Midwinter Meeting + Solea = Milestone Marker

Solea team at the 2017 Chicago Midwinter Meeting
(Benco Dental/Amanda Jamieson)

Convergent Dental introduces Solea® SW 3.1.1, and its significant advancements in usability and patient comfort, at the 2017 Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting. Dental professionals are invited to experience the Solea SW 3.1.1 by visiting Convergent Dental at Booth #4431.

The latest software associated with the industry-leading, computer-aided, CO2 all-tissue dental laser system, according to a statement released by Convergent Dental Inc., developer of Soleaprovides dental professionals with unprecedented usability and control.

With updated algorithms that control how the laser cuts both hard and soft tissue, Solea SW 3.1.1 facilitates the onset of analgesia more quickly and effectively than ever before, and provides exceptional cutting speed ability in both hard and soft tissue.

Said Michael Cataldo, Convergent Dental CEO:

“Solea SW 3.1.1 marks yet another milestone in improved usability that makes it easier for any dentist to confidently treat patients without anesthesia.  We are constantly gathering data on how our customers use Solea and how their patients experience it. That gets fed into the product development process and incorporated into software improvements that improve cutting speed, analgesia, the ability to control bleeding and more.

Simply put, the more Solea is used, the smarter it gets. All of that accrues to the benefit of our customers and their patients, no matter when Solea was integrated into the practice. Every system in the market gets the same updates delivered over Wi-Fi keeping every customer up to date. Solea SW 3.1.1 is another testament to our commitment to increasing customer value long after the initial purchase.”

How can existing Solea customers benefit?

Solea SW 3.1.1 is readily available at no charge to all Solea customers with an active service contract. Customers simply type in a four-digit PIN number on their existing Solea unit, and the new Solea SW 3.1.1 is automatically downloaded. No additional external service is needed; there is no waiting on technicians; just a no-hassle simple download for a seamless transition.

What do early adopters say about the update?

The innovative software update was well received during its beta test phase. According to Dr. Yooson Kim, an early adopter of Solea, “After a quick and simple download, from the first use of Solea SW 3.1.1 it offered an improved experience for both me and my patients. The onset of analgesia was almost automatic, and the cutting speed just keeps getting faster. I didn’t think it was possible for Solea to be even simpler to use but Convergent Dental has exceeded my expectations once again.”

For further information about Solea,  visit http://www.convergentdental.com or call 844.GOSOLEA.

Ohio dentist tips his cap to local scholars


As early as middle school, Dr. Kyle Bogan set his sights on dentistry. When he opened his Delaware, Ohio practice in 2013, he aimed to change the patient experience. 


Dr. Kyle Bogan

“Gone are the days, I feel, when the patients don’t have a voice in their dental care and gone are the days – at least in my practice – where patients feel like a number.  I take the time to educate my patients on their oral health and we, as a practice, get to know our patients and their families.  We want them to feel like a part of our extended office family.”

This May, the first North Orange Family Dentistry Scholarship will add another dimension to Dr. Bogan’s efforts to connect, support and educate.

According to Dr. Bogan, the $1,000 scholarship will be awarded once per year to a graduating senior from a Delaware County high school with a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to applicants enrolling full-time in an accredited university or college in pursuit of education in (1) dentistry, (2) science, (3) health, (4) nursing/medical and/or (5) a related field.

“I feel like it is the duty of every small business to contribute to the community in which they are privileged to serve.  We are, truly, a family practice and I thought there was no better way to give back to the community than to support the children of the community in their future endeavors,” says Dr. Bogan.
“My own journey through college was aided by similar scholarships that I was personally awarded, and I know how much of a help it was to me as I navigated my undergraduate degree.”

screenshot-2017-02-23-15-13-34While earning a Bachelor’s in chemistry at The Ohio State University, this Buckeye demonstrated his school spirit performing on sousaphone and dotting the “i” with The Ohio State University Marching Band.

“Having the honor to dot the”i” in script Ohio three times was an amazing experience!”

Today Dr. Bogan approaches dentistry with that same level of contagious excitement. At his office he offers the latest in digital dental technology to provide the best dental care for patients. In the community, he volunteers as race director for an annual 5K run/walk to benefit the Free to Smile Foundation in Columbus. On April 22, he and the dental team at North Orange Family Dentistry will host their first Give Kids a Smile Day.

“I think that is the most fulfilling part of being a dentist for me – being able to get to know and help people.”

Dr. Kyle Bogan resides in Delaware, Ohio with his wife Kate and their two children. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Bogan is a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, the Columbus Dental Society, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the International Dental Implant Association, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the Academy of General Dentistry.


On April 22, Dr. Kyle Bogan and the dental team at North Orange Family Dentistry in Delaware, Ohio will host their first Give Kids a Smile Day.



Professor offers reminder for our nation


In her Letter to the Editor aligned with National Children’s Dental Health MonthJulie Cleary, a professor of Dental Health Programs at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania offered reminders of the responsibility we all share: oral health care of children.


Julie Cleary is professor of Dental Health Programs at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.

She recalls 12-year-old Deamonte Driver, a Maryland boy whose untreated cavity led to a fatal brain infection in 2007.

“He had two brain operations totaling $250,000 before he died, but his life could have been spared if his infected tooth had been simply removed — a procedure costing just $80. His family had no health insurance and had lost Medicaid benefits.”

Among her topics of discussion in her letter, published at CitizensVoice.com:
* Pennsylvania’s track record for addressing children’s dental health needs (in 2012 and 2014, Pennsylvania received a score of “D” in a Pew Center on the States report)

* the “newest weapons in the arsenal against tooth decay” – silver diamine fluoride (SDF).

Learn more about the path to prevention, and an upcoming annual Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day on March 25, at which the Luzerne County Community College dental health programs will offer free preventive dental hygiene services for children, including the aforementioned SDF treatments: http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/february-is-children-s-dental-health-month-1.2157702

Want to talk spaceflight research at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting?


Stop by booths 4508/4509, where Denterprise International Inc. (DII), a Florida-based manufacturer of dental imaging products will share details of their recent work with NASA.

xray2go_mini-web-banner-imageDenterprise’s new Xray2Go-Mini Handheld X-ray generator and its DuraRay Digital sensors have been chosen as part of a multi-year study on bone healing in space.

This potentially life enhancing program is being sponsored by the University of Indiana, in cooperation with NASA, and the Department of Defense. Their technology will be available for viewing at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting Feb 25-27, at the Denterprise booths.


The mission to resupply of the International Space Station (ISS) is a landmark moment; the first commercial launch from that spot also sent astronauts to the moon.

Launch Complex 39A has certainly seen plenty of milestones over the decades, from the launch of the Saturn V rocket and Apollo missions to the shuttle program takeoffs. But it saw another first on Sunday when a Falcon 9 rocket launched from the pad and returned to land nearby just a few minutes later.

Denterprise staff members, according to a recent statement issued by the company, have been working closely with the University of Indiana ground team and ISS astronauts as to the imaging software and X-ray products that will be used during the study in space.

They were invited to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from a special mission control center near launch pad 39A at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Launch Station.


Spacex building with Launch pad 39 at Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center with blue cloudy sky background, August, 2015.

In spaceflight, bone loss rates of up to 2% per month are typical, and can increase to an astronomical 30% over a year’s stay in space. While numerous studies have been conducted examining bone loss in spaceflight, few studies have focused on fracture healing and bone regeneration in spaceflight. (Those that do have only examined relatively short-term bone healing of 5 or 14 days.)

Denterprise shares potential outcomes from this research and their next adventure in space – studying bone cells as they relate to:   

  • Longterm spaceflight. 
  • Healing severely injured limbs.
  • Bone cell preservation.

View a  video that details the launch and successful landing on the 1st stage rocket back at the Kennedy Space Center launch pad: https://youtu.be/_ETyyEwwTUk



SpaceX Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:43 a.m. EST from Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral.

Does negativity make you want to scream? Robb Zbierski has a solution.


“He is awesome! I could listen to him 24/7. I wish I had a virtual Robb to start every day!!” said Melissa Mahle, Purchasing Agent at Benco Dental after Robb Zbierski’s 9 a.m. presentation “Train Your Brain for Success”.

rob-zimg_9477Robb Zbierski, a speaker for Freedom Personal Development, visited the dental distribution company’s home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania today as a guest presenter. Judging by the crowd at all three sessions, and their interaction with Zbierski, Mahle was not alone in her enthusiasm for his message.

In 2016, Zbierski shared his energy in Dallas, Texas at the 2016 Lucy Hobbs Project Annual Celebration, which is an initiative sponsored by Benco Dental to engage and empower women in dentistry. Today the company invited him to its hub invite associates based there to receive the same opportunity to participate in his educational and entertaining program.

From realizing the difference between “a groove and a rut,” and the importance of attitude, to managing your personal mindset, Zbierski offered impactful suggestions —wfm90606-rmawqlcpyqwiftvskxadwjuwjybhetrc-v2embracing laughter among them.

Learn more about Zbierski, and the book “Train Your Brain for Success,” by Roger Seip,on which his discussion is based, visit: https://www.freedompersonaldevelopment.com/speaker/robb-zbierski/