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).


Watch: Highlights of the 2016 Greater New York Dental Meeting

Posted on December 2, 2016

The Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting is one of the largest Dental Congresses in the world. This year’s program, Friday, November 25 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016, included attendees from all 50 states and numerous international visitors.

The AEGIS Communications team was on site all week to see the latest products, interview participants, and capture the excitement. Check out the video highlights here. 


Prosthodontists, General Dentists, and Dental Technicians to Gather in Chicago This February for APS Annual Conference

Posted on December 1, 2016

Chicago, IL –The American Prosthodontic Society’s (APS) 89th Annual Meeting will join together hundreds of prosthodontists, dental technicians, general dentists and students from around the world, Feb. 23-24 in Chicago. Taking place at the Swissótel, the two-day conference program will showcase the research, techniques, and technologies that are at the crossroads of technology and art in the discovery of new treatments and techniques in prosthodontics. 

The 89th Annual Meeting will feature an impressive line-up of the most sought-after, international dental speakers in the profession, including:

• Mr. Peter Angelus, MDT

• Dr. Edmond Bedrossian

• Dr. Marco Brindis

• Dr. Lyndon Cooper

• Mr. Jungo Endo, MDT

• Dr. Jonathan Esquivel

• Dr. Lee Jameson

• Mr. Robert Kreyer

• Dr. Frank LaMar, Jr.

• Dr. Gary Morris

• Dr. Martin Osswald

• Dr. Mamaly Reshad

• Dr. Susanne Scherrer

• Dr. Ami Smidt

• Dr. Clark Stanford

• Dr. Jonathan Wiens

Among others, conference sessions will examine the following topics:

• Contemporary Techniques in Custom Designed Prosthetics

• Reverse Engineering Concept with Dental Implant Prosthetics

• Digital Design of Maxillo-Mandibular Reconstruction

• The Use of Extended Length Implants with Prosthetics

• Contemporary Design of High End Implant Restorations

• Classification Guidelines for Implant CAD CAM Frameworks

• Fractography and Considerations in handling Ceramic Materials

• Management of Occlusal Disharmony in Daily Practice

Beyond the speaker sessions, the annual meeting schedule includes networking breaks, a Thursday evening reception, and a digital poster competition. For those looking to take part in the competition, primary poster presenters will receive complimentary registration to the meeting and will have their poster featured in an online gallery for viewing after the conference ends.

Event exhibitors for the 89th Annual Meeting will enjoy dedicated hours to meet with attendees and vast recognition at the event, with options to host Corporate Lunch Forums.  

Learn more about APS and the 89th Annual Meeting at

anaxdent Hosts BDT Technique Course

Posted on December 1, 2016

Phil Reddington, RDT, and Lee Mullins, RDT, of Beever Dental Technology in Leeds, United Kingdom, educated 43 technicians from the US and Canada on their BDT Technique to fabricate BDT Implant Bridges at LVI Global in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 18-19.

Their technique focuses on full-arch implant bridges with Pekkton Ivory (anaxdent North America) polymer frames, individual ceramic crowns, and pink composite gingiva. Attendees observed the technique live from planning, to design, to fabrication and finish, and were the first to see the new digital BDT approach for CAD/CAM production of the Pekkton frame.

Reddington and Mullins will return to the LVI facility to teach the course again June 2-3, 2017. To register, contact anaxdent North America at 877-897-6598 or go to

Renfert to Host Bruguera at Booth in Chicago

Posted on November 30, 2016

Renfert USA will feature August Bruguera at its booth to perform live hands-on demonstrations featuring the GEO Expert Wax Set at Lab Day Chicago in February.

RENFERT’s GEO Expert Wax Set allows the production of monolithic, diagnostic, and esthetic wax-ups for single restorations and bridgework, thus promoting perfect coordination between the patient, dental office, and laboratory from the beginning, ie, while waxing up. The set includes a manual on creating wax-ups according to August Bruguera’s philosophy.

NYU Dentistry Awarded $1.3M Grant to Expand Dental Access for Underserved Populations

Posted on November 29, 2016

Courtney H. Chinn, DDS, MPH, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry and director of the postgraduate program in pediatric dentistry at the NYU College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry), has received a five-year, $1.3 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish Growing Faculty Success in Community-based Educational Settings (Growing Success).

"The goal of this novel faculty development program," explains Dr. Chinn, "is to recruit, develop, and retain faculty who are committed to teaching the delivery of quality, interprofessional, community-based oral health care for underserved pediatric, adolescent, and special needs populations and to inspire trainees to utilize their skills in their future careers." Grant partners of the NYU Department of Pediatric Dentistry include the NYU Dentistry Office of Allied Health Programs, Office of Professional Development, and Office of Student Affairs & Academic Support Services.

Growing Success seeks to achieve this goal by establishing a community-based educator track for qualified pediatric dentists and dental hygienists who demonstrate sincere interest in teaching students to deliver successful community-based dental services. Over the five-year program, selected faculty will receive educational loan repayment and participate in structured development activities designed to bolster their personal professional portfolios while simultaneously building their confidence, comfort, and skill sets to succeed in educating future dental professionals.

The program consists of a core "community-based curriculum" offered by NYU Dentistry's Office of Faculty Development; pre-selection into one of three "community-based concentrations" (in school-based oral health, interprofessional education, or community dental hygiene) offered by the College's Department of Pediatric Dentistry and its Office of Allied Health Programs; guided mentorship; and individually-tailored faculty development experiences.

Growing Success leverages the extensive network of NYU Department of Pediatric Dentistry community partners including Head Start, the New York City Department of Education and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bellevue Hospital Center, the NYU Meyers College of Nursing, and the NYU School of Medicine to place faculty and students in community-based primary care sites throughout New York City. Through these placements, Growing Success seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current community programs while strengthening existing partnerships. Moreover, as the largest dental school in the US, NYU Dentistry is uniquely positioned to help narrow the dental workforce gap for underserved pediatric populations not only in New York City but beyond, as faculty who complete this track go on to teach and practice across the nation.

"The current challenge facing dental professionals and oral health advocates," says Dr. Chinn, "is to ensure an adequate and appropriately trained dental workforce that can successfully meet the oral health needs of a large and growing US pediatric population. The next generation of dentists and hygienists must be equipped with the knowledge, experience, and confidence that will allow them to successfully provide services and improve access to care for traditionally underserved communities. Recruiting and supporting diverse, high-quality dental school faculty is a crucial element in facilitating the growth and success of our future dental professionals."

HRSA Award Number: 1T93HP30390-01-00

Mouth-Cancer Rates Soar Over 20 Years

Posted on November 28, 2016

A new Cancer Research UK analysis reveals that rates of mouth (oral) cancer have jumped by 68% in the UK over the last 20 years.

The figures – released during Mouth Cancer Action Month – reveal the cancer is on the rise for men and women, young and old, climbing from eight to 13 cases per 100,000 people over the last two decades.

For men under 50, the rate has jumped by 67% in the last 20 years – going up from around 340 cases to around 640 cases each year.

For men aged 50 and over, rates have increased by 59% climbing from around 2,100 cases to around 4,400 cases annually.

Oral cancer is more common in men, but there have been similar increases women.

In women under 50, oral cancer rates have risen by 71% in the last 20 years, with annual cases climbing from around 160 to around 300.

Rates for women over 50 have also gone up by 71% with cases increasing from around 1,100 to around 2,200.

Around nine in 10 cases are linked to lifestyle and other risk factors. Smoking is the biggest avoidable risk factor, linked to an estimated 65% of cases. Other risk factors include alcohol, diets low in fruit and vegetables, and infections with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Oral cancers include cancer of the lips, tongue, mouth (gums and palate), tonsils and the middle part of the throat (oropharynx).

Cancer Research UK - working with the British Dental Association - has developed an oral cancer toolkit to help GPs, dentists, nurses and hygienists spot the disease and refer suspected cases sooner.

Jessica Kirby, Cancer Research UK’s senior health information manager, said, “It’s worrying that oral cancer has become more common. It’s important to get to know your body and what’s normal for you, to help spot the disease as early as possible. An ulcer or sore in your mouth or tongue that won’t go away, a lump on your lip or in your mouth, a red or red and white patch in your mouth or an unexplained lump in your neck are all things to look out for. Speak to your GP or dentist about any changes that are unusual or don’t go away.

“Healthy lifestyles can help reduce the risk of developing the disease in the first place. Not smoking, drinking less alcohol and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables can all help to cut our risk of mouth cancer. HPV vaccination could help protect against oral HPV infections, and it can prevent a range of cancers associated with the HPV virus, so it’s a good idea to get the vaccine if you are offered it.”

With smoking being the biggest preventable cause of oral cancer, Cancer Research UK is also calling on the public and local councillors to help protect vital Stop Smoking Services. These specialist services are the most successful way for people to quit smoking.

Andrea Fearon, 47 from Newbury, was diagnosed in 2013 with mouth cancer after a routine checkup by her dentist.

Andrea said, “I had thought that most people with mouth cancer are heavy smokers over the age of 50, so I completely shocked when I was diagnosed with the disease. I’m proof that this type of cancer isn’t limited to a particular age or sex. I thought seeing the dentist was about looking after your teeth - but it can save your life. It’s thanks to my dentist that the mouth cancer was caught early - that’s why I feel so lucky to be alive.” 


Study: Teenagers Drink a Bathtub of Sugary Drinks a Year

Posted on November 23, 2016

Teenagers, aged between 11 and 18, drink almost a bathtub full of sugary drinks on average a year, according to new calculations from Cancer Research UK.

The figures, calculated from National Diet and Nutrition Survey data, shed light on the extreme sugar consumption of UK teenagers and children.

Worryingly, 4 to 10 year olds are drinking the equivalent of almost half a bathtub full of sugary drinks each year.

Adults and young children consume twice the maximum recommended amount of added sugar. And 11 to 18 year olds eat and drink three times the recommended limit, with sugary drinks being their main source of added sugar.

Obese children are around five times more likely to grow into obese adults, and carrying too much weight increases the risk of cancer as well as other diseases.

A recent Cancer Research UK report showed that a 20-pounds-per-liter sugar tax could prevent 3.7 million cases of obesity over the next decade.

Alison Cox, director of prevention at Cancer Research UK, said, “It’s shocking that teenagers are drinking the equivalent of a bathtub of sugary drinks a year.

“We urgently need to stop this happening and the good news is that the Government’s sugar tax will play a crucial role in helping to curb this behaviour. The ripple effect of a small tax on sugary drinks is enormous, and it will give soft drinks companies a clear incentive to reduce the amount of sugar in drinks. When coupled with the Government’s plan to reduce sugar in processed food, we could really see an improvement to our diets.

“But the Government can do more to give the next generation a better chance, by closing the loop hole on junk food advertising on TV before the 9pm watershed. The UK has an epidemic on its hands, and needs to act now.”

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