Young Innovations Announces Acquisition of Germiphene Corporation

Posted on June 7, 2019

Young Innovations, a leading global supplier of dental products, today announced the acquisition of Germiphene Corporation (“Germiphene”). Based in Brantford, ON, Canada, Germiphene is a leading manufacturer and supplier of infection control, materials and other products for professional dental use.

“Since 1952, Germiphene has built its reputation on developing and manufacturing high-quality products to improve the safety and efficacy of dental procedures,” said Dave Sproat, CEO of Young Innovations. “We are excited to support the continued growth of Germiphene’s employees, business partners and brands as a part of our broader global portfolio.”

“Our acquisition of Germiphene reflects our continued commitment to invest in businesses that share our values and complement our overall strategy in core categories,” added Andrew Jones, Vice President of Corporate Development at Young Innovations. “We also take pride our ability to partner with business owners at an unparalleled pace in today’s evolving dental market.”

“I am exceptionally proud of the Company we’ve built over nearly 70 years with our valued employees and business partners,” said Leslie Drake, CEO and owner of Germiphene. “I’m excited to be partnered with Young to continue growing Germiphene into the future.”

Leslie Drake will continue to provide leadership and support at Germiphene. Germiphene products will continue to be proudly made in Canada at its Brantford facility. There are no changes to ordering and service procedures for customers or vendors.

Young Innovations, Inc. is a portfolio company of The Jordan Company.

About Young Innovations, Inc.

Young Innovations (www.younginnovations.com) is a leading global provider of supplies and equipment used by dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and consumers. Our portfolio of brands includes products that hold leadership positions in the preventive, restorative, orthodontic and endodontic segments. With its mission of Creating Smiles, Creating Possibilities, Young focuses on delivering innovative, high-quality products and solutions to clinicians and their patients. We seek out opportunities to enhance our portfolio of brands and products through organic growth and acquisitions.

About The Jordan Company

TJC (www.thejordancompany.com), founded in 1982, is a middle-market private equity firm with original capital commitments in excess of $8 billion and a 35-year track record of investing in and contributing to the growth of many businesses across a wide range of industries. The senior investment team has been investing together for over 20 years and is supported by the Operations Management Group, which was established in 1988 to initiate and support operational improvements in portfolio companies. Headquartered in New York, NY, TJC also has an office in Chicago, IL.


Mark Jackson Memorial Education Grant Applications Available for 2019

Posted on June 7, 2019

The Mark Jackson Memorial Education Grant, offered through the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, is being awarded in 2019 for the third year. This grant is offered in memory of Mark Jackson, RDT, former co-owner of Precisions Ceramics in Montclair, CA, and a friend and mentor to many. He was a champion of providing assistance to those in the profession who were running dental laboratories as a business, and the Foundation has stated that they are proud to recognize Mark in this manner and carry on his legacy.

This grant was created with the goal of making higher-level education more accessible to dental laboratory technicians. Those selected for this year's grant will receive the amount of $2500 to go toward expenses relating to an approved continuing education program. In order to be eligible, programs must be approved by NBC, ADA CERP, or AGD.

The application for the Mark Jackson Memorial Education Grant must be submitted by November 15th. For a full list of eligibility and application requirements or to apply online, visit dentallabfoundation.org/ scholarshipgrants/mark-jackson-grant. You can also download an application here.

Henry Schein Joins Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society to Encourage Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Children

Posted on June 6, 2019

Henry Schein Medical, the U.S. medical business of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation today announced their continued support of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society’s® (PBATS) Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (PLAY) Campaign. At each of the program’s events, held at Major League Baseball (MLB) ballparks throughout the U.S., the health care solutions company is educating kids about the importance of eating right, staying fit, making healthy choices, and visiting their doctor and dentist regularly.

For the seventh straight year, Henry Schein Medical, together with its supplier partners, provide the approximately 200 children and teenagers who attend each event with a drawstring pack containing sunscreen, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, mouthguard, eye-black strips, exercise bands, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and a scorecard to track their teeth brushing, hand washing, and other healthy habits. The product donation is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global corporate social responsibility program. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that works to foster, support, and promote medical and dental health by helping to increase access to care in communities around the world, also provides a monetary donation in support of the program.

Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Henry Schein Medical and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, we can continue to help positively influence children’s overall health,” said Mark O'Neal, PBATS President and Director of Medical Operations for the Chicago Cubs. “Together we can make a difference in the lives of children by promoting the importance of regular exercise, proper nutrition, and healthy choices.”

As part of each PLAY Campaign event, community organizations invite select children to participate in games, drills, and other activities led by the host team's athletic training staff. The events are designed to emphasize the importance of strength and conditioning, injury prevention, proper nutrition, and avoiding the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Children then meet with MLB players to discuss the importance of making healthy decisions and staying PED-free.

“As a health care company working closely with medical and dental professionals, we understand the impact good health can have on children’s lives,” said Jeff Klingler, Vice President, Enterprise Health, Henry Schein Medical. “Along with our supplier partners, we recognize the need to help ensure a healthy future for our children, and we are pleased to ensure each child goes home with the personal care supplies they need to make healthy choices. We look forward to another successful year supporting PBATS’ PLAY Campaign and collaborating with the athletic training staff who share the same values of giving back to the communtieis we serve through education.”


The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) is a recognized 501(c) (6) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education of athletic trainers, and the enhancement of the general public’s awareness of health, wellness and disability knowledge. PBATS membership consists of all Major League Baseball athletic trainers. For more information, please visit www.pbats.com.

About Henry Schein Cares

Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.

Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of “doing well by doing good.” Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. “Helping Health Happen Blog” is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.

About the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc.

Established in 2008, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care in communities around the world. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations to non-profit organizations supporting health care professionals and community-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care.

The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible as provided by law.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

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

Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded

products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries. The Company's sales from continuing operations reached $9.4 billion in 2018, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein, and @HenrySchein on Twitter. Sign up to receive real-time alerts when Henry Schein press releases are issued.

NADL Endorses tfg Loyalty Rewards Program as a New Affinity Program

Posted on June 6, 2019

NADL has announced that it has endorsed tfg Loyalty Reward Programs as a New Affinity Program. tfg Loyalty (formally known as TravelFlo Group) is offering NADL members special benefits when they agree to offer a loyalty rewards program.

NADL active members can achieve the following benefits:

• Free 3 month trial

• 5% discount on all base fees

• Key sales and marketing tool

tfg Loyalty has 20 years of consistent experience in working with dental laboratories to grow their business by rewarding on loyalty.

As part of the program tfg Loyalty offers, dental laboratories will be able to develop private labeled campaigns to grow their brand with both existing and new customers. The rewards portal that comes with the program is easy to administer, and offers real-time reporting capabilities and ROI metrics.

“tfg Loyalty has allowed Drake Precision Dental Laboratory to thank our customers and create a valuable connection, lasting well beyond the sale. The platform has evolved each year to bring more value and ease of use to both Drake and our clients. Without question, tfg Loyalty has been instrumental in assisting Drake in attaining its goals year after year," says Bob Savage, 2018 NADL President.

To achieve the NADL program benefits, tfg Loyalty will verify active member status with NADL. To participate in the program, visit https://www.tfgloyalty.com/ or contact them by phone at 888-430-1615.

G&H Dental Arts Announces Name Change to GKY Dental Arts

Posted on June 5, 2019

G&H Dental Arts is pleased to announce that the laboratory has officially changed its name to GKY Dental Arts. G&H Dental Arts was originally founded by Glen K. Yamamoto, CDT and Hiro Kuroda in 1982. Today, Glen continues to head the laboratory team as President of GKY Dental Arts.

The name and logo change to GKY Dental Arts is the first of an overall brand update, which will include a re-designed website and other exciting new products. With this new, updated look, GKY Dental Arts remains focused on providing personalized service and exceptionally crafted products, as well as cultivating beneficial relationships with our clinicians.

GKY Dental Arts is Southern California’s premier full-service dental laboratory serving clinicians coast to coast.

Poor Oral Health Severely Impacts Training and Athletic Performance, Says FDI World Dental Federation

Posted on June 5, 2019

If they want to win, elite and amateur athletes need to make their oral health a top priority.

FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) couldn't agree more. Today the organization released a series of sports dentistry resources for amateur and elite athletes, dentists and sports medicine physicians, and sports organizations. The release coincides with a packed summer sports season, including the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019, the Roland-Garros (French Open) finals, and the start of the US Open (golf), to name a few.

Oral injury or trauma are not the only dental dilemmas that arise while practicing sports:

Sports-related stress can lead to dehydration, dry mouth, and teeth-grinding.

Energy beverages and certain foods and supplements contain added sugars and acidic ingredients, which can cause caries and increase the risk of gum disease and tooth erosion.

A dental emergency – such as a gum abscess, infected tooth, or wisdom tooth eruption – before a competition can impair performance or even prevent the athlete from participating at all.

"A healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body. We don't always consider the disastrous effects of poor oral on overall health and athletic success," said FDI President Dr Kathryn Kell. "We want to build upon this understanding and make sure it's part of the conversation between sports medicine physicians and their patients."

Ignoring oral health impacts athletic performance in several significant ways:

-Poor oral health affects quality of life and well-being, two key elements for strong athletic performance.

-Tooth decay and gum disease can cause or maintain inflammations and infections in the body.

-Some athletes are also at an increased risk for oral and dental trauma and injuries when practicing contact and combat sports without proper protection.

FDI recommends wearing a mouthguard (custom-made is best) when engaging in contact sports, even if the sport is practiced occasionally. FDI also advises athletes to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste; visit the dentist at least once a year; counteract the effects of acidic and sugary energy foods and drinks by rinsing with water afterwards; and opt for water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

"We are proud to work with FDI to actively address athletes' oral health needs," said Marzia Massignani, senior manager of scientific affairs and corporate communications at Sunstar. "Whether you're an Olympian or out for a Sunday morning jog, your oral health impacts your performance. These resources will be shared widely with athletes, trainers, and health professionals to promote oral health and good oral hygiene practices for optimal athletic performance."

About FDI World Dental Federation

FDI is the main representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, with a vision of leading the world to optimal oral health. Its membership comprises some 200 national member associations and specialist groups in over 130 countries. FDI is based in Geneva, Switzerland.


SUNSTAR is a multinational company headquartered in Switzerland and founded in 1932 in Osaka, Japan. Under the motto "Always strive to help people everywhere achieve better health and enhance their quality-of-life," SUNSTAR continuously provides high-value-added products in the oral care, health & beauty, environment, and safety & high technology markets.

ADA Statement on New Study in The Journal of the American Medical Association

Posted on June 5, 2019

The American Dental Association (ADA) is aware of recently published research in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that examines opioid prescriptions written by dentists in the U.S. and England in 2016. The ADA continues to be dedicated to raising awareness and taking action on the opioid public health crisis.

Since 2011, the ADA has advocated to keep opioid pain relievers from harming dental patients and their families and worked to raise professional awareness on medication alternatives to opioids. A growing body of research supports ADA policy that dentists should consider prescribing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone or in combination with acetaminophen over opioids as first-line therapy for acute pain management.

To combat opioid abuse, the ADA has urged all 163,000 member dentists to double down on their efforts to prevent opioids from harming patients and their families.

Dentists have written nearly half a million fewer opioid prescriptions over a five-year period, from 18.5 million in 2012 to 18.1 million in 2017. In March 2018, the ADA adopted policy related to opioid prescribing by dentists for acute pain that supports:

-Mandatory continuing education regarding prescription of opioids and other controlled substances.

-Statutory limits on opioid dosage and duration of no more than seven days for the treatment of acute pain, consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evidence-based guidelines.

-Dentists registering with and utilizing Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) to promote the appropriate use of opioids and deter misuse and abuse.

In April 2018, researchers from the ADA Science Institute, Case Western University and the University of Pittsburgh published a scientific review of studies in the Journal of the American Dental Association which concluded that NSAIDs alone or in combination with acetaminophen are generally more effective and are associated with fewer side effects compared to opioids. The findings support the ADA’s 2016 policy statement that dentists should “consider NSAIDs as the first-line therapy for acute pain management.”

The ADA has also developed patient-friendly resources to inform the public that over-the-counter medication can often effectively relieve short-term dental pain.

Working together with physicians, pharmacies, policymakers and the public, the ADA believes it is possible to end this tragic and preventable public health crisis that has been devastating our families and communities.

Learn more at ADA.org/opioids and MouthHealthy.org/opioids.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org 

NBC Announces Transition to Computer-Based Testing for the Written Examinations

Posted on June 5, 2019

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) has announced that it will transition its written examinations entirely to computer-based testing with remote proctoring beginning January 1, 2020. This decision comes exactly one year after announcing that it would be offering its paper-based written examinations in this new computer-based testing with remote proctoring format in an effort to increase accessibility to its candidates.

“We have had such a positive response to the new computer-based testing option since its launch back in July 2018,” said NBC Chair Morris Fucarino, CDT. “Computer-based testing with remote proctoring presents a great opportunity for candidates to complete their CDT or RG written examinations online at a location, date, and time of their choosing.”

NBC is continuing its partnership with Assessment Systems Corporation to offer the CDT and RG written examinations online using a third-party remote proctor. It will also continue to offer its current paper-based format at volunteer locations until the end of 2019 as long as there are at least five candidates at that location. “With paper-based testing, candidates had to rely on volunteer host sites to be able to schedule a written examination, and that significantly limited people’s opportunity to test,” said NBC Vice Chair, Dennis Urban, CDT. “With computer-based testing, someone can test 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

There will be certain rules with computer-based testing to ensure the integrity of the process. For example, test takers will be required to select a 30-day testing window during which time they must schedule and complete their examination. Additionally, test takers will be required to test in a private location and no recording devices or test related materials may be on the desk or within reach of the test taker. Test takers must also have a computer available with a webcam, speakers, microphone, and internet access to be able to communicate with the remote online proctor. Most importantly, test takers will be required to complete a series of security protocols before, during, and after the examination.

“We knew when we launched computer-based testing that it was with the intent that we would consider phasing out traditional paper-based testing at some point in time,” said NBC Secretary/Fiscal Officer Mark Stueck, CDT. “Since the computer-based option offers a greater accessibility without compromising the security and integrity of the examinations, it was a unanimous decision to move in that direction. We are excited to continue to evolve as an organization and remove some of the barriers to becoming a CDT, while still upholding the Certified Dental Technician credential.”

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology was formed in 1955 as an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians. This is the only voluntary certification program for dental laboratory technicians recognized by the American Dental Association.

For additional information on becoming a CDT and the new computer-based testing option for the written examinations, please visit https://nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician/cdt-application.cfm or contact NBC by email at certification@nbccert.org or by phone at 800-684-5310.

Darby Dental Supply Announces Partnership with CareStack, Further Expanding Suite of Technology Solutions

Posted on June 5, 2019

Darby Dental Supply, one of the nation’s largest dental distributors, announced today that it has formed a strategic partnership with CareStack, an innovative technology company that has developed a revolutionary cloud-based software solution for dental practice management. CareStack’s groundbreaking software is the first of its kind, combining patient engagement, business analytics, integrated phone, revenue cycle management, charting, claims and scheduling onto a single platform while eliminating the need for practices to seek out multiple providers and navigate complicated, costly integrations. CareStack’s single-software solution provides a significant cost-savings over the patchwork of options most dentists are currently using.

This partnership further advances Darby’s position as a comprehensive solutions provider by adding another valuable resource to its growing range of services and fueling Darby’s commitment to helping its customers operate efficiently and profitably. CareStack’s all-in-one, cloud-based platform helps dental practices of all sizes better manage their clinical, financial and administrative workflows.

“As technology continues to transform the dental industry, the choice to partner with CareStack was a natural one. Darby aims to provide our customers with the most advanced and user-friendly solutions available,” said Michael Caputo, President of Darby Dental Supply. “To effectively manage their businesses, dental practices traditionally had to cobble together multiple software solutions, each requiring costly licenses, integration, support and updates. CareStack allows practitioners to leverage a single solution to increase practice productivity, optimize patient care, and communicate with their patients.”

“With CareStack, dental practices get a modern all-in-one solution on the cloud with advanced capabilities for centralization, automation, and analytics that provide more opportunities to maximize insurance reimbursement and enhance patient experience,” said Abhi Krishna, Co-Founder and CEO of CareStack. “Both Darby and CareStack share a deep, customer-centric culture and an undying commitment to elevate dental practices to the next level of financial success. Together we look to redefine dental practice management through our combined technology-led offerings.”

The collaboration with CareStack complements Darby’s growth strategy to expand its ecosystem of full-service solutions and cutting-edge technology. As customers seek out more convenient ordering channels and faster response times, Darby has invested in technological solutions to allow customers to personalize the way they do business. The company recently launched a new user-optimized website and mobile app, complete with an inventory management system.

About Darby Dental Supply

Darby Dental Supply, LLC, is one of the largest dental distributors in the United States, shipping over one million orders each year. Headquartered in Jericho, NY, the company was founded in 1948 and has expanded into seven sales offices and three fully-automated distribution centers strategically positioned across the country. As a low impact solutions provider, Darby gives general practitioners and specialty dental practices convenient access to over 50,000 products without interrupting daily workflow. By focusing on world-class service, dedicated customer care and a progressive spirit, Darby helps dental practices across the country operate more efficiently. In addition to physical products, Darby provides innovative and forward-thinking solutions such as a technology services division, capital equipment division, surgical division, equipment repair services and a full line of private label products. For more information, please visit darby.com.

About CareStack

CareStack’s mission is to give dental healthcare practitioners greater understanding and control over their fiscal health using cloud-based technology. CareStack is a unique enterprise practice management solution designed for dental practices, allowing them to run more efficient operations and deliver better patient dental care. To learn more, please visit carestack.com

Clement Kairouz Receives Rising Star Award

Posted on June 4, 2019

Dental Student Clement Kairous was recently awarded the Rising Star Evy Award by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Kairouz was presented with his award during the 35th Annual AACD Annual Scientific Session’s Celebration of Excellence on April 27, 2019 in San Diego.

The AACD honors its most accomplished and dedicated professionals with Celebration of Excellence awards, also known as Evy awards. Evy recipients are first nominated for the award by their colleagues and then are selected by the Awards and Recognition Committee. Evy award winners represent the most exemplary and talented individuals within the AACD who are dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry and to the highest standards of ethical patient care.

The Rising Star Award is given to an AACD member who shows the greatest leadership potential for the AACD or the cosmetic dentistry industry, regardless of their age or length of time within the profession.

Clement Kairouz only became an AACD member in April of 2018 and is currently a dental student at NYU. He joined the AACD to further his education in dentistry and was the first student member in history to be honored with an Evy Award. From day one, he took on an active leadership role at NYU College of Dentistry, including roles on class council, the Esthetics Club and Honors program. “Clement made a major contribution to the Esthetics Club with his involvement with the Esthetics Synposium NYU College of Dentistry hosted in 2018, setting the bar high for the years to come” says one of his fellow students. He also participated in global outreaches and has been on Leadership Retreats through the school. One of his many colleagues who nominated him said, “Clement has always taken the lead on many beneficial and educational Aesthetic programswithin our school and through that has provided valuable learning opportunities for both faculty and students.” Clement was chosen to be the recipient for this award because of his talents and passion for helping others grow. Whether it is a full mouth rehabilitation or an anterior composite restoration, his attention to detail and gift for cosmetic dentistry shines through.

For more information about AACD Celebration of Excellence awards, visit http://www.aacd.com/evy-awards.

About the AACD

The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care, combining art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 5,000 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting the respected Accreditation and Fellowship credentials, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.

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