Halloween Candy Buyback Program aims to preserve dental health

MIDDLETON, Wis., USA: Dentists across the country are participating in a crusade to end children’s consumption of cavity-inducing treats by buying back their Halloween candy in exchange for incentives such as cavity fighting xylitol candies from Xlear and cash. “Ditch the sugary candy and get some healthy alternatives — that’s what we’re saying,” says Dr. Chris Kammer of Lifetime Family Dentistry of Middleton, Wis., founder of the program.

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Researchers surprise mouth fungus with sugary ‘Trojan horse’ that hides medicine

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: Scientists from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will borrow a famous strategy from Greek warfare — the Trojan horse — to fight a fungus that exists in the mouths and skin of nearly half of the world’s population. Oral thrush, a yeast infection recognizable as the white film that coats tongues and throats and is formally known as Candida, is normally harmless and exists commonly in small amounts in the mouths of many people.

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i-CAT teams with Milo Foundation and has fun with some furry friends

HATFIELD, Pa., USA: At the 2015 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session, held earlier this year, i-CAT, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, recently featured its latest “Their Story” featuring Dr. Sean Carlson and his patient Natalie. As part of his treatment armamentarium to save her transmigratory impacted canines in the mandibular jaw, Carlson used detailed information gathered from the i-CAT scan.

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Sirona unveils products designed to enhance orthodontic practice productivity

CHARLOTTE, N.C., USA: Sirona Dental unveiled new products and services to enhance the orthodontic workflow at its recent CEREC 30th (C30) anniversary celebration. “Sirona continues to set a standard of excellence by introducing new innovations designed to seamlessly transition traditional orthodontic practices looking to improve productivity through the utilization of CEREC technology,” the company said in a press release.

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Sirona holds CEREC 30th (C30) anniversary celebration in Las Vegas

CHARLOTTE, N.C., USA: Sirona Dental recently held its CEREC 30th (C30) anniversary celebration, an event the company said “exceeded expectations and further established Sirona as the leader in digital dentistry.” The CAD/CAM extravaganza, hosted at the The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas, spanned three days of hands-on learning, keynote speeches and entertainment.

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Aspen Dental Practices and Danica Patrick pay tribute to veterans

JOLIET, Ill., USA: When Danica Patrick took to the track recently for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, she did so in a blue-and-white No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS that looked a little different than usual. That’s because in honor of our nation’s veterans, Patrick’s car featured the names of more than 2,200 veterans who were “saluted” earlier this year by Americans across the country on Aspen Dental’s Facebook page.

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How do I improve guided surgery outcomes?

Guided surgery for implant placement provides great benefits for clinicians but can also create complications. Because of this dichotomy, some dentists shy away from its use. As part of a webinar series for the Academy of Osseointegration (AO), Dr. Jaime Lozada presented the advantages and disadvantages of guided surgery. He also shared how to minimize some of the common complications associated it.

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AAOMS annual session in DC: ‘Meeting the Challenge’

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 97th Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 in the nation’s capital. The Washington, D.C., event has the theme of “Meeting the Challenge: Innovative Care of the Surgical Patient,” and event organizers say after attending, participants should be able to discuss and apply innovative care of the surgical patient based on evidence-based medicine; provide open communications with the surgical team to improve care within OMS guidelines; and identify and address challenges of the surgical patient.

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Dental association raises awareness as implant industry grows

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., USA: The dental implant and prosthetic market in the U.S. is projected to reach $6.4 billion in 2018, according the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. More than 30 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws and require an implant procedure. With the increasing demand for dental implants, the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) created the “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign to inform dentists about what they can do to ensure quality restorations for their patients.

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