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A New App That Brings Septodont Products to Life

Posted on January 31, 2020

Septodont unveils a new mobile app dedicated to dental practitioners. Septodont Companion App will be available on both Apple and Google Play Stores after February 10 and aims to offer an upgraded experience of Septodont products & services through packaging recognition and augmented reality.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

After downloading the app, the user is invited to scan a Septodont product box using the camera on their mobile device. The app recognizes the product by the packaging! Then your experience starts: related information is pushed in augmented reality on the screen. You can find how-to-use videos, clinical cases, testimonials from peers, and more! Any specific product or clinical question? Just tap the email icon and you can contact the Septodont team!


INNOVATION FOR DENTAL PRACTICIONERS

“As the leader in the field of Pain Management and Biomaterials, Septodont is proud to launch a very innovative digital tool to support dental practitioners” says Jérôme Haas, Director of Corporate Marketing (France). “Because we understand the need for information can come anytime during the day, the Septodont Companion App brings you the best support anytime, anywhere.”

ABOUT SEPTODONT

Septodont is the world leader in quality dental anesthetics, with more than 85 years dedicated to innovative product development and manufacturing exclusively for the dental professionals. Septodont also develops innovative restorative material products for the dental practice and patient. Headquartered in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (near Paris), the company has a longstanding presence in more than 150 countries and produces over 500 million dental cartridges each year.







Henry Schein Practice Services Announces 2020 Webinar Schedule

Posted on January 31, 2020

Training Offers Dental Professionals and Students Industry Insights and Best Practices as they Navigate their Careers

Henry Schein Practice Services (HSPS), a division of Henry Schein that offering a wide variety of business solutions to help enhance practice growth and efficiency, today announced its 2020 lineup of educational webinars designed to help dentists, specialists, and individuals studying dentistry to navigate significant steps in their careers. The complimentary webinars are hosted by two businesses within HSPS, Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions (Henry Schein PPT) and Henry Schein Nationwide Dental Opportunities (Henry Schein NDO).

Webinars hosted by Henry Schein PPT help educate attendees on buying or selling a dental practice, determining practice valuations, and transition planning. The webinars leverage the industry expertise of Dr. Tom Snyder, Senior Director of Transition Services at Henry Schein PPT. Dr. Snyder, a dentist and dental school professor, is also a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant. He has been advising dentists for more than 30 years in dental practice strategic planning, practice valuations, and dental partnership formation. The dates for Henry Schein PPT webinars are:

         • April 7 – Topic: Planning for an Associate

         • May 12 – Topic: An Update on Practice Valuations

         • September 15 – Topic: Forming an Effective Partnership

         • November 3 – Topic: Preparing for a Practice Sale

“Dental professionals and students have a lot on their plate every day, so preparing for the next step in their career and practice ownership can be overwhelming,” said Keith Drayer, Vice President and General Manager Financial Services and Vice President Practice Services, Henry Schein, Inc. “With the Henry Schein PPT and Henry Schein NDO webinars, dentists and future dentists can rely on us for guidance and assistance as they navigate through new stages of their career.”

Webinars hosted by Henry Schein NDO deliver insights into the dental associate recruitment and placement process, several of which are geared towards candidates with others towards hiring managers. All webinars are led by Cindy Bickers, Manager of Henry Schein NDO. Ms. Bickers has more than 15 years of experience in dental recruiting and was the owner of Nationwide Dental Opportunities prior to the Company being acquired by Henry Schein in 2012. The webinar dates for Henry Schein NDO are: 

        • February 18 – Topic: Navigating Your Employment Agreement

        • March 31 – Topic: Beginning a Successful Career as a Dentist

        • June 16 – Topic: Build a Great Relationship with Your New Associate

        • August 18 – Topic: Are You Ready to Hire an Associate?

        • September 23 – Topic: What to Know Before You Apply for the Associateship

        • October 22 – Topic: What to Consider Before You Accept an Associateship

For more information about Henry Schein PPT and Henry Schein NDO webinars, please visit HenryScheinPPT.com/webinars and DentalOpportunities.com/webinars.

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 approximately 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 healthcare 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® index, 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.







Your gums reveal your diet

Posted on January 31, 2020

Sweet soft drinks and lots of sugar increase the risk of both dental cavities and inflammation of the gums -- known as periodontal diseases

Sweet soft drinks and lots of sugar increase the risk of both dental cavities and inflammation of the gums - known as periodontal diseases - and if this is the case, then healthy eating habits should be prioritised even more. This is the conclusion of a research result from Aarhus University.

Most of us are aware that sweets and other sugary food and drink increase the risk of dental cavities. A new research result now suggests that a sugary diet can also promote periodontal diseases.

The results have been obtained in connection with a critical review of the literature over the past fifty years, and have just been published in the international scientific journal Journal of Oral Microbiology.

"Sugar hasn't traditionally been associated with the development of periodontal diseases. It's true that back in the 1970s two American researchers suggested that a diet which was high in carbohydrates could be a common risk factor for both dental diseases and inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, but this knowledge was largely forgotten again," says Professor, Dr. Odont. Bente Nyvad from the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health at Aarhus University, who has headed the research.

"Today, there is general agreement that the above-mentioned diseases are associated with a high sugar intake. However, a hypothesis that could link and explain the two major dental diseases, caries and periodontitis, has been lacking," she says.

In the new research project, the researchers have arrived at a common hypothesis for the development of the two major dental diseases. The hypothesis is based on the biochemical processes that take place in the bacterial deposits on teeth when you add copious amounts of nutrients to the bacteria - particularly when you eat sugar.

"In other words, we revive the 'forgotten' hypothesis that sugar can promote both dental cavities and periodontal diseases," says Bente Nyvad, and emphasises the importance of continuing to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, even if you cut down on sugar.

The researchers assumption is that periodontal diseases caused by sugar belong to the group of inflammatory diseases in line with diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Bente Nyvad therefore recommends that healthy eating habits should be given much higher priority if the goal is to avoid expensive treatments in the healthcare system.







Henry Schein and HR for Health Announce Exclusive Business Relationship

Posted on January 30, 2020

Henry Schein, Inc. and HR for Health Announce Exclusive Business Relationship to Provide Doctors with New Solutions to Simplify Human Resources & Payroll

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), a solutions company for health care professionals, and HR for Health, a SaaS human resources software for private health care practices, today announced an exclusive business relationship to assist doctors with reducing their employment compliance risk while simplifying human resources management.

Together, Henry Schein Business Solutions, which offers dentists resources for business operations, finance, marketing, education, training and more, and HR for Health’s human resources and compliance software will provide doctors with a comprehensive portfolio of solutions to help address the challenges of practice ownership, including team performance management, new patient flow, operations, payroll processing, and complying with ever-changing employment laws.

This new business relationship with Henry Schein will expand HR for Health’s ability to provide health care professionals with access to a high-quality HR solution that will help guide them through the ever-changing human resources landscape, reducing their compliance risk.

“For health care professionals, patient care is the number one priority, but the intricacies of operating a business can be hard to manage,” said AJ Caffentzis, President, North American Dental Group, Henry Schein, Inc. “Together with HR for Health, practitioners can rely on us to provide access to a quality HR solution, so they can focus on patient care.”

“Ignoring HR, both from a compliance and also from a practice management perspective, can be a costly mistake for practices,” said Ali Oromchian, CEO of HR for Health. “Thanks to our newly formed relationship with Henry Schein, we can help more practices achieve HR compliance and find peace of mind.”

This relationship provides high-quality services to Henry Schein customers and will be available exclusively through Henry Schein’s Field Sales Consultants. To learn more, please visit www.hrforhealth.com.

About HR for Health®

HR for Health is empowering business owners with the resources to develop and implement employment policies and help avoid legal pitfalls. The platform provides offices with a comprehensive HR experience including customized employee handbooks, seamless time and attendance tracking, payroll, performance and task management tools, plus live HR support with SHRM-certified specialists. HR for Health makes it easier for business owners to protect their interests while drastically simplifying HR administration.

No matter how complicated the issue, we are here to find solutions together.

For more information, visit HR for Health at www.hrforhealth.com, Facebook.com/HRforHealth and @hrforhealth on Instagram.

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 approximately 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®, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 32 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.







Advancing the Vision at Yankee Dental Congress® 2020

Posted on January 30, 2020

Industry-leading speakers and continuing education opportunities aim to energize passions and inspire advances in the dental field.

Yankee Dental Congress® 2020 (Yankee) kicks off this morning at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Yankee, which is New England’s largest dental meeting, runs through February 1 and is presented by the Massachusetts Dental Society in cooperation with the dental societies of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

At least 26,000 dental health professionals and guests from around the United States are expected to attend this year’s event.

“We are proud that the Yankee Dental Congress draws so many dental professionals to Boston year after year,” said MDS President Dr. Janis Moriarty. “We strive to create an exceptional learning and networking experience, so they are excited to attend every winter.”

This year’s Yankee theme, “Advancing the Vision,” exemplifies how dental professionals are able to gain insight on evolving trends and future best practices by attending continuing education (CE) courses taught by industry experts and visiting more than 400 exhibitors demonstrating the most innovative dental technology.

EDUCATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Yankee 2020 offers more than 300 CE and hands-on courses and events presented by leading experts in the dental profession.

Along with endodontic, pediatric, prosthodontic, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and orthodontic specialty symposia held at Yankee, the Sixth Annual Interprofessional Symposium will focus on practice models that blend oral and systemic health.

Yankee is once again featuring education pavilions located on the Exhibit Hall Floor, with innovative courses held at no charge to attendees. A new Pediatric Pavilion is offering sold-out courses on a diverse range of pediatric topics, while a new Product Spotlight Lounge will help attendees make highly educated purchases with one-hour product spotlight sessions.

With the passage of the American Dental Association policy statement on the role of dentists in the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders, it is now recommended that all dentists screen their patient population for sleep disorders. The Dental Sleep Apnea Team will offer Yankee attendees a series of courses on how to screen patients and launch a dental sleep medicine practice.

Another new feature of this year’s conference is Yankee Expert Insights, which offers attendees the opportunity to join industry leaders and colleagues for one-hour, small, and informal group discussions on topics including hygiene, orofacial pain, and buying or starting a practice.

Yankee also features a special track of courses for new dentists designed to help them learn from experienced practitioners and network with their peers.

Other highlights include courses on:

·         Digital dentistry and technological advancements, including lasers, intraoral scanners, and 3D printing

·         Understanding autism spectrum disorders and caring for patients with special needs

·         HPV and implications for dentistry

·         Nutrition and lifestyle choices for chronic inflammation

·         Cannabis culture and dentistry

EXHIBITS

Yankee’s Exhibit Hall features more than 400 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of new dental products and technologies—from the latest toothbrushes, toothpastes, mouth rinses, and oral hygiene products for consumers to dental office chairs, lasers, X-ray machines, cameras, and CAD/CAM systems for 3D printing.

YANKEE BY THE NUMBERS

·         Approximately 26,000 attendees (dentists, hygienists, assistants, technicians, office personnel, dental students, exhibitors, and guests)

·         300+ continuing education courses

·         452 exhibitors

·         91,000 square feet of exhibit space

·         $11 million in economic impacts (according to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, based on 2019 attendance)

For more information on Yankee Dental Congress® 2020, please visit yankeedental.com or call 877.515.9071.

Yankee Dental Congress® is New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the highest quality dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services, and resources. With more than 26,000 dental professionals in attendance from across the United States, Yankee Dental Congress® is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. Held in Boston each January, Yankee is the best source in New England for industry professionals on the cutting-edge of oral health care. Yankee Dental Congress® is presented by the Massachusetts Dental Society in cooperation with the dental associations of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. For more information, please visit yankeedental.com or call 877.515.9071.







American Association of Endodontists Announces Interfaith Dental Clinic as its Charitable Partner

Posted on January 30, 2020

As the AAE heads to Nashville, Tenn., April 1-4 for its annual meeting known as AAE20, it’s proudly announcing the Interfaith Dental Clinic as its Charitable Partner.

“The AAE is committed to advancing the well being of all patients and advocating for one standard of endodontic care,” AAE President Dr. Keith V. Krell said. “As a part of our ongoing efforts, we aim to work with a charitable partner ahead of our annual meeting to help raise funds that help people in need of care. It is my honor to announce the Interfaith Dental Clinic as our charitable partner, and I encourage everyone to please consider donating to them!”

Every year, the AAE works to organize a donation drive to benefit a non-profit in the city hosting its annual meeting. The Interfaith Dental Clinic’s mission is to create a healthier community by providing transformational oral healthcare for those experiencing poverty. Annual meeting attendees are encouraged to learn more about this organization and support its mission by donating during registration. As the clinic’s tagline says, “A smile changes everything,” so this is an opportunity to help create more happy faces with access to care. Learn more and register for AAE20 at www.aae.org/aae20!

AAE20, the Association’s premier annual event, is the most comprehensive endodontic education summit, vendor exhibition and networking opportunity in the world! Thousands of endodontists and other dental professionals are expected to attend. The goal of the meeting is to offer attendees the best clinical endodontic education available and to make sure the attendees experience Nashville. The educational content is organized into seven tracks that focus on the latest research, trends and techniques that impact the future of endodontics. It also features presentations by some of the most sought-after speakers in the specialty field. In addition to larger lecture-style presentations, there are also opportunities for attendees to engage in more hands-on workshops, take in the sights and expand their professional networks.

About the American Association of Endodontists: The AAE is headquartered in Chicago and represents more than 8,000 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of 10 dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service. For more information about the AAE, visit the Association’s website at aae.org. For more patient focused information, visit aae.org/patients.







Glidewell Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Dentistry

Posted on January 29, 2020

Industry-leading dental laboratory and technology developer marks half-century milestone with employee acknowledgment

On January 15, 2020, Glidewell commemorated its 50th year of operations with a relatively humble employee celebration on its sprawling campus in Irvine, California.

“I’m not normally a man to celebrate milestones,” President and CEO Jim Glidewell, CDT, admitted to the hundreds of team members in attendance. “I’ve always feared that being too proud of one’s achievements can lead to complacency, impeding continued growth.”

US Navy and Vietnam War veteran James R. Glidewell founded his company on January 6, 1970, in Orange County, California. Spurred by a desire to make rehabilitative dentistry affordable for all, Jim applied a unique blend of technical knowledge, business principles, and marketing philosophies to expand his one-man operation into a multifaceted technology company among those at the forefront of the oral health industry today. In its 50 years of existence, Glidewell has remarkably experienced year-over-year sales growth in all but 2009, at the outset of the Great Recession.

The end of that same year saw the release of BruxZir® Solid Zirconia, a tooth-colored material developed by Glidewell’s R&D team as a durable alternative to cast gold or metal occlusal PFM restorations. In the decade since, BruxZir zirconia has become the material of choice for clinicians worldwide, and been hailed by renowned independent research publication Clinicians Report®* as “the most successful tooth-colored restoration in the history of dentistry.” Perhaps even more notably, the CAD/CAM processes used to manufacture BruxZir restorations have spurred a digital transformation across the dental laboratory industry, resulting in faster turnaround times and better-fitting crowns and bridges.

Glidewell now occupies one million square feet of office and production space in Irvine and neighboring Newport Beach, California. Employing a diverse team of certified technicians, engineers, scientists, clinicians, and support personnel, Jim continues his lifelong dream of advancing the materials and techniques available to treatment providers, enhancing knowledge through free education platforms, increasing patient access to premium services, and growing the careers of the nearly 5,000 individuals who've come to join him in his pursuits.

“I thank you for taking my dream and making it your own,” Mr. Glidewell remarked to those gathered at the commemorative event, dozens of whom have been with the company for decades. “For building an enterprise more meaningful, more impactful, than I ever imagined.”

Even while reflecting on the past, the founder’s focus was fixed on the future. “Whatever 50 years may mean in terms of wear and tear on a single man, it is more meaningfully a strong, stable foundation from which to continue our mission of helping to restore smiles and improve lives.”

To learn more about Glidewell’s unique complement of education, preventive, and restorative solutions, visit glidewelldental.com.

*Clinicians Report is an independent, nonprofit, dental education and product testing foundation. Clinicians Report is a registered trademark of CR Foundation Non Profit Corp.​







Pearl AI Computer Vision Breakthrough Allows Dental Insurers to Review 100% of Claims-based Oral Imagery With Superhuman Precision

Posted on January 29, 2020

Pearl Uncovers Additional $3-6 Billion in Dental Insurance Fraud; Offers Artificial Intelligence Solution to a Nearly $18B Pernicious Fraud Trend

Pearl today announced two new breakthrough software products in the application of artificial intelligence and computer vision to dental insurance claims processing. Together, Pearl's new AI solutions represent a massive leap forward for dental insurers, allowing them to review every single dental radiograph with superhuman precision. Pearl's new dental insurance solutions replace existing automation processes that simply cannot catch fraud, waste, and abuse, in part because they rely solely on statistically informed and heuristic processes.

Launching today as GA, the first two Pearl AI software solutions for dental insurance companies are Pearl Claims Approval and Pearl Protect. Across pilots with several national dental insurers, Pearl has uncovered a persistent and pernicious fraud trend. Pearl has identified an additional $3-6 billion worth of dental insurance fraud on top of the $12.5 billion estimated by the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. Pearl's findings suggest that of the $250 Billion spent on dental care annually in the US, up to 7% is lost to dental fraud and abuse - representing a two percent increase in total fraud over previous estimates.

Among Pearl's findings:

• One provider used the same toothless panoramic image to get insurance approvals for expensive dentures for almost 40 patients.

• One provider submitted the same patient's full mouth x-rays 18 times for more work and to re-seek insurance approval

• Several providers have been using the same x-rays to get insurance approvals for patients of radically differing ages (fairly flagrant fraud that was going undetected)

"Every week there are new headline reports of dental fraud with individual cases ranging from the tens of thousands to millions of dollars, suggesting that many more cases escape the news cycle and that the extent of dental fraud is significantly under-reported," said Ophir Tanz, CEO and Founder of Pearl. "Our data backs this up. Our dental insurance AI solutions introduce systematic scrutiny of every single claim image and thereby shores up one of the dental industry's most significant vulnerabilities for insurers, for patients and for the vast majority of dental providers who are good actors.

The new Pearl Protect product is designed to flag claims when a 2D image is a duplicate or near duplicate of an existing claim. For example, if a dental insurer receives a claim and supporting proof (imagery, x-rays, intraoral scans) from a dental provider, Pearl Protect will automatically send the imagery to the Pearl API to perform a visual analysis, generate a fingerprint for that claim and check against prior claims to ensure the claim is unique.

Pearl's new Claims Approval product is designed to segment dental insurance claims (strong, moderate, weak) for approval or review based on analysis of supportive scans relative to the claim. For example, if a dental insurer receives a claim and accompanying proof (visual imagery, x-rays, scans), Pearl Claims Approval conducts a visual analysis of imagery morphology and defects, applies a heuristic engine to compare defects against what constitutes a valid claim (per carrier) and then recommends claims routing based on prevalence and consensus of detected defects.

Claims Approval segmentation and automated approvals introduces efficiency that allows insurers to process a high volume of claims more quickly, while simultaneously reducing waste. Automatic approvals for the strongest claims will eliminate the need for multiple submissions of the same claims.

Automatic approvals for the strongest claims also cuts down on the total volume of claims going into the manual review process. Claims Approval routes moderate and weak claims so that insurers provide appropriate levels of human intervention to 100% of claims that truly require additional scrutiny, thereby eliminating fraud and abuse.







Daniel Hinkle Joins AvaDent Digital Dentures as Sr. Vice President of Marketing

Posted on January 27, 2020

AvaDent has announced the hiring of Daniel Hinkle as Sr. Vice President of Marketing. He will have the primary responsibility of marketing AvaDent’s full line of digital prosthetic products and assisting AvaDent clients with their practice development needs here in the United States.

“Dan comes to us from Practice Performance, Inc., a practice development company he founded in 2014 with a primary focus of direct-to-consumer marketing within the dental implant and full-arch space. We are thrilled to have him as a member of our team and are looking forward to having Dan take AvaDent and our customers to the next level in the fixed prosthetics market,” said Tim Thompson, CEO of AvaDent.

Dan has over 30 years of marketing and sales experience in the healthcare industry. He is widely recognized as an industry pioneer, public speaker, and practice development guru for the All-on-4® marketplace.

Prior to Practice Performance, Inc., Mr. Hinkle was Vice President of Practice Development for ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, where he was responsible for accelerating the growth of the company by deploying a systematic approach to referral development. He spent six years as Sr. Director of Practice Development for Nobel Biocare and is widely regarded as the first to recognize and harness the power of digital marketing for today’s dental practice. He formed the first Practice Resource Center to assist Nobel’s clients with direct-to-consumer, All-on-4® marketing services. He was also on the marketing team that originally launched the All-on-4® concept. In addition, Dan created NobelVision, the largest in-office dental education and entertainment network in dentistry. 

Mr. Hinkle has assisted thousands of dental practices in their growth initiatives and will continue to do so for AvaDent’s premier partner doctors here in the United States.

He received his BS in Business Administration from Cumberland College.







American Dental Association Announces Interim Policy on Vaping

Posted on January 24, 2020

The American Dental Association (ADA) today announced a new interim policy on vaping, calling for a total ban on vaping products that aren’t approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for tobacco cessation purposes.

The policy states that the ADA:

     • Urgently advocate for regulatory, legislative, and/or legal action at the federal and/or state levels to ban the sale and distribution of all e-cigarette  and vaping products, with the exception of those approved by the FDA for tobacco cessation purposes and made available by prescription only; and

     • Advocate for research funding to study the safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes and vaping products for tobacco cessation purposes and their effects on the oral cavity.

The policy mirrors recent action taken by the American Medical Association and is a call to action to ensure the health and safety of consumers.

“While the long-term oral health effects of vaping are under scientific review, as health professionals we must be prudent in protecting consumers from potentially harmful products,” said ADA President Chad Gehani, D.D.S. “We will continue to advocate for additional research, but we must protect the health of our patients first and foremost. A ban such as this would ensure patient safety while allowing us to explore the impact of vaping products on oral health.”

The ADA has advocated for the development of a body of scientific research examining the oral effects of both tobacco and non-tobacco nicotine delivery products as part of the ADA policy on tobacco use. In addition to this interim policy, in September, the ADA House of Delegates passed a resolution stipulating that the word “vaping” and any other alternative nicotine delivery systems be added to the existing ADA policy focused on tobacco use prevention, research and regulation.

For more information about the ADA’s advocacy efforts around vaping and tobacco products, visit ADA.org/vaping.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org







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