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Ivoclar North America Announces Organizational Changes

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2022

Ivoclar Inc. has announced organizational changes within the company’s North American executive team to strategically meet the ever-changing dynamics of the dental marketplace. Chris Holden will assume on January 1, 2023, the role of President of Ivoclar Inc. North America, while Christian Brutzer has assumed a new role at Ivoclar Group's Corporate Management as Chief Commercial Officer High Growth Markets overseeing Latin America, Africa and APAC.

Holden joined Ivoclar in 2017 as Senior Vice President Business Development and New Markets and was promoted that same year to Executive Vice President Chief Administrative Officer.

“As President of Ivoclar Inc. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the company in developing products and services that change the lives of patients and add true value for dentists and laboratories," Holden says. "This is an exciting time to be involved in dentistry as we move forward to meet the challenges and opportunities of an evolving industry.”

Holden began his dental career with Dentsply Sirona. After earning his MBA from Wilmington University, Wilmington, Delaware, Holden completed his certificate in executive management training from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He has heldvarious senior managerial roles in sales, marketing and general management. Additionally, he has served on the Journal of the ADA Advisory Board, on the Board of Fellows at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, and currently is a member of the Board of the Dental Trade Alliance.


VITA North America Announces Exclusive Partnership With Dental Direkt

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2022

VITA North America announced its exclusive distribution partnership with Dental Direkt, a leading supplier of quality dental products and the biggest zirconia manufacturer in Europe. This exciting collaboration between two of the dental industry’s strongest brands extends VITA North America’s product portfolio to offer the largest and broadest zirconia selections on the market.

“We are excited to partner with a quality material manufacturer, who completes our consumable portfolio ideally to fulfill all material needs of our customers,” says Patrick Bayer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VITA North America. “With this exclusive partnership, the United States and Canada will have access to the most expansive and advance zirconia portfolio in the market today, combined with accelerated distribution time and superb customer service.”

VITA’s premium zirconia line, VITA YZ®, is available in a variety of sizes and four different translucency levels, including white, color and multicolor variants. VITA is also the only manufacturer to offer pre-colored and multicolor zirconia in all VITA classical®A1-D4 and VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER®shades. In addition to the VITA product line, customers will now have access to Dental Direkt’s value-priced midrange zirconia product lines. Its eight zirconia offerings are available in a range of sizes in white, color, multicolor and multilayer, as well as all 16 VITA classical®A1-D4 shades and VITA Bleached Shades. The non-shaded zirconia is accompanied by the corresponding shade liquids for individual characterization. The newest addition to the Dental Direkt Zirconia line is the industry leading Nacera®Pearl, a multilayer, multicolor disc with different translucencies and colors in one zirconia disc. In addition to a large offering of zirconia, a complete product line of high-impact thermoplastic polymers will also be available.

With the exclusive partnership between VITA North America and Dental Direkt, customers now have greater access to the largest zirconia portfolio available, expedited turnaround times from a U.S. warehouse, exceptional customer service available in three languages and a local, technical support team comprised of trained dental technicians. The partnership is set to launch January 1, 2023.

"Our exclusive partnership with VITA North America allows us to partner with an established dental manufacturer with operations in the U.S. Dental Direkt is known for always working in the best interest of the customer and processing orders and customer inquiries as quickly and as best as possible. Due to the time difference between the U.S. and Germany, we weren’t always able to guarantee this and are pleased to have found a partner in VITA North America to support us here. By working together with VITA North America, customers will benefit from faster and easier processing of our product orders and services,” says Marcel Brüggert, CEO of Dental Direkt.

VITA is a leading provider of innovative dental products. The company pioneered the field of tooth shade determination with the development of the world-renowned VITA classical®A1-D4 shade guide and its proprietary VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER®, the first and only system of its kind that covers the complete range of natural tooth shades.  From premium denture teeth and veneering materials, to digital shade measurement, furnaces and CAD/CAM restorations, VITA helps laboratory technicians and clinicians deliver high quality and esthetic results to patients quickly and efficiently.

For more information, visit or call 800-828-3839.

NJBIZ Names MouthWatch New Jersey Business of the Year

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2022


MouthWatch, LLC, recognized throughout the dental industry as a leader in teledentistry solutions and digital imaging devices, was recently named New Jersey Business of the Year in the 1-50 employee category by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s leading business journal.

The prestigious award honors those who have made significant contributions to help the state’s business community grow and prosper. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges made up of previous Business of the Year honorees.

According to MouthWatch’s CEO and Founder Brant Herman, “To be included among so many impressive companies being recognized by NJBIZ is an honor. It makes me reflect upon how far we've come. There’s a lot of work and growth ahead to achieve our goal of improving the experience for dental patients and providers while making access to dental care easier for everyone, no matter their location, coverage or need. I’m also grateful to our amazing team who will be on this journey together to make improvements in care and the success of our clients a priority.”

About MouthWatch, LLC:

Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider. For more information about MouthWatch, LLC and its innovative products, visit



Introducing Allday® 5000 Dry Mouth Toothpaste

Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Introducing Allday® 5000 Dry Mouth Toothpaste, the newest addition to the Allday Dry Mouth Relief product family, allowing you to provide a comprehensive treatment plan specifically for your dry mouth patients. Just like Allday mouth-moisturizing spray and gel, Allday 5000 is saturated with 44% xylitol and is manufactured to a pH of ~7.0. Allday 5000 is SLS and CAPB Free, instead utilizing a next generation surfactant that is much milder on oral mucosa. More than 25% of your patients likely suffer from dry mouth. These patients want relief from their pain and discomfort, but since their low saliva flow puts them at high risk, they also need the maximum protection from caries they will get from the Allday product family.

For more information or to order, call 877-866-9113 or visit


Dentsply Sirona ’s Presence at IDS 2023 to Highlight the Power of Digital Universe for Best Possible Connectivity in Dentistry

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2022

Taking place from March 14-18, 2023, in Cologne, Germany, the International Dental Show (IDS) is expected to attract more than 160,000 attendees for its 40th edition and 100-year anniversary. Dentsply Sirona’s entire product portfolio with its digital universe DS Core at the center will be on display at its spacious new booth, while engaging panels will address different megatrends impacting the dental industry.

Held every two years, IDS is the leading trade show for the dental industry. Dentsply Sirona will have a significant presence at the 2023 event, with all activities tied to the theme “united for better dentistry”—recognizing the need for even more connectivity, collaboration, and partnership to move the dental industry forward and improve oral health globally.

Attendees are invited to experience the digital universe at Dentsply Sirona’s immersive 20,451 ft2 (1,900 m2) booth. Situated in hall 11.2, the booth will feature the company’s entire portfolio of products and solutions, which visitors will be able to see in action through product demonstrations and live presentations.

A key highlight on display will be DS Core – an open, cloud-based platform powered by a collaboration between Dentsply Sirona and Google Cloud. DS Core is designed to seamlessly integrate with Dentsply Sirona devices, services, and technologies to improve practice efficiency, foster collaboration with specialists and labs, and support dental professionals throughout the entire patient journey. DS Core Create complements this offering by providing easy access to expert quality-designs for Primeprint. With DS Core Care, users receive a comprehensive, integrated equipment service and support solution.

Additional booth experiences include Dentsply Sirona’s intraoral scanner Primescan Connect, as well as Primeprint Solutions which is designed for dental practices and labs who want to expand their treatment and service offerings with medical-grade 3D printing.

“Dentsply Sirona is a pioneer when it comes to digital dentistry, they truly invented it back in the 1980s, and I am proud to partner with them for IDS 2023,” says Dr. Gertrud Fabel, dentist from Munich, Germany. “I have long been impressed by the company’s innovative solutions and seamless workflows, which help improve the treatment experience for both me and my patients. I am excited to see what they have in store for IDS 2023.”

Uniting voices for dentistry

Dentsply Sirona will also bring together leading voices for thought-provoking panel discussions on crucial topics: How will the latest digital innovations shape dentistry in the future? How do cloud solutions drive practices and labs forward? How do we collectively have an impact on better treatment outcomes? And also: What does sustainability mean for dentistry and what actions can practice teams take to become a more sustainable business? With thought leaders from both inside and outside the dental industry, the conversations promise to deliver unique perspectives on how these rapid societal changes are affecting the dental world.

“IDS offers a fantastic moment to unite with the global dental community and we are eagerly looking forward to the next edition in 2023,” said Gerry Campbell, Group Vice President Commercial EMEA at Dentsply Sirona. “We know that through close collaboration and partnership, we can take dentistry to the next level and ultimately help bring healthy smiles to more people around the world.”

Dentsply Sirona will implement a number of sustainability measures to reduce its footprint for the event, in line with the goals set out in its BEYOND sustainability strategy. The booth will be made mostly of reused furniture, while European-based employees will be encouraged to travel to IDS by train, local public transport or do carpooling. The company will also prioritize digital communications – adopting a paper-free approach wherever possible, alongside other measures and activities that customers can learn more about at the IDS.

For more information about Dentsply Sirona at IDS 2023, visit: 


MouthWatch Presents 2022 Teledentistry Innovation Awards To Five Pioneering Winners

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2022

MouthWatch, LLC the developer of the TeleDent teledentistry solution, recently recognized five teledentistry pioneers during its fifth annual Teledentistry Innovation Awards, affectionately known as the “Tellies”. The prestigious awards were presented during an invitation-only live event hosted during the recent Greater New York Dental Meeting

According to MouthWatch, LLC CEO and founder Brant Herman, “It was great to return to our traditional live awards ceremony to recognize five outstanding examples of how teledentistry is rapidly moving beyond an emergency triage role and becoming a core technology for improving access to care and wide range of patient outcomes.”

For the fifth consecutive year, the purpose of the Tellie Awards was two-fold:

1) Highlight the many ways that teledentistry is being implemented across a broad spectrum of oral health care, including dental hygiene, private practice, education, public health, and organizational settings.

2) Recognize individual, forward-thinking dental providers who are realizing the full potential for connected dental care technology and who are reshaping the practice of dentistry to improve the state of oral health across the country.

Here are the five 2022 Tellie Awards winners and their respective categories:

1. Tiffany Grant, RDH | Dental Hygiene: As CEO of Access Teledentistry, Tiffany has been teaching providers how to improve care through teledentistry by presenting around the country and consulting with associations, dental schools, and non-profits. She started her teledentistry career at the first Missouri pilot program serving schools, nursing homes and FQHCs. She's recently added teledentistry to her private practice setting to expand its hygiene hours.

2. Dr. Jin Xiao | Dentist: Dr. Xiao is faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center and authored an extensive teledentistry study funded by the NIH incorporating store and forward and live video to provide dental exams. The study was done through the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health and the National Practice Based Research Network. Dr. Xiao is expanding the possibilities of teledentistry by combining it with artificial intelligence.

3. Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport | Education: Under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Boyce, Associate Director of Clinical Affairs, the School uses teledentistry to enable their students to provide free dental care to their local population, including children, the homeless, senior citizens, veterans, and pregnant women. They plan to make teledentistry and mobile dentistry a clinical rotation experience for all second-year students. Additionally, the school has developed a program that educates pregnant women on their heightened risk for oral health problems while providing on-site treatments to those in need.

4. Floss and Gloss |Public Health: Teledentistry has been a pivotal part of The Floss and Gloss Program from the Purchase District Health Department in Paducah, Kentucky. Launched in 2019, and under the direction Program Manager Leah Smothers, RDH, the Floss and Gloss program is now providing children with access to oral care in thirty-eight different schools in Western Kentucky. This year, the teledentistry program will have two dentists and will be introducing SDF treatments on qualifying children in their pilot program to treat tooth sensitivity and slow tooth decay.

5. Apple Tree Dental | Organization: This innovative non-profit's mission is to overcome barriers to oral health. Dr. Jennifer Boyce, Associate Director of Clinical Affairs was instrumental in incorporating teledentistry to help Appletree Dental achieve that mission.

Teledentistry played a crucial role in their mid-pandemic projects that targeted triaging urgent dental concerns and in now a part of daily care at Apple Tree. Using teledentistry for triage saves patients time, money, missed work time and the need to arrange for childcare while freeing up precious chair time to deliver treatment.

“Congratulations to this year’s Teledentistry Innovation Awards winners,” said Herman. They are proof positive that when a teledentistry solution such as TeleDent by MouthWatch is put into the hands of forward-thinking, patient-focused providers and educators, innovation occurs. We’re proud to be a part of these programs that are driving the future of virtual patient care.”

Pictured (above) from Left to Right:

Tiffany Grant, RDH | Access Teledentistry, Heather Leubben | Apple Tree Dental, Leah Smothers, RDH | Floss and Gloss, Natalie Olsen, DA | Apple Tree Dental, Dr. Jennifer Boyce | Fones School of Dental Hygiene. (Not pictured: Dr. Jin Xiao, who accepted her award virtually.)


Henry Schein Makes Investment to Form Strategic Partnership With Biotech Dental Group

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2022

Expands Henry Schein’s offering in several of dentistry’s fastest-growing categories, including clinical software and oral surgery and orthodontic products

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care solutions to office-based dental and medical practitioners, today announced a definitive agreement with the shareholders of Biotech Dental S.A.S., a rapidly growing provider of innovative clinical software and oral surgery and orthodontic products based in Salon-de-Provence, France, to acquire a majority ownership stake in the company.

Henry Schein and Biotech Dental will partner to bring Biotech Dental’s full line of high-quality software, products, and services, including dental prostheses, clear aligners, dental implants, regenerative solutions, and biomaterials, to more dentists and dental laboratories as well as new geographies. The closing of this transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals.

Biotech Dental has several important solutions, including Nemotec, a comprehensive, integrated suite of planning and diagnostic software using open architecture that connects disparate devices to create a digital view of the patient’s oral health condition, offering greater diagnostic accuracy and an improved patient experience. Biotech Dental is also one of the fastest-growing implant and custom abutment brands in France, as well as the manufacturer of the Smilers® brand of clear aligners. In addition, Biotech Dental has launched LaGalaxy®, a comprehensive, open, and secure software platform where both clinical and administrative tasks can be performed. Within a single platform, dentists and dental laboratories benefit from end-to-end integrated digital solutions that help improve case outcomes while speeding treatment time, shortening case completion, and lowering the costs of implants, orthodontic, and prosthetic treatments.

“Henry Schein and Biotech Dental are committed to offering customers best-in-class, user-friendly, customer-centric solutions based on open architecture that help improve patient outcomes,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “Henry Schein will, over time, incorporate Biotech’s Nemotec software as part of our solutions offering, including integrating Biotech’s software solutions with Henry Schein One’s industry-leading practice management software solutions to create a leading end-to-end clinical system and to help dental practitioners streamline their clinical as well as administrative workflow.”

Biotech Dental will maintain its own brands and go-to-market strategies.

“Biotech Dental has excelled in several of the most exciting and fastest-growing segments of the dental market, including implants and aligners. With our combined resources, we will introduce customers to state-of-the-art technology. We are committed to maintaining the French operations of Biotech, which will become centers of excellence for some of our combined processes and manufacturing operations,” said Mr. Bergman.

“We have continually grown to meet the specialized and unique needs of dentists, orthodontists, and dental laboratories,” said Philippe Veran, Biotech Dental Founder and President. “For the past 35 years, the growth of our business has been rooted in our rich French heritage. This will remain as we continue to manufacture our products in France while bringing innovation and new technologies to the global dental community. Together, with Henry Schein, we look forward to helping our customers enhance their surgical skills, achieve better outcomes for their patients, and maximize business success.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Henry Schein will acquire a majority ownership position in Biotech Dental. Upperside Capital Partners Group will continue to own the remaining minority interest in the company. For the fiscal year 2021, Biotech Dental’s revenue was approximately $100 million. Henry Schein expects this transaction to be slightly dilutive to 2023 earnings per share when excluding amortization. The dilution is primarily due to non-cash acquisition accounting adjustments for inventory. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mr. Veran will continue to lead the business, supported by Dr. Olivia Veran, a dental surgeon who is Biotech’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director. Mr. Veran has been a serial entrepreneur for the past 35 years, received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young in 2018, and was raised to the level of Knight of the French Legion of Honor in 2021.

Henry Schein One Named to Utah Business Magazine’s “Best Companies to Work For” List

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2022

American Fork-Based Software Company Recognized by Employees As ‘Best’ in Flexibility, Pay, Vacation, Management, and More

Henry Schein One, a joint venture of Henry Schein, Inc. and Internet Brands that is the world’s largest dental software and services company, announced today that it has been named to Utah Business Magazine’s “Best Companies to Work For” list, an award given to select organizations deemed “best place to work” by their own employees. 

As a result of anonymous employee-based surveys, companies are ranked based on several factors including flexibility, pay equity, vacation time, management, and more. To learn more about this distinction, click here:

“At Henry Schein One, our unique corporate culture and flexible work-life balance is what sets us apart,” said Tanya Befus, Chief People Officer at Henry Schein One. “This award validates our commitment to our Team Schein Members (TSMs), who are indispensable in our success. Our values of equity, dignity, respect – and our focus on providing opportunities for personal and professional growth – will ensure our TSMs continue to help our customers provide quality care to their patients.”

Henry Schein One offers a range of integrated dental technology, combining practice management, patient communication, and marketing solutions to help dental practices streamline their digital workflow, so they can focus on providing the best possible patient care.

At Henry Schein One, a healthy, accepting environment of diversity and inclusion is fostered through internal organizations and services such as voluntary, staff-led chapters of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), wherein all TSMs are empowered to share insights and ideas, cultivating a healthy sense of collaboration. ERGs at Henry Schein, the parent company of Henry Schein One, currently include Women’s Leadership Network (WLN); Pride & Allies; Black Legacy Professionals, Colegas – Hispanic Heritage; elevASIAN – Asian American and Pacific Islanders; and VET – Veterans Engagement Team.

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LED Dental Inc., Partners with USI Insurance Services to Provide Savings on Malpractice Insurance for VELscope® Users

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2022

LED Dental Inc., the leader in adjunctive screening technology, announced its official partnership with USI to provide significant savings in malpractice insurance for users of VELscope®

An innovative partnership has evolved for LED Dental, the manufacturer of the VELscope, bringing unrivaled value to its customers. VELscope has partnered with USI Insurance Services (, a national insurance brokerage and consulting firm, to provide a unique bonus to its 20,000+ customers.

The number of oral cancers has increased by almost 50% in the last 10 years, with over 54,000 oral cancers diagnosed in 2021. With HPV now being linked as the leading cause of oral pharyngeal cancer, identifying early changes has become more challenging. Unfortunately, with this surge in diagnosis and deaths, litigation has also increased, with judgments exceeding $2 million for misdiagnosis of oral cancer.1 To combat this risk, more and more dentists are using the VELscope to assist with the screening process using autofluorescence, a safe and less than two-minute examination.

Wayne Rees, CEO of LED Dental, stated: “Members of the VELscope family have made a commitment to offering the best care possible to their patients. This commitment has led to numerous life-saving examples that demonstrate that when used in combination with a thorough head and neck examination, VELscope can assist with identifying oral abnormalities at the earliest stage. Additionally, this commitment is now being recognized as a way to decrease liability for the practice and is being rewarded as such. We are excited to be partnering with USI to provide significant value to our VELscope family that goes far beyond malpractice coverage.”

Shelby Walters, vice president, USI’s Healthcare Practice, added: “USI brings a holistic view of our customers’ risk management needs. Based on the substantial clinical evidence and an industry-leading certification training process, we believe clinicians who utilize the VELscope technology have invested in their practice and, most importantly, their patients. This investment allows USI to provide significant savings in malpractice insurance and other areas, such as property, general liability, auto liability and much more.2 We hope this will be a unique industry example of how different organizations can come together to increase awareness while compensating dentists for being lifesaving practitioners.”

1. Epstein JB, et al. Head and neck, oral, and oropharyngeal cancer: a review of medicolegal cases Oral Med 2015;119:177-186

2. Discounts may vary. Practice Assessment required. 

Changing The Oral Cancer Screening Paradigm

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2022

LED Dental Inc., the leader in adjunctive screening technology, announced its official partnership with KELLS Artificial Intelligence technology, to analyze and interpret oral abnormalities and provide clinical insights to VELscope® customers.

LED Dental Inc., announces today it is partnering with KELLS, an AI-powered company providing accessible oral services for early detection and prevention of disease. The partnership will provide LED Dental’s VELscope customers the opportunity to utilize KELLS advanced technology to analyze oral abnormalities to provide greater direction for patient care.

Early detection and appropriate clinical management of oral abnormalities by dental professionals is critical because of the risk of oral cancer. The 5-year relative survival rate for oral cancer in the US is less than 40% when diagnosed in late stages but over 86% if diagnosed when it is still localized in the mouth. Unfortunately, only 28% of oral cancer is discovered while it is still localized. The combination of the innovative VELscope direct visualization fluorescence technology and photo documentation with KELLS AI technology provides a significant opportunity to improve the detection and diagnostic process.

With thousands of images available from VELscope users, teaching institutions, and clinical researchers, LED Dental and KELLS are well-positioned to utilize KELLS AI technology to build powerful and sophisticated AI-powered image and data analysis algorithms. The images are associated with a variety of oral abnormalities and can train these proprietary AI-powered algorithms with the goal of providing additional guidance for clinicians in assessing the potential risk of the abnormalities and deciding on next steps in clinical management.

“With an increase in AI utilization throughout the medical industry, our goal is to provide clinicians with greater confidence in their assessment of risk and treatment planning,” said Wayne Rees, CEO of LED Dental. “Soon, VELscope users will be able to experience a new level of confidence, gratification, and enhanced patient care with the use of KELLS AI technology.”

“KELLS is committed to bringing better oral and overall health to everyone by making early detection and prevention universally accessible”, said Dr. Jie Feng, co-founder and CEO of KELLS. “With this partnership, we believe we can empower dental professionals to improve patient care and ultimately save lives.”

LED Dental has been a leader in enhanced oral assessment and continues to expand its offerings to provide greater value to its customers and ultimately to their patients. To learn more about the potential of VELscope customers accessing the power of Artificial Intelligence, please visit


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