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. 

Register for ADHA's Annual Session in Nashville

Posted on May 20, 2015

In exactly four weeks, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) will kickoff its Center for Lifelong Learning at the 92nd Annual Session (CLL/AS) in Nashville, Tenn. (#ADHANashville)! More than 2,000 dental hygiene professionals will enjoy a wide array of exciting events, networking opportunities, continuing education courses and fun in the Music City June 17-23, 2015!

At the 2015 Exhibits, there will be more than 100 companies in attendance, giving dental hygienists the chance to stock up on items for their dental office or oral health program while supporting the ADHA. The exhibit hall will be open on Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The first 200 attendees to enter the exhibit floor on Friday morning will receive a free gift! In addition, all exhibit hall attendees can receive a free lunch courtesy of the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program by picking up a $15 food voucher each day from the Wrigley Booth (number 410) to be used in the Exhibit Hall Restaurant. New for this year’s event is the ADHA/Henry Schein Innovation Center, which features new equipment, products and technologies!

Don’t forget to register in advance for ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health (IOH) online Silent Auction, where interested participants can bid online for the items available at the IOH Benefit/President’s Reception on Friday, June 19. Register today and support the ADHA’s foundation!

Have you registered for 2015 CLL/AS? 

Medical Internships Abroad Gaining Popularity Among Students

Posted on May 20, 2015

NEW YORK – May 20, 2015 – As students across North America prepare for a busy summer, Projects Abroad is pleased to report that internship programs in the field of Medicine & Healthcare are becoming increasingly popular, especially among pre-med and high school students. This year, hundreds of students are choosing to spend their summer break abroad as interns, working toward adding valuable experience to their resumes and broadening their clinical, procedural, and cultural skills.

For pre-med and high school students, the experience of interning in medical facilities abroad is invaluable and helps gives them the confidence to pursue a career in medicine. Not only do they have the opportunity to learn new methods of diagnosis and treatment from local medical professionals, they get to observe illnesses and conditions not seen in North America. They also experience an environment where doctors and nurses work with limited resources and equipment.

"All in all, I had many life changing experiences in the hospital and expanded upon my current medical knowledge, learning things that I can bring back to America and help me tremendously. To be able to have had these experiences before I even graduate college is amazing and I am certain that I want to pursue a career in medicine," shares Jenna C, a pre-med student and former intern at a hospital in the Philippines.

Rebecca K, a high school senior who volunteered on a summer program in Argentina, says "I learned more about medicine in the two weeks I lived in Cordoba than I could have ever imagined. I saw many surgeries including brain surgery, tumor removal, and even part of a long open heart surgery. The surgeons almost always offered to explain what they were doing and encouraged all of the students to have a closer look. It was amazing to be so close to such intricate procedures."

The organization offers a variety of Medicine & Healthcare programs for interns in the fields of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Midwifery, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nutrition, and Public Health, in more than 25 destinations across the developing world. These internships are built to suit varying levels of experience and interns can choose to join at any time, from one to four weeks or more. Projects Abroad also has an extensive range of worthwhile medical programs specifically designed for high school students.

For more information about Medicine & Healthcare internships with Projects Abroad, please visit www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/medicine-and-healthcare. For information about medical programs for high school students, visit www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/high-school-specials/medicine-and-healthcare.

IADS Annual Congress Coming in September

Posted on May 20, 2015

The International Association of Dental Students (IADS), FDI World Dental Federation, and Young Dentists Worldwide are organizing the IADS Annual Congress in Bangkok, Thailand this September. Students from around the world will meet with dentists, creating new bonds and experiences.

The Pre-Congress will take place September 19-20. The Congress will be September 22-26, and the Post-Congress will be September 26-28.

The event will feature various clinical/research activities, a worldwide dental student parliament, FDI speaker sessions, and exhibitions.

Registration will open soon. For more information and updates, visit www.iadsthailand.wix.com/iads2.

AAE Announces New Leaders, Award Winners at AAE15

Posted on May 20, 2015

CHICAGO – Thousands of endodontists and other dental professionals explored the future of endodontics at AAE15, the annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists, in Seattle, Wash., in early May. The meeting included the installation of new leadership for the Boards of the AAE, AAE Foundation and American Board of Endodontics, more than 100 education sessions, the nation's largest endodontic exhibit hall and several special events, including the Association's annual awards ceremony.

Keynote speaker Dr. Michio Kaku, renowned futurist and best-selling author of The Future of the Mind, gripped attendees at the General Session, where he shared his vision of new technologies that will impact society in the future. While Dr. Kaku predicts "robo-doctors" that will diagnose you in your home, he also acknowledged, "[To succeed in the future] you have to supply something which robots cannot – intellectual capital."

Following that theme, outgoing AAE President Robert S. Roda told attendees, "If we're going to shape the future, we need an organization that can study, that can learn and that can act." Dr. Roda recapped the accomplishments of the Association during his term, including the hiring of new Executive Director Peter S. Weber and environmental scanning and quality improvement projects that are helping the AAE prepare for the future of the specialty.

In her first remarks as AAE President, Dr. Terryl A. Propper said she hopes to increase engagement and involvement in the Association by the next generation of endodontists. "I want to inspire a process that will yield effective change for our members and our specialty."

The AAE Foundation closed out its year-long fundraising campaign with $1.221 million raised against a goal of $1.25 million. A leadership pledge of $350,000 from EdgeEndo helped to complete another successful effort. The Foundation has allocated $1.6 million in 2015 to support research and education in endodontics, including awards for each endodontic resident, educator fellowship awards, endowed faculty matching grants and support for a variety of research priorities.

During AAE15, 81 new Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics were recognized for their achievements. These Board-certified endodontists complete written, case history and oral exams demonstrating their exceptional knowledge, skill and expertise in the specialty of endodontics, commitment to quality patient care and dedication to professional growth.

The AAE also unveiled new resources during the meeting to support endodontists in their careers and to educate patients. The new Career Center is an online job board that allows visitors to post available endodontic positions, easily search and apply for jobs and connect to practices for sale. New Career Resources also are available to help with career planning, including understanding emerging practice models, negotiating employment contracts, job search tips and starting a practice. Currently, more than 130 positions are posted.

The AAE also debuted the fourth production in its series of 3-D animated patient education videos. The new video on endodontic surgery illustrates the most common form of surgery, apicoectomy, in an easy-to-understand animated video. It highlights the advanced training and equipment used by endodontists to perform endodontic surgery to save the natural dentition. All of the AAE's videos are available on its YouTube channel for viewing or embedding into practice websites. 

Benco Acquires Dental Connections

Posted on May 19, 2015

PITTSTON, PA — Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately-owned distributor of dental products and equipment, has announced plans to acquire Brooklyn-based Dental Connections, Inc. on June 8, 2015. This marks Benco Dental’s first acquisition in the New York metropolitan area.

Dental Connections, Inc., a family-owned service and installation enterprise with customer service at the heart of its operations, has been serving the New York City market for more than 35 years, and under the same ownership since its inception. Dental Connections' founders, Joseph and Barney Zaino, will continue on with Benco Dental.

“Our mission at Dental Connections, Inc. has always been to support our customers and our community alike,” Barney Zaino said.

Joseph Zaino added, “For over 35 years, we have been dedicated to serving our clients with integrity and a personable approach. We wish to thank you all for your support over the years and look forward to working together in our new venture in the near future. As a family-owned business, we were pleased to merge with another family-owned business that’s focused on delighting customers.”

Charles Cohen, Benco Dental Managing Director, said that he looked forward to introducing Benco’s full-service approach to Dental Connections’ loyal customer base.

“As part of the Benco difference, we strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience and focus on seeking out companies who do the same,” Cohen said. “As with each company acquired, our goal is to combine Dental Connections’ success with Benco Dental’s industry expertise and passion for excellence.”

He added: “We love and respect the deep relationships that the Zainos have developed with their customers.”

3D Systems Names New CFO

Posted on May 19, 2015

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – 3D Systems Corporation has announced that it entered into a mutual separation agreement with Ted Hull, its Chief Financial Officer, effective as of the end of the day on May 15, 2015, pursuant to which Hull was to leave the company in order to meet company needs and to pursue his personal interests.

The company further announced that David Styka, who had been Chief Accounting Officer, has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective as of Hull's departure.

Styka, 53, has been employed with 3D Systems since January after serving as Vice President – Finance and Treasurer at Family Dollar since April 2014. Previously he served as Vice President – Finance at Family Dollar from March 2011 to April 2014, and Divisional Vice President – Tax and Inventory from July 2008 to March 2011.

"We are deeply grateful to Ted for his stewardship of our Finance organization and wish him much success in his pursuit of other personal interests," said Avi Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3DS. "We are very fortunate to have a strong and capable financial executive of the caliber of Dave Styka ready to assume the role of Chief Financial Officer. Since his arrival at 3D Systems, Dave has gained a deep understanding of our business and quickly has become a key advisor to me and the rest of our senior leadership team. Dave brings substantial finance and accounting leadership experience to the role and we are confident taking the next leg of our growth journey with him as our CFO."

Styka earned a BSBA in Accounting from John Carroll University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He has a CPA certification from the state of North Carolina. Additionally, he has worked in public accounting at Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche and served in finance leadership roles at Wellman, Inc. and Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

IMILLING Mourns Loss of Technician

Posted on May 19, 2015

IMILLING President Felix Chung sadly reported the unexpected loss of a valued member of his team, Franklin Panemeno.

In a press release, IMILLING said:

"Franklin, an extremely talented CAD/CAM technician, lost his life in a tragic auto accident on the morning of April 25. Although a relative newcomer to the dental laboratory industry, joining IMILLING in 2013 at the encouragement of a friend, Franklin was dedicated to the industry, showed tremendous promise, and was eager to perfect his craft. He was a young man who was always cheerful, friendly to all, and meant so much to so many people. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

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