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Overjet Named to the 2021 CB Insights AI 100 List of Most Innovative Artificial Intelligence Startups

Posted on April 16, 2021

CB Insights today named Overjet to the fifth annual AI 100 ranking, showcasing the 100 most promising private artificial intelligence companies in the world.

"This is the fifth year CB Insights has recognized the most promising private artificial intelligence companies with the AI 100, and this is one of the most global groups we've ever seen. This year's cohort spans 18 industries, and is working on everything from climate risk to accelerating drug R&D," said CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal. "Last year's AI 100 companies had a remarkable run after being named to the list, with more than 50% going on to raise additional financing (totaling $5.2B), including 16 $100 million+ mega-rounds. Many also went on to exit via M&A, SPAC or IPO. As industry after industry adopts AI, we expect this year's class will see similar levels of interest from investors, acquirers and customers."

"Overjet's mission is to improve oral health for all," said Dr. Wardah Inam, PhD, co-founder and CEO of Overjet. "Our industry-leading dental artificial intelligence empowers dentists and insurance providers to deliver the best patient care. Overjet's AI software encodes dentist-level understanding of disease identification and progression into precise, bias-free, and repeatable tools for better decision making. We've been thrilled by the fast adoption of AI by the dental community to support consistency, deliver evidence-based care, and improve patient outcomes."

"It's an honor to be recognized in the CB Insights AI 100 alongside such venerable tech leaders and unicorns as insitro, Olive, Recursion and AI leaders that have developed breakthrough technologies that are transforming entire industries."

Through an evidence-based approach, the CB Insights research team selected the AI 100 from a pool of over 6,000 companies based on several factors including patent activity, investor quality, news sentiment analysis, proprietary Mosaic scores, market potential, partnerships, competitive landscape, team strength, and tech novelty. The Mosaic Score, based on CB Insights' algorithm, measures the overall health and growth potential of private companies to help predict a company's momentum.

Today's award follows a year of rapid growth for Overjet since the company came out of stealth in 2020 with the launch of powerful dental AI software and financing from VCs that included Crosslink Capital and the MIT-affiliated E14 Fund. Built upon multiple cutting-edge computational dentistry and AI techniques pioneered by Overjet over two years of extensive R&D, Overjet's clinical and claim intelligence platforms are already being used by some of the largest dental customers in the nation.

Founded by PhDs and leading experts from MIT and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Overjet has assembled the largest and most seasoned team of technologists and domain experts with deep AI, dental and insurance experience. Overjet's leadership team includes Dr. Wardah Inam, PhD, CEO and cofounder; Dr. Robert Faiella, DDS, chief dental officer and former president of the American Dental Association; Deepak Ramaswamy, PhD, CTO and former Amazon executive; Dr. Chris Balaban, DMD, clinical director; and Shaju Puthussery, COO and former chief analytics officer at DentaQuest, the largest Medicaid dental benefits provider.

Quick facts on the 2021 AI 100:

-Equity funding and deals: Since 2010, the AI 100 2021 cohort has raised over $11.7B in equity funding across 370+ deals from more than 700 investors.

-12 unicorns: Companies with $1B+ valuations on the list span applications as varied as data annotation, cybersecurity, sales & CRM platforms, and enterprise search.

-Geographic distribution: 64% of the selected companies are headquartered in the US. Eight of the winners are based in the UK, followed by six each in China and Israel, and five in Canada. Other countries represented in this year's list include Japan, Denmark, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Germany, and South Korea.

About CB Insights

CB Insights builds software that enables the world's best companies to discover, understand and make technology decisions with confidence. By marrying data, expert insights and work management tools, clients manage their end-to-end technology making process on CB Insights. To learn more, please visit www.cbinsights.com.

About Overjet

Overjet is the industry leader in dental artificial intelligence, helping both payers and providers improve patient care. The company was founded by experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Follow us at www.overjet.ai and @overjetdental







BISCO Introduces FluoroCal 5% Sodium Fluoride Varnish with Tri-Calcium Phosphate

Posted on April 16, 2021

BISCO is excited to introduce FluoroCalTM, a fluoride and calcium releasing1 varnish that is indicated for application to enamel and dentin for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth. FluoroCal delivers targeted and sustained release of calcium and fluoride for over 24 hours,1 and provides immediate relief of sensitivity by penetrating and sealing dentin tubules.

When tested, FluoroCal showed significantly higher fluoride uptake than other leading fluoride varnishes.2 Additionally, FluoroCal contains Tri-Calcium Phosphate (TCP), which studies have shown may help strengthen enamel and build more acid-resistant mineral when combined with fluoride.3

FluoroCal is available in a refreshing Spearmint flavor and sweetened with Xylitol, further ensuring better patient compliance. It can be purchased in a 50 count unit-dose package, with each unit-dose container being simple and easy to open. It is applied with a brush, which allows for fast and easy application.

FluoroCal is the perfect solution for anybody looking for a protective shield and immediate relief of hypersensitivity. Try it today, and provide yourself, and your patients, with the critical protection that teeth need.

References

1. As tested in deionized water.

2. BISCO has, on file, the fluoride uptake data for FluoroCal.

3. Li X. The remineralisation of enamel: a review of the literature. J Dent. 2014;42:S12–S20. doi: 10.1016/S0300-5712(14)50003-6.

 







Good dental health may help prevent heart infection from mouth bacteria

Posted on April 16, 2021

Maintenance of good oral health is more important than use of antibiotics in dental procedures for some heart patients to prevent a heart infection caused by bacteria around the teeth, according to a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement published today in the association’s flagship journal, Circulation.

Infective endocarditis (IE), also called bacterial endocarditis, is a heart infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart lining, a heart valve or a blood vessel. It is uncommon, but people with heart valve disease or previous valve surgery, congenital heart disease or recurrent infective endocarditis have a greater risk of complications if they develop IE. Intravenous drug use also increases risk for IE. Viridans group streptococcal infective endocarditis (VGS IE) is caused by bacteria that collect in plaque on the tooth surface and cause inflammation and swelling of the gums. There’s been concern that certain dental procedures may increase the risk of developing VGS IE in vulnerable patients.

The new guidance affirms previous recommendations that only four categories of heart patients should be prescribed antibiotics prior to certain dental procedures to prevent VGS IE due to their higher risk for complications from the infection:

-those with prosthetic heart valves or prosthetic material used for valve repair;

-those who have had a previous case of infective endocarditis;

-adults and children with congenital heart disease; or

-people who have undergone a heart transplant.

“Scientific data since the 2007 AHA guidelines support the view that limited use of preventive antibiotics for dental procedures hasn’t increased cases of endocarditis and is an important step at combating antibiotic overuse in the population,” said Walter R. Wilson, M.D., chair of the statement writing group and a consultant for the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

It has been over a decade since recommendations for preventing infective endocarditis were updated amid concerns of antibiotic resistance due to overprescribing. The American Heart Association’s 2007 guidelines, which presented the biggest shift in recommendations from the Association on the prevention of infective endocarditis in more than 50 years, more tightly defined which patients should receive preventive antibiotics before certain dental procedures to the four high-risk categories. This change resulted in about 90% fewer patients requiring antibiotics.

The scientific statement writing group reviewed data on VGS IE since the 2007 guidelines to determine if the guidelines had been accepted and followed, whether cases of and mortality due to VGS IE have increased or decreased, and if the guidance might need to be adjusted.

The writing committee reports their extensive review of related research found:

-There was good general awareness of the changes in the 2007 guidelines, however, adherence to the guidelines was variable. There was about a 20% overall reduction in prescribing preventive antibiotics among high-risk patients, a 64% decrease among moderate-risk patients, and a 52% decrease in those patients at low- or unknown-risk.

-In a survey of 5,500 dentists in the U.S., 70% reported prescribing preventive antibiotics to patients even though the guidelines no longer recommend it, and this was most often for patients with mitral valve prolapse and five other cardiac conditions. The dentists reported that about 60% of the time the antibiotic regimen was recommended by the patient’s physician, and 1/3 of the time was according to patient preference.

-Since the stricter 2007 antibiotic guidelines, there is no convincing evidence of an increase in cases of VGS IE or increased mortality due to VGS IE.

-The writing group supports the 2007 recommendation that only the highest risk groups of patients receive antibiotics prior to certain dental procedures to help prevent VGS IE.

-In the presence of poor oral hygiene and gingival disease, VGS IE is far more likely to develop from bacteria attributable to routine daily activities such as toothbrushing than from a dental procedure.

-Maintenance of good oral hygiene and regular access to dental care are considered as important in preventing VGS IE as taking antibiotics before certain dental procedures.

-It is important to connect patients with services to facilitate access to dental care and assistance with insurance for dental coverage, especially in those patients at high risk for VGS IE.

-It is still appropriate to follow the recommendation to use preventive antibiotics with high-risk patients undergoing dental procedures that involve manipulation of the gum tissue or infected areas of the teeth, or perforation of the membrane lining the mouth.

The scientific statement was prepared by the volunteer writing committee on behalf of the American Heart Association’s Young Hearts Rheumatic Fever, Endocarditis and Kawasaki Disease Committee; the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young; the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; and the Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research.

Writing committee members are Walter R. Wilson, M.D. (chair); Michael Gewitz, M.D., FAHA (vice chair); Peter B. Lockhart, D.D.S.; Ann F. Bolger, M.D., FAHA; Daniel C. DeSimone, M.D.; Dhruv S. Kazi, M.D., M.Sc, M.S., FAHA; David S. Couper, Ph.D.; Andrea Beaton, M.D.; Catherine Kilmartin, B.D.S., D.D.S., M.Sc.; Jose M. Miro, M.D.; Craig Sable, M.D., FAHA; Mary Anne Jackson, M.D.; and Larry M. Baddour, M.D. Author disclosures are in the manuscript.

Additional Resources:

-Available multimedia is on right column of release link: https://newsroom.heart.org/news/good-dental-health-may-help-prevent-heart-infection-from-mouth-bacteria?preview=58574136e8dad002c7f6af2d98e88d8a

-After April 15, view the manuscript online.

-Bad toothbrushing habits tied to higher heart risk

-Heart valves and infective endocarditis

-Follow AHA/ASA news on Twitter @HeartNews

-Follow news from the AHA’s flagship journal Circulation @CircAHA

The Association receives funding primarily from individuals. Foundations and corporations (including pharmaceutical, device manufacturers and other companies) also make donations and fund specific Association programs and events. The Association has strict policies to prevent these relationships from influencing the science content. Revenues from pharmaceutical and biotech companies, device manufacturers and health insurance providers are available here, and the Association’s overall financial information is available here.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.







Heartland Dental Welcomes Stacy DeWalt as New Chief Marketing Officer

Posted on April 15, 2021

Heartland Dental has announced the hiring of Stacy DeWalt as the organization’s Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. DeWalt joins the company’s senior leadership team under the direction of Patrick Bauer, President and CEO.

As Chief Marketing Officer, DeWalt is responsible for revenue growth by leveraging marketing and business strategy to optimize internal processes and help propel the dental support organization (DSO) into its next phase of growth.

“Stacy has a diverse functional and operational background including marketing, digital transformation, product development, and P&L. With her proven ability to ensure short-term revenue impact, combined with her team-centric management style, Stacy is an outstanding cultural fit for the Heartland Dental family,” said Bauer. “We look forward to her leadership in elevating our Patient Marketing and Enterprise Marketing & Communications teams as we fulfill our mission to support doctors and their teams.”

“I’m honored to join Heartland Dental during this exciting time of expansive growth,” said DeWalt. “The company’s rich culture was of particular value in choosing my next career path, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing leadership team.”

DeWalt brings to her new role more than 20 years of leadership experience spanning public and private equity environments in financial services, gaming, education, and technology services for brands including One Main Financial, Quicken Loans, Isle of Capris Casinos, and Learning Care Group. She operates with a sense of urgency and passion for change combined with a highly analytic approach, which delivers impactful growth solutions with a commitment to culture and inclusion. DeWalt received her Master’s in Communications from the University of Hartford. She is married and has three children and plans to relocate from Detroit, MI to St. Louis, MO to be near the company’s St. Louis support office and its headquarters in Effingham, IL.

https://blog.heartland.com/heartland-dental-welcomes-stacy-dewalt-as-new-chief-marketing-officer

About Heartland Dental

Heartland Dental is the nation’s largest dental support organization providing non-clinical, administrative support services. What started from the entrepreneurial spirit of Rick Workman, DMD, with his single dental practice, has evolved into supporting over 1,800 dentists in more than 1,150 dental offices across 38 states. The company is majority owned by KKR, a leading global investment firm. For additional information, please visit heartland.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 







Medit releases the new i700 intraoral scanner 

Posted on April 15, 2021

MEDIT announces the release of the new i700 intraoral scanner. The next generation intraoral scanner from MEDIT builds upon the success of the award winning i500.

Powering the new unit is a super-fast camera that captures up to 70 frames per second. This means more data with each pass resulting in a smooth and quick scanning experience with realistic colors and a crisp image. The new camera and other internal components have been reduced in size creating a new handpiece that is smaller and lighter, weighing just 245g (8.64oz). The tips have been redesigned and are now reversible and autoclavable 100 times, increasing comfort of use and ease of maintenance. The cable is also now detachable for easy maintenance and improved portability.

To further increase user comfort, a new remote-control mode has been developed for the i700, allowing the clinician to always keep his or her hands on the unit and easily show the patient the scan data. Additionally, COVID-19 has increased everyone’s concerns about hygiene and safety. MEDIT has included a UV-C LED in the i700, making it the only device on the market with self-disinfecting capabilities. The i700 continues MEDIT’s belief in offering fully open scanners. The i700 runs on MEDIT Link, MEDIT’s software featuring integration with various other CAD/CAM providers as well as MEDIT’s own apps for smile design, orthodontic simulation, crown fit, and other patient communication tools.

“I am pleased to announce the next generation intraoral scanner from MEDIT, the i700. We took the feedback we received after the release of the i500 and used that to guide development of the i700 and MEDIT Link software, while staying true to MEDIT’s innovative drive to create the next generation intraoral scanner. And we believe the new i700 will further the adoption of the digital dentistry,” says GB Ko, CEO of MEDIT. 

About MEDIT Corporation:

MEDIT is a global provider of 3D measurement solutions for dental clinics and labs, including intraoral scanners, based on its own patented state-of-the-art technology. The company also develops platform solutions for digital dentistry, supporting collaborative workflows. The company’s goal is to provide innovative technology and the highest quality products to ensure mutual growth for all partners.

MEDIT is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea since its inception in 2000. The company also has representatives located in the Americas and Europe and boasts a global network of distributors in over 70 countries.

For detailed information about MEDIT products and software, please visit MEDIT official website (www.medit.com/), and for other various content, please refer to MEDIT official YouTube (youtube.com/user/meditcompany) and other social media channels (instagram.com/meditcompany/)







Solmetex Announced Director of International Business Development and Sales

Posted on April 14, 2021

Solmetex, LLC. announced today that Richard Andrew Campos has joined the organization as its Director of International Business Development and Sales.

Richard is a Business Development, Sales and Marketing Executive with over 25 years’ experience in the domestic and international dental markets. Richard is high-energy and a results-oriented leader with an entrepreneurial mindset of achieving measurable results in critical markets for Solmetex. Richard will take Solmetex to the world stage and execute strategic global distribution initiatives in an ever-changing global business environment.

“We are very excited to have someone with Richards’ background and experience join the Solmetex Team. As we continue to grow our global footprint, Richard will be instrumental in leading our development plan in these opportunity markets.” – Kevin Danahy, President

For over 25 years, Solmetex has been an innovator in waste solutions, specifically amalgam separators, with a primary focus on ensuring dental practices remain compliant with the ever-changing regulatory environment.

“I am honored and excited to join Solmetex: an organization that dreams big, works hard, and stays focused on achieving success by surrounding themselves with great people, great products, and forward-thinking initiatives to make our customers successful in protecting the environment.” – Richard Campos

About Solmetex, LLC

Solmetex provides waste management services through a series of specialized processes and systems that cost-effectively remove mercury from the waste stream and offers additional dental waste solutions. The company’s NXT Hg5® Series of Amalgam Separators and recycling program, which treat dental wastewater, is highly regarded as the best solution for regulatory compliance. Solmetex is widely recognized as the single trusted source for comprehensive environmental solutions for dental waste needs.

For further information, visit www.solmetex.com

 DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SALES 







Internet marketing firm Scorpion raises $100 million from Bregal Sagemount

Posted on April 14, 2021

Scorpion has raised $100 million in funds from investment firm Bregal Sagemount to expand its technology and customer offerings, the internet marketing services provider said on Wednesday.

The company also said it had appointed former KKR & Co Inc and Bain and Company executive Daniel Street as its chief executive officer.

Scorpion recently acquired CanlRank, a software company that uses artificial intelligence to provide customers with locally relevant search engine optimization (SEO) insights, for an undisclosed sum.

SEO refers to the process of improving the visibility of one’s website on internet searches.

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Scorpion also appointed new executives to the roles of chief revenue officer, chief operating officer and EVP of operations and mergers and acquisitions.

Scorpion plans to move to new headquarters in the Salt Lake City area, it said.

 







Triad Dental Consultants Announces Official Commencement of Operations

Posted on April 13, 2021

Triad Dental Consultants, LLC, has officially commenced operations for its consulting services, which will be completely focused in the dental sector. Founded by three dental industry veterans (Russ Bonafede, George Guttroff, Robert Riley), the principals of Triad Dental Consultants bring over 100 years of combined dental experience to the organization with particular expertise in many of the dental specialty segments, to include dental implantology, dental biomaterials, and orthodontics. The team’s functional experience includes sales, marketing, operations, R&D, and executive management.

"Our dental careers span quite a broad array of experiences, which allows us to provide meaningful support to dental organizations at all stages of their evolution—from pre-commercial start-ups to well-established entities looking to accelerate growth,” said Russ Bonafede, one of the founding principals of Triad Dental Consultants. George Guttroff, also a founding member of Triad, added, “In addition to our core expertise in the areas of strategic planning, business development, and product launches, we have developed an extensive network in the dental industry that we can leverage for the benefit of our clients. These vendors and subject matter experts have already been vetted through our historical interactions with them and hence save a client exploration time and reduce the risk of a poor outcome.”

“As the three founders of Triad Dental Consultants have worked together at several dental companies, we bring a unique chemistry and problem-solving ability to our prospective clients that may not be found in other entities offering consulting services,” said Robert Riley, the final founding member of Triad Dental Consultants.

Triad Dental Consultants may be contacted at TriadDentalConsultants@gmail.com.







Dentulu Closes $2.5 Million Seed Fund Round for Aggressive Development of Its Global Teledentistry Platform

Posted on April 13, 2021

Dentulu announces the closing of an initial seed round investment of $2.5M as well as the acquisition of Robohealer AI. Robohealer, is a dynamic interactive symptom screener which uses artificial intelligence to make teleconsultations and care recommendations easy for patients and efficient for dentists. “Dentulu’s mission is to increase direct access to dental care for billions of people worldwide,” said Dentulu Founder and CEO Dr. Arash Hakhamian. “With our seed round complete, we have accelerated development of our core SaaS platform, the addition of industry partners to offer services through Dentulu, and the search for more strategic technology acquisitions like Robohealer.”

Dentulu is a seamless, multi-platform service that solves solutions for two distinct and connected markets: 1) Dentists and 2) Dental Consumers. The Dentulu platform facilitates HIPPA compliant 24/7 connections and collaboration between patients and dentists. Features include instant messaging, file sharing, one-touch phone connections, emergency advice, appointment requests, personalized treatment history logs, and video conferencing. Patients can also purchase products and receive numerous dental services that can be provided onsite or delivered to the patient’s home often at a fraction of the cost.

Dentulu was awarded the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award in 2020. “It was only fitting that the 2020 Best of Class Panel selected Dentulu for their innovative approach to teledentistry,” said Dr. Lou Shuman, CEO of Cellerant Consulting group. Also, in 2020 Dr. Arash Hakhamian, was named one of the top 100 dentists in the world by the Global Summits Institute offering further evidence of the industry’s recognition of Dentulu’s innovative approach and ambitious plans. Based on this significant industry recognition and elevated institutional interest the company will follow its seed fund round with a significant series A raise later this year.

Dentulu provides the majority of their teledentistry software suite free to dental offices. The primary goal is to reduce operational costs and improve adoption of teledentistry and mobile dental services, ultimately increasing global access to care. “Our vision is as bold as it is simple — to create one platform that is affordable and available to all dental professionals and patients allowing access to the latest technologies, services, and products available on the dental market from anywhere in the world and on any device,” explains Hakhamian.

Dentulu’s aspirations to grow its all-inclusive platform have been well received by the dental industry while garnering a series of important partnerships. Dentulu’s marketplace, which continues to grow rapidly, includes a wide range of offerings from patient financing, to health plans, to dental supplies and much more. Dentulu has now partnered with or has established professional relationships with insurance carriers, hospitals, DSO’s and strategic dental organizations such as Alpheon Credit, Denmat Holdings, OralDNA, Arfona, DNTLworks, Jet Dental, Floss Bar, Academy of Oral Surgery, ICOI, GDIA, AMTA, Global Summits Institute, Denefits, Dosespot, Holland Healthcare, Avadent, Dental Cast Productions, Simply mobile, Global Dental Science LLC, Smiles at Sea, Fitsmiles, Symphony MedDent Solutions, and vVardis among others.

Dental professionals can register and participate on Dentulu’s robust open platform immediately. Many features are free, while low-cost upgrades are also available to access advanced software capabilities. Dentists are encouraged to sign up at www.dentulu.com and or download the Dentulu mobile app which is available for both Android and IOS phones.

About Dentulu Inc.

Dentulu is the leading Teledentistry and Mobile Dentistry platform in the nation providing software solutions to dental professionals. Additional information is available at www.dentulu.com

 







Hinman Dental Meeting’s First Hybrid Conference Attracts 6,986 Attendees

Posted on April 13, 2021

The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting – one of the nation’s largest dental meetings – hosted its first hybrid meeting March 12-13. The conference attracted nearly 7,000 dentists, hygienists, assistants, students and other dental professionals and industry personnel. A little more than 2,000 attended the meeting in person at the Omni Hotel. The remaining 5,000 attended virtually, participating in courses and events that were both livestreamed and recorded for on-demand access. The theme, “Feel at Home with Hinman,” emphasized the goal to make everyone feel comfortable, whether they attended in person or virtually.

“We couldn’t be happier with the results of our very first hybrid meeting. I believe Hinman created the perfect balance of a safe, in-person educational meeting and a virtual learning environment that was rich in content and promoted active engagement,” said Dr. Robert J. O’Donnell, General Chair of Hinman 2021. “We surveyed our previous attendees and realized last summer that we must offer something for everyone during these challenging times. We have a responsibility to our patients to stay abreast of the latest developments in the dental profession.”

Hinman 2021’s educational program offered more than 45 in-person courses and more than 40 virtual courses, including live Q&A with the speakers. There were 48 world-class speakers featured and 10 in-person participation courses, as well as Hinman’s very first live virtual participation course led by Dr. David Clark. The meeting drew a total of 2,463 dentists, 2,278 hygienists, 419 assistants and 233 office staff. Hinman 2021 also attracted both in-person and virtual exhibitors (473), dental and pre-dental students (143), educators (32), laboratory technicians (22) and other dental guests (54). According to Hinman’s survey, 28% of those who participated were first-time Hinman attendees.

In addition to the courses offered, the Keynote Session was livestreamed and featured Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Nicole Malachowski, the first female Thunderbird pilot and one of the first women to fly modern fighters in combat. More than 800 attendees either viewed it in person or online. The onsite exhibit hall, which hosted 70 industry companies, was also a big draw. It offered eight two-hour timeslots for attendees to choose from on Friday and Saturday and limited attendance to 225 people per two-hour slot to ensure social distancing. Online exhibitors, such as Crest+Oral B, Atlanta Dental Supply, Philips Sonicare, 3M and more, also had traffic with 2,669 total digital visitors.

The in-person courses limited attendance to a maximum of 148 people. Some of the most popular courses included:

- Dr. Harold Crossley’s “Opioid Use, Misuse, Abuse and Addiction: Appropriate Opioid and Non-Opioid Prescribing”

- Dr. Randy Huffines’ “Autoimmune Disease and Dentistry”

- Dr. Thomas McDonald’s “Staging Complex Restorative Cases: Putting Things in the Proper Order”

- Dr. Glenn Maron’s “Blood Thinners”

- Ms. Olivia Wann’s “Top OSHA Violations During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

- Dr. Jay Smith’s “Enhanced Esthetics with Crowns and Veneers”

- Dr. Todd Davis’ “Predictability in Restorative Care”

More than 6,200 new and returning attendees logged into livestreamed courses on Friday, March 12 or Saturday, March 13. The most popular online courses were:

- Mr. Kirk Behrendt’s “Practice Leadership During COVID,” which drew 1,220 participants

- "New Product Demonstrations” attracted 1,171 attendees

- Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves’ “Dental Implications of COVID” drew 1,167 participants

- Dr. Constantine Politis’ “Red, Swollen, Glossy and Boggy: Fixing Those Broken Gums” welcomed 1,098 attendees

- Dr. John Svirsky’s “Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This” attracted 1,043 participants

Hinman’s virtual courses were available on-demand through April 12 and more than 83% of attendees planned to access the courses if they had not already. This year, Hinman also introduced several new elements that were well received. The online networking community, “Networking Powered by Grip,” allowed event participants to connect and schedule meetings. The all-new “Hinman Studio” broadcasted live from Atlanta and featured interviews with industry experts and influencers.

Planning has already begun for Hinman 2022, which will be held March 17-19 at the Georgia World Congress Center and Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. In the post-meeting attendee survey, Hinman discovered that 87% would like to see a hybrid meeting component continue in the future. “This is exciting to see - the advantage of having some virtual courses is that we can offer Hinman’s unique brand of quality education to even more dentists and dental professionals who may not otherwise experience Hinman due to health concerns, time out of the office or long distances,” added Dr. O’Donnell.

The Hinman Tradition

The Hinman Dental Meeting is designed with a commitment to quality and professionalism and a high regard for the value of continuing education. The Meeting is sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, and excess revenue is invested and gifted in the form of individual scholarships to dental, hygiene and assisting students and in contributions to institutions that foster dental education. For additional information about the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, visit Hinman.org or contact Hinman at (404) 231-1663.  







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