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Business Risks In The Dental Practice

Dental practices, like any business, have operational risks that are common to any business in operation.   Some of these risks are economic risk, competitive risk, staffing risks, capital, and credit risk to name a few.  Business risks as well as opportunity increase as a practice develops.   A significant risk currently in the market is inflation risk.  Costs of material and servicing are going up at a rapid pace.  Wage inflation is embedded in this risk as well. It is important that a practice is aware of all business risks and key trends in the operation of a dental practice.  Any dental practice should consistently assess their exposure to business risk and have an effective and focused risk management plan in operating their business and serving their patients.

Be Aware of Risk Associated With Food Allergies

One risk to highlight is food allergy risk in a practice’s patient base.   According to one of the leading expert resources on food allergies, FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education), 32 million people in the US have food allergies.   This breaks down to 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 13 children.   Each year 200,000 people require emergency care in response to allergic reactions from food.   Food allergies are also on the rise, especially in children.   Between 1997 and 2011, there was an increase of 50% in children who have food allergies.  Food allergies are serious and can be a threat to life.  Why is this important to the dental practice?   To mitigate business risk, practices should be aware that certain hygiene products are made with milk derived proteins.  These proteins may trigger allergic reactions in patients which can lead to serious consequences for a dental practice.   Dental practices should be keenly aware of these products and assess the risk associated with them.   Practices should take steps to mitigate the risk with supplying these types of products and consider alternatives.

New Technology For Tooth Sensitivity With No Milk Derived Proteins

Zen CP+® is a new tooth desensitizing gel that is highly effective and contains no milk derived proteins.  This new desensitizing gel serves patients that suffer from overly sensitive teeth. According to an article conducting a survey of dental offices, sensitive teeth are most common in young adults, women, patients who struggle with gum disease, and patients who employ at-home teeth whitening solutions.  Sensitivity in teeth occurs when the cementum wears away and exposes the dentinal tubules, which opens the opportunity for liquids to come in contact with nerves inside and around the tooth.1   The formulation of Zen CP+ contains no milk derived proteins and therefore will keep patients who suffer from milk allergies safe from any adverse reactions to treatment.   This in turn will mitigate any risk to a practice.

New Technology to Treat Sensitivity

Zen CP+ has new technology that is only available in the United States through DenMat.  New patent-pending microsphere technology (CAPOSAL®) delivers Calcium Magnesium Phosphate in a unique way that provides more relief from tooth sensitivity.  Zen CP+ is a desensitizing gel formulated to alleviate discomfort from dentin hypersensitivity by actively mineralizing and occluding the dentin surface and deep inside the dentin tubules.2

Zen CP+ provides unique properties and advantages that will enhance a patient’s experience in oral health treatment.  Formulated with this new and innovative microsphere technology (CAPOSAL®), Zen CP+ features small particles consisting of amorphous calcium magnesium phosphate that penetrate the dentin tubules and rapidly release calcium and phosphate ions for intra-tubular mineralization of a carbonate substituted hydroxyapatite (HA).3,4 Zen CP+ Gel also contains Potassium Nitrate which is known to increase the protection against sensitivity of the teeth by nerve depolarization.  ZEN CP+ does not contain any milk-derived proteins so it is safe for patients with milk-based allergies to use.  This is a significant advantage considering milk allergies are common.  Like peanut allergies, milk allergies can be severe and can also lead to death.

Zen CP+ offers fast and complete occlusion of the dental tubules due to the new microsphere technology.   Upon reacting to saliva, the Calcium Magnesium Phosphate is released uniformly across the teeth and penetrates deep into the dental tubules.3,4 The particles released by Zen CP+ adhere well to dentin surfaces and feature a tailored degradation rate to increase pH and promote effective formation of hydroxyapatite.5 Minerals formed deep into tubules are unaffected by wear and acid attacks.6

Designed for daily use, ZEN CP+ is available in 45-gram tubes and is simply brushed on to the teeth as part of one’s daily oral care regimen. Zen CP+ also provides an ideal cleaning and polishing paste for prophylaxis treatments and is an effective tooth desensitizer after SRP.  It provides sensitivity management for tooth whitening post-care, as well.

Conclusion: More Effective and Safer for Patients and Practices

For DSO practices, products that advance treatment, enhance production, and mitigate risk are a must to place on formulary.  Zen CP+ delivers – outstanding efficacy and no milk-derived proteins.   DSO practices can feel confident to deliver treatment for patients seeking care for comprehensive oral health including tooth sensitivity.

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  1. 1 in 8 Adults May Have Sensitive Teeth; J. Cunha-Cruz, M. Rothen, and R. D. Trushkowsky, WebMD March 2013.
  2. Data on file: Psilox report R-1239.
  3. Amorphous Calcium Magnesium Phosphate Particles for Treatment of Dentin Hypersensitivity: A Mode of Action Study, Camilla Berg, Erik Unosson, Håkan Engqvist, and Wei Xia, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 2020, 6 (6), 3599-3607. DOI:10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c00262
  4. Electron microscopy evaluation of mineralization on peritubular dentin with amorphous calcium magnesium phosphate microspheres, Camilla Berg, Erik Unosson, Lars Riekehr, Wei Xia, and Håkan Engqvist, Ceramics International 2020, 46 (11), 19469-19475. DOI: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2020.04.295
  5. Data on file: Psilox report R-1186.
  6. Data on file: Psilox report R-1199.

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