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At ADA/FDI 2019: Owandy Radiology Debuts Upgraded I-Max 3D and Announces New Distribution Deal

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019

The Lightest, Smallest, Most Affordable 3-D Pan System Now Has Features that Support Dental Sleep Medicine and is Available Through Blue Sky Bio

Owandy Radiology Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of dental radiology hardware and imaging software will be showcasing upgrades to the I-Max 3D and announcing its new distribution agreement with Blue Sky Bio during the upcoming ADA/FDI World Dental Congress in booth #1267. The two main enhancements of the I-Max 3-D Panoramic System are the following features: 

Improved Face Scanning: 

--Improves diagnosis and treatment planning for cosmetic and restorative dentistry, orthodontics, implants, oral surgery, denture fabrication and more.

--Increases dentist’s confidence and clinical proficiency.

--Optimizes patient communications and boosts case acceptance.  

--Streamlines the import of .OBJ et .PLY files into Owandy’s advanced QuickVision 3D imaging software.

New Airway Analysis:

--Invaluable for accurate sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment planning thanks to expanded field of view of 12x10 cm (previously 9x9 cm).

--This new feature enables clinicians to better visualize and measure the patient’s airway before and after treatment.

--Colored visualization of the airway promotes patient communication and case acceptance of recommended sleep apnea treatment.

According to Owandy company spokesperson, Boris Loyez, “The latest enhancements to the I-Max 3-D not only improve diagnosis, treatment planning and patient acceptance for the most common and profitable dental procedures, they can help dentists who have entered the rapidly-growing field of dental sleep medicine/ and airway therapybecome more successful clinically and financially.”

What’s more, the latest version of  Owandy’s I-Max 3D  panoramic system is now available via Blue Sky Bio, LLC ( which specializes in the manufacture and distribution of top quality, compatible implants and accessories at a reasonable cost.  

ADA/FDI Show Special:

During the during the upcoming ADA/FDI World Dental Congress, Owandy will be offering a free 10x12 cm optional field of view module ( valued at $3,500 USD) for any IMAX 3D purchase  made during the during the ADA/FDI World Dental Congress.  Simply visit booth #1267 for a demonstration and further details.

About the I-Max 3D:

Since its original launch a year ago, the FDA cleared I-Max 3D wall-mounted panoramic digital radiography unit has quickly earned a reputation for providing the perfect balance of price and performance. Here’s why:

--The I-Max 3-D is only 145 lbs., is shipped fully assembled in one box and can be easily wall-mounted by one technician.

--Comes equipped with a cone beam flat panel which delivers high-definition image quality.

--Included Automatic Layers Integration System (ALI-S) ensures exceptional image quality and automatically selects the best images.

--Multiple FOV’s (Fields of View): 4 volume sizes to choose from (New) 12x10cm (new) ideal for dental sleep medicine, full-mouth implantology and condyle, 9x9cm for a full mouth and 9x5 cm for a full arch.

--24 Programs (including adult and child versions) enable a full range of examinations required by today’s dental practice.

--Includes an intuitive, user-friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI) with automatically-integrated imaging tools and image-enhancing filters.

--CAD/CAM Ready: Equipped with QuickVision 3-D software for comprehensive case planning and can share .STL files from a dental lab or a digital scanner.

--Implant surgical guides are included.

For more information about theI-Max 3-D wall-mounted panoramic digital radiography unit, visit, call 203-745-0575 or e-mail at

Distributor inquiries are always welcome.

About Owandy Radiology, Inc.

Headquartered in France, and serving North America from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Owandy Radiology is a global leader in the manufacture of dental radiology hardware and imaging software. Its products are distributed through dental dealers across the USA, and in 50 countries world-wide, on every continent. 

American Dental Hygienists’ Association Statement Regarding a Study Linking Maternal Fluoride Exposure during Pregnancy and the IQ Scores of Their Children

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association supports community water fluoridation as a safe and effective method for reducing the incidence of dental caries throughout the lifespan.1 Research conducted over the past seventy years has consistently shown that fluoridation of community water supplies is a safe and cost-effective means to reduce the prevalence of tooth decay. Therefore, ADHA is commenting on a recent publication in the August 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics titled, “Association between Maternal Fluoride Exposure during Pregnancy and IQ Scores in Offspring in Canada” by Green et al. Findings from this study indicate an association between the levels of fluoride exposure during pregnancy and lower IQs in their children when measured at 3 to 4 years of age. The investigators concluded a possible need to reduce fluoride intake during pregnancy.

In reviewing this study, it is important to consider the following limitations identified by the authors:

--The timing of the urine sampling may not have precisely represented fetal exposure throughout the pregnancy.

--Maternal IQ was not taken into consideration.

--The reported fluoride intake did not measure the actual concentration in the tap water in the participant’s home. Fluoride concentration was estimated based on the postal code; some locations could be receiving water from multiple treatment plants.

--The estimated fluoride intake only considered beverages; dietary sources and oral hygiene products such as toothpaste were not considered.

--Information on the consumption of tap water and other water-based beverages was obtained via a self-report, non-validated questionnaire that may be subject to recall bias.

--The method for estimating maternal fluoride intake has not been validated.

--Post-natal fluoride exposure or consumption was not assessed.

The ADHA has long supported the need for evidence-based research to inform clinical recommendations and strongly encourages additional research to determine the validity and reliability of the findings of this study. While it is important to continuously consider the impacts of fluoride exposure, its overwhelming benefits as a public health measure cannot be overlooked on the basis of a single study. Current evidence-based research demonstrates that water fluoridated at the recommended concentration of 0.7 mg/L is safe and has been shown to reduce tooth decay by 25% in both children and adults.

The ADHA remains committed to supporting the fluoridation of public water supplies to help reduce to risk of tooth decay and the overall burden of dental disease.  

1. American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Policy Manual [5-15/58-82]. American Dental Hygienists’ Association [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2019 August 28]. Available from:

About the American Dental Hygienists’ Association

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 185,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit ADHA at

UNC Adams School of Dentistry Signs Research Agreement With Komet USA

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019

Officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry and the parent company of Komet USA LLC of Rock Hill, South Carolina, are pleased to announce the signing of a master research agreement signifying a partnership aimed at advancing dental education and therapeutic practices.

As a result of the agreement, the UNC Adams School of Dentistry and Komet will explore advanced technologies in dental rotary, with the goal of creating products that allow dentists to provide more efficient clinical procedures, achieve higher quality results, and increase patient comfort, therefore improving their patients' overall experience during the dental visit. Komet brings its expertise in the creation of precision engineered dental rotary equipment – including dental burs, diamonds and endodontic instruments – to support the Adams School of Dentistry in its research efforts.

“This is an exciting partnership for our school and our research enterprise,” said Scott S. De Rossi, dean and professor of the Adams School of Dentistry. “We look forward to working closely with Komet to develop products that directly benefit the clinician and the patient.”

Todd Blanton, CEO of Komet USA LLC, said, “We’re honored to be associated with the Adams School of Dentistry and look forward to a long, successful collaboration with the university, the dental school, and their noted scientists, researchers, and educators, working toward a common goal: better dentistry for better patient care.”

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Claude A. Adams, Jr. and Grace Phillips Adams School of Dentistry is transforming dentistry for better health. Founded in 1950, the UNC Adams School of Dentistry was the first dental school in the state and is regarded as a leader in oral health care and education. More than half the dentists in North Carolina are UNC trained, and UNC Adams School of Dentistry alumni live or work in 96 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, all 50 U.S. states and 27 countries. The school sees more than 90,000 patients each year in its clinics and provides care ranging from general needs to complex cases. Consistently ranked among the top schools for NIH funding, the school strongly supports the University’s research mission. Together, the school’s faculty, staff and students passionately serve their community and field through service within North Carolina totaling more than $3 million of in-kind care annually. The ultimate goal of the UNC Adams School of Dentistry is to be the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery. Click here to learn more.

About Komet USA

Currently marking more than 95 years of unparalleled excellence in the dental industry, Komet is a recognized worldwide leader in the production of highly specialized dental burs, discs, diamonds, endodontic instruments, and accessories. Komet operates in the United States under the name Komet USA LLC. Komet sells direct to dental practitioners and dental laboratories, delivering orders quickly and efficiently from its state-of-the-art factory in Lemgo, Germany. The company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. For more information about Komet USA, call 888-566-3887 or visit

FDLT Triathlon Turned Duathlon – Still a Success!

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology’s (Foundation) sixth annual Race for the Future took place August 24-25, 2019, in conjunction with the Chicago Triathlon in Chicago, IL. While the weather was more than favorable this year, the crashing Lake Michigan waves had a mind of their own. The rough waters may have put a stop to the swim portion of the triathlon, but it certainly did not stop the passion amongst the 35 participants racing for the future of the dental laboratory technology profession.

Several members of the NADL Board of Directors, NBC Board of Trustees, and Foundation Board of Trustees were in attendance as both participants and spectators. Amongst many other participants was Inside Dental Technology’s Vice President, Valerie Berger, who completed the SuperSprint race with her family.

The Race for the Future 6.0 sponsors, participants, and their friends, family members, and colleagues undoubtedly see the importance of why this fundraiser was created, what it stands for, and the longevity of the event. They brought in over $70,000 this year to prove it! Since the first race in 2014, just under $500,000 has been raised from this fundraiser. That’s nearly half a million dollars that goes toward you, your profession, and your future. Whether through grant and scholarship funding, online educational offerings, or other workforce needs in the industry, all revenue raised goes toward you – and the Foundation could not possibly do what they do without you.

The Foundation is ecstatic to announce that the Race for the Future 7.0 will be taking place in conjunction with the 2020 Chicago Triathlon. Rest assured, you do not have to classify yourself as an athlete to participate. There are plenty of options for all levels of athleticism and regardless of what you choose, you are guaranteed to thrive off of the surrounding energy. It’s truly an amazing experience and something you want to be a part of. The Foundation encourages you to participate in some way, shape, or form next year!

For more information on the Foundation, visit For more photos of the Race for the Future 6.0, visit

Rhinogram + Dr. Zuckerberg Event During ADA 19

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2019

Dr. Austin Roberts and Dr. Edward Zuckerber ask you to join them Saturday, September 7th at 3:00 pm for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and networking at B Restaurant and Bar in San Francisco. Rhinogram superuser, Dr. Austin Roberts will kick off the event with a fascinating introduction titled "$1,000 in 15 Minutes." You won't want to miss Dr. Edward Zuckerberg's presentation "Social Media Marketing for Dentists" at 4:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

$1,000 in 15 Minutes: Dr. Austin Roberts at 3:45 pm

Dr. Austin Roberts understands that to stand out in this competitive field, convenience wins. His patients are thrilled they can send in photos of concern, ask any question and pay their bill -- without coming into the office. Learn how Rhinogram has helped grow his new business.

Social Media Marketing for Dentists: Dr. Edward Zuckerberg at 4:00 pm

Throughout his career as a dentist, Dr. Edward Zuckerberg was a pioneer in the integration of technology in the dental office. He now uses his vast experience to help other dental practices use social media and new technology to grow and promote their businesses.

RSVP to reserve your ticket! Hurry, space is limited! 

Register here.


Ultradent Products, Inc., Joins Crown Council to Raise More Than $1.8 Million for Children’s Charities

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ultradent Products, Inc., is proud to have partnered with Crown Council in their effort to raise money for children’s charities. Between March 1 and August 1, 2019, more than $1.8 million was raised through Smiles for Life, the charitable arm of the Crown Council. This was an aggressive goal and one that we are proud to be a part of!

Since 1998, the campaign has raised almost $44 million benefitting more than a thousand children’s charities in North America.

“I have personally participated in two humanitarian trips with Crown Council and have observed firsthand their members’ commitment and hard work in this effort,” said Karen Phillips, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ultradent.

Crown Council is an alliance of leading-edge dental teams passionately committed to promoting oral health, fighting oral cancer, and serving their communities through charitable work.

Dentists who participate in Smiles for Life donate their time to offer professional tooth whitening to patients at a discounted price. The patients then make their payments directly to Smiles for Life instead of the dental practice. 100% of their payment goes to children’s charities—half is earmarked for a charity of the dentist’s choice and half goes to Smiles for Life, who gives to charities such as Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, Feed the Children, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and many more.

Ultradent was happy to donate all of the whitening products used. Donated products included Opalescence™ Boost™ in-office power whitener which gives visible results in about one hour, Opalescence Go™ prefilledwhitening trays, and Opalescence™ PF tooth whitening which is used in custom-made trays.

Care has long been a core value at Ultradent and as part of living that value, we have been pleased to support Crown Council for the past five years.

Discover more about the story of Smiles for Life here.

To learn more about Smiles for Life, Crown Council, and Ultradent, please call 800.552.5512, or visit

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 healthcare 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

3M Reaches Milestone Contribution With Product Donations to America's ToothFairy

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

More than 500,000 children would lack access to dental care and preventive treatments if not for the nonprofit clinics that participate in the Dental Resource Program of America’s ToothFairy. As members of the program, clinics receive grant funding, educational materials, and valuable product donations that allow them to expand the number of children they can serve. 3M Oral Care recently provided a series of product and equipment donations worth $154,585.00, bringing their lifetime product donation total to the program to more than $2.25 million.

“Access to dental care is vital to the overall health, education and development of children,” said Sebastian Arana, President and General Manager of 3M Oral Care. “The work that we support through our long-standing partnership with America’s ToothFairy is essential for low-income families who rely on nonprofit clinics to access care and prevent decay.”

As the Title Sponsor of America’s ToothFairy’s National Varnish Initiative, 3M donated their Vanish™ Varnish and CavityShield™ Varnish to help prevent decay in at-risk children. In addition, the donation included hygiene products, dental equipment, crowns, adhesives and cements. The items were distributed to members of the Dental Resource Program, including FirstHealth Dental Care in Southern Pines, North Carolina. “We are so thankful to 3M Oral Care and America’s ToothFairy for their generous donation of dental supplies and equipment,” said Dena Hunt, Program Manager for FirstHealth. “These products will impact so many children and aid us in providing dental care for our patients!”

“3M is proud to support America’s ToothFairy,” commented Ann Bruck, RDH, 3M Global Scientific Affairs and Education Leader and America’s ToothFairy Board Chair. “Their resources and programs ensure nonprofit dental clinics are equipped to provide critical services for those most in need and make a difference in the lives of thousands of children each year.”

Product donations often make the difference between serving more children or having to turn them away. “The nonprofit clinics we serve rely on donations in order to make ends meet,” said Jill Malmgren, Executive Director of America’s ToothFairy. “That’s why product donations from generous sponsors like 3M are so essential to help the millions of families in our country who struggle to find affordable dental care. We are so grateful for 3M’s support over the years and for this milestone donation. We can count the number of children who have received dental care thanks to their support, but the impact on these kids’ lives is truly immeasurable.”

About 3M Oral Care

3M Oral Care promotes lifelong oral wellness through inventive solutions that help oral care professionals achieve greater clinical, professional and personal success around the world. Learn more at

About America’s ToothFairy

America's ToothFairy is a nation-wide nonprofit organization based in Charlotte, NC. As a resource provider, America’s ToothFairy increases access to oral health care by supporting nonprofit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention and treatment services for underserved children. Since its inception in 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $19 million in donated products, educational materials and financial grants to improve oral health outcomes for children and youth in need. For more information, visit

New Survey Reveals Americans Choose Dentists Based on Online Reviews, Proximity and Rank in the Search Results

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

survery reveals how users choose dentists on Google

new survey of 1,500 Americans between the ages of 18 and 65+ examines how people choose a dentist or dental clinic when doing a Google search for a dentist in their city. The study was commissioned by IronMonk, a renowned New York based digital marketing agency.

Survey Question & Findings

The survey asked 1,500 Americans the following question:

You are searching for a new dentist near you on Google, and you get several options to choose from, which will you most likely pick

--The one with the best online reviews

--The one closest to me

--The top ranked one in the search results

--The cheapest one

--The one with the best looking website

According to the findings of the survey, when asked which option they would choose from, 43.3% of all respondents indicated that they would select the dentist with the best online reviews. Interestingly, when demographic filters were applied to the survey results, 52.2% of females 55 to 64 stated that they would choose a dentist based on reviews.

Based upon the results of this survey, it appears to be essential for businesses (especially dentists and other medical practitioners) to maintain favorable impressions through positive online reviews. People need that piece of mind that they are placing their healthcare needs in the hands of reputable and adept healthcare professionals.

The next most popular response amongst Americans was the dentist, which was closest to them, at 19.4%. The percentage increased to 23.4% for respondents between 18 and 24, and additionally to 25.1% for females within that demographic.

Another popular option, at 18.4%, was the top ranked dentist in the search results. Yet, when demographic filters were applied specifically to older age brackets, it increased to 22.5% for those respondents 55 years old and older, and additionally, to 23.8% for those 65+. That makes this response is the second most popular amongst individuals 55 and over. Consequently, based upon the survey results, it would appear that effective SEO is vital for dentists to maintain visibility in Google searches and therefore, increase potential profitability.

The fourth most popular response in the survey, was the cheapest dentist at 14.4%. Interestingly, when demographic filters were applied to factor males between 18 and 24 years old, that percentage skyrocketed to 28.9%. This makes sense given that it's a student demographic with the less purchasing power.

"These results prove the importance of ORM, SEO and Web Design for dentists. Proximity to the searcher is not something you can control, and price is not as important once you have all those three aspects covered. If you have good reviews, are ranked high on Google for your keywords, and have a well-designed website, you'll scoop up a large portion of the market!" says Amine Rahal, CEO of IronMonk Solutions.

The final option at 4.5% of respondents, was the dentist with the best looking website. Yet compellingly, that percentage increased when demographic filters were applied to the younger age bracket between 18 to 34 years old, to 6.7%. Additionally, it increased further to 10.3% when factoring males between 25 to 34 years old. Based upon these results, good web design is key to conveying legitimacy, especially amongst younger age brackets.

Learn more about the study and see a complete breakdown at:

Dental Implant Conference to Highlight Latest in Reconstruction Advances

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Dental implants offer patients a long-term solution to missing teeth, and new advances in implant materials and procedures are discovered every year. Highlighting these innovations, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) will host the Dental Implant Conference from Dec. 5-7 at Sheraton Grand Chicago in Chicago, Ill.

The premier dental implant educational event in the United States, the annual conference presents the latest research in the field. More than 1,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, their staff and restorative dentists will attend sessions on topics such as prosthetic designs, patient expectations and robotic surgery.

Features of the preconference and general sessions include:

  • --Two full days of expert-led presentations during general sessions focusing on reconstruction of hard- and soft-tissue defects in the anterior maxilla, material and restorative methods for reconstruction, case discussions as well as experience in the trenches. Topics will include cementless restorations, peri-implant disease and bioengineering.

  • --The preconference program will feature three hands-on sessions covering soft- and hard-tissue grafting and digital scanner use and sessions on augmenting the narrow ridge, preventing bone-grafting complications and managing soft- and hard-tissue defects.

In addition, more than 100 companies will show off the latest products and services for dental implant practices in the Exhibit Hall at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

"The entire dental implant team will discover the latest in research and developments from a renowned faculty of experts at the Dental Implant Conference," said AAOMS President A. Thomas Indresano, DMD, FACS. "The conference has showcased dental implant innovations for more than 25 years, and we are excited to learn what advances are in store for attendees this year."

Registration is open to AAOMS members, OMS residents, referring dentists and the media. Visit for additional information.

SOURCE American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Henry Schein Launches "Get Involved" Campaign

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

For almost 90 years, Henry Schein has partnered with the dental profession to expand access to care to underserved communities and to advocate for oral health. Through their new "Get Involved" campaign, they are calling on the oral healthcare profession to join in a partnership to continue their collective efforts to advance global health. Professionals can participate through a variety of programs, including the Global Product Donation Program, the Global Student Outreach Program, the Health Kit Outreach Program, Healthy Lifestyles Healthy Communities, the Henry Schein Cares Medal, and Dentrix Software Donation. Visit for more information or to get involved.

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