Chicago Dental Convention Showcases New Innovations and Technologies in Dentistry

Posted on February 25, 2016

CHICAGOFeb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago Dental Society (CDS) President Dr. George Zehak officially opened the CDS 151stMidwinter Meeting today with a ribbon cutting at McCormick Place. Nearly 30,000 dentists and dental professionals are getting a first look at the latest innovations and technologies in dentistry at a convention that attracts more than 670 exhibitors from around the world.

"While dentistry continues to evolve, the CDS Midwinter Meeting remains the respected leader in scientific dental meetings. It is a place for dentists to advance their practice, giving patients the highest quality dental care they can provide," said CDS President Dr. Zehak.  

As the first major dental meeting of the year, the Midwinter Meeting is where many exhibitors unveil new products for the first time—from X-ray technology to office management tools to consumer dental care.

New featured products include:

  • A toothpaste that binds to plaque and turns teal green to improve brushing;

  • An app that records teeth grinding sounds while a patient sleeps to help dentists diagnose and treat sleep bruxism;

  • High-speed digital X-ray sensors to provide high resolution and clarity in just three seconds;

  • Unique flossing tools resembling miniature nunchucks that give patients increased dexterity and control to easily floss with the dentist-recommended "C" shape;

  • The latest products in teeth whitening.

"I want to thank the Chicago Dental Society for time and again bringing industry professionals and visitors from across the globe here to Chicago for an important convention that showcases some of the latest health care innovations while also providing a big boost to our local economy," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "In addition to promoting cutting-edge dental industry technology, this event provides dental professionals locally and abroad with insight into latest innovations in care that will help make our families and communities healthier."

The CDS Midwinter Meeting is recognized as one of the largest exhibits of dental products in North America and one of Chicago's top conventions. According to Choose Chicago, the city's convention and tourism bureau, the 2016 conference is expected to generate more than $41.5 million for the local economy.

Visitors to the Midwinter Meeting will also have access to educational programs that address all aspects of dentistry, including more than 230 courses presented by 140 speakers. True to CDS tradition, more than 50 percent of the courses will be complimentary.

Program topics will include:

  • Access to Care

  • Implants

  • Infection Control

  • Pediatric Dentistry

  • Restorative/Esthetic Dentistry

Three new tracks have been added to the 2016 Midwinter Meeting. For the first time, University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry,Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine will each have their own continuing education track.

For registered dental professionals, the Midwinter Meeting runs February 25-26 from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 27from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, visit


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