2015 Dental Industry Metrics Report Now Available

Posted on August 27, 2015

PEORIA, AZ: august 27, 2015-The 2015 Dental Industry Metrics Report© is now available from The Anaheim Group, publishers of Dentalfax® Weekly. The 365-page report contains performance data on 90 publicly traded dental industry companies. The report includes companies based in over a dozen countries.

The 2015 Dental Industry Metrics Report contains information such as sales growth, earnings per share, market value, return on assets and return on equity, number of employees, price to earnings ratio, and sales multiple for each company profiled. In addition, the report includes industry-wide averages for insurance companies, manufacturing organizations, lab management firms, practice management companies, distributors, and consumer over-the-counter product firms. All of the sales and stock data are for the completion of the most recent fiscal year for each company.

The 2015 Dental Industry Metrics Report is a useful resource for investors, as well as dental company executives interested in comparing their company’s performance against specific competitors or the industry as a whole. The report is available immediately via Direct Download for $295. To order the report or obtain additional information, send an email to dentalfax@dentalfax.com or call 623-334-0091. A faxable order form may be downloaded at www.dentalfax.com. 

Investing Tooth Fairy Money Could Payoff in Retirement

Posted on August 27, 2015

OAKBROOK, Ill., Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It'll take a little discipline and a lot of patience, but it turns out a good source for retirement income for today's kids may be right under their pillow. According to a new analysis out today from Delta Dental Plans Association, if today's 6 year olds invest all the money they receive from the Tooth Fairy, they could be sitting on a combined total of roughly $70 billion by the time they reach 67, the traditional retirement age.

That could mean a whopping $21,000 per child when current 6 year olds in the United States hit retirement age, if, that is, they invest all their Tooth Fairy earnings. Delta Dental's 2015 The Original Tooth Fairy Poll® found the Tooth Fairy visited 81% of homes in the United States, meaning out of the current 4.1 million 6 years olds about 3.35 million received gifts.

The retirement income figure is based on a 6 year old (average age for 1st tooth loss) receiving the national average Tooth Fairy gift of$4.36 (from Delta Dental's most recent survey of U.S. parents of 6-12 year olds), with 6.5% in-mouth inflation (the typical increase for Tooth Fairy gifts from year to year) for each subsequent tooth, and a 9.6% return on investment based on historic stock market returns (S&P 500 average) per year until they turn 67.

By region, the retirement savings will vary in line with the average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift:

  • Northeast: $20,477 (average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift of $4.16)

  • Midwest: $13,910 (average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift of $2.83)

  • South: $25,362 (average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift of $5.16)

  • West: $23,004 (average 2014 Tooth Fairy gift of $4.68)

According to Delta Dental's The Original Tooth Fairy Poll®, the average Tooth Fairy gift reached a record high last year, up 24.6% from 2013 when the average gift was $3.50

Implant Company Noris Comes to US

Posted on August 26, 2015

Buffalo, New York has been a hub for premier dental work and dental education for the past 10 years and continues to grow with support from domestic companies. But it was not until recently that international companies gained interest in Buffalo and its dental niche.

Reports from WGRZ, ADA, BizJournals, and the Buffalo news have shed light on a major partnership that has been established between two dental gurus. Noris Medical has agreed to partner with Evolve, the digital arm of Cheektowaga, New York-based Evolution Dental Science.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), Noris is touted as “one of Israel’s largest manufacturers of implants and dental devices.” This partnership will establish a US headquarters for Noris, which already has offices in Rome, Moscow, Mexico, Barcelona, and Mumbai. Noris' business reach stretches to 20 countries worldwide. Bringing in Noris medical will not only give Evolution premium products and a respected household name in the dental industry, it will also create new jobs for the Buffalo dental community. Evolution forecasts that this partnership will create 25 to 30 jobs ranging from sales positions to administrative staff.

“We’re just adding to the heavy dental community that we already have here, with Ivoclar (Vivadent), UB Dental, Great Lakes (Orthodontics), and Evolution,” says Andy Jakson, Evolution's Owner and CEO.

Evolution Dental Science has been in business for 21 years but is always looking for ways to advance its product quality and development.

“We really fell in love with their line of implants and the quality of implants that Noris provides,” Jakson says.

Evolution will look to combine cutting‐edge laboratory technology with quality implants provided by Noris to create the most advanced dental laboratory Buffalo has to offer. Jakson has a close personal connection to the dental education system in Buffalo, having started his career studying at the Harkness Vocational Center. Through this new partnership, both Evolution and Noris say that they will look to advance the availability of new-age dental education in Buffalo.

"This was highly suited with a university here, a dental school here, and the quality of the workforce that we're looking at to add on. It's great," says David Sklarski of Noris USA.

Evolution also will provide dentists and oral surgeons with the proper training and on-site education needed to work with these new implant systems. Both companies can hold their own separately, but together they look to create a new digital dental identity.

“With them, we could do everything much bigger, much faster,” says Remi Siev, owner and CEO of Noris.

Both companies expect these changes to be implemented within the immediate future and are hopeful for the advancement of available dental education within the Buffalo community.

Dr. Nancy Arbree Honored with Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award by the American College of Prosthodontists

Posted on August 26, 2015

CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nancy Arbree, DDS, MS, FACP, will receive the Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Dr. Arbree will be honored during the 45th Annual Session of the ACP held in Orlando from Oct. 21-24, 2015.

Dr. Arbree has an impressive resume, accomplishing many great things throughout her career as a prosthodontist. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, where she served as national President. She is also a member of the American Dental Association and the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, where she also served as President. As the Division Head of Clinical Complete Denture Prosthodontics, Dr. Arbree taught in the student clinic at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She created the first Implant Dentistry Course at the School. Her numerous presentations and publications are in the discipline of complete denture prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics and prosthodontic curriculum.

Dr. Arbree was awarded Professor with Tenure in the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry. Dr. Arbree was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Tufts from 1996 to 2012. When she retired from Tufts in order to expand her private practice, she was granted Professor Emeritus and Academic Dean Emeritus status. In 2012, she was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgetown University School of Dentistry Alumni. In 2014, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Arbree has limited her practice to Prosthodontics at the Dental Group at Post Office Square in Boston since 1999.

The Dan Gordon Award recognizes lifetime achievement. It is presented to ACP members contributing at the highest level to the welfare and advancement of the College and Prosthodontics; with outstanding contributions to dentistry; exceptional service to the college; and advancements to the sciences or health professions.

Prosthodontists are specialized dentists with advanced training in oral health issues, who are committed to improving patient outcomes. From implants, crowns, veneers and tooth whitening, to full-mouth reconstruction, Prosthodontists specialize in digital dentistry and CAD/CAM solutions.

The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty organization whose membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in Prosthodontics.

American Association of Orthodontists Teams with Crest + Oral-B

Posted on August 26, 2015

CINCINNATI, Aug 25, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) are treating more than 5.8 million children, teen-agers and adults in the U.S. and Canada. These orthodontic patients are paying close attention to an important aspect of their treatment: their oral hygiene home care. Crest/Oral-B and the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) are teaming up to raise awareness about good oral hygiene maintenance for orthodontic patients in addition to the benefits of getting professional services from AAO member orthodontists.

“Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in good dental health,” according to Morris N. Poole, DDS, president of the AAO. “Good oral hygiene is especially critical during orthodontic treatment. Using the proper oral care products can help patients keep teeth and gums clean, and enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile when their treatment is complete.”

Crest + Oral-B's collaboration with the AAO will include a number of activities to build awareness among both dental professionals and consumers. These include the development of materials to help dental professionals communicate and engage their patients on oral hygiene techniques, compliance and making the right product choices for optimal oral health. On the retail front, in-store and other activities will allow the AAO to reach more consumers more often. Crest/Oral-B is one of the global leaders in oral care product technologies with the most comprehensive range of home care products like the Bluetooth-enabled electric toothbrushes, toothpastes, rinses, flosses and other specialty products. Its Ortho Essentials Kit has been scientifically shown to reduce plaque and improve oral health in patients who are having orthodontic treatment.

“Crest/Oral-B is very excited about the collaboration with the AAO and remains committed to promoting better oral health awareness and making it accessible to consumers,” said Bob Straka, Director of Professional Oral Care, P&G.

Frequent removal of plaque and food debris that collect around teeth and orthodontic “appliances” (the formal name for devices such as braces that move teeth and align jaws) contributes to successful orthodontic treatment. Brushing and flossing as recommended by one’s orthodontist during active orthodontic treatment will maintain the good health of teeth, gums and supporting bone tissue. The right tools enable patients to perform their oral hygiene effectively, which will help them finish treatment on time with great results.

The AAO helps its members provide the highest level of expert care to their patients by supporting orthodontic education and research, and by offering members world-class continuing education opportunities to stay abreast of innovations in clinical care. Orthodontists are dentistry’s experts in moving teeth and aligning jaws to create a healthy bite. After graduating from dental school, the future orthodontist must study orthodontics for an additional two-to-three academic years in an accredited orthodontic residency program. There they learn about tooth movement (orthodontics) and the guidance of dental, jaw and facial development (dentofacial orthopedics). Only after successful completion of this formal education may an individual be announced as an “orthodontist.” The AAO admits only orthodontists for membership. By selecting an AAO member for orthodontic treatment, the public is assured that the doctor is an orthodontist.

The AAO provides a Find an Orthodontist service at www.mylifemysmile.org. The public can also look for the AAO logo on a doctor’s website or in the office to confirm their AAO membership; only AAO members may display the AAO logo.

Anyone interested in improving the function and appearance of their teeth should consult an AAO-member orthodontist. Consumers can refer to a list of questions athttps://mylifemysmile.org/mylifemysmile/brochures/To_help_you_find_the_right_kind_of_professional.pdfto help them choose their provider.

For more information, visit: www.crestprohealth.comwww.oral-b.com,www.mylifemysmile.org and www.aaoinfo.org.

Core3daCADemy Announces Courses

Posted on August 25, 2015

Las Vegas, NV – Core3daCADemy™, the educational arm of Core3dcentres®, announced it is offering a full slate of hands-on courses and in-depth webinars over the fall season.

Held in Las Vegas, Calgary, and Toronto, all aCADemy™ 2-day courses are designed by dental technicians for dental technicians, feature a smaller class size ensuring a dedicated hands-on experience along with lecture-style instruction, and are packed with tips and tricks that will increase participant’s design efficiency, thus increasing their profitability.

Two courses will be held this year: “aCADemy™ 1 - The Fundamentals of Scanning and Designing” (November 13-14 in Las Vegas) and “aCADemy™ 3 - Digital Smile Design and Advanced Cosmetics" (September 18-19, in Las Vegas; October 23-24, in Calgary; or November 6-7, in Toronto). The next “aCADemy™ 2 – and Digital Implant and Implant Bar Design” courses will be held in early 2016.

Under the direction of Mark Ferguson, Digital Integration Specialist, Core3dcentres, participants in the series gain a comprehensive understanding of design essentials from custom abutments and full-contour screw-retained bars right up to advanced scanning and how it relates to advanced cosmetic cases and smile design. Dates for 2016 will be announced soon.

Core3daCADemy™ is also hosting a wide variety of in-depth technical webinars over coming months. Available free of charge are:

- “Selection of CAD/CAM Material to Meet Modern Indications” (September 23)

- “Simple and Split File Abutment Design using the Core3dcentres Library” (October 21)

All webinars are offered at the same time on each date: Noon EDT (10am MDT, 9am PDT). Core3daCADemy maintains a large library of past webinar topics on its website. Go to core3dcentres.com and click on Core3daCADemy, Webinars to view the entire title list.

Core3daCADemy™ offers a wide range of courses on-site at laboratories and presentations with a variety of dental organizations. For more information, upcoming webinar topics and dates, or course schedules and registration information (or to arrange for course delivery at your laboratory), visit core3dcentres.com or contact Emily Bradley, Director at Core3daCADemy™ at 888-750-9204 or ebradley@core3dcentres-na.com.

Registration Opens for OSAP Infection Control Boot Camp

Posted on August 25, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, MD. – August 25, 2015– The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit™, has opened registration for their 2016 Boot Camp: Infection Control Basic Training in Atlanta, Georgia, January 11-13, 2016. The course will cover all of the core infection prevention fundamentals for dental practitioners, and offer up to 24 continuing education (CE) hours. For more information or to register, go to http://bit.ly/1WF6kKC. Space is limited.

The OSAP Boot Camp features national and international experts in infection prevention and safety, presenting a fast-paced, comprehensive curriculum. The course starts at 8am on Monday, January 11, and concludes at 5:30pm on Wednesday, January 13. Federal services attendees will have breakout sessions on Thursday, August 21 and will earn an additional four hours of CE credit. All attendees will receive a resource binder, checklists, tools, and much more.

Boot Camp participants will learn about:

·       disease transmission and principles of infection prevention and control in a variety of oral healthcare settings

·       infection control laws, regulations, guidelines and best practices

·       principles of quality assurance in infection control

Anyone involved with infection control in dentistry would benefit from this course.  Boot Camp is targeted to dental personnel who desire a strong foundation in infection control, infection control coordinators, educators, and compliance officers, federal service employees with infection control responsibilities, federally qualified health center personnel, consultants, and sales representatives.

Early-bird (before September 30) registration for the 2016 Boot Camp is $375 for OSAP members and $550 for non-members. There is a discount for additional attendees from the same facility. Discounted hotel rooms are available at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, where the course will be held. Complete information on the Boot Camp is available on the OSAP website: www.osap.org.

Companies are invited to showcase innovative products and services related to dental infection control and patient safety at the vendor fair on Wednesday, January 13.Exhibition space is still available and OSAP Corporate members are eligible to receive a discounted rate. For more information about exhibiting, go to: http://bit.ly/1NljgCn.

Celebrating over 30 years of service to the worldwide dental community, OSAP is a growing community of clinicians, educators, students, policy-makers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists and toolkits to help dental professionals ensure that every visit is The Safest Dental Visit™ for patients and the dental team. For more information, call 800-298-OSAP (6727) or 410-571-0003 or visit www.osap.org.

Kool Smiles Announces $6.7 Million in Uncompensated Dental Care Through June 2015

Posted on August 25, 2015

ATLANTA, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care in underserved communities nationwide, today announced $6.7 million in uncompensated dental care provided by its affiliated dental practices through June 2015. The national children's dental provider is on track to provide more than $13 million in uncompensated care through the end of the year.

"Kool Smiles was founded on the belief that every person deserves a dentist, including those without any form of insurance," said Dr. D Ray Gifford, Managing Dental Director for Kool Smiles. "Although we are proud to accept Medicaid and other insurance plans that most dentists do not, we also recognize that there are specific procedures that the American Dental Association or American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend where no specific reimbursement is available," continued Gifford. "Recognizing that children who go without access to dental care can face lifelong struggles and health problems, we feel it is our moral and professional obligation to also provide these recommended services so that every person can have a healthy, happy smile."

According to the Pew Center's 2013 report, In Search Of Dental Care, each year in the United States tens of millions of children – disproportionately low-income – go without seeing a dentist, which can lead to pain, worsened health, and costly emergency room visits for untreated dental problems. Analysis of federal data by the American Dental Association (ADA) shows that ER dental visits doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.2 million in 2012 – one visit every 15 seconds. 

"We recognize that emergency care is the last, least effective option to solving the oral health crisis in America," concluded Gifford. "That's why we also invest a significant amount of our time and resources to community programs that provide dental health education and teach preventative healthcare."

Kool Smiles' community outreach programs include Operation Troop Treats, an annual Halloween candy exchange program benefiting U.S. troop serving overseas. Through a partnership with Operation Gratitude, Kool Smiles and its patient communities have donated more than four tons of candy and sent 600 care packages to troops serving abroad since 2012. 2015 was the flagship year for Kool Smiles' Sharing Smiles Day, a day of free dental care for children without dental insurance, held in February during Children's Dental Health Month. During Sharing Smiles Day 2015, Kool Smiles volunteers were able to help more than 400 children receive needed dental care.

In addition to annual events, Kool Smiles also provides free dental health lesson plans and dental kits to K-5 classrooms throughout the year.

Founded in 2002, Kool Smiles operates more than 120 dental practices across 15 states and the District of Columbia, primarily in underserved communities that have historically lacked sufficient providers for the Medicaid patient population. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), approximately 80 percent of dentists do not accept patients with Medicaid or State Children's Health Insurance Plans (SCHIP), citing, among other reasons, low reimbursement for their services. Kool Smiles helps provide a safety net for these patients, with approximately 80-90 percent of its patient population consisting of Medicaid or SCHIP enrollees.

Jaeger Spindles Opens Repair Center in GA

Posted on August 24, 2015

In June, Jaeger Spindles opened a new sales, service, and repair center in Atlanta, Georgia. This new location will handle all repair activities for North American customers.

"We will provide the same Jaeger quality you have come to expect, only now much faster," Jaeger Spindles says in a news release. "We are using the same quality-control protocols, Jaeger original manufactured components, and repair processes, with factory trained personnel.  We are also a stocking center for new spindles, spare parts, and accessories. We at Jaeger Spindles NA Corp look forward to serving your new spindle and service requirements."

For more information, go to www.jaegerspindles.com.

Program Offers In-Depth Look at AvaDent

Posted on August 24, 2015

AvaDent® is changing both removable and implant prosthodontics, and Thomas J. Balshi, DDS, PhD, FACP, and his team in Pennsylvania are spreading the word. Throughout the year, Balshi, Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP, and Stephen F. Balshi, MBE, conduct a 1-day AvaDent clinical training program at their center in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Participants are provided with an in-depth look at AvaDent and its technology, along with case studies, clinical protocols for record-taking, laboratory workflow, and a live demonstration of the record-taking process on a patient.

With the growing demand for implant-supported restorations, Balshi and his team provide an in-depth demonstration of how AvaDent technology can be incorporated into the “Teeth in a Day” treatment protocol, and the popular retread procedure.

Whether you are interested in AvaDent for providing complete denture therapy, or implant supported prostheses, this comprehensive program provides the foundation to incorporate AvaDent digital technology into clinical protocols, for improved patient outcomes and practice growth.

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