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Researchers From Valencia (Spain), London (England) And Sul (Brazil) Research To Develop Non-Staining Bracket Adhesive

VALENCIA, Spain/LONDON, England — The white stains that orthodontic brackets often leave on teeth is a result of enamel demineralization caused by bacterial proliferation in the adhesive area, specially when accompanied by inadequate oral hygiene. Researchers at the Odontology Department of Valencia's Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera in collaboration with the King's College London Dental Institute and the Universidade Federaldo Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) have compared the efficacy of three new types of experimental adhesives, with bactericidal and enamel remineralisation properties which could prevent the appearance of these white stains around the brackets.

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LSUHealthNO Awarded $2.5m Grant to Develop Better Dental Filling Materials

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health has awarded LSU Health New Orleans' School of Dentistry an R01 grant in the amount of $2,465,297 over five years to develop stronger, longer-lasting dental filling materials with antibacterial properties to inhibit recurrent cavities and extend the life of the restoration. Xiaoming Xu, PhD, Professor and Head of the Division of Biomaterials, is the principal investigator on the grant.

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3M Introduces Bulk Fill Restorative With Improved Esthetics

One-step placement for fast and easy esthetic results

ST PAUL, Minnesota — According to practice management experts, one of the leading reasons why patients will leave a dental practice is because they are rarely seen on time. Patient variables and other complications in a tightly packed schedule can quickly have a practice playing catch-up. 3M recognizes the uncontrollable variables in a dentist's schedule, which is why 3M technologies focus on those areas that can be controlled - like using new 3M™ Filtek™ One Bulk Fill Restorative. When applied to posterior restorations, these technologies enable fast and easy one-step placement with improved esthetics- delivering efficient clinical outcomes that help dentists stay on schedule.

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American Dental Association Reaffirms Position On Dental Amalgam

CHICAGO, Illinois — A recent study published in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety questions whether people with multiple dental amalgam fillings experience an increase in mercury levels in their blood. The American Dental Association has examined the study and its findings and reaffirms its position that dental amalgam is a durable, safe and effective cavity-filling option.

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3M Licenses Dental Ceramics Coloring Technology To Dental Direkt

ST PAUL, Minnesota — 3M announced today that after winning a patent infringement lawsuit in Germany against Dental Direkt GmbH involving technology that enables the coloring of ceramic-based dental restorations, Dental Direkt GmbH will license this patented technology from 3M.

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3M Lava Zirconia Marks Significant Milestone

ST PAUL, Minnesota — Since Lava Zirconia was introduced in 2001, the material has improved the smiles of millions of patients worldwide - with scientific studies showing excellent strength, esthetics and clinical performance. Now the brand is celebrating 15 years of success, and 3M is taking an opportunity to highlight Lava cases from clinicians and labs across the globe. At LAB DAY Chicago on February 26 and 27, 3M will launch a new website dedicated to showcasing dentist and lab-submitted case photos that demonstrate the beauty and strength of Lava brand zirconia restorations for crowns and bridges.

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FDA Updates Consumer Advisory

Reaffirms position on dental amalgam

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied three petitions to ban or restrict dental amalgam.  In doing so, FDA strongly reaffirmed its position that amalgam is a safe and effective dental material.  As part of its response to the petitions, FDA thoroughly reviewed the current science and updated its consumer advisory on dental amalgam fillings January 27 to more clearly reflect its position.

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ADA Statement on Proposed EPA Amalgam Rule

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — The American Dental Association (ADA) is reviewing a draft rule intended to reduce the amount of dental amalgam that dental offices release into wastewater systems published today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Association will comment on the rule once that review is completed.

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Triple Jump Examinations A Reliable Way To Assess Dental Students' Reasoning

LOS ANGELES, California — Triple jump examinations administered by the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC are reliable and consistent in the way they assess dental students' reasoning and critical thinking skills, according to an article published in the Journal of Dental Education.

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Dental Amalgam Target Of City Action

BERKELEY, California — After nearly a year of consideration by two community advisory commissions, the Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 last week in favor of a resolution that encourages, but does not require, reduced use of dental amalgam and other potential sources of mercury exposure.

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