EPA: Gotta keep ‘em separated

SolmeteX® Hg5® Series features  amalgam separation options, available at benco.com

The EPA will conduct a public hearing on the proposed pretreatment standards for discharges of pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) from certain existing and new dental practices on Monday, November 10,  at 1 p.m. in the William J. Clinton-East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

According to water.epa.gov, the proposal would require such dentists to comply with requirements for controlling the discharge of dental amalgam pollutants into POTWs. The requirements are based on the best available technology or best available control technology, amalgam separators (SolmeteX® Hg5® Series shown above, available at benco.com) and Best Management Practices.  EPA is also proposing to amend the General Pretreatment Regulations (40 CFR Part 403) to streamline oversight requirements for the dental sector.

“The EPA expects compliance with this proposed rule would cut metal discharge to treatment works, half of it from mercury, by at least 8.8 tons a year. The EPA is also proposing to streamline dental sector oversight requirements to cut implementation and oversight costs of the proposed rule to states and localities by $47 million annually,” reported Donna DominoFeatures Editor at drbicuspid.com

The public hearing will provide an opportunity for oral comments to the Agency on the proposed pretreatment standards.  Typically, each presenter will have three to five minutes to speak.  A transcription of the oral comments will be available on this page following the hearing.  Information on optional pre-registration will be provided can be found at: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/guide/dental/


December 22, 2014.  Deadline for public comments to EPA on this proposal.  Please see the Federal Register notice for details.

September 2015. EPA expects to finalize the rule, which under the Clean Water Act, will require dentists to install amalgam separators to help cut discharges of dental amalgam to the environment.


Time travel back to 200-400 AD

Experts say the Roman-British population appears to have had far less gum disease than we have today.

By Kelsi Matylewicz / Benco Dental Social Media Intern

One factor that did not contribute to the fall of the Roman Empire: gum disease.

At least that’s what we might infer from a study of skulls at the Natural History Museum led by a King’s College London periodontist.  Experts say the Roman-British population appears to have had far less gum disease than we have today.

Modern habits like smoking, and health issues like diabetes can be damaging to oral health, according to further evidence.

The study, published in the British Dental Journal, examined 303 skulls from a Romano-British burial ground in Poundbury, Dorset for evidence of dental disease. Only 5% of the skulls showed signs of moderate to severe gum disease, compared to today’s population of which around 15-30% of adults have chronic periodontitis.
However many of the Roman skulls showed signs of infections and abscesses, and half had tooth decay.

Professor Francis Hughes from the Dental Institute at King’s College London and lead author of the study said at kcl.ac.uk: “We were very struck by the finding that severe gum disease appeared to be much less common in the Roman British population than in modern humans, despite the fact that they did not use toothbrushes or visit dentists as we do today.”

Theya Molleson, co-author of the study from the Natural History Museum said: “This study shows a major deterioration in oral health between Roman times and modern England. By underlining the probable role of smoking, especially in determining the susceptibility to progressive periodontitis in modern populations, there is a real sign that the disease can be avoided.”

For more of the story: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2014/October/Romans-had-less-gum-disease-than-modern-Britons.aspx

An app that will make you wish you were five again.

The free Disney Magic Timer™ by Oral-B® app, which appeals to ages 2-7, is considered the “Best New App” for “Kids.”

Featuring 16 of children’s favorite Disney and Marvel characters, use this app to effortlessly encourage your patients to brush longer. They can collect a new digital sticker after each successful two minutes of brushing; track progress with stars and milestone badges on the Brushing Calendar.

Characters featured are: Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Jake (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates), James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, Belle, Lightning McQueen, Ariel, Dusty, Cinderella, Tinker Bell, Rapunzel, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America.

Three easy steps make the magic happen:
1. Download the Disney Magic Timer™ app by Oral-B®
2. Scan any Crest or Oral-B Pro-Health Stages product with an iPad, iPhone or iTouch
3. Favorite characters come to life.

The creators invite your patients’ success stories with the new app through: @oralb http://web.stagram.com/n/oralb/

View more details at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-magic-timer/id747541884?mt=8


Virtual Tooth Fairy Ball: Twist on traditional fundraising


Contrary to a recent survey that the tooth fairy left 8% less under pillows this year (an average of $3.40 for every lost tooth) than in 2013, as reported by USAToday.com, the wanded warrior will dig deep into her fairy dust coffers during a Ball and Silent Auction slated for November.

A day with Dr. Gordon Christensen including a private mini course, facility tour and lunch for four at his Utah research center; a Nomad Handheld Intraoral X-Ray Device;  and “On the Glass” tickets to Minnesota Wild vs. New York Rangers are among silent auction items at the Virtual Tooth Fairy Ball and online auction November 1-24.

The event, organized by National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy (NCOHF), aims to help fund nonprofit clinics serving at-risk children according to a report in Mentor Magazine.

Dental companies and oral care professionals are invited  to become virtual toothfairies without leaving home. Corporations may donate items to a silent auction or purchase virtual “tables” for $5000 each. Contributors’ grants will be named in honor of the donating companies. In addition, participating firms will be recognized in event-related communications, and will also be awarded memberships in the America’s ToothFairy Kids Club — a perk they can pass along to employees, customers and associates.

Group dental practices and individual clinicians are also invited to participate by bidding on auction items.

RSVP at: http://www.ncohf.org/get-involved/toothfairy-ball/rsvp

American Ninja Dentist lives her dream, shares her story

This past June, North Carolina dentist Dr. Desiree Walker was a featured athlete on NBC's American Ninja Warrior, the heart-racing, extreme obstacle competition, and ran the course.

Caption: This past June, North Carolina dentist Dr. Desiree Walker, shown, was a featured athlete on NBC’s extreme obstacle competition, American Ninja Warrior.

By Desiree Walker, DDS (@sarahdesiwalker)

“A great dentist”, “a kind dentist”, “a gentle dentist” – these were the normal, positive phrases that I hoped that my patients would use to describe me.  Never did I think that one of the adjectives would be “Ninja” and never did I think that many of my patients would refer to me as the “Ninja Dentist”. But I am, at least locally, thanks to the NBC show American Ninja Warrior.

This past June, I was a featured athlete on American Ninja Warrior, the heart-racing, extreme obstacle competition, and ran the course.  Not only did I get to showcase what one of the hosts called the most epic fall this season, but also myself, as a dentist and an athlete. The opportunity was a thrill of a lifetime, but the biggest blessing was the chance to share my story of dentistry and fitness; two topics that are rarely blended together.  It was a chance to encourage females, dentists and professionals, that wellness, exercise and movement can be integrated into any lifestyle.

The events began unfolding back at the end of April. I was in my office on a Saturday afternoon, re-bonding ortho brackets on my husband Ash, when I got a call on my cell phone.  I never answer calls while in the operatory with patients, of course, but this was a different situation, especially with the patient being my husband and the call coming from Los Angles, the complete opposite end of the country.  I de-gloved and answered.
The conversation went as follows:  “This is Claire, one of the producers from NBC.  We received your application and tryout video for American Ninja Warrior.  Would you be interested in participating on the show in Miami?”

Wow – I wasn’t expecting that! Several months ago, I did a spur-of-the-moment iPhone video of one of my actual training workouts in my house.  It was the last day for submission of the application to the American Ninja Warrior Show, and we were snow bound in our homes.  I did a brief introduction and filmed the workout.  I sent in the video and application that evening, not thinking much about my chances of being chosen.  I was in the third full month of my ground-up construction, start-up dental practice. It was consuming most of my time, focus and energy.

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