The burgeoning Hispanic population in the United States underscores the continuing need to develop the professional and leadership capabilities of U.S. Hispanic health care professionals, and to increase their visibility and inclusion at all levels and settings – from office-based practices to medical and health-related academic institutions. Henry Schein's efforts deepen the impact we have in advancing diversity and Hispanic representation in the health care community."

Lynda Baquero, NBC 4 New York's consumer reporter, was the event's master of ceremonies, and Dr. Philip O. Ozuah, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Montefiore Health System, Inc., was the Keynote Speaker and an honoree. Other honorees included Dr. Amarilis Jacobo, President-elect of the Hispanic Dental Association, who was selected as the Health Care Provider of the Year; Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, who was selected as the Visionary Leader of the Year; Dr. John-Paul Sanchez, Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, and Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who was selected as the Academic Leader of the Year; and Nancy Sanchez, Senior Vice President and Vice Dean, Human Resources and Organizational Development and Learning, NYU Langone Medical Center, who was selected as the Healthcare Executive of the Year.

Benco Dental, Amann Girrbach Announce Distribution Partnership

Posted on June 29, 2015

PITTSTON, PA — June 25, 2015 -- Benco Dental, the nation’s fastest growing privately owned dental distribution company, announces its distribution partnership agreement with Amann Girrbach, a pioneer in dental CAD/CAM technology and one of the leading innovators and preferred full-service providers in digital dental prosthetics. While the two companies have enjoyed success for years, they agree that a combined focus and alignment of synergies allow for one of the best offerings available to the market, and just at the right time.

“In meetings over the past several months, we have realized that we have the right people in both organizations, with the right expertise, to deliver a robust set of open solutions to our diverse customer base,” said Paul Jackson, VP of Marketing for Benco Dental. “Our agreement with Amann Girrbach affords both companies the chance to meet the needs of the dentist and the lab with leading edge equipment and materials.”

“I’m thrilled about the Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach partnership,” said Marco Ratz, CEO Amann Girrbach. “Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach have been in discussions for quite some time. Both companies have grown and evolved at such an accelerated rate in the past few years and we feel now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The technology is ever-changing and we have seen a shift in the market; we are well equipped to mutually support it.”

Amann Girrbach has proven itself to be a global leader and innovator of CAD/CAM equipment, materials and technology. Benco Dental has enjoyed 84 years of success in the U.S. market because of a commitment to deliver best-in-class products and solutions to a diverse customer base.

“When reviewing solutions to offer to our customers and prospects, we feel that Amann Girrbach, with their open architecture, truly allows for a seamless integration of digital function for doctors. Not only that, but no matter the size of the lab, we are confident that Amann Girrbach’s full product line is uniquely suited to any need or sophistication,” said Mark Nelson, CAD/CAM Product Manager at Benco Dental.

“We realize that supporting the U.S. market is about more than just providing a full line of integrated solutions to our customers and prospects – it is about relationships, service and continuous dialogue with our customers to continue to innovate to meet demand. We are fortunate to have a greater reach to the voice of the customer through our distribution partners. Their feedback continues to fuel the innovation of our R&D team in Koblach, Austria – one of the largest in the industry – and we are excited to continue to innovate and deliver solutions to the market,” said Kat Dunham, Director of Operations and Service at Amann Girrbach America Inc.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to ‘deliver success, smile after smile.’  Over the past decade, Benco has been the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, now servicing more than 35,000 dentists and dental laboratories.  Within the past 84 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network of more than 65 regional locations, five distribution centers, and two design showrooms to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office. Named one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for 11 of the past 12 years, Benco Dental is proud to boast a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally-trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For details, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

About Amann Girrbach America, Inc.

As a pioneer in dental CAD/CAM technology, Amann Girrbach is one of the leading innovators and preferred full-service providers in digital dental prosthetics. With its high degree of expertise in development and commitment to customer orientation, the ambitious company from Vorarlberg, Austria, creates sophisticated system solutions for tomorrow's practice routine. Maximum customer satisfaction and a constantly increasing number of partners in over 90 countries worldwide speaks for itself.  Amann Girrbach AG has long since proven itself in the global dental sector as a guarantee for the highest quality innovative material, excellent quality products and sophisticated system solutions.

Source: Benco Dental

 

Benco, Amann Girrbach Announce Partnership

Posted on June 29, 2015

PITTSTON, PA — Benco Dental, the nation’s fastest growing privately owned dental distribution company, announced a distribution partnership agreement with Amann Girrbach, a pioneer in dental CAD/CAM technology and one of the leading innovators and preferred full-service providers in digital dental prosthetics. While the companies have enjoyed success for years, they agree that a combined focus and alignment of synergies allow for one of the best offerings available to the market, and just at the right time.

“In meetings over the past several months, we have realized that we have the right people in both organizations, with the right expertise, to deliver a robust set of open solutions to our diverse customer base,” said Paul Jackson, VP of Marketing for Benco Dental. “Our agreement with Amann Girrbach affords both companies the chance to meet the needs of the dentist and the lab with leading edge equipment and materials.”

“I’m thrilled about the Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach partnership,” said Marco Ratz, CEO Amann Girrbach. “Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach have been in discussions for quite some time. Both companies have grown and evolved at such an accelerated rate in the past few years and we feel now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The technology is ever-changing and we have seen a shift in the market; we are well equipped to mutually support it.”

Amann Girrbach has proven itself to be a global leader and innovator of CAD/CAM equipment, materials and technology. Benco Dental has enjoyed 84 years of success in the U.S. market because of a commitment to deliver best-in-class products and solutions to a diverse customer base.

“When reviewing solutions to offer to our customers and prospects, we feel that Amann Girrbach, with their open architecture, truly allows for a seamless integration of digital function for doctors. Not only that, but no matter the size of the lab, we are confident that Amann Girrbach’s full product line is uniquely suited to any need or sophistication,” said Mark Nelson, CAD/CAM Product Manager at Benco Dental.

“We realize that supporting the US market is about more than just providing a full line of integrated solutions to our customers and prospects – it is about relationships, service, and continuous dialogue with our customers to continue to innovate to meet demand. We are fortunate to have a greater reach to the voice of the customer through our distribution partners. Their feedback continues to fuel the innovation of our R&D team in Koblach, Austria – one of the largest in the industry – and we are excited to continue to innovate and deliver solutions to the market,” said Kat Dunham, Director of Operations and Service at Amann Girrbach America Inc.

Survey: Denture Wearers Feel Limited

Posted on June 26, 2015

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (PRNewswire) - Denture wearers are misunderstood, and they're anything but a stereotype. The Biting Into Denture Care survey shows that the biggest misconception about dentures is that they're only for grandma and grandpa (59%). The truth tells a different story: more than half (53%) of respondents were 44-year- old or younger when they first got dentures. The findings reveal intimate behaviors and attitudes about denture wearers and how they care for their oral health.

Conducted by Survata, and commissioned by GSK Consumer Healthcare's Polident® Denture Cleanser and Super Poligrip® Denture Adhesive, the new survey illustrates how denture wearers have a complex relationship with food, and more.  Denture wearers also balk at romance, feel some limitations on their careers, and have kept their dentures a secret from coworkers and loved ones. 

"It is clear from these survey findings that denture wearers' relationship with dentures is complicated," said Joe Buttermore, Senior Brand Manager for Polident® and Super Poligrip® brands. "While dentures give their wearers confidence and freedom, they can also make them feel careful and cautious. We see a need  to make a positive shift to people's belief systems about wearing dentures. We want to help liberate denture wearers from limitations so that they can really dive into life, find uninhibited joy in everything and seize life's opportunities to sing louder, laugh harder, get closer, and eat foods they enjoy spontaneously.

When asked if wearing dentures limits their ability to live life to the fullest, 34 percent of survey respondents said they agree with that sentiment. Further, the survey explored some reasons why.

Pucker up or shy away? Many denture wearers feel hesitant about getting close to a loved one.

When it comes to love, romance is at stake for denture wearers. Whether they're concerned about bad breath or even fear of their dentures dislodging, nearly three in five (56%) survey respondents say that wearing dentures impacts their love life, of which 42 percent admit the effect was negative.

This impact is also felt in the way they kiss. Of the denture wearers who confess that wearing dentures affects the way they kiss, about a quarter (24%) are afraid to kiss someone passionately. What's more, men (23%) are more worried about kissing with their dentures than women (19%).

Denture wearers are intimidated by social situations and certain foods.

Imagine trying to hide a part of you from someone you love. The Biting Into Denture Care survey shows that 63 percent of denture wearers have kept their dentures a secret from someone, including friends (32%), their sibling(s) (10%), and even their spouse (7%).

Furthermore, some denture wearers even avoid certain social situations such as eating at parties or weddings (10%). And some are afraid to smile (20%).

They also have a complex relationship with food. The No. 1 concern for more than half of denture wearers (54%) is getting food stuck in or under their dentures. As a result, they tend to avoid eating certain foods, such as corn on the cob (50%), apples (34%), nuts (33%), steak (23%), and some beverages that may stain teeth, such as coffee or wine (8%).[12]

Denture wearers lack confidence at work.

Barriers to keep denture wearers from living life to the fullest also invade the workplace. Nearly two in five (38%) denture wearers admit that wearing dentures has affected their career. These respondents admit that they often feel intimidated to network with other professionals (37%) and lack confidence in meetings (33%). Nearly a quarter have even avoided going on job interviews (23%).

Denture wearers believe they keep their dentures in pristine condition.

Oral health ranks second highest (after overall physical well-being) among denture wearers in their list of priorities. More than three-quarters of the denture wearers surveyed (78%) feel they take excellent or good care of their dentures. But by contrast, research shows that up to 89 percent of denture wearers are not cleaning their dentures correctly.

"Proper care of dentures and having the confidence to overcome denture-related inhibitions, is essential to oral health and well-being," said Frank Gonser, DDS, PhD, North America Oral Care Medical Director for GSK Consumer Healthcare. "And, the one in five adults in the U.S. who wear dentures can be younger than you think. As our population gets older, dentures will be an even more important topic in the future because it affects a large number of people in society."

Real stories of denture wearers and more information about, Polident® and Super Poligrip® are available on the brands' YouTube channel and website, MyDentureCare.com.

Super Poligrip® Denture Adhesive and the No. 1 dentist recommended Polident® Denture Cleanser provide solutions to help denture wearers overcome their fears and inhibitions and build their confidence with the strong, all-day hold of Super Poligrip® Denture Adhesive, and the cleaning and odor-causing bacteria-killing power of Polident®.  

About the Survey

The national survey was conducted by Survata, an independent research firm, between May 22 and May 28, 2015. Survata interviewed 500 online respondents of adults who wear denture wearers during the poll. 

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