Wind and snow didn’t stop 30,000 attendees from getting to Chicago Midwinter this year despite numerous cancelled or delayed flights getting to Chicago.
The festivities began Wednesday night with the Oral Health America Gala and benefit. Mardi Gras was the theme of the cocktail reception where partygoers showed off their party beads and masks. After some fun, everyone was escorted into the ballroom where Dr. Michael C. Alfano received the OHA’s 2016 Gala Tribute Award. Congratulations to Dr. Alfano!
As a proud support of Oral Health America, DentalEZ® staff and guests enjoyed a night filled with entertainment and supporting this outstanding organization.
Dr. Michael Alfano receiving 2016 Gala Tribute Award.
DentalEZ employees having fun at the Gala
Thursday morning the real fun began. DentalEZ was out early on the show floor, demonstrating products from all our brands to dental professionals from the Chicago area and beyond. In operatory equipment we showcased the new Ortho Cart from DentalEZ Equipment Solutions, as well as, our sterilization center and additional cabinets from our NextGen® Workstation line. Our NuSimplicityTM Chair was on display in 3 operatory settings, one even showed our custom embroidery capabilities! RAMVAC®Utility Solutions included the durable and efficient dry vacuum line of Bulldogs, Bisons, plus Osprey compressors with heads that are 100% duty cycle rated, and the RAMVAC® Amalgam HoG which meets all the new EPA Rules.
On display: NuSimplicity Chairs and NextGen cabinets
On display: J/V Generation Operatory Package, Sterilization Center, OrthoCart, and NuSimplicity Chair
StarDental® Instrument Solutions had the new iStarTM Prophy Handpiece on display and available to try. We even gave away iStars to three lucky winners! In case you missed out on the iStar give-a-way, we have a special promotion running now through June 30th, 2016. Purchase an iStar and receive a box of Young Angles.
Utility room products plus the ErgoEZ with newly available LED lighting from NevinLabs Workstations.
DentalEZ would like to thank all the visitors to our booth. Chicago Midwinter was just one of the many exciting events going on this year, be sure to visit us at the Hinman Dental Conference and Mid-Atlantic Dental Meetings in March.
DentalEZ® is pleased to announce several changes to its Product Management team. Aggie Pennington recently made the change from Sr. Product Manager, DentalEZ to Sr. Product Manager, StarDental®, Kim Pinegar recently joined the Company as Sr. Product Manager, NevinLabs® and Columbia Dentoform, Kristin Wolf was hired as Sr. Commercial Project Manager, and Mary Alban joined the DentalEZ team as Sr. Product Manager, Equipment & Utilities.
Effective December 21, Aggie Pennington’s focus switched from the DentalEZ category of products to the StarDental division, where Pennington originally worked after joining DentalEZ nearly four decades ago. A long-time employee, Pennington has held many positions throughout the years. Pennington has a well-rounded working knowledge of all aspects of StarDental, and through her seasoned knowledge and strong relationships built throughout her career she has positioned herself as a staple among the dental community.
“Aggie is a long-time veteran of DentalEZ and has held many positions, making her an invaluable Company employee,” remarked Heather Trombley, President and Chief Operating Officer at DentalEZ. “She started her DentalEZ career at StarDental and this shift returns her to her roots where she can focus on the Company’s flagship products and further grow our StarDental brand.”
In addition, effective January 4, 2016, Kim Pinegar joined DentalEZ as Sr. Product Manager of NevinLabs and Columbia Dentoform. Pinegar has many years of marketing and product management experience. Prior to joining DentalEZ, she was employed as Product Marketing Manager at DORMA USA and spent eleven years as Sr. Product Manager with DENTSPLY.
“Kim’s experience in both the dental and dental laboratory fields make her an outstanding fit for this position where she will work with both NevinLabs and Columbia Dentoform products,” stated Trombley. “Her expertise will help us refine our strategies and messaging in both product categories and we’re confident that Kim will be a key factor in executing the exciting growth we have planned for these two very important divisions of DentalEZ.”
Kristin Wolf was recently hired on February 9th as Sr. Commercial Project Manager. Wolf brings over a decade of commercial experience to the DentalEZ marketing department. Prior to joining the DentalEZ, she led major commercialization initiatives for industry healthcare giants such as Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Healthcare, and Walgreens. She also has experience working in smaller, targeted areas of healthcare such as orthopedics, diabetes, cardiovascular, and other therapeutic areas. Wolf holds an MBA from University of South Carolina and is fluent in Spanish and introductory German.
“With such a substantial amount of well-rounded experience in the healthcare arena, we are confident that Kristin will have a positive impact on our organization,” remarked Trombley. “We are very pleased that Kristin has a rich background in commercial marketing, holding many roles within a wide variety of healthcare companies. We look forward to a very bright future with Kristin.”
Mary Alban joined DentalEZ on February 8, 2016 as Sr. Product Manager, Equipment & Utilities. Alban holds over a decade of product management experience in the medical device industry, working for companies such as ConMed Linvatec and DePuy Synthes. Alban has been a key driver of product development for targeted medical specialties such as hip arthroscopy, orthopedic implants, and instruments, and has developed and implemented several educational programs for various medical products. Alban graduated from Villanova University, completed a graduate program at West Chester University, and studied Spanish at University of Piura in Peru.
“Mary has a rich background of medical product experience, broad industry knowledge, and excellent communication skills,” remarked Trombley. “I have no doubt that, given Mary’s education and professional background, she will continue to be successful in her career here at DentalEZ.”
2016 is a busy year for DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions. With new leadership and products, DentalEZ is hitting the show floors at full speed. We will be at the following shows for February, so please stop by and ask for a demo:
- February 19th-20th: Alaska Dental Society Annual Session
- February 25th-27th: Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting
- February 26th-27th: LMT Lab Day
If you happen to be at Chicago Midwinter, visit us at Booth# 1805 to see operatory equipment including our new Ortho Cart from DentalEZ® Equipment Solutions, and the latest in models and typodents from Columbia Dentoform ® Teaching Solutions
Also at the booth, check out the latest in mechanical room equipment from RAMVAC®Utility Solutions, including the RAMVAC® Amalgam HoG. Are you ready for the new EPA Rules?
In addition we have a new feature on an existing product! Shown at both CMW and Lab Day, the ErgoEZ Workstation from NevinLabsTM is now available with benchtop LED lighting.
Last but not least, our new iStarTM Prophy Handpiece from StarDental® Instrument Solutions will be on display and available to try. Stop by the booth for a demo and a chance to win an iStar. We will be giving away one each day so don’t miss out. To learn more about iStar, click here.
Launched by the American Dental Association (ADA) in 2003, Give Kids A Smile program serves more than 5 million children with free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. All volunteers!
Give Kids A Smile is an anchor event of the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month. To learn more about Give Kids A Smile and National Children’s Dental Health Month, click here.
Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country. Originally beginning as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, the event rapidly grew to a month long affair.
National Children’s Dental Health Month poster
We understand how it’s not easy keeping children relaxed while in the dental chair. Fortunately, there are many inventive ways to try and relax children while in the practice; like pleasantly flavored prophy pastes and dental chairs shaped like dinosaurs. With the iStar™ Cordless Prophylaxis handpiece from StarDental®, you can use imaginative prophy angles sculpted to look like animals. The bright colors and recognizable animal patterns on the angles are designed to keep children calm in your practice, helping to give all your focus to the job at hand.
Buy an iStar™ now thru June 30th, 2016 and receive a box of Young Angles free! See the flyer for more details.
To learn more about Young Dental visit YoungDental.com
To access free online resources that can help you with teaching children about good oral health, visit http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month/
DentalEZ is excited to be at New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the best dental products, services, and resources. With nearly 27,000 dental professionals in attendance from around the U.S., Yankee Dental Congress is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. Held in Boston each January, Yankee is the best source in New England for industry professionals on the cutting-edge of oral health care.
While navigating the showroom floor, be sure to stop by the DentalEZ booth, #827. Featured at the booth will be DentalEZ chairs and equipment, as well as new products like the iStar Cordless Prophylaxis Handpiece. Say hello to our one of our Sales Reps; Bill, Chris, Kevin, Matt, and be sure to request a product demo!
It’s never been easier to switch your practice over to StarDental® Instruments! Through March 30th, take advantage of our free goods promotion to convert your instruments to StarDental® handpieces.
- Buy 4 high-speed handpieces, get 2 high-speed handpieces and 2 swivels or turbines FREE
- Buy 2 low-speed motors, get 2 attachments and 2 angles FREE
All specials valid through March 30th, 2016.
DentalEZ is excited to offer two great ways to save on StarDental® Instruments. Whether you desire free goods or cash back, we have premier savings options to compliment your handpiece needs.
- Buy 3 high-speed handpieces, get 1 handpiece and 1 turbine FREE
- Buy 3 high-speed handpieces, receive $200 cash back
- Buy 1 Titan® 3, Titan-T or Titan E low-speed motor & attachment, get 2 angles FREE
- OR, Buy 3 angles and attachments (mix and match), get 1 FREE
- Buy $1000 (retail) in low-speed product, receive $150 cash back
- Bonus: Earn an additional $50 cash back if purchasing both high-speed and low-speed or hygiene
- Buy 2 Prophy Star® 3 Handpieces or Titan Blis-sonic Scalers, get 1 FREE
- Buy 1 Titan Blis-sonic Scaler or Prophy Star 3 Handpiece, receive $50 cash back
- Bonus: Earn an additional $50 cash back if purchasing in all 3 categories; high-speed, low-speed, and hygiene
All specials valid through March 30th, 2016.
Whether you’re considering starting a new practice, opening a new office, or just researching the dental industry within the US, the ADA Health Policy Institute’s recent oral health care system analysis is an excellent resource for the entire dental industry. This tool offers a state-by-state overview of the oral health care system, providing general statistics such as dentist to population ratios, fluoridation rates, and dental care utilization for each of the 50 states.
Among some of the general findings you will see in the data, note that the overall number of dentists per capita in the United States has increased from 57.3 per 100,000 in 2001 to 60.5 in 2013. The ADA HPI notes that there is a significant variation across states, but as a whole this could be considered an indicator that the dental industry within the US is growing.
Another example of their findings come in the form of community water fluoridation rates, a statistic which tracks the percentage of Americans on a community water system that received fluoridated drinking water. The District of Columbia leads the way with 100%, with Hawaii at an 11% fluoridation rate.
The ADA HPI has also compiled some summary reports in the form of PDFs, and even offers data tables that compile all of the data used in the reports. The specific methods for collecting the data are also available for those who are curious.
This collection of data is a wonderful tool for anyone looking to obtain industry knowledge. Check out their findings here. If you would like to share your own thoughts and insights, comment below.
DentalEZ® has made many changes in 2015, all of which are ready to bear their fruit for years to come. Promising new leadership, unique new products, and an effective new branding all set DentalEZ Integrated Solutions up for success in 2016.
With plans to take our new show on the road early and often next year, DentalEZ will get off to a quick start by attending 6 different dental shows and meetings in January alone. Here’s a sneak peek at where you can find us:
- January 13th-15th: NDC Dental Forum; Orlando, Florida
- January 21st-22nd: Hawaii Dental Association Convention
- January 21st-23rd: Rocky Mountain Dental Convention; Denver, CO
- January 21st-23rd: Star of the South Dental Meeting; Houston, TX
- January 27th-31st: Yankee Dental Congress; Boston, MA
- January 29th-31st: Southern Conference of Dental Deans and Examiners; Louisville, KY
If you’re in the area for one of the aforementioned shows, be sure to stop by our booth. While we’ve made a number of changes and have some new products to show you, one thing hasn’t changed: our business is driven by our experience in the industry and the expertise of our reps. If you need help finding the right components to design your practice’s operatory or utility room, you can count on getting some good advice from our people.
One more thing to keep in mind: we’re not done yet! We’ve brought some great new products to the dental market recently, but there will be a few more surprises coming to our lineup in 2016.
In the meantime, DentalEZ would like to wish all of you a happy new year!