Announcing the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program

Posted on July 27, 2015

30 year ago, a renaissance of dental public health activity began in California. While many of the early advocates and leaders remain in the field today, many of our leaders are or will be retiring soon. 

This anticipated "brain drain" will result in the loss of many key experts whose institutional memory makes them among the most knowledgeable about the unique aspects of advancing a people-centered oral health agenda that ensures equal access to oral health services regardless of individual or community status. The oral health community in California needs to cultivate new leaders to re-energize the field and replace the long-time knowledgeable experts and advocates. 

To help develop emerging oral health champions in California, Center for Oral Health is establishing the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program. 

Named after two leading public oral health experts, Robert Isman, DDS, MPH and Jared Fine, DDS, MPH, the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development in California.

Click here to learn more.

Applications are due Friday, August 7, 2015

National Dental Association Supports Emerging Workforce Models to Improve Access to Care

Posted on July 24, 2015

CHICAGO – The National Dental Association, representing more than 7,000 dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, issued a statement supporting emerging workforce models EWM in the United States. The NDA defines emerging workforce models as expanded function dental hygienists and assistants, and dental therapists when appropriate. The NDA will highlight the policy during its annual convention in Chicago, July 23-28, 2015. This statement comes from the most historically involved dental organization in provider participation and care delivery to Medicaid patients in the country.

“We view access to dental care as a matter of social justice,” said Dr. Carrie Brown, the NDA’s President.  “Despite advances in health care and technology, glaring disparities exist among underserved, vulnerable, and diverse populations. We must explore all strategies to eliminate these disparities and improve oral health, including expanding the dental workforce.”

The NDA statement reflects the priorities and opinions of the association’s diverse membership. According to a survey of its members, nearly 60 percent said they would hire additional types of dental providers, including dental therapists, if their state adopted credentialing for them. Survey results also revealed that 62 percent of NDA members are Medicaid providers, more than three times the amount of any other dental provider organization.

The NDA’s policy, consistent with recommendations issued by the Institute of Medicine, affirms that state laws should allow allied dental personnel to work in a variety of settings under evidence-supported supervision levels and practice to the full extent of their education and training. This allows dentists to use their training and skills to treat patients with more complex needs.

In addition to utilizing these types of workforce models, the statement sets out a comprehensive series of recommendations to increase access to oral health care, including increasing under-represented minorities in oral health careers and creating new incentives to open practices in federally-designated dental health shortage areas.

“The current dental delivery system is outdated and no longer works for a third of the nation,” said Dr. Brown. “That means many people are constantly in significant pain. People are less productive, and in the most extreme cases, lose their lives because of a lack of basic dental care. It is time to create a system that embraces team-based care, and where a range of providers can work together efficiently to provide cost-effective, high-quality dental care to all. NDA is proud to lead this effort in our communities.”

To read the full position statement on access to care and emerging workforce models, visit: ndaonline.org/position-on-access-to-care-and-emerging-workforce-models. 

3M Oral Care, Kois Center Collaborate to Improve Oral Wellness Through Science-Based Learning

Posted on July 23, 2015

Seattle, WA – (July 23, 2015) – Digital technology is changing dentistry and dental education. The Kois Center has long been recognized as a leader in utilizing science and technology to advance dental education. Today, at its annual educational symposium in Seattle, the Kois Center announced a new partnership with 3M, a trusted leader in applying science and technology to improve oral care. The goal of the collaboration is to improve oral wellness through advanced technologies and education. 

As a first step, the Kois Center has selected the 3M™ True Definition Scanner for its educational offerings. In addition, Kois will pioneer an advanced education course starting later this year for new digital workflows and applications utilizing the 3M True Definition Scanner. The Kois Center also announces a collaboration with Evidentiae software, a new web-based application designed to utilize accurate intra-oral scan data that’s based on Kois comprehensive risk assessment and treatment planning principles.

“The digital technologies to this point have been primarily used by dentists as a tool to automate existing dental procedures,” said Dr. John Kois, owner and founder of the Kois Center. “The exciting opportunity for us going forward is to utilize this new technology as an intelligent analytical system to predict, plan, and communicate treatment. To realize this vision, we needed an intra-oral data capture system that was not only highly accurate, affordable, and easy to use, but we also needed a partner like 3M who shares our values and our vision for the future.”

“A true digital replica of the oral anatomy will be an essential component of the patient record of the future,” said Dan McMaster, global business director of 3M Digital Oral Care. “Not just because it is the starting point of most advanced dental procedures, but it is the easiest way to communicate with the patient, and the most efficient way to monitor change over time. Dr. Kois and the Kois Center have been truly visionary in understanding how to utilize this digital data to take the practice of dentistry to new levels, and we are excited to partner together with them on this most important health initiative.”

A preview of the new offering was introduced to the Kois faculty at the annual symposium today, and will begin an evaluation phase with select Kois faculty during the remaining half of 2015. For more information on the 3M True Definition Scanner, visit www.3M.com/TrueDef. More information about the Kois Center can be found at www.koiscenter.com.

3M, Kois Partner for Oral Wellness

Posted on July 23, 2015

Seattle, WA – Digital technology is changing dentistry and dental education. The Kois Center has long been recognized as a leader in utilizing science and technology to advance dental education. At its annual educational symposium in Seattle, the Kois Center announced a new partnership with 3M, a trusted leader in applying science and technology to improve oral care. The goal of the collaboration is to improve oral wellness through advanced technologies and education.

As a first step, the Kois Center has selected the 3M™ True Definition Scanner for its educational offerings. In addition, Kois will pioneer an advanced education course starting later this year for new digital workflows and applications utilizing the 3M True Definition Scanner. The Kois Center also announced a collaboration with Evidentiae software, a new web-based application designed to utilize accurate intra-oral scan data that’s based on Kois comprehensive risk assessment and treatment planning principles.

“The digital technologies to this point have been primarily used by dentists as a tool to automate existing dental procedures,” said Dr. John Kois, owner and founder of the Kois Center. “The exciting opportunity for us going forward is to utilize this new technology as an intelligent analytical system to predict, plan, and communicate treatment. To realize this vision, we needed an intra-oral data capture system that was not only highly accurate, affordable, and easy to use, but we also needed a partner like 3M who shares our values and our vision for the future.”

“A true digital replica of the oral anatomy will be an essential component of the patient record of the future,” said Dan McMaster, global business director of 3M Digital Oral Care. “Not just because it is the starting point of most advanced dental procedures, but it is the easiest way to communicate with the patient, and the most efficient way to monitor change over time. Dr. Kois and the Kois Center have been truly visionary in understanding how to utilize this digital data to take the practice of dentistry to new levels, and we are excited to partner together with them on this most important health initiative.”

A preview of the new offering was introduced to the Kois faculty at the annual symposium, and will begin an evaluation phase with select Kois faculty during the remaining half of 2015. For more information on the 3M True Definition Scanner, visit 3M.com/TrueDef. More information about the Kois Center can be found at koiscenter.com

Teeth Reveal Lifetime Exposures to Metals, Toxins

Posted on July 23, 2015

Is it possible that too much iron in infant formula may potentially increase risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's in adulthood -- and are teeth the window into the past that can help us tell? This and related theories were described in a "Perspectives" article authored by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of Technology Sydney and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Australia, and published online recently in Nature Reviews Neurology, according to Science Daily.

To read the full Science Daily report, click here.

Israeli Researcher: Dental Implants Prone To Fracture

Posted on July 23, 2015

NEW YORKJuly 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Keren Shemtov-Yona, DDS, a dental researcher at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, examined 100 discarded dental implants under a scanning electron microscope, she found that more than 60 percent of the implants had cracks and other flaws. Because dental implants have become increasingly popular (in the U.S. alone, more than 3 million people have them*), she feels that the public should be informed about the high rate of flaws in dental implants and their potential for fracturing. (Source: *American Academy of Implant Dentistry)

Dr. Shemtov-Yona also wants to encourage dental implant manufacturers and dentists to find ways to reduce "metal fatigue" - the localized structural damage that occurs when a metal is subjected to repeated applied loads. Over time, metal fatigue causes many of the implant-related fractures.

"Extracting and replacing a broken dental implant is a complex surgical procedure," she said. "The time has come for both the dental community and manufacturers to come to avoid unnecessary surgical procedures."

Dr. Shemtov-Yona is carrying out her doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Daniel Rittel of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering who co-authored a paper that will be published in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (49: pp 290-299) and is currently available online at:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1751616115001812#

The implants in the study were extracted from wearers not because they were broken, but because of progressive bone loss around the titanium post that anchors them in place. All appeared to be in perfect condition prior to analysis. However, upon inspection using x-ray and scanning electron microscopy, mechanical defects were revealed in 62 percent of the implants.

"The implants were a random combination of two materials, titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4v) and commercially pure titanium (CP-Ti)," explained Dr. Shemtov-Yona. "The CP-Ti implants had more cracks than the titanium alloy."

"Embedded particles appear to be linked to the generation of surface defects that evolve into full cracks," she pointed out. The effect of time and the wear and tear of daily use may also contribute the potential for manufacturing flaws to develop into cracks and subsequently lead to the ultimate failure of the materials of which they are made.

"Also, every individual has both different chewing habits and oral environment. Mastication can cause a repeated loading, leading to degradation of the implant materials and metal fatigue," she continued.

Dr. Shemtov-Yona conducted this study for her Masters of Science degree, and recently enrolled in a PhD program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering to get an even better understanding of the problem. Her current goal is to find what leads to the development of cracks to determine whether the causes lie in manufacturing, use, or both, in order to prolong the service life of implants.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israel's renown as the world's "Start-Up Nation." Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a vital component of Cornell NYC Tech, and a model for graduate applied science education that is expected to transform New York City's economy.

American Technion Society (ATS) donors provide critical support for the Technion--more than $2 billion since its inception in 1940. Based in New York City, the ATS and its network of chapters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories, and more.

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Modish Design Trend with Launch of Galactic-Inspired Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst Edition

Posted on July 23, 2015

STAMFORD, Conn.July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Who ever said tooth brushing needs to be boring? For more than two decades, Philips Sonicare, the power toothbrush brand coveted by Dental Professionals and celebrities alike, has been making the every day task of taking care of your teeth and gums a little more exciting. Now, with the launch of its latest addition to the sleek, top-of-the-lineDiamondClean range – Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst Edition – fashion and beauty mavens can bring a little runway style to their oral care routine.

The new Philips Sonicare DiamondClean features a bold color and metallic sheen that combines two hot trends in the fashion world: deep purple and galactic – colors and metallics inspired by space.

"From the runways in New YorkParisLondon and Milan to the latest glossy spreads, top designers have been employing both bold purple and galactic elements into their lines," said celebrity fashion designer Adam Selman, who launched his eponymous collection after designing custom clothing for notable private clients. "The combination creates a standout aesthetic that is unexpected and daring in a traditionally white space."

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst Edition's superiority doesn't stop at the aesthetics. Like the rest of the DiamondClean range (already available in white, black and pink), Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst Edition delivers more brush strokes in two minutes than a regular manual toothbrush delivers in one month of use. As Philips Sonicare's best whitening toothbrush, the DiamondClean model is proven to whiten teeth in just one week of use1 and improve gum health in only two weeks2.

"Philips Sonicare has an ongoing commitment to creating products that push the envelope when it comes to oral care innovation and also meet very real consumer needs," said Boon Lai, Vice President of Marketing for Philips North America. "With the launch of Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst Edition, we set out to meet two needs: first, to help consumers achieve their best oral health and second, to satisfy a desire for standout style and customization."

To provide consumers with a customized brushing experience, the DiamondClean range is equipped with five bespoke brushing modes, including:

  • Clean: Standard mode for a whole mouth clean

  • White: Removes surface stains to whiten teeth

  • Polish: Brightens and polishes teeth to bring out natural brilliance

  • Gum Care: Gently stimulates and massages gums

  • Sensitive: Extra-gentle for sensitive teeth

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst Edition is available now at Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, Target.com and Walmart.com, and will be available in August 2015 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy and Kohl's stores, for the suggested retail price of $219.99. For more information about Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst Edition and the rest of the superior Philips Sonicare power toothbrush range, please visit www.Sonicare.com or become a fan of the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

ACTEON North America Wins Two 2015 Pride Institute Best in Class Technology Awards

Posted on July 22, 2015

Now in its seventh year, the Pride Institute’s “Best of Class” Technology Award continues unparalleled in its integrity and approach to recognizing excellence in dental innovation. In 2015, SoproCARE and SoproLIFE from ACTEON are two of those lauded as “Best of Class.”

“To be honored as ‘Best of Class’ is a sign that a product has revolutionized, simplified or advanced its category in a distinctive way,” said Dr. Lou Shuman, ‘Best of Class’ founder. “The manufacturers represented here are driving the conversation for how dental practices will operate today and in the future. The foundation for our success in bringing attention to these products has always been our formula: technology leadership in dentistry, unbiased, and not for profit.”

“Best of Class” honorees are chosen by a panel comprised of leading voices in dental technology, who come together each year to discuss, debate and decide what products merit recognition. All technology categories are considered, but if there is no clear differentiator that sets a product apart in its category, then no winner is selected. Panelists who receive compensation from dental companies are prevented from voting in that company’s category. Over the years, the panel has developed a rapport that makes space for important conversations about value of different innovations and how evolving categories become more or less valuable to the general dentist. The spirited debate that follows results in a variety of products — obscure and well-known, basic and aspirational — being honored.

“Technology decisions can be expensive and confusing for many doctors. Our job as ‘Best of Class’ panelists is to eat, sleep, live, breath and use technology in our general practices in real, everyday dentistry. We also have a chance to show and discuss these products with dental students and colleagues,” said Dr. John Flucke, writer, speaker and Technology Editor for Dental Products Report. “This allows us to provide recommendations that a doctor and staff can rely on to make informed decisions regarding their technology purchases.”

The panel consists of five dentists with significant knowledge of and experience in dental technology, including Dr. Shuman; Dr. Flucke; Paul Feuerstein, DMD, writer, speaker and Technology Editor for Dentistry Today ; Marty Jablow, DMD, technology writer and consultant for Dr. BiCuspid; and Parag Kachalia, DDS, Vice-Chair of Preclinical Education, Research and Technology, University of Pacific School of Dentistry.

Tim Long, VP/COO for ACTEON North America said, “This is a very prestigious award for the dental industry and to win it with both the SoproCARE and SoproLIFE for a second time is truly an honor. We are thrilled to be recognized for great technology that helps clinicians’ practices and patients every day.”

The Pride Institute “Best of Class” Technology awards were launched in 2009 as a new concept to provide an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies in the dental space. Through print and digital media coverage, the “Best of Class” message reaches the community of 150,000 dentists through multiple touch points—in print and online—educating them about the products. Honoree participation in the “Tech Expo” at the American Dental Association’s Annual Meeting offers face-to-face interaction with the companies as well as technology-centered education provided by members of the panel as well as the esteemed consultants of Pride Institute. Courses at last year’s 2014 meeting sold out. This year’s event will be held November 5-10 in Washington, DC.

About ACTEON

ACTEON North America is part of The ACTEON Group, a world leader in small equipment and consumables for dentists. The ACTEON Group’s companies include SATELEC Equipment, SOPRO Imaging, and Pierre Rolland Pharmaceutical which employ more than 650 workers worldwide. ACTEON continually develops innovative products for its growing international dental market.

CDC, OSAP, AGD Announce Hepatitis C Webinar

Posted on July 22, 2015

Annapolis, MD:July 22, 2015 -The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit™, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), is presenting a webinar on the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) on August 19, 12-1:30 pm CDT. The goal of the webinar is to bring dental teams up to date with HCV and new HCV therapies. HCV can survive in the environment for 16 hours on a dry surface and can be detected in saliva. It is important that clinicians understand the disease, know how to identify it, and understand how to follow-up for HCV and other bloodborne pathogens after a needlestick injury.

The HCV webinar will give dental health care providers up-to-date information on the natural history and epidemiology of HCV, new HCV therapies, recent screening guidelines from CDC, surveillance for HCV, healthcare-related hepatitis infections and prevention options, and recommendations for needlestick injury response.

The webinar is being presented by Anne Moorman, BSN, MPH. Ms. Moorman is an epidemiologist in the Division of Viral Hepatitis at CDC. Currently, she is one of the division staff leading the investigation of healthcare-associated hepatitis infections and has helped develop current guidance on these investigations in partnership with state public health departments and colleagues in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. She has contributed to more than 70 scientific articles for peer-reviewed journals during her two decades at CDC, including 12 recent articles describing healthcare-associated hepatitis transmissions and outbreaks.

The webinar registration fee is $50 and the course carries 1.5 CE credits. To register, go to: https://www.etouches.com/133687.

OHA to Host Collaborative Learning Conference with Help from Henry Schein Cares Foundation Grant

Posted on July 21, 2015

CHICAGO, July 21 — Oral Health America (OHA) encourages collaborative learning among its Smiles Across America® (SAA) Program Partners across the country who provide oral healthcare and education to children in school-based and school-linked settings. Thanks in part to a $10,000 grant from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, 60 SAA partners will be able to gather together during OHA’s bi-annual National Share and Learn Conference in Philadelphia this summer.

“Our SAA Program Partners tell us on a consistent basis how much they benefit from learning from each other,” said OHA President and CEO Beth Truett. “These opportunities to connect SAA partners with one another are part of the value-added technical assistance that OHA offers to the teams who are addressing the needs of some of America’s most vulnerable children every day. We are grateful to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for their support of our program and mission.”

SAA Program Partner Kids Smiles will cohost the conference, with a goal to positively impact the health and education of low-income children who bear 80 percent of the disease burden for dental caries. SAA Program Partners from across the country will gather to learn about the process of human centered design to better understand the issues, communities and opportunities for improving oral health services provided in school-based and school-linked settings.

“Henry Schein is proud to support OHA’s Share and Learn conference, which brings together a nationwide force of healthcare professionals committed to improving the oral health of at-risk school children,” said Steve Kess, President of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. “We share OHA’s commitment to expanding access to care for underserved populations and improving lives through increased education and awareness of the importance of good oral health and look forward to continuing our work together.”

OHA launched SAA in 2004 to provide oral disease prevention services to children who are uninsured or underinsured due to issues of poverty. During the 2014-2015 school year, OHA’s network of 304 SAA Program Partners reached more than 460,000 children in 47 states with services including dental sealants, fluoride varnish and family education. Learn more about SAA at www.oralhealthamerica.org.

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