Wednesday, October 22, 2014

COSMEDENT INTRODUCES A NEW PORCELAIN REPAIR KIT Fast & Easy Porcelain Repairs


Cosmedent’s new Porcelain Repair Kit makes it fast and easy for dentists to achieve long-lasting porcelain repairs. This kit will help dentists mask metal and dark grey with Pink Opaque, protect the gingival tissue from damage and patient sensitivity with Ginga-GUARD, etch and silanate to enhance the bond to porcelain and create long-lasting adhesion with Cosmedent’s COMPLETE bonding adhesive. To order call a Cosmedent Customer Care Representative today at 800-621-6729 or visit Cosmedent.com.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DentalEZ® Group Announces #MyStarHandpiece Facebook Sweepstakes




For Immediate Release

Enter to Win a Free StarDental® High-Speed or Hygiene Handpiece of Choice
 Plus Five Years of Handpiece Repair Services 

Malvern, PA (October 20, 2014) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce its #MyStarHandpiece Sweepstakes. Currently running on the DentalEZ Group Facebook page, winners of the #MyStarHandpiece sweepstakes have the option to choose between one of two grand prizes: a StarDental® High-Speed or Hygiene Handpiece along with five years of free handpiece repair.  

Open to all U.S. practicing licensed dentists and hygienists, the #MyStarHandpiece sweepstakes runs from October 7, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Entering the sweepstakes is easy. DentalEZ Group Facebook fans can simply visit the DentalEZ Group Facebook page at facebook.com/dentalezgroup and click on the “#MyStarHandpiece” sweepstakes tab. An online registration entry form will appear and dental professionals will be prompted to complete the form as instructed. Non-fans of the DentalEZ Group Facebook page can also enter for a chance to win. 

Participants can submit up to one entry per day and each submission counts as one entry towards the grand prize. One grand prize will be awarded for every 100 entries (i.e. if there are fewer than 100 entries, one winner will be chosen, if there are 101-200 entries, two winners will be chosen, etc., until a maximum of five prizes are awarded.) The grand prize winner(s) will be selected in a random drawing on or about January 5, 2015 and potential winners will be notified within five days of the drawing.  

StarDental’s classic high-speed dental and hygiene handpieces offer extraordinary strength and durability that dental professionals rely on. StarDental has a highly-trained customer support and field sales staff that work closely alongside dental practices to troubleshoot any issues that may occur as well as train and install office protocols for proper handpiece maintenance. Visit the new 360 Customer Care online tool for handpiece maintenance and repair.

Please visit DentalEZ Group’s StarDental product page for more detailed information on the many features and benefits of the Company’s wide variety of StarDental handpieces.

To enter the #MyStarHandpiece Sweepstakes, please visit facebook.com/dentalezgroup

About DentalEZ® Group

DentalEZ® Group is committed to advancing the practice of dentistry through innovative products and services. Encompassing six distinct product brands — StarDental®, DentalEZ®, CustomAir®, RAMVAC®, NevinLabs and Columbia Dentoform® — DentalEZ® Group manufactures everything in the operatory, from handpieces to chairs to vacuum systems to dental simulation models, creating a complete line of products to elevate the health, comfort
and efficiency of the dental operatory. For more information, please visit dentalez.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ultradent Makes Big Changes to Ultradent.com




The good folks at Ultradent have been hard at work on their website and have made some pretty incredible changes.  One of the nice things about Ultradent as a company is that they truly value their customers and the customer experience.  Because of that, they've made changes focusing on making the site easier to use and also formatting it for the changing way we access the Internet.

1. Mobile Friendly
A recent stat says the over 97% of people with smart phones have them within an arm's reach 24-7.  Amazing huh?  With that stat in mind, Ultradent has made their site mobile friendly for a better experience no matter what type of device you use for access.

2. Improved Navigation
Improved navigation makes it even easier to access wherever you need to go on the site.

3. Faster search with better results
Enhanced search functions are now faster than ever and better at providing the search results you're looking for.

4. Improved Quick Lists
They have made significant improvements to the quick-lists, making it even easier to order the items you use most.

  • Create unique lists for the items you want to order, and reorder together
  • easily add your custom list products to your cart for quicker shopping
  • Add products to your lists from the product pages or shopping cart

Sounds good, doesn't it?  Head on over to the new Ultradent site and take a look around!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Blog is on Hold This Week for Royals Post-Season




I hate to do this, but with my beloved Royals in the post season, it's just too hard to see patients, make it to games, AND blog.

So... for this week I'm taking time off.

Hopefully I can resume next week.

Thanks for your understanding and continued reading!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Students to Learn about Complete Digital Workflow Process in Fully Equipped Operatories

Charlotte, NC (October 10, 2014) – Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry, has recently entered into a unique digital dentistry agreement with Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) that will enable GSDM to become the first all-digital school of dentistry in the nation, providing dental students at GSDM the opportunity to learn about the current digital dentistry landscape in fully equipped operatories. 

Specifically, all dental students will have ready access to the latest digital equipment purchased from Sirona in order to experience a full digital dentistry workflow, including both dental and laboratory techniques and applications. The GSDM Patient Treatment Centers will now be furnished with equipment from Sirona’s CEREC®, Schick, GALILEOS and inLab® product lines.   

A digital dentistry task force was established to transform the dental school curriculum to a completely digital learning environment. The task force set out with a goal to provide students with all of the tools needed for comprehensive treatment plans and efficient delivery of the highest level of oral healthcare using digital dental technologies. It evaluated the necessary facilities, equipment and technical support required to create a seamless all-inclusive system. GSDM sought to make the digital conversion as user-friendly and seamless as possible. The findings of that task force led GSDM to enter into an agreement with Sirona that will enable GSDM to become the first all-digital school of dentistry in the nation. Sirona is able to offer an expansive leading product portfolio, strong technical support and seamless technology integration capabilities. Sirona’s digital technology is used as an educational tool as well as for hands-on clinical experience in the majority of dental schools.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carestream Dental Signs Integration Agreement with Sesame Communications

Relationship enhances automated online marketing and communications for dentists and specialists using Carestream Dental practice management software
ATLANTA–Carestream Dental, a worldwide provider of industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals, today announced an integration agreement with Sesame Communications, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions to help dental care providers accelerate new patient acquisition and build patient loyalty.
Under the terms of the agreement, Carestream Dental will develop bidirectional integration for Sesame services in its CS PracticeWorks, CS SoftDent, CS OrthoTrac and CS WinOMS practice management software products. In addition, Carestream Dental will provide technical assistance to Sesame Communications for their existing practice management software integrations with Carestream Dental practice management software products.
“We are very excited to add Sesame Communications as an Integrated Partner as we continue to expand our partnership channel in the patient communications and practice marketing arena to better serve our customers,” Alistair Bruce, general manager, global dental practice management solutions business, Carestream Dental, said. “The agreement will ensure the stability of Sesame’s existing integrations with Carestream Dental practice management software products and allow for the development of enhanced functionality between Sesame services and our practice management software products to provide even more benefit to our mutual customers.”
“Automated appointment reminders are critical to improve efficiency and increase production within dental practices, and is a core component of Dental Sesame,” Diana P. Friedman, president and CEO, Sesame Communications, said. “We are honored to be working with Carestream Dental within its Integrated Partner program and are excited about the tremendous benefits this new cross-system functionality offers our valued dental care provider members.”
For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, call 800.944.6365 or visitwww.carestreamdental.com.
For more information on Sesame and its service offerings, call 866.437.5384 or visitwww.sesamecommunications.com.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Smoking & Drinking Increase Risk of Oral Cancer from HPV 16

For years now, I've been very passionate about screening for oral cancer at every dental cleaning appointment.  Now comes word from 2 studies that shows smoking & alcohol increase your susceptibility...  Here is the article that appeared on Time.com  


Research sheds new light on HPV risk factors

Your favorite health vices—smoking and drinking—may pave paths to HPV, two new studies find.

(By the way, you can only get oral HPV through intimate oral contact—not by sharing forks or kisses on the cheek, D’Souza says. It’s unclear whether French kissing, when you’re actually exchanging saliva, also does the trick.)A new study published in a research letter in JAMA looked at detailed health profiles from 6,887 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Those people with higher levels of biomarkers for tobacco exposure in their blood and urine also tended to have a higher prevalence of oral HPV type 16. That’s a strain that causes more than 90% of HPV-related oropharyngeal—or throat—cancers, says study co-author Dr. Gypsyamber D’Souza, associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The main causes of throat cancers are tobacco, alcohol and HPV, she says, but since tobacco use has declined in the U.S., HPV is becoming an increasingly important player.
“HPV is the primary causal agent of HPV-related oral cancer,” D’Souza says, and most people clear the infections on their own. “But these results suggest that tobacco may make these infections less likely to clear, and therefore smokers may have a higher risk of eventually developing oropharyngeal cancers.”
The increased risk doesn’t only come from smoking cigarettes: the researchers found an association with oral HPV-16 and tobacco exposure in general, even at very low levels indicative of secondhand smoke. People who were current tobacco users had more cases of oral HPV-16 than former users or people who had never used it.
The good news is that the HPV vaccine protects against HPV type 16, and though it hasn’t been definitively shown yet to protect against oral infection, some data suggest that it does, D’Souza says.
In other HPV-related news, a separate questionnaire study on 1,313 men published earlier this month in BMJ found that men who reported drinking more alcohol tended to also have higher levels of HPV. In fact, the biggest drinkers in the study had 69% of HPV prevalence vs 57% among the men who drank the least. (For HPV types that may increase the risk of cancer, those numbers were 35% vs 23%.)
Neither study could definitively point to a cause or mechanism, but studies have shown that smoking and drinking have immunosuppressive effects, which can promote inflammation and infection.
“What this adds to the story is an understanding of one reason why people who have not had very heavy sexual history, people who’ve had one lifetime partner . . . develop these cancers,” D’Souza says. “This cross-sectional study suggests that in some people tobacco use might be an explanation.”