NORDC and NDA Announce Summer Camp “Back-to-School-Cavity-Free!” Program

Posted on February 24, 2017

New Orleans- Plans are underway for the first Summer Campers “BACK-TO-SCHOOL-CAVITY-FREE!” initiative. The program is a collaboration of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the National Dental Association (NDA).  The project will consist of a series of NORDC events that will take place beginning March 4th through August 19th, 2017. The goal is to provide free dental care for the city’s 4,000 summer camp enrollees and to send each camper back to school with happy smiles and a healthy head start. The project is supported by the Louisiana Department of Health and the State Oral Health Coalition.  Corporate sponsors are: VOCO, Colgate, Henry Schein, Inc., and Sunstar. 

The program was conceived to address persistent oral health disparities impacting vulnerable and underserved populations. In 2007, 12-year-old Deamonte Driver, a Maryland boy, died from untreated tooth decay that caused a deadly brain infection. A simple dental screening, referral to a dentist, and an $80 extraction would have saved his life. But he was uninsured, and Maryland’s public health system failed him. The National Dental Association (NDA) began a crusade to address issues of access and disparities, believing that no one should ever die from a preventable disease like tooth decay. In 2014, NDA-HEALTH NOW-New Orleans was launched at the Treme Center. But since that time, death from dental disease struck again when a popular New Orleans trumpeter, Travis Hill died while on tour in Japan from a dental infection that caused his heart to stop beating; and a 26 year-old diabetic truck driver died from a tooth infection that spread to his lungs.

In a major report published in 2010 by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Oral Health Program, “Oral Health in Louisiana”, a document on the Oral Health Status of Louisiana’s Population, these important findings were cited:

•       There are 80 Title I schools in the New Orleans area

•       In 2009, 38.5% of 776,127 Medicaid eligible children received dental services

•       478, 533 children covered by Medicaid did not receive dental care in 2009

•       87% of the state is designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), including Orleans and the surrounding parishes (which are also designated as Dental Health Shortage Areas)

•       In Louisiana, there is a chronic shortage of oral health data and the state’s Oral Health Program is striving to overcome this challenge.  

Louisiana also received a failing grade in oral health from the most recent Pew Report that rated each state on performance in 8 benchmark areas.

Community partners will provide dental services and health education and will form provider networks to increase access to care. The coordinated efforts of voluntary health organizations, consumer groups, and concerned citizens, are vital to the success of this program. Dr. Hazel Harper, Project Director said, “Partnerships uniting sports organizations, schools, churches, community businesses, and other community groups and leaders, working together with the health community, can contribute significantly to improved oral and general health.”


The 2017 NORDC “Back-to-School-Cavity-Free!” oral health events for the children:

Summer Camp Expo– Saturday, March 4, 2017 -– 9a – 12p

      Lyons Rec. Center (624 Louisiana Ave. – New Orleans, LA  70112)

      Treme Rec. Center (900 N. Villere St. – New Orleans, LA 70116)

      Joe W. Brown Rec. Center (5601 Read Blvd. – New Orleans, LA  70127)


Youth Fit Fest – Saturday, April 22, 2017  -– 10a – 2p

              Milne Rec. Center (5420 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122


Back-to-School Expo– Saturday, August 12, 2017 -– 9a – 1p

     Behrman Rec. Center (2529 General Meyer Ave. – New Orleans, LA  70114)

               Joe W. Brown Rec. Center (5601 Read Blvd. – New Orleans, LA  70127)


Back-to-School Expo– Saturday, August 19, 2017 -– 9a – 1p

              Stallings St. Claude Rec. Center (4300 St. Claude Ave. – New Orleans, LA  70117)

               Rosenwald Rec. Center (1120 S. Broad St. – New Orleans, LA  70125)


The project is supported by a vast network of community organizations, businesses and volunteers including: EXCELth, Inc., Audio Visual Technology, The New Orleans Dental Society, the Pelican State Dental Society, New Orleans Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, New Orleans Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, LSU School of Dentistry, Xavier University College of Pharmacy, Dillard University School of Nursing, National Black Nurses Association, Black Men of Labor, Yellow Pocahontas Indian Tribe Mardi Gras, Sudan Social and Pleasure Club, and the University of New Orleans Pre-dental students. 







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Estrogen Therapy Shown Effective in Reducing Tooth and Gum Diseases in Postmenopausal Women

Posted on February 23, 2017

Estrogen therapy has already been credited with helping women manage an array of menopause-related issues, including reducing hot flashes, improving heart health and bone density, and maintaining levels of sexual satisfaction. Now a new study suggests that the same estrogen therapy used to treat osteoporosis can actually lead to healthier teeth and gums. The study outcomes are being published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

As estrogen levels fall during menopause, women become more vulnerable to numerous health issues, including loss of bone mineral density, which can lead to osteoporosis. Around the same time, changes in oral health also are common as teeth and gums become more susceptible to disease, which can lead to inflammation, pain, bleeding, and eventually loose or missing teeth.

In the Menopause article “Association between osteoporosis treatment and severe periodontitis in postmenopausal women,” 492 postmenopausal Brazilian women aged 50 to 87 year, 113 in osteoporosis treatment and 379 not treated,were evaluated to determine whether osteoporosis treatment could help increase the bone mineral density in their jaws and, subsequently, improve overall oral health.

The study found that the rate of occurrence of severe periodontitis was 44% lower in the postmenopausal osteoporosis-treatment group than in the untreated group. Treatment consisted of systemic estrogen alone or estrogen plus progestin, as well as calcium and vitamin D supplements, for a minimum of six months.

“Osteoporosis can occur throughout the body, including the jaw, and lead to an increased risk of periodontal disease,” says Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director. “ This study demonstrates that estrogen therapy, which has proven to be effective in preventing bone loss, may also prevent the worsening of tooth and gum disease. All women, but especially those with low estrogen or on bisphosphonate treatment for osteoporosis, should make good dental care a part of their healthy lifestyles.”

Research: Implant Treatment Plan Should Be Adapted for Smokers

Posted on February 21, 2017

A Chinese study comparing implant stability and peri-implant tissue response in heavy smokers and non-smokers has found that smoking did not affect the overall success of implant surgery, as all implants achieved osseointegration without complications at least by the end of the 12th week after placement. However, smoking did cause the bone around the implants to heal more slowly; thus, implants began to osseointegrate considerably later than in the non-smoking group.

Research has demonstrated that smoking can negatively affect implant and bone integration. In order to improve treatment outcomes and avoid implant failure, surgeons need to have a precise understanding of how the habit will affect the healing process.

In the current study, 45 ITI (Straumann) implants were placed in the partially edentulous posterior mandibles of 32 male patients, including 16 who were heavy smokers and 16 who did not smoke at all. Implant stability and peri-implant tissue response were assessed at three, four, six, eight and 12 weeks post-surgery.

Although implants in both groups achieved osseointegration by the end of the 12th week, the healing process differed significantly between non-smokers and heavy smokers. In non-smokers, stability improved and implants began to better integrate into the bone after the second week.

In the smoking group, however, implants only began to osseointegrate and become more stable after the third week.

Despite successful short-term outcomes in both groups, smokers experienced more problems, including greater bone loss around the implants and deeper soft-tissue pockets. However, smoking had no significant effect on plaque build-up or sulcular bleeding in the study group.

In light of the findings, the researchers suggested that surgeons might need to change their standard implant loading schedule for patients who smoke heavily.

In addition, smokers should be aware that their habit promotes the loss of marginal bone and the further development of dental pockets and could thereby lead to complications even after osseointegration, the researchers concluded.

The report, titled “Effect of heavy smoking on dental implants placed in male patients posterior mandibles: A prospective clinical study,” was conducted by researchers at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an in China. The results were published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology.


Dentsply Sirona partnering with non-profit organization Dental Lifeline Network during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting

Posted on February 20, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dentsply Sirona is honored to support Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) by participating in the first Every Smile Counts Day on Thursday, Feb. 23, during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting (CMW).

On Every Smile Counts day, Dentsply Sirona, along with many of our distribution partners, will donate up to one percent of national sales earned that day to support the gallant efforts of DLN. This is the first event of its kind; a wonderful opportunity for the dental community to rally together and raise money for those who are unable to afford dental care.

DLN, founded in 1974, allows patients with permanent disabilities, who are medically fragile or those who are older than 65 years of age- all of whom cannot afford dental care- to receive care at no cost. Through DLN’s flagship program, Donated Dental Services (DDS), care is provided through a national network of 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,700 volunteer laboratories across the U.S. Each dollar that is donated to DLN produces $8.87 in dental care for patients. The program has received more than $330 million in donated dental therapies, which has aided in improving the lives of 117,000 people.  

In addition to the participating organizations’ donations, dentists attending CMW can help raise money through their purchases as well by planning to purchase equipment and supplies on Every Smile Counts Day. Hundreds of people can receive treatment as a direct result of Every Smile Counts Day, so practitioners are encouraged to make their purchases on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Prior to Every Smile Counts Day, dental professionals can show their support and help spread awareness through social media by using the hashtags “#EverySmileCountsDay” and “#SupportDLN.” Those interested in participating can go to for additional details.

To learn more about Dental Lifeline Network (DLN), their programs, staff and how to get involved, visit

ACTEON North America Announces Launch of X-Mind Trium 3D-PAN-CEPH Imaging Device

Posted on February 16, 2017

Mt. Laurel, NJ – ACTEON North America is proud to introduce the X-Mind® Trium 3D CBCT device that facilitates osseointegration with instant volume measurement and bone density assessment.  X-Mind® Trium provides exceptional image quality with 75 μm voxel resolution for a variety of applications such as dental implant planning and endodontic diagnoses.  The wide range field of view (110x80, 80x80, 60x60, and 40x40) makes it possible to focus on the region of interest based on the diagnosis.  A device this versatile deserves powerful imaging software and the ACTEON Imaging Suite can assess volume and bone density for improved bone grafting procedures and implant placement while all scans are produced in STL format for export into surgical guide design software.  The software also has a virtual endoscope feature for airway evaluation and nerve canal tracing for implant planning.  The X-Mind® Trium is fully upgradable from a 2D panoramic X-Ray to 3D, and a Cephalometric arm can also be added so the device can grow as your practice grows.

Tim Long, COO of ACTEON North America said, “This is the biggest launch to date for ACTEON North America and we feel the dental market is ready for a unique product like the X-Mind Trium.”  He also added, “With the introduction of X-Mind® Trium, ACTEON has achieved our goal of providing a complete digital offering from intraoral cameras, a full range of 2D digital radiography and now CBCT, providing clinicians a comprehensive solution.”

The X-Mind® Trium will be introduced by ACTEON North America at the Chicago Mid Winter Dental Meeting from February 23 - 25, 2017 in booth 3011.

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Apollonix Enters Startup Competition

Posted on February 15, 2017

Apollonix, an online B2B platform for dentists and dental laboratories to order oral prosthetics, will compete for $50,000 at SUP-X: The Startup Expo (

Apollonix is one of 50 companies that will showcase startups in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, next month.

“Apollonix is a vehicle to streamline the workflow for dental professionals and we are proud to highlight new solutions in the dental industry,” says CEO and Co-Founder Paul Shin.

For more information about Apollonix, go to and watch a video about the company here.

Focused, Mindful Children Respond Best to Laughing Gas

Posted on February 15, 2017

Before treatment, a dentist should have a sense of whether a patient is willing and able to cooperate during the procedure. This can be difficult to determine when the patient is a child. If a dentist could predict how a child is likely to respond to the usage of laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, the visit is more likely to be free of anxiety and fear.

The authors of an article published in the current issue of the journal Anesthesia Progress wanted to learn whether a child’s disposition is linked to successful usage of nitrous oxide. This form of sedation is often used by dentists treating children. Although children in general are prone to fear and discomfort in a dentist’s chair, research suggests that attitude is a key factor in how well a particular child will navigate a dental visit. However, no prior behavioral studies looked solely at nitrous oxide use.

The study included 48 patients, from 3 to 8 years old, who were receiving dental care at a university-based clinic in Seattle, Washington. The children’s caregivers completed a validated behavior questionnaire, which the researchers used along with data from the patients’ charts to assess behavior and sedation success during the dental visit.

The researchers found that the types of children successfully treated with nitrous oxide vary widely. When they focused on uncooperative children, they found that if scores were better in one temperament category, Effortful Control, laughing gas was more successful. Subscales of a few other characteristics were also helpful in predicting success during the dental visit.

Children who did well in the Effortful Control category had specific behavioral traits. For example, they could easily stop doing something when told “no” and could focus and become absorbed in a task, such as looking at a picture book. “It appears that children who are able to focus on a task and inhibit negative reactions are likely to be good candidates for treatment with nitrous oxide,” said lead author Travis M. Nelson.

The researchers concluded that, unsurprisingly, children who can overcome poor attitudes about a trip to dentist are most successful in receiving dental care. Those who can focus on the task and remain focused throughout the visit have the best ability to control negative reactions. The researchers suggested that those who cannot focus might be better candidates for oral sedation or general anesthesia.

Full text of the article “Temperament as a Predictor of Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Sedation Success,” Anesthesia Progress, Vol. 64, No. 1, 2017, is now available at


Posted on February 15, 2017

WATERTOWN, MA:  February 15, 2017 — Dr. Christopher Ramsey sampled the ACTIVA BioACTIVE-BASE/LINER and CEMENT and sent a video with feedback to Larry Clark from Pulpdent. Ramsey, a general and cosmetic dentist from Florida, describes the ACTIVA BioACTIVE-BASE/LINER as “over the top,” noting that the product eliminates post-op sensitivity. Ramsey calls the cement an “all-in-one” and says units cemented with ACTIVA BioACTIVE are staying in place and show no signs of microleakage.

Click here to see the video.

New Coverage for Periodontal Medicament Carrier D5994

Posted on February 15, 2017

Two Dental Benefits providers, Companion Life (also doing business under Total Dental Administrators) and Kansas City Life, have both recently announced coverage for dental procedure code D5994 documenting a periodontal medicament carrier, a custom-fabricated tray used to deliver medication into periodontal pockets.

Initial reviews of insurance claim data for patients who have received Perio Trays® indicate that this benefit translates into better treatment outcomes for patients and a reduction in longer-term health costs. For companies that provide both dental and medical insurance, the savings in health care costs are expected to multiply given that treatment for periodontal disease has been shown to reduce overall healthcare costs for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and pregnancy.

The most common periodontal medicament delivery device available to patients is the Perio Tray. Perio Trays have an internal peripheral seal and are proven to deliver medication deep into periodontal pockets to fight infections between office visits. Patients can only obtain a prescription Perio Tray through a licensed dentist who will develop and monitor a treatment plan for individual patients.

Perio Trays are used adjunctively to provide the best homecare. Toothbrush, rinse and floss can’t reach deep enough into periodontal pockets to help the 46% of Americans adults with chronic periodontitis. The Perio Tray has been shown to place medication into shallow and deep pockets to reduce inflammation and pocket depths when used in 15-minute daily applications.

“The key with prescription tray therapy” says Dr. Duane Keller, the inventor of the Perio Tray, “is to use a low concentration of peroxide to oxygenate the pockets, kill anaerobic bacteria, and change the microenvironment to create conditions for healthy bacterial regrowth. We used to provide antibiotics, but their benefits were largely temporary. Peroxide delivered deep with the tray overcomes these antibiotic limitations for long-term gingival health.”

Source: Perio Protect

OHA Receives Grant from DentaQuest Foundation for Advocating for Publicly Funded Dental Coverage

Posted on February 15, 2017

CHICAGO, February 15, 2017 - Oral Health America (OHA) has been awarded a grant from the DentaQuest Foundation. Specifically, the grant in the amount of $668,000 will provide significant support to expand the Wisdom Tooth Project® and increase efforts in Advocating for Publicly Funded Dental Coverage for older Americans.

OHA’s Wisdom Tooth Project is a national program designed to educate older adults and their caregivers, connect communities with support and resources to access care, and advocate for the oral health of all older adults, especially those most vulnerable. The DentaQuest Foundation has been pivotal in supporting OHA’s efforts in the area of older adult oral health since 2010.

“Maintaining a healthy mouth is one of the keys to independence as we age because of the vital connection to overall health and well-being,” said Beth Truett, President & CEO of Oral Health America. “Thanks to the generosity of the DentaQuest Foundation, OHA stands to gain more wide spread support for this important movement by working collaboratively on the national and state levels to bring adult dental benefits to Medicare.”

Through this grant and in partnership with the DentaQuest Foundation, OHA will lead and strengthen the oral health and aging network in order to elevate the relationship between oral and overall health among legislators, advocacy groups, and consumers.

“Now is the time for alignment and collaborative leadership in the movement to secure oral health coverage for all," said Michael Monopoli, Executive Director of the DentaQuest Foundation. "We're thrilled to continue our partnership with Oral Health America in their efforts to mobilize national, state, and community organizations to come together to make dental benefits and improved oral health available to all older adults.”

In 2017, OHA will continue to build the network and infrastructure necessary to move toward the eventual inclusion of an oral health benefit in Medicare. Efforts will focus on creating alignment among key leaders in the network; further developing three working groups – Policy & Procedure, Marketing & Communications, and Politics; and providing a way for states and grassroots organizations to become more involved in the network.


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