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May 1, 2009
Procter & Gamble was the sponsor of the ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for “Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers,” ...

ADEA, P&G award scholarships

Procter & Gamble was the sponsor of the ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for “Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers,” presented recently at the ADEA annual session in Phoenix.

Each year, two dental hygiene students receive the scholarships. Brenda Armstrong from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and Mary Vinson from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry were the recipients of this year's scholarships. The scholarship supports dental hygiene students who are pursuing education beyond an associate's degree and who have an interest in an academic career.

Colgate joins with Hispanic group to promote oral health fundamentals

Colgate and the Hispanic Dental Association initiated April El Mes de la Salud Bucal: Un Mundo de Sonrisas Saludables (Oral Health Month: A World of Healthy Smiles) as part of an ongoing commitment to quality oral care among the Hispanic community.

“Due to language barriers and lack of familiarity accessing oral healthcare services, among other factors, our Latino population shows greater deficiencies in overall oral health care,” said Carla Kelly, general manager, multicultural marketing for Colgate-Palmolive.

The Latino population has the lowest incidence of dental visits when compared to any other ethnicity and ranks the highest for untreated dental caries among children, according to a 2007 study by the National Center for Health Statistics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Colgate provided free dental screenings for disadvantaged children throughout Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, and New Jersey as part of the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures kids' initiative. The official kick-off to El Mes de la Salud Bucal took place in early April in Miami.

Premier Dental announces winner of Make-A-Difference contest

Premier Dental Products Company announced Dr. Paul Glass as the winner of its 2008 Make-A-Difference contest. Premier Dental donated $20,000 in his name as selected by Dr. Glass to the Division of Community Dentistry Priority Fund at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Premier Dental created the contest last year.

Jack Ruppel (left), president of Premier Dental, is shown with Dr. Paul Glass, winner of the Make-A-Difference contest.
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A graduate of Indiana University, Dr. Glass practices in South Bend, Indiana.

“This contest was designed to appeal to the inner philanthropist in every individual, empowering them to give on a grander scale than normal circumstances might allow,” stated Julie Charlestein, a vice president with Premier.

Zenith now DMG America

Zenith Dental rebranded itself as DMG America as of April 1. DMG was founded in 1964 in Hamburg, Germany. Zenith Dental has been the exclusive North American distributor for DMG products since the company's inception in 1983.

DMG America will continue to grow and enhance Kolorz, a line of dental hygiene products.