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BING Innovations releases white paper on special needs patients

September 25, 2012 | Business

BING Innovations, maker of the revolutionary DentalVibe Injection Comfort System, have announced the release of a new white paper, Special Needs Dentistry: What Every Dentist Should Know About Effectively and Profitably Treating Patients with Special Needs. Available for free to dental health care professionals, this comprehensive white paper thoroughly assesses the current state of special needs dentistry, highlighting the need for more dentists to cater parts of their practice to these patients.

Researchers find clue that may get biofilm to leave teeth alone

September 25, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: A new study shows that when enough bacteria get together in one place, they can make a collective decision to grow an appendage and swim away. This type of behavior has been seen for the first time in marine sponges, and it could lead to an understanding of how to break up harmful bacterial biofilms, such as plaque on teeth or those found on internal medical devices, such as artificial heart valves.

Henry Schein recognizes World Oral Health Day

September 24, 2012

MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein, the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, recognized World Oral Health Day on Sept. 12, with the creation of a photo collage that was posted on the Reuters sign in Times Square.

Halloween candy buy-back program targets cavities, supports troops

September 20, 2012 | Business

BUENA PARK, Calif., USA: Dentists across the country will once again collect excess candy from young patients on Nov. 1 as part of the 9th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. Through the program, children who bring unopened candy to designated locations the day after Halloween are rewarded with prizes like the popular light-up FireFly toothbrush and in some cases $1 cash per pound.

Attendees enthusiastic about IACA 2012 annual meeting

September 20, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., USA: More than 800 dental professionals from around the world attended the International Association of Comprehensive Dentistry (IACA) annual meeting. The event was July 26–28 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Fla. Most of the attendees were returning members, and many reported that this was the best meeting yet in the IACA's eight-year history.

A winning combination

September 19, 2012

LONG BOAT KEY, Fla., USA: Is it a beautiful beach, world-class speakers for great continuing education, good fellowship? Or perhaps it is fishing, a round of golf, or a relaxing time at the spa. Or maybe even it is the opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones. Whatever your choices, Smiles in the Sun 2013 in Long Boat Key has the perfect combination.

xpAPce and XPsquared launched

September 19, 2012 | Business

Dentistry is mired in a perfect storm that challenges the profession from all sides: weak economies in the Unites States and worldwide, dental trade show attendance declining every year, and dentists reluctant to close their offices or give up personal time (away from their friends and families) in order to take continuing education courses or spend time at trade shows like they did in the past.

Big Apple ban on large sugary beverages gets a thumbs-up from ADA

September 18, 2012

CHICAGO, Ill, USA: The American Dental Association applauds New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for shining a spotlight on the issue of frequent and excessive consumption of soda and other sugary beverages which raises the risk of adverse health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, said Dr. William Calnon, president of ADA, in a statement.

Microscopic dentistry session offers hands-on opportunities across all dental specialties

September 17, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calif., USA: Whether you’re a microscope user or not, the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry 11th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session promises to open your eyes to new possibilities. Registration for the Nov. 16-17 event is available through the academy’s website, You don't need to be experienced in microscope-enhanced dentistry to attend and benefit from the session's programs.

Scientist discovers mechanism to reduce inflammation and subsequent bone loss related to gum disease

September 14, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: A University of Louisville scientist has found a way to prevent inflammation and bone loss surrounding the teeth by blocking a natural signaling pathway of the enzyme GSK3b, which plays an important role in directing the immune response. The discovery of UofL School of Dentistry researcher David Scott, PhD, and his team recently published online first in the journal Molecular Medicine.

NCOHF grant recipients to reach more than 30,000 at-risk children this year

September 12, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., USA: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy (NCOHF) recently announced the recipients of four America’s ToothFairy grants. The America’s ToothFairy Grant recipients will reach a combined total of over 30,000 at-risk children with vital oral health services this year. Each recipient received a $10,000 grant to fund pediatric programs delivering comprehensive educational, preventive and treatment services for at-risk children.

ADA and PopCap Games offer giveaways as alternative to Halloween candy

September 11, 2012

SEATTLE, Wash., USA: The American Dental Association and PopCap Games, a digital games creator and a division of EA, have announced a joint campaign aimed at encouraging good oral health among U.S. children and their parents. The “Stop Zombie Mouth” campaign will continue through Halloween, and will feature PopCap’s family-friendly hit video game, Plants vs. Zombies as a tooth-friendly alternative to candy.

Kids can go ‘wild’ for multi-shaped braces

September 11, 2012 | Business

Increasing awareness of WildSmiles Designer braces among kids and parents is leading many orthodontists to go wild for WildSmiles. “WildSmiles is a great differentiator,” said Dr. Ben Burris, a WildSmiles provider located in Jonesboro, Ark. “In a sea of providers offering braces and aligners, WildSmiles lets me stand out. WildSmiles makes patients decide to choose me —mostly because kids demand them!”

Ortho2, Sesame unveil new data-sharing partnership

September 11, 2012 | Business

Sesame Communications, a leading provider of online patient communication and engagement tools for the orthodontic industry, and Ortho2, the largest independently owned provider of comprehensive orthodontic practice management and imaging systems, announced a data-sharing partnership.

University of Louisville students provide free care

September 11, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: During a two-day Remote Area Medical (RAM) event Sept. 8-9 in Somerset, Ky., nearly 80 University of Louisville dental school faculty and students were part of a team of volunteers that helped treat more than 680 patients with services that included 1352 extractions, 326 fillings, 140 cleanings, 59 exams and dozens of denture realignments and repairs.

Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists to host annual session

September 6, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: The Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists (MASO) will host its annual session from Sept. 20 to 23 at the Hilton Baltimore on Baltimore’s inner harbor. The theme of the event is “Charting a Course for the Future.” Speakers include: Drs. David Sarver, Roger Levin, Neal Kravitz, Jeffrey Posnick, Normand Boucher, Jeff Behan and Chris Bentson.

Academy of General Dentistry announces 2012 fellows and masters

September 6, 2012

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recently announced that 352 dentists have earned its prestigious Fellowship and Mastership Awards. “We are proud to honor all of the 2012 recipients for their commitment to continuing education and the dental profession,” said AGD President Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD.

Hu-Friedy launches online version of its dental recycling program

September 6, 2012 | Business

CHICAGO, Ill,, USA: With the launch of its new website, Hu-Friedy has introduced its dental instrument-recycling program online. Environdent entitles dentists in the U.S. to one free instrument from the Chicago-based manufacturer for every 12 old or broken instruments they send in.

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