In a recent interview with Wall Street Journal’s Heidi Mitchell, dental expert, Dr. Michael Glick offers insight about “the genetic roots to tooth decay.”
Dr. Glick, who serves as editor in chief of the Journal of the American Dental Association and as a professor at the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, explains:
“The way enamel is formed on the tooth is probably the best candidate for genetics to have an impact.”
Is your sweet tooth inherited? Dr. Glick uses research on identical twins to answer that one.
Read the full story at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/do-cavities-run-in-your-family-1484323186
Sugar is the enemy, whether or not you have the “cavity gene.” So healthier diets and better oral hygiene habits can help everyone.
QuickSplint®, a clinical problem solver for dentistry, will now be available for sale through Benco Dental, the largest privately owned dental distributor in the U.S., according to Orofacial Therapeutics LP, a San Diego-based medical device company founded by orofacial pain expert, Bradley Eli DDS, MS.
An interim bite plane that can be used as both a diagnostic aid and healing aid for dentistry, QuickSplint® by Orofacial Therapeutics, LP is the only dental splint designed specifically for short-term use of up to 4-6 weeks.
QuickSplint, which can be fabricated quickly and easily in the dental practice, was named a 2016 Clinical Problem Solver by The Dental Advisor, a Reader’s Choice Top 25 First Impression Product by Dentistry Today magazine, and received a favorable review in Dental Economics magazine in September 2016.
“When we saw QuickSplint and the positive reviews coming in on the product, we felt that it served a need for our customers,” said Matthew Alles, Marketplace Product Manager for Benco Dental.
Headquartered in Pittston, Pennsylvania, Benco Dental is the largest privately-owned and fastest-growing full-service dental distribution company in the United States. The company employs 1,300 people, and includes 50 regional showroom locations and five distribution centers that provide service to more than 30,000 dental professionals.
QuickSplint gives dentists the ability to offer their patients an immediate solution for pain and protection including:
- Same-day treatment for acute jaw pain, orofacial pain
- Diagnostic aid for parafunction and bruxism
- Post-op healing aid to help jaw muscles relax and recover after dental treatment
- Post-op temporary protection for anterior provisional veneers, newly placed implants, periodontal surgery, endodontically treated teeth, and other new dental restorations
- Anterior bite-plane/Deprogrammer
- Transitional or emergency appliance
To learn more about QuickSplint and its uses for general dentistry, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, dental implant surgery, and more visit the QuickSplint website at http://www.quicksplint.com.
Dr. Eli and Orofacial Therapeutics LP hold multiple patents in the fields of both sleep and pain. QuickSplint has been successfully utilized with patients for more than ten years and became available to dentists and dental specialists in 2011. QuickSplint is FDA 510k cleared and is made in the U.S.
Who doesn’t enjoy a dollop of this whipped wonder on a latte or hot chocolate?
How about an anxiety-free dental appointment?
When prioritizing the importance of nitrous oxide during the current nationwide shortage of this gas, medical and dental clients rise to the top.
A recent WashingtonPost.com report offers the skinny as to why “some major manufacturers won’t be able to keep up with holiday demand” for aerosol whipped creams:
“A key ingredient in whipped cream is nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas” for its ability to relax people and ease pain when getting teeth pulled. But it also acts as a propellant to get whipped cream out of the can and a preservative to keep it from going rancid.
Just two companies, Air Liquide and Matheson Tri-Gas, produce nitrous oxide for all of the United States and Canada. Together, they operate five nitrous oxide plants, which supply the three packing facilities that can the majority of America’s whipped creams.
At each of these highly consolidated nodes, even a small disruption could impact a large number of products further down the supply chain.”
The not-so-small disruption in this instance: an August 28 explosion at the Air Liquide nitrous oxide facility in Florida that took one life and is currently under federal investigation.
What does this mean for dentists?
According to WasthingtonPost.com, “Air Liquide has allocated its remaining supply to medical clients first and back-burnered its clients in food manufacturing. With a limited supply of nitrous oxide, ConAgra (think Reddi-wip) and Dean Foods said they had to slash their whipped cream production.”
How does this hearken back to the Eggo waffle shortage of 2009? Read the full story to learn the parallel: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/21/the-real-reason-you-cant-buy-whipped-cream-this-christmas/?utm_term=.edb2f0965aee
Meanwhile, fear not for your upcoming dental visit.
As for satisfying your sweet tooth? Stock up on Cool Whip (a non-aerosol whipped cream product).
Better yet, start early on your new year’s resolution to trim the fat, and order that morning beverage sans whip.
On a related topic, wherin lies the fate of your Guinness pour?
Dr. Desiree Walker.
When help was needed, Dr. Walker (shown) began championing ongoing efforts to support Hurricane Matthew Recovery.
Since October devastating storms, she’s been focused on relief work in the community.
Recently, she presented over 1,000 toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and other hygiene items donated by Benco Dental and Lumber River Dental to help students and young families at Southeastern Community College.
Learn more about her efforts and how to help: https://www.facebook.com/desiwalker?hc_ref=SEARCH