ANTISEPTIC RINSING REDUCES INTERPROXIMAL PLAQUE, GINGIVITIS
Toronto–A study published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) demonstrates that rinsing twice daily with an essential oil-containing antiseptic mouth rinse is just as effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis in interproximal areas of the mouth as flossing once daily. This trial confirms the findings of a prior study published in the December 2002 issue of the American Journal of Dentistry (AJD). The designs of both studies met standard Canadian Dental Association (CDA) guidelines.
AGD NAMES NEW BOARD
Chicago–The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) announces its newly elected executive board. President–John D. Chandler, DDS, MAGD; President Elect– Thomas A. Howley, Jr., DDS, MAGD; Vice President–Bruce A. Burton, DMD, MAGD, ABGD; Secretary–David Halpern, DDS, MAGD; Treasurer–Mark P. Cohen, DDS, MAGD; Speaker of the House–Robert Roesch, DDS, MAGD; Editor–Roger D. Winland, DDS, MS, MAGD; Immediate Past President–James (Jim) Richeson, Jr., DDS, FAGD.
DENTAL BOOT KAMP FOUNDER DIES
Hunt, TX–Walter Hailey, dental motivator and longtime contributor to Dental Practice Management, died in July.
“After an impressive entrepreneurial career of starting, building and taking public several businesses, he chose to spend his remaining years unselfishly sharing his wisdom with others through seminars and speeches,” said longtime business associate and proteg Steve Anderson. “His positive impact on the dental industry has been felt by the thousands of dentists, team members and industry leaders he inspired and encouraged.”
KODAK ACQUIRES PRACTICEWORKS, TROPHY
Rochester, NY–Eastman Kodak Company has agreed to buy PracticeWorks Inc., for US$500 million. The sale, expected to be completed by year-end, means the nation’s leading seller of diagnostic film products will enter dentistry’s practice-management software and digital-radiography markets for the first time. Kodak expects the acquisition to vault the company into the leading position in the dental practice-management software and dental digital-radiographic market.
The purchase includes the approximately 20 software programs under the PracticeWorks corporate umbrella as well as Trophy Radiologie S.A., the French digital radiography manufacturer PracticeWorks acquired last December.
Kodak has also named Ruth Arbuckle general manager, US and Canada, of the company’s Health Imaging Group, Dental Systems business.
CHANGING THE WORLD ONE SMILE AT A TIME
Peterborough, ON–Discus Dental Canada congratulates Sandra Cassolato, winner of the 2nd annual James Anderson Memorial Student Award.
The award, available to 4th year Canadian dental students, asks students to consider this philosophy and submit a paper on how they would like to make the world a happier place when they graduate.
Submissions for next year’s award will be considered in Spring 2004.