AAPD Names New Board Officers, Trustees at AAPD 2015 in Seattle

Posted on May 26, 2015

CHICAGO, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children's oral health, inducted the new president and other officers and trustees for the new AAPD board of trustees in Seattle, Wash., on May 24, 2015.

Robert L. Delarosa, DDS, President.Delarosa graduated from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and received his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. His presidential agenda will include creating a taskforce to investigate the growing debt burden of recent graduates and sustaining the value of AAPD membership and organizational strength. Delarosa is in private practice inBaton Rouge, La.

Jade Miller, DDS, President-Elect.Miller received his degree from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni Dental School. He earned his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Children's Hospital Medical Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He is in private practice in Reno, Nev.

James D. Nickman, DDS, Vice President.Nickman earned his dental and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He maintains a private practice in the Twin Cities and teaches part-time at the University of Minnesota.

Joe Castellano, DDS, Secretary-Treasurer. Castellano received his degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry. He is an assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Developmental Dentistry at the University of Texas' Health Science Center in San Antonio. Castellano is in private practice in Laredo, Texas.

Edward H. Moody, Jr., DDS, Immediate Past President.Moody received his degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry and his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Medical College of Virginia. Active in numerous professional dental organizations, Moody is in private practice in Morristown, Tenn.

Sara L. Filstrup, DDS, MS, Parliamentarian. Filstrup received her M.S. from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry and received her dental degree from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is in private practice in Cambridge, Mass.

Bruce Weiner, DDS, Southwestern Trustee.Weiner graduated from The Virginia Military Institute with a U.S. Air Force commission. He received his degree from the University of Maryland's Baltimore College of Dental Surgery where he also completed his residency. He is in private practice in Fort Worth, Texas.

John L. Gibbons, DMD, Western District Trustee. Gibbons received his degree from Washington University of St. Louis and completed his residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. He is an affiliate instructor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and is in private practice in Tacoma and Silverdale, Wash.

Amr M. Moursi, DDS, PhD, Academic At-Large Trustee. Moursi is Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry. He received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, completed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and earned a Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology from the University of California, San Francisco. He maintains a private practice in New York City.

Leila C. Younger, DDS, MS, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Director. Younger is a Clinical Assistant Professor of pediatric dentistry at Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California. She received her degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, completed her residency at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and received an M.S. from Northwestern University. She is in private practice in the Chicago suburbs.

Benco Dental Rolls Up Their Sleeves for 'Day of Caring'

Posted on May 26, 2015


Pittston, PA, May 15, 2015, For more than 20 years, the United Way of Wyoming Valley has sponsored an annual Day of Caring. Hundreds of representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers, roll up their sleeves, and set to work helping nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania with projects that their limited budgets cannot cover.

Since 2009, Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, has invited associates of the company to participate in Day of Caring during their workday. At the event's 2015 opening breakfast, Thursday, May 14, members of the Benco Dental family joined nearly 640 volunteers at Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre, where Bill Jones, United Way of Wyoming Valley CEO, shared the organization’s goal of combating childhood poverty.

Before they headed out for a day of volunteerism, the battalion in blue (participants received blue T-shirts bearing the credo: “Building the Movement – Improving the Odds for Children and Families”) learned from Jones that one third of all children in the Wyoming Valley – more than 11,500 – are living in poverty. The United Way’s yearlong efforts, including the Day of Caring, support agencies that assist those young members of the population and their families.

During the breakfast program, organizations were recognized for their support of the United Way’s 2013-2014 Community Campaign, Benco Dental among them.

 “I was honored to represent Benco as a bronze sponsor of the Day of Caring, and to accept our award for the highest corporate gift. When Bill and Jen (Sordoni – chairpersons of the 2014 campaign) announced that we had won the award and how much Benco donated, there was a rumbling of ooos and aahs that erupted," said Michelle Kovaleski, Benco Dental Culture & People Assistant/Wellness Coordinator. "I felt very proud to be a part of an organization that started right here in the Wyoming Valley and sees the value in giving back to that very community.”

Immediately following the opening program, more than 850 volunteers from 56 organizations took part in the 23rd Annual United Way of Wyoming Valley Day of Caring. Those volunteers fanned out to complete 52 community projects across the Greater Wyoming Valley. They provided their elbow grease and muscle to help 36 local agencies. An estimated 5,000 volunteer hours were dedicated during the Day of Caring, for an estimated donation value of $115,000 in services.

According to Benco Dental Talent Specialist Florence Marchesano, 26 Benco Dental associates took part in the Day of Caring efforts. Their day included cleaning and painting at Volunteers in Medicine in Wilkes-Barre, which provides medical and dental care to low income families of Luzerne County who otherwise have no access to care, and cleaning, weeding and gardening at Ruth’s Place, a Volunteers of America program which provides safe, temporary and short-term emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, while honoring the dignity of each guest.

For details about the United Way of Wyoming Valley Day of Caring or to support its efforts, visit: http://www.unitedwaywb.org/day-of-caring.html.

To learn more about Ruth’s Place, visit: ruthsplace.com and Volunteers in Medicine, visit: http://www.vimwb.com


About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to ‘deliver success, smile after smile.’ Over the past decade, Benco has been the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, now servicing more than 35,000 dentists and dental laboratories.

Within the past 83 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network of more than 65 regional locations, five distribution centers, and two design showrooms. Those design showrooms, one at the company’s PA headquarters and one in Southern California, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.

Benco, which has been named one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for 11 of the past 12 years, is proud to boast a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians.

For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.


Join Eaglesoft’s 21st Birthday at CEREC's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on May 26, 2015


ST. PAUL, Minn., May 21, 2015, To commemorate its launch 21 years ago, Eaglesoft Practice Management System is celebrating its 21st birthday at the CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas on September 17-19. Eaglesoft is hosting a practice management focused educational track at the CEREC Celebration, where users can receive over 10 hours of invaluable Eaglesoft specific training. Attendees will return to their practice with new resources to implement change and measure success.

Throughout the event, Eaglesoft Track attendees will learn how to find, implement, and measure success in their practices. Attendees will receive training with Eaglesoft Mobile and learn to utilize features such as Money Finder, Intellicare and much more. There will also be ample opportunity to mix and mingle with other Eaglesoft users from across the U.S., as well as a sneak peak at Eaglesoft 18. Plus, Eaglesoft track registrants are able to enjoy all of the events, world class speakers and entertainment Sirona has planned for the CEREC event, including a live concert from the rock-band Train and a session with motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

“Eaglesoft has been improving practice workflows and scheduling for over 20 years, and we’re excited to provide an opportunity for users to attend a great educational event in a great city,” said Jana Berghoff, technology marketing manager of Patterson Dental. “A 21st birthday needs to be celebrated, so we’re ready to celebrate and show users how to maximize their current system and reveal what the future has in store for Eaglesoft!”To sign up for the Eaglesoft Training Track, simply register for the CEREC Celebration and select the “Eaglesoft 21st Birthday Bash Track.” When signing up for the Eaglesoft Track, attendees are still able to attend all of the CEREC Celebration activities 

For more information, visit http://www.cereconline.com/eaglesoft-21st-birthday-bash.


i-CAT Debuts Their New 3D Treatment Planning Software at AAO

Posted on May 26, 2015

Hatfield, PA, May 14, 2015, i-CAT, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, is pleased to release its new and enhanced Tx STUDIO 5.4 treatment planning software at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session, San Francisco, CA. Fully integrated and exclusively for the award-winning family of i-CAT cone beam 3D imaging products, Tx STUDIO delivers a host of new and powerful treatment tools for dentists and specialists working with implants, airway, TMD, orthodontics, and surgical procedures.

In addition to its already existing capabilities for accurate implant planning and extraordinary restorative planning capabilities, Tx STUDIO 5.4 also offers new and improved tools. Useful for treatment planning and patient communication, these new features include an enhanced abutment design that allows the crown to be placed onto the abutment and prepped teeth, as well as simulation of pontics and bridges.

For airway analysis, more comprehensive and exclusive tools allow for 2D analysis of the airway with quantitative information on the anterior posterior distance and left and right distance. The airway can now be created and visualized in the variable quadrant. Changes in the parameters and area of the cross-sectional area along the airway are displayed graphically. Other helpful tools now available with Tx STUDIO 5.4 offer the opportunity to:

• Simulate a sinus bone graft in two clicks while gaining the approximate graft volume.

• Create bitewing radiographs from 3D data and evaluate those bitewings in all three dimensions.

• Replicate jaw articulation as well as offer control of the translation and rotation.

• Provide 3D analysis using orthognathic advanced cuts and movement that also show tissue change in profile.

“At i-CAT, we continually strive to create innovations to our products and software,” says Yena Chokshi, Product Manager for i-CAT. “The launch of Tx STUDIO 5.4 adds even more efficient planning and treatment tools to our already award-winning 3D imaging modality. As dentistry continues to evolve and offers more options to patients, these new tools show that we listen to our customers and respond to their increasing imaging needs.”

Tx STUDIO treatment software is included with new i-CAT cone beam 3D scanners, giving general dentists and specialists the tools to place and restore implants, perform oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, utilize CAD/CAM applications, and analyze TMJ and airway with greater confidence and lower radiation options.

Indications for Use: www.i-cat.com/ifu

About i-CAT

Serving the dental industry since 1992, i-CAT is at the global forefront in the development and manufacturing of the computer-controlled dental and maxillofacial radiography products, and internationally recognized by highly regarded dentists and radiologists as one of the most innovative companies in dental imaging. i-CAT systems offers clinicians enhanced features for highly effective treatment planning and surgical predictability. i-CAT is exclusively distributed by Henry Schein Dental. To learn more, visit www.i-cat.com.

i-CAT is a member of the KaVo Kerr Group. KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis|Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% of all dental practices. Visit www.kavokerrgroup.com for more information.

Revolutionary Therapeutic Dental Adhesives Show Aptitude to Remineralize Resin-Dentin Bonding Interface through Biomimetic Processes

Posted on May 26, 2015

Clinical minimally invasive treatments require the elimination of dental caries-infected tissues in order to stop the progression of bacteria to the pulpal chamber and maximize the reparative potential of the remaining partially demineralized tissues.

In order to encourage the remineralization of the remaining partially demineralized dental tissues after caries removal, glass-ionomer cements are currently used to favor the diffusion of the specific ions into mineral-depleted dentin. Nevertheless, these cements have no therapeutic ability to bio-remineralize the partially demineralized caries-affected dentine, accurately. It means that glass-ionomer cements, along with most of the restorative materials currently used in minimally invasive dentistry, do not induce nucleation of new hydroxyapatite crystals within the demineralized dentine collagen at intra-fibrillar level.

Salvatore Sauro, Professor of Dental Biomaterials and Minimally Invasive Dentistry at CEU Cardenal Herrera University, has led a research project which focused first on the use of phosphoproteins' biomimetic analogues in combination with experimental bioactive resin-based dental adhesives to remineralize the mineral-depleted dentin at the bonding interface of teeth filled with common restorative dental composites. The biomimetic analogues used in this study permitted the remineralization of collagen fibrils through precipitation of hydroxyapatite at intra-fibrillar level, so that the biomechanical properties of the demineralized dentin, such as the elastic modulus and hardness, were completely recovered. The results of this recent study have been published in Dental Materials.

According to professor Sauro, "The most important problem related to dental fillings in demineralized dental tissues, such as caries-affected dentine, is the lack of therapeutic bio-remineralization which can extend the durability of the resin-dentine bonding interface created with dental adhesives and resin composites."

Biomimetic Remineralization

Professor Sauro and collaborators have also shown that by using analogues of phosphoproteins in combination with bioactive adhesive resin-based materials doped with calcium and phosphates, it is possible to improve the longevity of the adhesion of dental composite restorations to dental tissues due to the biomimetic remineralization of mineral-depleted dentine at the bonding interface.

According to Salvatore Sauro, this study has demonstrated that the use of resin- adhesive doped with bioactive micro-fillers applied onto demineralized dentine pre-treated using biomimetic analogues of the phosphoproteins, such as polyaspartic acid (PLA) or sodium trimetaphosphate (TMP) represents an efficient and innovative therapeutic strategy to trigger biomimetic remineralization processes at the bonding area between dentine and restorative materials. This result is a further step to the prolific research activity of Professor Sauro, who is currently focusing the energy of his entire group of research on the development of innovative bioactive and biomimetic restorative materials for therapeutic and aesthetic restorations of teeth affected by large caries lesions.

Source: Science Daily

Panthera Holds US Grand Opening

Posted on May 22, 2015

Panthera Dental announced the launch of 4 new products at the grand-opening celebration for its new US office in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Canadian company’s first American location. The event was at Vizstara Professional’s facility in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, with both dentists and technicians in attendance.

“Today, everything will change,” said Panthera President and Cofounder Gabriel Robichaud. Panthera is hiring salespeople across the country as part of a US push.

At the grand opening event, T&S Laboratory CEO Sonnie Bocala and Michael Gelb, DDS, MS, made presentations about the Panthera Anti-Snoring Device.  Gelb called the device “transformative.”

Then, Cofounder Bernard Robichaud introduced the new products:

·      A chip in the anti-snoring device that will track usage, allowing employers to prove to insurance providers that employees are being treated for sleep apnea.

·      A new pink version of the popular REBourke bar called the REBourke Pink, with $100 of the proceeds from each bar donated to breast cancer-awareness organizations. 

·      Milled PEEK bars that are flexible, wear resistant, and 3 times lighter than titanium.

·      A new implant bar attachment called the Dolder ++.

For more information, visit pantheradental.com. 

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Commits More Than $1.1 Million In Grants to Underserved Children

Posted on May 22, 2015

CHICAGOMay 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC), the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), announced today from its AAPD 2015 meeting in Seattle that it will partner with 22 organizations this year and provide an unprecedented $1.1 million grant dollars for underserved children to have a Dental Home. Since 2010, HSHC has donated more than $3 million in support of access to care initiatives helping more than 290,000 children in 26 states.

"We are pleased to award another $1 million-plus in new HSHC grants this year," said HSHC President Dr. Beverly Largent. "These deserving organizations are doing great things for kids in their communities and HSHC is proud to support them."

Congratulations to the HSHC's 2015 Grantees listed below:

  • Eastman Institute for Oral Health University of RochesterRochester, N.Y. 

  • Community Health Centers of BurlingtonBurlington, Vt.

  • The Floating Hospital: Long Island, N.Y. 

  • SmileHealthy: Champaign, Ill.

  • The Dental Foundation of OregonWilsonville, Ore.

  • Children's Hospital Colorado: Aurora, Colo.

  • First Choice Health Centers, Inc.: East Hartford, Conn.

  • Kids Smiles: Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Cincinnati Health Department: Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Petaluma Health Center: Petaluma, Calif.

  • Children's Dental Services: Minneapolis, Minn.

  • KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic: Dublin, Ohio.

  • Yale New Haven Hospital Department of Pediatric Dentistry: New Haven, Conn.

  • Hennepin Health Foundation: Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Caridad Center, Inc.: Boynton Beach, Fla.

  • Family Healthcare: Fargo, N.D.

  • CASS Community Health Foundation: Kansas City, Mo.

  • Charles Henderson Child Health Center: Troy, Ala.

  • St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation: Billings, Mont.

  • Neighborcare Health: Seattle, Wash.

  • University of Washington: The Center for Pediatric Dentistry: Seattle, Wash.

    *HSHC Dental Home Day Site

In addition, HSHC has identified two outstanding organizations to be awarded Multi-Year HSHC Grants of $375,000 over five years:

  • Kids' Community Dental Clinic: Burbank, Calif.

  • Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic: Waukesha, Wis.


Dental Researchers Find Some Immune Cells Change to Prolong Inflammation

Posted on May 22, 2015

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine have unraveled one of the mysteries of how a small group of immune cells work, according to Science Daily: That some inflammation-fighting immune cells may actually convert into cells that trigger disease.

Their findings, recently reported in the journal Pathogens, could lead to advances in fighting diseases, said the project's lead researcher Pushpa Pandiyan, an assistant professor at the dental school.

To read the full Science Daily article, click here.

Aurum Group Awards Free Summitt Trip

Posted on May 21, 2015

Spokane, WA – The management and staff at the Aurum Group announced that Dr. Brent Davis of Cranbrook, British Columnbia, has won the grand prize in the “Trip to the Summit” Draw at the recent Pacific Dental Conference Meeting in Vancouver.

Davis received a package of registration fees and accommodations for two at The Dental Technology and Business Growth Summit 2015, which will be held October 1-3 at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta.

The summitt will feature Chris Hadfield (Astronaut and First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station) and Arlene Dickinson (CEO of Venture Communications and YOUINC.COM and "Dragon" on TV’s Dragons’ Den) as keynote speakers. They will be joined by a diverse group of opinion leaders on applied dental technology and the art and discipline of entrepreneurism.

Pew Study Shows Little Progress on Proven Oral Health Strategy

Posted on May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — States are driving up health care costs for families and taxpayers by not doing enough to use dental sealants, according to States Stalled on Dental Sealant Programs, a new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The report, reveals that most states are failing to enact policies that ensure low-income children receive dental sealants—clear plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars that are a proven strategy for preventing tooth decay. Applying a sealant is one-third of the cost of filling a cavity. 

The report grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent decay by improving access to sealants for low-income children, and updates Pew’s 2013 research on sealant programs. In the years since the 2013 report, only 12 states improved their grades, while seven states lost ground; most fail to reach even half of eight-year-olds with this preventive service. The majority of states continue to lack sealant programs in most of their “high-need” schools, which most states define as where at least half of the students participate in the National School Lunch Program.

Pew’s report finds that:

  • Only five states earned an A or A- for their sealant performance, of which just three (Maine, New Hampshire, and Oregon) received the maximum possible points. 

  • Nine states earned a B or B-. Of these states, five continue to reach fewer than half of high-need schools with their sealant programs, and four failed to provide at least half of their 8-year-olds with sealants. 

  • Nineteen states received a C or C-. 

  • Fifteen states earned a D or D-. 

  • Three states (New Jersey, Hawaii and Wyoming) and the District of Columbia earned F’s, the same grade they received in 2013.

Sealants are typically first applied to children’s molars shortly after permanent teeth begin to appear, usually by age eight. Molars are the most cavity-prone teeth, and sealants act as a barrier against decay-causing bacteria. Research shows that providing sealants through school-based programs is a cost-effective way to reach low-income children, who are at greater risk for cavities. Pew’s report offers profiles of the progress and challenges in two states—Ohio and Washington—that sought to eliminate the racial and income disparities among children receiving sealants in school-based programs..

School sealant programs have been found to reduce the incidence of tooth decay by an average of 60 percent, yet Pew’s report reveals that most states are underperforming on this critical opportunity to improve children’s health. Left untreated, dental disease can lead to emergency room visits, hospitalization, and even death. Despite the compelling evidence on cost efficiency and prevention effectiveness, a survey conducted between 2011 and 2012 found that only four out of ten U.S. children aged six to 19 had even one sealant.

"It's a cost-effective, evidence-based prevention program that every state should make a priority," said Jane Koppelman, research director for children’s dental policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts. "But unfortunately, they are not doing so. The results, in addition to higher health care costs, are needless pain and infection among children who do not receive care."

This report focuses solely on the performance of sealant programs and the degree to which states can improve access to this treatment for at-risk children. However, many other factors affect a state’s overall performance on oral health, such as health insurance coverage, the availability of Medicaid providers, and access to fluoridated water. Therefore, even states that received high grades on sealants may have room for improvement in other areas. 

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