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VOCO introduces CleanJoy

Posted on August 14, 2020

VOCO introduces CleanJoy, a fluoride-containing, splatter-free, less abrasive prophy paste in three cleaning grits and three delicious flavors. Containing fluoride (700ppm) and xylitol, paraben-free and available in SingleDose cups, CleanJoy is a safe, hygienic and effective paste for the prevention of caries, the removal of soft and hard surface plaque, the removal of extrinsic stains (e.g., coffee, tea, tobacco, etc.), the polishing of tooth surfaces and restorations as part of professional cleanings, and more.

CleanJoy is available in caramel, mint, and cherry flavors and in three less abrasive grits—fine, medium and course—for use in a wide range of clinical situations. The fine grit features a low enough abrasion grade (RDA) that it is suitable for use with implants. CleanJoy has a stable, homogenous consistency, will not clump or dry out, and does not splatter, even when used with a polisher spinning at up to 3,000 rpms. VOCO is proud to add CleanJoy to its large catalog of high-quality product solutions that continue to service dental professionals and their patients throughout North America.

  







CDA announces new Endorsed Program for dental plan billing service

Posted on August 14, 2020

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Dental Association is pleased to announce eAssist Dental Solutions as a CDA Endorsed Program that offers dentists a valuable billing service, enhancing timely claims payment from dental plans.

CDA has been helping members navigate the dental benefits side of their practices for over a decade utilizing a dedicated, knowledgeable team and a full library of resources to educate members on how to properly complete and submit dental claims as well as address dental plan claim denials. Due to the complex nature and high volume of dental plan claim submissions, CDA sought an Endorsed Program partner as an option for members who need assistance submitting and managing their claims, including investigation and appeal of questionable denied claims.

eAssist provides an end-to-end electronic billing service for dental offices. The service optimizes claims payment and appeals processes. eAssist eases the burden on office staff and helps dental practices be more efficient, profitable and patient-centric. Founded by a dentist in 2012 to address the stress and anxiety caused by team turnover and retraining on dental benefit billing and processes, eAssist currently has a team of over 600 dental billing experts serving more than 4,000 dentists around the country, collecting $2.2 billion dollars from dental plans.

“CDA recognizes the ongoing challenges our members continue to face when dealing with dental benefit plans, and the association remains committed to offering dentists support and solutions such as eAssist,” said Steven Kend, DDS, chair of the CDA Finance Committee, which oversees CDA Endorsed Programs. “CDA selected eAssist for its offerings and its service-oriented mission to the profession of dentistry, which align with CDA’s mission and core values.

During these challenging times, having a dental plan billing solution for dental practices is paramount to ensuring the continuing financial health of the dental practice. Employing eAssist as a potential solution can help address some of the staffing shortages dental offices are experiencing.”

“eAssist is proud to partner with CDA in offering this valuable member benefit to provide dentists with an alternative method of maintaining their practices with fewer headaches,” said James Anderson, DMD, CEO of eAssist. “eAssist looks forward to serving CDA member dentists by ensuring they get paid what is rightfully owed to them from dental plans utilizing our unparalleled team of dental billing experts and our time-tested proven process.”

About the California Dental Association

The California Dental Association is the non-profit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA’s membership consists of more than 27,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit cda.org.  







Global deaths due to smokeless tobacco are up by a third, according to new study

Posted on August 14, 2020

The number of deaths globally due to smokeless tobacco has gone up by a third in 7 years to an estimated 350,000 people, a new study suggests.

The research, from the University of York, comes at a time when there are concerns that spitting - a behaviour common among those who chew tobacco - is likely to transmit the COVID-19 virus.

The researchers - who are part of an international group called ASTRA - are calling for governments and public health bodies to regulate the production and sale of smokeless tobacco. They say a ban on spitting in public places will also discourage smokeless tobacco use and may reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Dr Kamran Siddiqi, from the Department of Health Sciences and Hull York Medical School, said: "The study has come at a time when COVID-19 is affecting almost all aspects of our lives. Chewing tobacco increases saliva production and leads to compulsive spitting.

"There are concerns that spitting - a behaviour common among those who chew tobacco- is likely to transmit the virus to others.

"In acknowledgement of this, India for example, has already taken a positive step by banning spitting in public places to reduce the transmission of COVID-19."

The study, which was funded by the National Institute of Health Research, estimates that in 2017 alone smokeless tobacco resulted in more than 90,000 deaths due to cancers of the mouth, pharynx and oesophagus and accounted for more than 258,000 deaths from heart disease. Millions more have their lives shortened by ill health due to the effects of chewing tobacco-based products, the study reveals.

Researchers compiled the figures using data from 127 countries and extracted from the 2017 Global Burden of Disease Study and surveys such as Global Adult Tobacco Survey. The results are published in BMC Medicine.

Dr Siddiqi said South and South-East Asia continues to be a hotspot with India accounting for 70%, Pakistan for 7% and Bangladesh for 5% of the global disease burden due to smokeless tobacco.

Dr Siddiqi added: "Smokeless tobacco is used by almost a quarter of tobacco users and most of them live in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In the UK, South Asian communities also consume smokeless tobacco products which too needs to be regulated just like cigarettes."

"We have an international policy in the form of the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, to regulate the supply and demand of tobacco products. We need to apply this framework to smokeless tobacco with the same rigor as it is applied to cigarettes."

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The paper called, "Global burden of disease due to smokeless tobacco consumption in adults: an updated analysis of data from 127 countries" is published in BMC Medicine today.







Military medical sponsors award manufacturing development contract to NuShores Biosciences for bone regeneration technology

Posted on August 14, 2020

Newswise — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received state and federal approval to award a services contract to NuShores Biosciences LLC for Generation 1 manufacturing of the NuCress bone void filler scaffold products. This contract is funded by a $5.6 million grant awarded by the Department of Defense to UA Little Rock in 2019.

This technology, the NuCress scaffold, is a nanomaterial-based bone regeneration device pioneered by UA Little Rock’s Dr. Alex Biris, director of the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences, leader of the DOD grant, and co-founder of NuShores. Biris spearheaded this new contract alongside NuShores CEO Sharon Ballard.

“We are very excited to collaborate with NuShores for the manufacturing stage of the NuCress product development. NuShores was founded with DOD goals in mind, and this contract is essential for bringing those goals one step closer to fruition,” Biris said.

NuShores was founded in 2014, at DOD’s request, to license UA Little Rock’s bone regeneration products.

“This new contract affirms the strength of NuShores as a company, as well as the potential of UA Little Rock to launch successful technological development efforts,” said Joni Lee, UA Little Rock vice chancellor for university affairs. “We look forward to seeing the results of this collaboration.”

The contracted work will be led by Ballard and supported by NuShores’ manufacturing manager Mark Pelo, a 27-year veteran of the implantable medical devices industry who joined the company in July. Together, they will establish one of the only medical device clean manufacturing facilities in Arkansas.

“This first manufacturing project will establish NuShores as a medical device manufacturer homegrown in Arkansas,” Ballard said. “We have proven we can fund, establish, and recruit these manufacturing elements. Thanks to this contract, we will now also be able to accelerate development and product manufacturing of other maturing products in our pipeline, such as spine and dental implant indications.”

NuShores’ focus in the upcoming years will be production process automation, leading to a hands-free factory that optimizes quality and maximizes gross margins.

“We must be able to compete in pricing with established giants in the industry,” Pelo said. “The only way we can do that is intelligent automation and solid vendor relationships.”

The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, 839 Chandler Street, Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5014 is the awarding and administering acquisition office. This work is supported by the Department of Defense, through the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program under Award No. W81XWH1920014 to the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by the Department of Defense. 







GC America Launches Safe4Dentistry.com

Posted on August 13, 2020

Recognizing how dramatically the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the practice of dentistry, GC has developed a microsite dedicated to providing the latest updates on evolving guidelines for dental professionals. Safe4Dentistry.com is a continually updated resource center that provides safe and effective minimally invasive dental treatment options and data, including information on how to reduce aerosol production to protect staff and patients during appointments. First launched in the U.S. and Canada, the Safe4Dentistry.com microsite will be rolled out globally to include all GC companies in the coming weeks.

The Safe4Dentistry.com site is populated with podcasts, clinical case examples, continuing education (CE) courses, and access to live webinars, recent articles and other resources. Topics include placing minimally invasive low-aerosol fillings, how to approach emergency treatments, ways to keep the dental practice safe and secure, and much more.

Minimally invasive restoration techniques often eliminate the need for high-speed drilling, which creates aerosols that can impact both patients and practitioners. Using glass ionomer and glass hybrid restorative technology systems provide interim and long-term restorative solutions. Featured cases demonstrate how blending glass hybrids and traditional materials and methods can reduce aerosols, such as utilizing materials like EQUIA Forte® HT glass hybrid restoratives that require no high-speed drilling or extensive tooth preparation. Instructors include Drs. Jeremy Horst, Jeanette MacLean, Lance Kisby, and Victor Cedillo Felix.

Implementing the correct protocols is paramount to patient and staff safety but keeping track of the rapidly changing recommendations and guidelines can be daunting. The Safe and Secure Practice section of the microsite contains the latest updates on evolving guidelines by organizations such as ADA, FDI, and CDC, step-by-step procedures, and relevant articles and resources for the dental practitioner.

The Additional Resources section contains systematic reviews, additional tutorials, webinars and podcasts. Presenters include Drs. Timothy Bizga, Jeanette MacLean, Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, and others. Here, dental professionals can join Dr. Bob Margeas for some “product talk” and explore “the restorative decision tree” with Dr. Todd Snyder. Dental professionals can also sign up for virtual meetings and lunch & learn programs, which provide CE credits for dental professionals.

GC America is committed to the safety and wellbeing of both oral health providers and patients and the quality of its products. To gain user opinions and suggestions, Safe4Dentistry.com also includes a brief survey for customers to provide feedback on featured products and their use in procedures. For more information, please visit http://Safe4Dentistry.com/.







Canadian Dentists Resilient in Face of COVID-19 Pandemic According to 2020 Dental Industry Association of Canada Survey

Posted on August 13, 2020

As might be expected given the COVID-19 pandemic, “Financial Concerns” are now the top challenge Canadian dentists intend to address in their practice in 2020 (as compared to fourth highest ranked challenge in 2019), according to results from the DIAC (Dental Industry Association of Canada) Twenty-Fourth Annual Future of Dentistry Survey. However, dentists remained optimistic regarding most other 2020 aspects of operating their practices in the future. This year’s survey was designed and launched prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but was conducted between the period of February 1st to the first week of June 2020 and includes dentist’s opinions during the period of closures due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Due to the timing of the survey no specific questions were included addressing the impact of COVID-19 on dentistry.

As with past surveys, the pattern of Challenges mentioned, other than Financial Concerns, continued in the traditional ranked order noted in 2018 and 2019: Getting More Patients, Staffing Issues, Acceptance of Treatment Plans, and Installing New Equipment/Office Upgrades. These reflect the continuing concerns of the typical dental practice expressed over the years before the onset of the pandemic and appear to be unchanged based on the responses received between February and the first of June 2020. What does appear to be growing is the impact of incorporating technology in the office (32% now rate it as a Key Metric for success) as well as the creation of a new category of concern “Securing Proper PPE,” an obvious reference to COVID-19.

In addition, the continuing positive outlook of dentists surveyed between February and June 2020 in Canada towards the future is reflected by the following findings from this year’s survey in terms of investing in their practices and their abilities moving forward:

 While the trend towards larger practices in terms of numbers of dentists and operatories noted in previous surveys has continued, over 22% of 2020 respondents still intend to add one or more new operatories in the next two years. This percentage has remained basically unchanged since 2017.

 Dentists still intend to purchase new equipment over the next two years at the same rate as in the past with Digital Impression Systems still the top intended equipment purchase (38% of respondents), followed by Electric Handpiece (29%) and Cone Beam Computed Tomography (23%).

 The percentage of respondents with a fully Paperless Office has reached 40% in 2020.

 The percentages of digitization in the individual practice areas studied—X-Ray (91%), Operatories (71%), Private Office (70%) and Charting (57%)—are now all over 50% and continue to increase.

 Social Media continues to climb the list of Practice-Building Tools used (52% of respondents in 2020 use Social Media and it is now second only to Asking For Referrals in popularity).

 Over half still plan to have a specialist place their implants BUT 29% are now placing implants themselves (up from 21% last year).

 40% now use or plan to use Guided Implant Surgery in their practice.

 Over 50% now expect to use modeless restorations for single unit cases.

 A record high 50% are participating in one or more Study Clubs in 2020 (up from an average of 38% the previous eight years).

A total of 440 practicing Canadian dentists responded to this year’s survey with a good proportional distribution across all regions of the country. Based on this response rate, overall 2020 survey results have an accuracy of +/- 4.67% 19 times out of 20.







AAP Stresses Importance of Periodontal Health During COVID-19

Posted on August 13, 2020

Despite recent World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to delay routine dental procedures, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) today stressed the importance of maintaining periodontal health during the COVID-19 outbreak. The AAP also announced that its members are committed to implementing rigorous safety measures in an effort to ensure the health and well-being of patients and reduce the risk of exposure during the pandemic.

“It is well-established science that periodontal disease and systemic disease are interconnected,” said Dr. Bryan Frantz, President of the AAP. “As a result, establishing and maintaining healthy teeth and gums is fundamental to overall health. The COVID19 pandemic has certainly affected most aspects of life, but with the right patient safety measures in place that align with state and local guidelines, it should not impact your ability to receive periodontal care.”

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, can cause bleeding gums, bad breath, and if left untreated lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to several other serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

The WHO’s recent recommendations to delay non-essential dental care cite the risk of disease transmission as a result of the close proximity between dental professionals and patients and due to the aerosols produced by certain dental procedures. However, there is limited evidence to support the claim that dental offices pose an increased risk of spreading disease, including COVID-19.

Additionally, the AAP states that routine visits with a periodontist are crucial to maintaining the health of teeth and gums. “Many patients under the care of a periodontist are undergoing a comprehensive treatment plan,” says Dr. Frantz. “Regular check-ups are an important part of this treatment, and any delay in care could lead to a worsening of their periodontal condition.”

According to Dr. Frantz, periodontists are uniquely experienced in infection control and other safety measures to protect themselves and their patients from disease exposure. “As dental professionals who are predominantly involved with surgical procedures, periodontists have always been committed to ensuring that effective safety barriers are in place for patients. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us, members of the AAP are adhering to COVID-19 mandates issued by state and local agencies and implementing additional measures to ensure the safety of both their patients and their staff.”

Additional measures include regular temperature checks for both staff and patients, social distancing, the use of personal protective equipment such as face shields, masks, and gloves, and rigorous infection control and sanitation procedures. For more information or to find a periodontist, visit perio.org.

About the American Academy of Periodontology:

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the leading professional association of periodontists, dentistry’s experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease and in the placement and maintenance of dental implants. AAP members are dedicated to supporting the optimal oral and overall health and excellent quality of life for their patients through exceptional periodontal care. Periodontists receive three years of additional training following dental school to hone their clinical, surgical, and anatomical skills. Periodontics is one of the twelve recognized specialties of the American Dental Association (ADA).  







MouthWatch, LLC Ranks 1303 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 List

Posted on August 13, 2020

MouthWatch, LLC, a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, was recently included on the annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

After being founded only eight years ago, MouthWatch is in good company as Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“It’s beyond exciting for our entire team and customers to see the incredible growth MouthWatch has accomplished in recent years,” says Brant Herman, MouthWatch founder and chief executive officer. “While we are known for our achievements in improving dental care, we are striving for broader goals within healthcare. It’s humbling to have MouthWatch recognized by the Inc. 5000 and to remind us of how far we’ve come.”

The company’s recent growth was propelled by sales of two products that are highly rated by dental clinicians and educators: the TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry platform, and the MouthWatch Intraoral Camera.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

About MouthWatch LLC

Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a 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 oral health. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in bringing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry. For more information, visit www.MouthWatch.com.


  







ADA Responds to WHO Recommendation: Dentistry is Essential Health Care

Posted on August 13, 2020

The American Dental Association (ADA) respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to delay “routine” dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19.

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care,” states ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. “Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”

Dr. Gehani added that in March, when COVID-19 cases began to rise in the U.S., the ADA called for dentists to postpone all but urgent and emergency care in order to understand the disease, consider its effect on dental patients, dental professionals and the greater community.

Both the ADA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) then issued interim guidance for dental professionals related to COVID-19. The ADA’s guidance calls for the highest level of PPE available—masks, goggles and face shields. The ADA’s interim guidance also calls for the use of rubber dams and high velocity suction whenever possible and hand scaling when cleaning teeth rather than using ultrasonic scaling to minimize aerosols.

Dr. Gehani concludes, “Millions of patients have safely visited their dentists in the past few months for the full range of dental services. With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.”

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org

 







Coalition of Dentists Throughout the United States Launch Nationwide Campaign Urging State Officials to Keep Dental Offices Open

Posted on August 12, 2020

Dentists and dentistry leaders in the U.S. have launched a nationwide campaign, Keep Dentistry Open for Patients. This new coalition urges state health and elected officials to keep dental practices open as COVID-19 cases continue to spike around the country. Dental practitioners play a crucial role in keeping dental emergencies out of hospital emergency departments, which preserves precious PPE resources and reduces further transmissions of the Coronavirus. With some state health officials and governors considering new stay-at-home orders, dentists are taking action by signing a petition asking the leaders in their states to consider the essential services dental offices provide to their communities. For more information and to sign the petition, click HERE.

Dentistry is a critically important element of the healthcare system. Studies indicate that good oral health has shown to help improve individual defenses against the novel Coronavirus, and that poor oral hygiene has been linked to COVID-19 complications, particularly in patients suffering with diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. It is critical that dental offices remain open to treat patients to help maintain their oral health.

Dentists supported by leading dental support organization Pacific Dental Services® (PDS), as well as all dentists throughout the country, have always taken precautions to ensure the safety of their patients. Now, in the midst of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, additional safety measures have been adopted at dental offices nationwide to protect patients from the COVID-19 virus. Nevertheless, according to recent reports, a large population of patients are suffering from untreated dental issues due to fears from entering a dental office. Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. and half of all seniors reported delaying medical care in April due to fears of contamination at medical facilities, and the latest American Dental Association data reported average weekly patient visits were down 82% in early May. While concerns about safety are understandable, experts believe the health consequences of delaying needed dental care are an even greater risk. For this critical reason, it’s imperative that dental offices remain open throughout the continued healthcare crisis. For more information on the #DentalSAFETY of patients, click here.

For more information about the Keep Dental Offices Open campaign and to sign the petition, click HERE.

About Pacific Dental Services®

Founded in 1994, Pacific Dental Services (PDS) is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing supported autonomy that enables dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the Private Practice+® model to enable dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients. PDS also pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry so that dentists are equipped to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. PDS continues to grow, with over 800 supported dental offices across the United States and plans to expand into several new markets. PDS has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America 14 times. PDS supported dentists aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve and to develop Patients for Life™.

For more information, visit us at http://www.pacificdentalservices.com







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