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Constance Wu to Headline SmileCon 2023 in Orlando

Posted on Friday, June 9, 2023

The American Dental Association (ADA) today announces acclaimed actress Constance Wu will kick off SmileCon™ 2023 in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 5. Wu will share her personal journey and speak about wellness, one of the key themes at this year’s SmileCon.

Most known for starring in Warner Brother's romantic comedy hit “Crazy Rich Asians”, Wu received a Golden Globe nomination and a Critics Choice nomination for the role. Wu is also known for her career-launching work as Jessica Huang in ABC’s critically acclaimed comedy series “Fresh off the Boat” and, as a result, was honored as part of the TIME 100 Most Influential People in 2017. The series made Hollywood history as the first American Network TV show to center on an Asian American family in over 20 years.

In late 2022, Wu released a memoir titled “Making a Scene”, an essay collection that recounts her experiences growing up in suburban Virginia and navigating her early career as an actress, falling in and out of love, and discovering her self-identity. Wu also recently launched Tempo Wubato Pictures, a production venture that struck a first-look deal with eOne, where she and her vice president of development are actively producing scripted series. Wu holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from SUNY Purchase's prestigious Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film, where she trained in classical theatre.

“We are thrilled to have Constance Wu join SmileCon to address and inspire our ADA community, who like Ms. Wu, are passionate about their craft,” said ADA president Dr. George R. Shepley. “Her words will be a vital reminder to all who hear them that taking care of yourself is the first step in sharing your talents with others.”

SmileCon 2023 will take place Oct. 5-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Registration for the meeting opens June 7.

Visit for more information on Constance Wu and the SmileCon Opening Session.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Names New Board Officers and Trustees at Annual Meeting

Posted on Friday, June 9, 2023

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children's oral health, installed new board officers and trustees during the AAPD 2023 General Assembly meeting on May 29 in Orlando.

Scott W. Cashion


Dr. Scott Cashion is a 1994 graduate of the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry and finished his Residency and Masters in Pediatric Dentistry there in 1997. He is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. After 22 years in private practice in Greensboro, N.C., he sold his practice and joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry, Division of Pediatric and Public Health as an associate professor.

Cashion has served as a leader with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). He currently serves as the Vice President of the AAPD. In addition, he serves as the chair of the Pediatric Medicaid/CHIP Advisory committee and is Immediate Past President of the Medicaid/Medicare/CHIP Dental Services Association (MSDA). Cashion served on the Board of Trustees of the AAPD (2008-2011) and was Parliamentarian (2012-2013). In May of 2013 he was awarded the Merle C. Hunter Award for Leadership in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Cashion currently serves as an ADA Delegate for the NC Delegation and has been a Delegate or Alternate Delegate since 2009. Cashion is a past president of the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation and current president of the North Carolina Services for Dentistry. In 2018, he completed his service on the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention (CAAP, formerly CAPIR).

Cashion is past president of the North Carolina Dental Society (2015). He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Dental Society. Cashion is a member of the Guilford County Dental Society and served as president in 2005-2006. He was president of the North Carolina Third District Dental Society in 2004.

Cashion was awarded the North Carolina Dental Society's Commendation Award in 2007. He is a fellow in the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Cashion is involved in the Greensboro Community and served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity, is active in his church and is a member of the Greensboro Sports Council. He is an avid runner and has ran three marathons.

Scott D. Smith


Dr. Scott D. Smith received his D.D.S. from the University of Michigan in 1986, and his M.S. in pediatric dentistry in 1988.Upon completion of his Graduate and Post-Graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Smith and his wife Debbie moved to Denver, Colo., to establish a private practice. He currently has offices in Denver and Centennial, Colo. In addition to private practice, he is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Instructor at both the University of Colorado and at the University of Michigan, traveling back to Ann Arbor monthly.

Soon after arriving in Denver, he became involved in the Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Metro Denver Dental Society, holding multiple offices with each group. In addition to being a founding member of the Rose Medical Center Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Anomalies Team, Smith has contributed to the Bright Futures Program with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In 1996, Smith was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners and served as President of the Board from 2000–2004. During his tenure on the State Board he also served as an examiner for the Central Regional Dental Testing Service.

As a member of the AAPD, Smith has served on multiple Councils and Committees including Chair of Annual Session Local Arrangements Denver 2001, Council on Clinical Affairs Committee on Adolescent Health and the Council on Continuing Education. In June of 2017, he completed a three-year term on the AAPD Board of Trustees. In addition to Council and Committee Work, Smith has participated in the Leadership Institute at Kellogg and both cohorts of the Advanced Leadership Institute at Wharton.

Outside of his involvement in the AAPD, Dr. & Mrs. Smith enjoy an active Colorado lifestyle that includes skiing, cycling and fly fishing. Additionally, Smith plays ice hockey in an Adult Hockey League.

Thomas G. Ison


Dr. Thomas G. Ison is owner of a private practice in Newburgh, Ind. He received his dental degree and certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Ky., and completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry. He previously held appointments as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and Chief of Dentistry at Norton Children's Hospital, in Louisville. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Currently the Parliamentarian of the AAPD, he has served as a consultant to the AAPD Council of Clinical Affairs, and as District III (now Southeastern) Trustee. While Trustee, he was on the Strategic Planning Committee and was liaison to the Council on Dental Benefits and AAPD PAC. He is a Past President of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry and Kentucky Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Ison has been an examiner for the ABPD Oral Clinical Exam as well as committee member and part leader for the Renewal of Certification Examination. He resides in Evansville, Ind., with his wife, Connie, and daughter, Maggie.

Carlos A. Bertot


Dr. Carlos "Charlie" Bertot received his dental degree from the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, and his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Kentucky, Albert B. Chandler Medical Center. He became a Diplomate of the ABPD in 1996 and has been involved with organized dentistry since his days in dental school. In addition to his membership and service to multiple dental organizations, he is a past-president of the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and has served AAPD at the council/committee and board level. A past Parliamentarian for AAPD and current Southeastern District Trustee, Bertot is the managing partner of a busy pediatric dental practice in Maitland, Fla., a suburb of Orlando.

Bertot is a graduate of the AAPD Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University and the AAPD Advanced Leadership Institute at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Together with his wife of 31 years, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and staying fit. Bertot is most proud of his three children. His son is currently an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery resident. His oldest daughter is a third-year medical student, and his youngest daughter is a college senior planning for a master's degree in psychology.

Anthea Mazzawi


Dr. Anthea Mazzawi is a board-certified pediatric dentist who has practiced dentistry for almost 20 years. Raised along the gulf coast of Florida, she earned a B.S. degree in Developmental Biology from Florida State University and a D.M.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She then completed a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently in private practice with her husband, Dr. Miles Mazzawi, who is also a pediatric dentist. Their practice, Cherokee Children's Dentistry, has been serving the needs of children in the greater Atlanta area since 2007. Mazzawi is passionate about working with children and serving as an advocate for all child related issues.

Mazzawi has been heavily involved with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and organized dentistry throughout her career. She served as the president of The College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2018 and has also been a part of several committees and councils for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Currently, she is the chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the Annual Session. She also serves chairman of the Greater Atlanta Dental Foundation Gala Committee (an event that raises funds to meet the needs of several free/reduced fee clinics in Atlanta), and the secretary for the GA Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Mazzawi is excited to serve as a trustee on the board of trustees for the AAPD. She looks forward to working with her colleagues, specifically the federal service membership, to promote for our profession and advance optimal oral health for all children.

Steven K. Rayes


Dr. Steve K. Rayes graduated from Indiana State University with a major in Biology and minors in Business Administration and French. He subsequently enrolled at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and graduated as a general dentist. This was followed by a one year GPR (general practice residency) program that was completed through the Louisville VA medical center. To enroll in a loan repayment program with the Indian Health Service/US Public Health Service (IHS/PHS), Rayes applied to serve in the remote areas of Alaska. He was stationed in Dillingham, Alaska, followed by Kodiak, Alaska. After eight years of service as a General Dentist to the Alaska Native community and particularly the children in need, Rayes found his passion for pediatric dentistry. He was offered a full scholarship through the IHS/PHS and was enrolled back at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for a Master's degree in pediatric dentistry. After graduation, Rayes returned to Anchorage to the Alaska Native Medical Center and Southcentral Foundation, where he worked as a staff pediatric dentist. He was instrumental in the development of a Pediatric Residency Program in which he was a faculty member until 2008, at which time he began as the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Advanced Training in Pediatric Dentistry through NYU Langone-AK site. He holds a Certificate of Dental Education through the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, Calif. In 2015, Rayes relocated with his family to purchase a private practice in Vermont. He continues in full time private practice while teaching and providing OR services at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Vermont State Dental Society.

Ann M. Bynum


Dr. Ann Bynum is originally from Ocala, Fla. She did her undergraduate training at Florida State University. She then attended dental school at the University of Iowa, where she met her husband, Dr. Matt Bynum. She did two further years of training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Bynum moved to Greenville, S.C., in 1997 and opened her practice in Simpsonville. She has three children of her own (all boys) and understands and appreciates the arts of pediatric dentistry and parenting.

Bynum is a Diplomate and Examiner of the ABPD, a member of the SSPD, the AAPD, and the ADA. She has lectured and written numerous articles on pediatric dentistry, customer service, marketing, leadership, and teamwork over the years. Over the last four years she has added teaching others about tongue ties, sleep and airway. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three boys, Matthew, Luke, and John. She enjoys working on her practice and travelling.

Hakan Koymen


Dr. Hakan Koymen is a board certified pediatric dentist in private practice in Baltimore, Md. He was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and attended the University of Detroit-Mercy for dental school and University of Maryland for his pediatric dental residency. He has been dental director for the Maryland Healthy Smiles Program (Medicaid) in the State of Maryland for the last 13 years and has always worked hard to provide quality access to care to all children no matter what their background. He also served as the Northeast Trustee for the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry where he continued to serve all the way through his presidency in 2020. More recently, he has been very involved with the Academy being on the Council on Continuing Education, the Scientific Affairs Committee, and a part of Kellogg Leadership Institute VI. He also worked to create the new Mock Oral Board exams that are offered in conjunction with the AAPD Oral Clinical Exam Review Course. He looks to use his previous experience on committees and executive boards to help the Academy continue its pursuit to be the Big Authority on Little Teeth.

These appointees will join current members of the AAPD Board of Trustees for the 2023-2024 term. 

American Dental Hygienists’ Association Announces the Passing of ADHA® CEO, Ann Battrell

Posted on Friday, June 9, 2023

It is with profound sadness that the American Dental Hygienists’ Association announces that ADHA CEO, Ann Battrell, MSDH, passed away June 7, 2023. She had recently announced to ADHA leadership that she was extending her medical leave to focus on her health.

Battrell became the first registered dental hygienist and first former ADHA president to assume the position of CEO of the organization. She served as ADHA’s President from 1996-1997. Battrell began her career with the ADHA in 2000 as manager of education and moved into the role of director of education four years later. In 2009, the Board of Directors selected her to fill the executive director opening and in 2016 she was named CEO. In her leadership role, she worked tirelessly to advance the dental hygiene profession, evolve the scope of practice, empower dental hygienists, eliminate inequities and improve access to care.

ADHA 2022-2023 President Dawn Ann Dean, RDH, MSDH, describes Battrell as a strategist, innovator and collaborator who believed in the collective power of the profession, determined to ensure dental hygiene was represented and heard.

“Ann was a champion for the association and dental hygiene, always pushing to raise the important issues, promoting our accomplishments and bringing our profession’s voice to the table,” said President Dean. “Our lives and the dental hygiene community are better thanks to Ann – an extraordinary leader, inspiring mentor and friend. She will be greatly missed and remembered for her passion and dedication to public service.”

Among many notable accomplishments during Battrell’s tenure, ADHA launched a new online education platform, elevated the acknowledgement of oral-systemic health connections, worked to broaden the dental hygiene curriculum to address the oral health needs of diverse populations and improve access to care, and championed efforts to broaden the scope of practice for dental hygienists to practice to the fullest extent of their education. Battrell also became a regular voice for the profession throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ann and the entire ADHA staff worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, to ensure that the dental hygiene community had the relevant information, accessible resources and practical guidance to find ways to deliver essential care across the country,” recalls President Dean. “Ann appeared wherever she could, on webcasts, podcasts, interviews and social media to ensure the research and the guidance specific to dental hygiene could reach as many as possible.”

Most recently, Battrell was recognized by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH for her outstanding contributions to their 2021 publication “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges.”

During Battrell’s leave, day-to-day operations of ADHA were designated to members of senior staff who now report directly to the ADHA President. These interim roles, held by ADHA Senior Director of Strategic Operations Jennifer Hill, and Governance Manager Kathy Pujol, will remain in place while the 2023-2024 Board of Directors oversees leadership continuity planning under incoming President, Becky Smith, CRDH, EdD.

A tribute is planned July 7, 2023, during the Opening General Session of the ADHA 2023 Annual Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, to celebrate Ann Battrell’s life, leadership and legacy in the dental hygiene profession and ADHA.

DentaQuest’s Dr. Steven Barefoot to Present on the Benefits of Curodont, the First Drill-Free Regenerative Caries Treatment

Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2023

Presentation will be given at the Hispanic Dental Association’s 2023 Annual Meeting

A clinical leader from DentaQuest, part of Sun Life U.S., will present at the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) 2023 Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 10. The presentation, “Innovative Strategies to Drive Improved Health Outcomes,” will focus on Curodont, the first non-invasive regenerative caries treatment, and discuss the value of identifying, trialing and implementing unique treatment plans that can yield better patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Steven Barefoot, DDS, Associate Director, Value-Based Care at DentaQuest will be leading the presentation.

HDA is the leading voice for Hispanic oral health and promotes overall health of Hispanic and underrepresented communities. DentaQuest has been a member and supporting sponsor of the HDA since 2021.

WHAT: DentaQuest’s “Innovative Strategies to Drive Improved Health Outcomes” presentation

WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 2023

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM CT

WHERE: San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk

889 East Market Street

San Antonio, TX

WHO: Steven Barefoot, DDS, Associate Director, Value-Based Care, DentaQuest

Laura Skaret, BS, RDH, Manager, Clinical Innovation, CareQuest Innovation Partners  

Sage Dental Announces the Opening of Its 100th Practice

Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2023

Now the Largest DSO in South Florida, Sage Dental Has Nearly Doubled Its Number of Practices Since 2020

Sage Dental, a leading dental service organization (DSO) committed to providing consistent, high-quality care, as well as non-clinical business and administrative services to affiliated practices, today announced that it has opened its 100th location, following its acquisition of Kendall Dental Care in Miami.

As part of the company’s ongoing expansion strategy to increase its presence in the Southeastern United States, this milestone represents a critical moment in the evolution of Sage. Since 2020, Sage has nearly doubled the number of practices in its network in Florida and Georgia and, in terms of locations, it is now the largest DSO operating in south Florida.

“Everyone on our team is very proud to achieve this milestone as Sage Dental continues in its mission to make high-quality, affordable dental care available to an increasing number of families and individuals in the regions that we serve,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Marler. “Our modern facilities and highly skilled clinicians and support staff, combined with best-in-class dental technologies, have helped to propel our rapid growth. Since Sage was founded more than 25 years ago, dentistry has evolved exponentially, and Sage has continually evolved with it to ensure we deliver patients the best dental care possible.”

Sage, which has served more than 1 million patients since 2020, offers general, specialty, and cosmetic dental care, including restorative, prosthodontic, endodontic, pediatric, and orthodontic treatment. As the DSO continues to expand, its leadership team expects to add at least 20 more practices to Sage’s network by the end of 2023.

“In comparison with some of our competitors, Sage has taken a unique approach to executing our expansion strategy by incorporating, as evenly as possible, a blend of new and acquired practices into our universally branded network,” said Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President Jim Mizouni. “As we continue to fine-tune and execute our plans to scale the business, our long-term strategy includes expanding into the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.”

As it maintains its focus on future growth, Sage's dentists, hygienists, and dental support staff will continue providing personalized care combined with the latest tools and technologies – including artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostics – to deliver the best possible oral health care to patients.

“Across all our practices, our team is constantly revisiting ways to help our patients have a better understanding of their oral health and the best treatment options that are available to them,” said Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Vice President Dr. Cindy Roark, DMD, MS. “Using state-of-the-art technologies, our dental professionals foster trust with patients by making more well-informed prognoses and better treatment decisions.”

To learn more or to schedule an appointment at any of Sage Dental’s locations, please visit  

Dentsply Sirona Collaborates With America’s ToothFairy on “Bid for Smiles” to Raise $26,000 to Support Dental Care for Children in Need

Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2023

Dentsply Sirona continues to partner with America’s ToothFairy to support their shared mission of increasing access to dental care for children in need.

When children have healthy smiles, they have a better chance of reaching their potential. Unfortunately, millions of kids across the United States lack access to a dental care provider, resulting in higher rates of untreated tooth decay and risk of dangerous infections. America’s ToothFairy helps improve the lives of these children by providing essential resources that help nonprofit dental organizations serve more kids each year.

One way the nonprofit organization funds its mission is through an online auction of dental supplies and equipment. Most recently held in March 2023, “Bid For Smiles” raised $26,000 to support prevention resources and services for 5,000 children who otherwise might not receive the dental services they need to be healthy.

Sponsoring for a good cause

“We count on the generosity of our sponsors and donors in order to make our auction a success,” said Jill Malmgren, executive director of America’s ToothFairy. ““Bid For Smiles” would not have been as successful without the support of its major sponsor, Dentsply Sirona. Their $10’000 financial support helped us procure product donations, promote participation, and ultimately raise enough to help an additional 5,000 kids get the dental services they need to prevent tooth decay.”

“We believe every child should have access to the dental care they need to be healthy,” added Lisa Yankie, Chief Human Resources Officer and Communications at Dentsply Sirona. “We’re proud to partner with America’s ToothFairy to help children in communities that lack adequate dental services get the preventive care they need to grow up with a healthy smile.”

A shared mission of improving oral health for children in need

Dentsply Sirona’s support of this cause is encompassed in its Sustainability strategy, BEYOND, which builds on the company’s long-established Corporate Social Responsibility Platform. At the heart of BEYOND is the ambition to improve oral health around the world, protect the environment, be a trustworthy corporate citizen, and foster a diverse and inclusive environment within the workplace and society. To achieve this, Dentsply Sirona has set for itself ambitious sustainability goals, supports industry-wide cooperations and brings to the table the willingness to go above and beyond to achieve real changes for a more sustainable future in dentistry.

“Bids for Smiles”: Save the Date for 2024

Since 2016, “Bid For Smiles” has raised more than $726,000 to support the delivery of dental care and oral health education for kids in need nationwide. The next auction will be held March 20-22, 2024. Visit to sign up to receive reminders.

Smile Generation-Trusted Dental Practices Partnered with charity: water to Raise Over $1.14 Million for Clean Drinking Water

Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Campaign proceeds will fund clean, safe drinking water for nearly 28,700 Ethiopians in need

Smile Generation® and its nationwide network of trusted dental practices recently completed a two-month fundraising campaign in support of charity: water, a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in need around the world. The campaign, “Give Water, Give Health,” ran April 1 – May 31 and raised a total of $1,148,578, surpassing the initial goal by over $480,000. All funds raised go towards providing clean drinking water to vulnerable populations in Ethiopia through the construction of community-owned, sustainable, and safe water sources built to last for generations. The amount raised this year will fund clean water sources for an estimated 28,700 people in need.

Founded in 2006, charity: water has funded water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs for rural communities in 29 countries around the globe – in Africa, Asia, Central and South America – serving 16.9 million people. In Ethiopia, over 72 million people are living without basic access to safe drinking water. That’s 68 percent of the population in the East African country.

Smile Generation has proudly partnered with charity: water since 2009, contributing a total of over $8.6 million in donated support over 15 years. These efforts have successfully provided clean drinking water to over 275,000 individuals in need across six different countries.

“We are profoundly grateful for the unwavering commitment, collaborative spirit, and immense generosity displayed by the Smile Generation community,” stated Scott Harrison, CEO of charity: water. “Once again, they have come together, leveraging their network to provide clean water to communities in need. We extend our heartfelt thanks for their invaluable support in helping others lead prosperous and fulfilling lives.” 

Smile Generation-trusted dental practices are supported by Pacific Dental Services® (PDS), one of the country’s leading dental and medical support organizations. Smile Generation helps connect patients to trusted dentists – oral health care professionals who are dedicated to providing patients with an exceptional dental experience utilizing advanced clinical care and proven technology. It also provides helpful financial options for patients so they can afford the dental care they need and want, and education about the link between oral health and overall health, or what PDS and its supported practices call the Mouth-Body Connection®, while also working to be a force for good in the communities it serves.

“The efforts of Smile Generation-trusted practices and supporters this year have had our largest impact yet, providing clean water to over 28,000 people in Ethiopia,” said Carli Casey, Sr. Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at PDS. “This milestone in our 15-year partnership with charity: water is a testament to our commitment to serving others. We are immensely grateful for the dedicated individuals who made this possible. Together, we are ensuring that a new generation will never know a life without water.”  

Urbanek TMJ Device Announces Launch of Commercial Operations

Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Revolutionary Technology Effectively Eliminates TMD In As Few As Two Office Visits

The Urbanek TMJ Device and Protocol announced today the official launch of its commercial operations in North America, offering dentists a new way to treat the 10+ million TMD/TMJ sufferers in the United States.

“After more than 4,000 cases treated with a 95% success rate, we’re excited to finally offer this solution nationwide to treat the growing epidemic of TMD.

With this FDA-cleared medical device and our comprehensive training and support, dental care providers can now offer their patients an easy and affordable solution,” says CEO and Founder Dr. Anthony Urbanek.

Developed by an Oral Maxillofacial surgeon with over 40 years of experience, the Urbanek Device and Protocol is the only non-surgical, custom CAD-CAM, 3D-printed resin device that alleviates the inflammation of the TMD joint. Unlike a nightguard, this FDA-cleared medical device was specifically designed to treat the root cause of TMD.

“It’s our mission to provide dental care professionals with a system to safely eliminate TMJ/TMD for their patients without surgery or medications,” says Dr. Urbanek.

For more information, visit or register for Dr. Urbanek’s CE webinar here:


Learn Composite Dentistry at the Center for Esthetic Excellence in Chicago

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Announcing New Fall 2023 Continuing Education Lectures and Hands-on Workshops

Cosmedent’s Center for Esthetic Excellence, (CEE) has scheduled a lecture and hands-on workshop, entitled, “Composite Bonding for Smile Makeovers: Designed for Accreditation Case Type 5,” presented by Dr. Corky Willhite, on October 5-7, 2023, Thursday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This course is designed specifically for members of the AACD to help with challenges of the  “six or more direct resin veneers” case. Learn strategies for managing Accreditation patients and reducing appointment time. Case selection: Recognize which cases work best and how to find those patients. Step by step procedure for individual tooth changes (color change, class IV’s, and more).

For more information regarding this course, please contact Erika Heier at 800-837-2321 or


Colgate-Palmolive Announces 2023 Recipients of the Colgate Award for Research Excellence (C.A.R.E.)

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Colgate-Palmolive, a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all, is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE), who will each receive a 1-year research grant ($30,000.00 USD) to foster the development of their areas of interest in dental, oral and craniofacial research. The 2023 CARE Program recipients and their research topics are:

Heidi Steinkamp, PhD, DDS, MS – The University of Iowa College of Dentistry

“Impact of Stress on the Oral Microbiome of Children”

Cheryl Paulo Malave, BS, DMD – University of Puerto Rico

“Vitamin D Levels and Severe Early Childhood Caries in Puerto Rican Children”

Mateus G. Rocha, DDS, MS, PhD – University of Florida, College of Dentistry

“Restorative Dental Materials with Wavelength-controlled Light-responsive Release and Recharge of L-arginine”

Bhakti Desai, DMD – College of Dentistry, University of Illinois Chicago

“Assessing Infant Fluoride Use and Caries Experience”

Justin Kaspar, PhD – The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry

“Correlation of Streptococcus mutans Microcolony Size to Disease Potential and Therapeutic Tolerance”

Proposals were reviewed by an independent, esteemed panel of senior academic dental researchers. Winners were selected based on the program’s criteria, which includes innovation, clinical significance, originality and scientific quality.

“The CARE Program, now entering its 7th year, fosters the development of much needed dental academicians by providing seed research funding to emerging leaders at a time in their career path when it is most needed,” said Dr. Maria Emanuel Ryan, DDS, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Colgate-Palmolive. “We recognize the importance of fostering the careers of young academics and researchers as they are essential to the education of the next generation of dental professionals and play an important role in advancing the science of dentistry. This is more important now than ever before as the need for faculty is acute, with several hundred faculty positions unfilled throughout the country. The shortage in research focused faculty in dental schools carries over into other sectors, such as industry and government, where a significant amount of research is conducted.”

Established in 2016, the Colgate CARE Program is designed to foster and provide financial support to young academic researchers. In order to be eligible for the Colgate CARE grant, faculty applicants must be in the first five years of an academic appointment. To date the CARE program has supported the research projects of 31 academicians in numerous areas of oral health research.

Colgate is also instrumental in other programs to support dental researchers. In conjunction with the National Dental Association Foundation, the Audacity to Dream Program and TORCH Program have the important goal of helping address racial disparities in oral health research.

Every year Colgate-Palmolive celebrates the research projects at Colgate’s Clinical Research Innovation Day, where recipients of the CARE program, the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, the Audacity to Dream Program and the TORCH Program all come together at Colgate-Palmolive’s global technology center in Piscataway, New Jersey, to present and celebrate their research. This year's Clinical Research Innovation Day took place on May 24th, 2023.

“On behalf of Colgate’s 34,000 people around the world, we offer sincere congratulations to the winners of this year’s grant awards,” said Dr. Ryan.

For more information about the Colgate CARE Program for Young Academic Researchers and application guidelines, visit for US and for Canada. 

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