Archive | November, 2015

Daily Dental Tip: 4 Steps For Mouth Care

30 Nov


These four steps are the best and easiest ways to help you remember how to care for your mouth, teeth and gums:

  1. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime.

  2. Floss every day – usually at bedtime.
  3. Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.
  4. Visit your dentist every 6 months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.


7 reasons you absolutely cannot afford to neglect your oral health (via @NewsOK)

30 Nov


It is absolutely essential that you treat your oral health just as you would your overall health.

Many people fail to brush and floss regularly, and more importantly, do not go to their yearly dentist checkups. If this is the case for you, this means you are unaware of the true damage you are doing to your body. There are a number of reasons for neglecting your oral health, but there are even more reasons why you shouldn’t.

Understanding why proper oral hygiene is so important to your health will hopefully motivate you to take better care of your teeth and gums. Gum disease has the potential to pop up at any given time.

Here are 7 reasons why you simply cannot afford to neglect your oral health even a second longer:

1. Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke

People who have a periodontal disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease because of the narrowing of the arteries that causes plaque and bacteria to get into the blood stream through the mouth and gums.

This bacterium contains protein that promotes blood clots which can also clog the arteries while significantly increasing the risk for heart attack. This same bacteria has the ability to clog the artery that delivers blood to the brain which can cause you to have a stroke.

2. Risk of Dementia

Poor oral health and tooth loss increases your risk of suffering from memory loss at an early age.

Studies have shown that poor oral health can lead to a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease. If your gums become inflamed due to infection, this can also cause brain inflammation which could cause death of certain brain cells.

3. Respiratory Problems

Bacteria that is caused by periodontal disease has the ability to travel through the bloodstream and to your lungs where it can impact the respiratory system.

If you have already experienced respiratory problems in the past, then you have a greater chance of having further problems due to poor oral hygiene. If you have gum disease this also puts you at higher risk for pneumonia and other respiratory conditions.

4. Risk of Diabetes

95% of the individuals in the United States who have diabetes have also experienced severe periodontal disease that has led to tooth loss. This is because individuals who suffer from diabetes have a higher risk of infections. However, it is a two-way street: diabetes leads to gum disease and gum disease leads to diabetes.

5. Erectile Dysfunction

Men who suffer from periodontal disease are seven times more likely to also experience some sort of erectile dysfunction than men who practice excellent oral hygiene.

The bacteria caused by periodontal disease can travel into the bloodstream which inflames the blood vessels which blocks the flow of blood to the genitals.

6. Premature Birth

Many experts have stated that premature birth is caused by the overall health of the mother and her entire body. If she does not practice good oral hygiene and develops an infection in the mouth, this can travel to the unborn child which can lead to premature birth.

7. Cancer

A number of experts have confirmed that men who have gum disease were almost 50% more likely to develop kidney cancer and 30% were more likely to develop cancers of the blood. This makes it extremely important to see your dentist regularly and practice good oral hygiene.

If you are not taking care of your oral health, you could be causing severe damage to your body. Make sure that you get regular checkups from your dentist and continue practicing excellent oral health.



Dentistry gets digital upgrade with 3D technology (via @NZStuff)

25 Nov

George Glausiuss, dental surgeon, at Open Wide Papanui Dental Centre, scans the teeth of patient Brian Reid with a 3D camera.

In dental surgeries around the country a digital divide is developing as 3D technology muscles in on decades-old techniques.

For an increasing number of patients in need of repair work, biting down on a clump of glue like material is being replaced with a 3D photo.

Of 2500 dentists in New Zealand, about 260 are now designing and producing custom-made caps, crowns, fillings and bridges with 3D technology.

George Glausiuss, dental surgeon, at Open Wide Papanui Dental Centre, scans the teeth of patient Brian Reid with a 3D camera.

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Christchurch dentist and early adopter George Glausiuss bought his 3D camera, CAD design software, 3D milling machine and oven four years ago for an eye watering $250,000.

He says the move has transformed his work and he loves being able to see the whole process through himself.

“It gave my career a whole new lease of life.”

For patient, Brian Reid Glausiuss’ ability to complete two crowns in one appointment meant he saved an extra two hour return trip to Christchurch from his home in Banks Peninsula.

In the past, Glausiuss would have taken a mould and given him temporary crowns – requiring a return appointment in two weeks time.

Reid’s appointment starts instead with a 3D photo session of his oral cavities with a tool similar in shape to a large electric toothbrush attached to a computer.

As Glausiuss hovers the inter-oral camera over Reid’s teeth a 3D image of the tooth – and it’s neighbours appears on screen almost immediately.

The dental drill still gets a work out, as Glausiuss follows up, preparing the tooth for the crown.

Another scan captures the base of the tooth cavity, and Reid’s bite.

A small block of purple ceramic, the size of a post-it note is placed in a milling machine where it will be chiselled in to an exact replica of Reid’s tooth.

Glausiuss clicks the mouse and boom, the finished crown appears on screen.

He tweaks the computerised design, closing a small gap with the neighbouring tooth, while allowing enough room for floss.

When the design is finalised, another mouse click sets the 15 minute milling process in motion while Reid is still in the dentists chair.

With the block of ceramic reduced to a small purple tooth, Glausiuss gets out the paint brushes and stains to ensure the final crown looks the part.

“I really enjoy this, you get to put in the characteristics of the tooth.”

Reid looks on, perplexed by the momentous effort going in to his new molar.

“You’re the only person who is going to see it George.”

“But I know it’s there,” Glausiuss says as he sprays the tiny tooth with a clear glaze.

The tooth, still purple, goes in to the oven where it crystallises and hardens.

As it fires the tooth whitens and the stain, expertly applied by Glausiuss, is baked on.

When cool, the tooth fits like a hand in a glove and is glued in to place.

While dentist nerds like Glausiuss have taken the plunge with 3D, for most dentists the jury is still out.

One of those happy to stay with the status quo is Jane Mason from Elmwood Dental in Christchurch.

With 37 years of experience in dentistry behind her, she cannot see the benefits of changing to 3D techniques.

“It’s not because I’m afraid of it, it’s just that I get very good results with the techniques I use.”

“So why change?”

Mason said she works closely with dental technicians who produced very high quality work.

She enjoyed the interaction with the technicians when working on more complex cases.

Advanced Ceramics dental technician Andy Burrows said the company used 3D and traditional techniques with the split “about fifty-fifty”.

A staff of 12 technicians made crowns, caps, bridges and implants for about 100 dentists from around the country.

He said the majority of dentists had not adopted 3D technology because it was not affordable and they could not see the benefit.

“It’s not saving them a lot of time or material costs.”

Some simply didn’t want to take on the work of a dental technician, and would prefer to see more patients instead, Burrows said.

The effect on business for dental technicians had been minor so far.

“It has had an impact – but not hugely, because you are always going to have guys who don’t want to use it,” Burrows said.



Daily Dental Tip: Brush for the Full Two Minutes

25 Nov

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Even though we’ve been brushing and flossing our teeth for years and years, many of us are surprised to learn that we’re not doing it properly. Case in point: Did you know that proper brushing takes at least two minutes? Most adults do not come close to brushing that long.

American Academy of Implant Dentistry plays major role at 2015 Greater New York Dental Meeting (via @dentistryIQ)

24 Nov


The American Academy of Implant Dentistry will present seven programs at the 2015 Greater New York Dental Meeting including several hands-on workshops.

Founded in 1951, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry. The Academy’s mission is simple: To advance the science and practice of implant dentistry through education, research support, and to serve as the credentialing standard for implant dentistry for the benefit of mankind.

AAID’s founding members were the pioneers of implant dentistry in the United States as it grew from a theory to become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. The Academy continues to be at the forefront of the practice by providing the standard in credentialing, education, and support for research in implant dentistry.

By offering bona fide, court-recognized credentials in implant dentistry, the Academy provides valuable expertise in the field of oral implantology. AAID stands for excellence in patient care. The Academy provides widely sought after credentialing in implant dentistry through the associate fellow and fellow membership examinations. This expertise benefits the patients that our members serve, and the Academy makes it easy for patients to find those experts through a patient website.

ADDITIONAL READING | American Academy of Implant Dentistry elects new officers

Known for providing practical education for the practicing implant dentist, the AAID’s Annual Implant Dentistry Educational Conference is highly praised. More than one thousand implant dentistry professionals convene to learn from world-class clinicians and presenters, take advantage of networking opportunities, and visit more than 140 companies that provide technology and services to the profession. Mark your calendar for the 65th Annual Conference to be held in New Orleans, October 26–29, 2016.

AAID’s membership is made up of general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, and others interested in the field of implant dentistry. The Academy currently has more than 5,000 members in the United States and in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Members who demonstrate the highest standards in implantology find the AAID to be the organization that supports their clinical and research interests, as well as recognition for their achievements.

The AAID provides numerous member benefits. With a scientific impact factor that is the envy of the implant dentistry world, the Journal of Oral Implantology is valued by members. AAID’s “Member Advantage Program,” gives members discounts on products and services they use regularly in their practice . . . and they can save more than the annual cost of membership.

The AAID Foundation is the leader in providing research grants to the implant profession. Its endowment fund annually supports dozens of researchers with more than $100,000 in funding. Its latest undertaking is the “Wish a Smile” program that provides free implant treatment for those 17–29 years of age who are congenitally missing teeth.

There has never been a more exciting time in the ever-expanding field of implant dentistry. The advances in technology and techniques that have occurred, and those that AAID is currently exploring, are making implant dentistry a more sophisticated and successful profession.



Cosmetic Dentistry Market by Product – Global Forecast to 2020 (via @prnewswire)

23 Nov

The global cosmetic dentistry market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 6.8% during the forecast period of 2015 to 2020. The market is primarily driven by the rising focus on dental aesthetics, rising trend of dental tourism to emerging markets, increasing middle class population, rising disposable incomes, and growing consumer awareness on cosmetic dentistry.

In this report, the global cosmetic dentistry market is segmented on the basis of products and regions. On the basis of products, the cosmetic dentistry market is divided into dental systems and equipment, dental implants, dental bridges, dental crowns, dental veneers, orthodontic braces, bonding agents, and inlays and onlays. The dental systems and equipment segment is further divided into instrument delivery systems, handpieces, dental chairs, light curing equipment, scaling units, CAD/CAM systems, dental lasers, and dental radiology equipment. The dental radiology equipment segment is categorized into extra-oral radiology equipment, intra-oral radiology equipment, and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanners. The dental implants segment is sub-segmented into titanium implants and zirconium implants, while the dental bridges segment is subdivided into traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridges. The orthodontic braces market is subdivided into fixed braces and removable braces. In addition, the country-wise segmentation of each region (North AmericaEuropeAsia-Pacific, and Rest of the World) is also provided in the report.

In 2014, the dental systems and equipment segment accounted for the largest share of around 32% to 37% of the global cosmetic dentistry market. The large share of this segment is mainly attributed to the widespread use of dental implants in dental procedures and the willingness of people to spend out of their pocket. CAD/CAM systems enable the effective designing of dental prosthetics in 3D format, due to which they have been finding wider applications, which is further propelling the growth of this market. However, the market for dental crowns is expected to register strong growth during the forecast period due to the rising preference for single-tooth implants and dental bridges.

In 2014, Europe accounted for the largest share in the global cosmetic dentistry market, followed by North AmericaAsia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing region during the forecast period, owing to rising disposable incomes, improvements in healthcare infrastructure, and rising dental tourism in the APAC region.
Some key players in this market include 3M Company (U.S.), Danaher Corporation (U.S.), DENTSPLY International, Inc. (U.S.), Institut Straumann AG (Switzerland), Zimmer Biomet Holding, Inc. (U.S.), Align Technology, Inc. (U.S.), Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. (U.S.), Biolase, Inc. (U.S.), Planmeca Oy (Finland), and A-dec Inc. (U.S.).

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Daily Dental Tip: 6-Month Checkup

23 Nov


Maintain your oral health in the best possible way by visiting your dentist every 6 months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.