Monthly Archives: April 2013

15 things you didn’t know about the tongue

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Why Diamond D is the best denture acrylic on the market

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Diamond D Denture Acrylic performs and looks great.

Sure, everyone is going to say they’re product is the best and we’re not here saying our product isn’t the best either. But we actually have scientific facts behind why our Diamond D Denture Acrylic is the best on the market. So if you want the best then Diamond D is the denture acrylic to get!

Here is the long list of why Diamond D surpasses the competition in all the important aspects of denture acrylics.

1. Bodycote Polymer-Broutman Testing Laboratory performs the first blind notched Izod test on hi-impact Heat cure denture acrylics. Diamond D scored much higher than the competition:

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Here is the Bodycote Polymer-Broutman test results on hi-impact heat cure denture acrylics.

“Diamond D Denture Acrylic surpasses any other acrylic, I have used, in strength and bond to acrylic teeth.”

Colin Lang, Denture Dept. Mgr. Balmoral Dental Designs

2. Bodycote Polymer-Broutman Testing Laboratory performs the second blind notched Izod tests. Diamond D significantly improves previous performance on Izod Study.

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Second blind test by Bodycote Polymer-Broutman. Diamond D comes out on top again!

“I offer a lifetime warranty against breakage on our Super Natural Dentures. I can offer this with confidence knowing that I use Diamond D Heat Cure Denture Acrylic to fabricate them”

Mark Jackson, Co-owner and General Manager, Precision Ceramics Dental Laboratory

3. Bodycote Polymer-Broutman Testing Laboratory performs the third and latest blind notched Izod tests. Diamond D maintains its performance on the Izod Strength test. New High Impact Acrylics have been introduced but still do not equal Diamond D as the strongest most fracture resistant acrylic on the market.

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This is the third test by Bodycote Polymer-Broutman Lab where Diamond D continued its dominance over other denture acrylics.

So there you have it: Proof. Diamond D is stronger than the rest, looks better than the rest, and outperforms the rest. So when we say we’re a cut above the rest, we mean it!

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Diamond D is a cut above the rest in strength, aesthetics and fit

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 10.29.07 AMKeystone Industries Diamond D Denture Acrylic has unsurpassed beauty, fit and function. Thanks to its superior strength qualities, this denture acrylic not only meets industry standards but also is a cut above all the competition.

Diamond D combines artistry as well as technical expertise that go above the rest of the competition. The ultra-impact acrylic has exceptional flexural strength to make it the strongest denture acrylic in the market. The versatile shading and spectrophotometer shade matching technology ensures the right color variations and translucency found in natural tissues of the mouth. Also, the high-quality acrylic allows for excellent bonding to denture teeth and delivers unsurpassed fit and function.

These qualities allow laboratories to really set themselves apart by using a denture acrylic that is going to last long and look great.

Diamond D goes above and beyond when it comes to shading. Developed with an understanding of how light and color is affected in the mouth, this acrylic provides various shades to help find the absolute perfect match through advanced spectrophotometer shade matching technology.

Available shades: Original, Light, Light Reddish Pink, Chroma Essence, and Dark Veined. Original, Light, light Reddish Pink and Dark Veined match all the industry standard shades. Meanwhile, the new Chroma Essence provides a vast range of colorization.

Diamond D is scientifically proven to be the strongest denture acrylic in the market. A scientifically sound double blind study proved Diamond D had the best impact strength against the competition. With unmatched impact strength, Diamond D ensures some of the best dentures any laboratory can make. The impact strength – the measure of toughness – is significantly better compared to competitor acrylics.

For more information on Diamond D or any Keystone products, contact Keystone Industries toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131 or fax (856) 663-0381.

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Fluoridation articles win Pulitzer Prize

The works of Tampa Bay Times staffers, Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth, were honored with the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. The series of 10 editorials decried the Pinellas County Commissions decision to stop fluoridating water. To read the full story on the award click here.

Also, to read more about fluoridation read our other posts:

Recent study shows fluoride in drinking water cuts tooth decay in adults

Fluoride Fun Facts 

Bill Nye weighs in on fluoridated water debate

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Custom fit mouthguards vs. boil-and-bite mouthguards

Now’s probably the time where you’re getting ready for spring sports by signing up for leagues, practicing, and of course, buying sports equipment. While most equipment can be purchased at a local sporting goods store, you may want to second guess buying and over-the-counter mouthguard.

Typically, the mouthguards found at a sporting goods store are boil-and-bites. While they offer some protection, they don’t provide the best fit and the ultimate protection your mouth and head require. Here are the differences between boil-and-bites and custom fit mouthguards, and why it’s so important to get a custom mouthguard:



A typical boil-and-bite mouthguard.

Boil-and-bites have had the same basic design since 1960. So they’ve provided some protection, but not much has changed. While they are inexpensive, they don’t provide maximum protection for several reasons. Boil-and-bites are pretty self-explanatory, you form the mouthpiece by boiling it and then use your fingers, tongue and biting to form it around your upper teeth and mouth. However, during the forming process if you bit too hard the protection decreases as the plastic material compresses. If the forming isn’t accurate, then the mouthguard can easily become jarred loose. In addition, boil-and-bites are bulky, making it hard to breathe, talk and drink during activity.

Custom fit mouthguard


Pro-form custom fit mouthguards not only fit great, they look great too!

A custom fit mouthguard, on the other hand, is well worth the money. The custom fit allows for a snug fit. A dentist takes an impression of your mouth and then the mouthguard is vacuum sealed around that impression. This ensures a tight fit of the mouthguard, which relies on positive and negative pressure to form around your mouth, instead of just your tongue, fingers and bite.

Pro-form mouthguards stay in place and have a consistent thickness and protection all throughout the piece, unlike boil-and-bites. These custom mouthguards also last longer and can be used in multiple sports.

The prevention alone is worth the price, as dental injuries can cost more than 20 times the preventative costs of a simple custom-made mouthguard. Here are some other benefits of a custom fit mouthguard:

  • Oxygen intake – for maximum performance and endurance
  • Speech – for clear communication on the field
  • Comfort – natural and secure fit that won’t hurt sensitive gums
  • Protection – dual laminated for maximum protection
  • Professional Fit – made for a perfect fit to any mouth size

As you can see, there are many benefits to a custom mouthguard that a cheaper boil-and-bite option cannot provide. The prevention benefits alone make up the price of a custom fit. Make sure when you’re doing your sports shopping this spring to consider a custom mouthguard. Ask your dentist about a custom fit mouthguard and get more information on Pro-form custom fit mouthguards at our website.

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Why your doctor can’t Tweet you

It’s safe to say we’re living during the age of immediate information. One touch of a phone app gives access to your bank account, you can set electronic reminders of appointments, you have electronic airline tickets, you get the latest news as it’s happening, but why can’t your doctor tweet or message you about healthcare?

People are online looking for medical info and advice anyways, right? Studies have shown that around 70-75% of Internet users aged 18-64 have searched online for health information. Around 60% of those aged 65 and over also look up health information online.

So it’s naturally that doctors are feeling the push for more online information. However, there is one huge block that is stopping your doctor from joining the Internet conversation: HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). This privacy rules protect personal information and sets security standards of health information, which of course, is a good thing.

Twitter and Facebook are obviously not secure and unfortunately don’t comply with HIPAA rules. So they can’t post about a specific medical condition using social media. But doctors have found ways to become part of the Internet exchange while being HIPAA compliant.

The first is secure online access to your medical records. Instead of phone calls, new online tools allows for secure online communication with your doctors office. This is a fast and easy way to manage your healthcare and access medical records.

Another connection with medical professionals is secure virtual support groups and online forums. Although, the one problem with online forums is whether they offer reliable medical info and securing of personal information.

Finally, your doctor may become a blogger. Specialty medical blogging is a social way to reach patient while offering reliable health information. Doctors can field broader questions or create a dialoged about health issues without giving away private information

With the world becoming more connected and information becoming easier to find, doctors have a tedious task of getting the right information out there while honoring important personal information.

The question is, would you like to have your doctor or dentist available online? Do you think this trend is good? What are your thoughts?

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Who wants to see some Pro-form videos?

Here’s some videos on our Pro-form line. You can get Pro-form products on our website or call us at 1(800) 333-3131. We hope you enjoy the videos and our products!

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Your oral health relates to your whole body

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Bill Nye weighs in on fluoridated water debate

Bill Nye weighs in on the fluoridated water and backed the benefits of the public health cause.  Watch the video here to see what he has to say about it and the overall achievement of oral health.

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April is National Youth Sports Safety Month

BHGLwlACMAAF4axSpring is here. The weather is getting warmer, and yes, spring sports are in full gear. That’s why April is National Youth Sports Safety Month. This month helps create awareness of protecting youths from sports injuries, including oral traumas, which can happen when not using a custom mouthguard.

More than 3.5 million children aged 14 years and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries, according to Safe Kids USA. Most of these injuries include sprains, muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, heat related injures and of course head injures (concussions and mouth traumas).

Sports safety includes having the right safety gear such as a helmet, pads, gloves, and mouthguards. Using the right equipment correctly decreases that chances of injuries while letting children enjoy playing sports.

Now with childhood obesity epidemic, it’s even more important to stress physical activity in children. Sports are a great way to promote healthy activity, however, the catch 22 comes with sports injuries. While most injuries are not life threatening, injures can become quite expensive. Emergency room trips, minor surgeries or even a loss of teeth can end up costing much more than buying the right equipment and ensuring the overall safety of children.

Here is a short checklist to use to prevent youth injuries during activities:

  • Check the athletic grounds for hazards like rocks, holes or water.
  • Equip children with appropriate and properly sized/adjusted protective gear for practices and games.
  • Get your child a sports physical before he/she starts the season.
  • Actively supervise children during play.
  • Ensure responsible adults know and enforce the safety rules of the sport,
  • Have supervisors present to provide supervision and are trained in first aid and CPR.
  • Providing children with adequate rest breaks during practice and games.

Now is the month to get in the habit of ensuring the right protection during sports. One of the best ways to do that is using the right protection equipment, such as a custom fit mouthguard.

Equipped with the the right protection, such as a mouthguard, your children can enjoy the outside weather and play ball!


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