New products to see at the ADA annual session

This issue is truly overflowing with really great information. One of my favorites is the annual “New Products at the ADA.”

This issue is truly overflowing with really great information. One of my favorites is the annual “New Products at the ADA.” This year’s meeting is being held October 18-21 in one of my top five cities in the U.S., San Francisco. I invite you to use this guide to find your way around the exhibit floor to visit the companies that will be sharing their new product launches. I have used all of these products, and I know you will be excited to see them all.

The ADA Annual Session is an outstanding meeting with a variety of speakers and topics. There are many innovative ways to learn, and one is hands-on workshops and live operatory treatments that can be seen up close, in living color, conducted by top clinicians and lecturers.

Take advantage of this great meeting to get the training that you and your team need to make dentistry faster, better, easier, and more fun. Take some time before or after the annual session to visit the many sights and fine restaurants in the area, or drive up to Napa Valley and the wine country. Be sure to stop at Pride Mountain Winery, which was started by the late Dr. Jim Pride (who used to write regularly in DE). Their Cabernets and Merlots are world-renowned.

This month’s INeedCE course within the pages of DE is “Inculpatory Evidence: Periodontal Disease Assessment and Treatment Is an Essential Element in Cardiovascular Wellness Programs” by Thomas Nabors, DDS, Bradley Bale, MD, and Amy Doneen, MSN, ARNP. This is a timely article that will help you to reassess the way you screen for periodontal disease. This new process could save a patient’s life!

As if I didn’t have enough to do, I’m the program co-chairman (along with Dr. Al Ousborne, who has a regular column in DE) for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration (AADPA for short). This excellent meeting is scheduled for March 6-9, 2013. Imagine yourself in an exciting hotel in Las Vegas — The Cosmopolitan, an all-suite hotel — with rooms at reduced rates for this special meeting featuring Drs. Bale and Nabors, and Amy Doneen.

Three dentists will show you how they decided not to participate in the economic downturn and actually had double-digit growth for the last three years in “The Dental Practice of the Future.” Rounding out the program will be a session on “Using 3D Digital Dentistry in the Progressive Practice.” This meeting is so powerful it could change your life! For more information, visit www.aadpa.org.

By now, I hope all of you are aware of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives. A coalition of more than 35 dental organizations (including the ADA) has launched this first-ever joint national children’s oral health campaign with the Ad Council. Campaign media partners include Sesame Street, DreamWorks, and the Cartoon Network. Ads will direct parents and caregivers to the new website, www.2min2x.org, where they can watch entertaining and educational videos. The new campaign will teach parents and caregivers (particularly low income), as well as children about the importance of oral health and the simple ways they can prevent oral disease.

The Partnership also is announcing the results of new consumer research conducted with parents. According to a new survey being released today as part of the launch, fewer than half of parents (44%) report that their children brush their teeth twice a day. While most parents understand the importance of oral health and their children brushing their teeth, they are not aware of the serious consequences of not taking care of their children’s teeth.

Are you wondering how you can help spread the message of the 2min2x campaign? Here are a few ideas — Place the link on your practice’s website, share the link in a post on your practice’s Facebook page, include the web address in your newsletter, or hand out information to your patients in the office. Get more information on the campaign at www.mouthhealthy.org.

In my third year of dental school, I listened to a presentation that would change the course of my dental career. It was not the information in this evening seminar for junior and senior dental students — it was the person who presented it. During his presentation, he issued an invitation to come by his office and see firsthand the things he was teaching that night. I am still amazed that of the 75 students who were present that snowy Monday night in January, only one took him up on his invitation. That night I found my mentor. Do yourself a favor and find yours!

Joe Blaes, DDS, Editor
email: joeb@pennwell.com

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