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Entries from April 2009

OraVerse Local Anesthesia Reversal Agent

April 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

DentalBlogs has covered OraVerse in the past, but now we bring you a visual explanation. We met Rick Orneals from Novalar Pharmaceuticals at Star of the South Meeting on April 18th. He’ll tell you just how amazing OraVerse is. Your patients will LOVE this product.

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Good Oral Health Contributes to Successful Organ Transplants

April 17th, 2009 · No Comments

April is Organ Donor Awareness Month. Twenty-five thousand organ transplants are performed in the US annually. Drugs like immunosuppressants and anti-rejection medications are prescribed to promote acceptance of transplanted organs. These drugs compromise a patient’s immune system. Good oral health, as we know, contributes to overall health and a strong immune system. Therefore, for organ transplant patients, oral health should be a primary concern prior to and following surgery.

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Home Teeth-Whitening Systems Could Use Some Touch-Up

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

A new study shows that a tiny amount of enamel decalcifies after application of home teeth-whitening products. Teeth can recalcify after minimal enamel loss, and fluoride assists in remineralization. So basically, the five brands of home whitener* that were evaluated are still considered safe.

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Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry · Teeth Whitening

Caries Eliminator pro-t-action™ by OrganoBalance GmbH and BASF

April 15th, 2009 · No Comments

An odorless, tasteless ingredient, pro-t-action, binds to cavity-causing bacteria and make the bacteria clump together. Then, when a person swallows or rinses his mouth, the bacteria are whisked away. L. paracesei, the active ingredient in pro-t-action, targets the bacteria safely, exclusively, and effectively. Consumer oral health products can be infused with pro-t-action, so availability to the public should be fairly simple. At the International Association of Dental Research Annual Conference earlier this month, full research studies were presented.

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Color Strip Makes Gum Disease Diagnosis Quick and Easy

April 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Researchers from Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University have created a color-changing strip that detects periodontal disease. Studies show that the strip is as effective as traditional, invasive, more costly tests. About eighty percent of adults have some form of gum disease, so quick, accurate diagnosis would be helpful to dentists and hygienists. Because of recent research that shows gum disease causes increased risk for serious health conditions, early detection and treatment are imperative to dental and overall good health. So here’s the scoop on how the color-changing periodontal disease detecion strip works (and let’s hope they shorten that name in the future)…

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See Beautiful Hawaii and Attend the ADA 150th Annual Session

April 13th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Ready for a vacation? Ready for the ADA 150th Annual Sessoin? You’re in luck! Registration is now open for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) 150th Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition. The event will be held in Honolulu’s Hawaii Convention Center,  Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, 2009.  Check out the registration page online here […]

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Tags: Hardware · Uncategorized

DIAGNOdent on Facebook

April 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Press Release from Dentaltown… KaVo DIAGNOdent® is on Facebook Lake Zurich, IL – April 8, 2009 – KaVo Dental launches DIAGNOdent on Facebook, the immensely popular social networking platform on the internet. The pages feature the DIAGNOdent Laser Caries Detection Aid. The DIAGNOdent is a caries detection device that uses laser fluorescence to aid in […]

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Tags: Administrative · Marketing

ClearCorrect Drops Lawsuit Against Invisalign

April 10th, 2009 · No Comments

In mid-February, a story ran here on DentalBlogs about ClearCorrect filing suit against Invisalign. Looks like that issue has been resolved. Here’s the update from a Marketwire press release… “ClearCorrect, Inc., a manufacturer of FDA-cleared transparent orthodontic aligners, today filed a notice of voluntary dismissal regarding its declaratory judgment against Invisalign® manufacturer Align Technology after […]

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Dentists on Facebook

April 9th, 2009 · 10 Comments

First of all, if you are unfamiliar with Facebook, join up for free at, if for no other reason than to say you did! Facebook is a social media website where people across the globe post profiles and connect with other folks. Facebook is a form of “social media.” Some people use social media as a business marketing tool. The question is, do dentists do social media?

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Tags: Administrative · Digital Photography · Marketing

Latest News About Periodontal Disease

April 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This week, a few perio-related stories have hit the dental industry newsboards. First of all, resolvins may restore soft tissues and reduce/eliminate periodontal swelling. In addition, we have more news on the link between oral and overall health. Then there’s a new study about gum disease contributing to gestational diabetes. What a week – and it’s only Wednesday.

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