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A Dentist’s Tool for Tackling the Unexpected

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

In a crisis, a checklist can bring clarity over confusion. First widely adopted by the U.S. military after the fatal crash of an early-model B17 “Flying Fortress” in the years before World War II, checklists have since become a staple for fields such as aviation, nuclear energy, and medicine.

“Remember Captain Sully?” asks Morton Rosenberg, D74, professor emeritus at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), referring to pilot Sully Sullenberger who famously landed a distressed airliner on the Hudson River in 2009. “He was an experienced pilot. But the first thing he did was open his list and keep repeating [the steps] to his copilot. Because while people may have been trained on the right thing to do in an emergency, sometimes they jump from one thing to another.”

So when Rosenberg and a group of dentists set about creating a digital tool to help guide their colleagues through emergency situations, they turned to the checklist.

Rosenberg, an expert in the field of anesthesiology, was part of a team from the Anesthesia Research Foundation of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology that developed a free app called 10 Minutes Saves a Life for use by dentists and other members of the dental team. The app presents step-by-step instructions for responding to anything out of the ordinary that might occur in a dental office, from an anxious patient who hyperventilates to a patient experiencing cardiac distress.

“Medical emergencies don’t usually happen in dental offices,” Rosenberg says. “They don’t usually happen in airlines or nuclear power plants, either. But we need cognitive aids for when things go bad.”

The app can even be used to direct-dial 911. In fact, Rosenberg says, the name of the app comes from the finding that 10 minutes is the average time for medical emergency personnel to arrive at a dental office after an emergency is declared.

Since it debuted in 2018, the app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, and translated into German, Russian, and Japanese. It has approximately 900 daily users. The dental anesthesiologists were joined by physician colleagues to produce a video based on the app, since much of the content can also be used by physicians who administer moderate sedation.

The app has been incorporated into the curricula of several dental schools and is used in the clinics where patients receive care at TUSDM. “It has been really helpful for us,” says TUSDM Assistant Professor Jonathan Stephens, the school’s chief medical officer.

Tufts dental students are trained and certified in CPR and basic life support and are educated on emergency procedures both before and after they begin treating patients in the clinic in their third year, Stephens says. Practicing dentists and dental hygienists are also required to be certified in those lifesaving skills. State licensing boards require dentists to have specific emergency drugs and equipment on hand—such as inhalers for asthma, or EpiPens for allergic reactions, as well as a defibrillator for cases of cardiac arrest. These requirements vary depending on the level of sedation the practice offers, Rosenberg says.

The most common emergency in a dental setting is syncope, or fainting, most often from anxiety or fear—but it can sometimes indicate a more serious problem. While most patients recover quickly from a fainting spell, “it can be scary when you’re [a dental student] first starting out,” Stephens says. The 10 Minutes app walks users through the steps to help determine what is happening and how to proceed.

As the population ages, Rosenberg says, dentists will likely see more patients with chronic health issues that make them more susceptible to emergency complications. Dentists also see many patients who have neglected dental care due to finances or phobia, “and eventually when they do go to the dentist, a lot of them need advanced sedative techniques to get through the procedures,” he says. For them, the app can help calculate anesthesia dosages based on age and weight.

The best way patients can assist their dentist in being prepared for an emergency is by providing a medical history that’s as complete as possible, including all medications, Stephens says.

“Patients come in and we’ll start off by taking their medical history. And occasionally they’ll say, ‘Why do you need to know that? You’re just a dentist,’” he says. “We’re not asking these questions to check a box. It really does matter. And in the unlikely event that there is some kind of emergency, we’re going to be able to respond.” 

CDOCS Welcomes Dr. Dan Butterman as New Faculty Chair, Setting Course for Advanced Innovation in Digital Dentistry Education

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2024

CDOCS, the world’s largest community of digital dentists and the leading provider of digital dentistry education, proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Dan Butterman as its new Faculty Chair. With a distinguished career spanning three decades in the dental field, Dr. Butterman brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and vision to his new role at CDOCS, where he has already been serving as an esteemed member of the Resident Faculty since 2019. During this time, he’s taught thousands of dentists at CDOCS’s hands-on workshops [Hands-On Workshops] and traveled the world as a leading dental KOL.

His appointment marks a pivotal moment for CDOCS as it aims to expand its influence and continue its mission of transforming dental education through technology and community.

“I am incredibly honored to take on the role of Faculty Chair at CDOCS,” Dr. Butterman said. “This opportunity allows me to contribute to a community that is at the forefront of dental education. My goal is to ensure that we not only keep pace with the evolving landscape of modern dentistry but also set new benchmarks for excellence and innovation.”

Under Dr. Butterman’s leadership, CDOCS is set to embark on a well-balanced, integrated path, as his vision includes enhancing the curriculum with a focus on comprehensive education that encompasses both the technological aspects of dentistry and the critical soft skills required for practice management. Dr. Butterman emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to dental education, one that prepares practitioners not just in the technical use of digital tools but also in navigating the challenges of running a modern dental practice.

“One of the aspects I’m most excited about is developing a curriculum that reflects the complete ecosystem of the dental practice. From mastering cutting-edge digital dentistry techniques to navigating patient relations and practice management, our aim is to offer a well-rounded educational experience that supports our members in all facets of their professional development,” Dr. Butterman elaborated.

Dr. Butterman’s approach to education is rooted in the belief that a sense of community and mutual support is fundamental to the learning process. He plans to foster an environment where CDOCS members can share experiences, learn from each other, and collectively push the boundaries of what’s possible in dental practice.

“Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. It’s the result of passionate individuals coming together, sharing ideas, and challenging each other to think differently. That’s the culture we want to cultivate at CDOCS,” Dr. Butterman added.

To drive this innovation, he firmly believes in the importance of staying clinically active to maintain relevance in education.

“It’s critical that I continue practicing dentistry,” Dr. Butterman said. “It’s amazing to me how quickly you lose touch stepping away for a short amount of time.” This dedication ensures that CDOCS’s curriculum remains not only up to date but also grounded in practical, real-world applications.

Looking forward, Dr. Butterman is committed to expanding CDOCS’s reach and impact. His plans include the introduction of new courses and workshops designed to keep practitioners at the forefront of dental technology and patient care. In addition, he aims to strengthen the community aspect of CDOCS, building an even more vibrant and supportive network of dental professionals across the globe.

For more information about CDOCS and its programs, please visit


CDOCS, a Spear company, is the world’s largest community of digital dentists and the leading provider of digital dentistry education, equipping dental professionals with the clinical training and resources to achieve modern dental excellence. Since 2006, CDOCS has empowered members through specialized educational tracks, hands-on workshops led by experienced faculty, and supported by the world’s largest community of modern dentists. Whether new to digital workflows or a seasoned practitioner, CDOCS offers membership tiers to support continuous skill development and practice growth. As the premier destination for modern dental technology education, CDOCS is committed to helping members thrive in the digital age. For more, visit

CDOCS is proud to announce Dr. Dan Butterman as their new head of faculty. A longtime member and CDOCS Mentor, Dr. Butterman will guide CDOCS and digital dental education into the future. Dr. Butterman will continue as a hands-on educator and Mentor to inspire and motivate dentists to learn and excel with the leading education provided by CDOCS.


Chicago Dental Society Relaunches Member Benefit: Member Advantage Program

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2024

The Chicago Dental Society (CDS) announces the relaunch of an enhanced membership benefit, the Member Advantage Program. The program has added two new partners, Safco Dental Supply and Torch Dental, who join Amazon Business, Southpoint Insurance, and Treloar & Heisel.

“We’re very excited to offer our members a suite of new benefits through the Member Advantage Program,” said CDS President Dr. David Lewis. “The CDS staff worked hard to expand the program to five dedicated partnerships, but we’re not done yet. We’ll continue to build the partnership network to provide our members access to even more benefits that complement their dental careers.”

The Member Advantage Program provides discounts and opportunities to enhance a CDS member’s career. From primary and specialty dental supply distributors to insurance plans and office supply distributors, the Member Advantage Program provides CDS members with access to exclusive product and supply discounts, inventory management tracking and insurance plans to provide members with security. To take advantage of the deals provided by Member Advantage Program partners, CDS members and associate members can visit the Member Center on and sign up with each partner. Most Member Advantage Program partners include exclusive sign-up deals for CDS members.

“Joining CDS was one of the best decisions I’ve made for my career,” said CDS member and New Dentist Board Director Dr. Sara Imtiaz. “The professional connections and friendships I’ve built through CDS are irreplaceable and have opened many doors for me. It’s incredible to have access to so many dental professionals across Chicago but also right in your neighborhood. Beyond the many networking and educational benefits a CDS membership provides, I’m excited to be able to take advantage of financial savings on products my dental team uses every day.”

The Member Advantage Program is the latest addition to a suite of benefits CDS members enjoy. A CDS membership provides members with:

  • • Free registration to the Midwinter Meeting (the largest, longest-running scientific dental tradeshow in the industry)

  • • Rebate for a purchase made on the exhibit floor at the Midwinter Meeting

  • • Free registration for members and their dental teams at CDS Regional Meetings

  • • Classified advertising discounts

  • • Patient referral service

  • • Mediation and peer review services

  • • Subscription to the CDS Review magazine

  • • Admission to exclusive networking and social events, such as the Early Career and New Dentist Networking event

  • • Membership to one of the nine CDS branches for hyperlocal networking and camaraderie with like-minded colleagues

  • • Access to top tier continuing education opportunities at the Midwinter Meeting, CDS Regional Meetings and CDS branch meetings


About the Chicago Dental Society


Trust a Chicago Dental Society (CDS) dentist with more than just your smile. Talk with them and you’ll see their work is an investment in not just your oral health, but your overall health. They are current on the dental trends and technology through extensive CDS continuing education programs, including the Midwinter Meeting. Ranking among Chicago’s top 20 conventions, the CDS Midwinter Meeting—one of North America’s largest exhibits of dental products and professional dentistry—typically welcomes nearly 22,000 dental professionals each year and generates more than $26 million for the local economy (according to Choose Chicago). The largest local component of the American Dental Association, the non-profit Chicago Dental Society represents dentists across the Chicago region. They’re your neighbors, friends, and community anchors. Connect with the Chicago Dental Society at, where you’ll find our easy-to-navigate Find-a-CDS Dentist search tool. Or, connect on Facebook, X, YouTube and Instagram.


VideaHealth and Henry Schein One Expand Partnership to Bring Dental AI to Hygiene Schools

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2024

VideaHealth, the leading dental AI software company, and Henry Schein One, a leader in dental software, today announced an expanded partnership to bring AI to the dental education market through Henry Schein One cloud-based academic software, Ascend Academic. Detect AI powered and manufactured by VideaHealth is now available to Dentrix, Dentrix Ascend, and Ascend Academic customers.

Approximately 7,000 dental hygienists graduate annually, yet that number is insufficient to meet the demand from dental practices. With Detect AI powered and manufactured by VideaHealth, hygiene students will become faster, more accurate, and more efficient when reviewing radiographs, accelerating their learning curve and bringing new skills and insight to program graduates.

Jonathan Brennan, MD, DMD, MPH, associate dean of innovation and curriculum at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH), said, “Dental AI’s positive impact in an educational setting cannot be overstated, as it offers the opportunity for students to refine their diagnostic skills before they ever see a patient. I expect that clinicians trained in school with dental AI will graduate with finer skills than ever before, with a higher degree of confidence in their treatment recommendations as well as greater diagnostic accuracy.”

VideaHealth’s investment in education will kick off with a focus on dental hygiene schools, conducted in partnership with Henry Schein One, and will provide near immediate access to Detect AI through the seamless integration with Ascend Academic. In addition to partnering on the technology integration, VideaHealth’s investment includes the creation of training modules to equip educators with the proper tools and information to best leverage dental AI in the classroom.

“Today Henry Schein One serves 80% of U.S. dental academic institutions with our axiUm solution portfolio,” said Rachel Nelson, VP, Global Academic Solutions, Henry Schein One. “As we continue to expand our presence across the dental education industry and into dental hygiene schools with Ascend Academic and Detect AI, we can further empower hygienists to utilize AI, significantly reducing dental problems through patient education and early detection.”

Students learning and training with dental AI insights can simulate patient cases and real-time feedback, enhance their interpretations and treatment planning skills before ever entering clinical practice, and help jump-start their careers. In addition, they will be able to hone their treatment recommendation skills, bolstered by sophisticated patient visualizations.

Florian Hillen, CEO of VideaHealth, said, "This is a milestone moment for the market. Educators have been asking for dental AI to help train their students, and we are proud to meet that need. Dental AI is an invaluable tool; helping future clinicians develop their skills, experience, and insight will give them the confidence to do their work well and to share those insights with patients.”

SOURCE: VideaHealth


Recommendations for Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024

The Executive Board and Diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) recognize Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month in April. Many ABOMS Diplomates are experts in head and neck cancer, which account for about 4 percent of cancer cases in the United States. They see this month as an opportunity to educate the public.

"By educating patients about oral cancer and its signs, we can provide timely help and offer reassurance about the latest advances in reconstructive surgery, which can restore their quality of life," explained Dhafer Alsuwied, DDS.

Symptoms, risk factors, and prevention

Symptoms of head and neck cancer typically begin in the mouth, nose, and throat, and may include: persistent sore throat, lumps, sores, difficulty swallowing, or a hoarse voice. Men are about twice as likely as women to develop oral cancers; other risk factors include:

Heavy tobacco use

High alcohol consumption

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection

Family history of cancer

To prevent these cancers, patients should quit tobacco, limit alcohol, and consider receiving the HPV vaccine when indicated. Screening at routine dental check-ups is also key.

The expertise required to manage head and neck cancers

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) certifies oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have proven their qualifications and expertise through education, training, and a thorough examination process. Diplomates are also required to undergo annual Certification Maintenance to prove ongoing competence.

Beyond its rigorous certification process, ABOMS also offers Certificates of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery, which indicates that a surgeon has significant skills in this specialized area and emphasizes it in their practice. Eric R. Carlson, DMD, MD, EdM, FACS explained that the education required for this specialty is rigorous.

"Aspiring oral surgeons with an interest in our subspecialty are taking on a career path that will involve numerous years of training and experience to practice at a high level. There are no shortcuts to proper training in oral/head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery, but the end result is a highly gratifying career." He added, "Participation in our subspecialty is truly a labor of love."

Patients looking for a highly qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon for their oncology team should look for this kind of specialized training and certification.

About the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) is the certifying board for the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States. Overseen by an eight-member Board of Directors, the mission of ABOMS is to ensure that Diplomate surgeons meet our standards of training, education, and professionalism through our certification process. The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery headquarters are located at 8770 W Bryn Mawr Ave Suite 1370, Chicago, IL 60631, and can be reached by phone at (312) 642-0070 or online at

RevenueWell Launches Insurance Verification for Dental Practices, an Automated and Reliable Process for Verifying Insurance

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Provides front offices and patients with accurate, up-to-date insurance information for more transparent cost conversations

RevenueWell, a leading patient experience software and digital marketing services partner for dental practices, announced the launch of a new product: Dental Insurance Verification, an automated tool to verify patients’ insurance. As an add-on to the RevenueWell Marketing Platform, Dental Insurance Verification helps dental practices deliver accurate, reliable insurance information to patients for better care and satisfaction. The tool automates the verification process so front office teams can provide up-to-date insurance information to patients, so they know what’s covered and what they’ll owe.

“Dental practices continue to carry the burden of inefficient, inaccurate, and often costly insurance verification tools,” said Steve Prosser, Chief Technology Officer of RevenueWell. “The amount of time spent each week verifying a patient’s active insurance is astounding, not to mention the efforts going into training new office staff on how to do it. RevenueWell’s automated insurance verification takes a novel approach by automatically validating insurance directly from provider portals and clearinghouses, then cross-referencing and cleansing the results. Our solution provides much greater accuracy, with access to a significantly larger pool of providers and treatment codes to automatically verify against.”

Verifying insurance is a time-consuming process that involves calling or logging into different provider portals to collect information. With RevenueWell’s insurance verification, it alleviates some of the burden for front office teams by providing full verification and eligibility reports to assist putting together cost estimates for patients. This is done by using a powerful combination of data directly from the provider portals, clearinghouses, and PMS data to verify information. The system checks, matches, and cleanses the patients’ information against different sources to provide accurate insurance data.

Insurance verification enables practices to verify a patient’s insurance prior to their appointment. Practices will receive a form containing a full benefits breakdown or eligibility details based on what the system provides. Practices can download all this information directly from RevenueWell and use this information to provide patients with cost estimates.

RevenueWell’s Dental Insurance Verification benefits include:

● High data accuracy and quality: Receive accurate, up-to-date insurance information from the RevenueWell system which pulls data directly from the provider portals, clearinghouses, and PMS data. It scrubs the data to ensure practice teams receive up-to-date information related to coverage, cost breakdown, histories, and more.

● Better team efficiency: Automation can minimize the time spent making phone calls or navigating provider portals, allowing practice teams to spend more time with patients and other critical tasks.

● Shorten appointment lead time: Verify insurance information faster to get patients in sooner for their appointments, instead of waiting days or weeks for insurance details by mail.

● Increase patient satisfaction: Facilitate transparent communication around coverage and costs with patients to help patients understand their financial responsibilities so they can make informed decisions around their dental care. Patients are more likely to return to the practice and accept treatments because they trust the practice team to give them the right information around their insurance.

“The launch of insurance verification is an exciting time for RevenueWell,” said Katherine Shuman, CEO of RevenueWell. “Every tool we build is intended to help the practice team be successful in their jobs and deliver a positive experience for patients. And that’s what Dental Insurance Verification does. It enables practices to automate the verification process, so they have confidence knowing the data they get back is accurate and reliable, making it easier to have transparent cost conversations with patients. This leads to better patient relationships, improved case acceptance, and higher patient retention, all of which help strengthen their reputation in their community and grow their practice.”

For more information about RevenueWell Dental Insurance Verification and how it can improve the dental practice’s insurance process, visit  

Benevis Celebrates Dental Hygienist Week, Honoring Their Vital Role in Oral Health

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The dental healthcare and orthodontics organization recognizes its 250+ Dental Hygienists that work daily to protect the teeth, gums, and total health of its diverse patient population.

Benevis, a leading dental healthcare and orthodontics delivery organization committed to providing quality care to underserved communities, announced today that they will unite as an organization in celebration of Dental Hygienist Week from April 8 through 12, 2024. The Benevis team of dental professionals includes over 250 Dental Hygienists who provide high-quality dental care and oral health education for their patients. In honor of their commitment to comprehensive care for children and adults to prevent dental disease, Benevis dental homes across 13 states and the District of Columbia will host a number of unique celebrations throughout the week.

At Benevis, Dental Hygienists are often the first care team member patients encounter and through routine cleanings, the ones they build a trusted and lasting relationship. The oral health education and support in providing happy healthy smile tips they provide are vital for patients’ health as most dental diseases are preventable. Benevis’ Dental Hygienists truly are the backbone of the organization and central to the success of its oral healthcare delivery model that delivers treatment through 1.4 million patient visits each year.

“At Benevis, we recognize the vital role that our Dental Hygienists play during national Dental Hygienist Week but also every other week of the year as they make up such an essential part of our organization’s DNA,” said Dominique Szach, Director of Dental Hygiene, Benevis. “As an industry it is important to recognize the invaluable contributions that they make daily in oral care delivery and that they are not support staff. Dental Hygienists can see their own patients and in certain states, they can even open their own practices, further extending the reach and impact of Benevis’ care delivery model.”

For over 20 years, Benevis has been a leader in expanding access to affordable, high-quality care for disadvantaged communities with Dental Hygienists helping to lead the charge. Benevis care teams have helped approximately five million children and adults, including 82% who are enrolled in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program plans, achieve their healthy smile goals through its network of more than 100 locally dental homes.

“It’s important to remember that Dental Hygienists are dental providers and when they are supported, they can be most efficient and effective, empowering them and the dentists they work alongside to practice at the top of their license at all times,” said Dr. Jane Whang, Regional Director of Clinical for the East Region, Benevis. “Our care teams play an integral role in how we approach delivering the highest quality of oral care to underserved populations, providing the necessary educational, clinical, and consultative services to put patients on a better path to improved oral health. The level of care our Dental Hygienists are trained to offer is especially valuable within our model of seeing a high volume of patients allowing them to efficiently provide high quality oral treatments to as many families as possible.”

For dental hygienists interested in joining the Benevis team, please visit for more information.

Dental Laser Coaching Launches On-line Dental Laser Training Portal

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Virtual Curriculum Kicks-Off with Free Webinar: "Do More with Your All-Tissue Laser"

As the landscape of laser dentistry continues to evolve, Dental Laser Coaching (DLC) recently launched its new online dental laser training portal. View available laser courses here. New courses will be added over time.

While traditional live laser training sessions remain valuable, the advent of user-friendly online platforms has democratized access to comprehensive laser coaching. This is why the DLC Portal will feature an innovative online curriculum, designed to empower a wider audience of dental professionals to effectively optimize their laser technology. Whether a practitioner has owned a laser for one month or one-year, the DLC Portal is designed to guide their journey towards success.

According to Company Founder and CEO Nick Clausen, “Our mission is to ensure that all laser owners maximize the full benefits of their investments. With over two decades of experience collaborating with major laser manufacturers and dental practices nationwide, the DLC Portal will offer a unique online approach that accelerates the achievement of desired results.”

Laser dentistry provides a host of benefits for patients and practitioners alike. A laser’s precision allows for minimally invasive treatments, reducing discomfort during and after procedures. Moreover, lasers promote faster healing times and preserve healthy tissue

and ultimately enhancing the overall patient experience. It’s easy to see why lasers have become a standard of care in dentistry.

However, despite these advantages, transitioning to laser dentistry presents unique challenges for practitioners accustomed to traditional ‘tactile’ instruments. The non-contact nature of laser applications, coupled with the requirement for precise technique, often leads to underutilization of this advanced technology.

Clausen added, “The goal of the Dental Laser Coaching Portal is to address the root causes of the common challenges faced by laser owners, irrespective of their experience level, and provide tailored optimization programs for soft tissue lasers, all-tissue lasers, and productivity enhancement using laser technology.”

To register for the free, limited seating webinar "Do More with Your All-Tissue Laser" on Tuesday April 30th, at 5PM PST/ 8PM EST, Click here.


Oral Surgeon Samuel Scroggins to Climb Highest Peak in His 37th State in Conjunction with Total Solar Eclipse

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2024

Samuel E. Scroggins, DMD, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with Roanoke’s Southwest Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and his wife, Verina, aim to climb to the highest point in all 50 states, an activity known as highpointing. They’ve done 36 to-date, and will check another state off their list today, as they climb Ohio’s Campbell Hill, in conjunction with the total solar eclipse.

“Campbell Hill is located in Bellefontaine, about 50 miles outside of Columbus,” says Dr. Scroggins. “It has an elevation of 1,549.09 feet (472.16 meters), so it’s more of a walk than a climb, but Bellefontaine is in the path of the totality of the solar eclipse, so we thought it would be a fun way to check another highpoint off our list, while experiencing the eclipse together. It’s truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Campbell Hill was previously home to the Bellefontaine Air Force Station. Currently, it is occupied by the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. After Campbell Hill, the Scroggins’ next scheduled highpointing adventure will be Mt. Hood in Oregon, which will be an ice climb. Mt. Hood is approximately 11,240 feet (3,426 meters). It’s also a potentially active volcano – according to the U.S. Geological Survey – with glaciers, snowfields and sulfur pits.

“The hikes are all very different. Some are a short walk, on a path, to a sign that says you’re standing in the tallest place in the state, and others are more complex,” notes Dr. Scroggins. “That’s one of the things I like about it.”

Dr. Scroggins and Verina started highpointing approximately seven years ago, after a conversation between friends.

“We had some friends visiting from Birmingham, Alabama, where we used to live, and we were all sitting around in the kitchen, talking about what we wanted to do next in life,” recalls Dr. Scroggins. “One of our friends said that she was working toward hiking the Appalachian Trail, which was something she was doing a little bit at a time.”

“I remember thinking that I like hiking, but that I wouldn’t want to sleep on the ground the way she was doing,” continues Dr. Scroggins. “So my wife and I talked about it and we thought we might like to try going to the highest point in all 50 states, and we did some research on it, and discovered that it’s a thing called highpointing, and there’s even a club for it and everything.”

The Scroggins always highpoint together, and kiss on the top of every peak. Often some – or all of – their eight children (currently ages 2-21), join them. Dr. Scroggins says highpointing has helped strengthen his relationships with his wife and children, has helped his children to be more resilient and has helped him to sustain a better work-life balance.

“Highpointing has been an incredible experience for us as a couple, as a family, and as individuals. You get to see and experience places and each other in a way that you wouldn’t get to, otherwise,” says Dr. Scroggins.

In addition, Dr. Scroggins says highpointing has taught him many lessons that he applies as an oral surgeon. “Whether you’re hiking or treating patients, preparation is key. Understand each individual situation as much as possible. Explore all the angles and have the best solution in place for all possibilities, including the right equipment. Some hikes require more specialized equipment – like ice picks, carabiners and rope – others don’t. It’s the same with OMS.”

The most important thing, he adds, is the application. “Once you’re prepared, you need to move forward and learn, so that the process is always smoother, always improving, no matter how good it was before. Ideally, you want to do that with everything in life.”

Dr. Scroggins has been in private practice in Virginia since 2014. He is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon – the highest credential that can be obtained in the specialty, according to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

A graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Alabama Dental School, Dr. Scroggins practiced general dentistry in the Birmingham area for three years before completing his internship at the Medical College of Georgia. After which, he completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Southwest Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is known throughout the region as an expert provider of oral surgery and facial trauma services, including emergency care. The practice offers a wide variety of OMS procedures and treatments, from dental implants to tooth extractions, facial trauma treatment, bone grafting, wisdom teeth removal and more.


Introducing Riva Cem Automix

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2024

Resin modified glass ionomer luting cement

SDI Limited is proud to announce the launch of Riva Cem Automix, a new resin modified glass ionomer cement.

Riva Cem Automix is a self-curing, radiopaque, fluoride releasing paste/paste resin modified glass-ionomer luting cement. Riva Cem Automix is indicated for the permanent cementation of metal and ceramic restorations such as zirconia, porcelain and orthodontic bands.

Riva Cem Automix features SDIs revolutionary ionglass™ technology. This unique blend of different sized reactive glass particles harnesses ion-release to cross-link polycarboxylic acid chains. This focused ion release gives Riva Cem Automix a clinically higher bond strength, improved strength and more stable esthetic properties.

A 2022 study showed that Riva Cem Automix has a superior enamel/dentine bond strength combination compared to leading cements*. Riva Cem Automix also has a superior flexural strength#.

The same 2022 study also confirmed that Riva Cem Automix has the best-in-class colour stability, ensuring restorations do not deviate from their original shade.

Get more. Waste less. Riva Cem Automix offers more tips than any other leading cement – and has 25-50% less tip wastage than other cements*.

Riva Cem Automix is an Australian innovation.

For more information, please contact SDI at


* [In vitro properties of different resin-modified glass-ionomer cements], 2022, Prof Loguercio, Brazil, Study included Riva Cem Automix, Fuji Cem 2, Relyx Luting Plus, Nexus RMGI.

# Based on manufacture brochures for preceding products.


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