DENTAL TRIBUNE DENTAL TRIBUNE The World’s Dental Newspaper · U.S. Edition The World’s Dental Newspaper · U.S. Edition JULY 2020 — Vol. 15, No. 5 www.dental-tribune.com www.dental-tribune.com AAPD, AAPD FOUNDATION & HENRY SCHEIN TEAM UP LASER MEETS GUIDELINES TO MINIMIZE RISK OF COVID-19 Together, they will ensure all AAPD members receive one 50-count box supply of KN95 masks. ” page A4 Instrument allows hygienists to manage periodontal disease without using water. ” page A6 IMPLANT TRIBUNE AAID PUTS OUT PATIENT RESOURCE Guide details what to expect at appointments. ” page B1 Patient communication resource center available to help welcome patients back The ADA launched a Patient Re- turn Resource Center on July 7 with customizable communi- cation tools for practices to use with patients during this time when many dentists are reopening. Practices can access the Patient Return Resources Center at www. ada.org/ patientreturn. Photo/Provided by Dentsply Sirona. FROM THE EDITOR A2 • Editor in chief Dr. David L. Hoexter shares images from the days before social distancing. NEWS A3 • America’s ToothFairy launches campaign for kids during COVID-19. INDUSTRY NEWS A3-A6 • AAPD, AAPD Foundation and Henry Schein to help enhance access to dental care for children. • Designs for Vision wants you to protect yourself against aerosols. • BIOLASE’s Epic Hygiene laser meets guidelines to minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission. IMPLANT TRIBUNE B1 The 10-page members-only guide is based on the ADA’s Return to Work In- terim Guidance Toolkit developed by the ADA Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery. These tools are intended to help sup- port dentists and their dental teams in communicating about the changes pa- tients will experience when returning for non-emergent care. It allows for cus- tomization so dentists can tailor specific points to their practice and patients. The contents include: • A step-by-step visual guide to dem- onstrate to patients what will happen be- fore, during and after their visit. • A comprehensive FAQ to reassure patients with sample responses that ad- dress potential patient concerns. • Different versions of email and text messages to communicate the office’s specific protocols and meant to reassure • AAID develops patient guide for what to expect at a dentist appointment during COVID-19. • Different Facebook post options, com- plete with ready-to-go images and simple photo suggestions. ” See RESOURCE CENTER, page A2 implant surgery with X-Mark. • X-Nav Technologies: Improve dental How dental offices are protecting patients and staff By Kyle D. Bogan, DDS It’s not exactly business as usual for the dental industry — or patients — as offices reopen for routine care amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak of the virus has brought several changes, some of which may be permanent, in how dental offices protect their employees and patients. “Dentists have always prioritized safe- ty, but now we’ve significantly ramped up our precautions and standard practices because we want both patients and work- ers to feel comfortable during a time of great uncertainty,” said Dr. Kyle Bogan, a general dentist and speaker on workplace culture. Bogan points out some concerns of pa- tients and dental staffs and new proto- cols being implemented: • Pre-screening patients. The asymp- tomatic carrier of COVID-19 limits the ef- fectiveness of pre-screening patients for the virus, but patients should be asked a range of relevant pre-visit questions on the phone. “It forces dental staff to treat every patient as if they have the virus,” Bo- gan said. “Before patients come in, they need to be asked if they’ve had COVID-19 symptoms, and, if so, if they’ve been tested.” • Upon arrival, a new look. Bogan said staff can allay patients’ fears by inform- ing them of new safety procedures the office is taking. The visit will look and feel different from the moment of arrival. “Patients can expect to wait outside upon arriving for their appointment until summoned by the staff,” he said. “This will greatly reduce the number of people in the waiting room and the time you’re close to other people. And patients should have their temperature taken upon arrival. The office should be devoid of the usual magazines and toys, and hand sanitizer should be available.” ” See PROTECTING, page A2
Dental Tribune U.S. Edition | July 2020 NEWS A3 AD America’s ToothFairy launches campaign for kids during COVID-19 By America’s ToothFairy Staff As children across the country stay close to home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, America’s ToothFairy is helping them make good use of their time by learning about the prevention of tooth decay. The superhero-themed Oral Health Action HERO Challenge runs through Aug. 15. During the campaign, kids will complete five educational missions to learn how to defeat the villain, “The Evil DK (Decay),” and keep their smiles healthy. The campaign was developed after COVID-19 lockdowns brought most in- person group instruction and educa- tional projects to a halt. Since the HERO Challenge can be completed by children at home, essential lessons that help kids prevent the consequences of tooth decay can continue. All participants who complete the mis- sions will receive recognition as “Oral Health Action Heroes,” and the first 25 kids to submit a video about what they learned will receive a prize package that includes a t-shirt, activity book and more. Three finalists will be selected to com- pete in an online voting program to de- termine who defeats “The Evil DK (De- cay)” and wins the Champion Crystal trophy. “Prevention of tooth decay through education is a major component of our mission,” said America’s ToothFairy Executive Director Jill Malmgren. “The HERO Challenge campaign enables chil- dren to safely learn about oral health in a fun way at home. We are excited to see the creative videos the kids make to show what they’ve learned while partici- pating in the missions. The videos will help spread awareness about the impor- tance of oral health and how to prevent cavities.” The campaign is made possible by a donation from DentaQuest, which has also been a long-time sponsor of Amer- ica’s ToothFairy’s HERO Scout Patch ini- tiative. Kids must register online to participate and receive their mission instructions. More details about the campaign and how to register is available at Americas ToothFairyKids.org.
A4 INDUSTRY Dental Tribune U.S. Edition | July 2020 AAPD, AAPD Foundation and Henry Schein to help enhance access to dental care for children By Henry Schein Staff In the largest single commitment in its 33-year history, the AAPD Founda- tion has allocated up to $1.6 million to provide all AAPD members with one 50-count box supply of KN95 masks, in a joint collaboration between the founda- tion and the American Academy of Pedi- atric Dentistry. As part of Henry Schein Inc.’s commit- ment to help enhance access to care for vulnerable populations, including chil- dren, Henry Schein is providing these masks to the AAPD Foundation at its cost of acquisition and distribution. “Personal protection equipment [PPE] availability should not be a barrier to child dental care,” said AAPD President Dr. Jessica Lee. “We are grateful to Henry Schein for helping make these masks available to our members, without finan- cial gain, and to the foundation for un- derwriting this important access to care effort.” The AAPD Foundation’s provision of critical PPE for AAPD members is an AD As part of Henry Schein’s commitment to help enhance access to care for vulnerable populations, including children, the company is providing masks to the AAPD Foundation at its cost of acquisition and distribution. Photo/Pathathai Chungyam, dreamstime.com extension of its access-to-care mission. The AAPD Foundation is purchasing the KN95 masks, including paying sales tax and shipping; the AAPD is handling the ordering logistics for its members; and Henry Schein is leveraging its supply chain network to provide implementa- tion assistance at its cost. “As practices open across the country, the academy and foundation want to make sure there are as few delays as pos- sible in children receiving the care they need,” said Foundation President Dr. Charles Czerepak. “Henry Schein’s quick response to offer essential supplies will help prevent disruptions in patient care that can help prevent treatable cases from turning into emergencies.” While manufacturers, suppliers and distributors face unprecedented de- mand, coupled with supply chain gaps worldwide, Henry Schein understood academy members’ front-line roles in providing care to children and the need to ensure this workforce’s protection. “We are privileged that the academy and foundation approached us for assis- tance in securing PPE for its membership and administering this important proj- ect,” said AJ Caffentzis, president, U.S. Dental Distribution. “As part of Henry Schein’s dedication to ‘helping health happen,’ we recognize pediatric dentists’ critical public health role, and welcome the opportunity to contribute toward supporting these essential providers.” This collaboration is part of the acade- my’s broader effort to provide resources to ensure practice readiness and safe, comprehensive care. The academy in April released a guide for re-opening practices, and it continues its work with local, state and federal government agen- cies to ensure they recognize children’s oral health care as essential health care. In addition to access to KN95 masks, the foundation’s $1.6 million commit- ment will help fund the development of a public education campaign emphasizing dental office safety. The campaign will feature social media, direct-to-consumer outreach and materials for member use in their practices.
Dental Tribune U.S. Edition | July 2020 INDUSTRY A5 Protect yourself against aerosols tethered to a battery pack. The modular designs uncouple the headlights from a specific frame or single pair of loupes. The compact design of the LED DayLite® WireLess headlights are independent of any frame/loupes. You can see the Visible Difference® yourself by visiting Designs for Vision at www.designsforvision.com. The company is taking appointments for virtual meet- ings, and you can also find information on selecting an N95 mask that accommo- dates eyewear as well as nose pad adjust- ments to fit properly over the mask as well as information on disinfection pro- cedures for loupes and headlamps. According to Designs for Vision, the new Panoramic Field Loupes represent the most significant advancement in telescope design in more than 100 years. Graphic/Provided by Designs for Vision AD By Designs for Vision Staff In today’s world, it is especially impor- tant to make sure you have the proper eyewear. To that end, Designs for Vision is offering a variety of new product lines. Design for Vision’s new Aerosol Protec- tion Loupes creates a seal around your eyes to protect against aerosols. These loupes are available with 2.5x, 3.0x and 3.5x magnifications and come in two frame styles. The company is also offering the LoupeSaver™ Face Shield. The product is made from optical grade plastic and has a flat panel design that reduces optical aberrations. The shield can be clipped to loupes, with no headband needed, allowing a headlight to be placed inside or outside of the shield. In addition to these products, Designs for Vision has launched several new product lines in the past few months, including the new patented Panoramic Field Loupes (US pat. 8928975B2). According to the company, the Pan- oramic Loupes represent the most signif- icant advancement in telescope design in more than 100 years. The viewable areas are twice are large as prismatic expanded-field designed loupes and up to five times greater than Galilean loupes. Panoramic Field loupes provide unprecedented field of view, clarity, defi- nition and color, the company asserts. Designs for Vision is also adding the Micro 3.0EF to the award-winning Micro Series Loupes. The Micro 3.0EF has a field of view of 100 mm and weighs less than 70 grams. The Micro Series also includes REALITY 5 Star rated Micro 3.5EF Scopes and Micro 4.5EF Scopes. These scopes use a revolutionary op- tical design that reduces the size of the prismatic telescope by 50 percent and reduces the weight by 40 percent while providing an expanded field view of the oral cavity. If you want the lightest 3.0x magnifica- tion, get the new 3.0x Galiliean loupes. According to the company, the light- weight Galilean design enables clinicians to step up in magnification while retain- ing an expansive 70 mm field of view. Designs for Vision is also introducing patented (US pat. 8,851,709 & RE46,463) hands-free infrared technology with the WireLess IR HDi and the Micro IR HDi headlights. The patented IR feature enables practitioners to operate a head- light without touching the system. The IR headlights use a built-in infrared sig- nal to enable the user to turn the light on or off simply and safely, according to the company. Onboard biometrics sense the position of the headlight to filter out un- intended signals while working. Designs for Vision’s WireLess™ head- lights free practitioners from being
A6 INDUSTRY Dental Tribune U.S. Edition | July 2020 BIOLASE’s Epic Hygiene laser meets guidelines to minimize risk of COVID-19 By BIOL ASE Staff To learn more BIOLASE, a global leader in dental la- sers, has announced the Epic Hygiene dental laser meets recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which recommends not using ultrasonic scalers in order to prevent the transmis- sion of COVID-19. Ultrasonic scalers cre- ate a visible water spray that can contain particle droplets of water, saliva, blood, microorganisms and other debris that can serve as a conduit to spread the virus. As dental offices begin to open their doors, they can rely on the Epic Hy- giene laser for Laser Bacterial Reduction therapy, which was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration in March. This indication allows hygienists to perform gentler, highly effective treatments for bacterial reduction and manage peri- odontal disease without using water. AD For more information about the Epic Hygiene laser, visit biolase.com/epichygiene. “We have already seen how all-tissue Waterlase dental lasers create 98 percent less aerosol than traditional dental hand- pieces,” said Todd Norbe, CEO of BIOLASE. “We are proud that we have continued to see our products, like the Epic Hygiene laser, meet the unique needs of dentists during this time.” Epic Hygiene is the latest innovation in proven Epic laser technology, designed by dental hygienists for dental hygien- ists. This new laser system gives dental professionals a total solution to effec- tively manage non-surgical periodontitis and increase clinical production. The sys- tem includes step-by-step clinical proto- cols, including pocket therapy and perio debridement, for easy implementation. From left, Lina Dawli, RDH, and Cynthia Flores display the Epic Hygiene laser, designed by hygienists for hygienists, in the Biolase booth at the 2019 Greater New York Dental Meeting. Photo/Dental Tribune File Photo
IMPLANT TRIBUNE The World’s Dental Implant Newspaper · U.S. Edition JULY 2020 — Vol. 15, No. 3 www.dental-tribune.com AAID develops patient guide for what to expect at a dentist appointment during COVID-19 AAID dentists provide resource to help people prepare and take precautions for their next dental visit Resources To download What to Expect: Going to the Dentist After Stay-at-Home Order is Lifted,” go to https:// connect.aaid-implant.org/covid-19-checklist. To download the AAID’s “The Ultimate Guide to Dental Health During COVID-19,”go to https://con- nect.aaid-implant.org/dental-care-covid-19. By A AID Staff As the country gradually emerg- es from lockdown, the Ameri- can Academy of Implant Den- tistry (AAID) has released a new resource to help people prepare for their next dentist appointment. The checklist, “What to Expect: Going to the Dentist After Stay-at-Home Order is Lifted,” illustrates the safety measures and protocol to expect as dentist offices re-open for all types of visits and preven- tative procedures. The resource is a collaboration with AAID dentists who own practices across the nation and have followed CDC infec- tion control procedures for years. They are now implementing extra steps to protect patients and staff. “As my practice begins to re-open for routine check-ups, the health and safety of patients and staff is of highest prior- ity,” said Grace Chung, DDS. “It’s impor- tant that we let patients know ahead of their appointment what precautions will be in place to reduce the spread of COV- ID-19 so they can rest assured we’re doing everything possible to keep them safe.” The downloadable resource covers what to expect before, during and after an appointment. It serves as a reminder for patients of what to bring and not to bring to their appointment and includes space to write down questions. Photo/Provided by the AAID About the AAID Founded in 1951, the AAID was the first organization in the United States dedi- cated to developing and improving den- tal implants. Today, after 68 years, the AAID continues to be the leading orga- nization of dentists devoted to providing dental implant treatment solutions. Its credentialing program reinforces that these individuals are at the highest stan- dards of competency in the profession. For more information, contact the AAID at email@example.com or call (312) 335- 1550. Improve dental implant surgery with X-Mark By X-Nav Technologies Staff To learn more X-Nav Technologies has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for X-Mark™, a new virtual patient registra- tion technology that advances navigated dental implant surgery. X-Mark enhances the X-Guide® Dy- For more information about X-Guide Clinical Appli- cations and Patient Information, visit www. X-NavTech.com. Watch the X-Mark Introduction Video at https://youtu.be/tcHEepTEhe0. namic 3D Navigation system to give den- tists the ability to deliver more accurate dental implant procedures to more pa- tients seeking new teeth. X-Mark features breakthrough technology to facilitate virtual-based registration of the patient’s anatomy to a digital treatment plan, ac- cording to the company. Developed to be fast and easy, the dentist will prepare for surgery by marking three virtual anato- my points on the patient’s 3-D scan and then marking the same three live points on the patient at the time of surgery. The X-Guide system will then use the X-Mark technology to quickly match the points together to enable live navigated surgery — with accuracy and ease, the company asserts. X-Mark allows the dentist to provide all the benefits of less-invasive navigated surgery in more case presentations — from single tooth replacement to full mouth edentulous reconstruction.