A smile goes a long way and that’s certainly the case for many children in Cambodia. To help improve the smiles and oral health of Cambodian communities, Your Aid, We Deliver is calling for dentists to help make a difference to the people of Cambodia by lending their skills and expertise, whilst also having an enriching experience and developing their skills.
Earlier this year Henry Schein Halas relocated their Brisbane office and showroom as well as their New South Wales national distribution centre.
A simple non-surgical gum disease treatment markedly reduces the thickness of the wall of the arteries, a risk factor for heart disease, according to a first of its kind study among Aboriginal Australians. The study findings may be of particular importance to Aboriginal Australians, who in general have poorer oral health and higher rates of cardiovascular disease. Published in the latest issue of Hypertension, the study reports a significant decline in thickening of the wall of the carotid artery a year after a single session of gum treatment.
“The study shows that non-surgical periodontal therapy significantly reduced the progression of thickening of the carotid artery over a one-year period,” says study co-author, University of Sydney vascular disease expert Dr Michael Skilton.
“The magnitude of the reduction in thickening of the carotid artery in the treatment group, relative to the control group, is similar to what has been observed in other clinical trials in high risk populations.
“The effect is comparable to a 30 per cent fall in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol – commonly referred to as ‘bad’ cholesterol – which is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease. “It’s also equivalent to the effects of reversing four years of aging, 8 kg/m2 lower body mass index, or 25 mm Hg lower systolic blood pressure.”
The study was prompted by conjecture about the causative relationship between periodontal (gum) disease and atherosclerotic vascular disease and is among the first using a randomised trial to investigate a periodontal intervention on atherosclerotic disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease affecting the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. In its early stage, the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria. In the more serious form of periodontal disease (periodontitis), the gums pull away from the tooth and supporting gum tissues are destroyed. Bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or eventually fall out.
Atherosclerosis is the most common cause of heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral vascular disease – collectively known as ‘cardiovascular disease’. It usually causes no symptoms until middle or older age but as narrowing and hardening of the arteries accelerates, they choke blood flow, causing pain and other serious cardiovascular complications. Despite reducing thickening of the carotid artery, the study found no effect of periodontal therapy on arterial stiffness – another pre-clinical marker of atherosclerotic vascular disease and risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
“Future studies may tell us whether a more intensive approach to periodontal therapy, including regular periodontal maintenance schedules, can produce more marked improvements in vascular structure,” Dr Skilton says.
“The findings indicate that periodontal therapy has a systemic impact beyond treating gum disease. “If further studies can confirm our report the treatment of periodontal disease may become reducing means by which to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, especially in high risk populations such as Indigenous Australians.”
In May Dental Corporation celebrated a new milestone, reaching a total of 200 practices across Australia and New Zealand. (DC also has a further 60 practices through its Canadian joint venture – Dental Corporation Canada) While Dental Corporation has expanded across the two countries, its 200th location lead by Dr Brad Bell of Roseville Avenue Dental is located in Sydney, where it all began back in 2007. The very first practice led by Dr David Carr in Double Bay, New South Wales, launched the company which soon became the largest dental corporate in the region, now with 178 practices across Australia and 22 in New Zealand.
“This achievement marks a great milestone for us and is another confirmation of the company’s bright future,” said Dr Ray Khouri, co-founder and Executive Director of Dental Corporation. “Dental Corporation is the largest operator in the Australian industry with a market share of over 5% by turnover. We set out to partner with leading general and specialist dentists and have since built a solid foundation of dental services that we can grow and expand. We’re very proud to partner with our 200th practice and look forward to a prosperous future,” Dr Khouri said.
“It’s an exciting ‘claim to fame’ being the 200th practice,” said Dr Brad Bell, Dental Corporation’s most recent partner. “It’s been a relatively smooth transition and I’m glad to be part of the group,” he continued.
On Friday, 16 May 2014, Dr Bell’s practice, Roseville Avenue Dental, became Dental Corporation’s 200th practice.
Although not yet ready to retire, he was attracted by the succession plan model that Dental Corporation has in place, the reputation that it has built over its seven year tenure, as well as the back office support.
“I was tired of doing paperwork on the weekend. I no longer have to spend my evenings doing payroll and BAS statements; I look forward to embracing all of the offerings and strengths of the corporation, such as the marketing team,” Dr Bell said.
Since its launch in 2007, Dental Corporation has always aimed to support and establish high quality dental practices across both countries. The company has a long history of success, taking home several Australian Business Awards and BRW ANZ Private Business Awards over the years.
According to Dental Corporation cofounder and Managing Director, Mr Mark Evans, one of the main reasons for the company’s success is its ability to provide the crucial back-office support while allowing dentists to retain day-to-day control over the clinical and management side of their practices.
Dr David Carr, Dental Corporation’s first dental partner says that seven years on he’s still enjoying the synergy and support that Dental Corporation has contributed to his practicing.
“I’ve enjoyed the fact that I haven’t had to worry about finances and I have always got that back office to liaise with regarding HR matters and protocols. I am passionate about practicing dentistry but it was the nitty gritty of running a small business that was getting me down,” said Dr Carr.
In May 2013, Dental Corporation was itself acquired by Bupa, one of the world’s leading healthcare organisations. Bupa is probably the largest provider of dental services in the world and certainly the biggest multinational provider with dental operations in eight countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Chile and Hong Kong.
As the company has grown in leaps and bounds, it has still retained a ‘small business mentality’ in the way that it approaches each individual practice and its needs. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach with Dental Corporation. Dr Carr says that he’s enjoyed the networking nature of the group and the collegiate style of dentistry that Dental Corporation has afforded him.
“We help each other out from city to city across the group. You don’t mind divulging information because they are not going to steal my patients and it’s going to help them,” said Dr Carr.
“One of the amazing parts of the business is that we’ve empowered our people, both at the corporate and practice level, to do what they think is right in dayto-day situations.
“The commitment and dedication in our approach to dental practices sets us apart and ensures a continuation of our history of success,” Mr Evans said.
Since 2003, MindWare has been certified by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) based in Chicago, USA and the courses are recognized throughout North America. Our courses conform to the CE course guidelines of the ADA and are also accepted by the NZDA for CPD credits. As MindWare enters their twelfth year
of service, they continue to find new and exciting locations with unique itineraries and new speakers to pique your interest. MindWare provides high-quality, luxury travel at affordable prices and finding new speakers that are the best in their fields. The best compliments are from clients that appreciate that MindWare provides a balance between travel and learning that was enjoyable for the whole family.
For the last 12 years, MindWare has been honing its expertise in developing and seeking out unusual itineraries that provide insight into exotic cultures and enchanting landscapes as well as lecturers with unique expertise and charisma (such as Dr Fred Calavassy, Sydney, AU) to enlighten you and enrich your learning
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- MindWare survey the trip participants during each trip to find out where they’d like to go next, what speakers & topics they wish to hear. MindWare also ask the same from website visitors.
- MindWare attends travel trade conferences & webinars on a regular basis to learn of the latest venues, cruise ships, hotels, resorts, etc that are being offered to the travelling public to ensure they can offer same to clients.
- The best of the major luxury cruise lines are selected to ensure that guests’ trips will be memorable. From offering the exclusive Aquaclass Suites and Blu Restaurant dining options (Celebrity Cruise Lines) to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club (Oceania Cruises), guests enjoy customer service beyond compare.
- We offer 4-star, 5-star and exclusive luxury boutique hotels for pre- and post-cruise tours as well as during each of the land tours offered (such as on our East African Safari-Oct 2014 & the Galapagos cruise & Machu Picchu tour – Oct 2015).
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By Peter Watt
If you weren’t at ADX14 in Sydney you may not be aware of one of the most eye-popping glimpses into the future of dental education. In fact the future is already here in Australia – and her name is Cindy the Simroid.
Henry Schein Halas together with Morita are the first companies in the Southern Hemisphere to supply Simroid, the world’s first talking, moving robotic patient for dental training. Developed by Nippon Dental University, the world’s largest dental university, and Japanese manufacturing giant Morita Group, Simroid is a remarkably life-like simulated patient, able to react realistically to speech and physical stimuli. The robot interacts with the student just the way a human patient would, speaking and using real human responses like that to the command to “open wide”, and flinching and grunting if the student causes “pain” or accidentally touches her inappropriately. Simroid can blink, move her mouth, neck and left hand, and even has a gag reflex.
The technology is extraordinary but the realism takes it to another level. The elasticity and texture of the robot’s skin, and the detail in the facial and hand features make Simroid uncannily life-like. Morita even promotes the use of make-up on the robot to add even more realism to the doctor/patient scenario. Sensors in and around the mouth can detect and assess the actions of the student, triggering natural patient responses. The developers’ next step is to have sensors in the teeth to accurately replicate sensitivity in this crucial area. Simroid is programmed to speak English or Japanese, and other languages are also in the offing.
Simroid is designed to improve student/patient communication by focusing on chairside manner, based on the student’s awareness of and responses to the physical and emotional sensitivity of the patient. Two cameras record the student diagnosing problems and interacting with the robot. The recordings can be analysed to provide immediate feedback to the student, or be used over time to assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Simroid can also be set to simulate different treatment situations and patient types. Henry Schein Halas says Simroid will primarily be offered in Australia to dental schools.