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Supporting Relief Efforts

October 1, 2001
by Dental Practice Management


Rochester, NY–Eastman Kodak Company donated US$2 million to the American Red Cross in the wake of the attack on the United States. The company also ensured that medical x-ray film and other radiography products reached hospitals and medical centres in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Making a World of Difference

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Toronto–A healthy smile makes a world of difference. That’s the principle of Smiles Foundation, a Toronto-based charitable organization. Its main goal is to offer curative dental treatments and preventative health education to children and adults through its permanent and mobile dental clinics in the Dominican Republic. The organization’s work in the Dominican Republic has been valuable to the development of the country and has been recognized both locally and internationally for its dedication to the marginalized.

The foundation has three major projects in the Dominican Republic:

Seven permanent and five mobile dental clinics offer treatments including prophylaxes, fluoride, sealants, fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, endodontics, and orthodontics.

With the support of Canadian Feed the Children, an educational project include important health and social issues such as family planning, nutrition, general health, abuse prevention, personal hygiene, and disease prevention.

The third project provides youth with the knowledge and ability to use modern computers and software. The beneficiaries get hands-on practice with various software programs as they put together numerous educational materials such as brochures on oral health.

Supplier Names COO

Amherst, NY–Robert A. Ganley, President of Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. (North America) has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, Technical Division of Ivoclar Vivadent, AG (Liechtenstein). He will continue as President of Ivoclar Vivadent’s North American operations while managing his new responsibilities.

Billboard Campaign Raises Awareness

Chicago–The American Dental Association (ADA) has rolled out a nationwide public service campaign urging Americans to visit their dentists and be screened for oral cancer, a disease that kills one American every hour. The campaign began in Chicago in September and will run in selected cities until February, 2002.

Because of late detection, the survival rate of oral cancer has not improved in decades, with 50 percent of those dying within five years. With the recent availability of new, painless screening tests, the detection of early stage oral cancer is possible.

How’s Your Smile?

New York–A recent ‘Healthwatch’ reader poll indicates that beauty-enhancing dentistry techniques remain popular with consumers. Here’s a sample of the results:

Are you satisfied with your smile? Yes 60%No 40%

Do you plan to have cosmetic dentistry? Yes 48%No 52%

If so, which procedure would you have first?

Whitening 57% Straightening 25% Porcelain Veneers 18%


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