Thursday, July 31, 2008

ACCUPAL® Comfortable Palatal Injection System is now FDA registered

Little Rock, AR – July 18th, 2008 – ACCUPAL, Inc. recently announced that its patent-pending ACCUPAL® Comfortable Palatal Injection System is now FDA registered and ready to ship anywhere in the United States.

Specifically, ACCUPAL is a cordless, compact, handheld device that effectively pre-conditions the oral tissue to receive virtually pain-free palatal or other intraoral dental injections that were previously unobtainable via manual injections or through the use of other devices.

According to ACCUPAL president and inventor Michael Zweifler, DDS, “I developed ACCUPAL because I was tired of inflicting pain and fear on my patients, which often caused them to put off necessary treatment. I also wanted my pediatric dentistry patients to have a positive, more comfortable experience from the very beginning and, hopefully, break the pain-fear-pain cycle that has been affecting generations of dental patients. ACCUPAL is for any dentist looking for an effective, yet affordable way to practice dentistry that is virtually pain-free.”

ACCUPAL incorporates four known and proven pain-reducing theories into one economical, user-friendly device:

  1. ACCUPAL incorporates the “Pain Gate” theory to energize the dental tissue in and around the site to be punctured by the needle.1

  2. ACCUPAL’s ultrasonic tissue stimulation disrupts the tissue injection site to allow standard topical gel to pre-condition the injection site, thus further reducing the needle’s pain-producing effects.

  3. ACCUPAL vibrates the needle at the injection site. The pain-reducing effects of direct needle vibration are well documented as having a positive effect on injection comfort.2

  4. ACCUPAL ensures that the clinician inserts the needle bevel at its narrowest point, which provides the most minimally invasive path possible and reduced tissue damage to deliver a comfortable palatal injection every time.

The innovative palatal injection device was well received during its earliest phases of development. According to Greg Stafford, DDS, an early user of ACCUPAL, “I will never give a palatal or any other intraoral injection without the benefit of ACCUPAL.” Another early adopter, B.G. Cremeen, DDS, said, “I’ve been a practicing dentist for more than 50 years and I consider ACCUPAL to be one of the top 5 products I’ve ever used.”

ACCUPAL is available online at www.accupal.com and is very affordable when compared to other high-tech dental anesthesia delivery devices on the market. For example, the complete starter package, which includes the ACCUPAL cordless handpiece, 50 disposable tips, a patient education CD-ROM and a clinician training CD-ROM, is priced at $479.00 plus shipping and handling. Additional handpieces can be purchased at $179.00 + S&H and disposable tips are available for $99.00 + S&H for a package of 50, $189.95 + S&H for 100 and $279.95 + S&H for 150. Additional patient education and clinician training CD-ROMs are also available.

Don’t let the affordable price fool you,” says Dr. Zweifler. “ACCUPAL is a US-made, high-quality, patent-pending, FDA-registered device that has been put through very stringent clinical and lab trials. ACCUPAL is the ‘Main Street’ dentist’s answer to over-engineered and over-priced dental anesthesia delivery devices that are currently on the market, which, quite frankly, I couldn’t afford for my practice.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Samsung Instinct Update is Finally Here!

I just downloaded and installed the Instinct update. The download is quick, but the update takes a few minutes to install so make sure you have good battery strength or plug in before updating. Here is the info on the update via buzz about wireless

Sprint released an initial update to the Instinct today. This update will not change the behaviours of many of the applications. What it does is update the Samsung ROM - the base code that the applications run on - to prepare the device for application updates starting early in August. Some of the issues fixed include:

  • Elimination of issues by where data services are disabled without user preference

  • Elimination of NAI corruption upon provisioning if new NAI is shorter than the previous

  • Reflect reoccurring calendar appointments

  • Improved volume – Bluetooth headsets

  • Utilize saved pictures as background image

  • Reduce fluctuation in signal bar and other functions related to RF/Network quality

  • Eliminate “echo” on conference bridge

The application updates coming in August will make changes to Picture Mail, the web browser, Sprint TV, Sprint Navigation, Sprint Email, Sprint Music Store, Visual Voicemail, Mobile Sync and more. Today's update prepares the device for these updates.

Universal Memory Bank from Iogear simplifies data transfer


Iogear makes great peripheral items that make your computing tasks easier to manage. Here's one more interesting product from them, the Universal Memory Bank.


IRVINE, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's savvy digital consumers
can now easily transfer images and files between their multimedia devices
and computers with IOGEAR's new Universal Memory Banks. Bridging the gap
between PCs / Macs and cell phones, digital cameras and PDAs, IOGEAR's
12-in-1 Pocket Card Reader / Writer and 56-in-1 Memory Card Reader / Writer
provide all-in-one solutions for effortless high-speed, bi-directional data
transfers. These small, high-capacity and easy-to-carry devices are
designed for on-the-go business professionals, travelers and individuals
who use multiple gadgets and need an easy way to pass data to and from
their computers.

These products save space and power, eliminating the hassle of keeping
track of multiple USB cords and reducing energy that is typically used to
transfer data among multiple devices. They also do not require separate
adapters for each memory card, making them a great travel accessory. Users
simply remove the memory card from any multimedia gadget, insert it into
the reader and plug into any computer's USB port to instantly upload
pictures, songs and documents. Individuals can also use the Universal
Memory Banks to download music and other files to their cell phones.

The 12-in-1 Pocket Card Reader / Writer (GFR209 $11.95 MSRP) is
compatible with the most in-demand memory card types, such as SD, Micro SD,
Mini SD, MMC, Memory Stick and MS Duo, making it suitable for most mobile
devices. At only 2.5 inches long and less than one inch deep, the 12-in-1
Pocket Card Reader can be stashed and carried for easy use anywhere. It
also has a built-in cable to avoid blocking other USB ports when in use.

Ideal for avid digital photographers, the 56-in-1 Memory Card Reader /
Writer (GFR281 $19.95), works with all popular memory cards, making it the
go-to gadget for transferring important information from cell phones,
digital cameras, camcorders, GPS, MP3 and PDAs. This innovative product
needs no additional adapters to work with all memory card formats, enabling
individuals who use many digital devices to keep everything they need in
one spot. For example, a journalist or family that uses multiple digital
cameras can now use one product to download photos to their computer,
rather than several cables.

"We've seen consumers begin to use more devices on a regular basis, and
recognize how frustrating it can be to keep track of multiple adapters and
components," said Miranda Su, executive vice president of IOGEAR. "We are
helping to relieve this pain point by creating products that allow people
to easily consolidate their tools and perform tasks with one product."

Both the 12-in-1 and 56-in-1 readers can simultaneously read and write
multiple cards at speeds up to 480 Mpbs, and offer a hot swap feature for
replacing storage cards without restarting a computer. In addition, they
are USB 2.0-compliant, as well as backward-compliant with USB 1.1. Each
reader works with Windows 2000, XP or Vista and are compatible with Mac OSX
10.3.9 or greater.

Both products are immediately available online at http://www.iogear.com
and through major catalog and online resellers, as well as select retail
outlets. They come with a standard three-year warranty.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ex-Google Employee Developes Cuil - Hopes to Challenge Google

Anna Patterson is one smart search engine designer. So good, if fact, that her last search technology was purchased by Google in 2004. Now she is free of her non-compete clause and is unleashing Cuil (prenounced Cool) onto the Internet.

In doing so, she hopes to become the top search engine on the net. Cuil is currently online and looks impressive, although I've only had limited use of it as I write this.

More info on Cuil can be found in a CNN story, click here for that.

Cuil looks to be an interesting technology and the search engine wars are always fun to watch. Could this be the next "big thing"? Only time will tell.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Evaluation of Ray light from High Q Dental

I've had about 2 weeks of use with the Ray from High Q now and I'm impressed.

The device is a 3 watt LED light that comes with a variety of ways of attaching to safety glasses, loupes, etc. I've personally been using the "clipboard" type clip and attaching it to the brim of my Royals hat.

The light is bright and provides good illumination of the field. Both brightness and diameter of the spot are very good. The weight is hardly noticeable whether on attached to my hat or glasses.

Cord length is good. It is easy to have the light attached and have the battery pack in a pocket or on your belt/waist. The cord is long enough to accomplish this without being "too long" and leaving extra wire to deal with.

Battery life: excellent. A full day of use is easily accomplished.

Battery charging is easy. The light cord unscrews from the battery pack and the charger attaches in the same place the light cord does. The charger has an LED that indicates when charging is complete.

The price is also very good making this an affordable device for those looking for an auxilary lighting system. I like the Ray very much and recommend it highly.

The company website is here.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sirius - XM Merger Approved!


The deal is done! Yesterday the FCC approved the merger between satellite radio providers Sirius & XM. I've been anxiously awaiting this deal for some time. It's my opinion that this gives the consumer the best value for their money. As a tech lover and and music lover too, I've been hooked on XM for several years now. My choice was mainly based on the fact that I'm a baseball fan and I get every game on XM. Now I'll be able to get the best of Sirius too! Details from the Reuters story below:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc's (SIRI.O) purchase of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc (XMSR.O) was approved with conditions by U.S. communications regulators on Friday, clearing the way for a deal that will leave just one U.S. satellite radio service.

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of a proposal that would allow the deal to proceed as long as the companies meet a series of consumer protection conditions, including a three-year cap on prices, set-aside of channels for minority and non-commercial programming and payment of a $19.7 million penalty for past FCC rule violations.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sirona Dental Systems: Over 50% of all inLab® Owners Incorporate infiniDent Service into Daily Practice

Long Island City, NY (July 23, 2008) – Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry more than 20 years ago and the world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, has recently reported that over half of all inLab® owners consistently use the infiniDent service as their personal “extended workbench.”

infiniDent is an Internet-based service concept that caters exclusively to Sirona inLab® and inEos® users. It enables inLab and inEos owners to derive additional value from their existing technology investments by providing access to a rapidly expanding menu of materials and indications.

Laboratory owners are routinely integrating the infiniDent service into their practice due to the wide range of material choices infiniDent provides, as well as the services’ superior large-span bridge capabilities and fully anatomic wax-patterns.

Laboratory technicians simply upload their digitally designed restorations through the infiniDent Web-portal and the file(s) are then sent to the fabrication center located in Charlotte, NC for fabrication of metal or metal-free materials. The Sirona-operated fabrication center returns the completed framework to the laboratory within three business days.

Though I have a complete inLab CAD/CAM system, I still rely on infiniDent for my special material cases and large-span bridges,” remarked Tray Evans, owner of EvaDent Esthetics, Inc. “With infiniDent, I have complete control over my designs and can rely on consistent dependability of the returned restorations, while my clients rely on the superior esthetic quality of the endless material choices I’m capable of providing to them. I don’t think of it as “outsourcing” – it’s more like outsourcing from the inside. infiniDent is a great way to stay in control of my designs…from start to finish.”

Named one of 2006’s most innovative products for the dental laboratory industry by the Journal of Dental Technology, infiniDent is an ideal situation for laboratories looking for a low-investment, but expandable, entry model into CAD/CAM, labs that have their own inLab system but no sintering furnace, or inLab owners who want to gain access to future indications and materials as soon as they become available.

The infiniDent fabrication service offers an extensive list of material options from material partners including VITA®, Ivoclar Vivadent®, 3D Systems® and Sirona. In addition, infiniDent supports pure zirconium oxide (ZrO2), aluminum oxide (AlO2), non-precious metal (CoCr) frameworks, and wax-patterns to support customers in their fabrication of high-strength restorations, including large-span bridges, and predictable shade matching.

For more information on infiniDent, please email infiniDent@Sirona.com, contact your local Patterson sales representative, or call (800) 659 – 5977 ext. 145.

About Sirona inLab

Sirona inLab, distributed through Patterson Dental Supply, has been successfully incorporated into over 800 dental laboratories in North America. It is an easy-to-use CAD/CAM system for the fabrication of copings, bridge frameworks, inlays, onlays and crowns that fits the budget of every lab. It provides both technically and clinically reliable results through proven CEREC® technology. Its seamless integration with your lab puts you in total control over your work and time schedule through in-house manufacturing, benefiting the laboratory as well as the dentist.

inLab has been the recipient of many industry awards and accolades including the 2005 WOW! Award from the Journal of Dental Technology, an excellent rating from The United States Air Force’s Dental Investigation Service and a Red Dot international design award for the inEos® Dental Digitizer.

For more information about the inEos Dental Digitizer, the inLab System and necessary computer specifications, please contact your Patterson representative, local Patterson Branch or call 1-800-873-7683. To request informational materials please call 1-866-INLAB4U or visit www.inlab.com.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A New Drobo

I helped beta test the original Drobo last year and was impressed with the idea. The device uses a proprietary software to spread your data over the multiple drives in the device to prevent data loss.

Now Data Robotics has announced the "Drobo FireWire Edition". From the company website:

The safe, expandable Drobo™ storage solution protects your data against a hard drive crash, yet can expand dynamically at any time in just seconds. With nothing to configure or manage, Drobo is now the ideal solution for primary storage as well as backup.

New Features Key Features
FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 compatible)
Enhanced USB 2.0 performance
Quieter, cooler operation
Redundant data protection
Hot expandable up to 16TB
Mix n’ match drive capacities

You can read more about it here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ordering from Amazone direct from your Tivo

I have a Tivo and have been a big fan ever since I got one for my birthday several years ago. Even though there are several DVR's on the market, those of us who are Tivo users have a great loyalty to the device and one of the reasons is the innovative features that are built into it or come via upgrades.

The latest upgrade idea comes in the form of ordering from Amazon. It seems that the Tivo people are developing the following scenario into a real world solution. Imagine that you are watching Oprah and she is discussing the latest book in her book club. Pushing a button the Tivo remote will connect you to Amazon and allow you to buy the book from Amazon. Pretty slick!

As long as the viewer isn't overwhelmed with little pop-ups reminding them to order, this could be a pretty good marriage.

Of course if you own a Kindle you could just download the book on the spot...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Brand New Google Reader for iPhone

From the Google Reader Blog. Good news for you iPhone users. Read on!

Mobile web browsers have come a long way since we first introduced an XHTML version of Reader back in 2006. For example, iPhone and iPod Touch owners know how powerful having a full-featured browser is. We on the Reader team are heavy mobile Safari users. Sometimes we use it to kill time, other times for answering important questions that come up during brunch: What is Tyrol's first name? How is maple butter made? How do you sweeten rhubarb for sangria? What is John Gruber saying now? For questions like the last one, we of course use Reader to keep up with our subscriptions.

To make our (and your) Reader iPhone experience better, we wanted to really take advantage of the iPhone's capabilities. Today we're releasing a new beta version of Reader designed for the iPhone and other mobile phones with advanced browsers. You can use it by visiting http://www.google.com/reader/i/ on your phone.

This new version is designed to offer many of the same features as the desktop, while making it quick and easy to act on items. If you've used list view, then it should be familiar to you. Scan the titles for an item that interests you, tap and it expands in place. Starring, sharing, and keeping unread are done in place, so you never have to leave the list view or refresh the page. We think it's a very fast way to power through your reading list.

Since it's still in beta, we're not going to automatically send you to it, so bookmark the site so that you don't forget the address (http://www.google.com/reader/i/). We love getting feedback from users, so let us know what you think in our discussion group or the other channels.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Reasons behind Instinct e-mail problem

From a online forum I discovered the following:

Turns out this is a problem related to the use of non-alphanumeric characters in your login name. If you have an @ or a . (or any other special characters) in your login name for IMAP/POP mail, the Instinct doesn’t send it and your login fails. Samsung is working on a fix with Sprint and should be releasing it soon.

Not sure how true it is, but it certainly makes sense since most of us use lots of different characters for security.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Instinct e-mail problem solved!

After a 2 day hiatus from being on the road, I'm back to blogging! I solved the e-mail update on the Instinct. I did a little research and it turns out that, for me, resetting the Instinct by turning it off and on twice did the trick. Of course because I had thought it was only my device, I had already reset my e-mail which effectively erased my accounts. This meant I had to reconfigure my accounts which was a tad of a pain since I didn't need to do it in the first place.

After my net research, it is apparent that Sprint was well aware of the problem. My question is why didn't they send a text message to all Instinct customers informing them of the problem and setting up a web page to help people resolve the issue. With a new flagship phone, they should be focused on the customer.

The Instinct has been a great device for me, but when you are a communications company, you really should communicate with your customers.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sprint Instinct a "no go" on network e-mail

At this point in time I'm not sure what the issue is, but my Instinct has now been without an e-mail connection for over 12 hours. I've gotten the error "unable to loo up the network address. (S7805)" ever since last night.

I went so far as to even reset my e-mail which, of course, wiped out both of my accounts, but alas no joy.

I'm hoping that someone can either fix the problem on the network or at least advise me on what's going on. I'm personally not sure at this point, but when a communication device goes down it's a major inconvenience.

A little "googling" of the error message shows widespread problems starting last night. Sprint? Where are you?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

ePocrates now Available for download to the iPhone!


I just got word in the last day or so that ePocrates software is now available for download on the iPhone. That's right, it will now run directly on the device.

With all the media frenzy surrounding the latest offering from Apple, I figured that many of you would love to know about this. It is currently available for download. Click here for the link. Apple has even featured ePocrates in the App store for the Health & Fitness category.

While iPhone users have been able to access the program on the web, this new update allows the device to actually run the software on the iPhone itself, so it's available anywhere you need it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Seagate ups the ante with 1.5 Terabyte Drive

Dang! Just as I was thinking I was "it" for buying a 1 terabyte drive a while back, I now have hard drive envy again. Seagate has announced that in August they will begin selling a 1.5 terabyte drive (that's 1500 gigabytes for those that don't know). Disk space just keeps expanding at an almost unbelievable rate. No word on price yet, but the good news is that usually a new large drive like this will drop the price of smaller drives (read - cheaper 1 Tb drives!). This drive is designed for desktop computers, but read on for information on the expanding hard drives for laptops.

Seagate will also be bringing a 500Gb hard drive to the market in a form factor that will fit in laptops. That makes the 120Gb drive in my MacBook Pro look tiny in comparison. Amazing!

The drives are offered with a free-fall sensor technology that helps prevent damage when dropped. According to Seagate, the sensor detects any changes in acceleration equal to the force of gravity and parks the heads off the disk to prevent contact with the platter in a free fall of as little as 8 inches and within 3/10ths of a second.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Home from the Pacific Northwest Dental Meeting

I'm home from the great Northwest. I spent last Wednesday through Saturday in Seattle and had a great time. Seattle is a beautiful city with friendly people and the weather was beautiful with sunny skies the entire time I was there.

I did three lectures as part of the meeting and I was thrilled to meet Canine from Twitter who came to the Friday afternoon session and actually twittered the lecture. That is the ultimate in Geek Cool.

Thanks to everyone who was kind enough to attend my presentations and thanks to all the good folks who worked so hard to make the meeting happen. I'm grateful to all of you!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

A USB Hub with 16 ports!

Wow! If you need extra USB ports for one of your machines, this should sure solve the problem. Although the footprint is big, it will still take up less space than multiple hubs with 4 or 8 ports. Part of the size is dictated by an internal 22.5W power supply. What this means to you is pretty much whatever you plug into it will have plenty of juice to run, charge, you name it. We're all so dependent on USB devices anymore that something like this is a nice thing to see. I personally have an 8 port on my desk at home that connects to my MacBook Pro and I've about maxed it out. The idea of adding another one and the resultant clutter isn't as appealing as putting one of these on the desk.

The price is said to be $139, but I've been unable to verify that as the company website has been down. Hopefully it will be back up soon so click here to read more.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Popping corn with a cell phone - mystery revealed

Since it's the weekend, let's have a little fun. A lot of us geeky types have the seen the viral videos making the rounds of the people using their cell phone energy to make popcorn. There are several of these videos and most of them show four friends put their cell phones on a table in an "X". In the middle are a few kernels of popcorn. The friend all call each others phones and in a few seconds the kernels pop!

It turns out that this is a hoax. The idea ia a marketing piece from a company that makes headsets. CNN has an interview with a company representative that can be seen here.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Apple Ready to bring MobileMe service onine

Courtesy of Crave:

Apple's MobileMe service is primed to be relaunched this week, ahead of the Friday launch of the iPhone 3G. That means subscribers to .Mac will find the service taken offline for a six-hour stretch as Apple makes the transition, according to a post in MacRumors.com.

The www.mac.com site will go down on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. PDT, leaving .Mac subscribers unable to access the site or use .Mac services, except for .MacMail via their desktop applications, iPhone or iPod Touch. In fact, existing .Mac users may have already noticed the ability to receive and send e-mail at an @me.com address if they so request. Other mac.com subscribers will be grandfathered in, allowing them to continue receiving e-mail at their mac.com address, while also receiving a new me.com address.

When the site relaunches as MobileMe, users will find a few changes, according to MacRumors.com:

The revamped .Mac service will offer Web-based e-mail, calendar, address book, photo gallery, and storage capabilities as well as "Push" sync services.

A one-year subscription to MobileMe will cost $99, which is similar to the .Mac price, but purchasers of an iPhone 3G will be able to score a subscription for $69 on Friday, the report notes.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

iZap Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer

When I received by Sonicare FlexCare last fall I was delighted that it came with a UV sanitizer to keep the bristles with a decreased germ count. Now there is a way to do UV sanitizing of manual toothbrushes as well. A company called VIOlight makes a selection of these devices for your home and travel needs. The portable travel model is called the iZap. Here is info from the company website:

Small, Sleek and Packed with Power
VIOlight is the first toothbrush sanitization system made to look like it belongs in your home, not a laboratory. Designed by the world-renown Philippe Starck, VIOlight promises to fit in with any bathroom d├ęcor. Small and sleek, VIOlight is the size of an average cup or toothbrush holder. And, since it doubles as a sanitizer and holder, it won’t take up any extra space in your bathroom.

Family Friendly
With enough room to hold four toothbrushes of all sizes — including kids’ and electric heads — VIOlight is versatile enough to meet all your family needs.

Easy to Use, Safe and Effective
Independent tests prove that VIOlight gets rid of up to 99.9% of bacteria living on your toothbrush. Unlike other sanitization devices, which use hot steam, it’s virtually impossible to burn yourself using the VIOlight. That’s because VIOlight doesn’t rely on heat or boiling water to get the job done. It uses germicidal UV light bulb power, proven effective to kill germs and bacteria. You simply brush, rinse, place your toothbrush in the cup-sized holder and, with the push of a button, the sanitizer starts to kill those unwanted germs.

Maintenance Free and Affordable
The VIOlight germicidal UV bulb is rated to last over 2000 hours, and only needs replacing every one to two years, depending on use. It comes with a skid-proof bottom and a removable drip tray for easy cleaning.

Read more at the company website.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

High Q Dental Ray, Portable Auxiliary LED Headlight

I'm excited to start my evaluation of the Ray from High Q Dental. It'a a 3W LED that can be worn on either a headband or mounted to glasses. My staff has become fans of their 1W system (called the Starbright) which we have had for about 2 months now. I'll be working with it and reporting back here on my experience.

Here is the company description of the Ray:

Lightweight optics deliver stunning
intensity into the field, a flip-down
filter protects light sensitive materials,
and Rays rechargeable lithium battery
pack delivers 8-hours from a tiny, lightweight
belt clip battery pack. All at a price that
makes Ray accessible to everyone in the
Practice.


LED: 3 Watt / 50,000 Hour
Optic: 1” x .75 Diameter .7 Ounces
Intensity: 2,200 - 3,200 Ft. Candles12” - 8” Working Distance
Battery: Li-Ion Rechargeable
8 Hours Continuous on a
Full Charge
3.25” x 2.375“ x 1”
5 Ounces
Recharger: 100v - 240v
6 Hour Charge Time
Mount: Headband
Clips for Major
Loupe Brands Inc: Headlight,
8-Hour Battery Pack,
Charger and Filter

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A New Fluorescence System for Caries Detection

Laser fluorescence of caries is one of the best ways to look for decay. The Kavo Diagnodent has been using this principle for several years now. Here is some info on a device that has recently been announced in Canada called The Canary.

Quantum Dental Technologies introduced its Dental Caries Detection System prototype, known as The Canary System, at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Conference in Toronto, Canada.

"Dentists are limited in their abilities to detect and monitor the early stages of tooth decay with traditional diagnostic tools such as the X-ray and visual examination," said Dr. Stephen Abrams, Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto-based Quantum Dental Technologies and dental clinician. "Now, with this innovative new system that is pain free, non-invasive and provides early caries detection, we can finally move away from intervention, or the filling of cavities, to focus on prevention and actual remineralization or healing of small areas of tooth decay."

The Canary System uses a handheld laser that emits a low-power light to examine tooth surfaces. When laser light is shone onto the tooth, the system measures the level of glow (luminescence) and heat released from the tooth. Laser light interacts differently with healthy teeth than with decayed teeth. By varying the pulse of the laser beam, a depth profile of the tooth can be created to permit detection of decay as deep as 5mm from the tooth surface and as small as 50 microns in size (20 times smaller than a millimeter). With The Canary System, the dentist is able to identify areas of decay much earlier than with current methods.

The Canary System will be in clinical trials for the next 18-24 months with collaborators in both research and clinical settings, and will be ready for market release in 2010.

The last time I checked, the company website was offline, but when it is available the link is here.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Premise Trimodal Composite

Kerr has a new composite on the market called Premise Universal Trimodal Composite. Here is the press release:

ORANGE, CA – March 1, 2008 – Premise™ universal trimodal composite from Kerr, considered by many top clinicians around the country to be one of the leaders in beauty and strength, has developed an optimized formula that is capturing the dental industry’s attention. And a convenient new Mini Kit configuration that cross-sells a flowable and two bonding agents is primed to attract new users.
Kerr Corporation approaches technological development and has established their legacy by listening to the needs of the customer. Premise’s new optimized formulation—showcasing a higher-end product—offers advancements that surpass competitive brands.
A patented, proprietary trimodal technology is the unique chemistry behind this material. “Premise’s strength has always been in its novel filler technology, which uses three different fillers—prepolymerized filler (PPF), patented Point 4 filler, and 0.02 micron filler—working together for the ultimate in polishability, durability, and strength, and has proven to be the fastest growing composite among today’s leading dentists,” said Meghan Moore-Rizzo, Director of Product Management. “Now, the Premise you love is even better, without sacrificing any of the amazing properties that made it a universal composite that all clinicians have come to trust.” Premise has always been more than just nano technology. It is an ideal combination of fillers for the ultimate in performance.
Visit kerrdental.com to learn more about Premise trimodal composite as well as the broad portfolio of Kerr products, or call 800.KERR.123.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Eaglesoft is now FREE!

For as long as I've had my office computerized on the Windows platform, I've used Eaglesoft. I've been through thick and thin with the company even before they were a Patterson subsidiary.

Now the software that runs my practice can run yours too... with one substantial difference. You can get your copy of Eaglesoft for free. That's right, Patterson is now literally giving the software away.

Now, what this means to the dentist is that you will not pay for the front office portion of the program. Support fees will still apply and you will have to pay for the clinical portion of the software that allows for digital charting, radiography, etc.

You may be asking yourself, "Why now? What's the catch?" Here's what my sources at the company have told me.

  • Patterson wants everyone digital in all phases of their practice. To do this, offices will need a good software package. I refer to management software as "the practice operating system" and Patterson has taken that to a heart.
  • If every practice is digital, more digital equipment will be sold. Patterson hopes that by giving the software away, they will eventually sell more digital products.
  • 95% of all offices have some type of software already, but only 30% are using one of the 4 largest companies. This means there is a large market for Eaglesoft.
  • The company feels that they can still make money on support fees, electronic services, and digital hardware.
All that the company is asking is 1 month of support fees up front and a 1 year support commitment to get started.

This has caused a bit of a shakeup in the dental software industry and it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

SaaS or Software as a Service

With the proliferation of always on broadband, many practices in the US are now truly always connected. This has the potential to allow doctors to place a great deal of their IT problems (servers, backups, etc) in the hands of true IT professionals who run the entire thing from a remote location. As food for thought in this regard, the folks at Software Advice have put together an online tutorial about this.
You can access the tutorial here.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Viacom forces Google to turn over logs of YouTube & *Your* Privacy is at Stake!

It's ironic that I post this story on Independence Day here in the U.S.

If you have a YouTube user name and password and have ever watched a video, Viacom is going to know about it. Your privacy has been abandoned in a copyright infringement lawsuit between two financial behemoths and who knows where it will end?

On Tuesday a federal judge ruled that Viacom can have access to what users have watched. Google has fought this for quite some time, but at this point in the battle, Viacom has won... at least for now.

The full article can be read on Fox.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

OK, OK, so no Samsung Instinct update... yet

Well, when you live in the world of reporting, sometimes you go public with a rumor and... you miss. That was my experience this week with the Sprint Instinct update. My bad, but I still feel there is one coming in the near future. The moment I get mine to update, there will be a post here about it.

In other Instinct news, the device seems to be a very successful product from Sprint. My sources tell me that in the first 4 days of launch 60,000 units were sold.

Here in KC there are billboards everywhere touting the device. Also, wherever I go, if I use the phone people want to know what it is. I find that interesting as I've never had that happen before. Of course, I've never owned an iPhone either so maybe it's just the monolithic appearance of the device. Anyway, after about 2 weeks with the device, I'm still loving it. However, Sprint needs to get the calendar sync fixed. I'm currently using Google calendar and the web to keep track of my life, but it would be mucho easier if it was on the device itself. Since I'm a Mac user there is currently no way to do that.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

LED Headlamps from High Q Dental


High Q makes good products at reasonable prices. We've been testing their Starbright 1W white LED for a couple of months now. I've had it being used by my assistant and hygienist as well as using it a bit myself. Our overall experience has been a tremendous "thumbs up". The Starbright comes in 2 variations, one fits onto your existing "loupes" (which are actually surgical telescopes) while the other has a clip that will allow it to attach to regular safety glasses. You can order it in several different variations, the system comes in either product specific clips for loupes; the standard clip for TTL or Safety Glasses; or on a headband.

The light source is easy to position, light, bright, and easy to use. It is powered by 3 AAA batteries. We chose to use rechargables.

These have been extremely handy for my assistant because when we built my new facility I did not purchase track lights for the rooms that I work in. I use a headlight for everything so a dental tracklight was just an added expense. The Starbright has been a nice adjunct to our office.

You can get more info from the High Q website.

The company is now selling a 3W version called "Ray". I'm anxiously awaiting the chance to get my hands on one!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

PerioPal Sortware Launches a FREE Download Program for Periodontal Exams

For those of you looking for a voice recognition system that will simplify the entering of perio data, take a look at PerioPal. The software is specificallly designed for the dental environment and interfaces with your practice management software.

Beaumont, Texas – June 20, 2008 – PerioPal LLC today announced a landmark move to create a software platform for the next-generation of internet and periodontal charting software users. Having seen a tremendous momentum with its ‘Pay-Per-Use’ licensing policy, PerioPal has now developed a free download version to acquaint clinicians across the world with its powerful voice driven periodontal charting software.

“As PerioPal's user population continues to grow, practice owners across North America have asked us to take the next logical step – a free download.”, says Michael Reeves, PerioPal’s software developer. “Internet developments in the health sector are rapidly evolving to challenge existing systems and create new ways to enable clinicians to better care for their patients. We are excited to offer the dental community a risk-free opportunity to explore, train, and integrate PerioPal into the practice. We believe a free download together with our proven ‘Pay-Per-Use’ licensing model increases quality care, practice revenue and business planning.”


Get Acquainted
The user-focused download version allows clinicians to get acquainted with the benefits of PerioPal’s voice driven periodontal charting software. Complete with 25 exams, comprehensive training materials, and a link to PerioPal-compatible headsets, users have everything they need to test and evaluate PerioPal’s voice driven periodontal charting software.

Latest and Greatest Application
The Download copy of PerioPal’s software is 100% functional including the latest version of PerioPal. Users can download, install, register, train, record and report up to 25 periodontal exams. To use the software beyond the trial exam period, users simply order more exams and have the system integrated into the dental system.

Another new feature is the ‘Accelerated Advance’ which offers an improved advancing option to
efficiently navigate the screen as the exam occurs reducing the enrollment time of periodontal data by 25 %.

Pricing and Availability
After an evaluation with the download exams, additional blocks of exams may be purchased on the internet through a simple transaction activating the additional exams on the database.

The price per exam is based upon the number of exams purchased. Purchasing in bulk will save as the cost per exam decreases at higher quantities. Ongoing software upgrades are automatically included. PerioPal comes Bridge and Network Ready.

The download version of PerioPal is available at www.periopal.com/pages/download.htm.

About PerioPal
In 2006, PerioPal LLC responded to the needs of the dental practice by launching an innovative ‘Pay-Per- Use’ licensing policy for periodontal exams enabling the PerioPal system to be installed on as many workstations as desired. All workstations sharing a database are able to access a common “pool” of activated exams. When an exam is initiated, the system utilizes one activated exam. Any PerioPal workstation having access to the database can recall a previously recorded exam regardless of which workstation initially performed the exam.

PerioPal is a verbal software tool, allowing hands-free periodontal charting. With PerioPal, the user can verbally record, chart, store and report a periodontal exam as it occurs, dramatically resolving the clinical challenges of traditional periodontal charting as well as increasing office productivity. PerioPal records periodontal exams with either the Universal Numbering System or the FDI World Dental Federation System.

To learn more about PerioPal, visit www.periopal.com