Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced that it will host on May 21, 2021, an interactive virtual event titled ThriveLIVE™, which will offer dental professionals the opportunity to “laugh, lunch, and learn” while engaging with innovative, informative, and entertaining content.
Available to all dental professionals at no charge, ThriveLIVE will present engaging speakers providing insights that can be applied to the dental practice and can help achieve an optimal work-life balance. The event’s morning session will feature the following educational courses:
Dr. Jonathan Levine – Art of the Smile™: Dr. Levine, an esthetic prosthodontist and co-founder of GLO Science, will explore the mindset of a purpose-filled life, one that drives satisfaction in both personal lives and careers, and discuss the tools that can help achieve this mindset.
James Nestor – Breath: What Every Dental Professional Needs to Know: Acclaimed author and journalist James Nestor will discuss what breathing does for our physical and mental well-being, and how we can breathe better as a caregiver and as a patient.
Dr. Wally Renne – A Tour Through Technology: Dr. Renne, Assistant Dean of Innovation and Digital Dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina, will guide participants through the latest technologies to provide better, safer, and more comprehensive care offer helpful hints on deciding how to select the right technology for a dental practice.
Dr. Bethany Valachi – Ergonomics: Be Able to Retire Before Your Body Does: Physical therapist Dr. Valachi will introduce key ergonomic positioning strategies to help optimize posture, prevent pain, and reduce fatigue, applicable to all clinicians and dental team members.
Vanessa Van Edwards – Body Language Behind a Mask: Vanessa Van Edwards, author of “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding With People,” will provide tips and a general understanding to reading others’ body language while they’re wearing a mask to easily determine how someone is feeling and how you, as a dental professional, can project confidence and trust.
Dr. Heidi Kohltfarber – 3-D Speed Reading and Referring: Dr. Kohltfarber, an Oral Maxillofacial Radiologist, will present a guide to reviewing 3-D images chairside and offer tips that can help determine when to treat, refer, or consult for more comprehensive care.
In addition to the courses, ThriveLIVE’s morning session will also include entertainment in between courses with Talent Behind the Mask, featuring dental professionals showcasing their unique talents. Participants will also enjoy an interactive yoga experience from Dr. Cristian Pavel and Dr. Danielle Cascioli, “the Dentalyogis,” and can then follow along with Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani to make a special lunch.
“With ThriveLIVE, we have created an exciting event that not only provides free education to dental professionals, but also engages their creativity and encourages a healthy work-life balance,” said AJ Caffentzis, President, U.S. Dental Distribution, Henry Schein. “Dental teams can continue to rely on Henry Schein to offer unique virtual content they can use to enhance their practices for the ultimate benefit of patients.”
The afternoon session of ThriveLIVE will feature one-on-one candid interviews hosted by Dr. Jonathan Levine, who will speak with leading specialists and dental leaders to discuss what’s new in the various specialties, recommendations for technology and techniques, and explore cases that provide new insights into the capabilities of modern dentistry.
To register for ThriveLIVE and to learn more, please visit https://henryscheinevents.com/thrivelive/#agenda.
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 and medical 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.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a byproduct of human metabolism and exists in high levels in exhaled air, and is therefore often used as a proxy for indoor air quality. The study "Ventilation Assessment by Carbon Dioxide Levels in Dental Treatment Rooms," published in the Journal of Dental Research (JDR), evaluated CO2 levels in dental operatories and determined the accuracy of using CO2 levels to assess ventilation rate in dental clinics.
Researchers at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, N.Y., USA, conducted CO2 concentration and ventilation rate assessments in 10 closed dental treatment rooms with varying air change rates by ventilation. Mechanical ventilation rate in air change per hour was measured with an air velocity sensor and air flow balancing hood.
The results showed that CO2 level in dental treatment rooms could be measured with a simple consumer-grade CO2 sensor, and that ventilation rate could be determined by either natural or experimental buildup of CO2 levels in dental settings. Assessing CO2 levels allows dental care professionals to conveniently and accurately calculate the ventilation rates in their offices and help them to devise effective strategies for ventilation improvement. They also demonstrated that ventilation rates in air change per hour could be accurately assessed by observing CO2 levels after a simple mixing of household baking soda and vinegar.
"Accurate measurements of ventilation rate in dental settings are important for risk assessment and for risk mitigation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic," said JDR Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Jakubovics, Newcastle University, England. "This study demonstrates the precision of a practical tool that will enable dental care professionals to conveniently and accurately monitor CO2 levels and assess the ventilation rates in order to devise a pragmatic and effective strategy for ventilation improvement in their work environment."
About the Journal of Dental Research
The IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research (JDR) is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge in all sciences relevant to dentistry and the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. The JDR ranks #3 in Impact Factor of 91 journals, #2 without self-citations, as well as #2 of 91 in Article Influence with a score of 1.627. The JDR's 5-year Impact Factor remained above 5 for the fifth year at 5.844 -- ranking #2 of 91 journals. With over 20,000 citations, the JDR also boasts the most citations in the "Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine" category, over 3,500 citations above the 2nd ranked journal in the field.
International Association for Dental Research
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,000 individual members worldwide, with a mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.iadr.org. The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR with 3,100 members in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.iadr.org/aadr.
Sonendo, Inc., a leading dental technology company and developer of the GentleWave® System, today announced their celebration of National Root Canal Appreciation Day on May 12, 2021.
National Root Canal Appreciation Day occurs during the American Association of Endodontists Save Your Tooth Month, presenting an excellent opportunity for Sonendo and the endodontic community to emphasize the value of root canal treatment. Modern endodontics offers advancements in innovation—like the GentleWave Procedure—instrumental in saving natural teeth.
Bjarne Bergheim, President, and CEO of Sonendo, stated, "Endodontists are often the unsung heroes in dentistry as not everyone understands their role or the significance in preserving natural teeth whenever possible. We are proud to have completed over 600,000 GentleWave Procedures, i.e., over 600,000 patients whose pain and infection was resolved, and natural teeth saved by endodontists. We want to express our gratitude and celebrate endodontists for the vital services they provide."
Hoping to change the negative perceptions many people hold of root canal treatment, GentleWave advocate and endodontist Sonia Chopra of Charlotte, N.C., is observing National Root Canal Appreciation Day by highlighting the challenging cases she has been able to resolve for her patients.
Sonendo's GentleWave Procedure is at the forefront of the next evolution of endodontic technology and transforming the patient experience. The GentleWave System uses patented, novel technology to deliver more thorough cleaning and disinfection to the entire root canal system —even in the microscopic places where bacteria can hide—and leaves more of the tooth structure intact1,2.
Most GentleWave Procedures can be performed in one visit3, and in general, patients find the procedure to be comfortable and report minimal to no pain after the procedure4. Additionally, the System releases virtually no aerosolized material into the air during normal use5, potentially reducing the threat of the spread of airborne infection – such as COVID-19 – to patients, clinicians, and their staff. Procedure instruments for the GentleWave System also come pre-sterilized and single-use, minimizing the risk of exposure from one patient to the next.
Patients interested in learning more about the GentleWave Procedure can visit GentleWave.com.
Sonendo, Inc. is a privately held company developing innovative technologies to transform dentistry by Saving Teeth Through Sound Science®. The GentleWave System shows significant improvements in clinical efficacy and practice efficiency compared to standard root canal treatment2,6,7. Sonendo is the parent company of TDO® Software, the developer of the most widely used endodontic practice management software in the world, designed to simplify practice workflow. TDO software seamlessly integrates practice management, imaging, referral reporting, CBCT imaging and offers built-in communication with the GentleWave System.
For more information about Sonendo, visit www.sonendo.com. For details about TDO, visit www.tdo4endo.com
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2. Molina B et al. (2015) J Endod. 41:1701-05
3. Sigurdsson et al. J Endod 2018; 44(3):510-517
4. Sigurdsson et al. J Endod 2016; 41(7):1040-10484
5. Data on file at Sonendo; internal testing report# TR20-002
6. Sigurdsson A et al. (2016) J Endod. 42:1040-48
7. Trope M et al. (1999) J Endod. 25:345–50
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Desktop Health has introduced Flexcera, a next-generation resin and the first intentionally formulated and optimized 3D printing material for use in producing high-quality dentures and other digital dental solutions.
Flexcera has received FDA 510(k) clearance and has undergone extensive clinical evaluation since March 2020. The formulation was developed in Montreal, Canada, through rigorous resin material selection, testing, and optimization. It was developed, tested, and specially selected from more than 200 formulations and studied in more than 900 patients with no known cases of breakage to-date.
In addition to possessing a high fracture resistance, the optimized formula achieves lifelike tooth translucency, resulting in a natural-looking smile.
Dentaqua, Inc. (“Dentaqua”) today announced the release of its advanced ‘Complete Dental Disinfection System’. The countertop device produces superoxidized hypochlorous acid, an all-natural, non-toxic disinfectant that destroys all known microbes including stubborn biofilm. This system offers a higher disinfectant standard while saving dental practices an average of $1,000 per operatory annually.
Dentaqua allows dental practices to produce their own low-cost disinfectant which can be applied in several areas of the clinic including: surface disinfection, environmental fogging, dental impression disinfection and dental waterline disinfection. The system eliminates the need for traditional chemical disinfectants and single-use plastic wipes.
The device is designed and manufactured in Ireland, and available throughout the US via Dentaqua’s network of sales representatives.
With each Dentaqua system, dentists receive a complimentary handheld ‘fogger’, enabling the quick disinfection of surgeries in between patient visits.
Dentists also receive high-quality, re-usable spray bottles, which when filled with Dentaqua disinfectant, can be used in combination with more sustainable paper towels to eliminate the purchasing of costly and environmentally unsustainable single-use wipes.
The plug-and-play Dentaqua device has ‘one touch’ operation that fills dental water bottles for continuous dental waterline disinfection. Separately, at the touch of a button, the system produces a disinfectant solution for use in a range of applications.
Dentaqua also provides a data trail on the use of the system. This allows dental practices to clearly evidence disinfection production and use.
Dentists can eliminate procurement hassle and stock shortages by producing their own disinfectant from the device.
Benefits of the Dentaqua DW-8 system include:
• Generate your own low-cost disinfectant using just water and a quality controlled salt electrolyte – all natural so you don’t have to worry about chemical exposure.
• Savings of $1000 per individual operatory annually.
• Dentaqua-produced water eliminates waterline biofilm, resulting in ultra-clean dental water and reducing risks associated with dental aerosols.
• App-based automatic record-keeping minimizes the need for manual record keeping
and auto-orders consumable salt so you never run out.
• Proven non-corrosive to dental equipment in long term clinical settings.
• Independently studied and proven to be non-toxic to human epithelial cells and it does not affect composite bond strength
“The new technology has proveen very successful with dentists with the equivalent of 3,000+ operatories now using the technology. The positive feedback from customers has been huge” said Dentaqua, Inc. President Ed O’Reilly. “Dentist and dental staff love the system. The fact that it eliminates single-use wipes and the fact that you don’t have to worry about purchasing and monitoring chemicals is a real benefit. You simply produce your own highly-effective, eco-friendly disinfectant, as needed, at the touch of a button”
“The environmental benefit of eliminating large volumes of single use plastic wipes going to landfill is a very attractive proposition for most dentists. It enables dental practices to legitimately market their eco-friendly credentials to their patients” O’Reilly added.
Studies looking into the ability of antimicrobial-surface wipes to prevent the spread of infections such as MRSA found that current protocols utilized by hospital staff have the potential to spread pathogens. This is often due to their incorrect use and the ineffectiveness of many wipes from antimicrobial standpoint.
Independent studies have proven that Dentaqua’s Ecasol disinfectant destroys non-enveloped virus - which are more difficult to kill than Coronavirus - in less than 1 minute contact time.
There are a number of products on the market that use salt to generate hypochlorous acid. Most are extremely inefficient at converting salt, resulting is high levels of residual chloride in the hypochlorous acid solution. This results in corrosion of dental chair components, equipment and materials.
Dentaqua is non-corrosive to dental equipment. Uniquely, its patented device produces solutions with virtually no residual salt, making it an ideal solution to disinfect high-value dental equipment.
Visit https://www.dentaqua.com to learn more about Dentaqua’s Complete Dentaqua Disinfection System.
Dentaqua is passionate about protecting people from microbiological infections. The company develops and manufactures the world’s most advanced medical-standard devices for the in-situ production of superoxidized hypochlorous acid. Dentaqua’s unique disinfectant is highly effective at low concentrations and within very short contact times. It is non-toxic and eco-friendly, with the only precursors being water and a minute amount of proprietary salt. At the touch of a button, Dentaqua produces all of your general disinfectant, environmental decontamination and water-related disinfection needs.
Planmeca USA, an industry-leading manufacturer of dental imaging and CAD/CAM equipment, announced today the integration of its all-in-one software, Planmeca Romexis®, with Henry Schein One’s web-based service, Digital Dental Exchange (DDX®). This integration will help enhance communication between dental practices and dental laboratories; deliver seamless connectivity between practice management software and lab-management applications; and make it possible to easily share data between practices and labs.
“Integrating with DDX is an important collaboration between Planmeca and Henry Schein, making our mutual customers’ lives easier by improving digital workflows and operational efficiencies,” said Lou Vodopivec, Director of Product Strategy at Planmeca USA. “Customers can easily send a CBCT file, intraoral scan, and patient images using Planmeca Romexis to DDX by clicking a button. This provides a truly efficient bridge between dentists and laboratories, giving our customers the simplicity that this integration provides.”
Planmeca Romexis is a robust, open software platform that includes a wide selection of modules to diagnose and treatment plan. The latest version offers a redesigned patient interface giving access to all patient data from 2D, 3D, CAD/CAM, videos, PDFs, and more in a single image browser. With the centralized database, Planmeca Romexis provides the ultimate in data accessibility and file management.
Dentists using DDX can easily create a new case - pre-populated with the patient’s information - and transfer and store multiple patient files and other pertinent information about the case to their lab quickly and securely with one click.
“With DDX’s easy-to-use interface and integrated workflow, we make it easy for practitioners to manage the creation of correct scan-to-patient-to-treatment plans. This frees up time to provide quality care for patients,” said Mike Baird, Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein One. “Because DDX is an interoperative network that connects with other digital dentistry technologies, it simplifies the clinical workflow among dentists, labs and specialists.”
In addition to helping enhance digital workflows for general dentistry, the integration can enhance communication for practitioners using Reveal® Clear Aligners from Henry Schein Orthodontics, the orthodontics business of Henry Schein, Inc. Practitioners can more easily send patient information through Planmeca Romexis, integrating with the DDX portal. Trained technicians will review the patient records and provide a treatment protocol for the practitioner. The practitioner reviews and approves the treatment, makes any necessary adjustments and then tracks the progress of the case.
“Henry Schein Orthodontics’ customers can rely on us for solutions that help improve their digital workflows, as well as patient communication and case acceptance,” said Phil Prentice, President Strategic Products Portfolio Group, Henry Schein, Inc. “DDX and Romexis’ robust imaging capabilities give practitioners an opportunity to reveal what patients’ teeth could look like after treatment. As a result, more meaningful discussions are facilitated during patient visits, helping to build the trust and confidence patients need to make the clear choice about their orthodontic needs.”
With Henry Schein One’s DDX communication platform and Planmeca Romexis’s robust file management solution, dentists and laboratory technicians can enjoy a new level of connectivity. Watch the video here: Reveal® DDX Portal and Planmeca Romexis® - Now Seamlessly Integrated
To learn more about Planmeca, and Henry Schein One’s Digital Dental Exchange with Reveal® Clear Aligners, visit revealclearaligners.com/doctors/digital-integrations/planmeca.
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.
Online education is here to stay. Noting their generation’s interest in accessing learning videos, five Harvard School of Dental Medicine DMD students teamed up to create an online platform with step-by-step video tutorials for dental procedures to supplement traditional clinical and in-class learning. “My Dental Key” was launched in November 2020 with 30 instructional videos, and by March 2021 had more than 3,000 users and 350 subscribers.
According to The Harvard Gazette, the team members have published two articles in the Journal of Dental Education and been invited to present at ADEA’s annual national meeting on their program. Read more about how they developed this initiative and their plans for its future here.
BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers, announced today its Waterlase Pediatric Dental Academy (WPDA), for Waterlase pediatric dentists. The WPDA will provide clinicians with an immersive training experience through peer-led learning, best practice sharing and on-going mentorship, to ensure optimal integration of Waterlase technology into clinical practices.
"Pediatric dentists are actively seeking new ways to treat their young patients in a more gentle and holistic manner than traditional dental equipment offers; and we saw this as an opportunity to live out our mission of advancing dentistry in this community," said John Beaver, President and CEO of BIOLASE. "From minimally invasive tongue-tie releases for infants and toddlers to no-shot cavity preparations, Waterlase is the perfect addition to any pediatric practice to help kids feel more comfortable in the chair, and hopefully, instill healthy practices in oral care for life."
As part of the WPDA, members will have access to both virtual and in-person continuing education opportunities, as well as clinical support sessions to review cases, best practice techniques and exclusive Web content. The Academy leadership includes several experienced pediatric dentists, including Dr. Ben Curtis, who serves as the Executive Director, Drs. Cherish Leung, Linda Murzyn-Dantzer and Reena Kuba.
"I believe dental lasers are the future of dentistry, and I am thrilled to be part of an academy that allows pediatric dentists the opportunity to collaborate, learn and train with Waterlase," said Dr. Ben Curtis. "My practice has greatly benefited from the diverse therapies the Waterlase laser provides, from limiting the time patients are in the chair to allowing for minimally invasive treatments that take the fear out of their visit. I'm eager for those in the pediatric dentistry community to experience these same results."
Waterlase all-tissue dental lasers afford pediatric clinicians the ability to remove tooth decay gently and precisely, with less aerosols, less vibration, and little-to-no anesthesia. It can also perform soft tissue procedures with less blood and faster healing than traditional scalpel and suture methods. The versatility of Waterlase combined with the on-going education, training and clinical fellowship of the WPDA, allows any pediatric clinician to integrate the technology and offer laser dentistry to their patient base. The formation of the WPDA comes on the heels of the recently established specialty academies, the Waterlase Perio Academy and Waterlase Endo Academy.
Learn more about the Waterlase Pediatric Dental Academy at biolase.com/wpda.
About BIOLASE, Inc.
BIOLASE is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine. BIOLASE's products advance the practice of dentistry and medicine for patients and healthcare professionals. BIOLASE's proprietary laser products incorporate approximately 271 patented and 40 patent-pending technologies designed to provide biologically and clinically superior performance with less pain and faster recovery times. BIOLASE's innovative products provide cutting-edge technology at competitive prices to deliver superior results for dentists and patients. BIOLASE's principal products are revolutionary dental laser systems that perform a broad range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications. BIOLASE has sold over 41,200 laser systems to date in over 80 countries around the world. Laser products under development address BIOLASE's core dental market and other adjacent medical and consumer applications.
For updates and information on Waterlase iPlus®, Waterlase Express™, and laser dentistry, find BIOLASE online at www.biolase.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/biolase, Twitter at www.twitter.com/biolaseinc, Instagram at www.instagram.com/waterlase_laserdentistry, and LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/biolase.
BIOLASE®, Waterlase® and Waterlase iPlus® are registered trademarks of BIOLASE, Inc.
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vhf camfacture AG is expanding its top management and has appointed the former CEO of its American subsidiary vhf Inc, Dr. Nicolas Rohde, as Chief Strategy Officer at the German headquarters. Mohamed Soliman, who has recently joined the vhf Group, will take over the position of CEO at vhf Inc. With the expansion of management, the company intends to continue its dynamic growth course.
Nicolas Rohde, who holds a doctorate in economics, has been head of vhf’s American subsidiary in New York State since 2017 and was previously Division Manager for Product and Service at vhf’s headquarters near Stuttgart. Before joining vhf camfacture AG in 2016, Dr. Rohde held various international positions in the dental industry beginning in 2003, and he has in-depth knowledge of both CAD/CAM products and the industry. He sees great potential in his new role: “vhf has developed excellently in recent years, and I am looking forward to helping shape its strategic direction in the role of Chief Strategy Officer, thus laying the groundwork for further sustainable growth.”
The new management position serves to support the CEO of vhf camfacture AG, Frank Benzinger, in the development of the corporate strategy, as well as to set up strategic initiatives and programs and to drive their implementation. At the same time, Dr. Rohde will join the Board of Directors at vhf Inc.
Mohamed Soliman, an expert in the dental and medical device industry, will assume the position of CEO at vhf Inc. Most recently, he held the position of COO at MIS Implants USA, where he was responsible for marketing, finance, customer service, and operations. Prior to that, he held key positions at Stryker Orthopaedics. Mr. Soliman features a strong technical background and an MBA degree from New York University, and his broad management experience makes him eminently suited to further strengthen vhf’s position in North America.
Frank Benzinger is pleased about the personnel changes: “Nicolas Rohde has already held numerous positions at vhf, and he is known in the industry for his outstanding expertise, making him the ideal person for his new role. I am looking forward to developing vhf strategically together with him. In addition, with Mohamed Soliman we have been able to gain an excellent manager who has already proven that he can lead subsidiaries of expanding companies extremely successfully.”