Posts tagged: Periowave Photodisinfection System

Which Would You Prefer: Pain-free Periowave Or Painful Gum Surgery?

It is hard to imagine that any patient would prefer to have their gums flapped open, bone recontoured, tissue grafted from their upper palette and gums stitched back up again.  In fact, if faced with this option, I would pay a hefty premium to avoid this ordeal.  A 1994 NHANES study discovered that almost 3/4 of patients who were diagnosed with gum disease did not seek treatment due to fear of pain, cost and embarrassment.  Fortunately, Photodisinfection is a completely pain-free procedure that is significantly cheaper than gum surgery and with better outcomes for the patient.  Finally, there is a minimally invasive and non-antibiotic way to arrest gum disease.  With the indisputable links to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, pre-term births etc., there is no longer a good reason to put off getting back to healthy gums. To find a dentist offering Periowave nearest you, please click here: Find A Dental Professional

Periowave Viene a México!

México siempre ha sido uno de mis lugares favoritos, principalmente por la gente  cálida y vibrante. Hace 20 años tuve la grata experiencia de hacer negocios en México, cuando trabajaba en la gestión de cartera en un gran banco Canadiense. A principios del mes tuve el gran placer de atender a la reciente conferencia anual de la Asociación Mexicana de Periodontología en Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Ha causado gran orgullo en mí que nuestro sistema de fotodesinfección Periowave haya sido aprobado  por las autoridades regulatorias mexicanas y que Periowave acaba de sostener su primeros talleres para especialistas periodontales en México. Nuestro Director de Tecnologías de información, el Dr. Nicolás Loebel presentó cinco conferencias durante los 3 días que estuvimos en Guadalajara.

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Periowave’s Coming To Mexico!

Mexico has long since been one of my favourite countries due primarily to her warm and vibrant people. I have a history with business in Mexico going back over 20 years when I was a portfolio manager for a large Canadian bank. It was with great pleasure therefore that I attended the recent annual Mexican Periodontal Association Conference held in Guadalajara earlier this month.

The reason for my pride was that our Periowave Photodisinfection system had just been cleared by the Mexican regulatory authorities and Periowave was holding its first ever lecture workshops in Mexico at this annual conference for periodontal specialists. Our Chief Technology Officer, Dr Nicolas Loebel, presented 5 lectures over the 3 days that we were there.

For me personally, it was hugely rewarding to see the impact on the level of interest by the attending clinicians who came poised with the anticipated questions related to scientific evidence, supporting clinical data and treatment protocols. For these clinicians, it was Read more »

Periowave Video Blog #1: How Is Periowave Integrated Into A Dental Practice?

So, we’re pretty excited about this!

Have you ever wondered how Periowave is used in a dental office? Well, look no further. We’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how dentists and hygienists integrate Periowave into their practice. In the first video blog, the staff from Unionville Gate Family Dentists share with us what it was like getting trained by the Periowave team and how it felt to treat their very first patient.

“My first patient was a lady in her 60s. Her main concern was a lot of bleeding… the gum was very, very swollen and she couldn’t get it under control… The first Periowave treatment was simple and really straightforward. The patient’s healing was quite noticeable, almost immediately!”

The next few videos we have planned will cover Periowave protocol, technique, and patient education. If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to see, be sure to let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, check out what Dr. Erwood and his hygienist Sidney have to say about Periowave!

The Use of Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy in the Treatment of Periodontitis

By: Veronique Benhamou, DDS, BSc, Cert. Perio, FPFA, FADI, FACD

INTRODUCTION

It has been known since the beginning of the last century that microorganisms can be killed by various combinations of dyes and light. Ancient Egyptian, Indian and Chinese civilizations used light to treat various diseases, including psoriasis, rickets, vitiligo and skin cancer. In 1901, Niels Finsen used light to treat smallpox and cutaneous tuberculosis and in 1903, he won the Nobel Prize for his work on phototherapy (Nature 2003, Dennis et al) However, the interest in antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy (aPDT) was diminished concurrently with the introduction of antibiotics; it is only in recent years, with the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis that a search for alternative treatments has stimulated a revival of interest on aPDT. It is an effective antibacterial therapy that involves the use of specific-wave light energy to activate a photosensitive compound (photosensitizer), which interacts with locally present molecular oxygen. APDT has the potential to be a powerful alternative to antibiotic therapy, particularly for the treatment of localized infections of the skin and the oral cavity. Microorganisms that are killed by this technique include bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa. Read more »

What Do Patients Say About Periowave™?

One of the things we enjoy most is hearing the stories of people we’ve helped. Periowave’s been used over 100,000 times on thousands of patients all over the world, and we’ve helped them greatly improve their oral health. Yes, gum disease is not a hot topic like cancer, AIDS, or diabetes, but it’s certainly an issue that many people struggle with. In this video, patients of Periowave share how this technology has helped improve their oral health. So, check it out!

Day 2: Periowave Live-Blogging From The 2012 Pacific Dental Conference!

5:31pm: And that’s a wrap!!! We did it!  This years PDC has been our best performance yet. We convinced a whole lot of people of the value of PeriowaveTM and how it will help their patients. We had a blast doing it too. Thank you to everyone for reading our live-blog. The PDC has officially come to a close and the PeriowaveTM team had an amazing time. Don’t worry though, we’ll be back again next time at the JDIQ. Until then, to get more updates from the team, don’t forget to visit this blog and check out our Facebook and Twitter pages too. Have a great night!!

The Periowave Team had a blast at the PDC! From Left: Peter Geimer, Linda O'Connor, Maria Castro, Leonie Markhorst, Kristine McKinnon, Tom Dawson. Absent: Michelle Janke and Leanne Carlson (they're on a flight back home!)

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Periowave is live blogging from the 2012 Pacific Dental Conference!

6:03pm – And we’re done! Day 1 of the PDC is officially over and it was amazing. As exhausted as we are, the team had a fantastic day selling product, booking office visits, and educating dental professionals about PeriowaveTM. Now it’s time for us to head back to our hotel rooms, freshen up, and meet up later for a team-building dinner. Stay tuned to our blog tomorrow as we’ll bring you more updates live from day 2 of the PDC. A dentist told me there is an “Oxygen Bar” somewhere in the exhibit hall… I’ll have to find it tomorrow and post a pic.

Leanne and Maria pose at the end of day 1 of the PDC! Can't wait for tomorrow.

5:44pm – Only 15 mins to go! Day 1 of the PDC is winding down, but not before Leanne talks to more dentists about her implant case studies. It’s always interesting to see Leanne educate dentists about how they can improve their patient outcomes with PeriowaveTM. We’ve  just booked this gentleman in for a Lunch and Learn!

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Periowave Live Blogging From Japan: Opening Day Of Our Dental Clinical Institute in Tokyo!

12:00pm: Today is the opening of the Japanese Clinical Institute of Periowave (JCIP) and we are live-blogging! This milestone event has been organized by Mr. Hiro Kusumoto of Wavelengths, Inc. in Tokyo.  Wavelengths is the exclusive distribution partner of Periowave in Japan. Dr. Veronique Benhamou, Dr. Nick Loebel, and I came to Tokyo to speak today and support Kusumoto-san. Today’s event is expected to draw over 130 of the top clinicians in Japan and we are very excited to see the day progress.  The Tokyo Marathon will take place today as well, and over 35,000 runners are expected to participate. Read more »

Periowave™ On The Move In 2012

2012 begins with significant momentum for Periowave Dental Technologies, Inc. We have evolved and continue our commitment to superior customer care, innovation and expansion of Periowave™ and Photodynamics worldwide. We are re-organizing for a renewed global re-launch of Periowave™. Everything we do is based on our corporate Vision, Mission and Values. I would like to share with you now the Periowave™ Vision:

•             Periowave™ is the Standard of Care in every operatory

•             Periowave™ changes lives by improving overall health and well being

•             Periowave™ reinforces Photodynamic Therapy worldwide.

So just what has been happening at Periowave™? Here are some highlights of the past few months. Adoption of our new Hand Held Laser and Advanced Formula Treatment kits is going very well in Canada and Japan. We are working through the regulatory approval processes in other geographies to expand our global customer base of Periowave™. I am pleased to introduce Michelle Janke as the Periowave™ National Sales Director for Canada. Ms. Janke has over 15 years of sales, sales management and marketing experience in health care and pharma fields. Michelle’s mandate is to manage the sales team to fully reach the potential of Periowave™ and Photodynamics in the Canadian dental market and help instil the finest customer service in the industry. Ms. Janke’s appointment is a key element of the company’s new commercialization strategy. We have hired four Territory Managers within Canada to service our customers, grow our installed base of Periowave™ users and to increase the usage Periowave™ among our existing customer base. Please see Michelle’s previous blog post with the exciting news regarding our Canadian sales team.  Leanne Carlson has been appointed Periowave™ Clinical Training Manager and will be heading the RDH training program. In addition to her practice duties and the RDH program,   Leanne continues to lecture on behalf of Periowave™ and support our base of users. Read more »

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