Reporting on the week at the Xlear Conference

Feb. 16, 2011
RDH editor Mark Hartley recently spent time in Cancun at the Xlear Conference. Here are his daily reports.

Though the beaches, warm breezes, and exotic drinks of Cancun beckoned, business came first, and RDH magazine editor Mark Hartley reported regularly on DentistryIQ about the Xlear symposium, where the role of xylitol in oral health was discussed.

The role of expectant mothers ingesting xylitol to reduce the transmission of caries-causing bacteria to their children was discussed in the opening day of the Xlear symposium on Feb. 14.

Dr. John Peldyak, a Michigan dentist and the author of Sweet Smart Xylitol, based his presentation on the chemical breakdown of xylitol vs. other sugars.

Trisha O’Hehir, RDH, offered an explanation of biofilm ecosystems to an audience evenly split between dentists and dental hygienist.

Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH, and Angie Stone, RDH, discussed the findings of using xylitol products and other demineralization agents in nursing homes.

These are just a few of the timely presentations from the Xlear Conference Feb. 14-18.

To read about the first day of the conference, click here.

To read about the second day, click here.