Henry Schein Dentrix Will Continue Support of AADOM Leadership Council

Posted on March 17, 2015

Red Bank, NJ:  April 1, 2015 -The American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) is pleased to announce that Henry Schein Dentrix is continuing their support of AADOM's Leadership Council. Dentrix is not only a supporter of AADOM but of their member offices throughout the United States and Canada.

Leadership Council participants enjoy high visibility to the AADOM membership as a contributor to the AADOM Educational Scholarship Fund. Companies are also able to contribute educational articles to both AADOM's Article Database and to AADOM's official publication, "The Observer". The Council is also recognized for their contribution to furthering the career and advancement of the dental office manager.

"We are very pleased to partner with AADOM in 2015," said Michael Allsop, Vice President of Marketing at Henry Schein Practice Solutions. "We share a vision of empowering the dental office manager through education, networking and online resources. Together we help office managers increase their value to the practice by teaching them how to improve practice management. We look forward to working with AADOM and investing in the future of office managers."

AADOM Vice President Lorie Streeter is pleased that Dentrix has continued their support. She states that "our relationship with Dentrix is a solid benefit for our members. They are wonderful contributors to our educational offerings and Annual Conference. We look forward to working with them in 2015."

For more information on the Leadership Council or how to participate in the Leadership Council please contact Karin Bennett at Karin@dentalmanagers.com.

Septodont Makes Major Sealant Donation, Benefiting At-Risk Children

Posted on March 6, 2015

(Charlotte, NC, February 22, 2015) – Septodont has made a generous product donation worth nearly $240,000 to America's ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation. This donation of Toothfairy™ BPA-Free Pit & Fissure Sealant Kitswill be distributed to the America's ToothFairy Affiliate Network of nonprofit clinics and programs providing vital oral health services to vulnerable children across the country.

Dena Locklear, Program Manager at FirstHealth of the Carolinas Dental Care Centers, an America's ToothFairy Affiliate in Southern Pines, North Carolina, said that sealant donations make a signicant impact in their ability to provide preventive care to local children. "As a public health practice that treats low-income children, we provide a large number of preventive dental sealants," Ms. Locklear said. "The donation from Septodont has allowed us to provide this critical preventive service at no cost for underserved kids who need it most. We cannot adequately express in words our deep gratitude for the Toothfairy sealant donation!"

"Septodont is committed to providing the America's ToothFairy Affiliate Network the products and support they need to provide high-quality care to underserved children and their families," said Paul Mondock, Septodont Vice President for the Americas. "We are pleased to provide this donation of Toothfairy™BPA Free Pit & Fissure Sealant Kits to help children maintain healthy smiles."

“We are very grateful to Septodont, an America's ToothFairy Underwriter, for their commitment to the health and wellness of vulnerable children and their families,” said Fern Ingber, America's ToothFairy President and CEO. “This generous donation of ToothFairy sealants will ensure thousands of children receive the critical preventive services they need to protect their oral health."

SmartPractice Introduces Two New Options in Supply Bags

Posted on March 6, 2015

Phoenix, AZ 3.6.15

In response to more dental practices seeking greener products, SmartPractice now offers environmentally-friendly Paper Supply Bags. Fully biodegradable, Paper Supply Bags can be personalized with practice name, logo and contact information. New designs such as kid-friendly puzzles and activities make them the ideal choice for pediatric dentists. Marketing Coordinator Heather Kalish states, “We are thrilled to announce that SmartPractice carries the only full-color paper supply bags on the market.”

For customers preferring traditional plastic bags, the new Semi-custom Supply Bags allow practices to choose the color scheme, message and photos that best reflect their brand. Heather adds, “The new semi-custom plastic bags offer our customers the flexibility to write their own message and feature their own photos with our easy-to-use online templates.” Whether used to hold patient product purchases or as giveaways filled with samples, Supply Bags foster a sense of patient loyalty. To request a sample pack, call 800.522.0800 or visit smartpractice.com/dental

Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health, Reduces Diabetes and Heart Disease Risks

Posted on March 6, 2015

PITTSBURGH, March 6, 2015 – A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study reported in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The program was well-received by participants at Bayer Corp., who lost weight and increased the amount of physical activity they got each day, when compared with a control group in the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“Health care expenditures associated with diabetes are spiraling, causing widespread concern, particularly for employers who worry about employee health and productivity,” said lead author M. Kaye Kramer, Dr.P.H., assistant professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and director of the school’s Diabetes Prevention Support Center. “This leads to an interest in workplace health promotion; however, there are very few evidence-based programs that actually demonstrate improvement in employee health. This study found that our program not only improves health, but also that employees really like it.”

This demonstration program is based on the U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a national study that found people at risk for diabetes who lost a modest amount of weight through diet and exercise sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes, outperforming people who took a diabetes drug instead.

Dr. Kramer and colleagues built on the DPP to create a group-based program that puts the findings into practice, called Group Lifestyle Balance. The program is divided into 22 sessions over a one-year period and aimed at helping people make lifestyle changes to improve health. The sessions can be done as a group with a lifestyle coach or through a DVD coupled with brief weekly phone or, in certain cases, email consultations with the lifestyle coach. The option of the DVD with lifestyle coach support not only served as the main intervention option for those employees who traveled or who did not want to participate in the program in a group venue but also offered a valuable replacement for employees who chose to participate via group setting but had to miss an occasional session.

“Our Group Lifestyle Balance program has proven successful in diverse community settings, so we adapted it for the workplace since we found that there was a real need for effective programs that could fit into people’s work lives,” said senior author Andrea Kriska, Ph.D., professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and principal investigator of the study. “This current effort in the worksite shows clearly that a proven healthy lifestyle program, like the Group Lifestyle Balance program, offered to people where they work is not only feasible but effective in reducing risk factors for diabetes and heart disease for participating employees.”

A total of 89 employees at Bayer Corp. in Robinson Township, Pa., who were at risk for diabetes or heart disease were enrolled in the demonstration program in the fall of 2010 and followed for 18 months.

Over the course of a year, participants lost an average of 5 percent of their body weight (10 pounds), shrunk their waistlines by about 2 inches and brought down the levels of fat and sugar in their blood – all measures that reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They also increased their physical activity by almost twofold.

Of the participants, 96 percent said they felt it was beneficial to offer the program at the worksite, and 99 percent said they would recommend it to their co-workers.

“The positive results that employees experienced from this lifestyle program speak to the benefits of personalized health programs in the workplace,” said Phil Franklin, M.D., U.S. corporate medical director, Bayer Corp. “I would like to congratulate the University of Pittsburgh researchers on the study.”  

Additional authors on this research are Donald Molenaar, M.D., Veterans Health Administration in Minneapolis; Elizabeth Venditti, Ph.D., Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC; and Vincent C. Arena, Ph.D., Rebecca Meehan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Rachel Miller, M.S., Karl Vanderwood, Ph.D., and Yvonne Eaglehouse, M.S., M.P.H., all of Pitt Public Health.

This research was funded by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R18 DK081323–04).

Sterngold Introduces SternSnap System

Posted on March 31, 2015

Attleboro, MA – Sterngold Dental, LLC, a world leader in dental products, has announced the launch of the new SternSnap Overdenture Implant Abutment System that can be used to retain overdentures on most popular implants.

The system features a low profile that takes up only 2.5mm of height in the denture and has a long-lasting plastic retention cap that comes in three retention levels (1 lb, 2lb and 3 lb) and doesn’t require a metal housing, making it a simpler, more economical option.

For more information, call 800-243-9942 or visit www.sterngold.com.

DentalEZ Introduces New President

Posted on March 31, 2015

Malvern, PA – DentalEZ®, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, has announced the appointment of Heather Trombley as President, effective March 31. Trombley succeeds former President Gordon Hagler, who announced his retirement in July 2014 following almost a decade of service with DentalEZ.

Following Hagler’s retirement, Vickie Waitsman stepped in as Interim President for approximately 9 months.Waitsman has been Vice President, General Counsel of DentalEZ for over 20 years and will remain an active officer of DentalEZ, returning to her original role within the company while transitioning president responsibilities over to Trombley.  

“Heather has my complete endorsement and support,” Waitsman said. “Her background and leadership qualities make her the ideal choice to lead DentalEZ. I look forward to working closely with her.”

Trombley comes to DentalEZ with 25 years of business leadership. Most recently, she was Vice President of Marketing for CONMED Corporation's orthopedics division, before which she led Hall Power and Service, a $150M global powered instrument business. Trombley holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

"DentalEZ is a great company with a long legacy in the dental industry for product quality and service,” Trombley said. “I am both delighted and honored by the opportunity to lead this company in continuing to provide outstanding solutions for dental professionals."

Jeffrey E. Perelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DentalEZ, added: “We are extremely grateful for all of Vickie’s substantial contributions and leadership not only within our organization but to the dental industry as a whole. I have much confidence that this transition of leadership will be seamless and that our new President will continue to uphold DentalEZ as an industry leader. Heather has the perfect mix of business leadership and product management knowledge needed to propel our company to the next level of greatness.”

Zahn Creates New Technical Support Team

Posted on March 31, 2015

Zahn Dental has announced the creation of a new North American Technical Support team. From installation to upgrades, the team was created to serve dental laboratories better as technology integration becomes an important focus in today’s laboratory industry. 

The team comprises experts in CAD/CAM technology, highly trained to help laboratory owners achieve their professional goals. Dental laboratory professionals, Zahn says, can rely on the technical support team to provide:

- Quick response troubleshooting and support

- In-house servicing

- Loaners and back-up production solutions

- Tutorials and how-to’s

- Software updates

- Basic and advanced CAD/CAM training

- Milling strategies and optimization

Zahn's North American Technical Support Team can be reached at 877-496-3967 or ZahnHighTech@HenrySchein.com.

Roland Announces Video Contest

Posted on March 31, 2015

Irvine, Calif. – Roland DGA has announced the April 2 start date of a new “With Roland” contest that will give Roland owners an opportunity to share their success stories through short (5- to 60-second) YouTube videos and win valuable prizes. 

After the contest concludes on May 2, one grand prize winner will get to pick the new Roland device of his or her choice, valued at up to $20,995 (MSRP), from a selection of 16 featured products. The grand prize winner will be chosen by a Roland DGA judging panel, based on the enthusiasm, creativity, and execution quality demonstrated in the video. In addition, weekly “participation prize” winners will be chosen at random and one “People’s Choice” prize will be awarded for the video that receives the most votes during the contest period.

“This contest provides a fun and creative platform for our customers to tell the world what they’ve been able to achieve with Roland,” said Rick Scrimger, president of Roland DGA.  “We’re excited about giving away some fantastic prizes and learning more about how Roland products and services have helped users realize creative applications, incredible productivity and overall business success.”

All Roland users in North and South America (except those in Brazil) are eligible to enter the With Roland contest between the dates of April 2 and May 2, 2015.  To view complete contest details and instructions for entering, click here.

Primotec Joins IdentAlloy/IdentCeram

Posted on March 30, 2015

Glastonbury, Conn. – Dental laboratories and dentists using restorative materials from Primotec now can obtain free certification of the content of those materials.

The company recently announced it has joined the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram program, which provides laboratories and dentists with documents verifying the materials’ content.  

“The proliferation of advanced materials today has made the search for case-to-case quality and consistency more important to outcomes than ever,” noted Chuck Yenkner, Executive Director of the Council. “Primotec now joins more than 70 other leading manufacturers and suppliers in providing laboratories and dentists with an easy, practical way to know exactly which materials help make their brands what they are.”

Chris Urist, Primotec’s Vice President, added: “The IdentAlloy/IdentCeram program gives us yet another way to underscore the core quality of the products we offer. At the same time, laboratories and dentists can use the certificates both to know and show that their selection of Primotec reflects their commitment to the highest standards of dental care.”  

The IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council is a nonprofit, voluntary industry organization that helps dentists improve outcomes, reassure patients and streamline paperwork with free certificates documenting restorative material composition and ADA classification. More information on the program, including a list of over 70 alloy and ceramic suppliers certifying their products through the Council, is available at IdentAlloy.org or by calling 888-577-2634.

CMC Partners with BioHorizons

Posted on March 23, 2015

ARVADA, COLO. – Custom Milling Center and BioHorizons, Inc. have announced that as of January, CMC has been recognized as a BioHorizons Authorized Milling Center, allowing CMC to expand its outsourcing options to its partner laboratories by offering genuine BioHorizons custom abutments. 

Already leaders in digital integration, CMC’s workflow has been certified by BioHorizons to allow the outsourcing center to mill genuine patient-specific BioHorizons abutments without modifications to its workflow. 

“We recognize that providing custom prosthetics to our customers continues to be a critical initiative as the dental implant industry progresses towards a completely digital workflow,” said Todd Strong, Executive VP & COO of BioHorizons. “The partnership with CMC represents a continued step toward our goal of providing high quality patient-specific prosthetics to all of our customers. We are pleased to add CMC to our group of certified milling partners.” 

This capacity expands CMC’s capabilities as a world-class dental outsourcing partner. The capacity to mill BioHorizons abutments to the exacting specifications necessary to become an authorized milling center augments a robust set of services that offer a variety of other cutting-edge products, such as the Pearl® Screw Retained Hybrid Zirconia Bridge and gold-hue anodized overdenture bars. 

Custom Milling Center was founded in 2005 by Robert Miller as an outsourcing partner to allow laboratory owners to offer the latest in materials and production techniques without committing to the capital expenditures necessary to keep their laboratories on the cutting edge. 

“Partnering with a leading implant manufacturer such as BioHorizons allows CMC to further its commitment to streamlining our partner laboratories’ supply chain and optimizing efficiency,” said Ryan Faufau, Director, Production and Global Digital Production Technology, CMC. “As an authorized milling center, our ability to fabricate titanium and zirconia abutments utilizing Laser-Lok technology further expands our laboratory partners’ ability to provide enhanced treatment options to their doctors.” 

As a BioHorizons Authorized Milling Center, CMC expands on its tradition of innovation and helping laboratories expand their capacity to offer the finest restorative technologies available. 

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