Incisal Edge Introduces Inaugural List of Dentistry’s 32 Most Influential

Posted on December 6, 2016

PITTSTON, PA — December 6, 2016 —Measuring “influence” is a little like measuring love, or the water view from an apartment terrace. It’s a formula that includes a few numbers, some guesswork and a whole lot of you-know-it-when-you-see it.

In dentistry, a multibillion-dollar health-care industry that’s home to some of the nation’s most innovative and interesting people, no ranking of “influence” existed – until now. Months ago, Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine embarked upon the quest: to shine a light on 32 such “voices” – one for every tooth, of course.

“We ultimately nailed down a few key metrics. We counted dollars – company size, or size of budget controlled – as most important. Next we looked at the weight an organization can throw around. Finally, we tried to calculate ‘size of voice’: how much influence an individual has through his or her speaking, writing or research activities,” Incisal Edge Founder Chuck Cohen said.

“In the end, we were (and remain) proud of how wide ranging this list is. Only 14 of these 32 are actually dentists, a reflection of just how diverse, broad-based and, yes, influential our industry has become.”

The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry for 2017, ranked by Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, include:

1.      Jeffrey Slovin,CEO, DentsplySirona,

2.      Rick Workman, DMD,CEO and President, Heartland Dental,

3.      Howard Farran, DDS, MBA,Founder,, Dentaltown Magazine,

4.      Stanley Bergman,CEO and Chairman of the Board, Henry Schein,

5.      Martha Somerman, DDS, PH.D.,Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research,

6.      Steve Bishop,Group President, Procter & Gamble Global Health Care, Including Oral Care,

7.      Ben Carson, M.D.,Health-care Adviser to President-elect Trump,

8.      Marco Gadola,CEO, Straumann,

9.      Kathleen O’Loughlin, DMD, MPH,Executive Director, American Dental Association,

10.   Michael Graham,Senior Vice President, American Dental Association’s Division of Government and Public Affairs,

11.   Gordon Christensen, DDS, MHD, PH.D., Founder, Practical Clinical Courses,

12.   Amir Aghdaei,Group Executive and Vice President, KaVo Kerr Group,

13.   Steve Thorne, MHA,Founder and CEO, Pacific Dental Services,

14.   “Dr. Doe,”Plaintiffs,

15.   Michael Cohen, DDS,Founder, Seattle Study Club,

16.   Representative Mike Simpson, DMD,U.S. Congressman, Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District,

17.   James Glidewell, CDT, President and CEO, Glidewell Laboratories,

18.   James Ingebrand, MBA,President and General Manager, 3M ESPE Dental Division,

19.   Kevin Jackson, Senior Vice President, Underwriting and Actuarial, Delta Dental of California,

20.   John Kois, DMD, MSD, Founder and Director, The Kois Center

21.   Don Moody, Partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis,

22.   Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, MPP,Dean, Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine,

23.   Michael Helgeson, DDS, CEO, Apple Tree Dental,

24.   Gary Price,President and CEO, Dental Trade Alliance,

25.   Susannah Schaefer, CEO and Executive Vice Chair, Smile Train,

26.   Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH,Dean, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health,

27.   Ed Snyder,Managing Director, Northcoast Research,

28.   Gwyneth Paltrow,Actress, Oral Cancer Foundation Activist,

29.   Roger Levin, DDS, Founder and CEO, The Levin Group,

30.   Ann Battrell, MSDH, CEO, American Dental Hygienists Association,

31.   Major General Dr. Roosevelt Allen, DDS,Chief of Dental Corps, United States Air Force, and

32.   Peter DuBois,Executive Director, California Dental Association.

Meet the dental demigods in Incisal Edge magazine at: Incisal Edge, Winter 2017.  Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. For additional information regarding the magazine, visit:



ClearChoice Opens New East Coast Centers

Posted on December 6, 2016

ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers® announced the opening of two new centers in Alpharetta, Georgia, and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. These new centers are the most recent expansion for the ClearChoice network. The ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in Alpharetta is the second center to open in the Atlanta area. Fort Washington is the first in the state of Pennsylvania.

ClearChoice was founded in 2005 to provide an innovative all-in-one treatment facility for dental implant procedures. This concept provides patients of the affiliated practices with a collaborative treatment plan between the prosthodontist, oral surgeon, and laboratory technician, and delivers high-quality care under one roof. The need for dental implant treatment is large and growing with nearly 38 million Americans expected to require dental prostheses by 2020.

“The mission of ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers is to provide the edentulous population with an improved overall state of health,” says Kevin Mosher, CEO of ClearChoice Management Services. “Patients in need of implants often settle for a denture, which can be a poor substitute for natural teeth. The doctors within the ClearChoice network provide clinical treatment options that can improve the quality of life for people with missing or failing teeth.”

The ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in Alpharetta is led by prosthodontist Amy Camba, DMD. The Fort Washington center is owned and operated by prosthodontist Felicia Wilson, DDS, MS, FACP. Dr. Camba and Dr. Wilson are excited to be able to provide the residents of these two cities with treatment options for their dental issues.

“The opening of the Alpharetta Center gives our team the ability to provide dental care with unprecedented personal service," Dr. Camba says. "We strive for a positive and substantial impact in the lives of patients by restoring hope, dignity, confidence and above all, health."

Dr. Wilson adds, “I am so excited and humbled to be in the Philadelphia area. To offer Pennsylvanians with the level of service and care that the ClearChoice network provides is the highlight of my professional career.  My team and I are committed to providing a life changing experience for our patients.”

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


Steve Kess Inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists

Posted on December 6, 2016

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) announced today that Steve Kess, Vice President, Global Professional Relations and Co-Founder of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program, was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD) at the 87th Annual Convocation of its USA Section in Denver, Colorado.

An honorary organization for the recognition of outstanding and meritorious service to the dental profession and to the community, the College presented Steve Kess with an Honorary Membership plaque, a gold lapel pin, and a gold key symbolic of this Fellowship in appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions to the dental profession and for outstanding services provided to the cause of oral science.

“It is truly a privilege to be honored as a Fellow by the International College of Dentists,” said Mr. Kess. “I am grateful for the opportunity ICD has given me, and for the support of Henry Schein, to help advance oral health around the world. As a Fellow, I am committed to identifying more opportunities to enhance access to care and to further support the ICD USA Section Foundation and the ICD Global Visionary Fund (GVF).”

The ICD has more than 12,000 members in 122 countries throughout the world. All members of the College adhere to one universal motto: “Recognizing Service and the Opportunity to Serve.” Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only. A nominated professional must pass a rigorous, peer review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind. Mr. Kess is the third Team Schein Member to be honored as an ICD Fellow, the others being Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, and Simon Gambold, Vice President European Dental Northern Region.

“We are pleased to recognize Mr. Kess, who has been such a strong advocate for oral health issues, catalyzing partnerships and leveraging the Henry Schein Cares Foundation and Henry Schein Cares, to make such a profound and lasting impact on the dental needs of those who are less fortunate,” said Dr. Phillip Dowell, International President of the International College of Dentists. “Henry Schein’s work to advance health care by providing education and supporting the development of dental leadership is an excellent match to the ICD’s goals.”          

In a cap and gown ceremony, held during the ICD USA Section’s annual meeting, Dr. Margaret M. Culotta-Norton, President of the USA Section, inducted 309 dentists and four Honorary members from the United States into the College this year. The induction was witnessed by hundreds of members and guests, including International College Councilors and citizens from more than 20 countries throughout the world.

“All of us at Henry Schein congratulate Steve for his induction in ICD as a result of catalyzing public-private partnerships to enhance access to care for those in need,” said Mr.  Bergman. “We are very pleased with Team Schein’s ongoing relationship with ICD and our collective efforts to help make an impact on the communities we serve.”

Incisal Edge, Herman Miller Award Distinction in Dental Practice Design

Posted on December 6, 2016

PITTSTON, PA — December 5, 2016 —An oasis of calm in Manhattan. A day by the ocean in Dana Point, California. A walk through history in Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania. A sun-warmed glimpse of Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach, Florida.

Mid-winter vacation escapes? Only for those who consider a dental appointment a respite from reality -- or those patients who visit the award-winning dental practices of the 2017 Incisal Edge Design Competition as sponsored by Herman Miller.

Pablo Picasso once described the process of making art as “washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Dr. Carlos J. Huerta, as much as an artist with dentistry as Picasso was with paint or clay, uses artwork to “elevate the overall patient experience and ease anxiety,” as he puts it.

The 1,239 –square-foot Manhattan practice, The Dental Boutique, certainly delivers.  Bottom line: In the heart of bustling New York City, Dr. Huerta’s office is an oasis of calm.

“Patients enjoy the same elements we enjoy,” Dr. Huerta says of himself and his staff: the relaxation, the comfort and the art. The 39-year-old practitioner, who recently earned national recognition for outstanding dental practice design, is among dental and architectural professionals featured in the Incisal Edge winter edition as winners of the magazine’s fourth annual design competition, sponsored by Herman Miller.

Annually,Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals, offers an opportunity for national recognition in outstanding practice design. The magazine’s team canvasses doctors, architects, designers, and students for nominations across four categories, then turns it all over to the blue-ribbon panel of judges. This year’s competition ran from July 25 through September 9.

Award-winning dental practices for 2017 include:

·       New Construction Practice (Tie) – The Dental Boutique, New York, and Dr. Carlos J. Huerta

·       New Construction Practice (Tie) – Dana Point Endodontics, Dana Point, California, and Dr. Daniel Boehne

·       Repurposed Practice – Green Valley Dental, Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, and Drs. A.J. Giesa and Lisa M. Ciabattoni

·       Specialty Practice – Young Dentistry, Delray Beach, Florida, and Dr. Marcie Young

·       Design of the Future – Los Rocas Dentistry, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Mandy Welman, Monica Wilder and Josh Diehl

Design of the Future category winners received a $3,000 purse. Four existing dental practices received an Aeron Chair valued at $3,000 provided by Herman Miller, a professional photo session for their practice and a plaque; all winners are profiled in the Incisal Edge winter issue.

To be inspired both aesthetically and dentally, view the winning practices in Incisal Edge magazine at: Incisal Edge, Winter 2017.  Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. For additional information regarding the magazine, visit:

The competition’s juried panel from the dental and architectural worlds included: Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. ARCH.; Joyce Bassett, DDS, FAACD, FAGD, Phyllis Marshall-Rice, LEED AP, EDAC, and David Bishop, DDS. View their insightful commentary regarding this year’s entries, and gain motivation from previous year’s winners at:



Study: Expanding Scopes of Practice for Dental Hygienists Improves Oral Health

Posted on December 6, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 6, 2016) -- Research conducted by the University at Albany's Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) finds that in states where dental hygienists are allowed by law to practice at higher levels of professional competence and skill, the population's oral health notably improves.

The paper, published in Health Affairs’ December 2016 thematic issue on oral health, examines impacts of dental hygiene "scope of practice" on oral health outcomes. Scope of practice for health professionals is defined by individual states’ laws and regulations, which describe permissible settings, allowable services, and requisite supervision by other health professionals.

CHWS researchers examined 2014 scope of practice parameters for dental hygienists across the nation and found that in states where dental hygiene scope of practice rules were closely aligned with dental hygiene professional competence, there was a statistically significant association with positive oral health outcomes in the population.

The paper, “Expanded Scopes of Practice For Dental Hygienists Associated With Improved Oral Health Outcomes For Adults,” will be highlighted at a briefing event in Washington D.C. convened by Health Affairs on December 7, 2016.  Deputy Director Margaret Langelier of the Oral Health Workforce Research Center at CHWS, who led the research team for the study, will present findings at the briefing.

“Demonstrating that broader scopes of practice for dental hygienists are correlated with better oral health outcomes is very useful, especially in public health settings,” said Langelier. “The impact of scope of practice is an important consideration for policymakers when identifying strategies to increase the availability of preventive oral health services, particularly for underserved populations.”

The study was funded under a Cooperative Agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services under grant number U81HP27843, to establish an Oral Health Workforce Research Center.

New Revv Single Patient Mini-Polishers

Posted on December 6, 2016

Garrison’s new Revv™ Single Patient Mini-Polishers provide clinicians with the points and cups necessary to successfully finish and polish composite restorations to a lustrous, durable shine.

This comprehensive kit includes three grits, coarse, medium, and fine, in both the mini-cups and mini-points.   Revv™ is indicated for use on all varieties of composite and all types of restorations.

Revv’s single patient use eliminates reprocessing and sterilization saving the clinician time and labor expense.  This also means that the clinician has a fresh, properly shaped polisher for every patient.  Both the points and cups are significantly smaller and are mounted to non-marking tapered medical grade plastic shanks.  Their small size and tapered shank improves clinician visibility and allows access to the smallest anatomical details.

The Revv™ diamond impregnated high shine final polisher does not crumble during use and does not require paste to create a beautiful high shine.  Revv™ points and cups are supplied fully assembled further simplifying use.

Color coded and conveniently organized, Revv™ Single Patient Mini-Polishers also have a complete selection of refills available.  Contact Garrison Dental Solutions at 888-437-0032 or visit for more information.

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Study: Fewer Older Americans Have Dental Insurance

Posted on December 6, 2016

Only 12% of older Americans have some form of dental insurance and fewer than half visited a dentist in the previous year, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research on Medicare beneficiaries.

Insurance status appeared to be the biggest predictor of whether a person received oral health care: For those with incomes just over the federal poverty level, 27% of those without dental insurance had a dental visit in the previous year, compared to 65% with dental insurance, according to an analysis of 2012 Medicare data.

Income also played a role: High-income beneficiaries were almost three times as likely to have received dental care in the previous 12 months as compared to low-income beneficiaries, 74% of whom reported receiving no dental care. Many high-income beneficiaries – even those with dental insurance – paid a sizable portion of their bills out of pocket.

The findings, published in the December issue of the journal Health Affairs, suggest an enormous unmet need for dental insurance among those 65 and older in the United States, putting older adults at risk for oral health problems that could be prevented or treated with timely dental care, including tooth decay, gum disease and loss of teeth. It also highlights the financial burden associated with dental visits, among both the insured and uninsured.

“Medicare is focused specifically on physical health needs and not oral health needs and, as a result, a staggering 49 million Medicare beneficiaries in this country do not have dental insurance,” says study author Amber Willink, PhD, an assistant scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School. “With fewer and fewer retiree health plans covering dental benefits, we are ushering in a population of people with less coverage and who are less likely to routinely see a dentist. We need to think about cost-effective solutions to this problem.”

Eighty percent of Americans under the age of 65 are covered by employer-sponsored programs that offer dental insurance, which covers routine cleanings and cost-sharing on fillings and other dental work. Many of them lose that coverage when they retire or go on Medicare. The vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries who have dental insurance are those who are still covered by employer-sponsored insurance, either because they are still working or because they are part of an ever-dwindling group of people with very generous retiree medical and dental benefits.

For the new study, the researchers analyzed data provided by 11,299 respondents to the 2012 Cost and Use Files of the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. The data included information collected on income, dental insurance status, dental health access and out-of-pocket expenditures.

Among the findings: On average, Medicare beneficiaries reported spending $427 on dental care over the previous year, 77% of which was out-of-pocket spending. An estimated seven percent reported spending more than $1,500. Dental expenses, on average, accounted for 14% of Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket health spending.

Poor dental hygiene not only contributes to gum disease, but the same bacteria linked to gum disease has also been linked to pneumonia, a serious illness that increases the risk of hospitalization and death. It can also contribute to difficulty eating, swallowing or speaking, all of which bring their own health challenges. Nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries doesn’t have any of his or her original teeth left, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The researchers took the research a step further. They analyzed two separate proposals for adding dental benefits to Medicare, estimating how much each would cost. One was similar to the premium-financed, voluntary Medicare Part D benefit that was added to Medicare a decade ago to help cover prescription drugs for seniors. The other was similar to a proposal that has been introduced in Congress that would embed dental care into Medicare as a core benefit for all of the program’s 56 million beneficiaries, which is not expected to pass before Congress recesses.

The first proposal, which would cost an average premium of $29-a-month and would come with a subsidy for low-income seniors who couldn’t afford that, would run an estimated $4.4 to $5.9 billion annually depending on the number of low-income beneficiaries who participate. The second, with a $7 monthly premium and subsidies for low-income people, would cost between $12.8 and $16.2 billion annually. The packages would cover the full cost of one preventive care visit a year and 50 percent of allowable costs for necessary care up to a $1,500 limit per year to cover additional preventive care and treatment of acute gum disease or tooth decay.

“It’s hard to tell in this current political climate whether this is something that will be addressed by lawmakers, but regardless this is affecting the lives of many older adults,” Willink says.

She cautions that if the costs become too high for Medicare beneficiaries, they could lose whatever wealth they have and end up on Medicaid, the insurance for the very poor which the government pays for fully.

“Older adults are struggling and the current benefits structure of Medicare is not meeting their needs. We need to find the right solution,” she says. “Otherwise, it’s going to end up being so much more expensive for everyone.”

“Dental Care and Medicare Beneficiaries: Access Gaps, Cost Burdens and Policy Options” was written by Amber Willink, Cathy Schoen, and Karen Davis.

The work was supported by the Commonwealth Fund.

Sterngold Dental Presents 3-Day Hands-on Attachment Course

Posted on December 5, 2016

Attleboro, MA– On October 6-8, 2016, James T. Ellison, CDT, Technical and Educational Services Manager for Sterngold, lectured on “Attachments” at Sterngold’s headquarters.  The course was designed for both dentists and dental technicians.  Through slide presentations, case design, and hands-on work the 10 participants were given a broad view of attachment application in partial dentures, overdentures, implants, and segmented bridgework. This intensive 3-day program left the participants confident in their ability to design, prescribe and fabricate attachment-retained prostheses. 


From Left to Right:  Ronald Wilson, CDT, Michael Kayser, DDS, Steven Mitchell, DDS, Robert Scarazzo, DMD, Christopher Hoffpauir, DDS, Rebecca Elovic, DMD, James Ellison, CDT (speaker) Reza Vakili, DDS, Randy Young, DDS, Christine Swanson, Timothy Slavin, DMD, Julie Ellison.   

For more information on Sterngold’s training courses visit or call 800-243-9942. 


Sterngold Hosts Attachments Course

Posted on December 5, 2016

On October 6-8, James T. Ellison, CDT, Technical and Educational Services Manager for Sterngold, lectured on “Attachments” at Sterngold’s headquarters.

The course was designed for both dentists and dental technicians. Through slide presentations, case design, and hands-on work, the 10 participants were given a broad view of attachment application in partial dentures, overdentures, implants, and segmented bridgework. This intensive 3-day program left the participants confident in their ability to design, prescribe and fabricate attachment-retained prostheses.

For more information on Sterngold’s training courses, visit or call 800-243-9942. 

Picture, from left: Ronald Wilson, CDT; Michael Kayser, DDS; Steven Mitchell, DDS; Robert Scarazzo, DMD; Christopher Hoffpauir, DDS; Rebecca Elovic, DMD; Ellison; Reza Vakili, DDS; Randy Young, DDS; Christine Swanson; Timothy Slavin, DMD; and Julie Ellison. 

Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future Awards Grants to Positively Impact Oral Health of Young Children

Posted on December 5, 2016

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Canada-United States Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) has awarded three interprofessional grants totaling $50,000.00 (USD) to fund projects that will be carried out in 2017 and have a positive impact on dental caries, an early form of tooth decay, which is reversible, for children aged 0-6.

The inaugural grant program aims to bring together groups outside of dentistry, such as pediatrics and primary care, to help underserved communities.  Made possible through funding from Colgate-Palmolive, the grants focus on specific populations including communities with high caries needs, populations living in remote areas with limited access to dental care, disadvantaged communities such as those with low incomes and other populations with specialized health care needs.

"The programs funded through this grant are outstanding examples of the interprofessional collaboration being implemented to address oral health," said Alyssa Hayes, BDent, MSc, FRCD(C), Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health, University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry and Canada-US ACFF Chapter Co-Chair. "Only by working together can we improve the oral health of young children."

About the 2016 Winners

  • Promoting Oral Health in Primary Care: Closing the Dental Referral Loop (Children's Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.) – This program aims to improve the process of dental referrals for children at highest risk. By expanding the role of a dedicated staff member who will help to shepherd identified children through the referral process and coordinate care between patients and providers. Ultimately, by February 2018, the organizers believe that 80% of children at absolute high risk for caries according to the AAP Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool will have a formal dental referral completed.

  • An Ontario Primary Health Care System to Support a Cavity-free Future (Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto and Niagara Region, Public Health, Toronto) – Through a participatory action research approach, this project aims to build readiness across dentistry, medicine, public health and government to make fluoride varnish (FV) routine primary care practice in Ontario. The project will engage key policy and practice leaders to understand their perspectives on the challenges of adopting FV in primary care. In collaboration with these stakeholders, the project will also develop the strategy that will be necessary to making FV application routing primary care practice in Ontario.

  • Online Parenting Forums: Drawing Implications for Caries Prevention from Parents' Perspectives of Childhood Decay and Dental Expertise (University of Calgary) – A research project that seeks to better understand online parenting forums in relation to early childhood caries (ECC). In-person sessions with parents recruited from online forums will focus on how parents use forums, their perceptions of trust and expertise online, and what supportive role health professionals might play on parenting forums. Findings from these sessions will then better inform the role of public health professionals in enhancing ECC prevention efforts.

"Disparities in dental caries experience and access to care exist all across North America," said Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD, Professor, University of Michigan School of Dentistry and Canada-US ACFF Chapter Co-Chair. "We believe these programs will have a significant short and long-term impact in our understanding of how to reduce these disparities."

For those interested in finding resources on cavity prevention, more information can be found at Specific information about the Canada-US Chapter can be obtained by contacting Co-Chair Alyssa Hayes via email ( or phone (306-966-1407).


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