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New Tastytooth Fluoride Varnish 

Posted on April 19, 2017

Put a smile on your patient’s face with Tastytooth 5% sodium fluoride varnish from Premier Dental. Create a satisfying experience with our high-impact flavors, featuring a blend of xylitol and sucralose, available in Caramel, Melon and Bubblegum flavors. Tastytooth’s silky smooth formula is easy to apply, affordably priced and gluten-free. 

Contains: 100 (0.5mL) single-dose, 100 applicator brushes and Directions for Use. 

Post-treatment patient care instructions are available for download at www.premusa.com

Indications: for the treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity and the reduction of post-operative sensitivity. 

Source: Premier Dental 







Carestream's Dental Digital Business to be Acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Hillhouse/CareCapital

Posted on April 14, 2017

NEW YORK, April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and CareCapital Advisors Limited, a specialist investment platform focused on dental and consumer health in Asia and part of Hillhouse Capital Management, today announced an agreement to acquire Carestream's dental digital business ("Carestream Dental"). Carestream Dental is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of imaging systems and practice management software for general and specialist dental offices globally. CD&R-managed funds will invest 75% of the equity in the transaction, while Hillhouse/CareCapital affiliates will provide 25%. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Carestream Dental is a leading provider of dental technology with a portfolio of digital imaging equipment and practice management software that supports a global dental market undergoing rapid advances in standards of care and clinical efficiency. Carestream Dental holds more than 500 patents and offers a comprehensive line of 2D and 3D extraoral imaging and intraoral imaging equipment and related software that is complemented by the company's dental practice management software services, which manage all aspects of a dental practice from patient check-in to creation of digital patient records and image management. The company has approximately 1,500 employees worldwide and serves a large, diverse global customer base across more than 85,000 dental practices in more than 90 countries.

"Our investment in Carestream Dental lines up well with CD&R's strengths executing complex corporate carve-outs where there is meaningful transformation and growth potential," said CD&R Partner Derek Strum.  "We are excited to invest behind a strong employee base and leading global brand in a consistently growing market with technology penetration tailwinds, and to partner with Hillhouse/CareCapital, who owns several dental platforms in China that will help Carestream Dental further capitalize on substantial emerging market growth opportunities."

"We are excited to partner with CD&R and share the firm's commitment to operational excellence," said Hillhouse/CareCapital Partner Dai Feng. "Carestream Dental has a tremendous heritage and brand in emerging markets, excellent products and technology, and talented and dedicated personnel. We are honored to help the company further develop its emerging markets strategy encompassing R&D, distribution and customer engagement."

Lisa Ashby, President of Carestream Dental, will become Chief Executive Officer of the company upon the closing of the transaction. "This is a landmark moment for Carestream Dental that positions the company for exciting future growth," said Ms. Ashby. "With the strong support of our new partners, we look forward to becoming even more effective in serving the dynamic needs of the global oral healthcare industry with innovative products, high quality services and an unwavering commitment to excellence in all that we do."

John Dineen, an Advisor to CD&R funds, will serve as Chairman.  Mr. Dineen had a 28-year career at GE prior to his engagement by the CD&R funds, including serving as Chief Executive Officer of GE Healthcare. At GE Healthcare, John oversaw similar imaging technologies and software businesses and helped drive significant emerging markets growth, and is thus well-positioned to assist Carestream Dental management in the company's next phase of growth.    

Citi, Credit Suisse, HSBC and ING have committed to provide debt financing for the transaction. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is acting as legal advisor to CD&R, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal advisor to Hillhouse/CareCapital. Citi and Credit Suisse are acting as financial advisors to CD&R and Hillhouse/CareCapital. Jefferies LLC is serving as financial advisor and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is acting as legal advisor to Carestream. Subject to regulatory and other approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.







Diagnostic Imaging Market Worth 36.43 Billion by 2021

Posted on April 13, 2017

A report, titled Diagnostic Imaging Market by Product (X-ray Imaging (Digital, Analog), MRI (Closed, Open), Ultrasound, CT, Nuclear Imaging (SPECT, Hybrid PET)), Application (OB/GYN, MSK, Cardiology, Oncology), End User (Hospitals, Imaging Centers) - Global Forecast to 2021, analyzes and studies the major market drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World (RoW).

The report studies the global diagnostic imaging market over the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. The market is expected to reach ~USD 36.43 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2016 to 2021. 

A number of factors such as increasing investments, funds, and grants by government bodies for modernization of imaging facilities; increasing investments from public-private organizations; growth in the number of diagnostic imaging centers; rising prevalence of cancer; increasing geriatric population and the subsequent growth in the incidence of various diseases; technological advancements in diagnostic imaging modalities; and increasing preference for minimally invasive treatments drive the growth of this market. However, factors such as the high cost of diagnostic imaging systems, technological limitations associated with standalone systems, unfavorable healthcare reforms in the U.S., and the shortage of helium are expected to restrain the growth of this market to a certain extent.

On the basis of product, the market is segmented into X-ray imaging systems, computed tomography (CT) scanners, ultrasound imaging systems, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear imaging systems. 

Each modality is further divided into subsegments. The X-ray and ultrasound systems market is divided on the basis of technology and portability; whereas, CT scanners are segmented by slice type. MRI systems are divided on the basis of architecture and field strength and the nuclear imaging systems market is categorized into SPECT and Hybrid PET systems. These systems are further divided into standalone and hybrid modalities.

Based on application, the market is segmented into obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN) health, orthopedics and musculoskeletal, neurology and spine, cardiovascular and thoracic, general imaging, breast health, and others. 

Based on end user, the market is segmented into hospitals, diagnostic imaging centers, and other end users (including pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies, academic & research centers, sports academies, and CROs).

Geographically, North America is expected to hold the largest share of the market in 2016, followed by Europe. 

However, the Asia-Pacific market is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Factors such as increasing incidence of chronic diseases, rising awareness of the benefits of early disease diagnosis, development of new healthcare facilities, growing medical tourism in APAC countries, and increasing government initiatives for the modernization of healthcare infrastructure are driving the growth of the market in the Asia-Pacific region.

Get a Sample of the Report here or download the PDF Brochure.

 







Reliance Dental Introduces Scholarship to Promote Better Oral Health Habits for College Students

Posted on April 12, 2017

Reliance Dental, manufacturer of dental acrylics and other dental supplies for over a century, is proud to introduce the Bright Smile Scholarship program.  The program will award $2,500 to help with college, grad school or dental hygienist education costs to a student who practices and helps promote good oral health habits.

Recent research shows only a little over 50% of Millennials make regular visits to the dentist, the lowest percentage of any age group.  They are busy with college and adjusting to a new lifestyle, plus they are often away from their parents and their dentists, and going to the dentist simply becomes a low priority.   The result is an upturn in Millennial patients who need major dental work because they have failed to see a dentist for several years.

A requirement of the Bright Smile Scholarship is that applicants must get sign off as practicing good oral health habits by a licensed dental office.  “We’re hoping driving students to a dental office to get sign off for their scholarship application will encourage at least some of them to do more, like getting an annual check up,” said Tom Rissman, CEO of Reliance Dental.  “Any increase in oral care for this group is a plus.”

In addition, applicants are required to submit a poster design or social media post promoting the benefits of good dental habits.  This will also help get Millennials thinking about their own dental care, and judging of these designs will be a key factor in who will ultimately be awarded the scholarship.

The idea for the scholarship came from Reliance’s marketing agency TBI.  TBI president Tom Baer says “We did substantial research during our annual marketing planning process for Reliance, and as far as we can tell, no one has ever used a scholarship as an incentive to encourage better oral care.  This program can help both dentists and patients, so there’s really no downside.”

Applications for the scholarship can be made at scholarship.reliancedental.net, and are being accepted through July 15, 2017.  The scholarship will be awarded in early August.

The program is open to any student, 17 years of age or older who has been accepted to a 2 or 4-year institution of higher learning, or a facility that provides education toward being certified as a registered Dental Hygienist in the 50 United States or District of Columbia.  Students must also have a 3.0 grade point average to qualify.

More information, including complete rules can be found at scholarship.reliancedental.net







Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics Advances the Treatment of Minor Anterior Tooth Misalignments

Posted on April 12, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics announces the expansion of treatment indications for the MTM® (Minor Tooth Movement) Clear•Aligner. The clear aligner combines proven orthodontic techniques with advanced digital modeling to provide dental professionals with a streamlined solution for treating minor anterior misalignments.

MTM® Clear•Aligner is uniquely engineered to deliver the space and force needed to accomplish tooth movement. The technology utilizes a proprietary “open pathway” architecture that allows teeth to move easily into the desired positions. Unlike other clear aligners, MTM® Clear•Aligner does not require clinicians to bond unsightly attachments to teeth, to accomplish movement. No attachments saves practice chair time and provides for a more esthetically pleasing treatment solution for the patient.  To facilitate tooth movement, MTM® Clear•Aligner uses integrated “force points”, programmed into the aligner, to provide a greater range of tooth movements, while making aligner placement and removal easy for the patient.

MTM® Clear•Aligner targets the movement and positioning of the six most visible teeth, on both the upper and lower arches.  These teeth are known as the social six. The aligner movements address tooth; spacing, tipping, torqueing, intrusion, extrusion, and rotation. Ideal candidates are those who are experiencing adult tooth crowding, orthodontic relapse, or those who seek cosmetic enhancements. Of the thousands of cases completed since the products’ launch, many dental professionals note that most of their patients sought simply to improve their smile.

Brad Clatt, Group Vice President of Orthodontics states, “Whether a dental professional currently prescribes clear aligners, or has been waiting for an aligner system that better fits the needs of their patients, MTM Clear•Aligner is a simple solution to address one of the most common misalignments seen in adult patients today.. Dentsply Sirona prides itself on keeping patient care, where it belongs, in the hands of the clinician, and offers each clinician a customized approach to treating their patients. MTM Clear•Aligner is a highly affordable solution for both doctor and patient, with the ability to move the social six to the desired position, creating the patient’s Ideal Smile.”

To help offices get started with MTM Clear•Aligner, Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics offers an attractively-priced Welcome Kit that includes discounted patient cases, a web based training course, practice marketing and office integration resources. To learn more about the MTM Clear•Aligner visit the Dentsply Sirona booth #2414, during the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Annual Session.







Dan Konicek Joins Cefla Medical Solutions as National Sales and Services Director

Posted on April 11, 2017

Charlotte, N.C. April 11, 2017 - Cefla Medical Solutions,a subsidiary of Europe’s number one dental unit manufacturer, has announced that Dan Konicek has joined the company as National Sales and Service Director. Konicek will support the efforts of his team and provide visionary leadership to ultimately help medical professionals enhance their practices and embrace the future of leading-edge care.

Before joining Cefla, Konicek was a tour de force with Patterson Companies, Inc., a market-leading dental and animal health company that supplies technology, products equipment, marketing, support and logistics across North America and the U.K. He rose through the Patterson organization to become General Manager for Patterson Dental’s Minneapolis office.

“We are so impressed by Dan’s lengthy experience and industry understanding,” says Cefla North America General Manager Massimo Di Russo. “His in-depth knowledge of a wide range of products and services makes him uniquely qualified to drive innovation for medical suppliers and the practices they support. Dan is all about enhancing practice workflow and improving patient experience. He will prove to be a major asset for us and our customers.”

Konicek has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He also studied abroad at the University of Southern Denmark School of Business. In addition to serving as a member of the Dean’s Circle at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry,Konicek has been a board member for the non-profit mobile dental organization Operation Grace and has volunteered with the Mission of Mercy, helping children and adults in underserved populations obtain dental care.He may be reached at Dan.konicek@cefladental.comor 1-704-280-1220.







Brent Satterley Named Sales Territory Manager West at Cefla Medical Solutions

Posted on April 11, 2017

Charlotte, N.C. April 11, 2017 - Brent Satterley has joined the North American team at Cefla Medical Solutions, an organization known for being an important part of Europe’s number one dental unit manufacturer. He will folow the sales in the company’s Western Region, taking the lead in the introduction and promotion of new systems and services to help medical and dental practices reach their full potential in achieving better patient care.

Satterley comes to Cefla Medical from a position as Southwestern U.S. Sales Representative for Ray America, the U.S. branch of Ray, a company focused on providing state-of-the-art imaging solutions to dental and medical customers in more than 50 countries. His 21 years of consulting and sales experience in the the dental equipment industry also includes making lasting contributions at customer-focused companies in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Fresno.

“We are so glad to have someone with Brent’s drive and level of experience on our team,” says Cefla North America General Manager Massimo Di Russo. “I have no doubt that Cefla customers will benefit greatly from his in-depth knowledge of practice priorities, procedures and new technologies to make workflow and outcomes better."

Satterley graduated from the University of California, Fresno State, with a Bachelor’s degree in business law, with a minor in computer science.You can reach Cefla’s new Wesern Region Area Manager at Brent.satterley@cefladental.com, or 1-714-800-3359







LACC Seeks Technicians for Faculty

Posted on April 10, 2017

Los Angeles City College (LACC) seeks two or more part-time faculty members, including at least one in fixed prosthodontics and one in removable prosthodontics.

Minimum requirements for the position include an associate degree in dental technology, 6 years of laboratory experience, and a CDT certification. Desirable requirements are a bachelor's degree in any subject and digital design experience.

Anyone interested should contact LACC Professor of Dental Science Dana B. Cohen, CDT, TE (cohendb@lacitycollege.edu; 323-953-500 ext 2502; 818-232-1853) or Department Chair Arax Cohen, CDT (cohenas@lacitycollege.edu; 323-953-4000 ext 2501).







Sterngold pledges $10,000 to The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology

Posted on April 7, 2017

Attleboro, MA- Sterngold is happy to announce that $10,000 in both cash and products will be pledged to The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology. With this donation, Sterngold and the Foundation have partnered to create the Sterngold Grant, which will be focused on supporting the future of dental laboratory technology.

The 2017 Sterngold Grant will award $1,250 in product donations to one school. Products include: QuickLine™ Long-Term Soft Relining Material, SternTek® Duplicating Material, SternTek® Custom Tray Material (blue or rose), SternTek® Base Plate Material (pink), and InstaGums® Gingival Reproduction Material. The winner will be selected based on the information provided through the application and at the sole discretion of the Foundation Board.

For more information on the 2017 Sterngold Grant and its requirements, visit: http://dentallabfoundation.org/scholarshipsgrants/sterngold-grant 







Dental Implants, Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers: 8 Tips from Prosthodontists to Avoid Failures

Posted on April 6, 2017

CHICAGO – Patients want power. Prosthodontists want them to know that they’ve had it all along. 

Prosthodontists are specialized dentists who help restore missing or broken teeth with dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers and by other means. 

Around the world, people are currently celebrating the American College of Prosthodontists’ (ACP) National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (NPAW). This week is the perfect time to remind dental consumers how to maintain their healthy  restored teeth with 8 tips that the ACP simplified from its scientific clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), “ACP Clinical Practice Guidelines: Recall and Maintenance of Patients with Tooth-Borne and Implant-Borne Dental Restorations.” 

“No one wants to return to the dentist’s chair because of a failed dental restoration,” said ACP President Susan E. Brackett, DDS, MS, FACP, who sees patients in her private practice in Oklahoma City. “It’s much better to take these surprisingly simple yet scientifically proven 8 care tips for restored teeth to heart and work them into a daily routine from the get-go. There’s a risk of losing or breaking your gorgeous new teeth due to not taking care of them properly.” 

Some 120 million Americans are missing one or more teeth. But once the patient leaves the dental chair after the restoration of a lost or broken tooth, prosthodontists emphasize that the empowered patient is invariably the one who understands the necessity of self-care at home as well as routine visits to their dentist. 

“People who follow maintenance programs generally do very well,” said Don Curtis, DMD, FACP, a co-author of the ACP clinical practice guidelines and board-certified prosthodontist. “Studies indicate that when a person is not in a maintenance program, they have a 90-percent increased chance of losing their implant over a 15-year period.” 

The ACP led a team of prosthodontists, general dentists, and hygienists to research over 5,000 scientific articles to publish the first guidelines on how to properly care for restored teeth. From their rigorously researched findings, prosthodontists have identified the 8 most important must-do’s for patients to keep restored teeth healthy. 

“The biggest take-away for patients from the ACP’s clinical practice guidelines is that the patient needs to be in an active partnership with their prosthodontist, dentist, and hygienist to take care of their implants or dental crowns, bridges, veneers properly,” said Avinash Bidra, BDS, MS, FACP, who is the Chair of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (NPAW) and also an ACP’s clinical practice guidelines lead author. 

Here are the ACP 8 tips for patients to maintain healthy tooth restorations: 

1. Get a dental examination and cleaning at least every six months. 

2. Floss your teeth at least once a day. 

3. Follow your prosthodontist’s tailored at-home maintenance recommendations. 

4. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. 

5. Use a mouthwash recommended by your prosthodontist. 

6. Wear a night guard if recommended by your prosthodontist to protect your restorations. 

7. Don't smoke or chew tobacco. 

8. Avoid eating a high-sugar diet. 

Below is a veritable treasure trove of resources to help empower dental patients in restoring their teeth (or caring for ones previously restored) from prosthodontists: 

       • www.gotoapro.org – This patient-education web site is chock-full of resources for consumers to learn their options. Dental patients can learn options for replacing and restoring missing teeth, broken teeth, or revitalizing their smile. Consumers can find a local prosthodontist to visit as a primary dentist or as a “go-to” specialist for renewing and restoring teeth to bring back consumers’ healthy smiles. No referral is needed. 

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/ACProsthodontists – The American College of Prosthodontists’ YouTube channel has deep resources for everyone interested in keeping restored teeth healthy. 

      • http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1532-849X/homepage/npaw_2017.htm - Access selected peer-reviewed research from the ACP’s Journal of Prosthodontics and related videos through May 31, 2017. 

Prosthodontists are specialized dentists with advanced training in oral health issues, who are committed to improving patient outcomes. From dental implants, crowns, veneers and tooth whitening, to full-mouth reconstruction, Prosthodontists specialize in digital dentistry, cosmetic/esthetic 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 enrolled in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in Prosthodontics. 

 

 







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