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Get your iPhone handy for the ‘My New Smile’ app

July 26, 2009 | Business

NEW YORK, NY and SOUTH BEND, IN, USA: My New Smile—an application by Heraeus—transforms old smiles into radiant, perfect and beautiful new smiles. The application was recently featured and given a ‘thumbs up’ on AppReview, which provides reviews of the latest applications developed specifically for the iPhone. 

Teeth and gums may benefit from Aloe Vera

July 23, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, USA: The aloe vera plant has a long history of healing power. Its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain has been documented as far back as the 10th century. Recently, aloe vera has gained some popularity as an active ingredient in tooth gel. Similar to its use on skin, the aloe vera in tooth gels is used to cleanse and soothe teeth and gums, and is as effective as toothpaste to fight cavities, according to the May/June 2009 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

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Attendees at OSAP conference learn about infection control

July 21, 2009

NEW YORK, NY and PLANO, TX, USA: More than 200 people from around the world attended the 2009 OSAP Symposium, ‘Infection Prevention: Spread the Word,’ held 11–14 June in Plano, Texas. The symposium, which kicked off on the day the World Health Organization declared a worldwide influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, featured up-to-the-minute information on the pandemic, sessions on a wide range of infection control and safety topics, and a record-setting fundraising auction.  

Implant market expected to exceed US$1 billion by 2013

July 20, 2009 | Business

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Although the current economic crisis is resulting in lower growth in the short term, the U.S. dental implant market will recover after 2010 and exceed US$1 billion by 2013, according to ‘US Markets for Dental Implants 2009,’ a report from Millennium Research Group (MRG).

ADEA Releases Statement on Professionalism in Dental Education

July 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has released a Statement on Professionalism in Dental Education for the academic dental community. Aligned with existing codes of ethics and conduct within the dental education and dental practice communities, the Statement is supposed to help define expectations for professional behaviour in dental education institutions. It includes the values and behaviours that should guide students as they enter the dental and allied dental professions and faculty and administrators as they continuously improve their educational programmes.

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Trimira offers oral cancer images online

July 15, 2009 | Business

HOUSTON, TX, USA: Trimira LLC, manufacturer of the Identafi 3000 Oral Cancer Screening Device, has developed the Trimira Clinical Image Library, a comprehensive online catalog of clinical photographs taken by scientists and researchers. The images show a diverse array of lesions in various locations in the oral cavity.  

ADA to hold Conference on Dentist Health and Wellness

July 14, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, USA: Dentists and dental health professionals can take steps to evaluate their own personal health practices and explore well-being issues for optimal health and work-life balance by enrolling in the American Dental Association’s 2009 Conference on Dentist Health and Wellness. Optimal health, work-life balance and well-being issues will be explored. 

New grant by AAE Foundation awarded to University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

July 14, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, USA: The AAE Foundation has awarded its first Endowed Faculty Matching grant to the endodontic department of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The US$100,000 contribution, matched by gifts from generous alumni, will fund the John R. Ludington Jr., DDS, MSD Distinguished Professorship in Endodontics. The Ludington Professor will serve as the program’s pre-doctoral director of endodontics. The department is chaired by Samuel O. Dorn, DDS.  

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Orange juice more harmful to teeth than whiteners

July 13, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany: A glass of orange juice every morning may do more harm to teeth than tooth- whitening products that contain hydrogen peroxide. According to Prof. Yan- Fang Ren from the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, a division within the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester in the US, the effects of professional and over-the-counter whitening products were found to be insignificant compared with that of acidic fruit juices. Earlier this year, research from the Ohio State University in the US found that tooth bleaching had negative effects on tooth enamel hardness.

Former hygienist now dentist, president of AGD

July 13, 2009

NEW YORK, NY, USA: In an interview with Dental Tribune, Dr Paula Jones, president of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), discusses her love of dentistry, some of the challenges facing dental professionals today, and how the organization she leads is addressing these challenges.

DMG America introduces Icon drill-free treatment for incipient caries and white spot lesions

July 8, 2009 | Business

ENGLEWOOD, NJ, USA: DMG America has introduced a new approach to treating incipient caries — Icon, a caries infiltrant. Until now, dental professionals had only two options for treating caries: fluoride and other remineralization therapies, if caries were not too advanced; or the ‘wait and see’ until it was time to ‘drill and fill’ approach. Caries infiltration is a major breakthrough in micro-invasive technology that fills, reinforces and stabilizes demineralized enamel without drilling or sacrificing healthy tooth structure.  

American Association of Endodontists names Glickman president

July 6, 2009

NEW YORK CITY, NY, and CHICAGO, IL, USA: Gerald N. Glickman, D.D.S., M.S., M.B.A., J.D., is the new president of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE). Dr Glickman, professor and chair of the Department of Endodontics and director of graduate endodontics at Texas A&M/Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX, became president at the AAE’s recent 2009 Annual Session in Orlando, FL.  

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National Museum of Dentistry celebrates opening of ‘Smile Experience’ exhibition

July 3, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD, USA: The National Museum of Dentistry celebrated its 13th anniversary on 5 June with an exhibition opening and a preview of new projects. The annual celebration honors supporters and friends who help the museum in its mission to celebrate the history the dentistry and to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health in a healthy life. 

Those who see the ‘big picture’ gather for two days of 3-D education

June 30, 2009 | News

NEW YORK CITY, NY, and CHICAGO, IL, USA: Are you using 3-D imaging yet?  Or are you stuck in the old-fashioned, 2-D X-ray world? If you haven’t yet ventured into the new visual frontier of cone beam imaging, you have no idea what you are missing. Just ask those who attended the 3rd International Congress on 3-D Dental Imaging, held in Chicago from 19 to 20 June. The event was hosted by Imaging Sciences International and Gendex Dental Systems. 

Company urges dentists to screen for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea

June 30, 2009 | Business

NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA: It has been estimated that in the United States alone 20 million men, women and children suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Millions more snore. Of these 20 million, only about 10 per cent have been diagnosed despite the fact that the average life span of an untreated sleep apneic is years less than those without sleep apnea. Because obstructive sleep apnea is reaching almost epidemic, Snoring Isn’t Sexy, an affiliation of qualified dentists, has launched an initiative to have all dentists screen their patients for both snoring and sleep apnea.

Case Western Reserve’s dental school receives millions for HIV research

June 29, 2009

CLEVELAND, OH, USA: Studying how the mouth wards off diseases will have implications for understanding overall how people stay healthy. The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will use a five-year, US$9.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research — the largest grant ever in the dental school’s 117-year history — to study oral health as one of the human body’s frontline defenses against infections. 

The man behind 1-800 DENTIST launches an online presence

June 25, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA: The man who made it easy for large numbers of Americans to connect with a dentist is expanding to the online arena. Fred Joyal, CEO and co-founder of 1-800-DENTIST, has launched a new consumer dental blog. The blog is designed to shed light on the rapidly changing dental industry and share vital information about oral health with the public on a day-to-day basis. 

Washington cracks down on big tobacco

June 24, 2009

NEW YORK CITY and WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The American Dental Association (ADA) is applauding new legislation to regulate tobacco. Congress has passed and President Barack Obama has signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This legislation gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the express authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing and distribution of tobacco products.

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