Teledentistry Leader MouthWatch Appoints TeleDent™ COVID-19 Advisory Board

Advisors Will Provide Guidance on Teledentistry-Delivered Urgent Care
and Expanding Teledentistry Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic  

Metuchen, NJ – April 2, 2020 – MouthWatch, LLC recently announced the formation of a TeleDent COVID-19 Advisory Board. This group of teledentistry thought leaders will help MouthWatch develop best practice protocols for implementing teledentistry in the new reality of urgent care only. The team will also assist the company with creating very timely teledentistry-focused education and training materials. Topics covered will include the following:

Establishing Oral Triage Protocols
Implementing Proper Coding
Coordinating Dental Team Participation
Developing Virtual Workflows
Conducting Live Consultations
Explaining Legal & Regulatory Parameters

According to MouthWatch CEO and Founder, Brant Herman, “Many care providers are trying to figure out how to properly implement teledentistry so they can deliver urgent patient care. Our goal is to fill this information gap and to also ensure that teledentistry adoption and utilization continues long after the pandemic is over. I’m confident that we have the right advisory board in place to help us achieve these goals.”

The TeleDent COVID-19 Advisory Board consists of the following teledentistry thought leaders:

Margaret Scarlett DMD is an infectious and chronic disease prevention specialist, dentist and author.  For thirty years, Dr. Scarlett has provided expert guidance on infectious diseases and infection control as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World
Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the United States Agency for
International Development, the American Red Cross and many consumer health companies. 

Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA: Dr. Glassman is the founder of the Virtual Dental Home Program, whereby he and his team at the University of the Pacific developed a more efficient
way to connect patients to dental care through the combination of technology and innovation. This care-delivery model, combined with his efforts in education, in supporting legislative changes that support teledentistry and improve access to care have helped create a landscape where more and more programs and providers are interested in teledentistry and the opportunities it creates.

Dr. Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, FSCD, is an assistant Professor and Director of Teledentistry at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.  He has a strong background in mobile dentistry and innovative care models focused on teledentistry and public health. Dr. Howell developed imaging protocols to implement comprehensive teledentistry assessments and continues to contribute innovative care delivery programs to the ATSU curriculum and dental students.

Scott H. Froum, DDS is a Board-certified periodontist and a clinical associate professor at SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Periodontics. He is also chief editor of the Perio-Implant Advisory. Dr. Froum has lectured on the national and international level on implant therapy, bone and gum regeneration, and complications. Dr. Froum recently began using teledentistry in his New York City practice to provide his patients with emergency care services.

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS believes dentistry is no longer just about fixing teeth; dentistry is oral medicine and it’s time we got around to truly practicing it. Patti’s specialty is medically necessary coding. Her efforts have assisted thousands of professionals to code more accurately and efficiently. The American Dental Association recognized her expertise by inviting her to write a chapter in its CDT 2017 Companion book and again for CDT 2018 Companion. Patti holds publishing and speaking licenses with ADA for Current Dental Terminology©2020. She is a strong advocate of teledentistry and is the co-author of Teledentistry: Pathway to Prosperity, Critical Choices.

Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH, has been a dental clinician since 2000 and is currently a practicing hygienist, speaker, writer, content developer, consultant, and podcast cohost for A Tale of Two Hygienists. With a master’s degree in dental hygiene education and a belief in lifelong learning, she hopes to continue to learn and grow within the dental profession and one day see the gap bridged between medicine and dentistry.  Michelle currently uses teledentistry in her volunteer work with a dental clinic in South Carolina.     

The dental community will soon be able to gain a deeper understanding of how to use teledentistry during the coronavirus epidemic thanks to white papers, guest blogs, webinars, e-books and articles that will be developed in close collaboration with the TeleDent COVID-19 Advisory Board. In the meantime, visit www.mouthwatch.com for more information.

About MouthWatch LLC
Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in innovative clinician-focused teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider.  The founders and management team of MouthWatch have relevant backgrounds and successful track records in dentistry, consumer products and communications. Since 2012, this team has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of dentistry. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in introducing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry. For more information, visit www.MouthWatch.com .

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Twice as Nice Uniforms Steps Up During COVID-19 Crisis


Roswell, GA – April 1, 2020 – As the coronavirus continues to spread, there is increased concern over keeping our healthcare professionals safe and productive. To address these critical needs, Twice as Nice Uniforms (2AN) has converted its New Jersey based factory to exclusively produce personal protective gear such as face masks and protective gowns.

“Many in the dental and medical fields, as well as those on the front-lines of our communities, are not able to get masks and other protective gear, which is only adding to the pandemic crisis.” Says company founder, Debora Carrier, RDH. “This is one action we can take to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.”

Twice as Nice Uniforms is uniquely focused on creating infection control products for the healthcare industry. Its products have always provided safety, comfort and style, and include surgical caps, a specialized dental jacket, and many more items. View all products at https://twiceasniceuniforms.com.

For example, the company’s masks are made of 2AN’s 2-layer combination of an antimicrobial underlayer combined with a top protective fabric, which creates breathable, protective and comfortable coverage.

In addition, the company is donating its personal protective gear products to healthcare professionals. As part of this effort, Twice as Nice Uniforms has created a GoFundMe page to help cover some if its expenses for the production and shipment of its donated products. To make a donation, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/twice-an-nice-uniforms-covid19-masks.

“Masks and gowns are now being donated to individual healthcare providers and for small community needs,” explains Carrier. “To date, Twice as Nice Uniforms has produced and shipped several hundred donated masks, with the expectation to ship thousands more in the coming months.” 

In addition to donated masks, 2AN is currently producing and selling large quantities of masks and
gowns for institutional needs, including N95 gear. These materials are being sold at discount
wholesale pricing. According to Carrier, “Our pricing is set at a level that enables 2AN to
keep the factory running, as well as paying our workers fairly and most importantly, providing working conditions that are as safe as possible.”  About Twice as Nice Uniforms and Founder Debora Carrier, RDH

Twice as Nice Uniforms was founded in 2014 when registered dental hygienist Debora Carrier developed and patented temperature regulating, moisture wicking, antimicrobial uniforms. Debora combined her 30+ years of dental hygiene experience with her background as a fashion model and worked with industry experts to create a new stylish, technologically advanced approach to medical and dental apparel that is safe, professional, and comfortable.

In 2019, Twice as Nice Uniforms launched the Twice the Life program to donate gently used uniforms to dental mission trips.

Debora’s goal with Twice as Nice Uniforms is “Bringing Comfort to those who Comfort Others.” She strives to make the daily life of fellow healthcare providers more comfortable and safer by providing high quality, temperature regulating, protective, professional looking uniforms. 

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What Patients Need To Know About The Corona Virus and Your Dental Office.

There’s been all kinds of advice sent to us about what steps to take in our practices during the Covid crisis. I realized that much less was being communicated to my patients.
Here’s what we posted on our website to answer their questions – https://thedentistsofwoodbridge.com/dental-emergencies-checkups-health-coronavirus-help/.
Please feel free to help yourself if you would like to do the same for your patients. Copy and replace with your practice specifics.
Stay safe and healthy!

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Carestream Dental and MouthWatch to Deliver an Enhanced Teledentistry Solution During COVID-19 Pandemic


ATLANTADoctors who use Carestream Dental’s digital imaging and practice management solutions will soon have greater access to the TeleDent teledentistry platform from MouthWatch thanks to a new partnership.
As seen in recent weeks, the coronavirus makes it extremely difficult to see patients directly in the office. However, having the ability to connect remotely with patients is an ideal way to communicate without the close physical contact. Teledentistry* provides an easy alternative for patients to connect and receive timely help and professional advice.
The TeleDent solution makes it possible for existing patients to contact the office if they have a question or dental emergency. The platform enables live streaming video consultations to facilitate remote treatment planning, supervision and collaboration in real-time and asynchronously at the provider’s convenience.
“Carestream Dental is excited to be partnering with MouthWatch and their innovative TeleDent software.” Ed Shellard, D.M.D., chief dental officer, Carestream Dental, said. “This partnership helps deliver a much-needed solution in light of the COVID-19 pandemic so practices can interact with patients remotely.”
“At MouthWatch, we believe in providing market leading solutions,” Brant Herman, MouthWatch founder and CEO, MouthWatch, said. “Collaborating with a partner, such as Carestream Dental, enables us to do just that. Their technological expertise aligns with our commitment to providing practices with turnkey teledentistry solutions.”
To learn more about Carestream Dental, visit carestreamdental.com. For more information on MouthWatch, visit mouthwatch.com
Please register at carestreamdental.com/teledentistry to receive more information.
*Teledentistry policies vary by state and reimbursement policies vary by insurance carrier. Please check with your state and carrier for the most current policies.
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About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental is committed to transforming dentistry, simplifying technology and changing lives. In this pursuit, we focus on providing the latest in high-quality scanning technology, the smartest chairside systems, the most intuitive practice management software, incredibly accurate imaging software and the data intelligence that helps continually refine patient outcomes. And we offer these solutions for the full range of dental and oral health professionals. For more information please visit carestreamdental.com.
About MouthWatch
MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in innovative clinician-focused teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider. 
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Incidental findings in a consecutive series of digital panoramic radiographs.

Imaging Sci Dent. 2020 Mar;50(1):53-64. doi: 10.5624/isd.2020.50.1.53. Epub 2020 Mar 17.

Abstract

Purpose:

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of incidental findings (IFs) on digital dental panoramic radiographs (DPRs) of asymptomatic patients attending a general dental practice.

Materials and Methods:

This was a retrospective study of 6,252 consecutive digital (photostimulatable phosphor) DPRs of patients who visited a Canadian general dental practice for a complete new patient examination. The IFs were grouped into dental-related anomalies, radiopacities and radiopacities in the jaws, changes in the shape of the condyles, and other findings in the jaws, such as tonsilloliths and mucosal antral pseudocysts. Their prevalence was determined.

Results:

Thirty-two percent of the DPRs showed at least 1 IF. The highest prevalence was found for dental-related anomalies (29% of all DPRs), of which impacted teeth were the most prevalent finding (24% of all DPRs), followed by idiopathic osteosclerosis (6% of all DPRs). A lower prevalence was noted for tonsilloliths (3%), and the prevalence of root tips, mucosal antral pseudocysts, and anomalies in condylar shape was approximately 1% each.

Conclusion:

The observed prevalence of 32.1% for IFs of any type underscores the need for a dental practitioner to review the entire DPR when a patient presents for an initial dental examination (or check-up) or for dental hygiene. Only a single IF (a central giant cell granuloma) provoked alarm, as it was initially considered malignant. Similarly, impacted teeth and suspected cysts need careful evaluation upon discovery to determine how they may be optimally managed.

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Comparison of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) produced using 3 commercially available centrifuges at both high (~ 700 g) and low (~ 200 g) relative centrifugation forces

Clinical Oral Investigations volume 24pages11711182(2020)

Abstract

Objectives

Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) has gained tremendous momentum in recent years as a natural autologous growth factor derived from blood capable of stimulating tissue regeneration. Owing to its widespread use, many companies have commercialized various centrifugation devices with various proposed protocols. The aim of the present study was to compare 3 different commercially available centrifuges at both high and low g-force protocols.

Materials and methods

PRF was produced on three commercially available centrifuges including the IntraSpin Device (IntraLock), the Duo Quattro (Process for PRF), and Salvin (Salvin Dental). Two separate protocols were tested on each machine including the original leukocyte and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) protocol (~ 700 RCF max (~ 400 RCF clot) for 12 min) as well as the advanced platelet-rich fibrin (A-PRF+) protocol (~ 200 g RCF max (~ 130 g RCF clot) for 8 min). Each of the tested groups was compared for cell numbers, growth factor release, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for morphological differences, and clot size (both weight and length/width).

Results

The present study found that PRF clots produced utilizing the low-speed centrifugation speeds (~ 200 g for 8 min) produce clots that (1) contained a higher concentration of evenly distributed platelets, (2) secreted higher concentrations of growth factors over a 10 day period, and (3) were smaller in size. This was irrespective of the centrifugation device utilized and consistently observed on all 3 devices. The greatest impact was found between the protocols utilized (up to a 200%). Interestingly, it was further revealed that the centrifugation tubes used had a much greater impact on the final size outcome of PRF clots when compared to centrifugation devices. It was found that, in general, the Process for PRF tubes produced significantly greater-sized clots when compared to other commercially available tubes. The Salvin Dental tubes also produced significantly greater PRF clots when compared to the IntraLock tubes on each of the tested centrifugation devices.

Conclusions

The present study demonstrated the reproducibility of a scientific concept (reduction in RCF produces PRF clots with more evenly distributed cells and growth factors) utilizing different devices. Furthermore, (and until now overlooked), it was revealed for the first time that the centrifugation tubes are central to the quality production of PRF. Future research investigating tube characteristics thus becomes critically important for the future optimization of PRF.

Clinical relevance

This is the first study to reveal the marked impact of centrifugation tubes on the final production of PRF. Future study thus becomes markedly important to further optimize the quality of PRF-based matrices. It was further found that little variability existed between the centrifugation devices if optimized centrifugation protocols (lower centrifugation speeds) were utilized.

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