Thursday, May 30, 2013

Apple to Launch iRadio Service Week of June 10th (Potentially)

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I love Apple rumors.  The company does a great job of keeping things under wraps… and by doing so they frequently get more PR by *not* saying anything than they would be screaming it from the mountaintops.  Heck, I must have predicted the Beatles were coming to iTunes at least 3 times before it happened.
 
So, with all things Apple, one must take this rumor with the proverbial grain of salt, however because it is hitting in multiple places, I'm giving t his one a pretty good chance of actually happening.  The main reason for that is that supposedly Apple inked a deal with Warner very recently.
 
The big rumor is that a product to be called "iRadio" will be coming to iTunes and it will compete with Spotify.  The June 10th date is important as that is the first day of Apple's WWDC (World Wide Developer's Conference).
 
There are roadblocks aplenty to this as supposedly the labels want more money from cash heavy Apple than they get from Padora and other streaming companies who don't have the financial wherewithal.
 
The best part is that the service is supposed to be supported by ads & should not cost a dime to listeners.
 
The one question I have is:  Doesn't Apple usually "set"the bar and not run after a market after it is already established?  Just saying'...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Interested in How Tablets are Evolving Into Dentistry?

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Tablets exploded onto the market just a few short years ago, and now experts are saying that within 5 years they are going to surpass  personal computers as the "go to" devices that we will all carry.  Sound crazy?  It's not really as crazy as you might think.
 
A lot of it has to do with how and when manufacturers embrace the technology and what they allow offices & individuals to do wit it.
 
My latest article in Dental Products Report deals with what I've been able to see & tinker with when it comes to the portability aspect of computing.  I've taken several companies that have embraced Tablet PC's, iPads, & Androids and I get into what they do and why they do it.
 
If you are interested in where the future of dental computing is headed, I think you'll enjoy the article.  Click here to read the article.  

Global Tablet Shipments to Outpace PC Market by 2015, IDC Says

Since their introduction just a few short years ago, tablets have rapidly made serious in-roads into the everyday lives of millions.  I know that personally when I read the news in the morning, I *used* to do so on my laptop... now I sit in a comfy recliner and check out what happened over night on my iPad or Android tablet.

Well, this may come as a shock to many of you, but I'm not the only one.  With their much more affordable price, instant on, cameras, etc it now seems that tablets of all kinds are quickly becoming the go to devices for lots of people.  So much so, in fact that Bloomberg is now predicting that tablets will outpace PC sales by 2015... which isn't that far away.

Check out what Bloomberg has to say on the issue. It's a great read.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Worst Gadget Flops

A long weekend, so here is a short post to start the week.

Check out the 20 worst gadget flops of all time.

A great read that can be found here...

Friday, May 24, 2013

What Does Storage *Really* Cost?


There was quite a bit of buzz this week when Yahoo owned photo storage service Flickr announced that they were giving their free members 1TB of storage... at no cost.  Wow!

To many people this may not seem like that big a deal.  After all 1 TB drives are really cheap and really plentiful, right?  And nowadays, even your cell phone camera has high resolution so storing those should be easy and no big deal.

However, storage isn't really all that cheap when you consider it, and that's why I'm so impressed with Fllickr offering all of this free space.  I'm a paying customer for the site and I will continue to be so gladly, just because of things like this.

If you want to *really* understand what the costs of this type of storage are and why it's such a *big deal* that's it's free, read this column from ZD Net by  Adrian Kingsley-Hughes.  I think it will give you a new perspective.

I'd love some comments on this post, so feel free to do so!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

DentalEZ® Group’s everLight® is Now Enhanced for Brighter Illumination

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The First True, Direct LED Light in the U.S. is Now New & Improved 

 

Conversion Kits are Available for competitive lights as well as Existing Users 

for a Simple and Easy Upgrade

 

 

Malvern, PA (May 21, 2013) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce that its popular everLight® LED operatory light is now enhanced with brighter illumination for a more productive experience.  Conversion kits are available for competitive lights as well as existing users of the original everLight for a quick and easy upgrade.  

 

Specifically, the everLight’s intensity settings are now increased for an even brighter illumination:

 

  • Low setting – has been increased from 8,000 LUX to 15,000 LUX
  • Medium setting – has been increased from 15,000 LUX to 25,000 LUX
  • High setting – has been increased from 25,00 LUX to 30,000 LUX

 

The everLight’s procedural settings have also been enhanced for a clearer, whiter light:

 

  • The “A Sun” color match setting has been increased from 5,300 Kelvin to 5,800 Kelvin
  • The “B Sun/Bulb” operative setting has been increased from 4,300 Kelvin to 4500 Kelvin

 

An alternative to halogen-based operatory lights, the everLight LED operatory light provides color-corrected lighting, precise light pattern and energy efficient features simply not possible using traditional halogen lighting. The everLight encompasses a long life of 30,000-plus hours, 10 times longer than halogen; therefore, there no longer is a need for replacement of lightbulbs.  Moreover, dental professionals will enjoy substantial savings on monthly energy expenses, as the everLight uses less than 35 watts of energy; 70% less than halogen-based systems.    

 

No reflector or fan is required for the ultra-quiet everLight, since it is 100% true direct LED lighting and remains at a consistent, cool temperature.  

 

The everLight is equipped with nine temperature/intensity settings to meet all operative needs. Its superior LED technology provides natural daylight illumination and a precise light pattern, which results in clear oral cavity visibility and exact color matching. Furthermore, the everLight’s LED composite setting will not cause pre-maturing on composite materials. 

 

The innovative design of the everLight is ergonomically equipped with a standard third-axis rotation, allowing limitless positioning for optimal illumination. Moreover, the everLight is easily installed in six mounting configurations.  

 

The everLight has an extended life expectancy and comes with a best in its class 3-year warranty combined with a 6-year warranty on the unit’s engine components (switches, LED driver, and lens).  

 

For more information about the new and improved everLight and all DentalEZ offerings, please call 866-DTE-INFO or visit 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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Brasseler USA® Announces New Trade Show “Innovation Station”

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Dental Professionals Provided a Hands-On Experience at all Major Trade Shows

 

Savannah, GA (May 21, 2013) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of innovative, quality dental instrumentation, recently added extra value to the trade show experience by dedicating a substantial portion of its exhibit booth to implement its new “Innovation Station”. The Innovation Station provides dental professionals with a full hands-on experience of all available Brasseler products.  

 

Specifically, the new Innovation Station is a special area located within Brasseler’s exhibit booth dedicated to providing dental professionals with an interactive experience of Brasseler’s most popular products in a relaxed professional environment. Dentists can choose from a variety of Brasseler rotary instruments to trim, adjust, finish and polish a wide spectrum of restorative materials including the newest generation of ceramics. Dedicated Brasseler personnel are also readily available to assist with any comments or questions users may have along the way.   

 

Brasseler has received abundant positive feedback from those who have already taken advantage of the Innovation Station experience at recent dental tradeshow events. “We tested our Innovation Station concept at the 2012 ADA show and this year’s Chicago Midwinter Meeting and it was very well received,” remarked Jack Burlison, National Sales Manager for Brasseler USA. “Dentists loved the fact that they could actually test products on materials in a relaxed manner. We’re excited about our new Innovation Station and the value this will bring to practitioners who visit our booth.”

 

Going forward, Brasseler’s Innovation Station will be a staple of Brasseler’s trade show exhibit at the following dental meetings:

 

  • American Dental Association Annual Session (ADA)
  • Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNY)
  • Yankee Dental Congress
  • Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (CMW)
  • Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting
  • California Dental Association (CDA Spring Sessions)

 

For more information about all Brasseler products and services, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.

 

About Brasseler USA®

 

Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and oral hygiene. Over the past 35 years, Brasseler USA has developed a reputation as an innovative market-leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instruments and power systems under one brand in the world. For more information, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Device Promises to Recharge Your Cellphone in Twenty Seconds

What a great time to be alive!  All you have to do is look around and  you can see change & progress without even really needing to look for it.

 

It's also pretty amazing when you can find out info that shows the progress we are making and learn about the minds behind that progress… especially when it's a high schooler. Over the weekend, Intel held their awards for the IntelInternational Science and Engineering Fair.

 

One of the participants is a high school senior from Saratoga, CA who developed a rather impressive device.  Eesha Khare stated she was "in a  daze" after receiving one of the two Young Scientist Awards at the event.

 

Her project is a supercapicitor device that stores massive amounts of energy and can deliver it very quickly, giving a cell phone a charge in 20-30 seconds.  The device could definitely change the way we look at and interact with mobile devcies.  Imagine being able to use a device to the point of almost zero battery and then returning it to 100% in half a minute.  Things like this (if they work and can be adapted to lots of different devcies) can be game changers.

 

I'm truly impressed with the fact that a high school student with limited funds & limited time has managed to create a device like this that might end up chugging aspects of our lives.

 

Also, remember the term "super capacitor" as you're going to be hearing more about them in the future.  These things are amazing!

Monday, May 20, 2013

YouTube is Turning Eight… and Still Growing

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Consider this for a moment… YouTube is now 8 years old.  That's middle age or so in Internet years and yet we *still* go there on a regular basis… don't we?  I mean I know I do and I'm sure I'm not the only one.  Heck, I even have my own YouTube channel for crying out loud.  And I'm just a geek who loves teeth!  The site was born in 2005 and so much has changed since then, but one thing hasn't.  People still love watching videos online.
 
According to the latest stats, in 2011 users were uploading 48 hours of video per minute.  That seems outrageous.  That's 2 full days of video every minute!  However, it gets better.  In 2012, users upload 72 hours of video every minute.  Now comes the amazing stat that users are uploading 100 hours of video every minute in 2013.  Seems insane doesn't it?
 
They also have stated that over 1 billion people come to the site every month which is one out of every 2 people on the Internet.
 
I mean, who is watching all of this stuff?  It's scary how much video is out there.  Many sites have come & gone in 8 years, but YouTube just keeps chugging along.  They also haven't really changed the site that much either.  Which just goes to show that when you have a good idea that works, don't mess with it.
 
If you are interested in what the folks at YouTube had to say about all of this, here is a link to the blog post.  

Sunday, May 19, 2013

USC Research on Alligator Stem Cells May Provide Info on Human Tooth Regeneration

Researchers at USC have uncovered info that may help humans actually regenerate teeth!

 

Studying alligators, the researchers have uncovered unique processes that allow tooth renewal in alligators.  This may lead to the same in human beings.

 

Read here for all the info from the Keck School of Medicine at USC.  

Friday, May 17, 2013

XLDent Practice Management Software Receives Certification

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I've received the following  info from XLDent about their practice management software.  If you are looking for a software solution for your practice and the idea of mobility through the use of Tablet PC's (not iPads or Android tablets, but *true* Tablet PC's) then you should give them a look.  It's a nice program that performs well and has an outstanding track record over several years.
 
Here is the info from their press release:

Professional Economics Bureau of America’s XLDent MU Receives ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group

May 9, 2013 – Loretto, MN – Professional Economics Bureau of America’s XLDent MU has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. This EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
 
 “We are very happy to offer a solution that will assist eligible providers in achieving Meaningful Use for the EHR Incentive Program,” says Dawn Christodoulou, President of Professional Economics Bureau of America, Inc.  “What makes the XLDent Dental Practice Management System unique is the ability to run all workflows, including those new workflows required for Meaningful Use Attestation, in a completely mobile environment.  XLDent MU is just another example of how we are delivering solutions at the point-of-care.”
 
Drummond Group’s ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology – a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.
 
XLDent MU Version 7.6, which met the requirements for Complete EHR Ambulatory is a fully certified Electronic Health Record solution designed to help dental offices qualify for federal incentive payments.  The module is seamlessly integrated with the XLDent Suite of products, version 12.9 and above.
 
“Leveraging information technology for healthcare initiatives provides the opportunity to deliver a high-level quality of care and efficiency which essentially benefits and enhances the overall patient experience,” says Rik Drummond, CEO of the Drummond Group Inc. “We have been testing software for more than a decade and will continue to provide our extensive experience testing and certifying complex systems for multiple industries, as well as ensuring interoperability and security remain key components in the growing healthcare industry.”

About Professional Economics Bureau of America, Inc.
Professional Economics Bureau of America, Inc (PEB) is a privately owned Dental Software Development and Services company with its headquarters located at 279 North Medina Street in Loretto, Minnesota. PEB has focused on serving the high technology needs of the dental community since 1971 and is dedicated to providing software solutions that are focused on the success of its clients and on enhancing the standard of patient care for improved patient outcomes. PEB is committed to the continual development of electronic dental health records, mobile solutions and internet-based options in the current development environment with emphasis on proven technologies.  For more information, please visitwww.xldent.com.
 
About Drummond Group Inc.
Drummond Group Inc. is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries.  In healthcare, Drummond Group tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Authorized Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit http://www.drummondgroup.com or emailDGI@drummondgroup.com.
 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Google puts Drive, Google +, and Gmail Into One Unit and Ups Storage to 15GB

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As Google puts more and more services in The Cloud, keeping everything all together and organized can sometimes prove difficult to accomplish.
 
The smart people at Google know that and have decided to create a more seamless storage option.  Previously users had 10GB for Gmail, and 5GB for Google Drive and Google + Photo storage.  Now, users get a combined 15GB of "unified storage" for free.  It can be used for any of the 3 mentioned services.
 
The idea, of course, is that now you can use the storage the way *you* want to.  Previously you were trapped by Google's limitations, but now those are wiped out and you get to use the storage for whatever part of each service you'd prefer.
 
Of course if you're like me, you can also upgrade the amount of storage available from Google and for a small fee basically have an many GB as you would like.  The limit is 16 terabytes.  Cool huh?
 
If you'd like to read the blog post from Google announcing the changes, you can find that here.  
 
Personally, I've become more and more addicted to The Cloud.  With changes like this, I'm pretty confident soon everyone will feel like I do...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Check Out the "Thriving Dentist Podcast" from Gary Takacs… and Me

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You know, it's a great time to be alive.  Technology has changed… and continues to change… the way we live, work, play , and interact with each other.  When you think about it, we used to be able to look back over previous 10 year spans and see how things  had changed for us.  Now similar things happen, only with the time span being 2 or less years and *lots more* changes to think about and ponder.
 
In the 90's many of us in dentistry subscribed to newsletters put out by different groups.   Some of them were created by large organizations while others were from small groups or even dedicated individuals.  Heck I got my first writing gig working on the "Tools R Us" newsletter published by my friend Bob Davis who was practicing in northern California.  It was state of the art back then.
 
Now we get our info in tons of different ways.  One of the most successful dental learning tools available today is the "Thriving Dentist Podcast" from my buddy Gary Takacs.  He is a practice management consultant in Arizona and works with dentists all over the US helping them to build better dental practices.  Gary has a list of friends a mile long and he uses those friends to do interviews that he records via Skype to create a terrific learning tool.
 
I've known Gary a while now and I've found him to be a bright guy with some good  ideas.  We recently had a chance to hang out at the Eco-Dentistry conference a few weeks ago and the time together gave us each a better perspective of the other.
 
So… today I'll be appearing in about a one hour interview on The Thriving Dentist Show.  We discussed lots of great tech topics for dentists including some of the technologies that I just can't practice without.
 
You can subscribe via iTunes (just search for Thriving Dentist under Podcasts) or check out Gary's website here.  I had a really great time talking tech with Gary and I think you'll find that you will probably learn a thing or two.  Give it a listen and then please post under the Comments section here on the blog.   I'm truly interested on what you think of the podcast.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Keeping Track of My Life with Evernote

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I've discussed Evernote here before (and it was also featured in one of my articles on Dental P rodents Report), but sometimes a product bears more than one mention.  That's partly because I'm constantly picking up new readers here and partly because when I'm passionate about something, I want you to know it.  I know that some of you come here, read about a product or idea, and end up sitting and seeing what develops.  Well I'm here to tell you that if you've been thinking  about Evernote, the time to think has passed and the time to act is now!
 
We are living in a world of ever increasing storage.  Because of that, many of us just don't delete much anymore.  Whether it's laziness, busyness, or the fact that we just don't really think about it much… the reasons don't matter.  What is amazing is the amount of data we have that continues to sit on hard drives, jump drives, and accessory drives that we just don't even think about.
 
Now over the years, the good people at Microsoft and Apple have helped.  They've made it much easier to search for things on our computers, but we still have those all too frequent moments where we stress on "where did I put that?"  And now we Cloud Storage, it can get even worse.  I have storage with Amazon, Google, Sugarsync, Drop Box, and probably others I can't remember.  If I couldn't find the stuff I had on the computer, how am I supposed to find it when I have 4 different Cloud storage sites (and others I can't remember).
 
So… to help simplify this problem, I recommend Evernote.  I'm not dumping everything into Evernote, but it has become the repository of all my important data.  Things that I flat out know I'm going to need.  Whether it's travel info, receipts, or just things that are important & I don't want to lose, they go to Evernote.
 
Tonight was a perfect example.  I have a church sponsored camp that I work with and the medical forms will soon be due.  I couldn't remember exactly what the procedure was & what everything entailed.  However, I had filed all of this important info in Evernote and dated it with the last year I participated.  All I had to do was do a quick search (Evernote has an amazing fully searchable database) and I found a the folder from my last trip.  In that folder was every email, the blank forms, Word docs with all the necessary items needed, deadlines, you name it.  All safe in The Cloud, safe from hard drive crashes, just waiting for me.
 
It's a great way to stay organized whether it's recipes, plans for your hexacopter drone (more on that later), or just stuff you don't want to lose.  If you want to feel a bit more organized… check out Evernote.  It is *highly* recommended!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Nest Thermostat Makes Your Home a Smart Home… and it Keeps Getting Smarter

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I've always been fascinated by geeky stuff and the idea of controlling your home is one of those things that just gets me going.  Add to that the idea of making things greener to help the planet for the future, and it just seems even better.
 
Now comes a thermostat from a company called Nest that wants to make your home (or your dental office) greener, more energy efficient, and easier on your wallet.
 
The folks at Nest come from Apple.  They worked on the iPhone and the iPod.  They get simplicity & beauty in design.  Basically you buy the thermostat & install it.  The company states that if you can change a light switch, you can install the Nest thermometer.  However, if you'd rather someone else do it, they can arrange for that too.
 
Then  you teach the device when to save.  Turn it down when you leave, back up when you come home, back down when you sleep… you get the idea.  As you are doing all t his, Nest is learning your habits.
 
The device will also allow you to change things via your smartphone if, for instance, you get off early and are home earlier than usual.  You can simply warm up or cool down the house with the smartphone app.
 
There's more to it, but that's it in a nutshell.  It's a smart device that learns your habits & then creates heating & cooling cycles that are incredibly energy efficient which is good for everyone.  Want more info?
 
It's all explained very well on the Nest website.  Give it a click here!  

Friday, May 10, 2013

Eye-Fi Impresses with Speed & Geotagging

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It's an interesting world… and it continues to get more interesting every day.  Just a few years ago many of us photo-nerds carried small point & shoot cameras everywhere we went so that we could grab that all important shot when it presented itself.
 
Nowadays most people are toting a smartphone with a passable camera.  The best part of that is even though the camera isn't nearly as good as a point & shoot, the ability to immediately share the images makes, for most people, the quality acceptable
 
However, for some of us the blur & overall poor quality of phone cameras means we will always have a "real" camera to reach for when we need it.
 
Now, what if I told you  that there was a way to get those really awesome photos that you can only get with a real camera and still be able to get them shared electronically, although not quite as easily as with a phone?
 
Say hello to Eye-Fi.  The device is a true SD size memory card with a built-in WiFi transmitter.  This allows your camera to wirelessly transfer your photos to a computer running Eye-Fi software and also to several photo sharing sites such as Flickr.  The card can be configured to access your personal wireless network as well as public hotspots so photos can be sent while you are out & about.
 
The card also utilizes WiFi based positioning system (WPS) to enable geotagging of your photos.  The technology basically uses wireless access points in urban areas from different providers to geolocate your photos and embed that info into the photo file.  While shooting in the KC area, I've found this to be a very accurate way of taking the photos.
 
The Eye-Fi is affordable and is making photography even more fun and less laborious.  Check out the Eye-Fi website for all the models & prices.  

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Why I *Love* the new SciCan Statim G4… and Why It has Changed Us for the Better

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In the fall of 2012, we began using the next generation Statim sterilizer; the Statim 5000 G4.
 
It has many nice upgrades from previous models, but the best one, in my opinion, was the fact that it is Internet enabled.  That's right, this thing has an Ethernet part built right in and it connects to my office network.
 
Why is this important?  What's the big deal about a sterilizer that has an IP address and connects to my office network?  The simple answer is: the connection allows the device access to the Internet.
 
The G4 is one of the first (but many more are coming) Internet enabled *smart dental devices*.  Not only is the device on the 'net, but it communicates with both SciCan (its manufacturer) and my preferred dental dealer Goetze Dental to keep them advised of any problems the device may be able to detect.
 
One of the problems we battle with autoclaves is when they malfunction.  Normally a failed sterilization cycle results in lost productivity & often error "codes" that require either a phone call for help or at best a review of the operator's manual to translate the code into the reason for the problem and, hopefully, a fix that can be rendered quickly to get the device back in service.  Of course the worst case scenario is that there is no quick or easy fix and a service tech visit is needed.
 
In our office, we run 3 autoclaves so having one down is not critical, but for many offices there is only one and the above scenario can bring the entire schedule to a grinding halt impacting patients and the office as well.  At that point, usually a service tech is dispatched post-haste with a loaner device and the malfunctioning one is taken back to the shop for repairs.  Of course this only works (even remotely efficiently) if the office is in a town or city where the dental repair facility is.  If the office is a bit remote, it may take a day or more to get the loaner.
 
Now you see the real advantage of the Internet connection.  When the G4 senses a problem, it can let SciCan know and the problem can be rectified over the phone… or if a service tech is needed, they know the problem and can bring the correct parts to fix the problem.
 
Here's an example from this week.
 
On Wednesday our office got a call from SciCan.  It seems that our G4 has self aborted 2 back to back sterilization cycles and SciCan wanted to let us know how to correct the  problem.  The water reservoir was low (no steam, hence the self abort) and the float that indicated the water level was stuck.  The device "thought" it had water and wasn't telling us too fill the reservoir, but in reality  there was none.  Dental Assistant Sam took the call and SciCan quickly talked her through the fix.  In a matter of minutes our Statim G4 was back up and running.
 
In the old days we would have probably tried one more time and then called for service.  However, now we were quickly back and ready to roll.  If you are in the market for an autoclave that can actually communicate… as well as sterilize in amazingly fast cycles, take a good look at the Statim G4.  I think you'll like what you see.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SoproCARE Evaluation Starting

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The good people at Acteon make some amazing products.  One of the things they do very well is optical devices.  Their intraoral cameras have always been impressive.
 
About 5 years ago the company introduced a device called SoproLIFE which was an intraoral camera that also doubled as a visual caries detection device.  It was the only device that not only took amazing intraoral photos, but also allowed the practitioner to keep a visual record of caries.
 
Now comes the next generation of Acteon's visual detection technology.  The new device is called SoproCARE and adds some pretty impressive features.
 
This time Acteon has stepped up its game and has created a device that functions as an intraoral camera, visual caries detection, and visual perio detection as well.  This means that one device in the operatory can accomplish multiple tasks and store all the images in the patient's digital chart.

This is accomplished by using white light for intraoral photos and 440-680nm light for caries and periodontal detection.
 
Human beings are visual creatures and we obtain between 88-92% of our perceptions visually.  That means a device like SoproCARE has the potential to bring tons of information not only to the doctor & team, but to the patient as well.  The image below is an example, provided by Acteon.
 
 
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As you can see, showing the periodontal situation utilizing the Perio mode, greatly enhances the visibility of the inflammation.
 
I've got the device installed in 2 of our hygiene operatories and we'll be putting it through our research paces to see how it performs… not only from a device/imaging standpoint, but also from the standpoint of judging it as a clinically effective teaching tool.
 
I'll be reporting back in the future as to what we find.  Stay tuned!
 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Thanks to the Eco-Dentistry Conference

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I spent this past weekend at the Eco-Dentistry Conference at Sundance Resort in Utah.  
 
It was a great meeting with tons of info on being more environmentally friendly as a profession.  It was also a great networking opportunity and a chance to meet lots of like minded dentists with a passion for making the world a better place.
 
They are planning another meeting next May.  If you have a chance, get this one on your calendar.
 
There were lots of great speakers, many of whom I call friends.  The list included (but was not limited to): Dr. Paul Feuerstein, Dr. Marty Jablow, and Gary Takacs.
 
Thanks to Fred & Ina Pockrass for an amazing meeting!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Hotmail is No More…

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The web based email service once known as Hotmail is now known as "over".  Microsoft officially pulled the plug on the service last week.
 
What's left of the service has been migrated to the new Outlook.com which is Microsoft's newer, slicker, and better email service.  Your hotmail address will continue to work, but it will all be part of Outlook.com and have absolutely nothing at all to do with Hotmail.
 
The times they are a changing'...

Friday, May 3, 2013

New Reports Confirm Perio-Systemic Connection and Outline Clinical Recommendations

 

European Federation of Periodontology and American Academy of Periodontology Issue Consensus Reports Reaffirming Relationship between Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

 

Chicago, IL – April 30, 2013 – The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), in collaboration with the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP),) recently published a series of consensus reports that analyze the scientific evidence linking periodontal disease, specifically periodontitis, to other systemic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The consensus reports, which appear in both the Journal of Periodontology and the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, also outline clinical recommendations for dental professionals to use when treating patients at risk for, or presenting with, certain medical conditions. 

 

Specifically, the consensus reports conclude:

  • -There is strong epidemiologic evidence that periodontitis provides an increased risk for future cardiovascular disease. Dental professionals should discuss other risk factors for cardiovascular disease with their patients, including hypertension, obesity, and tobacco use. The treatment of periodontitis in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease should follow the American Heart Association guidelines for elective procedures. 
  • -There is an independent association between moderate to severe periodontitis and an increased risk for the development or progression of diabetes. Periodontal interventions may provide beneficial effects on diabetes outcomes in some patients, so regular comprehensive periodontal evaluations should be part of an ongoing diabetes management program.
  • -While some studies suggest a modest association between maternal periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, there is currently insufficient evidence that periodontal therapy can be recommended as a means to improve pregnancy outcomes. Periodontal therapy is considered safe in pregnant women and can result in improved periodontal health, but dental professionals are urged to adhere to general obstetric guidelines that suggest elective procedures should be avoided in the first trimester.
  • -Evidence suggests a relationship between periodontitis and other systemic diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, obesity, metabolic syndrome and cancer. However, additional studies are needed to better understand these associations.

 

The consensus reports also identified recommendations for future research, such as well-designed interventional studies and randomized clinical trials, to enhance understanding of the impact of periodontitis and periodontal treatment on overall health. The complete consensus reports are freely available by clicking here: http://www.joponline.org/toc/jop/84/4-s

 

The consensus reports were developed at a joint workshop held in Segovia, Spain in November 2012. More than 70 international experts met to conduct an intense review of the available evidence supporting the association between periodontitis and other systemic diseases.

 

“These consensus reports confirm that periodontitis is related to other conditions, especially diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Since we know that nearly half of U.S. adults have periodontitis, it is imperative that patients are made aware of their increased risk for systemic disease,” said Robert Genco, DDS, PhD, co-chair of the EFP-AAP 2012 Workshop Organizing Committee and Distinguished Professor at The State University of New York at Buffalo. “The AAP’s collaboration with the EFP provides the ability to promote the importance of periodontal health in maintaining overall health on a widespread scale.”

 

According toNancy L. Newhouse, DDS, MS, President of the American Academy of Periodontology and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry, “The AAP was honored to be part of this milestone event. Both the AAP and the EFP understand the importance of synthesizing the current literature to provide helpful information to dental professionals. Periodontists, and all dental professionals, share a responsibility in managing the periodontal health of our patients.  These findings only help us be more effective.”

 

The EFP and AAP joint workshop on the perio-systemic link was supported by an educational grant from Colgate-Palmolive. “This initiative in dental care is crucial in the overall challenge to improve general health,” said Foti Panagakos, DMD, PhD, Global Director, Scientific Affairs, Colgate-Palmolive Co. “There is a strong association between periodontal disease and conditions affecting many of the body’s other systems. Colgate-Palmolive is proud to support this campaign and help raise awareness of the importance of healthy gums as a fundamental element to patients’ quality of life.” 

 

For more information, visit perio.org or perioworkshop.efp.org.

 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Transporter Offers Mother's Day Special

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As I've said before, I am a big believer in the Transporter private cloud device.  I was a beta tester and continue to be thrilled with what it does.
 
Now comes word from the good folks at Connected Data that they are offering a 10% discount for Mother's Day!  Here are all the details, but hurry!  The offer ends May 3rd and is only valid in the U.S.
 

Help Mom Stay Connected

Private cloud storage with unlimited sharing

Give the gift that allows your mom not to miss a beat.  As you know, with Transporter private cloud you can store and share your entire library of photos, home movies, and more.  Not only will your mom instantly be able to share in those special moments, but you now have an offsite backup at her house! With no monthly fees and up to 2TB of storage, you can assure her (and your!) data is secure, protected, and there when you need it. Learn more.

For a limited time, save 10% (up to $40 off) Transporter.  To take advantage of this exclusive offer, go to filetransporterstore.com and enter the coupon code: MOM at checkout.  Order now to ensure on-time delivery!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Canary System Company Appoints New CEO

The newest caries detection system, The Canary, bears looking into by doctors who are into early caries detection.  I was it at the Chicago Midwinter meeting, going so far as to volunteer to be scanned by the system.  It's pretty interesting.  There is a link to the website below.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, April 29th, 2013

MR. WILLIAM FITZPATRICK APPOINTED CEO OF QUANTUM DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES INC

Toronto, Ontario - Quantum Dental Technologies (QDT), creator of The Canary System®, announced today that Mr. William Fitzpatrick has been appointed CEO. Mr Fitzpatrick has 36 years of experience working with companies in the dental industry. He has held executive marketing and sales positions with industry leaders such as Siemens, J. Morita, Pelton & Crane and Henry Schein, Inc. 

In 1994, Mr. Fitzpatrick founded Fitzpatrick Management Resources, a strategic planning and marketing consulting firm.  As a dental industry consultant, he has worked with a broad spectrum of dental manufacturers, both domestic and international, and is best known for his ability to build high-performance teams and produce exceptional results. QDT is pleased to have Mr. Fitzpatrick join its management team. 

The Canary System is the only evidence-based caries detection system that can detect and monitor caries across the entire spectrum of the disease process.  Its ‘Energy Conversion Technology’ can detect and measure changes in the tooth structure due to caries or cracks.  This allows The Canary to detect caries on all tooth surfaces including interproximal areas, around the margins of restorations and beneath opaque dental sealants.  Bacterial porphyrins, stain and restorations which cause false positive readings with some of the fluorescence-based technologies do not affect any of the measurements done by The Canary System.

Mr. Fitzpatrick says “QDT has developed reliable technology that will help dentists treat caries from the earliest small lesions to the placement of restorations.  The Canary System is the only caries detection device that can detect and measure changes in the crystal structure of the tooth.”

Dr. Stephen Abrams, President of QDT adds:  “Bill has years of experience in the dental market and will lead our team in introducing this novel technology to the dental profession.  The Canary System will shift the management of caries from the surgical approach to disease management and prevention.” 

The Canary System is the product of over 12 years of research and development which includes 55+ peer-reviewed journal articles, 7 patent families, and supported with two clinical trials performed under FDA CFR 21 guidelines. The system, which includes an integrated intraoral camera, is available in Canada, US and Europe.

About Quantum Dental Technologies

Quantum Dental Technologies (QDT) is a Canadian diagnostic device company focused on the field of oral health care. The company was founded in 2006 by Dr. Stephen Abrams and Dr. Andreas Mandelis who designed and developed The Canary System. The Canary System is a patented technology to provide dental professionals with an innovative approach to aid in the diagnosis, prevention and management of dental caries. For more information, please visit www.thecanarysystem.com.