Student-Launched Dental Learning Platform a Global Success

Posted on May 7, 2021

Online education is here to stay. Noting their generation’s interest in accessing learning videos, five Harvard School of Dental Medicine DMD students teamed up to create an online platform with step-by-step video tutorials for dental procedures to supplement traditional clinical and in-class learning. “My Dental Key” was launched in November 2020 with 30 instructional videos, and by March 2021 had more than 3,000 users and 350 subscribers.

According to The Harvard Gazette, the team members have published two articles in the Journal of Dental Education and been invited to present at ADEA’s annual national meeting on their program. Read more about how they developed this initiative and their plans for its future here.


BIOLASE Announces the Launch of Waterlase Pediatric Dental Academy

Posted on May 6, 2021

 BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers, announced today its Waterlase Pediatric Dental Academy (WPDA), for Waterlase pediatric dentists. The WPDA will provide clinicians with an immersive training experience through peer-led learning, best practice sharing and on-going mentorship, to ensure optimal integration of Waterlase technology into clinical practices.

"Pediatric dentists are actively seeking new ways to treat their young patients in a more gentle and holistic manner than traditional dental equipment offers; and we saw this as an opportunity to live out our mission of advancing dentistry in this community," said John Beaver, President and CEO of BIOLASE. "From minimally invasive tongue-tie releases for infants and toddlers to no-shot cavity preparations, Waterlase is the perfect addition to any pediatric practice to help kids feel more comfortable in the chair, and hopefully, instill healthy practices in oral care for life."

As part of the WPDA, members will have access to both virtual and in-person continuing education opportunities, as well as clinical support sessions to review cases, best practice techniques and exclusive Web content. The Academy leadership includes several experienced pediatric dentists, including Dr. Ben Curtis, who serves as the Executive Director, Drs. Cherish Leung, Linda Murzyn-Dantzer and Reena Kuba.

"I believe dental lasers are the future of dentistry, and I am thrilled to be part of an academy that allows pediatric dentists the opportunity to collaborate, learn and train with Waterlase," said Dr. Ben Curtis. "My practice has greatly benefited from the diverse therapies the Waterlase laser provides, from limiting the time patients are in the chair to allowing for minimally invasive treatments that take the fear out of their visit. I'm eager for those in the pediatric dentistry community to experience these same results."

Waterlase all-tissue dental lasers afford pediatric clinicians the ability to remove tooth decay gently and precisely, with less aerosols, less vibration, and little-to-no anesthesia. It can also perform soft tissue procedures with less blood and faster healing than traditional scalpel and suture methods. The versatility of Waterlase combined with the on-going education, training and clinical fellowship of the WPDA, allows any pediatric clinician to integrate the technology and offer laser dentistry to their patient base. The formation of the WPDA comes on the heels of the recently established specialty academies, the Waterlase Perio Academy and Waterlase Endo Academy.

Learn more about the Waterlase Pediatric Dental Academy at biolase.com/wpda.

About BIOLASE, Inc.

BIOLASE is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine. BIOLASE's products advance the practice of dentistry and medicine for patients and healthcare professionals. BIOLASE's proprietary laser products incorporate approximately 271 patented and 40 patent-pending technologies designed to provide biologically and clinically superior performance with less pain and faster recovery times. BIOLASE's innovative products provide cutting-edge technology at competitive prices to deliver superior results for dentists and patients. BIOLASE's principal products are revolutionary dental laser systems that perform a broad range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications. BIOLASE has sold over 41,200 laser systems to date in over 80 countries around the world. Laser products under development address BIOLASE's core dental market and other adjacent medical and consumer applications.

For updates and information on Waterlase iPlus®, Waterlase Express™, and laser dentistry, find BIOLASE online at www.biolase.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/biolase, Twitter at www.twitter.com/biolaseinc, Instagram at www.instagram.com/waterlase_laserdentistry, and LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/biolase.

BIOLASE®, Waterlase® and Waterlase iPlus® are registered trademarks of BIOLASE, Inc.



ADDAaSEAL™ adhesive face mask strips seal along nose bridge to eliminate fogging and sliding

Posted on May 6, 2021

ADDAaSEAL™ adhesive face mask strips seal along nose bridge to eliminate fogging and sliding

ADDaSeal™ Adhesive Face Mask Strips are a simple solution for common face mask problems. An airtight seal is created by simply peeling and sticking ADDaSEAL onto the nose bridge of any face mask. 3M medical-grade, hypoallergenic adhesive gently adheres to the skin to keep face masks in position, optimize filtration, and reduce annoying eyeglass fogging. Dispose of the strip along with the mask or reapply on reusable face masks.

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vhf Expands Top Management

Posted on May 5, 2021

vhf camfacture AG is expanding its top management and has appointed the former CEO of its American subsidiary vhf Inc, Dr. Nicolas Rohde, as Chief Strategy Officer at the German headquarters. Mohamed Soliman, who has recently joined the vhf Group, will take over the position of CEO at vhf Inc. With the expansion of management, the company intends to continue its dynamic growth course.

Nicolas Rohde, who holds a doctorate in economics, has been head of vhf’s American subsidiary in New York State since 2017 and was previously Division Manager for Product and Service at vhf’s headquarters near Stuttgart. Before joining vhf camfacture AG in 2016, Dr. Rohde held various international positions in the dental industry beginning in 2003, and he has in-depth knowledge of both CAD/CAM products and the industry. He sees great potential in his new role: “vhf has developed excellently in recent years, and I am looking forward to helping shape its strategic direction in the role of Chief Strategy Officer, thus laying the groundwork for further sustainable growth.”

The new management position serves to support the CEO of vhf camfacture AG, Frank Benzinger, in the development of the corporate strategy, as well as to set up strategic initiatives and programs and to drive their implementation. At the same time, Dr. Rohde will join the Board of Directors at vhf Inc.

Mohamed Soliman, an expert in the dental and medical device industry, will assume the position of CEO at vhf Inc. Most recently, he held the position of COO at MIS Implants USA, where he was responsible for marketing, finance, customer service, and operations. Prior to that, he held key positions at Stryker Orthopaedics. Mr. Soliman features a strong technical background and an MBA degree from New York University, and his broad management experience makes him eminently suited to further strengthen vhf’s position in North America.

Frank Benzinger is pleased about the personnel changes: “Nicolas Rohde has already held numerous positions at vhf, and he is known in the industry for his outstanding expertise, making him the ideal person for his new role. I am looking forward to developing vhf strategically together with him. In addition, with Mohamed Soliman we have been able to gain an excellent manager who has already proven that he can lead subsidiaries of expanding companies extremely successfully.”

New Eco-Friendly Aspirator – Hygotip® XL Bio

Posted on May 5, 2021

Hygotip® XL Bio is an environment friendly aspirator fitting 16 mm systems. It is manufactured of autoclavable bio-based plastic made of sugar canes. Unlike conventional plastics where fossil raw materials such as oil and natural gas are used, sugar cane is a completely renewable resource.

The large diameter of 16 mm gives a high suction capacity and is more efficient to absorb the aerosols near the source. The sturdy design works as a tongue holder and allows to retract the cheek and gives you good accessibility.

It is very patient friendly with the specially designed ventilation grooves at the connection point of the aspirator. This prevents it from getting stuck to the soft tissue with discomfort for the patient.

For more information, please visit www.orsing.se

Dr. Blatz Named Editor-in-Chief of Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry

Posted on May 5, 2021

AEGIS Communications, the leading oral health care publishing and media company headquartered in Newtown, Pennsylvania, has announced that Dr. Markus Blatz will begin serving as Editor-in-Chief of Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, effective with the May 2021 issue.

Prof. Dr. med. dent. Markus B. Blatz, DMD, PhD, is currently Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Chairman of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Science, and Assistant Dean for Digital Innovation and Professional Development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also founded the Penn Dental Medicine CAD/CAM Ceramic Center. In addition, he is board certified by the German Society for Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomaterials, co-founder and immediate past President of the International Academy for Adhesive Dentistry, a founding member of the European Academy of Digital Dentistry, and a member of numerous other professional organizations. A graduate of Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, Blatz was awarded additional Doctorate Degrees, a Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics, and a Professorship from the same University.

For more than 40 years, Compendium has been the established leader in globally recognized continuing education. Peer–reviewed and MEDLINE indexed, Compendium delivers authoritative articles on new techniques, research, and critical issues in oral health. Founded by the late Dr. D. Walter Cohen, Compendium was the first university-affiliated publication to provide journal-based continuing education.

“Compendium has always held a unique and steadfast place in the ever-evolving dental media world,” says Blatz. “It provides highly relevant educational content for the practicing dentist that combines state-of-the-art clinical excellence with scientific rigor through a deep association with one of the world’s premier educational institutions. Continuing on the path established by our former Dean Cohen and further developed by Dr. Rose, while leading the journal into the future, is not just an incredible honor, but a responsibility that I will meet with great enthusiasm. I am convinced that, during these times of information overflow, Compendium with its unique standing will become an even more important and sought-after resource for the dental profession.”

“At Compendium, education and credibility have always been the priority,” says Daniel Perkins, Chairman & Founder of AEGIS Communications. “Throughout its history, the journal has maintained a tradition of excellence as a trusted resource for practitioners. We are excited that Dr. Blatz has agreed to lead Compendium into its next phase, as just its third EIC in 42 years.”

Dr. Blatz is following Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD, who has served as an exemplary editor-in-chief of Compendium since 2008 and is now the journal’s Editor Emeritus.

About AEGIS Communications

Founded in 2005 with the launch of its flagship publication, Inside Dentistry, AEGIS Communications is the culmination of more than 100 combined years of professional experience, leadership, and insight into healthcare publishing, education, and multimedia communications. Its extensive oral healthcare platform provides the entire team—clinicians, technicians, hygienists, assistants, and students—with a comprehensive collection of accessible, high-quality, purposeful content. Widely recognized for its affiliations with dental schools, researchers, and key opinion leaders, the company’s publishing, continuing education, live event, and video outlets are a core resource in the global professional healthcare community.


Geistlich Bio-Gide® Portfolio Expands

Posted on May 4, 2021

Geistlich Biomaterials introduces a new larger size of their leading collagen membrane, Geistlich Bio-Gide® 30x40mm.1,2 Its unique bilayer structure not only prevents ingrowth of soft tissue into the augmented site, but then optimally degrades to allow for the cascade of biologic events leading to regeneration.5,6 Geistlich Bio-Gide® is used in combination with Geistlich Bio-Oss® or Geistlich Bio-Oss Collagen® and integrates with surrounding tissues to protect the initial coagulum.

“The Geistlich Bio-Gide® membrane has, for 20 years, proven itself to be reliable and is characterized by easy clinical handling and a low complication rate.”

- Prof. Dr. Daniel Buser I Bern, Switzerland

To learn more about Geistlich Bio-Gide® 30x40mm please visit: Bio-Gide.geistlich-na.com


VisCalor Dispenser from VOCO

Posted on May 4, 2021

VOCO introduces the VisCalor Dispenser, a composite capsule rapid warming and application device designed for VOCO’s new groundbreaking 2-in-1 thermo-viscous VisCalor composite line.

This sleek, ergonomically designed application device combines several innovations that enable the rapid warming of VisCalor in 30 seconds while maximizing the working time to as much as 2 minutes, 30 seconds. The warmer uses innovative Near-Infrared Technology in tandem with VOCO’s newly designed unit dose capsules. These easy-access-capsules are not only great for application, but are also made from a special plastic that improves the heat transfer and allows for the rapid warming of VisCalor’s TVT polymers. While heat energy is absorbed by the composite, the device does not become hot, nor does the composite become too warm to damage the pulp. This was confirmed by a 3rd party university study.

The VisCalor Dispenser has a removeable, autoclavable sheath for infection control and is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery that can be easily charged via a mini USB cable. It is the perfect warming, easy-application tool for VOCO’s groundbreaking VisCalor line of composite restoratives.

The VisCalor Dispenser is optimized for use with VOCO capsules, which are designed to absorb the Near-Infrared energy and withstand the rapid warming process. The use of other manufacturers’ caps risks damaging the cap and the dispenser.

Sonendo® & TDO® Software Sponsor AAE "Save Your Tooth Month"

Posted on May 4, 2021

Sonendo, Inc., a leading dental technology company and developer of the GentleWave® System, today announced their renewed sponsorship of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) Save Your Tooth Month.

This year Sonendo is partnering with affiliate company TDO Software, Inc., developer of The Digital Office®; the most widely used endodontic practice management software in the world.

Save Your Tooth Month is an annual national initiative with the purpose of instilling the value of preserving natural teeth when possible and the importance of seeing an endodontist when experiencing tooth pain. The emphasis for this year's initiative is A Healthier Mouth=A Healthier YOU, focusing on how to develop and maintain better dental habits that can lead to better overall health. According to a recent survey commissioned by the AAE, the pandemic derailed many of the participants' dental hygiene routines and caused over half of them to postpone their general checkups. The survey's findings initiated a revitalized focus on the simple dental hygiene habits that can prevent the need for advanced dental care later.

"We are honored to sponsor this year's Save your Tooth Month", said Bjarne Bergheim, President and CEO of Sonendo, Inc. "Sonendo's mission is Saving Teeth Through Sound Science®, so we are very aligned with the AAE as they promote the role of the endodontist in saving teeth and improving oral care. Sonendo is also honored to have worked with endodontists to save more than 500,000 teeth across the United States and Canada using the GentleWave® Procedure for root canal therapy."

Endodontic practices can visit aae.org/sytm-member to learn more and access professional resources to help celebrate Save Your Tooth Month with peers across the country.

About Sonendo and TDO

Sonendo, Inc., is a privately held company developing innovative technologies to transform dentistry by Saving Teeth Through Sound Science®. The GentleWave System shows significant improvements in clinical efficacy and practice efficiency when compared to standard root canal treatment.1,2,3 Sonendo is also the parent company of TDO Software, the developer of the most widely used endodontic practice management software in the world, designed to simplify practice workflow. TDO software seamlessly integrates practice management, imaging, referral reporting, and CBCT imaging, and offers built-in communication with the GentleWave System.

For more information about Sonendo visit www.sonendo.com. For information about TDO visit www.tdo4endo.com.


1. Sigurdsson A et al. (2016) J Endod. 42:1040-48.

2. Molina B et al. (2015) J Endod. 41:1701-05.

3. Trope M et al. (1999) J Endod. 25:345–50.


This announcement contains forward-looking statements based on management's beliefs, assumptions and expectations and information currently available to management. All statements that address events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including without limitation our expectations on the timing and progress of research and development activities. Management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made. However, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they speak only as of the date when made. Sonendo does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements publicly, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results, developments, or events could differ materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements. 

AG.Live: Digitization Pays Off!

Posted on May 3, 2021

Amann Girrbach is all about supporting laboratories in organizing digital dental workflows. With the AG.Live digital platform, this project reaches a new dimension. AG.Live helps dental technicians to manage all digital activities locally and to connect with an ever expanding global network of digital dental professionals.

Patient case management is at the core of the platform, which replaces the previous C3 customer portal—this is where the patient case is created, managed, and processed digitally. Patient cases can be shared with partner laboratories for further processing and in the foreseeable future also be exchanged between the dentist and the laboratory. Not only will laboratories and clinicians be networked, but also machines and materials—for example, to access material availability or, in the future, to the operating modes of milling machines and many other relevant factors of a dental fabrication process.

Thus, AG.Live will enable keeping track of all digital activities—from one place, anywhere and at any time. In doing so, it is Amann Girrbach's intention to create a network of optimized as well as new partnerships. Network participants will be able to work and collaborate more efficiently, to focus on their strengths and thus better position themselves in the market.

This management portal, which is unique on the market in terms of scope, breaks down the linearity of dental restoration processes. Cross-linking into patient cases is now possible in a simple and straightforward manner by making patient data centrally accessible and editable. The linking of previously separate data sources creates synergistic effects from which AG.Live users can profit sustainably and gain a noticeable competitive advantage. In a further step, Amann Girrbach will implement access to the company's own AG Academy training portal with numerous training and further education opportunities as well as an extensive archive of webinars and tutorials.

Further information: www.amanngirrbach.com/ag-live  

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