Inside Dentistry
January 2009
Volume 5, Issue 1

Industry Insider

Oral Health America Announces Significant Multiyear Sponsorship from Trident® in Support of Smiles Across America® Program

Smiles Across America® is the recipient of a 3-year, $1,500,000 National Sponsorship from Trident®, a Cadbury brand. Trident’s support represents the first multiyear commitment and the first donation of over $1 million for Smiles Across America. Trident and Oral Health America announced the award today at PS42, a New York City-based public school, accompanied by Jennie Garth (an actress from the show “90210”) who spoke about the importance of oral healthcare and led oral hygiene demonstrations for the school children. Faculty and dental students from the Smiles Across America treatment partner, the New York University College of Dentistry, were on hand to provide dental exams and sealants to the children.

“Trident is a proud sponsor of Smiles Across America, a program that shares our passion for the health and well-being of children,” said Delfina Baribeau, Trident Senior Brand Manager. “We know that school sealant programs work, and are a proven, cost-effective strategy in reaching children who do not have routine access to dental care. We recognize Oral Health America’s leadership on behalf of the children’s oral health, and are pleased to partner with them to increase access to care.”

“We are tremendously grateful for Trident’s investment in children’s oral health,” said Beth Truett, Oral Health America’s President and CEO. “For many families, including those served by Smiles Across America, our economic environment is making access to care that much more difficult. Trident is allowing us not only to stand by our community program partners such as the New York University College of Dentistry, but also to bring the program to three new cities each year for the next 3 years.”

Oral Health America is working to eliminate oral disease by connecting people to resources, empowering communities, and influencing public policies and practices.

For more information, visit www.oralhealthamerica.org

LED Medical Diagnostics Receives Award for Innovation and Promise

LED Medical Diagnostics Inc has been named a winner of the first annual Red Herring Canada 50 awards celebrating the most innovative and promising companies in Canada. LED Medical Diagnostics is the parent company of LED Dental, manufacturer of the VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening System.

Red Herring is a global media company uniting the world’s best high-technology innovators, venture investors, and business decision makers.

The Red Herring Canada 50 nominees are rigidly evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, and execution of strategy.

David Cox, president of both LED Medical Diagnostics and LED Dental, said, “Being named a finalist for this prestigious award was quite an honor for our company, but to be named a winner is a gratifying reinforcement of the exciting promise presented by our dedicated, talented team and our innovative, life-saving technology.” Mr. Cox accepted the award on his company’s behalf on September 17 at ceremonies in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.

Sirona Dental Systems Welcomes Scott Bailey
Sirona Dental Systems, LLC, the company that pioneered digital dentistry more than 20 years ago and the world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, is pleased to introduce Scott Bailey, graduate of Texas Tech University, as the new South Central Territory Manager for inLab CAD/CAM Lab Applications. Bailey is the sixth addition to Sirona’s growing sales force of dedicated inLab Territory Managers.

Bailey’s territory includes Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. He brings over 4 years of experience in the dental industry to Sirona, including 3 years dedicated exclusively to sales.

He can be contacted at 806-252-5117, or Scott.Bailey@Sirona.com.

Dr. Cobb Receives 2008 Small Business Humanitarian of the Year Award
The Dawson Academy would like to congratulate faculty member Andrew C. Cobb, DDS, on his 2008 Small Business Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Dr. Cobb, of Bethesda, MD, was presented the award along with Gael M. Delany, DDS, of Chevy Chase, MD, and Michael T. Keegan, MD, of Rockville, MD for their work with Somos Amigos Medical Missions, a nonprofit, public charity corporation that provides medical and dental care to people living in a rural area of the Dominican Republic. By volunteering their time and donating money,

Drs Cobb, Delany, Keegan, and the other volunteers have created a state-of-the-art clinic providing medical and dental care to thousands of people who otherwise would have no access to healthcare. “The Dawson Academy would like to congratulate Dr. Cobb for receiving an award for such a fantastic cause,” said Joan Forrest, President and CEO of The Dawson Academy. “We encourage our faculty members to participate in worldwide dental outreach programs that help the less fortunate, and there’s no better example of that type of commitment than Dr. Cobb. We are extremely honored to have him here at The Dawson Academy.”

BIOMET 3i Announces Evening Programsin 2009

New Solutions for Enhanced Aesthetic Restorations will present clinical solutions to meet aesthetic demands including soft tissue management, the use of transitional abutments to achieve nonsurgical tissue sculpting, final abutment choices from prefabricated to customized, and the selection of ideal abutment materials to achieve enhanced aesthetics and long-term function.

Programs will be held from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at each of the following locations:

  • Wednesday, February 4, Milbrae, CA
  • Thursday, February 5, Bellevue, WA,and Los Angeles, CA
  • Wednesday, February 18, Houston, TX
  • Thursday, February 19, Irving, TX
  • Thursday, March 12, San Diego, CA
  • Wednesday, March 18, Baltimore, MD
  • Thursday, March 26, Atlanta, GA
  • Thursday, April 16, Newton, MA
  • Wednesday, April 22, Southfield, MI
  • Thursday, April 23, Chicago, IL

For more information or to register, call 800-717-4143 or visit www.biomet3i.com.

TrioDent in Top Ten for Second Year in Deloitte/Unlimited Fast 50

TrioDent announced it ranked number ten in the 2008 Deloitte/Unlimited Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing companies in New Zealand. TrioDent also took home the award for the Fastest Growing Manufacturer in New Zealand.

TrioDent CEO, Dr. Simon McDonald, said, “I think the main thing that has helped us by being in the Fast 50 Index is our ability to attract high caliber staff.” TrioDent’s team has increased from just 12 people in 2006 to 65 in 2008, including seven sales people based in the United States.

TrioDent designs, manufactures, and markets a range of innovative dental products to dentists and dental distributors around the world. Its recent addition, the V3 Ring System, was evaluated as a “Recommended” product by Dental Product Shopper.

Levin Group Launches New Business Unit

Dr. Roger P. Levin, Chairman and CEO of Levin Group, announced the launch of Levin Group Practice Success Training™, offering training programs under the “1 Day Training by Levin Group” banner.

This new division complements Levin Group’s existing consulting business, which has increased production, improved profitability, and reduced stress for thousands of dental practices over the last 24 years. While Levin Group’s consulting programs manage and implement comprehensive change in all practice systems over a period of a year or more, the 1 Day Training by Levin Group will provide intensive learning experiences and programs will be taught in the dentist’s office by Levin Group trainers.

The first five 1-day training programs, available in February 2009, are: 1 Day Hygiene Maximizer™, 1 Day Case Presentation™, 1 Day Marketing That Matters™, 1 Day Immediate Collections Process™, and 1 Day New Patient Experience™. Three more 1 Day Training programs will be offered in spring 2009 and more will follow.

For more information, call 888-973-0000 or visit www.levingroupgp.com.

OHA Gala Reservations Now Online

Oral Health America has created an online reservation system for its 19th Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction to be held 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm on February 26, 2009, at the Navy Pier in Chicago. Guests may reserve individual seats or tables and can pay with a credit card or select the “bill me” option, allowing company payments. Early reservations are encouraged to avoid disappointment. To reserve tickets, go to www.oralhealthamerica.org.

The Oral Health America Gala, held each year during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, is one of the dental industry’s premier networking events.

2009 Gala Sponsors include: Diamond Level ($10,000): Cadbury Adams USA LLC, Henry Schein Dental, Ivoclar Vivadent, and Patterson Dental; Platinum Level ($5000): 1-800-DENTIST, Colgate-Palmolive Co, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Beazley, SciCan, Philips Sonicare, Unilever, and DENTSPLY; and Gold Level ($3000): Aetna Dental, Belmont Publications, ConFirm Monitoring Systems, GC America, Midmark, Planmeca, Inc, The Argen Corporation, and Tokuyama. The event raises funds to support educational and service programs designed to improve oral health.

Tickets are $285 each ($300 after February 1, if still available); a table for 10 costs $2,500 ($2,750 after February 1, if still available).

For more information, call 312-836-9900 or email joe@oralhealthamerica.org.

21 Global Leaders Now “Friends of OSAP”

The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures’ Friends organization (OSAP Friends) recently added Drs. Leslie E. Grant and Dominick P. DePaola to its leadership rolls. The 21 OSAP Friends help integrate dental infection control and safety messages into related health issues for professional audiences worldwide. Appointees serve as a creative source for collaborative initiatives that sustain and advance safety and health worldwide.

Dr. DePaola has held faculty positions at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the Baylor College of Dentistry, and Harvard School of Dental Medicine/Harvard Medical School. He has recently retired from the position of President and CEO of The Forsyth Institute in Boston, and has been named President Emeritus of Forsyth by the Board of Trustees. Currently, Dr. DePaola is Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Professor and Director of Special Projects at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Leslie E. Grant served as the 82nd President of the National Dental Association in 2006. During her presidency with the NDA, the association’s theme was “Committed to Health Equity Through Unity and Collaboration.” Dr. Grant owns a dental practice in Baltimore City, and provided school-based public health services with the city’s health department for 7 years. She is currently the Dental Compliance Officer for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. Dr. Grant has reached out to corporate entities, legislators, organizational, and community leaders, and national policy makers to “raise the level of understanding of the sad state of access to oral healthcare in our country.”

For more information, visit www.osap.org.

The Dawson Academy Announces 2009 Curriculum

The Dawson Academy announced its 2009 curriculum, which includes several new courses and locations, offering a variety of options for dentists, hygienists, laboratory technicians, and clinical assistants.

The four new courses are:

  • The Restorative–TMD Patient: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Predictable Dentistry–Predictable Success: Putting Your Practice in the Top Ten Percent
  • Dental Assisting 1
  • Dental Assisting 2

In addition to classes held in Florida and Virginia, The Dawson Academy will be taking its show on the road in 2009 to Boston; Orlando; Traverse City, MI; Naperville, IL; and Oakbrook, IL.

All classes fall under one of The Dawson Academy’s four learning tracks: Core Curriculum, Advanced Restorative Electives, Dental Medical Track, and Practice and Professional Growth. The Dawson Academy has designed its curriculum to be a complete methodology for the entire dental team to help students develop a highly effective, efficient practice. Successful graduates demonstrate clinical confidence and are able to increase production and reduce debt.

For more information, call 800-952-2178 or visit www.TheDawsonAcademy.com.

Nobel Biocare Acquires BioCad and Signs Exclusive Partnership with Optimet

Nobel Biocare has signed an agreement to buy 100% of BioCad Medical Inc, a leading developer of computer-aided software for prosthetics, for EUR ~26 million (CHF ~39 million). At the same time, Nobel Biocare also signed an exclusive partnership with Optimet, Optical Metrology Ltd, to offer a new generation of optical scanners with impression scanning capabilities. Along with the acquisition and the partnership, Nobel Biocare will introduce a broad range of new prosthetic materials and products, including nonpressure alloys and acrylics. The complete range will be presented at major industry events in early 2009.

For more information, e-mail mikael.lagerqvist@nobelbiocare.com

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