3M Holds Digital Exchange Event

Posted on October 6, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. – When Dr. Jan Güth fires up his 3M™ True Definition Scanner to scan a patient, it’s no longer just a digital impression to make a crown; it’s also a digital record to aid in patient communication and treatment planning to improve outcomes. At the same time, Dr. Rick Fritz utilizes digital scan data as part of his orthodontic treatment plan to treat his patients more efficiently and effectively. Since the advent of the device, digital oral scanners have progressed beyond a tool for crown and bridge work; they’ve begun to change the way dentists practice and are fueling a new breed of digital dentistry. It’s this spirit of innovation that was celebrated at the 2015 3M Digital Exchange event in St. Paul, Minn. on October 1 and 2, and what keeps 3M Oral Care driving into the future of dentistry.

The 3M Digital Exchange brought together world-class dentists and orthodontists to discuss the latest trends in digital oral care. The event began with a keynote address focusing on the future of intertwining technologies, design and behaviors that will shape the way we interact. Dr. John Kois, Director of the Kois Center, discussed the recently announced collaboration with 3M Oral Care, and how its intraoral scanner will play a critical role in the comprehensive oral health exam of the future. Kois challenged the audience to think of the intraoral scanner as a ‘computer aided decision’ tool, not simply a process automation tool. Throughout the 2-day event, attendees had the opportunity to listen to other industry experts discuss the latest uses and advancements in digital technology – including digital workflows for orthodontists, utilizing social media to grow a practice, open architecture and more. The presentations provided insight into the innovations happening at 3M and in the industry as a whole, and gave a look into how today’s advancements are offering doctors creative solutions to stay on the forefront of trends.

“We feel fortunate to have such a talented, engaged, and insightful group of clinicians as our partners,” said Dan McMaster, global business director at 3M Oral Care. “As they continue to show us the breadth of capability of these digital tools, and as we work with them to make the process easier, more affordable, and more reliable, the future crystallizes significantly. It’s nice to see the technology moving from the early adopters to the mainstream dentist.”

“It’s amazing how far scanners have come in just the last few years, and events like this show us where this technology can go,” said Dr. Daniel Poticny. “Over the past 2 days I’ve seen how my peers are increasing treatment acceptance and growing their practices through the use of intraoral scanning technology. It’s inspiring.”

To learn more about the 3M True Definition Scanner, visit 3M.com/TrueDef.

Survey: Nearly One in Four Americans Admit to Being Misled by Health Information from Unverified Sources

Posted on October 6, 2015

KENILWORTH, N.J., Oct. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Merck Manuals (called MSD Manuals outside of the United States and Canada), one of the world's most widely-used medical resources since 1899, today released the results of a survey revealing nearly 1 in 4 Americans (24 percent) say they have been misled by information about an illness or medical symptom from an unverified online source. That figure increases to 30 percent among parents with children under 18 and jumps to 43 percent among millennials (adults age 18-34).

The survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Merck Manuals also uncovered that 40 percent of Americans are not at all, or not very, confident that the information found on for-profit health websites is credible. Despite this, 1 in 3 Americans (33 percent) admit they don't look to confirm the credibility of an online health site before searching for information.

"Clicking the first article that pops up in an online search may be the easiest course when researching health issues, but it can also be dangerous if the information doesn't come from a credible source," said Dr. Robert Porter, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the Merck Manuals and MSD Manuals. "These results underscore the need for greater access to and awareness of highly credible health information."

To help consumers confirm if a website is credible, The Manuals have developed the STANDS method – an easy-to-remember solution using six essential elements:

Source – Does the resource cite recognized authorities and provide their credentials?

Transparent – Is it open and obvious whether the site's mission is educational or commercial?

Accessible – Is the site available without registration and is there a way for users to contact someone with questions or concerns?

Neutral – Is the information available purely as a resource, or does the site benefit financially from what its users do (such as buying products or visiting advertised websites)?

Documented – Is the site updated when needed by recognized medical experts?

Secure – Can users access content without forfeiting personal information?

This focus on health information credibility is part of The Manuals' overarching mission throughout Global Medical Knowledge 2020 – a worldwide initiative to make current and accurate medical information accessible to nearly three billion consumers and health care professionals by 2020. An initial wave of survey results released in June revealed issues with accessing health information and barriers to increasing personal levels of medical information.

"The internet will continue to be flooded with new health information and websites, which is why we need to stress to consumers the importance of identifying credible health information sources," Dr. Porter said.

MerckManuals.com and MSDManuals.com are authored by 350 independent medical experts from around the world. It is available at no cost, requires no registration and the user experience is not compromised by advertisements or commercial messaging.

Dental Association Raises Awareness of Gray-Market Products

Posted on October 5, 2015

Tallahassee, Fla. – Gray-market dental products are sold to dentists and dental laboratories in the U.S. often without the buyer’s knowledge that the materials were imported into the U.S. and sold by an unauthorized vendor. According to a dental journal report, although gray-market products are sold at cheaper prices than regulated goods, they might not meet FDA registration requirements. The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) created the “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign to educate dentists on what it means to purchase a product from an authorized distributor who might be involved in the gray market and the risks they’re assuming by doing so.

“Gray market” is a generic term that primarily refers to products that are traded or sold outside of the manufacturer’s authorized distribution channels. It’s different than the black market, where products are illegally manufactured or illegally sold. Dentists and dental laboratories that purchase gray goods often have no knowledge of who has made contact with the materials nor how the vendor might have altered the product.   

Gray markets operate in and around most industries, including food, technology and cosmetics, and thrive in a down economy when many businesses are looking for the cheapest options. The dental industry is not immune to the effects of businesses trying to save – or in the vendor’s case – make a buck, which leaves dental patients and dentists vulnerable.

“Given that we know gray-market products are in the dental industry, it is important that dentists know how to spot a gray-market vendor and gray-market products,” said Gary Iocco, co-chair of the NADL Public Awareness Committee.

The “What’s In Your Mouth?” initiative encourages dentists to consider these questions to help identify gray-market vendors and products:

  1. Is the price “too good to be true?”

  2. Is the marketing from the distributor mainly through email?

  3. Is customer service for the vendor hard to reach?

  4. Is FDA registration information readily available for both the vendor and the material?

  5. Is the vendor able to provide you with reputable referrals?

  6. Is the vendor an authorized distributor of the manufacturer?


Deloitte Report: Americans Using Tech to Tackle Their Health and the Health System

Posted on October 5, 2015

NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, during National Health IT Week, The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions is releasing a survey report showing that Americans are increasing their use of technology to improve their health, navigate the health system and flex their shopping muscles in acting like consumers instead of passive patients.    

The report, "Health Care Consumer Engagement: No One-Size-Fits-All Approach," found that 22 percent of respondents used technology to access, store and transmit health records in the last year, up from 13 percent in 2013. Use was higher for those with major chronic conditions: 32 percent compared to 19 percent in 2013.

The report also shows that 16 percent of respondents who needed care went online for cost information, up from 11 percent in 2013. Millennials in this group increased the most, 27 versus 17 percent. Further, 71 percent of all those surveyed said they have not gone online for cost information but are "very" or "somewhat" likely to use a pricing tool in the future. 

When it comes to judging quality, 25 percent of all respondents used a scorecard to compare the performance of doctors, hospitals and/or health plans, up from 19 percent in 2013. The rate was highest in the youngest cohort, with 49 percent of millennials who received care in the last year using a scorecard compared to 31 percent in 2013.

"Health care is becoming more digitized and consumer oriented," said Greg Scott, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and vice chairman and national sector leader for the health plans practice. "It's not an overnight change, but more like how summer turns into fall – gradual yet very perceptible."

The specter of a more customer-driven industry is causing many health companies to transform into retail-focused organizations, said Scott, impacting everything from strategy and scale to operations and human capital. "For the enterprise, this is about more than a cool app – this is about making the end-to-end changes needed to better identify and engage a more empowered purchaser."

The report identifies six consumer types emerging in today's market and quantifies their size – a framework that can help companies pursue customer-segmentation strategies. The "casual and cautious" make up 34 percent of the surveyed market, followed by the "content and compliant" at 22 percent, the "online and onboard" at 19 percent, "sick and savvy" at 11 percent, "out and about" at 8 percent and "shop and save" at 6 percent. The report gives depth on each segment's approach to health care.

"Not all consumers are alike in how they engage the system, and a large segment still remains disengaged," said Harry Greenspun, M.D., Deloitte Services LP, director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. "Companies likely won't take a one-size-fits-all approach in their marketing and operations, but a tailored strategy that considers the unique characteristics of the segments they are most interested in."

Respondents most trust physician groups/medical practices/doctor's offices as a reliable source of information on treatments, with 49 percent giving this category a high rating. However, the scores for health insurance and life sciences companies have doubled since 2010. Specifically, 21 percent gave health plans a high rating, compared to 10 percent in 2010, while 18 percent gave life sciences companies a high rating, compared to 9 percent in 2010.

"It's not just the hospitals and doctors who are striving to get closer to the patient – it's the entire industry," said Sarah Thomas, Deloitte Services LP, director of research at the Center. "The post-ACA rise of the individual market and the need for health organizations to demonstrate value are putting the patient at the center of the health ecosystem."

In other findings,

  • 28 percent of respondents have used technology to measure fitness and health goals, up from 17 percent in 2013.

  • 23 percent have used technology to monitor a health issue, versus 15 percent in 2013.

  • 40 percent of the surveyed technology users have shared their fitness or monitoring information with their doctor.

  • 63 percent of the surveyed technology users say their use of fitness or monitoring technologies has led to a significant behavior change.

  • 13 percent of respondents who take prescription drugs receive electronic alerts or reminders; more than half express interest in using technology to prompt them to take their medication.

  • Rates of conferring with doctors via email, texting or video have doubled in the last two years, suggesting digital communication between consumers and providers may continue trending upward.

  • 48 percent of respondents prefer to partner with doctors rather than have them make decisions for them, up from 40 percent in 2008, and 34 percent strongly believe doctors should encourage patients to raise questions. However, only 16 percent of respondents who received care report asking their doctor to consider treatment options other than the one initially recommended.

Get Into Character With New Pediatric Bibs

Posted on October 2, 2015

Earth City, Mo., Oct. 1, 2015 Zooby is excited to announce the launch of new Zooby Pediatric Bibs, which help transform patients into one of five wild Zooby characters.

Each bib features the body of an animal and acts as a costume that helps pediatric patients get into character! Add some fun and imagination to each dental appointment by allowing patients to choose from five friendly character designs:

·       Allie the Alligator

·       Francesca the Flamingo

·       Talon the Tiger

·       Toby the Turtle

·       Penelope the Penguin

Not only are Zooby Pediatric Bibs a great way to engage younger patients, these non-permeable bibs give patients a strong protective barrier against moisture. Measuring 13.5 x 9 inches, these pediatric-size bibs offer an excellent fit for children. Each 100-count box of bibs contains 20 of each character design.

New Zooby Pediatric Bibs are part of Zooby’s extensive line of fun, animal-themed pediatric dental products, which includes disposable prophy angles, flavored exam gloves, prophy pastes and fluorides. These kid-friendly products can help transform an ordinary dental visit into a more captivating encounter where pediatric patients don’t just open wide, they open wide with a roar! 

VOCO Extends Shade Selection for Award-Winning Composite

Posted on October 2, 2015

VOCO a global leader in the manufacturing of dental materials has extended the shade selection for its award winning universal nano-hybrid composite GrandioSO to include an Incisal shade and further extend its esthetic capabilities. GrandioSO is light cured and radiopaque with a wide array of indications including Class I-V restorations.

The size and type of nano-particulate within GrandioSO allows for a more natural esthetic that seamlessly blends into the surrounding tooth structure. As an optimized 89% (w/w) filled nano-hybrid composite GrandioSO possesses a list of physical characteristics such as elasticity, thermal cycling and flexural strength that measure similarly to those of natural dentition making GrandioSO one of the most tooth-like composite available on the market today.

For more information on GrandioSO please visit our website www.vocoamerica.com


Coye Receives Private Practice Award from American College of Prosthodontists

Posted on October 2, 2015

CHICAGO, Oct. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Robert B. Coye, DDS, will be honored with the private practice award for Pacific Region 5 by the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Dr. Coye is to be honored at the Annual Awards & Presidents Dinner during the 45th Annual Session of the American College of Prosthodontists in Orlando from Oct. 21-24, 2015.

Based in Newport Beach, Calif., Dr. Coye is a well-respected member of the prosthodontic specialty. He is very active in his field, having achieved many spectacular accomplishments since beginning in private practice in 1975.

Dr. Coye now can be found practicing at R. Bruce Coye, D.D.S. in Newport Beach, where he specializes in prosthodontics, aesthetic, reconstructive, and implant dentistry. Dr. Coye has lectured nationally and internationally on numerous subjects related to his specialty, and he also served as past President of the California Section of the ACP.

"Patients have nothing but good things to say about Bruce and his compassion, demeanor, and professionalism in his office. Bruce is a part of a very impressive Prosthodontic office in Newport Beach that was started by prosthodontists Dr. Dan Gordon and Dr. Dave Eggleston. Bruce came in when Dan passed away and the office has not lost a step with its reputation and function," said prosthodontist Christopher P. Travis, DDS.

Created in 2013, the Private Practice Award may be given annually to up to five individual Prosthodontists (one per ACP Region). These individuals must have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the prosthodontic specialty and the role that the Prosthodontist in private practice plays in advancing the patient's quality of life.

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 dentistrycosmetic dentistry, and sleep apnea solutions. 

Capitol Hill Event Advocates for Increased Access to Oral Healthcare for Older Adults

Posted on October 2, 2015

CHICAGOOct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday Oral Health America (OHA) and Oral Healthcare Can't Wait, an initiative of the Dental Trade Alliance, brought together dozens of oral health leaders on Capitol Hill to address the challenges facing older Americans when it comes to accessing needed oral healthcare. The event, Aging in America: "You Can't Be Healthy Without Good Oral Health," featured Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America, as keynote speaker and recognized Dr.David Satcher as the 2015 recipient of the Marvin Goldstein Outstanding Public Service Award for his dedicated leadership in improving public health in the United States. Dr. Satcher served as Surgeon General of the United States from 1998 to 2002, releasing the first ever US Surgeon General's report on oral health, Oral Health in America.

"I'm pleased to accept the Marvin Goldstein Outstanding Public Service Award. It is a special occasion for me and I express my deepest appreciation for this award," said David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. founder of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute of theMorehouse School of Medicine. "The theme 'Aging in America: You Can't Be Healthy Without Good Oral Health' is a very important theme and…it is also a very special year. It is the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and the Older Americans' Act, very important anniversary in the history of our country as it relates to health and healthcare."

The Capitol Hill event is part of OHA's annual Fall for Smiles campaign, which educates Americans every September and October about the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth through daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, eating healthy foods and avoiding tobacco products. This year the campaign is focusing on older adults and the lack of resources and care available to them when it comes to oral health. According to a recent survey commissioned by OHA and conducted by Harris Poll, older adults already recognize the importance of oral health, with 58 percent saying they do not believe tooth loss is a natural part of aging and 92 percent agreeing that dental visits are still necessary even if you are missing some or all of your teeth. However, many are confused as to what Medicare covers when it comes to oral health, with 52 percent of older adults unsure about what Medicare covers or believing Medicare covers routine dental care. In addition, more than half of low-income older adults reported not having seen a dentist in over a year, with most citing money and lack of insurance as the reason for skipping a visit.

"The people having trouble chewing, experiencing pain, having trouble trying to afford their next meal. We're generally talking about those in the greatest social and economic need. Research tells us that poor dental health of course drives healthcare costs," said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. "We both have the same challenge; if we do not address these inextricably linked issues, so we both have a vested interest in working together to resolve this issue as best we can. Not only are we going to serve seniors that are turning to us to be their champions, but we're also going to have stronger and healthier communities and we're going to have a much more vibrant national as a whole."

Today OHA staff and board members are meeting with members of Congress to advocate for making oral health for older adults a priority. Specifically, they are asking members of Congress to pass the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, restore funding for all programs within the Older Americans Act to pre-sequestration levels, support family caregivers through the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act and support workforce innovations that will increase access to care.

Fall for Smiles is generously sponsored by: 3M ESPE, DentaQuest Foundation, Denticator, Hu-Friedy, Listerine, Midmark, National Dental Association, Oral Healthcare Can't Wait, Patterson Dental, Sunstar, Trident and Whip Mix.

Adult Dental Visits Decline As Dental Emergency Room Visits Rise

Posted on October 2, 2015

ATLANTAOct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the past decade more children are visiting the dentist, but dental care among adults is steadily declining. At the same time, dental emergency room visits are on the rise according to the Georgia Dental Association. During World Smile Day on Friday, Oct. 2, the association reminds Georgians to maintain a daily dental care regimen and to establish a dental home to prevent and treat oral health problems early.

Dental disease is almost entirely preventable. Left untreated, it can lead to serious health consequences such as tooth loss, bone or nerve damage or an infection that can spread to other parts of the body, which may even lead to death.

"Prevention is the key," says Georgia Dental Association President and Savannah dentist Dr. Tom Broderick. "Many easily remedied dental conditions are ignored until the point that they become a more serious and expensive dental issue. Simple steps like brushing and flossing your teeth, eating a balanced diet and seeing a dentist regularly can protect against tooth decay."

"Everyone has a stake in this issue," says Georgia Dental Association Executive Director Frank J. Capaldo. "Pain from untreated dental decay results in lost school and work hours. When people are in severe pain oftentimes they seek care in hospital emergency rooms, most of which are not well equipped to handle dental emergencies, and where the cost of treatment is far greater than a dental office visit."

In Georgia there were about 60,000 visits to Georgia emergency rooms for "non-traumatic" dental problems – oral health issues not caused by injuries. That cost more than $23 million (2007).[i] According to Capaldo, the problem is not a lack of capacity in the system. Most dentists in Georgia have the ability to see more patients. Rather, patients face barriers to getting needed care such as fear of the dentist, time off work and cost.

The Georgia Dental Association has several initiatives in place to address and help people overcome the barriers to seeing a dentist. In 2015, the association's leadership at the Capitol resulted in a $200,000 state appropriation to make it possible for more Medicaid dentists to practice in rural areas through a dental loan repayment program. In addition, association members regularly volunteer inGeorgia's free and reduced-cost dental clinics. Earlier this summer, the Georgia Dental Association and its Foundation hosted the Georgia Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Perry, Ga. Over the course of two days, more than 1,400 dentists and community volunteers saw 2,000 patients and provided $1.5 million of donated care to patients from 80 counties in Georgia.

On Oct. 2, World Smile Day (#WorldSmileDay), find your dental home. Visit the Georgia Dental Association website atwww.gadental.org to locate a dentist in your community.

Kool Smiles to Host Online Career Fair for Dentists

Posted on October 2, 2015

ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care in underserved communities nationwide, will host an Online Career Fair for dentist job seekers on October 5-11, 2015.  During the career fair, dentists and specialists will have the opportunity to explore professional opportunities throughout the country, reach out to recruiters, apply for positions online, and learn more about the Kool Smiles mission.

The online career fair will feature current job opportunities for both general dentists and specialists, including dentists, dental anesthesiologists, pediatric dentists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists. Dentists and specialists interested in attending the career fair will need to complete a one-time registration prior to the event.

"Kool Smiles is always looking for talented applicants – whether established dentists or recent graduates – who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of the patients we serve," said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer of Kool Smiles. "Our online career fair is designed to streamline the information-seeking process for dentists with busy schedules and makes it easy to explore current opportunities regardless of geographic location."

Kool Smiles dentists share the belief that all families have the right to receive quality dental care. The staff works together as a close-knit team, and as a vital part of the communities they serve, to provide first-rate dental services. Kool Smiles is hoping to expand its team with dedicated individuals who share this passion.

In addition to the Online Career Fair, Kool Smiles is offering a $2,500 referral bonus for those who recommend a job candidate hired on as a Kool Smiles dentist.

Online career fair participants will also have the opportunity tweet their questions to @Kool_Smiles. Recruitment specialists will be available to answer questions about current opportunities, career paths, company culture and benefits, along with any other questions job seekers may have.

Kool Smiles offers competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and unique growth opportunities. Hiring qualified and passionate dentists is critical to the success of each Kool Smiles office. Kool Smiles clinical leaders want to ensure that every candidate gets a full understanding of the mission, company culture, and benefits of a career with Kool Smiles.  As a result, after speaking with a Manager of Talent Acquisition, qualified candidates will be invited to meet with a member of the clinical leadership team in a Kool Smiles office for a thorough interview and office tour.

For more information about the Kool Smiles Online Career Fair, please visit koolsmilesjobs.com/careerfair.

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