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Local father and son dentists invent new dental product
Placed by : Looking for Dental 03-06-2008
Submitted by Jennifer Mitchell
Posted: June 2, 2008Post a CommentRecommend E-mail Print Share Del.icio.us Digg Reddit Yahoo Google A A In an effort to address the common problem of accidental biting due to numbness after dental treatment, IN D'Zone, an Indianapolis based company is offering a new solution, a mouth guard; not for the teeth, but for the oral soft tissues, that is called the Toothché -- TLC Protector.
Dealing with this challenge everyday in their Pediatric Dentistry practice gave the father and son team, David & Scott Morgan, D.D.S. the idea to develop a product to protect their patients from accidental biting. Children are especially at risk of biting themselves after treatment. The name "Toothché -- TLC Protector" serves double duty, as it reinforces that the purpose of the mouth guard is to help protect the TLC (tongue, lip, and cheek) with a little extra TLC!
"It really hit home one day when a parent passed me a note while I was treating her daughter, Tiffany. The note said, 'Please don't let my daughter bite herself.' From that point on, I started investigating and discovered that there weren't any products available to guard against accidental biting, so my father and I decided to invent one."
After several years of research and product development, Toothché is ready for market. David R. Avery, DDS, MSD and former Chairman and Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, has reviewed the invention and supports its use. "The Morgan's took their real-world challenge and developed a great product to help their patients. Not only are they going to help their patients, I think Toothché could become a Standard of Care in the dental community."
Before the invention of Toothché, dentists have used folded-up cotton gauze or cotton rolls, which are ineffective because they don't provide a barrier between the teeth and the oral soft tissues. In addition to being ineffective, saliva soaked cotton is messy and children don't like how it feels, so they don't keep it in place. By contrast, Toothché does not absorb water and is very comfortable, once properly fitted.
Researchers, investigating self-induced trauma (after dental treatment where local anesthetic was used), have shown that a total of 13% of all patients (ages 2-18 years) experience post-operative soft tissue trauma and that trauma occurs as often as 18-20% of the time amongst certain (younger and less cooperative) pediatric patients. Patients greater than 12 years of age experience self-induced oral soft tissue trauma about 7% of the time.
For more information, visit www.toothche.com