Dental Insider Blog

Observation and Commentary On the Dental Industry

Archive for the ‘dental’ Category

OHA Gala Tickets Going Fast

Posted by dentalinsider on December 20, 2008

Chicago, IL: December 19, 2008- Oral Health America (OHA) reports that more than half of the available tickets for its 2009 Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction have already been sold. Potential attendees were turned away last year and the organization anticipates that the upcoming event will be another sell-out. The Gala will be held February 26 at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. An online reservation system at http://www.oralhealthamerica.org has been set up to handle ticket requests. Guests may reserve individual seats or tables and can pay with a credit card or select the “bill me” option, which allows for company payments. Anyone interested in attending the premier networking event of the dental industry is encouraged to purchase tickets now to avoid disappointment.

The Oral Health America Gala is held each year during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. The black tie optional evening features dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.

Sponsors for the 2009 Gala include: Diamond Level ($10,000) sponsors Cadbury North America, Henry Schein Dental, Ivoclar Vivadent, and Patterson Dental; Platinum Level ($5,000) sponsors 1-800-DENTIST, a-dec, Chicago Dental Society, Colgate-Palmolive Co., DENTSPLY, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Beazley, National Dentex Corp., SciCan, Philips Sonicare, and Unilever; and Gold Level ($3,000) sponsors Aetna Dental, Belmont Publications, ConFirm Monitoring Systems, GC America, Midmark, Planmeca, Inc., The Argen Corporation, and Tokuyama. The event raises funds to support educational and service programs designed to improve oral health.

The Oral Health America 19th Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction will run from 6:30pm to 11pm on February 26, 2009. Tickets are $285 each ($300 after February 1, if still available); a table for 10 can be purchased for $2,500 ($2,750 after February 1, if still available). For more information, contact Joe Donohue at OHA by calling 312-836-9900 or email him at joe@oralhealthamerica.org.

DI

di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Posted in dental, Manufacturers | 1 Comment »

Mercury Tooth Fillings: FDA Does an About Face

Posted by dentalinsider on December 1, 2008

I missed this one when it came out…better late than never…

When you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair waiting to have a cavity filled, you don’t see the package the amalgam filling comes in. But if you did your eye might well be drawn to a couple of “contraindications,” med-speak for “situations in which the dentist should not use this product.” In addition to ho-hum warnings about not using the amalgam, which contains about as much mercury as a thermometer, in patients known to be allergic to amalgam (duh), the manufacturers say it should not be used in children age 6 and under, or in pregnant women.

You can read the full article here.

Source: Newsweek

DI


di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , , , ,

Posted in dental, Manufacturers | 7 Comments »

Oral Health America to Hold 19th Annual Gala Dinner and Auction

Posted by dentalinsider on October 24, 2008

Chicago, IL: October 15, 2008 Oral Health America, a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to improving oral health for all Americans for more than 50 years, will be holding its 19th Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction February 26, 2009 at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. The event will raise funds to support educational and service programs designed to improve oral health.

The Oral Health America Gala, held each year during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, is one of the dental industry’s premier networking events. The “party on the pier” has become so popular that it sells out early. For this reason, organizers are urging attendees to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment. The black tie optional evening features dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Oral Health America is also seeking event sponsors at the Gold ($3,000), Platinum ($5,000), and Diamond ($10,000) levels.

The Oral Health America 19th Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction will run from 6:30pm to 11pm on February 26, 2009. Tickets are $285 each ($300 after February 1, if still available); a table for 10 can be purchased for $2,500 ($2,750 after February 1, if still available). To reserve tickets or to get information on sponsorships or donations please contact Joe Donohue at OHA by calling 312-836-9900 or email him at joe@oralhealthamerica.org.

DI

di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Posted in dental | 2 Comments »

New Dental Student Community

Posted by dentalinsider on September 23, 2008

September 18, 2008- Ohio- “If I only knew then what I know now!” A lot of dentists can say that phrase after practicing for a few years. It’s a known fact that you spend four years in Dental School learning the bare essential of dentistry. You study your histology and your dental anatomy and practice your perfect MO Composite. But when you graduate, you find that dentistry’s a LOT different than what you were led to believe in school. You’re in a business. You have to deal with people- both staff and customers’ personalities. Nothing is the perfect “ideal” and you realize that you get better as you “practice” your skills throughout the years.

What if there was a way to bypass this large learning curve? To learn different ways of doing things before you have to do them in your own practice? Well, we have the solution to your dilemma. It’s called www.the-newbie-guru.com

Stephanie Aldrich, DDS, FAGD writes for the Ohio edition of The Doctor of Dentistry magazine and heads the project. “ I definitely wish someone would have told me a lot of the things that I had to learn the hard way through the real-world school of hard knocks. I was mentored by an older dentist that wasn’t up on the newest technology and ways of doing business. I estimate that the time I lost learning these new techniques from other people cost me over $300,000 over the past nine years of practicing dentistry. We want to answer these questions that young dentists have now so they can avoid the very costly mistakes that most dentists have to go through,” said Dr. Aldrich. “If they want to know how to jump right into practice, study for the board exams, or learn which materials work in certain situations, that’s what this community will answer.”

We intend on opening up the site sometime in Jan. ’09, but we need to know what specific questions today’s students want to know the answers to. We need them to go to www.the-newbie-guru.com and give us their biggest question about dentistry. They can receive a FREE ebook on time management for their efforts and more free things when the site goes up.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Aldrich, DDS FAGD at (330)666-7440 or docaldrich[at]roadrunner[dot]com

DI

di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Posted in dental, Dental Students | Leave a Comment »

The Dog Days of Summer…

Posted by dentalinsider on August 27, 2008

The phrase Dog Days or “the dog days of summer”, refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere they usually fall between early July and early September. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress.

For as many years as I have been in the dental industry, this summer seems to be slowest that I can recall. I have spoken with manufacturer’s reps, supply and equipment reps from both large and small companies, and dentist’s over the last few weeks. The consensus…this summer is in the toilet and the rest of the year isn’t looking all that good either. Many of the doctors that I have spoken with are seeing patients cancel appointments at the last minute and not reschedule or they just don’t show up at all. Many are taking impromptu vacations or days off because they can’t fill the schedule. Others are pulling people out of hygiene when they need work and are willing to do it now. In these tough times, people will put off dental work, whether it is a necessity or not.

With the doctors not working as much, the trickle down effect is that suppliers are not moving as much inventory, which is hurting the manufacturers. I spoke with a manufacturers rep from an equipment company last week who told me that management is telling them to work any deal necessary to move the equipment. Even with that, equipment wasn’t moving and leads were pretty slim for the coming months. One person said “Let’s see how the CDA (San Francisco) goes, that will tell alot about how the 4th quarter shapes up”

I think we are going to stay in this holding pattern until the financial sector of the stock markets shakes out all of the bad news…and there will be more of it coming, we haven’t seen the auto loans and the credit cards get defaulted on yet. I think we are looking at Q2 2009 before we see things pick up.

What are your thoughts on these “dog days of summer” in the dental industry?

This summer has be fairly quiet in the rumor department, although I think we will see some big things announced come the end of the year.

Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend! We’ll be taking a few days off and will return next week.

DI

di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , ,

Posted in Dealers, dental, Manufacturers | 7 Comments »

Ultreo Spreads Smiles with New Dentist Referral Program

Posted by dentalinsider on August 13, 2008

“Share a Smile” Rewards Dentists, Patients and National Children’s Charity

REDMOND, WA, August 12, 2008 – Recommending the Ultreo power toothbrush has never been easier – or more rewarding. Ultreo today announces “Share a Smile,” a new referral program that rewards both the dentist and the patient. In addition, as more people are introduced to the benefits of Ultreo via “Share a Smile,” more children in need will benefit. “Share a Smile” provides dentists the flexibility to choose how they want to be rewarded – including an option to donate funds to Ultreo’s partner charity, the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

“Everyday we hear from dentists and patients alike how much they love using Ultreo and how they can now smile with confidence,” says Glenn Bonagura, Ultreo’s CEO and President. “Our new ‘Share a Smile’ program allows us to inspire even more smiles by rewarding our key supporters in the dental community and supporting a charity dedicated to helping children.”

To enroll in the “Share a Smile” program, dentists should contact Ultreo via phone or online. When they do, they’ll receive a welcome kit with a countertop display, patient brochures and a unique “Share a Smile” code to be shared with patients. Patients then enter their dentist’s unique “Share a Smile” code when purchasing an Ultreo at ultreo.com, and they’ll receive a free bonus replacement brush head (a $22.99 value) and free UPS ground shipping.

For each Ultreo purchased using the unique code, that dentist will receive credits from Ultreo. Dentists can redeem their credits quarterly or donate them to Ultreo’s partner charity, the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation. For the participating dentist, this program allows them to focus on what matters most – caring for their patient’s oral health. Ultreo takes care of the inventory, ordering and shipping, and tracking the “Share a Smile” credits.

The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) responds to the national growing need to provide access to community-based programs for underserved children that deliver the best approaches to eliminate dental disease, optimize oral health, effectively reduce student absenteeism, and significantly enhance quality of life and family productivity. Building on existing models, in 10 years, NCOHF will reach 20 million children through a national network of progressive community-based comprehensive children’s dental education and treatment centers. Ultreo’s “Share a Smile” program will help support this effort.

In addition to the trade promotion, Ultreo has also launched a “Send a Smile” e-card application on their website to encourage anyone to share a smile – literally. Consumers can visit ultreo.com to create entertaining e-cards featuring different smiles to send to friends and relatives. Not only is it fun, but consumers have the opportunity to get a special offer when they purchase an Ultreo at ultreo.com. Check out ultreo.com for complete details.

Ultreo is the first and only toothbrush to use patented ultrasound waveguide technology along with sonic bristle motion. It delivers a gentle brushing experience, provides a long-lasting feeling of clean, produces naturally whiter teeth, reduces gingivitis, removes hard-to-reach plaque and definitely inspires more smiles.

For more information about Ultreo or the “Share a Smile” program, visit www.ultreo.com. Dentists interested in enrolling in “Share a Smile” can call 1-877-4-ULTREO or visit ultreo.com/pro.

DI

di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , , , ,

Posted in dental, Manufacturers | 5 Comments »

Antibraces

Posted by dentalinsider on June 30, 2008

The Invisalign System has two primary components that move your teeth in the right direction. The ClinCheck application and the Invisalign aligners are both components that work with the dentist to get those teeth straighter.

ClinCheck is really cool because it takes computer based 3D images of your teeth and progresses them over time until they are straight. There are a lot of complicated numbers and modeling the stages of the tooth movement is complex. Hence the reason Invisalign cost is what it is. Once you have deliberated with your Dentist/Orthodontist the aligners can begin to be simulated by ClinCheck. ClinCheck is just a fancy word for high-tech computer software that takes a picture of your teeth and creates a series of aligners to get the end result of straighter teeth. Aligners are thin and removable almost like a mouth guard except invisible. Each stage of the ClinCheck simulation corresponds with how many aligners or trays you will end up having. Each custom-made aligner is worn over the teeth for two weeks before being replaced by the next aligner in the series, until treatment is complete.

You can take out these aligners at anytime. However it is not recommended that you leave them out or the ClinCheck simulation will be reversed and you will have to go back a few trays to progress your teeth again. That is more than a month of back-tracking. Invisalign patients are very active in the treatment process. You are required to switch the trays, making sure you have the right aligners for that 2 week period. You will visit your dentist every 6-8 weeks to make sure the treatment process is going smoothly.

Align technology has developed a complex application making it simple to change your aligners and apply them to your teeth. It is based on your mouth, dimensions and teeth. You can even see the finished results of your teeth before you even begin treatment. Dentists work together with Invisalign employees to make it as easy for you as possible. Look into this great System that can nearly guarantee you straighter teeth.

Blake Abel – Guest Contributor

**Podcast coming later this week**

di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , , , ,

Posted in dental, Technology | Leave a Comment »

Attention Penta Users…3M/ESPE Has a Deal For You.

Posted by dentalinsider on June 10, 2008

This came across the radar today and I thought I would share it. 3M/ESPE, in an effort to combat “Gray Market” Penta impression material sales, is offering a Buy 2, Get 1 Free on Penta products June 4 through July 31, 2008.

Included are:
Impregum Penta Soft
Impregum Penta Soft Quick Step
Impregum Penta
Impregum 3 Penta
Position Penta Quick
And a few more.

You can download the sales flyer and coupon here.

DI

di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Posted in dental, Manufacturers | 4 Comments »

Leventhal Dental Acquired by Patterson Dental

Posted by dentalinsider on April 1, 2008

We are pleased to announce that Patterson Dental has acquired Leventhal Dental. This acquisition is exciting, as it offers you the combined expertise of both Patterson and Leventhal.

Patterson Dental Company was founded by M.F. Patterson in 1877. Abraham Leventhal founded A. Leventhal and Sons, Inc. in 1898. Thus, two very long-established veteran dental dealers will contribute over 240 years of experience and service to the dental profession. We share the primary goal of taking care of the customer. A great deal of effort has gone into this transition process.

A leader in the industry, Patterson maintains exclusive distribution rights to cutting-edge technology, such as the Sirona CEREC® 3D restoration system and Schick digital X-ray. Additionally, Patterson partners with top-name manufacturers who share our integrity and dedication to providing the highest-quality solutions. Other comprehensive resources include the Patterson Technology Center, an unprecedented dental technology support infrastructure, and the annual Patterson merchandise catalog – featuring over 90,000 products.

Changes include the transition of the Leventhal office in Scranton, Pa., to a branch in the Patterson organization. The nearby Patterson Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Branch will move into this facility, to form the Patterson Scranton Branch. Jeff Leventhal will join Patterson as manager of this Patterson Scranton Branch. Ted Vlamis will continue in a management role, as sales manager at Patterson Scranton, and Jerry Ritter will fill the role of operations manager of the new merged branch.

Providing your practice with the service you deserve remains our highest priority. We sincerely look forward to working with you and supporting your practice as your one-source supplier long into the future. Your representative will be contacting you to answer any questions you may have. Or, please feel free to call your local branch office.

Source: Press Release

DI

di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , ,

Posted in dental | 10 Comments »

OSAP to Hold Awards Ceremony

Posted by dentalinsider on March 19, 2008

ANNAPOLIS, MD: March 18, 2008 The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) will hold an Academy Awards-style ceremony at their 2008 Symposium. IC-cars (“ICE-kers”) will be awarded to winners of the I See IC competition for still photos and video clips at a Red Carpet event during the meeting. The OSAP Symposium, “Focusing on Dental Infection Control through Different Lenses,” will take place June 12-15 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, CA.

 

IC-cars Awards will be given for the winning entries in each category: Best Drama, Best Comedy, Most Creative, and Best Infection Control Message. In addition, Grand Prizes for Best Picture will be given to the best overall still photo and best overall video clip. The two Grand Prize winners will receive $1,000 each.

 

OSAP received submissions from students, consultants, and dental professionals across the U.S. and from a number of other countries. “It will be tough to choose the winners,” says Therese Long, OSAP Executive Director. “People were incredibly creative and went to an amazing amount of work. The results are truly outstanding.” Winners have been chosen each month during the contest, but all entries are being considered for the final awards.

 

OSAP Symposium attendees will be able to attend the Red Carpet IC-cars presentation. Oscar attire (gowns & tuxes) are encouraged but not required; entourages are optional. The 3-5 entries chosen as finalists in each category will be screened during the meeting. Nominees in attendance will receive special IC-car gift bags. For more information or to register for the Symposium, go to www.osap.org.

 

OSAP is the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. Founded in 1984, the non-profit association is dentistry’s premier resource for infection control and safety information. Through its publications, courses, website, and worldwide collaborations, OSAP and the tax-exempt OSAP Foundation support education, research, service, and policy development to promote safety and the control of infectious diseases in dental healthcare settings worldwide.

DI

di_feed-32-x-200.jpg


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Posted in dental | Leave a Comment »