Monday, May 22, 2017

World Summit Tour 2017 — a Brand New Scientific Experience within Implant Dentistry

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San Diego, May 2017—In 2017, Dentsply Sirona Implants welcomed dental professionals from all over the world to the World Summit Tour, the scientific congress on implant dentistry.

 

The combination of renowned international and regional speakers and a highly multifaceted program arrived in San Diego, the second stop of the four-city tour, following Tokyo, welcoming over 1,000 delegates and 45 speakers and moderators.

 

“It was an honor to welcome everyone to San Diego for this meeting filled with inspiration, science and learning,” says John Voskuil, VP and General Manager, Dentsply Sirona Implants, North America. “As a company committed to better, safer, faster dental care, this meeting created a tremendous opportunity and environment to truly engage with the dental professionals that we serve. This event featured world-class education and showcased the very latest technology and developments designed to serve the needs of clinicians and laboratory technicians, and advance the field of implant dentistry.”

 

The theme of the World Summit Tour—Because inspiration and confidence matters—mirrors Dentsply Sirona Implants’ dedication to improved oral health and enhanced quality of life for implant patients worldwide. Each tour stop is designed to inspire clinicians and researchers to share scientific knowledge and clinical experience and discover the latest developments in implant dentistry. By combining general sessions, hands-on workshops, and a choice of various parallel sessions, the program promises to deliver inspiration and education for all members of the treatment team.

 

The World Summit Tour also included a Poster Competition in the two categories of Clinical Application and Research. Winners were selected by the Scientific Committee members, consisting of Tara Aghaloo, UCLA School of Dentistry; Lyndon Cooper, University of Illinois at Chicago;Barry Goldenberg, private practice St. Louis County; Craig Misch, private practice Sarasota, FL; Georgios Romanos, Stony Brook University, NY, and University of Frankfurt, Germany; and Homa H. Zadeh, University of Southern California.

 

For more information about the World Summit Tour, registration dates, the venues and the development of the scientific program, please visit worldsummittour.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Memorial Hermann Health System Agrees to $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement

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This is one to learn from.  It seems that Memorial Hermann had a person come into one of their clinics with a false ID card.  The staff alerted the police, which was legal, but then MH released the patient’s name in a press release.  This caused the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to become involved and hence the HIPAA violation.
 
The government’s HHS website has the complete story and I feel it is definitely worth a read to anyone who is in healthcare.  
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ADA and MD Anderson Cancer Center Join Forces For Cancer Prevention

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The fight against oral cancer continues.  When considering that one person per hour dies of this disease I often wonder why it doesn’t get the coverage it deserves considering the way the 24 hour news cycle works.  Now comes more great info on the fight from the ADA and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
 
 
 
The American Dental Association (ADA) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today announced a joint effort to improve patient outcomes through programs aimed at dental and medical professionals and the public to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations and tobacco cessation for oral cancer prevention.
 
“ADA member dentists promise to put patients first, and as a profession we look for innovative ways to treat and prevent disease, and promote wellness,” said ADA President Gary Roberts, D.D.S. “Together with MD Anderson, one of the most respected cancer centers in the world, we are excited to pioneer new programs to help our patients live healthy and disease-free lives.”
 
Both organizations agree that increasing the percentage of children and young adults vaccinated for HPV is critical to improving their health and reducing risk of several related cancers, including those of the oropharynx (the part of the throat just behind the mouth which includes the back third of the tongue; the back part of the roof of the mouth, also known as the soft palate; the tonsils, and the side and back wall of the throat). In addition, programs aimed at preventing children and young adults from starting to smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit are another key component of the collaboration. 

 “MD Anderson is pleased to partner with the ADA to develop innovative educational programs that will increase awareness about the prevention and early detection of oral cancers,” said Marshall E. Hicks, M.D., president ad interim, MD Anderson. “Tobacco use and HPV infection remain the leading causes of oral cancers. Through this collaboration, we have a significant opportunity to inform care providers and the public about the associated risks, and we can make a difference in the fight to end cancer.” 
 
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 50,000 cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx will be diagnosed this year in the U.S., and rates in men are more than twice as high as in women. These cancers are often not diagnosed until late stages, when treatment is less effective.
 
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of cancers in the U.S., responsible for roughly one-third of all cases. HPV infections are responsible for approximately 70 percent of all oropharyngeal cancers, about 9,000 annually, as well as the majority of cervical, anal and genital cancers. HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are four times more common in men than women, and the incidence rate of these cancers has risen significantly in recent years.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New FTC Website Helps Small Businesses Avoid Scams and Cyber Attacks

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Here is good news for small business owners.  One of the problems we face is dealing with cyber security.  Without the revenue to have full time professionals helping guard our networks, we are often left exposed.  Now comes word from the FTC that help is available.  Read on for the details…

 

At the direction of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website – ftc.gov/SmallBusiness – with articles, videos, and other information aimed at helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and other threats.

“Small businesses are critical to our economic strength, building America's future, and helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace,” Acting Chairman Ohlhausen said. “This innovative new website is a one-stop shop where small businesses can find information to protect themselves from scammers and hackers, as well as resources they can use if they are hit with a cyberattack.”

According to the U.S.Small Business Administration (SBA), there are more than 28 million small businesses nationwide, employing nearly 57 million people. Scammers frequently target small businesses with deceptive tactics designed to get them to pay for supplies they didn’t order, donate to fake charities or trick them into giving access to their network or downloading malware that can corrupt their business’s computers.

Cyberattacks can be particularly devastating to small businesses, and many of them lack the resources that larger companies have to devote to cybersecurity. Symantec Corp.’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report(link is external) indicates the percentage of spear-phishing attacks targeting small business rose dramatically from 18 percent to 43 percent between 2011 and 2015.

The FTC’s new web page offers specific information to help small businesses protect their networks and their customer data. This includes a new Small Business Computer Security Basics guide, which shares computer security basics to help companies protect their files and devices, train employees to think twice before sharing the business’s account information, and keep their wireless network protected, as well as how to respond to a data breach. It also has information on other cyber threats such as ransomware and phishing schemes targeting small businesses. The FTC is continuing to work with the SBA on additional ways to help small businesses.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook(link is external), follow us on Twitter(link is external), read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Supporting the full implant treatment process - from planning to final restoration with solutions from Dentsply Sirona Implants

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The implant treatment process contains many steps—from imaging and diagnosis, treatment planning and implant surgery to abutment selection, restorative solutions and patient follow-up. Dentsply Sirona Implants presents several new solutions to their already extensive portfolio to delegates at their second World Summit Tour stop in San Diego.

“Whether thought leader, researcher, educator, Specialist, GP, or laboratory technician—while there are obvious unique differences and needs to be recognized, there is also a resounding commonality in the ease, precision, quality, speed and peace of mind that most dental professionals look for—ultimately for the benefit of the patients they serve,” says John Voskuil, VP and General Manager, Dentsply Sirona Implants, NA. “This is why we are committed to putting our customers first and to providing comprehensive end-to-end solutions that drive better, safer and faster dental care. It is exciting to be a part of an organization that can deliver on that promise and to be able to make a positive impact on the quality of life of others.”

 

Implant solutions

 

SmartFix® concept

SmartFix is a treatment concept that can provide edentulous patients with an immediate fixed, full-arch prosthesis, supported by a minimum four implants. The SmartFix concept includes an angulated abutment that comes together with a short and flexible abutment holder for easier handling. The option of angulating the screw access channel through the prosthesis opens up for ideal esthetics and function. 

This concept is an easy and cost-effective treatment that offers improved treatment satisfaction for the patient and practice growth for the dental professional. 

“The SmartFix concept has streamlined the treatment of my edentulous patients desiring a fixed prosthesis,” says Dr. Gary Jones, Board Certified Oral Surgeon in Fayetteville, NC. “The integrity of the balance base abutment-implant connection and its versatility with positioning, provide for a more efficient surgical procedure. My patients are overwhelmed with this life-changing, predictable treatment.” 

SmartFix concept is now available for the Astra Tech Implant System EV product line in the US. Unique features include a holder made of Peek plastic for easier handling, especially in the posterior, and compatibility with the OsseoSpeed Profile EV, which when placed at an angle in the posterior, can further eliminate the need for bone reaming procedures. Multibase EV abutments are compatible with Nobel Biocare Multi-unit prosthetic cylinders and bridge screws. SmartFix concept is already available for Xive and Ankylos implant systems.

OsseoSpeed® Profile implants (Astra Tech Implant System)

Almost 40% of all implant sites present with a sloped alveolar ridge after healing.* The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant (Astra Tech Implant System) is a uniquely shaped, patented implant specifically designed for just this clinical situation. It is designed to follow the natural shape of the bone, supporting the soft tissue by preserving marginal bone 360 degrees around the implant. In addition, it can help to eliminate the need for bone augmentation procedures. In fact, a reported 58% of all sloped implant sites have a reduced need for augmentation when using the OsseoSpeed Profile implant.

Dr. David Barack, a Periodontist from Skokie, IL states, “Since 1987, I have experienced the joys and frustrations of evolving implant technologies. The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant has been one of the most impactful developments in my practice. I now place implants with optimal bone utilization, prevention of marginal bone loss, and position to neighboring teeth.”

Newly published results** on OsseoSpeed Profile implants show bone preservation, increased soft tissue volume and regain of keratinized mucosa in patients with compromised soft tissue conditions.

PD Dr. Robert Nölken, co-author of the study, explains “We have seen a great deal of improvement on the peri-implant soft tissue in our research follow-up. This allows us to achieve a good esthetic outcome for patients with thin biotypes.”

This prospective, 2-year follow-up, multicenter study—investigates OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant survival rate, soft and hard tissue maintenance following placement in healed sites of the posterior mandible. Twenty-four centers, 184 patients and 238 implants are included in the study.

 

Digital implant solutions

 

Atlantis® CustomBase solution

The Atlantis CustomBase solution combines an Atlantis Abutment and an Atlantis Crown with a screw access hole. The crown is cemented to the abutment extra orally and then all is screw-retained into the implant, avoiding potential complications caused by excess cement. The crown can be designed in the customer’s own software by ordering a unique digital file, with the screw hole indicated. 

“Atlantis CustomBase gives our laboratory the ability to fabricate a screw-retained restoration with a custom designed titanium sub-structure,” states Conrad Rensberg, Owner and Head of Dental Implants, Absolute Dental Services, North Carolina. “Incorporating Atlantis CustomBase has greatly reduced post-delivery de-bonding and fracturing between the restoration and interface. The Atlantis CustomBase in gold-shaded titanium allows for brilliant color reproduction in our high translucent materials,”

Since the Virtual Atlantis Design (VAD) software takes the edentulous space with surrounding teeth and soft tissue anatomy into consideration, the Atlantis CustomBase solution is a premium, single-tooth, screw-retained solution providing patient-specific design of core height and optimized retention and design. This provides a result that replicates natural tooth function and esthetics. Moreover, the Atlantis CustomBase solution provides customized emergence profile for enhanced soft-tissue management and placement of material junction considering biological principles.

Prosthodontist, Dr. Mark Montana, Tempe, AZ, shares his clinical perspective. “Atlantis CustomBase provides customized emergence profile and optimal design of the axial walls, resulting in a restoration that is specific to a patient’s tissue and with a reliable cement interface, when compared to stock Ti-base alternatives.”

The Atlantis CustomBase solution is available for all major implant systems and is fully FDA compliant.

 

Atlantis® connectivity with CEREC® Omnicam

The upcoming integrated connectivity between Atlantis WebOrder and Sirona Connect SW will make the ordering of all Atlantis abutments solutions easily accessible for the CEREC Omnicam users. The digital impression is taken with either a ScanPost or an Atlantis IO FLO.

 

mySimplant® Planning Service

With mySimplant Planning Service, computer guided implant treatment is now even easier and more affordable. mySimplant enables clinicians to treat more patients with enhanced safety, and predictability. The user-friendly interface eliminates the need to acquire costly planning software or to spend valuable hours learning how master it. Through a secure online portal, an implant treatment planning proposal is prepared according to the unique specifications set by the clinician for their patient.

This new outsourcing service from Dentsply Sirona Implants gives clinicians the possibility to rely on an experienced partner to build and grow their business while still staying in control of the treatment planning, and most importantly, without compromising the treatment outcome.

For more information, visit www.mySimplant.com

Dentsply Sirona Implants customer survey Austria, Germany, North America, Switzerland; data on file.

** Reference: Schiegnitz E, Noelken R, Moergel M, Berres M, Wagner W. Survival and tissue maintenance of an implant with a sloped configurated shoulder in the posterior mandible-a prospective multicenter study. Clin Oral Implants Res 2016;E-pub May 13, doi:10.1111/clr.12869.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dental Hygiene KOL Patti DiGangi, RDH Publishes the ROMA* Manual on Dentistry

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Part of the DentalCodeology Series, the New Book is a Light Hearted, 

Yet Deadly Serious Look at the Dental Profession

 

Addison, IL – May 09, 2017 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, took a totally different approach when writing the latest book in her DentalCodeology Series. 

 

She and co-author Dr. Benson Baty took a humorous approach in examining some of the observations, insights and urban legends associated with patient communications, dental team interactions and clinical practice. 

 

“You can’t make this stuff up,” says DiGangi. “I think everyone who has worked a few years in a dental office has a ROMA book in them!” If you think ROMA stands for Results Oriented Management and Accountability, think again. Those with a military background may recognize that ROMA is an acronym for “Right Outta My A_ _.”   

 

According to Dr. Baty, “Although we don’t want to be politically correct, we don’t want to offend either. If you are offended after learning what ROMA means, this may not be the book for you.”

The authors say the purpose of this book is to take a light-hearted view of dentistry while also challenging assumptions, questioning traditions and looking at the evidence with some ethical lessons thrown in for good measure.

 

For example, here’s a preview of some of the chapter topics:

 

  • Patients Say the Darndest Things
  • Professionals say the Darndest Things
  • Dental Education’s Darndest Things
  • Dentistry’s Darndest F-Words 

 

The ROMA Manual of Dentistry is not intended to be a one-hit wonder. In fact, the authors believe there is a bottomless well of material to draw from. “Everyone working in dentistry has their own observations, insights and opinions,” explains DiGangi. We are planning to use a crowd-sourcing approach to gather some of the material for our next installment. Dental professionals will be provided opportunities to contribute on DentalCodeology.com and on our social media platforms.”

 

You can order your copy of The ROMA Manual: A Light Hearted, Yet Deadly Serious Look at Our Profession by clicking http://bit.ly/2pJgiC2.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

KaVoTM Launches SMARTmaticTM Series

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SMARTmatic Low-speed handpiece series combines quality, smart features and optimal ease of use for more successful clinical outcomes.

KaVo is pleased to announce the launch of the SMARTmatic Series, available now and making its debut at the California Dental Association CDA Presents in Anaheim and the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) in Toronto, May 4-6, 2017.

The new SMARTmatic series unites KaVo‘s trusted quality with smart features for optimal ease of use and successful clinical outcomes. As a successor to the established INTRAmaticTM E / ES series, the SMARTmatic series fits alongside the Master and Expert series to offer dentists a new, attractive entry into the world of KaVo.

The SMARTmatic series boasts a number of features to optimize performance, including:

  • Small head size for better view

  • Ceramic sliders within the chuck system for securing the bur

  • Stainless steel construction for long durability

  • High-precision ball bearings for a high degree of efficiency

  • Light-weight for tireless working

  • Optimum balance for precise treatment

    Designed with flexibility in mind, the SMARTmatic series is perfect for anyone wishing to combine the highest standards in reliability, a broad spectrum of treatment options including endodontics, restorative and prophylaxis treatment indications. SMARTmatic straight and contra-angle handpieces are available for any dental system, air or electric.

    A smart choice for any practice, call 888-ASK-KaVo or visit www.KaVo.com for more information on the SMARTmatic. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Brasseler USA® Expands the ImplantPro® Family with New Titanium Scalers and Curettes Brasseler USA® Expands the ImplantPro® Family with New Titanium Scalers and Curettes

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ImplantPro® Titanium Scalers and Curettes Provide 

an Ideal Balance of Safety and Efficiency 

 

SAVANNAH, GA (May 4, 2017) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to announce an expansion of its popular ImplantPro® family of products with new ImplantPro® Titanium Scalers and Curettes. The thin, durable tips and ergonomic design of ImplantPro Titanium Scalers and Curettes safely yet effectively remove calculus and biofilm around implants, both supra- and sub- gingivally as well as interproximally, ensuring gentle debridement.   

 

ImplantPro Titanium Scalers and Curettes and are made from 6Al-4V titanium, comparable to most implant abutments, and are never heat-treated. This allows ImplantPro Scalers and Curettes to maintain the low Rockwell C hardness of 25-31 HRC. Moreover, ImplantPro Scalers and Curettes feature Brasseler USA’s unique blade finishing with long-lasting, polished edges which are less aggressive than traditional scalers and curettes to further ensure the safest instrumentation possible around implants.  Because of this special finishing, hand sharpening is not recommended.

 

“Brasseler designed the new ImplantPro Titanium Scalers and Curettes specifically to answer dental hygienists’ requests for thinner implant maintenance instruments,” remarked Brenda Sharp McCarson, RDH, BS, Brasseler USA’s National Manager of Hygiene. “They are strong enough to dislodge calculus and even residual cement, yet are flexible and soft.”

 

The ImplantPro Titanium 204S Scaler features thinner, shorter blades with less curvature than a traditional 204S, while the four ImplantPro Titanium Curettes feature elongated terminal shanks and thin, short blades to reduce tissue distension and ease subgingival insertion.  

 

All feature Brasseler USA’s distinctive, lightweight PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) handles for outstanding ergonomics.  The light, ideally-balanced handles of each ImplantPro Scaler and Curette are specifically structured to minimize hand fatigue and provide the best performance possible.

 

For more information about ImplantPro Titanium Scalers and Curettes as well as all of Brasseler USA’s product and service solutions for dental, hygiene, and laboratory professionals, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Wireless health services provider settles $2.5 million HIPAA breach

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As regular readers know, I’m pretty dedicated to security & HIPAA compliance.  Simply for the fact it’s the right thing to do *and* it keeps fines away from the office.
 
Well, there’s been a settlement lately that I wanted to bring to your attention.  
 
It seems that CardioNet has settled a case with the federal government for 2.5 million dollars.  The fine is due to an employee losing a company laptop.  The missing laptop contained over unsecured Protected Health Information on 1391 patients.  The laptop was taken from the car of an employee while the car was parked in the employee’s driveway.  The fine breaks down to $1797 per patient record.
 
This is another example of treating patient data like gold when it is outside the office, because basically it is.  DO NOT leave data unattended.  It’s just that simple.  You’ve been warned.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Storwize USB Initialization Tool may contain malicious code

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It seems that some people that purchased an IBM Storwize disk rack lately received a little something extra with the purchase.  The device comes with a USB stick contained the initialization tool on it.  However, some unlucky people also got malware loaded on it as well.  This means that putting the USB drive into a port would infect whatever was attached to it.  A nice little present that you wouldn’t really be expecting from a piece of equipment you just took out of the box.
 
IBM put the information on a support page, but unfortunately, the page doesn’t have any information on how the malware got on there or an apology for the mess it creates.  It’s more technical info on what to do.
 
Would you like to see it?  Here is the link.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Interesting Facts About Online Reviews

It doesn’t matter what your business is these days, online reviews are critical to your success.  Your customers have never access like never before to tell others the good, the bad, and the ugly about your business.  Because of that, it behooves any business to listen to your customer base and to see what kind of reviews you are getting online.

 

The following infographic was put together by the good folks at website builder.org and they were kind enough to let me use it here.  There is some incredible info provided here and I highly suggest you read it.

 

If you have any interest in the info they provide, feel free to contact them at their website.  

 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Could Rodent Teeth be the Answer to Stem Cell Regeneration?

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For the past several years, researchers have been trying to figure out exactly what causes stem cells to kick in and function in a regeneration situation.
 
All rodents (including “Leo the Bunny” shown above), continue to grow their incisors through their life.  In fact, if they do not wear their teeth down by chewing & gnawing the incisors can grow terrifyingly long & cause all kinds of problems.
 
To that end, researchers at the University of California San Francisco have been studying the teeth of mice (another rodent) to see what the factors are & could those factors help to grow new organs and teeth someday.
 
 
Here is a brief excerpt:
 
"As we grow older our teeth start to wear out, and in nature, once you don't have your teeth anymore, you die. As a result, mice and many other animals - from elephants to some primates - can grow their teeth continuously," said UC San Francisco's Ophir Klein, MD, PhD, a professor of orofacial sciences in UCSF's School of Dentistry and of pediatrics in the School of Medicine. "Our lab's objective is to learn the rules that let mouse incisors grow continuously to help us one day grow teeth in the lab, but also to help us identify general principles that could enable us to understand the processes of tissue renewal much more broadly."

Monday, May 1, 2017

10 Ways to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

We live in a world where security is something we need to pay attention to continuously.  Whether you know it or not, bad guys are out there and they are frequently sniffing the signals of open WiFi to try and steal your valuable data.  To that end, the good folks at TheBestVPN have put together this list of ways to stay safe.  When you are done reading, head over to their website and check them out.  
 
Here are some comments from the company and the list.
 

Public Wi-Fi: How to Stay Secure 

 

 

The more we are heading towards convenience and simplicity, the greater we are exposed to data breaches and personal information. All we need is to fall within the wifi range and we can enable it, connecting to the internet. 

 

What used to be done on personal computers in the past can conveniently be done on mobiles and tablets these days. To save on time and cost, public wifi is extensively available at public places in most of the countries. 

 

Simplified access of wifi over wired networks has moved people away from firewalls and network security softwares. Individuals and small businesses leaving networks unsecured without sufficient encryption, has further aggravated the situation. 

 

In addition, data breach has also taken a new direction, with novel ways being implemented every alternate day to exploit user information. 

 

While it is difficult to out-perform astute programmers with their hacking skills, we can certainly adhere to safer practices while hooking to a public wifi. Take a look at this infographic -

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sugar- and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and the Risks of Incident Stroke and Dementia

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For years, Americans have been slugging down diet sodas at an un-Godly rate.  Usually this is done under the pretense that “diet soda is better for you than the type with all of the sugar”.  When it comes to your teeth, this may very well be true, but I’ve often wondered what all of the chemicals in diet soft drinks are doing to the rest of you.  Case in point, I’ve taken a lot of grief over the years about my choice to drink regular Coca-cola (when it drink a soft drink) instead of Diet.  My reply has always been “I’d rather dance with the devil I know than the one I don’t.”
 
Now comes info that my gut feelings may have been right.  I’m not claiming that any kind of soft drink is good for you.  It’s just that I’ve always had the nagging feeling that diet might just be MORE bad for you.  So, take a look at a quick excerpt from a study in the April 2017 Journal of the American Heart Association.  After reading it, if you’d like to read the full scientific paper, here is the link.
 
Sugar- and artificially-sweetened beverage intake have been linked to cardiometabolic risk factors, which increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease and dementia. We examined whether sugar- or artificially sweetened beverage consumption was associated with the prospective risks of incident stroke or dementia in the community-based Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NuSmile NeoMTA® Launches in Canada

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HOUSTON, TEXAS, April 6, 2017—NuSmile Ltd., the worldwide leader in pediatric esthetic restorative dentistry, announced today that its NuSmile NeoMTA is now available in Canada.

NuSmile NeoMTA is the first and only affordable MTA specifically optimized for pediatric dentistry. The ideal treatment for pulpotomies, direct and indirect pulp capping, and apexification, it is quickly wash- out resistant, non-staining and has excellent handling properties. NuSmile NeoMTA is also bioactive and non-toxic, delivering peace of mind that formocresol may not provide.

Cost-effective for pediatric dentistry

Historically, many dentists who would have preferred to use bioactive, non-toxic MTA rather than formocresol for pediatric pulp therapy found MTA to be cost-prohibitive. This is no longer an issue, as NuSmile NeoMTA’s cost per gram is dramatically less than that of all other leading MTAs. Moreover, its unique dessicant-lined bulk packaging system allows dentists to use only what is needed for each pulp therapy, virtually eliminating waste.

Truly bioactive

Unlike formocresol and resin/MTA blends, NuSmile NeoMTA is bioactive, hydrophilic, non-toxic and 100 percent biocompatible. MTA has been widely studied and is proven to trigger the formation of hydroxyapatite leading to dentinal bridging. NuSmile NeoMTA contains no resins, and thus delivers unmatched performance for pediatric dental procedures.

Unsurpassed handling

NuSmile NeoMTA’s combination of ultrafine powder and proprietary gel delivers exceptional mixing, handling and placement. The powder and gel can be mixed to form a putty-like consistency that is very easy to work with and stays in place.

Superior to other MTAs

NuSmile NeoMTA is superior to other MTAs in ways that transcend cost. It is quickly washout resistant and sets much faster than other MTAs. It is also more radiopaque than many MTAs, readily visible in radiographs. NuSmile NeoMTA’s non-staining formula is especially useful for pulp therapy treatment prior to restoration with either zirconia crowns or composites.

NuSmile NeoMTA received the coveted “Best Product” designation based on an extensive evaluation conducted by Dental Product Shopper magazine. It was also named one of the “Top 100 Products” in the entire dental industry by Dentistry Today magazine.

“We’re very proud to be the first manufacturer to make it affordable for dentists to experience the peace of mind that our non-staining MTA can deliver for pediatric dentistry,” said Mark Binford, NuSmile’s Senior Vice President for New Product Development. “We’re equally proud that in addition to being much less expensive than other MTAs, NuSmile NeoMTA provides better handling and faster setting properties than other MTAs, making it perfect for pediatric dentistry.”

As with other NuSmile products, NuSmile NeoMTA is sold direct to dental practices. It is available in a 7.0 gram Professional Kit that is typically enough for 70 or more treatments, and a 2.5 gram Starter Kit that is typically enough for 25 or more treatments.

For more information on NuSmile NeoMTA or other NuSmile products, please call (800) 346-5133 or visit www.nusmile.com. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Imagine Dragons to Perform at 2017 Ultimate Dental Meeting at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 20, 2017) – Dentsply Sirona World 2017 is approaching and Dentsply Sirona, The Dental Solutions Company™, is eager to welcome Imagine Dragons, one of the most popular and talented bands of this generation, to perform for attendees at the Ultimate Dental Meeting.  


The performance, scheduled on Friday evening, Sept. 15, is a private concert and is exclusive to Dentsply Sirona World attendees. 

“Imagine Dragons is an extraordinary group of gifted musicians and this exclusive concert offers attendees a chance to let loose after absorbing hours of comprehensive education,” said Vice President of Marketing Ingo Zimmer. “Our organization takes pride in offering not only top-notch education for our attendees, but also offering A-list entertainment and a memorable experience for years to come.”


Formed in 2009 and featuring lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman, Imagine Dragons earned a grassroots following by independently releasing a series of EPs. After Alex Da Kid signed them to his KIDinaKORNER/Interscope label, the band made its major-label debut with the release of “Continued Silence,” a 2012 EP featuring the two-time platinum breakthrough single “It’s Time.” “Night Visions” arrived later that year and Imagine Dragons found themselves on a skyward trajectory that saw the album debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, sell nearly four million copies worldwide and became the No. 1 album on Spotify Worldwide for 2013. 


“Night Visions”’ second single, the nine-time platinum “Radioactive,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rock chart and earned the band a 2014 Grammy for Best Rock Performance. The third single “Demons” hit No. 1 at Alternative and Top 40 radio, and has sold 3.9 million copies in the U.S.  Their latest platinum selling release “Smoke + Mirrors” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.  The first single “Believer,” from their forthcoming 2017 release, is currently number one on the alternative radio chart and No.1 on Billboard's Rock Chart.


The second annual Ultimate Dental Meeting will continue the tradition of educational excellence paired with enamoring entertainment. This year’s three-day event, hosted at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas from Sept. 14-16, will again offer 11 educational tracks, exciting general sessions, enlightening breakout sessions, lively social activities and more spectacular celebrity entertainment.


Early Bird pricing is available through May 31, 2017, so register now before this special pricing ends and experience an educational festival like no other! Visit www.dentsplysironaworld.com to register or contact our help desk by phone at 844.462.7476 or by email at events@dentsplysironaworld.com.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Important System Upgrade Notification from Curve Dental

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Most Curve Dental users have recently received an email regarding an upcoming system upgrade provided by Curve.  I’m providing today’s post as a service to anyone who is a Curve user and somehow missed the email that the company sent out last week.  This is a very important announcement for Curve users  and I want to make sure that all of you receive it.  Here is the mail, copied and pasted in its complete form to make sure you get all the pertinent information.  If you happen to have a friend using Curve Dental, feel free to pass this post along to them.  Here is the complete announcement:
 
 
Hi! As a VIP Curve Dental customer we're alerting you to an upgrade you'll need to attend to beginning Monday, April 24, 2017. 
 
You may unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive our emails.
 
  
 
First things first: Many thanks for choosing Curve Dental to help you manage your practice. It is a privilege to work with you; we will always strive to be a business partner that puts your practice first.

Beginning Monday, April 24th, Curve Hero will upgrade a small program called Curve Capture, a utility that helps you capture x-rays and other digital images. Normally, you don't need to concern yourself with upgrades; however, in this case you will need to give Curve Capture permission to upgrade.

Why?

Because a security issue is involved. Curve Capture's security certificate needs to be updated and your computer will not let that happen without your specific permission.

Simply click the Yes button to start the installation process. You can work as normal while the update progresses.
You and our other customers will not be upgrading at the same time, which will help control traffic. You may be prompted to upgrade on Monday or you may be prompted to update later in the week.

Here's how it works: A Security Warning dialog box will open inside Google Chrome asking you if its okay if Curve Capture installs a security certificate. Just click the 'Yes' button and you're done. 

The installation will work in the background and should be completed in less than five minutes. You can continue to work as normal during the installation process. The only action required on your part is to click 'Yes'.
 
Of course, if you have questions or concerns please call us or send us a message. You can reach our customer service team at 888-910-4376 option 3 or you can send a quick email to support@curvedental.com

Thanks again for the opportunity to be associated with your practice.

Sincerely,
 
Kristen Smith
Director of Customer Services

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

NuSmile Introduces LED Curing Light to Canada

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As many of you know, I’m pretty passionate about curing and the science that drives it.  This is a new product for the people at NuSmile.  This light has a wavelength output of 440-465nm which is what is needed to set most composites on the market today that contain CPQ as the photoinitiator.  I don’t have any clinical experience with the device, but I like its low profile design.

 

Low-heat, light-weight, ergonomic light is ideal for use with pediatric patients

HOUSTON, TEXAS, April 6, 2017—NuSmile Ltd., the worldwide leader in pediatric esthetic restorative dentistry, announced today that its LED Curing Light is now available in Canada. Made with light-weight durable cast aluminum housing, the NuSmile LED Curing Light delivers excellent performance and convenience at an affordable price. Its optimal wavelength of 440-465 nm effectively light cures all of the most common dental cements, composites, sealants and varnishes used in pediatric dentistry.

The light provides two high-output settings (1,300 and1,800 mW/cm2), while generating much less heat than other lights. Its ergonomic low-profile design houses the LED source at the end of the tip to make the light easy to use and comfortable for the practitioner and the pediatric patient, even when working with harder to reach second molars. This innovative tip design also prevents breakage.

Equipped with a choice of either a 110 volt or 240 volt UL rated power supply, the LED Curing Light is designed to fit with the practice’s standard dental unit bracket or mounted using the bracket supplied in the kit. It also comes with a convenient countdown timer, a long-lasting lithium-ion battery, and a charging base.

“Our goal was to give our customers the ultimate curing light for pediatric dentistry,” said Diane Johnson Krueger, NuSmile founder and CEO. “With our LED Curing Light’s unsurpassed combination of design, performance and pricing, it is gratifying to say that we’ve truly achieved that goal.” As with other NuSmile products, the NuSmile LED Curing Light is sold direct to dental practices. For more information on the LED Curing Light or other NuSmile products, call +1-800-346-5133 or visit www.nusmile.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics Advances the Treatment of Minor Anterior Tooth Misalignments

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Dentsply Sirona’s CEREC Club provides its members in more than 70 countries with a comprehensive range of services. Dentsply Sirona is presenting the new CEREC Club with its attractive offerings at the IDS 2017, making membership even more appealing.

Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics announces the expansion of treatment indications for the MTM® (Minor Tooth Movement) Clear•Aligner. The clear aligner combines proven orthodontic techniques with advanced digital modeling to provide dental professionals with a streamlined solution for treating minor anterior misalignments.

MTM® Clear•Aligner is uniquely engineered to deliver the space and force needed to accomplish tooth movement. The technology utilizes a proprietary “open pathway” architecture that allows teeth to move easily into the desired positions. Unlike other clear aligners, MTM®Clear•Aligner does not require clinicians to bond unsightly attachments to teeth, to accomplish movement. No attachments saves practice chair time and provides for a more esthetically pleasing treatment solution for the patient.  To facilitate tooth movement MTM® Clear•Aligner uses integrated “force points”, programmed into the aligner, to provide a greater range of tooth movements, while making aligner placement and removal easy for the patient.

MTM® Clear•Aligner targets the movement and positioning of the six most visible teeth, on both the upper and lower arches.  These teeth are known as the social six. The aligner movements address tooth; spacing, tipping, torqueing, intrusionextrusion, and rotation. Ideal candidates are those who are experiencing adult tooth crowding, orthodontic relapse, or those who seek cosmetic enhancements. Of the thousands of cases completed since the products’ launch, many dental professional note that most of their patients sought simply to improve their smile.

Brad Clatt, Group Vice President of Orthodontics states, “[Native Advertisement]Whether a dental professional currently prescribes clear aligners, or has been waiting for an aligner system that better fits the needs of their patients, MTM Clear•Aligner is a simple solution to address one of the most common misalignments seen in adult patients today. Dentsply Sirona prides itself on keeping patient care, where it belongs, in the hands of the clinician, and offers each clinician a customized approach to treating their patients. MTM Clear•Aligner is a highly affordable solution for both doctor and patient, with the ability to move the social six to the desired position, creating the patient’s Ideal Smile.”

To help offices get started with MTM Clear•Aligner, Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics offers an attractively-priced Welcome Kit that includes discounted patient cases, a web based training course, practice marketing and office integration resources. To learn more about the MTM Clear•Aligner visit the Dentsply Sirona booth #2414, during the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Annual Session.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ADA 2017 to Offer Oral Cancer Courses

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Regular readers of the blog know how passionate I am about the fight against oral cancer.  It is one of the only cancers whose incidence continues to increase year by year.  The best way to fight it is inoculation against HPV-16 and to receive regular screenings by a dental professional.  This is definitely a terrible & debilitating disease that the profession can do more to fight.
 
That’s why I was so happy to find out that at the ADA Meeting in Atlanta this fall (2017) there will be Oral Cancer Courses offered.  Here is what the ADA had to say:
 
 

Noting “the five-year relative survival rate for those with localized oral cancer and oropharynx cancer at Stage I-II diagnosis is 83 percent, compared with only 38 percent in patients diagnosed at Stage IV,” the ADA News (4/11, Burger) reports that nine oral cancer-related continuing education courses will be available at ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting in Atlanta. “It’s an epidemic,” said North Carolina-based dentist Dr. Jonathan A. Bregman, who will be teaching two courses on oral cancer detection at ADA 2017. Dr. Bregman said that in recent years there has been a “steep increase” in diagnoses of oral cancer, especially due to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). “It’s all about detection and screening,” said Dr. Bregman.

        Registration for ADA 2017 opens May 10. Learn more about the annual meeting at ADA.org/meeting.

 

 
 
 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mylan EpiPen Recall Does *not* Impact HealthFirst Customers

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Like many offices we have been using HeathFirst to supply our emergency kit for several years.  The really nice thing about this company is that they monitor the expiration dates of your emergency medicines and send replacements before they expire.  They also offer a disposal system for the old medications.  It’s a great system for offices that do not choose or have better things to do than monitoring their med supplies.
 
One of the critical components of an office emergency kit is epinephrine self injectors.  As most of you probably know by now, Mylan has had a recall of many of their “Epipen” self injectors.
 
I received the following info on April 11 from HealthFirst letting me know they DO NOT use Mylan self injectors.
 
 
Dear JOHN C. FLUCKE, DDS,

On March 31, Mylan Specialty L.P., in consultation with the U.S. FDA, announced a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors.  

HealthFirst supplies the Impax brand generic epinephrine auto-injectors, which are not part of the Mylan recall.  We switched to the Impax brand auto-injector after we determined Impax offers our customers a more cost effective, clinically appropriate solution for use in emergency medical kits. 

As a valued HealthFirst customer who has purchased an Impax epinephrine auto-injector from us, please be assured the FDA recall does not impact you.

You do not need to do anything, unless you also have a Mylan EpiPen in your office.
If so, please see the information provided below.

Patient and Practice Safety is Always First

HealthFirst cares about the safety of your patients and your practice. We’re always ready to help when you have questions about our products and services. Please feel free to call us at 800-331-1984. 
 
Thank you,

Dr. Don Cohen
Chief Clinical Officer
HealthFirst

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Announces Retirement for Breakthrough Digital Sensor

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For those of you who are using the Schick CDR sensor, this is really important info.  Read on for all the details…


Schick CDR sensors set the standard for digital X-ray technology in 1998. Today we announce it’s time to sunset the CDR sensor and help our Schick family upgrade their technology.

Charlotte, March 31, 2017. From its launch in 1998, the Schick CDR sensor range served to set the standard for digital X-ray technology in the dental industry. Building on Schick’s existing multiple film-like sizes of sensors first introduced in 1994, the CDR range introduced revolutionary technologies, which we now take for granted as industry standards.

With the introduction of the CDR sensor came the now industry standard CMOS-APS technology and USB connectivity. CDR also helped launch unique solutions in CDR Wireless, the industry’s only truly wireless sensor solution, and CDR Pluswire, the first in the line of sensors with in-office replaceable cable technology, a feature still unique to Dentsply Sirona. It also inspired our unique adhesive parallel positioning system.

While we look back on the developments coming out of this product, we will use 2018 to mark the sensor’s 20th birthday. It will also mark the retirement of CDR. Superseded in recent years by Schick Elite and Schick 33, reduced demand for Schick CDR and escalating production costs means it is time to say goodbye.

From March 31, 2018, Schick CDR sensors will no longer be serviced or supported by Dentsply Sirona or Patterson Dental and no further software releases will be made to support the sensors.

To ensure these changes have minimal impact on our clinicians’ practices, a trade-up program is available to help upgrade practices to Schick 33. Offices should contact their local Patterson branch or Dentsply Sirona representative for more information.

Additionally, throughout the next 12 months, Dentsply Sirona will celebrate the technology and people that made such a difference to the field of intraoral imaging, as well as those dental professionals who benefited so much from its use. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Prosthetics Introduces the First High Impact Pourable Acrylic Denture Base

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This is a pretty cool idea.  The ability to actually *pour* a denture base is one that is not on interesting, but should be a pretty good time saver as well… at least until we start printing dentures. 


York, Pennsylvania, April 4, 2017 – Dentsply Sirona, The Dental Solutions Company, announced the introduction of Lucitone® HIPA (High Impact Pour Acrylic).

 

Lucitone® HIPA is a high impact pourable acrylic denture base. It is the first pourable acrylic denture base on the market to exceed both of the required ISO standards for improved impact resistance. Lucitone HIPA was introduced in the United States in January and launched globally at the IDS Meeting in Cologne. 

Catherine Bonser, Dentsply Sirona Director of Prosthetics Global Removable Products, commented “Lucitone HIPA truly provides solutions to dental labs. Labs who use the traditional heat cured technique can now work faster, while still providing a high impact denture. Increased durability reduces the potential for fractures in the dental lab resulting in time and cost savings due to less remakes. And, increased durability reduces the risk of breakage from the patient during normal use.”  

Lucitone HIPA is a self-curing denture base material designed for use in fabrication, repair, rebasing, or relining of full and partial dentures, including implant overdentures or other dental appliances. In addition to being the first high impact pourable acrylic denture base, Lucitone HIPA also features excellent color stability and accurate fit to model.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Curve Dental's 6 Steps to Avoiding Ransomware

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Last week the cloud based dental software Curve Dental released their 6 ways for individuals and practices to avoid ransomware.  I was impressed with the list and have decided to share it with you here:
 
Ransomware is bad and getting worse. The price decline of patient records has driven cyber-criminals to change their tactics and look for new ways to supplement the downturn.
 
As reported on the ZDnet website, Satan Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) platforms give cyber-criminals the ability to spread Ransomware in return for subscription payments. Dark Web developers automatically take 30 percent of revenues off cyber-attackers using Ransomware-as-a-Service in their campaigns.
 
Think about this for a moment. Random criminals can subscribe to a platform that generates Ransomware with dashboard readouts and other features that track infections.  Ransomware-as-a-service is creepy. Read story.
 
Dental practices should prepare for Ransomware
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to lock important patient files or computer systems until a sum of money is paid. This is digital extortion. The attacker encrypts the victim's data and demands payment in return for the decryption key.
 
Do these things to protect your dental practice from Ransomware!
Take this 2017 HIPAA Risk Assessment: The Risk Assessment is a systematic process of evaluating potential risks within your practice and required by law. Your patients will appreciate your commitment to protecting their private information. Click here to take the assessment.
 
Step up to the cloud: If you are using dental cloud Software-as-a-Service and direct image capture then pat yourself on the back! SaaS is software licensed on a subscription basis and centrally hosted in the cloud. Ransomeware cannot attack in-office data that isn't there, but instead stored in the cloud. Not all dental SaaS cloud vendors are equal so do your homework.

Make offsite backup and recovery a priority: After a Ransomware attack, the first question that an IT pro will ask is whether you have a clean backup. Successful backup files are the only ones that count so make certain that a recent clean copy is stored offline safe from Ransomware. Restoring your files is a race against the clock. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to days depending. Click here to learn more about services I recommend.
 
Keep software current: Antivirus and anti-malware services are highly recommended. Security vendors constantly work on definition updates to catch malware before it infects your files.  Confirm you are running the most recent versions of all software and install regular updates and patches. Again, if you're using dental SaaS software you don't need to worry about keeping your software up to date.
 
Train your staff: Human error is the weak link in a Ransomware crisis. In most cases, malware is downloaded by a practice member surfing the web, opening a link or attachment in a phishing email.
 
Create a Ransomware and malware disaster recovery plan: Each member of your staff that uses an office computer needs to understand your practice's data security plan in order to avoid the devastating effects of a Ransomware attack.
 
The final word
Satan Ransomware-as-a-Service is creepy. The mere thought of developing a "for criminals by criminals" service that spreads Ransomware is stomach turning. Society has changed and so must we.
 
Evaluating potential risks within your practice is the best place to start. Take your complimentary 2017 Risk Assessment today to recognize your vulnerabilities.  A few minutes of your time will help protect your practice from Ransomware.