Academy of Laser Dentistry Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Seidner Student Scholarship Program

Coral Springs, FL – July 17, 2018 – The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) the only independent and unbiased non-profit association dedicated to improving patient care with the proper use of laser technology, is now accepting applications for the Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Student Scholarship Program.  
Named in the memory of Dr. Seidner, a laser dentistry pioneer who also served as ALD president 1996-1997, three recipients will be honored during the ALD’s 26th Anniversary Conference & Exhibition, April 4-6th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.
According to ALD executive director Gail Siminovsky, CAE, “The ALD is very excited to open the registration process for the 2019 Seidner Student Scholarships, which have been awarded since 2004. The purpose of these scholarships is to strengthen the ALD’s ongoing mission of making a positive impact on dental laser education and research.”
The program encourages undergraduate and graduate dental students in the different dental disciplines to deepen their knowledge of laser dentistry. It provides financial assistance that enables successful applicants to present their work at the Academy’s annual conference. What’s more, the program allows participation in the educational lectures and workshops aimed at advancing the correct and safe use of lasers in dentistry. In addition, A special award for pediatric dentistry is also available to pediatric dental students.
The Seidner Student Scholarship includes the following:
·       One year of ALD membership, conference registration fees,
·       Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Certification Course application fees,
·       Round trip coach air transportation for the applicant,
·       Up to 5 hotel nights in the host hotel and meals already included in regular conference registration. (Meals not scheduled within the conference program are not included.)
Upon successful presentation, an award in the form of a framed certificate for participation will be presented to all Scholarship recipients. A cash award for first ($500), second ($250) and third ($100) may be presented to the top 3 recipients. Presentations are graded by members of the ALD University and Academia Relations and Student Scholarship committees.
Completed applications must be received by ALD by the end October 31st, 2018 for consideration for the 2019 annual conference. Click here for complete details on how to apply.
About the Academy of Laser Dentistry
The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is the only independent and unbiased non-profit association devoted to laser dentistry and includes clinicians, academicians and researchers in all laser wavelengths. The Academy is devoted to clinical education, research, and the development of standards and guidelines for the safe and effective use of dental laser technology. ALD was founded in 1993, with the merging of the International Academy of Laser Dentistry, the North American Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Laser Dentistry. For more information, visit www.LaserDentistry.org.
About ALD 2019:
The theme of the ALD’s upcoming annual meeting (ALD 2019) is “The Laser-Systemic Connection: Lighting the Way to a Healthier Mouth and Body.” The goal for this meeting is to be the world’s go-to event where the entire dental team can learn how to bridge the gap between dentistry and medicine. Kicking off ALD 2019 will be keynote speaker Charles Whitney, MD, the nation’s leading physician advocate for bridging the oral-systemic gap. Dr. Whitney’s specialty of heart attack, stroke and dementia prevention relies heavily on collaborating the dental clinicians to accurately diagnose and effectively treat periodontal disease. For more information and to register, visit http://www.laserdentistry.org/index.cfm/conference .
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A safe and effective way to whiten teeth

American Chemical Society

In the age of Instagram and Snapchat, everyone wants to have perfect pearly whites. To get a brighter smile, consumers can opt for over the counter teeth-whitening treatments or a trip to the dentist to have their teeth bleached professionally. But both types of treatments can harm teeth. According to an article published in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, researchers have now developed a new, less destructive method.

Teeth can become discolored on their outer surfaces when people consume colored foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea or red wine. As a result, many people turn to non-invasive whitening treatments that bleach the teeth. Currently, the most common bleaching agent is hydrogen peroxide, which steals electrons from the pigment molecules that cause teeth discoloration, and this process can be sped up by exposing teeth to blue light. But high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can break down a tooth’s enamel, causing sensitivity or cell death. So, Xiaolei Wang, Lan Liao and colleagues wanted to see if a different blue-light-activated compound could be a safer, but still effective, alternative.
The team modified titanium dioxide nanoparticles with polydopamine (nano-TiO2@PDA) so that they could be activated with blue light. In a proof-of-concept experiment, the nano-TiO2@PDA particles were evenly coated on the surface of a tooth and irradiated with blue light. After four hours of treatment, the whitening level was similar to that obtained with hydrogen-peroxide-based agents. The group notes that no significant enamel damage was found on the surface of the tooth, and the treatment was significantly less cytotoxic than hydrogen peroxide. In addition, the nano-TiO2@PDA therapy showed antibacterial activity against certain bacteria.

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The authors acknowledge funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China , the Science Foundation of JiangXi Provincial Department of Education, the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province, the Key Development Plan of Jiangxi Province and the Foundation of Jiangxi Provincial Department of Health and Family Planning Commission.
The abstract that accompanies this study is available here.
The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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The real “bottom line”: Patient well-being and practice finances can exist in harmony

Dental hygienists are usually employed by dental practices, and dental practices have to make at least some profit to stay open, attract talented professionals, and stay up-to-date. But it can be tempting to view a practice’s bottom line as an enemy of patient care, and understandably so. Julie Whiteley, BS, RDH, says that when these needs are properly balanced, they can actually work in concert with one another.

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