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Attention Dental Innovators: Edison Awards Accepting Entries from Dental Community

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015

PITTSTON, PA — November 30, 2015 — Follow the leaders.  The first battery-operated, handheld intra-oral X-Ray system, first FDA approved, CO2 9.3 micron dental laser for hard and soft tissue, and first 45 degree electric attachment handpiece paved the way for dental innovations everywhere in 2015.  Earlier this year, these dental revolutions were spotlighted during the prestigious Edison Awards™ gala in New York when The Edison Awards which has recognized advances such as the Apple ipad; Keurig Vue® single cup brewing system;  and OnStar For My Vehicle (FMV)— added a dental category.

Groundbreaking discoveries in dentistry, and their creators, earning Gold, Silver and Bronze, included: Vatech, 3M, 3D Systems, Aribex, Convergent Dental, Kerr Endodontics, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, NSK, Molar Media Mount, Benco Dental, and Inventionstring.

Nominate a product or service for an Edison Award or Edison Green Award to achieve this distinguished status and gain entrée into this elite circle of visionaries that features previous winners, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing.

Download the 2015 Nomination Guide and complete the online Nomination Form: Final deadline is December 4, 2015. Follow the instructions on the form, and submit your nomination, along with the entry fee, as directed. Winners will be announced during the April 2016 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

For the second year, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals aligns with The Edison Awards in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world.  Here’s how: Edison will feature categories honoring the year’s most innovative dental equipment, merchandise and technology. They’ll screen all nominees to determine the finalists, who will be featured in the spring issue of Incisal Edge.

Magazine's founders Chuck Cohen and Rick Cohen discussed the collaboration: “Incisal Edge applauds the lifestyle of dental professionals and their desire to achieve great things for their patients and themselves. What could be better than the broad national recognition of the Edison Awards –- the definitive honor for innovation in our field?”

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime.  For additional information, visit:

Wichita Dentist Joins Acclaimed Dental Clinical Education Program

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. Nov 19, 2015 -- Dr. Eric Farmer joins dental continuing education program Clinical Mastery Series as a member of the Clinical Faculty, bringing his 25 years of experience practicing general and esthetic dentistry in Wichita, Kansas to the acclaimed team. Dr. Farmer will contribute his enthusiasm for complex cases that involve working in a collaborative relationship with specialists.

“From about 2008 to the present day I have accumulated about 800 hours in CE. When you get excited about what you do, there is a natural instinct to want to learn more,” says Dr. Farmer. “My passion is patient care and the difference we can make in our patients’ lives. I am also passionate about the people who make up my team.”

Graduating from University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1991, Dr. Farmer has spent his career building a well-rounded practice that enables him to do complete dentistry. Alongside his fast-paced, high-energy practice, Dr. Farmer is a past president of the Wichita District Dental Society and is currently on the Board of Delegates of the Kansas Dental Association.

For much of the first half of his career, Dr. Farmer considered continuing education a hoop to be jumped through. “I took a few of the popular continuums over the years and they left me uninspired and frankly a bit intimidated by the instructors and [I] never really felt like I left a course with real tools that I would be able to incorporate into my practice.”

Dr. Farmer’s perspective changed in 2008 when he took his first course with CMS. He says, “Having already taken a multitude of occlusion courses my expectation was that I would get my 16 hours and move on. What I discovered is that they provided the critical pieces for me to all of a sudden integrate all that I had learned in 17 years of practice.”

“We are honored to have Dr. Eric Farmer join our team. His commitment and passion are evident and he’s a great addition to the team,” says Clinical Director Dr. John Nosti.

Clinical Mastery Series is a leader in dental clinical education, empowering dentists to master restorative skills and business practices through a broad base of instruction opportunities and an acclaimed faculty including Director of Education Dr. Lee Ann Brady, Clinical Director, Dr. John Nosti, Director of Aesthetics and Photography, Dr. Jason Olitsky and Faculty Director, Dr. Michael Smith. Visit their website at

Kurtz Installed as Representative for the ACP Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015

CHICAGO, Nov. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) has installed Kenneth S. Kurtz, DDS, FACP, as its Maxillofacial Prosthodontist representative on the ACP Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP). Dr. Kurtz was sworn in during the 45th Annual Session of the ACP held in Orlando from Oct. 21-24, 2015.

Dr. Kurtz, based at Academic Prosthodontics of Long Island in New Hyde Park, N.Y., is a board- certified Prosthodontist specializing in implant, esthetic and reconstructive dentistry. His practice, Academic Prosthodontics is located at 700 Hillside Avenue, Suite 3, in New Hyde Park, N.Y. It is a group specialty practice, which includes the founder, Dr. Joel T. Gluck and two of Dr. Kurtz's former students at NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD), Dr. Terry Lin, DDS, MS, FACP, and Dr. Dana Marzocco, DMD. Both Drs. Kurtz and Lin are board-certified in prosthodontics, and have additional fellowship training in the maxillofacial prosthetics sub-specialty.

Dr. Kurtz is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Division of Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Director of the Maxillofacial Prosthetics Section, Graduate Prosthodontics-New York Hospital-Queens, and Director of Prosthodontic Research at the Graduate Prosthodontic program at Montefiore Medical Center/AECOM. Dr. Kurtz also serves as an attending Maxillofacial Prosthodontist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and is appointed as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Dental Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

"Being elected to serve on the ACP Council for the ABP is an honor and a responsibility to serve the ACP Membership with regards to the future of the specialty," said Dr. Kurtz. 

"Voices In America" with James Earl Jones Set to Highlight Cosmetic Dentistry for Public Television

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015

(PRWEB) NOVEMBER 27, 2015 A simply groundbreaking television series, "Voices in America", which is hosted by Hollywood legend, James Earl Jones, is an interesting show that delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. Dedicated to providing the world with a wide variety of topics that could benefit from open dialogue, this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode at a time.

In the latest installment currently in development, the program will be taking an in-depth look into the world of cosmetic dentistry. A relatively new sector within the field of dentistry, many find the topic of cosmetic dentistry to be controversial as it is often viewed as an issue of vanity, rather than necessity. Nevertheless, the cosmetic dentistry industry is booming. The question as to whether it is truly out of a wish to look better, or if people have medical-based reasons for seeking out these services will be broached and discussed with dental professionals. "Voices In America" seeks to take a closer look at issues such as who truly needs it, who is being denied it, the overall commonality of it, the most common procedures, as well as what advances are being made in the field for the future.

"Voices In America" is an independent production. The show is distributed to Public Television Stations across America to be broadcast at their discretion. "Voices In America" is not a production of APT or PBS and is not related to those organizations.

ConnectDental Pavilion at GNYDM: The Next Step In Digital Dentistry

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will unveil at the Greater New York Dental (GNYDM) Meeting the Henry Schein ConnectDental® Pavilion, which brings together for the first time the industry's broadest array of open solutions designed to help any practice or laboratory enter the digital age.

For practitioners considering integrating digital technology solutions into their practice or laboratory, the Pavilion provides a full suite of innovative, integrated solutions, services and support, as well as global experts who have successfully incorporated digital dentistry and experienced increased efficiency and enhanced patient care. Click here for a schedule of experts appearing at the Pavilion.

Debuting for the first time at the GNYDM meeting, which takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from November 27 - December 2, the Henry Schein ConnectDental Pavilion is designed to educate and encourage practitioners to harness the power of digital dental technology for the benefit of the patient and the practice. The Pavilion will showcase open-architecture solutions ranging from digital intraoral scanners, milling and printing devices and materials, to Conebeam 3D imaging, practice management and digital laboratory solutions. Visitors to the Pavilion will also see how Henry Schein's "Practice Analysis Tool" can help identify tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of a practice. In addition, the "ConnectDental Cafe" located within the Pavilion will offer a comfortable spot for visitors to engage with visiting industry experts to learn how these visionaries have incorporated these digital solutions into their practice to deliver an enhanced patient experience. 

"Two years ago, Henry Schein unveiled its vision for the future of digital dentistry, and we have made great progress in realizing that vision, most recently through our ConnectDental solution," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "ConnectDental is a patient-centric model that delivers a complete solution, which represents a transformational change in the dental community. The Henry Schein ConnectDental Pavilion reinforces our mission and commitment to focus on practice care, so that our customers can focus on patient care."  

The Pavilion includes a number of Henry Schein's valued supplier partners offering digital dental solutions, and also displays a variety of key products and services. 3M, 3Shape, 360imaging, Bego, Custom Milling Center (CMC), Dental Wings, DDX®, Dentrix®, Glidewell Laboratories, iSy® by Camlog, Ivoclar Vivadent, KaVo Kerr Group, Katana, Planmeca, VHF and Zirlux® are among those highlighted in the Pavilion.

"Relationships founded on trust with our customers and supplier partners lie at the heart of ConnectDental," said Jim Breslawski, President, Henry Schein, Inc., and CEO, Global Dental Group.  "The supplier partners of ConnectDental represent the vanguard of the digital dental era.  All of us at Henry Schein are proud to represent their products in the marketplace and to demonstrate their significant benefits to our customers." 

Reinforcing that the first step into digital dentistry is through ConnectDental, the Henry Schein ConnectDental Pavilion is located just steps away from the Crystal Palace entrance to the Javits Center on the main floor outside the Exhibit Hall. More than 53,000 people are expected to attend the meeting.

"As the largest dental meeting in the United States, the Greater New York Dental Meeting is the ideal location to unveil this exciting new Pavilion," said Dr. Robert Gottlander, Vice President, Global Prosthetic Solutions for Henry Schein, Inc. "The Pavilion is a wonderful educational engagement environment for digital dentistry and a great gateway into the larger world of Henry Schein's offering, represented in our main booth in the Exhibit Hall.  It is a must-see for practitioners interested in the significant benefits that digital dentistry can provide to their patients." Click here to view Dr. Gottlander speak about the Henry Schein ConnectDental Pavilion.

In addition to the Pavilion, the full line of Henry Schein's dental offering is showcased at several booths throughout the GNYDM Exhibit Hall, including Equipment/Technology (#4225), Henry Schein ProRepair (#4431), Merchandise / Exclusives (#4636), Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions (#4633), Henry Schein Practice Solutions (#4627), Zirlux and Digital Materials (#4330), Glove Club (#2405) and Henry Schein Dental Surgical Solutions/Camlog (#4230).

OSHA Seeks Public Comment As It Updates Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking public comment on an updated version of its voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. First published in 1989, the guidelines are being updated to reflect modern technology and practices.

These guidelines are intended to help employers establish health and safety management plans at their workplaces. Key principles include finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury or illness, and making sure that workers have a voice in safety and health.

The updated guidelines should be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized businesses. They also address ways in which multiple employers at the same worksite can coordinate efforts to make sure all workers are protected.

"The goal of safety and health management is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Employers who embrace these guidelines will experience lower injury and illness rates, and their progress in improving the safety culture at their worksites will contribute to higher productivity, reduced costs and greater worker satisfaction."

For more information and to review the draft guidelines and provide comment, visit OSHA's Safety and Health Program Management webpage. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 15, 2016. Comments can also be posted directly to using Docket #OSHA-2015-0018.

The guidelines are advisory only and do not create any new legal obligations or alter existing obligations created by OSHA standards or regulations.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Save the Date: Oral Health America's 26th Gala on February 24

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Wednesday, February 24, 2016 | Navy Pier, Chicago | Black Tie Attire

Hosted at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, this highly anticipated evening event that kicks off the Chicago Midwinter Meeting will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, as well as a silent auction and raffle. The Mardi Gras Redux also heralds Oral Health America’s (OHA) return to this spectacular landmark during its centennial year.

Proceeds provide an investment in OHA's mission. Your support will connect communities to resources to solve problems and raise awareness about the importance of oral health's impact on overall health. OHA’s programs serving children and older adults have grown through support received from this annual event. Please plan to participate in Mardi Gras Redux and commit to making a difference in the oral health of all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. 

Purchase tickets here.

SciCan Introduces VistaPure Walter Filtration System

Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Canonsburg, PA – SciCan has set the benchmark for sterilization and instrument reprocessing technology. For more than 20 years SciCan has been developing and manufacturing highly innovative infection control products that address the need for versatility, flexibility, and efficiency in today’s environments.

SciCan, partnering with Vista Research, is proud to announce the VistaPure, a specialized water filtration for STATIM Cassette Autoclaves, Bravo Fractionated Vacuum Sterilizers, HYDRIM Instrument Washers, ultrasonic cleaners, dental bottles, and other select autoclaves and instrument washers.

VistaPure provides two grades of high-quality water for the ultimate in convenience. The system connects directly to the city water supply and sends purified water exactly where you need it in

the steri-center for easy, on-demand use.


• Easy To Use: VistaPure’s handheld, point-and-shoot wand makes it easy for anyone to fill autoclaves, no matter where they’re located. And the system’s mounted faucet makes it easy to fill Dental Unit bottles over a sink. We will also offer unique “automatic water filling control” options for our STATIM and Bravo sterilizers along with our HYDRIM final rinse options.

• Convenient: VistaPure provides a high volume of ready-to-use water, on demand. Its large 4.25-gallon storage tank means you don’t need to wait for deionization and R/O processes to take place.

• Consistent: Each VistaPure features an in-line TDS meter that monitors water quality—and also makes it easy to know when it’s time to replace your filters.

For more information on SciCan complete line of infection control products and accessories please visit our website at

Ultradent Raises 341,036 lbs. of Food for Utah Food Bank

Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, November 24, 2015–Ultradent Products, Inc. held its annual food drive this year, promoted with an “Ironman” theme, as the company aimed to raise as much food and money for the Utah Food Bank as possible within a three-day intensive push. Within those three days, Ultradent was able to raise $85,263, which translates to 341,036 lbs. of food that will help feed needy people and hungry families this holiday season and throughout the year. This annual food drive has become a cherished and much looked-forward to tradition for Ultradent employees and their families, who have each year, stretched to help give back to those around them less fortunate. Throughout its history with the Utah Food Bank, Ultradent has helped raise 1.2 million pounds of food since the tradition began in 2011, though often times splitting their donations between the Utah Food Bank and victims of world tragedy, such as those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Donations for Ultradent’s 2015 food drive were raised through numerous opportunity drawings, bake/pop-up boutique sales, several “Food Truck Friday” events, and a charitable golf tournament, all organized by company employees. Ultradent presented a check for $85,263 to the CEO of the Utah Food Bank on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Dr. Fischer, Ultradent’s president and CEO, attributes his enthusiasm for the food drive to lessons he learned as a young boy. He says, “My grandfather taught me as a young boy that it is only with an open hand that one has the ability to receive.”

About Ultradent Products, Inc.

Ultradent Products, Inc. is a leading developer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s mission is to improve the level of dental health care and to make dental procedures more predictable and hassle free. Consistent with its mission, Ultradent works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit

Daymond John, Star from ABC's "Shark Tank," to Speak at SIROWORLD Kick-off Event

Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Charlotte, NC - Sirona Dental, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry, announced today that award-winning business executive and star of ABC's "Shark Tank", Daymond John will speak at Sirona's SIROWORLD Celebration kick-off event scheduled Nov. 29th during the Greater New York Dental Meeting.

This SIROWORLD Celebration event, the first of several events leading up to the annual event in Orlando in August 2016, will take place at The TimesCenter, located in the heart of New York's vibrant Times Square at 242 W. 41st St. between 7th and 8th Avenues.  Mr. John will discuss his path to success and key concepts in becoming a connoisseur in one's own practice.  Attendees will gain in-depth insight into how personal brand affects all aspects of life, including personal branding and the branding of your dental practice, products and concepts.

"Consistently, Sirona strives to provide dental products that improve the patient experience and benefit the practice lifestyle," said Sirona Dental, Inc. President Michael Augins.  "It makes sense that we would also give dental professionals the business tools needed to enhance their brand and product offerings to further their success.  Daymond John has proved himself as an innovator in industry and a formidable business mogul whose insight will motivate and inspire attendees."

Additionally, Dr. Mike DiTolla will discuss the latest technology advancements in dentistry, and Fred Joyal of 1-800-DENTIST will share how dentists can take their current social media strategy, tactics and implementation to the next level of customer engagement, profitability and ROI.

"SIROWORLD members need a wide variety of skills, both clinical and in business," said Augins.  "Not only will attendees walk away with business techniques to improve their practice, they will also leave the event with information that will help them increase practice productivity and tips to successfully use social media to further enhance their dental practice."

For more details on SIROWORLD membership and information, please visit or contact your Patterson representative.

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