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AAE selects new leaders

July 11, 2012

BOSTON, Mass., USA: The American Association of Endodontists appointed its 2012-2013 officers and added five new members to its Board of Directors during the association’s Annual Session, held recently in Boston. New officers are Dr. James C. Kulild, president; Dr. Gary R. Hartwell, president-elect; Dr. Robert S. Roda, vice president; Dr. Terryl A. Propper, secretary; Dr. Linda G. Levin, treasurer; and Dr. William T. Johnson, immediate past president.

Be ready for patients seeing dental X-ray safety stories in the news

July 10, 2012

Anaheim, Calif., USA: As the popular media runs an increasing number of stories about long-term safety of patients’ exposure to dental X-rays, the people at Suni Medical Imaging are seeing growing interest in their products. That because Suni’s imaging sensor delivers quality images that compare with the industry’s best, while requiring substantially lower radiation to do so.

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Dental organizations respond to PBS documentary

July 9, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: PBS recently aired “Dollars and Dentists,” a documentary produced by Frontline and the Center for Public Integrity, about what it termed a dental crisis in America. The program exposed gaps in access to care, and it underscored the plight of the poor, who cannot afford treatment. After the program aired, several dental organizations issued responses.

Philadelphia museum features 20,000 medical anomalies

July 6, 2012

Philadelphia, Pa., USA: Philadelphia, America's birthplace, has no end of historical sites worthy of repeat visits, whether the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Franklin Square, National Constitution Center or any number of others. But for medical- and dental-type folks, the can’t-miss destination is the Mütter Museum of the Philadelphia College of Physicians.

New York meeting grows in global stature

July 5, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Thanks to the Live Dentistry Arena and ADA CERP-accredited C.E. credits available at the Dental Tribune Study Club (DTSC) Symposia, the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) is solidifying its standing as the largest dental congress and health-care meeting in the United States. In 2011, the GNYDM registered 53,789 attendees from all 50 states and 127 countries.

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UCLA School of Dentistry gets $5M from NIH to train future leaders in oral health research

July 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA: In recent years, faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry have been expanding the traditional boundaries of dentistry through groundbreaking multidisciplinary research that has led to major advances in everything from stem cell science to saliva diagnostics.

Handheld X-ray device frees dentists to expand work with underserved patients

July 3, 2012

Anaheim, Calif., USA: An untended benefit seen by dental professionals across the world after they bring the Aribex NOMAD handheld X-ray device into their practices: They experience an increased willingness to go out into the local community and beyond to serve difficult-to-reach patients. The phenomenon so far has been documented only anecdotal, but Aribex President and CFO Ken Kaufman said a formal study is in the works to measure the trend.

Olga Torres, RDH, named as recipient of Pros in the Profession award

July 3, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Crest Oral-B congratulates Olga Torres, RDH, of Clewiston, Fla., as the fifth winner of the brands’ second Pros in the Profession award program, which honors registered dental hygienists who go above and beyond the call of duty every day. Torres has been practicing dental hygiene for five years, holding a dental hygiene degree from Palm Beach Community College and working as the sole hygienist at the Florida Community Health Center.

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AAID sues Texas Dental Board

June 28, 2012

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA: The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Austin seeking to invalidate a Texas regulation that severely restricts dentists from advertising their bona fide AAID credentials in implant dentistry. In 2009 and 2010, AAID won judicial verdicts overturning similar rules enforced by state dental boards in Florida and California.

AACD announces class of 2012

June 28, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Excellence in cosmetic dentistry can be defined in many ways, but one of them is through AACD accreditation — the academy’s coveted credential. This year, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has welcomed 12 dental professionals to accredited member status and two to the AACD accredited fellow ranks.

NuSmile crowns: a ‘gold standard’ for pediatric patients

June 26, 2012 | Business

A restorative solution for pediatric patients with early childhood caries, NuSmile crowns offer an esthetic alternative to traditional stainless-steel crowns. “Our company is dedicated to beautiful, healthy smiles for all children. NuSmile anterior and posterior crowns are anatomically correct, stainless-steel crowns with the most natural-looking, tooth-colored facing available,” said NuSmile CEO and President Diane Johnson Krueger.

DENTSPLY Professional donates $5,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure

June 26, 2012 | Business

NEW YORK, NY, USA: DENTSPLY Professional recently presented a $5,000 check to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. DENTSPLY Professional contributed a portion of every limited edition pink Midwest RDH Freedom Cordless Prophy System sold to make this donation.

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AGD holds Annual Session in Philadelphia

June 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA: Between the hands-on workshops, the Welcome Reception and the general session on social media, opening day of the Academy of General Dentistry’s Annual Session was filled to the brim with things to do and products to see. But it was only just the beginning. During the next two days, there was plenty more to explore in Philadelphia.

Hygienists meet in Phoenix

June 26, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ, USA: It was a warm, fun and friendly atmosphere in Phoenix at the 89th Annual ADHA Meeting. While temperatures reached 102 degrees, it was cool inside the exhibit hall as hygienists visited six aisles of booths catering to their every need and whim. Educational sessions were in high demand Friday, as were sold out.

Americans score a D on oral health quiz; ADA launches new website to increase knowledge

June 25, 2012

CHICAGO, IL, USA: Americans need a serious brush-up when it comes to their oral health, according to a new survey from the American Dental Association (ADA) released in conjunction with the ADA’s launch of a new website dedicated to improving the oral health of all Americans. On average, Americans scored a D on a series of true or false questions ranging from how often to brush and what age should a child first visit a dentist to what causes cavities.

US dental implant companies merge

June 25, 2012 | Business

BURLINGTON, Mass. & IRVINE, Calif., USA: After Dentsply's acquisition of Astra Tech Dental last year, another major player is poised to take on the dental implant markets, as Southern Implants has announced the merger of its entire business operations with Keystone Dental.

A new foundation for your practice

June 22, 2012 | Business

For more than 20 years, Dentrix has built a reputation as a complete practice management solution. By combining intelligent patient management and flexible clinical tools, and industry-leading business management capabilities, Dentrix has helped more than 30,000 dental practices grow and thrive. Building on that success, Henry Schein Dentrix announced the official release of Dentrix G5, the newest version of the practice management solution, at the Hinman Dental Meeting.

Study Links gum disease and HPV-status of head and neck cancer

June 22, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), once almost exclusively associated with cancer of the cervix, is now linked to head and neck cancer. According to a new University at Buffalo study just published in the Archives of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery, a JAMA publication, gum disease is associated with increased odds of tumors being HPV-positive.

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