Skywalk provides passage to knowledge

In 1970, Harris Rosen joined Disney Company as Director of Hotel Planning; he was instrumental in the development and planning of the Contemporary Resort Hotel and the Polynesian Village Hotel. Thirty-nine years later he earned an induction into the Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame.

He purchased his first hotel in Orlando, Florida, the Quality Inn International, now known as the Rosen Inn International in 1974 and according to, his early method of attracting guests was to “hitchhike to the Northeast, visiting one motor coach company after another, asking them to name their price. He came home with contracts for guestroom rates as low as $7 a night. This commitment to occupancy instead of average rate has become a tradition.”

Attendees at the 2016 American Lingual Orthodontic Association Lingual Congress in late April will have the pleasure of visiting another jewel in his crown – the Rosen Centre Hotel, which rises 24 stories over International Drive and boasts more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space and fine dining restaurants. A Skywalk connecting the hotel with the Orange County Convention Center constructed in 2011 will provide visitors’ passage on April 29.


Skywalk connects the Rosen Centre with the Orange County COnvention Center. Credit: Rosen Centre Hotel

Focused on the latest lingual products and techniques, the ALOA  offers an opportunity for attendees to speak with other users face-to-face who are dedicated to lingual treatment.

This year’s format will return to all attendees together for a general assembly, with speakers, varied topics and multiple lingual techniques.

Friday speakers will include:

 Dr. Bob Smith – Directional Turbos to Enhance Clinical Efficiency

Dr. Didier Fillion – Finishing with lingual braces: Problems and Solutions

Dr. Anthony Lam – Lingual Orthodontics: Incognito, Suresmile Lingual or Lingual Liberty?

Dr. Bruno Vendittelli – Simple Lingual Treatment with the SPEED Lower Anterior

Alignment Appliance to Resolve Lower Anterior Crowding

Dr. Adam Schulhof – In a changing orthodontic landscape, using lingual can differentiate

your practice and increase profitability over clear aligners.

Dr. Kyoto Takemoto & Dr. Giuseppe Scuzzo – Key to Lingual straight wire system with ALIAS Bracket

Dr. Jason Cope – To be announced

Dr. Roberto Lapenta – Psychological aspect of patients with lingual orthodontics.

Dr. Isao Matsuno – The digitally customized self-ligation lingual orthodontic system

Dr. Asif Chatoo – Digital Technology with Lingual Braces

For details or to register, visit


Bright idea from Lumed Science, Inc.

Lumed Science Inc. and Benco Dental will partner in the distribution of a new high tech dental light.


Benco Dental will offer Lumed’s innovative new product LEAP™ (Light Emitting Aspirating Prop) which changes dental lighting by placing light where it is needed most– Screenshot 2016-03-29 16.02.39inside the patient’s mouth.  The high intensity lighting is integrated into a highly engineered silicone bite block that provides patient comfort and great access for the doctor.   LEAP is the world’s first dental light to be entirely sterilized in an autoclave before use.  This prevents cross contamination, which is a major concern with alternative dental lighting systems.

Innovative Denver Med Tech startup, Lumed Science Inc., announced earlier this month that it has partnered with Benco Dental, the largest privately owned, full-service distributor of dental supplies, dental equipment, dental consulting & equipment services in the United States.

“We have invested over 3,000 engineering and design hours perfecting LEAP before launching to the market place,” said Michael Bojanowski, Lumed Science Inc.  Co-Founder and CEO.  “This leads to a simple and elegant technology that reduces procedure times, allows for better ergonomics for the dentist and creates a comfortable experience for the patient.”

Dental aid organizations and mobile dental clinics have also found benefit.

“All of our clinicians used the LEAP and all were impressed with the ease of use,


Peter Vanicek, DDS, Clinic Coordinator at Global Dental Relief, with children in Nepal.

simplicity, durability and the extra illumination for our clinical work. LEAP is useful in any clinical situations,  but even more so with mobile dental clinics where light is often lacking and additional illumination is greatly appreciated. The product held up well with repeated sterilization cycles and the lifetime of the light is greater than we were anticipating. In short, we loved using LEAP and it was a wonderful addition to our clinic in Nepal,” said Peter Vanicek, DDS, Clinic Coordinator at Global Dental Relief.

LEAP™ is a completely made in the U.S, with all design and development-taking place in the heart of Denver, Colorado. Lumed Science expects to have registration to sell in the European Union in the third quarter of this year and Japan by the first quarter of 2017.


Visit the Lumed Science Inc. website of or call (866) 526-7120 for more information.

By the numbers: Clarion Financial supports dentists coast to coast

Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, California – in each of these four states, more than 100 dental professionals has received financing from Clarion Financial.

Want a better picture of how this innovative lender is helping dentists nationwide to achieve their dreams? See the map of the continental U.S. in the accompanying infographic. The number depicted in each pinpoint equals the dentists in each state who have been offered financing.

Coast to coast, Clarion Financial is committed to taking the stress out of the financing process so the bridge between the practitioners and their goals are short and solid.

Which is more important – patient chairs, or the seats in the waiting room? The answer is both. Patient perceptions are shaped by every aspect of their experience. That’s why Clarion Financial happily provides 100% financing for virtually everything dental professionals need.

With 100% financing, practitioners are able to hit the ground running. Plus, cash remains untouched and intact for savings, working capital or expenses.

Learn more about this lender, which employs more than 50 full time associates, and features nationwide sales offices and processing centers in Minnesota and Pennsylvania that  are focused on their mission to connect valued customers with the monetary resources they need to achieve the ideal practice. Call toll-free: 1-800-228-2924 or visit on the web:


Black box warnings: Petition aims to curb prescription drug overdose crisis

Pennsylvania Department of Health joins other public health agencies in urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue warnings for dangerous combination of medications amid prescription drug overdose crisis.  Members of the public are invited to participate at

Last month,  the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced it is joining city and state health directors from across the country in calling on the FDA to adopt labels to explicitly warn about a dangerous combination of medications that is helping to drive the nation’s prescription drug overdose epidemic.

In a petition submitted  to the FDA, health directors and commissioners from 13 cities and 17 states and territories called for a “black box warning” on opioids and benzodiazepines that states that concurrent use of both medications increases the risk of fatal overdose. Black box warnings appear on the labels of prescription drugs and call attention to serious or life-threatening risks.

“Seven people die each day from overdose in Pennsylvania; a tragic number that highlights the overdose epidemic we are currently battling,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “I signed this petition to help bring awareness to the very real and potentially lethal danger that exists when someone takes opioids and benzodiazepines at the same time. I join my colleagues from across the country in urging the FDA to take an important step in addressing this crisis by adding black box warnings to these types of prescriptions.” 

A second petition, posted on Change.Org, can be signed by the public.

In addition to black box warnings, the petitions call for medication guides for both classes of medication to specifically warn patients about the risks of combined opioid and benzodiazepine use. Patients with chronic pain are often prescribed opioids to treat their pain and benzodiazepines to treat their associated symptoms, such as anxiety and sleep disorders.

In an article, Bitter Pills, penned by Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine author Anna Merlan in 2014:

Dentists and oral surgeons prescribe 12 percent of the immediate release opiates in the U.S.; that translates to well over 1 billion annual doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone (Third-molar extractions, Incisal Edge estimates, alone generate more than 100 million pills prescribed.)

Screenshot 2016-03-28 10.46.26Learn more about how you can help prevent the problem as a dental professional:

In 2012, prescribers wrote 82.5 opioid prescriptions per 100 people and 37.6 benzodiazepine prescriptions per 100 people in the United States. Between 2000 and 2010, treatment admissions for co-occurring addiction to opioids and benzodiazepines increased by 569 percent. Evidence suggests that these two drugs interact in the brain and place patients at increased risk of respiratory depression and fatal overdose.

Every day in the United States, 44 people die as a result of prescription opioid overdose. In 2013, 22,767 people died of drug overdose deaths that involved prescription drugs. Approximately one in three unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opioids also involve benzodiazepines.

Learn more about the overdose crisis in Pennsylvania at

City health commissioners who signed the petition:

  • Baltimore: Leana Wen, M.D. MSc,
  • Boston, MA: Monica Valdes Lupi, J.D., M.P.H.
  • Chicago, IL: Julie Morita, M.D.,
  • Dallas, TX: Zachary Thompson
  • Denver, CO: Robert McDonald
  • Detroit, MI: Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., DPhil
  • Houston, TX: Stephen L. Williams, M.Ed., M.P.A.
  • Long Beach, CA: Kelly Colopy
  • Minneapolis, MN: Gretchen Musicant
  • New York City, NY: Mary T. Bassett, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Philadelphia, PA: Caroline C. Johnson, M.D., Acting Medical Director,
  • Sacramento, CA: Olivia Kasirye, M.D., M.S.
  • San Francisco, CA: Tomás J. Aragón, M.D., DrPH

State and territorial health directors who signed the petition:

  • Alaska: Jay C. Butler, MD
  • Arizona: Cara Christ, MD, MS
  • Arkansas: Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH
  • Connecticut: Raul Pino MD, MPH
  • Delaware: Karyl Thomas Rattay MD, MS
  • Guam: James W. Gillan, MS, HSA
  • Maine: Kenneth Albert R.N., Esq.
  • Maryland: Howard M. Haft, M.D.
  • Massachusetts: Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
  • Minnesota: Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH
  • Montana: Richard H. Opper
  • Pennsylvania: Karen M. Murphy, PhD RN
  • Rhode Island: Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH
  • South Carolina: Catherine Heigel
  • Vermont: Harry Chen, MD
  • West Virginia: Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, FACP
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Esther Muna, MHA, CPC

Proposed language for black box warnings: 

  • Labeling for all opioid class medications:


  • Labeling for all benzodiazepine class medications:


A mouth guard that’s marathon-ready.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then Joseph Tucker is the poster child.

While training for a marathon in 2012, the Louisiana native realized he wasn’t getting the hydration he needed and came up with the idea of a hands-free hydration system, reports KPLC TV.

Tucker developed a refillable mouth guard, Hydra-Guard, with a pouch of liquid that allows athletes to rehydrate during a game, which was spotlighted at recently.

“You’re not going to find anything out there like it,” Tucker told KPLC TV. “There’s no other re-hydrating mouth guard out there that’s going to put more electrolytes into an athletes mouth.”

Beginning February 25, consumers were able to try it for themselves for $34.99 by visiting the Hyra-Guard website:

As mentioned in the Dental Products Shopper report by Julie Schmitt, the ADA promotes the use of a properly fitted mouth guard as the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries.

Find other mouth guards at

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Details from the 2012 Athletic Hydration Survey & Case Study, courtesy Hydra-Guard