Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DenMat® Launches New Whitening Practice Building System with Office Personalized Whitening Product

7/1/15 Lompoc, CA: Always at the forefront of safe and effective whitening, DenMat, a leading manufacturer of innovative esthetic dentistry and advanced oral health solutions, is pleased to announce a variety of new additions to the LumiSmile White Professional Whitening product line. Notably, the in-office and take-home whitening solutions utilize a new brand platform, “Whitening for every smile,” to reemphasize the importance of whitening in a practice, and help the dental professional get more patients to say yes to whitening while continually delivering strong results, with minimal sensitivity, at an affordable price to the dentist.

DenMat’s new brand platform is designed to make every patient feel that professional whitening can make any smile brighter. The platform includes DenMat’s new Practice Building System featuring a bulk package with 50 individually wrapped, personalized whitening syringes and attention grabbing, high- impact marketing materials, such as patient brochures, counter cards, posters and more. “There are so many ways to whiten today, but only dentists have the power to give patients the safest and most effective whitening results possible,” said Danielle Hyman, Product Manager at DenMat. “We want to help dentists wake up their whitening programs and grow their practices with LumiSmile White using these new tools.”

Other additions include a new take-home option without fluoride that is available in the same concentrations and packaging as the current take-home offerings. As well, the in-office system is now offered as a convenient combo kit, with patient take-home syringes for whitening touch-ups at home.

About DenMat: Since 1974, DenMat has been a leader in high-quality dental products for dental professionals in more than 60 countries around the world. DenMat makes and assembles most of its products at its world headquarters on the Central Coast of California. The company offers products in three main categories: Consumables, Small Equipment, and a full-service Dental Laboratory. DenMat’s trusted brands include Perioptix® loupes and lights, LumiSmile® White, and Lumineers®, the #1 patient requested thin veneer. For more information, visit www.denmat.com or call 1-800-4DENMAT (1-800- 433-6628). 

Monday, July 27, 2015

CEREC® 30 Sponsorship Opportunities, Exhibitor Booths Sell Out

July 13, 2015 – Charlotte, NC Sirona Dental, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry, announced today that sponsorship opportunities and exhibition space at its upcoming CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration (C30) are officially sold out, completely filling the expansive 100,000 square-foot trade show floor.  
Scheduled for September 17-19th, 2015 at The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, CEREC 30 is a three-day CAD/CAM extravaganza featuring outstanding clinical education across a comprehensive spectrum of digital dentistry topics, an impressive lineup of musical talent and motivational speakers, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall showcasing top dental companies and their products and services. 
“CEREC 30 is proving to be the must-attend event of the year not only for dental professionals, but also for the leading dental industry vendors showcasing their products and services at the C30 trade show,” said Sirona Dental, Inc. President Michael Augins. “Every inch of the trade show floor will be filled with unique and valuable opportunities for CEREC 30 attendees to experience the best digital dentistry products that our industry partners and exhibitors have to offer.”
CEREC 30 sponsors include:
  • Diamond Sponsors: Ivoclar Vivadent and DENTSPLY
  • Platinum Sponsor: Comprehensive Finance
  • Gold Sponsor: VITA North America
  • Silver Sponsors: cerecdoctors.com, ClearCorrect, and 1-800-DENTIST
  • Bronze Sponsors: CareCredit, Digital Enamel, Fortune Management,
    and Isolite
  • Orthodontic Symposium Sponsors: American Orthodontics and Dolphin
  • Exclusive Distribution Partner Sponsor: Patterson Dental

To view the entire list of trade show exhibitors, the CEREC 30 pre-show program or to register as an attendee, all dental and dental lab professionals are encouraged to visit http://www.CEREC30th.com, or call 844-CEREC30. Companies that wish to be placed on a wait list for CEREC 30 exhibit hall booth space if it becomes available should contact Meggan Polich at meggan.polich@sirona.com

Friday, July 24, 2015

VOCO Announces Bifix Temp

The good folks at VOCO America are proud to announce a new temporary material called Bifix.   It is available from your favorite dental dealers.   Read on for all the details...

Bifix Temp offers high esthetics with simple application that provides its users with visually pleasing results. The translucent and tooth-like Universal shade ideally blends with highly esthetic temporaries, does not shine through and promotes the natural appearance of the temporary restoration. Thanks to Bifix Temp’s low film thickness, temporaries can be cemented to fit perfectly without adjustment.

As a composite based dual cure material Bifix Temp offers 90 seconds of working time and sets in four minutes. The light cure mode offers the user control and easy removal of excess material via a “tack cure” technique that activates an initial elastic gel phase. Any unwanted residues are easy to locate and remove as Bifix Temp’s Universal shade stands out very well against the gingiva. 

Bifix Temp comes in an auto-mix syringe with very short tips making application precise and economical. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Oravital Inc. Launches the Most Advanced Oral Infection Diagnosis and Treatment System into the US Dental Market

Oravital Inc., is now introducing its highly successful proprietary Oravital® Oral Health System to the U.S. professional dental market.  The company which was formed in 2008 and currently has a network certified dental offices throughout Canada, plans to replicate its success in the United States. 

According to company president and CEO Dr. Jim Hyland, “Undiagnosed and untreated oral infections are a North American epidemic and include gum disease and halitosis. We also know that gum disease is a contributing factor to many systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. The time is right to share the Canadian clinical success of the Oravital® System with our American dental colleagues and their patients.”

The Oravital® System is a five-step system based on identifying the cause of oral infection through microbial analysis and tests for bleeding gums before scaling. After diagnosis, treatment includes a customized antibiotic mouthwash used for a two-week period, accompanied by proper home oral care using additional, specific Oravital® products that are recommended based upon the patient’s individual condition.   

One early adopter in the US is Dr. Robert McBride who practices in Long Beach, CA.  Dr. McBride is certified in using the Oravital® System for treating both periodontal disease and halitosis. In the past, we attempted to accurately assess our patients' oral environment via phase microscopy and laboratory tests that many patients rejected due to expense.  The Oravital® System is a more cost effective and patient-accepted option. The system offers a comprehensive quantification of the oral microbial environment along with user-friendly and effective preventive and treatment protocols. This provides a solution to oral malodor while treating periodontal disease as well.”   

For more information on the Oravital system and how your dental practice can become a certified Oravital Clinic, visit www.Oravital.com or call 1-800-909-6468.

Oravital Product Backgrounder

The Oravital® System is very thorough and consists of the following 5 steps:

  • Screening:   Using a swab, the dentist or hygienist takes bacterial samples from the patient’s tongue, throat and teeth. These samples are sent to a laboratory for analysis to identify any harmful bacteria that may be causing gum disease and breath odor.

  • Treatment: If the report indicates there are harmful microorganisms in the patient’s mouth that are causing gum and/or breath problems, the dentist/hygienist will recommend an Oravital® antibiotic and/or antimicrobial rinse that is specifically targeted to kill the germs causing the infection. The patient uses the prescribed Oravital® rinse for approximately two weeks until the harmful bacteria are under control and a proper balance of healthy bacteria returns.

  • Evaluation: Following initial treatment, the patient is scheduled for another dental checkup to evaluate their gum health.

  • Maintenance: Regular dental hygiene appointments and good oral home care will ensure the patient maintains a healthy mouth. Along with regular brushing and cleaning between their teeth, using an Oravital® maintenance rinse on a daily basis will help patients prevent recurring gum and breath problems.

  • Revaluation: The company recommends Oravital® microbial testing at least once a year to determine whether the bacteria in the patient’s mouth are still in balance. If harmful bacteria levels are increasing, infection could return. It's easier to address any problems before this happens.

Oravital Inc. Company Backgrounder

Oravital Inc. was established in the fall of 2007 in Toronto, Canada. The company licenses proprietary technology called the Oravital® System to certified dental clinics throughout North America for the most advanced, effective and painless diagnosis and treatment of oral infections available today.

Previously, oral infections causing gum disease and bad breath had been difficult to diagnose and treat successfully.  With recent studies linking oral infections with systemic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, gum disease is now considered a medical condition dental professionals should treat. Given that 75% of the population continues to have signs of periodontal disease, diagnosis and predictable treatment of this infection has become extremely important.   

The Oravital® System is highly effective in eliminating mild to moderate gum disease as well as bad breath in just two weeks. The Oravital® System is based on identifying the cause of oral infection through microbial analysis and tests for bleeding gums. Treatment includes a customized antibiotic rinse used for a two-week period, accompanied by unique gum cleaning techniques for the patient to follow.

The science of Oravital® evolved from 15 years of ground-breaking research and successful clinical treatment by Anne Bosy, RDH, MEd, MSc, co-founder of Toronto's Fresh Breath Clinic. Dr. Walter Loesche, who was a respected authority on periodontal disease treatment at the University of Michigan, validated the effectiveness of the antibiotic therapy developed by Anne Bosy.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Canary System Announces it can Detect & Monitor Caries Treated with Resin Infiltration

As our efforts to detect decay at its earliest points continues, The Canary System continues to find ways to help in that regard.  Here is the latest info on the device from a recent ORCA meeting in Belgium...

Quantum Dental Technologies (QDT) presented findings of a study last week at the 62nd Congress of the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) in Brussels, Belgium that The Canary System® can monitor caries progression after caries lesions are infiltrated with DMG’s ICON - a clear resin.

This study showed The Canary System could detect and monitor caries treated with ICON resin. It also demonstrated that resin infiltration significantly delayed the progression of natural caries development on smooth surfaces and between teeth. The study involved immersing teeth treated with ICON in a very acidic solution for up to 50 days, indicating the strong clinical potential of ICON to delay caries progression.
Current detection methods for caries after resin infiltration are extremely challenging because of the thickness and transparency of resin”, said Dr. Stephen Abrams, President of QDT. Evidence from this study suggests that lesions treated with resin can now be effectively monitored with The Canary System. This gives dentists another option for treating early tooth decay”.

The sensitivity of using traditional diagnostic methods, such as X-rays and visual inspection, is inadequate in a number of clinical situations. By the time caries or decay is visible on a radiograph, the lesion has penetrated at least 60% into the dentin and requires a restoration or filling. Now with The Canary System, clinicians can make more informed decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment planning. Resin infiltrants present an even more challenging situation. The resin is transparent and the lesions are very shallow. The Canary System appears to be the only method to detect and monitor the area to ensure the resin coating does not break down over time. With The Canary System, dentists now have another application for treating the early stages of tooth decay another preventive solution to a common disease.

The Canary System, with its unique crystal structure diagnostics, allows oral health professionals to detect, image, track and monitor tooth decay on all tooth surfaces, beneath opaque sealants, around the margins of restorations and detect cracks in teeth. The accompanying Canary Cloud (www.thecanarycloud.com) enables dentists to view and manage this data in an online environment, track Canary usage in the office, and keep up- to-date on Canary products and clinical news. With The Canary System, caries detection is not simply shining a light on a tooth surface but it’s about gathering accurate information on the status of the tooth’s crystal structure and then storing it to allow ongoing analysis and monitoring. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Consolidation of the Canadian Dental Practice Continues

Even if you are not Canadian, there are some interesting stats here which I think can be extrapolated to other areas as well.  While obviously different geographical locations and different economies and laws can affect dentistry, the overall picture here can be one that most practices can derive good information from.  Take a look and digest this info.

Based on tracking long term trends, the make-up of the typical Canadian dental practice continues to show consolidation, according to results from the DIAC (Dental Industry Association of Canada) Nineteenth Annual Future of Dentistry Survey. While the number of patients being treated per day per respondent has remained relatively consistent over the past eight years, there have been some real shifts in the practice profile appearing since the 2008 study.

As first reported in 2013, the trend towards recent Canadian dental graduates taking longer to set up their practices than those who graduated in past decades is continuing and, in fact, appears to be accelerating. The number of practice owners taking one year or less to set up or buy their practice after graduation is now down to 29% (as opposed to an average of 33% over the last three years and much lower than the average 42% from 2007 to 2011). On the other hand, 12% of owners took 10 years or more to set up or buy their practice after graduation. This represents an all-time high (up from 7.7% last year and an average of 9.8% from 2007-2013).

The established practice is also seeing major changes in its make-up. The 2015 survey confirms that there is a trend towards increasing numbers of dentists in the practice. In 2015, 36% identified themselves as sole practitioners (down from an average of 40% the last seven years) while those practices with five or more dentists (including the respondent) was up to 9% (an all-time high and up from an average of 6.4% the last 12 years). As might be expected, this has been accompanied by an increasing number of operatories in the average practice. Practices with three or fewer operatories have been in steady decline since the survey began, a real drop of 27% since 1997 (58% in 1997 versus 31% in 2015). Two-thirds (65%) of respondents in 2015 had 4 or more operatories, with 28% having more than five (up from 23% last year and up from the average of 19% from 1997-2007).
Dentists are also spending more time in the practice, with 17% of dentists now spending over 250 chairside days (an-all time high as opposed to an average of 13.7% at that level from 2011-2014). This finding is reinforced by a drop in those spending Under 100 days chairside in 2015 (4.0% as opposed to 5.1% in 2014). At the same time, the number of practice hygiene days is once again increasing. After having levelled off over the previous three annual surveys, nearly forty-five percent (44.8%) of 2015 respondents had 5 or more hygiene days per week (an all-time high and up from an average of 38% over the last eight years).

Yet, despite all of this, dentists are seeing no more patients per day today than they have on average over the past eight years. More than three-quarters of dentists (77.2%) (similar to the last four years:

77% last year, 77% in 2013, 78% in 2012 and 78% in 2011) treated less than 15 patients per day in 2015, with over half (52%) treating between 6-10 patients and 22% treating 11-14 patients in an average day. On an overall basis, dentists treated 12.4 patients in an average day in 2015 (almost exactly the same as the average 12.5 patients seen over the last eight years).
It may be extrapolated that the delay in setting up practices has been a function of the recent poor economy’s impact on patient loads combined with the rising costs of education and practice set-up for the younger dentist. For those owning established practices, the trend may well be a function of sharing rising expenses in the face of a static patient load or as an exit strategy for the older dentist.
Almost 1000 practicing Canadian dentists responded to this year’s survey (similar to the response achieved over each of the previous fifteen years) with a good proportional distribution across all regions of the country. Based on this response rate, overall 2015 survey results have an accuracy of +/- 3.3% 19 times out of 20.

Source: Nineteenth Annual Future of Dentistry Survey

Monday, July 20, 2015

Brightsquid Dental Link Offers Secure-Mail to the American College of Prosthodontists Members

Brightsquid Dental Link is proud to announce that it is an official Affinity Program of the American College of Prosthodontists, to offer its privacy legislation compliant (including HIPAA, PIPEDA and HITECH) Secure-Mail at a Special Rate to more than 3,700 ACP members internationally.
Mr. Rohit Joshi, CEO of Brightsquid, says “We are excited to be working with the American College of Prosthodontists to provide their members with secure and HIPAA compliant messaging. Prosthodontists in the College can now use Brightsquid Secure-Mail to communicate with their patients, dentists, labs and other dental specialists. We are dedicated to the quality and security of Protected Health Information, while ACP members enjoy the convenience of messaging built for their unique practice needs.”
“HIPAA compliance is a critical issue for our members in practice,” said Nancy Deal Chandler, Executive Director of the American College of Prosthodontists. “We are pleased to offer Brightsquid Secure-Mail as an affinity program, which will help prosthodontists continue to meet the highest standards in patient care.
With over 11,000 users, Brightsquid Secure-Mail is the trusted leader in secure communication, providing a HIPAA compliant email solution for dentists, specialists, patients and labs. Brightsquid is committed to helping their customers comply with privacy and security regulations in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. They are proud to meet and exceed, the security standards requirements.
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