Monday, February 28, 2011

Curve Dental Demos Imaging & Image Storage

While at the MidWinter meeting, I had a chance to meet with Matt Dorey, the founder of Curve Dental and take a look at some of the things they've been doing with the program.

In case you haven't  heard, Curve is a web based practice software.  This means you only need a web browser to make it run.  It works on the same principle as online banking.  They store your data and you access it via the web.

Curve has been making inroads into dentistry for about 18 months now, and the company has improved their product in many ways since I first saw it.  However, what I saw in Chicago was truly amazing...

In order to become a complete system, Curve has had to battle the "imaging problem".  While data is easy to upload & store, practices are also taking radiographs, intraoral, extraoral, and digital caries detection images.  All of which need to be stored & retrieved.  The big question, until now, was how can Curve handle this?  What I saw was something I'd never seen before in any industry.  Curve has developed a way to take a digital   x-ray sensor and run it through a browser! That's right, they can connect a sensor, have it recognized by the computer, and send the images to the Cloud without any type of third party acquisition software.  Personally I've never seen anything like it before.

Now granted, what I saw was a demo with preloaded images.  The reason for that being laws prohibit the use of x-radiation.  However, if this all works as advertised, Curve has overcome one of the big things that they needed to overcome to be able to go mainstream.  Stay tuned!

Oh, and for more info on Curve Dental, click here.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Impressions from the Chicago MidWinter Meeting

I've just returned from Chicago where the MidWinter Dental Meeting has just concluded.

This trip was a bit of a whirlwind for me.  I went in one day early for a meeting with DPR and a separate meeting with Shofu and almost every waking moment was spent either giving lectures or in meetings.  Despite my best efforts, I got very little time on the show floor.

However, I did get a chance to speak to several vendors who told me traffic was light on Thursday (which was expected) and much better on Friday.

Deals were being done and sales were being made.

As i said in my wrap up from the Yankee meeting, my feelings are that the economy has turned the corner.  Doctor's are spending & feeling optimistic.

Also vendors are re-energized and are showing great new products... many of which I'll be covering here.

I'm seeing great interest in the digital caries detection arena.  My lecture on this subject on Thursday afternoon had a great crowd with lots of really great questions.  I feel that doctors, hygienists, and assistants are really grasping  how important early detection of decay can be and how greatly it can benefit the patients.

So overall I'm classifying Chicago as a big success.  Things are only getting better!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zaggmate for iPad




We all looking for the next best thing & when it comes to the iPad, it does have some deficiencies that can be cured with a little help. One of these problems is the built-in soft keyboard.

The soft keyboard is "ok" as far as I'm concerned, but definitely not the best way to create a document or email. Apple even knew this as the have had Bluetooth keyboards available since the device hit the market. The problem with those is that they are one more thing to schlep around.

The folks at Zagg decided to try to remedy the "extra schlep" factor by creating a case & keyboard all in one. The Zaggmate is a brushed aluminum case with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard.

While the case really only is a cover that protects the screen, the Bluetooth keyboard is pretty nice. The keys are a bit small for my taste, but I adapted to it pretty quickly. It was easy to synch and the action on the keys is really nice.

It also has full iPod volume controls for keeping your music the way you like it while you type. Combine that with other keyboard controls for the iPad & the keyboard is a winner.

From the standpoint of the case, I definitely won't trade my Otterbox Defender for it. For everyday abuse, I'd much rather have the Otterbox with its all around protection of front, back, & all sides. However, when it comes to taking my iPad to a meeting where I'll be taking notes, I can definitely see me using the Zaggmate.

Heck, I've even typed this entire post using the Zaggmate.

Here is the link to the company webpage with all the details.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Ironman's Kor Water Bottle

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I've always loved Ironman.  From the time I was a little kid I've always had a special love of the story of Tony Stark and his invincible metal suit.  I grew up on comic books and I was always thrilled to get my hands on the latest Ironman issue.
So, needless to say, I was thrilled when Ironman began to hit the big screen.  Between the release of the first movie and Ironman 2 last fall I was also fortunate enough to purchase a BlueRay player.  One of my Christmas presents this year was a BlueRay copy of Ironman 2 and I'd been dying to see it, but my schedule was just too darn busy.  So a couple of weekends ago I finally got a moment of free time on a Saturday and settled down to watch.
As a diehard geek (and a dental one at that), there were 2 scenes that really caught my eye.  One was early in the movie where Ivan Vanko is working on his Whiplash suit.  There is a scene where, as he builds, he exposes some of the parts to a blue light from a "ray gun" looking device.  It's only on screen for perhaps a second or 2 but I immediately recognized it as a Kerr LE Demetron curing light!
The other scene is where Tony Stark is in his home workshop and is drinking his life saving potion from a decidedly high tech looking bottle.  The bottle immediately caught my eye.  In one of those geeky moments that I love so much, I paused the movie.  A quick Google search for "Ironman Bottle" immediately gave me a ton of hits on a company called Kor.  Another quick Amazon search told me they were in stock.  Inside of 2 days, my own Kor One water bottle was in my possession.
This thing is just flat out cool.  It looks great and has a sealed pop-top with a release button.
The company also has a social conscience.  There are several different colors of bottles, each supporting a different environmental/social cause.  A percentage of your purchase price is donated to a charity supporting the cause your bottle champions.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ultradent Products, Inc. is excited to introduce unit dose Opalescence, Opalescence Oh! at the Chicago Dental Show (February 24–26, 2011)

Here's a sneak preview of a product being released at the Chicago MidWinter Meeting!


Oh! That’s Easy!

Oh! That’s Brilliant!

Oh! That’s Opalescence!

Opalescence Oh! is the latest craze in whitening! It is a unit dose size bulb filled with 0.6mls of Opalescence gel. Each bulb whitens one arch. The kits are available in 4 concentrations of carbamide peroxide (10%, 15%, 20%, 35%) and same great flavors: Mint, Melon and Regular. The price is the same as the Opalescence in a syringe.

Here are some quick FAQ’s:

Q. What is the shelf life?

A: 24 months refrigerated or 12 months unrefrigerated.

Q: Where can I find the expiration date on the bulb?

A: On the side opposite the logo you will find two rows of letters and numbers. The top row references the

percentage (i.e., CP15 for Carbamide Peroxide 15%). The bottom row references the lot number and

expiration date (i.e., R0512 translates to R for the lot number and 0512 for a May 2012 expiration date).

Q: How many bulbs come in a patient kit?

A: The Opalescence Oh! patient kit contains 16 bulbs. If whitening both arches the kit contains enough gel for

8 days.

Q: What is that empty space in the patient kit for?

A: That space holds the tray case (see picture on sales sheet) so patients can conveniently store everything on

their counter during their whitening treatment.

Q: Will custom printing be available?

A: Yes! The Opalescence Oh! patient kits can be customized. The process will be the same as the Opalescence

PF syringe custom printing.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

SSD's are not Easy to Erase - I'm not recommending them for Patient Data Storage at This Time

I've been excited for a while now about the possibilities of SSD's (solid state drives) these types of hard drives have been showing up for the past year or so in netbooks and some other types of portable devices.


The benefits are that they have no moving parts. This means they consume much less power (which is why a netbook battery can last all day) and they also don't have moving parts to wear out.

No, however, comes word that you can't use commercial "wiping" software to reliably remove all the data. Basically this means that no matter what you do, some of your info may still be on the drive. Now, you can always remove them and destroy them with a hammer, etc, but if you've been using software to totally erase your old "regular" hard drives, it looks like that option doesn't work well for SSD's.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Econokeys Sealed Keyboards - Evaluation Complete




For a little over a month now I've been using & tinkering with the EKW-105 Wireless Medical Keyboard from Econokeys.

When we began the evaluation, I gave the rundown on why sealed keyboards are such a great idea in medicine. The original blog post is here & explains the pluses & minuses of keyboards in clinical situations.

Well, since the original post I've used the keyboard in a variety of situations and can now tell you the device has performed well no matter the computer, situation, or disinfectant.

I can even see these keyboards performing well in environments where disinfectants aren't a concern, but dust & grime are (such as machine shops or similar situations). Having a keyboard sealed to prevent damage by cleaning solutions would also be an advantage to keeping dust, dirt, & grime out.

Given that the device I tested was under $200, I feel there are plenty of places where these could be put to good use.

The device performed exceptionally well. The keys have good action, the trackpad is very responsive, and the fact the device is sealed *and* affordable makes this one a winner. This device gets my highest recommendation!!!


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Sunday, February 20, 2011

DentalEZ® Group Now Offers Continuing Education

Are you looking for some for some good continuing education programs (and who isn't)? I'm talking about ones that offer practical info that will help you provide better care and help you do so in a way that makes it easier for the doctor to provide that treatment. Not to mention CE that is convenient to your schedule as well as being easy to get to.


DentalEZ has stepped up and is now offering continuing education programs in a partnership with Viva Learning. Starting March 10th, you can start getting this info which will be available over the 'net, directly to your computer. Here's all the information:

Malvern, PA (February 15, 2011) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce the availability of its new Online Continuing Education program for dental professionals.

DentalEZ recently partnered with Viva Learning™ for all of its web-based continuing education initiatives. Its new CE website, www.dentalezlearning.com, will launch this month and the first Live Webinar will be available on March 10th.

A variety of educational topics will be addressed through interactive, live CE webinars, product training videos, and "How to Guides." The new site also offers dental professionals immediate access to its multimedia training library where new techniques, best practices, products and equipment will be explored. The CE webinars will be available indefinitely through “On-Demand Classes” archived on the site.
“DentalEZ is pleased to offer an accessible online learning platform for customers who are interested in broadening their industry skills and knowledge,” remarked Randy Arner, DentalEZ VP of Marketing. “Our goal is to provide dental professionals accredited, engaging, and convenient online CE.”
"We are very excited that DentalEZ has chosen Viva Learning as their online CE platform," says Philip Klein, CEO of Learn HealthSci. "We look forward to working with DentalEZ on the preparation, delivery, and management of their content as well as the marketing of their classes to the profession."

All Continuing Education credits obtained through the new website are provided by an approved American Dental Association (ADA) CERP provider.

Visit DentalEZ’s Online Learning Site today at www.dentalezlearning.com, or access the link any time through www.dentalez.com .

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 www.dentalez.com.

About Learn HealthSci Inc.

Learn HealthSci Inc. is a privately held company based in San Diego, CA, specializing in web-based multimedia training and software development in the health care sector. Learn HealthSci provides cost-effective e-learning solutions to medium and large size companies, many of which are among the Fortune 500.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

NevinLabs™ to Unveil the Nevin LabPro™ Handpiece at 2011 Lab Day Chicago




LabPro™ is the Perfect Complement to all Nevin Dental Laboratory Workbenches

Chicago, IL (February 15, 2011) – Nevin Laboratories, Inc., a member of DentalEZ® Group, will be unveiling its new Nevin LabPro™ handpiece at this year’s Lab Day Chicago. Ergonomically designed with laboratory professionals in mind, the LabPro is easily incorporated into all NevinLab™ workbenches.

Functionality is at the forefront of the LabPro design. The lightweight and compact body provides optimum comfort and increased efficiency by reducing hand fatigue and providing the user effortless operation on even the most delicate pieces of work for extended periods of time. Weighing in at a mere .48 lb., the brushless micromotor of the LabPro significantly reduces the weight and improves balance, resulting in the smooth and easy performance of all laboratory procedures.

Equipped with a 180° vector control system, users experience an extremely smooth rotation while operating the new LabPro. The LabPro is capable of a powerful 8.7Ncm maximum torque, and maintains a clean consistency across the entire speed range, with minimal vibration and noise. Moreover, the LabPro has a dust-proof mechanism that prevents the infiltration of harmful material into the handpiece bearings, extending the turbine life.

The choice of a knee or foot control unit allows for increased desk space. Knee control unit features include:

  • Speed range of 1,000 – 50,000 rpm
  • Digital speed display
  • Light weight of 6.62 lbs.
  • Small footprint dimensions of 90 mm (W) x 270 mm (D) x 230 mm (H)

Foot control unit features include:
• Speed range of 1,000 – 50,000 rpm
• Auto clean function
• Light weight of 6.62 lbs.
• Small footprint dimensions of 230 mm (W) x 292 mm (D) x 113 mm (H)

Please visit NevinLabs at this year’s Lab Day Meeting in Chicago to experience the new LabPro handpiece, or contact NevinLabs at 800-544-5337.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Free-Motion Elbow Support System by DentalEZ® Launching at Chicago Midwinter Meeting

Attaches to any DentalEZ® or Existing Stool

and Helps Reduce Muscular Tension and Fatigue


Malvern, PA (February 15, 2011) DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, will unveil the new Free-Motion Elbow Support System by DentalEZ® during this year’s Chicago Midwinter Meeting at booth #1405.


The comfortable Free-Motion Elbow Support System is compatible with all DentalEZ dental stools or any stool available on the market, and is easily fastened to the stool cylinder. The telescoping elbow height adjustment locks in place quickly and securely with a simple thumb lever.


The Free-Motion Elbow Support System by DentalEZ supports the elbow of the dental professional without limiting movement or interfering with dental procedures. Designed to reduce muscular tension and fatigue, the ergonomic Free-Motion Elbow Support System features two free-moving, height-adjustable elbow supports that follow every movement without restriction while providing complete support and stability of the neck, back, arm, and shoulder muscles.


“The dental professional sits on a stool for an average of 8 hours per day, 4 days per week, and it can seriously affect the dental professional’s health,” remarked Aggie Pennington, DentalEZ Senior Equipment Product Manager. “We are pleased to introduce a product that is ergonomically designed to promote longevity of the dental professional’s career.”



The Free-Motion Elbow Support System encompasses a high-strength design with solid-steel components. The integral skin-foam technology features a non-slip texture that is easy to disinfect and fluid-proof. Heavy-duty ball joints with tension adjustment knobs allow the elbow rests to glide horizontally with ideal resistance, and are adjustable from zero to fully fixed.


Experience the incredible comfort and effortless movement of the new Free-Motion Elbow Support System by DentalEZ at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, Booth #1405, or call 866-DTE-INFO.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

CarieScan Pro Evaluation Beginning Today

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Starting today, we'll be doing clinical testing on the CarieScan Pro device.  I've begun to classify digital caries diagnostic devices into 2 categories: 1. Probe Type and 2. Visual.
The CariesScan, according to my classification system, is a probe type device and joins the category that is already occupied by Kavo's "Diagnodent and Midwest's  Caries I.D.
This device uses technology similar to today's state of the art apex locators... that is electrical impedance.  In fact, it uses a technology called AC Impedance Spectroscopy.  Here's how it works: A small electrical current is passed through the patient's tooth and the response is measured.  Comparison of the response with the applied signal leads to the impedance & impedance is the electrical parameter that is directly influenced by the physical properties of the material being investigated.  It is stated to detect 92.5% of sound and 92.5% of carious teeth correctly.
In order to get these readings, a hook shaped lip connector is attached to the base of the device via a wire and the hook is looped over the patient's lip.  These lip connectors are autoclavable while the tip that actually touches the tooth is single use and disposable.  The tips come in boxes of 20 and contain 2 new lip connectors in each package.  The device is covered with a specially designed sheath that covers the device except for the disposable tooth.
We'll be putting it through the tests for a month or so.  If you are planning on attending my caries detection lecture next week in Chicago, I may have some very early opinions on the device, but no guarantees.  I will definitely be covering CarieScan Pro in the presentation, though.
Questions or comments?  I'd love to hear them.  Oh, and for those interested... I'm feeling much better today.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

No Post Today

I'm fighting a cold with a nasty cough.  My office staff has informed me that if they find out I've been blogging instead of resting they will make me wish I've never been born.  You know, sometimes they do that already... but I digress.

So, ladies, since I know you're reading this.  I didn't go doing my usual research for an interesting blog post.  Instead I went to bed.

More info on caries detection tomorrow...  Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Acer to Release Android Tablet

I've been saying for a while that it's going to be a tablet free for all for the next couple of years, Nd I think this helps prove it.

Discount PC maker Acerbic has announced they will be bringing an Android based tablet device to market sometime in April.

For the full story, check out the Inquirer.


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Monday, February 14, 2011

Visual Caries Detection is Now Picking Up Steam

I'm now seeing a great deal of excitement over digital caries detection.  It's been going on for a few years now with a couple of devices, but over the past year we've seen a real push into the market of a couple of other devices as well.

I'm currently classifying digital caries detection devices into 2 categories, one being "probe devices" and the other being "visual devices".  Both types work, they just vary in the way the information is obtained.

The probe devices are the Kavo Diagnodent and the MidWest Caries ID.  Both are considered by me to be probe devices because they are used in a similar way to the traditional dental explorer.  They are traced through the pits & fissures and give immediate indications when they see tooth structure that is breaking down.  These devices are mobile, being able to be easily moved from treatment area to treatment area and do not require a computer.

In the last year or so, we've seen the release of the visual devices of Air Techniques Spectra and Actoen's Sopro LIFE.  These devices take pictures of the teeth and then allow the doctor to save the pictures and display them immediately for the patient or to review at later exams.  Both of these devices require an operatory computer and connect via USB.  They image the tooth and then allow the doctor to show the images to the patient.  Both use fluorescence to detect decay with Spectra showing a "doppler radar" map over the tooth while the Sopro LIFE shows the tooth with the fluorescing areas.  Both work really well and are highly recommended.

I know this topic is going mainstream because I'm being asked more and more to do lectures on the topic.  I'll be presenting the latest version of this talk at the upcoming Chicago MidWinter meeting in a couple of months.

If you'd like to read an article I wrote on the subject a while back, you can find it online at the Dental Products Report website. That particular article was written before the Acteon Sopro LIFE device was on the market, so don't think that because it is not mentioned it doesn't work.  It does work.. and it works well.  It's up to each of us to determine what system works best in our hands, but hopefully this info will give you some food for thought.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Nitrous Oxide Making a Comeback in Delivery Rooms

A short post today because you can read the full article at Foxnews.com, but basically nitrous is making a comeback for women in labor.

Nitrous has fallen out of popularity in the US and has been more or less replaced by epidurals which require an anesthesiologist and are more expensive.  Some are now feeling that nitrous might make a nice alternative.

As a dentist, I don't pretend to know anything about labor & de livery, but I thought this was an interesting read, nonetheless.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tron Legacy Blue Ray Release Announced

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Well, here's a little bit of news that is pretty much guaranteed to brighten up any geek's day... so you knew I'd mention it right?  I mean Tron and geeks go together like... I don't know... peanut butter & jelly... or something like that.  Anyway, the big day is 04-05-11, which is pretty close to my birthday; so you can guess what I've just added to my Amazon wish list, right?
Want to know what all you get?  I thought you would.  Here is all the info, direct from Disney via the press release:
HE ULTIMATE ACTION-PACKED, FUTURISTIC ADVENTURE COMES TO LIFE
ON STUNNING BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF AND BLU-RAY 3D™

Disney
TRON: LEGACY
Hits The Grid - Tuesday, April 5th

TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC SPECIAL EDITION TO ALSO DEBUT FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY


BURBANK, CA, February 11, 2011 – The Walt Disney Studios is proud to announce the release of its high-tech, action-packed adventure TRON: Legacy, available April 5th on multiple home entertainment platforms, including Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital Copy, Movie Download and On-Demand. Also making its long-awaited Blu-ray debut on April 5th is TRON: The Original Classic Special Edition. 

Sure to light-up fans this Spring, TRON: Legacy providesconsumers with the ultimate Hi-Def Blu-ray experience with breathtaking 1080p visuals and superior 7.1 surround sounds that bring to life the visually stunning world of TRON. Taking you further behind the grid, are also in-depth bonus features on the making of the film (i.e., creating the futuristic vehicles and world of TRON, storyline mythologies, actors/characters and more) and the all-new Disney Second Screen interactive experience.

Disney Second Screen transforms the movie watching experience by allowing viewers to explore the story behind the film perfectly synched on a second device, like an iPad™ or laptop, without interrupting their enjoyment of the movie. By simply accessing the Disney Second Screen companion application on their Internet-connected device, consumers are able to dive deeper into the film by engaging with elements including 360-degree vehicle turnarounds, interactive progression reels, and more. Disney Second Screen directions and access codes can be found inside the Blu-ray Disc packaging.Audio synching is powered by TVPLUS.

The original motion picture score for TRON: Legacy, released by Walt Disney Records on December 7, 2010, was composed and produced by the iconic and critically acclaimed Grammy® Award–winning French duo Daft Punk. The album peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and was the highest charting score soundtrack in over a decade. Walt Disney Records will be releasing TRON: Legacy RECONFIGURED, an album featuring 14 remixes of the original motion picture score on April 5th.


TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC SPECIAL EDITION
FACT SHEET
Film Synopsis: Experience the original landmark motion picture that inspired a new generation of digital filmmakers and became a favorite of fans and critics across the world. Relive the electrifying thrills of TRON with an all-new, state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high-definition sound.

When a brilliant video game maker named Flynn (Jeff Bridges) hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer, he is beamed inside an astonishing digital world and becomes part of the very game he is designing. Complete with never-before-seen bonus materials, it's an epic adventure that everyone will enjoy!


U.S. Release Date: April 5, 2011

Release Format: Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital Download & On-Demand

Rating: US-PG
Canada-PG

Feature Run Time: Approximately 96-minutes

Talent/Cast: Jeff Bridges (TRON: Legacy, True Grit, The Big Lebowski)
Bruce Boxleitner (TRON: Legacy, Transmorphers: Fall of Man)
David Warner (Planet of the Apes, Titanic, The Omen)
Cindy Morgan (Caddyshack, TV's "Falcon Crest")

Director: Steven Lisberger (TRON: Legacy, Hot Pursuit)

Producer: Donald Kushner (TRON: Legacy, Monster)


Friday, February 11, 2011

Straumann & Cadent Announce Distributing Partnership

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Straumann, a global leader in regenerative, restorative and replacement dentistry, and Cadent Inc., a leading provider of 3-D digital solutions for the orthodontic and dental industries, announced today that Straumann will be an official North American distributor of Cadent’s iTero Digital Impression System as of 1 February 2011.

Straumann recently announced new functionality to allow iTero customers to take implant-level impressions with the Straumann Intra-Oral Scan Body and digitally send them to the Straumann CARES Scan CS2 scanner. Now that Straumann will be selling the iTero Digital Impression System in the US, both companies have an even greater opportunity to deliver added value to GPs, dental labs and surgical specialists.

“We are proud to take our relationship with Cadent to another level,” said Martin Dymek, Regional Head North America, Straumann. “Digital impression taking is an integral part of Straumann CARES®Digital Solutions – which also includes the CARES Scan CS2 (CADCAM system) and Straumann Guided Surgery. This digital chain streamlines workflows: the seamless connectivity between iTero and the CS2 provides instantaneous delivery of impression data to the lab and elimination of model casting. As much as anything else, CARES Digital Solutions facilitates communication and collaboration between the GP, dental lab, and surgical specialist.”


For hands-on demonstrations with Straumann CARES Digital Solutions and Cadent iTero, please join us at the upcomingChicago Midwinter and Lab Day Chicago meetings.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

ClearVue Sealant allows you to Use Digital Diagnostic Devices

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For those of you who are using some type of digital diagnostic devices to look for caries, here's good news.  Denali corporation has announced ClearVue Sealant and Sealer.  The product allows devices, like the Kavo Diagnodent, to see under & around the sealant material without the risk of false positives.
Here is the press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Denali Announces

ClearVUE Pit & Fissure Sealant and Sealer

Denali Corporation is excited announce ClearVue Clear Sealant and Sealer to their successful sealant line, which includes AURA Vue Clear, AURA Lay Opaque and AURA Lay XF 5% NaFl Sealant.  The addition of ClearVUE Sealant expands Denali's clear sealant campaign of "Keeping an Eye on Your Dental Health", which promotes the use of clear sealants to be able to see beneath sealants. ClearVUE’s clear translucent, color stable composition, allows for long-term clinical diagnosis of carious conditions around and beneath a sealed area. ClearVUE contains no solvents, is fluoride releasing, and will cure with all dental lights. ClearVUE works in a dry, as well as, a moist field.  and is FDA approved for use with caries diagnostic devices.

For details, contact Denali Corporation at 781-826-9190, www.denalicorporation, or contact your dental dealer.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Angry Birds Bonus Easter Egg - The Solution to the Super Bowl Ad

For you fans of the Angry Birds game (and really, who isn't nowadays?) there was a an interesting tie in with a Super Bowl ad. It seems the folks that made the movie Rio embedded a secret clue into their one Super Bowl commercial to help unlock a surprise in the Angry Birds game.

While it wasn't exactly easy to see, I did manage to locate it. Near the end of the commercial, you could see, in the background on what appeared to be a crate, an angry bird with a golden egg and the numbers "13-12".

Still befuddled on exactly what that meant and how to unlock it, I did a little searching and came up with the video below from youtube The video shows you exactly what to do. Enjoy!



Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Is iPad 2.0 Arriving in March?

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As with all things Apple, rumors swirl constantly.  Of course that makes for some interesting speculation, but it also makes trying to give you the "real" news a bit more than difficult for me.
So... take this one with the proverbial "grain of salt", but the current buzz is that the next generation of the iPad, dubbed iPad 2 by geeks, could be showing up sooner as opposed to later.  With the arrival of some Android tablets on the very near horizon, this would appear to make sense.  I've also been hearing for some time that the device is in production.
So what does this mean?  Well, unfortunately not much.  Apple is extremely secretive about anything that isn't yet on the market and they certainly aren't helping here.  However, it has been over a year since the original iPad was announced and we will soon be at the magic "one year window" of the  original being on the market.  We all know an update is coming and Apple has a sort of predictable habit of updating things about once a year.  Those little tidbits alone make me think there is a lot of credence to this.
Of course I blogged multiple times about the Beatles coming to iTunes and missed that one 4 or 5 times...  Here's hoping that this one is right and that the new iPad will be here sooner than expected.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Google Opens Web Store for Android Apps - Accessible from your Computer

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In an attempt to keep up with Apple and to also give their developers more exposure, Google recently announced the launch of their web based store for applications.
The problem for developers has been the best apps are the ones that are featured on a user's phone and so the small amount of screen real estate has limited the exposure some developers have been getting.
Apple also has had the tremendous advantage of the App Store which users can access from their computers and buy apps for their Apple devices.
So... by allowing users of Android mobile devices to be able to browse & purchase over the web from their computers is being hailed as the next jump forward for both Android developers & users.
Look also for more Android tablets to be arriving soon.  Super Bowl viewers got a chance to see the Motorola Xoom advertised last night.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dry Case is Waterproof protection for your iPad or Kindle

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Here's an interesting ideal that might have implications for a healthcare setting as well as the beach or pool.
The Dry Case is a heavy duty plastic case that seals to protect your device from water, sand, or potential biological materials... at least I'd think so.
Everything works just fine and you can even remove the air to seal the device inside.

Features

  • Waterproof Vacuum Seal
  • Stereo Headphone & Mic Jack
  • Includes Hold Handle
  • Headphone & Mic Jack
  • Crystal Clear for Photos
  • Works with any Tablet or E-reader

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Glasses Free 3D TV Sales-No One Buying

For a while now I've been wondering what the big deal is about 3D TV. While I can see some applications for it in medical fields, I just haven't seen practical applications for consumers.

Even when companies began to figure out how to get rid of the glasses, I still thought it was a solution looking for a problem. Now comes news out of Japan that even that gadget happy country can't get these things off the shelves.

Toshiba put 2 models on the shelves in December and sold less than 500... that's right, 500 units for the month.

Personally, at least for now, I'm personally content with Blueray & HD...


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Friday, February 4, 2011

DENTSPLY International and GlaxoSmithKline Collaborate to Create a System of Continuous Care

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The Combination of DENTSPLY’s NUPRO® and GlaxoSmithKline’s Sensodyne® Brands, Now Both Powered by NovaMin®, Provide Effective Dental Office and At-Home Treatment

 

York, PA (October 12, 2010) – DENTSPLY International, a global leader in professional dental products, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a global leader in over-the-counter treatment and care of tooth sensitivity, have created a system of continuous care products that can be used in the dental office for patients suffering from tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity and at home to treat high caries risk patients. Tooth sensitivity, an oral problem affecting 1 in 3 people today, can limit people’s ability to eat, chew and enjoy food because of the tooth pain.

 

DENTSPLY’s NUPRO brand and GSK’s Sensodyne brand have come together to create an effective system designed for the continuous care of tooth sensitivity, from the dental office to everyday use at home.  This collaboration is based on NovaMin’s unique, patented calcium phosphate technology, originally invented to treat damaged bones. It has been adapted for use in dental care, being clinically proven to relieve dentin hypersensitivity.

 

DENTSPLY’s NUPRO brand products have garnered leadership in the prophylaxis paste market through superior performance.  NUPRO Prophy Pastes are used by dental professionals to clean patient’s teeth in the dental office and set the standard of excellence leading this category for over 15 years.  With four grit choices, ten market-preferred flavors, and both fluoride and non-fluoride pastes, NUPRO offers dental professionals a wide variety of prophy pastes to meet the needs of all their patients.

 

GSK’s Sensodyne brand is a global leader in the treatment and management of dentin hypersensitivity, offering a wide range of consumer products.  In late 2009, GSK acquired NTI, the inventors of NovaMin®, to offer a new standard of care for professionals in the treatment and management of dentin hypersensitivity.

 

With the incorporation of NovaMin® and collaboration between DENTSPLY and GSK, the Sensodyne product has moved from beyond an over-the-counter toothpaste to one that has created a new option for care for patients suffering from the pain of tooth sensitivity.

 

Combining NUPRO and the therapeutic benefits of NovaMin®, with Sensodyne’s choice of consumer products, has resulted in a new system of continuous care from chair-side in the dental office to a patient’s home, offering relief from the pain of sensitive teeth. This new system of continuous care  includes:

 

  • A dental office NUPRO Sensodyne prophy paste (used when having your teeth cleaned) – the proven performance of NUPRO powered by NovaMin provides immediate relief from tooth sensitivity.

 

  • Sensodyne NUPRO Professional toothpaste – dental professionals can now dispense a toothpaste with NovaMin for patients to take home and use every day.  This toothpaste combines the benefit of high fluoride for enamel and dentin remineralization, with the patented NovaMin® technology.

 

  • Sensodyne – provides proven relief for sensitive teeth, with the widest choice of sensitivity daily toothpastes.  Sensodyne has long been recommended by dental experts, and is widely preferred by consumers for the everyday management of tooth sensitivity.

 

“DENTSPLY and GSK have come together with one goal in mind – to provide a continuous treatment program for patients who suffer from the common problem of tooth sensitivity,” remarked Thomas Leonardi, Vice President, DENTSPLY.  “We combined some of the most well regarded brands and products on the market to provide a complete solution for patients with both in-office and at-home care regimens.”

 

“For the 1 in 3 people who experience sensitive teeth, we believe none of them should have to suffer this pain, and through this partnership are offering consumers a new solution.  Patients can now expect an effective system of continuous care from the dental office to consumers’ homes through these new products.” (Carlton Lawson, Vice President of Sensodyne, GSK)

 

For more information, please call:

Dentsply US

GSK UK

 

About DENTSPLY International

DENTSPLY designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of products for the dental market.  The Company believes that it is the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of dental prosthetics, precious metal dental alloys, dental ceramics, endodontic instruments and materials, prophylaxis paste, dental sealants, ultrasonic scalers, and crown and bridge materials; the leading United States manufacturer and distributor of dental handpieces, dental x-ray film holders, film mounts and bone substitute/grafting materials; and a leading worldwide manufacturer or distributor of dental implants, impression materials, orthodontic appliances, dental cutting instruments, infection control products, and dental injectable anesthetics.  The Company distributes its dental products in over 120 countries under some of the most well-established brand names in the industry.

 

DENTSPLY is committed to the development of innovative, high quality, cost-effective new products for the dental market.

 

About GlaxoSmithKline

 

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. GSK Consumer Healthcare, a division of GSK, develops and markets products in over 100 countries around the world, with a focus on three key categories: oral healthcare, OTC medicines and nutritional healthcare. Our product portfolio includes alli, Aquafresh, Sensodyne, Poligrip / Corega, Breathe Right and Lucozade, among other well-known global brands. To learn more about GSK, please visit www.gsk.com.

 

 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Daily - iPad App with an Old Media Twist

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For years the world has been sort of waiting for the death of the "old media".  Lots of people have said that newspapers won't survive in the electronic age, that magazines are  yesterday, etc.  Some of that is true.  Newspaper circulation are down and magazines don't hold quite the same fascination for some as they once did.

 

So it's interesting that today there was a huge fanfare over the release of "The Daily" a daily (as the name indicates) news paper/magazine app for the iPad.  It has been developed by Rupert Murdoch who owns about as much of the "old media" as a single human being can.  It promises "true news discovery" and will be published 365 days a year.

 

It's a fairly cool idea with the ability to update dynamically throughout the day and pull in things like Twitter feeds etc.  The app is .99 per week or reasonably priced at $39.99 for one year.  While it may not save traditional media types, this does seem fairly intriguing to me.  I've already downloaded the app and reviewed the first days worth of material which seemed like a very nice newsmagazine to me.  I think I'm going to go ahead and pop for the full subscription.  Anyone else interested?

 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lessons from The Blizzard of 2011

I don't know about the rest of you, but here in Kansas City we were smack dab in the middle of one of the biggest snow storms to hit the Midwest in at least 10 years.

This one was one of the first big storms that we've had here since the proliferation of broadband. Don't get me wrong, we've had some pretty good snows, but nothing this bad as far as I can remember.

Anyway, here are a few things I learned from technology and blizzards:

-Charge your devices! You never know when power loss is coming.
-Get a Bluetooth headset! Watching people drive in the snow with a phone shoved between their skull & shoulder is painful AND scary.
-Utilize Twitter. Lots of local municipalities are now offering all kinds of cool updates.
-Print your schedule! We had to cancel Wednesday & we did it all (gasp) from paper copies the admin team took home.
-Buy some chemical glove heaters. Those little pads you stick in your gloves dan help keep your fingers warmer longer. Trust me on that one.
-Make sure your snowblower runs before the blizzard hits. Watching people try to start a dead machine is just sad.

So just a few suggestions to help make storm survival & organization easier. Anyone care to add to the list? I'm pretty sure I've just scratched the surface. Hey, there may be a DPR article in here somewhere...




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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Info on New HP Tablet Makes it to the Web


As I await the coming blizzard here in the Land of Oz, here's some info on the soon to be released slate type device from HP. The device, which is rumored to be called "Topaz" is going to hit the market sooner, as opposed to later. Matter of fact, it may very well be the reason HP purchased Palm last year.

As I've stated here before, the Palm Pre was a great idea for a smartphone. Unfortunately, Palm just didn't have the financial wherewithal to back it and it was left in the dust by the iPhone that was released just a week or 2 after the Pre hit the market.

After HP bought Palm last year, rumors began to swirl about a slate type device based on the Web OS platform that powered the Pre. The device has been under developement for some time, but now looks ready to hit the market fairly soon.

Here are the specs from PreCentral.net, however if this isn't enough, check out the full article that PreCentral has been able to put together.

ProcessorDual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 at 1.2GHz
GraphicsIntegrated Adreno 220 GPU
Screen9.7" XGA 1024 x 768
Dimensions190mm x 240mm x 13.7mm
Weight700g / 1.5lb (estimated)
RAM512MB DDR2
Storage16g / 32g / 64g eMMC
CameraFront-facing 1.3mp camera for Video Chat
Bluetooth2.1 + EDR
WiFiDual-band 802.11 b/g/n
Other RadiosOptional WWAN for HSPA, LTE, perhaps CDMA later
SensorsAccelerometer, eCompass, Gyro, Light Sensor, Microphone
Speakers2 integrated speakers with Beats Audio, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery24WHr for >8hrs, using two 3150mAh cells