AAP Stresses Importance of Periodontal Health During COVID-19

Posted on August 13, 2020

Despite recent World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to delay routine dental procedures, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) today stressed the importance of maintaining periodontal health during the COVID-19 outbreak. The AAP also announced that its members are committed to implementing rigorous safety measures in an effort to ensure the health and well-being of patients and reduce the risk of exposure during the pandemic.

“It is well-established science that periodontal disease and systemic disease are interconnected,” said Dr. Bryan Frantz, President of the AAP. “As a result, establishing and maintaining healthy teeth and gums is fundamental to overall health. The COVID19 pandemic has certainly affected most aspects of life, but with the right patient safety measures in place that align with state and local guidelines, it should not impact your ability to receive periodontal care.”

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, can cause bleeding gums, bad breath, and if left untreated lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to several other serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

The WHO’s recent recommendations to delay non-essential dental care cite the risk of disease transmission as a result of the close proximity between dental professionals and patients and due to the aerosols produced by certain dental procedures. However, there is limited evidence to support the claim that dental offices pose an increased risk of spreading disease, including COVID-19.

Additionally, the AAP states that routine visits with a periodontist are crucial to maintaining the health of teeth and gums. “Many patients under the care of a periodontist are undergoing a comprehensive treatment plan,” says Dr. Frantz. “Regular check-ups are an important part of this treatment, and any delay in care could lead to a worsening of their periodontal condition.”

According to Dr. Frantz, periodontists are uniquely experienced in infection control and other safety measures to protect themselves and their patients from disease exposure. “As dental professionals who are predominantly involved with surgical procedures, periodontists have always been committed to ensuring that effective safety barriers are in place for patients. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us, members of the AAP are adhering to COVID-19 mandates issued by state and local agencies and implementing additional measures to ensure the safety of both their patients and their staff.”

Additional measures include regular temperature checks for both staff and patients, social distancing, the use of personal protective equipment such as face shields, masks, and gloves, and rigorous infection control and sanitation procedures. For more information or to find a periodontist, visit perio.org.

About the American Academy of Periodontology:

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the leading professional association of periodontists, dentistry’s experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease and in the placement and maintenance of dental implants. AAP members are dedicated to supporting the optimal oral and overall health and excellent quality of life for their patients through exceptional periodontal care. Periodontists receive three years of additional training following dental school to hone their clinical, surgical, and anatomical skills. Periodontics is one of the twelve recognized specialties of the American Dental Association (ADA).  

MouthWatch, LLC Ranks 1303 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 List

Posted on August 13, 2020

MouthWatch, LLC, a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, was recently included on the annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

After being founded only eight years ago, MouthWatch is in good company as Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“It’s beyond exciting for our entire team and customers to see the incredible growth MouthWatch has accomplished in recent years,” says Brant Herman, MouthWatch founder and chief executive officer. “While we are known for our achievements in improving dental care, we are striving for broader goals within healthcare. It’s humbling to have MouthWatch recognized by the Inc. 5000 and to remind us of how far we’ve come.”

The company’s recent growth was propelled by sales of two products that are highly rated by dental clinicians and educators: the TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry platform, and the MouthWatch Intraoral Camera.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

About MouthWatch LLC

Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider.

The founders and management team of MouthWatch have relevant backgrounds and successful track records in dentistry, consumer products and communications. Since 2012, this team has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of oral health. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in bringing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry. For more information, visit www.MouthWatch.com.


ADA Responds to WHO Recommendation: Dentistry is Essential Health Care

Posted on August 13, 2020

The American Dental Association (ADA) respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to delay “routine” dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19.

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care,” states ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. “Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”

Dr. Gehani added that in March, when COVID-19 cases began to rise in the U.S., the ADA called for dentists to postpone all but urgent and emergency care in order to understand the disease, consider its effect on dental patients, dental professionals and the greater community.

Both the ADA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) then issued interim guidance for dental professionals related to COVID-19. The ADA’s guidance calls for the highest level of PPE available—masks, goggles and face shields. The ADA’s interim guidance also calls for the use of rubber dams and high velocity suction whenever possible and hand scaling when cleaning teeth rather than using ultrasonic scaling to minimize aerosols.

Dr. Gehani concludes, “Millions of patients have safely visited their dentists in the past few months for the full range of dental services. With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.”

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org


Coalition of Dentists Throughout the United States Launch Nationwide Campaign Urging State Officials to Keep Dental Offices Open

Posted on August 12, 2020

Dentists and dentistry leaders in the U.S. have launched a nationwide campaign, Keep Dentistry Open for Patients. This new coalition urges state health and elected officials to keep dental practices open as COVID-19 cases continue to spike around the country. Dental practitioners play a crucial role in keeping dental emergencies out of hospital emergency departments, which preserves precious PPE resources and reduces further transmissions of the Coronavirus. With some state health officials and governors considering new stay-at-home orders, dentists are taking action by signing a petition asking the leaders in their states to consider the essential services dental offices provide to their communities. For more information and to sign the petition, click HERE.

Dentistry is a critically important element of the healthcare system. Studies indicate that good oral health has shown to help improve individual defenses against the novel Coronavirus, and that poor oral hygiene has been linked to COVID-19 complications, particularly in patients suffering with diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. It is critical that dental offices remain open to treat patients to help maintain their oral health.

Dentists supported by leading dental support organization Pacific Dental Services® (PDS), as well as all dentists throughout the country, have always taken precautions to ensure the safety of their patients. Now, in the midst of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, additional safety measures have been adopted at dental offices nationwide to protect patients from the COVID-19 virus. Nevertheless, according to recent reports, a large population of patients are suffering from untreated dental issues due to fears from entering a dental office. Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. and half of all seniors reported delaying medical care in April due to fears of contamination at medical facilities, and the latest American Dental Association data reported average weekly patient visits were down 82% in early May. While concerns about safety are understandable, experts believe the health consequences of delaying needed dental care are an even greater risk. For this critical reason, it’s imperative that dental offices remain open throughout the continued healthcare crisis. For more information on the #DentalSAFETY of patients, click here.

For more information about the Keep Dental Offices Open campaign and to sign the petition, click HERE.

About Pacific Dental Services®

Founded in 1994, Pacific Dental Services (PDS) is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing supported autonomy that enables dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the Private Practice+® model to enable dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients. PDS also pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry so that dentists are equipped to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. PDS continues to grow, with over 800 supported dental offices across the United States and plans to expand into several new markets. PDS has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America 14 times. PDS supported dentists aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve and to develop Patients for Life™.

For more information, visit us at http://www.pacificdentalservices.com

Smile Generation Serve Day

Posted on August 12, 2020

Millions of Americans are without access to basic dentistry, which is an essential element in maintaining good overall health. In 2020, with the impact of the health and economic crises, millions of additional children and adults are without access to the oral health care they need. Smile Generation Serve Day once again is answering the call to provide countless patients with donated dentistry. Taking place on Saturday, August 15, this annual day of service is part of a nationwide campaign of giving that focuses on dental care. Smile Generation Serve Day lives at the heart of the Smile Generation’s culture of service. Hundreds of Smile Generation-trusted dental practices will be providing donated dentistry to underserved members of their communities.

“Smile Generation Serve Day is an extremely rewarding day for the dentists and their teams, and for the patients who never thought they would have the opportunity to receive this level of care,” said Kyle Guerin, Director, Pacific Dental Services® & Corporate Social Responsibility. “It’s a privilege to be able to help so many underserved patients regain their confidence and their smiles.”

After Innocence: Giving a New Start to Life

This year, the Smile Generation will join forces with After Innocence, a non-profit organization that serves more than 500 exonerees nationwide, to provide donated dentistry to women and men who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. These innocent men and women, many of whom served decades in prison, are trying to rebuild their lives. After Innocence, a 501(c)(3) public charity headquartered in Oakland, California, provides reliable, efficient re-entry assistance for America’s wrongfully convicted. The organization advocates with exonerees for laws that provide them with meaningful compensation and effective re-entry support.

“Dental care is a major issue for so many exonerees and working with the Smile Generation has given many of them a level of care that would have been otherwise unobtainable,” said Jon Eldan, Founder and Executive Director of After Innocence. “Most exonerees didn’t receive good dental care while they were in prison, and some developed serious problems as a result. Once released, they found it difficult to get affordable dental care. That's why our partnership with Smile Generation Serve Day is a game-changer for many of our exonerees. The scope of the work these dentists do for our exoneree-clients is just extraordinary.”

This Saturday, Smile Generation-trusted dentists will be offering patients comprehensive oral health care, including cleanings, x-rays, scaling and root planing, restorations, and extractions. Since its inception in 2011, more than 19,000 patients have received donated dental services during Smile Generation Serve Day, totaling $32 million in oral health care.   

Statement on Dentistry as Essential Health Care

Posted on August 12, 2020

CHICAGO, August 10, 2020 — A new interim policy from the American Dental Association (ADA) states dentistry is an “essential health care service,” reaffirming that oral health has long been recognized as an integral part of overall health.

“Whether it’s the current pandemic, a future epidemic or a natural disaster in a particular area, this policy recognizes the need for people to be able to continue to access the full range of dental services,” said ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. “Oral health is integral to overall health — staying well depends on having access to health care, which includes dental treatment.”

Dr. Gehani added that regular dental visits are important because treatment, as well as prevention of dental disease, helps keep people healthy. “Beyond teeth and gums, the mouth also serves as a window to the rest of the body and can show signs of infection, nutritional deficiencies and systemic diseases,” he said.

The policy includes the following:

Oral health is an integral component of systemic health.

Dentistry is an essential health care service because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.

The term “Essential Dental Care” be defined as any care that prevents and eliminates infection, preserves the structure and function of teeth as well as orofacial hard and soft tissues. Orofacial generally refers to the mouth, jaws and face.

Essential dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.

Government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have acknowledged dentistry as an essential service needed to maintain the health of Americans so they can sustain their health and livelihoods and live resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

For more information and to read the full policy, visit ADA.org.

For more information about oral health, visit the ADA’s website for consumers, MouthHealthy.org.

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org

Using Physics to Improve Root Canal Efficiency

Posted on August 12, 2020

Newswise — WASHINGTON, August 11, 2020 -- Scientists used computational fluid dynamics to determine the effect of temperature on root canal cleaning efficiency. Higher temperatures can, to a point, improve cleansing, but this benefit falls off if the temperature gets too high.

In Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing, scientists from China and the U.S. report calculations with a model of the conical-shaped root canal inside a tooth. This cavity is usually filled with pulp. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, an endodontist removes the infected pulp, and then cleans, shapes and fills the canal. The apex is then sealed.

A crucial step in this common dental procedure is irrigation, or rinsing, of the root canal cavity with an antibacterial solution, such as sodium hypochlorite. Efficient cleaning and successful destruction of any bacteria or other microbes in the cavity depend on the penetration and cleaning ability of the irrigation fluid.

The computational investigation used a structured mesh as a model of the conical root canal cavity. More than 1 million cells in the mesh completely and accurately described both the root canal and the side-vented needle through which the hypochlorite solution is injected. Fluid dynamics equations were used to model flow of the hypochlorite solution.

The scientists varied the fluid velocity, temperature and input power to determine the most efficient cleansing technique. As expected, higher fluid velocities lead to better cleansing. Perhaps counterintuitively, cleansing efficiency is higher on the wall behind the needle vent.

“The effective area on the root canal wall, in which the shear stress exceeds the critical value to clean the wall, is usually larger behind the needle outlet than in front of it,” said author Hanhui Jin.

The maximum shear stress also usually occurs on the wall behind the needle outlet, Jin explained.

The investigators also looked at the effect of temperature on cleansing. They considered four different temperatures: 22 Celsius, which is room temperature; 37 C, which is body temperature; and two higher temperatures of 45 C and 60 C. Temperatures above 60 C are painful for the patient and tend to cause root canal damage.

Increasing the temperature to 45 C, while holding the fluid velocity fixed, improved the depth of cleansing and the cleansing span across the canal’s width, but further increases in temperature beyond 45 C actually decreased the cleansing efficiency.

The investigators considered the effect of power consumption by the irrigation device. If the power consumption is held at a fixed value, the effect of temperature on cleansing efficiency is much more pronounced.

“The fluid circulation within the canal is clearly enlarged when the temperature is increased,” said Jin. Therefore, careful control of both power consumption and temperature leads to increased cleaning efficiency.


The article, "Effect of inflow temperature on root canal irrigation: A computational fluid dynamics study," is authored by Mingzhou Yu, Zhengqiu Huang, Na Zhou, Zihan Xu, Shuli Deng and Hanhui Jin. The article will appear in Physics of Fluids on Aug. 11, 2020 (DOI: 10.1063/5.0014737). After that date, it can be accessed at https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/5.0014737.

Physics of Fluids is devoted to the publication of original theoretical, computational, and experimental contributions to the dynamics of gases, liquids, and complex fluids. See https://aip.scitation.org/journal/phf.

Oral-B iO Unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show

Posted on August 11, 2020

Oral-B, the industry leader in oral care innovation, today unveiled the most revolutionary technology in its history with the Oral-B iOTM. Introduced at a press conference hosted by parent company Procter & Gamble during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Oral-B iOTM signals the latest addition to the brand’s impressive line of power toothbrushes. Further validating the product’s exemplary design and engineering, the Oral-B iOTM was given the distinction of being one of this year’s CES Innovation Award Honorees, an annual accolade that recognizes outstanding new consumer technology products.

Oral-B iO is a new power toothbrush series that has been reimagined and redesigned from the inside out, combining best-ever clinical performance with a superior user experience, making it one of the industry’s most advanced brushing products. Oral-B iO was designed as a result of insights collected from more than six years of product research and development and over 250 patents from around the world. Oral-B iO uniquely features a frictionless magnetic drive, which distributes energy more efficiently to the tips of the bristles, resulting in a smooth, quiet, sensational cleaning experience. The new magnetic drive delivers cleaning energy to the redesigned iO brush head, which has been engineered to combine oscillating and rotating cleaning motions with micro-vibrations for a professional clean feel.

Oral-B iOTM is a new power toothbrush series that has been reimagined and redesigned from the inside out, combining best-ever clinical performance with a superior user experience, making it one of the industry’s most advanced brushing products. Oral-B iOTM was designed as a result of insights collected from more than six years of product research and development and over 250 patents from around the world. Oral-B iO builds on existing oscillation rotation technology, combining with all new micro-vibrations for a more thorough clean and a uniquely pleasurable experience. Oral-B iO also gives users personalized guidance and an overall enjoyable experience that expertly assists them through each session and instills a new confidence that they are brushing with proper technique and achieving their best oral health results.

“There is nothing like the Oral-B iOTM. It introduces a new era in brushing and is a monumental leap in innovative oral care technology,” said Steve Bishop, P&G Health Care CEO. “The result of years of expert development, Oral-B iOTM strikes the right balance between effectiveness and experience and reimagines how a brush performs, cleans and feels. It is a brush that people will look forward to using and will deliver superior oral health.”

As a result of input from more than 1,800 consumers, the Oral-B iOTM includes five key pillars of design features and experience capabilities:

● Linear Magnetic Drive: created from the need to deliver a more effective and enjoyable brushing routine. Producing controlled, harmonious movements, the quiet and frictionless linear drive system efficiently transfers more energy directly to the bristle tips.

● Superior Cleaning Action and Redesigned Brush Head: Oral-B iOTM brush heads combine oscillating, rotating movements with micro-vibrations to ensure a deep clean that reaches every contour. The brush head has been redesigned with twisted bristles, and reinforced with high-density tuft-in-tuft configuration, for a sensational brushing experience.

● Bimodal Smart Pressure Sensor: an innovation that is the first of its kind to provide positive brushing feedback, identifying and guiding users to brush in the optimal pressure range. The Sensor features a variable-speed smart drive that adjusts amplitude to protect gums and enamel.

● Smart Display with Personalized Brushing Modes: an intuitive interface that greets users, while also providing coaching and motivation throughout the cleaning process. Features up to seven brush modes for a highly personalized experience.

● Artificial Intelligence Tracking via the Oral-B iOTM App: provides real-time individual tracking and coaching, thanks to artificial intelligence informed by thousands of recorded brushing sessions. Oral-B iOTM has a simple and intuitive user interface that guides consumers through a two-minute brushing session with 3D teeth tracking to ensure a professional clean feeling every time.

“Oral-B iOTM goes beyond being a new toothbrush – it is an innovative brushing technology with a truly sensorial experience that users will feel, hear and see, transforming the act of brushing teeth from something they have to do into something they actually want to do,” said Lisa Ernst, P&G VP Global Health Care R&D. “Six years of dedicated research were undertaken with dental professionals to discover a wholly original brushing experience.”

In clinical tests, Oral-B iOTM provided a deeper cleaning of teeth and gums, allowing users to easily and effectively maintain oral health. When compared to manual toothbrushes, Oral-B iOTM users experienced:

● 100 percent healthier gums in just one week

● Six times more plaque removal along the gumline

● 83 percent of gingivitis patients moved from unhealthy to healthy gums in eight weeks

The new Oral-B iOTM will be available for purchase beginning in August 2020. For more information about Oral-B iOTM, visit oralb.io. To join the Oral-B iOTM waitlist and be among the first to receive it, visit oralb.io/sign-up.

About Oral-B Oral-B® is the worldwide leader in the over $5 billion brushing market. Part of the Procter & Gamble Company, the brand includes manual and electric toothbrushes for children and adults, oral irrigators and interdental products, such as dental floss.

About Procter & Gamble P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Artificial Intelligencery®, Febreze®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands. 

DentCore Adds Three New vhf Machines to Their Portfolio

Posted on August 11, 2020

German milling machine manufacturer vhf and dental supplier DentCore have just announced the extension of their cooperation. From now on, DentCore will supply the new vhf milling and grinding machines N4+, S5, and K5+ to the American market.

To offer their customers an even broader spectrum of high-end milling and grinding machines, the Virginia-based reseller added three machines to their portfolio. Dr. Nicolas Rohde, CEO of vhf Inc., highly appreciates the expansion: “I am confident that DentCore can significantly increase their customer base with the new vhf machines. With the N4+ for wet and the K5+ for dry milling respectively, plus the S5 as a true multi-talent, customers can enjoy all the processing options provided by modern dental technology. We are convinced that vhf’s innovative technology will make our users more productive, efficient, and faster than their competition.”

DentCore has been successfully providing their customers with vhf’s same-day dentistry machine, Z4, since 2019. Paul Kim, DentCore’s president, explains this next step: “We have had big success with the vhf Z4, because we believe in the product. Our customers trust our expertise, which is based on years of digital dentistry use in large-scale lab production. We are excited that we are able to offer also other models for the lab and practice lab now. DentCore is a boutique CAD/CAM reseller that offers a ‘white glove’ service – we want to make sure that every user feels 100% comfortable with the digital equipment purchased from us, and can be productive from day one.”

vhf machines guarantee fast workflows and perfect reliability in digital dentistry, no matter what milling job lies ahead. They are known to offer great freedom to the user with a large choice of materials. Users benefit from the decades of experience that vhf has with the development of CAM software creating sophisticated machining strategies and the manufacturing of tools. The continuous cooperation with a vast range of material manufacturers ensures that the maximum possible choice of materials is available to the user.

NBC Launches Remote Practical Testing

Posted on August 10, 2020

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) announced that it is piloting a new pathway for its Practical examinations to be taken remotely at a dental laboratory of the candidate's choosing under the constant supervision of a third-party remote proctor.

"You voiced, and we listened!" the NBC says in a release about the change.

Interested candidates will be able to utilize the remote Practical examination testing (RPT) option beginning September 1, 2020. Examinations will be offered in alternating monthly testing windows six times a year, during the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November, running from the first day of the month through the last day of the month. Application deadlines are the 20th of the month prior to the desired testing window. For example, if a candidate wants to take their Practical examination through the remote testing option in November, they must submit a completed application to NBC by October 20.

“The NBC Board of Trustees has been researching remotely proctored practical testing options for some time now,” says NBC Chair Dennis Urban, CDT. “Our goal was to increase accessibility for dental technicians interested in pursuing the CDT examinations, without sacrificing examination quality and security. The COVID-19 global pandemic created the urgency to pursue this option to ensure candidates interested in pursuing their CDT could continue to do so without concerns over their safety.”

Like the written examinations, which switched to computer-based testing (CBT) in early 2018, NBC will partner with the proctoring service MonitorEDU for the Practical examinations. NBC has developed a number of security protocols before, during and after the Practical examinations to protect the integrity of the examination process. For example, NBC will be using a dual camera process, using both the camera on the candidate’s laptop computer and the camera on the candidate’s cell phone. Candidates will be required to be on camera throughout the entire duration of the examination. Candidates will also be provided with specific instructions on packaging their work and shipping it back to NBC for grading.

“This option for the Practical examination is game changing, as it eliminates massive barriers to testing such as travel costs, exam accessibility, reduction of test anxiety, and borrowing and transportation of equipment,” says NBC Vice Chair Mark Stueck, CDT. “It is the final piece to the puzzle of allowing candidates to complete ALL CDT examinations remotely at a location, date and time of their choosing.”

Candidates will be required to have access to the specific dental laboratory materials and equipment necessary to complete the Practical examination work in the specialty of their choosing. Additionally, candidates will need general equipment to utilize the remote testing option for the Practical examinations. 

“Over the last two years, since the launch of our computer-based written examinations, our focus has been on updating our Practical examination to keep pace with the changing market trends,” says Morris Fucarino, CDT, NBC Immediate Past Chair. “We have added the capability for candidates to complete their preliminary work using digital technologies and added more choices for materials. Now, our goal is to focus on how we can deliver these examinations to make them more convenient with the ever-changing world today, while still maintaining the integrity of the process.”

For additional information on the new option to take the Practical examination remotely through a third party proctor, please visit nbccert.org/become-a-cdt or contact NBC by email at certification@nbccert.org or by phone at 800-684-5310.

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