Spight scores 40 as Northern Colorado thumps Southern Utah 97-80

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Andre Spight had 40 points and Anthony Johnson added 25 as Northern Colorado completed its home schedule with a 97-80 win over Southern Utah on Saturday night.

The Bears were slow getting started, taking their first lead 16-14 after a Spight layup with 8:01 remaining in the first half. They never trailed again, taking a 38-33 lead into the break. They pushed their advantage to 58-43 following a Kai Edward’s layup at the 14:15 mark. Northern Colorado (18-10, 9-6), which is in fifth place in the Big Sky Conference standings, maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Spight was just one point short of his career high, hitting 12 of 25 field-goal attempts and making 13 of 15 from the line. He also dished out six assists with four steals. Johnson drained 5 of 9 from long range. Jordan Davis added 11 points.

Southern Utah’s James McGee moved to No. 6 on SUU’s all-time scoring list. The Thunderbird senior has totaled 1,253 points in his career with his 17 scored Saturday night.

Former BYU forward Jamal Aytes led Southern Utah (10-15, 4-10) with 19 points.

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The Sacramento Dentistry Group Talks Benefits Between Interdental Brushes and Floss

Sacramento, CA, February 9, 2018 (Newswire.com) – Patients often ask whether they should use dental floss or interdental brushes for oral hygiene. The problem with this question is that these two different tools are not mutually exclusive — if a person uses one, they can still use the other. For the best oral health, the dentists at the Sacramento Dentistry Group recommend that their patients use both, as needed and according to their preferences.

Looking at the Research

First, a study presented by the respected Cochrane Review concluded that interdental brushes and dental floss produce very similar results, when used in conjunction with toothbrushes, for cleaning the teeth. They are essentially equally effective at preventing gum disease. Unfortunately, none of the studies considered researched the effect of using both interdental brushes and dental floss. From the perspective of the practicing dentist or dental hygienist, this is the ideal practice.

Whether they start with floss and end with brushes, or vice versa, patients usually find that each tool manages to collect plaque and food from between the teeth. In effect, each method has its own advantages. Therefore, a review of what they can and cannot do is helpful.

An interdental brush is very effective at cleaning the gaps between the teeth. If used carefully, so the gum tissue is not punctured, nor the enamel rubbed down, they usually do a better job at cleaning this area of the mouth. For those with very tightly spaced teeth, however, interdental brushes may not even be an option. Finally, one Dutch study found that rubber interdental brushes do a better job of preventing symptoms of gum disease than brushes with ordinary bristles.

Dental floss has the hygiene advantage in the area where each tooth touches its neighbor, and also immediately below the gumline. These are spots where interdental brushes simply can’t reach. In addition, behind the last molar is a place where no interdental brush can go — without dental floss, this spot would never get cleaned. So while many patients prefer the interdental brush, it simply cannot reach all the areas that need attention.

To get the best results, a patient should use both tools at least once a day. If a person has a strong preference, however, the most important thing is to include flossing, with the tool of personal choice, as a part of daily oral hygiene. For more information, visit the website of the Sacramento Dentistry Group.

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World-Renowned Dentist Frank Spear Releases Debut Book

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ One of dentistry’s top clinicians and educators, Frank Spear, shares his wisdom and real-life cases from his 30-plus years of dental experience in his debut book, "Case Acceptance in the Modern Dental Practice."

This book is designed to help today’s practitioner overcome a common roadblock in any dental practice: Getting patients to say "yes" to treatment more often. Spear members get the additional benefit of exclusive digital content that further explores the lessons learned by the authors while writing this book.This new content builds on Spear’s extensive patient communication and case acceptance resources available to members through the online platform.

Using real cases from his own practice, Dr. Spear illustrates his various tried-and-true methods for working with patients presenting a number of different scenarios, from malocclusion cases to full-mouth restorations. Along with real-world case studies and extensive research, "Case Acceptance in the Modern Dental Practice" uncovers some of the most common patterns among patients, which Dr. Spear and his colleague, Adam McWethy, have analyzed to develop an easy-to-use decision tree model for every dentist. This tool shows dentists and their teams what to look for in each patient so they can best approach each case and increase the likelihood of converting the individual to accept treatment.

In addition to the world-renowned dental education campus and platform that Dr. Spear co-founded, this book is part of his ongoing mission to help fellow dental professionals in their own pursuit of great dentistry and a successful career. Any clinician who wants to break down barriers and improve patient and practice outcomes will benefit from this book.

A digital copy of the book is available exclusively to Spear members along with the new digital content on Spear Online. "Case Acceptance in the Modern Dental Practice" is currently available on Lulu in print and e-book versions, as well as at https://www.speareducation.com/spear-book.

About Spear

With headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., Spear is one of the world’s most respected providers of multi-platform education and resources for dental professionals. Spear was founded in 2007 with a mission to help dentists and their teams achieve great dentistry. 10 years later, Spear has grown to become the leading source for comprehensive tools, information, training and support enabling dentists to reach their highest clinical and business potential. For more information visit www.speareducation.com.

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The Power List 2018: Denny Marie Post

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The Inked Leader

Denny Marie Post became CEO at Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. in August 2016, after joining the 560-unit casual-dining chain as CMO in 2011. Before that, Post was CMO at T-Mobile USA and worked in leadership at Starbucks,

Burger King and Yum! Brands Inc. She’s treasurer of the Women’s Foodservice Forum board and a member of the Culinary Institute of America Society of Fellows.

Known for: A focus on guests, shareholders and especially team members, even putting her leadership challenges in ink. Last February, Post had a Red Robin burger tattooed on her left arm after surpassing a challenge and more than doubling guest satisfaction scores.

Power move: Post has helped create what she calls “best in class” employee retention in a period of near full employment in the U.S. economy. The company culture has produced a 94-percent

retention rate, strong for the restaurant industry, and managerial turnover of “a remarkably low” 26 percent. Red Robin has eliminated expediting kitchen positions and is in the process of trimming busser positions to reduce labor costs.

What’s next: Post will pause new-unit development after the end of 2018 to refocus the brand on the future, which might offer formats other than casual dining. The company has turned one of its Chicago Express units into a delivery-only location. Further tests of delivery and catering can be expected.

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Colorado man’s body found encased in concrete

The Colorado home where a man’s body was found encased in concrete Jan. 10, 2018 CBS Denver

DENVER — A woman has been charged with murder after her father’s body was found encased in concrete in the crawl space under his home in a Denver suburb.

KUSA-TV reported Tuesday that 69-year-old William Mussack’s body was found Jan. 10, a month after friends and family stopped hearing from him.

Court records say Mussack texted his son Dec. 7, saying he might have been drugged by his daughter, 45-year-old Dayna Jennings. CBS Denver reports the man said he took a single bite of hamburger and slept for 15 hours.

Investigators on Dec. 27 received a call from concerned family members who hadn’t heard from him. Authorities obtained a search warrant for the home where she lived with her father and executed in Jan. 10.

Investigators say Jennings asked for a lawyer and stopped talking as they broke up concrete in the house’s crawl space.

She was charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and tampering with a deceased human’s body.

Booking documents did not list an attorney for Jennings.

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4-year-old dies from infection after routine visit to Arizona dentist

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YUMA, Ariz. (KRON) — An Arizona mother has filed a wrongful death complaint against a dental office in Arizona after her child died following a routine visit.

“They took half of my heart,” her mother Francisca Lares said. “They took something from me that will never come back.”

The family attorney, Marco Mercaldo, said the four-year-old girl “had cavities and had a dental abscess.”

In January 2016, Francisca took her young daughter Liseth to the Kool Smiles in Yuma. One day later they were back in the office.

“The mom called back reporting signs of fever from her daughter, the dentist looked at the child, did in our view a relatively cursory exam, sent her home, told the mom essentially there is nothing to worry about she’ll be fine. Unfortunately the infection spread and she died of infection,” Mercaldo said.

Attorneys preparing their case against Kool Smiles say if the office gave Liseth the proper treatment, she could have survived the infection.

“The allegation in our case is the dentist at Kool Smiles didn’t comply with the standards of care,” Mercaldo said.

This week, a 2-year-old was laid to rest after a visit to the same dentist.

Zion Gastelum went in for a crown and filling three weeks ago. At some point, Zion stopped breathing and passed away four days later.

Officials say the cause of Zion’s death is pending.

As Liseth’s family prepares for legal battle against Kool Smiles, her mom says the reason she’s going to court is to get action against the dentist, to save other kids.

“I’m not in it for the money. I’m in it because I want to pay attention to what they’re doing,” Francisca said.

A trial date is set for February 2019.

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Pence greeted by “Make America Gay Again” sign in Colorado

ASPEN, Colo. — Neighbors of the home where Vice President Mike Pence has been staying in Colorado this week have a message. They’ve placed a rainbow-colored banner reading "Make America Gay Again" on a stone pillar at the end of the driveways to both homes near the posh ski resort of Aspen.

Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy Michael Buglione tells the Aspen Times that Secret Service agents weren’t bothered by the sign.

Pence has described himself as a "Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order." He has opposed legislation prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the workplace.

Pence and his family arrived in the Aspen area Tuesday and plan to leave Monday.

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Christmas Getaway! Go Inside Ariana Grande’s $10,500 Per-Night Colorado Airbnb

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Ariana Grande is so into this Colorado Airbnb! The singer, who was recently named Billboard’s Female Artist of the Year, has been crashing at this $10,500 per-night lodge outside of Telluride with friends and family, courtesy of the rental company. “TK INSTAGRAM TEXT HERE”

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Smartphone-Powered 3D Printing, Big Visions for Digital Dentistry and Hybrid Manufacturing in Focus for Taiwan’s T3D and Inteware

Taiwan is home to a strong advanced technology sector, and one that has been embracing 3D printing at increasing rates. As additive manufacturing continues to expand its capabilities, strength in research and applications will continue to drive the industry as a whole forward. Resin- and metal-based 3D printing systems in particular have seen strong growth lately in systems both big and small, as advances offer new levels of both performance and cost-effectiveness.

If someone were to mention using a smartphone to power 3D printing, your first thought might just be, “Oh, no” — particularly if you’re familiar with the ONO (originally OLO) 3D printer, which hit Kickstarter last year with big promises of low prices in resin-based 3D printing. To be fair, there may still be something there for ONO; the company is providing updates of solutions to problems that have long delayed production of an actual product. Shortly after we first heard about the ONO project, though, we learned about a similar effort from Taiwan.

T3D, a spin-off from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), highlighted its smartphone-powered 3D printer at Inside 3D Printing Shanghai 2015. The work behind this resin-based 3D printing effort has been ongoing since 2012, and the T3D SLA 3D printer hit Kickstarter this September. The campaign was successful, raising $160,093 — and the 3D printer demonstrably works.

I recently caught up with Jeng-Ywan Jeng, PhD, the founder of Taiwan 3D Tech, LLC, in Frankfurt, where the T3D team were showcasing their creations at formnext. He introduced me to the 3D printer which, while not running during our chat, had created plenty of sample prints available for a hands-on look at the unique SLA offering. It takes a lot these days for a new 3D printer, especially a small one funded via Kickstarter, to truly stand out — but T3D manages this with grace. The smartphone 3D printer, Jeng explained, can cure a 100 micron layer in 15 seconds; it features Bluetooth connectivity and uses a patented UV-curable resin.

“The idea is to use only a smartphone, no PC; we use this light for its energy to do something. We have already proved it can be done,” he told me.

“There are several thousand models in the cloud, in the app. These download to the smartphone to print. The phone has Bluetooth connection and fixes for alignment. That is critical for this, with a 100 micron layer. The patented resin is very stable, offering repeatable layers and sharp finishing… One drop of resin can cure by sunlight in one second.”

While a smartphone inherently limits build volume — which is 16.0 x 7.6 x 8.5 cm — Jeng pointed to a larger build, a fairly whimsical blue-and-green T-rex, as an example of how the software can allow for larger sizes of prints made in parts for assembly. The skeleton’s color scheme drew up one of the traits that truly makes T3D a standout: multi-color SLA 3D printing.

“We are the only one in the world to do this,” Jeng continued. “We use these rotating vats of colors. We are also the only one to glue the resin tank together, with a special thin film to make the system very simple for contact printing, and we use a disposable injection molded vat. Alignment is automated for builds.”

The hardware and software components of T3D’s setup are open source. The rotation table that allows for vat switching for multi-color prints can additionally be employed to use the phone’s built-in camera as a 3D scanner. Key to the system T3D is working with is focus on accessibility and affordability; using the integrated features of today’s smartphone technology allows a user to take advantage of features they already have that can be part of an ultimately low-cost 3D printing and 3D scanning setup.

“Using the energy and the camera of a smartphone, and shared economics — this is why this machine is only $300 US. You have all these sources from your smartphone,” Jeng said.

Since we spoke at formnext, Jeng has shared the news that the T3D smartphone 3D printer has also seen its first successful prints outside of the research lab as the machine comes into real-world use, as earlier this week the first prototype machines were sent to the first 50 Kickstarter backers.

Jeng and his team have extensive experience, and are using this to continue to innovate. For next year, he noted the ambition to introduce “even more innovative 3D printing,” as his vision extends well beyond desktop SLA technology. He noted that they are connecting with Bluetooth to control the Z-axis of an FFF machine, again keeping costs down. Work will continue with a focus on “shared economics for innovative 3D printing.”

“You already have a smartphone — we connect to use that to print,” he said.

For more than 25 years, Jeng has been focused on research, informing his work both as the head of T3D and as a Distinguished Professor and Founder of EMRD / CTO Program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NTUST, as well as the President of Additive Manufacturing Association Taiwain. Among technologies he has explored have been DED, laser melting — before learning about SLM technology — and hybrid laser selective work bringing together laser melting and CNC machining.

In 2000, he published a paper on advanced technologies in dentistry, focusing on scanning teeth and a 3D printed dental crown, as he has kept at the forefront of digitization across various real-world applications.

At the T3D booth at formnext, I also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Hong-Tzong (Edward) Yau, Founder and CTO of Inteware, for a conversation about digital dentistry and how he has been working for the last 10-15 years to bring 3D printing and dentistry together.

“I already believed 3D printing was very significant for digital dentistry; you see here many people with dental backgrounds — we see this almost better for us than a dental show. People are here for solutions. We are adding value to 3D printing. We believe the value is in patient-specific applications,” Dr. Yau told me.

“15 years ago, every crown was done by hand, then CNC milled; now, more than 50% are still milled. I believe every dental office and dental lab will have a 3D printer — not every house, but every dental lab.”

Dr. Hong-Tzong (Edward) Yau, Founder and CTO of Inteware

Today, Inteware 3D prints temporary crowns, aligners, surgical guides, models, splints: “everything that had been done by hand,” Dr. Yau explained.

“Almost all dental applications require use of 3D scanning, 3D printing, customized software. Digital dentistry is going through a revolution, I believe. It will still be going through this for 10 to 15 years. It is changing a lot of things. What we are seeing is really changing society, helping more people,” he said.

These changes will come from a variety of applications, though dentistry has long been showing itself a viable, valuable proving ground for adoption of advanced technologies. Jeng supported Dr. Yau’s assertions regarding rising adoption directly into lab settings, noting barriers that still exist for previously-hyped applications such as home use, the biggest of which remains high entry prices.

“3D printing — who will use it?” Jeng asked rhetorically. “It is challenging for the maker or consumer. The maker is a poor guy, he can’t have expensive machines or materials. Here, he needs DLP, needs top-down methods. He doesn’t care about accuracy or functionality, he cares about cost.”

In manufacturing, of course, the considerations are different.

“When we’re talking about manufacturing, we need to compete with current production technologies, like injection molding. What we call hybrid is the key feature of manufacturing — you need accuracy, speed, functional properties for injection molding. These accuracies are defined in the mold. The hybrid of accuracy is concerned with mold and speed,” he continued.

“For additive manufacturing, a laser is a single source of energy. If you need a smaller size for accuracy, you may lose speed; SLA is the same, accuracy needs to be small. This is good for rapid prototyping, but not for direct digital printing. For digital manufacturing, you need hybrid. It’s like HP looks at it — divide patterns, create definition via inkjet. Other production technology is DLP, where resolution is controlled for each image. Resolution follows very strong lines. For DLP, though, pixel number is limited. We can print five cubic centimeters with good resolution, but what kind of mass production can we have with that? We need a larger pixel size.”

Jeng (R) with a member of the T3D team at formnext 2017

Jeng shared his thoughts on several 3D printing technologies’ abilities to scale, as laser-based technologies can see multi-laser systems and FFF systems will increasingly see multi-head units — but the underlying message across any of these technologies is hybridity. Bringing together resolution/accuracy and speed in one manufacturing process is the goal for any production system, along with the use of materials with functional properties.

“If we really want to go to digital manufacturing, it must be hybrid or it’s out,” Jeng said. “We need selective laser creating with CNC to maintain accuracy and speed together. I believe this is right.”

He noted that several newer entrants in metals are incorporating hybrid thinking into their latest product introductions, and that this will increase the competition for more established metal additive manufacturing suppliers.

As 3D printing continues to become a more production-oriented technology and integrate meaningfully with subtractive processes to create end-use products, forward thinking will continue to be necessary. We’ll be keeping in touch with Jeng and the teams in Taiwan to learn more about the future of hybrid thinking, smartphone-powered SLA 3D printing, and more thoughts about the future of technology and manufacturing.

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