Friday, March 31, 2017

National Cancer Network’s Live Event, “Unveiling the Mask of Cancer” Welcomes Oral Health Professionals & Consumers


Occurring April 21-23 in Philadelphia, this event is a combination of seminars, break-out sessions and exhibits dedicated to elevating cancer awareness, standard of care and support

Hobe Sound, FL – March 29, 2017 – The National Cancer Network, a non-profit 501 (c) dedicated to raising awareness to prevent late stage diagnosis of visible forms of cancers, will be hosting a live program entitled “Unveiling the Mask of Cancer”.  The three-day event will he held April 21st through the 23rd at the Sheraton in Philadelphia.

According to National Cancer Network founder, Debbie Zafiropoulos, “The goal of this event is to engage with the local healthcare and consumer communities to raise their collective awareness and commitment to cancer prevention, progress, screening and referrals.”

For oral health professionals, the event is featuring a robust CE program featuring presentations and breakout sessions from some of the most respected and dynamic thought leaders including:

·       Dr. Gerald Curatola: “Understanding the Mouth-Body Connection; A protocol for Conquering Illness & Cancer.” Dr. Curatola is the author of “The Mouth-Body Connection.”

·       Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS: Breakout Session – “Tides of Change: Practicing in A Digital World.”

·       Todd Cohen: “How a Single Conversation Saved My Life”. Todd is a professional sales coach and a cancer survivor.

·       Claudia Lovato: “The Science of Happiness and How Living Happy is Living Healthy.”

·       Dr. Juliet Dang: “HPV - It’s Everywhere! Understanding How a Virus Could Affect a Cancer Risk.”

·       Lu Ann Cahn: “Moving Courageously Beyond Cancer: An Empowering Insight.” Lu Ann is an NBC 10 reporter and cancer survivor.

·       Bill Grondin: “Empowering Words to Build a Soulful Recovery.” Bill is a spiritual inspiration and enlightenment coach.

·       Anastasia Turchetta, RDH: “Highway to Health”. A panel discussion moderated by Anastasia with survivors and family members. Learn what helped and what didn’t during and after diagnosis.

·       Debora Carrier & Sister Darla Miller: Breakout Session: CPR Training by American Heart Association Certified Instructors and Training Center Faculty.

·       Dr. Uche Odiatu: “Exercise is Medicine: Get Strong Live Long.”

·       Thomas Viola. RPh, CCP: “I Have Become...Comfortably Numb!” An Overview of Local Anesthetic Agents and Vasoconstrictors, Clinical Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning.

·       Dr. Howard Pactovis: Infection Control Dynamic Safety.

·       Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS: Breakout Session: “What’s New in Disease Diagnosis and How to Maximize the New Dental Codes.”

All Keynote programs and breakout sessions are open to the oral health professional for one low price of $299.00, which includes 21 potential CE credits and admission to the Friday night Love the Dove VIP Cocktail Party and Silent Auction!

The exhibit hall will be open to the public for a nominal $20.00 donation and attendees will have the opportunity to become more cancer aware, get screened, and learn from many of the guest speakers listed above during live HealthChats™, scheduled throughout the event in the “Learning to Live Healthy Pavilion” There will also be a lunch time fashion show on Saturday hosted by TwiceAsNice Uniforms.

To learn more about “Unveiling the Mask of Cancer”, including complete schedule, sponsorship opportunities and how to register, visit

About the National Cancer Network:

The National Cancer Network is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded by dental hygiene thought leader and early cancer detection crusader Debra Zafiropoulos, RDH, widely known in the dental industry as Debbie Z. 

The mission of NCN is to raise awareness to prevent late stage diagnosis of visible forms of cancer through multiple platforms of prevention, protection, screening and referrals by creating a community of caring interdisciplinary professionals dedicated to disease prevention.

At the heart of NCN’s consumer and clinician awareness campaign is the introduction of a new dental exam protocol called “Screening for Oral and Skin Abnormalities” or SOSA™. 

NationalCancerNetwork™.org was designed to be a membership website that is fully accessible with resources and information such as the latest screening, diagnostic, active therapy, disease management, and nutrition as well as spiritual and emotional support.

This information will generate a resource library and a more informed opportunity for you to reach out to a practitioner, organization or manufacturer to serve your specific needs. So, whether you are a patient looking for a caring practitioner, a service provider looking to associate with an agency, or a caregiver seeking resources and solutions to assist those we love in fight of their life the National CancerNetwork™.org will be the resource to come to first!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Super Early Bird pricing for Dentsply Sirona World ends Friday

Register for the Ultimate Dental Meeting before the month’s end to take advantage of this special discount for the entire office staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 28, 2017) – Dentsply Sirona World: The Ultimate Dental Meeting offers a comprehensive educational experience paired with unrivaled entertainment, and time is running out to save on registration through the Super Early Bird discount.
Super Early Bird, which ends Friday, March 31, offers doctor registration at just $1,495 (regularly $1,995), and staff/spouse/guest/technician registration for just $895 (regularly $1,195), which is also buy two, get one FREE! Additional registration specials are available under the Super Early Bird discount as well, so visit to learn more about the different pricing specials offered. 
VIP registration is available for all registration types for an additional $500. VIP includes reserved seating and upgraded dining options as well as special admittance into Dentsply Sirona World entertainment events.
Hosted at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas from Sept. 14-16, this educational festival continues Dentsply Sirona’s custom of premium education for all dental professionals. Dentsply Sirona World offers numerous breakout sessions within 11 different educational tracks. Attendees can choose to attend breakouts within one specified track or mix and match breakouts within various tracks for a more extensive experience. The tracks offered include:  
·       Business and Practice Management
·       CEREC®
·       Endodontics
·       Imaging
·       Implantology
·       Office Design
·       Orthodontics
·       Periodontics and Hygiene
·       Prosthetics and Lab
·       Restorative
·       Special Markets and Topics
In addition to myriad educational sessions, the event provides plentiful opportunities for attendees to network with their peers, enjoy a number of hosted social gatherings, partake in exciting fitness activities, enjoy the crème de la crème of celebrity entertainment and join Dentsply Sirona at Tao Nightclub for the private closing party in celebration of yet another phenomenal event.  
To take advantage of Super Early Bird pricing and register for the Ultimate Dental Meeting today, visit But hurry! There’s only days left to save big before prices increase.  Contact our event help desk by email at or by phone at 844.462.7476 with any questions.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Brasseler USA® Introduces “Winter Restorative Concepts”

Complete Diamond Bur Line Designed by
Leading Prosthodontist and Master Ceramist Dr. Robert Winter

SAVANNAH, GA (March 27, 2017) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to introduce the Winter Restorative Concepts family of diamond burs and refinement instruments. Designed by leading prosthodontist and Master Ceramist Dr. Robert Winter exclusively for Brasseler USA, the Winter Restorative Concepts line provides the most predictable outcomes possible for the widest range of crown, bridge, and veneer preparation and design in both anterior and posterior regions.

Depth-Limiting Winter Burs were originally developed by Dr. Winter specifically for anterior veneers, with great attention given to individual tooth morphologies and shades. Now, Winter Restorative Concepts is an evolved, complete line of diamond and shoulder margin refinement instruments for the widest range of indications.  

Specifically, the Winter Restorative Concepts line includes:

Ø  Winter Depth Limiting Diamond Burs

o   3-tiered anterior depth limiting diamond burs are available in four different depths that create proper space for materials and shade changes, and include a guide pin for enhanced precision.

o   2-tiered posterior depth limiting diamond burs are available in three different depths that create required space for materials and shade changes, and include a guide pin for enhanced precision.

o   Depth limiting collar diamonds are outfitted with a new multi-radius tip design that provides superior controlled depth reduction for incisal edges, and lingual and posterior occlusal surfaces. Depth
limiting collar diamonds are available with 8° taper, and come in four different cutting depths (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5mm).

Ø  Winter Shoulder Diamond Burs

o   Available for both anterior (8.0mm) and posterior (6.0mm) bulk reduction, Winter Shoulder diamond burs are equipped with a multi-radius tip design that virtually eliminates common lipping and stair-stepping finish lines commonly created by flat-end tapered burs. Winter Shoulder diamond burs are available in medium and fine grits.

Ø  Winter Shoulder Margin Refinement Instruments

o   The new safe side and safe tip design of the Winter Shoulder Margin Refinement instruments facilitate smooth preparations for superior fabrications. Available in 0.6, 1.0, and 1.4mm tip diameters.

For more information about the Winter Restorative Concepts line as well as all of Brasseler USA’s product and service solutions for dental, hygiene, and laboratory professionals, please visit or call 800-841-4522.

About Brasseler USA®

Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, and oral hygiene. For nearly 42 years, Brasseler USA
has developed a reputation as an innovative market leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments, and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instrumentation available under one brand worldwide. For more information, please visit  

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ADA Board of Trustees votes to create national dental licensure exam

Competency test averts potential ethical issues involved in the use of patients
March 10, 2017
By Kimber Solana 
The ADA took a giant step forward in February to create a national exam to assess a licensure candidate's entry-level clinical knowledge, skills and competency — while averting the potential ethical issues involved in the use of patients for dental licensure examinations.
The ADA Board of Trustees voted last month to approve the development of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), a type of high-stakes exam that evaluates clinical and critical thinking skills, widely used in health sciences, including optometry, medicine, nursing and physical therapy.
The Board directed that a pilot of the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) be available in 2019; and an exam deployment in 2020.
"The OSCE has the potential to become a prominent exam," said Dr. Gary Roberts, ADA president. "This type of dental exam has been given in Canada for many years and has proven to be a reliable way to test competency."
Details of the exam — from content and structure to policies and staffing resources — remain in the works. The Board is creating a DLOSCE Steering Committee tasked to:
  • Identify and establish content areas and test specifications for the examination.
  • Conduct a practice analysis.
  • Establish general structure for examination (number of stations) and permissible item formats (manikin, haptic feedback device, etc.).
  • Identify and contract with key vendors, including technology and administration, in support of the exam.
  • Identify and establish test construction committee structure.
  • Develop the candidate guide.
  • Call for test constructor applications.
  • Identify appropriate governance structure for DLOSCE administration.
  • Identify first state(s)/region(s) for the DLOSCE field test.
The DLOSCE will be a national exam, based on an analysis of U.S. dental practice. It will remain the same regardless of the region of the country where it is administered, and will become a third-party assessment of competencies regularly evaluated at accredited dental schools.

Both the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure and the ADA/American Dental Education Association Joint Licensure Task Force endorsed the initiative, which has been working closely on licensure issues over the past couple of years.

"A key element of our efforts together has been to promote opportunities to assess the competency of graduating dental students and dentists applying for initial licensure that do not require the involvement of patients in that process," said Dr. Richard Valachovic, ADEA president and CEO. "The [OSCE] presents us with that opportunity. We applaud the ADA Board of Trustees for supporting this initiative, and we look forward to continuing to work with the ADA as it develops the examination."

The Board decision comes more than a year after the Council on Dental Education and Licensure recommended in December 2015 the development of a business plan for an OSCE. The development of the DLOSCE supports current ADA policy calling for the elimination of patients from the dental licensure examination process.

In creating the business plan, the council and the Board considered advancements in high stakes clinical testing over the past 20 years and sought the expertise of the ADA Department of Testing Services, which received input from selected state dental boards during a forum at the 2016 ADA annual meeting in Denver.

Currently, only Colorado accepts an OSCE for initial licensure with no restrictions. Minnesota accepts the OSCE administered by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada for initial licensure, which is administered annually at the University of Minnesota for their graduates only.

In the Canadian exam model, dental students rotate through various stations and answer extended match multiple choice questions using simulated clinical scenarios and patient situations. According to the National Dental Examining Board of Canada, which administers the Canadian OSCE exam, the exam is developed based on the "Competencies for a Beginning Dental Practitioner in Canada," which list nearly 50 items a beginning dental practitioner must be competent to do.

There are skeptics. During the October 2016 forum at the annual meeting, representatives of some dental boards raised public safety concerns over dental licensure examinations that don't involve candidates performing dental procedures on patients. Others asked the ADA to make sure that the Association adequately addresses any conflict of interest in creating the DLOSCE. The new steering committee has been tasked to address those concerns.

Dr. Roberts said the DLOSCE is simply a new option for state dental boards to consider.

"This is another way to test competency," he said. "Another tool in their toolbox."

Monday, March 27, 2017

Imaging Resin Infiltration into Non-Cavitated Carious Lesions by Optical Coherence Tomography



Visualisation of the etching process and resin penetration at white spot carious lesions by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT).

Materials and methods

The non-cavitated carious lesions (ICDAS code 2) of four visually preselected extracted human molars and premolars were verified as enamel lesions by micro computed tomography (μCT). One region of interest (ROI) per tooth was marked by two drill-holes in occlusal-cervical direction. The lesions were imaged by SD-OCT. Lesions were infiltrated (Icon, DMG) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. During each treatment step and after light curing of the infiltrant, the ROIs were imaged again by SD-OCT. Teeth were sectioned through the ROIs and section layers were imaged by scanning electron microscopy in order to compare with the OCT images. The image sequences for etching and infiltration were viewed in time lapse.


During the etching process, numerous bubbles formed on the lesion surface. Using OCT, the process of resin penetration into the carious lesion body became visible. The early enamel carious lesion was completely infiltrated by the resin whereas infiltration of the advanced enamel carious lesion was incomplete and inhomogeneous.


Resin infiltration can be increased by optimizing the etching process. Optical coherence tomography provides information about the process and degree of resin infiltration.

Clinical significance

Active acid application before resin infiltration is recommendable.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dental Wings is pleased to introduce the second generation Dental Wings Lasermill™ system for dental restorations

MONTREAL, CANADA - March 17, 2017
Dental Wings is pleased to announce that it will introduce the second generation Dental Wings Lasermill, a revolutionary dental CAD/CAM production technology, at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, March 21-25.
The Dental Wings Lasermill establishes a new category of dental production technology, offering unprecedented opportunities for dental clinics, labs and production centers to create restorations, using a wide range of proven materials, for unsurpassed quality and ease-of-use.
“Dental Wings has continued to develop and refine the Lasermill technology to improve performance in all meaningful metrics. I am continuously impressed by the resolution, precision, and simplicity of our Lasermill. We are starting to change the game and look forward to even bigger leaps in capability in the future.”
– Mike Rynerson, CEO Dental Wings
Laser Milling of Dental Restorations
The Dental Wings Lasermill system utilizes millions of short, high-intensity laser pulses to remove small amounts of material from a standard block until the restoration is completed.
The extremely small laser spot size allows a resolution more than 10X higher than traditional CNC mills, resulting in extremely life-like restorations.
The Dental Wings Lasermill reduces the cost and variability of in-office production of high-quality restorations by eliminating cutting tools, coolants, and complex setups. Moreover, the Lasermill has an integrated 3D scanner to perform in-process quality control, unlike traditional CNC mills which require downstream manual quality control measurements.
A complete chairside solution with the Dental Wings Intraoral Scanner, DWOS Chairside and Lasermill offers unprecedented capabilities and simplicity for the dental practice.  As an open system, the Dental Wings Lasermill can also be connected with other open scanning and design solutions.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Successful endodontics through pinpoint planning and latest generation product solutions

Endodontics fully conceived and matched from reliable diagnosis through ergonomic treatment to final restoration: this has been made possible by Dentsply Sirona Endodontics. The new 3D Endo™ Software has been developed this year jointly with the Imaging business unit; new advanced technologies have been brought to files and to the X-Smart IQ™ endodontic motor and, finally, “R2C™ - The Root to Crown Solution”, is now being implemented together with Dentsply Sirona Restorative. On top of this, a new communication campaign dedicated to dentists enhances Dentsply Sirona Endodontics position as the trusted partner for endodontic procedures.
Salzburg/Ballaigues. Preserving natural teeth for as long as possible is the premise of both patients and practitioners. In recent years, to address this need, endodontics has morphed into a veritable high-tech discipline within dentistry. Here Dentsply Sirona Endodontics is breaking new ground and has been a long-standing supplier of cutting-edge instruments and materials to ensure successful root canal treatments. Dominique Legros, Group Vice President, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics: "Through our comprehensive product range, adequately addressing every need, we are setting new treatment standards for endodontic restoration which will allow dentistry to become faster, better and safer here, too“.
Enhanced vision optimises treatment planning
“See what you used to feel”. The 3D Endo Software – jointly developed by Dentsply Sirona Endodontics and Dentsply Sirona Imaging – is the first software dedicated to endodontic treatment planning for more predictability. Using the 3D data and its intuitive visualization, the 3D Endo Software enables a practitioner to identify the specifics of a tooth root treatment, visualize the canal network in 3D and choose the right files from the built-in file database. This enhances endodontic treatment efficacy and reliability and is key to improving patient communication. A practitioner can explain the initial position and the respective treatment to the patient by using a planning report or even the software as a direct pipeline.
Last generation endo motor and instruments
Dentsply Sirona Endodontics has been at the forefront of innovation when launching the X-Smart IQ motor, the world’s first endodontic motor controlled by an iOS Apple application. The device supports the dentist at every step of the treatment: from briefing the patient with an education module to a customizable file sequence, to treatment data capture. X-Smart IQ is a unique combination of hardware and software. On one hand it is a slim, well-balanced and cordless handpiece, enabling complete freedom of movement, and equipped with a miniature head contra-angle. On the other hand, regular App updates make the device future-proof. A new version of the Endo IQ App is released for the IDS, featuring usability improvements and an updated file library with the introduction of the WaveOne® Gold Glider.
The WaveOne® Gold reciprocating files will be benefiting from the addition of the WaveOne® Gold Glider launched at the IDS by Dentsply Sirona Endodontics. Designed with the same Gold heat treatment, it is the market's first reciprocating glide path file that optimizes the preparation of the canal for the Primary shaping file. The WaveOne® Gold family is compatible with the X-Smart® Plus and the innovative X-Smart IQ.
The ProTaper Next® rotary files and their unique swaggering movement offer the flexibility needed for more curved, narrow canals as well as enlarged space for debris hauling. Recommended even for difficult clinical cases, ProTaper Next® is an efficient solution for endo practitioners seeking a versatile, flexible system of high performance.
Matched materials for superb results
This type of compatibility has now been created for the final restorative treatment of the cavity, too. For long-term clinical success strongly depends on achieving high-quality outcomes at every treatment step. To support professionals throughout the final restoration, Dentsply Sirona has created an integrated treatment solution “R2C – The Root to Crown Solution”. In conjunction with the treatment planning steps, “R2C” provides a guided pathway of high quality products from cavity access to the final coronal restoration. These products incorporate the latest technologies, such as alloys with improved flexibility for endodontic files with higher resistance to cyclic fatigue, a dental adhesive with Active-Guard Technology and restorative materials that provide excellent cavity adaptation and a tight coronal seal. Dentsply Sirona’s R2C concept supports dental practitioners in achieving excellent outcomes and longevity “from root to crown”.
“Partner for a better future”
A video which will be released on the first day of IDS, on March 21st, is at the heart of Dentsply Sirona Endodontics’ new communication campaign, “Partner for a better future". This campaign reaffirms the brand’s long-standing core values in its Swiss heritage and commitment to endodontic excellence. It demonstrates a renewed and growing passion for innovation through partnership, positioning the company as the trusted partner for endodontic procedures.