3M ESPE's Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive wins Red Dot Design Award

June 13, 2013

Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive from 3M ESPE has been honored with a prestigious Red Dot Design Award. Created with simplicity and ease of use in mind, the new dental product was recognized for its flip-top vial delivery option, which allows for one-hand operation.

Dental office advertising

June 12, 2013

Picture this: A poster featuring a boy in old-fashioned short pants and with a bandaged face scrawling “Liar” in chalk on the wall of a dental office with a sign that reads “Painless Dentist.”

Bottled water and its link to tooth decay

October 22, 2012

Favoring bottled water over tap could be causing children to get more cavities. When the dentist had to fill six cavities in her 4-year-old son’s baby teeth, Amy Wilson was shocked. The New York City mother of three scanned her family’s habits, trying to figure how Seamus, now 7, could have developed such tooth decay so early.

From the Office Manager's Desk: Tips for better dental practice guidelines

May 25, 2012

For a practice to run smoothly, we office managers need to know how our dentists feel about the following types of questions and we need to be clear on what the dentist’s guidelines are for the practice. So Doctor, what is your office policy for financial arrangements? When do you feel it’s appropriate to send an account to a collections agency? How do you want your emergency patients scheduled?

Are you prepared for life after dentistry?

April 04, 2012

When Irish dramatist Oscar Wilde wrote “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect” in the nineteenth century he probably did not imagine just how relevant this adage would ring true in the twenty-first century.

Mandate requires all Mississippi dental practices to have an AED in the office

March 30, 2012

The Mississippi Dental Board now requires all dental offices in Mississippi to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) onsite. This mandate deadline date is July 1, 2012. The regulation also requires that all licensed dentists and dental hygienists licensed by the State of Mississippi maintain a current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Air Techniques to offer more PSP Cleaning Wipes in each box with new package design

March 30, 2012

Air Techniques, Inc., a leading dental equipment manufacturer, announced today a major redesign for their dental product line of PSP Cleaning Wipes. The Cleaning wipes are disposable, lightweight wipes that effectively and safely remove surface debris. This new design includes an improved, compact packaging of the individual wipes.

A new chemical sensor can signal when bacteria develops

March 29, 2012

Have you ever had a dental patient ask you if you are placing secret transmitters in his or her fillings or implants that could help the CIA or other agencies pick up messages from his or her teeth? If so, you probably chalked it up to a serious case of paranoia.

Smile Squared begins its "Buy One, Give One" eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush program

March 29, 2012

Humanitarian Eric Cope, founder of Smile Squared, wants to give children the opportunity of healthy teeth with is eco-friendly toothbrush "buy one, give one" philosophy. Each time someone purchases a sustainable toothbrush from Smile Squared, one goes to a child in need. Watch the video to learn more.

How to: Correct unplanned dental treatment

March 26, 2012

Dentists face numerous challenges associated with full-mouth extractions and arbitrary placement of dental implants. Solutions can result in less than desirable physical properties of the final restoration, and the resulting restorations may require repeated service and possibly exhibit longevity issues.

Mother says dentists pulled son's teeth without consent

March 26, 2012

A California mother is irate because she says although her nine-year-old son takes part in the Big Smiles Program, she never signed the extraction consent form before her son's teeth were pulled at school. Alexander Henry had four teeth pulled as part of the Big Smiles Program that is contracted by the San Diego Unified School District. The program provides free dental care to hundreds of local children.

Restore teenage smiles: No more bullying

March 21, 2012

Bullied for years and enduring cruel taunts from her classmates, Micah would cry herself to sleep every night.  The teasing grew worse with each passing day, and finally her peers resorted to cyber bullying, calling her names and posting their harsh words online for all to see.  Called “Tiger Teeth” by her peers, she found making friends difficult and suffered in pain every day.  “No one wants to be around the girl with ragged teeth,” she once remarked.

Video: Tooth decay prevention

March 21, 2012

CBC News reports that tooth decay is on the rise among preschoolers. Health reporter Kelly Crowe talks with dentists who say that daily brushing is just too much for many parents, and this is resulting in a tooth decay epidemic among children.

Dentist accused of drugging patients he dates

March 21, 2012

Oakton dentist Hamada Makarita was arrested Thursday for allegedly engaging in a two-year sexual relationship with a female patient and giving her prescription narcotics during their relationship. She allegedly received the medicine for her drug habit and not related to dental treatment.

'Shock Trauma' prepares dental students for emergencies

March 21, 2012

The University of Maryland's School of Dentistry has teamed up with the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center to prepare students for medical emergencies that occur in a dental setting. Medical training is a growing trend in dental education in the United States since the early 1990s.

Dental anesthesia authority dies

March 21, 2012

Anesthesia expert and lecturer Dr. John A. Yagiela died Feb. 22. Dr. Yagiela, 64, became ill while scuba diving and later died at the Santa Monica University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center.

Dental assistant number one job for young people

March 21, 2012

Dental assistant tops the list as the best job for people under 25 years old. Entailing the preparation of dental patients and dental equipment and keeping track of inventory and medical records, the position is expected to grow 35.7% and has 16,100 openings each year.

Report: Women in their 40s face dental anxiety

March 21, 2012

Varying levels of dental anxiety are common among your patients. Here's why you should pay close attention to women in their 40s. A Sydney University study says that this specific age group is likely to have a "perceived traumatic dental experience" that keeps them from following through with treatment procedures.

Study: More Americans going to ER for routine dental treatments

March 21, 2012

According to an analysis of government data and dental research, more Americans are choosing to go to the emergency room for routine dental problems like toothaches. The number of emergency room visits nationwide for dental problems increased 16 percent from 2006 to 2009, and the report released by the Pew Center suggests the trend is continuing.

Study: Educated, working class live with less pain

March 21, 2012

It comes as no surprise that people living in lower income areas don't often visit the dentist or receive preventative care because health care is less accessible and health insurance is not always available to those with low wage jobs. From educational attainment to safety to public health, residents in America's poorest neighborhoods are so often found to be at a disadvantage. And now according to a new study, they're also much more likely to be in physical pain.

Dentist charged with falsifying dental records of fire victims

March 21, 2012

Dr. Paresh Patel, 41, a resident of Edison, NJ faces insurance fraud charges along with charges of tampering with dental records and obstruction of administration of law for providing the Middlesex County Medical Examiner with false records, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said in a statement today.

Top free iPhone dental apps

March 21, 2012

Brought to you by As part of our 2011 Top 100 issue last December, we published what we thought were the top 5 dental apps from 2011 from a clinician's perspective. The apps in the following list are geared more towards helping your patients prevent cavities, gum disease, seek information on things like braces, and to teaching kids to brush their teeth properly.