How Pipeline Programs Can Increase Diversity in Dentistry

Posted on September 11, 2019

Study Shows NYU College of Dentistry’s Saturday Academy Boosts Underrepresented High School Students’ Interest in Health Professions

Left to right: Lorel Burns, Eugenia E. Mejia, and Cheryline Pezzullo

The field of dentistry has a diversity problem. Despite calls for a more diverse workforce, only 15.2 percent of dental school applicants in 2016 were underrepresented minorities, according to the American Dental Education Association.

Having more dentists from diverse backgrounds benefits both patients and peers. Dentists who are underrepresented minorities are more likely to serve communities in need and therefore address disparities in dental care. Studies have also found that a diverse learning environment improves the learning experience for all students through exposure to different ideas and perspectives.

But building the pipeline for more diverse dentists starts well before students apply to dental school. Early exposure to the field is essential, as students need to take science courses in college that can put them on the path to applying to dental school—making high school an ideal time to engage future dentists.

In 2012, two students at NYU College of Dentistry—who are now both full-time faculty members—set out to create a pipeline program for underrepresented and low-income high school students to boost their interest in health professions, including dentistry. The program is called Saturday Academy, and a new paper describing a pilot study of the program, published in the September issue of the Journal of Dental Education, shows that their efforts are working.

“The results of our pilot study suggest that Saturday Academy is a successful example of a pipeline program to increase the future representation of underrepresented minorities in the dental profession by addressing barriers to pursuing a career in the health professions,” said Lorel Burns, DDS, who co-founded Saturday Academy as a dental student and is currently an assistant professor of endodontics at NYU College of Dentistry.

Spending Saturdays at NYU College of Dentistry

NYU College of Dentistry has hosted Saturday Academy each fall since 2013, with students gathering at NYU two Saturdays a month. High school students are recruited to apply from schools across New York City; the majority of participants are in their junior year.

The purpose of Saturday Academy is twofold: to mentor and coach underrepresented minority and low-income high school students through the college application process and to expose them to the field of dentistry as a viable career option through both instruction and hands-on learning. Dental students volunteer each year to lead the program, enabling participants to build relationships with the next generation of dentists.

Each session is split into learning about one facet of college preparedness and a hands-on activity about dentistry. College preparedness topics include the SAT and ACT, Common Application, personal statements, and financial aid. Parents are encouraged to attend the session on financial aid.

In the hands-on labs, students learn how to take impressions of teeth, use stone models made with impressions to create mouthguards and wax-ups, and remove plaque and fill cavities on plastic models of teeth.

“While we aimed to create a program that was both informative and engaging for high school students, we also made an effort to address perceived barriers to dental school that influence the dentistry pipeline, including financial resources, family engagement, and mentoring,” said Cheryline Pezzullo, DDS, who co-founded Saturday Academy as a student and is currently a clinical instructor of cariology and comprehensive care at NYU College of Dentistry.

The program’s impact

The Saturday Academy founders and faculty advisors have surveyed each cohort of participants after completion of the program to measure its success. In the Journal of Dental Education, Burns, Pezzullo, and Eugenia E. Mejia, PhD, assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management at NYU College of Dentistry, report on their findings from the first five years of Saturday Academy (2013-2017).

Fifty-five of the more than 80 students who have completed Saturday Academy completed surveys about the program. All respondents reported graduating from high school and were attending college, with 93 percent enrolled in four-year colleges or universities and 7 percent in community college.

When asked if they were interested in the health professions, 71 percent said yes, and 47 percent wanted to pursue dentistry as a career. Nearly all (96 percent) of those wanting to become dentists attributed their interest to their experience at Saturday Academy.

“The results of this pilot study show that Saturday Academy has been effective in reaching underrepresented minority and low-income high school students to achieve its mission: increased understanding of the college application process and increased interest in the health professions, particularly dentistry, among participants,” said Mejia.

NYU College of Dentistry, which provides funding for Saturday Academy, is expanding the program to reach more high school students. The Fall 2019 cohort includes 45 students—nearly triple the average number of students in the first five years of the program (17).

About NYU College of Dentistry 

Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating 9 percent of the nation’s dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. Visit http://dental.nyu.edu for more.

Hyperbiotics Makes $135,000 Product Donation to America’s ToothFairy

Posted on September 10, 2019

America’s ToothFairy today expressed their gratitude to Hyperbiotics, a premium probiotic supplement manufacturer, for their recent product donation totaling more than $135,000 in value. The donation, which included their popular PRO-Kids and PRO-15 product lines, was distributed to nine members of the organization’s member clinics.

Through their Dental Resource Program (DRP), America’s ToothFairy provides benefits including donated dental products and equipment to 85 nonprofit dental clinics and programs serving more than 700,000 children nationwide. The program focuses on increasing access to care and preventive services to improve the oral health of children in underserved communities. Member clinics share America’s ToothFairy’s commitment to oral health education, prevention of pediatric dental disease, and addressing barriers to care.

“Our bodies are made up of good bacteria that keep us well. They live in the digestive tract, which begins in our mouth, and they’re currently under assault by traditional hygiene products, antibiotics, and our modern lifestyle choices,” Hyperbiotics Co-founder, Jamie Morea said. “We recognized that the children that America’s ToothFairy serves could benefit from our revolutionary chewable probiotic supplement meant to support oral and overall health.”

“We are grateful for every donation we receive, but Hyperbiotics has gone above and beyond our expectations—especially considering this is their first product donation to our organization,” America’s ToothFairy Executive Director, Jill Malmgren remarked. “Many of the families our member clinics serve struggle to pay for the most basic oral hygiene products, so this generous donation from Hyperbiotics will be especially beneficial to them.”

Companies interested in donating product to America’s ToothFairy Dental Resource Program member clinics can learn more by contacting Robin Vann at programs@ncohf.org

About Hyperbiotics

Hyperbiotics believes that all health begins in the gut. Using patented technology, they are proud to have developed one of the world’s most survivable probiotic supplements at an affordable price and help people feel their best on a daily basis by delivering to them the benefits probiotics have to offer. To learn more visit hyperbiotics.com.

About America’s ToothFairy

America's ToothFairy is a nation-wide nonprofit organization based in Charlotte, NC. As a resource provider, America’s ToothFairy increases access to oral health care by supporting nonprofit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention and treatment services for underserved children. Since its inception in 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $19 million in donated products, educational materials and financial grants to improve oral health outcomes for children and youth in need. For more information, visit AmericasToothFairy.org

Call for Preceptor Applications for the AACD Residency Program

Posted on September 10, 2019

The AACD Residency program, which launched in August 2018, will continue in 2020 and is now looking for preceptors. The AACD Residency Program preceptors are asked to work one-on-one with a dental resident and provide experience relating to all facets of an esthetic restorative dental practice including diagnostic tools, restorative considerations, and effective practice management.

Preceptors will have the opportunity to teach residents the clinical and business experience needed to jump start a career in a cosmetic-oriented, restorative dental practice by completing a series of requirements including studying dental literature and implementing simple to complex restorative cases. "The AACD Residency program is a unique opportunity to give back and share your personal and invaluable experience as a private practitioner. You will learn as you teach and be making a commitment to our generation of young dentists," explains Residency Task Force chair Brian LeSage, DDS, FAACD.

These dental professionals will have the unique opportunity to teach and learn one-on-one with some of the most promising dentists in the country. Residents will observe, document, and execute a variety of cosmetic restorative solutions at the direction of their preceptor. In addition to gaining knowledge and experience relating to all facets of an esthetic restorative dental practice, these residents will gain the skills and confidence they need to enjoy the professional and financial successes that comes with a responsible, esthetic dental practice.

The AACD is accepting and calling for 2020 Preceptor applications through October 20th, 2019. For more information about the AACD Residency program, visit www.aacd.com/residency or email AACD Executive Office at residency@aacd.com.

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.

ETI Announces Educational Seminars

Posted on September 10, 2019

ETI has announced four educational seminars that are scheduled to take place over the course of the coming months. These seminars cover topics such as intraoral photography, glass-ceramic CAD/CAM workflow, and stain and glaze materials. To RSVP to any of the following seminars, you can call 714-238-1490 or email admin@etidigitaltechnology.com.


ETI's Intraoral Photography Seminar with Sang Jun, CDT 

Date/Time: October 9th from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)

Location: ETI Digital Technology’s Training Center (955 N. Shepard Street, Anaheim, CA 92806) 

The objective of the seminar is to provide clinicians and dental technicians with the opportunity to use the latest and most advanced DSLR cameras to capture accurate shades, textures, and anatomy while utilizing digital technologies and advancement of computer programs. This seminar will provide a deep understanding of how camera usage has become an essential tool of communication, as well as the deep understanding of proper camera usage. CE credits are available to those that attend. Credit towards the future purchase of ETI Empire gypsum products will also be awarded to those that attend.


ETI & Roland's Efficient Glass-Ceramic CAD/CAM Workflow 

Date/Time: October 26th from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PST)

Location: ETI Digital Technology’s Training Center (955 N. Shepard Street, Anaheim, CA 92806) 

The objective of the seminar is to provide clinicians and dental technicians with information on how milling glass-ceramic in the latest Roland milling machine can benefit them greatly, while working with the latest CAD/CAM workflow can benefit their productivity and their business. CE credits are available to those that attend. Credit towards the future purchase of ETI Empire gypsum products will also be awarded to those that attend. 


ETI's Intraoral Photography Seminar with Sang Jun, CDT 

Date/Time: October 23rd from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)

Location: Jun Arts & Science (3434 West 6th Street, Unit 250A, Los Angeles, CA 90020) 

The objective of the seminar is to provide clinicians and dental technicians with the opportunity to use the latest and most advanced DSLR cameras to capture accurate shades, textures, and anatomy while utilizing digital technologies and advancement of computer programs. This seminar will provide a deep understanding of how camera usage has become an essential tool of communication, as well as the deep understanding of proper camera usage. CE credits are available to those that attend. Credit towards the future purchase of ETI Empire gypsum products will also be awarded to those that attend.


Hands-On Stain & Glaze Seminar with Sang Jun, CDT 

Date/Time: November 9th from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PST)

Location: ETI Digital Technology’s Training Center (955 N. Shepard Street, Anaheim, CA 92806) 

This seminar is designed to teach attendees about the latest stain and glazing materials, to help them achieve the highest esthetics on monolithic zirconia, milled or pressed lithium disilicate, and other popular materials in dentistry today. CE credits are available to those that attend. Credit towards the future purchase of ETI Empire gypsum products will also be awarded to those that attend. 

Elevate Oral Care introduces SMART Advantage

Posted on September 9, 2019

Elevate Oral Care® introduces SMART Advantage™ Glass Ionomer in A1-A2 shades. This self-cure, high viscosity, opaque, fast setting restorative is designed to bond to and mask SDF-treated surfaces. Complete with a yellow PAA Tooth Conditioner to easily differentiate from the blue SDF. SMART Advantage is perfect to mask discoloration. SMART Advantage is great for stand-alone restorations, or sandwich techniques for more aesthetic restorations. SMART Advantage comes in three capsule delivery kits of A1 only, A2 only or mixed A1/A2 shades with yellow PAA tooth Conditioner. It’s the perfect complement to SDF in any office.

Centrix Announces the Release of E-Lieve

Posted on September 9, 2019

E-Lieve is a topical Vitamin E treatment that provides instant relief to soft tissue irritation and can be used to treat damaged gingival tissue during and after dental procedures. Because E-Lieve is also a moisturizer, it absorbs into the tissue, reducing inflammation. E-Lieve also acts as an antioxidant by protecting cell membranes from oxidation, which can damage healthy gum tissue.

E-Lieve’s convenient unit-dose tube packaging allows for easy application and take-home use. No need to cut open Vitamin E gel tablets for a messy and awkward application. Each E-Lieve tube contains one single dose (0.5 mL) of Vitamin E. E-Lieve also eliminates cross contamination and waste, provides easy cleanup and easy inventory control!


• E-Lieve is ideal when applied to lips before placement of rubber dams to lubricate, moisturize and prevent irritation and damage to soft tissue that commonly occurs when using rubber dams, especially during longer procedures.

• E-Lieve soothes chapped lips before, during, and after hygiene and dental procedures.

• E-Lieve has an anti-inflammatory effect when applied on damaged or inflamed tissue.

• E-Lieve helps denture wearers adapt to new dentures and relieves tissue discomfort from older dentures.

• E-Lieve is perfect during whitening procedures to protect lips and gums from carbamide and hydrogen peroxide.

• E-Lieve lubricates soft tissue where reduced salivary flow causes drying and irritation.

• E-Lieve can be used to relieve irritation and discomfort during many other common procedures including deep scaling and around ortho brackets.

• E-Lieve is a perfect addition to patient “take-home packages” after in-office treatments.


REF# 310171 50 x 0.5 mL tubes

MSRP: $29.99 ($0.60 per use)

Each E-Lieve tube contains one single dose (0.5 mL) of Vitamin E.

To order or to learn more about E-Lieve visit: CENTRIXDENTAL.COM


Centrix is a leading innovator of dental materials, preventive products and applicators and delivery systems. Along with the Centrix C-R and Mark III syringe guns, we provide the most comprehensive line of syringe delivery systems. We pioneered the first one-piece disposable dental applicator brushes: Benda® Brush and Benda Micro flocked applicators. Realizing the importance of asepsis in the dental office, we developed the LolliPack® single-use package, which is now the standard application method for fluoride varnishes and other unit dose materials.

FluoroDose® Fluoride Varnish has been recognized as the best Fluoride Varnish for the last several years. Centrix also offers the most complete line of Temporization Materials: Tempit® for filling, Access® Crown for temporary crown and bridge, and NoMIX® temporary cement. And Centrix is forging new paths in Impressioning with NoCord™ VPS, the first one-step, self-retracting impression material and the Centrix Couture™ line of esthetic finishing and polishing products.

Centrix products are available from all leading dental distributors or by calling Centrix at 800.235.5862. To learn more about the Centrix family of products, visit us online at http://www.centrixdental.com.

NYU Oral Cancer Center Awarded $2.5 Million NIH Grant to Study Cancer Pain

Posted on September 6, 2019

Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD (left) and Donna Albertson, PhD (right) of NYU Oral Cancer Center and NYU College of Dentistry

Researchers at New York University (NYU) Oral Cancer Center were awarded a $2.5 million grant (R01CA228525) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to study the role of artemin in oral cancer pain and growth. The principal investigators, Donna Albertson, PhD, and Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD, seek to improve oral cancer treatment and alleviate pain by targeting overexpressed cancer mediators.

Albertson and Schmidt initiated their investigation of artemin—a protein encoded by a gene of the same name—when a molecular analysis of oral cancers from patients seen at the NYU Oral Cancer Center revealed elevated concentrations of artemin in tumors of the patients with pain. Since Schmidt founded the NYU Oral Cancer Center in 2013, scores of oral cancer patients have volunteered to participate in an ongoing investigation of why cancers hurt. Prior to surgery, Schmidt measures pain with a written patient questionnaire. A sample of the patient’s cancer is collected during surgery and molecularly compared with normal oral tissue. After analyzing the questionnaire and molecular data, Albertson and Schmidt discovered a strong correlation between artemin levels and pain. Since artemin is overexpressed in oral cancers, it is likely that artemin also promotes cancer growth.  

“Out of tens of thousands of genes, the gene that codes for artemin is one that is highly expressed in oral cancer compared with normal tissue,” said Albertson, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at NYU College of Dentistry. “Artemin became the obvious target to simultaneously address cancer growth and pain.” Following their discovery in the tissues of oral cancer patients, Albertson and Schmidt undertook experiments in the laboratory to confirm the role of artemin in both cancer pain and cancer growth.

Artemin is one of four members of the glial cell line-derived-neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family of proteins. Neurotrophins are secreted molecules that promote growth, differentiation, and survival of neurons. Artemin contributes to pain by inducing expression of receptors on sensory neurons.

Oral cancer patients endure severe chronic pain during everyday functions such as chewing and speaking. Albertson and Schmidt have investigated oral cancer pain at the molecular level over the last 13 years to alleviate pain in these patients through improved pharmacologic therapy.

“I am unable to adequately manage oral cancer pain with the therapies that are currently available,” said Schmidt, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at NYU College of Dentistry and director of the NYU Oral Cancer Center. “Ever greater opioid doses are required as drug tolerance develops. Debilitating side effects degrade quality of life in a population of patients who also face an ominous five-year survival rate.”

Cancer pain is attributed to secretion of mediators into the cancer environment. Cancer-derived mediators sensitize pain signaling neurons. Cancers also induce growth of neurons in the tumor. Subsequently there is greater interaction between these mediators and neurons. Overexpressed artemin may also act as an oncogene to promote cancer growth. In their newly funded research, Albertson and Schmidt will evaluate how overexpression of artemin contributes to tumor growth as well as pain secondary to changes in neuronal function.

About NYU College of Dentistry

Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating 9 percent of the nation’s dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. Visit http://dental.nyu.edu for more.

Carestream Dental Delivers Sophisticated Scanning Solution with New Premium Intraoral Scanner

Posted on September 6, 2019

High performance meets ergonomic design for uncompromised scanning in Carestream Dental’s newest intraoral scanner: The CS 3700. The new design of the scanner centers around doctors’ needs and preferences with customer-centric workflows; smart-shade matching; high-speed scanning and processing; and touchscreen capabilities.

The scanner is the ideal fit for any state-of-the-art practice, offering exceptional versatility to address restorative, orthodontic, implant-borne prosthetic and sleep device treatments. In fact, the scanner’s new software, CS ScanFlow, lets users select any workflow from a single screen for exceptional convenience and control.

To ensure remarkably beautiful aesthetic restorations, the CS 3700 features smart-shade matching that automatically detects the enamel color of the scan area to identify the ideal match. This patented technology, known as bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF), captures actual shade values from several views, considering all angles of the scanner—unlike other systems that collect RGB values from a single view. In a single click, smart-shade matching automatically compiles a shade report with multilayer shade information for the selected area of interest, allowing users to easily share the outcome with the dental lab or referral for optimal restorative outcomes.

Users will also notice increased scanning speeds with the CS 3700—a 20 percent increase over previous Carestream Dental intraoral scanner models, in fact, that doesn’t compromise the accuracy of the datasets. Turbo speed scans have been tested and proven to scan in vitro single arches in 30 seconds when the recommended PC configuration is used.*

The CS 3700 has been prestigiously designed in collaboration with the renowned design studio Studio F. A. Porsche, the originator of the brand Porsche Design, and features the optimized curves, sleek style and ultimate comfort expected of top-of-the-line intraoral scanner. Its ergonomically optimal grip channel empowers users with a balanced sense of scanner control, while an optional wrist strap connects the user to the scanner and prevents damage from dropping. Users can also easily switch between upper and lower jaw modes direct from the scanner, allowing for more focus on the patient.

“All dentists are artists at heart, their eye is trained to recognize symmetry and aesthetics,” Ed Shellard, D.M.D., chief dental officer, Carestream Dental, said. “The CS 3700 combines performance and modern design that doctors practicing at the highest level will truly appreciate. But it’s more than just style; the software that drives the CS 3700’s performance includes advanced features that keeps the user in the driver’s seat at all times.”

The intraoral scanner’s CS ScanFlow software further enhances the experience by providing the practitioner with more control of the scanning workflow process, as well as HD 3D scans; tools to meet the specific needs of restorative, orthodontic, oral surgery and sleep dentistry practices; and touchscreen capabilities.

To learn more about the CS 3700, or any of Carestream Dental’s innovative products, visit booth #1637 at the ADA FDI 2019 World Dental Congress, Sept. 5-7, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, Calif., or visit carestreamdental.com.

*In vitro testing

American Dental Hygienists’ Association Welcomes New Director of Corporate Development and Institute for Oral Health

Posted on September 6, 2019

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) announced that Ryann Kehoe has joined the organization as the new Director of Corporate Development & the Institute for Oral Health (IOH).

In her new role, Kehoe will oversee the ADHA and IOH corporate sponsorship and fundraising activities.

Previously, Kehoe served as the Corporate Alliances Manager for the Lincoln Park Zoo. While there, she secured partnerships with companies with strong cultural footprints in the Chicago area to support ongoing endeavors at the zoo. Her efforts directly contributed a $1.3M increase in corporate giving to a $13M portfolio. Before working with Lincoln Park Zoo, Kehoe spent five years with the American Cancer Society. As Corporate Partners Account Manager, she managed the pursuit of new giving opportunities with Fortune 1000 companies. Kehoe is a graduate of DePaul University with a B.A. in Communications.

“Ryann Kehoe brings a wealth of corporate relations, fundraising and development experience to the ADHA. We look forward to welcoming her to our team as the Association’s new Director of Corporate Development and the Institute for Oral Health,” said ADHA Chief Executive Officer, Ann Battrell, MSDH.

exocad’s Implant Planning Software exoplan with Guide Creator Module Now Cleared for Sale in USA

Posted on September 6, 2019

exocad, the dental industry’s leading provider of CAD software, has released exoplan with Guide Creator in the USA.

Building on exocad’s proven wizard-based workflows, exoplan is an open architecture pre-operative software application allowing dental professionals to precisely plan specific implant types, positions, orientations, and sizes.

This exoplan release was designed especially for the US market and contains libraries of implants and parts that have FDA clearance, extending exocad’s tradition of providing open and vendor neutral software solutions. Already successful in European markets, exoplan continues its trademark simple, stylish, and guided approach to implant planning. “As one of the world's leading supplier of dental CAD software, we can provide the perfect symbiosis of prosthetic and implant planning,” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, CEO of exocad. exoplan’s strength lies in its flexibility, combined with ease-of-use which makes it accessible to digital dentistry newcomers.

exoplan features direct integration with exocad’s leading DentalCAD and design platforms, enabling crown-down and immediate-load workflows, and is also compatible with dentalshare, exocad’s next-generation case communications platform. exoplan processes DICOM datasets at an impressive speed with hard and soft tissues displayed in 2D and 3D high resolution. It aligns CB/CT and optical scan data to visualize implants and other planning objects (such as mandibular canals and tooth models). These optimal visualizations of the initial situation support the user in simple and safe planning of the implant positions.

exoplan’s Guide Creator enables in-house design of drill guides, supporting multiple surgical kits and sleeves. The open STL output format - available at no extra cost - gives users access to a wide range of production options. This increases the production value of existing equipment, including 3D printers, providing more profitability when producing surgical guides.

“Users achieve predictable results in a cost and time-efficient manner with increased customer satisfaction.” says Larry Bodony, President of exocad America, adding that "implant planning is an integral aspect of digital dentistry. With this release of exoplan we further push the boundaries of what is possible in a digital working environment.”

exocad is exhibiting at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress at booth #6363 and Cellerant group's "Best of Class Award" for their Chairside CAD product at booth #742. Visitors can meet their dental technology experts, attend in-show lectures from prominent dentists, and learn how their unique open-architecture software solutions, available from their many partners, can help them build practices. The software is only available through exocad’s North American medical device resellers.

IDT's Valerie Berger gets a demonstration at exocad's booth.

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