ADR/AADR Publish JDR Special Issue on Orofacial Clefting and Dental and Craniofacial Anomalies

Posted on September 20, 2017

Alexandria, Va., USA – The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have published a special issue in the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) on orofacial clefting and dental and craniofacial anomalies. Dr. Brian Schutte, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA, served as the guest editor of this special issue along with JDR Associate Editor, Dr. Joy Richman, University of British Columbia, Canada.

The disease burden of orofacial structural defects such as cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P) and tooth agenesis is very high. With one of out every 700 individuals affected, nonsyndromic orofacial clefts are some of the most common birth defects.

From infancy to adulthood, the correction of clefts involves a series of invasive surgeries and dental rehabilitation. Dental abnormalities such as tooth agenesis require medical care in childhood and expensive prosthetic treatment. This special issue contains articles and reviews on recent scientific and technical advances in craniofacial development and genetics.

Topics in this special issue range from tooth number and root formation, human and animal genetic studies on orofacial clefting, reviews that prioritize the variants most likely to cause disease, the pathways required for palatogenesis, experimental articles on the periderm and drug therapy articles that rescue cleft palate in mutant mice.

"I am honored that I was able to serve as a co-guest editor of this JDR special issue on orofacial clefting," said Joy Richman. "We have curated an excellent group of articles covering the recent scientific and technical advances in craniofacial development and genetics. The discoveries reported in this series of articles could lead to improvements in the better diagnosis and ultimately treatment of challenging craniofacial and dental anomalies."

This special issue is accompanied by an Editorial "Face Forward: Gene Variants, Pathways, and Therapies for Craniofacial Anomalies" and a companion podcast moderated by Editor-in-Chief, William Giannobile.

To read the JDR special issue on orofacial clefting, please visit http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/jdrb/current or contact Elise Bender ebender@iadr.org to access to the issue.

 

NYU College of Dentistry Approved for $13 Million Research Funding Award

Posted on September 20, 2017

A research team at New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has been approved for a $13.3 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study cavity prevention, quality of life, and school performance.  

NYU Dentistry's Richard Niederman, DMD, and Ryan Richard Ruff, MPH, PhD, will lead the five-year study comparing the effectiveness of two cavity-prevention techniques — a “simple” treatment of topical silver and fluoride, and a “complex” treatment of traditional sealants and fluoride. The study will be conducted in elementary schools in the Bronx, an area with a scarcity of dental care providers and clinics.

More than half of U.S. elementary school-age children have had a dental cavity, and more than 20 percent have untreated cavities. The prevalence of cavities in the Bronx – the poorest borough in New York City and home to a large Hispanic/Latino population – is almost twice the national average.

Children with dental cavities and associated toothaches face multiple disadvantages, including reduced quality of life, school absences, difficulty paying attention in school, and lower standardized test scores. Unfortunately, traditional office-based dental care presents multiple barriers to treatment, including cost, fear of dentists, and geographic isolation.  Bringing care to children instead of children to care eliminates these barriers.

Through prior work in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Colorado, NYU Dentistry researchers determined that “complex” school-based cavity prevention programs are effective in reducing cavities by two-thirds. Preliminary results suggest that “simple” prevention can be equally effective.  Discussions and surveys of patients and other partners revealed that school-based care was overwhelmingly preferred over office-based care and that “simple” care was preferred over “complex” care.

In the PCORI-funded study, the researchers will compare cavity prevention programs in 60 high-need elementary schools in the Bronx that serve low-income, Hispanic/Latino families. Schools will be selected at random to receive either the “simple” treatment of silver diamine fluoride and fluoride varnish, or the “complex” treatment of sealants and fluoride varnish. All children will receive the same preventive dental care twice each year. The researchers will assess untreated cavities, quality of life, and student achievement to compare the outcomes of both treatments. 

A unique aspect of the study is its collaboration with the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing to deliver care, along with NYU dental hygienists. Since there are 3 million nurses in the U.S., versus 250,000 dental hygienists, the research team will also compare care delivered by nurses and by dental hygienists. The participation of nurses will build upon NYU Meyers’ efforts to expand oral health nursing education and practice and to strengthen existing oral health and nursing initiatives.

 “The overall goal of our proposed research is to improve oral health equity by determining the most effective, patient-centered, and efficient school-based cavity prevention methods,” said Dr. Niederman, professor and chair of the Department Epidemiology & Health Promotion at NYU Dentistry. “Our expectation is that both will be similarly effective in reducing untreated cavities by two thirds. However, for the same time and cost, hygienists or nurses can treat four times more children with the simpler prevention.”

The study was selected for funding through PCORI’s Pragmatic Clinical Studies Initiative, an effort to produce results that are broadly applicable to a diverse range of patients and care situations and can be more quickly taken up in routine clinical practice.

 “This is an unparalleled opportunity to explore the long-term impact of oral health on quality of life and student achievement,” said Dr. Ruff, assistant professor of epidemiology & health promotion at NYU Dentistry. “This research has the potential to improve multiple outcomes relevant to children and their families.”

Many clinical studies test whether a treatment works under ideal conditions in specialized research centers, but health care is rarely delivered in such idealized situations and settings. Pragmatic clinical studies test a treatment’s effectiveness in “real-life” practice situations, such as typical hospitals, clinics, and schools, and can include a wider range of study participants, making their findings more generally applicable.

“This project was selected for PCORI funding not only for its scientific merit and commitment to engaging patients and other healthcare stakeholders in a major study conducted in real-world settings, but also for its potential to answer an important question about oral health and fill a crucial evidence gap,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. “We look forward to following the study’s progress and working with NYU College of Dentistry to share its results.

The NYU Dentistry study was selected through a highly competitive review process in which patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders joined scientists to evaluate the proposals.

The award to Drs. Niederman and Ruff has been approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract.

PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. For more information about PCORI’s funding, visit www.pcori.org.

 

 

Upcoming Lab Events Hosted by Dentsply Sirona

Posted on September 19, 2017

 

OCTOBER EVENTS

 

Celtra Press Training

October 6 - Dentsply Sirona - Charlotte, NC

 

Celtra on Tour

October 6 - Miami, FL

 

Celtra on Tour

October 11 - Shreveport, LA

 

inLab New User Training

October 12-13 - CEREC On Demand Education Center - Winter Springs, FL

 

Lab Marketing Summit

October 13-14 - Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa - Carlsbad, CA

 

inLab New User Training

October 19-20 - CEREC On Demand Education Center - Murrieta, CA

 

Celtra on Tour

October 20 - Seattle, WA

 

For more information on all of Dentsply Sirona’s upcoming lab events, visit www.dentsplysirona.com/labevents or call 855-465-2248.

Free CE Courses for Dental Infection Control Awareness Month

Posted on September 19, 2017

September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, and The Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) encourages all dental professionals to promote patient safety this month. Go to osap.org for a full list of resources to help your practice brush up on their infection control protocols.

Inside Dentistry is doing its part to promote Dental Infection Control Awareness Month by providing free Infection Control Continuing Education courses in September. Use the promo code ID917 to take the courses below free of charge, and get serious about safety with OSAP and Inside Dentistry!


Current Trends in Endodontic Disinfection

Rebekah Lucier Pryles, DMD

Clinicians must rely on other treatment methods to sufficiently disinfect the root canal system. Irrigants, including sodium hypochlorite and chlorhexidine gluconate, both flush the root canal system of debris and possess antimicrobial capabilities. Furthermore, adjunctive irrigation techniques, including passive ultrasonic irrigation, eliminate many intracanal bacteria effectively. 


The Ongoing Challenge of Waterborne Infections

John A. Molinari, PhD

Infection caused by waterborne organisms from contaminated water sources and the subsequent burden of disease is not merely a problem for developing countries; it also poses a significant threat in countries with established water treatment procedures and infrastructures. 


The Cost of Infection Control Noncompliance

Louis G. DePaola, DDS, MS

Although most dentists follow infection-control protocols carefully, a very small percentage either does not or has momentary lapses. The costs of not following guidelines and recommendations can be high, leading to substantial loss of income, causing long-lasting damage to a provider’s professional reputation, and having a long-term impact on the health and well being of patients.


Instrument Cassettes: An Effective Infection Control Precaution

John Molinari, PhD; Jennifer A. Harte, DDS, MS; Peri Nelson, BS

Instrument processing and recirculation involves a complex, sequenced series of events that requires qualified dental healthcare workers, specialized equipment, and adequate space. The ultimate goal of the process is to provide sterile instruments for patient care. 

Use promo code ID917 to get serious about safety!

Dental Health Products, Inc. Partner with SheerVision Inc. for Dental Loupes.

Posted on September 19, 2017

As an industry innovator, SheerVision, Inc. has quickly earned a reputation for leadership in surgical loupes and headlights, by offering the lightest, high-performing products on the market today. SheerVision, Inc. manufacturers the widest product line of loupes including flip-up and through-the-lens (TTL) designs, all of which can be ordered with a prescription as needed and in Under Armour brand frames. They strive to offer the best optical technology that supports surgeons, dentists, dental hygienists, and veterinarians throughout the world.

For more information, please visit: http://www.sheervision.com/index.aspx

“DHPI is very pleased to enter into a partnership with SheerVision, Inc. for surgical/dental loupes and headlights. They have a terrific selection products to meet any need for the dental clinical staff”, states Steve Desautel, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Dental Health Products, Inc.

DHPI has been servicing the dental industry for nearly 30 years offering a full line of dental supplies, dental equipment, and dental solutions.

For more information about DHPI, please call 800-626-2163 or visit: www.dhpionline.com

 

Ergo™ File Caddy

Posted on September 19, 2017

Introducing Ergo™ (patent pending) a sleek tool for the organization and cleaning of endodontic hand and rotary files.

Designed by the experienced team at Style Italiano Endodontics, Ergo™ helps improve efficiency and ergonomics of routine endodontic therapy.

Ergo™ features two autoclavable foam sections. One is for the organization of hand files, and one is for the storage and cleaning of rotary instruments. Equiped with five spaces to accommodate a complete sequence of rotary files while allowing for a quick single hand change of file.

Two millimetric rulers allow right or left handed users to easily measure and set the rubber stopper to working length.

The flexible, autoclavable bracelet is comfortable to wear and can be adjusted to fit any wrist.

Ergo™ is another example of Vista Dental Product’s dedication to more efficiently achieving endodontic success.

Find out more by visiting www.vista-dental.com, call 877-418-4782 or email info@vista-dental.com 

Dental Crafters Offers 3D-Printing Services Thanks to Prodways

Posted on September 19, 2017

Dental Crafters, a full service dental laboratory founded in 1989, has chosen Prodways Group’s ProMaker L5000 D high-precision 3D printer to offer model printing services to other dental labs. As Dental Crafters set out to modernize their production, their aim was to transition from traditional dental stone models to high precision 3D printed models. As a result of testing performed by an external dental lab, Dental Crafters determined that the ProMaker L5000 D was the correct choice to facilitate their goals.

The ProMaker L5000 D high accuracy 3D printer is designed for dental laboratories that require the ability to produce detailed dental models quickly, accurately, and reliably. Prodways Group’s exclusive MOVINGLight® technology is based on the polymerization of photosensitive resins using moving DLP® (Digital Light Processing) UV rays, delivering high resolution and fast throughput. Additionally, ProMaker L5000 D features a granite build platform that improves stability and productivity for the fast production of dental models.

With the ProMaker L5000 D, Dental Crafters is now capable of producing around thirty dental quadrants in one print with layer heights as low as 50 micrometers, which exceeds dental industry standards.

“While searching for the ideal printer for our 3D model printing needs, we wanted to stay true to our high-quality standards. As a result, Dental Crafters chose the ProMaker L5000 D by Prodways Group for two simple reasons, high volume and precise accuracy sustained over time.

With our internal testing we found that the Prodways machine consistently produced an accurate product regardless of volume, surpassing other machines on the market. With the Prodways ProMaker L5000 D we can consistently print 60 quadrant models per day, maintaining accuracy print after print.

In this growing digital world, Dental Crafters takes pride in staying on the cutting edge of technology while maintaining our commitment to excellence. The decision to purchase the ProMaker L5000 D for our 3D model printing services allows us to continue this strong tradition,” said Brad Slominski, co-owner of Dental Crafters.

TAUB Products Announces Sponsorship Of Bylis Lecture

Posted on September 19, 2017

TAUB Products, a long-time manufacturer of dental consumable products, has announced the sponsorship of an additional educational series for The Atlantic Beach Continuum for Dental Education (ABC4DE.org). The lecture will be held on November 3, 2017 at the Sands Hotel in Atlantic Beach, New York, and will feature Dr. Paul Bylis. Main lecture topics will include direct resin artistry-anterior/posterior and multidisciplinary, and case studies involving guided bone regeneration and implants will be presented.

Dr. Bylis has been in private practice in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, since 1987. The focus of his practice is on comprehensive care with a strong emphasis on cosmetics. Dr. Bylis also serves as clinical instructor in the Advanced General Dentistry Residency at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He lectures on many restorative techniques. Dr. Bylis also lectures with Dr. Ross Nash at the Nash Institute for Dental Learning“We are very pleased to be able to sponsor this lecture by Dr. Bylis,” stated Ed Matthews, Vice president of Sales at Taub Products. “It shows our company’s continued effort to bring clinically relevant information to the general dentist.”TAUB Products provides innovative, high-quality solutions for dental professionals. For more information on TAUB and its products, call 800-828-2634, or go to www.taubdental.com. TAUB Products will be featured at the 2017 Greater New York Dental Meeting.

 

Premier® Dental Products Evolves the Company

Posted on September 19, 2017

Premier Dental Products Company, a leading provider of innovative dental products, today announced it has implemented a campaign to evolve the company and its brand with the goal of connecting with the oral health professional in a more comprehensive and meaningful way. The company is focused on creating “inspired solutions for daily dentistry” by embracing four pillars: forging deep connections with dental professionals; pursuing meaningful innovation of dental solutions; delivering solutions with proven effectiveness and undeniable success; and providing products that set the standard for the industry. Embracing these four pillars has uniquely positioned Premier Dental for future growth.

“Premier Dental Products Company delivers the best products to dental professionals, and we are proud of our reputation as a trusted provider of excellent solutions,” said Julie Charlestein, President and CEO, Premier Dental Products Company. “We are focused now on developing our company to continue to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of today’s dental professionals and their patients, by forging closer relationships with our customers and continuing to deliver inventive solutions.”Charlestein took over as CEO and President of Premier Dental in April 2016. Since then, she has been working tirelessly towards the goal of evolving the company to meet the needs of the current marketplace in new and effective ways.

Charlestein has undertaken a number of initiatives to bolster brand awareness, further boost Premier’s reputation for quality and state-of-the-art solutions, and continue to reach out to dental professionals to build lasting relationships. Premier has invested in innovation for new products and sought out new channels for communicating with customers, including podcasts, webinars and educational seminars. These and other investments are raising the profile of Premier Dental and forging deeper relationships with dental professionals that will uniquely position Premier Dental for future strength.

Premier is a family-owned business, founded in 1913 and led by the Charlestein family for four generations. With product sales in 75 countries, Premier Dental is one of the most trusted names in dentistry, and its products can be found in dentists’ offices around the world.

For more information visit www.premusa.com.

Day 2 of Dentsply Sirona World: Better than Imagined

Posted on September 18, 2017

Day two of Dentsply Sirona World was chockfull of top-notch educational content and speakers, exhilarating activities and outstanding entertainment for the thousands of event attendees.

Beachbody™ Super Trainer Joel Freeman kicked the morning into gear for hundreds of guests with his MMA-styled workout session, which was sponsored by ClearCorrect. The energizing workout was followed by a special meet and greet on the trade show floor. Freeman’s workout was designed to suit attendees of all ages and comfort levels, making this event the perfect start to day two of the Ultimate Dental Meeting.

Commencing the day’s educational sessions, General Session with Dr. Frank Spear and Dr. Gregg Kinzer began at 9 AM. Both presenters discussed the age of digital dentistry, the best means to better your performance and practice, and shared advice on how to obtain the best clinical outcomes with some of the best products and technologies on the market. Doors opened to the comprehensive trade show floor after the conclusion of Drs. Spears’ and Kinzer’s presentation.

After exploring the trade show, attendees took their seats to hear from award-winning author and TED Talk legend Simon Sinek during the day’s second General Session. Sinek, the pioneer of ‘leading with why’, spoke on different leadership styles and how to better encourage employees through trust and empowerment.

Various Breakout Sessions scheduled throughout the remainder of the day provided exceptional content to attendees eager to absorb the quality education presented before heading to the evening reception, and then to the highly-anticipated private concert by Imagine Dragons.

Before the Grammy-winning band rushed the stage, attendees flooded into the Venetian Ballroom elated to experience what was undoubtedly a highlight of the three-day extravaganza. Imagine Dragons slayed with their electrifying performance, which included chart-topping hits Radioactive, Thunder, On Top of the World and Believer. This exclusive concert was sponsored by Fortune Management.

Day three of Dentsply Sirona World promises to deliver extraordinary education in conjunction with spectacular activities and entertainment as the second annual Ultimate Dental Meeting draws to a close.

Stay up to date on daily activities, course schedules and more with the Dentsply Sirona World app, available for iOS and Android devices.

The sold-out Dentsply Sirona World is located at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas and spans from Thursday, Sept. 14 to Saturday, Sept. 16. To learn more about this event and next year’s event, Dentsply Sirona World 2018, visit www.dentsplysironaworld.com.

 

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