The profession of dentistry is experiencing an unprecedented period of change, driven by emerging technologies that have the potential to revolutionize the delivery of care. Henry Schein Horizons is dedicated to exploring the latest topics, trends, and technologies shaping the future of oral health and the practice of dentistry.
In celebration of Women's History Month, let's hear from pioneering dental educator Dr. Linda Niessen, Founding Dean of the Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine, in an exclusive conversation with Henry Schein's Steve Kess.
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Hear from Bennett Napier, M.S, CAE, and Chief Staff Executive of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, for NADL's projections about the future of 3D printing in dentistry and more technology insights, in an exclusive conversation with Henry Schein's Andrew Kissin.
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As the dental industry embraces the latest digital tools, Milos Markovic, CDT, and Director of CAD/CAM at Aurora Digital Technology Center, shares his insight about the future of dental technology from the perspective of one of the nation's fastest-growing dental laboratory outsourcing and technology centers.
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Here's a glimpse of the future from Prof. Dr. Irena Sailer, a prosthodontist with the Swiss Society for Reconstructive Dentistry and the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Prosthodontics. Dr. Sailer was among a group of global dental leaders who recently presented at Dentology 2021, Henry Schein's two-day immersive online experience that gathered technology innovators to discuss the future of digital dentistry and more.
Click here to see Dr. Sailer's full keynote speech and more from Dentology 2021.
Curious about the role artificial intelligence might play in your practice today and in the future? Henry Schein's Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Bruce Lieberthal helps sort out science fiction from fact in this short presentation, providing insights on how AI can contribute to dental practice efficiency and success.
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Looking to simplify complex orthodontic cases with a "minimum-touch" approach that can deliver more predictable and reliable results—and shorter treatment times? Check out the following video—"Comprehensive Treatments with Minimum-Touch Technologies and Appliances: A Clinical and Radiographic Perspective"—featuring Dr. Francisco Eraso, a certified orthodontist and oral & maxillofacial radiologist who demonstrates how to standardize and simplify complex cases using a minimum-touch approach.
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Watch this 4.5-minute video of the practice's grand opening in Valley City, ND, to see how Drs. Caron Berg and Tessa Lagein created a modern setting that includes a dedicated meeting space for local community organizations. Curious about how others are using design to advance the practice?
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Since COVID-19 shuttered dental practices in early 2020, dentists have reopened with new protocols and equipment to improve safety and better protect the health of staff and patients. Take a quick look at a reimagined office focused on infection control with Jennifer Rhode, Manager of Design for Henry Schein's Integrated Design Studio, who shares her insights on what a dentist may consider when designing a dental practice for today.
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Looking to add new patients? Hoping to turn patients into advocates? Need to enhance patient safety? Check out the video highlights from Henry Schein One's Patient Marketing for Profitability Virtual Event, featuring guest speakers Doug Sligting, Founder and CEO, Ascent Practice Growth Strategies; Dayna Johnson, Founder and CEO, Novonee; and Dr. Anissa Holmes, Founder and CEO, Delivering WOW.
Click here to access the highlights of the event (8 minutes)
You've made it through 2020, but 2021 is no walk in the park. The pandemic persists, and the heightened attention paid last year to all things financial remains in place this year. So what should a financially responsible dental practice do? Our partners at U.S. Bank, one of the leading lenders to the dental profession, have provided this handy checklist to help you develop a comprehensive financial approach to 2021.
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Start the year with a Henry Schein Financial Services webinar at 8 pm ET tonight featuring dental practice financial expert Bob Gray. A member of the Academy of Dental CPAs, the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, and a Henry Schein Dental Business Institute faculty member, Bob will provide insight into the stimulus payments emerging from the new COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill as well as the second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Click here to register for Bob's live webinar and replay (1-hour)
DMD, Aadland Dental
"Dentistry provides many different avenues that women tend to gravitate towards. It is artistic, nurturing, methodical and there is an array of flexibility within our profession. We can choose what our focus is, whether it is surgical, cosmetic, orthodontic, pediatric, etc., or we can truly take care of the families in our communities with general dentistry. I love the diversity that dentistry has to offer and the ability to shift my personal focuses throughout my career so far. As more women enter dentistry there will be a paradigm shift in the industry and I can't wait for the day when people look forward to going to the dentist because of it."
CDA, Academy of Chairside Assisting
"One of the biggest implications of the continuing gender shift is the ergonomic challenges women encounter with current dental equipment and materials. Now more than ever it is important for manufacturers to recognize this market shift and the morphological differences between men and women in regards to hand sizes, grip strength, etc. when developing equipment and extruding products like impression material, composites and cement as well as gloves and gowns. Consideration of lighter, more comfortable grips, and ease of passing from one team member to another. Minimizing health strain will allow us all to stay in our chosen careers longer and in better health."
DDS, 28 to Brush Dental Studio
"It gives me great pleasure to be a proud African-American dentist treating all demographics throughout Chicagoland and a team consisting of all women. With the evolution of more women serving in the dental realm, it will require our industry to be intentional about serving the needs for women. This starts with simply seeing people that look like us in key leadership positions—faculty at dental schools, executive roles among dental organizations, and even senior roles at companies which supplies products & services to our industry. It is my hope this shift will encourage more little girls to pursue dentistry!"
DDS, NY State Dental Association Board of Trustee
"In every professional capacity of dentistry, there are women. Women who are researchers, educators, clinicians, all of whom act as mentors for the next generation. From this demographic shift, this field will see greater access in the deliverance of oral health to wider and more diverse communities."
DMD, MPH, MMSc, Director of Pre-Doctoral Education, Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine
"As a woman, I am proud to be a dental educator and I am even more grateful for the women who paved the way for me. As women contribute even more to the dental team, we will advocate for and continue to see increased equity and empowerment. Diversifying the oral health workforce is essential for improving access to health care. We can empower younger generations by having more women of color in dentistry as role models who will pave the way for the next generation of women. Finally, it is critical that we work to ensure that we have more women and men of color as part of the dental team so communities will be more equitably served."
DDS, Private Practice, Vice President, New York County Dental Society
"There are so many accomplished women dentist leaders in the field who can work together to help future generations of dentists excel. Supporting each other will help us provide the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our seasoned dentists can share their experiences about overcoming microaggressions and work/life balance with the newer dentists. The newer dentists can help keep the seasoned dentists current with new technology and other developments. Our next step is to work together so that the decision makers in dentistry are more representative of our profession."
BSDH, MA, EDS, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry
"As the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity, I have witnessed the number of enrolled women in dental schools increase significantly over the last many years. The implications are numerous for female enrolled students to prepare for their dental careers. These demographic shifts provide the opportunities to increase dental school exposure to career options, resources, mentors, team building and collaboration, support groups, well-being sessions, and financial/debt management sessions, which ultimately assist female students' transitions to the world of professional dentistry. Dentistry must continue to address and provide similar resources and supports to help the transition of women from dental school to either continued education, academic appointments or private practice opportunities."
DDS, Private Practice and Academy of General Dentistry Spokesperson
"As a third-generation female dentist in my family, it absolutely thrills me that the conversation on how women impact dentistry is no longer 'they might be taking the place of a man.' Instead, it focuses on what positive differences we have, how we encourage and mentor young doctors and how we influence progress. We have more women leaders than ever, and I truly feel it is finally balancing out. Women approach things differently. Diverse ideas mean we all grow, collectively. I love and appreciate being part of the dialogue for helping shape the future of our amazing profession."
DMD, MSD, FICD, North Texas Endodontic Associates
"The current trend of the increase of women represented in the fields of dentistry is such a great encouragement and positive reflection within our profession. It is also a natural response to the ongoing and increasing demands for efficiency in dental care for the medically complex patients in the hospital and in the communities we live in. It has been a great opportunity to encourage women to explore, develop their potential, and discover their unique contributions to the field of dentistry. Furthermore, dental care is constantly evolving into a highly systematic profession with advanced technology and innovative tools. I personally believe women play a role in leadership and will continue to be a tremendous force to participate in scientific research, education, mentorship, and in preparing future innovators in dentistry."
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