Sterngold Hosts Attachments Course

Posted on September 28, 2015

Attleboro, MA – On September 24-26, James T. Ellison, CDT, Technical and Educational Services Manager for Sterngold, lectured on “Attachments” at Sterngold’s headquarters.

The course was designed for both dentists and dental technicians. Through slide presentations, case design, and hands-on work, the participants were given a broad view of attachment application in partial dentures, overdentures, implants, and segmented bridgework. This intensive 3-day program left the participants confident in their ability to design, prescribe, and fabricate attachment-retained prostheses.

For more information on Sterngold’s training courses, visit https://www.sterngold.com/Sterngold/events/training or call 800-243-9942.

Pictured, from left, are Nghi Tran, DDS; Yara Lopez, DDS; Kurt A. Williams, DDS; Erin Adamson, DMD; Ellison; Peet Lubbe, CDT; Jeanene Stone, CDT; and Timothy Adamson, DMD.

Drs. Thomas Hart and Marshall Gallant appointed by FDI Council to Standing Committees

Posted on September 28, 2015

CHICAGO — Dr. Tom Hart was appointed by the FDI Council to serve on the FDI Science Committee during the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok, Thailand on Sept 22-25, 2015. Dr. Hart is the senior director of the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe

Research Center (VRC), located on the National Institute of Standards and Technology campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has been actively involved in dentistry for more than 30 years, as a clinician, educator, and researcher, and was chairman of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. He has previous experience as a member of the staff at the National Institutes Health (NIH), and as a faculty member at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He is the program coordinator for the first-ever ADA conference on genetics, “Genetics in Dentistry: Navigating the Sea of Genomic Data,” (Oct. 28-29, 2015) that will consider current issues involved in genetic testing and the expectations for genetics in dentistry. The conference “will discuss the issues that the dental community needs to understand to develop and implement safe and effective genetic tests to improve clinical care,” according to Dr.  Hart.

Dr. Marshall Gallant was appointed by the FDI Council to serve on the FDI Public Health Committee. Dr. Gallant is chief of dental services at the Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center, one of the largest government-funded oral health care institutions in the U.S. For the past seven years, Dr. Gallant has served on what is now the ADA Foundation International Programs Subcommittee (formerly the ADA International Development Subcommittee/Health Volunteers Overseas Steering Committee). Currently, as chair of the committee, he oversees all international humanitarian initiatives of the ADA Foundation including ADAF/Health Volunteers Overseas teaching and training programs in seven different countries: Kenya, Cambodia, Laos, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, Nepal, and Tanzania.

“These individuals have dedicated many years to improving the oral health of people around the world, said Dr. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president. “Their breadth of experience and qualifications will be of tremendous value not only to the FDI members but to ADA members as well, having a positive impact on dental health worldwide. I have witnessed their leadership and commitment to oral health firsthand, and I know that they are dedicated to advancing the dental profession and the oral health of the global public.”

The FDI World Dental Federation is comprised of approximately 200 national dental associations, including the ADA, from more than 130 countries. It represents the voice of over one million dentists worldwide.

James Earl Jones Hosts New "Voices In America" Segment for Public Television on Youth Nutrition

Posted on September 28, 2015


On an upcoming segment of “Voices In America,” host James Earl Jones will open a segment on the importance of youth nutrition. With obesity being such a huge concern here in America today, it is more important than ever to teach today’s generation of children about proper nutrition. Without adequate nutrition, children may fail to develop and grow as they should. Children are also at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It can also keep youth athletes from having as much energy, which leads to poor performance on the field, court, etc.

In order for today’s youth to maintain proper nutrition, it is crucial to eat a healthy diet of fat-free and/or low-fat dairy products, whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables. While it is fine to indulge in sugar every now and then, it is critical that children understand that the negative effects of excessive sweets, such as obesity, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, dental cavities and more. James Earl Jones will introduce a segment that will discuss all of this and more on the upcoming “Voices In America” segment.

“Voices In America” is an independently-produced production that is distributed across the United States to Public Television Stations. The production is in no way produced by or affiliated by PBS or APT.

Oral Cancer Foundation Offers Patient Support

Posted on September 28, 2015

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The word "cancer" will incite fear in anyone. When that word comes at the end of a sentence that began with your name, the impact can be life changing. "I had a great job, a beautiful house and a happy family life," recalls oral cancer survivor and Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) Director of Patient Support Services, Christine Brader. "All that changed once I got sick." Those affected by oral cancer, like Christine, are saddled not only with the physical challenges of treating and surviving the disease, but they must also live with the emotional uncertainty and anxiety that accompanies a diagnosis. OCF's Patient Support Forum (oralcancersupport.org) was created specifically to provide patients with the information, guidance, and support they need to face a cancer diagnosis. Now in its 15th year, it has helped tens of thousands navigate a difficult path.

It was nearly 16 years ago that oral cancer survivor and OCF founder Brian Hill began his search for answers. "When I was first diagnosed," Hill recalls, "I was scrambling for the right information. Once inside the treatment world I was faced with decisions about which treatment path was right for me, uncertainties of what would lay ahead, the arrival of complications unexpected, pain, and ultimately a sense of the loss of control and a resulting fear." While hospital support groups and some online chat rooms existed at the time, they fell short of providing the insights, guidance and accessibility necessary to have real benefit to a newly diagnosed cancer patient undergoing treatment. "My problems were complex and changing daily. Every day it seemed that something new was occurring that complicated matters, and I needed to talk with someone who could help me digest everything from the new medical terminology, to dealing with side effects of what I was undergoing." It was through building relationships with other survivors and exchanging stories and information that Hill was able regain hope and envision life after cancer.

In 2001, seeing a need for patients to connect with one another, Hill worked to develop an interactive online forum where patients and survivors could share their knowledge and tell their stories. Christine Brader joined the forum after her first oral cancer diagnosis in 2007. "When I was diagnosed I didn't know which way to turn, and by finding others who had gone through it, I gained significant peace of mind," she recalls. "After my third cancer recurrence, I lost 65 pounds, was hospitalized twice for dehydration and malnutrition and was ready to quit. The doctors don't always prepare patients for the realities of the difficult treatments." It was the advice from other survivors, words of encouragement and support from the OCF forum community that convinced Christine to continue her treatments and gave her hope. "There's a whole world of people who have gotten through it and survived, they are living in a world after cancer and are thriving" she says. "Given the extensive disfiguring surgeries, and compromises that I would be forced to live with, I was uncertain if there was even a place for me in the world after fighting to survive. Single, unable to work in my previous vocation, I could not wrap my mind around how I would fit back into a world where everything from esthetics, to the ability to speak clearly carry so much weight. But through this online vehicle, I built friendships, and through one person in particular I was repeatedly told that there can be a rich vibrant life after this terrible cancer, which can leave its visible damage even after survival, no matter how different I was after it all. The transition was not easy, but they were right. Life after my battle is rich in relationships, and meaningful work." Now, as the patient support administrator for OCF, Christine offers her experience-based insights and emotional support to others just beginning their own battles.

Unlike public chat rooms and social media based groups, OCF's Patient Support Forum was designed with the users' privacy and safety in mind. OCF's forum users' personal information will never be marketed to by outside companies, and they will never be exposed to advertising; both considerations associated with social media platforms. Anonymous screen names protect privacy and facilitate an open dialogue for difficult topics such as intimacy and depression. "It was important to develop rules to ensure that the information on the forum is reputable, and accurate. Misinformation can facilitate poor decision making, and harm people," says Hill. To that end, the forum is heavily monitored by volunteer staff with diverse medical backgrounds including dentistry, oncology, research, and nursing and of course long term survivors themselves. Both Hill and Brader agree that the survivors are often the most adept at answering questions correctly and sensitively. "Survivors direct experience many times trumps clinical experience of professionals, though we would never suggest that they have the same level of knowledge. But living on the receiving end of the treatment process definitely provides you with a much different perspective. We don't let inaccurate information live on our boards," says Hill, "and we will correct or eliminate the information/comments that are incorrect or scientifically unsupported."

It is this kind of monitoring and oversight that earned OCF's websites, oralcancer.org and oralcancersupport.org, Health on the Net's HONcode certification. The HONcode is a designation reserved for online publishers of trustworthy and reliable medical and health information who have volunteered to adhere to hundreds of strict guidelines and Health on the Net's code of ethics. This certification is an oversight process that is ongoing, to ensure the consumer that information presented is trustworthy and scientifically accurate; and that protocols for proper informed interaction are in place. With the understanding that poor information can lead to poor choices, OCF has gone to great lengths to protect its members from misleading information.

Today, the Oral Cancer Foundation is working hard to make patients and their families aware that support and answers are available online, for free, 24 hours a day by visiting the web based forum. In keeping with OCF's missions to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and patient support, the forum has been designed to fulfill the need for reliable medical information and emotional support. With over 10,000 active members, thousands more who visit the site, read the threads of discussion without becoming members or posting themselves, and over a quarter million archived threads of information, the forum has grown into the largest and most well curated databases of oral cancer information and emotional support on the internet. Members now span across the globe and dozens of countries. Even oncology researchers have looked to this online community to develop answers and insights into understanding the patient experience, and improving the ways in which they interact with patients, and anticipate their needs both physical and emotional.

When discussing the relationships he's made on the forum, Ed Brown, now a 12-year oral cancer survivor says, "Finding each other is the greatest thing that has ever happened to us. When you feel like you're some kind of freak and struggling alone with your issues, it's the best feeling to find out there is someone else out there who has dealt with the same thing, someone who knows what it's like, someone who understands the "work-arounds" for some of the complications of treatments that we all deal with. Thanks to the forum I now know 10,000 survivors who because of our shared experiences are a resource I can turn to."  Few people can comprehend the pain and hardship of undergoing treatment for a life threatening illness, fewer are aware of the emotional isolation and lonesomeness that accompanies the disease. Only survivors, other patients, and their caregivers live the intimate struggles and battles of will that take place when fighting for your life.

"The support forum became a second family really, not just a bunch of patients or survivors, but a community that I was a part of. We've all shared a common experience, endured treatment, survival, complications, and funerals. The camaraderie in the community is the heart and soul of what OCF really is – a group of people helping other people," says Hill. The individuals who use the support forum have made lifelong friendships and passed along their experiences and knowledge to others.  Brown says, "For every success I've had on this journey, likely a thousand people will have known about it." Sharing in the successes of others and giving back to a community that has embraced you during your difficult times are important reasons why many of the thousands of forum users continue to use the site after they've been declared "disease free."

Hill has called the patient support forum the "heart and soul" of the foundation. Given the foundations many diverse activities; from sponsoring research to advocacy, those that populate the OCF forum, who choose to spend part of their new lives in service to those behind them on the path, he feels they are the palpable core of what OCF is. Few face-to-face support groups can deal with the daily needs of patient ups and downs, as they most often meet once a month, and have less depth of experience to draw from as there are fewer individuals to share their experiences, and fewer survivors attending as they move on from their cancer experience. The OCF forum idea, created well before Google was the major search engine we know today, and before any social media companies like Facebook even existed, has a decade and a half of experience as an Internet based platform to help others… as often as they find a need for it.

Oral cancer is not fought with treatment staff and medicine alone, but in conjunction with reliable medical information to facilitate good decision making, and emotional support and guidance when the questions and weight of the experience seem overwhelming. OCF's Patient Support Forum is a resource rich with answers, accessible anytime, from nearly anywhere, anonymous, monitored and safe, and free to anyone in need.

For more information about the Oral Cancer Foundation and the Patient Support Forum, please visit oralcancer.org andoralcancersupport.org.

TRAC Research to Study BruxZir NOW

Posted on September 25, 2015

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - Glidewell Laboratories has announced the start of a multiyear, longitudinal clinical study of BruxZir® NOW restorations. The study will be conducted by Technologies in Restoratives and Caries (TRAC) Research, the in-depth research arm of Gordon J. Christensen Clinicians Report® that is helmed by Rella P. Christensen, RDH, PhD.

For the purposes of the clinical study, all BruxZir NOW crowns will be fabricated and cemented at Glidewell Laboratories, with patients being recalled yearly over the next 5 years. At the time of each follow-up appointment, polyvinyl impressions will be taken for the purpose of scanning electron microscope study. In addition, clinical photographs will be captured, and in-house, clinical grading of each restoration will be performed. The first in a series of results is expected for publication in fall 2016. 

For the first time ever, clinicians can now mill and deliver high-strength, authentic BruxZir Solid Zirconia restoration in a single appointment. Through the use of BruxZir NOW milling blocks and the TS150™ Chairside Milling Solution, restorations can be designed and fabricated right in the dental office. Crowns created through this workflow exhibit flexural strengths of more than 800 MPa, without the need for sintering, staining, or glazing.

Glidewell Laboratories eagerly awaits the results from TRAC Research and CR Foundation®. For more information about BruxZir NOW milling blocks or to view completed studies on BruxZir Solid Zirconia, visit https://www.bruxzir.com.

ADA Member Dr. Kathy Kell Wins FDI President-elect

Posted on September 25, 2015

CHICAGO — For the first time in 30 years, an ADA member will serve as President-elect of the FDI World Dental Federation.  Dr. Kathy Kell, Iowa, won the chief election on September 24th at the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Kell said, “I’d like to thank the American Dental Association for nominating me and for all they’ve done to support my candidacy.” As FDI President-elect, Dr. Kell will continue to protect the financial stability of the organization and utilize her leadership experience to build a strong worldwide reputation for the FDI. She plans to focus on shaping leadership capacity at all levels and increasing the value of membership by enhancing FDI programming.

“Dr. Kell is a strong and committed leader, one who embraces the ideas and cultures of all [FDI] members”, said Dr. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president. “She also knows how important it is to build on the FDI's value so it remains the world's advocate for oral health. She believes that ‘a powerful voice for dentistry is essential,’ and that ‘a powerful FDI is a strong global advocate for policies that benefit dentists and patients.'"

Dr. Kell has worked as a dentist for more than four decades and served in leadership roles with the FDI for 17 years, most recently as treasurer. She is also the past president of the Iowa Dental Association and served as an ADA trustee from 2004 to 2008.

The FDI World Dental Federation is comprised of approximately 200 national dental associations, including the ADA, from more than 130 countries. It represents the voice of over one million dentists worldwide.

Surprising Science at ACP 45th Annual Session

Posted on September 25, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The 45th Annual Session of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) will be held in Orlando from Oct. 21-24, 2015. More than 1,200 will gather to hear leaders in oral health present critical and rapidly advancing technology that's impacting the profession, cutting edge science, lessons learned, and making big innovations in the specialty as a whole. Speakers from around the world will discuss topics including the latest research and strategies, treatment approaches and practical applications being used to improve patient outcomes.

"The 45th Annual Session is the crown jewel of the college," said ACP President Frank J. Tuminelli, DMD, FACP. "Original research will be presented on the podium during the Thursday and Friday scientific sessions -- some new and perhaps surprising."

"It is a time to invigorate intellectual curiosity, share camaraderie, science and debate, and rekindle friendships old and new – all under the umbrella of our specialty and our shared quest to improve patient outcomes," added Jonathan Zamzok, DMD, FACP, (pictured) who is the Program Chair of the 45th Annual Session of the ACP.

Prosthodontists screen for and diagnose patients' oral health issues to determine the best treatment options. With three to four years of advanced training. Prosthodontists lead and unite multidisciplinary dental care teams, working to help patients gain a healthy mouth, beautiful smile and teeth that last and function properly. Informed patients opt to go to a dental specialist – such as a prosthodontist - for optimal care.

"The Annual Session of the ACP brings us back to the core of what and who prosthodontists are, with our passion for pushing the envelope forward to deliver optimal oral health solutions for all patients," Dr. Tuminelli said. "It's an opportunity as specialists to thoughtfully and scientifically re-consider 'the way it's always been done' in dentistry."

"As a Prosthodontist, I know that patients benefit when we consider rapid advancements, new science, share what works (or not) in real life – not just in the lab. Debate often leads to surprising science that we can bring back to our local practices," Dr. Zamzok said.

In addition, 'Controversies in Prosthodontics' will question and challenge what is thought of as 'conventional wisdom' in dentistry to ensure it's still state of the art science – and the results and discussion may be surprising to attendees. 'A Skeptic's Guide to Clinical Protocols' will question if age-old protocols are still necessary or whether these protocols can't be improved upon today?

At this premier annual prosthodontic event, speakers will share new techniques and innovative approaches being used. Clinicians and researchers will present the most current research, discussing trailblazing technology in digital dentistry and alternative therapies in treatments. Topics will cover critical decision-making in patient care, how the latest concepts are enhancing care and debates within the profession about treatment planning, treatment and prognosis.

Prosthodontists are specialized dentists with advanced training in oral health issues, who are committed to improving patient outcomes. From implants, crowns, veneers and tooth whitening, to full-mouth reconstruction, prosthodontists specialize in esthetic dentistrydigital dentistry, and sleep apnea solutions.

The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty organization whose membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in prosthodontics. 

Oral Systemic Health Conference 2016 Registration Now Open

Posted on September 25, 2015

ORLANDO, FL (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 - AAOSH is rapidly becoming a, some would say THE, forum for the latest scientific findings on the relationship between oral and overall health.

“With our annual meeting in Dallas, oral systemic healthcare has taken a giant step forward" says Bobbie Delsasso, Executive Director of AAOSH. "World-class authorities delivered compelling content and actionable steps to attendees who share at least one common trait: a commitment to advancing and enlarging the movement to where the science is taking us – a nation of healthier people,” concludes Delsasso.

Among the topics presented at this year’s Scientific Session were oral cancer, airway/obstructive sleep apnea, and inflammation. Wellness was also a major focus, with top experts from the Cooper Clinic presenting about fitness, nutrition, wellness, and cardiology.

The Meeting's unofficial start was a tour of the Cooper Clinic. "A particular treat for me, and terrific way to kick off the Meeting, was the honor and privilege of visiting the Cooper Campus." says Daniel A. 'Danny' Bobrow, president of AIM Dental Marketing, and AAOSH's Founding Executive Committee Chair.

Attendees were given the opportunity to participate in health screenings—including antioxidant levels using the biophotonic scanner, carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) ultrasound, blood tests for inflammatory biomarkers, and salivary diagnostics: all at a significant discount. Over 300 tests were administered over the course of the three-day event.

The 6th Annual AAOSH Scientific Session will take place September 16-17 in Orlando, Florida. To learn more about AAOSH and its events, please visit https://www.AAOSH.org.

97th AAOMS Annual Meeting Convenes

Posted on September 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Washington, DC hosts the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' 97th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition, September 28 – October 3, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Some of the week's highlights include:

  • Three full-day clinical module programs will focus on a different topic each day: Dental Implants, Dentoalveolar Surgery, and Anesthesia.

  • Limited attendance clinical courses that address the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice at levels from refresher to innovative techniques.

  • Four oral abstract sessions and scientific poster sessions highlighting current specialty-related research projects.

  • A sold-out workshop on the federally mandated transition to the ICD-10 CM coding system. With an implementation date of October 1, this final preparation workshop will provide greater understanding of the new coding conventions related to OMS diagnoses.

  • A comprehensive practice management program that considers all aspects of maintaining an OMS practice, and wide-ranging programs designed specifically for the oral and maxillofacial surgery assistant.

  • The world's largest exhibition catering specifically to the needs of oral and maxillofacial surgeons and their practices, with over 200 vendors displaying the most advanced equipment, instruments, biologics and technological innovations available today.

  • Keynote speaker and best-selling author, Eric Qualman, will present on the present and future of social media and the way social media continues to influence business in his address "Socialnomics: It's a People-Driven Economy."

This year's meeting is held in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, many of whose members will also be in attendance and presenting. Complete details of meeting sessions can be found at AAOMS.org/WashingtonDC.

Aurum Group Awards Grand Prize Trip

Posted on September 24, 2015

Spokane, WA – The Aurum Group announced that Cheryl Beaton of Victoria Road Periodontics in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia won the “Economy Airfare for Two Anywhere Westjet Flies!” Draw at the recent Canadian Dental Association National Conference held in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The Grand Prize trip was supplied courtesy of The Aurum Group and Custom Travel – Calgary.

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