Study of Oral Moisturizers Concludes that OraCoat® XyliMelts® Contain One of the Safest pH Levels of any US OTC Dry Mouth Product

University of Florida Study of Eleven Brands of Lozenge-Type Oral Moisturizers Finds that Most have Dangerous Acidity Levels with XyliMelts being One of the Few Exceptions
Seattle, WA (March 27, 2018) – Researchers at the University of Florida recently tested eleven brands of lozenge-type oral moisturizers for harmful acidity levels that cause tooth erosion. The study found that nine of the eleven tested products are acidic (pH less than 7) and cause tooth erosion. The only two lozenge-type dry mouth remedies that were non-acidic were OraCoat® XyliMelts®and Salese®.
The objective of the study was to measure pH levels, titratable acidity, and erosive effect of commercially distributed dry mouth lozenges and adhering discs on teeth, mainly the dentin which is exposed at the gumline. Each product was crushed into five grams of powder and dissolved in 10 mL of water. Acidity was measured with a calibrated pH meter. Titratable acidity was measured by adding sodium hydroxide until the solution reached neutrality. Erosion of tooth structure was measured by placing human teeth in the solution and measuring loss of mass.
In order of danger, the most dangerously acidic dry mouth lozenges and adhering discs were reported to be:
  • DenTek® OraMoist®, pH 2.9
  • Cotton Mouth Lozenges®, pH 3.1
  • MedActive® Oral Relief Lozenges, pH 3.2
  • Hager Pharma Dry Mouth Drops, pH 4.44
  • Rite Aid Dry Mouth Discs, pH 5.1
  • CVS Dry Mouth Discs, pH 5.3
  • ACT® Dry Mouth Lozenges, pH 5.7
  • TheraBreath Dry Mouth Lozenges, pH 5.82
Moreover, the oral moisturizers that caused the most tooth erosion were, in order:
  • Cotton Mouth Lozenges, 3.1% loss
  • DenTek OraMoist, 2.3% loss
  • MedActive Oral Relief Lozenges, 1.1% loss
  • Rite Aid Dry Mouth Discs, 1.1% loss
  • CVS Dry Mouth Discs, 1.0% loss
  • TheraBreath Dry Mouth Lozenges, 1.0% loss
The study found a robust statistical correlation between high acidity and tooth loss. Both remedies that passed the acidity test, XyliMelts and Salese, contain a pH level of 8.0, which is considered non-harmful to teeth. Previous studies reported that pH below 6.7 can be erosive to dentin. One of the products, XyliMelts discs, was recently revealed to reduce symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), which also causes tooth erosion. XyliMelts are oral adhering discs that contain 550 mg of xylitol for sweetness to stimulate saliva flow, cellulose gum to slow dissolution and lubricate the mouth, a layer of acacia gum to adhere to gingiva or teeth, and a small amount of calcium carbonate to neutralize acidity. XyliMelts used at night while sleeping is the most effective per gram delivery of xylitol to reduce tooth decay.
XyliMelts are available over the counter at Walmart, CVS, and Rite Aid. For more information on XyliMelts, visit
About OraCoat
OraCoat is the world leader in the breakthrough technology of “oral adhering discs” which slowly release ingredients in the mouth and are safe for use while sleeping. The OraCoat® brand represents a family of products that solve oral care problems by coating the mouth with safe ingredients that become effective when they are slowly released. OraCoat’s leading products are XyliMelts® and XyliGel®OTC products for dry mouth. Other oral care solutions in the OraCoat family are planned. OraCoat’s innovative oral care solutions are backed by careful research based on medical science to ensure optimum performance and user safety.
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Zest Dental Solutions Update: Cem EZ – A DPS Best Product!

Zest Dental Solutions is excited to announce Cem EZ is now a Dental Product ShopperBest Product! In January a group of clinicians evaluated Cem EZ for Dental Product Shopper (DPS), giving it an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 — one of the highest ratings in the cement category! A 2-page article was published in their March issue about Cem EZ and the evaluation, and is attached to this email. Please take a moment to read through it. The evaluation is also posted on Cem EZ’s DPS product page at
Here’s what some of the clinicians had to say about Cem EZ:
“Very good cement cleanup, easy to dispense, beautiful seal on postop x-rays.” – Dr. Zadeh, DDS
“Good and reproducible tack-cure time allowed ease of cement removal in hard to reach areas.” – Dr. Blalock, DDS
“My team confidence has been notched up with the Zest Cem EZ, as it has delivered consistently from the ease of dispensing, working time, excess cement removal, and final esthetics.” – Dr. Sondkar, DDS
“This cement performs well for all post systems, all lithium disilicate prosthetics, and all zirconia prosthetics. I liked its adaptability to all clinical situations.” – Dr. Man, DMD
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Carestream Updated Software Helps Practices Manage Workflow

For Immediate Release: March 22, 2018

Carestream Dental is built on a legacy of software innovation that continues to evolve to this day. From streamlined practice management software to time-saving modeling software, new updates and releases for CS PracticeWorks, CS SoftDent and CS Model+ keep dental professionals organized and efficient so they can better serve patients.
The latest updates to CS PracticeWorks v8.1 give users greater visibility and access to important patient information. The appointment book now stretches across all computer screens—regardless of size—for easier viewing, and appointments can be dragged and dropped into new time slots.
CS SoftDent v17 promotes practice productivity and overall clinical success by putting the patient’s clinical information in one easily accessible location. For example, with the new clinical overview tab, patients’ clinical touch points are all in one place. Parallel workflows now allow more than one user to work in the patient record, while enhanced patient communication options enable practices to identify and manage patients who need to return for treatment. Plus the interface has been updated with a modern, bright look and feel.
Both software applications seamlessly integrate with Carestream Dental imaging systems so patient images are accessible from within the chart—without multiple clicks.
User-centered design—involving end users in the development process—played a significant role in many of these software enhancements.
“Too often, companies prioritize software updates that aren’t necessarily priorities for practices,” Ed Shellard, chief dental officer, Carestream Dental, said. “To eliminate this problem, Carestream Dental went directly to users to understand what their most pressing needs were. Based on their feedback, we were able to deliver updates that were truly wanted in the dental community.”
Carestream Dental is also announcing innovative modeling software for clinicians offering orthodontic treatment. CS Model+ software automatically segments, setups, analyzes and presents digital models within minutes. After the models are analyzed, the software compiles the results into robust customizable reports. CS Model+ is not only a time-saving tool, but a helpful patient communication tool, and can create simulated time-lapses that display treatment goals. The software can be used to analyze digital models acquired from the CS 9300, CS 8100 3D or CS 8100SC 3D imaging systems or the CS 3600 intraoral scanner.

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Introducing NEW Parkell® Universal Adhesive

Clinicians world-wide have looked to Parkell when in need of a reliable, effective bonding system for direct and indirect restorations, cementation and desensitization. Afterall, we’ve had decades of success with products such as Touch and BondÔ, Brush&BondÒ and most recently, Brush&BondÒUniversal.
Parkell’s NEW Universal Adhesive is a Multi-mode Adhesive formulated with a unique blend of 4-META and MDP technologies. This proprietary formulation provides:
·      Reliable micro-mechanical and chemical adhesion to dentin and enamel regardless of the etching technique.
·      High bond strength with a variety of substrates-including metals, composites and ceramics.
·      Desensitization of dentin due to excellent penetration of the resin into the tubules.
·      Compatible with light-cured, self-cured and dual-cured resins.
·      A low film thickness of 3 microns (particularly important when cementing crowns, bridges or other indirect restorations).
Parkell’s Universal Adhesive is the right choice for clinicians who want to simplify their technique and optimize results.
For more information or to order Parkell’s Universal Adhesive, call Parkell: 800-243-7446 or visit
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Effect of platelet-rich fibrin palatal bandage on pain scores and wound healing after free gingival graft: a randomized controlled clinical trial



This prospective randomized clinical trial was conducted to determine whether the application of a platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) palatal bandage after harvesting free gingival grafts (FGG) would improve healing of donor sites and decrease pain scores and patient discomfort.

Materials and methods

Twenty-four patients received FGG to augment keratinized tissue dimensions. The application of a PRF bandage was decided randomly (n = 12 in each group). Patients reported their pain levels for the first 7 days of healing using the visual analog scale (VAS), 101-point numerical rating scale (NRS-101), and 4-point verbal rating scale (VRS-4). The patients’ pre-operative anxiety levels were measured using three anxiety scales. The healing of the donor sites was evaluated and compared to preoperative records. Data were assessed and recorded before surgery and at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8 weeks postoperatively.


Dental anxiety and state-trait anxiety were evaluated at baseline and correlated to the postoperative pain scores. There were no significant differences in anxiety levels between the two groups; yet, they could potentially influence the outcome of any surgery and were included as covariates. The patients in the PRF group reported significantly lower pain scores and their pain levels returned to baseline levels earlier, compared to the control group.


PRF palatal bandages significantly reduced postoperative pain and discomfort and facilitated wound healing after harvesting FGG.

Clinical relevance

The study provided evaluation of patient-centered outcomes, which is timely, significant, and could benefit both periodontists and patients.
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Tissue Remodeling in Immediate Versus Delayed Prosthetic Restoration in Fresh Socket Implants in the Esthetic Zone: Four-Year Follow-up.

Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2018 Mar 7. doi: 10.11607/prd.3123. [Epub ahead of print]


The aim of this study was to compare midfacial soft tissue assessment and horizontal width changes of fresh socket implants in immediate and delayed prosthetic restorations. Patients requiring extractions in the maxillary esthetic zone were recruited. In one group, 30 implants were placed using an immediate loading approach; in the second group, 30 implants were loaded after a period of 3 months. At the 4-year follow-up, statistically significant differences (P < .001) were found. Immediate implants restored on the day of surgery demonstrated more stable midfacial soft tissue levels and bone volume maintenance than delayed implants.
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