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Toddler Training Toothpaste Brings Natural Oral Care To Children Ages 3 Months To 2 Years

Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014

KENNEBUNK, MaineMay 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A baby's first smile is a moment to treasure. Keeping that grin healthy makes parents smile, too. Tom's of Maine, the leading natural oral care brand, is offering parents a new natural Toddler Training Toothpaste to help start good brushing habits with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or dyes.

Tom's of Maine Toddler Training Toothpaste gently and effectively cleans tiny teeth and gums with ingredients derived solely from plants and minerals.  Safe if swallowed and fluoride-free, the formula also contains no gluten, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate.

"As a new parent, the amount of choices you need to make about what goes in or on your baby's body can be overwhelming," said Lindsey Seavey, brand manager at Tom's of Maine. "But it's also a time filled with possibility where even the smallest of decisions can make a difference, especially in the early years when you want to give your child the best start. We believe a natural toothpaste can be one step towards creating a healthy daily routine."  

A baby's daily oral care routine begins sooner than you may think. The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Livesrecommends beginning brushing as soon as a child's baby teeth begin to appear through the gum surface.  To help make brushing easier, Tom's of Maine Toddler Training Toothpaste has a mild fruit flavor to please babies and toddlers and a no-mess nozzle parents will appreciate.

Tom's of Maine natural Toddler Training Toothpaste is available now at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99. The new introduction rounds out the Tom's of Maine children's natural oral care portfolio, which includes options that evolve with the needs of growing families such as Silly Strawberry toothpaste (ages 3-7 years), Juicy Mint anticavity rinse (ages 6 years and up) and the recently introduced Wicked Cool! toothpaste (ages 8 years and up).

The Tom's of Maine Toddler Training Toothpaste tube is recyclable through the Tom's of Maine TerraCycle collection Program, which gathers toothpaste tubes as well as a wide array of personal care product packaging and recycles them into useful products like picnic tables and park benches to prevent waste from reaching landfills.

Tom's of Maine gives 10% of profits back to helping communities across the country and supports access to oral care for children across the nation.

Nominations Open for AADOM Office Manager of the Year Award

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Red Bank, N.J. - May 12, 2014 - American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) is accepting nominations for it's annual Office Manager of the Year Award through July 11, 2014. For nomination details, visit

Behind every successful practice is an office manager who displays innovative thinking, business acumen and leadership qualities - within their practice and their community. Each year, AADOM recognizes these exceptional individuals and highlights their accomplishments.

An AADOM committee will review the nominations, interview finalists and determine the 2014 winner. The winner will be featured on the front cover of The Observer (the official magazine of AADOM), receive free registration to the 2015 AADOM Conference and $1,000 in prize money, courtesy of CareCreditSM, AADOM Founding Sponsor.

"The Office Manager of the Year Award recognizes the best dental office managers and practice administrators in the country. This award shines a light on just how important an exceptional office manager is to achieving and maintaining a successful dental practice. It is our honor to recognize those who are stars within their practices and the dental community," said Heather Colicchio, president, AADOM. "We are excited to name the 2014 Office Manager of the Year at the AADOM Conference in San Diego in September."

"CareCredit was the founding sponsor of AADOM Office Manager of the Year Award ten years ago and we are delighted to continue to support AADOM in recognizing the valuable contribution these professionals have made," stated Kirk Sweigard, Senior Manager of Business Development, CareCredit.

SmileSimplicity Procedure Appears on “The Doctors”

Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SmileSimplicity, the needle-, drill- and pain-free porcelain veneer smile transformation procedure, made a special appearance on the Friday, May 2nd episode of the nationally syndicated talk show “The Doctors.”   The segment, featuring the results of a real-time SmileSimplicity procedure in just one hour, reached the show’s television audience of millions of TV and online viewers.  Here is a link to the Youtube video:

The procedure was performed behind-the-scenes (in about an hour) during the show by Dr. Michael Schneider, a prominent Southern California dentist who is part of a growing group of professionals who specialize in placing this new generation of ultra-thin, yet strong, permanent porcelain veneers.  The live, on-camera reveal of the results, shown alongside “before” pictures, got rave reviews from the patient, who caught the first glimpse of her new smile at the same time as the show hosts and studio audience.

SmileSimplicity allows for a total smile transformation including reshaping and coloring of the teeth without needles, numbing, or pain.  Because there is no drilling away of original tooth structure, and the natural teeth remain intact, resistant to decay and strengthened, the procedure is entirely reversible should a patient so choose. 

The SmileSimplicity technique was developed by Dr. Robert Ibsen, who for decades has educated tens of thousands of dentists worldwide on the noninvasive veneer practice of creating beautiful, needle-free smile transformations with adhesion and preservation of sensitive tooth structure.

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New Line of Antimicrobial Products Solves Issues of Persistence, Comfort

Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Health-care workers understand the importance of hand sanitation, but the reasons behind insufficient compliance are also understandable. Zylast, a new line of antimicrobial products, solves the issues of efficacy, persistence, and comfort with approximately one-fifth the amount of product, so not only is it an ideal solution for workers but has an economic advantage as well. Not only does this product kill 99.99 percent of germs in 15 seconds, but it also offers persistent protection for six hours following application. It was clinically proven to reduce illness, and best of all - it is water-based, all natural, triclosan-free and moisturizes the hands. Zylast is not just effective with influenza, it also protects against the norovirus and has been tested against rhinovirus and many other viruses.  The company offers a full line of industrial and medical products. For more information on the company, or medical supplies for a health-care setting, visit The company’s personal products are also available online at

Red Wine Shows Promise as Cavity Fighter

Posted on Friday, May 23, 2014

For anyone searching for another reason to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, here’s a good one: A new study has found that red wine, as well as grape seed extract, could potentially help prevent cavities. They say that their report, which appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, could lead to the development of natural products that ward off dental diseases with fewer side effects.

M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas and colleagues explain that dental diseases are extremely common throughout the world. Cavities, periodontal disease and tooth loss affect an estimated 60 to 90 percent of the global population. The problems start when certain bacteria in the mouth get together and form biofilms, which are communities of bacteria that are difficult to kill. They form plaque and produce acid, which starts damaging teeth. Brushing, fluoride in toothpaste and water and other methods can help get rid of bacterial plaques, but the effects are limited. In addition, currently used antimicrobial rinses can change the color of the gums and alter taste, so people are less likely to use them for as long as they should. Some research has suggested that polyphenols, grape seed extract and wine can slow bacterial growth, so Moreno-Arribas’ team decided to test them under realistic conditions for the first time.

They grew cultures of bacteria responsible for dental diseases as a biofilm. They dipped the biofilms for a couple of minutes in different liquids, including red wine, red wine without the alcohol, red wine spiked with grape seed extract, and water and 12 percent ethanol for comparison. Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract were the most effective at getting rid of the bacteria.

The authors acknowledge funding from the MINECO (AGL2012-04172-C02-01 project), CONSOLIDER INGENIO 2010 and the Comunidad de Madrid.

Minnesota Becomes First State to Ban Antibacterial Triclosan

Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. The Minnesota House and Senate passed it earlier last week because of health and environmental concerns about the chemical. The ban isn't due to take effect until Jan. 1, 2017.

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OSAP Launches Online MERS Toolkit

Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, MD — May 20, 2014 — In response to recent reports of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in the U.S., the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has developed an online toolkit specifically for oral healthcare professionals.

The online kit is designed to bring dental professionals up to speed on a disease that has only recently begun to make headlines in the U.S. The kit contains:

  • Links to CDC recommendations for prevention and control of MERS

  • Best clinical practices for preventing the spreading of MERS

  • A “talking points” script for front office for addressing early identification and possible deferral of patients with flu-like symptoms

  • Links to videos, articles and research related to MERS

The toolkit will also feature ongoing updates that keep readers informed of future developments concerning the disease.

“The MERS situation in the U.S. represents a very low risk to the general public in this country at this time,” said Therese Long, executive director of OSAP. “However, dental clinicians are an important part of the healthcare system and should be knowledgeable of MERS and other transmissible diseases. In addition to the toolkit, MERS will be a leading topic of discussion at the upcoming OSAP Annual Symposium in Minneapolis in June. Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), who has been interviewed on several NBC news broadcasts over the past week, will deliver a keynote address on MERS and other infection control topics of concern,” Long said.


Access the OSAP MERS Toolkit

The MERS Toolkit is accessible free of charge to all dental professionals at


Information on OSAP’s Infection Control Symposium

Seats are still available for the Symposium June 5-8 in Minneapolis featuring Dr. Osterholm and over 40 other speakers addressing relevant infection control topics, protocols and resources for busy dental practices. Click on this link for more information and to register:

Summer Drink Mix Prophy Paste

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

Earth City, Mo., May 19, 2014 –Summer is almost here, and Young Dental™ is ushering in the warm weather with new D-Lish® Summer Drink Mix™ prophy paste in three refreshing flavors – Strawberry Margarita, Mint Mojito and Piña Colada!

D-Lish Prophy Paste is Young Dental’s pumice-based formula designed to improve stain removal without messy splatter. This gluten-free paste is great for patients of any age, and the lids are color-coded by flavor for quick and easy identification. D-Lish Summer Drink Mix pastes contain 1.23% fluoride and xylitol. The single-dose packages come in a resealable Stay Fresh™ bag, which includes an autoclavable paste gripper.

As the summer heat sets in, patients will be eager to add a splash of Strawberry Margarita, Mint Mojito and Piña Colada to their next dental visit with new D-Lish Summer Drink Mix!

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Third U.S. Man Tests Positive for MERS Virus

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

Ongoing investigation of the first imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States has identified evidence of apparent past MERS-CoV infection in an Illinois man who had close contact with the Indiana MERS patient.  The Illinois resident did not seek or require medical care. However, local health officials have monitored his health daily since May 3 as part of the investigation. At this time, the Illinois resident is reported to be feeling well.

The previously reported Indiana MERS patient is a U.S. resident who had traveled from Saudi Arabia and was admitted to an Indiana hospital on April 28; the patient was confirmed to have MERS on May 2, and has since been released from the hospital.

For the Illinois resident, laboratory test results showing apparent past MERS-CoV infection were reported late night on May 16. CDC officials explained that these laboratory test results are preliminary and suggest that the Illinois resident probably got the virus from the Indiana patient and the person’s body developed antibodies to fight the virus.  There are two main ways to determine if a person is or has been infected with MERS-CoV. We can collect a respiratory sample and use a test called PCR to determine if a person has active infection with the virus. Or we can do a blood test that looks for antibodies to MERS-CoV that would indicate a person had previously been infected with MERS-CoV.

“This latest development does not change CDC’s current recommendations to prevent the spread of MERS,” said David Swerdlow, M.D., who is leading CDC’s MERS-CoV response. “It’s possible that as the investigation continues others may also test positive for MERS-CoV infection but not get sick.  Along with state and local health experts, CDC will investigate those initial cases and if new information is learned that requires us to change our prevention recommendations, we can do so.”

The Illinois resident has no recent history of travel outside the United States. He met with the Indiana patient on two occasions shortly before the patient was identified as having MERS-CoV infection.  As part of the MERS follow-up investigation, the local health department in Illinois contacted the Illinois resident on May 3. The health department first tested this person for active MERS-CoV infection on May 5. Those test results were negative. Public health officials are collecting blood samples from people who were identified as close contacts of the Indiana patient. On May 16, the test result was positive for the Illinois resident, showing that he has antibodies to MERS-CoV.

Reports of the first two confirmed imported cases of MERS in the United States – the first in Indiana on May 2, and the second in Florida on May 11 – have resulted in large-scale multistate investigations and responses aimed at minimizing the risk of spread of the virus.  As part of this effort, public health officials are reaching out to healthcare professionals, family members, and others who had close contact with the patients to provide guidance about monitoring their health and recommendations about when to see a healthcare provider for an evaluation. Public health officials also are working with airlines to identify and notify U.S. travelers who may have been exposed to the patient on any of the flights.  Efforts are now under way to identify, notify, test, and monitor close contacts of the Illinois resident.

All reported cases of MERS have been linked to countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula. In some instances, the virus has spread from person to person through close contact. However, there is currently no evidence of sustained spread of MERS-CoV in community settings.

At this time, CDC’s recommendations to the public, travelers, and healthcare providers have not changed on the basis of this new information.

For the general public: While experts do not yet know exactly how this virus is spread, CDC routinely advises that people help protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by taking everyday preventive actions like washing their hands often; avoiding touching their face with unwashed hands; avoiding contact with people who appear sick; and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

For travelers: CDC currently does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans.  If you are traveling to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula, CDC recommends that you pay attention to your health during and after your trip.  The CDC travel notice for MERS-CoV was upgraded to a level 2 alert. The travel notice advises people traveling to the Arabian Peninsula for health care work to follow CDC’s recommendations for infection control, and other travelers to the Arabian Peninsula to take general steps to protect their health.

Healthcare professionals should evaluate patients for MERS-CoV infection who have

(A) fever and pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome, and either

a history of travel from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula within 14 days before symptom onset, or

have had close contact with a symptomatic traveler who developed fever and acute respiratory illness (not necessarily pneumonia) within 14 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula, or

are part of a cluster of patients with severe acute respiratory illness of unknown etiology in which MERS-CoV is being evaluated;

(B) or anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of MERS while the person was ill, in consultation with state and local health departments.


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus is a virus that is new to humans and was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. As of May 16, there have been 572 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS in 15 countries. Most of these people developed severe acute respiratory illness, with fever, cough, and shortness of breath; 173 people died. Officials do not know where the virus came from or exactly how it spreads. There is no available vaccine or specific treatment recommended for the virus.

Solo Teeth Whitening System Wins Gold

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

MAY 13, 2014 (New York, NY) – A true David vs. Goliath story, GLO Science joins the ranks among top pioneers with their third medal win at the internationally renowned 2014 Edison Awards, announced April 30, at the Edison Awards Annual Gala in San Francisco, CA.  The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

For the first time in Edison Awards history, beauty was recognized for innovation with a dedicated category in the 2014 awards. And for the third consecutive year, GLO Science medals for their latest smile innovation, taking home the Gold for GLO Solo Teeth Whitening System. GLO Science is in good company with finalists Solazyme and Coty, winning silver and bronze respectively. GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device, the hero product that reinvented teeth whitening, medaled at 2012 Edison Awards in the “Consumer Packaged Goods Personal Care” category along with top industry leaders Philips and Proctor & Gamble. In 2013, Everyday GLO, an oral health teeth-whitening pen, won gold with Avon placing silver.

First-of-its-kind, GLO Solo delivers a unique, no-sensitivity gel formulation in a patented G-Vial delivery system to whiten teeth at home or on-the-go. No more messy trays or strips. No more inconvenience. In just 30-second applications, GLO Solo is clinically proven to whiten smiles 3-5 shades in only two weeks. GLO Solo G-Vials are ultra-chic, easy-to-apply and hermetically-sealed with patented technology, keeping the gel at its highest concentration for optimal efficacy. Affordable, accurate and pain-free, GLO Solo is the easy, fast way to whiten.

“It’s exciting to see companies like GLO Science continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy, challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director. “Edison Awards recognizes game‐changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.” 

“We aspire to bring to life innovations that make it easy to have a beautiful, healthy smile, while providing game changing technology that eliminates the compromises of traditional whitening and oral health care in the dental office and at home,” says Jonathan B. Levine, DMD and Founder of GLO Science. “We are humbled and honored to be recognized by the prestigious Edison Awards for the third year in a row, alongside some of the world’s most elite brands. It celebrates our mission and reinvigorates us to turn out unique creations that positively impact the lives and smiles of our consumers.”

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