Leaders in Evidence-Based Dentistry Honored

Posted on October 15, 2021

The American Dental Association Science and Research Institute (ADASRI) and the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) today announced the winners of the annual Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Faculty and Practice Awards. The awards are supported thanks to an unrestricted educational grant from Colgate and are presented to educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance EBD. The winners received their awards at SmileCon™in Las Vegas.

Margherita Fontana, D.D.S., Ph.D., received the 2021 EBD Accomplished Faculty Award. Dr. Fontana is the Clifford Nelson Endowed Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. As director of the school’s cariology courses, she emphasizes the use of evidence in active student learning activities that focus on critical thinking and problem solving. Outside the classroom, Dr. Fontana has authored numerous evidence-based research manuscripts, including the 2016 ADA clinical practice guideline on the use of pit-and-fissure sealants and the 2018 ADA clinical practice guideline on nonrestorative caries treatments. She chairs the expert panel responsible for the upcoming ADASRI clinical practice guideline on caries prevention and belongs to the expert panel developing the upcoming ADASRI clinical practice guideline on restorative caries treatments.

Marcelle Nascimento, D.D.S., Ph.D., received the 2021 EBD Mid-Career Faculty Award. Dr. Nascimento is an associate professor of restorative dental sciences and director of the Dental Clinic Research Unit at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. As an educator, she empowers students to integrate evidence into clinical practice and decision-making so that they become lifelong learners and critical thinkers. As a researcher, Dr. Nascimento contributes to dentistry’s evidence base through her study of the ammonia-producing capabilities of oral bacteria. She authored the 2018 ADA clinical practice guideline on nonrestorative caries treatments and is a coauthor of the upcoming ADASRI clinical practice guidelines on caries prevention and restorative caries treatments.

Brian Nový, D.D.S., received the 2021 EBD Practice Award. Dr. Nový practices full time as chief dental officer at the Alliance Dental Center, Massachusetts Public Employees Fund, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He conducts salivary assessments of each of his patients to monitor their oral health and uses this evidence to inform the treatment and patient education he offers chairside. Outside the clinic, Dr. Nový authored the 2018 ADA clinical practice guideline on nonrestorative caries treatments. He holds faculty appointments at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine.

For more information about ADASRI, visit ADA.org/SRI.


Pacific Dental Services Hits Significant Milestone of 850 Supported Dental Practices Nationwide

Posted on October 15, 2021

Pacific Dental Services® (PDS) recently announced the grand opening of its 850th supported dental practice, marking yet another significant milestone in the dental support organization’s 27-year history. The newly opened supported practice, Dentists of Eastgate in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the latest in the company’s long line of successful dental practices which has grown PDS into a dental and medical leader in business support services, proven technology and innovation.

“Reaching 850 supported dental practices is an extraordinary achievement,” said Stephen E. Thorne IV, Founder and CEO of Pacific Dental Services. “The success of this company has been due to the hard work, ingenuity and commitment to service from each and every PDS team member. We’re honored that so many owner dentists have trusted us to provide support services to their clinical practices so they can focus on what’s most important – patient care. I look forward to our continued growth as we continue our efforts in helping dentists create healthier, happier patients across the nation.”

Pacific Dental Services has established itself as a national leader, educating others on the link between oral health and overall health – what PDS and its supported practices call the Mouth-Body Connection®. Research shows that harmful bacteria and inflammation in the mouth can indicate and even cause systemic conditions throughout the body. Maladies of the mouth, including periodontal disease, may be linked with other medical conditions including oral cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

PDS-supported practices are also committed to clinical excellence and providing the Perfect Patient Experience® through modern dentistry with advanced, proven technology. These clinical treatment tools are at the forefront of oral and whole-body health care and include CEREC® CAD/CAM same-day crowns, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and digital X-rays, soft tissue diode lasers, salivary diagnostics and the VELscope® oral cancer screening system.

Furthermore, Pacific Dental Services was the first dental support organization in the world to implement Epic®, the most widely used comprehensive health records system, into supported practices. Through Epic, dental practices can easily exchange patient data with health care providers for improved patient care. Integrated health records provide a better understanding of a patient’s overall health, allowing providers to more effectively design a treatment plan to achieve and maintain optimal well-being. This also allows patients to view their acute, primary and dental health records all in one place. This powerful tool helps connect what is happening in their mouth with the rest of their body, leading to better overall health for the patient.

In addition, PDS recently launched a one-of-a-kind dental-medical practice in support of whole-body health with the opening of three practices – general dentistry, pediatric dentistry and medical care – in one convenient location in Henderson, Nevada. This innovative health care concept increases access to comprehensive care and enables patients to be seen by clinicians who understand the Mouth-Body Connection. The integrated approach offers patients a holistic strategy to their health care through a variety of services, including primary medical care, oral health care for adult and pediatric patients, salivary testing, preventative medicine, chronic disease management and more.

About Pacific Dental Services

Founded in 1994, Pacific Dental Services (PDS) is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing supported autonomy that enables dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the Private Practice+® model to enable dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients. PDS also pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry so that dentists are equipped to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. PDS continues to grow, with more than 800 supported dental offices across the United States. PDS has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America 14 times. PDS supported dentists aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve and to develop Patients for Life™. For more information, visit us at pacificdentalservices.com

Spry Toothpaste Announces New, Improved Formula

Posted on October 14, 2021

Spry toothpaste (Xlear Inc.) announced a new, more effective formula based on new research. A new study, published in the Journal of Dentistry, concludes the combination of fluoride and nanosized trimetaphosphate (TMP) more effectively hardens teeth against damage and decay than fluoride alone.

Studies show poor dental hygiene is linked to increase risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and even infectious disease illnesses. Stronger teeth, and enhanced gum health, are critical to overall wellness.

“One of the best and easiest ways to stay healthy is to use a more effective toothpaste for maintaining your teeth and oral health. An oral care regime that includes TMP to further strengthen the enamel and xylitol to reduce the acid creating bacteria is what really works according to peer-reviewed, published research,” says Mark Cannon, DDS, MS, a Professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.

The Study concludes: The TMP toothpaste “promoted a greater protective effect against enamel demineralization and significantly affected the composition of biofilm formed in situ compared to [1100 ppm fluoride] toothpaste.” As reflected in the chart at illustration A, the TMP/Fluoride compound makes teeth harder at a much greater enamel depth than other toothpastes, including fluoride toothpaste. The Study also found that TMP: “raise[s] fluoride and led to higher calcium in [tooth] enamel”; reduced the cariogenicity and increased calcium and phosphate in the biofilm (the bacterial colonies of the mouth); and, “provide[d] toothpastes with less contribution to fluoride intake in children.”

For decades, Americans have relied on fluoride—in our water, in toothpaste—to help prevent tooth decay, harden teeth, improve dental health, and enhance overall wellness. We use fluoride to the point where 40% of our teenagers have fluorosis: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-says-too-much-fluoride-in-water/.

In addition, the CDC has warned health providers to limit the use of fluoride due to the shocking data that more than 38% of children consume too much fluoride toothpaste: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6804a3.htm. “Analysis of 2013–2016 data found that >38% of children aged 3–6 years used more toothpaste than that recommended by CDC and other professional organizations.”

In addition to fluoride, Spry includes xylitol, erythritol, and nano trimetaphosphate (nTMP). Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar, a natural carbohydrate that occurs freely in plants (for example, in fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries and plums) and is produced in the human body from Vitamin C and by other natural pathways.

The Journal of Dentistry study shows that the new ingredients in Spry toothpaste are significantly more effective than typical fluoride toothpastes,” says Nathan Jones, CEO of Xlear, the maker of new, more effective Spry. “Brush your way to better health with Spry,” Jones concluded.

Spry is available at leading retailers across the nation, including Wegmans, The Vitamin Shoppe, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Natural Grocers, and most all Natural market retailers. It can also be purchased online, including on Amazon.

The Journal of Dentistry study can be found here: Journal of Dentistry Dental Health Study

Overjet and New England Family Dentistry Partner to Bring Artificial Intelligence to over 50 Dental Practices

Posted on October 14, 2021

Helping dentists deliver the best patient care and education

New England Family Dentistry and Overjet (www.Overjet.ai) today announced a partnership to bring Overjet's industry-leading dental artificial intelligence (AI) software to the dental support organization's network of over 50 dental clinics in New England. Overjet's Clinical Intelligence Platform combines insights from real-time dental AI analysis and existing practice management software data to support clinical and business teams.

"Our team regularly invests in training and tools to improve patient care across our network of clinics," said Dr. Patrick Assioun, DMD, CEO of New England Family Dentistry. "After months of use, we were impressed by Overjet's ability to support and guide our clinical providers which ultimately helps them deliver consistent and high quality patient care. AI has already had a great impact in businesses and medicine, and dentistry is no different. AI is the future of dentistry, and Overjet is the leader in the field. From the hygienist to the dentist to leadership, Overjet's dental AI gives the team new data and insights to deliver the best dental care."

Overjet's dental AI technology is built on years of R&D and testing by machine learning scientists, software engineers, and dentists. Earlier this year, Overjet received FDA clearance for its Dental Assist product, the first dental AI company to receive such a clearance. Overjet has made rapid inroads with dental insurers, counting as customers 16 major carriers who serve over 73 million Americans. The company plans for its technology to soon support shared reimbursement standards between providers and payers, solving a major pain point for dentists.

"New England Family Dentistry is at the vanguard of improving dental care," said Dr. Wardah Inam, PhD, CEO and co-founder of Overjet. "We're honored to work with such a patient-focused and forward-thinking dental team. Our partnership is driven by a shared belief that supporting dentists with AI technology will lead to the best patient health outcomes."

Today's partnership with New England Family Dentistry comes on the heels of other significant developments for Overjet. Last month, the company announced it had raised $27 million in Series A financing to address significant customer demand and accelerate new product development.

OraPharma Launches First-Of-Its-Kind MyPerioHealth™ Patient Education Application For Periodontal Disease

Posted on October 14, 2021

OraPharma, a leading oral care company of Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE.TSX:BHC), today announced the U.S. launch of the MyPerioHealth™ app, a first-of-its kind interactive oral health educational tool that allows patients in conjunction with their dental professionals a quick and easy way to understand the stage and grade of periodontal disease on a single, digital platform at the point of care.

“The MyPerioHealth™ education app was designed as a resource for dental professionals when using the Periodontal Staging and Grading Guidelines established by the American Academy of Periodontology to help encourage dialogue and offer an interactive oral health assessment in a patient friendly, portable way,” said Dinesh Guglani, vice president and general manager, OraPharma. “By responding to a series of short questions, a patient and their dental care professional can obtain a wealth of important information regarding the patient’s periodontal health status, including the stage and grade, which are vital for treatment planning and determining the maintenance interval to help manage the disease.”

The AAP Guidelines are intended for patients who have already been diagnosed with periodontitis. The MyPerioHealth™ app complements manual staging and grading by streamlining data collection and automating calculations using the American Academy of Periodontology guidelines. The app will help increase patients’ awareness of gum disease by encouraging dialogue and collaboration between dental professionals and their patients.

“The MyPerioHealth™ app will help enhance the understanding of periodontal disease by providing patients with the ability to have greater understanding and ownership of their disease. Armed with their periodontal score and the ramifications of unchecked periodontal disease, we believe patients will be more accepting of the treatment recommendations they receive from their doctors.” Guglani continued.

Designed for use on a tablet or cell phone, the MyPerioHealth™ app is available on both iOS and Android platforms. It can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, Apple App Store or Amazon Appstore. A web-based version can also be accessed at www.myperiohealth.com.  

DentaQuest’s Roxanne Martinez Named to ALPFA’s 2021 Most Powerful Latinas

Posted on October 13, 2021

Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) recognizes Roxanne Martinez’s work shaping and communicating the values and culture of DentaQuest

DentaQuest announced today that executive vice president and chief human resources officer Roxanne Martinez has been named to ALPFA’s 2021 Most Powerful Latinas. This recognition highlights 50 of the most powerful and influential senior-level Latinas who influence and impact many with their service and commitment to elevating others.

Martinez’s impact is being recognized in the category of Corporate Culture Developers, comprised of women who are leading the way at a time when corporations are being challenged to be more inclusive than ever. These powerful leaders are providing strength and structure to their corporate cultures in a way that will enable company employees to move with purpose in a post pandemic world.

“Latina women are trailblazers,” said Martinez. “Their contributions are directly impacting communities and companies across this country. I’m honored to be a part of this prestigious group of women who have dedicated their professional lives to creating positive change across industries.”

Martinez has been a driving force behind DentaQuest’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Under her leadership, DentaQuest completed its first DEI plan in 2020, establishing KPIs and action plans to build a more inclusive culture. In just one year, these efforts have delivered measurable results, putting DentaQuest ahead of its goals. Before joining DentaQuest in 2019, Martinez served as the Senior Vice President and Talent Officer for the U.S. region of Liberty Mutual’s Global Retail Markets business. She previously held multiple human resources leadership positions in each of Liberty Mutual’s core business lines, as well as responsibilities for the company’s talent acquisition function.

Martinez will be honored at the Virtual Most Powerful Latinas Summit on Friday, November 5, 2021. Find additional information on ALPHA’s annual Most Powerful Latinas list at https://www.alpfa.org/page/2021_mpl

About DentaQuest

DentaQuest is a purpose-driven oral health care company dedicated to improving the oral health of all. We do this through Preventistry® – our all-in approach to better care, expanded access, value-based financing, and innovative solutions. We manage dental and vision benefits for 30+ million Americans and direct patient care through our network of more than 70 oral health centers in six states. We provide outcomes-based, cost-effective dental solutions for Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare Advantage, small and large businesses, and individuals nationwide. By advancing prevention-focused oral health, we will achieve better overall health for everyone. Learn more at www.DentaQuest.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


Statement of the American Dental Education Association Advocating a Dental Benefit in Medicare

Posted on October 12, 2021

Today, the American Dental Education Association released the following statement:

"The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) believes that a comprehensive dental benefit should be part of any comprehensive public or private health care coverage plan and should be available to every person.

Oral health care is essential care. Congress has the historic and unprecedented opportunity to recognize that oral health is essential to whole health and warrants creating such a benefit in Medicare. We know that gum disease is related to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. We know that early detection of oral cancers is fundamental to survival. We know that untreated dental abscesses can lead to death. We also know that these conditions disproportionately affect persons over 60 years of age.

According to the Federal Reserve report, Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2020, dental care was the most frequently skipped care due to an inability to pay. Oral health services are crucial to the general health of the elderly and persons with disabilities, who often have difficulty accessing dental care. This puts them at greater risk of complications from other chronic health conditions, which leads to increased health care costs and burdens on emergency rooms, which are often ill-equipped to address patients’ oral health needs.

We encourage the adoption of legislation that expands Medicare coverage to a broad range of oral health care services for all and provides reimbursement for those services at rates commensurate with the high quality of care provided."

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 18,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®. 

Zest Dental Solutions Launches ENCOMPASS All Inclusive LOCATOR Overdenture Solution

Posted on October 12, 2021

Digitally powered overdenture treatment designed to reduce patient visits by 50 percent

Zest Dental Solutions, the only manufacturer of the Zest LOCATOR® Family of Abutment Systems, including the Zest LOCATOR Overdenture Implant System, and provider of clinician-trusted dental materials and small equipment, announces the release of ENCOMPASS™, an all-inclusive, digitally powered overdenture treatment solution, through a partnership with Absolute Dental Services. Driven by precision and efficiency, ENCOMPASS can reduce patients visits by 50 percent, while providing them with customized, high-quality overdentures.

Each ENCOMPASS bundle box includes an Absolute NavaGation™ Pilot Guide and treatment plan; two, four, or six all-in-one Zest LOCATOR Implants and Abutments with processing pack; a premium Absolute Forever Denture™; CHAIRSIDE Attachment Processing Material; Denture Removal Tool; CHAIRSIDE Rubber Finishing and Tapered Carbide Burs; Fixation; and a Denture ID microchip. The end result is a comprehensive solution focused on precision and efficiency that is unlike anything else in the industry.

“ENCOMPASS is a game-changer,” said Tom Stratton, Zest Dental Solutions CEO. “Zest is focused on exceptional products that deliver proven and predictable results. We’ve really captured that approach with ENCOMPASS and housed it all in a single box. The clinician now has everything at their fingertips to confidently treat overdenture patients, and they can do it faster and with greater precision, cutting visits in half. These time and cost savings can be passed along to patients and used to drive practice growth.”

Cloud-based, digital workflow delivers enhanced case planning and efficiency for the clinician, streamlining the entire process to help reduce patient visits by as much as 50 percent, thereby freeing up valuable chairtime and creating an overall better patient experience. The ENCOMPASS Pilot Surgical Guide further adds to this precision and consistency, allowing the clinician to maintain the correct depth and placement for optimum overdenture support and patient comfort.

Each ENCOMPASS box also includes a Lucitone 3D Carbon Printed, Absolute Forever Denture. This 3D, custom-printed overdenture is three times stronger than the minimum ISO strength standard for a denture. Created on a Carbon® M2 printer, each overdenture is the perfect combination of precision, strength, and aesthetics. The ability to customize the tissue portion with five different shades of pink adds to the realistic outcome and patient satisfaction. Zest is excited to be partnering with Absolute Dental Services which was the 2019 NADL Lab of the Year and has been in business for 26 years with four US locations.

“Absolute Dental Services is excited to be partnering with Zest,” said Conrad Rensburg, Absolute Dental Services owner. “Our commitment to dental lab precision, consistency and efficiency meshes perfectly with Zest and its commitment to excellence and leadership in the overdenture space. This collaboration has given way to ENCOMPASS, an end-to-end laboratory enabled overdenture solution that promises to deliver patients with best-in-class, customized Absolute overdenture.”

The precision overdentures are then confidently held in place with two, four, or six genuine LOCATOR abutments and implants. The progressive diameter design, self-tapping tip and RBM-treated surface allows the clinician to place Zest implants with confidence in both standard and narrow ridges (available in 2.4, 2.9, 3.5, 3.9, 4.4, and 4.9 mm). When paired with LOCATOR abutments, an unmatched clinical combination is born, one which is globally trusted and universally accepted.

To learn more about how Encompass can help you exceed patient expectations and grow your practice, call 855-868-LODI (5634) or visit www.zestdent.com/encompass.

Industry Mourns Past NADL President Henry Martin, CDT

Posted on October 11, 2021

Henry Martin, CDT, past President of the National Association of Dental Laboratories and owner of Restorative Arts Dental Lab, has passed away. He has had an immeasurable impact on the profession of dental technology, not only serving as NADL president, but also serving twice as the Chairman of the National Board for Certification in Dental Technology, past President of the Southeastern Conference of Dental Laboratories, and past trustee for the Foundation for Dental Technology. He will be greatly missed, and the sympathies of everyone at IDT go out to his friends, family, and all whose lives he touched within the industry.

National Dental Hygiene Month: World-Traveled Dentist Provides Tips For Optimal Oral Health

Posted on October 11, 2021

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a month dedicated to promoting healthy smiles and celebrating the hard work of dental hygienists across the country.

Throughout the pandemic, the dental hygiene community has continued to come together in extraordinary ways to ensure that caring for patients was still possible while maintaining a safe environment.

In addition to working throughout the pandemic as a pediatric dentist, Dr. Dane Hoang uses her skills to volunteer with global nonprofit Operation Smile which provides free reconstructive cleft surgery to areas of the world where it’s needed most.

In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, Dr. Dane has offered to share 5 tips to help children and adults achieve optimal oral health.

About Dr. Dane Hoang

Dr. Dane Hoang has been serving children in her community as a pediatric dentist at Children’s Dental Care in Dallas, Texas for over 20 years.

Dr. Hoang has also contributed her skills as a dental volunteer on over 10 medical missions with Operation Smile. Most of her volunteer work has been focused in Hue, Vietnam, near where she was born and lived until her parents fled the country to immigrate to the United States in 1979.

“My parents’ work ethic and independence inspired me to find an occupation that would incorporate both autonomy and manual dexterity. The field of dentistry provided me with the best of both worlds,” said Dr. Hoang.

Inspired to do more to support Operation Smile’s mission, Dr. Hoang began raising funds around Dallas through her nonprofit Le Hoang Foundation. Dane has worked closely with Operation Smile to establish a gala in Houston that has raised more than $650,000 since its inception in 2014.

As a a volunteer with Operation Smile, Dr. Hoang is dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of her patients, which includes maintaining optimal oral health.

“It’s been a life changing experience for me to travel around the world and meet some of the most amazing human beings who have dedicated their lives to help children by volunteering with Operation Smile,” Dr. Hoang said. “Dental hygiene month is important to raise awareness and remind everyone to practice proper oral hygiene in order to achieve optimal oral health for a beautiful smile.”

Dr. Hoang’s Tips For Optimal Oral Health

1.) Brush Twice a Day: The foundation for good oral health is brushing your teeth. By brushing twice daily you greatly reduce your risk of cavities, gum disease and other oral health conditions.

2.) Floss Once a Day: Cleaning between your teeth may help prevent cavities and gum disease and prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth.

3.) Use Fluoride Toothpaste: Toothpaste that contains fluoride helps to prevent cavities in both adults and children. Fluoride is a natural element that strengthens teeth and prevents their decay.

4.) Drink a lot of Water: By rinsing away harmful bacteria and food debris, drinking water fights cavities and gum disease.

5.) Dental Checkup Every 6 Months: Visiting the dentist every six months can help detect and diagnose any problems early and help avoid costly and painful procedures.

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile is a global surgical nonprofit that improves the health and dignity of patients living with cleft lip and cleft palate in low- and middle-income countries. Since 1982, Operation Smile has been committed to providing patients with health that lasts through life-saving cleft surgeries and comprehensive care, helping them to better breathe, eat, speak and live lives of greater quality and confidence. Its training and education programs elevate safe surgical standards and strengthen a global network to reach more people earlier in their lives. Learn more at www.operationsmile.org or by following @operationsmile on social media.


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