The Centrix Dental Blog

  1. Centrix and NoCord VPS Ads Recognized for Advertising Excellence

    This week, Dental Product Shopper and Readex Research recognized Centrix, Inc. for 2017 Advertising Excellence based on our NoCord VPS advertising that appears in the prestigious DPS trade publication. Specifically, the award recognizes our NoCord, NoKidding! campaign for overall Advertising Effectiveness that achieves “the highest attention-getting, believable and informative scores” in the research conducted by Readex on behalf of Dental Product Shopper.

    “We have always placed great faith in the power of advertising to our dentist and hygienist customers in trade publications like Dental Product Shopper and others. We also have great faith in the people working at Centrix who are dedicated to manufacturing, marketing and selling trusted, well-known products that are designed to ‘make dentistry easier.’” ~ Centrix Founder, William B. Dragan, DDS.

    New NoCord VPS from Centrix is another great example of this core belief. NoCord VPS was designed by a dentist for dentists to address some of the greatest challenges you face daily in your practice. NoCord VPS replaces the time-consuming need for packing cord, helps control fluids and bleeding and is super easy to use based on the standard wash and tray technique. If that’s not making dentistry easier, we don’t know what is.

    Congrats to the Centrix team for the amazing recognition from Dental Product Shopper and Readex Research!

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  2. Centrix Supports ADEA’s 2017 Annual Session

    On behalf of the American Dental Education Association, I am pleased to send you this photograph that was taken with ADEA’s Principal Officers and your company representatives during the 2017 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Long Beach, California.

    ADEA’s 2017 Annual Session saw the presence of a record-breaking attendance for a meeting that featured an abundance of diverse programming related to diversity and inclusion. With over 400 separate events to choose from, the annual session proved to be a resounding success.

    ADEA is most appreciative of Centrix, Inc.'s participation in ADEA’s 2017 Annual Session and Exhibition and is sincerely grateful for its generous support in helping advance excellence in dental and allied dental education.

    We look forward to Centrix, Inc.'s ongoing support of the association’s efforts and to participating in the 2018 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

    Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H
    President and CEO

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  3. Centrix Donates Products to Dentistry from the Heart Nonprofit in California

    We were very happy to donate to this worthy cause, Dentistry from the Heart (DFTH), an event led by Robert A. McCulla, DDS at his Turlock Dental practice in Turlock, California. This is Dr. McCulla’s 5th year hosting the event that is part of a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free dental care to those in need. Dr. McCulla and a team of 2 dentists, 4 hygienists and 3 oral surgeons provided free cleanings, extractions and fillings to patients in need.

    “This is an event we look forward to every year knowing we have served nearly 500 patients seeking free dental care to date. Donations like those received from Centrix help us to provide the best products while also providing the best service,” Robert A. McCulla, DDS Centrix donated FluoroDose® Fluoride Varnish, Tempit Essentials for Temp Filling, Benda® Brush & Benda® Micro Applicators, and LolliCaine® Topical Anesthetic to assist Dr. McCulla’s team.

    Dr. Vincent J. Monticciolo founded Dentistry from the Heart over 16 years ago with the goal of giving back to those who cannot afford dental care. Each year, thousands of patients are helped and millions of dollars in free dental care is donated by dentists, hygienists and other volunteers who are clear examples of the generous spirit at work in their communities.

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  4. Couture Diamond Gripstrip™ – Easier Proximal Finishing

    central incisor with Class IV fracture that was restored with direct composite

    The Couture Diamond GripStrip was recently used in a case study for a central incisor with Class IV fracture that was restored with direct composite. The final finishing of the proximal area was done with the Couture Diamond GripStrip.

    Dr. Enachescu likes the Couture GripStrip due to the wide array of grit sizes and the free zone in the middle of the product. Dr. Enachescu uses the product by sliding the free zone between the contact point and holds the GripStrip with the short part towards the mouth and pulls back and forth to remove or polish the proximal area. Dr. William Dragan states, “GripStrip Finishing and Polishing Strips are diamond-coated to provide precision finishing and polishing for restorations in proximal areas. Because our strips contain two working areas of different grit sizes – a coarser grit for stripping and removing material, and a finer grit for polishing – you can finish and polish with only one strip… making interproximal finishing faster and easier!

    In the case study, Dr. Enachescu states “I use GripStrip to finish the proximal area after direct and indirect restorations and also to remove excess cement after cementation of indirect restorations.

    To read this case study or for more information on Couture GripStrips visit or or to request a demo visit

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  5. Protecting teeth from White Spots

    Protecting teeth from White Spots

    Have you seen polka-dotted teeth in your office?

    White spots (otherwise known as Caries Lesions or Hypocalcification) on teeth can result from a variety of causes. Most white spots are formed during the development of the tooth while in the jaw. If the tooth is disturbed, or a change in the body causes the enamel formation to be atypical, white spots will occur however they are usually a sign of enamel breakdown and decalcification. Caries lesions are also common during orthodontic treatment and usually form around the bracket interface near the gingival margin. If plaque and bacteria builds up, such as streptococci and lactobacilli, they create an acidic environment around braces and over time enamel breakdown can occur resulting in white spots. These white spots can be permanent on the teeth and can lead to tooth decay. Studies show that over 60.9 % of patients with braces develop white spots.1 The ADA states "active orthodontic treatment" is a risk factor for cavities due to plaque removal being difficult with orthodontic appliances2 .

    Steps to reduce white spots with your patients

    1. Regular visits to the general dentist – Regular cleaning and patient education with an emphasis on the importance of oral hygiene is key! AAO provides patient educational materials you can use with your patients.
    2. Fluoride varnish – When applied properly, fluoride varnish has a proven track record in white spot reduction. In a study by Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, “… the application of fluoride varnish was an effective measure in reducing white spots lesions. The report conclusion states, “This review found some moderate evidence that fluoride varnish applied every six weeks at the time of orthodontic review during treatment is effective.”3
    3. Fluoride mouthwash – Daily fluoride rinse is recommended however patient compliance may be low.
    4. Sealants – For patients that show poor oral hygiene, sealant can be added before and after bracket bonding.


    Even with excellent oral hygiene, having braces puts your patients at a greater risk for white spots and dental decay. A proactive oral prevention program is highly recommended. The provider as well as the patients’ need to take measures to reduce enamel demineralization while the patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment.

    • 1 Enaia M, Bock N. Ruf S. White-spot lesions during multibracket appliance treatment: A challenge for clinical excellence. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2011;140(1)17-24
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    • 3 Benson PE, Parkin N, Dyer F, Millett DT, Furness S, Germain P. Fluorides for the prevention of early tooth decay (demineralised white lesions) during fixed brace treatment Cochrane Database of systematic reviews 2013, 12
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  6. “Exposé Is easy, fast and at your fingertips.” Cristian Enachescu, DDS

    Centrix caries indicator system, Exposé, was used in a case study on an old composite filling with decay. Dr. Cristian Enachescu shares the preoperative condition - patient presents with an old composite restoration with decay. The doctor removed the composite and all visibly infected dentin, wet the tip of the Exposé applicator then used it to check for any remaining unseen caries and removed remaining infected dentin.

    Dr. Enachescu states, “Exposé Caries Indicator eliminates the need for messy bottles or syringes that can leave stains on soft tissue and clothing. It is a unit-dose Benda Micro applicator with the dye dried on the tip; when it is wetted with water or saliva, it enables me to precisely place it on a suspected lesion. Clean-up is much easier – no tips to replace, no sheaths to change from the syringe; no extra brushes are needed. Exposé can be used several times on the same lesion to make sure all infected dentin is removed.”

    Centrix founder Dr. William B. Dragan said, "Centrix is in the business of ‘making dentistry easier’and as a result, developed a caries indicator that is simple to use and requires no messy squeeze bottles or syringes. Exposé is pre-dried on a Benda Micro applicator and is perfect for minimally invasive preps, allowing the dentist to identify and remove affected tooth structure and leave healthy enamel and dentin. I appreciate that Dr. Enachescu, along with many other dentists who've tried Exposé, can see the advantages of using our product."

    To read this case study or for more information on Exposé visit or to request a demo visit

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