Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oravital Inc. Launching its BiofilmDNA® Oral Microbial Salivary Test During its Chicago Midwinter Meeting Debut

New Diagnostic Test Provides a Whole-Mouth Picture of Patient’s Oral Health 

Toronto, CA – February 8, 2016 – Oravital Inc., the manufacturer of the Oravital® System for the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and halitosis, will be making its debut at the Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting at the McCormick Convention Center at booth #4537 from February 25th  through February 27th.  During this time, the company will also unveil its latest weapon in the war against oral infections – the BiofilmDNA® oral microbial salivary test.

BiofilmDNA® is a highly-sensitive DNA test that detects both the presence and thresholds of specific pathogens via the collection of salivary, subgingival, and tongue biofilm samples. This advanced and accurate biofilm analysis provides the dental clinician with a detailed, multi-panel, whole-mouth picture of the patient’s oral health.

Oravital’s new BiofilmDNA® test is a powerful compliment to its BiofilmGS® test, which uses site-specific Gram stain analysis to determine the exact type and location of oral infection. Both the BiofilmDNA® and BiofilmGS® tests are analyzed in Oravital’s on-site, state-of-the-art lab facility, with reports available within two days of receiving the samples. Used together, the two biofilm tests will help the dental clinician accurately identify the following:

  • Periodontal disease pathogens
  • Opportunistic parasites
  • Caries pathogens
  • Yeasts
  • Inflammatory response

According to company president and CEO Dr. Jim Hyland, “The Oravital® System effectively closes the diagnosis/treatment loop by identifying the exact cause and location of oral infection, then providing a highly-effective regimen of antibiotic and antimicrobial rinses specifically prescribed for the patient’s personal diagnosis.” 

Throughout the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, Oravital® will be offering the BiofilmDNA® test for an introductory price of $75.00 each for the first 10 tests (Regularly $85.00 each). Which is a $100.00 savings! In addition, dentist can sign up their teams for the Oravital Platinum Coaching Package for $995.00 (normally $1,295.00) and save $300.00. In addition, there will be a drawing for a free iPad Mini.

Dr. Hyland, DDS BSc, and his clinical management team consisting of Chief Science Officer Anne Bosy, RRDH, MEd, MSc, and Clinical Hygiene Educator Kerry Lepicek, RDH, will be on hand to explain the efficacy and application of the proprietary Oravital® System, which consists of the following five steps:

  • Diagnosis 
  • Treatment 
  • Evaluation  
  • Maintenance
  • Monitoring

“Undiagnosed and untreated oral infections are a North American epidemic,” explains Hyland. “We also know that periodontal disease is a contributing factor to many systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, because the infection spreads via both tissues and the blood stream. With the introduction of BiofilmDNA®, now more than ever, the Oravital® system can have a positive impact on not just the oral health, but the overall health of the patient.”

For more information on the Oravital® System and how your dental practice can become a Certified Oravital® Clinic, visit or call 1-800-909-6468.
About Oravital Inc. 

Oravital Inc. was established in the fall of 2007 in Toronto, Canada. The company licenses proprietary technology called the Oravital® System to certified dental clinics throughout North America for the most advanced, effective and painless diagnosis and treatment of oral infections available today.
With recent studies linking oral infections with systemic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, periodontal disease is now considered a medical condition that dental professionals should treat. What’s more, given that 75% of the population continues to have signs of periodontal disease in spite of our best efforts, diagnosis and predictable treatment of this infection has become extremely important.   
Oravital’s proprietary protocol of inexpensive biofilm testing and the use of prescribed antibiotic and antimicrobial rinses dramatically halt the progress of periodontal disease and breath odor.  Bleeding is reduced by 87%, and pocket depths shrink by 76 to 84% within a few weeks. Oravital® proprietary rinses treat the entire oral complex and are non-systemic.  The Oravital® System is the only system to predictably treat the oral-systemic link. 
The science of Oravital® evolved from 15 years of ground-breaking research and successful clinical treatment by Anne Bosy, RRDH, MEd, MSc, co-founder of Toronto's Fresh Breath Clinic. Dr. Walter Loesche, who was a respected authority on periodontal disease treatment at the University of Michigan, validated the effectiveness of the antibiotic therapy developed by Anne Bosy.  

Oravital Inc. also provides a comprehensive, dynamic and scientifically-grounded training program to its certified clinics. Oravital® certified dental professionals are authorized experts in providing Oravital® diagnostic analysis, individualized treatment, and dedicated long-term support. For more information, visit or call 1-800-909-6468.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kerr Launches Maxcem Elite Chroma

The first Self-Etch/Self-Adhesive resin cement to offer a Color Cleanup Indicator.
Kerr is proud to announce the launch of Maxcem Elite Chroma, the first Self-Etch / Self-Adhesive resin cement offering a Color Cleanup Indicator, making it the smartest cement available on the market today. Maxcem Elite Chroma begins with a pink color that fades at the gel state, indicating the optimal time to cleanup excess cement. The pink color will disappear after both self-cure and tack cure, allowing for maximum flexibility. In addition to the color cleanup indicator, Maxcem Elite Chroma offers One-PeelTM cleanup, automix delivery system, easy no-refrigeration storage, and compatibility with all indirect restorations. “Maxcem Elite Chroma is a prime example of how Kerr is providing innovative products to address the evolving needs of the dentist,” said Phil Prentice, Vice President, North American Marketing, Kerr. “This latest addition to our cements portfolio supports the Kerr commitment to deliver ‘more’ to our customers.” Featuring best-in-class adhesion when compared to other leading self-adhesive cements, Maxcem Elite Chroma forms a strong and durable bond with a wide variety of dental substrates and is compatible with all indirect restorations - anterior or posterior ceramics, PFMs, metal restorations, and CAD/CAM materials. Radiopaque for easy identification on x-rays, the cement is available in a dual barrel, automix syringe system, supplied with single-use automix tips and optional curved dispensing tips to allow the user to deliver desired volume of cement directly into restoration and/or tooth preparations. For more information, visit

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ZEST Anchors Expands Dental Portfolio with Acquisition of Danville Materials

ESCONDIDO, Calif.Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ZEST Anchors, Inc. ("Zest"), the global leader in the design and manufacturing of overdenture attachments, today announced the acquisition of Danville Materials, LLC ("Danville"), a leading manufacturer of restorative consumables and small equipment for the dental market from Inverness Graham Investments. Zest is a portfolio company of Avista Capital Partners ("Avista"), a leading private equity firm. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
"For more than 40 years, Zest has been a global leader and pioneer of overdenture treatment technologies focused on improving the lives of edentulous patients, including the market leading LOCATOR® Attachment System," said Steve Schiess, Zest's CEO. "The acquisition of Danville will enable Zest to expand its broad range of treatment solutions to patients caring for their natural teeth, as well.Danville's high quality line of dental consumables, market leading micro-etching and air abrasion products and unique offerings, including Perioscopy, will strongly complement the clinical solutions available at Zest today. We look forward to enhancing the brand recognition of Danville products and supporting the dealer and distributor networks pivotal to Danville's success."
Garrett SatoDanville's CEO, added, "The combination of Zest and Danville will produce a stronger combined entity. The application of Zest's marketing and education capabilities to the Danville product portfolio will increase the number of clinician users and, in turn, solidify dealer relationships. The timing is excellent as it coincides with Danville's launch of BULK EZ™, a highly innovative dual cure restorative composite designed to be the most reliable bulk fill solution for the clinician."
Sriram Venkataraman, Partner at Avista, said, "The combination of Zest and Danville's market-leading portfolio is part of our commitment to driving the next phase of Zest's growth. The addition of Danville's compelling product set to Zest's strong portfolio will further position the company to continue delivering valuable innovation to the dental community."
Michael Morrissey, Managing Principal of Inverness Graham Investments, said, "We congratulate Garrett Sato and his team on fantastic execution of our shared strategic vision for Danville. The strategic logic of a combination with Zest is compelling, and we are confident in a prosperous future for the combined company."
Deutsche Bank advised Zest on the transaction and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as its legal counsel. Danville received legal advice from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
About ZEST Anchors, Inc.ZEST Anchors is a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of dental solutions for the treatment of edentulous patients. ZEST Anchors has received worldwide acclaim for pioneering the pivoting and self-aligning design of the LOCATOR Attachment System. That system has evolved with the early 2016 launch of the next generation LOCATOR R-Tx™ Removable Attachment System. ZEST's portfolio also includes the LODI and SATURNO narrow diameter implant systems and the CHAIRSIDE® Product Portfolio – a line of dental tools and materials that provide an end-to-end solution for implant-retained overdenture modification and processing.  ZEST Anchors is located in Escondido, California and has global distribution through OEM implant companies, distributor networks, and a domestic retail sales operation.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Super Security for Super Bowl 50

Every year security at the Super Bowl becomes a bigger and bigger deal.  Let's face it in the world today, there are a lot of bad guys out there who would love nothing more than to make a point at one of America's biggest events.

To combat this, local and national law enforcement are bringing incredible technologies to bear on the event.

I won't go into great details here, but if you want to find out more, Wired magazine has an outstanding article on the subject.  Don't expect the good guys to tip their hand much, but I found the article fascinating from a geek's perspective.

Monday, February 1, 2016

AMD LASERS Announces Free Global Dental Laser Certification Program

- Because of the rising use of lasers in modern day dental practices, AMD LASERS, the global leader in affordable dental lasers and dental laser education, recently announced it is making its dental laser certification program FREE for all dentists, universities and clients. The program was exclusively for only AMD's clients and paid for by all others is now free to all. Offered through a downloadable app on iPads, the app contains the most widely used dental laser certification program in the world.  The program is AGD PACE approved and awards participants with 6 CE credits along with their laser certification. Completely interactive with videos and 50-question test, it allows dentists and hygienists along with dental school grad students and faculty to get the basics of soft tissue dental lasers along with important safety information.

Laser usage in dentistry is becoming the standard of care, and AMD LASERS is pleased to provide this important FREE laser certification program to universities to teach dental students the replacement technology that patients are expecting to receive from dental practices.  Dental lasers replace archaic outdated modalities such as electrosurge and scalpels. Providing this certification program at no charge to universities will finally allow students to truly learn cutting-edge dentistry in a convenient format.

Alan Miller, Founder and CEO - AMD LASERS, expressed the company's thoughts on this recent decision, "AMD LASERS has always been dedicated to laser education and the certification program through the iPad app we developed five years ago was - and still is - an industry first. The decision to make it free globally to every dentist, University and dental school was an easy one. We are now donating the most used dental laser certification program for free for everyone who wants it, even if they are not an AMD LASERS client. The hard part was figuring out how to make it free while keeping the intuitive, interactive certification program the same.  Now that it is complete, dentists will benefit globally but ultimately it is the patients who are the true beneficiaries. AMD LASERS is committed to delivering the most affordable dental lasers on the planet with culture, class, confidence, and world-class training that dentists have come to know us by."

The app can be downloaded on any iPad by searching AMD LASERS and entering the login and password, of course which can be found at AMD

To learn more, please visit

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Drobo 5N is Online

I've been a Drobo user for several years now.  In fact, I was lucky enough to be an original beta tester in something like 2007 or so.

The device was the first multiple hard drive external solution I had ever run across.  As someone that created lots of images both personally as well as professionally, I was excited to see what the Drobo could do.  Needless to say, I was impressed and have been a Drobo user ever since.

Recently I've begun working with their Network Attached Storage (NAS) device called the Drobo 5N.  Rather than attaching directly to your computer, the Drobo 5N attaches to your network and appears as a network drive.

I've had it installed now for a day and it is performing well.

More updates as the trial progresses...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

How Wearable Technology is Changing

The photo above (in case you are a non-techie type) is Google Glass.  It's Google's prototype wearable that projects an image into your eye from the small projector located over the right temple.  The development of the product has been pulled back some.  While it is still undergoing research and development, the process is now being done away from the public eye and all the fanfare & pressure that entails.

Part of the reason for this is because this technology, while cool, is not yet ready for prime time.  Hard core gear heads like me find this fascinating but the average person on the street (part of "the masses" if you will) would either not wear/use it or would only be willing to if it was a full fledged portable computer type device that functioned more like another device we all are hooked on... the mobile phone.

Early product takes on Google Glass were that it was a bit too nerdy and there were major concerns about privacy because the device could easily take photos and video.

Yet, despite the looks and concerns we are still seeing the expansion of tech tools into our lives and this is only going to expand... and it will expand rapidly.

"Wait," you say.  "You just told me these types of devices were nerdy and not good looking enough for major sales."

I did say that.   However, I'll go out on a limb and say there is a good chance you are wearing a Fitbit, an Apple Watch, or if you are a runner you may be wearing a Garmin watch/device that monitors all of your run info and puts it neatly on a map to show your route.

The point I'm trying to make is that the barriers to "fashionable technology" are starting to come down.  Good designers are having companies ask them to make incredibly stylish items that also house massive amounts of computing power.

The device above is the Tag Heuer Connected.  This incredible device (I have to admit I personally *love* Tag Heuer watches) is equipped with directional wind and weather monitoring.  RaceChrono Pro capability, and Google Fit, each designed at the synthesis and precision thanks to its innovative interactive counters.  Bold, custom themes allow numerous display options and Android Wear connects you with thousands of apps that you can tailor to your taste.

You have to admit its a good looking watch, right?  Then think about all the hardware it has built-in and all the things it can do.  After that consider it is the first generation.  Is smoke rolling out of your collar?  I know it is rolling out of mine.

I also read recently that Intel has developed a couple of tiny chips that can be placed invisibly inside the seams of your clothing.  That means soon clothing will be created that connects to your watch, phone, or anything else your heart desires.

Is that cool or what?

So to conclude this post, I just want you to think about what the future could hold for us.  I for one am really excited about what all of this means.  I can't wait to see what the FitBit evovles into and I cannot wait for the changes that lie ahead.  In my career as Technology Evangelist I've seen some incredibly cool things develop.  This one could well be a serious game changer and I cannot wait to see what it brings!!!!!