December 27, 2004 |
Trying to eat sensibly and not stuff ourselves is hard enough at any time of year. Trying to eat small portions from a holiday smorgasbord can be almost impossible. Now, just in time to curb our holiday overindulgences, a dental device has been found to help people shed unwanted pounds by forcing them to eat less. The appliance is inserted in the roof of the mouth, making the mouth cavity smaller so that wearers take tinier bites and eat more slowly.
September 20, 2004 |
Manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes may produce essentially the same results, but less-expensive technology, increased marketing and dentists' approval are pushing more Americans to take the high-tech route to cleaner teeth. Sales of electric toothbrushes in 2003 grew 23% over sales in 2002, according to Information Resources Inc., a Chicago-based retail-tracking group. Consumers also bought fewer manual toothbrushes in 2003, with sales falling 6% compared to 2002.
July 12, 2004 |
The latest weight-loss scheme is neither a diet nor a pill but a custom-made insert that reduces the size of the mouth, forcing diners to take smaller bites, eat more slowly and, presumably, feel satisfied with less food. The DDS System, a product of Atlanta-based Scientific Intake, closely resembles an orthodontic retainer, though it "drops down a couple of millimeters into the oral cavity," according to Lois Rinehimer, a Hartford, Conn., dentist.
July 12, 2001
Medical device maker BioLase Technology Inc. in San Clemente said Wednesday that it has received federal clearance to market its dental laser for a number of other soft tissue procedures. The company said in a news release that the additional procedures include the treatment of gum disease, a leading oral health problem. BioLase stock gained 30 cents to close at $5.15 a share on Nasdaq's small-cap market. The stock has tripled in value this year.
January 27, 2001 |
Align Technology (ALGN) shares gained 33% on Friday as the market for initial public offerings continued to show signs of perking up. Shares of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Align, which makes a transparent orthodontic device called Invisalign, rose $4.31 to close at $17.31 on Nasdaq--but only after they were priced below the expected range as investors continued to drive tough bargains.
October 4, 2000 |
Biolase Technology Inc. said it received a U.S. patent for its Waterlase technology used in dentistry. The patent covers the use of laser technology with water in cutting dental hard tissue, including enamel, and dental root material, the San Clemente company said in a press release. Biolase, which had 1999 sales of $7 million, is a manufacturer of medical and dental lasers. The company's stock edged up 6 cents a share to $2.13 in Nasdaq trading.