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Enamel defects may be impacted during the events that transpire during pregnancy, based on a new study.

A cross sectional representative study focused on assessing the relationship between birth weight and the severity of defects development of enamel in the primary dentition. The study was presented at the 93rd General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research. The IADR General Session was held in conjunction with the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 39th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

More than 1,300 five-year-old children who were enrolled in kindergarten in Brazil took part in the study. The children were examined for defects development of enamel. The mothers were then asked questions regarding complications during pregnancy. The response variable depended on the severity of the defects involving the enamel. All the other factors, including the child’s gender, age of his or her mother during pregnancy, etc. were also considered.

The results showed that defects development of enamel appeared 22.7 percent of the time with greater severity and 77.3 percent with minor severity. The study revealed that the condition impacted more children with a low birth weight. That’s why the researchers concluded that low birth weight and hypertension are risk factors for defects development of enamel.

This research was supported by the following agencies in Brazil: Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais, Fundacao Capes Ministério da Educacao and Ministerio da Ciencia, Tecnologia e Inovacao.

DentalEZ®, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to introduce various updates to its classic DentalEZ brand. With an official tagline of “Integrated Solutions,” and now simply referred to as “DentalEZ,” the Company unveiled some of its recent rebranding efforts such as a new color palette, logo, and a freshly designed exhibit booth at this year’s Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting. 

With the acquisition of various new companies and products throughout the years, DentalEZ has established a diverse yet very broad assortment of products. The company’s current rebranding efforts will ensure that its entire portfolio is streamlined in order to tell a clear story about its ever-growing product offerings and organization.

Throughout 2015, DentalEZ will begin to slowly phase out the use of individual brand logos and introduce a single all-encompassing DentalEZ logo. All DentalEZ product categories will also be more consistent with the new DentalEZ name and tagline:

Columbia Dentoform® Teaching Solutions
DentalEZ® Equipment Solutions
NevinLabs™ Workstation Solutions
RAMVAC® Utility Solutions
StarDental® Instrument Solutions

“With this more unified and simplistic approach to branding, we plan to increase clarity of what our company offerings are, while raising awareness and understanding across all product lines of DentalEZ and our many ‘Integrated Solutions,’” remarked Lisa Lee, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “In the next year we will have gradual updates of all materials, websites, and signage. We truly look forward to an exciting new era here at DentalEZ.”

For more information about DentalEZ’s full line of integrated products, please visit www.dentalez.com

- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit™, announces a call for research and best practice abstracts to be presented during the OSAP Annual Infection Control Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 28-30, 2015. All submissions must be received at the OSAP office no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015. The abstract submission form is available at http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.osap.org/resource/resmgr/Symposium_2015/OSAP_2015_Call_for_Abstracts.pdf or at www.osap.org.
The objective of the call for abstracts is to advance development of OSAP’s dental infection prevention and patient/provider research and good clinical practice agenda across international boundaries, specifically related to:

  • highlighting standards and guidelines used by international OSAP partners for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections among dental patients,
  • prevention and control of occupationally acquired injuries and infectious disease among dental healthcare personnel,
  • providing a forum for the exchange of teaching and training experiences and resources,
  • encouraging research and innovation in dental infection prevention, and
  • showcasing good clinical practices (case studies).

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday, April 28, 2015. All accepted applicants will receive a discount to participate in the OSAP Symposium.
The annual OSAP Symposium is the premier infection control education and networking event in the dental industry. Nationally and internationally known experts discuss current and emerging issues relating to infection prevention and safety in oral healthcare settings, and provide attendees with essential resources, valuable tools, and new approaches for better protecting patients and staff. Call 800- 298-OSAP (6727) or 410-571-0003 or visit www.osap.org for symposium registration information.
            Celebrating over 30 years of service to the worldwide dental community, OSAP is a growing community of clinicians, educators, students, policy-makers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists and toolkits to help dental professionals ensure that every visit is The Safest Dental Visit™ for patients and the dental team.

Rheumatoid arthritis apparently adversely impacts one’s oral health.

A new study showed that periodontitis shares pathogenic mechanisms with rheumatoid arthritis and could cause it to trigger. The information was presented at the 93rd General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

During the study, researchers conducted examinations to the joints and oral health, in addition to pinpointing Porphyromonas gingivalis antibodies and examining inflammatory microenvironments in early and chronic rheumatoid arthritis patients.

The study included 23 rheumatoid arthritis patients and 20 without periodontitis or rheumatoid arthritis. There were 20 inflammatory mediators that analyzed serum, saliva, gingival crevicular fluid and joint fluid.

Then, all but one of the 23 patients received dental care. Of these 23 patients, 10 had gingivitis and nine had periodontitis. The patients with rheumatoid arthritis showed increased pocket depth, clinical attachment loss, bleeding on probing and gingival crevicular fluid volume compared to the healthy subjects. Six of the 23 patients displayed P. gingivalis antibodies and all six of those had periodontitis.

The patients with rheumatoid arthritis all showed a marked inflammatory profile in all micromovements even with routine dental care. The researchers determined that P. gingivalis antibodies may be considered as biomarkers for rheumatologists in determining who could possibly benefit from periodontal treatment.

LED Dental Inc. (“LED Dental” or the “Company”), today announced that it is bestowing a gift of $8,000 on the University of British Columbia (UBC) which will be directed to the Dr. Catherine Poh Oral Cancer Research Fund at UBC in support of a specific research project titled “Prevention Strategies in Early Detection and Diagnosis of Oral Cancer in Vietnam.” This gift will fund the travel costs to Vietnam in 2015 of two research trainers, to deliver training for various levels of health professionals, including those from the Oncology Hospital and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City. As a part of a research project, the Company’s hand-held medical device, the VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System, which helps with the early discovery of oral cancer and other oral disease, will be the center of the program in Vietnam. LED Dental has also agreed to provide the research project with four VELscope® Vx and cameras as a gift in kind valued at $13,392.
“Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers in Vietnam, more than six times higher than for patients in the US and Canada. One in four patients admitted to the Oncology Hospital is diagnosed with advanced oral cancer. The VELscope® Vx will be used as the first step of the mobile screening program to enhance the visualization of the oral mucosal changes,” stated Dr. Catherine Poh, a professor and oral pathologist at UBC and British Columbia Cancer Agency. “With LED Dental’s support, we have the opportunity to provide access to oral cancer screening to high-risk communities in Southern Vietnam where the disease burden is high.”
“We are pleased that the VELscope® Vx will play a major role in helping to address oral cancer issues in the developing world,” stated Dr. David Gane, CEO of LED Medical. “This gift enables us to help people living in countries like Vietnam, where the incidence of oral cancer is not only high but often fatal. We can contribute to improvements in health globally, while finding new markets for the VELscope® Vx.”
The Company manufactures and markets the VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System, the dental industry´s leading adjunctive screening device for defining the extent of a wide range of oral mucosal abnormalities - from viral, fungal and bacterial infections to cancer and pre-cancer. To date, more than 25 million VELscope® Vx exams have been performed by more than 12,000 dentists in 23 countries.

Ultradent Products, Inc. is proud to announce “Dentistry and Race Car Driving with Dr. Todd Snyder,” a continuing education event scheduled for April 17–18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees will receive first-class instruction on several aspects of minimally invasive dentistry, and the opportunity to take-part in a race car driving experience. Registrants will receive seven CE credits upon completing the course.

The two-day event will aim to help clinicians increase the speed and quality of placing composite restorations, including instruction on how to place consistently accurate and precise composite fillings for successful, long-term results. Dr. Snyder will also share tips on how best to market and advertise a dental practice in order to beat competitors and ultimately, “win the race.” The course includes key coaching components that can propel careers and practices ahead faster than the competition. This includes instruction on how to best incorporate the Internet, social media, and teeth whitening into the clinician’s practice.

Day two of the seminar will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where participants will take part in a five-star race car instruction and driving experience, including the opportunity to race some of the fastest supercars on the market, including: a Ferrari F450 GT, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Superleggera LP570, and a Lamborghini Aventador.

Todd C. Snyder, DDS,received his doctorate in dental surgery at the University of California at the Los Angeles School of Dentistry. He trained at the prestigious F.A.C.E. institute for complex gnathological and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) and is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has been on the faculty at U.C.L.A. in the Center for Esthetic Dentistry and is currently on the faculty at Esthetic Professionals. Dr. Snyder lectures both nationally and abroad on many aspects of dentistry. He has authored numerous articles worldwide on contemporary restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Course Dates:
April 17th–April 18th 2015

To learn more, please visit ultradent.com/seminars or call us at 800.520.6640.

Graphene oxide may solve many dental problems.

This material happens to be effective at eliminating certain bacteria in the mouth that developed antibiotic resistance over time. The information appears in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Dentists often prescribe traditional antibiotics to eliminate bacteria that cause tooth decay or gum disease. With the increase in antibiotic resistance, however, new approaches are needed to handle the problems, which may result in tooth loss.

Previous studies have shown that graphene oxide is a promising material in biomedical applications. The material has the ability to thwart the growth of some bacterial strains without causing much harm to the cells in mammals. The researchers also analyzed the material to see the impact on the specific bacteria that produces dental disease.

The research team specifically looked at the material and the result of tests with different species of bacteria associated with tooth decay and gum disease. They concluded that graphene oxide limited the growth of pathogens by destroying the bacterial walls and membranes. For this reason, the researchers thought this material would be useful in dentistry.

Some funding for this study came from the Shanghai Natural Science Foundation and the Hospital-Public Cross-Link Project of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

As part of Children’s Dental Health Month, this February Dental Associates’ clinics in Wisconsin taught more than 11,600 youngsters how to care for their teeth. In dental terms, that’s a total of 232,000 very important baby and permanent teeth.
Dental assistants from Dental Associates’ practices in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Franklin, Sturtevant, Kenosha, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Appleton and Greenville visited daycare centers, YMCAs, preschools and elementary schools throughout the state to teach children the importance of dental health and show them how to properly take care of their teeth. As part of the visits, each child received a dental kit that included a new toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and dental care information.
Educating children early and often is vital since the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports that more than 50 percent of children will be affected by tooth decay before age five. In addition, a study from the Office of the Surgeon General notes that 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related conditions.
The impact of poor oral health goes far beyond the pain of a sore tooth and missed school days. Since a cavity is an infection of the tooth, it makes children more vulnerable to ear and sinus infections and other health issues.
“More and more research is showing the importance of early pediatric dental care for children,” says Thomas Manos, D.D.S, M.S., president of Dental Associates. “That’s why we’re so passionate about spreading the message that children’s teeth need dental care even before they turn one year old. Early attention and intervention can help avert a host of problems.” 
      During the classroom talks and presentations, dental assistants from Dental Associates showed children the keys to oral health – brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, flossing and seeing a dentist twice a year for checkups. They also addressed the importance of a healthy diet and encouraged youngsters to avoid sugary snacks and sweet drinks like juice and soda since those products simply coat teeth with sugar. The students learned that fruits, vegetables, water and milk are the best choices.
“Despite what some people think, baby teeth are very important for children. They help children speak clearly, chew naturally and provide a path for permanent teeth to follow,” says Dr. Manos. “They also create a beautiful smile that helps children feel confident.”  



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