Panthera Dental Ranks No. 161 on the 2019 Growth 500

Posted on September 17, 2019

Canadian Business and Maclean’s have ranked Panthera Dental No. 161 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and online at CanadianBusiness.com and Growth500.ca

Panthera Dental made the 2019 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 561%. 

“The companies on the 2019 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation, and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Beth Fraser, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate over 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.” 

“Panthera Dental is honoured to be on the Growth 500 ranking,” says Gabriel Robichaud, President & Co-founder of Panthera Dental. “This achievement reflects the strength of our products and the dedication of our team.” 

American Association of Endodontists Announces Advocacy Action Center

Posted on September 17, 2019

To amplify the voice of specialized dentists known as endodontists, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) rolled out a new, robust web-based advocacy center called the AAE Advocacy Action Center.

“As the global resource for endodontists, other dental professionals and patients, the AAE advocates for one standard of endodontic practice, an enhanced understanding of the dental specialty, and ensuring the best patient outcomes through treatment planning and referral to specialists when appropriate,” AAE President Dr. Keith V. Krell said. “The AAE’s Advocacy Action Center will help strengthen efforts to support quality care for patients by providing resources that empower AAE members to take action on critical health policy matters.”

AAE’s advocacy center is meant to help educate endodontists about important policy issues and empower them to act. The center features updates about health care matters and the endodontic specialty. It offers effective tools to help the Association’s members communicate with lawmakers and other stakeholders. Additionally, it offers a variety of other resources like the Association’s position statements, guidelines and treatment standards.

“The AAE Advocacy Action Center was created by the AAE to help ensure endodontists have a say on critical policy matters that effect better patient outcomes and dentistry,” Dr. Krell continued. “We are excited to leverage this new tool as Congress returns to Washington and look forward to advocating on behalf of the endodontic specialty and the hundreds of thousands of patients endodontists treat.

About the American Association of Endodontists: The American Association of Endodontists (AAE). The AAE is headquartered in Chicago and represents more than 8,000 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service. For more information about the AAE, visit the Association’s website at aae.org. For more patient focused information, visit aae.org/patients.

Nifty Helper for the Dental Practice – Used a 100 Million Times Over

Posted on September 16, 2019

OptraGate: new sales record by Ivoclar Vivadent

Thanks to its special design, the OptraGate lip and cheek retractor has achieved movie star status. Sprinkled with stardust though it may be, this ingenious little item is above all handy and comfortable. And now it hit the 100-million sales mark. Ivoclar Vivadent celebrated this success with international guests at its headquarters in Schaan (FL).

OptraGate is easy to use, provides unfettered access and clear visibility of the treatment field for efficient workflows and ensures adequate relative isolation. With qualities like this, OptraGate is useful in almost any indication and provides valuable help in esthetic dental treatments in particular. OptraGate is comfortable to wear and assists patients to keep their mouth open. The material is soft, flexible and well tolerated (latex-free). OptraGate is supplied in a variety of colours and sizes, including a paediatric size. Ivoclar Vivadent has announced a further extension to the range for 2020.

Treatment comfort and efficiency

"Right from when we launched the product, we knew that OptraGate would have a lasting effect on the way our customers work,"remembers Diego Gabathuler, CEO and previous product manager for the Optra range. "However, we would never have thought in our wildest dreams that the product would one day reach such a record."Ten million OptraGate units were sold by 2009 and 50 million by 2016. Sales soared in the past few years in particular. This development coincided with a rise in patient expectations for treatment comfort, combined with an increasing imperative for dental practices to maximize the efficiency of dental procedures.

Most popular in Russia, Germany and the USA

Russia is the strongest selling market, with almost five million* OptraGates sold every year. Germany and the USA are the second and third biggest markets respectively. "Seven production lines are currently working 24/7 to cover global demand,"Michael Taube, CMO, reports. And Cigdem Ygit, current product manager for OptraGate, adds: "If demand continues to grow at this pace, we will soon be producing on eight production lines."Diego Gabathuler is positive that this will be the case shortly, because: “Anyone who has ever used OptraGate always comes back to it.”

OptraGate®is a registered trademark of Ivoclar Vivadent.

Bio/Screen Camera Adapters: Product Release

Posted on September 12, 2019

AdDent, Inc. is excited to announce 2 new ways to capture images with your Bio/Screen. We now have 2 adapters for use with the Bio/Screen. The SLR adapter kit will fit a lens from 52mm to 62mm, the cell phone adapter is adjustable to work with varying sizes of phones.

For more information on the Bio/Screen or any AdDent products visit www.addent.com or call our Toll Free # 855-211-3413

Ultradent Introduces the Ultrapro™ Tx Sweep™ Disposable Prophy Angle

Posted on September 11, 2019

Ultradent Products, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, is unveiling the latest innovation in disposable prophy angles (DPAs)—the Ultrapro Tx Sweep DPA.

Splatter is a near constant concern for dental hygienists during polishing, with 80 percent reporting at least a moderate amount while using their current prophy angle. After switching to the Ultrapro Tx Sweep DPA, five out of six hygienists experienced a significant reduction in splatter. 95 percent said they encountered little to no splatter compared to their former angle.

Ultrapro Tx Sweep DPA’s performance upgrades come from the unique brush guard attached near the head of the angle, effectively “sweeping” away saliva and prophy paste as it accumulates. This method significantly reduces splatter by 95 percent*. The flexible bristles of the brush guard prevent splatter before it gathers by efficiently stopping saliva and paste from collecting and roping around the outside of the cup.

In order to reduce prophy paste waste and keep the treatment field clean, the Ultrapro Tx Sweep DPA sweeps excess saliva and paste back toward the tooth. This allows the hygienist to continue working, with no need to refill the cup with additional paste.

The benefits of Ultradent’s popular Ultrapro™ Tx Skini DPA have been seamlessly incorporated into the Ultrapro Tx Sweep DPA. Features include advanced internal blade design, outer ridges for better interproximal cleaning, optimal flare, and quiet gear design. Its ergonomic shape features both a 20 percent shorter head for better access and a 25 percent slimmer neck for improved visibility.

Building on Ultradent’s tradition of innovation, the Ultrapro Tx Sweep DPA sets a new standard in polishing, ensuring both hygienists and patients have the clean and comfortable experience they deserve. To learn more, or to purchase the Ultrapro Tx Sweep disposable prophy angle, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.

About Ultradent Products, Inc.

Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent's vision is to improve oral health globally.

Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.

Henry Schein Presents Academic Grants To Five Dental Hygiene Students At Farmingdale State College SUNY

Posted on September 11, 2019

Grants Support Educational Pursuits of the Next Generation of Dental Hygienists

(L to R) – Grant recipients Alexandra Lesser of East Patchogue, N.Y.; Preeti Rajiv of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; Marissa Burke of Sayville, N.Y.; and Iris Quintanilla of Central Islip, N.Y.; and Maureen Knott, Vice President of Product Advertising and Marketing for Henry Schein, Inc. Not pictured is grant recipient Stephanie O’Neill of Binghamton, N.Y.

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) announced today that it presented five Farmingdale State College SUNY dental hygiene students with “Henry Schein – Farmingdale State College SUNY Academic Grants” during the school’s recent Department of Dental Hygiene Pinning and Awards Ceremony.

Maureen Knott, Henry Schein’s Vice President of Product Advertising and Marketing and a member of the Farmingdale College Foundation’s Board of Directors, presented the grants to students enrolled in the school’s Department of Dental Hygiene. As a board member, Ms. Knott helps guide the Foundation’s mission to change lives and build futures, and in particular, its efforts to raise awareness of the crucial role dental hygienists play in promoting and protecting oral health.

“Dental hygienists are an integral part of dental practices. They play a crucial role in delivering quality care and helping patients maintain good overall health,” Ms. Knott said. “Henry Schein is pleased to support the next generation of hygienists with our academic grants, and we look forward to seeing their many accomplishments as they continue to pursue their focus and commitment to healthier smiles.”

About Henry Schein, Inc. 

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

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

A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 32 countries. The Company's sales from continuing operations reached $9.4 billion in 2018, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.comFacebook.com/HenrySchein, and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

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. 

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