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OraCare Joins Forces with TruBlu Direct in Support of Private Practice Dentistry

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Award-winning OraCare Health Rinse is Now Available through the TruBlu Member-Only Dental Market Place

OraCare, provider of the award-winning OraCare Health Rinse, is pleased to announce a new partnership with TruBlu Direct. Effective immediately TruBlu Direct member dental practices can now purchase OraCare products through the TruBlu Direct online marketplace.

“Our company is perfectly aligned with TruBlu Direct’s mission to preserve independent dentistry and private care,” said OraCare CEO, Dr. Robert Martino. In addition, to his role at OraCare, Dr. Martino owns and operates seven dental practices in West Virginia. “Offering OraCare products through TruBlu is a natural fit for us, as the TruBlu Direct platform helps its member practices stay cost competitive.”

OraCare Health Rinse uses an activated chlorine dioxide formulation, which destroys oral biofilm and pathogens, while eliminating the well-known issues associated with chlorhexidine rinses. It is the only rinse sold exclusively to dental professionals, supporting both an elevated standard of patient care, and practice revenue growth. The product has received numerous accolades and endorsements from the dental community, including being selected as a Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene award-winning product in 2021 and 2022.

The TruBlu Direct marketplace provides the benefits of purchasing at scale, otherwise only available to DSO’s, to its independent member practices. Trublu Direct is just one offering from TruBlu Dental Management which also provides best-in-class services, solutions, and support in areas such as software systems, patient membership programs, and practice coaching.

“As an independent practice owner, I understand how challenging it is to remain competitive in today’s environment,” said Dr. Robert Martino. “We are very excited to provide OraCare through TruBlu Direct as a way of helping practices stay on the leading edge of both patient care and operating excellence.”

OraCare is available immediately through the TruBlu Direct portal which can be found at https://trubludirect.com.

 







DentaQuest and TeamSmile Launch New Dental Home Project

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The TeamSmile Dental Home Project powered by DentaQuest connects children in need with long-term dental care

DentaQuest, the nation’s largest provider of Medicaid and CHIP dental solutions, and TeamSmile, today announced the launch of the TeamSmile Dental Home Project powered by DentaQuest, a nationwide initiative that connects children in need with long-term dental care resources and dental teams. Established with $275,000 from DentaQuest, this project builds upon DentaQuest’s years long partnership with TeamSmile, the nation’s premier advocacy group connecting oral health professionals with professional athletic organizations to provide life-changing dental care to underserved children across the country.

The dental home model of care is a comprehensive approach to oral care similar to a primary care physician relationship. Now, children attending TeamSmile programs who often do not have regular dental care will be connected with a local primary dentist to care for each child as they grow.

Through TeamSmile, children receive needed comprehensive dental care, including preventive and restorative treatments. They also learn from dental providers how to care for their mouths and why a healthy mouth is a key part of overall health. To date, TeamSmile has conducted more than 250 programs, served more than 45,000 children, and provided more than $18 million in free dental care and oral health education. From January to August 2022, roughly 3,000 children attended TeamSmile programs, and more than one-third of these children didn’t have a primary dentist. Since piloting this initiative, the TeamSmile Dental Home Project powered by DentaQuest has connected approximately 700 children with a dental home in their community.

“As a mission-driven company, we take responsibility and seize any opportunity to reshape the current oral care system into one that addresses the needs of children across the country,” DentaQuest President Steve Pollock said. “The TeamSmile Dental Home Project powered by DentaQuest establishes a pathway for a child’s sustained oral health and wellness over their lifetime and opens doors to dental care for siblings and parents. We helped design and invested in this project because we share TeamSmile’s vision for a world where all children can access quality, ongoing oral care and build the foundation for a healthy future.”

During the past few years, DentaQuest has concentrated its efforts on connecting members to permanent dental homes to increase access to preventive oral health care. Children with a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care at the right time, reducing the risk of preventable dental disease and costly dental care later in life. A dental home also enables dental care teams to coordinate care for children and their parents, ensuring preventive care and treatment at all stages of life for the entire household. 

The TeamSmile Dental Home Project marks an important step toward ensuring children across the U.S. receive routine, comprehensive oral health care. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 20% of children ages 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth and about 13% of adolescents ages 12 to 19 have the same. If left untreated, tooth decay or gum disease can result in problems eating, speaking and learning, with an estimated average of 34.4 million school hours lost due to acute or unplanned dental needs.

“We are thrilled to announce the creation of the Dental Home Project powered by DentaQuest enabling us to foster ongoing care for TeamSmile children in need,” said John McCarthy, executive director, TeamSmile. “This initiative has the potential to positively impact thousands of children throughout the country each year. We are incredibly grateful for the support of DentaQuest in this endeavor, as they have continued to use their resources to be a force for good in places that need it most.”

To learn more about the TeamSmile Dental Home Project, powered by DentaQuest, visit https://teamsmile.org/dental-home-project/. 







Dentsply Sirona World 2022 in Las Vegas Inspires Over 4500 Attendees, Creating Invaluable Connections and Providing a Window Into the Future of Digital Dentistry

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

From September 15-17th, more than 4,500 attendees connected in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Dentsply Sirona World 2022 and celebrated the Ultimate Experience in Digital Dentistry. This year’s participants experienced the latest innovations in digital dentistry, networked with thousands of peers, earned continuing education credits, and enjoyed award-winning headline acts. At the same time, another Dentsply Sirona World took place in Madrid, Spain, and both events connected via a simulcast conversation – uniting dental professionals around the globe. The buzz will continue with additional Dentsply Sirona World events in Fethiye, Turkey, from October 27- 29th, 2022, and Dubai, UAE, from February 5- 6th, 2023

Dentsply Sirona World 2022 in Las Vegas concluded after three successful days, encompassing not only leading clinical education but also great networking and unbeatable world-class entertainment. Above all, it created connections to brilliant people, innovative ideas, and groundbreaking technology that together enable best practices and growth beyond industry standards. “The energy was electrifying! You could feel the excitement and passion to learn, connect, engage, and work together to transform dentistry and improve oral health,” said Andrew Robinson, Senior Vice President, North America Regional Commercial Organization & Chief Digital Officer of Dentsply Sirona. “I am excited to continue to strengthen the connections that were made and to see the transformative ideas and actions that will come out of this year’s event.”

This year’s event was a truly global experience, with a live connection between the Dentsply Sirona World attendees in Las Vegas and Madrid, where another Dentsply Sirona World was happening at the same time. The significant moment highlighted the power of digital technology and Dentsply Sirona’s commitment to bringing better care and more smiles to all corners of the world. “Dentsply Sirona World unites dental professionals around the world,” said Simon Campion, President and CEO of Dentsply Sirona. “It is a chance to connect, collaborate, and learn from a large and diverse community of peers to enable better outcomes for patients and create healthy smiles.”

Diverse speaker lineup, the return of live surgery, industry-leading clinical education and a focus on sustainability

Dentsply Sirona is committed to promoting women in dentistry, supporting their professional development, advocating for parity, and helping give them a strong voice in the dental community. In line with this, 50 percent of the mainstage speakers at Dentsply Sirona World 2022 were comprised of women.

Dr. Farhad Boltchi’s live simulcast implant surgery during Day One of Dentsply Sirona World 2022 really drew a crowd. Highly anticipated by attendees, Dr. Boltchi repaired a fractured tooth during the live implant surgery using Ossix bone grafting material, a Primeprint 3D printed surgical guide, CEREC Guide 3, for placement of the DS PrimeTaper Implant System, and finally a CEREC-milled temporary restoration – all in one sitting. The next day, Dr. Boltchi and his patient were present on the mainstage at Caesars Forum and answered questions from the audience which were submitted via the Dentsply Sirona World app. Later, Dr. Mona Patel presented a case on mainstage where a SureSmile® clear aligner therapy was completed using only 18 aligners over 36 weeks.

Attendees participated in over 100 clinical education courses, ranging from Implants to Digital Dentistry, Clear Aligners, Practice Management, and more. The educational offering also included a dedicated track for staff, dental assistants, and hygienists.

At the event, Dentsply Sirona also hosted its first-ever sustainability breakout sessions, which focused on what sustainability means for dentistry and the actions practice teams can take to become a more sustainable business. Additionally, the Company launched its novel Sustainability Educational Curriculum aimed at empowering dental professionals to start their own sustainable journey. In her mainstage speech, Cherée Johnson, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, highlighted the company’s partnership with SmileTrain, the world’s largest cleft organization, and encouraged participants to join Dentsply Sirona in their sustainability efforts by signing a sustainability pledge. These initiatives are all part of Dentsply Sirona’s sustainability program ‘BEYOND: Taking action for a brighter world’.

Pioneering innovative digital solutions: Primescan Connect, Primeprint, DS Core, and more

Attendees at DS World 2022 were offered an exclusive preview of the new Primescan Connect – a highly connective and easy-to-use laptop-based version of the fast and accurate Primescan intraoral scanner. In his mainstage presentation, “A Digital Office for the Future”, Dr. Mike Skramstad showed how he uses the new device in his practice, with attendees then given the chance to experience it for themselves in the exhibit hall.

As the Ultimate Experience in Digital Dentistry, Dentsply Sirona World also displayed the new Primeprint Solution and DS Core, launched earlier this year. Primeprint is a highly automated, end-to-end, medical-grade 3D printing system for dental applications, while the cloud-based DS Core platform, developed in collaboration with Google Cloud, brings efficiency and connectivity for seamless workflows. Axeos, the top-of-the-line dental X-ray solution with a large field of view, and Axano[1], an advanced dental chair that combines modern design, intuitive workflows, and smart digital control, were also front and center in the exhibit hall, as were other popular innovations in orthodontics, endodontics, and implants.

Extraordinary entertainment and inspirational speakers

Dentsply Sirona’s Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Erania Brackett, was joined by founder and Executive Chairwoman of SPANX ®, Sara Blakely, on mainstage to talk about growing a business from the ground up. As founder of the famous shapewear company, Sara went from a door-to-door salesperson to building a billion-dollar business – paving the way for future female founders. Award-winning comedian, television host, and writer, David Spade wrapped up the first day with a hilarious stand-up comedy show. On Friday evening, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Journey, performed and called on the audience to stand up and sing their legendary hits with them – and no one in the ballroom was too shy to refuse, especially to their big hit Don’t Stop Believin’. For Saturday’s final celebration, guests came attired in their “Neon Glam” look and danced the night away at the Omnia Club.

Guests were blown away and it was clear that everyone was already looking forward to Dentsply Sirona World 2023 which will be held from September 21- 23rd at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

For information, visit www.dentsplysirona.com/en-us/lp/ds-world.html.

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[1] Pending 510(K), not available for sale within the United States.

 







Revere Partners Launches First Independent Venture Fund Focused on Oral Health

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Revere Partners today announced the launch of the first and only independent venture capital fund focused exclusively on oral health, identifying opportunities for investors and providing capital for cutting-edge innovations in the oral and systemic health sectors. The fund has been operational for over two years and works with oral tech companies, startups, investors, and DSOs, fostering strategic partnerships that improve care delivery and patient and provider experiences, driving maximum returns for investors.

With annual spending on dental care in the U.S. projected to surpass $230 billion by 2023, the dental industry – specifically early-stage dental technology startups – is positioned to experience strong growth in coming years. As an AngelList RollingFund, Revere Partners offers a unique, flexible structure with continuously open fundraising, operating as a quarterly subscription service and providing adaptable payment terms to accommodate all accredited investors. Revere Partners brings best-in-class oral health deal sourcing, diligence, and post-investment support to the oral and systemic health industry.

“The ecosystem that Revere Partners is creating for investors in oral-health, as well as dental-technology innovators requiring capital, is creating massive growth opportunities for the industry,” said Dai Feng, Partner at CareCapital. “Revere Partners’ leadership team also has unmatched global dental credibility, which instills trust and confidence in top-tier investors as well as entrepreneurs looking to succeed.”

In launching Revere Partners, co-founders Dr. Jeremy Krell and David Arena – a leadership duo with more than three decades of combined investor, entrepreneur, and dental industry experience, identified an untapped industry positioned for investment and improved care delivery. Krell’s background includes multiple startup exits followed by dental professional development at quip, the subscription electronic toothbrush company, and also strategic provider innovation and development at Oscar Health, which underwent an IPO in March 2021. Arena’s burgeoning career as an investor, technologist and financial professional includes nearly a decade of advising institutional clients on investment strategy and developing systematic trading strategies at Bridgewater Associates, while also spending nearly ten years as a Chief Financial Officer across startups.

Today, Revere Partners offers investors a unique platform to diversify investments into startups and provide capital to an innovative, recession resistant, patient and practice-centered industry. Revere Partners already has significant Assets Under Management (AUM), grown its portfolio to 24 high-performing investments, has had one successful exit, and is continuing to raise funds targeting $200 million AUM. Since its inception in 2021, Revere Partners has achieved a gross IRR of 31.7%*. Comparing that to all Series A companies in the first half of 2022, the fund outperformed the market by +52.01%.

“The oral health and dental tech industry remains ripe for disruption – though up to this point, has not seen the influx of investment capital that many other industries have experienced,” said Revere Partners’ Managing Partner, Dr. Jeremy Krell. “We’re on a mission to change the landscape of dental and systemic health ventures – bringing market awareness, business acumen and the top minds in this field together to help elevate innovations and optimize both patient and provider experiences.”

In addition to Krell and Arena, Revere Partners is backed by a world-renowned venture team, including former 13-year American Dental Association Executive Director Dr. Kathy O’Loughlin and dental technology pioneer Dr. Edward Zuckerberg. From its clinical merits, channel partnerships and growth strategy, Revere Partners is bringing the best oral and systemic health start-ups and the brightest founders to market by matching them with exceptional investors and industry experts.

Revere Partners utilizes a rigorous research process that enables the fund to deliver unique insights to investors. The firm recently compiled data from over 700 transactions, comprising the largest database of its kind, and found a 33-35%* internal rate of return (IRR) and 5.2X returns in 4.8 years on average across oral health-startups broadly.

To learn more about Revere Partners, please visit www.reverepartnersvc.com or contact the fund directly at info@reverepartnersvc.com. Interested investors can also apply here.

*IRR is calculated internally using company fundamentals and accepted valuation techniques.

*IRR is calculated using an average and accepted valuation techniques and not a guarantee of future performance. 







Ultradent Introduces New VALO™ X Curing Light

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Ultradent Products, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials and equipment, launched the newest edition of its multi-award-winning VALO™ curing light—the completely redesigned VALO™ X broadband LED curing light. As Ultradent’s most innovative curing light yet, the VALO X curing light offers the ultimate in engineering and design when it comes to every aspect of the light—including durability, power, accessibility, and versatility.

Thanks to its larger 12.5 mm lens and new powerful custom LED chip, the VALO X curing light offers a more complete cure than ever before. Its superior features allow clinicians to cure with confidence, and not have to question the capabilities of their light. This includes improved curing depth, beam collimation, and thermal management. The VALO X curing light comes equipped with two power modes (Standard Power and Xtra Power), two diagnostic light modes (black light and white light), as well as the ability to work corded or cordless.

The light’s one-button activation also sports a user interface with an accelerometer, so users can cycle between the light’s power and diagnostic modes with just the wave of the wand, a light drum tap, or the push of a button. This helps reduce mid-procedure fumbling and the likelihood of dropping the light. The VALO X light also comes with five accessory lenses, which further enhance its capabilities. A simplified, low-profile design enables the light’s head to reach posterior restorations with ease. “We simplified the VALO X curing light even more by making it the only light that allows you to change modes without pushing buttons, thanks to its new accelerometer,” says Ultradent VP of Research and Development Neil Jessop. “In fact, it’s engineered so well that it won't change modes by accident, providing the experience and performance you expect from a VALO curing light.”

Like Ultradent’s other award-winning VALO curing lights, the VALO X curing light is milled from a single bar of aerospace-grade aluminum—a material that improves thermal management, LED longevity, and provides unmatched durability.

Click here to learn more about or to purchase the VALO X curing light.







Preliminary Study Finds Ergonomic Loupes Can Help Reduce Back and Neck Strain for Dental Practitioners

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2022

Study suggests significant mitigation of stress using Ergo loupes.

Admetec, a leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of custom-fitted magnification loupes for dentists, surgeons, veterinarians, and their staff, is collaborating with an Italy-based dental professor in her study of the ergonomic significance of the company’s Ergo Series of loupes.

Prof. Maria Grazia Piancino, Associate Professor at the University of Turin-Italy, C.I.R. Dental School, Department of Surgical Sciences – as well as a practicing orthodontist – has published extensive research on the functional control of the neuromuscular system, specifically cranium and jaw movements, and its interconnected impact on the overall body. The idea for the study came when Professor Piancino, who is well-versed in proper posture for dental practitioners, noticed a colleague wearing a pair of Admetec Ergo loupes. She surmised that the improved working position the loupes afforded could significantly decrease neuromuscular strain, and recommended evaluating the physical benefits of the ergonomic loupes.

Professor Piancino explains: “People tend to be unaware of the enormous impact balance and symmetrical muscle activation have on physical comfort – and by extension, mental focus and overall wellbeing. Dentists tend to work in asymmetrical positions for extended periods of time, making demands on their physiology that go against the body’s biomechanical design.”

Professor Piancino continues, discussing the gradual negative impact this can have on dental practitioners.

“In the short term, asymmetrical muscle activation can cause pain and discomfort. Over the long term, the result can be cumulative damage like repetitive strain injury (RSI) or musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Because the neurological and muscular systems are so intimately connected, as clearly demonstrated by recent research, imbalanced straining negatively affects not only the physical wellbeing of doctors, but also their ability to focus and perform their best work. Discovering that these common injuries might be avoidable would be highly significant for dentists and other medical professionals.”

In preliminary research using both dentistry students and post-graduate students, Professor Piancino compared the amount of stress on eight symmetrical back muscles when working with Admetec’s Ergo loupes against conventional, through-the-lens (TTL) loupes. Use of the Ergo loupes illustrated a more symmetrical activation of the muscles, as well as a significant reduction of the muscular peaks and mitigation of stress in both the back and neck. Use of the TTL loupes resulted in greater stress levels, with muscles being highly activated asymmetrically and continuously, rather than with postural activity. In other words, these results indicate that the use of non-refractive TTL loupes forces the body to work contrary to its biomechanical design, which leads to fatigue, pain, discomfort, difficulty maintaining mental focus, and eventually cumulative trauma that can impact performance and career longevity.

Danny Katz, COO of Admetec commented: “We were pleased when Professor Piancino chose to research the physical impact of using ergonomic loupes versus classic TTL loupes. It is one thing to receive feedback from doctors on how they feel better using our Ergo loupes. It is another to have a scientific explanation that shows why they feel better.”

Professor Piancino and Admetec have agreed to collaborate on further research on the health ramifications of using standard TTL loupes vs ergonomic loupes.

Customized to each individual wearer through a multi-factor process, Admetec’s popular Ergo Series of loupes offers an unparalleled combination of magnification potential and user comfort. The Ergo Series’ precision vision and exceedingly light weight helps healthcare practitioners work more comfortably and effectively for extended periods of time, maximizing concentration by minimizing physical discomfort. The loupes are available in six different levels of magnification: 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7.5x and 10x. The 10x model is the world’s only ergonomic loupe offering so high a magnification level. 







Xlear Brings Top-Rated Spry Dental Care Products to Expo East

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2022

Dentist-Recommended Oral-Care Brand Spry Dental Defense Will be Showcased Alongside Companion Xylitol-Based Sinus Care Brand Xlear

Xlear, Inc. a global leader in creating natural, convenient, xylitol-based sinus and oral care products will be attending Natural Products Expo East (Booth #3605) from September 28 - October 1 and will showcase its award-winning, all-natural products from both the Spry and Xlear portfolios. Attendees can learn more about the brand's high-quality oral health products and sinus care solutions, including the benefits of xylitol for overall health, throughout the show.

Spry's product line includes premium chewing gum, mints, mouthwashes, toothpastes, mouth-moisturizing products and children's dental care essentials containing xylitol, which reduces the risk of tooth decay and is known to help reduce cavity-causing bacteria.

Products including Spry's newly reformulated Enamel Max with STMP is shown to strengthen enamel by 33%. In addition, the Spry Natural Mouth Wash and Oral Rinse inhibit bacteria from sticking to teeth and gums while encouraging a naturally healthy environment in the mouth. Products like Spry Natural Xylitol Gum and Spry Natural Xylitol Mints similarly defend against bacteria that cause tooth decay while freshening breath in an all-natural way.

"Oral health is an integral part of overall health but often disregarded until problems like cavities and gum disease arise," said Nathan Jones, CEO of Xlear. "Preventative care that includes xylitol-based products is key to preventing dental issues before they become a problem. Our team is looking forward to returning to Natural Products Expo East to present these award-winning products for consumers looking to improve their dental hygiene routine."

In addition to the Spry Dental Defense System, Xlear's line of natural xylitol-based sinus solutions will be available at the exhibition. Xlear nasal sprays help treat allergies and bacteria that can cause viruses by flushing out harmful toxins and bacteria from the nose. Xlear Sinus Care is sold online and in over 50,000 pharmacies, grocery stores, and online, and is safe for both adults and children to use.

Natural Products Expo East will take place September 28 - October 1 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, located at 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more details on the trade show, please visit https://www.expoeast.com. For more information on Xlear, Inc. and its brands, please visit www.xlear.com.  







Pacific Dental Services Foundation Awards $70,000 to Fall 2022 Dental Assistant Scholarship Recipients

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2022

The PDS Foundation has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to dental assistants so far this year.

The Pacific Dental Services® (PDS) Foundation is proud to announce that 17 students from eight states were awarded a total of $70,000 as the Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship recipients for Fall 2022. Since the start of the year, the PDS Foundation has awarded over $202,000 to 44 dental assisting students in 12 states.

Named after Carolyn Ghazal, DDS, a member of the PDS Foundation Board of Directors, this educational scholarship provides dental assistant (DA) students with need-based financial aid, mentorship, on-the-job training, and aims to mold the next generation of passionate, servant-hearted dental leaders.

“I am so honored to have my name associated with such a worthwhile endeavor that is investing in the lives, education and futures of DA students throughout the nation,” said Dr. Ghazal. “My hope is that this financial support can help remove a barrier for students, and the mentorship they receive through the program will allow them the opportunity to pursue a noble career in dental assisting.”

Fall 2022 Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship Recipients: 

Student

Academic Institution

City, State

Oscar Buenrostro 

Concorde Career College 

San Diego, Calif. 

Starkesha Clark

Concorde Career College

Memphis, Tenn. 

Maybeth Fagan

Trident Technical College 

Thornley, S.C.

Emily Lynch  

Hennepin Tech

Brooklyn Park, Minn. 

Jacqueline Machuca

Arizona College 

Glendale, Ariz. 

Jorge Mata

Concorde Career College 

Garden Grove, Calif.

Ji Woo Moon

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, Calif.

Patricia Osorio 

Houston Community College

Houston, Texas 

Tiffany Parra  

UEI College

Oceanside, Calif.  

Gabrielle Ray

Gwinnett Technology College

Lawrenceville, Ga. 

Alexa Razo 

UEI College

Morrow, Ga. 

Naomi Ruiz Morales  

Florida Career College 

West Palm Beach, Fla.

Jennifer Santana Villa

Carrington College

Phoenix, Ariz. 

Krista Sharp

Chattahoochee Technical College  

Marietta, Ga. 

Isabella Vazquez 

Carrington College

Sacramento, Calif. 

Mikala Walters 

Trident Technical College 

Thornley, S.C.

Zenia Wamsley

The College of Healthcare Professionals

Austin, Texas   

Scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis to DA students to help cover tuition expenses. The Scholarship Review Committee awards scholarships based on applicants' financial need, heart for service, career aspirations, and other criteria.

The PDS Foundation is already seeing the fruits of its investments in future dental assistants.

Ralph Villacorta, an orthodontics specialty dental assistant at Pacific Dental Services-supported practice Stone Oak Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics in San Antonio, Texas, was awarded the Dr. Ghazal DA Scholarship in December 2020. While in school, he completed his externship at a PDS-supported practice and was hired in 2021. Additionally, he has participated in international service trips and traveled to the PDS Foundation Dental Clinic in Xenacoj, Guatemala to provide donated oral healthcare to patients in need.

He credits the scholarship for allowing him to achieve his career goals and encourages dental assistant students to apply.

“Always tell yourself ‘I should try this’ because you'll never know where it will lead you,” Villacorta said. “My favorite part about being a dental assistant is the connection you create with your patients. As an orthodontics assistant, it's part of my job to make patients happy, be confident and help them achieve their perfect smile. It's really fulfilling to be part of that journey.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of DAs is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030. However, financial hardship often prevents many students from finishing school. Recognizing the importance of DAs to the future of dentistry, the PDS Foundation created this scholarship to provide students with the financial support they need to complete their education.

“The PDS Foundation is proud to contribute to the future of the dental industry and support the career development of these 17 hard-working students,” said Rose Olague, Director of School Relations and Dental Assistant Programs at PDS and member of the PDS Foundation Advisory Board. “We know these impressive scholarship recipients will have a positive impact on the communities they serve, and we are honored to support them as they continue their education.”

The Pacific Dental Services Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to improve overall health by creating opportunities to serve locally, nationally, and internationally. Since the scholarship’s founding in 2016, the PDS Foundation has granted more than $1 million to DAs in pursuit of advancing their careers within the dental industry.

Click here to learn more about the PDS Foundation and make a tax-deductible gift today.  







Glidewell to Host IOX: The glidewell.io™ Experience Event in Southern California

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2022

October event will provide two days of quality education focusing on all aspects of digital dentistry

Glidewell, a leader in dental education and a technological innovator in restorative dentistry for over 50 years, has announced IOX: The glidewell.io™ Experience Event. Scheduled for Oct. 21-22, 2022, at the brand-new Glidewell Clinical Education Center in Irvine, California, the event will provide two days of lectures and workshops aimed at guiding attendees through the latest developments in CAD/CAM technology and demonstrating the clinical advantages of digital dentistry.

"We are very excited to host our first symposium focused entirely on digital dentistry," said Rob Brenneise, senior vice president of sales, marketing and education at Glidewell. "IOX is a great opportunity to celebrate the five-year mark since launching the glidewell.io In-Office Solution, and bring the glidewell.io community together both to recognize their accomplishments and prepare them for the future of digital dentistry."

The first day's general session will feature guest speakers, including Dr. David Galler and Dr. Susan McMahon, for a full day of clinical presentations covering digital dentistry technology, crown design, milling, restorative materials, digital impressions, practice management and more. Guests will also hear the firsthand experiences and success stories of top glidewell.io users Drs. Michael Buck and Joshua Prentice, as well as learn from dental communications expert Carrie Webber and other renowned lecturers. Friday's session will conclude with a lively panel discussion, followed by dinner and cocktails in the evening hosted at Mesa Manor, home of Jim and Parvina Glidewell.

On the second day of the symposium, Drs. Justin Chi and Jinny Bender will lead clinicians through lectures and hands-on demonstrations designed to help participants achieve better clinical success with digital dentistry. Doctors will learn methods for delivering complex multi-unit cosmetic cases, as well as applications for digitizing the clinical workflow through CAD/CAM technology. This event also marks the first Glidewell symposium to feature workshops created for staff members — addressing the best methods for intraoral scanning, as well as the most common technical challenges of crown design.

"We invite all clinicians to attend, regardless of how experienced they are with digital dentistry," said Stephenie Goddard, CEO of Glidewell. "Anyone familiar with our symposia knows that we deliver a world-class education in every event. IOX continues that success by providing equal value to doctors who are just starting to learn about CAD/CAM dentistry, as well as those who discovered its merits years ago."

Tuition for IOX: The glidewell.io Experience Event is set at $395 for glidewell.io Gold Subscription members, and $495 for other participants. Tuition includes full two-day access including breakfast and lunch, and an exclusive cocktail and dinner event. Participants will earn nine (9) CE credits. For the complete event schedule and to register, visit www.glidewell.io/promotions/iox-2022-l or call 877-338-1992. 







Whip Mix 10th Annual Digital Forum in October

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2022

Whip Mix has announced its 10th annual Digital Forum will take place on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2022. It’s bigger and better than ever, with world-renowned speakers, experts in CAD / CAM technology and exhibitors that support your venture into digital technology.

At this year’s forum you can choose between 20 different breakout sessions and deep dive into 5 hands-on courses offered for both beginner and intermediate /advanced level interests.

Take learning to the next level with a tour of Whip Mix, costume contest, and live musical entertainment with dancing. Get ready to mingle with dentists and technicians from around the US and share all things digital.

The room block at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville, Kentucky closes September 27th, so register now and save. Click here to register, visit www.whipmix.com, or call (800) 626-5651 ext 1270.

 







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