By Tony Edwards, DrBicuspid.com editor in chief

May 21, 2019 -- California Dental Association's recently concluded 2019 CDA Presents meeting in Anaheim, CA, featured more than 550 exhibiting companies and thousands of attendees. As part of our continuing coverage, DrBicuspid.com offers a look at some new products and industry news.

Hygiene and oral care

Benco highlights in-office toothbrush testing

Benco Dental launched a new program for patients to test a power toothbrush in the dentist's office.

The Pro-Sys CheckUp program includes a working Benco Dental VarioSonic power toothbrush, brush heads, and brochures. Patients are able to test the toothbrush while receiving professional oral care coaching. The demonstration and disinfection protocols include using a fresh barrier sleeve and new brush head for each patient, according to Bendo Dental.

The program does not require the dentist's office to maintain an inventory if the patient wishes to purchase the toothbrush. The dental team can place an online order with Benco that will be shipped to the patient's address.

Crest
Crest highlighted its Gum and Sensitivity and Gum Detoxify toothpastes.

Crest shows new toothpaste

Crest debuted its new toothpaste, Crest Gum & Sensitivity.

The toothpaste contains stannous fluoride and creates a layer of protection on a patient's exposed dentin. It provides sensitivity relief by occluding exposed tubules. The toothpaste will be available in the U.S. in July 2019, according to Crest.

Procter & Gamble brands Oral-B and Crest also highlighted a new system designed to improve the gum health of patients with implants.

The system includes Crest mouthwash and Gum Detoxify toothpaste along with the Oral-B Genius power toothbrush and flossing products.

Philips highlights oral care research

Philips held a press conference on Friday, May 17, to highlight recent research on its products and oral care.

Five papers were published in a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Dentistry. They include a comparison of two power toothbrushes on gingival inflammation, plaque and gum health in an orthodontic population, and more.

The studies provide clinical trial evidence for a number of patient-specific conditions, according to Marilyn Ward, DDS, Philips' director for clinical and dental scientific affairs.


Imaging

Acteon debuts scanner in U.S.

Acteon launched its new X-Mind Prime scanner in the U.S.

The system was first shown at the 2019 International Dental Show show in March. It allows the practitioner to switch between 2D and 3D technologies, offering 24 panoramic and 32 cone-beam CT options and covering many clinical applications, including implantology, endodontics, and temporomandibular joint and sinus imaging.

Acteon
Acteon displayed the X-Mind Prime scanner.

Practice management

Carestream updates SoftDent

Carestream Dental released an update of its CS SoftDent practice management software.

CS SoftDent v18 includes ePayments Secure for payment processing. The software automates the daily settlement process by eliminating the rekeying of information and balancing payments. Payments are posted automatically to the patient's ledger, according to Carestream Dental.

The company also announced its new partner program for independent software vendors. The new Carestream Dental Partner Program invites outside vendors to submit their solutions for integration with Carestream Dental's care management platform, CS OrthoTrac, and other company software platforms.

Henry Schein launches membership program

Henry Schein launched a membership value program at CDA Presents.

Thrive by Henry Schein offers members product pricing, a practice analytics package, free shipping on purchases over $199, and service benefits. The analytics package uses individual practice data to help practices understand opportunities to grow their practice. It also includes key performance indicator snapshots that can be viewed in the new Thrive by Henry Schein app.


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