Thursday, July 9, 2020

Dentsply Sirona’s Comprehensive Clinical Education Program Results in Strong Attendance Worldwide – Three Times hHgher than Pre-Pandemic




Dentsply Sirona is recognized as one of the largest providers of comprehensive clinical education programs in the dental industry. Education and training are core to the mission of Dentsply Sirona’s Academy, with the goal of providing dentists, team members and dental technicians with training on dental procedures, latest dental technology as well as inspiration to develop themselves and their practices. In 2019, more than 470,000 dental professionals participated in nearly 15,000 courses organized by the Dentsply Sirona Academy and supported by leading clinical experts and organizations. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dentsply Sirona Academy team quickly transitioned from in-person courses to webinars and on-demand learning and provided timely education and support during this global health crisis.


Charlotte/Bensheim, July 7, 2020. The statistics prove it: Dentsply Sirona has its finger on the pulse of important educational topics in dentistry. In 2019, more than 470,000 dental professionals in 97 countries participated in one or more courses. More than three-fourths of participants were dentists, four percent were hygienists, and nearly 20,000 were dental technicians. Also, the number of participating students grew to more than 41,000. Altogether, they took part in almost 15,000 courses, including live lectures, product trainings, train-the-trainer sessions, self-instructional courses, webinars and hands-on workshops.


COVID-19: A catalyst for digital dentistry and education


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many traditional workflows and procedures in dental practices are currently being evaluated, largely due to the enhanced hygiene requirements brought by the pandemic. The digital workflow and single visit dentistry are becoming increasingly important as it enables more contactless work processes and communication and can limit the number of office visits needed for dental treatment. While dentists may have been hesitant to go digital in the past, they can see the value of adopting digital solutions in their offices.


Thanks to its many years of leadership and innovation in digital dentistry, Dentsply Sirona offers the state-of-the art digital solutions for a wide range of dental procedures, perfectly adapted to the current needs of dentists and dental technicians. And since the introduction of the Primescan intraoral scanner, the interest in digital dentistry has increased noticeably in the market. Dentsply Sirona has organized comprehensive Clinical Education programs and resources specifically designed to support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Like many other aspects of the dental industry, in-person clinical education and workshops were no longer possible during the COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the world, so many dental professionals have been using the time to improve their knowledge about various dental fields including infection prevention, endodontics, and implant dentistry using the Dentsply Sirona online courses. Since the start of the corona pandemic, more than 377,000 people around the globe registered for 636 Dentsply Sirona Academy live webinars over a ten-week period. Enrollment and completion of the on-demand courses are also rising – with almost 10,764 new program enrollees in the last couple of months. Attendance peaked in late April and has steadily declined since then, as dental professionals turned their attention back to resuming dental services. Even so, Dentsply Sirona's pace of educational offerings remains strong. Webinars are settling in at a “new normal” of up to 48 webinars/week, three times higher than pre-pandemic. And the On-Demand library now contains 154 courses.


The program’s three key course topics remain the same: endodontics, implant dentistry and restorative dentistry, and there is still steady interest in CAD/CAM, preventive dentistry and ultrasonic instrumentation and imaging. However, there is a noticeable spike in program participants for classes on hygiene, infection prevention, risk minimization, and practical implementation during the COVID-19 crisis.


More information about webinars and on-demand courses is available on Dentsply Sirona Website:


Dentsply Sirona: Staying ahead of challenges


"The past few months have not been easy. Dealing with the pandemic, the massive reduction in the number of treatments in the practice has been an enormous challenge," summarizes Dr. Lori Trost, dentist from Red Bud, Illinois, USA. "I was able to make good use of the time for further training and was particularly grateful for the very early information on infection prevention when establishing new practice protocols in the webinars and on-demand courses offered by Dentsply Sirona".


“The dental profession is globally respected for its commitment to the prevention of oral diseases and to patient safety. Similarly, the profession is recognized for its willingness to adapt to challenging situations, including disease outbreaks, in order to support the public’s health and well-being. I am glad that we have faced the current pandemic together with our customers. We have focused our attention on providing them with helpful clinical resources, including a comprehensive webinar offering and on-demand courses,” explains Dr. Terri Dolan, Chief Clinical Officer of Dentsply Sirona. “Supporting the dental profession and the safe delivery of dental services remains a primary focus of these seminars. We see the use of educational technologies as a great way to support our customers, introduce new clinical concepts, and explain procedures and solutions. Providing these educational opportunities, paired with our leading materials and technologies, is key to empowering dental professionals and improving dental care and oral health.”


In developing and providing courses, Dentsply Sirona actively collaborates with clinical and technical experts in all aspects of dentistry. Curricula are developed in collaboration with universities and dental schools, as well as professional dental organizations, to support dental professionals around the world.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Dentsply Sirona and the ADA Collaborate to Address Practice Recovery and Patient Safety




Dental professionals can now communicate with confidence and
focus on patient safety concerns using new, free resources.


As part of Dentsply Sirona’s continued pledge to create healthy practices for healthy smiles and drive practice recovery, the Dental Solutions CompanyTM has teamed up with the American Dental Association (ADA) to provide ADA members access to free patient communication resources based on the ADA’s Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit.

Recognizing that patient safety and oral health education are top priorities in a world full of “new normals,” these digital resources, found in the ADA’s Patient Return Resource Center, are designed to support dental professionals in empowering their patients during this unprecedented time. No need to stress if you’re using the right language to reassure patients; let the toolkit do the talking for you.

 The Patient Return Resource Center includes:

  • Patient Prep Visual Guide
  • Customizable Social Posts
  • Text Scripts
  • Customizable Email Templates
  • Patient FAQs
  • Printable in-office signage

Dentsply Sirona will provide practices with information about how to access these resources, as well as a Safety Window Cling.

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients are looking at their own well-being differently – and may have questions when resuming their dental visits. It is important that we do not lose sight of their needs and concerns as part of our rebound and recovery efforts,” Dentsply Sirona VP Chief Clinical Officer Terri Dolan said.

 No matter where a practice is in recovery, these resources are specifically designed to meet all dentists’ current and future needs and will continue to be updated in the coming weeks.

Accessing the Patient Return Resource Center is easy, fast and free for ADA members! Simply head to to be guided to the ADA resource center at Start communicating with confidence and accelerate your practice recovery today.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

CDC Removes 15 Minute Wait Recommendation




From my cohorts at Dental Products Report, comes this brief update on CDC guidelines pertaining to the “15 minute wait”.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed its recommendation that dental care personnel wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces.


This recommendation has been removed to align with the CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Healthcare Settings. The update was announced on June 17 on the CDC’s website.


Additionally, the time period recommended for patients to inform the dental clinic if they develop symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19 following a dental appointment has been changed to 2 days to align with the CDC’s Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure Guidance. 


The 15-minute wait was originally included in the CDC’s Guidance for Dental Settings on May 19, which provides interim infection prevention and control considerations for dental settings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Javier Quirós’ two day virtual course – Become a Cosmetic Dentist with Composite Resin Veneers




On July 24-25, Dr. Javier Quirós will present his two-day live virtual course, Become a Cosmetic Dentist with Composite Resin Veneers. In this exciting virtual course, you will be able to watch and interact with Dr. Quirós as he creates a simple esthetic veneer. Plus, you will learn how he is able to create eight anterior composite veneers in just one appointment! In addition, we have designed a virtual course kit so that you can follow alongside each exercise using the same model and materials as Dr. Quirós. You will learn how to create beautiful and long-lasting smiles with composite in just one appointment. Register today at

To register for the course, follow this link.  

Monday, July 6, 2020

Nationwide Survey of Over 275 Consumers Reveals Seeing their Dentist after COVID-19 Lockdown is More Important than Getting a Haircut




Back in the middle ages, it used to be that there were “barber surgeons”.  These craftsmen were the ones who provided all medical care, both dentistry and general medicine and surgery, and barbers grooming services.  At some point physicians and surgeons split off to form their own profession and dentistry followed not long thereafter.  That little piece of trivia is sort of an ironic point when compared to today’s post.


At the end of last week, I received the results of an interesting survey from Lanmark360.  The folks at Lanmark360 have been around the dental space for quite a while and they know a lot about the industry and basically what makes it tick.  I read the information with a high level of interest.  Lanmark360 is a company that I listen to for reliable information that you may not be able to get anywhere else.  I found what they had to say “interesting” to say the least.


While many individuals still approach dental treatment with a certain degree of apprehension, I feel that the profession has done a remarkable job in the last two decades of emerging from being a profession thought of as a “necessary evil” by many to being an essential piece of many people’s overall plan for improved general health.  The information from Lanmark360 bears that out...


The survey results also identify key drivers and barriers that impact their decisions
to resume dental care visits


Lanmark360, a full-service healthcare agency with deep experience in the dental space announces the immediate availability of key consumer insights regarding their desire to see their dentists for a checkup as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in their state or local municipality.

As indicated by the survey results, consumer sentiment, perceptions and attitudes are quite positive with respect to their willingness to rapidly return to dental practices. When asked, “Is being able to return to the dentist more or less important than other things?”, respondents ranked seeing their dentist as more important than getting their hair cut, pet grooming and going to restaurants.

“We found that over half of the respondents fell behind on their dental care due to canceled appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic,” states Howard Klein, Lanmark360 President. “However, 10% intend to see their dentists immediately once their dentist’s office has reopened, and a full 50% intend to return to their dentist for a routine cleaning within three months.”
The majority of respondents surveyed also indicate a preference for single-visit dentistry, and more than 50% believe practice safety protocols are extremely important.

Many other important insights are highlighted in the full survey results report, including crucial information that dentists can leverage to help ensure patients feel safe upon their return to the dental office, as well as how patients prefer to be contacted by their dentist’s office once they reopen and what information they expect to receive.
To download the full report, visit

Thursday, July 2, 2020

3M Unveils New 24-Minute In-House Sterilization Monitoring Solution



If you are like me, you’re always trying to find a more efficient way of doing things in your office.  3M has developed a pretty impressive system for testing the accuracy of sterilizers that can be done in the office AND in 24 minutes.  Read on for the details...


Designed with patient safety in mind, dentists now have more incentive
to bring monitoring in-house


According to the Centers for Disease Control, biological
indicators, or spore tests, are the most accepted method for monitoring the sterilization
process, and are recommended, at minimum, on a weekly basis. These tests monitor the killing
of a large population of resistant microorganisms and provide assurance to a dental practice
that their sterilization cycle parameters have been met. In its current state, biological indicator
testing of sterilizers in dental offices, via in-office monitoring or mail-in service, can take
anywhere from 24 hours to one week for results to be obtained. During that wait time, a
malfunctioning sterilizer could be used to process instruments used on patients. With the new
3MTM AttestTM Mini Auto-reader 490M, sterilization monitoring results are now available in just
24 minutes. Dental teams will no longer have extensive waits for results and will now know that
their sterilizer cycle parameters have been met.

“Routine monitoring using super rapid biological indicator technology can help reduce the risk
of patient exposure to contaminated dental instruments,” said Eric Wenzel, Director, 3M Oral
Care Solutions Division. “And, the compact size and competitive price of the AttestTM Mini Auto-
reader makes in-office monitoring not just possible but practical for dental offices.”

For over 30 years, 3M has been a global leader in providing biological indicator
sterilization assurance solutions to hospitals worldwide. Now with the small, easy-to-use AttestTM Mini Auto-reader, dental practices can access the same rapid 24-minute sterilization
monitoring speed used in hospitals to better serve patients. The Auto-reader is designed to
incubate and read 3MTM AttestTM Super Rapid Readout Biological Indicators 1491 and 1492V for
a final fluorescent result in 24 minutes.

To learn more about the 3MTM AttestTM Mini Auto-reader 490M, please visit:

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

FBI Warns of Fraudulent COVID-19 Antibody Tests




Recently, it seems that my posts have been dealing with Covid-19 situations, but instead of science I’m seeing security issues.  I guess you can chalk it up to the fact that no matter what, crooks will be crooks.


It seems the idea, besides making money from the fake tests, is to also steal personal information from those who are duped into taking one of the tests.


Preying on the fears of others, scammers are using all kinds of different mediums to cast their nets as widely as possible.  Fake antibody tests are being marketed through social media, email, websites, telemarketing, and other sources.  The idea is to frighten individuals into thinking they need to buy the tests to either keep themselves or the ones they love, safe.  There are also some schemes that pressure the victim by telling them they are required to take the test by the federal government.


The victim pays for the test and provides all of their personal information, then the scammers provide either false test results (since the tests don’t actually work) or provide no results at all.


Here is the info from the FBI:


The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning the public about potential fraud schemes related to antibody tests for COVID-19.

Scammers are marketing fraudulent and/or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially providing false results. In addition, fraudsters are seeking to obtain individuals’ personal information (names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, etc.) and personal health information, including Medicare and/or private health insurance information, which can be used in future medical insurance or identity theft schemes.

In response to the vast number of COVID-19 cases, and in an effort to return to a normal economy as soon as possible, researchers have been encouraged to devise testing methods that can be quickly and easily deployed to test large numbers of individuals for COVID-19 antibodies. However, not all COVID-19 antibody tests have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and their efficacy has not been determined.

The FBI warns the public to be aware of the following potential indicators of fraudulent activity:

Claims of FDA approval for antibody testing that cannot be verified
Advertisements for antibody testing through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited/unknown sources
Marketers offering “free” COVID-19 antibody tests or providing incentives for undergoing testing
Individuals contacting you in person, phone, or email to tell you the government or government officials require you to take a COVID-19 antibody test
Practitioners offering to perform antibody tests for cash
The FBI recommends:

Checking the FDA’s website ( for an updated list of approved antibody tests and testing companies
Consulting your primary care physician before undergoing any at-home antibody tests
Using a known laboratory approved by your health insurance company to provide the antibody testing
Not sharing your personal or health information to anyone other than known and trusted medical professionals
Checking your medical bills and insurance explanation of benefits (EOBs) for any suspicious claims and promptly reporting any errors to your health insurance provider
Following guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other trusted medical professionals
If you believe you have been the victim of a COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at (866) 720-5721 or, or the FBI (,, or 1-800-CALL-FBI).

For accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit: