Customer Spotlight: Open Wide for Barcodes in Dental Research

What do you think of when you hear the words “craniofacial and dental disorders”? For us, we had a big question mark pop in our minds. Not only is craniofacial a big word, but what about dental disorders?

Well, let’s start by telling you what craniofacial means, because without knowing that, a discussion about how some of our special labels are being used can get a bit confusing. All craniofacial means is that…whatever we are looking at―in this case, disorders― pertains to either the cranium or face.

Dental WorkFor laymen, dental diseases and disorders develop from all sorts of bacteria, viruses and other contaminates and can ultimately lead to cavities and periodontal diseases. Facial injuries, poor health, chronic pain and birth defects can also affect the health of the craniofacial area. We’ve also come to realize that tooth and gum problems can affect your overall health―from diabetes, heart disease, strokes, osteoporosis and much more. The importance of craniofacial research is definitely far-reaching.

One of our university customers studies the identification of genes that contribute to diseased organisms in facial and cranium areas, focusing on molecular and statistical gene mapping and the factors that contribute to such diseases. In order to make sure that a specimen undergoing their gene mapping doesn’t end up in a pile of useless samples―a clear, concise, structured and reliable labeling system has to be implemented.

Adding to their criteria is the fact that they keep their specimens in cryovials so they needed to make sure their labels will stand up to ultra-cold storage conditions. We’re pleased that they chose EIM’s specially-engineered white CryoLabel® with ultra-strong adhesive. To make their process work smoothly, we print their small labels for them, typically in roll sets with 2D Datamatrix and Code 128 barcodes. They come on easy-to-handle small rolls of 1000 labels, with perforations so they are easy to tear off and use.

The next time you go to the dentist you may want to ask yourself, are they helping with the research of craniofacial disorders? You might even have something to chat about with your mouth full of scaling instruments and polishing equipment.

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