CORVALLIS, Ore., USA: A few years from now, millions of people around the world might be walking around with an unusual kind of glass in their mouth, and using it every time they eat. Engineers at Oregon State University have made some promising findings about the ability of “bioactive” glass to help reduce the ability of bacteria to attack composite tooth fillings – and perhaps even provide some of the minerals needed to replace those lost to tooth decay.
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: In 1945, the city of Grand Rapids, Mich., was the first municipality in the world to add fluoride to its public water supply. In recognition of this milestone, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy on Tuesday released a video statement. “Over the past 70 years, community water fluoridation has contributed to dramatic declines in both the prevalence and severity of tooth decay,” the surgeon general said.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., USA: According to research by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), only four states in the U.S. require dental technicians to be certified or obtain continuing education. To increase awareness of the lack of standards in the dental industry, NADL created the “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign to inform dentists that the technicians they trust could lack the skills and knowledge they should have when creating restorations that may be permanently placed in the mouths of dental patients.
CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Dr. Luiz Meirelles has accepted the role of director of professional product review and standards for the American Dental Association (ADA). Meirelles will provide overall leadership and strategic direction of the ADA’s Professional Product Review (PPR) program and Dental Material Standards development.
MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivor Oral Health Program has received The Blue Card’s Max L. Heine Humanitarian Award. The Blue Card is a national nonprofit organization that provides direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors living in the United States.
As a patient, I expect the best care I can find. As a doctor, I want to deliver the best care possible. That takes us to the power of continuing education, and as doctors we are faced with many choices in continuing education. As a way to introduce you to the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, or LVI, I want to outline what LVI is about and what void it fills in your practice.
Fluoride or no fluoride, compact toothbrush or full size toothbrush, coronal polish first or polish last. The decisions necessary in the dental practice are numerous and many times are based upon personal choice. How and when does the dental professional decide whether to eliminate alcohol products from the practice or limit the recommendation of products that contain a high quantity of alcohol?
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Miracle Corners of the World (MCW), a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to become positive agents of change in their communities, has awarded two fourth-year dental students, Don Chiwaya and Fatema Alimohamed, scholarships for their excellent performance at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences School of Dentistry.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: The California Dental Association recently named its new president for 2015-16 as Kenneth Wallis, DDS, a general dentist practicing in Santa Clara for more than 20 years. Wallis succeeds Immediate Past President Walter Weber, DDS. Through member benefits that offer education, practice support, advocacy and insurance products, Wallis said CDA is committed to supporting members in all practice models by helping them succeed in service to their patients and the public.
I once asked my good friend Dr. Yoshi Terauchi how many canals he shaped with a given nickel titanium rotary file before discarding it and bringing a new file into the procedure. He answered, “I use rotary files until they break, I remove the broken segment and then get a new file.” WHAT? I thought to myself as I looked at him like he had two heads.