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Brushing one’s teeth right after a meal may not cause any problems, according to the Japan Society of Pediatric Dentistry. In recent years, most people in the dental profession recommended waiting 30 to 60 minutes after eating to brush. This way, the acidic nature of many foods can subside before spreading the acidity around and harming one’s enamel and dentin. Previous studies have analyzed the impact on dentin when brushing after eating. But the Japan Society of Pediatric Dentistry claims the enamel is strong enough to prohibit much of this damage, so these studies were not an accurate portrayal of what happens when a person eats and then brushes his or her teeth right after. The Japan Society of Pediatric Dentistry also contends that if there is a buildup of plaque from food particles in the mouth, this is a much bigger problem than brushing right after eating. Plaque possesses decaying carbohydrates, which contain bacteria that produce acid. Therefore, the Japan Society of Pediatric Dentistry states that by brushing right after eating, any buildup of food particles will be prevented. More research is necessary to get a definitive answer about what is more harmful to oral health—brushing right after eating or waiting at least 30 minutes to do so.
Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today the release of Dentrix® G6, the latest version of the award-winning dental practice management software. Dentrix G6 offers customers new features that enhance the user experience and enable practitioners to adopt paperless practices.

To help practices further automate daily tasks, such as scheduling, charting, treatment planning, billing and reporting, Dentrix G6 features upgrades to its financial analytics and accounting and billing tools that will make it easier to manage patient information. In addition, Dentrix G6 offers enhanced functionality to the existing eDex service, which allows easier access to patient information by enabling business and personal contacts to be merged and accessible on a single platform. Dentrix G6 also features a new “click to chat” button in the Help menu so customers can receive real-time answers to their questions from the Dentrix support team.

Another new button on the Dentrix G6 toolbar gives one-click access to the Dentrix Marketplace, an online store that offers products and services that work with Dentrix, including “Dentrix Connected” apps that integrate directly into the Dentrix system to eliminate duplicate data entry and speeds up the practice workflow.

"The Dentrix Marketplace, with its Dentrix Connected apps, offers Dentrix users a multitude of options to expand their Dentrix systems and integrate their practice technology,” said Chris Wadsworth, Senior Product Manager, Dentrix Partner Program. “The Dentrix Connected apps are designed by independent software vendors (ISVs) who use Marketplace to connect directly with thousands of our Dentrix users. Today, we have more than 25 vendors already certified to run with Dentrix G6 and hundreds more are currently developing Dentrix Connected solutions,” Mr. Wadsworth added. “Dentrix customers with questions about whether the technology products currently used in their practice are certified to work with Dentrix G6 should contact the product’s vendor or manufacturer and ask if they offer “Dentrix Connected” versions of their solution.”

Updates featured in Dentrix G6 were based on feedback received from users via an online suggestion box, social media polls and industry conferences made available by Henry Schein.

“At Henry Schein, we deeply value customer feedback to help us ensure that our ongoing development efforts meet their unique interests and needs,” said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein North American Practice Solutions. “As a result of feedback received, Dentrix G6 was developed to offer effective solutions that help improve the way our customers manage their practices. With the release of Dentrix G6, we are excited to introduce new tools that practitioners can rely on to improve the efficiency and productivity of their practice, which benefits the dental team and patient.”

Dentrix customers with an active Dentrix Customer Service Plan can upgrade to Dentrix G6 at no cost. Customers who do not have an active plan may call 1.800.336.8749 or visit www.Dentrix.com/CSP to enroll and qualify for the upgrade. For more details about Dentrix G6, please visit www.Dentrix.com/G6.

LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. (“LED Medical” or “the Company”) has announced that its subsidiary, LED Dental, has officially launched a new cloud-based imaging solution, LED Imaging Cloud. The system will premiere in booth 2230 at CDA Presents: Anaheim, April 30-May 2 in Anaheim, CA.

LED Imaging Cloud combines the performance of LED Imaging Software with the convenience and security of cloud technology. The web-based system is accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week from any location, allowing practitioners real-time, remote access to clinical data for their entire patient database. A solution for both 2D and 3D clinical data, LED Imaging Cloud transcends limitations on CBCT storage found in many current cloud imaging solutions on the market.

The Edison Awards, celebrating 28 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced that Convergent Dental was voted a Gold Winner for innovation at the April 23rd event at The Capitale in New York City. CTO Nathan Monty joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the 2015 Edison Award winners. Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name around the world. “Our judges recognized Solea as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards. The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards™ was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical. One of the evening’s many highlights was the presentation of the prestigious Edison Achievement Award to Clayton M. Christensen, noted innovator, Kim B. Clark Professor of Harvard Business School, and founder of Innosight. Also honored with an Edison Achievement Award was Robert A. Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors. The award honors innovation leaders and business executives who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers. The Edison Achievement Award serves as inspiration to future innovators and to the world at large. In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed a full-day “Meet the Innovators Forum” and the "Innovators’ Showcase,” which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products.
There may be a definitive reason for people developing bone loss associated with gum disease or periodontitis. Adseverin, which is a protein found in the body, is a key factor in the bone loss that stems from common inflammatory diseases, according to the top biology journal FASEB. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry conducted this study, which focused on new preventive treatment models for these diseases. Periodontitis impacts millions of people each year. Roughly $125 million was spent in the United States during the last year to treat periodontitis. Periodontitis is considered an osteoimmune condition, similar to osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. These superosteoclasts cause damage as they form on the bone surface and eventually spit out enzymes that eat away the bone while loosening the teeth. When the osteoclasts are larger, they’re more effective at resorbing bone. To determine why this is the case, the researchers analyzed the role of cytokines, which are chemicals released by cells in the body. The research team concluded that the cytokines led to the production of Adseverin. The formation of supersosteoclasts relies on the presence of Adseverin, which also happens to be a rarity throughout the body. This study may provide the chance to look for new drugs for treating gum disease. It may also provide more information regarding bone loss that stems from osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

DentalEZ®, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce two recent additions to its DentalEZ® NextGen® line of dental cabinets, the new NextGen® Sterilization Center and NextGen® Basic Cabinets.

The efficient design of the NextGen Sterilization Center provides the entire dental team with all necessary requirements for a seamless sterilization process in one Single Flow Center.

Features include:

  • Spacious upper storage cabinets equipped with luminous task lighting
  • Glove, soap, and towel dispenser
  • An equipment tower with pull-out shelves and open storage spaces
  • A deep drop-in sink with faucet/spray
  • Tapmaster® hands-free faucet control
  • Stainless steel waste drop with basket
  • Two enclosed pull-out surfaces for equipment

 

The DentalEZ NextGen Sterilization Centers are available in four Single Flow Center sizes: 72", 96", 120", or 144" and can be completely customized per size or design to fit specific practice requirements.
In addition, the new NextGen Basic Cabinet line consists of three economical workstations ergonomically designed for workflow efficiency and ease of use. The NextGen Basic Team Workstation and its left-to-right pivoting mobile work surface hold either duo or assistant only instrumentation. The thin, tapered work surface is designed for ease of use during procedures and can be conveniently moved out of the work area with an effortless left or right gliding motion.  

Other NextGen Basic Team Workstation features include:

  • Upper storage module with two spacious cabinets
  • Luminous task lighting
  • A built-in electrical outlet with powder-coated aluminum trim to accommodate ancillary devices
  • Clean water system
  • Easy access drop-down pull-out front shelf for additional storage.
  • Base drawers (optional soft close)

The NextGen Basic Doctor’s and Assistant’s Workstation (side workstation) is equipped with side cabinets that are available in a wide variety of door and drawer configurations to meet each unique practice requirement. Features include:

  • Spacious storage drawers
  • Convenient countertop metal trash drop
  • Standard single lever stainless steel faucet
  • Stainless steel sub-base with adjustable feet for leveling cabinets
  • Optional Tapmaster foot-activated faucet control
  • Optional soap dispenser
  • Optional finished back panel

The NextGen Basic Dual Access Workstation (DAWS) is a shared workstation ideal for dual open bay operatory layouts. The Basic Dual Access Workstation is available in three models:

  • DAWS Model A includes a privacy panel
  • DAWS Model B includes a doctor’s console
  • DAWS Model C includes x-ray bi-fold doors

Features of the NextGen Basic Dual Access Workstation include:

  • An aesthetically pleasing stainless steel shared sink section
  • Countertop-mounted stainless steel trash drop
  • Numerous storage areas including: accessory item drawers, a customized storage area (available in numerous configurations of doors and drawers), a sink plumbing area, and a trash waste area
  • A sub-base with adjustable feet for leveling cabinets
  • Spacious upper-level storage area
  • Easy-load glove, cup, and towel dispensers
  • Access panel that can be used for a cabinet-mounted light or x-ray
  • Tapmaster foot-activated faucet control

For more information about DentalEZ’s full line of NextGen dental cabinets, please visit www.dentalez.com

A recent discovery may push dental stem cell research to a new level.

Researchers at Inserm and Paris Descartes University isolated dental stem cell lines and discovered the natural mechanism that they use to repair lesions in the teeth. This discovery could make way for unprecedented therapeutic strategies to mobilize resident dental stem cells and enable their natural ability to repair.

The information appears in the journal Stem Cells.

The research team for this study successfully extracted and isolated tooth stem cells by working on the pulp from a mouse molar. Based on this information, the research team managed to conduct a full analysis of the five specific receptors for dopamine and serotonin.

The fact that these receptors were there meant that these stem cells could respond to the presence of dopamine and serotonin in the event of a lesion. The researchers then were curious as to what was the source of the neurotransmitters, which they later found out were blood platelets. These neurotransmitters recruit the stem cells to repair the tooth after they are initially released. The final piece of evidence came when they realized the dental repair did not occur in rats with modified platelets that don’t produce serotonin or dopamine.

The researchers later attempted to create categories for the various receptors they discovered. One of the five receptors had no impact on the repair process while the other four did.

Based on the information from this study, the researchers can now move to analyzing human stem cells to try to find new methods for repairing teeth.

A recent study of children’s teeth from 19th century cemeteries showed that the biochemical composition of teeth was extremely telling about the mother’s health.

A group of researchers from the Universities of Bradford and Durham analyzed the teeth from a cemetery in Ireland and one in London. The teeth provided a great deal of insight, including showing the difference between the infants who died and those who lived past early childhood.

These findings appeared in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. The results matched up with people from the Iron Age and in Neolithic Shetland. More studies of children’s teeth will be conducted in Bradford and Sudan.

If some of the same patterns persist in modern-day mothers and children, the researchers would like to form a basic test that would be performed on babies to determine possible health problems in adulthood.

Levels of carbon and nitrogen isotopes within bone and teeth change with different diets, which is why baby teeth can reveal clues about the diet of the mother during pregnancy and the child’s diet right after he or she is born. The first permanent molar forms around the time of birth and is retained into adulthood. Each layer of tooth equals about four months of growth. These indicators also are present when determining if a baby has been breastfed.

The results of the analysis from one of the cemeteries turned out to be the opposite of what you would think. The babies who possessed higher nitrogen isotope levels at birth didn’t live into adulthood while those who survived had lower and more stable nitrogen isotope levels. The results from the Victorians buried in London showed the same results.

This information led the researchers to conclude that higher nitrogen isotope levels showed that the mothers were malnourished and dealt with stress. In light of this information, the researchers are analyzing 13,500 children born between 2007 and 2010 and tracking their health through childhood and into adulthood. Ideally this study will show definitive evidence that there’s a correlation between nitrogen/carbon isotope levels and the medical history of the mother and future health of the children.



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