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June 11, 2015
On April 28th, the Toronto East Dental Society (TEDS) hosted an evening CE on dental equipment repair and maintenance. Topics addressed included maintenance of compressors, central vacuum, handpieces, ultrasonic scalers and amalgam separators. Additionally addressed were common causes of unit malfunction as well as air and water line maintenance.
There was a panel of 5 speakers to field questions from participants. Rick Zieska, our own “Techguru” was on the panel and addressed delivery systems and fielded a host of questions on all topics. We greatly appreciate the generosity of TEDS in bringing Rick to this event and granting him the opportunity to speak to dentists from the Toronto area. In particular, we’d like to thank Dr. Galina Mayer for organizing the event and TEDS president, Dr. Shervin Abbaszadeh for his support.
There was an extensive question and answer period after each topic was addressed and answering questions occupied a significant portion of the allotted time. TEDS members were afforded a unique opportunity to receive expert advice on a variety of topics and concerns.
In particular, TEDS members learned the importance of maintaining filters and how to check them. Familiarity with mechanical room equipment was enhanced and concerns over local regulations were also addressed. Regulations covering amalgam separators were discussed, as were the details one needs to keep in mind when choosing an amalgam separator. Other topics included routine handpiece maintenance and standard best practices to keep handpieces running well. Rick discussed the basics of dental equipment pneumatics, junction box components, as well as fielded questions on all topics presented.
We were honored to present at the TEDS CE and enjoyed visiting with Toronto area dentists.
May 29, 2015
There is a safety concern with soft tissue fillers (ie: dermal fillers, injectable facial implants, or wrinkle fillers). According to the FDA, information suggests that an unintentional injection of soft tissue fillers into blood vessels in the face can result in rare, but serious side effects including blocked blood vessels and the lack of blood supply to surrounding tissues. Embolization is a possible result from this. It can, also, cause vision impairment, blindness, stroke and damage and/or death of the skin (necrosis) and underlying facial structures.
Unintentional injections into blood vessels can occur with injection sites anywhere on the face. The FDA’s review of literature and adverse event reports identifies certain injection locations where blood vessel blockage have been reported more often. These sites include the skin between the eyebrows and nose (glabella), in and around the nose, forehead, and around the eyes (periorbital region).
For the full FDA announcement and to learn more about this safety concern, visit their website here.
April 30, 2015
What are the benefits of eating your broccoli? Those mini green trees are packed full of nutritional value, but scientists have found it extends beyond that. The extract found in broccoli sprouts and cabbage (Sulforaphane) has been found to help protect mice against oral cancer. They are digging further into the prevention of head and neck cancer (HNC) in humans.
The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) discovered the connection when they gave Sulforaphane to mice predisposed to oral cancer. It reduced the frequency and amount of tumors among the mice.
This discovery will help spur on more research into the prevention of HNC in humans who are frequently exposed to the leading causes of this form of Cancer: environmental pollutants and carcinogens. The are now starting a clinical trial with 40 volunteers that are at a higher risk of HNC using capsules that contain broccoli seed powder and seeing if they can tolerate them and whether or not it will have a significant impact in preventing this form of cancer from happening.