Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Study confirms validity, reliability of self-report data in determining periodontal disease prevalence in US adult population
Chicago, IL – October 28, 2013 – The use of self-report questions may help predict the prevalence of periodontitis in US adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). A clinical research report recently published in the Journal of Dental Research found that self-reported measures performed well in forecasting periodontitis in a representative sample of the US adult population.
The study utilized eight questions developed by the CDC and AAP that address gum health and treatment history, loose teeth, bone loss around teeth, teeth not “looking right”, and use of dental floss and mouthwash. Responses were obtained during the in-home interview component of the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).Response rates were very high, at greater than 95 percent, suggesting that adults responded well to the questions in the survey.
Researchers then compared the self-report data against clinically classified periodontitis assessed during the Full Mouth Periodontal Examination (FMPE) Protocol used in the 2009-2010 NHANES to gauge predictive performance. Statistical analysis indicated that the self-report data on gum health and treatment, bone loss and use of dental floss was found to be effective in predicting periodontitis prevalence.
“Over half of US adults have some form of periodontal disease, which makes periodontitis a significant public health issue. The ability to conduct valid and reliable periodontal disease research that demands fewer resources allows us to better understand community-specific disease trends and essentially provide better, more personalized treatment for patients,” explains Stuart J. Froum, DDS, President of the American Academy of Periodontology and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at New York University Dental Center.
The American Academy of Periodontology supports the study’s findings that while clinical data remain the preferred measure for surveillance of periodontitis, self-reported measures offer an effective alternative for expanding population-based public health research of periodontitis in the US adult population. Due to good performance and cost-effectiveness, the self-reported models provide a viable alternative to clinical periodontal measures in population surveys where the latter may be impractical or cost-prohibitive. In the future, existing interview-based surveys at the local, state and national levels can serve as platforms for self-report-based surveillance of periodontitis.
To view the study abstract, visit http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/92/11/1041.short.
About the American Academy of Periodontology:
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the professional organization for periodontists – specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school, and periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAP has 8,300 members world-wide.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Ritter Dental USA’s Zero% Interest Financing Program Makes Equipment Buying Hassle-Free and More Affordable
Dentist-Friendly Program Debuts at the 2013 ADA Annual Session - Applies Towards the Purchase of Ritter Dental Units, Chairs and Compressors
San Antonio, TX – October 24, 2013 – Ritter Dental USA, a leading dental equipment manufacturer with a 125-year legacy of innovation, quality and reliability is launching its Zero% Interest Financing Program at this year’s annual ADA Session in New Orleans.
The innovative program, will debut at booth #1345, and was designed to make equipment purchases more affordable for qualified buyers, while streamlining the entire equipment buying process.
According to Ritter Dental USA CEO Fred Battah, “We’re implementing our Zero% Interest Financing Program because the high interest rates and hidden fees of financial institutions are making it difficult for dentists to build new offices or expand or upgrade their existing practices.”
Under the terms of the program, qualified buyers who put 50% down on the purchase of a complete Ritter dental unit, patient treatment chair or compressor can finance the balance of that purchase with 12 equal, interest-free payments.
“It’s a very straight forward program with minimal paperwork,” explains Battah. “It’s
Also a great way to take advantage of the Section 179 IRS tax credit before the end of the year.”
Applications for Ritter’s Zero% Interest Financing Program will be available at booth #1345 during the ADA Annual Session in New Orleans and at every stop during the 125-city Ritter Road Show which is currently underway and displaying the latest Ritter innovations in dental equipment, implants, and instruments. Visit www.ritterroadshow.com for the latest schedule and locations.
Interested parties who can’t attend the ADA annual session or any of the scheduled Ritter Road Show events can request a Ritter Zero% Interest Financing Program application and complete program details at info@RitterDentalUSA.com. For more details about Ritter Dental USA’s product lines, visit www.RitterDentalUSA.com, call toll-free 855-807-8111, or send an inquiry to info@RitterDentalUSA.com.
About Ritter Dental USA
Based in San Antonio, Texas, Ritter Dental USA is the sister company of Ritter Concept GmbH, which is headquartered in Germany and designs and manufactures, world-class dental equipment that includes complete dental units chairs, stools, operatory lights, compressors, instruments, and implants. For more details visit www.RitterDentalUSA.com. Follow Ritter Dental USA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Recently I attended a talk (truly not a lecture, but a talk) given by Richard Guerry.
Richard is the Executive Director of IROC2 (Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication) and he has devoted himself to the cause of teaching coursed on "Digital Consciousness".
His idea is brilliant and basic all at the same time. We are given digital tools with incredible abilities, but no one teaches us the intelligent way to use them. Oh sure, we can all get a smart phone or tablet and figure out, pretty quickly, how to use it. The problem is that we don't know how to use it *wisely*. We've all seen stories of celebrities getting their phones hacked with embarrassing photos then being immediately distributed across the Internet. Or we've seen stories of people who lose a job or aren't hired for a job due to embarrassing Facebook postings or the like.
So Richard teaches a concept of "Public and Permanent", reminding everyone in attendance that you need to approach the use of digital tools with the idea that whatever you put out there will be public and will never go away. Once you have that mindset and understanding, the risks are much easier to avoid.
Here's a great example. One of the most popular photo sharing sites currently is Snapchat. The idea is you can share a photo to your group of friends and it only exists for 10 seconds then it is deleted from their device. Because of that safety net, many are sending pics of questionable taste. However, most users do not realize that the Terms of Service they agree to when signing up states that the photos remain on the company servers. What happens if one of your photos ever gets loose on the Internet? If you exercise judgement to start with, you don't even need to worry about it.
That's just one small example, but Richard does a great job of articulating the whole concept. If you get a chance to hear one of his presentations, I highly advise it. Even as someone who writes a column called "Technology Evangelist" I gleaned some good info. Enough, in fact, that I'm recommending the program.
If, however, you can't get to see him, you can head on over to Amazon and download his book for your Kindle or Kindle App. It's available for $9.95 and well worth the read. I also think it's worth mentioning that the IROC2 webs tie has tons of useful info. Richard spends a lot of his time lecturing to kids and parents to help both groups understand and accomplish reasonable electronic privacy goals. So if you are a parent, there are good tools there to help.
Take a look. I think you'll get some good info to help either yourself, your family, or both.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
So briefly, here's an update on what Apple announced yesterday for iPads. Just thought I'd do this so that I could gloat at least a little...
The new full size iPad is now the iPad Air. The company's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller said "it's so new in so many ways, it deserves a new name." Makes sense to me.
Here are the specs:
- 20% thinner
- Bezel around the display is 43% thinner
- Weight: 1 pound which is *mucho* lighter than the previous 1.4 pounds
- 54 bit A7 processor which should let it run about 2 times faster than previous iPads - that's serious speed
It should be available on November 1 just in time, of course, for the holiday season. Going to get in line now?
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Dental Distributor Giant Marks Milestone with Plans for
Company-Wide Expansion and Numerous New Product Offerings
Jericho, NY (October 18, 2013) – Darby Dental Supply, LLC, the largest all-telesales
national distributor of dental merchandise, is celebrating its 65th year in business. The company is marking this important milestone with immediate plans for expansion at its Long Island operation and offering even more Darby-branded products in the near future with a number of private label launches expected to take place in early 2014.
The company contributes much of its long-running success to a winning mixture of a unique all-telesales model while providing dental professionals with the best product brands available on the market. Moreover, honoring a “one customer at a time” philosophy for more than six decades has established Darby Dental Supply as one of the largest, most trusted dental distributors in the nation.
“We are as committed today as we were 65 years ago to establishing new industry standards for providing unsurpassed customer service and quality products to the dental industry and profession,” remarked Liz Meyers, Vice President Marketing & Purchasing for Darby Dental Supply. “We are extremely proud of Darby’s rich and growing history that has served dental professionals for so many years. Darby was founded on the principles of exceeding customer expectations of quality and delivery, and our customers can expect us to adhere to these principles during the next 65 years.”
Due to the company’s on-going success and the related plans for further expansion, Darby will be adding 55 new internal positions over the next six months at its Long Island headquarters. In addition to its development on the East Coast, the company has also expanded its West Coast operation, recently creating additional employment opportunities in the immediate area by hiring over 30 new employees and expanding its hours of operation.
Moreover, while its history stretches back more than half a century, Darby is looking towards further building the company name with a continuous launch of Darby-branded products in the upcoming year.
Over the last 65 years, Darby’s product offerings have grown immensely and the company is continuously refining its standards of both customer and community service:
- ¬1947 – Brooklyn, New York – Darby opens its doors for business with one mail-order catalogue and a total of nine employees.
- ¬1962 – A 2nd generation of the founding family enters the business and broadens Darby’s offerings to include medical, dental and pharmaceutical items.
- ¬1974 – Customer-demand generates a call for high-quality, low cost alternative products. The Darby team answers by introducing the first Darby-branded line of products.
- ¬1975 – Darby hires the industries’ firsttelesales representatives.
- ¬1983 – A 3rd generation of family enters the business and diversifies the company to include vitamin, health and beauty products.
- ¬1994 – Darby opens its Reno, Nevada office distribution centerfor greater national reach.
- ¬1999 – Darby opens its Memphis, Tennessee distribution centerand introduces FREE 1-2 day shipping nationwide.
- ¬2005 – Darby moves to its current headquarters in Jericho, New York.
- ¬2011 – Darby goes green as a4th generation of family enters the business and introduces environment-friendly solutions.
- ¬2012 – Darby’s “think globally, act locally” philosophy is tested during Superstorm Sandy. The company donates truckloads of supplies and hundreds of employee hours to help neighbors rebuild.
- ¬2013 – Darby celebrates its 65th year in business and looks forward to future success.
Family-owned and operated for over three generations, Darby has been a staple among the dental industry as well as the Long Island community and they plan to continue that tradition for future generations to come. Year after year, Darby Dental Supply is listed among Newsday’s Top 100 Private Companies on Long Island, and the company has received numerous accolades throughout the years for providing superior service to the dental industry.
For more information about all Darby services and products, please visit www.darby.com.
About Darby Dental Supply, LLC
For over 65 years, family owned and operated Darby Dental Supply, LLC has been breaking new ground as the largest all-telesales national distributor of dental merchandise to office-based practitioners in the United States. Through strategic distribution points, the company fulfills over one million shipments per year from leading manufacturers of dental products and equipment.
Darby is committed to providing superior value to the dental professional. All Darby Personal Account Managers have successfully completed a comprehensive regimen of product training and have instant access to their clients’ purchase histories and preferences. Alerting them to manufacturer specials, exclusive offers and even processing product rebates on their behalf, Darby reps work with their clients as strategic partners in helping to reduce fixed costs, save money and continue to grow their business. Honoring a “one customer at a time” philosophy for more than six decades has established Darby Dental Supply as one of the largest, most trusted dental distributors in the nation. For more information, visit www.darby.com.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I received this info from a Doc Alert which is part of the alerts section found in the ePocrates drug database system. Anytime I find information like this that has a benefit to either doctors, patients, or both... I will always try to post it here.
While it has many wonderful properties, acetaminophen should be viewed as a drug. That means that, plain and simple, it has many benefits but can also cause problems and the user should be aware of as many problems/side effects as possible. Read on for the latest from the FDA...
Information sourced from FDA:
Acetaminophen: Drug Safety Communication - Association with Risk of Serious Skin Reactions
ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that acetaminophen has been associated with a risk of rare but serious skin reactions. Acetaminophen is a common active ingredient to treat pain and reduce fever; it is included in many prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products. These skin reactions, known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), can be fatal. These reactions can occur with first-time use of acetaminophen or at any time while it is being taken. Other drugs used to treat fever and pain/body aches (e.g., non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen and naproxen) also carry the risk of causing serious skin reactions, which is already described in the warnings section of their drug labels.
BACKGROUND: This new information resulted from the Agency’s review of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database and the medical literature to evaluate cases of serious skin reactions associated with acetaminophen (see Data Summary at link below). It is difficult to determine how frequently serious skin reactions occur with acetaminophen, due to the widespread use of the drug, differences in usage among individuals (e.g., occasional vs. long-term use), and the long period of time that the drug has been on the market; however it is likely that these events (i.e., SJS, TEN, and AGEP) occur rarely.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Health care professionals should be aware of this rare risk and consider acetaminophen, along with other drugs already known to have such an association, when assessing patients with potentially drug-induced skin reactions. Any patient who develops a skin rash or reaction while using acetaminophen or any other pain reliever/fever reducer should stop the drug and seek medical attention right away. Anyone who has experienced a serious skin reaction with acetaminophen should not take the drug again and should contact their health care professional to discuss alternative pain relievers/fever reducers.
FDA will require that a warning be added to the labels of prescription drug products containing acetaminophen to address the risk of serious skin reactions. FDA will also request that manufacturers add a warning about serious skin reactions to the product labels of OTC acetaminophen drug products marketed under a new drug application and will encourage manufacturers of drug products marketed under the OTC monograph [to] do the same.
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sesame Communications Launches New Partnership with Healthgrades to Advance the Way Dentists Build their Practices
Sesame has been an industry leader in dental circles dealing with Social Media for some time now.
I was pleased to get their recent press release. I think it bears reading...
SEATTLE, WA – October 15, 2013 – Sesame Communications, the leading provider of patient engagement management solutions for dentistry, today announced a strategic partnership with Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians, healthcare providers and hospitals. This partnership will provide dental practitioners with premium access to millions of prospective patients searching for dental services. In the past year alone, consumers conducted more than 20 million searches seeking local dental care providers on the healthgrades.com site from all across the United States.
The partnership between Sesame and Healthgrades will provide dental providers using Dental Sesame or Ortho Sesame with Healthgrades Enhanced Profile Services that will enable and feature online appointment requests (directly into the physician workflow provided by Sesame), preferred profile placement on local searches and publication of verified, quantitative practice reviews on healthgrades.com.
“New patient acquisition has long been regarded as a core component of building and maintaining a successful practice within dentistry,” said Diana P. Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Communications. “Healthgrades Enhanced Profile Services, integrated with Sesame services, provides dental professionals with unparalleled access to new patients who are searching for and making appointments with dental providers for dental services. We are excited to be working with Healthgrades, the world’s leading online resource for helping prospective patients find and connect with dental practices within their local community.”
“Our new relationship with Sesame Communications is consistent with our long-standing commitment to make healthcare more transparent and give consumers the information they need to make more informed decisions about their healthcare providers,” said Andrea Pearson, EVP and GM, Consumer Products.
Today Healthgrades Enhanced Profile Services are only available through authorized partners. Healthgrades has partnered with Sesame to launch the solution to dentistry and is the only company offering Healthgrades Enhanced Profile Services at the 154th Annual Session of the American Dental Association (ADA), October 31 – November 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“A Healthgrades Enhanced Profile Service from Sesame is a game changer for dentistry,” said Dr. Lou Shuman, President of Pride Institute, the premier dental practice management consulting group serving the dental profession since 1974. “Now dental care providers will be armed with an online service to instantly convert highly qualified visitors into new patient appointments.”
Healthgrades Enhanced Profile Services Availability Sesame is currently pre-selling Healthgrades Enhanced Profile Services, integrated with Sesame services, prior to the official launch at the ADA meeting on October 31, 2013. To secure your Healthgrades Enhanced Profile today, call Sesame at or request more information by sending an email to email@example.com.
About Sesame Communications Sesame Communications helps dental and orthodontic practices harness the power of the Internet to accelerate new patient acquisition, build patient loyalty and transform the patient experience. The company supports thousands of practices in their efforts to grow and thrive in the digital age. The Sesame 24-7 Patient Engagement Management system provides an end-to-end, HIPAA-compliant suite of solutions tailored to the unique and specific needs of dentistry. An Inc. 500|5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ company, Sesame is recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. For more information about Sesame, visit www.sesamecommunications.com or call 877.633.5193.
Media Contact: Chris Bethell Sesame Communications Vice President of Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
- See more at: http://www.sesamecommunications.com/news/sesame-launches-new-partnership-with-healthgrades/#sthash.VhBe4YIy.dpuf
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Take a look to see what pressing technology I will be browsing for!
Also, you'll get an inside scoop on why I so dearly love being part or the Pride Technology Fair.
This year's ADA meeting will bell held in New Orleans and Halloween will be celebrated while we're there! Check out the video to see what Kevin and I will be doing, and then make sure to check out the Dental Products Report website to get up to the second info on what's going on in The Big Easy!
Enjoy & Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!
Monday, October 14, 2013
In our continuing effort to bring more information to our readers, Dental Products Report is now offering "Sneak Peeks" of our upcoming issues.
The October issue has been ready to go for quite a while now, in fact, many of you will be receiving your issue this week.
However, we know many of you will be wondering what is covered, what topics will we be dealign with in-depth, etc.
Well… wonder no more! The Group Editorial Director, Kevin Henry, and I discuss my article for the October issue in this 8 minute video shot this past Saturday.
I'll give you one guess as to w which game I gave up watching to do this video… :-)
Saturday, October 12, 2013
American Academy of Periodontology
Suite 800 • 737 N. Michigan Avenue • Chicago, Illinois 60611-6660
(312) 787-5518 • Fax (312) 787-3670 • www.perio.org
For Immediate Release
Award Recipients Recognized for Contributions to Periodontology
CHICAGO—(October 9, 2013)—The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) awarded excellence in the field of periodontology at its 99th Annual Meeting, held September 28 to October 1, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“It is an honor to recognize the valuable achievements in periodontics accomplished by my colleagues,” said AAP President, Dr. Stuart Froum. “The advancements made by these talented individuals should inspire dental professionals around the world to treat periodontal disease more effectively and efficiently. Their work stands as a testament of their commitment to the field of periodontics.”
Gold Medal Award:
Founded in 1967, the Gold Medal Award is the highest honor bestowed by the AAP and is sponsored by Sunstar Americas, Inc. This year, the American Academy of Periodontology presents the Gold Medal Award to Dr. Louis F. Rose. An active contributor to the field of periodontics and the AAP for many years, Dr. Rose became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (ABP) in 1980. He obtained his dental degree from Temple University, his certificate in periodontics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (Drexel University School of Medicine). Beyond his academic credentials, he maintains a successful practice in Philadelphia, specializing in periodontics and implant dentistry. He is also clinical professor of periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Rose has authored textbooks for dentists and physicians, and is a regular contributor to periodontal literature. He has served as Editor-in Chief of the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry since 2008. Dr. Rose was director of the American Board of Periodontology from 2005 to 2011. Hailed by his peers as an excellent leader, he has served as an example to younger practitioners entering the field through his numerous contributions as an author and educator. Dr. Rose received an AAP Special Citation in 2000, and also numerous awards in the field of dentistry and medicine.
Master Clinician Award:
This year, the AAP honors Dr. Stephen S. Wallace with the Master Clinician Award, sponsored by Hu-Friedy. In 1967, Dr. Wallace earned his dental degree from the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry in 1967 and his certificate in periodontics from the Boston University School of Dentistry in 1971. He served as a clinical associate professor at the NYU Department of Implant Dentistry for nearly 20 years, and is currently employed at Columbia University as a clinical associate professor. Called a “consummate teacher” by his peers, Dr. Wallace provides courses through his private practice to help colleagues who wish to improve their skills in implant dentistry. A practicing clinician for over 42 years,
Dr. Wallace is considered an authority on bone regeneration, sinus elevation and dental implants. He has published over 30 papers andgiven more than 1,000 presentations on subjects related to implantology. Dr. Wallace’s experience as a clinician has continued to benefit his peers within the AAP, where he has shared his expertise through lectures on sinus surgery at Annual Meetings, and served as a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology. He is also a past president of the Connecticut Society of Periodontists.
Distinguished Service Award:
This year, Dr. Henry Greenwell is honored with the Distinguished Service Award. After obtaining his dental degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1977,
Dr. Greenwell earned his certificate in periodontics from Case Western Reserve University in 1982. Dr. Greenwell has been an active contributor to the AAP for over 30 years, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Periodontal Literature Reviews and as a frequent participant in the scientific programs at AAP Annual Meetings. Dr. Greenwell has also worked closely with the American Board of Periodontology throughout his career, becoming a Diplomate in 1996, serving as a director from 2005 to 2011, and as co-chairman in 2011. His most notable recent contribution to the Academy is his service as commissioner for periodontics on the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Dr. Greenwell has worked tirelessly to usher AAP’s revised accreditation standards, which will become effective on January 1, 2014, through a comprehensive multi-year review process.
Distinguished Scientist Award:
Dr. David L. Cochran is recognized with the AAP’s Distinguished Scientist Award, sponsored by Procter & Gamble Professional Oral Health. Dr. Cochran earned his DDS, MS, and PhD in biochemistry from the Medical College of Virginia and his certificate in periodontics from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he also obtained a second master’s degree in oral biology. Since becoming an AAP member in 1985, Dr. Cochran has contributed to the discipline as a scholar, educator and leader within the Academy. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 1989. Dr. Cochran has authored two books, 12 book chapters, and over 100 publications on dentistry, periodontology and osseointegration. An active basic science and clinical researcher, he has been honored numerous times, both at the national and international level. He is currently chairman of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, a post he has held since 1992. He formerly served as the director of Postgraduate Periodontics at the Medical College of Virginia. Beyond his contributions as a scientist and educator, Dr. Cochran served as President of the AAP in 2008 and President of the Academy of Osseointegration in 2011. Dr. Cochran received the R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award in 1997 and 2001, an AAP Special Citation in 1999, the AAP Foundation E. BudTarrson Research Award in Oral Plastic Surgery in 2005, and the William J. Gies Periodontology Award in 2007.
Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award:
The AAP honors Dr. Terry D. Rees with the Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award. Dr. Rees has spent more than 40 years teaching and practicing periodontics. Dr. Rees received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1957 and his certificate in periodontics and MSD from the Baylor University College of Dentistry in 1968. A member since 1967, Dr. Rees was honored with an AAP Fellowship in 2001. He has also served on the AAP Foundation Board of Directors since 2010. Dr. Rees became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 1975, and served as director and chair of the ABP. A professor and director of the Stomatology Center at the Baylor College of Dentistry since 1984, he has been a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. He currently serves on the editorial Boards of the Journal of Periodontology and the Compendium of Continuing Education. Along with many awards and commendations from his service in the U.S. Army, Dr. Rees received the American Dental Association’s William J. Gies Periodontology Award, and was recognized in 2012 by the California Society of Periodontists for his outstanding contributions to periodontics and his commitment to the highest professional standards of dentistry. Dr. Rees has presented over 375 continuing education lectures and courses, authored 9 books and monographs and 33 book chapters, and published nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Outstanding Periodontal Educator (posthumously):
Dr. Robert S. Schoor is being honored for his decades of service to the countless students and professionals he trained and influenced throughout his tenure as a periodontist. Earning his DDS from Temple University and his periodontal certificate from Columbia University, Dr. Schoor made educating others the focus of his career. He was the director of the NYU College of Dentistry’s Advanced Education Program in Periodontics for 21 years and a former chairman of the Department of Periodontics at the Temple University School of Dentistry. Teaching for over 40 years, Dr. Schoor has been praised by his colleagues as a dedicated educator who cared deeply for his students and patients. He was honored with the Mentor Award for Advanced Education in Periodontics from the NYU College of Dentistry and the Irwin Scopp Fellowship Award by the Northeastern Society of Periodontists, which he served on as president in 1995. A Diplomate of the ABP, he served as their chairman from 2006 to 2007. Dr. Schoor served as AAP president in 1999 and was a long-time reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology. Dr. Schoor passed away in November 2012 and is fondly remembered by the Academy for his contributions to periodontal education and his service to organized dentistry.
Dr. Isao Ishikawa is being awarded an Honorary Membership of the AAP for his notable contributions to periodontics and for the significant role he has played in enhancing the Academy’s relationship with its Japanese colleagues. Dr. Ishikawa received his dental degree from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1965 and a PhD in 1971. He became an international member of the AAP in 1988. He has served on the faculty of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University for 42 years, including chairing the Section of Periodontology. Named Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Periodontal Research, he also serves on five other editorial boards. Dr. Ishikawa has published over 200 articles and book chapters contributing to the basic science of periodontics. Lauded as an authority on the role of lasers in periodontics, regenerative therapy and tissue engineering, he has been internationally recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in periodontal education and research. Dr. Ishikawa is a past president of the Japanese Society of Periodontology and the International Society for Lasers in Dentistry and a former Secretary General. Currently, he is an advisor to the Asian Pacific Society of Periodontology. Dr. Ishikawa has devoted his career to preparing residents to treat periodontal disease, encouraging them to develop periodontal curricula at other institutions.
Special Citations are awarded to individuals who have contributed to the Academy in a noteworthy manner and are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Health Care Products.
The Task Force on Peri-Implantitis is recognized for their efforts to develop a white paper evaluating implant health and diagnosis of implant conditions. This strategic initiative, commissioned by the Board of Trustees, is of critical importance to AAP members and the general dental community. The authors worked tirelessly under limited time constraints to produce this paper, which was published as an Academy Report in the Journal of Periodontology. Task Force members include Paul Rosen, Donald Clem, David Cochran, Stuart Froum and Bradley McAllister.
Research and Literature Awards
William J. Gies:
The William J. Gies Award is sponsored by the American Dental Education Association and is presented to a nominee who has made significant contributions to the periodontal literature and the advancement of dental education. This year, the Academy recognizes Dr. Thomas W. Oates. A member of the AAP since 1989, Dr. Oates serves as a consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is a member of the American Dental Association National Boards Test Construction Committee. His research interests include cell biology, growth factors, regeneration, wound healing and implantology. His recent efforts have been directed toward interactions of oral and systemic health, specifically understanding the implications of diabetes mellitus on implant therapy, and have resulted in 27 publications over the past five years. In the course of his career, Dr. Oates has published several book chapters, numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and dozens of abstracts and editorials. He is also a peer reviewer for many scientific journals. Dr. Oates is currently a professor and vice chair in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he is also an assistant dean for clinical research.
Clinical Research Award:
This award is presented to a recent outstanding scientific published article with direct clinical relevance in periodontics and is sponsored by Quintessence Publishing. The AAP recognizes the authors Beck JD, Douglass GL, Dye BA, Eke P, Genco RJ, Page RC, Thornton-Evans G, and Wei L. for their paper titled “Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010” Published in the Journal of Dental Research.
R. Earl Robinson Regeneration Award:
This award is presented to a recent outstanding scientific published article on periodontal regeneration in the basic or clinical sciences and is sponsored by the AAP Foundation. The AAP recognizes authorsGraziani F, Gennai S, Cei S, Cairo F, Baggiani A, Miccoli M, Gabriele M, and Tonetti M for their paper titled “Clinical Performance of Access Flap Surgery in the Treatment of the Intrabony Defect. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials”published in the Journal of Clinical Research.
About the AAP
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is an 8,400-member professional organization for periodontists – specialists in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation and receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.
Meg Dempsey American Academy of Periodontology (312) 573-3242 email@example.com
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Friday, October 11, 2013
Company’s new products help dental practices align their technology with HIPAA regulations
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Aspida, a provider of compliance security products and services exclusively for dental practices, is pleased to announce the launch of three new products – Aspida Enterprise, Aspida Wall and Aspida Mail. The products meet and exceed the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules and will help to strengthen the privacy and security measures at dental practices across the country.
The company’s announcement coincides well with the Department of Health and Human Services’ latest modifications to the nation’s HIPAA rules, which strive to better enhance and safeguard patient privacy and health information. The new laws went into effect September 23, 2013.
“Our new Aspida products will help dental practices achieve HIPAA compliance – a requirement within the industry,” said Jimmy Georgiou, president and founder of Aspida, LLC. “When our clients invest in Aspida, they are not only purchasing a quality product, but they also are gaining peace of mind. That’s because every detail of our products was created with a dental practice’s specific technological needs in mind.”
The company’s new security package includes the following products:
Aspida Enterprise is a comprehensive solution for protecting and managing a dental practice’s technology and data systems. Compatible with virtually any network, this HIPAA-compliant management system boasts a managed firewall to protect user’s data, encrypted email to safeguard and preserve digital messages, remote access, cloud backup storage and much more.
Aspida’s globally managed firewall appliance provides control, accessibility and security to today’s dental practices. Capable of protecting an organization’s applications and data across both wired and wireless networks, the tool features HIPAA-compliant protection, perimeter security of the entire network, secure remote access, secure wireless access for guests or patients and more.
Dental practices must have HIPAA-compliant encrypted e-mail and Aspida Mail “delivers.” Extremely affordable and simple, Aspida Mail offers encrypted email for up to 20 accounts, boasts best-in-class protection against spam and malware, works with any Web browser, archives and stores emails for 6 years and more.
To learn more about Aspida or their products and services, visit http://www.aspida.us
Launched in 2013, Aspida is quickly establishing itself as an industry leader in providing compliance security products and services exclusively for dental practices. It is recognized for its ability to provide complete solutions for every dental practice’s technological needs, thus empowering its clientele to focus on patient care. Aspida is as sister company of SolutionStart, which was founded in 2000 and began as a network technology provider with an emphasis on customer support. Within a short time, the company identified a technology shortcoming in dental practices. Today, SolutionStart strives to develop better network solutions for the dental industry and is recognized as the Southeast’s premier technology provider for the dental industry. www.solutionstart.com.