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CHICAGO—More than 30,000 dentists and dental professionals will get a first peek at the latest innovations in dentistry, from new techniques in cosmetic dentistry to the emerging “31 flavors” approach to consumer dental products, at the Chicago Dental Society's 139th Midwinter Meeting. Held February 19 through 22 at McCormick Place, the Midwinter Meeting attracts dental professionals from throughout the world and more than 600 exhibitors.
The meeting is one of the largest exhibits of dental products in North America and one of Chicago's top 20 conventions. Last year's conference generated more than $42.4 million for the local economy, according to the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.
New products and technologies from companies in 46 countries, including China, Brazil, France, Sweden and Italy, include:
“Every year we learn more and more about how oral health affects overall health,” says Dr. Keith Suchy, a general dentist and president of the Chicago Dental Society. “The Midwinter Meeting keeps dentists in step with the latest advances in patient care so we can continue keeping mouths—and bodies—healthy.”
For the first time ever, the Chicago Dental Society conducted a pre-meeting poll of its members to learn more about their opinions on topics ranging from the serious—such as the state of oral care in this country—to the humorous. From the more than 600 responses, the Society learned that:
Visitors to the Midwinter Meeting will not only have the first peek at an array of dental products but also the opportunity to attend more than 100 presentations. Popular presentations at the meeting include the use of lasers for less painful oral surgery; the growing trend for whiter, brighter smiles; and the use of computer technology in the dental office.
Established in 1864, the Chicago Dental Society counts more than 8,000 dentists as members, making it the largest local affiliate of the American Dental Association. The society advocates for improving oral health care in this country and represents the interests of its members and the public they serve.
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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