July 31, 2017

What Hygienists Look for in a Fluoride Varnish

A recent survey conducted by RDH Magazine asked hygienists about their fluoride varnish preferences.1 Survey respondents ranked the importance of eight factors when choosing a fluoride varnish, with 1=most important and 8=least important (n=317).

When it comes to selecting a fluoride varnish, survey respondents were most concerned about fluoride release, ease of delivery and ingredients. Embrace Varnish from Pulpdent satisfies all three criteria. Here’s why:

  1. More Fluoride Release: A study conducted by The Dental Advisor found that PULPDENT’s Embrace Varnish delivered 10 times more fluoride than the leading brand over a 4-hour cumulative time span.2
  2. Easy Delivery System and Application: Embrace Varnish is available in both unit doses and 12mL tubes. The material does not separate and no mixing is required.
  3. Ingredients Include Fluoride, Calcium and Phosphate with Xylitol: Along with fluoride, Embrace Varnish releases bioavailable calcium and phosphate ions, the essential building blocks of teeth. The xylitol coating prevents the calcium and phosphate salts from reacting until they come in contact with saliva. Saliva dissolves the xylitol and releases the calcium and phosphate ions, which react with the fluoride ions in saliva to form protective fluorapatite on the teeth.

Here’s what hygienists are saying about Embrace Varnish:

I have used several different varnishes that are on the market in my Pedo practice and my General practice. I love Embrace Varnish! It goes on easily and as per patients has a nice taste and consistency. I don’t find it clumping up as some do and adults as well as children don’t mind the application to their teeth. I find it really helps with my older patients to protect against … sensitivity. My younger patients don’t complain that it taste[s] “yucky.”  – Regina H., RDH, BS

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  1. Data on file. The survey was published via DentistryIQ.com on January 9, 2017. http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2017/01/pulpdent-celebrates-70-years-of-dental-innovation.html
  2. Yapp R, Powers JM. Fluoride Ion Release from Several Fluoride Varnishes. Dent Advis Res Rpt 45:1, March 2012.


July 13, 2017

ACTIVA BioACTIVE Live Demo by Dr. Rumpa Wig at FDI 2017

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Learn how to create natural-looking restorations at this year’s FDI World Dental Congress.

Dentist and popular lecturer Dr. Rumpa Wig will present a live demonstration of ACTIVA BioACTIVE materials at 1:00 PM each day from August 29 – September 1, 2017 at the FDI World Dental Congress, Booth #5E7. Dr. Wig will discuss the many clinical applications for bioactive restorative materials and share best practices for placing esthetic, durable restorations. The demonstration will be provided in both English and Spanish. 

SAMPLE OFFER: Arrive first to one of the daily demonstrations and receive a free ACTIVA BioACTIVE sample.

Can’t wait until the FDI World Dental Congress? Watch Dr. Rumpa Wig’s video demonstration of ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE to learn more about the first esthetic bioactive dental material.


About Dr. Rumpa Wig
Dr. Rumpa Wig is a graduate from Govt. College of Dentistry, Indore. She has completed PG (Certification) in Aesthetic Dentistry from New York University, USA. She is the Vice-President on the Board of Indian Academy of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry (IAACD). As the Key Opinion Leader for some of the leading international companies, for India and ASEAN countries, she has delivered over 280 lectures, and workshops, internationally and nationally on topics in Aesthetic Dentistry. Her comprehensive hands-on courses are widely sought out and highly appreciated. She has many articles in various journals to her credit. She maintains a private practice in Bhopal, and focuses mainly on Aesthetic, Restorative, Adhesive and Minimally-invasive dentistry.

July 3, 2017

Jon Moffitt and Jennifer O’Doherty Join Pulpdent Team

Pulpdent Corporation is pleased to welcome Jon Moffitt, National Manager for Special Markets, and Jennifer O’Doherty, Area Sales Manager- Metro NY, to the National Sales Team led by Marcy Buckler.

“Pulpdent continues to grow, thanks to continuing excitement for the ACTIVA BioACTIVE brand and to the loyal customers of the Pulpdent product portfolio. We are expanding our team to cover new territories and better serve special markets,” Buckler commented.

Jon Moffitt, National Manager for Special Markets
Jon Moffitt has over 24 years of experience in the dental industry where he has worked in business development, corporate accounts, sales, marketing and training. Before joining Pulpdent Jon held several positions at Kerr & Pentron (divisions of Danaher Corporation) where he was known for his high impact sales presentations, training skills and the ability to drive incremental sales in competitive marketplaces. Jon has won many awards during his career, including top overall sales achievement, elite performance in new product sales, and marketing achievement awards.  He holds a marketing degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH and enjoys community volunteering through his local church.

Jennifer O'Doherty

Jennifer O’Doherty, Area Sales Manager- Metro NY
Jennifer O’Doherty has dedicated her career to the healthcare industry, having held several positions in large pharmaceutical companies including GlaxoSmithKline and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. She was previously contracted as an Event Representative at Doxa Dental Inc. Jennifer is adept at forging relationships with doctors and other healthcare professionals and at leveraging data to create and execute effective sales strategies. Her professional achievements include the President’s Recognition Award (presented to top 1% of sales force), Zone of Excellence Award and the Above and Beyond Award. Jennifer will serve the Metro New York area.

About PULPDENT® Corporation 
PULPDENT® Corporation is a family-owned dental research, manufacturing company and leader in bioactive dental materials. ACTIVA BioACTIVE™, developed by PULPDENT, is a bioactive restorative material that behaves much like natural teeth and stimulates the formation of apatite (the building blocks of teeth), chemically bonds to teeth and helps protect against decay. PULPDENT celebrates its 70th anniversary this year with continued commitment to product innovation, clinical education and patient-centered care. To stay updated on bioactivity and learn about the Heroic Dentistry Series, which demonstrates ACTIVA’s unprecedented capabilities, visit the Pulpdent blog.

June 15, 2017

Full Mouth Rehab with ACTIVA BioACTIVE by Dr. Cory Glenn

Want to learn how to do a full mouth rehab? This video from Dr. Cory Glenn takes you through the process, from initial mockups to live footage of the procedure.  Dr. Glenn uses ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE and describes his approach as “an affordable alternative to indirect restorations or to allow staging a large case over extended time periods.” 


Dr. Cory Glenn

About Dr. Cory Glenn
Tennessee native Dr. Cory Glenn completed his undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry at Arkansas State University before attending dental school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  Following graduation in 2008, he went on to an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency with a focus on comprehensive care and dental implants. A life-long student, Dr. Glenn enjoys studying and teaching dentistry. He lectures frequently across the world on the topics of CAD/CAM, cone beam technology and guided dental implants, dental photography, digital smile design, complete dentures, and complex full mouth rehabilitation. Dr. Glenn’s practice, Glenn Dental, is based in Winchester, TN and offers a wide range of services.


About PULPDENT® Corporation
PULPDENT® Corporation is a family-owned dental research, manufacturing company and leader in bioactive dental materials. ACTIVA BioACTIVE™, developed by PULPDENT, is a bioactive restorative material that behaves much like natural teeth and stimulates the formation of apatite (the building blocks of teeth), chemically bonds to teeth and helps protect against decay. PULPDENT celebrates its 70th anniversary this year with continued commitment to product innovation, clinical education and patient-centered care. To stay updated on bioactivity and learn about the Heroic Dentistry Series, which demonstrates ACTIVA’s unprecedented capabilities, visit the Pulpdent blog.

June 6, 2017

Heroic Dentistry: The Open Sandwich Technique

by Robert Ho, D.D.S

Our patient presented with a distogingival carious lesion and leaking occlusal filling close to the pulp on his lower left second molar (#18). There is bone loss, and the discussion to see the periodontist is ongoing. From the restorative perspective, how are we going to seal the distogingival margin that lacks enamel for effective bonding? What materials are appropriate to ensure success, provided our patient is cooperative and adheres to good oral hygiene?

To place a crown, we would have to obtain suitable retraction for an accurate impression of the crown margins, which would violate subgingival biological width requirements in this case. Amalgam would be a good choice if we could ensure that our margins are free of flash in the deepened sulcus area. But amalgam is not a bioactive material and is not capable of interacting with saliva to recharge itself and protect the tooth. We could seal the distal margin with glass ionomer and overlay with composite or amalgam, but glass ionomer is the weakest of all permanent restorative materials, and even when done properly, it tends to wash out over time. So it comes down to ACTIVA BioACTIVE-BASE/LINER (Pulpdent) as my material of choice.

Isolation is critical for success, and I used the Isolite system since rubber dam placement is challenging for a distal cervical lesion on a second molar. After removal of decay and application of a sodium diamine fluoride antimicrobial solution, I used Activa base/liner as a base on the pulpal floor and as the definitive restorative material along the entire distogingival margin up to the level of the pulpal floor. This moisture friendly material interacts with saliva and can be successful in difficult to restore areas where conventional materials fail. After placing and curing Activa Base/Liner, I applied phosphoric acid etchant and a bonding agent, and placed a nano-composite occlusally as a permanent restoration. This is an open sandwich technique with both Activa and the composite exposed to the oral environment.

The patient’s symptom of mild sensitivity went away within a few days, and to my pleasant surprise, a bite-wing image taken at the 10-month recall visit shows a restoration with marginal seal completely intact. The patient is comfortable and extremely happy, and I am cautiously optimistic that this could be a solution that lasts considerably longer than alternative treatments I have attempted in the past. Modern restorative materials such as Activa BioActive are effective for managing clinically challenging situations. Let the science do the talking!

Figure 1

Figure 1. Pre-operative radiograph shows carious lesion at the distal margin of the restoration on tooth #18.

Figure 2

Figure 2: Pre-operative photo

Figure 3

Figure 3: Shows #18 immediately post-op

Figure 4

Figure 4: 10-month recall shows marginal seal completely intact on #18. Tooth is restored with ACTIVA in the cervical area to the level of the pulpal floor, and with conventional composite occlusally.

Dr. Robert Ho

About Dr. Robert Ho
Dr. Robert Ho maintains a private practice as a general dentist in San Francisco where he has practiced for over twenty-five years.