New NuSmile Website Designed to Delight Customers

Posted on September 30, 2016

NuSmile Ltd. announced the launch of a dramatically enhanced website designed for customer convenience and increased functionality.

The state-of-the-art website’s key customer benefits include:

  • Easy ordering on desktop, tablet and mobile phones

  • A new “refill your crown kit” app that’s easy and intuitive

  • More detailed information on upcoming NuSmile ZR Zirconia Crown workshops

  • Up-to-date information on upcoming industry and NuSmile events

  • More information on award-winning NuSmile solutions

  • Added capabilities that make it even easier to connect with NuSmile

  • A new document library for NuSmile products for easy access to helpful information

  • For international customers, added capabilities that make it even easier to connect with NuSmile distributors

  • Great new pictures and videos of the fantastic work dentists do every day using NuSmile solutions

“Today more than ever, customers need and deserve vendor websites that make it as convenient as possible to access important information, order products and communicate with customer service,” said Mark Binford, NuSmile SVP and team leader for the development of the new site. “We spent 18 months working closely with cutting edge website design, development and optimization firms to make sure our customers have a great experience when they visit our website, and we’re confident they will.”

NuSmile’s new website can be viewed at www.nusmile.com.

Sunstar Americas, Whip Mix Spotlight Dental Professionals Spreading the Oral Health Message

Posted on September 30, 2016

CHICAGO, September 30 – Whether by choice, by culture or by need, grandfamilies are more commonplace with one-in-ten children residing fulltime in their grandparents’ homes. Grandfamilies face unique challenges, including those related to oral health as demonstrated by Oral Health America’s 2016 Public Opinion Poll conducted by Wakefield Research. This Poll showed that 70% of grandparents believed it was harder for them to keep up with information surrounding children’s oral health than it was for younger parents.

That’s why OHA engages all Americans about the importance of good oral health as part of its annual public awareness campaign, Fall for Smiles.

Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign, which focuses on the oral health of families encourages everyone to spread the word about the positive effects of daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products. This year’s campaign highlights “grandfamilies” or kinship care to address the oral health issues that impact young and older generations.

Sunstar Americas, Inc. and Whip Mix Corporation support Fall for Smiles by spotlighting the different ways dental professionals have participated in the campaign in previous years with Fall for Smiles: Stories.

Fall for Smiles is generously sponsored by 3M; Trident; Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait, an initiative of Dental Trade Alliance; Patterson Dental; Hu-Friedy; Midmark Corporation; SciCan, Inc.; Septodont USA; Sunstar Americas, Inc.; Whip Mix Corporation; the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention; National Dental Association; and Crosstex Dentapure.

Learn more about Fall for Smiles at oralhealthamerica.org/fallforsmiles.

3Shape Launches TRIOS 3 Mono Intraoral Scanner

Posted on September 30, 2016

Copenhagen, September 30, 2016 – 3Shape launches TRIOS 3 Mono – a new entry-level version of its award-winning TRIOS 3 intraoral scanner. 

TRIOS 3 Mono delivers the same documented-accuracy, insane speed and ease of use of all TRIOS intraoral scanners but takes digital impressions without color. It will sell at an extremely competitive price point at nearly 40% less than TRIOS 3 color models. 

TRIOS Mono delivers many of the same award-winning features of TRIOS 3 color models, including:

·      TRIOS documented-accuracy, insane speed and ease of use

·      The widest range of indications and delivers texture and stone model scans plus HD photos

·      Doctors can offer same-day dentistry using optional 3Shape practice lab

Upgrade to color model at any time

As a special bonus, the TRIOS 3 Mono is upgradable to a TRIOS 3 color model at any time. The cost of the upgrade is the price difference between the two scanners and a service fee. When upgrading to a TRIOS color model, the upgrade includes RealColor™ scanning, digital shade measurement and an integrated intraoral camera.   

“Doctors are definitely looking to go digital with their dentistry. There are just too many documented advantages to ignore. To make the jump easier, we created an intraoral scanner they can start and keep growing with, one that doesn’t compromise speed and accuracy or use powder, says Flemming Thorup, president and CEO at 3Shape.

Adding, “The TRIOS Mono delivers the award-winning performance of our TRIOS 3 intraoral scanner, but at a terrific price and importantly, like all 3Shape products is future proof, and with the opportunity to upgrade to a color model at any time.”

Learn more about TRIOS: http://www.3shape.com/TRIOS

 

 

Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors: Exclusive Interview

Posted on September 29, 2016

By AEGIS Editorial Staff

(Newtown, PA) Every day, thousands of Americans wake up on their first day of retirement with no dental health benefits.The Santa Fe Group and its partners are seeking to change that, as Michael Alfano, DMD, PhD, president of the Santa Fe Group, explains in an exclusive interview with AEGIS Communications. 

Since Wednesday evening, The Santa Fe Group has been hosting a salon, Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors, in Arlington, Virginia, for dental and other healthcare professionals to discuss geriatric oral healthcare. This meeting, which has been filled to capacity, has brought leaders together to develop a national campaign to improve the understanding on aging and oral health. The event concludes Friday.

In the interview, Dr. Alfano talks with AEGIS CEO Daniel Perkins about the state of geriatric oral healthcare in America and the salon. The video can be seen below.

"This is a very important topic, and we're happy to be working with The Santa Fe Group on this initiative," says Mr. Perkins. "We believe it is essential to forge partnerships with the medical and dental communities to help expand our understanding of geriatric oral healthcare in America."

Attendees are learning about the need for oral healthcare benefits for America’s seniors and identify ways to improve access to oral healthcare for senior patients, with and without comorbid chronic illnesses, across all income ranges. Lectures specifically include discussion about access to dental benefits for the poor, near-poor, and retired middle-income seniors who do not have reasonable options for dental coverage, and therefore do not have access to oral healthcare in the absence of a Medicare benefit.

Don't miss AEGIS' video featuring an exclusive interview with Dr. Alfano.

 

OSAP and ICD Sponsor Groundbreaking Educational Program in Vietnam

Posted on September 29, 2016

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), a community of clinicians, educators, researchers and industry representatives who advocate for the safest dental visit and the International College of Dentists (ICD), the world’s oldest and largest honor society for dentists™, dedicated to the recognition of outstanding professional achievement and meritorious service and the continued progress of the profession of dentistry for the benefit of humankind, announced the completion of a highly successful comprehensive 2-day seminar on dental safety that was held September 6-7 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Theprogram was jointly sponsored by OSAP and the ICD and coincided with Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (September) and the Annual meeting of the South East Asia Association for Dental Education (SEAADE). Response to the program was overwhelming, with a delegation from Cambodia joining the many participants from Vietnam.

The first day of the program focused on infection control for dental practitioners, patient safety and quality measures, and antibiotic stewardship. Attendees received information on instrument processing, , and implementing, reinforcing, and ensuring compliance with infection control best practices.

The second day of the program was geared to educators and trainers and focused on managing infection control in the educational setting—developing policies and procedures, identifying resources and best practices, and training staff. Attendees learned about patient safety as an emerging discipline and trends in infectious diseases, as well as the equipment, processes, and design for optimum infection control across a variety of settings.

The key speaker for the program was Eve Cuny, MS, who is Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Practice at Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry. Ms. Cuny is a past chairperson for OSAP who has worked with government agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout the world to educate dental practitioners about best practices in dental infection control.

Hu-Friedy supported this program through a generous educational grant, while the ICD Region 31 Viet Nam provided local arrangements, venue and promotion.

Dental Fillings Raise Levels of Mercury in the Body, UGA Study Says

Posted on September 29, 2016

Athens, Ga. — Dental surface restorations composed of dental amalgam, a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and other metals, significantly contribute to prolonged mercury levels in the body, according to new research from the University of Georgia's department of environmental health science in the College of Public Health.

This research, which analyzed data from nearly 15,000 individuals, is the first to demonstrate a relationship between dental fillings and mercury exposure in a nationally representative population. The results were published online last week and will be available in the print edition of the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety in December.

"Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases," said Lei Yin, a scientist in the department of environmental health science and the study's lead author. "I think a majority of people have experienced dental fillings, but the kind of materials the dentist uses isn't something that's really discussed."

Mercury exposure from dental fillings is not a new concern, but previous studies were inconsistent and limited, according to Xiaozhong "John" Yu, assistant professor of environmental health science and co-author of the study.

"This study is trying to provide the most accurate levels of exposure, which will form the scientific basis to make future risk assessment," Yu said, adding that the study was the first to also control for age, education, ethnicity, race, gender, smoking and seafood consumption, which is a known contributor to mercury levels in the body.

The researchers further analyzed exposure by specific types of mercury and found a significant increase in methyl mercury, the most toxic form of mercury, related to dental fillings. Yu said this result suggests the human gut microbiota, a collection of microorganisms living in the intestines, may transform different types of mercury.

Dental amalgam has been the go-to dental filling material for more than 150 years, because it's affordable and durable. However, about half of the compound contains mercury, a heavy metal known to be toxic at high levels, causing brain, heart, kidney, lung and immune system damage. New research suggests that methyl mercury may cause damage even at low levels.

"As toxicologists, we know that mercury is poison, but it all depends on the dose. So, if you have one dental filling, maybe it's OK. But if you have more than eight dental filings, the potential risk for adverse effect is higher," Yu said. People with numerous dental fillings who are also exposed to mercury from other sources, such as seafood or work environments, are most at risk.

The results show that individuals with more than eight fillings had about 150% more mercury in their blood than those with none. The average American has three dental fillings, while 25% of the population has 11 or more fillings.

According to its website, the US Food and Drug Administration considers dental amalgam fillings safe for adults, but says, "pregnant women and parents with children under six who are concerned about the absence of clinical data as to long-term health outcomes should talk to their dentist."

The study also looked at dental composite resins, a mercury-free alternative for dental fillings that can release small amounts of bisphenol A, or BPA, which may cause developmental or reproductive damage. The results found no association between dental fillings and urinary BPA, but further research is needed to understand BPA exposure from resin-based materials.

"It's important for doctors and patients to be informed in their selections," Yin said. "We now have an excellent starting point to evaluate the potential risk of dental material on human health."

Xiao Song from the department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the UGA College of Public Health, and Simon Lin from the University of Washington's Center for Pediatric Dentistry also contributed to the study.

Read the journal article online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0147651316303475.

Santa Fe Group Salon, Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors, Convenes Tonight

Posted on September 28, 2016

By AEGIS Editorial Staff

(Newtown, PA) The Santa Fe Group Salon, Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors, begins today at the Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The meeting will open with a reception in the early evening of September 28 and conclude at midday on September 30, 2016. 

Distinguished colleagues from government, academe, public health, professional associations, corporate entities and advocacy groups will discuss the need, the rationale, the cost, and the benefits of expanded oral healthcare for seniors.

Participants will collaborate in developing action plans to shape policy, optimize benefits, foster health literacy and drive the changes necessary to achieve the important goal of expanded access to basic dental care. The list of speakers and moderators can be viewed here

Attendees will be using #TeethinMedicare for social media. Follow Compendium Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the meeting. 

Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors

Posted on September 28, 2016

By AEGIS Editorial Staff

(Newtown, PA) The Santa Fe Group is hosting a salon, Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors, for dental professionals to discuss geriatric oral healthcare on September 28-30, 2016 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Virginia. This meeting will bring individuals and groups together to develop and implement a national campaign to improve oral health literacy around aging and oral health.

Recognizing that approximately 10,000 Americans retire each day and do not have dental benefits, attendees will learn about the need for oral healthcare benefits for America’s seniors and identify ways to improve access to oral healthcare for senior patients, with and without comorbid chronic illnesses, across all income ranges. Lectures will specifically include discussion about access to dental benefits for the poor, near poor, and retired middle-income seniors who do not have reasonable options for dental coverage, and therefore do not have access to oral healthcare in the absence of a Medicare benefit.

A white paper describing the problems, opportunities, and proposals for next steps was distributed exclusively to salon attendees ahead of the meeting and the full document will be distributed after the meeting. Using this resource, the hope is for attendees to build a consensus on appropriate benefits packages.

Attendees will also examine establishing dental benefits in Medicare by a combination of expanded Medicare benefits for dental care, improved private dental insurance approaches, and development of more efficient dental care delivery approaches. In addition, participants will collaborate with partners in grassroots organizations to mobilize American Seniors and develop the political will to make this change happen.

There will be an interprofessional mix of individuals, institutions, agencies, and organizations attending this meeting in an effort to educate legislators about the importance of oral health on total health and to encourage professionals across the entire dental industry and in all health professions to work together in this endeavor. Participants will also identify approaches to optimize cost savings and benefit/cost ratios to deliver and compensate for the inclusion of oral health services as a Medicare benefit.

The overarching goal of this salon is to show attendees how to improve oral health for America’s seniors in a capacity consistent with their professional roles in clinical care, education, policy, economics, industry, and legislation. The hope is to publish a summary of the salon outcomes in a national journal to spread the message about this population and its needs, and provide a plan to assist them.

For more information, visit www.cvent.com/events/september-2016-santa-fe-group-arlington-va/event-summary-295c81a85eea404cb7f990fb555dc0e8.aspx. 

LED Medical Diagnostics Announces Launch of RAYSCAN Alpha Plus Imaging System from RAY Company

Posted on September 28, 2016

LED Medical Diagnostics Inc., through its wholly-owned US and Canadian operating subsidiaries, LED Dental Inc./LED Dental Ltd. ("LED Dental") is pleased to announce the launch of the RAYSCAN Alpha Plus, a next-generation extraoral imaging system that is the latest innovation from former Samsung Electronics subsidiary RAY Company (“RAY”).

Building upon the award-winning RAYSCAN Alpha platform, the RAYSCAN Alpha Plus continues RAY Company’s dedication to delivering high-quality imaging technologies combined with innovative features that break new ground in the industry.

Clinicians can utilize the RAYSCAN Alpha Plus to capture high-resolution panoramic, cephalometric and cone beam computed tomography images. The panoramic modality allows for a variety of 2D panoramic examinations, including standard pano and segmented pano acquisitions, in addition to an extraoral bitewing feature.

The CBCT modality of the RAYSCAN Alpha Plus boasts several exclusive features that allow practitioners to truly customize examinations to their patients unlike ever before. First, the Alpha Plus utilizes an innovative light-guided field-of-view that simplifies patient positioning to reduce errors and retakes. The desired field-of-view is super-imposed on the patient’s face, allowing dental professionals to see the exact area being scanned in relation to the patient’s actual anatomy, ensuring accurate image acquisition.

Furthermore, the system adds to the innovative light-guided positioning feature by utilizing Free FOV technology, which makes the field-of-view completely customizable from 4x3 cm to 16x10 cm. While many systems on the market force the clinician to choose one of several pre-set field-of-view options, the RAYSCAN Alpha Plus allows practitioners to collimate the field-of-view to any size, truly limiting radiation exposure to the smallest area possible to still acquire the needed anatomy.

While The RAYSCAN Alpha Plus continues to push new boundaries in terms of dose reduction, image quality and clarity remain the system’s top priority. The CBCT modality delivers voxel resolutions as small as 70 μm, making 3D images from the RAYSCAN Alpha Plus among the highest resolution in the industry. And, new proprietary algorithms allow for images to be reconstructed in as little as 4.9 seconds. 

Finally, the optional cephalometric module is available in either scanning or one-shot options, with the one-shot module acquiring images in less than one second to further reduce image distortion and lessen radiation dose. 

“We could not be more excited to launch the RAYSCAN Alpha Plus in conjunction with our partners at RAY Company,” stated Dr. David Gane, CEO of LED Medical Diagnostics. “Over the last few years, RAY Company has illustrated a commitment to developing technologies that not only deliver exceptional image quality, but also integrate innovative features that make acquiring images more intuitive, delivering an improved user experience while reducing patient dose.” 

Kevin Cho, President of RAY America concluded, “The RAYSCAN Alpha Plus is the culmination of years of development and optimization, relying on clinical feedback to build a system that not only produces outstanding images but utilizes next-generation technologies to make oral healthcare a simpler, more patient-friendly process.” 

The RAYSCAN Alpha Plus is available now through LED Dental. For more information, please call 844.952.7327 or visit www.leddental.com

UK Professor Unveils First Data on New Dental Fillings That Will Repair Tooth Decay

Posted on September 27, 2016

The first data on dental fillings that can actively repair tooth decay are presented by Professor Robert Hill. Professor Hill is Chair of Physical Sciences at the Institute of Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London and co-founder and director of research at BioMin Technologies.

Over 80% of the population in the UK has at least one filling, with seven being the average while 8 million cavities are filled with amalgam each year.

These data, indicating smart repair of tooth decay, prolonging the life of composite fillings, and reducing the need for mercury-based amalgams, indicate a significant step forward in tooth-restorative materials.

Hill outlines how new bioactive glass composites are unique in their ability to release fluoride as well as the significant quantities of calcium and phosphate that are needed to form tooth mineral.

Hill explains that while current dental fillings include inert materials, the data on the new bioactive glass composite shows that it interacts positively with the body providing minerals that replace those lost to tooth decay.

“Our scientists and dentists at Queen Mary University of London replaced the inert tooth filling materials with our new bioactive glass, explained Hill. “Not only did this bioactive glass composite remineralize the partially decayed teeth, but it also creates an alkaline environment that discourages the bacteria that caused the initial decay.

“The new bioactive glass also fills in the gaps with tooth mineral thus preventing the oral bacteria which cause tooth decay from establishing themselves. Research in the United States suggests this will potentially prolong the life of fillings and slow secondary tooth decay because the depth of bacterial penetration with bioactive glass fillings was significantly smaller than for inert fillings.”

Richard Whatley, the CEO of BioMin Technologies who has recently licensed the technology from Queen Mary Innovations, adds, “We plan to translate the remineralizing technology developed with the BioMinF® toothpaste into restorative dental products. This is a really exciting development which is attracting interest from a number of commercial companies.” 

He added, “There is also huge pressure to eliminate mercury based amalgam fillings by 2020, which is outlined in a host of international agreements. Using this type of bioactive glass composite to fill cavities eliminates the need to use mercury-based amalgam by offering esthetic white fillings, which help heal the tooth.”

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