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BURST® Oral Care Expands Into Kids' Oral Care Category

Posted on May 28, 2021

BURST Oral Care is injecting fun and excitement into the pediatric dental space with the launch of the BURSTkids™ Sonic Toothbrush. This brush was designed and approved in partnership with the BURST Ambassador Dental Professionals, currently over 30,000 strong. This innovative product helps engage children and pre-teens while establishing good oral care habits and improving overall health from a young age. Every part of this toothbrush was created with children's dental needs in mind.

The BURSTkids Sonic Toothbrush addresses several obstacles identified by their network of passionate dental professionals. The small, ergonomically designed soft touch silicone handle offers a better grip and easier manipulation of the brush for children developing fine motor skills, while the pediatric-sized brush head and soft-charcoal, tapered bristles are specifically designed to fit in developing mouths and dislodge food and debris from in between and on the teeth. The Sonic Toothbrush seamlessly handles any situation with two modes to cater to days when teeth and gums are achy or days when a powerful clean is preferred. To ensure all parts of the mouth are attended to and no teeth are neglected, the built in two-minute timer pauses every 30 seconds to indicate it is time to brush the next quadrant of the mouth.

BURST's pediatric toothbrush is suited for those with primary teeth to mixed teeth, ranging from two-year-olds to pre-teens. Packaged in a fun and interactive advent calendar-style box, the unboxing experience is more than enough to get kids excited about brushing. Three vibrant color choices - blue, purple, and pink - provide options for kids to express themselves even during brushing time.

"BURST's mission is to provide high quality and accessible oral care products to everyone. The next logical step was to expand into the children's category to create healthy oral care habits for the whole family. Creating a healthy routine starts from a young age and the BURSTkids Sonic Toothbrush is designed to make that transition as seamless as possible. From children to pre-teens to adults, now BURST has something for everyone!" says Co-Founder and President Brittany Stewart.

BURSTkids Sonic Toothbrush, $69.99, will be available on www.burstoralcare.com.

About BURST Oral Care

BURST® launched in 2017 and quickly became one of the fastest growing eCommerce companies in the US. A trailblazing subscription oral care company, BURST developed its premier sonic toothbrush in collaboration with a community of dental professionals. Determined to shake up a sector that has felt tired and dominated by large corporations for too long, its goal has always been to bring the finest oral care to everyone at a price that's fair, and to have fun while doing it.







Oral-B & Crest Encourage Consumers to Brush up on Their Oral Care Regimen

Posted on May 28, 2021

Oral-B and Crest have teamed up with Scientific American and its Custom Media Division (SACM) to explore the latest research connecting oral health and overall health; as many are unaware of the impact chronic periodontal diseases have on wider systemic disease.

The brand is leading the way in innovation, technology and research to help protect oral health and educate about the important connection between oral and overall body health. As part of the year-long partnership, Oral-B, Crest and Scientific American Custom Media are releasing a series of content, including educational resources from leading medical and dental researchers that will help readers better understand the connections between oral health and whole body health.

Oral diseases are at crisis level as it is estimated that they affect nearly 3.5 billion people worldwidei and in the midst of a global health pandemic, it is more crucial than ever to safeguard not only your oral health but your whole-body health too.

Jeremy A. Abbate, VP & Publisher at Scientific American explains: “Over 700 studies substantiate the notion that great oral health habits can be a simple step in improving one’s overall health. It’s proven that periodontitis increasingly poses a significant risk to the development and progression of multiple systemic conditions and gum disease is the mouth’s way of warning us of potentially more serious issues to come, so it’s important to heed those early warnings.”

While warning signs can be as small as bleeding gums or even tooth loss, they can lead to more severe conditions such as heightened pregnancy complications, cognitive loss, poor diabetes control, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

SYSTEMIC SPREAD OF PLAQUE BACTERIA THROUGHOUT THE BODY

A healthy mouth has minimal plaque build-up, ensuring oral bacteria cannot multiply, cause cavities, gum deterioration or spread beyond the mouth. However, when plaque build-up is present around the gum line and between teeth, it shelters oral bacteria (including P.gingivalis) from your toothbrush and natural defences. This provides the perfect conditions for the bacteria to thrive and cause inflammation-causing toxins that are known to spread throughout the rest of the body.

The formation of gum disease begins when plaque containing millions of bacteria coats the teeth, accumulates undisturbed. Acid produced by the bacteria can erode tooth enamel causing cavities and irritate the gums and cause gingivitis which can progress into periodontitis – a more serious infection that can lead to tooth loss.

When oral conditions worsen, the hidden plaque bacteria can cause an inflammatory response in the periodontal tissues that sets off a chain reaction, spreading systemically through the body via the circulatory system to other parts of the body. These oral bacteria are also found to be transmitted via the lungs and gastrointestinal tract.

DISEASES IMPACTED BY GUM DISEASE

Stroke – Periodontitis may increase the risk for stroke. A continuous flow of bacteria into the bloodstream from exacerbated gum sites can trigger inflammation, prompting plaque growth and leading to blood clots.ii

Diabetes - There is a two-way relationship between diabetes and periodontitis, with more severe periodontal tissue destruction observed in diabetic populations, due to poorly controlled glucose levels.iii iv

Heart disease - Patients with periodontal disease are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Chronic gum inflammation may cause bad bacteria and toxins to enter the bloodstream and circulate to plaque sites in arterial walls.v

Pregnancy gingivitis - Pregnant women are at increased risk of gingivitis and pregnant women with periodontitis are at increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, including pre-term birth, low birth weight babies, and pregnancy hypertension (pre-eclampsia).vi

Dementia - Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive function loss have a higher risk for developing poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease. The relationship is bi-directional, as periodontal bacteria can also infect the brain and play a direct role in the build-up of amyloid brain lesions, leading to Alzheimer’s disease.vii

MAINTAINING A HEALTHY MOUTH AND BODY

Oral-B, the No.1 Dentist Recommended Toothbrush Brand Worldwide, is on a mission to make the invisible connection between oral health and whole-body wellness visible and to empower people to take their health into their own hands.

Following a daily holistic Oral-B and Crest regimen can help with maintaining a happy, healthy mouth:

Electric Toothbrush with a Round-Head

Oral-B brushes are round for a reason, to adapt to each individual tooth and reach between the teeth. The Oral-B iO’s revolutionary technology removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush to give you that professional clean feeling every single day.

Stannous Fluoride Toothpaste

Stannous Fluoride (SnF2) helps to protect your gums against bacterial plaque.

Mouth Rinse

Mouth rinses containing bioavailable Cetylpyridinium Chloride (CPC) formulated at 0.07% helps to reduce plaque.

Interdental Cleaning

Plaque easily accumulates and hides between teeth where toothbrushing can’t reach. Regular cleaning between teeth helps to remove plaque and helps protect gums.

Regular Oral-Health Check-Ups

Partner with your dental professional regularly to prevent and detect signs of gum infection at its earliest stages.

Scientific American educational resources developed in partnership with Oral-B and Crest can be found here.

About Crest

A trusted leader in oral health, Crest was the first oral care brand to secure the ADA Seal of Acceptance for a clinically proven fluoride toothpaste. Since first introducing fluoride toothpaste 65 years ago, it is estimated that Crest has helped prevent countless cavities in the United States.

About Oral-B

Oral-B is the worldwide leader in the over $5 billion brushing market. Part of the Procter & Gamble Company, the brand includes manual and electric toothbrushes for children and adults, oral irrigators and interdental products, such as dental floss.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Artificial Intelligencery®, Febreze®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit https://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

i Oral Health https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/oral-health (Accessed April 2021)

ii Janket SJ, Baird AE, Chuang SK, Jones JA. Meta- analysis of periodontal disease and risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2003; 95:559-569

iii Grossi SG, Genco RJ. Periodontal disease and diabetes mellitus: A two-way relationship. Ann Periodontol 1998;3:51-61

iv Preshaw PM, Alba AL, Jepsen S, Konstantinidis A, Makrilakis K, Taylor R. Periodontitis and diabetes: A two-way relationship. Diabetologia 2012;55:21-31.

v Blaizot A, Vergenes JN, Nuwwareh S, Amar J, Sixou M. Periodontal diseases and cardiovascular events: Meta-analyseis of observational studies. Int Dent J 2009; 59(4):197-209

vi Daalderop LD,Wieland BV, Tomsin K, Reyes L, Kramer BW, Vanterpool SF. Periodontal disease and pregnancy outcomes: Overview of systematic reviews. JDR Clinl Transl Res 2018;3:10-27. | Manrique-Corredor EJ, Orozco-Beltran D, Lopez-Pineda A, Quesada JA, Gil-Guillen VF, Carratala-Munuera C. Maternal periodontitis and preterm birth: systematic review and meta-analysis. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2019;47:243-251. | Chambrone L, Guglielmetti MR, Pannati CM, Chambrone LA. Evidence grade associating periodontitis to preterm birth and/or low birth weight: I. A systematic review of prospective cohort studies. J Clin Periodontol 2011;38:795-808. | Wei BJ, Chen YJ, Wu B. Periodontal disease and risk of preeclampsia: A meta- analysis of observational studies. PLOS ONE 2013;8:1-6. | Conde-Agudelo A, Villar J, Lindheimer M. Maternal infection and risk of preeclampsia: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008;Jan:7-22

vii Savitt ED, Socransky SS. Distribution of certain subgingival microbial species in selected periodontal conditions. J Periodontal Res 1984, 19 (2): 111-123.

 







DGSHAPE Americas to Showcase its Latest Digital Technologies at AGD2021

Posted on May 25, 2021

Roland DGA’s DGSHAPE Americas dental business group will showcase its latest digital technologies at AGD2021, the premier event for the Academy of General Dentistry, June 10-12 in Austin, Texas. The leading provider of digital milling machines and other advanced dental devices and accessories will be demonstrating the impressive capabilities of its DWX series mills, including the

DWX-42W wet mill and DWX-52D dry mill at this important event. Exhibiting at AGD2021 will mark DGSHAPE America’s first appearance at an in-person dental industry trade show since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in early 2020.

“We’re really looking forward to exhibiting at AGD2021 in Austin and giving attendees a chance to get up close and personal with our cutting-edge dental technology,” said Roland DGA’s Dental Solutions Product Manager, Lisa Aguirre. “The DWX-42W and DWX-52D are the best wet and dry mills in the industry, respectively. These innovative devices make producing same-day, chairside lab-quality restorations easier, faster and more cost effective than ever before.”

DGSHAPE’s wet mill – the DWX-42W – provides on-demand milling of crowns, bridges, onlays, veneers, and even custom titanium abutments with the DGSHAPE AK-1 Abutment Kit. With its open architecture, 6-station Automatic Tool Changer, Virtual Machine Panel (VPanel), ethernet connectivity, and newly designed grinding burs, the DWX-42W produces lab-quality CAD/CAM restorations with ease and precision. The DGSHAPE DWX-52D dry mill is a state-of-the-art five-axis dry mill engineered for unmatched ease of use as well as outstanding versatility, productivity, and reliability. It boasts a 15-station Automatic Tool Changer, an Intelligent Tool Changer, better disc handling, improved tool management, and a host of additional features.

For more information on the complete DGSHAPE product line, visit https://www.rolanddga.com/dental. To learn more about AGD2021, visit https://www.agd.org/agd-meeting.

About Roland DGA Corporation and DGSHAPE Americas

Roland DGA Corporation serves North and South America as the marketing, sales, distribution and service arm for Roland DG Corporation and its subsidiary, DGSHAPE. Founded in 1981 and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Roland DG of Hamamatsu, Japan is a worldwide leader in wide-format inkjet printers, engravers, photo impact printers and CNC milling machines. DGSHAPE Americas is the Roland DGA dental business group dedicated to the DGSHAPE line of products, most notable as a market leader in dental milling machines. To learn more about Roland DGA Corporation and DGSHAPE Americas, visit https://www.rolanddga.com/dental.







Henry Schein One Acquires Majority Interest in Jarvis Analytics

Posted on May 25, 2021

Henry Schein One, a subsidiary of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), announced today that it has acquired an 80% ownership position in Jarvis Analytics, a software company that develops comprehensive business analytics tools to help dental practitioners and their teams use data to diagnose problems, strengthen decision-making, and improve business performance.

Dallas-based Jarvis Analytics was founded by Steven Maroulis in 2017. Maroulis will continue to manage Jarvis Analytics and lead the Henry Schein One Dental Analytics business as Executive Director. The expected 2021 financial results from Jarvis Analytics are immaterial to Henry Schein One. The acquisition will be neutral to Henry Schein’s 2021 earnings per share and accretive thereafter. Additional financial terms were not disclosed.

“This partnership further demonstrates our commitment to offer the latest advances in technology through Henry Schein One, making it possible for dental practices to improve nearly every aspect of their business management,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “We look forward to a strong partnership with Jarvis that will enable dental teams to use data more effectively to build a better business.”

Dental practices have tremendous amounts of data stored in practice management systems, such as Henry Schein’s market-leading Dentrix®, Dentrix Ascend®, and Dentrix® Enterprise, as well as systems for patient relationship management, finance, marketing, and more. Unfortunately, many dental practices do not yet consolidate and analyze this disparate data. Jarvis simplifies the collection of data from multiple sources and organizes it so the information can be presented in real-time reports, dashboards, and other methods. Jarvis’ analytics tools can also help identify the impact positive changes may have on projected revenue, including hygiene recall, patient retention, case acceptance, and collection.

“Data mining is the new vehicle for accelerating dental business growth. Dental practices that know how to use dental analytics to analyze their data can see what has happened, what is happening, and make informed decisions about the changes they should make to improve performance,” said Mike Baird, Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein One. “The addition of Jarvis Analytics means dental teams will benefit by having a trusted partner with the size and expertise of Henry Schein One to enhance and support their dental analytics solutions. With these insights, practices owners and dental management teams can make better decisions to improve efficiency, increase revenue, and maintain clinical excellence.”

Jarvis Analytics will continue to be practice management system agnostic, working with more than 10 practice management systems, including Dentrix, Dentrix Ascend, and Dentrix Enterprise. The analytics tools offered by Jarvis Analytics will eventually become integrated into select Henry Schein One practice management systems, making it possible to deliver one digital workflow that simplifies management while improving business performance.

“From day one, our vision has been to help dental practitioners turn practice management data into powerful insights,” said Mr. Maroulis. “Our customers recognize the value of data analytics and have chosen to embed it into every layer of their business to drive operational efficiencies and growth. We’re excited for the future and look forward to the critical role Jarvis will undertake to help Henry Schein One become the leader in dental analytics solutions for dental businesses of any size.”

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 solutions offered through international companies, including Software of Excellence, Logiciel Julie, InfoMed, axiUm, and LabNet, among others. For more information, visit www.henryscheinone.com.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 20,000 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 help 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® index, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries and territories. The Company's sales reached $10.1 billion in 2020, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 12 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.

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Dr. Matthew Burton invents revolutionary matrix wedge

Posted on May 25, 2021

Frustrated with the limitations of available Class II matrix systems, Illinois practicing dentist Dr. Matthew Burton spent countless nights designing and developing his BurtonBands and VursaWedge, two genius products that are integral to the success of Class II restorations. And now, under an exclusive distribution agreement with Young Specialties, these chairside restorative solutions are available to dentists in the US and Canada.

“One night, after a particularly challenging day in the operatory, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking there has to be a better way to restore Class IIs,” recalls Dr. Burton, “I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I went downstairs to the kitchen, sketched some ideas on paper, and headed to my office to begin working on a new wedge design.” Months of sleepless nights and dozens of prototypes later, Dr. Burton perfected his new split-wedge design.

“I discovered I could simplify the matrix system by attaching a smaller matrix to a modified wedge that was split down the middle,” emphasizes Dr. Burton, “The flexible split wedge allows for proper contour and a tight gingival seal, as the two legs of the wedge splay out to effectively hold the matrix in place, creating a system that is fully compatible with all major ring systems. The unique split-wedge design simplifies ring placement, helps stabilize the ring and allows the ring to squeeze the gingival margin closed without impacting matrix contour.”

Through the discovery and implementation of what Dr. Burton describes as “wedge physics”, the unique split-wedge design of VursaWedge provides several distinct advantages compared to traditional wedges. VursaWedge allows the wedge to be inserted without being influenced by the upward forces of the patient’s papilla, thereby preventing deformation inherent to traditional wedge and band systems, such as open contacts and poor gingival margin seals. This eliminates flash, thereby reducing time spent finishing and polishing the restoration particularly in the hard-to-reach interproximal area.

Dr. Burton continues to treat patients at his solo practice in Frankfort, Illinois while also continuing to enhance and improve BurtonBands and VursaWedge product lines with an anticipated July 2021 launch of additional VursaWedge shapes and sizes, including an anatomical wedge specifically designed for difficult furcation cases.

For more information, visit: https://www.youngspecialties.com/product-category/plak-smacker/matrix-systems/

About Dr. Matthew Burton

Founder of Burton Dental Innovations, LLC (www.BurtonBands.com), Matthew Burton, DDS, developed the BurtonBands and VursaWedge matrix system to help dentists achieve more predictable and favorable Class II composite results with improved efficiency and optimal outcomes. Dr. Burton specializes in Class II composite restorations at his private practice in Frankfort, Illinois and has leveraged his insights to develop and market new solutions for dentists who face the same challenges in their own practice.

About Young Specialties

Young Specialties, a division of Young Innovations, LLC, has strategically partnered with some of the most influential brands in the dental specialty market, bringing more than a century of collective experience under one roof. Our mission is to help dental professionals achieve the outcomes they expect in a skilled, compassionate and effective manner. Young Specialties provides clinicians with custom product solutions expertly designed to fit their practices, along with leading-edge technology and best-in-class clinical training programs, all designed to help practices thrive.







CarolinasDentist to Host Free Dental Care Day for the Uninsured Moore County, NC

Posted on May 25, 2021

CarolinasDentist, an affiliated practice of Light Wave Dental, announced today that Friday June 4th will be Free Dental Care Day in Aberdeen, North Carolina. Taking place between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM ET, CarolinasDentist will offer free dental care to uninsured residents and members of the Moore County community.

CarolinasDentist and Light Wave Dental are committed to providing quality dental care to those who need it most and understand the importance of giving back to local communities throughout the central North Carolina region. With many families having lost their insurance during the pandemic or being forced to put off care due to worries about health and safety, it’s vital that those in need get access to dental care. CarolinasDentist’s Free Dental Care Day is an extension of their commitment to health and wellness of the Moore County community and beyond.

“As a growing small business in Moore County, it is incumbent upon us to recognize our position and use it to strengthen the health and lives of our fellow neighbors,” said Dr. Magdalena Blaszczec. “Our growth has been made possible by this local community, and we look forward to not just this event but future ones like it where we can have a direct impact on North Carolinians and their families. We also thank fellow community partner Chick-Fil-A who has helped make this possible.”

“Free Dental Care Day is yet another way that Light Wave Dental and CarolinasDentist show their commitment to increasing access to dental care for those who need it most,” said Dr. Clifton Cameron, DDS, Chief Dental Officer at Light Wave Dental. “Light Wave Dental’s model provides us, and our practice group partners with opportunities to structure days like this that we consider win-win in the ability to improve quality of life for community members and grow the practice’s footprint.”

For more information on how to schedule your appointment on Free Dental Care Day reach us via our CarolinasDentist Southern Pines location: https://www.carolinasdentist.com/southern-pines-dentist/

About CarolinasDentist

CarolinasDentist is a local dental practice with nine convenient locations across North Carolina. We believe in “positively different dentistry” that offers patients a relaxing environment with high-quality dental care. Our work is centered on making sure our patients’ needs are understood, having convenient scheduling and financial options, and upholding a high standard of care using modern technology.

We offer many different dental services, ranging all the way from cavity prevention to dramatic smile makeovers. We’ll be there for you when your little one gets their first tooth, and we’ll be there for you if you ever need to restore your smile back to great condition. You can think of us as your trusted dental home that you can turn to year after year, throughout all stages of your dental health.

About Light Wave Dental Management

Light Wave Dental Management is a leading dental management company with 48 affiliate locations in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Light Wave is solving the big problems in dentistry: retirement, management, reimbursements, and partnership by providing the benefits of group dentistry while preserving the essence of private practice. For more information, visit www.lightwavedental.com.







Digital Dentistry CE Center: Transcend Dental Education

Posted on May 24, 2021

Drs. Cory Glenn, DDS and Ben Kellum, DDS announce the grand opening of their new continuing education center specializing in digital dentistry, Transcend Dental Education. The center is unique in that participants can learn various dental procedures online or in a real-world clinical setting with patients in the chair. “This model of education allows us to offer the most advanced training in dentistry while providing low-to-no-cost care to the underserved of Alabama,” explained Dr. Glenn. Clinicians can choose from courses such as guided implant surgery, digital denture fabrication, full-mouth rehabilitation and more.

The doctors will focus their care efforts on specific patient populations, including those in substance use disorder recovery, veterans, and anyone who otherwise doesn’t have access to the quality treatment they need for good oral health and improved quality of life.

Both doctors are passionate about technology and understand how it can help facilitate providing inexpensive, quality care. “We see the ability for technology to help lower costs of dental treatment and give more patients access to better care,” Dr. Kellum explained. Several dental manufacturers including Axsys Dental Solutions and Blue Sky Bio have been moved to support the endeavor, donating products and equipment, including high-end technology. Several other manufacturers supporting the center will be announced in the coming weeks. “Our goal is to create a teaching facility with the latest and best in digital dental technology,” said Dr. Glenn “And there’s no way this model would work if these manufacturers didn’t step up to the plate. They’ve gotten behind us and they like the mission.”

The doctors hope their endeavor will help change the way new dentists think about the profession. They hope to inspire their peers and help them understand that compassionate, affordable care doesn’t have to come at the sacrifice of quality or financial success.

Transcend Education Goals:

• Create a low-cost community clinic that will provide advanced care to underserved populations in northern Alabama.

• Provide dental continuing education and digital dental lab services for financial stability, allowing the dental clinic to expand access to care.

• Use the platform to promote a narrative within the profession on how technology can be leveraged to provide compassionate, affordable care that doesn’t come at the sacrifice of quality or financial success.

To learn more about Transcend Dental Education’s mission, or to view their course selection, visit transcendde.com

Dr. Cory Glenn, DDS graduated from Arkansas State University in 2004 and from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2008. Following graduation, he went on to complete the Lutheran Medical Center’s advanced education in general dentistry residency at UT Memphis. He is a continuing education “junkie” and a graduate of the Georgia MaxiCourse in Implant Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society

Comprehensive Ortho Program, and is credentialed as an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has served as the CE director for the TN AGD and as president and CE director of the Middle TN Dental Study Club. For several years, Dr. Glenn ran a private practice in Winchester, TN where he performed all disciplines of dentistry with a particular focus on utilizing technology and innovative techniques to make comprehensive treatment more accessible to his patients. In late 2015, he was diagnosed with APL leukemia and spent 8 months doing chemotherapy achieving complete remission. However, due to ongoing back problems following treatment, he has since retired from clinical practice and now focuses entirely on dental technology and teaching.He is the Director of Clinical Technology for Blue Sky Bio where he works in product and software development as well as clinical customer support. As an educator, he teaches nationally and internationally over 200 hours a year on the topics of guided surgery, CAD/CAM, cone beam technology, dental photography, digital smile design, digital dentures, and complex full mouth rehabilitation. In addition, he has authored or co-authored numerous articles on a variety of dental topics.

Dr. Ben Kellum, DDS grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. After graduating from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, he went on to get his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Kellum completed a 1 Year AEGD residency program in Pocatello, Idaho focused on comprehensive implant planning and treatment. Dr. Kellum spent several years in private practice at a full arch denture and implant clinic and then transitioned full-time to serve as the Program Director of The Foundry Dental AEGD Residency Program in Birmingham, Alabama. The Foundry Dental Clinic is a Christian-based community clinic, where Dr. Kellum was able to use his background in full-arch implant surgery and restoration to give those going through drug recovery access to more ideal treatment options. Additionally, Dr. Kellum devoted significant time and energy to help implement digital workflows into his practice to change the economics of the dentistry he provides. Helping others to do the same has become a passion for him.







Like-Minded Dentists Leverage Technology and Innovative Thinking to Change the Model of Continuing Education and Provide Low-to-No Cost Care

Posted on May 24, 2021

Drs. Cory Glenn, DDS and Ben Kellum, DDS announce the grand opening of their new continuing education center specializing in digital dentistry, Transcend Dental Education. The center is unique in that participants can learn various dental procedures online or in a real-world clinical setting with patients in the chair. “This model of education allows us to offer the most advanced training in dentistry while providing low-to-no-cost care to the underserved of Alabama,” explained Dr. Glenn.

Clinicians can choose from courses such as guided implant surgery, digital denture fabrication, full-mouth rehabilitation and more.

The doctors will focus their care efforts on specific patient populations, including those in substance use disorder recovery, veterans, and anyone who otherwise doesn’t have access to the quality treatment they need for good oral health and improved quality of life.

Both doctors are passionate about technology and understand how it can help facilitate providing inexpensive, quality care. “We see the ability for technology to help lower costs of dental treatment and give more patients access to better care,” Dr. Kellum explained.

Several dental manufacturers including Axsys Dental Solutions and Blue Sky Bio have been moved to support the endeavor, donating products and equipment, including high-end technology. Several other manufacturers supporting the center will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Our goal is to create a teaching facility with the latest and best in digital dental technology,” said Dr. Glenn “And there’s no way this model would work if these manufacturers didn’t step up to the plate. They’ve gotten behind us and they like the mission.”

The doctors hope their endeavor will help change the way new dentists think about the profession. They hope to inspire their peers and help them understand that compassionate, affordable care doesn’t have to come at the sacrifice of quality or financial success.

Transcend education goals:

• Create a low-cost community clinic that will provide advanced care to underserved populations in northern Alabama.

• Provide dental continuing education and digital dental lab services for financial stability, allowing the dental clinic to expand access to care.

• Use the platform to promote a narrative within the profession on how technology can be leveraged to provide compassionate, affordable care that doesn’t come at the sacrifice of quality or financial success.

To learn more about Transcend Dental Education’s mission, or to view their course selection, visit transcendde.com.

Dr. Cory Glenn, DDS graduated from Arkansas State University in 2004 and from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2008. Following graduation, he went on to complete the Lutheran Medical Center’s advanced education in general dentistry residency at UT Memphis. He is a continuing education “junkie” and a graduate of the Georgia MaxiCourse in Implant Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society Comprehensive Ortho Program, and is credentialed as an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has served as the CE director for the TN AGD and as president and CE director of the Middle TN Dental Study Club. For several years, Dr. Glenn ran a private practice in Winchester, TN where he performed all disciplines of dentistry with a particular focus on utilizing technology and innovative techniques to make comprehensive treatment more accessible to his patients. In late 2015, he was diagnosed with APL leukemia and spent eight months doing chemotherapy achieving complete remission. However, due to ongoing back problems following treatment, he has since retired from clinical practice and now focuses entirely on dental technology and teaching. He is the Director of Clinical Technology for Blue Sky Bio where he works in product and software development as well as clinical customer support. As an educator, he teaches nationally and internationally over 200 hours a year on the topics of guided surgery, CAD/CAM, cone beam technology, dental photography, digital smile design, digital dentures, and complex full mouth rehabilitation. In addition, he has authored or co-authored numerous articles on a variety of dental topics.

Dr. Ben Kellum, DDS grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. After graduating from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, he went on to get his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Kellum completed a 1 Year AEGD residency program in Pocatello, Idaho, focused on comprehensive implant planning and treatment. Dr. Kellum spent several years in private practice at a full arch denture and implant clinic and then transitioned full-time to serve as the Program Director of The Foundry Dental AEGD Residency Program in Birmingham, Ala. The Foundry Dental Clinic is a Christian-based community clinic, where Dr. Kellum was able to use his background in full-arch implant surgery and restoration to give those going through drug recovery access to more ideal treatment options. Additionally, Dr. Kellum devoted significant time and energy to help implement digital workflows into his practice to change the economics of the dentistry he provides. Helping others to do the same has become a passion for him.







Planmeca and Midwestern University Dental Donate CAD/CAM Equipment to the Kingdom of Tonga

Posted on May 24, 2021

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona and Planmeca today announce cooperative efforts to expand restorative dentistry to the Kingdom of Tonga by donating CAD/CAM dentistry equipment and software.

This donation, coordinated by P. Bradford Smith D.D.S, Dean of Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona and Planmeca USA Schools and Institutions Sales Manager Don Erickson, increases the level of dental care in the form of indirect restorations for the first time to the population of over 100,000. With the donation of a Planmeca mills, two Planmeca intraoral scanners with laptops, and Planmeca Romexis and Planmeca PlanCAD Easy Design and Mill software, the Tongan dental team at Vaiola Hospital can help the people of the island nation save their teeth by fabricating restorative crowns onsite at the clinic at a significantly reduced cost. In addition, the group of nine dentists will complete onsite restorations within a single patient visit, critical time savings for those who may travel from the outer islands.

Dr. Smith remarks that this is possibly the first instance of an intraoral scanner and mill in the small island chains of the South Pacific. Unfortunately, the cost of manufacturing crowns has been prohibitive to the Tongan population as well as the extended time in sending impressions overseas to be milled and returned for placement.

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona has been conducting mission trips to Tonga for over ten years, assisting in providing dental equipment and continuing education to advance the levels of dental care. Previous mission trips resulted in implementing a dental assistance program for four-handed dentistry, advancing orthodontia care, and providing didactic and hands-on training on implantology.

In late 2019 on their last mission trip before travel restrictions, the Midwestern University volunteers worked with Dr. Afa Taulangovaka and the dental team to place 15 implants. Using the Planmeca CAD/CAM system, the dentists will be adept at milling crowns to complete the process.

Planmeca partners with organizations through donorship and outreach to provide needed dental care to the underserved, ultimately enhancing their wellness and quality of life. “Planmeca has made contributions worldwide, including the donations of dental units and imaging products. The expansion of a contribution in the area of CAD/CAM dentistry is a great addition to our outreach to provide improved dental care,” noted Jussi Ylisaari, Director of After Sales and University Projects at Planmeca Oy.

About Planmeca USA:

Planmeca USA is a subsidiary of Planmeca, the largest privately held company in the dental equipment market and one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of dental X-rays and core equipment. With a North American office located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and international headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, Planmeca is well established in high-tech dental markets and currently serves 120 countries worldwide. For more information, visit planmeca.com.

Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit graduate and postgraduate educational institution specializing in the health sciences with 14 colleges located on two campuses. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to nearly 3,000 students and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove; the College of Health Sciences-Illinois; the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois; the Chicago College of Optometry; and the College of Graduate Studies-Illinois. The Arizona campus, located on a 156-acre site in Glendale, is home to over 3,900 students and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Pharmacy, Glendale; the College of Health Sciences-Arizona; the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona; the Arizona College of Optometry; the College of Veterinary Medicine; the College of Graduate Studies-Arizona; and the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit https://www.midwestern.edu or call 623/572-3215.







NYU Dentistry to Host Global Oral Health Event in Support of WHO World Health Assembly

Posted on May 20, 2021

NYU College of Dentistry’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center, together with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, will host a virtual event on Wednesday, May 26, on integrating oral health and global health. The meeting will take place on the occasion of the 74th World Health Assembly of the WHO, which will convene virtually from May 24 through June 1 and will bring together ministers of health from all 194 WHO member states.

In January 2021, the WHO adopted a resolution on oral health calling for the development of a global oral health strategy, action plan, and monitoring framework in order to integrate oral health with Universal Health Coverage and the global agenda for noncommunicable diseases by 2030. The endorsement of the resolution is on the agenda of the 74th World Health Assembly, an annual meeting of the WHO’s decision-making body to establish its priorities and policies.

“Oral health has long been too low on the list of global health priorities. This is why governments, through the resolution, are now asking for change,” said Habib Benzian, co-director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Quality Improvement and Evidence-based Dentistry at NYU Dentistry. 

Almost half of the world’s population suffers from one or several oral diseases, many of which are preventable but have a serious impact on individuals, health systems, and economies. This side event will explore the urgent need for impactful action on oral health through policies and health systems, globally and within countries. 

The event will include speakers and panelists from the WHO, NYU Dentistry, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, and additional high-level member state representatives from ministries of health in Denmark, Japan, Kenya, and Thailand. They will discuss the state of health worldwide, policy pathways towards oral health for all, and turning policy into action to improve oral health by 2030.

The event will take place on May 26 from 11:30-13:00 EDT (New York); 17:30-19:00 CET (Geneva); or 21:00–22:30 IST (Colombo). For a schedule of the event and to register, please visit the event’s website. A link to the Zoom webinar will be provided after registration. Reporters interested in attending should contact rachel.harrison@nyu.edu.

About NYU College of Dentistry

Founded in 1865, NYU Dentistry is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating nearly 10 percent of all of our nation’s dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. It is the home of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Quality-improvement, Evidence-based Dentistry. WHO Collaborating Centers are designated by the Director-General of WHO as part of an inter-institutional collaborative network of centers worldwide. For more, visit: https://dental.nyu.edu/







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