Clinician's Choice Dental Products Inc. Continues

Posted on June 23, 2017

Clinician’s Choice® Dental Products Inc., a dental products manufacturing company that provides continuing education programs to the dental profession, announced the 2017 summer dates of its “Better Dentistry” seminar series. Held at various locations, the seminar series educates and trains oral health professionals on the latest restorative techniques and products that will help them operate more successful and productive practices.  

Key opinion leaders will lead the full-day seminars with a focus on how to utilize the latest clinical procedures and how to effectively integrate unique products to enhance productivity and how to navigate the rapid changes in the industry.

“The seminar series is designed to expand knowledge, improve skills and efficiency, and teach new approaches to clinical challenges in order to provide the highest standard of care,” said Peter G. Jordan, President of Clinician’s Choice Dental Products Inc. “Our commitment to teaching better dentistry allows our continuing education programs, presented by the industry’s leading and most respected key opinion leaders, to be second to none.”

Upcoming dates and locations include:

· July 26: [Missoula, MT] – Topic: Clinical Problems...Solved! Provisionals and Final PVS Impressions, Gregg Tousignant

· July 27: [Helena, MT] – Topic: Clinical Problems...Solved! Provisionals and Final PVS Impressions, Gregg Tousignant

· July 28: [Billings, MT] – Topic: Clinical Problems...Solved! Provisionals and Final PVS Impressions, Gregg Tousignant

· July 28: [Dublin, CA] – Topic: The General Practice Restorative Update 2017, Dr. Stace Lind

· August 4: [Atlanta, GA] – Topic: The General Practice Restorative Update 2017, Dr. Stace Lind

· August 11: [Spokane, WA] – Topic: The General Practice Restorative Update 2017, Dr. Stace Lind

For a complete list of events offered by the “Better Dentistry” seminar series, please here.  To access OnDemand Continuing Education and watch webinars, click here.


American Academy of Periodontology to Hold Annual Meeting in Boston

Posted on June 23, 2017

CHICAGO (June 19, 2017) — The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) will hold its 103rd Annual Meeting September 9–12, 2017, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. All dental professionals—including students, early-career dentists, office staff, and members of the dental media—are encouraged to attend.

This year’s meeting, which provides up to 26 continuing education credits, features more than 20 new speakers and an array of courses in such topics as oral reconstructive surgery, dental implants, regenerative treatments, interdisciplinary therapies, practice management, and more. 

Returning to the AAP’s Annual Meeting is the Student and New Periodontist series (a curation of courses, events, and activities designed for early-career professionals) and the popular Dental Hygiene Symposium, a morning of hygienist-focused lectures on the perio-systemic link, implant maintenance, endoscopic periodontal debridement, and the future of laser therapy.

“The Academy is pleased to welcome thought-leaders and clinicians from all over the world to join us for this year’s Annual Meeting,” says Terrence J. Griffin, DMD, president of the AAP. “Attendees will find courses to suit their interests, whether they are clinicians, students, researchers, educators, or part of a dental practice staff.”

Highlights of the 103rd Annual Meeting include the following:

  • Best-selling author at the Opening General Session: Alison Levine, whose climbing expeditions on each of the Seven Summits are the focus of her New York Times¬-bestseller “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments,” provides the meeting’s keynote address on Sunday, Sept. 10. Levine’s tales of adventure coupled with practical advice for today’s competitive business environment are sure to motivate and inspire. 

  • New Practical Courses: New opportunities include sessions on contemporary furcation management and virtual implant surgery. The results from this year’s Best Evidence Consensus on CBCT and Lasers are the subject of “Results from the Roundtables,” a discussion on the clinical value and applicability of these technologies to be held on Monday, Sept. 11.

  • Periodontal Career Fair: Practices seeking new associates or owners will be available to meet with periodontists starting their careers and others seeking new opportunities at the Periodontal Career Fair on Sunday, Sept. 10.  

To register for the 103rd Annual Meeting, to view the complete Advance Program, or for more information, please visit, call 1-800-282-4867 ext. 3213, or email 

Registration fees for media representatives attending the AAP’s 103rd Annual Meeting will be waived, granting access to all non-ticketed sessions and seminars. Presenters and AAP representatives will be available for on-site interviews, film, and photo shoots, which must be scheduled in advance with AAP Public Relations staff. For press credentials, contact the Academy’s Public Relations Department at 312-573-3243 or 


ADHA Recognizes Dental Hygiene Student Research

Posted on June 23, 2017

Jacksonville, Fla., June 22, 2017 – At its Annual Conference June 14-19, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) recognized undergraduate dental hygiene students for standout research in their field of study.  Students from dental hygiene education programs all over the U.S. presented their work at Jacksonville’s Prime Osborn Convention Center.

ADHA’s undergraduate research awards program is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline. Winners receive a cash prize, a matching monetary grant for their school and a crystal award to inspire their peers. Students may compete in two categories: Table Clinic/Informative Poster, or Undergraduate Research Poster.

Student award winners are:

1st Place - Tang Blanton and Jose Mendez - West LA College

2nd Place - - Jacelyn Youngerman and Arissa Morgan - Cerritos College

3rd Place - Angela Hankins and Jodi Nestle - Valencia College

Honorable Mention - Amber Noble, Lauren Limberopoulos, Erika Davidiuk - Hillsborough Community College

Research Poster winners are:

1st Place - Monica Rodarte, Nicole Wong, Christian Cruz and Marc Tenchavez - West Coast University  

2nd Place - Natalie Wright, Joy Ence, Christine Childs and Brittney Tomlinson - Weber State University 

3rd Place - Sarah Charland, Alyson Fryz, Sara Trombly, Heather VanOast, - Detroit Mercy Dental

Honorable Mention - Sabrina LeBon, Samantha Bryant, Emily Cheatwood, Savanna Giannotti - University of Maryland School of Dentistry

ADHA Recognizes Graduate Student Dental Hygienist Researchers

Posted on June 23, 2017

Jacksonville, Fla., June 22, 2017 - At its Annual Conference June 14-19, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) recognized graduate-level dental hygiene students for original research in their field of study.  Eleven graduate students presented their work at Jacksonville’s Prime Osborn Convention Center.

The Dentsply Sirona/ADHA Graduate Student Clinicians Research Award Program is sponsored by Dentsply Sirona.  Chosen by their program director, student participants receive professional recognition and complimentary registration to ADHA’s annual conference, air travel, lodging and per diem for the conference. In addition, the first-place winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and travel expenses to attend the AADR/Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) meeting, scheduled for March 21-24, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During the AADR/CADR meeting, the winning student will present his or her winning research presentation on a non-competitive basis along with international winners throughout the world.

This year’s winners of the 9th Annual ADHA/Dentsply Sirona Student Research Clinicians Program are:

1st place – Kathryn Search, RDH, BSDH, MS - Old Dominion University

2nd place – Mindy Bennett RDH, BS - University of Missouri - Kansas City

3rd place – Brandie Carter, RDH, BS – University of North Carolina

ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers is Expanding Their Network

Posted on June 23, 2017

ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers® ( announced today the opening of four new centers in Woburn, MA, Roseland, NJ, Maitland, FL and Southfield, MI. These new centers are the most recent expansion for the ClearChoice® network which now includes 36 locations nationwide.

ClearChoice was founded in 2005 to provide the edentulous, or soon to be edentulous, with an innovative all-in-one treatment facility for dental rehabilitation. This concept offers patients of the affiliated practices with a collaborative, multi-disciplinary treatment plan involving the prosthodontist, oral surgeon and laboratory technician and delivers high-quality care under one roof.

“The mission of ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers is to provide the edentulous and partially edentulous population with an improved overall state of health,” said Kevin Mosher, CEO of ClearChoice Management Services, LLC. “

The ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in Woburn is owned and operated by prosthodontist Julie Elpers, DMD. The Roseland center is owned and operated by prosthodontist Mark Andrawis, DMD. The Maitland center is owned and operated by prosthodontist Carlos Villanueva, DDS and the Southfield center is owned and operated by prosthodontist Ahmed Afify, DMD.

ClearChoice will run educational campaigns in these local markets, in an effort to inform the public of the dental treatment options that are available to them, and how the procedures can improve a patient’s quality of life.

Donation Helps UK Dentistry Establish Digital Dentistry Program

Posted on June 22, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jun 15, 2017) – Since joining the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry 18 months ago, Dean Stephanos Kyrkanides has worked with faculty, students and the community to make his vision for increasing the use of digital dentistry at UKCD a reality. Kyrkanides’s goals are three-pronged; he wants to utilize leading edge technology to educate clinical dentists, reduce wait time for patients and establish UKCD as leaders in the field of dentistry.

The clear vision and reputation of UKCD was one of the reasons a partnership, including a generous gift of equipment such as milling machines, scanners and software, with Straumann USA LLC was possible. Arjan Haverhals, vice president of customer marketing and education at Straumann USA LLC said, “Straumann and the University of Kentucky can work together to educate future clinicians to provide the best care possible. The landscape of dentistry is changing and the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry has set itself apart and will remain on the cutting edge of innovative technology.”

Kyrkanides believes Straumann chose UKCD as a partner because of the clear vision for increasingly incorporating digital workflows. “UKCD has emerged as a leader in dental education and they are impressed by our vision,” he said. "This gift will facilitate the launch of our increased digital dentistry efforts this fall."

Digital dentistry is part of the field of dentistry that utilizes technology in a way that differs from what has been done in the past. According to Dr. Marcus Abboud, associate dean of digital dentistry at UKCD, use of technology not only provides clinicians with more accuracy, it also enables them to use their time and resources more efficiently — an aspect that is beneficial to both provider and patient.

"A new and complete digital workflow for dental restorations can significantly enhance the overall patient experience, shorten the treatment time and deliver consistent quality results compared to the traditional labor intense craftsmanship," Abboud said. “Starting with an intra-oral scan taking pictures of the tooth eliminates any impression material in the mouth of the patient. It delivers accuracy together with time and cost efficiency through the whole restorative procedure.”

The partnership with Straumann USA LLC will enable UKCD to begin providing this leading edge education to current and future dental providers. “The digital initiative at the UK College of Dentistry entails a comprehensive unique model that educates students, residents, faculty and the dental community in new digital health devices and technologies, and explains the value to patients and the health care system," Abboud said. "Digital technology will be included in all different physical spaces of the UK College of Dentistry, covering every aspect of dentistry from diagnosis, computer aided design to manufacturing.”

Kyrkanides is proud Straumann USA LLC wanted to assist UKCD in achieving its goal of leading the nation and providing the best education possible to dental providers — especially those in Kentucky. Abboud, believes the partnership will draw more students to the University of Kentucky. He said, “College students interested in the dental profession will most likely choose the university that can prepare them best for their future profession. As digital dentistry is the future standard of dental offices, this will be a driving force for students to join the UK College of Dentistry.”


ADA Business Enterprises, Inc. Endorses HealthFirst

Posted on June 22, 2017

ADA Business Resources has announced HealthFirst as its exclusive endorsed provider of dental emergency medical kits for ADA members. An emergency medical kit containing up-to-date medications is a key element of patient safety and emergency preparedness in dental offices. With this endorsement, ADA members may take advantage of special discounts on HealthFirst emergency medical kits, ranging from the basic SM Series kits to the advanced Mobile ACLS kits. 

HealthFirst has provided emergency medical kits for over 40 years to dentists across the United States. The company currently tracks and automatically replenishes expired emergency medications for more than 40,000 dental offices, helping ensure that their kits are up to date.  Dentists can speak with a HealthFirst compliance counselor who will help them assess the needs of their practice and the type of kit that will help keep them prepared for a medical emergency and compliant with their state and local regulations.

“We have spoken with a lot of dental offices who have relied on our kits to manage medical emergencies,” notes Dr. Don Cohen, Chief Clinical Officer of HealthFirst. “Recent stories have included treating patients with anaphylaxis and low blood sugar as well as addressing an office staff member’s severe allergic reaction. Medical emergencies really do happen in dental practices, and HealthFirst is proud to help customers stay prepared.”

“ADA Business Resources is delighted to endorse HealthFirst’s emergency medical kits, which are already the market leader in dentistry,” comments Ms. Deborah Doherty, Managing Director of ADA Business Resources.  “We have already endorsed HealthFirst for their amalgam recovery solution and their sharps and medical waste mailback disposal services. With today’s announcement, ADA members have the opportunity to save on three leading solutions from HealthFirst that help ensure patient safety and practice compliance. We like working with HealthFirst because they offer full service solutions tailored to the needs of dental practices. For example, when they send replacements for expired medications in their medical kits, they also provide the materials necessary to ship back the expired medications for compliant disposal.” 

HealthFirst aims to provide dental practices with an optimal customer experience by reducing the burden of compliance tasks such as maintaining an emergency medical kit. “We recognize that it can be a challenge for dental practices to monitor medications and reorder them prior to expiration,” says Dr. Cohen. “HealthFirst helps manage these tasks for our customers, and we even provide OnTraQ, a cloud-based software solution, to simplify tracking, reporting and compliance management for both single and multi-office dental practices.” 

The ADA Business Resources’ endorsement provides exclusive discounts to ADA members on HealthFirst emergency medical kits of at least 10 percent and a special introductory offer is available through July 31, 2017.  To take advantage of these discounts and special endorsement launch offers, ADA members may contact a HealthFirst Compliance Counselor at 888-963-6787 or visit

IPS e.max® ZirCAD from Ivoclar Vivadent

Posted on June 22, 2017

Since its launch, the IPS e.max system from Ivoclar Vivadent has become a leading all-ceramic mainstay that has benefited laboratories, clinicians and patients alike.  Consisting of lithium disilicate glass ceramic materials, IPS e.max Press and IPS e.max CAD, the IPS e.max system has now been expanded to include a comprehensive selection of zirconium oxide discs and blocks under the brand IPS e.max ZirCAD.

Providing options for a wide range of indications, IPS e.max ZirCAD discs are available in three levels of translucency (MT, LT, and MO) and in an innovative polychromatic MT Multi-layered version. The centerpiece of the new system, IPS e.max MT Multi, has been designed with a special powder formulation and innovative shading technology. The results are restorations that demonstrate a natural progression of chroma and translucency from dentin to enamel. IPS e.max ZirCAD MT Multi allows for the efficient production of restorations in A-D shades without requiring further characterization or staining.

The unique formulation of IPS e.max ZirCAD MT provides the perfect combination of zirconia strength, color, and translucency; the ideal zirconia choice for cases in which high mechanical stability, thin restoration walls, and natural-looking dentition are of the essence. Besides lithium disilicate, monolithic zirconium oxide is one of the most commonly used all-ceramic materials due to its high flexural strength and fracture toughness.  With IPS e.max ZirCAD a tradeoff in translucency for strength is not required, as this esthetic zirconia material provides up to 30% higher flexural strength and 50% higher fracture toughness compared to other common higher translucency zirconia materials.

IPS e.max lithium disilicate and IPS e.max zirconium oxide offer versatile all-ceramic solutions for every case. IPS e.max is the only system that brings these two materials together in a single, comprehensive, easy to use solution that allows all indications in fixed prosthetics to be covered with an all-ceramic option.  

Low-Profile Eyewash Station from TAUB Products

Posted on June 22, 2017

TAUB Products, a long-time manufacturer of dental laboratory and restorative products, has introduced a low-profile emergency eyewash station that adapts to a wide range of office and laboratory faucets. The new station provides instant access to a single aerated water jet, flushing the eyes and washing the face of chemical or particulate contamination.

Jordan Taub, Vice President of TAUB, stated, “The unique design allows water to flow normally downward for washing hands, and during an emergency, the user can quickly rotate it upwards, providing a soft stream of water that will wash the face. The user places the water stream on the brow of the nose and both eyes receive an effective rinse.”

Setting this apart from dual-jet designs, the key features of the product include a single rotating nozzle to wash eyes and face, a low-profile modern design that fits most standard faucets, a flow rate of 1.2 gallons per minute, which exceeds ANSI standards, and a design that prevents standing water, thus reducing the chance for mold development.


ADHA Announces New Leadership for 2017-18

Posted on June 20, 2017

Jacksonville, Fla. (June 20, 2017) – At this year’s 94th Annual Conference, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association installed Tammy Filipiak, RDH, MS, of Mosinee, Wisconsin, as the organization’s 2017-18 president, along with ADHA’s new slate of officers for the upcoming year. 

“In our changing healthcare environment, ADHA is working tirelessly to support our members in every stage of their career,” said Filipiak. “I am privileged to collaborate with this great leadership team to move the organization and profession forward.” 

A member of the ADHA since 1986, Filipiak has served the organization in a wide range of areas, including council member and chair, as a member of the task force that developed the Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice and as District VII trustee. She has also held a number of leadership positions within the Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association, including a term as the organization’s president. Filipiak has been recognized for her leadership with numerous awards, including a presidential citation from the ADHA in recognition of her leadership and vision.  She was also awarded the 2003 Butler/RDH Healthy Gums Healthy Life Award of Distinction, and in 2012 was recognized as one of “Six Dental Hygienists You Should Know” by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. 

A dental hygienist with 30 years of experience in clinical, educational and management settings, Filipiak joined Midwest Dental Support Center in 2004 as its director of dental hygiene; was promoted to the director of clinical development in 2010; and in 2015 was named the company’s vice president of clinical development, in addition to serving as its compliance officer. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Northcentral Technical College, her Bachelor of Science degree in business from Upper Iowa University and her Master of Science degree in organizational leadership and quality from Marian University.  

Filipiak succeeds Betty Kabel, RDH, BS, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, as president. Kabel will remain on the Board of Trustees serving both as ADHA immediate past president as well as the 2017-2018 chair of the ADHA Institute for Oral Health. 

Additional ADHA officers newly installed at the 94th Annual Conference include:  

  • Michele Braerman, RDH, BS, of Fallston, Maryland as president-elect;  

  • Matt Crespin, RDH, MPH, of West Allis, Wisconsin, as vice-president; and  

  • Donnella Miller, RDH, BS, MPS, of Clarksville, Tennessee, as treasurer. 

The newly installed district trustees for 2017-2018 are:  

  • Rachelle Gustafson, RDH of Thompson, North Dakota, District VII (Minn., N.D., S. D., Wis.); 

  • Cynthia Baty, RDH, BS of Tulsa, Oklahoma, District IX (N.M., Okla., Texas); 

  • Trinity Cleveland, RDH of Chandler, Arizona, District XI (Ariz., Calif.); 

District trustees returning in 2017-2018 include:  

  • Peter Gangi, RDH, BS Ed, of Methuen, Massachusetts, District I (Maine, Mass., N.H., R.I., Vt.); 

  • Vickie Nardello, RDH, MS, of Prospect, Connecticut, District II (Conn., N.J., N.Y., Pa.); 

  • Dawn Ann Dean, RDH, MSDH, of Wheeling, West Virginia, District III (Del., District of Columbia., Md., Va., W.Va.); 

  • Jessica Kiser, RDH, BS, MS, of Castle Hayne, North Carolina, District IV (Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C.);  

  • Sharlee Burch, BSDH, MPH, EdD, of Lexington, Kentucky, District V (Ind., Ky., Mich., Ohio);  

  • Diana Saylor, RDH, of Nashville, Tennessee, District VI (Ala., Ark., La., Miss., Tenn.); 

  • Lisa Moravec, RDH, MS, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, District VIII (Ill., Iowa, Kan., Mo., Neb.); 

  • Barbara Dixon, RDH, MEd, of Salt Lake City, Utah, District X (Colo. Mont., Utah, Wyo.); 

  • Annette Lincicome, RDH, MSDH, of Las Vegas, Nevada, District XII (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Nev., Ore., Wash.). 


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