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Meeting review: CDA Anaheim 2016

Attendees learn about ‘Protecting Patient Privacy: Tips on Cyber Security from the California Attorney General’s Office’ with Joanne McNabb at The Spot during CDA Presents. (Photo: Sierra Rendon, DTA)
Sierra Rendon and Robert Selleck, DTA

Sierra Rendon and Robert Selleck, DTA

Wed. 25 May 2016


ANAHEIM, Calif., USA: The 2016 version of CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry — one of the largest annual gatherings of dental-product exhibitors in North America — offered plenty of merchandise for attendees to look at and buy. Every year, the CDA Presents exhibit hall is a favorite vehicle for launching new products and showcasing advancements and improvements with established favorites.

Visitors were often three-deep watching GumChucks representatives demonstrate how to use the unique and popular flossing tool. “This show has been great,” said Vilma Yacoob, RDA, an educator with the company. “There has been a lot of traffic. It’s mainly hygienists, who really like the autoclavable ones for demonstration with patients — and because of how efficient they are to use on patients.” The show-special pricing has proven to be a big draw as well.

In the Isolite booth, crowds quickly gathered whenever the dental-isolation devices were demonstrated. Charlie Pitman with Isolite said the crowds had been good, and he noted the booth wasn’t just getting new prospective customers stopping by but that a lot of the traffic comprised current users. “It really gratifying to have existing customers stop by to tell us how using these have rejuvenated their enjoyment of their careers,” Pitman said. He told of one dentist who had been on the verge of retiring but after embracing CAD/CAM and incorporating the Isolite system into his practice, the dentists how says he is hoping to keep working for another 10 years.

In the Convergent Dental booth, the dental lasers seemed to be continuously in use, with visitors intrigued by the prospect of anesthesia-free and blood-free dentistry.

Another booth seeing steady traffic on Friday was Flow Dental, where the All Bite disposable sensor holder was getting lots of attention. The device snaps on and off to take either horizontal or vertical bite-wing X-rays without the need to change positions or parts.

VOCO often had visitors bumping elbows in its booth. Among the many products garnering attention was Admira Fusion x-tra, an all-ceramic-based direct bulk-fill restorative material that uses a unique “pure silicate technology” to dramatically lower polymerization shrinkage and shrinkage stress.

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CDA Presents also offered a full range of educational opportunities. Sessions included: “A Simplified Approach to Ultrasonic Instrumentation,” with Cynthia Fong, RDH; “Starting a Practice From Scratch: Do you Have What it Takes?” with CDA Practice Support, including Ali Karjoo, Levi Barlavi, Esq., Thai Johns, Mark Sirianni and R.J. Przebinda; “Be a Rock-Star Team: Move From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be,” with Tanya Brown, DMD; “Treating Periodontitis and Peri-Implantitis: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” with Robert Fazio, DMD; and “OSHA Overview: It’s All About the Basics,” with Tricia Osuna, RDH.


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