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CRET Announces Dental School Technology Audit 
This fall, the Center for Research & Education in Technology (CRET) will publish a report on the state of emerging technologies in dental schools. The 2017 Dental School Technology Audit will be a snapshot of the readiness of U.S. dental schools to accept emerging technologies.

In the dental industry, advances in health care technology are helping create better patient experiences and treatment outcomes. However, the rapid pace of technological change has provided a new challenge for dental schools: how to educate students about emerging technologies.

Information for the report is currently being gathered from dental school deans through an online survey. The report falls under CRET's mission to transfer knowledge and competency in 21st century technology to dental students and faculty. The organization has worked to open innovation centers at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, with a third innovation center scheduled to open in 2018 at the University of West Virginia.

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Kool Smiles Donates $8,000 to Indiana University Dental Student Outreach Clinic
Kool Smiles, a provider of dental care for children and families in Indianapolis, recently donated $8,000 to the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) to expand service offerings at its Dental Student Outreach Clinic. The IUSD Dental Student Outreach Clinic opened in 2009 and is run by volunteer dentists and dental school faculty and students. The clinic helps an average of 20–25 patients every other Saturday and remains open for 11 months of the calendar year.

Kool Smiles' donation will help the clinic provide free root canals to Near Eastside (an Indianapolis community) adults in need. Many of the clinic's patients who required root canals were previously unable to receive them because of cost barriers, faculty said.

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Glidewell Dental to Present Educational Symposium in Dallas
Glidewell Dental recently announced its sponsorship of the inaugural Glidewell Dental Symposium. Scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, this full-day event will bring together nearly a dozen distinguished speakers to present on a variety of tools and techniques aimed at achieving clinical and business success within the modern practice. 

By assembling a diverse group of experts in several areas of importance to dental practitioners, this educational symposium will cover a wide range of topics, including aesthetic dentistry, digital dentistry, dental implants, tissue regeneration, sleep-related dentistry and practice management. Attendees also can earn up to eight CE credits. 

Whatever a clinician's comfort or experience level, the symposium intends to provide an expansive look at some of the most exciting tools and techniques available to the modern practice. The event's organizers hope to assist attending professionals in maximizing efficiency, optimizing results and furthering practice growth.

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