On behalf of the American Dental Education Association, I am pleased to send you this photograph that was taken with ADEA’s Principal Officers and your company representatives during the 2017 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Long Beach, California.
ADEA’s 2017 Annual Session saw the presence of a record-breaking attendance for a meeting that featured an abundance of diverse programming related to diversity and inclusion. With over 400 separate events to choose from, the annual session proved to be a resounding success.
ADEA is most appreciative of Centrix, Inc.'s participation in ADEA’s 2017 Annual Session and Exhibition and is sincerely grateful for its generous support in helping advance excellence in dental and allied dental education.
We look forward to Centrix, Inc.'s ongoing support of the association’s efforts and to participating in the 2018 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.
Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H
President and CEO
We were very happy to donate to this worthy cause, Dentistry from the Heart (DFTH), an event led by Robert A. McCulla, DDS at his Turlock Dental practice in Turlock, California. This is Dr. McCulla’s 5th year hosting the event that is part of a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free dental care to those in need. Dr. McCulla and a team of 2 dentists, 4 hygienists and 3 oral surgeons provided free cleanings, extractions and fillings to patients in need.
“This is an event we look forward to every year knowing we have served nearly 500 patients seeking free dental care to date. Donations like those received from Centrix help us to provide the best products while also providing the best service,” Robert A. McCulla, DDS Centrix donated FluoroDose® Fluoride Varnish, Tempit Essentials for Temp Filling, Benda® Brush & Benda® Micro Applicators, and LolliCaine® Topical Anesthetic to assist Dr. McCulla’s team.
Dr. Vincent J. Monticciolo founded Dentistry from the Heart over 16 years ago with the goal of giving back to those who cannot afford dental care. Each year, thousands of patients are helped and millions of dollars in free dental care is donated by dentists, hygienists and other volunteers who are clear examples of the generous spirit at work in their communities.
We were thrilled to welcome a group of future dental hygienists to Centrix this week from the acclaimed Fones School of Dental Hygiene at nearby University of Bridgeport. We’re so proud of their hard work and dedication that will ultimately result in helping patients maintain good oral health and healthy smiles.
The Fones students were given a tour of the Centrix manufacturing facility and operations, and an opportunity to speak with others in the field of dentistry about their career goals and aspirations. Additionally, a top-notch student received a scholarship for academic excellence that will be applied toward their education.
One former hygiene student who took the tour now works for Centrix in product sales. At the time, she remembers saying to herself, “Someday, I’m going to work here.” It’s that kind of determination and goal setting that we so admire about these students. We’re pleased to support the Fones School and future dental hygienists, and wish them much luck in their future endeavors.
Established in 1949, the Fones School of Dental Hygiene at UB was the first school of dental hygiene in the world and graduated the first dental hygienist. Centrix is a proud supporter of this accredited program and will continue to provide educational and financial assistance to their students.
Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) is a project that is near and dear to our hearts. Each year we take pride in assisting this organization in their mission to provide dental care to underserved children. We received a wonderful note from GKAS thanking Centrix for our donations:
On Friday, February 3, 2017 we celebrated the 15th Anniversary of Give Kids A Smile (GKAS). As we look back at the impact this program has made on 5.5 million children who received oral health services, we would be remiss if we did not recognize our generous supplier partners. Together, your donations of more than $15 million in oral health care products make it possible to ‘help health happen.’ This year alone, you helped ensure that 30,000 dental team volunteers, including 8,000 dentists, had the supplies needed to provide necessary care to nearly 300,000 underserved children.
As GKAS’s official professional products sponsor since the program’s inception, we understand the crucial role you play to support one of the largest oral health care events of the year.
Thank you for your commitment to helping Give Kids A Smile.
Director of Global Professional Relations
Chair GKAS National Committee
One of our favorite events, The Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction, is an online fundraiser and auction benefiting America’s ToothFairy Affiliate clinics and programs for children. Centrix was proud to donate FluoroDose Fluoride Varnish to the 2016 Online Auction. Because the online auction is a virtual event, 100% of the contributions go directly to helping children, rather than funding a live event. They sent us a very kind thank you, and we’d like to send them a thanks in return for all their hard work. Together with other dental manufacturers, over $178,000 was raised to provide education, preventive services and treatment for children. Thank you America’s ToothFairy! We look forward to partnering with you again in 2017!
“Thanks to your support, we exceeded our goal for this campaign! We are so grateful for your generosity, knowing it will have a significant impact on the lives of the children we serve.”
America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation
For the 2nd year in a row, the Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport welcomed and hosted 12 South Korean dental hygiene students and 2 faculty members from Sun Moon University in Asan, South Korea. The students have been attending classes and going on field trips to many businesses, dental offices, and schools this past week.
We were lucky enough to spend some quality time with these students and give them a tour of the Centrix R &D and manufacturing facility here in Shelton, CT. Here, the students are pictured with Centrix founder, a dentist himself, Dr. William B. Dragan and Bill Dragan, the President of Centrix. The tour gave these future dental hygienists a chance to see Centrix in action, from manufacturing and shipping to sales and marketing. The students were excited to see our design and manufacturing capabilities, finished products and packaging, and to speak with Dr. Dragan about their future careers.
The Department of Dental Hygiene at Sun Moon University presents a unique learning opportunity for these students. According to the school website, Sun Moon is "the only university to grant the qualification to take the certificate test for dental hygienists and a joint degree through the 3 + 1 international exchange program with the University of Bridgeport in the United States."
We wish these new students the best of luck in their future dental careers!