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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.

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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.

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.”

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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.

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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).

NCOHF awards Dental Hygienists’ Toothfairy Grants

March 30, 2009

The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) has awarded three Dental Hygienists’ Toothfairy Grants totaling US$14,000 to organizations to help eliminate children’s suffering from preventable dental disease. Grants are made possible through contributions to the Dental Hygienists’ Toothfairy Campaign in partnership with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Chicago Midwinter Meeting shortened for 2010

March 18, 2009

In 2010, the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) will move its annual Midwinter Meeting to the west building at McCormick Place and will shorten its meeting to three days. Exhibits and courses will open on Thursday morning and close on Saturday evening.

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New adhesive features two monomers

March 18, 2009 | Business

CHICAGO, IL, USA: BeautiBond is a seventh-generation adhesive developed by Shofu. According to the company, it contains two powerful monomers—one for the dentin and one for the enamel—that provides a powerful bond that is less than 5 microns thick. And to make things even better, it is easy to use and requires very few steps, the company told Dental Tribune America during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting.

Dental industry going strong, even in challenging times

March 16, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, USA: The United States economy may be in the grips of a recession, but you would not know that judging by business activity at dental events held so far this year. Take the recent Chicago Midwinter Meeting, for example, where the aisles were just about as crowded as they have ever been.

Companies launch products at spring meetings in Cologne and Chicago

March 10, 2009

Spring is a time when many manufacturers like to introduce dental products, and there are no better places to launch new offerings than at places like the Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, USA, and the IDS in Cologne, Germany. From the latest tools for endodontic instrumentation and obturation to the newest bonding agents and adhesives, there is something for everybody on the exhibit hall floor — on either side of the Atlantic.

Always aim to save natural teeth, says Rossman of the AAE

March 9, 2009

Dental Tribune had the opportunity recently to interview Dr Louis E. Rossman, president of the American Association of Endodontists. Rossman, who is in private practice in Philadelphia, PA, USA, discussed AAE initiatives that have significantly increased media coverage of endodontics and have positioned the association as an authoritative resource in root canal education. He also discussed the need to involve endodontists in treatment planning decisions, and he stressed the importance of saving patients’ natural teeth whenever possible.  

Innovative products help dentists in a ‘worthy purpose,’ says Mark Clineff of Sybron

March 5, 2009

During a recent interview with Dental Tribune, Mark Clineff, general manager of SybronEndo,  discussed the current state of the economy, how these challenging times are affecting dentists, and the important role that SybronEndo products play in helping dentists improve patient care.

Hands-on workshop educates dentists about narrow diameter implants

March 5, 2009

These are exciting times to be working with dental implants. Advances continue to be made at places like the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at New York University’s College of Dentistry. At the same time, companies like Dentatus facilitate these advances with new products that are smaller, less expensive and more efficient than ever. As a result, options are increased for practitioners, and — even more important — results are improved for patients.

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