PREAT's Bormes Raises $2,000 for FDLT

Posted on October 12, 2015

Chris Bormes, President of PREAT Corporation, competed in the Carpinteria (Calif.) Triathlon on September 27, 2015 to raise money for The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology. PREAT was proud to raise more than $2,000 for the Foundation.

“The Foundation is doing wonderful work, and the future of Dental Laboratory Technology is very important to PREAT," Bormes says. "I wanted to do more than write a check this year, and competing in and finishing my first triathlon was a rewarding experience. I hope to recruit more athletes to join me in Carpinteria next year!”

The Foundation strives to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by advocating for and raising awareness of the importance and necessity of dental laboratory technology education for dental technicians and other members of the dental team. The Foundation raised more than $60,000 via the second annual Race for the Future at the Music City Triathlon  in Nashville, Tennessee in July.

Kill ‘em Quick, Dead, and Often

Posted on October 12, 2015

October 8, 2015 - LVI Clinical Instructor Dr. Jim McCreight and Tanya Dunlap, Managing Director at Perio Protect LLC, team up at a conference held at the Las Vegas Institute on Friday, October 23 to present the course Kill 'em Quick, Dead, and Often.

The title reflects the overriding problem for many patients in periodontal therapy. Oral biofilms reform just hours after patients leave the hygiene chair. Toothbrush, rinse, and floss just don't get deep enough below the gums. Patients need an easy way to manage the pathogenic bacteria below the gums on a regular basis.

Prescription tray delivery of antimicrobials into periodontal pockets can help. The most extensively tested antimicrobial is 1.7% hydrogen peroxide gel. "The research supporting the use of peroxide is significant," explains Dunlap, "because hydrogen peroxide overcomes many of the limitations of antibiotic therapy. The trick of course is how to get the medication deep into the pockets, that's why the Perio Tray® is important."

A Perio Tray by Perio Protect has an internal peripheral seal corresponding to pocket probing depth scores. It is custom made for each patient to deliver and maintain medication in the pocket long enough to have therapeutic effect. "I'll review the clinical trials and microbiological data," says Dunlap, "but Jim gets the exciting part, a presentation of the real-world results he's documented with the trays for his own patients."

"I'm super excited to be able to share these results with my colleagues," says McCreight." We've had great success for many different kinds of patients, including those who continue to struggle after periodontal therapy, who refuse surgery, or who even refuse scaling. It's so rewarding to have options that help patients."

The course is open to all attendees of the IAPA meeting, and all attendees of the presentation will have the option to become Perio Protect providers following the course. They do not need to complete additional training, although doctors and teams are encouraged to attend together for seamless implementation. "The goal," McCreight explains, "is to provide the scientific and practical information for an office to get started immediately after the conference."

The conference celebrates 20 years of continuing education for the Las Vegas Institute. For descriptions of current LVI programs, visit More information on the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics (IAPA) and the upcoming conference is available at For more information on Jim McCreight's practice, see Detailed information about prescription tray delivery is available at


Mydent “Defend Yourself With Pink” Program

Posted on October 12, 2015

HAUPPAUGE, NY:  October 9, 2015— Mydent International is raising breast cancer awareness through its annual “Defend Yourself with Pink.”  The program features a selection of pink Defend products including face masks, lab coats, jackets, tray covers and more.  Dental professionals will get access to 4+1 specials on these products through October 31, 2015.

Mydent International will be donating a portion of proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help support education, breast health services and other programs provided by the foundation.  In addition to this donation, Mydent International proudly supports Autism Speaks, the nation's largest and most effective autism science and advocacy organization. 

To learn more about Mydent’s “Defend Yourself with Pink” program, call 800-275-0020 or visit

Smoking and Heavy Alcohol Use Are Associated with Epigenetic Signs of Aging

Posted on October 12, 2015

BETHESDA, MD – Cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol use cause epigenetic changes to DNA that reflect accelerated biological aging in distinct, measurable ways, according to research presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

Using data from the publicly available Gene Expression Omnibus, Robert A. Philibert, MD, PhD and colleagues at the University of Iowa and other institutions analyzed patterns of DNA methylation, a molecular modification to DNA that affects when and how strongly a gene is expressed. Prior research had shown that methylation patterns change in predictable ways as people age, as well as in response to environmental exposures, such as cigarette smoke and alcohol. In these earlier studies, Dr. Philibert’s laboratory identified two specific locations in the genome, base pairs cg05575921 on the AHRR gene and cg23193759 on chromosome 10, at which methylation levels were highly associated with smoking and alcohol consumption, respectively.

In fact, they showed, DNA methylation levels at these two locations was a better measure of substance use than people’s self-reported estimates. Thus, in this follow-up study, Meeshanthini Dogan, MS, and Dr. Philibert used methylation levels as a proxy for tobacco and alcohol consumption. They estimated each person’s biological age using a previously validated epigenetic “clock” based on methylation levels at 71 locations in the genome, as measured by the widely used Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip. Then, they calculated the difference between biological age and chronological age, and assessed the relationship between tobacco and alcohol use and premature aging.

They found that all levels of exposure to smoke were associated with significantly premature aging. Interestingly, moderate alcohol use – about one to two drinks per day – was correlated with the healthiest aging, while very low and high consumption were linked to accelerated aging.

“These new tools allow us to monitor smoking and alcohol use in an objective way, and to understand their effects quantitatively,” Ms. Dogan said. “Furthermore, our methods could be used to analyze any set of 450 BeadChip data, which means that existing data can be used to identify new patterns and that all such results can be easily compared.”

“Being able to objectively identify future smokers and heavy alcohol users when they are young, before major health issues arise, can help providers and public health practitioners prevent future problems, improve quality of life, and reduce later medical costs,” Dr. Philibert added.

The researchers’ next step is to unravel the details of how methylation patterns change in response to lifestyle changes during the life course, so that their assessments can be more informative.

“For example, we want to study how the intensity of current tobacco and alcohol use and cumulative levels of use throughout a lifetime affect methylation, including what happens when a person quits smoking or drinking,” Ms. Dogan said. “By clarifying at what point the epigenetic changes become tougher to stop or reverse, we can inform decisions about how best to use the limited public health resources we have.”

Reference: Dogan M et al. (2015 Oct 8). Abstract: Methylomic aging as a window on lifestyle impact: Tobacco and alcohol alter the rate of biological aging. Presented at American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Annual Meeting. Baltimore, Md.

Source: American Society of Human Genetics Press Release

American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine 2016 Diplomate Exam to Become More Convenient, Accessible

Posted on October 12, 2015

(Darien, Ill.) October 9, 2015– Becoming an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate is now more accessible and convenient for dentists, thanks to changes to the certification guidelines for 2016. The changes to the 2016 exam and case presentation – which include the addition of convenient testing locations, expanded timelines to complete case studies and adjusted requirements for required data – were implemented to create a better experience for dentists who want to achieve Diplomate status. Registration for the 2016 Certification Exam is open from Oct. 1 – Nov. 16, 2015.

“The significant changes for the 2016 exam and case presentation process create a path to certification that is more accessible and convenient for those interested in growing their dental sleep medicine practice,” noted ABDSM President Nancy Addy, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM. “It is my hope that with a more convenient process, more dentists will submit an application and embark on the road toward Diplomate status.”

Dental sleep medicine is a rapidly growing segment of dentistry that focuses on using oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. While any licensed dentist can practice dental sleep medicine, successful treatment relies on acquired skills and knowledge as well as strong physician partnerships. The ABDSM exam and case presentation certifies a thorough knowledge in dental sleep medicine and is nationally recognized not only by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), but also by the physicians of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Added Locations

The most notable change to the ABDSM certification process is the way in which the exam will be administered. Starting in 2016, the ABDSM exam will be computer-based available at hundreds of testing centers across the U.S. and Canada. The 2016 exam window will be April 10-23, 2016, allowing dentists to select a convenient testing date and providing an affordable way to take the exam at the nearest location.

Extended Timeline

Candidates also have an extended period of 15 weeks after the application deadline to complete their continuing education credits. Furthermore, candidates have 18 months from the time their application is completed to submit the required case studies.

Simplified Data Requirements

Additional changes to the certification guidelines include adjusted requirements to allow more options in gathering data from physician partners, and greater flexibility in selecting sleep centers to work with on case studies. In addition, the recommended reading list has been condensed to more recent and relevant articles.

Rutgers Professors Continue LANAP and LAPIP Training

Posted on October 12, 2015

CERRITOS, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 12, 2015) - The partnership between Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. (MDT) reached another milestone. On Friday, August 7, three doctors from the esteemed Rutgers University Postgraduate Periodontics program completed their next phase of training, Evolution 4, on the PerioLase® MVP-7™ and the LANAP® and LAPIP™ protocols. Andrew Sullivan, DDS, director of postgraduate periodontics and interim chairman; Howard Drew, DMD, clinical professor of periodontics, director of implantology, and vice chairman of the department of periodontics; and Joel Pascuzzi, DMD, FIDC, FADC, clinical professor of periodontics and the director of the pre-doctorate periodontal program, completed the first phase of training with theInstitute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) earlier this year in February.

This groundbreaking partnership, the first-ever educational collaboration agreement with a university incorporating the LANAP® and LAPIP™ protocols, allows the Rutgers team to expand its periodontal curriculum, maintaining a long-standing tradition of being among the top schools in the country to offer the best dental education possible.

The IALD's 12-month training continuum consists of five days of training on the patented LANAP® and LAPIP™ treatment protocols. During Evolution 4, Drs. Drew, Sullivan and Pascuzzi treated a live patient under the direction of a certified IALD instructor and learned optimal LANAP® protocol techniques, methodology, and laser operating parameters. Once their training is complete, the doctors will be certified IALD instructors, able to train other doctors on the LANAP® and LAPIP™ protocols at Rutgers. "The LANAP® protocol is really quite amazing,'' said Dr. Sullivan. "Patients are thrilled with it."

At the heart of this specialized training program is the LANAP® protocol with the PerioLase® MVP-7™, the only U.S. FDA-cleared laser periodontitis treatment with any scientific evidence of regenerating periodontal ligament attachment to the root surface and a new root coating (cementum). In addition, there are more than 400 published positive patient outcomes and two histology studies. The PerioLase® MVP-7™ is also developed for the LAPIP™ protocol, for the minimally invasive surgical treatment for peri-implantitis and mucositis around ailing and failing implants.

Spear Education Announces Courses

Posted on October 9, 2015

Spear Education has announced two courses over the next 4 months at its Scottsdale, Arizona campus, both featuring Frank Spear, DDS, MSD, and Greggory Kinzer, DDS, MSD.

"Treating the Worn Dentition" will be held December 3-4. "The Art of Treatment Planning and Case Presentation" will be February 11-12, 2016.

Dec. 3-4, 2015

Course: Treating the Worn Dentition

Where: Spear Campus, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Instructors: Dr. Frank Spear and Dr. Greggory Kinzer

Cost: $1,695

Registration information: Call 866-781-0072, email or visit


Feb. 11-12, 2016

Course: The Art of Treatment Planning and Case Presentation

Where: Spear Campus, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Instructors: Dr. Frank Spear and Dr. Greggory Kinzer

Cost: $1,695

Registration information: Call 866-781-0072, email or visit

Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline Is Open to Support Customers Affected by Flooding In South Carolina

Posted on October 9, 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 flooding in South Carolina. The toll-free number for all Henry Schein customers is 800-999-9729. The Hotline is operational from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.  

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those struggling to cope with the effects of the disastrous flooding in South Carolina," 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."

The Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline remains open throughout the year to provide assistance to practitioners adversely affected by disasters.

Lares Adds Video Library

Posted on October 9, 2015

CHICO, CA: October 6, 2015 - Lares Research, a leading American manufacturer of dental handpieces, has added a library of highspeed handpiece repair and maintenance videos to its website at Currently available in three languages (English, Spanish, and Japanese), the videos clearly demonstrate the most frequently needed repair and maintenance procedures for its highspeed handpieces. The videos may be accessed at the Lares website homepage from the “Support” pull-down menu.

Source: Lares Research

Henry Schein Kicks Off 2015 Business of Dentistry Conference

Posted on October 8, 2015

Melville, N.Y.,  October 7, 2015 - Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today kicked off its 8th annual Business of Dentistry Conference at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The three-day event, attracting more than 1,000 attendees, features management training tailored for single-site general practices, community health centers, and large and multi-site group practices interested in optimizing their use of Dentrix and Dentrix Enterprise practice management solutions, improving practice efficiency and enhancing patient care.

Under the theme, “Rise Above Business As Usual,” the conference is designed to engage dentists and dental team members who are interested in learning new skills in business management, software use and clinical techniques. 

Keynote speakers at the conference include Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc.; Andy Andrews, New York Times’ best-selling author; and Cathy Jameson, Founder, Jameson Management. Conference participants will have an opportunity to attend networking sessions and educational courses covering a wide range of industry trends, practice management tactics and the latest office and clinical technology, as well as demo "Dentrix Connected" products and services in the partner pavilion.

The conference kicked off with the 2nd annual Henry Schein Dentalpreneurship event from Henry Schein Financial Services, “Where Growth-Minded Dental Practice Entrepreneurs Meet,” to help practitioners operate most efficiently while delivering high-quality patient care.

To learn more about conference activities, follow the hashtag, #BDC2015, on social media.


SOURCE: Henry Schein 

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