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Permanent link  Counterfeit toothbrushes found in Canada


Earlier this year, counterfeit Colgate and Oral B toothbrushes were spotted in Canadian pharmacies. California dentist and blogger Dr. Grace Sun has more:

It is true that most of the burden to check for false brushes is on the back of the retailer, but it is still important to be vigilant about your toothbrush - only buy from reputable dealers (like big chain grocery stores) and if your brush looks suspicious - jagged packaging, poorly printed logos or something similar, take it back to the store from whence it came. A counterfeit toothbrush is not made to the same quality control standards as true brand-name brushes: counterfeit brushes (which usually originate in China) have been known to have bristles which fall out quickly, leading to throat irritation and, in a more extreme case, a possible choking hazard for young mouths. A toothbrush's quality can be measured by specific features such as a well designed handle and thorough rows of columns of properly spaced tufts of end-rounded bristles.


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These conterfeit products can be potentially harmful to consumers and dentists should make their patients aware that they exist and to be careful of purchasing overly cheap dental products. <a href="" rel="nofollow">Dentist Richmond Hill</a>

Posted by: Dr. David Cheng ( on 05/16/2011

I thought these types of products (counterfeit products) can only be found in places and countries where the trade and laws regarding them were too easy to counterfeit themselves. Canada is one of the last places I could ever thing of to be hit by this.<br /><br />I am a dentist and it is part of my obligation to warm my patients about such deceiving products so they too can be careful about it. Thank you for posting about it.

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Permanent link  Dental health care disparities often overlooked, reports Wisconsin newspaper


The first of a two-part series on the lack of access to dental care among Wisconsin residents was published this week in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

The vicious cycle of low reimbursement for Medicaid services and thus low dentist participation in those programs may not be news to anyone in the dental community, but Wisconsin presents some unique challenges because of the state-funded BadgerCare plan, which fewer dentists accept than even Medicaid. From the article:

In southeast Wisconsin, the private companies that contract with the state to manage the care for children and parents covered by BadgerCare Plus contract with Southeast Dental Associates S.C. to provide dental care.

Southeast Dental Associates has a network of 108 dentists, including specialists such as oral surgeons, in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha counties. That doesn't include hygienists or students at Marquette University's School of Dentistry.

Many, if not most, dentists in the network, though, limit the number of patients they see because of what Southeast Dental Associates pays.

"We do what we can and still stay in business," said Michael Costello of Downtown Dental Group.

Costello, a dentist, and his staff treat 20 BadgerCare Plus patients a week, setting aside an hour each Tuesday and Thursday. The slots are limited to children.

"They need the care," he said. "They need the help."

The appointments are scheduled starting at 9 a.m. each Monday. The phone rings steadily for at least an hour on most weeks, with two people fielding the calls and someone always on hold.

"I can't help everybody," Costello said, "so I'm doing what I can."

His system for scheduling limits the number of missed appointments - a persistent problem for dentists who see patients covered by BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid. Booking patients months in advance increases the chances of a patient not showing up for an appointment.

Costello estimates that what Southeast Dental Associates pays covers the practice's costs if he doesn't include his time.
Hat tip: Association for Health Care Journalists blog.


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Permanent link  Dentists provide care at Illinois Special Smiles


This past Wednesday, more than a hundred volunteers arrived at a field outside Eckersall Stadium to provide free dental screenings to Special Olympic athletes.


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Permanent link  Dentist vs. parent


Please welcome Dr. Adrian Codel, a CDS member and general dentist who practices on Chicago's north side. Today Dr. Codel shares an early experience he had with parents who ignored all dental advice and thus harmed their children's oral health.

My first associateship was at a pediatric practice where I was afforded the opportunity to treat the children as well as the parents. It was a great experience. I learned that the biggest challenge pediatric dentists face isn't always the children's behavior, but the parents' behavior--like helicopter parents who won't leave the room no matter how many times you ask. In the dental setting this is the parent that stays by the child's side and convinces them that the visit is going to be a negative experience. However, the only thing negative about the experience is what they are telling their kids.

What will always stick in my mind, though, is the family where mom was a lawyer and dad was a physician. Obviously, they were well-educated with wonderful children. However, they refused to follow the hygiene recommendations made by the AAPD and ignored any dentist who advised no juice in the bottle. Instead, these parents would simply instruct us, "Let us know when it is time to go to the OR."

I saw two of their children end up in the OR for restorative care by age 6. I always felt this was borderline neglect except for the fact that they were committed to treating the kids at a fixed point in time.

I am sure anyone who treats children can relate to the parent that does more harm than good when it comes to their child's oral health and dental experience. However, I still ponder the best way to address these situations.


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I certainly feel your pain! It is great to work with children and I really enjoy it but the parents can make it unpleasant. The one thing I have learned over the 10 years I have been in practice as a pediatric dentist is I cannot make everyone happy. So, sometimes if I feel the parent and I are not on the same page instead of trying to convince them to do something I recommend they go for a 2nd opinion. Many times they end up returning to our office and are much more agreeable, but if they don't return then it just wasn't meant to be :)

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Permanent link  Community Health needs volunteers


Community Health, the largest volunteer-based free health clinic for the uninsured in Illinois, is looking for volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

The clinic is open six days a week, including Saturdays and evenings. All providers operate under the Illinois Good Samaritan Act, which exempts medical professionals from civil liability when services are performed without compensation in a free clinic setting.

Volunteers must be certified in Illinois. For more information, please contact Kelly Jordan, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at (773) 395 - 9901, extension 23.


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Permanent link  Ill give you my coffee when you pry it from my cold, dead...


An interesting look at foods that feed caries, from Dental Products Report. I was patting myself on the back for avoiding soda and sweets until I got to this sentence:

Coffees, teas and alcohol may not feature sugar on their ingredient list, but they are very acidic and contribute to dental caries.


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Dental care is very important in one's life and should be taken care of from an early age. Still, there are many products damaging for the teeth that can't be avoided so it's better to use dental products to reduce their effects.

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Permanent link  Dr. Kathleen OLoughlin is named ADAs executive director/COO


Statement received this morning from the ADA:

Kathleen T. O'Loughlin, DMD, MPH, of Medford, Massachusetts, has been selected by the Board of Trustees of the American Dental Association to serve as the next ADA Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, beginning June 1, 2009.

Dr. O'Loughlin brings a wealth of experience in several related oral health fields: twenty years in private general dental practice and public health dentistry, ten years experience as a dental educator, and a decade of demonstrated expertise in senior management, strategic planning and operations for large business.

Before joining the ADA, Dr. O'Loughlin worked briefly for United Healthcare as its Chief Dental Officer. Prior to that work, she consulted with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she led a curriculum development initiative in preparation for the expansion of the dental school facility. Dr. O'Loughlin's higher education experience includes serving as a course director for Tufts School of Dental Medicine and as an advisor to the President of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts, where she was responsible for developing a Masters in Public Health Program, overseeing the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene 2009 CODA Accreditation as well as planning the expansion of the Dental Hygiene Program to the Worcester Campus.

From 2002-2007, Dr. O'Loughlin served as President and CEO of Dental Services of Massachusetts, Inc. (d/b/a Delta Dental of Massachusetts) where, through her leadership, the company doubled its reserves, grew membership by 400% and executed a dramatic five-year growth plan. Also during her leadership, Delta Dental of Massachusetts made charitable contributions of $53 million, which included endowed professorships at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston University School of Dental Medicine and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science. She also served as the President of the Oral Health Foundation of Massachusetts and holds the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor, in the Department of General Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Her education credentials are quite impressive. Dr. O'Loughlin earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine, Summa Cum Laude, from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; a Master's degree in Public Health, Health Care Management from Harvard University School of Public Health; and a Bachelor's degree, Cum Laude, in Biology from Boston University.

For over 25 years, Dr. O'Loughlin has been an active member in the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society, where she held several volunteer leadership positions including in the Yankee Dental Congress, held annually in Boston.


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Permanent link  FTC delays enforcement of Red Flags Rule


This just in...The FTC has agreed to a three-month delay in enforcing the Red Flag Rules. From ADA President Dr. John Findley:

I am very pleased to inform you that the Federal Trade Commission has issued a 90-day delay in the enforcement of its Red Flags Rule, which would have gone into effect May 1. This delay will give the ADA more time to challenge its applicability to small health care providers such as dentists.

Read our previous coverage of the Red Flags Rule and what it means for dentistry.



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it seems much to do about nothing...when the ada predisdent says it will cost millions in training costs..truthfully how can he be taken seriously for any future comments! Big deal when a new patient comes in you get a photo ID copied with their insurance card...hell my cardiologist has been doing that for much training does that take? we should concentrate on speaking up on the real issues facing out profession.

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