Aspen Dental offering veterans free dental care

The Republic –

Aspen Dental is offering free dental care for local veterans as part of the Healthy Mouth Movement.

Columbus Aspen Dental, located at 1310 N. National Road, will provide free dental care by appointment to local veterans From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24.

Local veterans can call 1-844-ASPENHMM to schedule an appointment.

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Smiling Brightly

St. Louis Review –

Just before the start of providing free dental services to people who are St. Patrick Center clients, volunteers from Smile Generation’s St. Louis offices gathered outside the Pacific Dental Services Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic RV for a last-minute meeting to go over procedures and details for the day.

At the conclusion, they huddled and shouted, “We serve,” then went to their positions, like a sports team ready to play a game. Doctors, nurses, X-ray techs and a hygienist awaited patients, while receptionists awaited people to sign in.

“Are you ready?” a volunteered asked Patient Zero.

“Uh, I don’t know,” he responded with faux trepidation before breaking into a smile — the goal of the day: “Mobile dentistry you can smile about,” as stated on the RV wrap.

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Utah dentist office offers free services to military, first responders

Good 4 Utah –

Utah dentist office is offering free dentistry to military, firefighters, police and other first responders.
Joe Maio from Apex Dental shares more about the Smiles for Success event.
During this year’s Smiles for Success event, Apex’s team of doctors, hygienists, and assistants will be providing free dental care to the first responders and military service members and free cleanings for their families.
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Largest Dental Support Organization Event Of 2017: 900 Attendees Visit The ADSO Summit


Group Dentistry Now –

“Best ADSO Summit ever!” was a phrase heard repeatedly during and after ADSO’s annual Summit in Orlando, March 7-10. The Summit attracted nearly 900 registrants, surpassing last year’s event by more than 100 people and doubling the attendance from the 2015 meeting. More than 120 DSOs or group practices were represented at the event, along with a dozen DSOs from other countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. The breadth of participation is a testament to the growth of the DSO industry as well as the increasing recognition that the ADSO provides the best forum for DSOs to come together and share their experiences.


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April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Utah Dental Group Offering Free Screening

Group Dentistry Now –

At least one dental group practice, Apex Family Dental, a seven office practice spread across Salt Lake, Tooele, and Davis counties, is offering completely free oral cancer screenings to the community throughout the month of April. April is Oral Cancer Awareness month across the country. Although oral cancer only accounts for approximately 3% of all cancer cases, there are still estimated to be over 45,000 Americans diagnosed this year. Because oral cancer is often detected at a late stage, only 60% of newly diagnosed people live longer than 5 years. Regularly scheduled preventative check-ups allow your dentist the opportunity to diagnose more serious health concerns, such as oral cancer. Apex believes in the importance of the fight against oral cancer, which is why they are leading the way in raising awareness and diagnoses within their community.

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Affordable Dentures & Implants® Launches Pro Bono Implant Treatment Initiative For U.S. Veterans, Homeless

RALEIGH, NC and PHOENIX, January 9, 2017 – Affordable Dentures & Implants® announced today that it will partner with Brighter Way Dental Institute of Phoenix, Arizona to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery, and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of U.S. military veterans and homeless citizens. The network of affiliated dental practices expects to contribute about $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017 alone. About 400 volunteers – including affiliated practice owners, dental technicians and other auxiliary staff members – will travel from across the U.S. to Phoenix as part of the effort.

The pro bono program will occur over six three-day sessions throughout 2017. The sessions are facilitated by Brighter Way Dental Institute at Central Arizona Shelter Services in Phoenix. Drs. Kris Volcheck and Justin Moody will oversee clinical care at each of the sessions. Twelve Affordable Dentures & Implants affiliates participated in a successful pilot session last October, delivering free care estimated at $440,000.

“This program reflects our affiliates’ shared commitment to deliver tooth replacement care with dignity and respect to those who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Doug Brown, President and CEO of Affordable Care, the dental support organization affiliated with Affordable Dentures & Implants. “As a national dental support organization, we have a special opportunity to use our network size and resources to give back to underserved communities.”

The Brighter Way Dental Institute, formerly known as the CASS Dental Clinic for the Homeless, provides comprehensive dental care and a dental home to not only homeless individuals but also to adults and military veterans, many of whom do not receive dental benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Affordable Dentures & Implants’ participation in the 2017 Brighter Way program will build upon a record year of giving back and volunteering.

  • More than 100 dentists, lab technicians and business support staff gave their time at more than 20 Mission of Mercy pro bono events across the U.S. in 2016. Lab technicians produced more than 700 partial dentures and other appliances at Mission of Mercy events during the year.
  • Affordable Care renewed a significant annual contribution to America’s Dentists Care Foundation and to more than 20 state-level Mission of Mercy organizations.
  • And more than 200 dentists within the affiliated practice network have taken part in international implant volunteerism since 2014, including through a partner clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico, performing more than an estimated $5 million in implant surgery and related services in that time frame.

“Unfortunately, veterans are more likely to be homeless than the general population – they comprise approximately 10 percent of our homeless population,” said Dr. Kris Volcheck, Brighter Way Dental

​Institute​ CEO and founder. “​O​ne of the ​greatest unmet needs of our homeless veterans is that of basic oral health care. Even if basic care were available, it still would be woefully lacking in its ability to treat those veterans who are edentulous. These men and women, who are often missing all of their teeth, are our family and community members. Because they have no teeth and no smile, their health is poor and so is their self-esteem. For Brighter Way ​to be able to treat these patients who have served our nation in such a comprehensive manner is an honor. Simply put, restoring these patients’ health and self-esteem by placing implant-based dentures is the very best possible care available. And these veterans should be getting our very best efforts.”

Tooth replacement solutions – including full-arch implant restorations like those performed at Brighter Way – often are beyond the financial reach for those without dental insurance. Affordable Dentures & Implants practice owners have historically elected to set everyday fees lower than insurance co-pays for the same treatment.

More people each year – including new and experienced denture wearers – are turning to dental implants as a more desired tooth replacement solution. Implants help to stop or slow bone loss (resorption) in the jaw, and restore more tooth function than dentures or other options.

“The patients at Brighter Way have been absolutely amazing,” said Dr. Jase Hackney, practice owner of Affordable Dentures & Implants – Tampa, who participated in the pilot pro bono session in October. “They’ve been very thankful when we finish – they want to shake our hand, or give us a hug. It’s been very rewarding, in that regard.”

The Brighter Way program is also made possible through financial contributions from BioHorizons, a global manufacturer of dental implants and tissue regeneration products. Other program sponsors include dental industry leaders Carestream Dental, Sterngold, Meisinger, Benco Dental and Implant Concierge.

About Affordable Dentures & Implants®

Founded in 1975, Affordable Dentures & Implants® is the largest network of dental providers concentrating exclusively on denture and implant services in the U.S., with more than 220 affiliated practices in 39 states. Each practice is individually owned and operated by a licensed dentist to provide dentures and implants crafted to each patient’s treatment needs, delivered with the highest levels of professionalism and care. More than six million patients have received services from an Affordable Dentures & Implants®-affiliated practice.

Affordable Dentures & Implants® practices provide dentures, partial dentures, dental implants and tooth extraction services. Every practice has its own on-site dental lab and technicians for service in as little as one day, which adds convenience and value for patients.

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Heartland Dental Founder, Dr. Rick Workman Helps Seven Dental School Deans Advance Their Leadership Skills

Helping supported doctors advance their leadership skills has been a foundation of Heartland Dental since the beginning. The company continually offers a variety of courses aimed at that objective, and has made leadership education a priority through supporting the Doctor Mastery Program. Another key element of this focus has been the Bell Leadership Institute. Each year, Heartland Dental supported dentists have the opportunity to attend Bell Leadership courses to become better communicators and leaders through the teachings of Dr. Gerald Bell.

Recently, Dr. Rick Workman, founder and executive chairman of Heartland Dental, extended that educational outreach even further. Through a generous donation of over $100,000 to the ADEAGies Foundation, he is also helping seven dental school deans participate in Bell Leadership Institute’s 2017 Leader’s Roundtable. These individuals include Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A. – Dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, T. Gerard Bradley, B.D.S., M.S., Dr.Med.Dent. – Dean of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, David A. Felton, D.D.S., M.S.  – Dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry, Carol A. Lefebvre, D.D.S., M.S. – Dean of the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, Dwight E. McLeod, D.D.S., M.S. – Dean of the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Michael S. Reddy, D.M.D., D.MSc. – Dean of the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry, and Dexter A. Woods, D.D.S. – Dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry.

“I’m extremely excited for these deans to have this opportunity to advance their leadership skills. I’m a firm believer in the Bell Leadership Institute. I’ve completed many of their courses and so much of the leadership skills I have found success with in my own career are a direct result of Dr. Bell’s teachings,” explained Dr. Workman. “So many Heartland Dental supported doctors and team members have benefited and I know these seven deans will take away invaluable knowledge that will help them lead their schools. And as dental school leaders, that’s so important. Today’s students are tomorrow’s dentists. If we can help give dental school leaders the means to impart the right leadership skills to dental students from the start, that will have a huge impact on what they can accomplish for themselves, their patients and this profession.”

The Leader’s Roundtable, held by Bell Leadership Institute, is an advanced leadership development program designed to assist CEOs, presidents and senior executives in becoming world-class leaders. The year-long Roundtable is personally led by Dr. Gerald Bell, a master teacher with over 40 years of successful, in-depth experience building leaders. During the course of The Leader’s Roundtable, Dr. Bell teaches participants how to build their personal leadership effectiveness and their company’s bottom line.

The William J. Gies Foundation was established as a private foundation in 1950 and was the first American foundation to support dental education and scholarship. In 2002, it joined with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) to form the ADEAGies Foundation. Dedicated to dental education, the works to enhance public oral health by funding programs that support innovations in dental education, research, leadership and recognition. Seeing a great opportunity to further the leadership skills of today’s dental school leaders, the foundation along with the assistance of Dr. Workman has made sending these seven deans to The Leader’s Roundtable a reality.

“For myself, I’m humbled and honored to work with the ADEAGies Foundation to make this opportunity happen. The Foundation does amazing work with every educational initiative and innovation they fund – this Leader’s Roundtable opportunity is just one example among many. They’re making this profession better, and I’m happy to help as much as I can,” added Dr. Workman.

ADSO Statement on Passage of Arkansas H. R. 1250

For Immediate Release
Contact: Erin Hughes
Email: [email protected]

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) President Michael Bileca issued the following statement on the passage of Arkansas H.R.1250 and the state’s decision to take action in support of dental support organizations (DSOs):

“The ADSO applauds the Arkansas legislature, Governor Hutchinson, and the Arkansas State Dental Association for the bipartisan and collaborative work in unanimously passing H.R. 1250, an important step in helping ensure continued access to affordable, quality dental care for their constituents.  By adopting this bill, the state of Arkansas clearly recognizes the value DSOs provide dentists, who in turn can focus on providing their patients with quality oral healthcare. The ADSO is encouraged by the passage of H.R. 1250, and looks forward to working with leadership to continue the momentum in fostering innovation, research, and collaboration in the oral health care industry.”

About the ADSO

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) is a non-profit international trade association whose members support more than 13,000 dentists worldwide.  ADSO supports its members through research, education and advocacy; enabling them to foster innovation, collaboration and a vibrant market where DSO-supported dentists can provide quality oral health care.