“A critical key to our ability to bring our customers and their patients the most effective and safest materials possible is to support independent research at such pioneering institutions as UNC’s Adams School of Dentistry, which is renowned for its dental materials research,” said George Wolfe, president of DMG.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of DMG,” said Scott S. De Rossi, DMD, MBA, dean of the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry. “It is because of contributions like these that we are able to work toward our ultimate goal of becoming the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery.”
The need for a toothbrush simulation testing machine first was discussed in a meeting between Taiseer Sulaiman, DDS, PhD, assistant professor and division director of operative dentistry and biomaterials in the school’s Department of Restorative Sciences, and Dr. Susanne Effenberger, DMG’s head of clinical research, during Effenberger’s spring 2018 tour of the school.
Sulaiman and Effenberger also discussed an educational grant from DMG and two possible in vitro studies to be conducted by Sulaiman’s biomaterials laboratory to confirm the quality of the chemical properties of a new DMG material for use in dental practices.
In the fall of 2018, plans for the grant and the donation of the toothbrush simulator were finalized, and two months later, the agreement for the two research projects was finalized. The toothbrush simulation testing machine was delivered to the school in early 2019.
“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to DMG for their continuous support of research in our biomaterials laboratory at the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry,” said Sulaiman.
“Their support allows us to provide clinicians with guidelines and recommendations that support newly introduced materials. Maximizing the clinical relevance of in vitro testing may help bridge some of the gaps that are currently present,” Sulaiman said.
“With machines like the toothbrush simulator, we can investigate many properties related to surface gloss, roughness, and color stability,” Sulaiman said.
“DMG understands the importance of supporting research institutions with such equipment and of enabling researchers and clinicians to have a better understanding of dental materials with the ultimate goal of providing our patients the best care possible,” said Sulaiman.