Monday, April 14, 2014



Lompoc, California, March 25, 2014 – DenMat, a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative esthetic dentistry and advanced oral health solutions, announced today that it has acquired substantially all assets of G. Hartzell & Son Inc. (“Hartzell”). Founded in 1935, and family-run for 79 years, Hartzell manufactures high- quality precision dental and surgical instruments in Concord, California in the East Bay area of San Francisco.

Hartzell’s industry-leading precision instruments are the instruments of choice of discerning clinicians and hygienists for periodontal and dental hygiene, restorative dentistry, surgery, orthodontics, implantology, endodontics, and diagnostics.

“DenMat is honored and excited to acquire Hartzell,” said Steve Semmelmayer, CEO of DenMat. “We are delighted that the Hartzell family has entrusted us with the time-honored legacy of the Hartzell brand. Hartzell instruments are the world’s gold standard for dental and surgical instruments because of their extraordinary quality, consistency and craftsmanship. DenMat now has broadened its range of superior products for hygiene, as well as instrumentation for restorative, periodontal, endodontic and surgical procedures,” added Semmelmayer.

Building on its goal to offer dental professionals a wide range of high-quality choices, DenMat’s addition of Hartzell instruments follows DenMat’s acquisition of a comprehensive line of oral hygiene and soft tissue management solutions from Zila, Inc. Also, in the past two years, DenMat acquired restoratives and impression product lines from Royal Philips Electronics and acquired PeriOptix, Inc., a California-based company known for high-quality magnification and illumination technologies for dental and medical professionals.

Andy Hartzell, President of G. Hartzell & Son, stated “We are excited and flattered about the acquisition of Hartzell by DenMat. We look forward to continuing our 79-year tradition of producing top-quality instruments, and with the addition of DenMat's sophisticated sales and marketing abilities, we will be able to better serve our customers on a more local, timely, and efficient basis.”

DenMat plans to keep most Hartzell operations in the Concord facility for the foreseeable future, with only select functions transferring to DenMat’s new 100,000 square foot world headquarters on the Central Coast of California in Lompoc.

About DenMat: Since 1974, DenMat has been a leader in high-quality dental products for dental professionals in more than 60 countries around the world. DenMat makes and assembles most of its products at its world headquarters on the Central Coast of California. DenMat offers three main product categories: Consumables, Small Equipment, and a full-service Dental Laboratory. DenMat’s consumables include the brands known and trusted: Geristore®, Core Paste®, Tenure®, Ultra-Bond®, Infinity®, Splash®, Precision®, Perfectemp®, Atridox® and LumiBrite®. DenMat’s small equipment includes a broad suite of products, including NVTM, SL3TM, and SOLTM soft-tissue diode lasers, Rotadent® power toothbrush, PeriOptixTM magnification loupes and lights, FlashliteTM (Magna and 1401) curing lights, and Velscope® Vx—the world’s top choice for oral lesion screening. DenMat is the home of the world’s #1 patient-requested thin veneer, Lumineers®. Now better than ever and backed by Thinnovation®: DenMat’s fresh multi-disciplinary approach to anterior esthetics using the latest generation of Lumineers. DenMat now crafts Lumineers by using advanced digital scanning, proprietary design software, 3-D printing—all hand-finished by skilled lab artisans in California. DenMat also features Snap-On Smile®, the ultimate provisional appliance. For more information, visit or call 1-800-4DENMAT (1-800- 433-6628).

About G. Hartzell & Son: G. Hartzell & Son (“Hartzell”) is a family-owned manufacturer of dental and surgical instruments, founded by George F. and George O. Hartzell in 1935. Unlike most instrument companies, Hartzell manufactures most of its own instruments. Approximately 85% of its instruments are manufactured in its factory located in the East Bay area of San Francisco, with the balance of production from Germany. Over the years, Hartzell has maintained the highest standards of manufacturing excellence, through its policy of controlled- growth and continuous research and development. The company developed innovations such as the lightest- weight stainless steel handles available for curettes and scalers, as well as cone socket instruments (removable tips) that provide for an extremely cost effective line of scalers, curettes, and periotomes. Hartzell uses only the highest-quality components and manufacturing methods backed by a rigorous quality control program. These methods have led to Hartzell’s recognition for superior quality by industry leaders throughout the world.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Henry Schein Announces Release Of Dentrix Ascend(TM)

Here's pretty cool news from Henry Schein.  There Cloud based system called Dentrix Ascend is now available.  The press release below has all the details...


MELVILLE, N.Y., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced the availability of Dentrix Ascend, its first cloud-based practice management system.

Having completed beta testing, Dentrix Ascend features a web-based practice management system that enhances dental practice efficiency by providing the benefits of the cloud, including automatic data backup, upgrades delivered in small, easily learned modules, and round-the-clock access from any model of computer--Personal Computer, Macintosh or tablet.

"Dentrix Ascend provides a completely new experience in dental practice management," said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein North American Dental Practice Solutions. "Not only is it cloud-based, but it also improves workflow and practice efficiency with an entirely new, easy-to-learn interface that we created based on hundreds of hours of usability research."

Recognized by Dental Products Report (DPR) as one of the five Top Upgrades and Innovations of 2013, Dentrix Ascend offers a unique approach to managing office workflow in the way it delivers real-time information. "While most software systems provide reports that look back at data from the month before, Dentrix Ascend provides a dashboard of real-time information to ensure dental team members focus on the most important tasks, right away. In addition, it streamlines the path for completing those tasks," Bunker added.

Customers can subscribe to Dentrix Ascend on a month-to-month basis, offering dentists greater flexibility than long-term service contracts. In addition, Dentrix Ascend includes many features that are typically costly add-on modules in other systems--such as patient reminder services and electronic insurance claim submission -- all for a single monthly price.

For more information about Dentrix Ascend, visit

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500(R) Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100(R) Index, Henry Schein employs more than 16,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 800,000 customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 26 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $9.6 billion in 2013, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16% since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at

SOURCE Henry Schein, Inc.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ritter Dental Co-Sponsors The DentalXP Implant Lecture Series


CE Lecture Series will Feature DentalXP’s Leading Educators 


San Antonio, TX – April 9, 2014 – Ritter Dental USA’s Implant Division is co-sponsoring a nation-wide series of dental implant lectures presented by Dr. Maurice Salama, Dr. Henry Salama and other distinguished DentalXP “XPerts”. 


The Ritter/DentalXP Implant Lecture Series was launched with a presentation by implant thought leader Dr. Henry Salama. Dental professionals gathered for the event on February 10th, to make the Fort Lauderdale, Florida venue standing room only. 


Dr. Salama’s presentation, “Making Successful Clinical Decisions and Anterior Esthetic and Implant Therapies: Success by Design”, provided a clear blueprint for delivering esthetic implant supported restorations, an integral component of designing beautiful smiles and achieving successful results in any environment.  


The second lecture of the series was presented by renowned implantologist and clinical educator, Dr. Maurice Salama, on March 20th in Atlanta. Dr. Salama’s presentation entitled “Modern Tooth Replacement Strategies: Implants, Optical Scanning and Digital Workflow in Clinical Practice” was filled to capacity and will be offered in other cities during the upcoming months.


The next The Ritter/DentalXP event will be on May 8th in Dallas, Texas.



Dr. Henry Salama, will once again present his popular and timely lecture “Making Successful Clinical Decisions in Anterior Esthetic and Implant Therapy: Success by Design.”  This 2.5 CEU course takes an interdisciplinary team approach to help restorative dentists, surgeons, orthodontists and laboratory technicians make the right decisions when treating an esthetically-demanding patient.Click for more information and registration. 


Seating for this event is limited. You can also register by calling Ritter Dental USA toll-free at: 855-807-8111. 


The Implant Lecture Series is the 2014 version of the Ritter Road Show, which was started in the fourth quarter of 2013. According to Ritter Dental CEO Fred Battah, “We’re very excited for the transformation of the Ritter Road show with our strategic co-sponsor DentalXP. There is a great demand for dental implant CE – Especially when it’s provided by the highly respected clinical educators from DentalXP.”

About Ritter Dental USA


Based in San Antonio, Texas, Ritter Dental USA is the sister company of Ritter Concept GmbH, which is headquartered in Germany and designs and manufactures, world-class dental equipment that includes dental units, chairs, stools, instruments and dental implants. For more details, Follow Ritter Dental USA onFacebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube andGoogle+.


About DentalXP


DentalXP is dentistry’s fastest growing online Dental Education website, with visitors from over 140 countries. The content on the website is provided by dentists who are widely recognized as experts in their fields. Included in the content are online lectures, online educational videos, articles, product information, and online courses. For more information,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Electro-stimulation of Spinal Cords may Help End Paralysis

Paralysis.  It's a word that strikes fear into almost all of us.

Yet, many are living with the horrors of it every day.

That's why this story on is so intriguing.


It seems that researchers at the University of Louisville may accidentally stumbled upon a clue to helping end this terrible disability.

It seems that patients implanted with a device that provides electrical impulse stimulation of damaged spinal cords can actually regain voluntary movement.  Now, it requires implanting a stimulation device and it only allows for "some" movement… Still it is the first real breakthrough in some time.


Could this actually lead to a cure?   No one is sure, but it sure bears more research.

For more on this fascinating story, see the full article (and video) at  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Could you Really Charge your Smartphone in 30 Seconds?

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If the picture above makes you think of your smartphone by late afternoon/early evening.   I know your pain.  I'm not currently suffering from the problem, but over the years I have several mart phones that would run out of power before I would.  We're so dependent on our devices now, that having low battery problems can really impact your life.
Well good news is coming.  According to the Wall Street Journal, there is an Israeli company that has announced a batter charger for the Samsung Galaxy 4 that can recharge the battery to 100% in just 30 seconds.  They are also working on chargers for other devices as well.
The company, StoreDot.Ltd announced the product yesterday at Microsoft's Think Next conference in Tel Aviv.
This is one of those game changing technologies that will move everything ahead as it hits the markets and other companies race in to compete.
StoreDot.Ltd even has a video posted on Youtube that will show a demo of the device.
Interesting?  You bet.  If it all rings true, this could really shake things up!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Coming Soon: PeriRx LLC’s Breakthrough Salivary Test to Aid in the Fight Against Oral Cancer

As most of you regular readers know, I'm very passionate about oral cancer detection.  Oral cancer is a terribly debilitating and potentially disfiguring disease that my profession is constantly on the lookout for.  One person every hour dies of this horrible disease and those that survive can suffer terrible loss of quality of life.

We all need to be doing everything within our power to find and irradiate this disease.  If caught early, it can be treated conservatively.  However, if it is caught late, aggressive treatment is frequently needed.  If caught in stage 3 or 4, the five year survival rate is low.

So the point is, we all need to be doing as much as possible to find this disease in its earliest and smallest stages.  That is why I frequently post here about screening for oral cancer as well as products that can help practitioners detect it early.

That's why I was excited to get the following press release.  Anything that holds the promise of helping to detecting oral cancer as soon as possible, bears mentioning here.


The World’s Most Clinically Advanced and Scientifically Validated Molecular DNA Biomarker Test for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma is Launching in Late Spring



Havertown, PA – April 3, 2014 – PeriRx LLC, a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology recently announced that it will be introducing the world’s most clinically advanced and scientifically validated molecular DNA biomarker test for oral squamous cell carcinoma detection in the late spring.


According to PeriRx LLC’s CEO Stephen M. Swanick, “This is a simple-to-use, painless and noninvasive test designed for front line healthcare practitioners that enables them to detect disease earlier, enhance patient wellness and reduce the overall cost of healthcare.”  


The salivary test is based on a strong scientific foundation of NIH-funded research with initial discovery and pre-validation work by Dr. David Wong of the University of California at Los Angeles. The test also has the distinction of being the first of its kind assay in the world to aid in the identification and early detection of oral lesions at the highest risk for cancer.


These discriminatory salivary biomarkers have been clinically validated in multiple large trials including studies in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and with premiere US academic medical centers such as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the Providence Health System in Detroit.

For more information, visit To become an early adopter of the salivary test, or to become an investor in PeriRx LLC, contact Stephen M. Swanick at 610-449-9625 or 


About PeriRx LLC:


Based in Havertown, Pennsylvania, PeriRx LLC is a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology that will help clinical professionals detect and treat diseases sooner and enhance the practice of wellness management.  

The company was founded in 2008 to explore, innovate, and develop novel therapeutics or devices focused on the oral inflammatory/systemic connection. The PeriRx executive team consists of CEO Stephen M. Swanick, an entrepreneur and experienced drug and device development professional; Dr. Neil Gottehrer, a practicing dentist; and Dr. Jack Martin, a cardiologist. 


PeriRx obtained its patented and patent-pending technologies from inventor Dr. David Wong’s firm RNAmeTRIX and the Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles. PeriRx and RNAmeTrix have ongoing agreements which ensure the continuing research and development necessary to advance product development from clinical trial, through FDA approval, and into commercialization.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Brasseler USA® Introduces the DuraBraze® Diamond Powered by SpotBrazing™ Technology



SAVANNAH, GA (April 1, 2014) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to introduce the next generation in diamond technology, the DuraBraze® crown and bridge preparation diamond. 


A revolutionary new technology, SpotBrazing is employed in the design and manufacture of the DuraBraze diamond. This patented process improves both the bonding and the spacing of the diamond crystals on the instrument.


According to Larry Rose, Director of Rotary Innovation at Brasseler USA, “DuraBraze addresses key issues that the practitioner encounters in crown and bridge preparation, namely cutting degradation, resulting from either the premature detachment of diamond crystals or clogging of the diamond matrix by debris.  Our feedback from practitioners was that they noticed a distinct difference in both the consistency and the longevity of the cut with the DuraBraze.  DuraBraze is a substantial improvement for those practitioners who emphasize crown and bridge as a core competency.” 


Other key features of DuraBraze include:


  • Advanced self-cleaning channels – with more open spacing between diamond crystals, debris is easily removed and clogging is minimal, resulting in fewer bur changes while saving time and money.
  • Significantly smoother performance and less vibration during bulk reduction.   

 For more information about the DuraBraze Diamond bur and all Brasseler products and services, please visit or call 800-841-4522.


About Brasseler USA®


Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and oral hygiene. Over the past 35 years, Brasseler USA 

has developed a reputation as an innovative market leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instruments and power systems under one brand in the world. For more information, please visit