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Hu Friedy, Chicago, has launched a new line of instruments—Periodontal Maintenance Curettes—developed in partnership with Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS, renowned dental hygiene educator and practitioner and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s editor in chief emerita.

Hu-Friedy Launches Line of Periodontal Maintenance Instruments

Hu-Friedy, Chicago, has launched a new line of instruments—Periodontal Maintenance Curettes—developed in partnership with Anna M. Pattison, RDH, MS, renowned dental hygiene educator and practitioner and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s editor in chief emerita. This set of four instruments allows for greater subgingival access in patients with tight tissue.

When treating patients with tight tissue, standard or rigid Gracey curet blades may be too big and too thick to insert subgingivally. These new instruments feature smaller blades honed at a 60° angle with a modified rigid shank specifically designed to improve access and enable easy insertion under tight tissue. Each design has a fine, sharp EverEdge blade that will insert to the base of any sulcus or pocket to remove biofilm and new calculus. The Periodontal Maintenance Curettes are available in 1/2, 7/8, 11/12, and 13/14 designs.

Premier Dental Gains Speed at Racetrack

Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania-based Premier Dental recently raced into the minds of attendees at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton and Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, when its Enamelon logo was displayed on the yellow Lamborghini Gallardo driven by Todd Snyder, DDS. The dentist and extreme sports car driver raced the track in the eye-catching car. Enamelon toothpaste samples were also distributed to attendees at each event. Enamelon Preventive Treatment Gel toothpaste is a viable alternative to 5,000 ppm fluoride dentifrices and remineralizing pastes. It is designed to help prevent caries, gingivitis, and treat dentinal hypersensitivity. At present, it is available only through dental professionals.

Kerr TotalCare Promotes The Safest Dental Visit™

Kerr TotalCare, Orange, California, is partnering with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) in Annapolis, Maryland, to promote the Safest Dental Visit infection control program. Designed to educate dental clinicians, educators, consultants, and industry members, the program is a collaborative effort to support an increased commitment to infection control and safety in dentistry.

Safest Dental Visit resources are tailored for each stakeholder. OSAP acknowledges the key role the dental team plays in ensuring patient and provider safety. The organization notes that the dental office is where clinicians address evolving threats to effective infection control procedures and increasingly complex policies and guidelines, as well as where patients voice their safety concerns. OSAP encourages dental practices to participate in the campaign by helping educate and train staff; promoting a safe and professional environment; increasing patient confidence and loyalty; attracting new patients; and enhancing the overall image of the practice. More  information is available at:

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. January 2016;14(01):16.

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