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‘Rethink Your Drink,’ CDA tells the public

June 18, 2012

Sacramento, Calif., USA: As summertime temperatures are going up, the California Dental Association is encouraging the public to “rethink your drink” before downing a sugary beverage to quench thirst. 

While the media often focuses on the risks of obesity and diabetes, it’s important to realize that drinking sugar-filled sodas, sports drinks or juices can contribute to tooth decay and dental pain.

CAD/CAM provider focuses on customer

June 18, 2012 | Business

Labs are seeking long-lasting solutions, and these require long-lasting commitment from the CAD/CAM system provider. 3Shape recently proclaimed its commitment to support, learning channels, customer care, and delivering future-proof solutions. 3Shape defines these as inseparable components of its products.

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Advocacy group voices opposition to proposed legislation in North Carolina

June 14, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C., USA: The Alliance for Access to Dental Care, a trade and advocacy group committed to providing quality dental care, has announced the ongoing support from national and regional organizations in its efforts to prevent the passage of House Bill 698 (H.B. 698) and Senate Bill 655 (S.B. 655). If passed, H.B. 698 and S.B. 655 will change the way dentists work with dental service organizations (DSOs).

AGD and AGD Foundation to provide free care to hundreds of Philadelphia’s underserved residents

June 13, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: On Saturday, June 23, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and the AGD Foundation will partner with the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to hold its third annual community outreach project, "Nation of Smiles, One Smile at a Time." The event will take place during the AGD's 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, scheduled for June 21 to 24.

AAID Research Foundation awards more than $165,000 for research projects

June 12, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: The future of implant dentistry is driven by research, and thanks to the AAID Research Foundation, more than $165,000 in grants were awarded to dental investigators in the last two years, the foundation announced. “The AAID Foundation provides generous grants to post-graduate researchers for unbiased dental implant research to further the science of oral implantology through research and education,” said Jaime Lozada, DMD, chairman, AAID Research Foundation.

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Trade specialist honored by Greater N.Y. Dental Meeting

June 11, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Following 10 years of working with United States Department of Commerce (USDOC) Senior Trade Specialist and Project Officer Carol Rudman, the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) staff believes it must share some of its accomplishments with her. Working with Rudman, the Greater New York Dental Meeting became one of the “Top 200 Trade Shows in the U.S.”

Mydent donates products to ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program

June 10, 2012 | Business

Mydent International has donated children’s face masks, along with prophy paste, gloves, barrier products, patient bibs, cups, sponges and cotton rolls to the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program, which is devoted to improving oral health of children in need. Pediatric patients love Mydent’s Marvy Masque Cone Face Masks because they are designed with four delightful characters: a dog, clown, rabbit and cat.

Fluoridated salt used in global fight against caries

June 10, 2012

Bridgeport, Conn., USA: Most dental professionals in the United States are unaware that globally, fluoridated salt has significantly reduced the caries rate in many developing nations. Full effectiveness relies on the salt reaching consumers by several different channels. Fluoride salt can be used in homes, but it is also distributed to restaurant kitchens, school canteens, hospitals, bakeries and large bread factories.

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AAP supports statement that periodontal disease is linked to cardiovascular disease

June 8, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) supports the scientific statement of the American Heart Association (AHA), “Periodontal Disease and Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: Does the Evidence Support an Independent Association?” recently published in Circulation. The statement concludes that observational studies to date support an association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, independent of shared risk factors.

Costs, as much as location, impede access to care

June 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: On June 7, Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., introduced the Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2012 in the Senate and House. The proposed legislation is titled "A bill to improve access to oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations." In February, the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging heard nearly 100 minutes of testimony at its hearing, “Dental Crisis in America: The Need to Expand Access.”

Design student develops first dental MP3 player

June 5, 2012

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., USA: A young artist has developed a device that combines a digital music player with mouthpiece jewelry known as a grill, usually associated with the hip-hop and rap culture. It is worn like a retainer over the teeth and transmits sound using bone conduction hearing instead of earphones.

Aribex NOMAD goes anywhere … almost

June 5, 2012 | Business

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Thousands of dental offices in the United States and in countries around the world have experienced the quality, proven safety, and convenience of the Aribex NOMAD handheld X-ray system. Because it is lightweight and rechargeable, the device has also been used to diagnose thousands of individuals in remote areas far from a regular dental operatory.

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Oral cancer saga: Eva Grayzel urges early detection

June 5, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Eva Grayzel is an unusual late-stage oral cancer survivor: She can speak. Because of that, she feels obligated to tell dentists about their profession’s role in her delayed diagnosis and the heart-wrenching impact the illness had on her and her family. With cases of HPV-related oral cancer on the rise in young people, Grayzel’s message is timelier than ever.

Untreated periodontitis may complicate pregnancy

June 3, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio, USA: A recent study has investigated the association between periodontitis and women's health issues. The researchers focused on adverse pregnancy outcomes in particular and found that periodontitis, depending on the severity, may be linked to preeclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight of the child, among others.

AAIP and Linkow Implant Institute offer implant course in Jamaica

June 3, 2012 | Business

NEW YORK, NY, USA: The American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics (AAIP) will join with its affiliates, Atlantic Dental Implant Seminars (ADIS) and the Linkow Implant Institute, to present a five-day comprehensive implant training course in Kingston, Jamaica, July 3-7.

Keeping the faith

June 3, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Sometimes, you hear about the death of a famous person who was extraordinarily giving, and the story needs to be told. That person is Gary Carter, and I am a New York Mets fan because of him. This is the same Gary Carter enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame, the same wonderful catcher voted MVP for his accomplishments on the baseball field.

Engineers develop novel biosensor for use on teeth

June 1, 2012

PRINCETON, N.J., USA: Princeton University researchers have successfully tested a special kind of biosensor that could help to prevent disease by detecting even small amounts of harmful bacteria more quickly than conventional methods. Using a "tattoo" made from silk and gold and attached to a cow's tooth, they were able to successfully transmit a signal wirelessly to a nearby receiver.

US children with orofacial clefts face healthcare barriers

May 31, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., USA: For the first time, researchers in the U.S. have conducted a qualitative survey among almost 100 mothers of children with orofacial clefts (OFC) with respect to their perception of barriers to medical care. Almost half of the respondents commented negatively on financial, structural and personal barriers with regard to care in the state of North Carolina.

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