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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

High schoolers can smile while exploring dental careers at summer camp in Maine

June 19, 2012

Portland, Maine, USA: With the official start of summer this week, many high school students have shifted gears from school studies 
to summer camp. But not all set their sights on traditional camp activities like swimming, fishing or arts & 
crafts. In fact, 20 teen-agers in Maine and New Hampshire have chosen to “open wide” to an innovative and 
interesting alternative.

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‘Rethink Your Drink,’ CDA tells the public

June 18, 2012

Sacramento, Calif., USA: As summertime temperatures are going up, the California Dental Association is encouraging the public to “rethink your drink” before downing a sugary beverage to quench thirst. 

While the media often focuses on the risks of obesity and diabetes, it’s important to realize that drinking sugar-filled sodas, sports drinks or juices can contribute to tooth decay and dental pain.

CAD/CAM provider focuses on customer

June 18, 2012 | Business

Labs are seeking long-lasting solutions, and these require long-lasting commitment from the CAD/CAM system provider. 3Shape recently proclaimed its commitment to support, learning channels, customer care, and delivering future-proof solutions. 3Shape defines these as inseparable components of its products.

Advocacy group voices opposition to proposed legislation in North Carolina

June 14, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C., USA: The Alliance for Access to Dental Care, a trade and advocacy group committed to providing quality dental care, has announced the ongoing support from national and regional organizations in its efforts to prevent the passage of House Bill 698 (H.B. 698) and Senate Bill 655 (S.B. 655). If passed, H.B. 698 and S.B. 655 will change the way dentists work with dental service organizations (DSOs).

AGD and AGD Foundation to provide free care to hundreds of Philadelphia’s underserved residents

June 13, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: On Saturday, June 23, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and the AGD Foundation will partner with the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to hold its third annual community outreach project, "Nation of Smiles, One Smile at a Time." The event will take place during the AGD's 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, scheduled for June 21 to 24.

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AAID Research Foundation awards more than $165,000 for research projects

June 12, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: The future of implant dentistry is driven by research, and thanks to the AAID Research Foundation, more than $165,000 in grants were awarded to dental investigators in the last two years, the foundation announced. “The AAID Foundation provides generous grants to post-graduate researchers for unbiased dental implant research to further the science of oral implantology through research and education,” said Jaime Lozada, DMD, chairman, AAID Research Foundation.

Trade specialist honored by Greater N.Y. Dental Meeting

June 11, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Following 10 years of working with United States Department of Commerce (USDOC) Senior Trade Specialist and Project Officer Carol Rudman, the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) staff believes it must share some of its accomplishments with her. Working with Rudman, the Greater New York Dental Meeting became one of the “Top 200 Trade Shows in the U.S.”

Mydent donates products to ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program

June 10, 2012 | Business

Mydent International has donated children’s face masks, along with prophy paste, gloves, barrier products, patient bibs, cups, sponges and cotton rolls to the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program, which is devoted to improving oral health of children in need. Pediatric patients love Mydent’s Marvy Masque Cone Face Masks because they are designed with four delightful characters: a dog, clown, rabbit and cat.

Fluoridated salt used in global fight against caries

June 10, 2012

Bridgeport, Conn., USA: Most dental professionals in the United States are unaware that globally, fluoridated salt has significantly reduced the caries rate in many developing nations. Full effectiveness relies on the salt reaching consumers by several different channels. Fluoride salt can be used in homes, but it is also distributed to restaurant kitchens, school canteens, hospitals, bakeries and large bread factories.

AAP supports statement that periodontal disease is linked to cardiovascular disease

June 8, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) supports the scientific statement of the American Heart Association (AHA), “Periodontal Disease and Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: Does the Evidence Support an Independent Association?” recently published in Circulation. The statement concludes that observational studies to date support an association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, independent of shared risk factors.

Costs, as much as location, impede access to care

June 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: On June 7, Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., introduced the Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2012 in the Senate and House. The proposed legislation is titled "A bill to improve access to oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations." In February, the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging heard nearly 100 minutes of testimony at its hearing, “Dental Crisis in America: The Need to Expand Access.”

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