Perio Protect® Recognized Again for Top Product in Dental Industry
November 09, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsST. LOUIS, MO (November 9, 2010) – The Perio Tray® has been named one of the Top 100 Products of 2010 by Dentistry Today, the nation's leading clinical news journal for dentists. Dentistry Today, with a circulation of over 150,000 practicing clinicians, has published its annual top 100 dental products for 24 years. The list, selected on the basis of reader response, represents what is innovative and effective in the dental industry. The complete list of Top 100 Products of 2010 can be found in the July issue of Dentistry Today.
This is the second consecutive year that the Perio Tray® has been named a Dentistry Today Top 100 Product. The Perio Tray received additional industry honors in 2006 when it was chosen as one of Dental Products Report's Top 100 Products of Distinction and in 2009 when it was named an Outstanding Product by the leading independent non-profit dental education and product testing institute.
"We are honored to have been recogized for the last two years by Dentistry Today and it's readers," said Doug Dunlap, Chief Operating Office of Perio Protect, LLC. "It's gratifying to see the impact that the Perio Tray® is having on patient care."
The Perio Tray® was cleared by the FDA in 2004 as a prescription medical device, with which to administer doctor-prescribed medication below the gum line. The unique, patented design of the Perio Tray® allows medication to be held below the gum line long enough for the medication to work effectively. Most doctors are prescribing medication to manage the bacteria association with gum disease. Dentists send models of the patient's mouth along with precise measurements to one of several FDA-registered laboratories in the US and Canada, where the Trays are fabricated specifically for the patient's mouth and gum tissue. The frequency and duration the trays are worn are determined by the dentist based on the severity of the condition, for most patients it amounts to minutes each day. Patients describe Perio Trays® as comfortable and convenient. They especially appreciate the non-invasive nature of the Trays, while dentists and hygienists appreciate the success their patients are enjoying. Dentists, in order to prescribe Perio Trays, receive training from Perio Protect
The treatment of gum disease is a concern for many Americans, affecting approximately 85 percent of American adults thirty-five and over. Gum disease is not only the leading cause of adult tooth loss but has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, upper respiratory disease and other inflammatory infections.
Once an individual is diagnosed with gum disease (periodontitis or gingivitis), several treatment options are available, including regular intensive cleaning of the teeth above and below the gum, as well as surgery, during which diseased gum tissue is cut away and replaced with grafts from the roof of the mouth. Newer laser surgical treatments are also available. A non-invasive tool like the prescription Perio Tray that can be used between office visits appeals to patients, many of whom have refused previous treatment recommendations and left their condition untreated.
The Perio Tray® was initially developed by Dr. Duane Keller, a dentist practicing in St. Louis, MO, for his own patients who wanted to avoid invasive procedures. With this relatively simple and affordable tool, patients now have the opportunity to place medications below the gum line in the comfort of their own home. Thousands of doctors across the US and Canada prescribe the Perio Tray® as part of their oral care treatment and report outstanding results while helping their patients take active control of their oral health.
For more information about Perio Protect®, visit www.perioprotect.com or call 1-877-434-4867. For a complete listing of Dentistry Today's 2010 Top 100 Protects, go to http://www.dentistrytoday.com/products/top-100-products .
Doug Dunlap, Chief Operating Officer
Perio Protect, LLC