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Permanent link  National Childrens Oral Health Foundation at Midwinter Meeting

02/28/2010

Trucia Drummond, DDS, talks with Jennifer Drake, program administrator of the National Children's Oral Health Foundation, about the NCOHF's affiliate network and the educational products and services it provides. Facts about pediatric dental disease are available here.

Plus: Dr. Drummond puts her puzzle skills to the test building a mouth that is larger-than-life.

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Permanent link  Product Report: Cleankeys

02/28/2010

Worried about germs in the office? Add computer keyboard to the list of items you can quickly wipe clean to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses.


Cleankeys, which bills itself as "the world's easiest to clean keyboard," is wipeable and waterproof. It comes in glass (completely smooth top) and acrylic (the keys have ridges you can feel).

In the video below, Doug Dahlen, vice president of sales at Cleankeys, Inc. (based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), explains how the keyboard is designed and how it may be used in dental and medical offices -- plus anyplace where there's dirt and debris.



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Permanent link  Product Report: Kodak Intraoral Camera

02/28/2010

Brett Brocki of Kodak Dental Systems was one of the most engaging account executives on the exhibit floor at Midwinter Meeting. In this video, Brett explains Kodak's 1500 Intraoral Camera and extraoral imaging system.

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Permanent link  Product Report: Isolite Dryfield Illuminator

02/28/2010

You know the drill: In the middle of an exam, a patient needs to rinse, or you need to re-adjust the lighting, or both of you need a break from trying to keep the tongue out of the way.

Meet the Isolite Dryfield Illuminator, a soft single-use mouthpiece that protects the tongue and cheek, evacuates fluid and oral debris, and illuminates the workspace. The company claims it can reduce procedure time by 20 to 30 percent.

In the first photo, Trucia Drummond, DDS (middle), shows Cissy Furusho, DDS, the product on the exhibit floor of the Midwinter Meeting. In the second photo, Furusho tries it out for herself.

Drummond said about 90 percent of patients are comfortable using it; some may feel claustrophobic.




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Permanent link  Table Clinics: "A Fresh New Look on Old Techniques"

02/27/2010

In addition to the nearly 100 courses available at Midwinter Meeting, there are also dozens of brief seminars. These 15-minute "table clinics" feature presentations by dentists and dental students working toward post-graduate degrees. One credit hour is provided for every three seminars a participant attends.

In this video, Maharukh Kravich, secretary of the Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting Table Clinic Committee, introduces this year's offerings. Kravich is followed by Luke Hamann, DMD, a second-year resident at the University of Iowa's Department of Endodontics who discusses a new root repair putty, and Christopher Hazel, a dentist who attended the table clinics for useful information that he can incorporate into his practice in Mishawaka, Ind.

"It's a very valuable source of information to find different techniques, different materials from different voices other than the periodicals that we receive in the mail," said Hazel. "It provides a fresh new look on old techniques that were taught back in the institutions, which you can build on."



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Permanent link  Product Report: Glove a licious

02/27/2010


What if oral examinations tasted like cherries?

That's the idea behind these flavored gloves, produced by Plak Smacker, a dental supply company based in Corona, Calif.

The gloves come in such flavors as vanilla, orange, bubblegum and grape. A rep tells us that they're working on a latex-free glove that tastes like black cherry.


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Permanent link  Xylitol: The Sugar Substitute Thats Good for Teeth

02/27/2010

Mary Hayes, DDS, explains the benefits and uses of xylitol, a natural sweetner that is said to break down oral bacteria and prevent cavities. Xylitol is present in a number of products on the Midwinter Meeting exhibit floor, including Dr. John's Candies and WOW Powder Oral Rinse (watch as Ashley Bond explains how WOW works).


 
The benefits may extend beyond the user. Researchers in Finland found that habitual xylitol consumption of mothers was associated with a statistically significant reduction in the probability of mother-child transmission of Mutans Streptococci. This reduction was found in the children's MS counts at the age of 2, 3 and 6 years.

 
An extensive list of products that use xylitol can be found at Dentist.net, along with additional information.

 


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Permanent link  The Art of Dentistry, Part 2

02/26/2010

In addition to l arger-than-life tooth sculptures and dentistry office wall art, we also came across these bronze sculptures and ceramic figurines created by the artist Ronadró, who lives and works outside Austin, Texas. Watch the slideshow for a look at pieces you're unlikely to find anywhere else.

 

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Permanent link  The Art of Dentistry, Part 1

02/26/2010

The exhibit floor at Midwinter Meeting showcases just about everything one might expect to find in a dental office, from new oral rinses to high-tech imaging machines. But did you know you can also shop for art?


Sculptures, paintings and figurines that adorn dentist offices and front facades provide a fun visual element at Midwinter Meeting. In this video, you'll see some whimsical showcases from Art 4 Your Practice, a Walnut Creek, Calif., company that imports medical art from Germany.



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Permanent link  Raffle Winner Dr. Moody Wasif

02/26/2010

Moody Wasif, a winner in the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meetup raffle, stopped by to pick up his $50 Nordstrom gift certificate.


Dr. Moody is a dentist with the Lambert Tribal Health Center in St. Ignace, Mich. Congratulations!


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Permanent link  Product Report: WOW Oral Care for Those on the Go

02/26/2010

We visited Miss Illinois USA 2009 Ashley Bond at WOW Oral Care where she showed us their powder oral rinse. The "rinse" takes care of coffee mouth and other unpleasant dental issues when you're on the go, no water or toothbrush required!

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Permanent link  Product Report: A Mean, Green Brushing Machine

02/26/2010

We stopped by the Dr. Fresh booth to check out the newest toothbrush for kids, EcoFly. Christy Hubbard shows us how this rapping toothbrush encourages kids to brush well and conserve water.


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Permanent link  Photos with Flossie

02/26/2010


We've posted a new photo album on Facebook: Photos with Flossie. Check it out and tag yourself if you were lucky enough to be captured with the beaver!


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Permanent link  See You on Friday!

02/25/2010

The press room doors are closing for the night, but we'll be back early Friday morning with more on-site coverage, including consumer product videos, dentist office art and "must-haves" for dental professionals.


And if you had your photo taken with Flossie, be sure to check back here for the Flossie photo album. Have a great night!


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Permanent link  Meet Our Facebook Fans

02/25/2010



Dentists Cissy Furusho and Trucia Drummond were among the hundreds of fans and followers at the Midwinter Meeting Meet & Tweet at McCormick Place.


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Permanent link  Meeting and Tweeting: The View from The Spot

02/25/2010


We're pleased to report the first Midwinter Meeting meet-up/tweet-up, co-hosted with Dr. Bicuspid, was a great success. Hundreds of people met at The Spot in the back corner of the exhibit floor and used the social to catch up with old friends and meet new contacts they previously knew only through Twitter or Facebook.

We offered t-shirts to the first 100 attendees -- and they were gone in less than five minutes! The brownies were devoured soon after, prompting a second food order (note the empty tray in the photo).

We're OK admitting that the biggest hit was the trusty mascot, Flossie. We'll post (many) more photos of Flossie on the exhibit floor, charming everyone she met (was it the eyes? her prominent front teeth?).

Our photographer, John McNulty, had the difficult job of gathering people at 12:30 for the group shot. Look at all those smiles! At 1 p.m. sharp, we held a drawing for four $50 Nordstrom gift certificates -- congratulations to the winners below:

* Jan Brouwers, Heritage Family Dental (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
* Dr. Moody Wasif, Lambert Tribal Health Center (St. Ignace, Mich.)
* Dr. Grant Sims, Sims Dentistry (Chicago, Ill.)
* Michael A. Pflughoeft, Map Communications (Menomonee Falls, Wisc.)


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Permanent link  Product Report: Foaming Up With Aquafresh

02/25/2010


Aquafresh is promoting a new foaming gel toothpaste, iso-active, that reportedly removes more stains overall than a non-whitening toothpaste. The foaming gel is activated by the temperature in your mouth.


Attendees can sample iso-active at the GlaxoSmithKline booth. Free toothbrushes provided!



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Permanent link  Early Images from Midwinter Meeting

02/25/2010

We're leaving the press room for the meet-up/tweet-up -- more photos to come soon, but in the meantime here are a few overview shots from the morning.








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Permanent link  How to Get the Most From the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting Without Actually Being Here

02/25/2010


For those unable to make the Midwinter Meeting, there are several ways to stay up to date on all the activities. In addition to the posts published here, you can check the Chicago Dental Society Facebook page and our Twitter stream.


Attendees are using the hashtag #cds10 to log all tweets related to the Midwinter meeting. We've also compiled a list of dental professionals on Twitter who we know will be tweeting from here over the next few days.

Of course, we wish you were here in person. If you have any comments or questions you'd like us to ask on your behalf, please leave them in the comments here. Thanks!





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Permanent link  Welcome to the 2010 Midwinter Meeting!

02/25/2010

More than 30,000 dental professionals and exhibitors from all over the United States -- and more than 40 other countries -- are arriving at McCormick Place for the Chicago Dental Society's 145th annual Midwinter Meeting.

We'll be reporting from the exhibit floor and the meet-up/tweet-up (12 - 1 p.m. today), and we'll of course bring you photos of Flossie, new products and exciting technologies.

In order to help attendees get acquainted with the new McCormick Place West Building, CDS invited a couple of Chicago improv actors to provide this orientation. Enjoy!



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Permanent link  CDS Blogging Contest: Your health should come first

02/02/2010

Last fall, the Chicago Dental Society turned its newspaper journalism contest into a blogging contest open to any high school student in Cook, Lake or DuPage County who answered the question, "Is Soda Just Liquid Candy?"

Full details are available on the contest Web page. The deadline for entries was February 1, 2010.


This entry is by Ingrid H. 
 

Rrrring rring rring, rrring rrring rring! I pick up my cell phone, inwardly cringing as I see my mom is calling, "Where are you, honey?" I tell her that my dad, my brother, and I are at the Coca-Cola center in Las Vegas. She explodes, firing questions and reminders: why would we ever go there, did we forget that dad is diabetic, Coke makes my brother hyper, drinking soda is prohibited because soda rots our teeth. But these reprimands came seconds too late; as my mother lectured me, my father was already strolling towards our table with the International Coca-Cola Platter, comprising sixteen different variations of the beverage, all for $7.99.

Carbonated beverages are gradually taking over our society. Vending machines are conveniently located around every corner of schools. Soda has replaced milk as the preferred beverage to accompany meals, particularly fast-food meals such as McDonald's, Subway, and Pizza Hut. High school teacher Mr. Richardson adds that "Society understands and accepts that soda is detrimental to one's oral and physical health, but rarely pauses to ponder the consequences of regularly consuming soft drinks." In an interview with Victoria Lo, a junior at the Illinois Math and Science Academy, she revealed that "Most of my friends buy a Mountain Dew or Coke, promising that next time they definitely will not drink soda again; other friends offer the excuse that they regularly exercise and can afford the extra calories; and then some of my friends simply do not care about the harmful effects of soft drinks." In any case, it is safe to assume that a large portion of America's teenagers are addicted to soda.

One may characterize soft drinks using two terms: bubbly and sweet. Accordingly, Waubonsie Valley High School alumni Latisha James admits, "when I open a can or bottle of soda and hear the hissing sound of pressure escaping and see bubbles rising to the surface, it gives me a secret pleasure that nothing else, not even hanging with my people, compares to." Evidently, society accepts this addiction is more than an alcohol or drug addiction, but it is harmful, nonetheless.

Any health professional would recognize that soda is degenerative for teeth. Dr. Jennifer Chen, owner of Bright Dental, explains that "soda contains carbonate and phosphoric acid, which demineralizes teeth, especially calcium. Tooth enamel is made up of more than 95% calcium, and when people drink soda, the carbonate and phosphoric acid reacts with calcium, extracting the calcium from teeth. This process is called demineralization." Other dental businesses cite soda as the cause of gum-line problems and root decay.

In areas where soft drinks are cheaper than water, tooth decay is almost inevitable. However, in the United States, a simple lifestyle change could save your teeth. Instead of following the example of Victoria Lo's friends or Latisha James, people should take to heart the advice of dental practitioners like Dr. Chen. Because when you truly think about it, instant, albeit sweet and bubbly, gratification is not worth compensating your oral health-even if said carbonated beverage is the Coca-Cola factory's International Platter, comprising sixteen different variations of Coke all for the low price of $7.99.


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