Dr. Joe Blaes
G·U·M® PerioShield™ Oral Health Rinse from Sunstar Americas inhibits bacterial adhesion to tooth surfaces, serves as an adjunct to normal mechanical oral hygiene, and provides dental professionals and patients with a tool for the prevention of plaque and gingivitis that could lead to periodontitis. This product was introduced at the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim this spring. We have now included the use of PerioShield as part of our armamentarium in the hygiene system in my practice. PerioShield contains the proprietary ingredient, delmopinol hydrochloride 0.2%, which not only prevents bacteria from forming the glucan/poly-saccharide film necessary for adherence, but also disrupts existing plaque biofilm, making it easier to remove. It creates an invisible protective shield around the teeth and gingiva to continually repel plaque and pathogenic bacteria. Rinsing with PerioShield twice a day (morning and evening) for 30 seconds has been clinically proven to reduce plaque and treat gingivitis, which can help to prevent periodontitis. This product has a low 1.5% alcohol content and is safe and effective for long-term use. G.U.M. PerioShield Oral Health Rinse will be commercially available on the shelf at your local pharmacy. For more information visit www.gumbrand.com.
RDH Freedom™ Cordless Prophy System from Dentsply Midwest® – For many years I have listened to hygienists complain about handpiece tubing. I have always told them it is better than the belt driven handpiece I used in dental school. But that never satisfied them and they would just go on to their next complaint, the weight and balance of the handpiece, and before I could say anything, they were onto the next problem that constantly frustrated them – the tangled tubing on the floor with the foot control. Now Midwest, the most trusted name in hygiene handpieces, has developed the new RDH Freedom Cordless Prophy System as the answer to all these problems. RDH Freedom has been four years in the making at the research and development labs at Dentsply Midwest. This handpiece must be seen and used to understand how great it is. Scaling and polishing take up a big part of your day. Corded prophy systems can make them a pain as you pull against the cord. Now there is a better way. The Midwest RDH Freedom has a balanced, lightweight design that eliminates cord drag while increasing accessibility in the mouth. The result is greater comfort and a better experience for hygienists, dental assistants, doctors, and their patients. This next generation cordless handpiece will polish teeth all day on one charge. The cordless system includes a wireless foot pedal for flexibility, portability and optimal speed control. The unique Disposable Prophy Angle (DPA) is custom made and has low vibration for more comfort. There is a stable, low-flex connection between the DPA and handpiece that eliminates broken DPA shafts, one of the major reasons for handpiece repairs today. The lightweight and balanced cordless handpiece has an autoclavable outer sheath for infection control. The RDH Freedom has the power to polish stubborn stains and yet it is gentle to the tissues. The Midwest RDH Freedom is available in basic and premium system kits. Order from your dealer or visit their website at www.midwest-rdh.com, or call (800) 989-8826 for more information.
Remin Pro® from VOCO – There is certainly a lot of information being written today about making teeth stronger and more resistant to the many sources of demineralization and erosion. In my practice, our contract with our patients is that we will help them keep their teeth for the rest of their lives. We can not do it for them, but we can certainly help them. Remin Pro combines three components for effective protection against demineralization and erosion: hydroxyapatite, fluoride, and xylitol. Remin Pro thus represents an optimal addition to the services offered by your practice to help your patients keep their teeth for the rest of their lives. The hydroxyapatite contained in Remin Pro fills superficial enamel lesions and the tiniest irregularities that arise from erosion. It adheres to the tooth substance and protects the tooth against demineralization and erosion. The surface is noticeably smoothed and dentin tubules are superficially sealed. The smooth surface impairs the adhesion of bacterial plaque. Fluoride is the proven agent for caries prevention. On the tooth surface, fluoride is converted into the more stable and more acid resistant fluorapatite through contact with saliva. The fluoride (1,450 ppm fluoride) contained in Remin Pro strengthens the tooth and thus makes it more resistant to acid attacks. The sugar substitute xylitol is known for its cariostatic properties. Xylitol (unlike saccharin, for example) cannot be converted into harmful lactic acid by cariogenic bacteria. Thus the harmful effects of these bacteria and the metabolic product lactic acid can be significantly reduced by the action of xylitol, allowing the mouth to naturally remineralize damaged teeth with less interruption. With Remin Pro, the tooth is strengthened and desensitization of the tooth substance is promoted. It is important to note that in reference to their competition, with the use of Remin Pro, there is no risk of milk protein allergies. The paste, which is available in the natural flavors melon, mint, and strawberry, is water-based. It not only has a pleasant flavor, but it also creates a pleasing feeling in the mouth. Remin Pro can be very easily applied with a toothbrush after oral hygiene, or with a finger or an individual splint. I have tried this in my office and the hygienists and I are both excited by the results. Visit www.vocoamerica.com or call (888) 658-2584 for more information.
Deluxe Home Edition Kit and Chic Flic from Whiter Image™ Dental – This is a company that I came upon on the exhibit floor at the ADHA meeting this summer in Nashville. Whiter Image Dental has a complete line of whitening products that are innovative, economical, and fun at the same time. The Deluxe Home Edition Kit features four 3 ml whitening syringes that will give your patients 15 to 17 applications using the proprietary gel blend of one quarter 12% hydrogen peroxide – which accelerates the whitening process – and three quarters 36% carbamide peroxide for stability along with potassium nitrate added to reduce or eliminate sensitivity. This all comes in a convenient tray storage case. This is a great marketing tool to offer whitening at a reasonable price. Completing this kit is a uniquely designed self impression silicone tray that is unlike any other product on the market. Now comes the fun. Chic Flic is a totally unique product that is great for referral and new patient gifts or as a promotional giveaway to attract new patients to your practice. First, Chic Flic will deliver visibly whiter teeth in just a few applications without causing sensitivity, using a 20% mint flavored carbamide peroxide gel with over 50 applications. Chic Flic has built-in mirrors and mini LED lights so it can be applied anywhere. It will instantly wipe away the film left by red wine and coffee. But wait, there’s more! Chic Flic includes a patented, clinically proven lip plumper ingredient for short- and long-term volume enhancement while moisturizing for smooth, round, age defying lips. Each pen can be fully customized with your practice information. To order or for more information, call toll-free at (877) 944-8330, Ext. 6.