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July 18th, 2014 Cambridge, MA - A new study has suggested that evaluating specific salivary biomarker concentrations could be a useful alternative to repeated blood sampling to determine the risk of metabolic diseases in obese children. Scientists hope that the results of this study will contribute to the development of noninvasive screening tools for early diagnosis and prevention of diabetes and other systemic diseases.In the study, researchers evaluated saliva samples from 744 Kuwaiti 10- to 12-year-olds, who were either underweight, of normal weight, overweight or obese. The researchers screened the samples for 20 biomarkers and found that four of them changed significantly with increasing obesity.In obese children, salivary insulin and leptin... Read More
July 11th, 2014 Boston, MA - Patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities have special dental needs however, only limited data about the results of dental treatment is available for this group. Now, researchers have found that, although cavity rates decreased among patients who received regular comprehensive dental care, significant oral health problems remained, even among patients under routine maintenance.In order to evaluate how dental outcomes changed over time among patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine reviewed the dental records of 107 individuals who were treated at a Tufts Dental Facilities (TDF) clinic serving people with special needs for an average... Read More
July 9th, 2014 Toronto, ON - The Globe and Mail along with CIBC are running a five part series called Redefining Success; Strategies for Growing Business. The July 3rd article featured an interview with Protec’s President, Neal Russell and a detailed write-up about their integration of new technology.Protec Dental Laboratories' cutting-edge new digital technology is transforming the crafting of dental restorations, into a highly precise and ultra efficient process by integrating industrial CAD/CAM technology. Dentists and patients love the consistent quality and precision of these digitally manufactured products, as well as the wide range of new materials and options.“We are now one of the worldwide leaders in the use of digital technology for dental... Read More
July 4th, 2014 Natal, BR - 32 football teams from around the globe are competing in the World Cup. During the match between Uruguay and Italy on June 24, Luis Suárez clashed with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini while waiting for a cross. Replays showed that Suárez lunged at Chiellini and bit his shoulder.Asked if this incident could have any implications for Suárez’ oral health, Dr Dieter Fischer-Brooks, a former FIFA-appointed dentist, says no, “Only for his Italian opponent, Giorgio Chiellini.” Dr Dieter Fischer-Brooks then elaborated. “A wide variety of harmful bacteria live in the oral cavity and a bite inflicted by a human can have serious health implications.”Approximately 10%-15% of human bite wounds become infected because of multiple factors... Read More
July 3rd, 2014 Congratulations to Xue Lian Zeng, Winner of the VCC Protec Dental Laboratories Scholarship! On May 21, 2014 Vancouver Community College (VCC) held their annual awards ceremony where Xue received her scholarship certificate alongside VCC Registrar- Mary Hodder, and Debbie Sargent- Dean of Health Sciences.Some 200 students were granted awards for their accomplishments and Protec is proud to be part of the event devoted to recognizing student accomplishments.Xue, who worked in IT and engineering before entering the VCC Dental Technician Program said she is amazed by the current advanced technologies in the dental industry and that she is looking forward to utilizing her strong IT background to achieve a successful future in this field.Every... Read More
July 2nd, 2014 Boston, MA - Researchers at Tufts University are investigating the relationship between stress and periodontal disease, according to a review published in the Journal of Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents last fall. Basically dental professionals concur that when people don’t practice proper oral hygiene, bacteria build up in the oral cavity and take over. The body produces immune cells to protect against bacteria, but when the body is under stress, this delicate balance is thrown off. Inflammation tends to increase due to stress, allowing bacteria to thrive and cause gingivitis, a precursor to periodontal disease.When the body is under stress, it produces more of the hormone cortisol, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.... Read More
June 26th, 2014 With Canada Day fast approaching, we here at Protec are anxiously anticipating this year's celebration and festivities!Canada Day was first established when the Constitution Act, 1867, united three colonies into a single country called Canada. The enactment was commemorated on July 1, 1867, with the ringing of the bells at the Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto and "bonfires, fireworks and illuminations” as described in contemporary accounts. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed Canada Day, in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.In 1958, the Canadian Government orchestrated, for the first time, Dominion Day celebrations. That year celebrations consisted of Trooping the Colour ceremonies on Parliament Hill... Read More
June 25th, 2014 Earth City, MO - Young Dental ushers in the warm weather of 2014 with new D-Lish Summer Drink Mix prophy paste, a cleaning and polishing paste in one, in three new flavours. The flavours are Strawberry Margarita, Mint Mojito and Pina Colada.D-Lish Prophy Paste is Young Dental’s pumice-based formula designed to improve stain removal without messy splatter. The gluten-free paste is intended for patients of any age, and the lids are color-coded by flavour for quick and easy identification.Summer Drink Mix Pastes contain 1.23% fluoride and xylitol. The single-dose packages come in re-sealable Stay Fresh bag, which includes an autoclavable paste gripper.document.getElementById("sbcx").style.visibility="hidden";document.getElementById("sbcx").... Read More
June 20th, 2014 Although intraoral scanners are known to have good accuracy in computer-aided impression making (CAIM), their effect on time and efficiency is not widely known. However, in many cases, the time required to make a digital impression is as important as the accuracy.Four doctors set out to investigate and evaluate the time efficiency of intraoral scanners in a comparative study with conventional impression materials. The doctors used three different intraoral scanners to digitize a single abutment, a short-span fixed dental prosthesis, and a full-arch prosthesis preparation. They measured the procedure durations for each scenario and compiled and contrasted the procedure durations for three different conventional impression materials.The... Read More
June 18th, 2014 Tel Aviv, Israel - An interesting study and findings regarding a link between headaches and gum chewing has come from Tel Aviv University. The article was published in Pediatric Neurology and looked at 30 patients between 6 and 19 with chronic headache and who were big gum chewers. The patients were told to stop chewing gum. After 1 month, nineteen of the patients had their headache go away and 7 additional patients in the group had a decrease in the severity and frequency of their headaches. Twenty six of the patients were then told to go back to chewing gum like they used to and they all said their previous symptoms returned within days.The researchers speculate that temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction may be the likely... Read More

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