Core3dcentres NA and Keystone Dental Inc. announced they have entered into a partnership under which Core3dcentres NA will manufacture and distribute custom milled components for Keystone Dental’s TiLobe Connection of Prima, Genesis, and MAX-TL Implant Systems.
The partnership will create a streamlined operation, linked together by an Internet portal, which integrates the digitized patient data and facilitates the flow of information from clinician to laboratory to the Core3dcentres milling center. The end goal: enhanced efficiency between the clinician and laboratory, and satisfied patients with individualized esthetic custom abutments on their implants.
Core3dcentres NA is ISO 13485:2012 and continues to undergo a rigorous certification process (including machined samples, material handling and product training) to ensure its milling centers are meeting the high standards and quality levels that Keystone Dental demands.
“The partnership with Core3dcentres will expand our presence in the digital dentistry market and allow Keystone Dental to notably enter the CAD/CAM arena to produce titanium and titanium-base zirconia abutments. We are pleased to partner with Core3dcentres, combining our global presence and renowned quality with their technological expertise and know-how, to provide our clinicians and labs with a state-of-the-art digital solution,” says John De Angelo, Director, Clinical Development, Keystone Dental Inc.
Both say the partnership opens up new opportunities for the dental industry and reinforces their commitment to using the best technologies, materials, and processes available in the market today.
For more information on Keystone Dental custom milled components from Core3dcentres, or any other products, services, and educational offerings, go to core3dcentres.com, call 888-750-9204, or email InfoUSA@core3dcentres-na.com.
Statistical information plays an important role in guiding actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. With this guiding principle, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and AcademyHealth have collaborated for almost two decades for the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship program. Now accepting applications for the 2017 cycle, this fellowship program brings experts in health services research-related disciplines to the NCHS to conduct studies to address important issues in health policy.
The selected fellow will gain full access to NCHS data resources as well as several opportunities for professional development, collaboration, mentoring partnerships, and dissemination. During the 13 month tenure, the selected fellow will work closely with an NCHS staff member who can provide technical expertise related to the fellow's research, assist in accessing NCHS data systems and other resources, and help identify other collaborative opportunities within the Center.
The 2017 Fellow will also:
-Present research at an NCHS seminar
-Learn the fundamentals of health policy development and implementation at AcademyHealth’s Health Policy Orientation
-Attend and present research at AcademyHealth conferences, including the National Health Policy Conference and Annual Research Meeting
Applicants are required to complete the Intent to Apply form online to begin the application process. For more information, visit the AcademyHealth website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply Now: www.academyhealth.org/nchs
Application Deadline: Monday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Privately billed insurance claim lines related to oral cancer diagnoses rose 61 percent from 2007 to 2015, according to data from FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. As shown in the infographic below, the greatest increase occurred in throat cancer (malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx, hypopharynx and oropharynx) and the second greatest in tongue cancer (malignant neoplasm of the tongue).
Oral cancer claims occurred nearly three times as often in males (74 percent) as in females (26 percent) in the period 2011-2015, according to data from FAIR Health’s repository of over 21 billion privately billed medical and dental claims. Tongue and throat cancers in particular were more likely to occur in men than women. However, men and women had similar chances of developing gum cancer (malignant neoplasm of the gums) and an oral tumor that was benign but could become cancerous (neoplasm of uncertain behavior—oral).
In the period 2011 to 2015, oral cancer claims occurred much more frequently in individuals who were age 46 years and older than in younger individuals, according to FAIR Health data. From 2011 to 2015, oral cancer claims increased in the 56-to-65-year-old age group, and decreased in people over 65 years old.
Oral cancer is the eighth most commonly occurring cancer in males and has a high death rate. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that approximately 48,330 Americans will get cancer of the oral cavity or pharynx (throat) in 2016, and that approximately 9,570 people will die of the disease. Tobacco use in any form is a principal risk factor for oral cancer, according to the ACS. Such use includes smoked tobacco in the form of cigarettes, cigars and pipes, and smokeless tobacco in the form of chewing tobacco and snuff. Excessive alcohol use and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection also are risk factors.
The Importance of Early Detection
Patients who are diagnosed with oral cancer at the early, local stage, before the cancer has spread elsewhere in the body, are much more likely to be alive five years later than patients whose cancer has spread, according to the ACS. Because of the importance of early detection, the American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that dentists perform oral cancer screenings during routine dental checkups, particularly in patients who use tobacco or consume alcohol heavily. But, FAIR Health data in the period 2007-2015 show that adult males, despite their higher risk for oral cancer, were much less likely than adult females to seek preventive dental examinations and cleanings.
According to FAIR Health data, two dental procedures associated with oral cancer screenings have been increasingly performed in recent years: CDT codes D0431, an adjunctive pre-diagnostic test, and D7287, exfoliative cytological sample collection (obtaining cells for microscopic study).1 The chart below shows the distribution by age group for those codes in the period 2007-2015.
FAIR Health President Robin Gelburd stated, “Oral cancer is a serious and growing public health problem. We hope that our data help inform the national conversation on this topic.”
1The code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature is published in Current Dental Terminology (CDT), American Dental Association (ADA). All rights reserved.
Core3dcentres NA and Keystone Dental Inc. are pleased to announce that the two companies have entered into a unique partnership. Under the agreement, Core3dcentres NA will manufacture and distribute custom milled components for Keystone Dental’s TiLobe Connection of Prima, Genesis, and MAX-TL Implant Systems. This will create a streamlined operation, linked together by an Internet portal, which integrates the digitized patient data and facilitates the flow of information from clinician—to lab—to the Core3dcentres milling center. The end goal: enhanced efficiency between the clinician and lab, and satisfied patients with individualized esthetic custom abutments on their implants.
Core3dcentres NA is ISO 13485:2012 and continues to undergo a rigorous certification process (including machined samples, material handling and product training) to ensure their Milling Centers are meeting the high standards and quality levels that Keystone Dental demands.
“The partnership with Core3dcentres will expand our presence in the digital dentistry market and allow Keystone Dental to notably enter the CAD/CAM arena to produce titanium and Titanium base Zirconia abutments. We are pleased to partner with Core3dcentres, combining our global presence and renowned quality with their technological expertise and know-how, to provide our clinicians and labs with a state-of-the-art digital solution,” says John De Angelo, Director, Clinical Development, Keystone Dental Inc.
Both Core3dcentres and Keystone Dental are very excited by this partnership as it opens up new opportunities for the dental industry and reinforces both companies’ commitment to using the best technologies, materials and processes available in the market today.
For more information on Keystone Dental custom milled components from Core3dcentres, or any other products, services and educational offerings, please visit www.core3dcentres.com; or contact us toll-free at 1-888-750-9204 or by email at InfoUSA@core3dcentres-na.com.
A total of 42 companies from the German dental industry will participate at the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) from November 27-30, the most ever. At the 900-sqm German Pavilion in Hall 3E, dental specialists will present state-of-the-art products and customized technologies for the growing global health care market.
This presence at the most renowned trade fair for dentistry and dental technology in the US will be supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA), the Association of the German Dental Industry (VDDI), and Koelnmesse GmbH.
“This will be the biggest presentation of German dental companies to ever take place in North America. It will testify to our many years of close economic relations with the United States,” says Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Head of the German delegation. Beckmeyer regards GNYDM as an outstanding platform for making and cultivating contacts and working together to create fresh business momentum.
A highlight of the German presentation at GNYDM will be a special show designed as a futuristic research station that will give visitors insights into the latest developments in laboratory technology and practice. At the Science Lab, visitors will be able to interactively discover the high degree of technological skill and the outstanding innovative capabilities of German dental companies and find out about a wide variety of process chains for tooth preservation, tooth replacement, and CAD/CAM.
Representatives of German dental companies will be at the stands to answer questions about the products and technologies. Experts from the German American Chamber of Commerce (AHK) New York and Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) will also be on hand for discussions.
German dental companies are well organized and globally active under the umbrella of the Association of the German Dental Industry (VDDI). In 2016 VDDI is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and the special show in New York will be a real highlight of its anniversary year.
“We want to celebrate this great event with our friends and partners from North America as well,” says VDDI Executive Director Dr. Markus Heibach. The large number of participants also demonstrates German dental companies’ strong interest in a very attractive market and long-term customer relations that will enable both sides to jointly promote the advancement of dentistry and dental technology.
Garrison’s new FitStrip™ Interproximal Finishing and Contouring System provides clinicians with diamond abrasive strips necessary to successfully restore a very wide variety of cases.
This comprehensive kit includes eight varieties of diamond coated abrasive strips, two interproximal saws and two interchangeable handles. FitStrip™ is indicated for use in IPR, contact reduction, interproximal finishing and contouring, crown and bridge cement removal/clean up as well as separating inadvertently bonded teeth.
Both single sided and double sided strips are included and all the strips feature the unique ability to be adjusted from straight (for contact reduction) to curved (for interproximal contouring) with a simple twist of the color coded barrel thereby eliminating clinician hand fatigue. The interchangeable handle easily attaches to any of the FitStrip™ components significantly improving clinician ease of use and patient comfort. The clinician’s hand stays outside the mouth providing a clear field of view and easier operation.
In addition, FitStrip represents the best solution for IPR (interproximal reduction), creating the space needed for minor movement of teeth when necessary. Working in concert with orthodontic treatments such as Clear Correct™, Invisalign™, Six Month Smiles™ and others, the color-coded strips provide the roadmap for achieving the desired IPR quickly, easily and effectively. No other system provides FitStrip’s level of flexibility and ease of use.
Color coded and conveniently organized, the FitStrip™ Interproximal Finishing and Contouring System also has a complete selection of refills available. Contact Garrison Dental Solutions at 888-437-0032 or visit garrisondental.com for more information.
Research shows dental sealants to shield the back teeth could prevent up to 80% of cavities in school-aged children. They are quick, easy, and painless to apply – yet according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 60% of school children ages 6 to 11 years don’t get dental sealants.
Dental sealants are a thin coating that is painted on teeth to protect them from cavities. One way to provide sealants to more children is by increasing their access to school-based sealant programs (SBSPs).
SBSPs are especially important for children from low-income families because such children are less likely to receive dental care. These programs target schools with a high percentage of children eligible for free or reduced-cost meal programs. As a result, SBSPs provide sealants to children who are at higher risk for cavities and less likely to receive preventive care.
“Many children with untreated cavities will have difficulty eating, speaking, and learning,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “Dental sealants can be an effective and inexpensive way to prevent cavities, yet only 1 in 3 low-income children currently receive them. School-based sealant programs are an effective way to get sealants to children.”
School-based dental sealant programs are high impact and low cost
Sealants provided in school settings are effective. Recent studies found that dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities for two years after application and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years after placement. They can be retained in the mouth for as long as 9 years.
Key findings from the report include:
-About 43% of 6- to 11-year-old children had a dental sealant. Low-income children were 20% less likely to have sealants than higher-income children.
-School-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.
-Applying sealants in school-based programs to the nearly 7 million low-income children who don’t have them could save up to $300 million in dental treatment costs.
CDC supporting states to start or increase school-based dental sealant programs
State officials play an important role in increasing children’s access to school-based dental sealant programs in their states. Officials can:
-Target school-based sealant programs to the areas of greatest need in their state.
-Track the number of schools and children participating in SBSPs.
-Implement policies that deliver SBSPs in the most cost-effective manner.
-Help connect schools with health departments, Medicaid and CHIP offices, community health centers, and dental professionals in the community.
CDC currently provides funding toto coordinate and implement school-based and school-linked sealant programs that target low-income children and those who live in rural settings.
To read the entire Vital Signs report, visit: www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/sealants.
For more information on SBSPs, dental sealants, and CDC’s work, visit: www.cdc.gov/oralhealth.
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found that the mouths of migraine sufferers harbor significantly more microbes with the ability to modify nitrates than people who do not get migraine headaches. The study is published October 18 by mSystems.
“There is this idea out there that certain foods trigger migraines — chocolate, wine, and especially foods containing nitrates,” said first author Antonio Gonzalez, a programmer analyst in the laboratory of Rob Knight, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UC San Diego and senior author on the study. “We thought that perhaps there are connections between what people are eating, their microbiomes and their experiences with migraines.”
Many of the 38 million Americans who suffer from migraines report an association between consuming nitrates and their severe headaches. Nitrates, found in foods such as processed meats and green leafy vegetables and in certain medicines, can be reduced to nitrites by bacteria found in the mouth. When circulating in the blood, these nitrites can then be converted to nitric oxide under certain conditions. Nitric oxide can aid cardiovascular health by improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure. However, roughly four in five cardiac patients who take nitrate-containing drugs for chest pain or congestive heart failure report severe headaches as a side effect.
Using publicly available data from the American Gut Project, a crowdfunded citizen science effort managed by the Knight lab, Gonzalez and colleague Embriette Hyde, PhD, sequenced bacteria found in 172 oral samples and 1,996 fecal samples from healthy participants. The participants had previously filled out surveys indicating whether they suffered from migraines.
The bacterial gene sequencing found that bacterial species were found in different abundances between people who get migraines (migraineurs) and non-migraineurs. In terms of bacterial community composition, the team did not find huge differences in either fecal or oral samples from migraineurs compared to non-migraineurs.
The team then used a bioinformatic tool called PICRUSt to analyze which genes were likely to be present in the two different sets of samples, given the bacterial species present. In fecal samples, they found a slight but statistically significant increase in the abundance of genes that encode nitrate, nitrite and nitric oxide-related enzymes in migraineurs. In oral samples, these genes were significantly more abundant in migraineurs.
“We know for a fact that nitrate-reducing bacteria are found in the oral cavity,” said Hyde, project manager for the American Gut Project and assistant project scientist in the Knight lab. “We definitely think this pathway is advantageous to cardiovascular health. We now also have a potential connection to migraines, though it remains to be seen whether these bacteria are a cause or result of migraines, or are indirectly linked in some other way.”
Gonzalez and Hyde said the next steps will be to look at more defined groups of patients, separated into the handful of different types of migraines. Researchers can then determine if their oral microbes really do express those nitrate-reducing genes, measure their levels of circulating nitric oxide and see how they correlate with migraine status.
Co-authors of this study include: Naseer Sangwan and Jack A. Gilbert, University of Chicago; and Erik Viirre, UC San Diego.
This research was crowdfunded through individual contributions from American Gut Project participants.
Source: University of California San Diego Health Sciences press release
Alexandria, Va., USA – The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) are pleased to learn that IADR/AADR JDR Clinical & Translational Research inaugural editor Jocelyne Feine has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Dental Association (ADA) Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. In honor of this award, Feine will receive a $5,000 honorarium and a plaque, which will be presented at the ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting, taking place October 20 to 24, 2016, in Denver, Colorado.
The ADA has presented the annual award, financially supported by Johnson & Johnson, since 1991 to recognize investigators who have made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas. As a professor at McGill University Faculty of Dentistry, Montréal, QC, Feine's studies emphasize the quality of life and patient-based outcomes most relevant for palliative therapeutic goals. From randomized clinical trials to technology assessment, knowledge transfer and health care management, her work covers the continuum of discovery to action.
Feine earned her M.S. in physiology at the University of Texas, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, Texas, USA. She earned her D.D.S. at the University of Texas Faculty of Dentistry in Houston. She later went on to complete her Habilitation à deriger des recherches (HDR) degree in clinical research at the l'Université d'Auvergne, Faculty of Dental Surgery, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
"On behalf of the American Association for Dental Research, I congratulate Dr. Jocelyne Feine on being named the recipient of the 2016 ADA Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research," said AADR President Jack Ferracane. "Dr. Feine is an exceptional researcher, and is an internationally respected scientist and academic leader. This prestigious award, coupled with Dr. Feine's editorship of JDR Clinical & Translational Research, acknowledges her expertise in the field and her passion for clinical research."
Visit www.iadr.org/jdrctr to learn more about Feine and the JDR Clinical & Translational Research. More information about the ADA Norton M. Ross Award is available at www.ada.org.
CHICAGO — The American Dental Association (ADA) wishes to assure the public that patient health and safety are top priorities for the Association. Every day, hundreds of thousands of procedures are performed safely and effectively thanks to the dentists who follow standard infection control precautions developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
All practicing dentists, dental team members and dental laboratories are required to use standard precautions as described in the CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care-Settings. In March 2016, the CDC issued the “CDC Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care,” which combines the guidelines with an updated CDC summary. The guidelines and summary are a comprehensive and evidence-based source for infection control practices relevant to the dental office and help protect patients and health care workers by helping to prevent the spread of diseases.
Patients who have questions about infection control in the dental setting should talk with their dentists, who can explain or demonstrate their procedures. Examples of infection control in the dental office include the use of masks, gloves, surface disinfectants and sterilizing reusable dental devices. In addition, dental health care providers are expected to follow procedures as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect themselves.
Before a patient enters the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, instrument tray, drawer handles and countertops, are required to be cleaned and decontaminated. Some offices may cover this equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Non-disposable items like dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental instruments and needles are not to be re-used. In addition, CDC recommendations include guidance on best practices for water treatment and monitoring of dental unit waterlines (the tubes that connect dental instruments to the water supply).
Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective wear such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear. After each patient, disposable wear, such as gloves, are discarded. Before seeing the next patient, the members of the treatment team cleanse their hands and put on new pairs of gloves.
For more information on infection control in a dental setting, please visit the ADA consumer website Mouthhealthy.org.