Monday, July 27, 2009

Baby Teeth Worth More Than What The Tooth Fairy Can Offer?

It just might be the case! Researchers have discovered that baby teeth contain a rich supply of stem cells inside the nerve tissue found in exfoliated baby teeth!

There are laboratories that harvest these potentially life saving cells from the baby teeth and store them for future use. The stem cells obtained are the child's own tissue, so they can be used later on, behalf of the donor, to treat maladies such as, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, juvenile diabetes, spinal cord injury, and even cancer and heart disease without any fear of tissue incompatibility or transmission of infection from another donor.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Why Savon Dental Plan over any other plan?

When you are looking for dental coverage, you have a lot of options. One that we ask you to consider is Savon Dental Plan. Often we are asked the question, "Why Savon Dental Plan over any other plan"? The answer is simple. Savon is the most comprehensive, reasonable, cost effective and customer friendly plan around.
When you call Savon Dental Plan, during normal business hours, you will not have to navigate through those complex automated systems to find the answer you are looking for. A customer service representative is there to answer the phone. That is just an example of the level of service that we provide our customers.
When you join Savon Dental Plan, you are given a list of the Savon Fees for Services, and that can help you to keep your needed dental work within your budget.
There are many reasons why Savon Dental Plan is the plan for you, but I am not going to list them here.
Visit our user friendly, all access website at today and see for yourself. If you have questions about while reviewing the plan, please feel free to click on the Live Help link on the upper right hand corner of your screen. One of our friendly representatives will be glad to help you.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Where have all the patients gone?

Unfortunately, with the economy upside down, the dental industry has become a discretionary luxury for most people. In many cases, routine visits are being put on hold, cosmetic dental work is being postponed and only those in need of care are visiting the dentist. The Dental Plan and Dental Insurance industries have also suffered as a consequence. There was an article posted on Yahoo this morning about the economic indicator and a positive statement about an upswing that is predicted for the fall.
Let's hope this is a good sign and to those of you in the industry, keep the faith!
You can read the article HERE!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Poor Oral Hygiene & Brain Surgery

Hopefully you won’t need brain surgery anytime soon, but if you know someone who does, it would be a good idea for him or her to go to the dentist beforehand to prevent issues like pneumonia.
After a major operation (especially brain surgery), the elderly generation runs a 20% risk of getting pneumonia. This is because brain surgery weaknes the gag and coughing reflexes, thus making it easier for patients to breath in bacteria from their mouth and nose.
A research study done among 23 people has found that proper oral hygiene before a surgery makes a difference. There were five people who developed pneumonia within 48 hours of their operation, and each of them had poor oral health, like gingivitis, prior to the surgery. It is estimated that the risk of infection after surgery in those with poor oral health is increased by at least threefold.

Article found here..

Friday, July 10, 2009

Book Binding, A Hard Decision To Make.

There are many different ways to bind books or booklets that you have printing. For a lot of customers, that decision is hard to make, mainly because they are unsure of the which type of book binding will work for them.
Here are 4 types of book or booklet bindery and the scenario in which they would be best:
1. Saddle Stitch: This is good for booklets that are "half folded" They are usually ran on a larger piece of paper, with paged printed on both sides. Then, once folded, the pages all match up. The paper is folded, stapled on the fold and then trimmed at the edge for neatness.
2. Comb Binding: This is good for books or booklets that have pages that consistently change. The "comb" is easily removed and is not hard to replace.
3. Spiral Binding: This is good for booklets that have pages that will not change, or a workbook that the pages can open all they way around on.
4. Thermal Binding: This is great for bigger books. This uses a glue strip that is heated and sealed to the spine of the book and is very durable.
For more information on binding types, please Email Savon Q Print at: !

Monday, July 6, 2009

New Painless Treatment For Receding Gums

ScienceDaily — Tufts dental researchers conducted a three-year follow-up study that examined the stability of a treatment option for receding gums and found that complete root coverage — the goal of the surgery — had been maintained. This specific tissue regeneration application, developed at Tufts, reduces the considerable pain and recovery time of gum grafting surgery.
The case study of six patients is published in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of Periodontology.
“Patients have a less invasive treatment option for receding gums and we now have evidence to support the stability of this relatively painless procedure. Instead of leaving the dental office with stitches in the roof of their mouth, a patient leaves with a small bandage on the arm that can be removed in an hour,” said Terrence Griffin, DMD, associate professor, chair of the department of periodontology, and director of postdoctoral periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.
“One of our previous research studies showed that all of the post-operative bleeding and most of the post-operative pain were related to the gum tissue removed from the roof of the mouth for use as a graft,” he continued.
Traditional gum grafting surgery requires surgically excising tissue from the roof of the mouth (the palate) to replace the gum tissue lost around the teeth. Unfortunately, removing tissue from the roof of the mouth extends recovery time and is a major source of patients’ discomfort or pain. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults aged 35 and older. Periodontal disease includes gum recession, also called gingival recession, which can result in tooth root decay and tooth loss.
The new tissue regeneration application from Tufts uses platelet concentrate gel applied to a collagen membrane as the graft instead of using tissue from the roof of the mouth. The graft is soaked in the patient’s platelets, using blood drawn in the same visit. Placed over the receding tooth root, the graft is then surgically secured.
In order to examine three-year efficacy of the treatment, measurements were taken from six patients in the gum recession area at baseline, 6, and 36 months after surgery. At six months, 24 out of 37 teeth from the six patients had complete root coverage (65 percent). At 36 months, 21 out of 37 teeth from the six patients had complete root coverage (57 percent). The authors said that the recession over three years was minimal and that the results are comparable to traditional gum grafting surgery.
“Our previous research determined that pain and discomfort were barriers to receiving traditional gum grafting surgery. We have also shown previously that this treatment for gum recession results in proper coverage of the tooth root, better esthetics than those found with traditional gum grafting surgery, and enhanced patient satisfaction with the results,” said co-author Wai Cheung, DMD, MS, assistant professor in the department of periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Over the last decade, Griffin and his colleagues, including Cheung, have studied alternatives to traditional gum grafting surgery and have more than 20 publications on the topic.
Gum disease affects most American adults and research is linking periodontal disease to other health problems, including heart disease. Encouraging patients to undergo surgery to fix receding gums can be difficult because the mere thought of this dental surgery is often associated with considerable pain. This treatment, while only marginally more expensive for the patient, is more time-consuming and technically more difficult for us but the end result — improved esthetics, reduced pain, and, most importantly, improved oral health for the patient — make it a valuable and important alternative,” said Griffin.
Article found here.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dental care providers can help in early detection of HIV

Common-sense solutions to common challenges define much of Massachusetts’ history. Basic social institutions like public education and our subway system exist because a group of Bay Staters worked together to strengthen our community.The systems we created here in Massachusetts have helped our communities and our country thrive and grow. In honor of last week’s National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27, we have the opportunity to demonstrate our sense and creativity again by integrating our health care systems to accomplish something extraordinarily important: earlier detection of HIV. Early detection of HIV can give individuals more years, more options, and more hope. The dental community can join this important fight by being the first line of defense in identifying possible signs of HIV. Dental teams have a unique opportunity to identify individuals who may be HIV-positive and unaware of their status. There are oral conditions which may indicate the existence of HIV and, if identified, can provide an educational moment for oral health practitioners to discuss, counsel, and offer referral to HIV testing. Early diagnosis and linkage to medical care can significantly improve health outcomes. Increasing the number of people who know their HIV status can also help reduce the number of new cases, as once people are aware of their infection, they are significantly less likely to put others at risk of transmission. The CDC has suggested that each year, a significant portion of the population will visit a dental office, but not a medical office. In some states, dental offices are conducting rapid HIV testing and this may be an appropriate venue in a public health facility or a private practice in a region with higher reports of HIV infection. According to the CDC, one of every five people living with HIV in the U.S. is unaware of their HIV status. By building a system that better integrates services, health care practitioners across the board, including oral health care providers, can help to increase the number of people who can say: "I know. I took the test." So let’s work together in Massachusetts to better connect our systems of care. By joining forces, we can improve the health and quality of life of all residents of the Commonwealth.
Article found here..