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
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="http://www.bcdentalcare.ca" rel="nofollow">Dentist Richmond Hill</a>
Posted by: Dr. David Cheng (email@example.com) 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.
Posted by: Vancouver Cosmetic Dentist (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
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
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
Many, if not most, dentists in the network, though, limit the
number of patients they see because of what Southeast Dental
"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
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
Costello estimates that what Southeast Dental Associates pays
covers the practice's costs if he doesn't include his
Association for Health Care Journalists blog
access to care
This past Wednesday, more than a hundred volunteers arrived at a
field outside Eckersall Stadium to provide free dental screenings
to Special Olympic athletes.
special needs dentistry
access to care
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
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
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.
food for thought
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 :)
Posted by: Anonymous (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
the largest volunteer-based free health clinic for the uninsured in
Illinois, is looking for volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and
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
Volunteers must be certified in Illinois. For more information,
please contact Kelly Jordan, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at
(773) 395 - 9901, extension 23.
access to care
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 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.
Posted by: prodds (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
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
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
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
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.
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.
red flags rule
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 years...how much training does that take? we should concentrate on speaking up on the real issues facing out profession.
Posted by: Anonymous (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011