How one Georgia orthodontist builds trust through technology.


A board-certified orthodontist from Gainesville, Georgia, says new technology allowed him to treat a patient he might not have otherwise been able to help.

Mark Causey, DMD, offers a firsthand view of a case involving a patient with developmental disabilities.

Recently, Dr. Causey shared insights with Orthodontic Products about his new Carestream 3600 Intraoral Scanner, including the fact that in less than five minutes he captured an orthodontic impression that would have been impossible to capture by traditional methods.

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Soon to be 100 years halitosis-free.


No, they don’t simulate bad breath, but dental models created in Lancaster, Pennsylvania arrive at dental schools complete with tartar, gum disease, or ready for a root canal.

Selling over one billion teeth per year, Columbia Dentoform even offers feline and canine “patient simulators” for dental students.

Forty-one year employee Director of Sales Philip Briales (who tells his granddaughters he works for the tooth fairy!) recently offered a glimpse of the handcrafted nature of the business to

Cranking out chompers for just a few years – 2017 will mark their centennial – this company was decades ahead of the gender neutral concept.

“We didn’t want to put an gender in the manikin, so this could be anybody. The design of it is based on what an average human would look like…” Briales explained to

Go ahead and rekindle those dental school memories. Make it your Monday must-see:



What’s on dentists’ must lists?


Utilizing new technology.

Clarion Financial aims to assist.

Dentistry’s most experienced men and women offered their thoughts earlier this year on aspects of the profession in which they would aspire to become more proficient. On their must lists, according to the 2016 Incisal Edge industry survey: “implant placement using predictable guided surgery,” and “full-mouth rehab cases utilizing new technology.” *

Clarion Financial, which provides financing exclusively to the healthcare industry, announces special Q4 financing rates available on high tech equipment purchased from Benco Dental.

For doctors incorporating CAD CAM dentistry into their practices, OneVisit™ packages


Shown, clockwise from left: Straumann® Cares® Intraoral Scanner, 3M™ True Definition Intraoral Scanner, Glidewell Dental TS-150™ In-Office Milling Solution, and the Carestream Dental 3600 Intraoral Scanner.

include digital intraoral impression scanners, mills, design software, and 3D Printing.  Other high technology equipment offerings include the Convergent Solea Laser, 2D/3D digital panoramic x-rays, intraoral sensors, phosphor plate systems and intraoral cameras.

Game-changing technology arrives from dental manufacturers across the globe, among them: 3M,  Acteon North America, Air Techniques, AmannGirrbach, Carestream, Convergent Dental, Digital Doc, Envisiontec, Gendex, Glidewell, Instrumentarium, IOS,  Midmark, Soredex, Straumann and Vatech.

Equipment must be ordered from Benco Dental no later than December 31, 2016 and installed by March 31, 2017. For information regarding dental equipment, contact your friendly Benco Rep at 1-800-GOBENCO. For special financing options, contact Clarion Financial at 800-228-2924, Option 2.

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

Want to grow your dental sleep practice and dental sleep team?


A course this week in Dallas, Texas is designed to go “Beyond the Basics” for dentists and dental team members who have been involved in Dental Sleep Medicine and/or have delivered Oral Devices for Sleep Apnea and Snoring.

Dream Systems Dental Lab, LLC, a designated Approved PACE Program Provider FAGD/MAGD. C, will host “Beyond the Basics” course at the Benco Dental CenterPoint Dallas Conference Center and Showroom, October 14-15.

screenshot-2016-10-10-11-49-48Interactive learning, demonstrations, hands-on exercises and breakout sessions for advancing the Dental Sleep Medicine area of your practice will feature the following speakers, among others:

  • Mark Abramson DDS, ABDSM, is a Diplomate of the AAOP, APM, AADSM, Executive Board Member of AAPMD and a Fellow AACP. He runs a private practice in Redwood City and Sleep Practice in a Cardiology office in Monterey, California. Dr. Abramson is on faculty with Stanford University and developed the FDA-cleared OASYS Oral/ Nasal Airway Systems.
  • John Bixby DMD, D.ACSDD, FAGD is a Diplomate of the ACSDD, Member AADSM, Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a Fellow in AGD and the Dental Director at Sleep Dynamics Diagnostics Lab, in Neptune City, New Jersey. His practice is limited to the dental treatment of sleep disorder.
  • Jim DuHamel DDS, Diplomate AADSM, Fellow ICCMO, ACSDD is a dentist from Valley Springs, California and specializes in TMJ and Sleep. Deepak Shrivastava, MD, Sleep Specialist, sees patients in his office regularly. Dr. DuHamel is a Diplomate with the AADSM and the ACSDD. He also has a practice limited to Dental Sleep Medicine, along with creating Sleep Connect Inc., software designed to track your sleep dental patients.
  • Glennine Varga is a certified TMD assistant with the AACP and has been in dental education for over 18 years. She has been a TMD/Sleep Apnea trainer and speaker with emphasis on medical billing and documentation for over 10 years. Glennine is the owner of DSM Boot Camp, trained and assisted hundreds of dental offices on Practice Management, TMD/Sleep Apnea, Medical Billing and Team Training.
  • Kathy A. Moore, MBA, is a 29-year veteran of the medical, dental and surgical community. She specializes in training and implementation of Electronic Health and Medical Record implementation, medical billing and credentialing, collaborative marketing with MDs for Sleep Medicine, and CT and Cone Beam diagnostic technologies.


    Kathy A. Moore, MBA

The 16 AGD-Continuing Education session will offer practical tools to improve a practice’s Dental Sleep Therapy and address clinical concerns, as well as provide relational and management tools to assist patients in various stages of treatment, understand medical insurance and Medicare, and billing challenges, dental sleep marketing and building physician / sleep lab relationships.

The two-day course will take place at Benco Dental CenterPoint Dallas Conference Center and Showroom, located nine miles from Dallas Fort Worth Airport and 19 miles from Dallas Love Field  at 501 Lakeside Parkway, #100, Flower Mound, Texas 75028. Event cost is $895 for doctors and, $195 for team members $195

For details or to register,  contact

How one dentist changed 43,000 lives. #feelgoodFriday


Maybe you’ve never been ready to throw in the towel by Friday, or you’ve never felt as though your personal efforts toward good were just a drop in the bucket.

If you have though, this tale of one Kentucky dentist who changed the lives of 43,000 children since 2005 is sure to bolster your spirits and reassure you that one person can impact many.

Dr. Edwin Smith, of Barbourville, recently selected as a CNN Hero, shared sobering details with reporter Laura Klairmont about patients he had treated early in his career who had tried to pull out their teeth with pliers; others had superglued their teeth back onto their gums. The common denominator: severe pain.

He told CNN “the most heartbreaking stories came from his youngest patients”:
“I would see a lot of kids who had a mouth full of rotting teeth,” Smith said. “They were in pain, and they’d be hurting at school.”
Determined to change the situation, Dr. Smith in 2005, created a mobile clinic to bring free dental care to children in need. Eleven years later, his nonprofit, Kids First Dental Services, has cared for more than 43,000 children statewide.
Be inspired when you learn how he turned a trailer into a mobile dental clinic, and then find out how you can help: