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PeriRx, LLC Covering all Bases During Its Greater New York Dental Meeting Debut PDF Print E-mail
Company’s Launch of its SaliMark™ OSCC Salivary Test for Oral Cancer
Includes Free CE Course, Free Industry Reception and Free Test Kit 

Broomall, PA – November 24,  2014 – PeriRx LLC, a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology, will be making its national debut at booth #1506 during the Greater New York Dental Meeting from Sunday, November 30th  to  Wednesday, December 3rd at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
“We’re very excited to be making our official debut at the Greater New York Dental Meeting,” said Stephen M. Swanick, CEO and founder of PeriRx, LLC. “We’re using a variety of ways to engage with members of the dental community and tell them about SaliMark™ OSCC, the most clinically-advanced salivary test for oral cancer, which is scheduled to ship before the end of the year.”
Development of this simple-to-use, painless and noninvasive test was based on the strong scientific foundation of NIH-funded research with initial discovery and pre-validation work conducted by Dr. David Wong of the University of California at Los Angeles.  What’s more, more than a decade of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and National Institute of Health- supported research make SaliMark™ OSCC the world’s most scientifically-validated molecular DNA biomarker test for oral squamous cell carcinoma.
In addition to exhibiting at booth #1506, PeriRx will be introducing SaliMark OSCC in the following ways:
  • Free CE Course: “Salivary Testing for Early Diagnosis of Oral Cancer" (course code #3240) will be given on Sunday November 30th, 2014 at 9am.  Attendees will receive $15.00 lunch voucher at the end of the course which can be used at any Javits restaurant.  Course presenters are Jack Martin, MD, Neil Gottherer, DDS and Mark Cohen, DDS. 

  • Free Industry Reception: This press conference for the entire industry will feature some late-breaking research data presented by the PeriRx executive team that further confirms the efficacy of SaliMark OSCC for early oral cancer detection. Several other industry leaders are expected to say a few words regarding the importance of these latest findings.  This free event will take place on Monday, December 1st from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at booth # 5430.
    • Free SaliMark OSCC Test Kit: Any dental practice owner who pre-registers and creates a PeriRx online ordering account, will receive one free SaliMark test Kit in order to get familiar with the test, the protocol and the lab results. Simply visit http://perirxsecure.com/register.php to register your practice and set up an account.*  
    * Not yet approved for sale in the state of New York. New York practice owners who register online will be kept on file and notified immediately when SaliMark is approved for sale and use in their state.

    About SaliMark™ OSCC
    Development of this simple-to-use, painless and noninvasive test was based on the strong scientific foundation of NIH-funded research with initial discovery and pre-validation work conducted by Dr. David Wong of the University of California at Los Angeles. The SaliMark OSCC test also has the distinction of being the first of its kind assay in the world to aid in the identification and early detection of oral lesions at the highest risk for cancer.  Recently, the SaliMark OSCC test underwent a PRoBE (prospective-specimen-collection, retrospective-blinded-evaluation) design study which is the most rigorous biomarker validation available. In addition, PeriRx successfully completed a validation of the mRNA markers at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the St. Johns Providence Health System in Detroit. 
    About PeriRx LLC:
    Based in Broomall, Pennsylvania, PeriRx LLC is a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology that will help clinical professionals detect and treat diseases sooner and enhance the practice of wellness management.  
    The company was founded in 2008 to explore, innovate, and develop novel therapeutics or devices focused on the oral inflammatory/systemic connection. The PeriRx executive team consists of CEO and founder Stephen M. Swanick, an entrepreneur and experienced drug and device development professional; Dr. Neil Gottehrer, a practicing dentist; and Dr. Jack Martin, a cardiologist. 
    PeriRx obtained its patented and patent-pending technologies from inventor Dr. David Wong’s firm RNAmeTRIX and the Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles. PeriRx and RNAmeTrix have ongoing agreements which ensure the continuing research and development necessary to advance product development from clinical trial, through regulatory approval, and into commercialization.
Delta Dental Donates $44 Million to Improve Nation’s Oral Health PDF Print E-mail
IMHO- I am all for giving back to those less fortunate but it seems quite odd to me that Delta Dental has the money to donate but keeps cutting back on the remuneration for the providers of dental care. I guess Delta Dental is playing Robin Hood. MJ

Donations aid uninsured children, help alleviate dentist shortage

Oak Brook, Ill. (November 19, 2014)Although dental disease is largely preventable, it is the most common chronic childhood disease[i] and, alarmingly, can affect children's learning, speech and ability to eat.Luckily, organizations like Delta Dental are joining the fight to increase access to dental care, especially among the uninsured.

In South Dakota, for example, the Dakota Smiles mobile dental program is working to help children who deal with the pain of untreated dental disease every day, potentially impacting their school work, their sleep and their quality of life. Partnering with local community organizations across the state, Delta Dental of South Dakota’s mobile dental units treated more than 3,200 school children in 2013 and have served more than 25,000 children since the program began in 2004.

Programs like this are filling a significant gap throughout the country by providing oral health care to the uninsured, and Delta Dental member companies are making sure they have the resources to meet needs. Delta Dental’s 39 member companies donated more than $44 million in 2013 to support community benefit initiatives that advance and promote oral health. 

“At a time when the nation is focused on expanding access to health care coverage, Delta Dental companies are making it possible for more Americans to access oral health care,” said Steven R. Olson, president and CEO of Delta Dental Plans Association. “Our philanthropic efforts touch lives each year, whether through dental treatment opportunities, scholarships and grants to help grow our dental professionals or educational programs to help Americans improve their dental health at home.”

Delta Dental companies and their affiliated foundations work actively within their communities to create and support programs that focus on expanding access to dental care for the uninsured and underinsured, alleviating the nation’s growing dentist shortage, preventing dental disease and advancing dental science.

Expanding Access to Care and Prevention for All 
Although recent reports show a slight increase in dental insurance coverage in the United States, nearly 40 percent of Americans remain without dental benefits.[ii] In 2013, Delta Dental member companies donated more than $20 million in support of more than 250 programs and events providing dental care to children and adults and 108 programs and events focusing on prevention.

For example, Delta Dental member companies donated nearly $1 million to support statewide Mission of Mercy events, which are typically two-day dental clinics that provide dental care to uninsured adults and children free of charge. According to the America’s Dentists Care Foundation, since 2000, more than 135,000 people have received nearly $76 million worth of free care through Mission of Mercy events. Delta Dental supported these clinics in more than 15 states.

Alleviating the Nation’s Growing Dentist Shortage
An estimated 47 million Americans are living in identified Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas, and an estimated 7,300 additional dentists are needed to fill this gap in care.[iii] To address this problem, Delta Dental member companies contributed $7.4 million toward the dental workforce in 2013, including loan repayment programs and fellowships aimed at encouraging dentists to practice in shortage areas, as well as through direct donations to dental schools and dental student scholarships.

These are just a few examples of what Delta Dental’s member companies are doing to improve oral health in their communities. To learn more about what Delta Dental is doing in your community, go to deltadental.com.

The not-for-profit Delta Dental Plans Association (www.deltadental.com) based in Oak Brook, Ill., is the leading national network of independent dental service corporations specializing in providing dental benefits programs to 62 million Americans in more than 114,000 employee groups throughout the country.

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Marty Jablow DMD - Dental News and Technology

Cosmedent Announces their 2015 Ultimate Aesthetics Course with Dr. Corky Willhite PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Willhite has been teaching about composites for quite a while now.  Trust me when I say you can learn a lot from him.  Here is some info on his latest course offering...

January 22-23-24, 2015 (Thur., Fri., Sat.)
8 A.M. — 3 P.M.; 8 A.M. — 3 P.M.; 8 A.M. — Noon
$3,995 — Continental Breakfast, lunch and materials included. AGD subject codes: 254 and 780.

The Ultimate Esthetics Course Summary:

Composite is the most versatile restorative material available for making minor or major changes in dental appearance. With proper technique, the function and longevity of composite rivals porcelain while providing benefits other procedures can’t match.
This comprehensive course (half of which is hands-on!) will teach you a systematic, step-by-step technique, as well as diagnostic and marketing skills to help you achieve predictable success with anterior composite restorations.

What You Will Learn:
  • Learn a systematic, step-by-step technique for predictable success with anterior composite.
  • Make freehanded composite veneers look as good as porcelain veneers.
  • Transform dark discolored teeth into bright, natural shades.
  • Learn verbal skills that will gain patient interest and increase treatment acceptance.
  • Make Class III, IV, and V restorations look totally invisible.
  • Practice a step-by-step layering technique, using opaquers and tints
    for predictable shade and incisal translucency.
  • Achieve a long lasting, natural and stain resistant polish every time.
  • Learn how occlusion and excellent function are incorporated to enhance success.
    And much more... 
Failure rates of class V restorations in the management of root caries in adults – a... PDF Print E-mail
Gerodontology 2014; doi: 10.1111/ger.12167 Failure rates of class V restorations in the management of root caries in adults – a systematic review


The aim of this systematic review was to compare cumulative failure rates of different restorative materials in carious class V lesions on the root surfaces of adult patients.


The prevalence of root caries is set to increase in the coming years as a result of ageing of the population and a concomitant reduction in levels of edentulousness. Evidence is needed to assist practitioners to select the most appropriate restorative material for use in these lesions.


A search of the literature was undertaken using the electronic databases of PubMed, Embase, CENTRAL and OpenSIGLE using keywords relevant to the search question. Two review authors conducted the electronic search independently, and any conflict was resolved by discussion. The references quoted in the full text articles extracted were hand searched for any further eligible studies.


Sixty non-duplicate citations were screened. Following review of the titles, abstracts, texts and application of the pre-determined inclusion/exclusion criteria, five studies remained.


There is a need for more research in this area as many of the studies identified in this systematic review treated post-radiation, xerostomic patients which are not typical of the general population. Increased adherence to CONSORT guidelines for reporting is also advised to facilitate future systematic review and meta-analysis in this area.

Marty Jablow DMD - Dental News and Technology

Missing Ohio State Football Player Found Near Ohio State Campus PDF Print E-mail
When I built my new office about 7 years ago, it turned out to be an avalanche of blessings in more ways than I could have ever imagined.

One of the blessings, and one that I would not have thought of prior to construction, was my close friendship with they guy who ran my building project. That man, Tom Baugh, is a pretty big guy. It wasn't until we were way into the building project that I found out he had played in the NFL for a while.

We bonded over the building (both the structure and the project) and have been friends ever since. Over the years , one of the things we've both taken an interest in is head trauma. Me, because I was in a massive car wreck when I was 23 that resulted in massive head trauma, Tom because of his NFL career and all the things that go with it.

I've also taken an interest in Chronic Traumatic Encephaly (CTE) because of what I do for a living. Tom began discussing some of the info that he had on the subject and I became an "info-nerd" on CTE.

The latest on the potential results of CTE came this weekend with the suicide of an Ohio State player. Now, as someone who has a degree in psychology I'm the first to say you cannot say one thing caused this. Suicide is a complicated subject and it may take quite some time before the true reason(s) are known. However, CTE very well could have played a part. I hope open minds examine this case and that a thorough autopsy is done on this young man's brain.

Here is the story from USA Today:

Missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead Sunday of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Columbus Police confirmed.

Sgt. Richard Weiner said Karageorge, who had been missing since Wednesday after sending a text message about concussions, was found in a dumpster near campus with a gun.

"The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus," the school said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time."

The 6-5, 285-pound defensive tackle had tattoos that helped confirm the death, Columbus police said. An official police report is expected later this week.

Karageorge's mother told authorities he has had concussions and spells of confusion, an earlier police report said. She said he texted a message Wednesday citing the concussions and saying he was sorry if he was "an embarrassment."

After Karageorge went missing, the team's physician, Jim Borchers, said he could not comment on the medical care of student athletes. But, he added, "We are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness."

Julian Bailes, neurosurgeon with the NorthShore Neurological Institute of suburban Chicago, said it is too early and the information is too incomplete to speculate on whether the death was related to concussions or the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

"It's somewhat conjecture to think that's what led to his (apparent) suicide. We just don't know," said Bailes, a CTE researcher. "He is certainly not the typical CTE guy, only in college and so forth. So you don't know.

"The other things, which are often associated with suicide, are mental health issues and/or drug or substance abuse. I just don't know. I just read a little bit about it the day he went a missing.

"There are so many factors associated with suicide. You just don't know."

CTE is diagnosed by examination of the brain after death. Researchers have linked the disease to repetitive head trauma. It was diagnosed in the brains of former NFL players who committed suicide, such as Mike Webster, Junior Seau and Dave Duerson.

"(Whether to have the brain examined) would be up to his family and then maybe even the medical examiner, depending on the circumstances of his death," Bailes said.

"If there's a legal issue of circumstances, was it foul play or unknown or so forth, the medical examiner could chose to do it. But otherwise the family would have to request it."

The Buckeyes defeated Michigan on Saturday, 42-28. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett said afterward that Karageorge missed practices and that teammates started getting nervous Thursday.

Contributing: Scott Gleeson and Gary Mihoces of USA TODAY Sports; and The Associated Press.

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