Ruth Lipman, PhD, Becomes Director, Scientific Information at ADA

Posted on June 1, 2015

CHICAGO, May 26, 2015 — Dr. Ruth Lipman has accepted the role of Director, Scientific Information for The American Dental Association (ADA). In this role, Dr. Lipman will manage the development, review and publication of objective scientific information, providing the ADA membership with clinically relevant dental research and information.


"I’m thrilled to be part of the ADA," said Dr. Lipman. "I look forward to serving ADA members and leading the development of scientific information that will help promote better oral health."


Prior to joining the ADA, Dr. Lipman was the Chief Science and Practice Officer for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) where she oversaw research efforts, reviewed evidence for practice documents and worked to increase opportunities for diabetes educators. While at the AADE, Dr. Lipman was the Principal Investigator on projects that received awards from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes program and the Aetna Foundation. She was also the Principal Investigator on a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control that increased access to, participation in and sustainability of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.


Dr. Lipman has held various faculty appointments at Harvard University School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Nutrition and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

3M ESPE's Newest Curing Lights for Deep Curing and Polymerization

Posted on June 1, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. – June 1, 2015 – Dental professionals want predictability and confidence with their products and procedures, but sometimes the curing step can feel like a leap of faith. In fact, research shows that 69 percent of bulk fill users are not confident of polymerization deep in the cavity.1 If you can’t see under a restoration, how can you be sure it has cured properly and won’t break down prematurely? Now, with the new 3M™ ESPE™ Elipar™ DeepCure-S and Paradigm™ DeepCure LED Curing Lights, dental professionals can be more confident they have achieved a uniform and deep cure, even when they can’t get the light in a perfect position.

The new DeepCure LED Curing Lights have optimized optics, so they deliver a beam that is more uniform, with rays that stay more parallel and spread minimally as they travel away from the source. This creates a more even distribution of energy throughout the restoration, resulting in a complete and uniform cure from center to rim and from top to bottom—at clinically relevant distances. With the high-performing 1,470 mW/cm2 intensity, dental professionals can be sure of their cure.

“The well-balanced, ergonomic shape of the lights are comfortable for the operator, and performance is consistent regardless of the user,” said Nikki McKeon, U.S. marketer of direct restoratives for 3M ESPE Dental. “With improvements to the angle of the light guide, dentists now have easy access to all tooth surfaces, even hard to reach ones, which enhances overall patient comfort.”

The new lights are available in two models, both with identical technical performance. The Elipar DeepCure-S LED Curing Light is made with durable stainless steel, and has a charging base with built-in light meter indicating the operating status and light intensity. And the Paradigm DeepCure LED Curing Light gives dentists a lighter weight, economic model that is charged with a charging plug.

Both models provide intuitive two-button and single-mode operation, and no toggling between settings for optimal performance. The lights provide approximately 120 minutes of consecutive cordless curing time—that’s 720 10-second cures with constant light output, regardless of battery charge. The V-shaped handpiece and the 360° rotating light guide provide a comfortable grip, and the 10mm light guide provides a complete one-shot cure of MOD fillings.

With these new curing lights, dentists can be sure of their cure whether they use standard or bulk fill composites.

For more information, visit 3M.com/CuringLights.


About 3M ESPE Dental

3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services designed to help dental professionals improve their patients' oral health care. 3M ESPE is part of 3M Health Care, which provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at http://www.3MESPE.com or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

3M, ESPE, and Elipar are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Used under license in Canada. © 3M 2015. All rights reserved.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

 

Henry Schein's Disaster Relief Hotline Open to Customers Affected by South Central U.S. Storms

Posted on May 29, 2015

MELVILLE, NY, May 28, 2015 -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today reminded its customers that the Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline is open for dentists, physicians and veterinarians who experience operational, logistical or financial issues as a result of the disastrous storms in the South Central region of the U.S. The toll-free number for all Henry Schein customers is 800-999-9729. The Hotline is operational from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost their lives, or are still missing, as a result of the terrible storms and flooding that continue to ravage states in the South Central part of the U.S.," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "For our customers who have practices affected by the storms, we are here to help, and encourage practitioners to call our hotline for assistance."

In addition to opening its Disaster Relief Hotline, Henry Schein is offering support to its strategic non-governmental organization partners who are assessing the need for health care product donations to assist in relief efforts.

Because natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and heavy storms typically strike many regions of the United States throughout the summer months, Henry Schein is reminding customers that its Disaster Relief Hotline will remain open to provide assistance to practitioners adversely affected by future disasters.

 

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the NASDAQ 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 18,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, NY, Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 29 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

 

Keystone Holds Latin America Seminar

Posted on May 28, 2015

MIAMI, FL - Keystone Industries has been expanding its dental-industry boundaries wider than ever before over the past couple years and the impact was felt amongst members of the Latin America dental community this May.

The Sheraton Miami was home to Keystone Industries' first annual LATAM Dental Seminar, which was dedicated to customers from Central and South America. The seminar, which was held May 20-21, provided attendees all the necessary training and knowledge to take their dental businesses to the next innovative level by using the Keystone product lines. Guest speakers and presenters touched on all the big-sellers, as well as some lesser-known technologies looking to hit the ground running in the Latin American market.

Dennis Urban, CDT, a key opinion leader in the dental and denture field who has given lectures around the world, gave his presentation on removable technology followed by a live demonstration of denture processing with Diamond D acrylic and the Tecnoflask, Keystone's new microwavable denture flask.

Mike Prozzillo, VP of Sales, and Derek Keene, VP of Marketing, spoke to the attendees about mouthguards and thermoplastics Keystone offers, as well as how important Pro-Form mouthguard protection is to athletes in the United States.

“The movement for oral protection is spreading into Central and South America through sports like soccer, MMA fighting, and boxing. With our biggest and best customers from these countries south of the United States attending this seminar, it was very beneficial for their market,” Prozzillo said.  

Other speakers at the seminar included Sales Manager Wayne Allen, who shared knowledge and expertise of the acquired Bosworth product lines and the benefits it provides to dental practices, and Meg Shank of Apavia, a company that recently became an exclusive international partner with Keystone for water filtration technology, who spoke about the impact and importance of water filtration in dentist offices and how it will be growing over time.

Throughout the 2-day seminar, attendees were informed and trained on cutting-edge dental products and gave rave reviews of the overall event.

Heraeus Kulzer, Amann Girrbach Partner to Produce a Full Digital Denture

Posted on May 28, 2015

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, May 28, 2015—In a joint development program, Heraeus Kulzer and Amann Girrbach have established the technical pre-conditions for the production of a full digital denture. This new license agreement permits reciprocal use by the two companies of their patented innovations.

Heraeus Kulzer, one of the leading global dental manufacturers, has joined forces with Vorarlberg, Austria-basedAmann Girrbach AG, a leading full-service provider of digital dental prosthetics, to smooth a path toward full digital dentures. Amann Girrbach has developed and patented a “Fabrication method for denture teeth,” while Heraeus Kulzer has created and manufactured the functional models for tooth blanks used in Amann Girrbach’s fabrication method. Heraeus Kulzer is also the owner of a European patent covering “Method and device for producing a dental prosthesis” that protects the entire digital process for the automated production of dentures.

The recently signed license agreement permits reciprocal use of the above patents by the two partners. The contractually protected methods and devices used in the digital production of a full denture are thus exclusively accessible to the two companies up to the expiration of the agreement. The license agreement also specifies exclusive use of the Heraeus Kulzer’s Pala teeth lines for the launch of the full digital denture.

“The protection provided by our patents makes it possible for our innovations to create value for our customers and our companies. The exclusive license agreement between Amann Girrbach and Heraeus Kulzer is the result of our close and productive partnership”, said Novica Savic, Head of the Dental Materials Division at Heraeus Kulzer. “This allows us to take an important step forward together in the production of full digital prosthetics, benefiting dental professionals and patients alike.”

Figure 1 below depicts Pala Mix & Match denture teeth in a special blank form secured in a retaining apparatus.  The tooth blocks would then be milled based on a virtual denture model.

Treating Gum Disease Reduces Prostate Symptoms, CWRU Researchers Find

Posted on May 28, 2015

Treating gum disease reduced symptoms of prostate inflammation, called prostatitis, report researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Departments of Urology and Pathology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Previous studies have found a link between gum disease and prostatitis, a disease that inflames the gland that produces semen. Inflammation can make urination difficult.

"This study shows that if we treat the gum disease, it can improve the symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who have the disease," said Nabil Bissada, chair of Case Western Reserve's Department of Periodontics and the new study's corresponding author.

The researchers reported their findings in the Dentistry article, "Periodontal Treatment Improves Prostate Symptoms and Lowers Serum PSA in Men with High PSA and Chronic Periodontitis." Naif Alwithanani, a graduate student in the dental school, led the investigation as part of his residency in periodontics.

Bissada explained that gum disease not only affects the mouth, but is a system-wide condition that can cause inflammation in various parts of the body. The dental school has previously found a link between gum disease and fetal deaths, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.

Researchers studied 27 men, 21 years old and older. Each had had a needle biopsy within the past year that confirmed inflammation of the prostate gland, and a blood test that showed elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels--possible signs of inflammation and cancer.

The men were assessed for symptoms of prostate disease by answering questions on the International-Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) test about their quality of life and possible urination issues.

Researchers found 21 of the 27 participants had no or mild inflammation, but 15 had biopsy-confirmed malignancies. Two had both inflammation and a malignancy.

The men also had to have at least 18 teeth and were examined for signs of gum disease, such as increased levels of inflammation and bleeding and/or loose teeth due to attachment and bone loss.

All the men had moderate to severe gum disease, for which they received treatment. They were tested again for periodontal disease four to eight weeks later and showed significant improvement.

During the periodontal care, the men received no treatment for their prostate conditions. But even without prostate treatment, 21 of the 27 men showed decreased levels of PSA. Those with the highest levels of inflammation benefited the most from the periodontal treatment. Six participants showed no changes.

Symptom scores on the IPSS test also showed improvement.

Bissada is now conducting follow-up research to support the first study's findings. He hopes to make periodontal treatment a standard part of treating prostate disease, much like cardiac patients are often encouraged to visit their dentist before undergoing heart procedures and a dental checkup is advised for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy.

(Case Western Reserve dental researchers Nishant Joshi, Catherine Demko and Robert Skillicorn; and University Hospitals Case Medical Center researchers Donald Bodner, Lee Ponsky, Sanjay Gupta and Gregory T. MacLennan contributed to the study.)

Source: EurekAlert!

Survey: Dental Care Delayed When Money Is Tight

Posted on May 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A quarter of respondents to a Federal Reserve survey delayed getting needed dental care because finances were too tight.

The survey, released Wednesday, was the central bank’s second survey of household economics and decisionmaking, and was conducted in October and November.

It found, as other surveys have, the inability to respond to emergencies. Only 53% of respondents indicate that they could cover a hypothetical emergency expense costing $400 without selling something or borrowing money, the report said.

The survey also found that retirement was just a dream for many households — 38% say they either won’t retire or plan to keep working as longer as possible. That percentage climbs to 55% among those whose household income is less than $40,000 a year.

More broadly, though, households were growing more confident. While there was just a 3 percentage point rise in the percentage of adults (65%) who consider their families to be doing “okay” or living “comfortably,” there was an 8 percentage point gain in the percentage, 29%, who expected their income to be higher in a year.

There’s also general optimism about the housing market. Some 43% say their house increased in value over the last year, and 39% expect home values in their neighborhood to rise in the coming year.

Also of note, education debt has bled well beyond traditional student lenders. The survey finds 14% of those with education debt have financed part of it with credit cards.

Individuals who did not complete an associate or bachelor’s degree, first-generation students, blacks and Hispanics, and those who attended for-profit institutions, are all disproportionately likely to be behind on repaying their student loan debt, the survey added.

DENTSPLY Implants Hosts Educational Meeting

Posted on May 28, 2015

In April, DENTSPLY Implants hosted its annual ATLANTIS Super Elite Laboratory group in Nashville, Tennessee.

During the 2-day event, participants were provided with corporate updates and presentations from fellow laboratory colleagues including David Johnson from D & S Dental Laboratory, Conrad Rensburg from Absolute Dental Services, and Kurtis Helm from Helm Dental Laboratory. Guest speaker presentations were also given by Michael Dehni (Boston, Massachusetts), who highlighted the importance of branding and utilizing social media as a marketing tool, and Dr. David Little (San Antonio, Texas) who examined the clinical considerations for the ATLANTIS Conus concept – one of DENTSPLY Implants’ latest, patient-specific digital implant solutions.

Roundtable discussions were led by senior members of DENTSPLY Implants in order to answer questions and collect user feedback regarding suggested improvements to the development, design and manufacturing aspects of products and services offered.

Dave Hodson, General Manager of Harmony Dental Laboratory, said the event was productive.

“I appreciated the open communication on the part of DENTSPLY Implants as well as the lab participants," Hodson said. "The camaraderie that has developed at these meetings should not go unnoticed. The degree to which the participating laboratories share information and ideas, both during meeting sessions and social events is impressive. I look forward to attending the next meeting."

Patterson Dental & America’s Toothfairy Keep Young Smiles Sparkling with Catalog Proceeds

Posted on May 27, 2015

 

Charlotte, NC, May 27, 2015 – America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation® and Patterson Dental are teaming up to keep young smiles shining bright with a marketing promotion in the current Sparkle catalog. During the months of May and June, a generous percentage of product sales highlighted in the designated blue section (pages 35-39) of the catalog will be donated to America’s ToothFairy to expand smile-saving educational, prevention and treatment programs for at-risk children.

Patterson Dental first sponsored the Sparkle campaign benefiting America’s ToothFairy in 2013. Since then, nearly $42,000 has been raised from 20 participating companies. With a goal to “make dentistry fun” for young patients, Sparkle is distributed to 167,000 dental professionals.

“Patterson Dental is proud to support America’s ToothFairy and rally its corporate partners to support education and care for at-risk children through this Sparkle campaign,” said Paul Guggenheim, President of Patterson Dental. “We encourage dental professionals to embrace this important cause and support companies and products that make a tangible difference in the lives of children in need.”

Generous companies participating in this year’s campaign include Beesure, Centrix, Inc., Certol International, Cranberry, DentalEZ Integrated Solutions, Ivoclar Vivadent, Kerr Corporation, Mydent International, Premier® Dental Products Company, Pulpdent Corporation, SDI (North America) Inc., Septodont, SS White Dental, and Whip Mix Corporation.

“We are very grateful to Patterson Dental and all participating companies for their generous contributions to this annual effort,” said Fern Ingber, America’s ToothFairy President and CEO. “By taking part in the Sparkle campaign, these companies demonstrate their commitment to caring for at-risk children and building healthier communities.”

Dental professionals are invited to look for the America’s ToothFairy section in their copy of the Sparkle catalog or review the catalog online.

 

About Patterson Dental

Patterson Dental, a leading distributor of dental products, equipment and technology in the U.S. and Canada, serves as the largest business in the progressive, global Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO) family of businesses. Patterson is committed to creating value for customers through products, services and lasting relationships. Dental professionals who partner with Patterson enjoy the convenience and peace of mind that come with relying on one trusted source for everything they need.

About America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation®

America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of one of the most prevalent chronic childhood illnesses: pediatric dental disease, facilitating the delivery of comprehensive oral health services and eliminating this preventable disease from future generations. With a growing Affiliate Network of exemplary non-profit community programs, Kids Club, and professional and student service programs, America’s ToothFairy is building a powerful, united effort to eliminate tooth decay and protect the smiles of our most vulnerable children. For more information, visit www.AmericasToothFairy.org.

AAPD Names New Board Officers, Trustees at AAPD 2015 in Seattle

Posted on May 26, 2015

CHICAGO, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children's oral health, inducted the new president and other officers and trustees for the new AAPD board of trustees in Seattle, Wash., on May 24, 2015.

Robert L. Delarosa, DDS, President.Delarosa graduated from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and received his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. His presidential agenda will include creating a taskforce to investigate the growing debt burden of recent graduates and sustaining the value of AAPD membership and organizational strength. Delarosa is in private practice inBaton Rouge, La.

Jade Miller, DDS, President-Elect.Miller received his degree from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni Dental School. He earned his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Children's Hospital Medical Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He is in private practice in Reno, Nev.

James D. Nickman, DDS, Vice President.Nickman earned his dental and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He maintains a private practice in the Twin Cities and teaches part-time at the University of Minnesota.

Joe Castellano, DDS, Secretary-Treasurer. Castellano received his degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry. He is an assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Developmental Dentistry at the University of Texas' Health Science Center in San Antonio. Castellano is in private practice in Laredo, Texas.

Edward H. Moody, Jr., DDS, Immediate Past President.Moody received his degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry and his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Medical College of Virginia. Active in numerous professional dental organizations, Moody is in private practice in Morristown, Tenn.

Sara L. Filstrup, DDS, MS, Parliamentarian. Filstrup received her M.S. from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry and received her dental degree from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is in private practice in Cambridge, Mass.

Bruce Weiner, DDS, Southwestern Trustee.Weiner graduated from The Virginia Military Institute with a U.S. Air Force commission. He received his degree from the University of Maryland's Baltimore College of Dental Surgery where he also completed his residency. He is in private practice in Fort Worth, Texas.

John L. Gibbons, DMD, Western District Trustee. Gibbons received his degree from Washington University of St. Louis and completed his residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. He is an affiliate instructor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and is in private practice in Tacoma and Silverdale, Wash.

Amr M. Moursi, DDS, PhD, Academic At-Large Trustee. Moursi is Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry. He received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, completed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and earned a Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology from the University of California, San Francisco. He maintains a private practice in New York City.

Leila C. Younger, DDS, MS, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Director. Younger is a Clinical Assistant Professor of pediatric dentistry at Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California. She received her degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, completed her residency at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and received an M.S. from Northwestern University. She is in private practice in the Chicago suburbs.

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