Friday, February 24, 2017

KaVo™ Introduces Comprehensive Product Portfolio at 152nd Chicago Midwinter Meeting

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Global leader in dental instrumentation brings imaging and treatment units under its banner of quality 


Kavo is expanding its product offering beyond market-leading handpieces to include innovative treatment units and imaging solutions. The 152nd Chicago Midwinter Meeting — February 23-25, 2017 — is the first major tradeshow to feature all aspects of the new KaVo (Booth No. 1604), and the team is eager to introduce the North American market to its comprehensive product line.

The new KaVo imaging portfolio is the result of bringing the award-winning Instrumentarium Dental™ products under the KaVo brand. For more than six decades Instrumentarium Dental has been at the forefront of extraoral imaging innovation. It is KaVo’s intention and commitment to continue to grow the “OP™” hallmark and heritage under the KaVo brand.

In addition to developments on the imaging side of the business, KaVo treatment units will be available to the US market for the first time. The ESTETICA® E50 Life and ESTETICA E70/E80 Vision units are much more than dental chairs. They represent the pinnacle of KaVo ingenuity and state-of-the-art platforms for technology integration.


This transformation will also simplify the way KaVo supports its customers and products. A new website and single number for service and support,
1-888-ASK-KAVO, will launch on February 24, 2017.


KaVo is also marking this significant milestone with a new, modern logo. This rebranding helps emphasize KaVo’s position in dentistry as a global technology and equipment leader.


“Around the world, the KaVo brand is synonymous with quality,” said Alistair Simpson, Vice President of Global Marketing for KaVo Kerr. “Starting with this year’s Chicago Midwinter Meeting, we are excited to demonstrate to the market that reputation extends far beyond handpieces and instrumentation. Dental Excellence was the goal KaVo first set in 1909, and it continues to be our commitment to the dental professionals we serve.”

Expanding the KaVo portfolio does more than just combine expertise; it lays the groundwork for a truly integrated workflow and innovation rooted in practice problem-solving. For more information on KaVo visit



About KaVo 


KaVo is a dental products manufacturer with a comprehensive array of dental products ranging from skillfully designed dental instruments, to state-of-the-art dental practice equipment. KaVo’s full family of dental products also includes dental x-ray and diagnostics, dental CAD/CAM systems, dental education resources, as well as dental laboratory equipment and extensive opportunities for product accessorizing and upgrades.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

KaVo Kerr Debuts New Products, New Integrated Presence at 152nd Chicago Midwinter Meeting


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Over the years, the parent company of Kavo Kerr Group has made many acquisitions of companies in the dental space.  This is what has lead to the creation of Kavo Kerr Group as the umbrella over all of the companies.  It appears that now they will be displaying at trade shows in more of a “unified manner” so as to bring this unity to the forefront.  Here are the details: 



The combined team delivers a tradeshow experience designed to engage and educate dental professionals.

Exhibiting at a major tradeshow as a united organization for the first time, KaVo Kerr is excited to bring a new look and new products to the 152nd Chicago Midwinter Meeting this February.

KaVo Kerr, uniting two global leaders to deliver dental excellence, will debut a new logo representing the organization’s new identity. The logo is symbolic of our two organizations, represented as two building blocks, linked together to promote growth, innovation and forward thinking.

At the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, KaVo Kerr will share one dynamic booth — Booth No. 1402. In addition to bringing our integrated workflow solutions together in a single place where dentists can explore and engage, the new booth will feature an educational theater in its center dedicated to education. Over the course of the weekend there will be a number of presentations that highlight products, dental applications and technology trends. Dental professionals can stop by the booth, learn about the daily schedule and join those that are of interest to them. This is a physical representation of KaVo™ and Kerr™’s shared history and ongoing commitment to education and customer support. 


The booth will also be the showcase for a number of exciting product launches from equipment, restoratives and endodontics — details to follow.

“KaVo Kerr’s activities at the 2017 Chicago Midwinter Meeting reflect our ongoing efforts to connect with dental professionals around their core needs: education, inspiration and innovation that drives clinical excellence,” said Phil Prentice, Vice President of North America for KaVo Kerr. “The updated booth is exciting, but we are even more thrilled to see how this new space creates more opportunities for conversation with our customers.”

For more information on KaVo Kerr, visit


About KaVo Kerr


KaVo Kerr is a cohesive organization comprised of two global leaders, united to provide dental excellence and serve as a single premier partner for the dental community. KaVo Kerr operates with a common vision inspiring and helping our customers, their patients and our own associates realize their potential. KaVo Kerr offers solutions for endodontics, restoratives, treatment units, infection prevention, imaging, rotary and instruments.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KaVo™ Introduces ESTETICA™ Treatment Unit Line to North American Market

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E70/E80 Vision and E50 Life bring premium option to the KaVo Treatment Unit portfolio.


KaVo is proud to announce that members of its ESTETICA treatment unit line are available to dental practices in the United States and Canada. With the introduction of KaVo ESTETICA E70/E80 Vision and KaVo ESTETICA E50 Life units, KaVo will now be able to offer a treatment unit for various segments of the market.


Both the E70/E80 Vision and E50 Life feature integrated functions that allow doctors to do more procedures in a seamless manner for an optimized workflow. The integrated sanitation function, for example, allows an office to quickly clean suction hoses and lines, leading to increased patient and staff safety. The three units also share an ergonomic design that facilitates natural, intuitive movement for a healthy posture. 

“Dental professionals around the world are already experiencing the difference KaVo treatment units make in the operatory,” said Phil Prentice, Vice President of North America for KaVo Kerr. “We are excited to finally bring the integration, quality and design to dentists in North America. The wait is over.”

The ESTETICA E70/80 Vision provides optimal support for a wide variety of procedures and features a Dentist Element that represents a completely new operating concept for quick and direct access to important functions for time-saving and smooth treatment processes. It features a surgical function with a small, convenient surgical motor and integrated saline solution pump. In addition to being highly functional, this premium unit is also highly esthetic; its new Blue Line Edition, for example, is available in ocean or smoke blue with device components in modern dental white.


The ESTETICA E50 Life allows the clinician to focus on the areas of practice that are most important while experiencing the support of a high-quality and reliable treatment unit. Features include modern chair design, an optimized soft upholstery form and integrated Trendelenlburg movement for patient comfort. All device components are available in modern dental white.


To see the difference up close, be sure to visit the KaVo booth (No. 1604) at the 152nd Chicago Midwinter Meeting, February 23-25, 2017. For more information on KaVo visit



About KaVo 


KaVo is a dental products manufacturer with a comprehensive array of dental products ranging from skillfully designed dental instruments, to state-of-the-art dental practice equipment. KaVo’s full family of dental products also includes dental x-ray and diagnostics, dental CAD/CAM systems, dental education resources, as well as dental laboratory equipment and extensive opportunities for product accessorizing and upgrades.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kerr™ Endodontics Launches OptiDam™



First-of-its-kind three dimensional rubber dam designed for stress-free positioning and patient comfort. 


February 10, 17 – Kerr Endodontics, a global leader in endodontic equipmentand consumables, is proud to announce the North American launch of OptiDam, a three dimensional rubber dam unlike any other.

Practicing dentists recognize the simple truth behind the use of rubber dams: They are critical to the success and safety of endodontic and restorative procedures. OptiDam exceeds industry expectations to provide the first three dimensional, low radiopacity rubber dam that offers dental professionals stress-free positioning and patients outstanding comfort.


OptiDam’s design focuses on four core deliverables:

  • Efficacy: Its 3D design offers dentists optimal visibility and accessibility to the treatment area. A clean operating area leads to greater success in procedures.
  • Practicality: Low radiopacity means there is no need to remove the dam during X-rays. Further, its anatomical shape leads to reduced tensioning, meaning dentists don’t need to worry about the dam snapping out of place.
  • Ease of Use: A distinctive nipple design guides the dental professional during positioning for easer assembly and removal. Its intelligent shape means the saliva ejector can comfortably fit underneath the dam.
  • Comfort: Specifically shaped to allow patients to breathe freely, the dam also features versatile anterior and posterior versions to adapt to the dental procedure as needed.


“Not merely soliciting feedback from dental professionals, but truly listening for source of discomfort and inefficiencies in their day-to-day work is essential to the development process behind products such as OptiDam,” said Phil Prentice, Vice President of North America for KaVo Kerr. “The rubber dam is a staple of dental procedures and we believe we’ve elevated a basic tool to something extraordinary that will have a noticeable and immediate impact on the dentist’s work.”


For more information on OptiDam and for the entire Kerr Endodontics family of products, go to or call 800-KERR123.




About Kerr Corporation


For nearly 125 years, Kerr has been serving the comprehensive needs of the entire dental care community in pursuit of enhancing oral health. Individual Kerr brands are encompassed within the Kerr Restoratives, Kerr Endodontics, Kerr Rotary, and Kerr TotalCare platforms. By providing best-in-class, patient-based solutions, we believe that in partnership with those we serve - “Together we’re more.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Medicare Rules to Know from the Motley Fool

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For years, The Motley Fool has been known as a site you can trust for good information.  Recently the site put out an article on Medicare information.  If you are of age to use Medicare, I think it’s in your best interest to read the following tips.  If you would like the full article, you can access it here.  

Medicare rule No. 1: Don't be late enrolling

This rule is surprisingly important -- because if you're late enrolling in Medicare, you can be penalized -- rather significantly. Here's the scoop: You're eligible for Medicare at age 65, and you can sign up anytime within the three months leading up to your 65th birthday, during the month of your birthday, or within the three months that follow. Miss that seven-month-long "Initial Enrollment Period" and your part B premiums -- which cover medical services, but not hospital services -- can rise by 10% for each year that you were eligible for Medicare, but didn't enroll. 


Medicare rule No. 2: Shop around

Once you're enrolled in Medicare, you'll need to choose between original Medicare, featuring parts A and B, and Medicare Advantage plans, which are sometimes referred to as Part C. With traditional (or "original") Medicare, Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, hospice, and skilled-nursing facility stays, while Part B covers outpatient services, such as preventative care, laboratory tests, ambulance services, medical equipment, and necessary doctor services.

Medicare Advantage plans, meanwhile, are administered by private insurers, but are regulated by the U.S. government. Each must offer at least as much coverage as original Medicare (i.e., the benefits you'll find in Part A and Part B). Many go beyond that, though, offering broader coverage, such as vision care, dental care, and/or prescription drug coverage. (Those in original Medicare typically buy Part D for prescription drug coverage, and they may buy Medigap coverage, too, for even greater coverage.) 

So which Medicare plan is best for you? It depends on your needs and preferences. Original Medicare is accepted by most doctors, and you can see them without referrals. So you can find and see a doctor anywhere in the U.S., which is especially handy if you're a traveling retiree.

Medicare Advantage plans feature defined networks of doctors (though some of the networks are quite large) and steeper costs for seeing out-of-network physicians, and they're typically limited to your local region. (Some do, on a limited basis, cover healthcare outside the U.S., unlike original Medicare.) 

Original Medicare will often have you footing 20% of many bills with no limit on how much you end up spending. A Medicare Advantage plan, meanwhile, might charge you a certain copay per doctor visit or service, and many services will simply be paid for through your premium.

Importantly, Medicare Advantage plans also feature out-of-pocket spending caps. (The average out-of-pocket cap was recently $5,223, but many plans feature caps below $3,000, and the limit for 2017 is $6,700.) Once you hit the limit, the plan will pay all further costs. Better still, many plans charge the enrollee nothing in premiums. (The Medicare program pays the insurance company offering it a set sum per enrollee, and if the insurer thinks it can make a profit without charging its customers anything, it can do so.) The average monthly premium for Medicare Advantage plans was recently $33.

There's no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to deciding between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Think about which doctors you see, what services you need, and what drugs you take, and then compare coverage and costs for available plans. You can check out details for available plans by using the Medicare Plan Finder at the Medicare website, which also shows you star ratings for Medicare Advantage plans and Part D (prescription drug coverage) plans in your area. The top score is five stars, and you should favor four- or five-star plans.


Medicare rule
 No. 3: Once you have Medicare, use it!

Both original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans offer lots of preventive screenings at no extra cost to you -- such as mammograms and colonoscopies. Get screened for cancer, diabetes, and anything else your doctor deems sensible. You're also entitled to an annual wellness visit at no extra cost to you. You may be able to access smoking cessation or weight-loss counseling at little to no cost, and some plans may offer discounts on gym memberships or other wellness benefits.

Find out whether your plan offers "telemedicine" benefits, which give you access to doctors and other providers via the telephone or Skype-like video calls. You may not want to haul yourself all the way to your doctor's office if you're not feeling well -- and a telemedicine consultation may be a good solution, or at least a starting point. Telemedicine is becoming more widespread, so look into it.

If you know the most important Medicare rules, you can avoid paying more than you need to for healthcare coverage. You also may be able to stay healthier and enjoy a longer life.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mavrik Dental Systems Working to Make In-Office Tooth Whitening Better

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For years dentistry has been trying hard to come up with some type system that will deliver the same beautiful results from in-office bleaching that we are capable of producing with take home bleaching.  Up to this point in dental history what we’ve had are high strength solutions that can whiten quickly, but also leave the very sensitive.  Many times this has created a situation that mimics the old medical joke of “the cure is worse than the disease”.  Dentistry has put up with enough over the years when it comes to patients being frightened, but simply adding to the problem is ludicrous.

However, we are also faced with the fact of people being unhappy with their smiles and wanting to change them for the better.  To the rescue of this problem comes a company called Mavrik with their brand new device called the Thera-Smile.  In the early 2000s, a trend spread across dentistry.  That trend was to use a high powered light that would warm the bleaching solution and help accelerate the chemistry.

There were several attempts along these lines.  Companies tried high powered ARC lights, very bright and powerful LED’s, and even lasers.  These devices were always very expensive for the office to purchase and were marketed to patients on television and in women’s magazines.  Often, due to the advertising, women knew about the lights before the industry even got word to the dentists.  Due to the expense of the lighting systems, doctors had no choice but to charge high fees for the procedure.

Then, the science would come along and word would quickly spread that the light did little, if anything, to aid the whitening process.

Well, Mavrik is a different animal in the tooth whitening jungle.  First of all, the device does not use a light at all!!  Instead it uses a process to warm the chemistry (no light needed) and it has a unique intraoral mouthpiece that connects to a an on-board vacuum pump.  The vacuum pulls air out of the mouthpiece causing it to be suction form fitted to the ideal fit.  In my opinion, the biggest marketing hurdle the company faces is the fact that machines have been tried in the in-office bleaching space before… without much success.  Even though the device is completely different from lights, that is still something to overcome.

Then there is the cost.  I’m not sure of the cost of the device, but I can assure you that something this sophisticated will not be inexpensive.  Many offices are now used to advocating take home tray based whitening, so it will be interesting to see where this all goes.

In closing out this post, l’m very enthused about the science Mavrik is using.  It’s approaching in-office whitening from a completely different angle and looks to make an interesting move into the market.  How this all shakes out, only time will tell.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Music of Prince is Now on Streaming Services

As a guy who came of age in the 80’s and wasn’t much younger than His Royal Purpleness, I was greatly saddened last spring when Prince passed away at his home in Minnesota.
The man, who at one time changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, truly was an artist in every sense of the word.  While I didn’t love ALL his stuff, I loved a good portion of it and the artist known as Prince made a tremendous impact on my generation.
When he passed away, one of the things I was really bummed about was that I couldn’t stream his music.  I ended up just looping my Prince collection for about 96 hours until I could finally deal with the fact that he was gone.
But now comes word that his music is finally going to be on streaming services.  Supposedly his catalogue will be available on Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Apple Music.  While some of the services are speculation, the fact that the catalogue will be streamed is NOT speculation.  The announcement was made on NPR.  If you’d like to view the page, here is the link.  Otherwise here is the story:

After months of well-sourced rumors, the streaming service Napster (formerly known as Rhapsody) and another source have confirmed to NPR that Prince's records under Warner Bros. — which include the epochal classics 1999Purple RainDirty Mind, and Sign o' the Times — will be available to stream this Sunday, the day of the 59th Grammy Awards.

As the company wrote: "The rumors are true ... music fans rejoice!"

That Napster broke the news is a very strong indication that other streaming services, like Spotify, will also have the catalog. (Spotify and Apple declined to comment.) Amazon Music, iHeartRadio and Apple Music, that last according to an anonymous source, will also have the catalog available.

Many have noted Prince's aversion to streaming (apart from signing a strict deal with Tidal, he removed his music from most other streaming services) without considering his forward-thinking approach to both business and technology. For that, you could do much worse than the comprehensive accounting of the Purple One's technological and business history that Billboard's Jem Aswad laid out last year or Hasit Shah's essay on this site about the ways in which his attitude toward technology was misunderstood.


Even without his most famous recordings held off Apple Music and Spotify, Prince was the ninth-most successful recording artist of 2016 — so now we wait and see what, if any, digital records he'll break. Again.