Photos: Dental Excellence Awards presented to winners during Chicago Midwinter

By Kevin Henry, DrBicuspid.com editor in chief

February 26, 2020 -- I was thrilled to present the 2019 Dental Excellence Award trophies at the recent Chicago Dental Society 2020 Midwinter Meeting. The annual awards recognize outstanding new products and services.

Last fall, DrBicuspid.com readers submitted product nominations in 10 award categories, which were then voted on by the readers. The Dental Excellence Awards were selected by the readers of DrBicuspid.com. No fee or other consideration was paid for inclusion in the voting process or for winning.

Best New CAD/CAM Product
3M Chairside Zirconia block, 3M

Best New CAD/CAM Product: 3M Chairside Zirconia block, 3M
Accepting the award was Leslie Wiebler, 3M Oral Care's U.S. marketing manager.

Best New Consumer Product
Sonic-Fusion water flossing toothbrush, Water Pik

Best New Consumer Product: Sonic-Fusion water flossing toothbrush, Water Pik
Accepting the award was Jay McCulloch (center), Water Pik's vice president of global marketing for oral care products, and Bart Prins (right), Water Pik's general manager and global vice president.

Best New Dental Equipment Product
A-dec 500 chair and delivery system, A-dec

Best New Dental Equipment Product: A-dec 500 chair and delivery system, A-dec
Accepting the award was Marv Nelson, A-dec's chief operating officer.

Best New Dental Hand Instrument
HD Black Line mirrors, Hu-Friedy

Best New Dental Hand Instrument: HD Black Line mirrors, Hu-Friedy
Accepting the award was Erin Baumstark, Hu-Friedy's preventive product manager.

Best New Diagnostic/Imaging Device
CS 3700 intraoral scanner, Carestream Dental

Best New Diagnostic/Imaging Device: CS 3700 intraoral scanner, Carestream Dental
Accepting the award was Edward Shellard, DMD, Carestream Dental's chief dental officer.

Best New Endodontic Product
TheraCal PT calcium silicate, Bisco

Best New Endodontic Product: TheraCal PT calcium silicate, Bisco
Accepting the award was (from left to right) Ray Hampton, Bisco's senior national sales manager; Katherine Steyer, Bisco's product marketing manager; Carolyn Suh, Bisco's director of global marketing; and Tom Czervionke, Bisco's director of sales and marketing.

Best New Preventive/Hygienist Product
AeroPro cordless prophy handpiece, Premier Dental

Best New Preventive/Hygienist Product: AeroPro cordless prophy handpiece, Premier Dental
Accepting the award was (from left to right) Laura Dawson, Premier Dental's vice president of sales; Chris Helle, Premier Dental's chief marketing officer; Larry Pijanowski, Premier Dental's product manager; Jason Goodchild, DMD, Premier Dental's vice president of clinical affairs; and Vicky Nemzer, Premier Dental's vice president of new product development.

Best New Restorative Product
G-ænial universal injectable composite, GC America

Best New Restorative Product: G-ænial universal injectable composite, GC America
Accepting the award was Brendan Steidle, GC America's product marketing manager.

Best New/Updated Software/Service
Dentrix/CareCredit integration, Dentrix/CareCredit

Best New/Updated Software/Service: Dentrix/CareCredit integration, Dentrix/CareCredit
Accepting the award was (from left to right) Shirley Misiak, CareCredit's vice president of strategic dental partners; Bete Johnson, CareCredit's senior vice president of alliances; Kirk Sweigard, CareCredit's vice president of strategic partners and associations; Rhett Burnham, Henry Schein One's vice president of product management; Kevin Bunker, Henry Schein One president; Dayna Johnson, Henry Schein One key opinion leader; and Angela Martinez, CareCredit's vice president of strategic associations and dental health policy.

Best New Toothpaste
Rapid Relief Whitening toothpaste, Sensodyne

Best New Toothpaste: Rapid Relief Whitening toothpaste, Sensodyne
Accepting the award was (from left to right) Jodi Majewski, Vicki Sikora, and Betty Grogan of the Sensodyne team.

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