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May 13, 2008 at 12:30 PM EDT

DENTSPLY International Inc. Declares Cash Dividend

YORK, Pa., May 13, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DENTSPLY International Inc. (Nasdaq:XRAY) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share of common stock, an indicated annual rate of $0.18 per share. The dividend is payable on July 8, 2008 to holders of record on June 27, 2008.

DENTSPLY designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of products for the dental market. The Company believes that it is the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of dental prosthetics, precious metal dental alloys, dental ceramics, endodontic instruments and materials, prophylaxis paste, dental sealants, ultrasonic scalers, and crown and bridge materials; the leading United States manufacturer and distributor of dental handpieces, dental x-ray film holders, film mounts and bone substitute/grafting materials; and a leading worldwide manufacturer or distributor of dental implants, impression materials, orthodontic appliances, dental cutting instruments, infection control products, and dental injectable anesthetics. The Company distributes its dental products in over 120 countries under some of the most well-established brand names in the industry.

DENTSPLY is committed to the development of innovative, high quality, cost-effective new products for the dental market.

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CONTACT: DENTSPLY International Inc.
         William R. Jellison, Senior Vice President and
          Chief Financial Officer
         (717) 849-4243