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National Associations Collaborate to Create Core Competencies for Graduate Dental Hygiene Education

(Washington, DC)—Educational guidelines for those receiving graduate degrees in dental hygiene have been released from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA). The Core Competencies for Graduate Dental Hygiene Education identify eight "core competency domains" or general categories of educational content and establish benchmarks for educational quality, particularly with respect to curriculum development and enhancement.

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ADHA Announces 2011-2012 Leadership

Chicago–July 12, 2011–Pamela Quinones, RDH, BS, of Rockville, Md., was installed as the 2011-2012 president of the Chicago-based American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) on June 21, 2011, at the association's 88th Annual Session held in Nashville, Tenn.

"I am honored to be able to serve as president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association during such a critical juncture for oral health in America," said Quinones. "Right now there is a changing landscape for all oral health care professionals, and dental hygienists will play a key role in shaping the future of the industry and our profession. To be able to help oversee these transformations is a unique and exciting opportunity."

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3M Donation Advances Digital Dentistry at U.S. Dental Schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. - (August 1, 2011) - By the end of 2011, dental programs from selected schools across the nation will be able to offer hands-on training with some of the most advanced technology in the industry. 3M Community Giving, the charitable giving arm of 3M, announced that it will donate Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. impression-taking systems as part of its goal to advance academic excellence in higher education. The donation includes support from 3M's dental division, 3M ESPE, to successfully integrate the technology into dental schools. Dental schools selected will meet several criteria, including number of students, proximity to 3M facilities and demonstrated capability to integrate digital dentistry into their curriculums.

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Heraeus Announces New Rewards Program

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, July 26, 2011— Heraeus Kulzer, LLC, the worldwide leader in dental esthetics and overall dental wellbeing, announces a new CIGNA Network Rewards Program® offer only for dentists contracted with CIGNA. Through this program, participating dentists can receive select Heraeus products from the Venus Diamond® and Venus White® product lines free with the purchase of qualifying products.

By taking part in this program, Heraeus joins an extensive list of well-respected dental industry companies that are partnering with CIGNA to give exclusive offers to participating dentists. Discounted merchandise and services include computers, Web-based training programs, office supplies, equipment repairs, and, of course, restorative and whitening products. Here are the specifics on this unprecedented Heraeus offer, valid only through December 31, 2011:

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