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Keystone’s First Annual LATAM Seminar a Big Success

MIAMI, Fla. – Keystone Industries has been expanding their dental-industry boundaries wider than ever before over the past couple years and the impact was felt amongst members of the Latin America dental community this May.

The Sheraton Miami was home to Keystone Industries first annual LATAM Dental Seminar, which was dedicated to customers from Latin American countries in Central and South America. The seminar, which was held May 20-21, provided attendees all the necessary training and knowledge to take their dental businesses to the next innovative level by using the Keystone product lines. Guest speakers and presenters touched on all the big-sellers, as well as some lesser-known technologies looking to hit the ground running in the Latin American market.

Meg Shank from Apavia (above) talks about the water filtration technology and its impact on the dental industry.

Meg Shank from Apavia (above) talks about the water filtration technology and its impact on the dental industry.

Dennis Urban, CDT, a key opinion leader in the dental and denture field, who has given lectures around the world, gave his presentation on removable technology followed by a live demonstration of denture processing with our Diamond D acrylic and the Tecnoflask, Keystone’s new microwavable denture flask.

On top of this big hit, Mike Prozzillo, VP of Sales, and Derek Keene, VP of Marketing, spoke to the attendees about mouthguards and thermoplastics Keystone offers, as well as how important Pro-Form mouthguard protection is to athletes in the United States. “The movement for oral protection is spreading into Central and South America through sports like soccer (futbol), MMA fighting, and boxing. With our biggest and best customers from these countries south of the United States attending this seminar, it was very beneficial for their market,” said Prozzillo.

Other speakers at the seminar included Sales Manager Wayne Allen, who shared knowledge and expertise of the acquired Bosworth product lines and the benefits it provides to dental practices, and Meg Shank of Apavia, a company that recently became exclusive international partners with Keystone for water filtration technology, who spoke about the impact and importance of water filtration in dentist offices and how it will be growing over time.

A happy group after the seminar!

A happy group after the seminar!

Throughout the two-day seminar, attendees were highly informed and trained on cutting-edge dental products, and have given raving reviews of the overall event.

The video below contains footage from the LATAM Seminar we hosted in Miami, FL from May 20-21 2015. You will see the attendees from 10 different countries being trained on various Keystone products to better their businesses in the dental field across Central and South America. You can also view photos from the event on our Facebook page and get more information on our products online at http://www.keystoneindustries.com/en/home.

Keystone Industries, 480 South Democrat Road, Gibbstown, NJ 08027.

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Gelato Prophy Paste 3-Peats as Top Prophy Paste for 2015

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 4.52.47 PMGIBBSTOWN, N.J. – It’s a 3-Peat for Keystone Industries and their highly reputed Gelato Prophy Paste. For the third consecutive year, Gelato has taken home The Dental Advisor’s award for Top Prophy Paste, making it once again the top choice for dental professionals.

This prophy paste was evaluated by 35 consultants in over 2500 uses, and ended the testing with a 91% clinical rating.

Other than the numbers speaking for themselves, there are plenty of great reviews that helped The Dental Advisor solidify Gelato as their choice for the top prophy paste. Comments such as “Does not splatter”, “Easy to rinse”, and “Cups are color-coded and easy to open” for why Gelato has such a highly regarded reputation.

Gelato is now a 3-Peat winner of the Top Prophy Paste Award (2013, 2014, 2015).

Gelato is now a 3-Peat winner of the Top Prophy Paste Award (2013, 2014, 2015).

Gelato Prophy Paste provides smooth, pliable and splatter-free application. The 1.23% fluoride ion Gelato paste is perfect for high-luster polishing and stain removal, but it remains gentle enough on the enamel with minimal enamel loss.

The paste comes in boxes of 200 individual disposable cups for convenient use. The disposable cups also eliminate cross contamination and include a prophy ring for ease of application on the patient’s teeth. For more options, the paste comes in 6 ounce (exports only) and 12 ounce jars.

Available in four different grits (fine, medium, coarse, and x-course), Gelato will take care of your various stain removal needs. Typically, hygienists use the fine grit for routine use and the medium grit gives a little more stain removal power. The coarse paste is required for removing moderate to heavy stains. No matter the job, Gelato Prophy Paste provides exactly what dental professionals need.

Keystone Industries continues to put forward the largest assortment of great-tasting Gelato flavors such as Pina Colada, and Orange Sherbet. The paste line also has Mint, Cherry, Bubble Gum and Raspberry flavors for a plethora of flavor options to satisfy picky clients. The individual cups are clearly labeled for quick retrieval and application.

Overall, Keystone is proud of this highly regarded review from The Dental Advisor. As a company that strives to create the best quality products at the best price, Keystone is proud to say Gelato Prophy Paste has hit the mark with quality and price.

Statistics and feedback are what gave Gelato such a high rating and awards three years running now, but it also speaks wonders for the high-quality work Keystone Industries puts into their American-made dental products. Across the board, dentists and lab technicians alike, give Gelato and the various amounts of other products great feedback.

With the new acquisitions of Bosworth and Enamelite coming onto the table in 2014, expect the high ratings to keep pouring in for Keystone.

For more information on Gelato Prophylaxis Paste or any Keystone product, contact Keystone Industries toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131 or fax (856) 663-0381.

Keystone Industries, 480 South Democrat Road, Gibbstown, NJ 08027.

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Gelato adds fresh new look for 2014

Cherry Hill, N.J. – Keystone Industries’s Gelato Prophy Paste has had quite the success the last few years. After receiving back-to-back Top Prophy Paste awards – for 2013 and 2014 – it’s finally time for Gelato Prophy Paste to get a facelift.

Prophy Paste Box_mockupWith that being said, Gelato Prophy Paste will open this year with new packaging. The new design still displays the colorful and flavorful attributes of Gelato Prophy Paste, but in an updated and fresh look.

Keystone’s paste is renowned for its splatter-free formula, but also it’s great flavor and flavor options.

In 2013, the paste received a 91% clinical rating. Forty percent of consultants found Gelato Prophy Paste better than other prophy pastes they had used, and 43% found it to be equivalent. Sixty-three percent of consultants would switch to Gelato Prophy Paste, and 80% would recommend it.

Reviewer comments included “easy to rinse” and patients “liked the flavor variety.” One tester said it “does not feel gritty in the mouth.” These qualities truly reflect what dental professionals and patients look for in a prophy paste.

Keystone Industries continues to put forward the largest assortment of great-tasting Gelato flavors such as Piña Colada, and Orange Sherbet. The paste line also has Mint, Cherry, Bubble Gum and Raspberry flavors for a plethora of flavor options to satisfy picky clients. The individual cups are clearly labeled for quick retrieval and application.

So with the new year, comes a new look for Keystone Industries’s Gelato Prophy Paste while still providing the same great paste dentists, hygienists and patients have learned to love.

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

Keystone Industries, 616 Hollywood Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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Keeping your teeth clean even when you can’t brush

Brushing your teeth, of course, goes a long way for good oral health. However, we know people are busy with work, school, kids, and life in general. That sometimes leads to poor oral health habits. Below are some tips to keeping your teeth clean when you don’t have a toothbrush near by.

Eat Fruits
Eating fruits is a great way to clean your teeth any time of the day. Even though they have sugar, it’s still far less dangerous to your teeth than sugar that comes from sweets and energy drinks.

Floss
In reality, flossing is really easy to do. You can take floss anywhere you go and practically do it anywhere too. Flossing prevents food from getting stuck between your teeth. This helps the look of your smile and also keeps cavities and gum disease away.

Eat Calcium-packed Food
Calcium is a great way to ensure healthy and strong teeth. You can get calcium from foods such as cheese, yogurt and milk. Eating yogurt or having a glass of milk help your teeth stay healthy.

Avoid Sodas and Other Sugary Drinks  
Drinking soda on a daily basis means you’re damaging your teeth. This is the fastest way to get discolored teeth and cavities. Avoid drinking these drinks altogether, but if you do, brush your teeth afterward.

Rinse
Just like flossing, mouthwash is another easy and accessible thing to do to help oral health. Carry mouthwash in your purse or keep it in your desk at work. It only takes a minute to rinse. If you don’t have access to mouthwash, rinse with regular water. This can ensure that bigger pieces of food don’t get stuck around your teeth.

Always Brush When You Can
Brushing once a day is good, twice a day (morning and evening) is even better and brushing following each meal is ideal. Doing these things will help you maintain good oral health.

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More dental myths debunked

Last week Keystone Industries posted a blog about 10 cavity myths. This gave a little insight on oral health care and what actually causes cavities and what doesn’t. Here are some more myths about oral health.

MYTH: Always brush your teeth after ever meal

It makes sense to brush your teeth to get rid of leftover food on your teeth and in your mouth as quickly as possible. But that’s actually not the best idea. It’s best to wait for a while before brushing your teeth after a meal.

Your mouth has a two-fold defense system. One being tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body and the other being saliva. Saliva contains the same enzymes used in detergents to break down starches and antibacterial substances. Saliva is so effective that wounds in the mouth heal twice as fast as those located on the skin. So, saliva is your mouth is your teeth’s best friend.

So it makes sense to give you body’s natural ability to break down foods after you eat. The acidic atmosphere in your mouth temporarily softens the enamel and breaks down the food particles and washes them a way. If you brush too soon after meals you end up scrubbing tooth enamel in the process.

In the end, wait 30 to 60 minutes before brushing after a meal.

MYTH: Bleaching weakens teeth

Over-the-counter whitening products work by using oxidizing agents, hydrogen peroxide, or carbamide peroxide to remove pigment on the surface of teeth enamel. These at-home products usually contain 3 to 10 percent hydrogen peroxide levels as opposed to 15 to 38 percent dentists use in the office.

Do these over-the-counter whitening methods weaken teeth? A The Ohio State University College of Dentistry study has shown enamel loss from 1.2 to 2 nanometers with of erosion with tray-type whitening agents. Overuse of these oxidizing agencies can cause both gum and tooth sensitivity and continued overuse may leave some of your teeth looking translucent. It’s also been suggested that bleaching can temporarily dissolve calcium ions in the enamel, but the enamel has the ability to remineralize itself over time.

While overuse of beaching can strip pigment of the enamel in your teeth it won’t weaken the structure of the tooth itself. But it’s important to consult your dentist whenever you use whitening methods.

MYTH: Extreme temperature changes can crack teeth

In theory, extreme temperature changes can crack your teeth, but you shouldn’t expect biting into ice cream would crack a tooth wide open.

A healthy tooth can absorb varying temperatures that occur in the mouth. Tiny hairline cracks on the surface of the enamel are actually quite common. You may even be able to spot a few on your teeth right now. These are known as craze lines; they are minor, shallow cracks that rarely pose a threat to the integrity of the tooth.

MYTH: A tooth will dissolve in soda overnight

During the 50s Cornell University professor Clive McCay wanted to alert Americans of the cavity-causing power of Coca-Cola. During a congressional committee, he said alarming things, such as Coke could erode through the steps of the Capital building he also said a tooth placed in a glass of Coke would dissolve within several days.

In reality, orange juice has more citric acid and as much sugar than soda, yet there wasn’t a crusade against orange juice. Recent studies have even found that many popular sports and energy drinks can be more acidic and cause more erosion to enamel than soda. There have been attempts to recreate McCay’s statements, but they have found that Coke doesn’t dissolve a tooth overnight or even in a couple days.

However, soda does lower the pH of saliva, which softens the tooth enamel. This allows bacteria acid to wear away the teeth quicker. Just remember, though, soda does have damaging effects on the teeth, mouth and body. However, it’s not as immediate as some myths may try to propose.

MYTH: A knocked-out tooth is lost forever

Unless you’re a hockey player looking for a badge of honor, no one wants to lose a tooth. But if a tooth is knocked out, avoid damaging the tooth even further, especially the tooth root.

If you find the tooth, rinse gently with saline solution while handling it by the crown. If possible place the tooth back into its original socket or store it in a small container with saline or milk. Milk actually contains proteins, sugar and antibacterial substances that provide an ideal environment for a lost tooth. Also the sugars found in the milk help feed cells, which need to stay alive and growing during the short term it’s out of place.

If you don’t have access to milk or saline, the inside of your cheek is a good place for short-term storage (but don’t swallow the tooth!).

Place pressure on the gums to help reduce bleeding and pain as you make your way to the dentist. Depending on the damage, a successful re-implanted tooth can heal significantly in three to four weeks, and even become fully repaired after two months.

MYTH: Wisdom teeth serve no purpose

Wisdom teeth, or third molars got their name from the timing of their arrival – usually between the ages of 17 and 25. The person is leaving adolescence and seeking higher education, hence they have more “wisdom.” But these molars are often unwelcomed, as they become impacted and or cause general mayhem to the surrounding teeth and bone.

Wisdom teeth and not considered vestigial organs or body parts that serve no useful purpose. So, why are these teeth becoming a problem, and don’t seem wise at all?

Well, one thought is the evolution of our diet and brains. Our ancestors ate coarse foods, causing tooth abrasion and most likely tooth loss. The chewing wasn’t just hard on the teeth but also the jaw, which became much stronger and larger. The changes of the jaw allowed form more teeth. But as our brains grew larger, our jaws began to shrink, leaving the extra molars with no space.

However, think twice about throwing your wisdom teeth away. Research has found that the pulp inside of molars contained highly sought-after mesenchymal stromal cells.  The cells are similar to those found in bone marrow, which will be important in the not-too-distant future when stem cells can grow your own replacement teeth. Wow, science is neat.

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10 cavity myths debunked

There are plenty of myths out there about oral health and it’s hard to sift through what’s true and what’s not. Here’s a list of 10 myths you may have not know where false.

1. Sugar is the prime cause of cavities

Really, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities. However, this myth is on track considering carbohydrates (sugars) triggers bacteria to make acid. Sugar is a carb, along with rice, potatoes, bread, fruits and vegetables.

Once the acid eats into your tooth then the bacteria have someone to live and are out of harms way of brushing and flossing.

The important fact is it’s not the amount of carbs you eat that causes tooth decay, but it’s the length of time your teeth are exposed to carbs. So eating a bunch of carbs during lunch isn’t as dangerous as spending the day sipping on sugary drinks, which provides constant, harmful exposure.

2. Exposure to acidic foods causes tooth decay.

Acidic foods like lemons, citrus juices or even soft drinks don’t directly cause cavities, but they do put your enamel in danger. Acidic foods wear at the enamel’s protection and exposes the underlying dentin. This makes your teeth more prone to tooth decay.

3. Kids are more likely to get cavities than adults

Sealants, fluoridated water and other preventive care strategies actually have drastically cut tooth decay in school-aged children. During the last 20 years decay in children has cut in half because of these advances in oral health.

On the other hand, there has been and increase in cavities amongst senior citizens. Many medications taken by the elderly dry out the mouth. Saliva is a vital in fighting tooth decay because it helps neutralize acids. Saliva also washes away bacteria and helps food from sticking to your teeth.

4. Place an aspirin next too a tooth with a toothache

Simply put, swallowing aspirin reduces toothache pain. But aspirin is also acidic so placing it beside a tooth can actually burn gum tissue, causing an abscess.

5.  All fillings need replacing

Amalgam or composite filling needs to be replaced if it breaks down or a cavity forms around it. If none of these problems happen, then theoretically you can keep the same filling for life.

6. You know when you have a cavity

Mild tooth decay doesn’t necessarily cause symptoms. Pain associated with cavities comes when the tooth decay is more advanced and causes damage to the nerve.

Allowing tooth decay to advance into pain may lead to more expensive procedures, such as root canals. This is why regular dental checkups are so important.

7. Once a tooth is treated, the decaying stops

You can still get decay later in the same tooth. Once you have a cavity filled and it’s maintained properly then you shouldn’t get a cavity in the same spot again. Although, sometimes fillings get old and bacteria can find it’s way in inconsistencies of the filling, thus causing tooth decay.

8. Cavities are more likely to be found between teeth

Yes, flossing between teeth is very important. But it’s also just as important to brush the teeth in the back of your mouth. Most cavities happen in the deep grooves of molars.

9. Gaps between teeth are more prone to cavities

Bigger gaps are actually easier to keep clean. Tight teeth are harder to clean and allow bacteria to stay in place.

10. Chips and cracks in teeth will lead to decay

Cracks and chips can create hiding places for bacteria, but not always. That’s why it’s important to fluoride rinse, which can get into those nooks and crannies.

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A combo punch to the jaw: Gum disease bacteria destroys bone too

A newly discovered bacterium that causes gum disease also prompts protective proteins the mouth to actually destroy more bone, a University of Michigan study found.

It’s been known for decades that bacteria are responsible for periodontitis or gum disease, however they have not identified the bacterium until now, according to the June 11 press release.

“Identifying the mechanism that is responsible for periodontitis is a major discovery,” said Yizu Jiao, a postdoctoral fellow at the U-M Health System, and lead author of the study appearing in the recent issue of the journal Cell Host and Microbe.

The study also produced another discovery of the gum disease-causing bacterium called NI1060 also triggers normal protective protein in the mouth called Nod1, to become duplicitous and actually deploy bone-destroying cells. Under good oral health circumstances, Nod1 fights harmful bacterium in the body.

This is an important discovery because by understanding what causes gum disease at this level could help develop personalized therapy for dental patients.

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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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So many Toothpaste options, what to choose?

Last week, Keystone Industries published an article about toothbrushing. However, toothbrushing only goes so far without toothpaste. So here are some tips on picking out the right toothpaste for you.

Walking down the toothpaste aisle can be quite overwhelming. There are so many options. Gel… paste … powder. Tatar control… fluoride… extra sensitive… super whitening… oh my! They all make great claims, but what’s best for your oral health?

First, we need to get the basics down. Most toothpastes have common variables. These elements offer various benefits that will keep your smile healthy and bright.

There are usually abrasive elements that include calcium carbonate and silicates. These ‘scratchy’ materials help remove food, bacteria and stains from your teeth.

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There are so many toothpaste options out there. What’s the best?

Most toothpaste has flavoring. Typically, these are artificial sweeteners, which includes saccharin, to make the paste taste better. Most flavors center around mint, however, there are many other flavors that include cinnamon, fruit flavors and even bubblegum for kids.

Toothpastes also contain humectants, thickeners and detergents. Humectants are for moisture retention – keep the paste moist. Thickeners are to add thickness to the paste and detergents creates the suds you see when you start to brush.

These are all things you’ll find in most toothpaste, but how to toothpastes differ? This is where the big question lies and where you’ll have to make your best decision.

Fluoride Toothpaste

One of the most important ingredients in toothpaste is fluoride. The natural occurring mineral has been instrumental in the drop of tooth decay and cavity occurrence over the past 50-plus years. Bacteria feed on sugars and starches that are in your mouth. Fluoride then helps product your teeth from the acid released when bacteria feeds. The fluoride makes your teeth stronger and reversed early stages of acid damage by re-mineralizing enamel areas that have started to decay.

Using fluoride toothpaste is an important key of daily fluoride intact. Studies have shown that using fluoride toothpaste helps increase the fluoride concentration in your teeth, even if you live in an area that fluoridates its water.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

There are plenty of tarter control pastes on the market and most of these also contain fluoride.

Every person has a layer of bacteria on their teeth called plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed with good hygiene habits, it then hardens into tartar. These hard to remove deposits can then build up on your teeth and under your gums, thus leading to gum disease.

Tartar control toothpastes aim to fight this buildup by using pyrophosphates and zinc citrate. Some even add an antibiotic called triclosan, which kills some of the bacteria in your mouth.

Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste

Are your teeth sensitive to hot or cold? Then maybe a sensitive teeth paste will work for you. These toothpastes typically contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These compounds can take up to four weeks for relieved and reduced sensitivity by blocking paths through the teeth that attach to the nerves.

Whitening Toothpaste

This section of toothpastes seems to be growing exponentially every day. There are promises of turning your smile into a Hollywood smile. But actually whitening pastes do not typically contain bleaches. Instead, they have abrasive particle or chemicals that polish the teeth or bind to stains and help pull them off the tooth surface.

This may be concerning that abrasives could damage teeth. Studies have suggested that whitening toothpastes are no harder on enamel than any other toothpaste, though.

So how do you choose toothpaste?

First look for an ADA approval. The seal should be labeled on the packaging because these toothpastes have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness by an independent review board. All toothpastes under ADA approval contain fluoride.

Secondly, watch out for imposters. Some imported toothpastes contain toxic substances such as diethylene glycol.

Finally, consider your needs. You’re on the right path if you select toothpaste with fluoride. Many people opt for taste, which is a good thing because you won’t brush as often if you hate the taste of toothpastes. This is especially important to children when they are developing good oral hygiene habits. So in the end, pick toothpaste that caters to your needs. Do you want a brighter smile? Or do you have sensitive teeth? There is a paste out there for you no matter your preference.

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Gelato Prophy Paste wins big award

We’re proud that our Gelato Prophy Paste received a 4.5 rating and the prophy paste of the year by The Dental Advisor.

PrintThe consultants who reviewed our product commented on its superb splatter-free properties and long list of flavors. The long list of flavors include: Bubble Gum, Cherry, Mint, Pina Colada, Orange Sherbet, Raspberry.

So if you want the best, less mess and lots of choices, then Gelato Prophy Paste is for you!

You can read the full The Dental Advisor review here.

 

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