Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Patterson Dental Announces Agreement with Dental Intelligence

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Patterson Dental, a business unit of Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO), today announced a new agreement with Dental Intelligence to distribute and support the company’s portfolio of software products for use in dental practices.


“We are excited to be partnering with Dental Intelligence to help dental practices grow by better understanding how their business is performing, identifying where they can improve results and taking immediate action on information,” said Brad Fromm, Director of Commercial Software Marketing. “By selling and supporting the Dental Intelligence full product line, we will further help our customers achieve long-term success and improved patient care.” 


As part of this new agreement with Dental Intelligence, Patterson Dental will be the exclusive distributor of a new Mobile App and Reporting product bundle. Dental Intelligence’s products provide practices with actionable data, including provider-level information, easy-to-read dashboards, and tools to empower their team.


“Working side by side with the Patterson Dental team, we look forward to increasing patient care and making the lives of dental practice teams easier,” said Clay Shubin, Executive Vice President, Dental Intelligence. “By adding our capabilities to their best-of-market platforms, Eaglesoft and Fuse, together we are positioning dental practices for success.”


For more information about Patterson’s Practice Management Services, visit https://www.pattersondental.com/Equipment-Technology/Practice-Management/Services.  


About Patterson Companies Inc.

Patterson Companies Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO) is a value-added distributor serving the dental and animal health markets. Learn more: www.pattersoncompanies.com  


Patterson Dental 
Patterson’s Dental segment provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and value-added services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America. Learn more: www.pattersondental.com


About Dental Intelligence

With thousands of active practice providers, Utah-based Dental Intelligence is the leader in providing dentists and their teams with anytime, anywhere actionable metrics in a cloud-based dashboard designed around the objectives of improving patient care, profitability, and overall team performance. Learn more: www.dentalintel.com

Monday, September 24, 2018

Dentsply Sirona World 2018 proves again to be the dental industry’s must- attend educational event


As three days of unparalleled educational opportunities and thrilling entertainment options came to a close, attendees left the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando understanding why Dentsply Sirona World remains the premier dental event in the world.

“With more than 100 Breakout Sessions, rousing General Sessions, top-tier entertainment and lively social activities, Dentsply Sirona World proved why there is no equal to the Ultimate Dental Meeting,” said Vice President of Marketing Ingo Zimmer.

Held Sept. 13-15, attendees filled enlightening education sessions taught by the biggest names in dentistry, got hands- on with the most innovative technologies and products on the trade show floor, experienced once-in-a-lifetime private shows from singer Katy Perry and comedian Jim Gaffigan and so much more!

Continuing educational courses were offered in 12 specialized tracks, a record for the event. Attendees had no shortage of incredibly high-quality learning opportunities when they personalized their schedules to meet their needs.

The General Sessions kept attendees on the edge of their seats with inspiring speakers, including Dr. Dan Butterman, Dr. Stephen Sterlitz, Heidi Arndt, Jennifer Chevalier and Brian McCarthy. Additionally, Dr. Ross Enfinger performed a live dental procedure.

Per usual, Dentsply Sirona World offered its guests the chance to experience celebrity entertainment in a personal setting. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times best seller Doris Kearns Goodwin captivated the audience with her keynote address, sponsored by Implant Seminars, while Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan kept them laughing with his standup and you could really hear the crowd ROAR during global pop superstar Katy Perry’s private concert.

Two wellness activities allowed attendees to better both their minds and bodies, as Compassionate Finance sponsored both a medieval fun run and a yoga class. Attendees were in a jovial mood wearing their best medieval-inspired costumes, as they made their way along the Rosen Shingle’s beautiful championship golf course during Friday morning’s fun run. On Saturday, guests looked inward and found their Zen during the Yoga Mix! Modern Twist on Yoga class.

The Oktoberfest gathering was the perfect end to an amazing three days in Orlando. Guests put on their lederhosen or dirndls and hit the dance floor to socialize with their peers. From the rousing Bavarian band, to the scrumptious food to the tasty drinks, this party captured the true spirit of the German festival.

Everyone is encouraged to start planning now for Dentsply Sirona World 2019! Scheduled October 3-5, the Ultimate Dental Meeting is heading back to Las Vegas to the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort. Register now at www.dentspysironaworld.com to take advantage of the lowest prices available for Dentsply Sirona World 2019!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

BlueIQ Increases Team Huddle Effectiveness By Providing Key Appointment and Scheduling Data for Review and Action

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September 2018, Bountiful Utah - BlueIQ, developers of the practice analytics platform that gathers data from multiple sources, announced the release of Insights, a new graphical display of scheduling data specifically designed for team huddles, helping dental teams drive production by focusing on key appointments.

Insights provides dental teams with a simple display of the day’s schedule to review key metrics and specific appointments that need attention in order to preserve or boost production. When the team meets regularly, BlueIQ’s Insights helps every member understand what appointments need additional attention and what actions they can take to build growth. Insights is a part of BlueIQ’s dental business platform, which includes data analytics, patient communication tools, and custom reporting tools.

BlueIQ’s Insights displays the total number of appointments for the day, by location and with the total value of all appointments. BlueIQ will also show how many of the appointments are new patients and recare appointments and their value. With one click, the team can view a list of patients falling under each category of patients, which provides additional perspective. For example, the team is able to identify patients with balances and the total value of those balances, incomplete treatment plans and their value, patients with expired insurance, and patients who are missing key documents, like a HIPAA agreement. One unique Insights feature allows the team to view data from the previous day, the current day, tomorrow, or any day of the month.

“Lack of a clear direction is why many practices never see double-digit growth,” says Dr. Cory Frogley, CEO at BlueIQ. “With Insights, the team is frequently reminded of key objectives. A team leader using Insights can focus the team on appointments that require action, or provide instruction for a specific team member for a specific appointment. In my experience, when every member of the team can identify and act on opportunities to grow or preserve production, the practice is poised to experience significant growth.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Justice Grants Clearance to Cigna’s Acquisition of Express Scripts

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Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) (“Cigna”) and Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) (“Express Scripts”) today announced that the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared their pending merger, terminating the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

“We are pleased that the Department of Justice has cleared our transaction and that we are another step closer to completing our merger and delivering greater affordability, choice and predictability to our customers and clients as a combined company,” said David Cordani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cigna. “The value that we deliver together will help put our society on a far more sustainable path – one that helps health care professionals close gaps in care and supports our customers along their health journey.”

“Together, we believe we will be able to do even more to reduce healthcare costs, expand choice, and improve patient outcomes,” said Tim Wentworth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Express Scripts. “Today’s decision is one more important milestone in our effort to combine two innovative health services leaders into a company that will transform health care.”

The expiration of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period satisfies one of the conditions necessary to the consummation of the transaction. Completion of the transaction remains subject to certain state regulatory approvals and filings required in connection with the transaction, including clearances from certain departments of insurance, and the satisfaction of all closing conditions.

To date, Cigna and Express Scripts have obtained clearances from departments of insurance in 16 states. The companies are working constructively with regulators in the remaining jurisdictions to obtain clearance for the merger.

Cigna and Express Scripts continue to anticipate that the deal will close by year-end 2018, subject to the satisfaction of all closing conditions.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Government Study Of BPA Backs Its Safety, But Doesn't Settle Debate

For years now the debate has raged about Bisphenol-A and the potential damage… or no damage that it can cause.  Due to these fears, BPA was pulled out of dental products several years ago, but the debate continued.  The HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) hoped to end this constant sparring by setting up the “Clarity-BPA Program” which, it was thought, would end the debate once and for all.  Like there was a chance of that.  One of my problem with scientific debates is that there is always plenty of data to prove many points and each point grabs a bit of data and begins to use it as the sole source.  What then ensues is less science and more “my dad can beat up your dad” playground behavior among the scientific community.  Or course its been like that for 100s of years so you’d think I’d be used to it…
Now we have an article from NPR that does a good job of explaining what the scuffling is all about, but not a good reason to make it stop…

Government scientists have presented new evidence that the plastic additive BPA isn't a health threat.

Low doses of the chemical given to hundreds of rats, "did not elicit clear, biologically plausible adverse effects," said K. Barry Delclos, a research pharmacologist at the Food and Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research.

Delclos made the remarks Thursday during an online presentation in which he summarized an important part of a $30 million project called CLARITY-BPA, which was launched in 2012 to resolve questions about the chemical's safety.

The results of the rat study had previously appeared in a draft report on BPA (also known as bisphenol-A) released in February. But since then, the research has undergone peer review and revisions, Delclos said.

During his online presentation, Delclos provided an overview of the two-year study, which involved thousands of rats given a wide range of BPA doses.

Rats that got at least a thousand times more BPA than consumers are exposed to showed effects similar to those produced by the hormone estrogen. These included changes to the reproductive system and a greater risk of reproductive tumors.

But at doses meant to replicate human exposure, there was no pattern indicating any health or behavior problems, Delclos said.

He declined to comment directly on BPA's safety or the FDA's position that the chemical is safe to use in most plastic food containers. But Delclos noted that government agencies around the world have now weighed in on BPA, and that "most of these regulatory agencies currently conclude that BPA does not pose a risk at estimated dietary exposure levels."

BPA has been used for decades in products like water bottles, and in the lining of some food cans. And studies show that tiny amounts can get into our bodies.

Scientists agree that BPA can act like estrogen. But early government studies found no evidence that people are exposed to enough BPA to produce an effect.

Meanwhile, studies by some academic scientists suggested that even low levels of BPA can cause everything from obesity to breast and prostate cancer, to diabetes, to behavioral problems.

CLARITY-BPA was supposed to resolve the conflict. But it hasn't.

Academic scientists whose research has suggested that even tiny amounts of BPA affect lab animals have raised questions about the government's rat study since the February draft became available. And the day before Delclos' presentation, they held an online press conference to pre-emptively challenge the results he was expected to describe.

During that press conference, Laura Vandenberg, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, said her own analysis of the study data comes up with a different result — low doses of BPA are a problem.

"There were significant effects of BPA in both males and females," she said, citing groups of rats that had unusually high rates of breast cancer and prostate inflammation.

That sort of risk will be shown more clearly when the second part of CLARITY-BPA is finalized next year, Vandenberg said. That part will feature studies from more than a dozen academic scientists who received CLARITY funding, including some who found that very low doses of BPA did cause health problems even when higher doses did not.

But some academic scientists who participated in CLARITY have only praise for the project, and its results so far.

A study by Norbert Kaminsky of Michigan State University found that low doses of BPA had no effect on a rat's immune system.

"We probably measured about 125 endpoints in more than 700 animals," Kaminsky says. "This study was extremely comprehensive, and I am very confident and comfortable in the results."

The debate about BPA is likely to intensify as CLARITY scientists work to assemble their final report next year, says Patricia Hunt, a professor at Washington State University who has studied BPA for decades but is not part of CLARITY.

Many academic scientists who specialize in chemicals like BPA think the government's effort is badly flawed, she says, adding that they disagree with the type of rat the government chose and fear that the presence of BPA is some animals who were supposed to be BPA-free undercuts the study's validity.

"What we're going to see over the course of the next few of weeks is a lot of fighting because there's a lot of anger on both sides," Hunt says.

And all that fighting be misguided, she says, because the plastics industry has already removed BPA from many products.

Instead, she says, they have begun using a range of chemicals that are very similar to BPA, but haven't been studied as carefully.

On Thursday, Hunt published a paper suggesting that one of these substitute chemicals, called BPS, caused the same effects in lab animals she'd seen with BPA.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Dentsply Sirona launches Azento™: Single tooth replacement in one box

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Don’t you love it when things work out just the way you planned?  Today I’m celebrating because I hit one at near 100%.  Being in technology I’m frequently asked to make predictions based on what I *think* will happen in the future.  They are usually educated guesses, but they are still guesses.  So sometimes, I get close and sometimes I am not even in the same area code…
For the last 3 years or so, I’ve been predicting a concept I called “Implant in a Box”.  Now it seems that Dentsply Sirona have taken my prediction and pretty much created exactly what I envisioned.  I’m proud of them.
Here is all the info:
Azento is a single tooth replacement solution, highly customized to the needs and timeframe of dentists and patients, which revolutionizes the digital implant workflow by streamlining implant planning service, purchasing and delivery. Dentists will receive a precise, customized digital treatment plan based on each patient's digital scans, with imaging systems such as the Orthophos SL and intraoral scanners like the CEREC Omnicam, submitted through a case management portal. Azento includes all components and instruments necessary to complete an implant treatment, including a surgical guide, implant and custom healing abutment, delivered within five business days of approving the treatment plan. This eliminates the effort of coordinating purchases with multiple suppliers and monitoring inventory in the office.

"This streamlined workflow solution offers tangible financial and time-saving benefits by reducing administrative responsibilities, number of visits and patient chair time," said Jo Massoels, Director Digital Implant Solutions at Dentsply Sirona. "It is designed to help dentists select the best-fitting implant, determine optimal implant positioning, healing environment and restoration for each case."

Azento enables practices to achieve consistently excellent results thanks to the customized and prosthetically driven treatment plan, based on each patient's digital scans. It also includes a custom healing abutment, contouring the emergence profile and enabling a final esthetic result.

Furthermore, with Azento, dental professionals will receive custom digital treatment plans that will help communicate the procedure clearly to patients, who will also benefit from the reduced number of visits and chair time.

"The Azento team supports me in planning a truly restorative driven implant placement, reducing the risk of complications, ensuring accuracy and producing excellent results," said Dr. Daniel Butterman, dental surgeon in Centennial, Colorado.  

Azento works with the Astra Tech Implant System® and Xive®. It also includes an Atlantis® custom healing abutment and optional temporary restoration. The final restoration can be performed with Atlantis and CEREC or through an Atlantis dental lab.

Azento will be available in Canada and Europe in 2019.

To learn more, visit www.dentsplysirona.com/Azento.

About Dentsply Sirona: 

Dentsply Sirona is the world's largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with over a century of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide.  Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands.  As The Dental Solutions Company™, Dentsply Sirona's products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dental care. Dentsply Sirona's global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company's shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY.  Visit www.dentsplysirona.com for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sonitus Technologies Wins Multi-Million Dollar DOD Award for ‘Molar Mic’ Personal Communication System

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This is one of the coolest things I’ve read about lately.  A combination of tech AND teeth!


Sonitus Technologies announced today that it has been awarded Phase II of its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) which is structured to provide the U.S. Air Force with a novel new personal communication system that Air Force personnel have nicknamed the ‘Molar Mic.’ The innovative two-way, personal communication system, ATAC™, fits a miniaturized traditional headset into a device that clips to a user’s back teeth.

The DOD, via its Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), has contracted Sonitus for a multi-million dollar, multi-year agreement, to complete development of the Molar Mic for purposes of transition to Fielding and Deployment of the system upon successful conclusion of the first segment of the contract which is funded by the U.S Air Force. Subsequently, other qualified branches of the U.S. defense community may leverage the technology as part of the DOD’s program to enhance communications capabilities and operational safety of its personnel. Sonitus was introduced to the DOD by In-Q-Tel, the not-for-profit strategic investor that identifies and partners with startup companies developing innovative technologies that protect and preserve U.S. security.

“Sonitus Technologies is honored to bring this game changing technology to our country’s elite military, making them safer and more effective by enabling them to communicate clearly – even in the most extreme situations,” said Peter Hadrovic, CEO of Sonitus Technologies. “The voice interface sustains communications in dangerous and challenging environments. The Molar Mic is the first in our family of solutions that conventional approaches are unable to address.”

Pararescuemen (commonly known as PJs) from the Air National Guard 131st Rescue Squadron based at Moffett Field in Mountain View, CA, participated in early field testing of the Sonitus prototypes, including rescue operations during Hurricane Harvey last summer in Houston.

“The ability to communicate by radio is crucial for our mission,” said a PJ and DIU Warrior in Residence. “It enables us to execute in extreme conditions and save lives. But despite having amazing technology, communication still commonly breaks down because of the extreme environments where we operate.”

In one case during Hurricane Harvey, a PJ was involved in airlifting an injured civilian into a helicopter hovering directly overhead and was attempting communication with the helicopter flight engineer and pilot using the Sonitus system. The crew was amazed that they could clearly hear the PJ in these conditions.

Parachuting from high-altitude aircraft, working under a hovering helicopter, swimming in open water, and similar conditions, interfere with traditional communication devices precisely when they are needed most. What is needed is an entirely new approach.

Sonitus Receives DOD/DIU Contract

Sonitus Technologies uses a patented audio interface and near-field magnetic induction (NFMI) technology to achieve its performance. The recent award followed DOD-funded field-testing of prototypes by military personnel from all of the major service branches with extensive field experimentation. Testing included multiple scenarios, with and without personal protective equipment, all with extreme noise and without loss of communication.

The Sonitus solution creates a unique wireless audio interface by embedding both a tiny microphone for talking and a speaker-transducer for hearing in a compact custom-fit mouth-piece that snaps comfortably around a user’s back teeth. This allows the user to both talk and hear without external devices attached to the head. The placement on the teeth uses the body itself to block external noise when speaking and leverages the user’s teeth and jawbone to create a new auditory path for hearing. The result is an unobstructed head and face, clear communication, higher comfort, enhanced situational awareness and the ability to add or remove personal protective equipment without breaking communication.

Security personnel, first responders, and industrial workers such as those in the energy sector are evaluating the Sonitus solution for their market applications.

For more information about the Sonitus wireless personal communication system and its technical specifications, visit how it works.

About Sonitus Technologies

Sonitus Technologies is the developer of miniaturized wireless personal communication solutions designed for use in harsh commercial and security environments. Developed with, and proven by, the world’s most demanding customers, the Sonitus solution sustains two-way voice connectivity in communication networks critical to personal safety and performance across defense, public safety, aerospace, power, oil & gas, and professional applications. The patented two-way Sonitus solution is a new audio interface – using near-field magnetic induction (NFMI) technology – which makes voice communication immune to a user’s operating environment and decouples it from protective equipment. A small wireless, hands-free, ears-free device clips to a user’s back teeth and creates an unbreakable personal communication link for speaking and hearing that is compatible with existing radio, phone or intercom solutions. The new audio path eliminates the need for ear pieces, microphones and wires on the head. Initial investors in Sonitus include In-Q-Tel, Panasonic, KCK and Tsuha. The company is based in San Mateo, CA, and is led by a team of proven executives from within the technology, government and medical device markets. For more information visit www.sonitustechnologies.com.

About DIU

DIU is an entity within the Department of Defense charged with accelerating and streamlining the process by which commercial technology is sourced and integrated across the U.S. military to ensure our national defense. For more information visit www.diux.mil.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Amazon VP Mark Mitchke Named CEO of Delta Dental of Washington

-Here’s an interesting tidbit I came across.  Delta Dental has hired someone away from Amazon.  With all the rumors swirling about Amazon entering the healthcare space, here’s a story of someone leaving Amazon FOR the healthcare space…
The Boards of Directors of Washington Dental Service and Delta Dental of Washington (DDWA) today announced the appointment of Mark Mitchke, the veteran Amazon executive who led Amazon Global Fulfillment Services, as CEO of the two companies.

"Mark Mitchke is an innovative, driven executive with a tremendous balance of operating and strategic capability," said DDWA Board Chair Dr. Gerry Phipps. "Mark is a long-range thinker and adept at navigating complexity, and he has successfully balanced the needs of the sellers, customers and Amazon in his role leading Amazon's fulfillment services. His experience leading Amazon's small-businesses marketplace is directly applicable to Delta Dental's core business."

Mitchke brings more than twenty years of business leadership experience to Delta Dental of Washington. At Amazon, Mark managed a large team whose diverse areas of focus included product development, software engineering, machine learning, finance, business development, Seller and Customer support, and operations. Mark excels in leading the collaboration that is essential to bring together multiple and sometimes disparate interests and priorities to deliver results. Under his leadership since 2014, Amazon Global Fulfillment Services has empowered hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses to grow global businesses on Amazon and has quadrupled sales for Amazon.

"I am thrilled to join Delta Dental of Washington at such a pivotal time," Mitchke said. "With the rapid changes in health care and the dental industry, I am eager to work closely with our dentist members and employees to continue to deliver the excellent care patients have come to expect from Delta Dental while accelerating Delta's progress in serving the community and shaping the future of oral health care. Throughout my career, I have learned to operate and innovate in complex new environments with a variety of stakeholders, always working for mutual wins. I look forward to listening and learning as we work together to shape and improve oral health in Washington and beyond."

At Amazon, Mitchke is known for his ability to cut through complexity with a sharp analytical mind and calm demeanor – and for being both tenacious and focused. He is also known for caring deeply about his team members, customers and community.

"Mark has deep roots in the Seattle area and feels a strong connection to the community and Delta Dental's mission, which is historically important for the CEO of Delta Dental of Washington," said Anne Farrell, DDWA Board Vice Chair. In addition to his corporate role, Mitchke has been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska & Washington since 2005, served on the Board from 2005 to 2010 and served as the Board Chairman in 2009.

Prior to joining Amazon in 2013, Mark was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company in Seattle. At McKinsey, he gained extensive experience in leading change for a wide variety of complex organizations across a range of industries, developing a deep understanding of how to adapt and lead in new environments with varied stakeholders and company cultures.

Mitchke holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA with high distinction from Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He lives in Bellevue with his wife and three children.

Mitchke, who will start by the end of the year, succeeds the current CEO Jim Dwyer, who is retiring. Dwyer completes 17 years of leading the organization to record revenues, profits and sales growth, serving approximately 2 million subscribers.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

American Academy of Periodontology Publishes Proceedings from 
Best Evidence Consensus Meeting on Lasers

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Periodontal experts address clinical efficacy of laser usage in patient care

CHICAGO – September 11, 2018 – The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the leading professional organization dedicated to the dental specialty of periodontics, has published its “best evidence consensus” (BEC) panel proceedings on the topic of laser usage. The proceedings are the result of the AAP’s second BEC meeting, a model of scientific inquiry rooted in the best available published research and expert opinion. The BEC meeting on lasers was held in Chicago in February 2017.

The latest BEC meeting brought together a panel of 10 experts to discuss the efficacy of laser usage, either when used alone or as an adjunct to non-surgical and surgical treatment of periodontitis and peri-implantitis. The panel members were selected based on their extensive knowledge of laser therapy and experience in applying lasers to a broad range of clinical situations. The group found that when laser treatment is used in addition to mechanical treatment, similar or slightly better clinical outcomes are observed when compared with laser usage alone. Current evidence suggests that there is no additional benefit to lasers beyond what is seen with traditional periodontal surgery.

“Lasers are a part of a diverse treatment repertoire, and there are countless reported successful outcomes in their use,” says Steven R. Daniel, DDS, president of the AAP. “As the profession advances with the adoption and application of these technologies, the Academy is committed to using existing evidence and thoughtful expertise to bridge knowledge gaps and provide insight for responsible, real-world use.”

The BEC model of inquiry utilizes current, high-quality published literature and the expert opinion of periodontal thought leaders to provide guidance on innovative topics for which there is insufficient evidence to arrive at definitive conclusions.

The complete BEC proceedings appear in the July 2018 issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP). Similar to the inaugural BEC report on cone-beam computed tomography published in October 2017, the proceedings on lasers offer a consensus statement, commentary, and systematic reviews related to the usage of lasers.

“I encourage all dental professionals to read the laser BEC proceedings carefully as they underscore how crucial scientific evidence is in influencing clinical recommendations,” Dr. Daniel adds. “The latest findings are not meant to insinuate that laser usage is more or less beneficial over traditional periodontal therapy or to imply an Academy position on its use in patient care. They simply demonstrate that, in the absence of a critical mass of evidence, all practitioners must rely on their judgement and expert training to make the best possible treatment decisions.”

The AAP’s best evidence consensus meeting on lasers was sponsored by J. Morita USA. To access the full BEC proceedings, please visit the Journal of Periodontology on the Wiley Online Library. For more information about the AAP or periodontal disease, visit perio.org

About the American Academy of Periodontology

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents over 8,000 periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Register Now for the AAPMD Airway Summit November 8-10

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The American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry is holding their Airway Summit 2018 November 8-10 at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas.
This meeting will be encompassing three different and yet interrelated subjects: Airway Health - Functional Medicine - Oral Systemic Health
In the last few years, there has been tremendous research and recognition of Sleep Health as a vital part of the human existence.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is highly prevalent and it is estimated that  up to 50% of the US population has some type airway pathology.
The problem we currently face with this problem is bringing awareness to patients that both snoring and struggling to breathe while sleeping are not *normal or acceptable*.  The only way that healthcare providers are going to get this message out to the general population is to band together and work on getting the word out through an interdisciplinary approach.  That is what this meeting is all about.
The meeting will help provide information that attendees can take back to their practices and implement on the very first day they return.  The schedule is chock full of well known experts on sleep, airway pathology, and OSA.
Sleep medicine and airway health are about to be on the forefront of both medical and dental practices.  If you have any interest in helping your patients achieve the better quality of life that better sleep can provide, you need to make plans to be here.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

MouthWatch to Debut and Demonstrate Noteworthy TeleDent™ Upgrades During CDA San Francisco

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The Latest Release of the Leading All-In-One Teledentistry Platform
Raises the Bar on Efficient Workflow Management

 – MouthWatch, LLC a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, is launching a substantially upgraded version of TeleDent™ during CDA Presents in San Francisco. MouthWatch will be demonstrating the enhanced teledentistry platform in booth #2012.

Since its launch in 2016, TeleDent has enabled the sharing of patient data, clinical information, and intraoral images in real-time or via store and forward technology. The HIPAA-compliant teledentistry platform was originally designed to enhance referrals, screenings, consultations and collaboration between GPs and specialists, group practice locations, and hygienists in public health or private practice. 

The company is once again raising the bar on teledentistry functionality. According to MouthWatch CEO and founder, Brant Herman, “Our focus for the latest version of TeleDent was to optimize workflow in order to make collaboration and communication more efficient between internal dental teams and external care providers across virtually any public health and private practice application.”

TeleDent’s latest release includes the following features and benefits:

  • Enhanced User Interface: A more intuitive user interface improves user efficiency and significantly flattens the learning curve.
  • Task Assignment: Enables monitoring and management of individual care team members involved in care delivery for each patient. Facilitates delegation across the team for improved treatment planning and coordination of care.
  • Optimized Sync: Smarter sync technology allows for faster store and forward cloud synchronization to help reduce bandwidth requirements.
  • Optimized Workflow: Thanks to simplified appointment scheduling and sequencing of treatment, more efficient appointments and improved provider management help keep everyone in the loop.
  • Patient, Provider and Practice Management: Enhanced ability to manage basic and complex organizational structures while maintaining patient privacy and provider relevance. TeleDent now ensures providers, patients and practices are separate or shared according to business needs.
  • Audio Recording During Appointments: Ensures more accurate note taking, perio charting and documentation for improving treatment outcomes, providing ongoing team training and maximizing insurance reimbursement.

The enhanced version of TeleDent like its predecessor, requires a MouthWatch intraoral camera for best results and can utilize virtually any Windows 10 tablet or laptop for local data collection and image capture. The enhanced software will be ready to order on September 30th, 2018. Current TeleDent clients will be upgraded to the latest version free of charge. For more information, download the TeleDent product sheet at https://MouthWatch.co/TeleDent1sheet .

About MouthWatch, LLC:
Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider.

The founders and management team of MouthWatch have relevant backgrounds and successful track records in dentistry, consumer products and communications. Since 2012, this team has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of dentistry. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in introducing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry. For more information, visit www.MouthWatch.com .

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Social Engineering and the Chinese CD Hack

The easiest way for your data to become someone else’s data is through social engineering.  That means convincing someone with the keys to the kingdom to share those keys with a hacker.
This can be done in lots of ways.  Phone calls with hackers masquerading as legit IT personnel, phishing scams, or even downright physical infiltration.
Lately, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center has contacted state governments about a very clever scheme.  It seems that Chinese hackers are  physically mailing CDs to state governments.  When someone inserts the CD into their computer, it installs hidden programs that give the hackers control and access to the data.  Sneaky right?
Basically this is an easy scheme to pull off and it works.  Someone opens a package they receive in the mail that contains a CD and a letter written in broken English.  If anyone was coerced to put the CD into their computer, the hackers have them.
I’ve heard of similar scams before.  One was hackers leaving virus ridden thumb drives on the ground in parking lots of businesses they wanted to hack.  All someone had to do was insert the drive in their USB port and they were infected.
The moral to this story is that vigilance in data security is important.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How iTero Saved the Day

Max iTero Model.JPG
There is an cover story coming soon to Dental Products Report about digital impressions and whether they are ready for prime time.  It’s written by my good friend Terri Lively and does a great job of covering the subject.  It’s not out yet, but should be available soon.  Be sure to look for it and check it out when it’s printed.
In Terri’s article she had me describe a case that I completed recently and I thought I’d share the image and the story here.
The photo above is a maxillary model that was created from a full arch scan with our iTero Elements scanner.  This case was a great one for digital because the patient had a very severe gag reflex.  We had tried to take a traditional impression, but due to the gag reflex present, that just was not possible for this case.  Instead, the full arch scan was taken.  The case was designed with a palatal strap  to decrease palatal coverage (you can see the design lightly scribed on the model).
Both arches were scanned and articulated.  The framework try-in with wax blocks went uneventfully and the wax try-in demonstrated the occlusion to be spot-on.
My only concern with the case being done with digital scans was the possibility of discrepancies with the tissue surface in the edentulous area.  I always try and design my cases (any type of case) with a Plan B in case our original solution does not work as originally designed.  My solution for this case would have been to take a functional impression of the saddle area and then have a hard reline done if necessary.  The amount of impression material needed would have been minimal and I feel it would have been tolerated well by the patient.
However, it turned out that I could leave Plan B on the workbench as the final tissue check was exactly what I had hoped it would be.
More and more the profession is moving away from analog impression systems.  The digital systems obviously require a “front end” investment, but as far as being “expensive”, in the analysis that we’ve done in my practice, it’s a wash.  This is a great example of creating a case that I would have perhaps been unable to do without the help of digital.