Posted on May 24, 2019

AACD President and Accredited Fellow, Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD, of Grand Rapids, MI, was inaugurated as President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) on April 27th during the AACD’s Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, CA.

Bakeman is an Accredited Fellow of the AACD, an international professional association comprised of more than 5,000 dental professionals dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care.

Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD, graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1983. Since then, she has completed hundreds of hours of extensive continuing education. After joining the AACD in 1995, Dr. Bakeman became an Accredited Member in 2000 and went on to achieve Accredited Fellow status in 2006. She has written articles for countless industry publications and has presented worldwide to aspiring dentists. One of her most recent educational presentations was in San Diego for the 35th Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Scientific Session where she taught Accreditation Case Type 3: Replacing a Missing Tooth in the Esthetic Zone. She is teaching on the same subject in October in an intensive, 16-CE, hands-on workshop environment for AACD’s Continuum. Her philosophy is, “the best way to learn is to teach others.”

Dr. Bakeman has served in the following capacities: member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, past Chair of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry®, is current Chair of the Academy’s Accreditation Committee and the Residency Task Force, immediate past president of the American Board of Cosmetic and Esthetic Dentistry, member of the Academy’s Budget and Finance Committee, the Executive Committee, the Fellowship Committee, and the Professional Education Committee, is currently an Accreditation and Fellowship Examiner and has served on the Board of Directors for the past three years. She has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member of the Kois Center, served as a Section Editor for Compendium and presently serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Bakeman’s presidential term with the AACD will continue to April 25, 2020 at AACD 2020 in Orlando.

For more information about AACD, visit

About the AACD

The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care, combining art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 5,000 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting the respected Accreditation and Fellowship credentials, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.


Julie Mroziak Appointed New Vice President of Dentsply Sirona Lab

Posted on May 24, 2019

On January 1, 2019, Julie Mroziak took over the position of Vice President of Dentsply Sirona Lab. She succeeds Tom Leonardi, who has been appointed Group Vice President Consumables at Dentsply Sirona. Mrs. Mroziak is one of the company’s native talents with an over 20-year track record of successfully marketing different product portfolios and managing various business units. 

In her new role, Julie Mroziak takes leadership of Dentsply Sirona’s laboratory business. The portfolio covers all conceivable dental lab workflows and many renowned brands, such as Cercon, inLab, inCoris, Kiss, Ceramco3, Celtra, Portrait IPN, Genios, and Lucitone. At the moment, Mrs. Mroziak is driving forward a wealth of innovative projects representing the material expertise and engineering power of Dentsply Sirona Lab. 

Julie Mroziak joined the company in 1997, in the year she completed her BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) at Elizabethtown College. She continued her studies during her first years at Dentsply Sirona and was awarded an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the York College of Pennsylvania. In parallel, Mrs. Mroziak served Dentsply Sirona, firstly, as production supervisor in denture tooth production.

Afterwards, she propelled the company in several leading marketing functions covering removable prosthetics, fixed crown and bridge products, and outsourcing services. In 2016, she expanded her lab industry knowledge through her Global Business Development position. Based on this experience, she profits from her sound knowledge and intimate feeling for the dental lab market. Finally, in 2017/2018 she was responsible for removable prosthetics as global marketing director. During her 20+ years with Dentsply Sirona she has developed a keen sense for the true needs of dental technicians.

Proven concepts under new management 

In her current function, Julie Mroziak is supported by a globally active product platform team located in the US and Germany. As the new Vice President of Dentsply Sirona Lab, she intends to continue her predecessor Tom Leonardi’s tried and tested course: “Under the slogan ‘With passion for dental labs,’ my colleagues and I at Dentsply Sirona Lab would like to offer dental technicians all over the world ideal conditions for making dentistry even better, safer and faster.” 

Geistlich Fibro-Gide The Alternative Soft-Tissue Graft

Posted on May 23, 2019

Geistlich Biomaterials is excited to announce the expansion of the Geistlich Fibro-Gide® product line to include two sizes of the collagen matrix used in soft-tissue augmentation procedures in the oral cavity. Previously released in limited supply, Geistlich Biomaterials now offers both a 15x20x6mm and 20x40x6mm size, for both small and large defects. These products with be featured at the International Symposium on Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry in Boston, Massachusetts on June 6th-9th, 2019.

Made from type I and type III collagen, Geistlich Fibro-Gide® is smart-linked, a unique form of cross-linking, which provides elasticity, strength and volume stability. Positioned as the alternative connective tissue graft, Geistlich Fibro-Gide® is ideally suited for soft-tissue augmentation around natural teeth and implants. Additionally, Geistlich Fibro-Gide® is indicated for alveolar ridge reconstruction for prosthetic treatment and recession defects for root coverage.

For more Information on Geistlich Fibro-Gide® please visit:

In contrast to connective tissue grafts which are considered to be the “gold-standard” in soft-tissue augmentation and recession coverage procedures, Geistlich Fibro-Gide® does not require a second surgical site, is ready to use, and has an unlimited supply.

“Unlike connective tissue grafts, where you are limited by the patient’s anatomy, Geistlich Fibro-Gide® offers variable thickness, allowing the clinician the opportunity to choose the desired and optimal thickness for the procedure.” said Dr. Alan Fetner, Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Designing a preferred alternative to the soft-tissue graft has involved years of development and more than a thousand prototypes. Geistlich has drawn from its vast experience in researching, analyzing and commercializing collagen based products tailor-made for specific dental procedures and therapeutic solutions. In both preclinical and clinical studies, Geistlich Fibro-Gide® demonstrates safety, efficacy and shows clinical comparability to a connective tissue graft. 1,2,3

Indications for Use:

Geistlich Fibro-Gide® is indicated for soft-tissue augmentation:

• Localized gingival augmentation to increase keratinized tissue around teeth and implants

• Alveolar ridge reconstruction for prosthetic treatment

• Recession defects for root coverage

About Geistlich Pharma North America, Inc. -

With over 165 years of devoted collagen expertise, Geistlich Biomaterials continues to lead oral regeneration with an expanding portfolio of intentionally designed and clinically proven biomaterials. This begins with our world-class bone substitute Geistlich Bio-Oss® and its full line of sizes and formulations. Resorbable collagen membrane Geistlich Bio-Gide® extends its reach with two new products: Geistlich Bio-Gide® Compressed for an alternative handling experience; and uniquely pre-cut Geistlich Bio-Gide® Shape designed for the treatment of non-intact extraction sockets. Finally, our collagen matrix Geistlich Mucograft® is ideal for soft-tissue regeneration, and our new volume-stable collagen matrix breakthrough Geistlich Fibro-Gide® providing an alternative to connective tissue grafts.

Our dedication to scientific collaboration and commitment to successful treatment outcomes are what makes Geistlich Biomaterials, Exactly Like No Other.


1. Thoma DS. et al. J Clin Periodontol. 2016 Oct; 43(10): 874–85.

2. Thoma DS. et al. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2015 Mar; 26(3): 263–70.

3. Zeltner M. et al. J Clin Periodontol. 2017 Apr; 44(4): 446–453.


Pulpdent Corporation Donates Fluoride Varnish, Sealants and Dental Mirrors to Special Olympics Games in Abu Dhabi

Posted on May 22, 2019

BOSTONMay 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pulpdent Corporation, a Boston-area dental research and manufacturing company, is a proud supporter of the Special Olympics Special Smiles program. For the March 2019 Special Olympics Games in Abu Dhabi, Pulpdent donated 750 applications of Embrace Fluoride Varnish, 400 applications of Embrace Pit & Fissure Sealant, and 3,000 single-use Flecta mirrors.The Special Olympics Special Smiles program began in the 1990s, when dentist Dr. Steve Perlman and Eunice Kennedy Shriver met to discuss the lack of access to healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Perlman developed the Special Smiles program to provide free dental screenings to Special Olympics athletes.

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Dr. Perlman is a past recipient of the Harold Berk Award for Excellence in the Treatment of Persons with Disabilities. The award is given in honor of Pulpdent's founder, Dr. Harold Berk, who was a founding member of the American Academy of Dentistry for Handicapped Children, now part of the Federation of Special Care Organizations.

According to Dr. Perlman, "children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are the most medically and dentally underserved population. In addition, they tend to have the highest burden of disease. It is in Pulpdent's DNA to support programs like Special Olympics Special Smiles. We at Special Olympics are deeply grateful for Pulpdent's generous donation and for the company's longstanding commitment to improving access to oral health care for people with intellectual and development disabilities."

About PULPDENT® Corporation 

PULPDENT® Corporation is a family-owned dental research, manufacturing company and leader in bioactive dental materials. ACTIVA BioACTIVE™, developed by PULPDENT, is the first esthetic bioactive restorative material. ACTIVA behaves much like natural teeth and stimulates the formation of apatite (the building blocks of teeth), chemically bonds to teeth and helps protect against decay. For over 70 years, Pulpdent has been committed to product innovation, clinical education and patient-centered care in the fields of restoratives, oral hygiene, endodontics, temporization, periodontics, orthodontics, and general dentistry. To stay updated on bioactivity and learn about the Heroic Dentistry Series, which demonstrates ACTIVA's unprecedented capabilities, visit the Pulpdent blog.


CareCredit Announces Strategic Technology, Marketing and Credit Partnership with Dental Communications Platform Provider Lighthouse 360

Posted on May 22, 2019

CareCredit, a leading provider of health, wellness and personal care credit products and Lighthouse 360, a Henry Schein One brand patient communication software platform for dental practices, today announced a preferred partnership to allow patients to finance their oral health needs through the platform. The deal includes Lighthouse 360 incorporating CareCredit financing education, data and credit products into its automated email communications.

When patients have an out-of-pocket investment for their dental care needs, cost can be a concern and barrier to treatment. To help overcome this challenge, Lighthouse 360 has updated its patient communications to include information about CareCredit financing – most notably adding this messaging to automated Treatment Plan Reminder emails. The combination of consistent reminders about dental care with proactive informatio

“When patients leave the practice without committing to dentistry, they may have unspoken cost concerns,” said Doug Hammond, senior vice president and general manager at CareCredit. “Patients may have other financial commitments which they feel they have to prioritize over treatment. Our partnership with Lighthouse 360 and inclusion in patient communications makes it easy for doctors to let patients know the benefits of CareCredit and encourage them to move forward with needed care.”

“This partnership with CareCredit will provide easier access to payment options for patient’s dental care,” said Micah Dickerson, vice president of product at Lighthouse 360. “The combined forces of CareCredit and Lighthouse 360 will help more patients stay healthier and help practices to present and complete more treatment.”

About Lighthouse 360

Lighthouse 360 – a brand since 2016 – automates dentists’ daily consumer interactions and office routines such as appointment reminders, leading to improved operational efficiency and business results. The award-winning software has helped customers increase production by an average of 30 percent, and its features designed to boost practice efficiency, on average, save dental practices 16 hours per week and eliminate seven hours of weekly phone time for the front desk. For more information about Lighthouse 360, visit or call 855-888-6474

About Henry Schein One

Henry Schein One, founded in 2018, is the world's largest dental practice management software company. Headquartered in American Fork, Utah, the company includes Henry Schein's market-leading solutions of Dentrix, Dentrix Ascend, Dentrix Enterprise, Easy Dental, and TechCentral, as well as international companies, including Software of Excellence, Logiciel Julie, InfoMed, Exan, and LabNet, among others. Also included in Henry Schein One are the dental businesses of Internet Brands, including web-based solutions such as Demandforce, Sesame Communications, Officite, and more. The new company integrated more than 40 software brands and employs approximately 1,500 people. For more information, visit

About CareCredit

CareCredit, a Synchrony solution, is a leading provider of promotional financing to consumers for health, veterinary and personal care procedures, services and products. For more than 30 years, CareCredit has helped millions of people by offering special financing options with convenient monthly payments. CareCredit is accepted at more than 220,000 locations for a wide variety of health and wellness procedures, treatments, products and services. More information can be found at

About Synchrony

Synchrony (NYSE: SYF) is a premier consumer financial services company delivering customized financing programs across key industries including retail, health, auto, travel and home, along with award-winning consumer banking products. With more than $140 billion in sales financed and 80.3 million active accounts, Synchrony brings deep industry expertise, actionable data insights, innovative solutions and differentiated digital experiences to improve the success of every business we serve and the quality of each life we touch. More information can be found at and through Twitter: @Synchrony


Henry Schein Chairman & CEO Stanley Bergman Shares Life Lessons with Meharry Graduating Class

Posted on May 21, 2019

Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), shared lessons learned from his childhood in South Africa to his position today as a global health care industry leader with the 2019 Meharry Medical College graduating class at the College’s 144th Commencement Exercises. The event was held on May 18 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sharing stories from his life as illustrations, Mr. Bergman imparted 10 lessons with the Meharry medical and dental graduates. Thinking big, showing up, remembering that it is all about people, recognizing the importance of family and friends, and learning from failure were among Mr. Bergman’s earliest learnings from his years growing up in the South End neighborhood of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

“The process of overcoming our individual challenges is what made us what we are today,” said Mr. Bergman to the graduates. “Each of us was at one time a clay pot that has been made stronger, more useful, and more beautiful by undergoing the heat of the kiln.”

Also addressing leadership, Mr. Bergman stressed the importance of developing the skills of persuasion, engaging everyone in a shared mission, and finding caring mentors and being a mentor to others. Noting that “doing well by doing good” really works, he underscored the multi-faceted value of giving back to society and encouraged the class to focus on increasing access to health care, promoting collaborative care between all medical and dental disciplines, providing compassionate care to patients, and providing cultural competency in an increasingly diverse society. Last but not least, Mr. Bergman encouraged the graduating class to enjoy the journey of life, make time for family and friends, and to have fun along the way.

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center dedicated solely to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church related institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s ranking of institutions annually lists Meharry as a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Visit to learn more.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 19,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company's network of trusted advisors provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.

Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.

A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries. The Company's sales from continuing operations reached $9.4 billion in 2018 and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

For more information, visit Henry Schein at,, and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

Incisal Edge to honor ‘40 Under 40,’ America’s Best Young Dentists, at Manhattan celebration June 6, 7

Posted on May 21, 2019

Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will honor 80 of America’s rising stars at a two-day event, June 6 and 7, in the NoMad district of Manhattan. An expansion of the magazine’s signature awards will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists. Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. The Incisal Edge “40 Under 40,” released today, will be featured in the fall print and digital editions of the magazine. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at:

Honorees in the General Dentist category include:

Dr. Heidi B. Aaronson, Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Michelle Augello, Buffalo, New York, Dr. Meredith Bailey, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Andrew F. Bartish, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Blair, West Allis, Wisconsin, Dr. Jaime S. Bremnes, Garden City and New York, New York, Dr. Corey Brick, New York, New York, Dr. Elizabeth Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Tyler J. Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Stanford Chen, Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Riley D. Clark, Medford, Oregon, Dr. Christen Dinkha, Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Emily Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Dustin R. C. Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Ryan Dulde, Eagle, Wisconsin, Dr. Kajuana Farrey, Riverdale and Moultrie, Georgia, Dr. Brianna Ganson, Leawood, Kansas, Dr. Randi Green, Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Dan Iannotti, Valencia, California, Dr. Joyce Kahng, Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sako Karakozian, Studio City, California, Dr. Bill Keith, Mission, Kansas, Dr. Brittany Kinol, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Arend Klooster, Holly Springs and Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Rebecca Koenigsberg, New York, New York, Dr. Taline Kotchounian, Studio City, California, Dr. Kiwon Lee, Montvale, New Jersey, Dr. Katie McCann Lee, Aurora, Colorado, Dr. Jeff Moon, Haymarket, Virginia, Dr. Brett Moore, Plymouth, Minnesota, Dr. Nicole R. Naylor, Denver, North Carolina, Dr. JC Owens, Coal Township, Pennsylvania, Dr. Seena Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Onika Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Shalin Patel, Dallas, Texas, Dr. Rebecca Pounds, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Tricia Quartey-Sagaille, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Caleb Robinson, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Dr. Jason Watts, Lithia, Florida, Dr. Richard J. Weber, Tabernacle, New Jersey.

Honorees in the Dental Specialist category include:

Dr. Huda Aljonaidy, Ormond Beach, Florida, Dr. Daniel Cassarella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Quinn Chan, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Monica Chandran, Olney, Maryland, Dr. Rita Chuang, Torrance, California, Dr. Charlie Clark, Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Tori-Thuy Conrad, Chanhassen, Minnesota, Dr. Mark M. Dawoud, Palm Harbor, Florida, Dr. Hemant Dhawan, Cumming and Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Nasem Dunlop, Foothill Ranch, California, Dr. Troy Eans, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Roselyne Gichana, Falls Church, Virginia, Dr. Susan Hernandez, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Clarksville, Tennessee, Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, Swansea, Massachusetts, Dr. Tommy Lee, Montvale, New Jersey and New York, New York, Dr. Setareh Aghabak Lavasani, Pomona, California, Dr. Danielle Lombardi, New York, New York, Dr. Shawn Marsh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Ryan Mendro, Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Justin Messina, Englewood, New Jersey, Dr. Alexis K. Moore, Valencia, California, Dr. Bar Nguyen, Spring and Katy, Texas, Dr. Lizzie O’Dell, Hurricane, West Virginia, Dr. BiNa Oh, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Valerie Okehie, Greenbelt, Maryland, Dr. Liliana Ortiz, New York, New York, Dr. Hubert J. Park, Lynn, Massachusetts, Dr. Mary Regina Pham, Placentia, Garden Grove, and Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sean Pierce, Newport Beach and Tustin, California, Dr. Joel M. Preminger, Cedarhurst, New York, Dr. Kadambari Rawal, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Samantha Rawdin, New York, New York, Dr. Tunhina Sen Roy, Little Falls, New Jersey, Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, Austin, Texas, Dr. Andrea Smith, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Dr. Sarah Stipho, Framingham, Massachusetts, Dr. Walter D. Thames, Garden Ridge, Texas, Dr. Alexander Volchonok, New York, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Stephanie Zeller, Seattle, Washington.

"The sheer volume of nominations has grown to a point where we could no longer narrow our honorees to just 40," said Chuck Cohen, founder of Incisal Edge. "As doctors strive for greater excellence in every aspect of practice—from cutting-edge clinical expertise to innovative entrepreneurship to remarkable patient environments—it became necessary to provide more opportunities to recognize their important achievements. That's a great problem for dentistry to have."

The itinerary for 2019 honorees includes an exclusive high fashion photo shoot at The James Hotel – Nomad, New York City and a celebration of all that they have achieved thus far in their professional careers. The top young dentists in the nation will take a well-deserved break from the rigors of medicine and receive the red-carpet treatment by magazine staff, and a team of stylists assembled by Forbes, including renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis. The photography portfolio they create will serve as the centerpiece of the magazine’s fall print and digital editions. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime — and nothing better exemplifies this than the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 edition, a series of informative profiles of the finest young practitioners in the profession. Renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy or a commitment to outstanding patient care, these 80 honorees— nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel — represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow.

To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit:

About Incisal Edge

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on the cover of every issue, guide editorial content for the national’s premier dental lifestyle magazine -- Incisal Edge. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content ranges from “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” and news about the latest techniques, tools, and dental practice designs, to the best in travel, automobiles, and timepieces. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Digitally,, leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards: the aforementioned 40 Under 40, the Lucy Hobbs Project Awards for Exemplary Women in Dentistry and the Incisal Edge Design Competition for interior design, architecture and space planning within the dental profession.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry announced today the rebranding of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children

Posted on May 21, 2019

"We are excited to launch this simplified name and new look that speaks to the passion and commitment our organization has for helping kids get access to consistent, compassionate pediatric dental care in their communities," AAPD Foundation President, Nick Rogers, DDS said. "This rebrand is a pivotal step toward reaching our goal of providing dental homes to 1 million children by June 2022."

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the U.S., despite being 100% preventable. For the economically disadvantaged, tooth decay can have a domino effect, causing pain, malnutrition, behavior problems, poor school performance and school absences. If left untreated, tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems such as eating, speaking, playing and learning.

The AAPD Foundation has given more than $4.9 million in new grants and commitments throughout the last eight years with over $1.3 million in 2018. Since its inception in 2010, the Foundation's Access to Care initiatives have provided dental care for over 354,000 underprivileged children.

"We look forward to continuing to ensure every child has a dental home through the funding and cultivation of community-based initiatives for pediatric dentists to help solve the oral health problems of children," Rogers said. "Our name has changed, but our mission has not."

About The AAPD Foundation

The AAPD Foundation, formerly Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC), strives to ensure every child has a dental home, a place where they can receive consistent, compassionate dental care. The Foundation has given more than $4.9 million in grants and commitments throughout the last eight years with Access to Care initiatives helping provide dental care for more than 354,000 children whose families cannot afford dental care. To donate, volunteer or learn more about the AAPD Foundation, visit

Kulzer and DENTCA Partner to Launch World’s First Web-Based Denture Design Software

Posted on May 20, 2019

Kulzer, a global leader in dental materials, announced today that it has officially launched a web-based denture design platform that will allow dental labs and clinicians to design a denture online using digital Mondial and Mondial i teeth, download the design files and print the denture. The result will be significant time savings and accuracy enhancements that will benefit dental practices, labs and patients alike.

Kulzer’s new design platform, Pala Design Studio, allows lab technicians todesign a denture case in under 20 minutes, which is a small fraction of the time it would take with conventional dentures. The technology also allows practices to require only two visits from their patients, compared to up to five visits with conventionaldentures.Pala Design Studio generates digital denture designs as STL files, which arethe standard format for additive manufacturing technology.

The digitally designed and printed dentures created with Pala Design Studio are significantly more accurate than those produced conventionally. Moreover, Kulzer’s cara Print 4.0 3D printer yields smoother, more homogeneous surfaces than other 3D printers. The cara Print 4.0’s exceptional precision in the z-axis and the finely tuned parameters for each material mean that dental professionals can position appliances in almost any direction and always achieve the perfect fit.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with our sister company to bring DENTCA’soutstanding digital design platform to our valued customers,” said Lesley Melvin, Kulzer’sDirector of Marketing and Product Management. “Our commitment to helping practices, labs and patients benefit from the exceptional efficiency and accuracy of digital dentures is unmatched in our industry, and this partnership is just the latest example ofthat commitment.

”Pala Design Studio advantages over other denture design platforms:•Faster Web-based design process with pay-per-download fee structure•Simpler design process and available as a diagnostic tool

•Multiple cases can be designed at the sametime

•No software to install•Portability -designs are stored in the cloud and accessible from anywhere

•No extra moduleneeded to use impressions

•No dongle necessary

•Design supervisors can have access to all designs for a lab from anywhere

•Ease-of-use -teeth placement is more intuitive, less manipulation is required after the automatic placement, and adjustments are more user-friendly and natural looking

Kulzer’s denture design platform, powered by DENTCA, is the most recent addition to Kulzer’s completedigital workflow for denture production, which includes

:•cara Scan 4.0, a compact and precise model and impression scanner with an excellent price-performance ratio

•cara Print 4.0, the first 3D printer for dental practices that meets all of their speed and accuracy requirements for polymer-based dental appliances

•cara Print Clean, an automated cleaning system that utilizes an agitated contained volume of isopropyl alcohol to clean excess, uncured, 3D printing liquid material from 3D printed parts (coming soon)

•HiLite Power 3D, a high-performance light polymerization curing unit that can be used with all light-curing dental materials

•dima Print Denture Base Materials (4-shades), light-curable resins indicated for fabrication and repair of full and partial removable dentures and baseplates

•dima Print Denture Teeth Materials (6-shades), light-curable resins for fabricating, by additive manufacturing, preformed denture teeth to be used in a denture

While Pala Design Studio will initially be used for 3D printed dentures design, over time it will also be used for milling dentures, all-on-4 design and splint and night-guard design. It also has the potential to be used in orthodontics.

For more information about Kulzer and its award-winning products and services,pleasevisit To set up an account in Pala Design Studio and begin designing dentures, please visit

Kulzer North America

Kulzer North America is a South Bend, Indiana-based division of Kulzer GmbH. As one of the world’s leading dental companies, Kulzer has been a reliablepartner for all dentalprofessionals for more than 80 years. Whether aesthetic or digital dentistry, tooth preservation, prosthetics or periodontology, Kulzer stands for trusted and innovative dental products. With optimal solutions and services, Kulzer aims to support its customers in restoring their patients’ oral health in a safe, simple and efficient way. For this purpose, 1500 employees work in 26 locations in the fields of research, manufacturing and marketing.

Kulzer is part of the Mitsui ChemicalsGroup. The Japanese Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI),based in Tokyo,owns 131 affiliates with more than 17,200 employees in 27 countries. Itsinnovative and functional chemical products are as much in demand in the automotive,electronics and packaging industries as in environmental protection and healthcare.Up to July 2017, Kulzer operated under the name of Heraeus Kulzer. By changing thename, Kulzer will focus on its strengths that have made it successful: loyal partnershipswith users, distributorsand universities, and, above all, highest quality materials,innovations and a spectrum of services that is unique in the market.


Southern California-based DENTCA was incorporated in 2009 when a group of dental professionals andIT and material specialistsgathered to develop an alternative to the conventional error-prone, hand-fabricated dentureprocedures that required up to five patient visits, particularly in the case partly or completelyedentulous patients. After extensive research and numerous studies, these professionals and specialistspioneered the world’s first computer-aided design (CAD) software and the first FDA-cleared 3D printable materialscapable of making modern denture procedures highly accurate, efficientand predictable. After testing this new method over the course of two years, they obtainedthe first license in the world to use a computerized 3-D structuring method to produce dentures.

The healing power of a smile: A link between oral care and substance abuse recovery

Posted on May 20, 2019

Your smile, and associated oral health, may be a factor for successfully passing through the revolving doors of life. It is your first impression to a stranger, the closing argument to land a job and a major factor to achieving a good quality of life. For those who struggle with substance use disorder, oral health often falls off the precipice of self-care thereby seriously damaging interpersonal skills, while causing poor nutrition, increased oral and general infections and debilitating oral pain.

A team of researchers at the University of Utah School of Dentistry explored the effect of comprehensive oral care for a more holistic approach to substance use disorder treatment. Their work shows for the first time that participants who had their major oral health problems addressed by a dental professional stayed in treatment approximately two times longer and had a more than 80 percent increase in completing their substance abuse treatment program. The results of the study are available online May 20 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

"There is a powerful synergism between oral health care and substance use disorder," said Glen Hanson, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and School of Dentistry at U of U Health and first author on the paper. "Those who received comprehensive dental care had a better quality of life as measured by substantial improvements in employment and drug abstinence as well as a dramatic decrease in homelessness."

While the study did not examine specific reasons for the different positive responses observed for the FLOSS participants compared to the controls, a statistical analysis supports the idea that the improvements in substance abuse treatment outcomes were associated with the comprehensive dental care and not to other variables such as gender, type of drug abused, treatment facility, or age.

Hanson and his team joined collaborators at two Salt Lake City substance use clinics, Odyssey House and First Step House, to develop the FLOSS (Facilitating a Lifetime of Oral Health Sustainability for Substance Use Disorder Patients and Families) program. While the project was designed to provide the next generation of dentists with the skill set to care for underserved populations, Hanson discovered the participants got much more than just an improved smile from the experience.

Between 2015 and 2017, the substance use treatment centers recruited patients for the study. First Step House allowed patients to self-select for dental care (158 males in dental and 862 males in control), while Odyssey House identified participants with major oral health problems and then randomly assigned those to treatment or control (70 males and 58 females in dental and 97 males and 45 females in control). Patients in the FLOSS program received care at the U of U Health School of Dentistry for treatments ranging from extractions to root canals, to restorations to dentures.

Hanson and his team conducted a retrospective study of the data to explore the role of FLOSS in helping patients completing their substance use programs.

After comprehensive dental care, the FLOSS participants, either self-selected or randomly selected, were more likely to continue and complete their substance use treatment program. Hanson and his colleagues believe that providing complete oral care as part of treating the whole patient, is critical to resurrecting self-esteem and restoring important body functions as an essential first step on the long path to recovery from drug abuse.

"The experience is life changing not only for the patients but also dental providers such as dental students who now know how their work can dramatically alter their patients' lives," Hanson said. "I think if we do the same thing for patients experiencing other chronic health problems, like diabetes, we could see similar positive results for treatment outcomes."

Hanson was joined in this study by Llely Duarte, Lilliam Pinzon, Bryan Trump, Sri Koduri, Carter Bruett, Ken Smith and Huong Weeks at U of U Health; Shawn McMillen at First Step House; and Kali Mower at Odyssey House. The work received support from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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