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Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions
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Do your products contain Gluten?
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No, none. However, if concerned about allergies related to food colorants, dyes or flavors, for cleaning and polishing we suggest Nada Pumice Paste. As the name suggests, Na da contains no dyes, no fluoride and no flavor oils and is basically equivalent to using fl our of pumice.
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Why is Coarse Grit “Red” for your prophy paste cups?
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We have color-coded each grit because clinically, we think it is more important to know the grit than it is to know the flavor. With the lidstock removed you can easily smell the paste flavor. Additionally, customers have told us that it is important for them to see where they put the paste. This help when polishing and rinsing. Our Fine grit is Gold, Medium is Blue-Green, Coarse is Red and Extra –Coarse is Light Green.
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How does the esamate low speed handpiece warranty work?
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The esamate handpiece is warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of two (2) years from the date of purchase. Each date of purchase will be recorded from the original shipping records to each esamate motor serial # and original purchaser.
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Do I have to be concerned about pine nut allergies with 5% Sodium Fluoride Varnish?
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The resin/rosin used in Vella Varnish is extracted from pine stump wood and not collected from living trees, therefore does not contain tree sap. This source combined with further synthesis during the manufacturing process greatly reduces any adverse reaction to rosin products due to tree nut allergies. However, as with any medical issue, patients should consult with his/her health care provider.
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Are Fluoride Varnishes, like fluoride gel treatments, covered by dental insurance?
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The only correct answer is that it totally depends on the patient’s policy. There is a new fluoride varnish code added by the CDT 2007-2008, code 1206 (fluoride varnish), but it is only reimbursed for documented high-risk patients. This is defined as patients with a history of caries or hypersensitivity. There are no age restrictions with code 1206.

For routine topical fluoride treatment in children under 12, code 1203 (child fluoride) historically used for fluoride gel tray procedures, is generally accepted by insurance providers. If questioned, patient risk does come into question and reimbursement may not be allowable without additional supporting documentation. For caries prevention on adult patients, code       1204 (adult fluoride) can be used but is rarely reimbursed without a patient risk assessment narrative. Hence the low number of adult fluoride treatments.

For patient hypersensitivity related to scaling and root planing or surgical procedures, code 1206 should be used along with thorough high-risk patient documentation to ensure reimbursement. This information should be documented in the ADA Dental Claim Form Box 35 (Remarks) used to describe medical necessity. Allowable high-risk medical necessities include: Patient diagnosed with diabetes, high caries risk, SRP sensitivity, pregnancy and high-risk Diagnodent® readings.  
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What is the ADA’s position on 5% Sodium Fluoride Varnish?
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The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs states: “Fluoride varnish applied every six months is effective in preventing caries in the primary and permanent dentition of children and adolescents.” They further state that Fluoride varnish creates less patient discomfort and achieves greater patient acceptance than fluoride gel, especially in preschool-aged children. Two or more applications of fluoride varnish per year are effective at preventing caries in high-risk populations.
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Does 5% Sodium Fluoride Varnish contribute to Fluorosis?
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The Fluoride varnish (with peak plasma levels less than a daily fluoride tablet or brushing with fluoride toothpaste) applied infrequently (two to four times a year at 3-6 moth intervals) is unlikely to contribute to fluorosis in children under age six. (Ekstrand, Koch, Petersson, 1980)
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Which is correct, 1 minute or 4 minutes, for an in-office fluoride treatment?
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The only clinically documented treatment time is 4 minutes for both APF and NSF, Nearly 20 years ago, lab studies showed that APF’s low pH (3.5) has fast fluoride uptake in the first minute. Since young patients struggled with the gag reflex during a 4 minute treatment, dental professionals often removed the tray at 1 minute. Since NSFs are known to work slower, they were less prone to remove the tray at 1 minute. Today, many offices use both the APF and NSF at one minute feeling that the Rx dose is still beneficial.
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What are the difference between Dayli and an OTC sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne®?
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Dayli contains the maximum amount of fluoride allowable by the FDA for a home use product (5000 ppm). OTC toothpaste contains 1000 ppm. Dayli is recommended to be used once daily prior to bedtime. OTC sensitivity dentifrice is recommended to be used twice daily in place of your regular toothpaste. Finally Dayli does not contain an abrasive while OTC sensitive toothpaste does. Since it’s recommended that patients DO NOT RINSE after applying Dayli, the lack of an abrasive gives the patient a smoother, cleaner mouth feel. Patients who use Dayli in addition to their regular toothpaste are expected to have better compliance as past market research studies have shown toothpaste to be second only to cigarettes in consumer brand loyalty.
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MAXmin Prophy Paste is patent pending and contains NuFluor™. What is NuFluor?
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MAXmin Prophy Paste is a proprietary patent pending formula developed by Preventech R&D. Unlike other prophy paste brands that simply added a compound designed for use in consumer product applications into their paste formula, our R&D started from scratch reviewing the entire prophy paste formulation, manufacturing process and a comprehensive list of paste ingredients, including Fluoride, Calcium and Phosphate. The result is MAXmin Prophy Paste with NuFluor, our unique Fluoride, Calcium and Phosphate chemistry designed specifically for prophy paste.
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