Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wi-Fi Goes Wild at Kauffmann Stadium

I love baseball.  I mean I  flatout love the game.  

And one of the things I love the most is that it's a game that you can actually compare to the game that was played in the past.  Some things you can't compare, such as the steroid era, but most of the time you can.

I also, being a tech lover, get a buzz over being able to sit at a game and bring stats up on my iPhone to compare and contrast what a player is doing this year vs his career, vs this pitcher, etc.

I remember the first time I was able to get Wi-Fi at Kauffmann Stadium ("The K" as we affectionately know it here in Kansas City).  It wasn't available everywhere in the park, but mh\y seats are directly behind home plate and if you were friendly with the staff, they would give you the password even though it was a secured access point.  The connection had screaming speeds, allowing me to Tweet out photos, Vine videos, etc in a matter of seconds.

Then about midseason last season (late July or so) the wireless disappeared.  The staff didn't seem to know what happened to it, but it was gone.

Then, late in the regular season, it returned.  This time it was supersonic kind of fast.  It also didn't require a password.  The access points were wide open and I couldn't believe the how fast the speed was.

Not wanting to trust my security on an open connection, I setup my VPN and was still getting download & upload speeds that I just couldn't believe,  AAMOF, I wish I would have kept track of the speeds as they were incredible.

Well today I stumbled across a great article explaining how MLB is working on bringing these incredible Wi-Fi services to every stadium..If you are a geek or  diehard fan like me, this is just the beginning of an amazing "tip of the iceberg."  

The most amazing part of the article linked above is that at "The K" during game 7 of the World Series, the crowd moved over 2 Terabytes of data.  That's right 2 Terabytes and it all came from phones, iPads, all kinds of user controlled personal electronics.  That's just  amazing to me.

Give the article a read and see how MLB is working, ahead of the curve,  to bring the Internet to the user.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Study: Alcohol Consumption Can Have a Negative Impact on Gum Health Recent Study Published in the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) Reveals that Drinking May Increase Periodontal Disease Risk Factors, Exacerbate Existing Periodontitis

CHICAGO (June 29, 2015)—In a recent study published ahead of print in the Journal of Periodontology, Brazilian researchers have found that consumption of alcoholic beverages can have adverse effects on the health of a person’s gums, aggravating existing cases of severe periodontal disease or increasing periodontal disease risk factors. Moreover, previous research indicates that poor oral hygiene is a common trait in alcohol users, thus increasing drinkers’ susceptibility for developing periodontal disease. 
“Although the topic of alcohol use and its effect on periodontal health requires further research, this report offers valuable insight on why our patients should care for their gums and teeth, especially if they enjoy the occasional drink,” remarked Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, President of the American Academy of Periodontology.
In the study entitled, “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and Cytokines,” researchers assessed a sample of 542 regular alcohol users, occasional drinkers, and non-drinkers both with and without periodontitis. 
Some key findings noted in the study include:
  • The severity of a regular alcohol user’s existing periodontitis correlated incrementally with the frequency of his or her alcohol consumption. As a result, these individuals were found to require additional periodontal treatment. 
  • Drinkers without periodontitis saw an increased incidence of gums that bled with gentle manipulation. 
  • More frequently than the non-drinkers in the study, drinkers who did not have periodontitis presented clinical attachment levels of four millimeters or greater. 
  • Drinkers without periodontitis exhibited a higher presence of plaque than their non-drinking counterparts. Study researchers noted that alcohol’s drying effect on the mouth may contribute to the formation of plaque that can trigger an inflammatory response in the gums. 
“Alcohol slows the production of saliva, which helps neutralize the acids produced by plaque, and an accumulation of these acids can lead to the early stages of periodontal disease,” continued Dr. Otomo-Corgel. “For patients who are diagnosed with periodontal disease, it’s imperative that they are encouraged to be completely honest about their drinking habits. This information can guide in determining appropriate treatment and next steps.”
A full version of “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and Cytokines,” study can be found in an upcoming print edition of the Journal of Periodontology.
For more information about periodontal disease, please visit
About the Journal of Periodontology

Established in 1930 as the official publication of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) publishes original papers of the highest scientific quality to support the practice, education, and research in the dental specialty of periodontics. The Journal is published monthly.

About the American Academy of Periodontology

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents over 8,000 periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Big Thank You to Ultradent & All Who Attended Friday's Lecture

On Friday, I had a great day in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I was at the Trump Tower Casino courtesy of Ultradent. For those of you who don't know, Atlantic City is the town that Monopoly is based on.

I love doing these types of seminars! The crowd asked tons of really good questions & I'm pretty sure I got as much out of the meeting as they did.

Ultradent always does a really good job of putting these events together and this one was no exception. It was a great venue, great food, and great people were in attendance. If you were there, thanks so much for the hospitality!

This was my second trip to Atlantic City and it just keeps getting better.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cheap Trick & Peter Frampton - The Best Things in Life are, well, 80's

Other than the 60's, there may not have been a better time to have come of age, than the 1980s.

Punk rock like the Sex Pistols, New Wave, lots of avant guard kind of stuff, it was just a great time full of wild and artsy stuff. Add to that the resurgence of the blues with things like Stevie Ray Vaughn and it was just an amazing time for artists.

From that sort of crock pot of artists came a roaring juggernaut called "Cheap Trick". Born in Rockford, Illinois in 1973, the 4 band members created a visual appearance of 2 good looking rock stars (Robin Zander on vocals and rhythm guitar, Tom Petersen on 12 string bass (his own invention)) and 2 nerdy looking guys (Bun E. Carlos on drums, Rick Nielsen on lead guitar).

For some reason this group became one of my favorites and I have been a fan since their early days.

On Thursday June18, here in Kansas City, I got a chance to see them again and they did not disappoint. The bad opened for Peter Frampton and tore thought an amazing set. The guys are all now in their 60s, but heck I'm no spring chicken anymore either. It was a great night outside at KC's Starlight Theater and the weather cooperated.

Suffice it to say, it was a great evening & I came away with some great memories.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Profluorid® Varnish - Light and Tasteful White Transparent 5% Sodium Fluoride Varnish

Here's an announcement from my good friends at VOCO.  For patients looking for the protection of fluoride varnish, but with several light flavors, give Profluorid Varnish a try.

VOCO proudly presents Profluorid "operatory ready" SingleDose 200 pack.  Profluorid is a thin, great tasting, white transparent, 5% NaF varnish that has quickly become the popular choice among hygienists and their patients alike.

Profluorid's new 200 pack allows users to position the product within their operatory for easy retrieval eliminating the need for additional trips to the store room.  As a varnish Profluorid seals off the dentinal tubules and offers high immediate fluoride release to relieve hypersensitivity, setting up in seconds after contact with saliva.  Enhanced flow characteristics allow Profluorid to reach areas that traditional varnishes may miss.

Profluorid Varnish has an easy, non-messy SingleDose delivery system making teh application headache free for users which is complented by its low film thickness, light taste, and enjoyable flavors (Caramel, Melon, Cherry, and Mint).

For more information on Profluorid Varnish please visit the VOCO America website.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Range Extender Solves Wi-Fi Problems

Wireless networking has become something that most of us use on a regular basis and, in fact, demand in many public places.  I know when I travel  if there isn't free Wi-Fi in my hotel and in  every airport, I start to wonder about their levels of customer service.

The same goes with our homes and offices.  While I'm still preaching hard wired  ethernet connections for mission critical workstations in the office, Wi-Fi permeates the rest of my world like an invisible fog of connectivity.

Of course, the problem with Wi-Fi is the reliability issue.  Wireless strengths & signals vary & that means a screaming connection in one room can be a squeaky connection in another.

However, I think I've found a solution.  The device pictured above is the Netgear N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender.  This little $35 gizmo is the answer to those of you who have ever spent long tedious evenings cursing the 802.11 gods because your connection keeps dropping or is so stinking slow that you could send a fax faster.

The N300 has beauty in its simplicity.  Not visible in the photo above are the prongs that allow this device to plug directly into an AC outlet.  Once it has power, the setup is so easy, it's frightening.  It literally took me about 5 minutes, maybe less, to have it up and running.

In a nutshell, it connects to an existing Wi-Fi network where there is a strong signal and then it becomes a separate router that broadcasts a signal into an area that does not have coverage.

Here's an example.  A Wi-Fi router is on one side of the building and coverage on the opposite side of the building is weak or no there at all.  Placing the N300 halfway across the building allows it to get a great connection to the original router while also covering the portion of the building that had weak or  no coverage previously.

This is a great way to solve the problem for low cost both for the hardware as well as IT budget to deploy it.

It's available from Amazon and other retailers...

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fluoride Facts from the American Dental Association

If you've signed up, ADA members can frequently receive an email in their Inbox titled the ADA Morning Huddle.

Personally I find much of the info to be frequently fascinating to me and also educational.  There are often interesting little tidbits of wisdom as well as items that are in the dental news.

One recent edition had some pretty cool stuff on fluoride.

For those of you who are not in dentistry, fluoride is an element that can, simply put, bind to the enamel of your teeth making the resulting enamel much more resistant to tooth decay.  It's simple and effective.  It is frequently found in most municipal water supplies, toothpastes, and other items (such as some mouthwashes).

The ADA Morning Huddle had a quick note about fluoride along with a link for more info.   The info below is from that link & I think it is great information for those of you who are not trained in dentistry.

For the web page, here is the link.  Otherwise, here is what the site had to say:

Nature's Cavity Fighter

Fluoride is a mineral that helps fight tooth decay. It is found in public water supplies, toothpaste and many other dental products. 

Often called, “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen. Research shows that fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, use other fluoride dental products, and drink water with fluoride you are preventing cavities and strengthening your teeth’s outer surface, called enamel. 

If you have a good chance of getting cavities, your dentist can apply fluoride to your teeth during your dental visit. Your dentist might also tell you to use a special fluoride rinse, paste or gel at home.

Should I brush my child's teeth with fluoride toothpaste?

  • For children younger than 3 years, start brushing their teeth as soon as they start to appear in the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush your children’s teeth twice a day (morning and night) or as directed by your dentist or physician.
  • For children 3 to 6 years of age, use no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and brush teeth twice a day.
  • Always supervise your child’s brushing to make sure they use the right amount of toothpaste and try and get your child to spit out most of the toothpaste.
  • Look for a toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to make sure it contains fluoride and helps prevent cavities.