VOCO is proud to present GrandioSO Light Flow, the low viscosity nano-hybrid flowable composite for special occasions. Due to VOCO’s proprietary designer nano-technology, GrandioSO Light Flow has the filler degree of a universal composite on one hand, and an extremely flowable viscosity on the other that allows for targeted and precise applications using an ultra-fine intraoral tip—even finer than a periodontal probe.
With a filler content of 76% by weight, GrandioSO Light Flow’s 3-point flexural strength of 151 MPa is an example of how it effortlessly attains physical property values much higher than traditional flowables that often have lower fill rates and higher viscosities.
GrandioSO Light Flow allows the practitioner new options in performing precise, minimally invasive dentistry without compromising the quality and longevity of the restorations. GrandioSO Light Flow comes with two different sizes of intraoral tips to offer a range of options for each indication.
Shofu Dental Corporation is proud to announce that its EyeSpecial digital dental camera has once again received the prestigious Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award. For the 6th consecutive year, the EyeSpecial, which allows anyone in the practice to take a perfect picture, has been recognized as a valuable tool for documentation, communication, and increased production. The EyeSpecial continues to receive the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award based on the nine internal shooting modes. Once the user selects the appropriate mode, the camera makes all of the necessary adjustments for a perfect picture every time without the need for photographic knowledge or specialized camera training. For additional information or an in-office demonstration, please contact Shofu Dental at 800-827-4638.
YAPI, a leading software provider of patient communication and paperless solutions for dental practices, announced today that it has secured a growth investment from M33 Growth, a Boston-based venture and growth stage investment firm. The investment will be used to build out YAPI's account management, customer success, and R&D teams, in addition to bolstering its existing sales and marketing programs.
M33's investment in YAPI comes as the company's product suite, which enables dental practices to automate administrative tasks so they can spend more time focusing on their patients, is being recognized by industry groups and used by a growing number of dental practices. Despite disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, YAPI recorded its strongest quarter in Q2 – adding more dental offices to YAPI's platform than any other period in its nine-year history – highlighting the platform's ability to help dental offices reopen and operate in a contactless manner. From personalized appointment reminders and automated patients recalls, to streamlining intra-office practice communication and digitizing paper-based forms, YAPI's product suite enables patients and dentists to remotely access important practice & patient information, positioning dental offices to succeed in an increasingly digital world.
As further proof of its industry leadership, YAPI has been named a winner of the 2020 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award. Presented by Cellerant Consulting Group, an incubator and accelerator for dental companies, the award is selected by a panel of prominent technology leaders across dentistry with a mission to create awareness around innovators driving the discussion as to how practices will operate now and in the future with potentially practice-changing technologies.
"This year has proven just how critical paperless software is to keeping operations running as smoothly as possible at dental practices across the country so that we can all focus on what matters most—our patients," said Dr. Gina Dorfman, Co-Founder and CEO. "This recognition from Cellerant and investment from M33 Growth validates our vision for YAPI, and we're eager to bring that vision to life by accelerating the growth of the business, building out and investing in the YAPI team, and working closely with seasoned advisors at M33 Growth."
Founded in 2009, YAPI began as a small custom-designed software solution to address the pain points Dr. Dorfman was seeing in her own dental office. In 2011, YAPI entered the market for dental offices and began transforming the way thousands practice dentistry.
"Founders who are experts in their space and have identified opportunities to better improve workflows in their own industry bring to market a unique perspective that directly benefits their customers," said Gabe Ling, Co-Founder and Managing Director of M33 Growth. "The team at YAPI understands the pain points of today's dental practices, and we see tremendous opportunity in addressing these market challenges—especially in today's environment. As a partner, M33 Growth seeks to help YAPI expand its market reach through investments in customer success, sales & marketing, and R&D teams." To learn more about YAPI, visit www.yapiapp.com.
YAPI is an automation and productivity software, built to enhance the business side of dentistry. Born in a dental office in 2010, YAPI is the longest-standing provider of electronic patient forms and has evolved into an all-in-one solution for the modern dentist. All products integrate seamlessly with the most common dental practice management software and range from online and iPad dental forms, automated patient communication, remote access, reputation management, intra-office chat, and more. With YAPI, dentists can take care of their patients, and automate the rest.
About M33 Growth
M33 Growth is a venture and growth-stage investment firm that partners with founders and CEOs who have successfully bootstrapped their companies to strong growth and are positioned to rapidly scale their companies and breakthrough as market leaders. With deep experience fueling sales and marketing engines, driving acquisitions, and building value through data assets, M33 Growth seeks to propel portfolio companies to succeed in their markets. Founded by veterans of renowned investment firms with considerable operational experience, the Boston-based firm seeks to invest in companies in the software, healthcare, and services sectors throughout North America. Learn more at m33growth.com
Crest+ Oral-B is set to kick off a new webinar focused on the importance of dental medical integration, "Oral Systemic Health: The Case for Accelerated Dental Medical Integration: A Panel Discussion with Four Nationally Regarded Thought Leaders." In partnership with the Pacific Dental Services® (PDS®) Foundation, this new webinar, which is moderated by Daniel Burke, Chief Enterprise Strategy Officer at Pacific Dental Services, features an impressive panel of industry thought leaders: Dr. Jack Dillenberg, President Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and Dental School Dean Emeritus; Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN; Erin Hartnett, DNP, APRN-BC, CPNP; and Anne O. Rice, RDH, BS. The event takes place on Thursday, September 17th at 9:00 AM PT and will center on oral systemic health, focusing on research that shows maladies of the mouth are connected to numerous systemic conditions throughout the body. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during this interactive webinar and earn two continuing education (C.E.) credits. The live event is sponsored by Crest+ Oral-B. Click here to register for this free webinar.
Course objectives include:
• The oral systemic link, including the latest research connecting oral health to systemic conditions, such as diabetes, lupus, heart disease, and dementia.
• The connection between periodontal disease and severe expressions of COVID-19.
• The evolving role of healthcare professionals both in medical and dental.
• Innovative technology, which can improve access and health outcomes.
The mission of the PDS Foundation is to improve overall health, by improving oral health through opportunities to serve locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to its long-standing initiatives focused on special needs, dental assistant scholarships, the Mobile Dental Clinic, and international service trips, the Foundation has also been actively championing the expansion of Medicare to include dental care for the nation’s elderly.
Research has shown that harmful bacteria and inflammation in the mouth can indicate and even cause systemic conditions throughout the body. The PDS Foundation is focused on educating people about the link between oral health and whole-body health, known as the Mouth-Body Connection®. Diseases of the mouth, including periodontal disease, may be linked with other medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, oral cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.
For more information or to register or the webinar in advance, click HERE.
About Pacific Dental Services® Foundation
The Pacific Dental Services Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to improve overall health, by improving oral health through opportunities to serve locally, nationally, and internationally. By creating opportunities to serve, the PDS Foundation will positively enhances the lives of those in need, and in turn, those who serve. The Foundation provides access and advocacy to disadvantaged and underserved communities in four key areas: PDS Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic, Special Needs Advocacy and Training, Dental Assistant Education Scholarships, and International Trips.
For more information, visit www.pdsfoundation.org.
Oregon-based Engle Dental Systems is excited to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website at engledental.com. As part of the brand’s evolution to reflect its state-of-the-art engineering, the new website features a streamlined, modern design, improved functionality, and easy access to technical specifications and valuable information. The website’s newest feature, the “Build Your Package” configurator tool, allows a customer to design and customize the operatory package that best suits their practice – from upholstery color and stitching to delivery systems, lights and more.
“One of the biggest evolutions we’ve seen in our fifty-year history is the customer’s need to be able to create custom solutions for his or her practice in real time,” said Scott Oster, COO of Engle Dental. “We believe that this new site will allow our customers to collaborate with us in building something truly personalized to meet their specifications, while having a little bit of fun at the same time.”
Users can choose from a wide range of configuration options, colors and styles to easily build the chair or operatory package that is best suited for them. In line with the company’s philosophy of thoughtful engineering, Engle’s team of design experts regularly consults with dentists to develop new products that offer a new level of quality and customization for the industry. Engle most recently collaborated with Dr. Matt Nejad, a partner at an upscale private practice in the heart of Beverly Hills, to develop a first-of-its-kind delivery unit. Engle’s design team worked closely with Dr. Nejad to develop a delivery system that provides the perfect balance of quality, ergonomics and affordability. Now in its prototype phase, this innovative design will maintain the quality of care that patients expect while complementing the way dental professionals operate.
All Engle products are American made, designed and manufactured in Hillsboro, Oregon, and available for purchase through dealers and distributors nationwide.
About Engle Dental Systems
For the past 50 years, Engle has built its reputation on quality, ingenuity and integrity. With industry-leading engineering and customer service that dentists rely on, Engle products are American-made, designed and manufactured in Hillsboro, Oregon. Engle is the only company that makes the fully programmable 10.25” forward/backward hydraulic Traverse Chair. Engineered for ergonomic efficiency, Traverse allows for unparalleled access for the dental team and a new level of comfort for patients. For more information, please visit engledental.com.
Smile for a Lifetime, an international nonprofit program dedicated to providing donated orthodontic care to children and young adults who otherwise could not afford care, is launching a new national campaign led by two doctors who will cycle from coast to coast to raise funds and awareness for the organization. Smile for a Lifetime’s Board President and orthodontist Dr. Don Montano and maxilla facial surgeon Dr. Rob Relle will kick off the historic “Creating Smiles One Mile at a Time” fundraising ride in Santa Monica, Calif. on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Accompanied by two additional cyclists, Brian Dooley and Abel Rivera, and a support vehicle, the team plans to average 100 miles a day for approximately five weeks, as they ride along historic U.S. Route 66 to the finish line in Virginia Beach, Va.
“We are taking on this epic cross-country ride with the goal of helping as many kids as possible to get the high-quality orthodontic care they deserve through Smile for a Lifetime. It’s an idea two-and-a-half years in the making,” said Dr. Montano. “Along the way, we hope to shine a light on the mission of Smile for a Lifetime, encourage people across the country to donate, and ultimately inspire more orthodontists, dentists and oral surgeons to join our network of volunteer providers.”
Since its inception in 2008, Smile for a Lifetime serves an average of 600-650 children per year with a focus on children in foster care, low income homes and other special circumstances. This year, applications are at an all-time high, in large part due to the pandemic and families facing increased financial hardship. All orthodontic and dental care is provided free of charge outside of an initial application fee, with doctors donating their time and treatment while orthodontic manufacturers deliver the necessary equipment at no cost.
“As the Smile for a Lifetime waiting list grows, it’s imperative that we add more doctors to our network in order to match families with their services,” added Dr. Relle. “By traveling roughly 3,000 miles across the country and making some stops to visit with local dental communities, families and potential patients, we hope to raise awareness of the need and different ways to help nationwide.”
OrthoBanc is a key sponsor of the “Creating Smiles One Mile at a Time” campaign, along with McGill & Hill Group, Montano Elevated Orthodontics, ProBioraPlus and Dolphin Imaging & Management Solutions. The four riders plan to take a southerly route through California, Arizona, New Mexico, the panhandle of Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, southern Illinois and Kentucky, before dipping into Virginia for the final push, crossing the finish line in Virginia Beach on approximately October 30 or 31. The group will cycle a large portion of historic Route 66 made famous internationally in the 1950’s and a landmark for many cyclists crossing the United States on bikes.
Throughout the journey, the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation will feature a “Where in the World Are They Smiling” promotion on social media, which will award prizes to followers who can guess correctly where the foursome will land on any given week. Additional photos will be added on social media platforms as cues to help the public guess. Follow Smile for a Lifetime on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the hashtag #Smile4ALifetime for more details.
For more information, to apply for services, become a provider, or to donate, please visit www.smileforalifetime.org.
About Smile for a Lifetime
Launched in 2008, Smile for a Lifetime is an international program that provides quality orthodontic care to children and young adults who normally would not be able to afford treatment. Smile for a Lifetime aims to reach individuals with financial challenges, special situations and orthodontic needs, and does not charge for orthodontic treatment. Families are responsible for an application fee and participating orthodontists provide free services at their regular offices while orthodontic manufacturing companies deliver the necessary supplies at no cost. To date, Smile for a Lifetime has provided more than $44 million in services to children worldwide. For more information, to donate, apply for services, or to become a provider, go to www.smileforalifetime.org. Follow along on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and #Smile4ALifetime.
Henry Schein (Nasdaq: HSIC) is now offering TeleDent by MouthWatch, a teledentistry and patient engagement platform that incorporates live video conferencing, patient messaging, and cloud collaboration to ensure a seamless integration into the dental practice.
Available to customers through Henry Schein Dental and Henry Schein One, TeleDent offers real-time, two-way video conferencing so practitioners can conduct emergency triages, consultations, pre-visit screenings, post-op visits, and visual case presentations virtually. Using TeleDent, dentists can connect with patients through a desktop or mobile devices, and their consultations can be recorded for integration into clinical care and patient records to help ensure effective and thorough virtual dental care.
“Dental practices are rapidly implementing new solutions to provide patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and TeleDent is truly a comprehensive solution that allows our customers to provide safe, efficient care for their patients,” said Jonathan Koch, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein Global Dental Group and Interim Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein One. “With TeleDent’s simple, collaborative platform, our customers can seamlessly integrate teledentistry into their practice workflow.”
The patient-facing messaging included in the TeleDent platform is designed so practitioners can communicate directly with patients, as well as seamlessly collaborate and share diagnostic information with their dental team and specialists in a cloud-based portal. The dental team can also easily transition patients to a specialist and see their task assignments within the TeleDent platform.
“We developed TeleDent to help dental professionals serve their patients anytime, anywhere, and it’s now more important than ever that dentists are able to provide care safely and efficiently,” said Brant Herman, CEO of MouthWatch. “We’re very excited to introduce TeleDent to Henry Schein Dental and Henry Schein One customers to promote the wide-spread adoption of teledentistry during a time when safely connecting providers with patients is of the utmost importance.”
To learn more, please visit www.henryscheinone.com/teledent/pr.
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 $10.0 billion in 2019, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.
About Henry Schein One
Henry Schein One, a subsidiary of Henry Schein, Inc. established in partnership with Internet Brands in 2018, is a software company providing integrated software and services to the dental industry. Headquartered in American Fork, Utah, the company offers market-leading solutions for dental practices, including Dentrix®, Dentrix Ascend®, Dentrix® Enterprise, Easy Dental®, TechCentral™, Demandforce®, Sesame Communications, Lighthouse360®, Officite, and DentalPlans.com® as well as international companies, including Software of Excellence, Logiciel Julie, InfoMed, Exan®, Power Practice and LabNet, among others. For more information, visit www.henryscheinone.com.
About MouthWatch LLC
MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. Since 2012, the company has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of oral health. This experience makes it possible for MouthWatch to take the lead in bringing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry. The company was recently ranked 1303 in the 2020 Inc. 5000, the most prestigious list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The company is the top teledentistry company on this list and the 11th fastest growing company within dentistry overall. For more information, visit www.MouthWatch.com.
Leading dental support organization Pacific Dental Services (PDS) recognizes September's Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, a month-long campaign led by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention. This year's theme, "Break the Chain," encourages clinicians, infection control coordinators, and professionals in the dental industry to advance dental safety by sharing infection control best practices, success stories, or selfies on social media and to join the conversation by using the hashtag #DICAM20. PDS-supported dental practices have always taken precautions to ensure patient safety and continue to be at the forefront of infection control.
"At PDS, we believe that each individual team member is personally responsible for maintaining a safe, compliant and ethical workplace," said Michael Williamson, Vice President, Compliance & Ethics. "We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of infection prevention in all the practices we support. Dental Infection Control Awareness Month brings valuable awareness to the importance of hand hygiene, dental unit waterlines, personal protective equipment, and instrument sterilization."
Dental practices supported by PDS have always placed patient safety as their top priority. Moreover, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, additional safety measures have been adopted to protect patients and team members. Consistent with PDS’ commitment to the safety of dental practices, PDS-supported clinicians and dentists across the country launched a new grassroots campaign, #DentalSAFETY. For more information about the #DentalSAFETY campaign, click HERE.
Founded in 1984 and formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1985, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention is a growing community of clinicians, educators, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare.
About Pacific Dental Services®
Founded in 1994, Pacific Dental Services (PDS) is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing supported autonomy that enables dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the Private Practice+® model to enable dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients. PDS also pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry so that dentists are equipped to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. PDS continues to grow, with over 800 supported dental offices across the United States and plans to expand into several new markets. PDS supported dentists aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve and to develop Patients for Life™.
For more information, visit us at https://www.pacificdentalservices.com
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is calling for members of the dental health care team, including dental and dental allied students providing patient care, to be among those health care workers to first receive any vaccine developed for COVID-19.
In comments submitted to a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, ADEA voiced its support for a draft federal plan to prioritize distribution of a vaccine.
“ADEA concurs with The National Academies’ Committee on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus recommendation that ‘high-risk workers in health care facilities,’ including clinicians, such as dentists and dental hygienists, need to be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” ADEA stated in its comments, which were submitted by ADEA President and CEO Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H.
“Additionally, ADEA supports the Committee’s recognition and inclusion of other members of the dental health care team, such as dental assistants, dental therapists and dental laboratory technicians.
“Furthermore, it should be noted that the dental and dental allied students as well as the medical and nursing students who are providing patient care in these same health care facilities are also at high risk and should be included in this definition.”
In her comments, Dr. West underscored the crucial role that oral health care plays in an individual’s overall well-being, noting that periodontal disease found in the oral cavity has been associated with several health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. HIV also can be detected with saliva samples.
“All of these realities justify the Committee’s conclusion that oral health professionals are vitally important to primary care,” Dr. West wrote.
Additionally, Dr. West highlighted the fact that dental school clinics deliver dental care to the economically disadvantaged.
“It is essential to ensure that practicing educator clinicians, students, and staff of these dental academic school facilities and hospitals receive the vaccine to protect them from the elevated risk they face as they provide the much-needed dental care to those unable to afford private practice fees,” Dr. West wrote.
About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 18,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®.
The American Dental Association (ADA) is pleased to announce that the ADA Practice Transitions (ADAPT) program is expanding to serve dentists in all 50 states. Starting October 5, general dentists who wish to transition in or out of practice anywhere in the United States can create an ADAPT profile to begin the process of finding the right dentist or practice that aligns best with their personal and professional goals.
“Dentists all over the country have expressed interest in what ADA Practice Transitions is doing, and so we are happy to be able to expand nationally,” said Kirk Norbo, D.D.S., ADA Business Innovation Group board chair. “Whether you are looking to own a practice or retire, ADAPT provides the tools and support to help dentists achieve their goals, and we’re thrilled to extend these services to dentists across the country.”
ADAPT was developed after field research uncovered a need in the marketplace for dentists who want to connect for both employment opportunities, as well as to facilitate the transition of a practice from one owner to another. ADAPT can help dentists buy or sell a practice, hire an associate, or find an associateship.
When dentists work with ADAPT, they get:
Matches with dentists or practices that fit their practice philosophy
Step-by-step support from a dedicated ADA Advisor
Customized resources and help defining the right transition path
Significant cost savings compared to the current transition market
Sellers find the right person to continue to care for their patients so they can retire with confidence
Owners hire associates who share a similar philosophy of care, ensuring a successful transition and continuity of care for patients
Buyers and associates find the practice that fits their criteria and helps achieve their goals“Part of the value of ADA Practice Transitions is its ability to use the platform to match dentists nationwide for those who are seeking to move to a different state,” said Dr. Norbo. We anticipate that over time, the ADA Practice Transitions platform and methodology will become the first choice for dentists seeking a transition.”
Starting September 9, dentists are encouraged to answer three quick questions to become an ADAPT Insider and receive early access to the platform, before the October 5 national opening.
ADAPT is hosting a free webinar titled, “Find Career Success with ADA Practice Transitions,” on September 21. Click here to register.
To learn more about ADAPT, visit ADAPracticeTransitions.com.
Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn
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
About ADA Practice Transitions
ADA Practice Transitions, a service of ADA Business Innovation Group, matches dentists who are looking to join a practice with owners who are seeking an associate or someone to purchase their practice. The service offers dentists the tools, information and support that is vital to the dental practice transitions process while facilitating matches based on a shared practice approach. Dentists receive training and transition support – all with a focus on allowing them to achieve their individual and mutual goals. ADA practice Transitions aims to support independent dentistry and, over time, improve access to oral care across the U.S.