Lawsuit questions Trident claims; FDA to review 510(k) system

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

A lawsuit filed last month against Cadbury Adams calls into question Trident's claims that its Xtra Care gum strengthens and rebuilds teeth. But the litigation could also put scientific claims about the restorative abilities of calcium phosphate compounds -- used in numerous dental products -- on trial. Read more.

In other news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two reports suggesting how the 510(k) review process for medical devices could be improved. The goal, the agency says, is to encourage innovation, provide regulatory predictability, and ensure patient safety. But some industry observers say these changes will disrupt a system that has served patients well for more than 30 years. Read more.

And part 2 of our two-part series on diagnosing and treating sleep disorders looks at the various treatment options available, from lifestyle changes to positive airway pressure devices, mouthguards, and surgery. Click here to read more, or visit the Cosmetics Community.

Finally, over in the Coaches Corner, Dr. Alan Goldstein suggests that an occasional change of perspective can yield useful observations, both on and off the dance floor.

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