CareCredit Announces Strategic Technology, Marketing and Credit Partnership with Dental Communications Platform Provider Lighthouse 360

Posted on May 22, 2019

CareCredit, a leading provider of health, wellness and personal care credit products and Lighthouse 360, a Henry Schein One brand patient communication software platform for dental practices, today announced a preferred partnership to allow patients to finance their oral health needs through the platform. The deal includes Lighthouse 360 incorporating CareCredit financing education, data and credit products into its automated email communications.

When patients have an out-of-pocket investment for their dental care needs, cost can be a concern and barrier to treatment. To help overcome this challenge, Lighthouse 360 has updated its patient communications to include information about CareCredit financing – most notably adding this messaging to automated Treatment Plan Reminder emails. The combination of consistent reminders about dental care with proactive informatio

“When patients leave the practice without committing to dentistry, they may have unspoken cost concerns,” said Doug Hammond, senior vice president and general manager at CareCredit. “Patients may have other financial commitments which they feel they have to prioritize over treatment. Our partnership with Lighthouse 360 and inclusion in patient communications makes it easy for doctors to let patients know the benefits of CareCredit and encourage them to move forward with needed care.”

“This partnership with CareCredit will provide easier access to payment options for patient’s dental care,” said Micah Dickerson, vice president of product at Lighthouse 360. “The combined forces of CareCredit and Lighthouse 360 will help more patients stay healthier and help practices to present and complete more treatment.”

About Lighthouse 360

Lighthouse 360 – a Web.com brand since 2016 – automates dentists’ daily consumer interactions and office routines such as appointment reminders, leading to improved operational efficiency and business results. The award-winning software has helped customers increase production by an average of 30 percent, and its features designed to boost practice efficiency, on average, save dental practices 16 hours per week and eliminate seven hours of weekly phone time for the front desk. For more information about Lighthouse 360, visit www.lh360.com or call 855-888-6474

About Henry Schein One

Henry Schein One, founded in 2018, is the world's largest dental practice management software company. Headquartered in American Fork, Utah, the company includes Henry Schein's market-leading solutions of Dentrix, Dentrix Ascend, Dentrix Enterprise, Easy Dental, and TechCentral, as well as international companies, including Software of Excellence, Logiciel Julie, InfoMed, Exan, and LabNet, among others. Also included in Henry Schein One are the dental businesses of Internet Brands, including web-based solutions such as Demandforce, Sesame Communications, Officite, DentalPlans.com and more. The new company integrated more than 40 software brands and employs approximately 1,500 people. For more information, visit www.henryscheinone.com.

About CareCredit

CareCredit, a Synchrony solution, is a leading provider of promotional financing to consumers for health, veterinary and personal care procedures, services and products. For more than 30 years, CareCredit has helped millions of people by offering special financing options with convenient monthly payments. CareCredit is accepted at more than 220,000 locations for a wide variety of health and wellness procedures, treatments, products and services. More information can be found at www.carecredit.com/hfma.

About Synchrony

Synchrony (NYSE: SYF) is a premier consumer financial services company delivering customized financing programs across key industries including retail, health, auto, travel and home, along with award-winning consumer banking products. With more than $140 billion in sales financed and 80.3 million active accounts, Synchrony brings deep industry expertise, actionable data insights, innovative solutions and differentiated digital experiences to improve the success of every business we serve and the quality of each life we touch. More information can be found at www.synchrony.com and through Twitter: @Synchrony

 

Henry Schein Chairman & CEO Stanley Bergman Shares Life Lessons with Meharry Graduating Class

Posted on May 21, 2019

Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), shared lessons learned from his childhood in South Africa to his position today as a global health care industry leader with the 2019 Meharry Medical College graduating class at the College’s 144th Commencement Exercises. The event was held on May 18 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sharing stories from his life as illustrations, Mr. Bergman imparted 10 lessons with the Meharry medical and dental graduates. Thinking big, showing up, remembering that it is all about people, recognizing the importance of family and friends, and learning from failure were among Mr. Bergman’s earliest learnings from his years growing up in the South End neighborhood of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

“The process of overcoming our individual challenges is what made us what we are today,” said Mr. Bergman to the graduates. “Each of us was at one time a clay pot that has been made stronger, more useful, and more beautiful by undergoing the heat of the kiln.”

Also addressing leadership, Mr. Bergman stressed the importance of developing the skills of persuasion, engaging everyone in a shared mission, and finding caring mentors and being a mentor to others. Noting that “doing well by doing good” really works, he underscored the multi-faceted value of giving back to society and encouraged the class to focus on increasing access to health care, promoting collaborative care between all medical and dental disciplines, providing compassionate care to patients, and providing cultural competency in an increasingly diverse society. Last but not least, Mr. Bergman encouraged the graduating class to enjoy the journey of life, make time for family and friends, and to have fun along the way.

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center dedicated solely to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church related institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s ranking of institutions annually lists Meharry as a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Visit www.mmc.edu to learn more.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. 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.

Incisal Edge to honor ‘40 Under 40,’ America’s Best Young Dentists, at Manhattan celebration June 6, 7

Posted on May 21, 2019

Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will honor 80 of America’s rising stars at a two-day event, June 6 and 7, in the NoMad district of Manhattan. An expansion of the magazine’s signature awards will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists. Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. The Incisal Edge “40 Under 40,” released today, will be featured in the fall print and digital editions of the magazine. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com

Honorees in the General Dentist category include:

Dr. Heidi B. Aaronson, Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Michelle Augello, Buffalo, New York, Dr. Meredith Bailey, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Andrew F. Bartish, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Blair, West Allis, Wisconsin, Dr. Jaime S. Bremnes, Garden City and New York, New York, Dr. Corey Brick, New York, New York, Dr. Elizabeth Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Tyler J. Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Stanford Chen, Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Riley D. Clark, Medford, Oregon, Dr. Christen Dinkha, Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Emily Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Dustin R. C. Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Ryan Dulde, Eagle, Wisconsin, Dr. Kajuana Farrey, Riverdale and Moultrie, Georgia, Dr. Brianna Ganson, Leawood, Kansas, Dr. Randi Green, Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Dan Iannotti, Valencia, California, Dr. Joyce Kahng, Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sako Karakozian, Studio City, California, Dr. Bill Keith, Mission, Kansas, Dr. Brittany Kinol, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Arend Klooster, Holly Springs and Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Rebecca Koenigsberg, New York, New York, Dr. Taline Kotchounian, Studio City, California, Dr. Kiwon Lee, Montvale, New Jersey, Dr. Katie McCann Lee, Aurora, Colorado, Dr. Jeff Moon, Haymarket, Virginia, Dr. Brett Moore, Plymouth, Minnesota, Dr. Nicole R. Naylor, Denver, North Carolina, Dr. JC Owens, Coal Township, Pennsylvania, Dr. Seena Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Onika Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Shalin Patel, Dallas, Texas, Dr. Rebecca Pounds, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Tricia Quartey-Sagaille, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Caleb Robinson, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Dr. Jason Watts, Lithia, Florida, Dr. Richard J. Weber, Tabernacle, New Jersey.

Honorees in the Dental Specialist category include:

Dr. Huda Aljonaidy, Ormond Beach, Florida, Dr. Daniel Cassarella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Quinn Chan, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Monica Chandran, Olney, Maryland, Dr. Rita Chuang, Torrance, California, Dr. Charlie Clark, Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Tori-Thuy Conrad, Chanhassen, Minnesota, Dr. Mark M. Dawoud, Palm Harbor, Florida, Dr. Hemant Dhawan, Cumming and Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Nasem Dunlop, Foothill Ranch, California, Dr. Troy Eans, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Roselyne Gichana, Falls Church, Virginia, Dr. Susan Hernandez, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Clarksville, Tennessee, Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, Swansea, Massachusetts, Dr. Tommy Lee, Montvale, New Jersey and New York, New York, Dr. Setareh Aghabak Lavasani, Pomona, California, Dr. Danielle Lombardi, New York, New York, Dr. Shawn Marsh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Ryan Mendro, Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Justin Messina, Englewood, New Jersey, Dr. Alexis K. Moore, Valencia, California, Dr. Bar Nguyen, Spring and Katy, Texas, Dr. Lizzie O’Dell, Hurricane, West Virginia, Dr. BiNa Oh, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Valerie Okehie, Greenbelt, Maryland, Dr. Liliana Ortiz, New York, New York, Dr. Hubert J. Park, Lynn, Massachusetts, Dr. Mary Regina Pham, Placentia, Garden Grove, and Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sean Pierce, Newport Beach and Tustin, California, Dr. Joel M. Preminger, Cedarhurst, New York, Dr. Kadambari Rawal, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Samantha Rawdin, New York, New York, Dr. Tunhina Sen Roy, Little Falls, New Jersey, Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, Austin, Texas, Dr. Andrea Smith, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Dr. Sarah Stipho, Framingham, Massachusetts, Dr. Walter D. Thames, Garden Ridge, Texas, Dr. Alexander Volchonok, New York, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Stephanie Zeller, Seattle, Washington.

"The sheer volume of nominations has grown to a point where we could no longer narrow our honorees to just 40," said Chuck Cohen, founder of Incisal Edge. "As doctors strive for greater excellence in every aspect of practice—from cutting-edge clinical expertise to innovative entrepreneurship to remarkable patient environments—it became necessary to provide more opportunities to recognize their important achievements. That's a great problem for dentistry to have."

The itinerary for 2019 honorees includes an exclusive high fashion photo shoot at The James Hotel – Nomad, New York City and a celebration of all that they have achieved thus far in their professional careers. The top young dentists in the nation will take a well-deserved break from the rigors of medicine and receive the red-carpet treatment by magazine staff, and a team of stylists assembled by Forbes, including renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis. The photography portfolio they create will serve as the centerpiece of the magazine’s fall print and digital editions. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime — and nothing better exemplifies this than the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 edition, a series of informative profiles of the finest young practitioners in the profession. Renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy or a commitment to outstanding patient care, these 80 honorees— nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel — represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow.

To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

About Incisal Edge

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on the cover of every issue, guide editorial content for the national’s premier dental lifestyle magazine -- Incisal Edge. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content ranges from “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” and news about the latest techniques, tools, and dental practice designs, to the best in travel, automobiles, and timepieces. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Digitally, incisaledgemagazine.com, leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards: the aforementioned 40 Under 40, the Lucy Hobbs Project Awards for Exemplary Women in Dentistry and the Incisal Edge Design Competition for interior design, architecture and space planning within the dental profession.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry announced today the rebranding of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children

Posted on May 21, 2019

"We are excited to launch this simplified name and new look that speaks to the passion and commitment our organization has for helping kids get access to consistent, compassionate pediatric dental care in their communities," AAPD Foundation President, Nick Rogers, DDS said. "This rebrand is a pivotal step toward reaching our goal of providing dental homes to 1 million children by June 2022."

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the U.S., despite being 100% preventable. For the economically disadvantaged, tooth decay can have a domino effect, causing pain, malnutrition, behavior problems, poor school performance and school absences. If left untreated, tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems such as eating, speaking, playing and learning.

The AAPD Foundation has given more than $4.9 million in new grants and commitments throughout the last eight years with over $1.3 million in 2018. Since its inception in 2010, the Foundation's Access to Care initiatives have provided dental care for over 354,000 underprivileged children.

"We look forward to continuing to ensure every child has a dental home through the funding and cultivation of community-based initiatives for pediatric dentists to help solve the oral health problems of children," Rogers said. "Our name has changed, but our mission has not."

About The AAPD Foundation

The AAPD Foundation, formerly Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC), strives to ensure every child has a dental home, a place where they can receive consistent, compassionate dental care. The Foundation has given more than $4.9 million in grants and commitments throughout the last eight years with Access to Care initiatives helping provide dental care for more than 354,000 children whose families cannot afford dental care. To donate, volunteer or learn more about the AAPD Foundation, visit http://www.aapdfoundation.org.

Kulzer and DENTCA Partner to Launch World’s First Web-Based Denture Design Software

Posted on May 20, 2019

Kulzer, a global leader in dental materials, announced today that it has officially launched a web-based denture design platform that will allow dental labs and clinicians to design a denture online using digital Mondial and Mondial i teeth, download the design files and print the denture. The result will be significant time savings and accuracy enhancements that will benefit dental practices, labs and patients alike.

Kulzer’s new design platform, Pala Design Studio, allows lab technicians todesign a denture case in under 20 minutes, which is a small fraction of the time it would take with conventional dentures. The technology also allows practices to require only two visits from their patients, compared to up to five visits with conventionaldentures.Pala Design Studio generates digital denture designs as STL files, which arethe standard format for additive manufacturing technology.

The digitally designed and printed dentures created with Pala Design Studio are significantly more accurate than those produced conventionally. Moreover, Kulzer’s cara Print 4.0 3D printer yields smoother, more homogeneous surfaces than other 3D printers. The cara Print 4.0’s exceptional precision in the z-axis and the finely tuned parameters for each material mean that dental professionals can position appliances in almost any direction and always achieve the perfect fit.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with our sister company to bring DENTCA’soutstanding digital design platform to our valued customers,” said Lesley Melvin, Kulzer’sDirector of Marketing and Product Management. “Our commitment to helping practices, labs and patients benefit from the exceptional efficiency and accuracy of digital dentures is unmatched in our industry, and this partnership is just the latest example ofthat commitment.

”Pala Design Studio advantages over other denture design platforms:•Faster Web-based design process with pay-per-download fee structure•Simpler design process and available as a diagnostic tool

•Multiple cases can be designed at the sametime

•No software to install•Portability -designs are stored in the cloud and accessible from anywhere

•No extra moduleneeded to use impressions

•No dongle necessary

•Design supervisors can have access to all designs for a lab from anywhere

•Ease-of-use -teeth placement is more intuitive, less manipulation is required after the automatic placement, and adjustments are more user-friendly and natural looking

Kulzer’s denture design platform, powered by DENTCA, is the most recent addition to Kulzer’s completedigital workflow for denture production, which includes

:•cara Scan 4.0, a compact and precise model and impression scanner with an excellent price-performance ratio

•cara Print 4.0, the first 3D printer for dental practices that meets all of their speed and accuracy requirements for polymer-based dental appliances

•cara Print Clean, an automated cleaning system that utilizes an agitated contained volume of isopropyl alcohol to clean excess, uncured, 3D printing liquid material from 3D printed parts (coming soon)

•HiLite Power 3D, a high-performance light polymerization curing unit that can be used with all light-curing dental materials

•dima Print Denture Base Materials (4-shades), light-curable resins indicated for fabrication and repair of full and partial removable dentures and baseplates

•dima Print Denture Teeth Materials (6-shades), light-curable resins for fabricating, by additive manufacturing, preformed denture teeth to be used in a denture

While Pala Design Studio will initially be used for 3D printed dentures design, over time it will also be used for milling dentures, all-on-4 design and splint and night-guard design. It also has the potential to be used in orthodontics.

For more information about Kulzer and its award-winning products and services,pleasevisit www.kulzerUS.com. To set up an account in Pala Design Studio and begin designing dentures, please visit www.paladesignstudio.com.

Kulzer North America

Kulzer North America is a South Bend, Indiana-based division of Kulzer GmbH. As one of the world’s leading dental companies, Kulzer has been a reliablepartner for all dentalprofessionals for more than 80 years. Whether aesthetic or digital dentistry, tooth preservation, prosthetics or periodontology, Kulzer stands for trusted and innovative dental products. With optimal solutions and services, Kulzer aims to support its customers in restoring their patients’ oral health in a safe, simple and efficient way. For this purpose, 1500 employees work in 26 locations in the fields of research, manufacturing and marketing.

Kulzer is part of the Mitsui ChemicalsGroup. The Japanese Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI),based in Tokyo,owns 131 affiliates with more than 17,200 employees in 27 countries. Itsinnovative and functional chemical products are as much in demand in the automotive,electronics and packaging industries as in environmental protection and healthcare.Up to July 2017, Kulzer operated under the name of Heraeus Kulzer. By changing thename, Kulzer will focus on its strengths that have made it successful: loyal partnershipswith users, distributorsand universities, and, above all, highest quality materials,innovations and a spectrum of services that is unique in the market.

DENTCA

Southern California-based DENTCA was incorporated in 2009 when a group of dental professionals andIT and material specialistsgathered to develop an alternative to the conventional error-prone, hand-fabricated dentureprocedures that required up to five patient visits, particularly in the case partly or completelyedentulous patients. After extensive research and numerous studies, these professionals and specialistspioneered the world’s first computer-aided design (CAD) software and the first FDA-cleared 3D printable materialscapable of making modern denture procedures highly accurate, efficientand predictable. After testing this new method over the course of two years, they obtainedthe first license in the world to use a computerized 3-D structuring method to produce dentures.

The healing power of a smile: A link between oral care and substance abuse recovery

Posted on May 20, 2019

Your smile, and associated oral health, may be a factor for successfully passing through the revolving doors of life. It is your first impression to a stranger, the closing argument to land a job and a major factor to achieving a good quality of life. For those who struggle with substance use disorder, oral health often falls off the precipice of self-care thereby seriously damaging interpersonal skills, while causing poor nutrition, increased oral and general infections and debilitating oral pain.

A team of researchers at the University of Utah School of Dentistry explored the effect of comprehensive oral care for a more holistic approach to substance use disorder treatment. Their work shows for the first time that participants who had their major oral health problems addressed by a dental professional stayed in treatment approximately two times longer and had a more than 80 percent increase in completing their substance abuse treatment program. The results of the study are available online May 20 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

"There is a powerful synergism between oral health care and substance use disorder," said Glen Hanson, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and School of Dentistry at U of U Health and first author on the paper. "Those who received comprehensive dental care had a better quality of life as measured by substantial improvements in employment and drug abstinence as well as a dramatic decrease in homelessness."

While the study did not examine specific reasons for the different positive responses observed for the FLOSS participants compared to the controls, a statistical analysis supports the idea that the improvements in substance abuse treatment outcomes were associated with the comprehensive dental care and not to other variables such as gender, type of drug abused, treatment facility, or age.

Hanson and his team joined collaborators at two Salt Lake City substance use clinics, Odyssey House and First Step House, to develop the FLOSS (Facilitating a Lifetime of Oral Health Sustainability for Substance Use Disorder Patients and Families) program. While the project was designed to provide the next generation of dentists with the skill set to care for underserved populations, Hanson discovered the participants got much more than just an improved smile from the experience.

Between 2015 and 2017, the substance use treatment centers recruited patients for the study. First Step House allowed patients to self-select for dental care (158 males in dental and 862 males in control), while Odyssey House identified participants with major oral health problems and then randomly assigned those to treatment or control (70 males and 58 females in dental and 97 males and 45 females in control). Patients in the FLOSS program received care at the U of U Health School of Dentistry for treatments ranging from extractions to root canals, to restorations to dentures.

Hanson and his team conducted a retrospective study of the data to explore the role of FLOSS in helping patients completing their substance use programs.

After comprehensive dental care, the FLOSS participants, either self-selected or randomly selected, were more likely to continue and complete their substance use treatment program. Hanson and his colleagues believe that providing complete oral care as part of treating the whole patient, is critical to resurrecting self-esteem and restoring important body functions as an essential first step on the long path to recovery from drug abuse.

"The experience is life changing not only for the patients but also dental providers such as dental students who now know how their work can dramatically alter their patients' lives," Hanson said. "I think if we do the same thing for patients experiencing other chronic health problems, like diabetes, we could see similar positive results for treatment outcomes."

Hanson was joined in this study by Llely Duarte, Lilliam Pinzon, Bryan Trump, Sri Koduri, Carter Bruett, Ken Smith and Huong Weeks at U of U Health; Shawn McMillen at First Step House; and Kali Mower at Odyssey House. The work received support from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

DryShield Announced Single Use Mouthpieces

Posted on May 20, 2019

DryShield®, the all-in-one isolation system for dentistry, is launching a new line of single-use mouthpieces at CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry , as it celebrates its 5-year anniversary at the show. The company, which first made its stamp in the dental industry with the first fully autoclavable modern isolation system, is proud to expand its offerings to serve dentists who prefer the convenience of single-use mouthpieces.

As DryShield CEO Thien Nguyen put it, “We are excited to be the first isolation system with a full slate of autoclavable and single-use mouthpiece options. We think that, for our customer base, this is a real game-changer. We heard the voice of our customer community and responded with this new single-use line of products. It’s a reflection of our dedication to our customers, who help us drive innovation and value every day.”

Founder Dr. Lan Nguyen added, “Our vision has always been for all dentists – my colleagues and friends–to enjoy the benefits of modern isolation, no matter what kind of practice they are in. Introducing the single-use mouthpieces now offers dentists a range of options to find the best fit for their needs and those of their patients.”

Although the DryShield autoclavable mouthpieces continue to be the most economical option for many offices, for certain practices a single-use mouthpiece option may be preferred. In particular, the single-use mouthpieces target the needs of certain hospitals, government organizations, and practices that want the added convenience. The new single-use mouthpieces are available in Pedo, Small, Medium, and Large sizes to fit all patients. The mouthpieces come in a box of 20, with each mouthpiece individually packaged.

Designed by a dentist for dentists, the DryShield mouthpiece is engineered in two options - autoclavable and now single-use - to meet dentists’ needs for maximum affordability or convenience. All DryShield dentists will continue to see chair time reduced by an average of 20-30% per procedure, allowing more procedures per appointment, more patients scheduled per day, and more consistent on-time schedules.

Headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, DryShield LLC is an ISO 13485-certified dental technology company committed to creating new products dentists see value from every day. Since its launch in 2014, the DryShield Isolation System has won multiple Dental Advisor awards for Top Isolation & Evacuation Device, the Dental Product Shopper Best Product award, and recognition in the Gordon J. Christensen Clinicians Report and Dental Economics “Pearls for Your Practice,” among others. DryShield has operations or affiliates in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. For more information, please visit dryshield.com .

© 2019 DryShield, LLC. All rights reserved. DryShield and the DryShield logo are trademarks of DryShield, LLC. Patented and patent pending in the US and worldwide. DryShield.com/patents

Annual AACD Session Attendees Caught the Wave of Cosmetic Dentistry Education

Posted on May 20, 2019

The 35th Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Scientific Session concluded its educational program on April 27th at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. More than 1,500 people attended the four days of educational programming which included 58 speakers, 70 courses, two entertaining and motivating general sessions, and some memorable social events.

AACD 2019’s cosmetic dentistry education program featured an expertly curated selection of topics and speakers which were purposefully selected to keep attendees ahead of the curve and maximize their CE dollars. Attendees were swept away by the educational program consisting of headlining educators, Stephen Chu, DMD, CDT and Pascal Mangne, DMD, PhD, along with a wide variety of hands-on workshops and lectures.

This year was an especially exciting year as the AACD added some refreshing changes and new features. “We wanted to make changes that improved the overall conference experience while still maintaining the exceptional level of education attendees expect from the AACD” Nathaniel Hill, DDS, and Chair of the AACD Professional Education Committee explained.

Exciting changes included:

• An Accreditation Super Session to prepare or keep attendees on track for their Accreditation journey. In these Super Sessions the AACD’s top Accredited and Accredited Fellow Members delivered 50-minute lectures covering each of the five Accreditation case types they would need to submit and pass to become an AACD Accredited member.

• AACD member presenters recorded additional courses onsite with our Director of Professional Education, Shane Walsh, at AACD 2019. Those courses will gradually become accessible on the AACD Virtual Campus over the next several months.

Plus, these exciting additions to the AACD 2019 Exhibit Hall:

• The Splash Zone featured digital technology to enhance attendees’ practices. Representatives from iTero, Shofu, Ivoclar Vivadent, Digital Smile Design, Carestream, CAD-Ray Medit, Formlabs, 3Shape, and Esthetic Professionals had attendees try out their oral scanners and other technology.

• Contour Cove featured polishing systems from 3M Oral Care, Cosmedent, Ivoclar Vivadent, DiaShine, Shofu, Clinician’s Choice and Brasseler USA. Attendees were able to test each company’s points and discs to determine which finishing and polishing products they take a shining to.

• Free professional headshots were taken throughout the week in the Exhibit Hall. Attendees had the opportunity to get their professional headshots updated by the very talented Rich Soublet of Rich Soublet Photography.

• AACD Fashion Shows took place in the Exhibit Hall, Thursday April 25th and Friday, April 26th. The Fashion Shows featured the hottest uniform fashions from Noel Asmar and Jaanuu modeled down the runway by cosmetic dentistry’s movers and shakers.

In addition to rich educational opportunities, the scientific session was a chance for the Academy to recognize and honor its members who demonstrated their dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care by becoming an Accredited Member or Accredited Fellow. This year, the AACD acknowledged eight newly Accredited Members and four newly Accredited Fellows. Other exemplary members of the Academy and of the profession were recognized and honored with Celebration of Excellence Awards, known as the Evy.

Attendees of the conference also enjoyed opportunities to unwind and catch up with friends and colleagues. The social events began Wednesday night with the Welcome Reception at the USS Midway Museum. On Thursday night, attendees took in the amazing views of the San Diego coastline from The Skybox as they raised funds for the AACD Charitable Foundation’s Give Back a Smile program. Concluding the scientific session was a Navel themed Celebration of Excellence closing reception featuring fine dining and delightful dance numbers. The wow-factors of this year’s social events have attendees looking ahead to AACD 2020 in Orlando.

AACD 2019 delivered an exceptional continuing education experience for dental professionals who are passionate about pursuing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry, but there’s plenty more where that came from. The 36th Annual AACD Scientific Session will take place Wednesday, April 22 – Saturday, April 25, 2019 at AAA four diamond hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. Join us as we share the vision and shape the future of cosmetic dentistry education at AACD 2020!

Registration for AACD 2020 in Orlando is already open and if you register now, you’ll receive Prime Status which includes early course selection! Visit www.aacd.com/orlando for more information.

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. 

Henry Schein Announced Thrive by Henry Schein, a Membership Value Club

Posted on May 17, 2019

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) announced the availability of Thrive by Henry Schein, a membership value club for dental professionals that combines, for the first time ever, the Company’s expansive portfolio of business, clinical, technology, supply chain solutions, and an enhanced service experience at exclusive membership pricing. In addition to new solutions, Thrive by Henry Schein offers members additional benefits such as premium product discounts, educational opportunities, and more tools in a single solutions package designed to improve workflow efficiencies so they can focus on delivering quality patient care.

A Thrive by Henry Schein membership provides dental practitioners a seamless experience with premium service through a designated concierge team, member-only service discount and dispatch number, and access to their account via the Thrive by Henry Schein mobile app. Members also receive the added benefit of a Henry Schein Practice Analysis, a process that uses data provided by a given customer to uncover opportunities to enhance their practice. In addition, members using applicable practice management software will receive Practice Management Key Performance Indicator Snapshots, which provide daily snapshots of key performance metrics that they can view in the Thrive by Henry Schein app.

“Thrive by Henry Schein is designed as a comprehensive solution for our customers, who place their trust in Henry Schein to help their practices succeed in an ever-changing market,” said AJ Caffentzis, President, North American Dental Group, Henry Schein, Inc. “This membership value club exemplifies our commitment to providing customers with the products, knowledge, and tools that they can rely on to optimize their practice workflow and profitability.”

Thrive by Henry Schein also offers its members added benefits such as a complimentary professional practice transitions exploratory meeting, quarterly business reviews, access to exclusive special offers across the complete Henry Schein portfolio, and discounts on the Dental Business Institute, a year-long educational program that guides practitioners through the process of applying different business models to their practice vision.

“I joined Thrive by Henry Schein mainly for the analytics package and the Dental Business Institute discount,” said Dr. Craig Mundy, DDS, Fresno, CA. “I have found more value in being a member than I originally expected, and knowing that I have exclusive access to service and special offers is awesome. But the best benefit is having a dedicated Field Sales Consultant strategically working with me to achieve my practice goals – priceless.”

To enroll in the Thrive by Henry Schein membership value club, or for more information, please visit https://dentistswhothrive.com/.

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 18,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company's network of trusted advisors provides over 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. 

BIOLASE Announces Advancing Dentistry Symposium

Posted on May 16, 2019

IRVINE, Calif., May 16, 2019 – BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers, is proud to announce that it will host the Advancing Dentistry Symposium in San Diego, California on October 18-19, 2019. The conference will offer education around cutting-edge technologies, techniques and innovations that are currently advancing dentistry today.

Dr. Gordon J. Christensen, founder of Practical Clinical Courses, will serve as the keynote speaker. His presentation, What Clinical Techniques & Technologies Do You Really Need and Why, will address burning questions among dental professionals, including what tools are required and which ones are elective, how to determine return on investment, and most importantly, what tools will improve patient care and service offerings.

“Collaboration among dental professionals is of the utmost importance to deliver the best experience for both practicing dentists and their patients,” said BIOLASE CEO Todd Norbe. “This symposium presents the opportunity for those in the industry to come together to advance their knowledge by exploring the latest technologies available in their field and see how their practice, patients and staff can benefit.”

BIOLASE’s partners for this event include leading dental companies such as Align Technology, Glidewell Laboratories, Seiler Medical Division and Hu-Friedy. Additional program topics include tongue-tie diagnosis and treatment within five minutes, predictable periodontal and implantitis therapy, non-traumatic crown and veneer removal in less than five minutes, and more.

The symposium will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina at 333 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Registration is now open, but seating will be limited. Visit biolase.com/ads2019 to sign up today.

About BIOLASE, Inc.

BIOLASE, Inc. is a medical device company that is a global market leader in the manufacturing and marketing of proprietary dental laser systems that enable dentists and dental specialists to perform a broad range of minimally invasive dental procedures, including cosmetic, restorative, and surgical applications. BIOLASE's laser systems are designed to provide clinically superior, patient-friendly results for many types of common dental procedures compared to those achieved with traditional instruments. BIOLASE has sold over 39,000 laser systems to date in over 90 countries around the world.

For updates and information on Waterlase iPlus®, Waterlase Express™, and laser dentistry, find BIOLASE online at www.biolase.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/biolase, Twitter at www.twitter.com/biolaseinc, LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/biolase, Instagram at www.instagram.com/waterlase_laserdentistry, and YouTube at www.youtube.com/biolasevideos

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