Journal of the American Orthodontic Society Fall 2016 : Page 6

ORTHO INDUSTRY NEWS Global Dental Equipment Market Projected to Reach $8.45 Billion by 2020 increased demand for aesthetic procedures has led to a spur in cosmetic dentistry. Another factor at work in the market, per LaTrace, is a growing public awareness of the prevalence—and the potential seriousness—of poor dental health, particularly in regards to dental caries (cavities). LaTrace notes that during recent decades, the common consensus worldwide had been that the incidence of dental caries had declined signifi-cantly and was continuing to decline. The dental community has prided itself on efforts that reduce dental caries, including the use of systemic and topical fluorides, toothpastes and sealants, along with improvements in diet, oral health education, and dental care. However, recent studies have reported an alarming increase in the incidence of caries. According to a report from the United States Surgeon General, dental caries are the most common disease of chil-dren aged 5 to 17 years, being five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. In the U.S. alone, over 50% of five to nine year-old children have at least one cavity or restoration, and this increases to 78% among 17-year-olds. Americo Dry Mouth Nightguard System The global market for dental equipment will rise from $6.08 billion in 2013 to $8.45 billion by 2020, according to a report from Grand View Research. Adrian LaTrace, CEO of Boyd Industries, a leading supplier of dental equip-ment and cabinetry, says, “This new report, along with similar findings from another recent study, confirms what we’ve been seeing in the market over the past several years. Our customers, who are primarily orthodontists, pediatric dentists and oral surgeons, are upgrading their equipment, both to serve an overall rise in demand for dental services and to meet patients’ and their families’ expectations in terms of technology and comfort.” The report from Grand View Research also found that an New from Great Lakes is the Americo Dry Mouth Nightguard System. It is designed to protect teeth from the effects of abnormal dry mouth and prevent permanent peri-odontal damage during sleep. The custom-made upper and lower appli-ance trays are fabricated to fit comfort-ably and hold a specially formulated gel that increases salivary flow to protect tooth enamel. The Dry Mouth Nightguard Gel contains Xylitol, an anti-cariogenic agent that consistently maintains moisture around the teeth and gums throughout the night; reduces dental decay, plaque forma-tion and bacteria growth; and decreases the risk of oral infection. The Americo System, invented by Dr. Americo Fernandes of Winnipeg, Canada, includes an upper and lower appliance tray, Dry Mouth Nightguard Gel, appliance case and application brush. For more infor-mation, visit GreatLakesOrtho.com. FDA Approval of Nasal Spray for Use in Dentistry The U.S. Food and Drug Adminis-tration, on June 29, 2016, approved a new dental anesthetic, KOVANAZE™ (tetracaine HCl and oxymetazoline HCl) Nasal Spray. This is the first product that allows for dental anes-thesia to be administered through a nasal spray without using a needle. “For more than 100 years, the dental industry has delivered dental anesthesia using a needle injection. Now, through the efforts of a dedicated team, we have developed a revolutionary needle-nasal cavity to achieve pulpal (tooth nerve) anesthesia for the restorative treatment of teeth. Like traditional dental injections, this product delivers a local dental anesthetic but without the needle. Kovanaze is indicated for regional anesthesia when perform-ing a restorative procedure on Teeth 4-13 and A-J in adults and children who weigh 40 kg or more. Learn more at www.st-renatus.com or call customer support at 800-770-9400. free method for delivering pulpal anesthesia,” said Steve Merrick, St. Renatus’ CEO. Kovanaze is intended for use in dentistry as a topical anesthetic, delivered in the 6 Fall 2016 JAOS

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