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Chicago dentist provides free care one day each year

April 13, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, USA: Dr Theodore M. Siegel wanted to give back to the local community, but he didn’t want to just write a check to a charity. He wanted to do more. So he decided that for one day every year, he would open up his practice to all local patients and offer free services. Since his annual ‘Dentists With Heart’ event began in 2005, Siegel said, more than 2,000 patients have been treated with more than $1.25 million in care.

Research shows Americans with dental benefits have better overall health

April 13, 2009

DALLAS, TX/NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA: Individuals with dental benefits are more likely to go to the dentist, take their children to the dentist, receive restorative care and experience greater overall health, according to a recent report by the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).

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New dental implant research study open to participating dentists

April 9, 2009

Seattle, WA, USA: Global2Labs and the Northwest Implant Research Group (NWIRG) have announced a new dental implant research study now open for doctor participation in the United States and internationally. The purpose of the study is to determine the success rates for newer implant designs coming to market. This study will help define whether the success rates with newer implant designs are at comparable rates as previous generations or at even higher rates of success.

ADA summit focuses on improving access to dental care

April 8, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, USA: Nearly 150 stakeholders from non-profit groups, government agencies and private industry met 23 through 25 March at a summit on access to dental care convened by the American Dental Association (ADA). The goal of the summit was to create a common vision toward improving the oral health of underserved populations.

Archived Webinars from the successful DTSC launch now available

April 8, 2009

On 14 March, the Dental Tribune Study Club was officially launched through a full-day Online C.E. Festival, featuring five Webinars in succession. 290 participants joined in the festivities, representing 57 different nations, proving the Study Club truly is a global concept.

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Ronald J. Hunt becomes ADEA president

April 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Ronald J. Hunt, DDS, MS, Harry Lyons Professor and Dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry, was installed as ADEA president on 18 March at the 2009 ADEA Annual Session in Phoenix, AZ, USA. Dr Hunt had spent the previous year serving as ADEA president-elect.

IADR’s Williams calls out for excellence and impact in research

April 7, 2009

MIAMI, FL, USA: The President-Elect of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), Dr. David Williams has asked colleagues to focus on conducting research that has practical impact for global oral health. In his speech during the IADR’s 87th General Session and Exhibition in Miami in the United States he said that the profession has a responsibility to ensure the continuation of research.

Dental Tribune Study Club launch a great success!

April 6, 2009

On 14 March, the Dental Tribune Study Club was officially launched through a full-day online C.E. festival, featuring five Webinars in succession. 290 participants joined in the festivities, representing 57 different nations, proving the Study Club truly is a global concept.

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National Children’s Oral Health Foundation welcomes new affiliate member

April 6, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC, USA: The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF), America’s Toothfairy, recently announced a new affiliate member: the University of Miami Department of Pediatrics. Brian Guerdat, program panager of the department, said that his group’s mission is to improve the oral health of preschool-aged children in Miami-Dade County, FL, USA, through “screening, prevention and education.” Pediatric residents and medical students are trained in oral health assessment and fluoride varnish application in order to work with local Head Start Centers.

Pankey Institute receives support from Hu-Friedy in effort to help underserved patients

April 6, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, USA: Patients are in need of dental care across the country, but too many unfortunately don’t have the means to acquire treatment. The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education is working to solve this problem for hundreds of underserved individuals across the United States.

US boosts HIV research at NYU College of Dentistry

April 3, 2009

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Seeking to shed new light on HIV’s ability to survive in the body and cause disease, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded a five-year, US$1.9 million grant to an AIDS research team at the New York University College of Dentistry to continue its study of a new mode of HIV replication that involves cooperation between viruses.

With Root Canal Awareness Week, AAE aims to dispel fear among patients

April 2, 2009

Ask anyone what dental procedure they fear most, and you will invariably hear one thing: the root canal. And such fears often keep people away from dental offices altogether. But the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) wants to change that. To help dispel such fears among the general public, the AAE is conducting its third annual Root Canal Awareness week.

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ADA calls on Congress to increase funding for Indian Health Service

April 2, 2009

NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA: The Indian Health Service (IHS), the federal health program in the United States for American Indians and Alaska Natives, is getting some increased attention from dental health care leaders. John S. Findley, DDS, president of the American Dental Association (ADA), recently told the US House Committee on interior appropriations charged with funding the Indian Health Service (IHS) that the IHS dental workforce, already understaffed, faces a significant number of retirements by the most experienced dentists. Dr Findley pointed out that this occurs at a time when “childhood caries and periodontal disease among diabetics are rampant.”

Vincent Iacono to lead Academy of Osseointegration

April 2, 2009

Vincent J. Iacono, DMD, of Stony Brook, NY, USA, was elected president of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) during the organization’s annual business meeting, held recently in San Diego, CA, USA. Iacono succeeds former AO President Steven G. Lewis, DMD, of Cincinnati, OH, USA.

Sirona Dental Systems celebrates launch of CEREC AC Powered by Bluecam

April 2, 2009

Every year, many companies launch new products and initiatives during the Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, IL, USA. This year, digital dentistry company Sirona Dental Systems, based in Long Island City, NY, USA, a producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, celebrated the commencement of its new CEREC AC (Acquisition Center) powered by Bluecam with an official “Blue” launch party at Chicago’s famous House of Blues.

ADA celebrates 150 years, prepares for Annual Session in Hawaii

March 31, 2009

The not-for-profit American Dental Association (ADA) will celebrate its 150th anniversary during its 2009 Annual Session, to be held 30 September to 4 October in Honolulu, HI, USA. The ADA Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition will bring together leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry to present more than 180 continuing education courses over four days. More than 30,000 attendees are anticipated from the United States and around the world along with more than 350 exhibitors.

Patient’s own stem cells are harvested and transplanted into jaw

March 30, 2009

Dr Ivan Ho, a Southern California-based dentist and founder of Platinum Dental, recently performed a concentrated stem cell transplant for one of his patients who is in need of implants. The innovative procedure, called a bone marrow aspirate concentration (BMAC), is reported to be the first on the West Coast and only the second in the United States to be performed. Dr Ho harvested and transplanted stem cells from the patient’s own bone marrow into the jawbone to create a dense bone structure to which a dental implant can later be permanently set. The procedure was conducted on 23 March at Platinum Dental in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA.

Dentists are often able to spot eating disorders in patients

March 30, 2009

Bad breath, sensitive teeth and eroded tooth enamel are just a few of the signs that dentists use to determine whether a patient suffers from an eating disorder. Other signs include teeth that are worn and appear almost translucent, mouth sores, dry mouth, cracked lips, bleeding gums and tender mouth, throat and salivary glands, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

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