NJ firm to stop producing unapproved dental devices
February 13, 2012 -- A New Jersey dental products manufacturer has been ordered to cease operations after an investigation by the U.S. Food and Administration (FDA) found that several of the company's products had not undergone appropriate regulatory review.  Discuss
AAO launches $5M ad campaign targeting adults
February 13, 2012 -- The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has launched a multimillion dollar advertising campaign designed to educate the public about orthodontists' unique qualifications, with particular emphasis on the adult market.  Discuss
FDA probes illegal sale of handheld dental x-ray units
February 10, 2012 -- The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning dental and veterinary professionals not to purchase or use certain potentially unsafe handheld dental x-ray units that are sold online by manufacturers outside the U.S. and directly shipped to U.S. customers.  Discuss
New thermoplastic dental material challenges the classics
February 10, 2012 -- At first glance it may appear to be a typo, but a Swiss company has developed a thermoplastic dental material called PEKK that can be used for a broader range of temporary applications than the more established PEEK.  Discuss
Modeling software enhances CT implant planning
February 9, 2012 -- A two-year European Union project has yielded several advances in modeling software intended to enhance CT imaging, including a software prototype that allows a dentist to perform patient-specific simulations of a dental implant.  Discuss
Military dentist brings help and hope to Afghan hospital
February 9, 2012 -- Inadequate supplies of anesthesia and other materials to treat patients in war-torn Afghanistan and working as a woman in a strictly male-dominated society are among the many challenges facing Air Force Maj. Courtney Schapira, DDS, who is serving in a military hospital that treats Afghan soldiers.  Discuss
Study compares shaping, cleaning ability of NiTi files
February 8, 2012 -- Two single-file nickel-titanium (NiTi) endodontic systems -- one from Dentsply, the other from VDW -- have recently hit the market, but which one performs best when it comes to shaping ability and cleaning effectiveness in root canals with severe curves?  Discuss
U.S. bill aims to clear telehealth state licensing bottlenecks
February 7, 2012 -- All physicians must be licensed in any state in which they practice, a requirement that can be time-consuming and costly for those wanting to practice telemedicine and teleradiology. But a bill expected to be introduced in Congress this year aims to make it easier to use medical licenses across state lines.  Discuss
Midlevel providers only part of the solution
February 7, 2012 -- The future of dentistry and dental hygiene must evolve to remain viable and free from government mandates. Midlevel providers are a step in the right direction, but so is a collaboration between dental and medical professionals to address the oral-systemic health link, according to the president of the Washington State Dental Hygienists' Association.  Discuss
Individualized oral instructions can improve oral hygiene
February 6, 2012 -- A new study that compared the effectiveness of written, oral standardized, and oral individualized instructions in reducing gingivitis has found that the most effective of the three techniques was oral individualized instruction.  Discuss
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