Thursday, April 19, 2018

Brasseler USA® Introduces C-Series Carbide Burs

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Innovative Single-Piece Carbide Construction Improves Strength and Durability

SAVANNAH, GA (April 17, 2018) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to expand upon its extensive family of operative carbide burs with its new C-Series Carbides. The latest addition to the classic Peter Brasseler Series, C-Series Carbides, are designed to address the #1 problem clinicians experience while using carbide burs, breakage.

“Carbide burs have traditionally been designed with a two-piece construction. Our new single-piece design enhances head integrity, a major advance in the marketplace,” explains Larry Rose, Director of Innovations for Brasseler USA.

The unique and durable single-piece construction of the C-Series Carbides can enhance patient care and minimizes unforeseen handpiece repairs, improving clinicians’ daily practice flow. In addition to its innovative single-piece solid carbide construction, C-Series Carbides feature improved blade geometry for extremely rapid and precise cutting, consistent with the superior performance and quality that dental professionals have come to expect from the Peter Brasseler Series.

Now available in head sizes less than 1.6mm, C-Series Carbides offer a wide selection of the most popular operative carbide shapes, including 330, 557, 245, and Rounds.

For more information about Brasseler USA’s extensive offering of operative carbide burs as well as the company’s full roster of comprehensive product and service solutions for all dental, hygiene and laboratory professionals, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 
800-841-4522.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

National Oral Health Report: A State of Decay

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Oral Health America has just released their latest report on older Americans and oral health services.  The OHA’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.  That’s a very noble endeavor.  They have been releasing these reports since 2003 and the data continues to expand.  As we all know, the population of America continues to grow and along with that comes the expansion of older Americans.  OHA is on the front lines of making sure that these folks are looked after and some of the data included with the report is fascinating.
 
Here is what the OHA has to say about their report:

Today, Oral Health America (OHA) releases A State of Decay, Vol. IV – a state by state analysis examining the state and national variables impacting the oral health of older adults as a key factor to their overall health and wellness. Did you know – by 2029 the baby boomer generation will include older adults ranging from ages 65 to 83 years old? While the 65+ population will fall under the same Medicare system, the needs of the oldest and youngest baby boomers will look very different. A State of Decay, Vol. IV illustrates states’ progress in some areas and the need for continued action and long-term systems change solutions. OHA has created supplemental resources, including key messages and guidelines on how to talk about state scores, for stakeholders to use while advocating locally and engaging in conversation about what they are doing in their state to advance the oral health of older adults.

As advocates for oral health equity for all, we urge you to use A State of Decay to tackle the unaddressed issues in your state and work toward changing the lives of seniors. We know it’s not about a pretty smile – it’s about whole body health, and it starts with us. 

If you’d like to download the report and take a look at this fascinating data, here is the link.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Problems with the Internet of Things

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We are now becoming surrounded with devices in the “Internet of Things” (IoT) such as CCTV cameras, thermostats, light switches, and almost anything else that connects to our networks.
 
Having smart devices is an amazing thing and definitely makes life easier.  Adjusting your thermostat from your phone on the way home is just one way these devices are changing the world.  It’s only going to expand as more and more “smart” devices hit the market.
 
However, as with all things digital, there is the security issue side of it.  Unfortunately the hackers are now learning to exploit these devices and can actually use them to wreak havoc, including stealing data.
 
 
Needless to say, if you are reading this and you are in healthcare, this could be a potential issue for you.  It would behoove you to make sure you have as much network security as possible.  The days are over where you didn’t need professional IT help.  Today data and network security are just part of doing business.  I highly recommend getting a security assessment and following the recommended adjustments to your data security protocols.
 
Even with security vigilance attacks can happen.  The best defense is to prepare as much as possible…

Monday, April 16, 2018

Dental Recycling North America is *Giving Away* Amalgam Separators!!!

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In case you haven’t heard… the EPA has required all dental offices to install amalgam separators.  The rule has been on the books since last July 14 (2017) and will require compliance by July 14, 2020.  While that seems like it might be a ways away, it’s never a bad thing to prepare early.  As the deadline looms ever more close, costs will probably go up and supply could very well go down.  That could mean you might be scrambling to get your office in compliance.  More info from the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations can be seen with this link.  
 
However, how would you like to get in compliance and not have to pay for the amalgam separator?  You heard me right.  I’m talking about FREE.
 
I had an amalgam separator installed a few years ago.  To me it just seemed to be the right thing to do.  I installed a unit that I purchased from Dental Recycling North America (DRNA).  Over the years, I’ve learned to trust them for providing a turn-key solution that I can count on.
 
Now, the good people at DRNA are offering an *incredible* deal for you.  You can get a unit valued at $850 dollars that meets the EPA rule for FREE!!!  This offer is for the fist 1000 customers and is good through December 2018.  Interested?  I thought so.  Call 1-800-360-1001 extension 2 and ask for David Picone to receive the special offer.
 
For those of you unfamiliar with how these devices work, here is the rundown.  The separator size is based on the number of practice treatment facilities.  It is installed as part of the vacuum system and removes all amalgam pieces and residue before the waste water enters back into the city drain.  About once per year the filter must be replaced.  DRNA will ship you one when it’s time for maintenance.  Simply call your local service tech and they can perform the switch quickly and easily.  I love the fact that DRNA ships the new filter every year so that the office doesn’t need to keep track of anything.
 
The system has performed exactly as it should for as long as I’ve had it.  I highly recommend DRNA.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

SpaceX CRS-14 NASA Launch



On April 2nd I got the chance of a lifetime.  I was invited to witness the SpaceX CRS-14 NASA Launch during a behind the scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  I got to stand pretty much right where this video was taken, in the media area for launch.

It was an incredible day.  In addition to the launch, I toured and stood on the launch pad where the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions were launched, toured part of NASA's lab, and also toured the Vehicle Assembly Building which, I learned, is the largest one story building on the planet.

I've been really fortunate to get to do some incredible things in my life and this one might have just moved into the #1 slot on my list of 10 Best Things I got to Do.

How did I get this lucky you may ask?  Well, my advice is to go to Twitter and follow @NASASocial.  Believe it or not, they have these gatherings on a regular basis and I simply applied when a social gathering was announced.  I figured that I had as good a chance to make it as anyone, and by some small miracle, I was one of 40 people chosen for the event.

This was truly a nerd's dream come true and I'm keeping my ID badge from the event forever!

I big thank you to NASA and to their social media team for giving me a day I'll never forget.  Walking where heros and geniuses have walked is a rare and amazing feeling.  I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ultradent Announces Dr. Bertice Berry as Keynote Speaker for Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women

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South Jordan, UT April 5, 2018 – Ultradent is pleased to announce Dr. Bertice Berry as the keynote speaker for the upcoming event Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women.

Dr. Berry is a best-selling author of 11 fiction and non-fiction books, award-winning lecturer, and doctor of sociology. She has also been named Comedian-of-the Year, Lecturer-of-the-Year, and Entertainer-of-the Year by various organizations.

Dr. Bertice Berry has hosted her own nationally syndicated television show, and appeared on The Tonight Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Crossfire, 20/20, NPR, PBS, Comedy Central, and CNN. Dr. Berry has also been a featured speaker at TEDx.

Dr. Berry’s literary work covers a wide range of topics, including healthcare, humor, health and wellness, relationships, servant leadership, diversity, love, and finding your purpose. Berry has also led parades, had classrooms named after her, and been awarded ten honorary doctorates. She earned her own doctoral degree from Kent State University at the age of 26. Dr. Berry firmly believes that every person has a unique purpose and that it is everyone’s obligation to find it and use it to improve one’s own life and the lives of others.

Dr. Berry is the adoptive mother to five children, which she considers her greatest accomplishment.

About Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women

The Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women event will take place June 22–23, 2018 at Ultradent’s international headquarters in South Jordan, UT. It will feature iconic women in the field of dentistry teaching classes and workshops on everything from work/life balance, practice building and management, esthetic dentistry, lasers, and more.

Attendees will be treated to a special dinner in an orchard at the home of Dr. Dan Fischer, founder and CEO of Ultradent, as well as a cocktail social where attendees can mingle with each other and the event’s speakers. Additionally, all other meals, including another special dinner event, will be included in the price of the workshop.

By attending Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women, clinicians will earn 16 continuing education credits. Registration begins March 8, 2018, with 100 spots available. The early bird ticket rate is $99, and is available until April 20, 2018. After that, tickets are $199.

Ultradent has reserved hotel rooms for rates ranging from $109/night to $129/night at the Courtyard Marriott, the Hampton Inn, and the Residence Inn in Sandy, Utah. More hotel information is available at www.iconsofdentistry.com.

To register for, or learn more about Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women, please call 800.520.6640 or visit www.iconsofdentistry.com.

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About Ultradent Products, Inc.
Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer of high-tech dental materials, devices and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s mission is to improve the level of dental health care and to make dental procedures more predictable and hassle free. Consistent with its mission, Ultradent works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Comedian Jim Gaffigan set to perform at Dentsply Sirona World

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One of the country’s most popular and widespread appealing comedians, Gaffigan will perform in an intimate entertainment experience for DSW18 attendees on opening night of the 3-day educational festival 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 6, 2018) – Dentsply Sirona Inc., The Dental Solutions CompanyTM, announced today that three-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer and two-time New York Times best-selling author Jim Gaffigan will perform a private standup act for Dentsply Sirona World attendees in Orlando, Florida on Thursday evening, Sept. 13. 
 

Known around the world for his unique brand of humor, Gaffigan's standup revolves around his observations on life, including being lazy, bad eating habits and being a husband and father to five children.
“We’re very excited to have Jim Gaffigan performing at Dentsply Sirona World,” said Vice President of Marketing Ingo Zimmer. “Our goal is to bring the best of everything to our attendees and bringing our attendees together in laughter is a great way to kick-off the first evening of DSW18.”

Gaffigan has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for comedy albums, “Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe,” “Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed” and “Cinco.“ Additionally, he also won a Daytime Emmy in 2016 for his humor commentaries for CBS Sunday Morning. He has 10 films slated to release or start production in 2018, hitting almost every genre including comedy, drama, thriller, fantasy and animated features. His new standup special “Noble Ape” will release worldwide July 17 on multiple platforms, a first for a major comedian.


In 2013, Jim’s first book ‘Dad is Fat’ was released by Crown Publishing and debuted at #5 on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List and remained on the list for 17 weeks after. His second book, “Food: A Love Story” was released in the fall of 2014 and debuted at #3 on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List.


Gaffigan is currently on his new Fixer Upper international arena and theater comedy tour, with dates in China, Japan, England, Ireland, Belgium, Amsterdam, Canada, Paris, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, in addition to his special appearance at Dentsply Sirona World in September.

A three-day educational extravaganza, Dentsply Sirona World offers groundbreaking general sessions, innovative and informative breakout sessions, copious networking opportunities and amazing entertainment for all who attend the event at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

Lock in your spot in the audience for Gaffigan’s performance and all other DSW18 events by registering now to attend. Act quickly, as Early Bird registration rates are available for Dentsply Sirona World through May 31. Doctor registration is offered for only $1,795 (regular $1,995). Staff/spouse/guest/technician registration is only $1,095 (regularly $1,195) and is buy three get one FREE! Register now at www.dentsplysironaworld.com or contact the DSW18 hotline at 1-844-462-7476 or email events@dentsplysironaworld.com.

ABOUT DENTSPLY SIRONA:
Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. As
The Dental Solutions Company TM, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry. Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit www.dentsplysirona.com for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.