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Permanent link  Image Gently campaign offers advice on pediatric X-rays

09/26/2014

The American Dental Association has partnered with more than 80 professional health are organizations – including nine other dental organizations - to encourage safe pediatric imaging during medical exams.

The Image Gently campaign has developed educational and scientific materials to help dental professionals optimize radiation dose during these pediatric exams. Image Gently has also produced downloadable materials to help parents ask more informed questions of their dental providers whenever scans are recommended for their children.

The campaign is conducted by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, founded by the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. The participating professional organizations represent more than a million health care providers worldwide.

"Dentists use X-rays to diagnose disease or damage that isn't visible during an exam. Children may require X-rays as an adjunct aid to diagnose dental decay or to assess growth and development for orthodontic treatment." said ADA President Charles H. Norman III "It's important for dentists and parents to have meaningful conversations about children's X-rays."

Imaging has an important role in improved dental health – but children are, in general, more sensitive to radiation than adults. As such, health care providers should reduce radiation dose used in children's imaging and avoid unwarranted imaging. The Image Gently campaign encourages dental providers to consider the following guidelines:

  • Select X-rays for individual needs, not as a routine. Use X-rays only when essential for diagnosis and treatment — based on a review of the patient and their dental history. 

  • Use the fastest image receptor available. When film X-ray is used, select "E"- or "F"-speed. Set exposure parameters as low as possible for diagnostic digital imaging.

  • Use cone-beam CT (CBCT) only when necessary. CBCT should be restricted in children to cases in which it is essential for diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Collimate beam to area of interest. For intraoral X-rays, collimation should be rectangular to match recording area of detector. For extraoral X-rays, including cone-beam CT, restrict beam to the area needed for diagnosis.

  • Always use thyroid shield. The thyroid gland in children is particularly sensitive to radiation. Use of a properly positioned shield significantly reduces the dose to the thyroid. 

  • Child-size the exposure time. Less exposure time needed for children as oral structures are smaller than in adults.

 Dental professionals are also urged to visit ImageGently.org and pledge to Image Gently.

"The materials made available through the Image Gently campaign will help general and specialty dentists 'child size' their imaging techniques and provide even better and safer treatment to all patients, especially children," said Alan G. Lurie, immediate past president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. "To have North American and European dental societies involved in Image Gently sends a clear, strong message about the importance of this effort."

Image Gently alliance members in dentistry include the American Dental Association; American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology; American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; American Association of Endodontists; American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology; American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; American Academy of Periodontology; American Dental Education Association; Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology; and the European Academy of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology.

 

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Permanent link  Image Gently campaign offers advice on pediatric X-rays

09/26/2014

The American Dental Association has partnered with more than 80 professional health are organizations – including nine other dental organizations - to encourage safe pediatric imaging during medical exams.

The Image Gently campaign has developed educational and scientific materials to help dental professionals optimize radiation dose during these pediatric exams. Image Gently has also produced downloadable materials to help parents ask more informed questions of their dental providers whenever scans are recommended for their children.

The campaign is conducted by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, founded by the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. The participating professional organizations represent more than a million health care providers worldwide.

"Dentists use X-rays to diagnose disease or damage that isn't visible during an exam. Children may require X-rays as an adjunct aid to diagnose dental decay or to assess growth and development for orthodontic treatment." said ADA President Charles H. Norman III "It's important for dentists and parents to have meaningful conversations about children's X-rays."

Imaging has an important role in improved dental health – but children are, in general, more sensitive to radiation than adults. As such, health care providers should reduce radiation dose used in children's imaging and avoid unwarranted imaging. The Image Gently campaign encourages dental providers to consider the following guidelines:

  • Select X-rays for individual needs, not as a routine. Use X-rays only when essential for diagnosis and treatment — based on a review of the patient and their dental history. 

  • Use the fastest image receptor available. When film X-ray is used, select "E"- or "F"-speed. Set exposure parameters as low as possible for diagnostic digital imaging.

  • Use cone-beam CT (CBCT) only when necessary. CBCT should be restricted in children to cases in which it is essential for diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Collimate beam to area of interest. For intraoral X-rays, collimation should be rectangular to match recording area of detector. For extraoral X-rays, including cone-beam CT, restrict beam to the area needed for diagnosis.

  • Always use thyroid shield. The thyroid gland in children is particularly sensitive to radiation. Use of a properly positioned shield significantly reduces the dose to the thyroid. 

  • Child-size the exposure time. Less exposure time needed for children as oral structures are smaller than in adults.

 Dental professionals are also urged to visit ImageGently.org and pledge to Image Gently.

"The materials made available through the Image Gently campaign will help general and specialty dentists 'child size' their imaging techniques and provide even better and safer treatment to all patients, especially children," said Alan G. Lurie, immediate past president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. "To have North American and European dental societies involved in Image Gently sends a clear, strong message about the importance of this effort."

Image Gently alliance members in dentistry include the American Dental Association; American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology; American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; American Association of Endodontists; American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology; American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; American Academy of Periodontology; American Dental Education Association; Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology; and the European Academy of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology.

 

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Permanent link  Midwestern University clinic adds pediatric care to menu of services

02/18/2014

Midwestern University’s Dental Institute recently announced the addition of pediatric dental care — exams, cleanings, tooth restoration, and minor oral surgery  — for children from age 5 and up. Orthodontic care is also available. Since some children can benefit from early orthodontic intervention, the Dental Institute strongly advises an orthodontic screening by age 7.

The Dental Institute is home to some of the most advanced technology and diagnostic tools available to help provide patients with quality dental care. Student dentists in their final years of professional training treat patients under the supervision of licensed faculty who have many years of private practice experience. As a teaching clinic, patients can expect comprehensive, compassionate care – at about half the cost.

The Dental Institute is part of Midwestern University’s Multispecialty Clinic located at 3450 Lacey Road, Downers Grove IL. For more information about the services offered at the Dental Institute, contact 630.743.4500 or visit www.mwuclincs.com.

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Permanent link  New App gets users brushing

01/29/2014

If you find your patients with their noses buried in their smart phones and tablets while they wait for their appointments to begin, recommend an App to preview your oral hygiene message. Toothsavers calls on users’ competitive spirit to get kids brushing.
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a coalition of 36 leading organizations in the field of oral health, and the national Ad Council recently released the free app to encourage better oral health habits. Find Toothsavers online and in the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores
The game features:
 - 10 colorful characters whose teeth kids can clean with swipes and taps.
 - 10 two-minute animations to make brushing in real life fun.
 - 10 colorful cartoon teeth that animate to your voice in two-player mode.
 - An interactive map to chart each day and night that kids brush with Toothsavers.
 - New characters unlocked by brushing two minutes, twice a day with Toothsavers.
 - A parents' section to designate daily brushing times and monitor kids’ brushing progress on a calendar.
Toothsavers is the first mobile app to be entirely created by the Ad Council — a nonprofit organization that has been producing public service campaigns since 1942. It represents a big milestone in the Council’s efforts to use gaming and mobile technology to effect social change. 
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives shares the view that no child should be in pain and suffer broader health issues or endure the social stigma and lack of opportunity resulting from untreated dental diseases and conditions. Its primary mission is to teach parents and caregivers, as well as children themselves, to take control of their own health through oral disease prevention.
This campaign aims to motivate parents to take action to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease by making sure their kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day.

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Permanent link  Get ready for Brush Day

08/08/2013

Do you remember the Ad Council? They were responsible for all the Public Service Announcements were remember from childhood:

  • “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,”
  • “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste”
  • and, more recently “I am an American.”

The Ad Council has turned its attention to National Brush Day, which will be celebrated Nov. 1. The day after Halloween will be an ideal time to remind parents and children about the importance of good habits for healthy teeth.

The Ad Council is armed with facts like these: 

  • Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease
  • Less than half of children brush their teeth twice a day
  • In the United States, oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually
  • Dental decay affects 16.5 million children in the United States.

 To combat these trends, the Ad Council is working with the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives to supply parents with simple ways to improve their children’s oral health. They’re the same recommendations you give your own patients about how much toothpaste to use and when to start taking a child to the dentist. But they’ve also built a website.

2min2x.org offers a collection of free, two-minute videos— featuring characters from Sesame Street, Cartoon Network and My Kazoo —which kids can watch while brushing. The two-minute clips also help parents easily measure the amount of brushing time that is recommended by leading dental health experts.

Find your child’s favorite character there today.

 

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