A digital camera designed just for dentists’ clinical photography, case documentation

A recipient of the Pride Institute’s 2015 “Best of Class” Technology Award, the EyeSpecial C-II is the first digital camera designed exclusively for dentistry. Intended for predictable and consistent clinical photography, case documentation, lab collaboration and patient education, the EyeSpecial C-II achieves brilliant images with simplicity and convenience, according to Shofu Dental Corp.

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Enhanced security, student experience among benefits of new cloud-based messaging

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: The University of Louisville School of Dentistry has adopted a new cloud-based secure text messaging system to better coordinate patient care between nearly 1,000 faculty, staff and students. Among other features, the Lua Technologies system allows clinical staff members to send secure, HIPAA-compliant text messages about patient care directly to a student’s or faculty’s personal mobile device, allowing for a quicker response.

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2016 OSAP Infection Control Boot Camp sets records

ANNAPOLIS, Md., USA: The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the advocate for “The Safest Dental Visit,” reports that its Dental Infection Control Boot Camp, held recently in Atlanta, set records for attendance, speakers and content. The annual “basic training” program covers all of the core infection prevention fundamentals for dental practitioners, but this year’s meeting featured a record 15 speakers.

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Researchers find association between oral bacteria and esophageal cancer

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers have found a bacterial species responsible for gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is present in 61 percent of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). The findings, published recently in “Infectious Agents and Cancer,” only detected P. gingivalis in 12 percent of tissues adjacent to the cancerous cells, while this organism was undetected in normal esophageal tissue.

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Those who help Holocaust survivors are honored in Chicago

MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein Inc. recently joined the Alpha Omega (AO) International Dental Fraternity’s Chicago chapter in recognizing 28 area oral health professionals for their participation in a program that provides free dental care to Holocaust survivors in need. 
The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program was launched in November 2014 in response to the White House’s call to action to help Holocaust survivors age with dignity and respect.

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Research calls on dentists to increase role in treating sleep-related disorders

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: The best time to identify signs of obstructive sleep apnea may not be at night while snoozing in bed but, instead, while sitting in the dentist’s chair. According to a new study led by University at Buffalo orthodontic researcher Thikriat Al-Jewair, dentists are in the unique position as health care professionals to pinpoint signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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How to get your patients to accept your treatment plans

ATLNTA, Ga., USA: Getting patients to accept treatment plans can sometimes be a tricky proposition. But thanks to a new e-book, “Increasing Production and Case Acceptance,” written by practice management consultant Debra Engelhardt-Nash, the process just got a little bit easier. The e-book was being distributed at the Hinman Dental Meeting by Dentrix in the Henry Schein Practice Management Solutions booth.

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Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting has it all

ATLANTA, Ga., USA: It’s the 104th Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting. Attendees have the opportunity to partake in some of the most valuable continuing education opportunities available in dentistry. The theme this year is “Your Total Health Connection” — a fitting slogan for a meeting offering nearly 250 courses offered by more than 75 speakers, including 27 who are new to the Atlanta meeting.

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Dispelling myths of root canals through education

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Despite state-of-the-art advancements in endodontic treatment that make root canal procedures often as straightforward as fillings, Americans still express fear of the procedure. According to a recent survey by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), 67 percent of Americans say fear of pain most concerns them about having root canal treatment.

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