Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® and Save The Children Partner To Support Migrant Families And Children

Posted on June 21, 2021

NEW YORK, June 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) is partnering with Save the Children to provide oral health and hygiene products to respite shelters serving migrant children and families. Hosting new arrivals entering the United States with documentation via border towns in California and Texas, the respite shelters will receive over 25,000 units of toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap from Colgate, as well as oral health educational materials, via a product donation to Save the Children.

Hundreds of migrants from Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras arrive weekly and sometimes daily at respite centers in such cities as San Diego, Mecca and Bell, San Antonio, Brownsville, El Paso, and Laredo. "These children and families are fleeing unimaginable violence and disasters at home," explained Betsy Zorio, Save the Children's Vice President of U.S. Programs. "They are arriving exhausted and distressed, often with only the clothes they are wearing, to seek legal asylum."

A temporary refuge, the respite shelters provide a place to sleep and bathe, clean clothing, oral health products, toiletries, and diapers, and with assistance from Save the Children and partners, safe care and activities for children. "The adults are overwhelmed by trying to keep their children safe, navigate the immigration process, and connect with family members here in the U.S.," Zorio said. "To best support these children, Save the Children assists shelter partners with critical supplies to set up play areas so children have a place to be a kid and engage in age-appropriate activities. We also provide training so shelter staff can support children's social and emotional needs."

"As a global children's health initiative, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has an important role to play in helping to prevent disease and protect the health and well-being of vulnerable children and their families," said Dr. Gillian Barclay, Vice President, Global Public Health and Scientific Affairs, Colgate-Palmolive Company. "Last year in North America, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures donated more than three million units of oral care products and delivered oral health education to more than 27 million children and families. By partnering with Save the Children, a leading humanitarian organization and authority on child health and education, we can positively impact the lives and health of vulnerable children now and in the future. Together, we are promoting lifelong learning opportunities and the promotion of well-being for all."

As a company, Colgate has supported Save the Children since 1999. It began its global partnership with the organization in 2016, working together to increase access to oral health care for children in need in the U.S., Africa and Latin America. In addition to supporting the organization's emergency response efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border, this year Colgate is supporting Save the Children with programmatic funding for its U.S.-based Head Start, Healthy Choices, and rural education programs, as well as infant toothbrushes for its home visitation program, Early Steps to School Success, which offers home visits for families beginning with a mother's pregnancy until a child reaches age three.

In addition, Colgate supports Save the Children's "100 Days of Reading" campaign designed to feed the minds and bodies of children in rural America. Running from June 1 – September 8, 2021, the program encourages children to keep reading and learning during the summertime and every link that is clicked or tapped by campaign participants helps donate books, educational materials, and healthy food to over 750,000 kids living in poverty in rural America.

"For thirty years, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has supported and partnered with organizations that mobilize communities to improve health," said Colgate's Dr. Barclay. "Together with Save the Children, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures engages, educates, and empowers children and their families to embrace a healthy future we can all smile about."

About Colgate-Palmolive Company

Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, the Company sells its products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom's of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA Skin, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. The Company is recognized for its leadership and innovation in promoting environmental sustainability and community well-being, including its achievements in saving water, reducing waste, promoting recyclability and improving children's oral health through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which has reached more than 1.3 billion children since 1991. For more information about Colgate's global business and how the Company is building a future to smile about, visit www.colgatepalmolive.com.

About Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures

Established in 1991, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures provides free oral health education, dental screenings, and treatment referrals to children ages 1-12 in underserved areas. Through its mobile dental van program, award-winning in-school oral health curriculum, and grass-roots efforts, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has reached more than 1.3 billion children and families in more than 80 countries around the world. For more information about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, visit www.ColgateBSBF.com.

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding more than 100 years ago, we've changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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CO. by Colgate and The Cybersmile Foundation Kick Off Partnership on Stop Cyberbullying Day

Posted on June 21, 2021

Today, in honor of Stop Cyberbullying Day, CO. by Colgate and The Cybersmile Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to digital wellbeing and tackling all forms of bullying and abuse online, announce a partnership to raise awareness of online bullying and its impact on the lives of many young people. CO. by Colgate will donate $1 for every product purchased in 2021 to The Cybersmile Foundation, committing to a minimum donation of $200,000 and a maximum of $300,000.

As a purpose-driven brand founded on the values of inclusivity and authentic self-expression, CO. by Colgate envisions a world where everyone can express themselves freely; when we can express ourselves freely, we smile more. Yet research conducted by CO. by Colgate and The Cybersmile Foundation shows cyberbullying is a significant barrier to confident self-expression – with 73% of Gen Z stating they have seen somebody targeted with online abuse, bullying or harassment for how they express their individuality or identity.** CO. by Colgate aims to help change this reality by supporting the work of The Cybersmile Foundation through financial contributions and by raising awareness around cyberbullying on CO.'s social media platforms.

"Cyberbullying is a longstanding issue that impacts people's confidence in their smile: new research has found that 77% of Gen Z** have felt self-conscious posting a selfie online because of their teeth or smile," said Dana Medema, Vice President & General Manager, Oral Care, Colgate-North America. "We are proud to support the work of The Cybersmile Foundation to build a safer, more inclusive future for Gen-Z and all online users."

To extend the conversation beyond Stop Cyberbullying Day, CO. by Colgate and The Cybersmile Foundation will continue to raise awareness of cyberbullying throughout the year and will publish a Cybersmile report sponsored by CO. by Colgate titled "The State of Play Report: Gen Z & Identity Based Cyberbullying." The report will center on the prevalence of cyberbullying on Gen Z and its emotional impact, with a particular focus on the intersection of cyberbullying and ableness, race, skin tone, religious affiliation, individual identity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Findings from the report will inform a series of best-practice recommendations for dealing with cyberbullying and reporting identity-based abuse and hate-speech on a platform-by-platform basis; it will also help guide The Cybersmile Foundation's ongoing work and support services.

"Stop Cyberbullying Day is a very important day for The Cybersmile Foundation as we dedicate our work to promote kindness, diversity and inclusion by building a safer, more positive digital community," said Scott Freeman, CEO of The Cybersmile Foundation. "We are pleased to have CO. by Colgate as a partner, a brand that champions all people to share their authentic selves with the world and live their truth boldly."

Join us on social media at @CO.Colgate and @cybersmilefoundation to help promote a more inclusive and positive online community where everyone can smile brighter and bolder.

*A minimum donation of $200,000 will be made and the donation is capped at $300,000.

**All figures are from Perksy. Total sample size was 1,096 individuals 16-24. Fieldwork was undertaken between June 3 2021 and June 4 2021. The survey was carried out on mobile.

Penn Dental Medicine Study Shows How HIV Infection Impacts Brain's White Matter

Posted on June 21, 2021

It's long been known that people living with HIV experience a loss of white matter in their brains. As opposed to gray matter, which is composed of the cell bodies of neurons, white matter is made up of cells that produce myelin, a fatty substance that coats neurons, offering protection and helping them transmit signals efficiently. A reduction in white matter is associated with motor and cognitive impairment.

Earlier work by a team from Penn Dental Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found that antiretroviral therapy (ART)—the lifesaving drugs that many with HIV use daily—can reduce white matter, but it wasn't clear how the virus itself contributed to this loss.

In a new study using both human and rodent cells, the team has determined how HIV prevents the myelin-making brain cells called oligodendrocytes from maturing, reducing white matter production. When the researchers applied a compound blocking to this process, the cells were once again able to mature. The work appears in the journal Glia.

"Even when people with HIV have their disease well-controlled by antiretrovirals, they still have the virus present in their bodies, so this study came out of our interest in understanding how HIV infection itself affects white matter," says Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, professor at Penn Dental Medicine and the study's co-senior author. "By understanding those mechanisms, we can take the next step to protect people with HIV from these impacts."

Jordan-Sciutto and Judith Grinspan, CHOP research scientist and Professor of Neurology at Penn Medicine, have been collaborating to elucidate how ART and HIV affect the brain. Their previous work on antiretrovirals had shown that commonly used drugs disrupted the function of oligodendrocytes, reducing myelin formation.

In the current study, they aimed to isolate the effect of HIV on this process by looking at human macrophages, one of the major cell types that HIV infects.

Ultimately, the researchers want to discern the effects of the virus from the drugs used to treat it in order to better evaluate the risks of each.

"When we put people on ART, it's important to understand the implications," says Jordan-Sciutto. "Antiretrovirals may prevent the establishment of a viral reservoir in the central nervous system, which would be wonderful, but we also know some drugs have unintended consequences, which may include altering white matter." Read more on the study >> 

The Dawson Academy Announces New Capstone Course

Posted on June 18, 2021

Today, The Dawson Academy announced the arrival of their new introductory course, Putting Your Practice in the Top 10% – A Protocol for Success. Full course details will be released and registration will open on Friday, June 25.

The curriculum in this online seminar is optimized for the clinician’s journey towards work-life excellence following timeless and contemporary concepts and sets a new chapter in dental continuing education. Founded by Dr. Peter Dawson, The Dawson Academy’s mission continues to make good dentists even better. Over the years, their culmination of tried-and-true principles, repeatable processes, and transformative implementations have influenced thousands of general practitioners around the world to be in the top 10% in their markets.

This new course will be led by Leonard A. Hess, DDS. Last December, Dr. Hess stepped in as Clinical Director of The Dawson Academy following the tenure of Dr. John Cranham.

“Over the years, Dr. Cranham and I worked alongside Dr. Peter Dawson to share with the world how to make dentistry predictable, rewarding, and most importantly – really fun. I’m looking forward to the years ahead as Clinical Director and want to thank Dr. Cranham and Dr. Dawson for the personal and professional impacts they’ve made in my life to guide me to this point. I’m humbled to be carrying Dr. Dawson’s life-changing education onward to practitioners everywhere, and I’m excited to begin incorporating new course material for continued success in this new age of dentistry,” Dr. Hess said.

Advancements in dentistry, like cosmetics, have had a monumental impact on the dental industry by giving dentists better care options, which result in higher revenue-earning service offerings. This has amplified the need to ensure that this work is grounded in the fundamentals of Complete Care Dentistry, which unfortunately most dental degrees do not have the time to thoroughly cover. This lack of grounding can lead to missed diagnoses and guesswork in advanced and even basic patient cases.

The Dawson Academy’s hope is to share what all of their faculty and students have discovered; their capstone course will put dentists on a track to providing unparalleled quality, comprehensive care to their patients. It is the academy’s intention to bring knowledge of the masticatory system to a clinical mastery level and allow clinicians tobe prominent performers in their communities while simultaneously incorporating new technologies and processes and prioritizing life away fromwork.

The Dawson Academy is dedicated to teaching dental professionals the principles and skills necessary for the successful practice of complete, predictable dentistry with concentrations in occlusion, the TMJs, esthetic restorative techniques, and treatment planning for large cases. The Dawson Academy takes pride in its unique hands-on, clinical approach. The golden standard of CE set by the academy continues to help dentists and other professionals around the world through their online, in-person, and hybrid learning experiences.

Full course details will be released on Friday, June 25.

exocad announced the release of PartialCAD 3.0 Galway

Posted on June 18, 2021

exocad GmbH (exocad), an Align Technology, Inc. company, today announced the release of PartialCAD 3.0 Galway, its module for removable partial denture frameworks, with new and advanced features for the design of high-quality partial dentures. This new release enhances digital CAD/CAM possibilities for exocad users and dental technicians by providing simpler design solutions for complex cases. PartialCAD 3.0 Galway provides both experts and new users with smooth, improved integration with DentalCAD, exocad’s leading software for dental laboratories.

“With PartialCAD 3.0 Galway, we give dental experts more flexibility in their design workflow,” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, CEO and cofounder of exocad. “Custom partial dentures can be created and used quickly, helping those who require or request partials to smile brighter and improve their quality of life.”

The PartialCAD 3.0 Galway release includes a range of new tools and benefits that empower dental professionals through more design freedom.

Highlights of the new module include:

• Accurate fits from attachment-based partial framework designs without needing to scan the attachment itself or the accessory parts

• Smooth interaction of the crown-and-bridge workflow and partial-framework workflow allows comfortable reverse planning of the whole restoration

• Integration of partial framework design with DentalCAD enables the design of multiple separate elements like framework, teeth and gingiva

• Reverse planning with exportable teeth and gingiva and the possibility to seamlessly combine secondary telescopic crowns with partial frameworks

PartialCAD 3.0 Galway is available immediately worldwide as an add-on module or standalone module and can be accessed by all users with a valid upgrade contract. exocad names its releases after current “European Capitals of Culture” and selected the Irish city of Galway for this release.

Additional information is available at exocad.com/partialcad


Delta Dental companies invested $102.5 million in communities across the country in 2020

Posted on June 16, 2021

Today, the Delta Dental Institute released its 2020 Community Impact Report, highlighting the investments the Delta Dental companies and their foundations made in 2020 to advance oral health, respond to COVID-19, and address health inequities and disparities. Delta Dental invested more than $102.5 million in communities in 2020, supporting over 2,400 programs, impacting 24.7 million lives, and volunteering 20,000 hours—more than ever before in Delta Dental’s 65-year history. In addition to their community impact engagement, Delta Dental companies across the country also committed $1.1 billion in COVID-19 response relief.

"As our country grappled with a pandemic, injustice, and lingering gaps in oral health care access and education, Delta Dental stood with our communities to meet their most pressing needs," said James W. Hutchison, President & CEO, Delta Dental Plans Association. "In a time of crisis and uncertainty, Delta Dental never wavered in its enduring commitment to achieve access and equity for all."

The 2020 Community Impact Report, "Our Promise to Our Communities," centers on Delta Dental's mission to advance the oral and overall health of its communities. Last year, Delta Dental supported programs in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The report highlights three main areas of giving in 2020: advancing oral health, responding to COVID-19, and addressing health inequities and disparities.

Delta Dental companies served communities' oral health by supporting direct dental treatment in underserved communities; water fluoridation initiatives; and oral health education.

Delta Dental companies responded to COVID-19 by delivering loans to safety net dental clinics; enabling dental offices to acquire PPE; and supporting local safety nets like food banks.

Delta Dental companies reacted to the country's struggle with its long history of racial injustice by investing in organizations like the NAACP and the National Urban League; reaching underserved communities of color with oral health programs; and supporting scholarships and training for dentists of color.

"Community is everything to us at Delta Dental,” said Vivian Vasallo, Executive Director, Delta Dental Institute. “While the memories of 2020 will stay with us for years to come, so will the positive impact the Delta Dental companies had on millions of lives by keeping our promise to serve the oral and overall health of our communities.”

Delta Dental's 2020 Community Impact Report features a digital story component with an interactive map showcasing the Delta Dental companies' and foundations' community impact work in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The full report is available online at 2020cir.deltadental.com.

About Delta Dental Plans Association

Based in Oak Brook, Illinois, Delta Dental Plans Association is the not-for-profit national association of the 39 independent Delta Dental companies. Through these companies, Delta Dental is the nation's largest dental insurance provider, covering more than 80 million Americans and offering the country's largest dental network with approximately 153,000 participating dentists. Over the last decade, Delta Dental companies provided over $1.75 billion in direct and in-kind support to improve the oral health of our communities across the country.

About the Delta Dental Institute

The Delta Dental Institute is dedicated to advancing oral health for all Americans in partnership with the Delta Dental companies and dedicated partners across the country. With expertise rooted in Delta Dental's rich history of oral health leadership, we engage in and support oral health research, community outreach, and advocacy, striving to ensure everyone understands the importance of oral health to overall health and has access to the care that they need.

Dentistry largely exempted from new COVID-19 workplace regulations

Posted on June 16, 2021

The American Dental Association (ADA) is pleased dental practices are largely exempt from the new emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19 issued for health care settings by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“This new infection control guidance and very low COVID-19 infection rate for dentists and dental hygienists prove that dental practices are safe workplaces,” states ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D.

The new OSHA workplace ETS provides guidance to be implemented in health care settings where all employees may not be screened for COVID-19, and non-employees and patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are allowed to enter and may be treated. Dental offices most likely to be affected by this standard would include hospital-based oral surgery practices or those who provide care for COVID-19 patients.

Dental offices should have a written COVID-19 plan in place. If an office is covered under this ETS it is mandated to do so. If an office is exempt, it still should do a hazard assessment and written plan as recommended in OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. Based on OSHA’s Hazard Identification and Assessment, the ADA has already created a guide and checklist to walk dentists through this process at ADA.org/virus.

According to OSHA’s recommendations, dentists should continue pre-appointment patient screenings to identify individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, rescheduling their appointments if possible or referring them as necessary.

As the pandemic restrictions across the country are reviewed at the federal, state and local government levels, the safety of patients, dentists and dental team members will remain ADA’s utmost concern. The ADA notes that per the OSHA guidelines, employers are encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local regulatory guidelines.

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


Sunbit Launches First-Ever Buy Now, Pay Later Solution Made For The Dental Industry

Posted on June 16, 2021

Sunbit has launched a buy now, pay later solution made specifically for dental practices. Many practices are selecting Sunbit as the primary buy now, pay later (BNPL) partner of choice, with its ability to serve 85% of patients who apply. Sunbit's BNPL program, made for dental, offers access to financing for procedures between $60 and $10,000, with 6, 12, 18 and 24 month payment plan options. All qualified patients get access to 0% for 6- or 12-month payment plans. Sunbit powers the application process and manages the collections process. The dental office gets paid right away, contributing directly to the cash flow of the business without the risk of a patient defaulting on the loan.

"We are committed to improving our patients' lives by offering them the best possible dental care by providing access to financing options that are fair and accessible to nearly everyone," said Dr. David Ting, Founder of BDG Dental. "The paperless application is incredibly easy, and we've already seen a 151% increase in patient approval rates and nearly $1 million incremental sales in the first 8-months with Sunbit technology."

"Sunbit's technology has improved our productivity, and most importantly, our patient experience," said Tim Tursonoff, CEO of ALFA Dental Management. "No other tool increases speed and effectiveness of the patient financing process, making it a closing tool instead of a pain point for our patients -- eliminating disappointing declines, scrambling for financing alternatives, unnecessary treatment delays -- and applying doesn't even affect the patient's credit. Our patients have better outcomes by being able to get the treatments they need, and we get paid right away. We have built our business on the ability to deliver same-day, quality comprehensive dentistry to our patients since 2005. Sunbit has been instrumental in helping us deliver this type of treatment to as many patients as possible as soon as possible, 7 days a week. It's a true win-win."

In addition to its focus on patient experience, Sunbit is also practice-focused, providing tools and support to ensure successful implementation. The platform offers near real-time reporting so that practice owners, office managers, and treatment coordinators can review their performance at the coordinator, office, or dental service organization level. This includes the number of applications, approval rate, and production earned from Sunbit's technology. Dental practices are assigned a dedicated success team to ensure that office managers and treatment coordinators are trained, certified and continually engaged so they can confidently take full advantage of Sunbit technology.

Click here for information on how to implement Sunbit technology at your practice.

About Sunbit:

Sunbit is the preferred buy now, pay later technology for everyday needs and services. Sunbit eases the stress of buying everyday things by offering access to fast, fair and transparent payment options to people everywhere. Our technology is offered in-store and online at 7,300 locations, including 1 in 4 auto dealership service centers, optical practices, dentist offices and specialty healthcare services. All loans are made by Transportation Alliance Bank, Inc., dba TAB Bank, which determines qualifications for and terms of credit.


MouthWatch Names Dental Industry Veteran Sylvia Rochon As Senior Director of Sales and Marketing

Posted on June 16, 2021

MouthWatch, LLC a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, recently named Sylvia Rochon as its Senior Director of Sales and Marketing.

In this newly created executive role, Rochon will have a wide range of strategic and tactical responsibilities focused on the ultimate goal of growing the MouthWatch business across all product lines and distribution channels in order to meet its aggressive financial goals. Some of Rochon’s specific areas of responsibility include:

• Mentor sales and marketing team members.

• Lead cross-functional teams to develop and design new programs and initiatives.

• Establish and monitor performance metrics for the company’s marketing and sales teams.

• Direct the company’s business development efforts.

• Represent MouthWatch as a public-facing advocate for the company and its multiple product lines.

According to MouthWatch CEO and Founder Brant Herman, “Sylvia is uniquely qualified to help MouthWatch clarify its message, synergize its sales and marketing teams, and be a catalyst for accelerated growth. We are all fortunate to be working with her.”

A resident of Montreal, Quebec, Rochon holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and has more than 25 years of senior sales and marketing management experience with innovative dental companies including Air Techniques and Dentsply Sirona. She recently published several dental journal articles on the benefits of teledentistry.

"I'm very happy to join such an innovative team,” said Rochon. “MouthWatch has been promoting teledentistry before it was on people's minds and has disrupted the intraoral market with its affordable, high-quality camera. I look forward to achieving our common goals and meeting our customers in person or through our TeleDent platform!"

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.

In 2020, MouthWatch was ranked #1303 in the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies. In addition, the company earned the following dental industry awards: The 2020 Cellerant Best of Class Award for TeleDent™, the provider-focused, patient-friendly teledentistry platform. TeleDent™ also won Dentistry Today Magazine’s 2020 Top Innovative Products Award.

What’s more, the MouthWatch Intraoral Camera won the Dentaltown Magazine’s 2020 Dental Townie Choice Award™ as well as Dentistry Today Magazine’s Top 100 Products Award. For more information about MouthWatch, LLC and its innovative products, visit www.MouthWatch.com

Keystone Industries and Carbon Complete Validation of KeyGuide Resin for Dental Surgical Guides

Posted on June 15, 2021

Keystone Industries and Carbon are pleased to announce the validation of Keystone’s KeyGuide® 3D resin for printing dental surgical guides in the Carbon® M-series printer workflow.

KeyGuide is an extremely strong Class I medical device resin that is ideal for fabricating transparent surgical guides, allowing doctors to stably place implants at a precise angle and depth. KeyGuide is manufactured in New Jersey, USA, has 3 years of guaranteed shelf life, and is available for sale in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and other global territories.

The outstanding quality of KeyGuide paired with the efficient, high-quality, high-speed production of the Carbon 3D printing platform is an optimal combination for dental laboratories. With the explosion of dental implant options in the industry, the use of 3D printed surgical guides for implant planning and placement has grown exponentially—a recent study by the National Association of Dental Laboratories showed that surgical guides are among the most printed dental devices today. KeyGuide’s extreme strength and accuracy are a perfect fit for surgical guides that need to withstand the forces of drilling during surgery while remaining stable and accurate for the best patient results. Carbon users can print dozens of devices quickly and efficiently with no concerns about the quality of the printed part.

“We are really pleased to add another validated KeyPrint medical device resin to the Carbon platform,” noted Keystone Industries dental president, Ira Rosenau. “Carbon and its subscribers have been wonderful partners to Keystone since we launched KeySplint Soft Clear in 2019, including through the recent additions of both KeySplint Hard and KeyGuide to the Carbon offerings. We hope to continue to work closely with the outstanding professionals at Carbon to deliver quality and value to the subscribers with top-end products like KeyGuide.”

Carbon’s breakthroughs in oral health are powered by Carbon Digital Light Synthesis™ (Carbon DLS™) technology, which uses light and oxygen to rapidly produce high-quality, end-use products from a pool of liquid resin. Carbon’s innovations in software, hardware, and material science provide a platform for dental labs to produce next-generation, bespoke oral devices. The Carbon platform significantly improves accuracy and efficiency while reducing time to design and manufacture.

The Carbon 3D printing platform enables laboratories to print and post process approximately eight surgical guides in under 2 hours, more than four times the typical throughput of milling processes, with a material cost per guide under $3 compared to expensive milling materials. “We’re excited we can now make the KeyGuide available to Carbon’s global network of dental partners and customers via the Carbon 3D printing platform,” said Todd Ames, Vice President of Carbon’s Oral Health Business. “We believe the KeyGuide resin will enable Carbon partner labs to provide the highest quality surgical guides with an extremely high ROI.”

Keystone has been a trusted dental manufacturer since 1908 and has developed an expertise over several decades in manufacturing photopolymer formulations. The KeyPrint® dental 3D printing solutions are manufactured in the USA and stocked in Keystone’s US and EU fulfilment centers. For more information about KeySplint Soft® and the entire KeyPrint line of 3D printing resins, please visit https://keyprint.keystoneindustries.com/.

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