American Dental Association SmileCon · Las Vegas, Nevada · October 11, 2021 Vol. 13, No. 1 It’s time to perfect your posture These new loupes will have you sitting (and seeing) in a new position. »page 6 The future of smiles is here Smile Design app can let your patients see their possible smiles. »page 6 Imagine the perfect nasal hood Product allows for the efficient administration of nitrous oxide. »page 10 A new (dental) world By today Staff n This week here in Las Vegas, the American Dental Association is welcoming dental professionals to a completely re-invented in-person annual meeting. For the next three days, meeting organizers are promis- ing those who have gathered here at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino a wide array of electric events, dynamic 8see NEW, page 3 5 Dr. César R. Sabatés, president-elect of the ADA. (Photos/Provided by César Sabatés) 5 Attendees stroll the exhibit hall during the 2019 American Dental Association’s annual meeting, held that year in San Francisco and in conjuction with FDI, the last time the ADA was held in person. This year, the entire meeting has a new look and feel. (Photo/today Staff file photo) ‘The ADA is your family and it has your back’ Interview with Dr. César R. Sabatés, president-elect of the ADA By Javier Martínez de Pisón, publisher and editor, Dental Tribune Hispanic and Latin America n Dr. César R. Sabatés has two great loves. His family, including a new passion for his recently born first grandson Bruce, whom he adores. And dentistry. And, as the soon-to-be 158th presi- dent of the American Dental Asso- ciation, he wants you to know that the ADA is part of your family too, no mat- ter who you are or how you are. Why? Because that is precisely what ADA has been for him throughout his life. Reaching the top in your field is never easy, more so coming from a first-generation immigrant family background as in Sabatés case. It’s a process in which many change their principles and even their character. Fortunately for the dental profession, Sabatés has adhered throughout his life to values such as love and respect for family and for others, traditional in Hispanic culture. At a time of great political divisions in the United States, the ADA is a very lucky dental organization to have as president a son of immigrants who 8see SABATÉS, page 3
4 interview ADA SmileCon — Oct. 11, 2021 SABATÉS 7from page 3 demonstrated to us is that there are lot of people that have mental health and wellness issues, so this is a time for us to shine a bright light on these issues, come together as a family and help each other out. The ADA has put forth resources for wellness issues, resources to get your practice back in order, guide- lines for financing, guidelines for safety for our patients, all of which is on the ADA website for all our mem- bers to see. Is the main concept you want to convey what you had mentioned previously to me, that ADA has your back? It’s one of them. Really, one of the things I want to stress is that we are one family, we are a dental family. And since we are a family, we have each other’s backs. How do you describe your love for dentistry? When I enrolled in dental school, I fell in love with the profession, and I have been in love with the profession ever since then. I guess it was in my destiny to become a dentist. Dentistry fulfills so many spaces. It allows me to be creative and inno- vative, to connect with other human beings and change their lives for the better. It allows me to go to my com- munity and help the less fortunate, to remove their pain and bring them happiness. I don’t know how else to describe it. For me, it’s passion, not work. It’s a labor of love. If I didn’t have to pay my bills and support my family, I would do it for free. It is so rewarding to me. For dentistry to be considered as essential health care, should dentists encourage patients to get tested for diabetes, quit smoking, get vaccinated for ﬂu and COVID? Yes. That is something we have the opportunity to do every day, through education. I can’t tell you the number of patients I have helped quit smok- ing, the number of patients in which I have seen initial signs in their gingi- val tissues that alerted me to the pos- sibility that it might be diabetes and referred them to a physician for care. Dentists not only treat cavities, but rather the entire patient, and we have to be more involved with patients’ well-being and provide screening tests for them. We can check their blood pressure, the sugar levels in the office with a simple finger prick test, and screen for early diabetes. We can encourage them to receive all the immunizations they need and explain their importance. There is a lot of misinformation out there. We have patients in our chair for quite a bit of time, and we have a chance to talk toand educate them. It 5 ADA president-elect Dr. César Sabatés says that dentists need to know that there is someone out there for them, that ‘we are one family, a dental family.’ is an extremely important role that we have. leficence, beneficence, justice and veracity. Is there a guide on general health for dentists to check with their patients? The ADA has a lot of resources availa- ble to dentists to help provide optimal health for their patients that can be downloaded from the ADA website. One of the things I would like to work on during my presidency is that in the past the role of dentists hasn’t been highlighted as essential as it should be among the medical community. I am going to be promoting interpro- fessional relations with physicians, so they are also educated on what we do, and how we can collaborate on the well-being of our patients. Do you mean establishing relationships with medical associations and referring more patients to physicians? One of the active coalitions we have currently at ADA is with emergency room physicians. We are helping them learn the role of the dentistry and how to refer dental patients to us, saving them a lot of time and money. Unless there is a facial trauma, emergency physicians can only pre- scribe antibiotics or pain medication. We are trying to create a referral list, so when a dental patient presents to the ER, instead of treating them, they can refer them to a dentist in their community who knows how to treat dental emergencies. How aware are dentists of the ethics they should uphold? The Code of Ethics is one of the cor- nerstones of the ADA, along with the ADA core values. The ADA has seven core values: integrity, excel- lence, commitment to improve oral health, to evidence-based science, commitment to our members, and to diversity and inclusion. The code of ethics is extremely important for our profession, and most ADA members are very familiar with our five main principles: patient autonomy, nonma- Talking about ethical issues, how do you decide what to do when someone in your staff doesn’t want to be vaccinated against COVID-19? The ADA is behind vaccination. We believe it’s the safest way to prevent the spread of this disease. The term “beneficence” in the Code of Ethics means that we must act in the best interest or benefit for our patients, so the ADA encourages all dentists to get vaccinated and the members of their teams to do the same. We do that because the ADA is following CDC vaccination guidelines, and we urge all dental societies and practices to consider these public health strate- gies available to them to reduce their exposure. Dentists have been dealing with viral and bacterial infections for many years, and we have demon- strated that we know how to han- dle safety protocols, and keep both patients and staff safe. And recent studies published in JADA (https:// jada.ada.org/issues) have shown that we have a much lower incidence of COVID-19 in dental offices than our medical colleagues. What was your main accomplishment as president of the Florida Dental Association? One of the things I am most proud of during my time as president of the Florida Dental Association is that we put out a white paper on access to care in the state of Florida, where we out- lined for the government necessary steps to increase access to care to all Floridians. I mentioned there that the things that unite us by far outweigh those that divide us. In Florida, even in Miami, we have many different den- tal organizations, Nicaraguan, Peru- vian, Colombian, and I tried to meet with them and work as one voice, the voice of dentistry, the voice of the ADA. I agree with doctor Chad Gehani (former ADA president), who is one of my mentors, that we have to speak with one voice, and I have been doing that for many years. The other thing I did was to ask presidents from dif- ferent diverse dental organizations in Florida to meet with me at the FDA Annual Meeting in Orlando, and we had a pretty decent turn out. We dis- cussed racial and other issues, which have a tendency to divide us. And we pushed that forward in the state. Inclusion has always been a passion of mine. As a Cuban coming to this country, at first I felt very unwelcomed and dif- ferent, but there were always people who reached out to me and helped guide me. I am grateful to all those people and I try to pay it forward. That’s why I mentioned earlier that my goal is to make everyone feel wel- come at ADA. What will you bring to the table as the ﬁrst Hispanic president of ADA? As the first Cuban-American presi- dent of ADA, I hope that I would be able to inspire Hispanic students to become dentists and leaders in their communities. Diversity of thought is something that is very important to me. And as I told you, dentistry is one of the loves of my life, and I have a great passion for serving the profession and under- served communities. Author’s notes • Installation: Dr. César Sabatés will be installed as the 158th president of the American Dental Association on Oct. 16, in Las Vegas, at the ADA’s House of Delegates Meeting. • ADA Annual Meeting: Reimagined and rebranded as SmileCon (smilecon.org/ en), the ADA Annual Meeting is being held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino until Oct. 13. An online congress, SmileCon Virtual, is being held at smilecon.org/en/Learn/ smilecon-virtual. • ADA Membership: To become a member, go to www.ada.org/en/member-center/ join-the-ada or visit www.ada.org for more information.
6 exhibitors ADA SmileCon — Oct. 11, 2021 Keep your chin up, neck straight and eyes forward with Inﬁnity VUE By Designs for Vision Staff n Designs for Vision has several new and innovative products, including Infinity VUE, Panoramic Field and REVEAL. Designed to provide a straight- forward approach to ergonomics, Infinity VUE loupes are available in 3.0x and 3.5x magnification. Infinity VUE (Vision Up Ergonomics) keeps your chin up, your neck straight and your eyes forward while viewing the magnified oral cavity. Designs for Vision invites you to try these loupes on to see (and feel) the difference in your posture. The new patented Panoramic Field Loupes (U.S. pat. 8928975B2) repre- sent the most significant advance- ment in telescope design in more than 100 years, according to the company. The viewable areas are twice as large as prismatic expanded field designed loupes and up to five times greater than Galilean loupes. Panoramic Field loupes provide unprecedented field of view, clarity, definition and color, the company says. Designs launched for Vision has also its groundbreaking Here in Las Vegas You can see the Visible Difference® by visiting Designs for Vision at booth No. D-2309. To arrange a visit in your office, contact Designs for Vision at (800) 345-4009 or email@example.com. implantology and restorative den- tistry. Designs for Vision is also introduc- ing the patented intuitive response technology with the Micro IR HDi headlight (U.S. pat. 8,851,709 and RE46,463). The patented IR feature allows you to operate the headlight with hands-free operation. Onboard biometrics sense the position of the headlight to turn the light on when you are working and turn the light off when you look up. Designs for Vision’s WireLess™ headlights free you from being teth- ered to a battery pack. The simple modular designs uncouple the head- lights from a specific frame or single pair of loupes. The compact design of the LED DayLite® WireLess head- lights are independent of any frame/ loupes. 5 Infinity VUE loupes, one of many new innovations available from Designs for Vision, are designed to help improve posture. (Photo/Provided by Designs for Vision) REVEAL™ (U.S. pat. 10215977B1), providing hands-free fluorescence (FET ™). enhanced According to the company, REVEAL theragnosis™ supplies the visual information to support decision making and facili- tate proper treatment options in cari- ology, oral hygiene, periodontology- Now you can show patients their future with Medit’s Smile Design app By Medit Staff n Medit, a company known as a leader in 3-D digital solutions, has released Medit Smile Design, part of the Medit Apps collection. Medit Smile Design software helps perform smile simulation quickly and effectively by working with 2-D images, according to the company. Simply load in an image of the patient and their teeth and show them how they could look with treatment. According to Medit, Smile Design is an excellent consultation tool because it assists dentists with help- ing patients envision an outcome. The app lets you create various possible simulations and show the results to your patient for comparison. Here in Las Vegas Learn more at www.medit.com. To start your experience with Medit Apps, visit www.medit.com/medit-link-apps. According to the company, Smile Design is the most utilized and popu- lar app among Medit Apps. Medit Apps is one offering of many from Medit, a company specializing in 3-D measurement and CAD/CAM solutions for dental clinics and labs, including intraoral scanners, based on its own patented state-of-the-art technology. The company’s mission is to provide innovative technology and high-quality products to ensure mutual growth for all partners. 5 Medit Smile Design allows dentists to load in an image of the patient and their teeth and show them how they could look with treatment. (Photo/Provided by Medit)
8 exhibitors ADA SmileCon — Oct. 11, 2021 Expansion brings new innovations By Medidenta Staff n Medidenta has been serving den- tal professionals going on 80 years by innovating and never taking its foot off the pedal, according to the company. Medidenta is proud to announce the integration of the fol- lowing full-scale product categories. Here in Las Vegas To learn more about Medidenta’s many product offerings, stop by the booth, D-1612. handpieces that are free with bulk deals on prophy angles. Full hygiene lineup Prophy Magic’s CR Choice DPA lineup consists of more than seven different types of prophy angles to suit your style, air and water syringe tips, pro- phy paste and new lube-free hygiene Expanded handpiece department Medidenta’s expanded handpieces include the introduction of the new Freestyle™ Pro cordless hygiene phe- nom along with the Air-Free™ 90°, AD 3 (Photos/ Provided by Medidenta) which has realized a new purpose post-COVID. The company also offers its Turbo Torque highspeed, surgical handpieces, essential lineups and burs — something for every handpiece need. In addition, Medidenta’s repair department services all makes and models and offers free UPS pickup. Back to endo with Dr. Carlos Ramos on staff Following the acquisition of the Genius™ Line from Ultradent™, Medi- denta is proud to release the Genius Proflex line, along with the M-series lineup that matches up with industry standards but at a fraction of the cost, according to the company. Medidenta also offers the state-of-the-art ACE cordless endo with built-in apex loca- tor and SONUS Piezo Ultrasonic with variable tips that the company prom- ises will simplify endo. Teeth whitening with 20 years of dental experience Medidenta now offers a complete lineup of teeth whitening solutions from Whiter Image Dental — 40 per- cent in-office solutions, take home products from 9 to 12 percent and aftercare products for remineraliz- ing and maintenance. Medidenta is excited to offer this premier line to its customers. A new complete line of PPE COVID-19 created the need for many to expand their PPE so Medidenta followed suit, expanding its existing personal protection lines to include ASTM Level 1,2 and 3 masks with KN95 as well as full-face shields both disposable and reusable plus a full product line of 70 to 80 percent sanitizers. Meet the newest team member Medidenta announces the hiring and appoint- ment of Cherie Boles as the new sales direc- tor for North America. Boles brings more than 32 years experience in dental handpieces, previously with Lares Research and now on board with this growing team. As the director of sales, Boles is available to service existing accounts and intro- duce Medidenta’s expansive catalog to dental professionals nationwide. 5 Cherie Boles
10 exhibitors ADA SmileCon — Oct. 11, 2021 Try the Silhouette Nasal Mask for predictable nitrous oxide analgesia By Porter Instrument Staff n Imagine a nasal hood that does not obstruct access to the oral cavity. Imagine a nasal hood that is so light- weight the patient barely notices it. Imagine a nasal hood that delivers and scavenges nitrous oxide more efficiently than any other nasal hood. Imagine a nasal hood that provides predictable results for the dentist and a pleasant experience for the patient. The imagining is over. The Silhou- ette Nasal Mask is a single-patient use disposable nasal mask and circuit. Featuring four size options (pediatric, small, medium and large), the Silhou- ette is designed with the lowest pos- sible profile, making it easier for you to work around. Silhouette has an adhesive strip for the bridge of the patient’s nose — securing the mask in place. This elim- AD 3 The Silhouette Nasal Mask and 36-inch tubing. (Photos/ Provided by Porter Instrument) inates gas flowing into the patient’s eyes and more effectively scavenges the exhaled gas, addressing the con- cern of health-care provider safety. Infrared videos demonstrating this efficiency can be viewed on the Por- ter website at www.porterinstrument. com/silhouette. Silhouette also allows for the effi- cient and effective administration of nitrous oxide, creating a more predict- able analgesic experience for each patient. As a single-use disposable product (both the mask and 36-inch tubing), set up and room turnover times can be improved. There is also less time needed for infection control proto- cols (compared with standard nitrous breathing circuits). 5 The Silhouette Nasal Mask allows for front teeth access. Here in Las Vegas To see the Silhouette Nasal Mask, stop by booth No. D-3309. For more infor- mation or to order, visit www.porter instrument.com/Silhouette or call (215) 723-4000.