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October is a big month for us all: dedicated to breast cancer awareness, dental hygiene

It’s a busy month of awareness all-around for the dental industry. Not only is the American Dental Hygiene Association running a month-long campaign for National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) to raise public awareness for good oral health, but October is also the month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness as well, where you’ll see pink colors decked out everywhere to show support (including our own website).

On the AHDA’s website, there is an individual event page for everything related to NDHM. They’ve partnered with the W.M. Wrigley Company for the fifth consecutive year, focusing mainly on the four components of oral hygiene and ways to improve public awareness about bettering oral health. There is a “selfie” based contest being conducted as well as posters available to be downloaded to put online or in your office on the ADHA website. Below, you can watch a video announcement from ADHA President Kelli Swanson Jaecks on sponsoring the NDHM month and things to come.

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As we all know through various companies and organizations support and promotion, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The majority of people today have been affected by this horrible disease in some shape or form, which is why the spread of awareness and support is vital in helping fight back to find a cure. At Keystone Industries, the past couple of years we’ve sold pink breast cancer awareness-themed Pro-Form mouthguards with portions of the proceeds going towards breast cancer research. Athletes and dentists from all over have been thrilled with the performance and protection of these mouthguards, so showing this kind of support with it going to a good cause does indeed help out. This year, we took it up a notch, and made our whole website pink in support, too.

We've updated our website for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

We’ve updated our website for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Both of these calls for awareness this month are for good causes, and beneficiary to everyone inside and outside of the dental industry. Be sure to spread the word of the meaning of this month positively with friends on social media so we can help spread it even more! Oral health and breast cancer affects everyone’s lives, and it’s up to us to help make a change.

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Are You Ready For Some Football? DDS Mary Lehmann Makes Sure The Stamford Knights Are!

Up in Stamford, CT, there was a high school football team that was in need of important protection before hitting the field for the first time this season. Dr. Maryann Lehmann, DDS stepped up to the task and called upon us here at Keystone Industries to help as well.

Dr. Lehmann has been fitting mouthguards for high school sports teams for years now, as she explains on her blog, even though she hasn’t been a big fan of the sport of football. However, oral protection outweighs her personal preferences, and giving to this team is what really mattered to Dr. Lehmann and Keystone, which is why we donated mouthguard materials to the Stamford Knights football team.

Below are some photos of team members wearing our Pro-Form mouthguards that Dr. Lehmann fitted them for. On her blog, Say Yes to the DDS!, you can read her full post on the experience and team.

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You can find out more about our Pro-Form mouthguard material and accessory line on our website, keystoneind.com/en/home. Good luck this season, Stamford HS Knights!

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The Push for Pro-Form: Importance of Custom Fit Mouthguards

As far as mouthguards go, the custom-fit options that dentists all over provide is an athlete’s best bet for mouth protection. It’s been estimated by the American Dental Association (ADA) that there are over 200,000 oral injuries each year that could have been totally avoidable if the person was wearing a mouthguard. With such a statistic out there, awareness for mouthguards is at an all-time high.

Anastasia Turchetta, RDH, explains in the video below how mouthguards are important for dental patients everywhere, and how high costs for injuries can be avoided by simply wearing a good mouthguard. Also, Turchetta touches on the different types of mouthguards, and how custom-fit, such as Pro-Form, set themselves on another level than the rest.

As you can hear Turchetta explain, there are various issues with mouthguards that are not custom-fit. From the stock guards making it hard to speak and breaht to overall not being comfortable, mouth protection is best served with a custom-fit guard such as Pro-Form.

Pro-Form mouthguards, manufactured in the United States by Keystone Industries, are high-quality custom-fit mouthguards designed with the best material on the market to protect athletes of all sports. As opposed to the boil-and-bites, Pro-Form mouthguards provide the necessary comfort and thickness with an ability to talk and breathe easily, and protection of all teeth including the posteriors.

Pictured here is one of our FunGuards, which come in different styles as well. How else can you have fun while protecting your mouth?

Pictured here is one of our FunGuards, which come in different styles as well. How else can you have fun while protecting your mouth?

On top of the long-running track record of protection they provide, Keystone Pro-Form mouthguards can also be made in specific color schemes, designs, and have the addition of custom decals. Everyone wants to be like the pros, and they’re known for wearing these types of mouthguards. With advances in technology today, you can see what you look like with a Pro-Form mouthguard on with an app by Keystone! The app is available in the Apple App Store, and allows you to show your patients what they can look like with a certain color Pro-Form mouthguard.

To learn more and purchase Pro-Form mouthguards, please click here.

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Dental Facts to Sink Your Teeth Into

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July 31, 2014 · 8:00 am

Keystone Industries’ Tecnoflask innovates denture processing

Keystone Industries’ microwaveable flask, Tecnoflask, innovates a speedier process for denture processing.

Keystone’s microwaveable flask, Tecnoflask, innovates a speedier process for denture processing.

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Keystone Industries is well known for producing Diamond D®, one of the top denture acrylic products on the market, and now with Tecnoflask, results will show the same great finish in even faster time.

Tecnoflask is a microwaveable muffle that ensures creation of dental prostheses in just four minutes, by use of their innovative design and material. Made of the best thermoplastic material suitable for a conventional microwave oven, the thickness and overall shape of Tecnoflask makes it stand out from competition. Tecnoflask’s toughness and resistance makes it safe against continuous pressure and high temperatures with no damage done to the muffle.

On top of the TF-100 muffle, Keystone is also selling a protection plate, the PL-100, which extends the muffle’s service life with extra needed protection.

Features of the muffle include:

–       Thermoplastic material designed for use in microwave

–       Cannot be damaged by exertion of pressure

–       Polymerization time shortened to four minutes

–       Used in the making of total upper and lower dental prostheses

Keystone Industries could not be more excited for a product that helps develop excellent Diamond D® acrylic in much quicker time, and easier fashion.

For more information on Keystone Industries’ Tecnoflask muffle or any other product, call Keystone toll-free at 1-800-333-3131 or visit their website, http://www.keystoneind.com/en/home.

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

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Keystone Industries Acquires The Harry J. Bosworth Company

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – To further their goal of producing the most innovative, high quality products in the dental industry, Keystone Industries has announced they have acquired Harry J. Bosworth, a company dedicated to producing top-quality dental materials since 1912.

The Bosworth Company, a business that has been committed to the improvement of the dental world on the practitioner side, is excited to join forces with another leader in the United States dental manufacturing industry. Customers of these two internationally recognized companies will receive extensive access to unique dental products.

Milly Goldstein, President of the Bosworth Company said, “By blending our strengths, the laboratory and dental trade markets we serve will benefit from a greater continuity of service and products.  We are truly excited about this endeavor and look forward to the projects we can accomplish together.”

Keystone and Bosworth will bring together more than 200 combined years in the dental manufacturing business, which is expected to create a vast synergy in the world of globally-produced dental products. Bosworth will remain headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, and Keystone Industries in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

“To have an excellent group such as The Bosworth Company come onboard with our Keystone Companies is an impressive move for the advancement of the dental industry,” said Otto Voit, President of the Keystone Dental Group. “By leveraging our combined strengths we can provide an unparalleled opportunity for growth in this challenging market today while ensuring that our core values of maintaining a family oriented business are secured for future generations.”

About Bosworth Company

Bosworth, a business that remains committed to the dental industry and its growth, is an ISO 13485:2003 certified company, practicing specific standards to provide the highest level of quality and performance for all products manufactured. Bosworth continually stays at the brink of dental technology, developing top-quality products with the best service and value.

About Keystone Industries

Keystone Industries, a privately held company, founded in 1908, has maintained a strong reputation for producing innovative, high-tech dental products in both the operatory and laboratory realms. Their dedication is driven by the need to provide customers with the finest quality materials while developing products that meet and surpass customer expectations. These expectations will continue and exceed as we move forward with the addition of The Bosworth Company and their products.

Contact

There will be updates to come throughout the integration process. For more information on Keystone Industries or Bosworth, please contact them at the following numbers, or visit Keystone Industries online at http://www.keystoneind.com/en/home.

For the near future, business will continue as usual.

 

Forward your Keystone orders and inquiries to:

Mike Prozzillo

Vice President of Sales

Keystone Industries

616 Hollywood Ave, Cherry Hill NJ 08002

Phone: 800-333-3131 or 856-663-4700

Fax: 856-663-0381

MProzzillo@keystoneind.com

 

Forward your Bosworth orders and inquiries to:

Bosworth Company

7227 N. Hamlin Ave, Skokie IL 60076

800-323-4352 or 847-679-3400

Fax: 847-679-2080

hjbinfo@bosworth.com

 

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

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Polishing thermoplastics now possible with Hatho ThermoPol Set available through Keystone Industries

The all-new Hatho ThermoPol Set allows you to polish thermoplastics for the first time ever. More shine, less time!

The all-new Hatho ThermoPol Set allows you to polish thermoplastics for the first time ever. More shine, less time!

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Thermoplastics never had their own polishing kit before, until now. Keystone Industries is proud to introduce their Hatho ThermoPol Set, which is destined to give all of your denture appliances a brand new bright shine, including Valplast® and TCS®.

With this set, that includes everything needed to complete the process, the polished appliance will be left with results never seen in this quick of a process. There are three easy steps that will be taken throughout the process: pre-polishing, shine polishing, and high shine polishing, each lasting no more than four minutes.

Keystone’s Hatho ThermoPol Set includes the following:

–       Multi Layer Brush

–       Polistar Lintygrey Compound (90g)

–       COSIMA Soft Buff

–       MIRA Polishing Buff

–       Polistar Cream (90g)

–       Polistar Pro Pink (150g)

–       AlphaCard Pocket Card

Revolutionize the buffing and polishing procedures with this innovative Hatho kit from Keystone Industries, and be amazed with a shine that has only been found in acrylic materials, until now.

For more information on the Hatho ThermoPol Set or any other Keystone Industries’ product, call Keystone toll-free at 1-800-333-3131 or visit their website, http://www.keystoneind.com/en/home.

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

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The Ultimate Guide to Oral Health [INFOGRAPHIC]

In this infographic provided to us by the American Dental Association, the best practices to maintaining excellent oral health are explained as visually as possible. Everything from the gear you need to picking a dentists, this graphic has you covered.

You can find a lot of products to help keeping a good oral health lifestyle for yourself and patients at your dental practice on our website, keystoneind.com.

Do you have any specific or different daily routines related to keeping good oral health? Let us know in the comments below.

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Essential For Your Dental Lab: Versacryl Lab Kit

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Proven to set itself apart from being a regular “soft reline” in the denture market, Versacryl is an efficient and top-of-the-line product that you need for your lab. When it is warmed, it lays against the ridge with no rebound. This then becomes comparable to a memory foam mattress, as Versacryl reduces bounce and still forms to the shape. When it is all said and done, you are left with a comfortable, suctioned fit that will long a very long time.

There are several unique features Versacryl carries along with it, which in-turn gives you an excellent application. With Versacryle and the lab kit, you will get a strong bond to a hard, acrylic base, in a natural pink or clear color that lasts the industry standard of 12-16 months. A few features the Versacryl Lab Kit include:

  • Ability to be extended into an undercut, such as mechanically retaining a denture
  • Can be used to produce repeatable thermo-relines
  • Ability to retain overdentures on implants
  • Can create special wings to stabilize lower dentures
Keystone's Versacryl Lab Kit, pictured above, is an essential kit for all dental labs.

Keystone’s Versacryl Lab Kit, pictured above, is an essential kit for all dental labs.

Some more advantages and special features Versacryl carries that competition can’t match include:

  • The rigidity of Versacryl controlled by varying proportion of the Softener and Hardener. This allows for an infinite range of consistencies, from very soft while heated to as hard as denture base.
  • Following polymerization, Versacryl remains thermo-elastic which allows it to be heat-softened in water for adaptation to softer tissues and teeth over and over again.
  • Versacryl’s unique memory means it automatically return to its original shape when heated.
  • Versacryl will chemically bond itself to any other acrylic product, either Heat Cure or Self Cure.
  • The product is a nice pink color that blends well with the denture base.
  • Because of the versatile properties of Versacryl, inventory doesn’t sit on the shelf waiting for the next reline.
  • Superb technical support can offer technique tips and help.
  • The material has a slow rebound shape after deformation and keep denture in contact with tissue while chewing.
  • Versacryl can completely replace those ugly metal hooks on partial dentures.
  • It creates adjustable relines.
  • It solves the problems involved with stabilizing loose lower dentures.
  • Versacryl is great for many other applications dental and non-dental!

For more information, head over to our Learning Center about Versacryl or the product page to purchase. Feel free to contact us toll-free 1 (800) 333-3131 or fax (856) 663-0381 or tweet us @KeystoneInd.

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

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Pro-Form Mouthguards: How Important Are They?

School is almost out, and summer is on its way in. This means one thing: busy as ever with multiple sports seasons during the best outdoor weather. With that in mind, you have to question: just how much protection are your athletes getting?

Whether you’re a coach for a high school football team or your watching your 10-year old daughter play soccer, protection and safety while playing sports is a must. One of the biggest (and most important) areas to protect is the athlete’s mouth, with a custom-fit mouthguard.

Why buy a custom-fit mouthguard when there’s boil-and-bite ones?

Although boil-and-bite mouthguards are the most commonly used today, they are not the most preferred by dentists. As mentioned in an article on Dentistry Today, these mouthguards “do not provide the proper thickness, comfort, or critical protection of the posterior teeth”. When you boil the mouthguard and begin to bite down on it, your teeth clamp down on the material and stretch it out, making it less thick. Over time, the material will break down, leaving less protection around the teeth.

Sure, it’s a cheap, simple way to have a mouthguard which somewhat fits the athlete’s mouth. However, most dentists agree that it does not get the job done in the best way, and can lead to oral and head injuries (which are the most common injuries in sports, by the way). Important ways properly fitted mouthguards protect the mouth are shown in the picture below, as well as some problems that may arise with the boil-and-bites.

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Mouthguards provide numerous ways of protection. You’ll be protected even more if that mouthguard is fitted properly.

What is Pro-Form and why should I get it?

Pro-Form mouthguards, manufactured in the United States by Keystone Industries, are high-quality custom-fit mouthguards designed with the best material on the market to protect athletes of all sports. As opposed to the boil-and-bites, Pro-Form mouthguards provide the necessary comfort and thickness with an ability to talk and breathe easily, and protection of all teeth including the posteriors.

On top of the long-running track record of protection they provide, Keystone Pro-Form mouthguards can also be made in specific color schemes, designs, and have the addition of custom decals. What cooler incentive is there than that? Everyone wants to be like the pros, and they’re known for wearing these types of mouthguards.

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These Pro-Form mouthguards are colorized to represent specific countries.

Tie dye colors are shown here, with the laminates they're made from.

Tie dye colors are shown here, with the laminates they’re made from.

These require an impression cast of the patient’s dentition as the initial step. The mouthguard is then made from this cast. Vacuum formed guards are made from single or multilayered polyethylene. Other techniques include pressure lamination to sandwich material together under high pressure. Keystone also manufactures the vacuum forming machines.

To prove the importance of mouthguards and custom fitting them, an article from Fox News brings out information about teeth belonging to Olympic athletes over the years. From the amount of stress they’re under to the food they eat, teeth were not looking so good for the Olympians. To help out, there have been dental facilities at the Olympics in London, Sochi, and soon to be Rio de Janeiro in 2016. They’ve handed out over 500 mouthguards at the past two games for athletes who lost teeth and wanted to prevent losing teeth, and the initiative has been welcome warmly for the 2016 games.

To learn more and purchase Pro-Form mouthguards, please click here.

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