February 12, 2018

ACTIVA BioACTIVE Hands-On Demo by Dr. John Comisi at CMW 2018

Well-known dentist, dental educator and lecturer Dr. John Comisi will present hands-on demonstrations of ACTIVA BioACTIVE on Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting. Dr. Comisi’s live hands-on demos will take place at Pulpdent booth #3211 at 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM CST.

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An early adopter of bioactive materials, Dr. Comisi has written numerous articles and presented lectures at conferences worldwide on bioactive restoratives. In the video below Dr. Comisi talks about clinical applications for ACTIVA and offers technique tips for bulk filling.

 

About Dr. John Comisi
Dr. John Comisi is the president and CEO of Sleep Focused Solutions and an assistant professor of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, a master of the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Scientific Advisory Board member of the Dental Biomaterials Science and Research Group. He holds Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International College of Dentists.

 

February 1, 2018

ACTIVA Receives 2018 Top Bioactive Product Award from The Dental Advisor

ACTIVATM BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVETM received the Top Bioactive Product Award from THE DENTAL ADVISOR for the third year running in 2018. The first esthetic bioactive dental material continues to impress dentist evaluators. 

ACTIVA BioACTIVE responds to pH changes in the oral environment by releasing and recharging calcium, phosphate and fluoride. This unique chemistry supports the natural remineralization process and helps form a seal between the material and the tooth. Unlike traditional composites, which are generally hydrophobic and brittle, ACTIVA BioACTIVE contains a shock-absorbing rubberized resin that resists chipping and wear. Dentist evaluators found that “the esthetics were excellent at 2 years.”

“To be considered for an award, products must receive an excellent rating by THE DENTAL ADVISOR, as well as stand out from all others in the market place,” said Dr. Sabiha Bunek, The Dental Advisor’s Editor-in-Chief. ACTIVA BioACTIVE responds to pH cycles and an evaluator for THE DENTAL ADVISOR noted that “the uptake of Calcium, Phosphate and Fluoride could have a positive effect.” (The Dental Advisor Evaluator Comments, Top Product 2018).

In 2017, The Dental Advisor rated ACTIVA™ BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE™ as excellent, with 5 plus (+++++) and a 98% clinical performance rating after the second year of a long-term clinical evaluation of 194 anterior and posterior restorations. Dentist evaluators used the material for a variety of applications, including 1, 2, 3 and 4 surface restorations and core build-ups. (The Dental Advisor ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE Two-Year Clinical Performance). Click here to view the full report.

ACTIVATM BioACTIVE is an esthetic bioactive composite that imitates the physical and chemical properties of teeth. It contains no Bisphenol A, no Bis-GMA and no BPA derivatives.

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, chemically bonds to teeth and helps protect against decay. For over 70 years, Pulpdent has been committed 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.

January 23, 2018

The Social Dentist Tip #2: Tell a Story with Compelling Content

Dr. Ryan McCall grew his Indiana-based dental practice by engaging new and existing patients through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. In this series, The Social Dentist, Dr. McCall offers tips on how to market your dental practice using social media.

Tell a story
Far too many dental practices look the same as their competition. In order to stand out, you have to tell a compelling story. Most people want to hear from a human being, not a faceless corporate entity, so we tell stories that reflect our unique personalities and backgrounds. This approach leads to more likes and shares across social media platforms. 

Some of my best stories are personal updates, like a picture of me with my 7-year-old son at our first Colts game.  He is wearing an Adam Vinatieri jersey (first ballot, Hall of fame, he will thank me later), and patients often mention it. Family is a central part of my story, just as it is at Pulpdent. If you haven’t read their story yet, then do yourself a favor and check it out (there’s even a dancing dentist).

I enjoy sharing my personal interests and hobbies with my patients. I’m a sneaker-head, so I take pictures of my vintage shoes as well as old Jordans that patients wear into the office.  Knowing the difference between the Jordan 3s and the Jordan 12s has helped me develop relationships with patients who share the same passion, leading to increased business and, in some cases, gifts of shoes!

Content is King
Good content attracts new patients. Keep your content current, which means using the right format. Ten years ago pictures, I posted photos to bring in new patients, but now video is my favorite. Big companies are already “video pivoting” because it is much more effective than just photos. Facebook and Instagram both allow you to share live video online. You don’t need an expensive camera with a fancy lens – an iPhone will work just fine. There are some great apps like Canva and Boomerang for easy video editing.

Where do I get my content?  I document every case. After 10 years, I have plenty of relevant content. You can share your cases with industry websites, publications and manufacturers for increased exposure. If you are using ACTIVA BioACTIVE, then take pictures of your work and send them to Pulpdent to post on their website and social media sites.

Dr. Ryan McCall

About Dr. Ryan McCall
Dr. Ryan D. McCall was raised in Illinois. He received his BS in Biology and Chemistry from Indiana University and dental degree from the University of Illinois School of Dentistry. He maintains private practices in Indianapolis and Lebanon, Indiana.

January 10, 2018

Sealants That Stick: Embrace WetBond Pit & Fissure Sealant

By Amber Auger, RDH, MPH

Our preventive role as dental hygienists is not always easy, especially when it comes to pediatrics. Achieving compliance in parents who continually justify their children’s poor oral hygiene and tooth decay by saying “they have my weak teeth” can test any dental hygienist’s patience. The truth is, we have the ability to prevent tooth decay, and preventive sealants are one of the most effective methods.

The average family with two kids involved in sports has a schedule that would make most socialites envious. An active lifestyle can get in the way of scheduling regular visits to the dentist. A sealant that can be placed in one quick visit is crucial for prevention and patient compliance.

As a new graduate, I joined a pediatric office that was extremely motivated to prevent decay as well as optimize the business production in the hygiene chair. Due to the goals of the office, I was asked to place sealants on most patients the day they were diagnosed with the need. A 30-minute preventive appointment often meant four sealants would be placed in addition to the prophy, oral hygiene education, and fluoride treatment. The child would lift a curious tongue at the last second, and I would be forced to start the process over. Continually running 10 to 15 minutes behind schedule during my first few weeks on the job, I felt defeated. Knowing the importance of placing a sealant with sound margins for long-term durability and protection, I knew I couldn’t let my tight schedule compromise the sealants. After investigating different sealant products, I found one that I loved, Embrace WetBond pit and fissure sealant.

Embrace WetBond is a unique resin-based, moisture-tolerant sealant material.1 The sealant has multifunctional methacrylate monomers that are activated by moisture.2 This technology enables clinicians to effectively place sealants even when there is slight moisture on the tooth, which is especially helpful when treating anxious, orally defensive patients. Embrace WetBond enables clinicians to place better retained sealants with smooth, undetectable margins, and increased fluoride release.1

A longitudinal study conducted by Howard E. Strassler, DMD, and Joseph P. O’Donnell, DMD, MS, reported on the durability of Embrace WetBond pit and fissure sealant after four to six years of initial placement. The study results demonstrated that Embrace WetBond had more than double the retention rate of the leading competitor.2 Embrace sealant is an ionic resin that is rich with phosphates and forms a strong resin-hydroxyapatite bond that seals against micoleakage.3

Choosing products that aid in decreasing the risk of tooth decay is a vital part of every dental clinician’s role. Embrace Wetbond sealant allows clinicians to place high quality sealants with longevity, even with difficult patients on tight schedules.

References
1. Hoffman I. A moisture tolerant, resin based pit and fissure sealant. Dental Tribune. 2009(Dec):17A-18A.
2. Strassler HE, O’Donnell JP. A unique moisture-tolerant, resin based pit-and-fissure sealant: Clinical technique and research results. Inside Dent. 2008;4(9):2-
3. Products – Embrace WetBond Overview – Product Review. Pulpdent website. https://www.pulpdent.com/shop/category/embrace-wetbond-overview. Accessed October 30, 2017.

This article first appeared in RDH eVillage.

Amber Auger RDH

About Amber Auger, RDH, MPH
Amber Auger, RDH, MPH, is a hygienist with experience in multiple clinical settings, including facilities abroad. Amber obtained a master’s degree in public health from the University of New England and a bachelor’s in dental hygiene from the University of New Haven. She holds a part-time position at an elite dental office in Boston, and is chief of clinical technology for Jameson Management. Amber Auger is a key opinion leader for several dental companies, speaker and published author, and can be contacted at amberaugerrdh.com.

 

December 27, 2017

Embrace Varnish: Timed-release fluoride varnish for superior caries prevention

By Amber Auger, RDH, MPH

Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.(1) Early studies of Grand Rapids, Mich., fluoridated water demonstrated a decrease in tooth decay by 60% in babies and 40% in adults.(1) Today, there are thousands of products that offer fluoride. However, selecting a varnish that provides effective ingredients in a great-tasting time-released formula should be our standard of care.

History overview
Water fluoridation first began in the early 1940s, and toothpaste-containing fluoride was commercially available in 1954.(2) By end of the 1960s, 5% sodium fluoride varnish was researched to be the “new application method with a special long-lasting intensive fluoridating effect.”(3) Fluoride varnish has continued to improve for the ease of the clinician, with advanced science behind effective ingredients and improved taste for the patient.

Review of tooth decay
Dental caries involves demineralization that occurs in response to the diffusion into the enamel or dentin of acids produced by cariogenic bacteria, as they metabolize fermentable carbohydrates. Calcium and phosphate are the primary minerals that leak out from hydroxyapatite crystals during demineralization.(3)

Patients who have xerostomia have reduced or no access to calcium and phosphate from their saliva.(3) When demineralization is quicker than remineralization, subsurface lesions develop, leaving the patient with tooth decay. The appearance of a white spot lesion, known as demineralization, indicates sufficient subsurface mineral content has been lost; however, there is still potential for remineralization.(3) Remineralization of the tooth is possible with the reintroduction of calcium, phosphate, and fluoride.

Latest technology: 5% fluoride with cXp™ available in Embrace™ Varnish
When evaluating the dental caries process, we understand that the tooth loses calcium and phosphate when the oral pH is low. Therefore, adding these ingredients to fluoride treatments can enhance the beneficial effect for the patient. By incorporating xylitol-coated calcium and phosphate (cXp) in a permeable resin matrix, the ionic components in Embrace™ Varnish remain bioavailable. Also, the fluoride salts do not separate from the resin matrix, which ensures uniform dosage that is more effective than the average fluoride varnish, slowly releasing over four hours.(4)

Xyiltol offers a pleasing flavor while also preventing the calcium and phosphate salts from reacting until they come in contact with saliva.(5) The saliva dissolves the xylitol and activates the calcium and phosphate ions, which continue to interact with fluoride ions to form protective fluorapatite on the teeth.(5)

Review of Embrace Varnish
The slow release of bioavailable calcium and phosphate ions reinforces the benefits of the fluoride varnish, which continues working throughout the treatment period and helps reverse the effects of dietary sugars. Studies demonstrate that the four-hour cumulative fluoride release is superior in Embrace Varnish, releasing 10 times more fluoride than the leading brand.(5) There is no mixing required, which allows for an effective and uniform dose.(5)

The application of Embrace Varnish is simple. First, dry the teeth with a gauze pad. Next, pinch the varnish foil pack to push contents back from tear line and open the varnish pack. Dispense the varnish on the back of the glove and use the brush to pick up the varnish. Then, with a thin coat of the Embrace Varnish, apply the varnish with one horizontal swipe of the brush.

There are hundreds of products that offer fluoride. However, choosing a fluoride varnish with effective ingredients is paramount to decreasing patients’ risk of decay. As dental professionals, we are educators responsible for helping our patients have a healthier oral cavity with proper education and effective products. The slow release of xylitol-coated calcium and phosphate found in Pulpdent’s Embrace Varnish utilizes state of the art technology for supreme benefits.

References
1. American Dental Association. Water Fluoridation Facts: Celebrating 60 Years of Water Fluoridation. 2015. Available at: http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Member%20Center/FIles/fluoridation_facts.ashx. Accessed May 25, 2017.
2. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. 2015. Available at: https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/Fluoride/TheStoryofFluoridation.htm. Accessed May 25, 2017.
3. Collins, Fiona. The Development and Utilization of Fluoride Varnish. 2014. Available at: https://www.dentalacademyofce.com/courses/2093/PDF/1106cei_varnish_web4.pdf. Accessed May 25, 2017.
4. Yapp R, Powers JM. Fluoride Ion Release from Several Fluoride Varnishes. Dental Advisor Res Rpt 45:1, March 2012.
5. Pulpdent® Corporation. Embrace™. 2016. Available at: http://www.pulpdent.com/shop/category/embrace-varnish/. Accessed May 25, 2017.

This article was first published via DentistryIQ.com on June 22, 2017. http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2017/06/embrace-varnish-timed-released-5-fluoride-varnish-with-xylitol-coated-calcium-and-phosphate-for-superior-caries-prevention.html

Amber Auger RDH

About Amber Auger, RDH, MPH
Amber Auger, RDH, MPH, is a hygienist with experience in multiple clinical settings, including facilities abroad. Amber obtained a master’s degree in public health from the University of New England and a bachelor’s in dental hygiene from the University of New Haven. She holds a part-time position at an elite dental office in Boston, and is chief of clinical technology for Jameson Management. Amber Auger is a key opinion leader for several dental companies, speaker and published author, and can be contacted at amberaugerrdh.com.

 

December 12, 2017

The Social Dentist Tip #1: Be Authentic and Friendly

Dr. Ryan McCall grew his Indiana-based dental practice by engaging new and existing patients through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. In this series, The Social Dentist, Dr. McCall offers tips on how to market your dental practice using social media.

Be Authentic
People fear the dentist. More than almost any other profession, dentistry is looked upon as a necessary evil. Patients fear a visit to the dentist will end in pain, both physical and financial. We overcome this fear by representing ourselves and our work with openness, honesty and humility.

Authentic social media leads to higher conversion rates ̶-more followers, more clicks, and more appointments scheduled. Authenticity is palpable when you show gratitude and are committed to doing the right thing for your patients in a warm, friendly, inviting environment. 

Be real. I posted pictures on Instagram of my visit to Pulpdent’s research and manufacturing facility in Watertown, Massachusetts that featured a flying Bobby Orr. Go Bruins! Folks relate to that and feel comfortable. The fear quickly dissipates.  

Be friendly
We welcome everyone. Our goal on social media is to foster engagement, which includes responding to negative feedback. We focus on content that encourages potential patients to comment and ask questions. An attitude of AMA (Ask Me Anything) has led us to more shares, better engagement, and happier patients. New patients often reach out via social media with inquiries about pricing, insurance reimbursement, and treatment offerings. We respond in a timely manner and a cheerful tone.

Dr. Ryan McCall

About Dr. Ryan McCall
Dr. Ryan D. McCall was raised in Illinois. He received his BS in Biology and Chemistry from Indiana University and dental degree from the University of Illinois School of Dentistry. He maintains private practices in Indianapolis and Lebanon, Indiana.