Every year I try and take some time off between Christmas and New Year's Day.
It's a chance to unplug and spend time with the ones I love.
To that end, no posts this week.
I'll be back next week.
Enjoy the holidays!!!
Monday, December 29, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
It's Christmas Eve! And that means one thing. Santa is on his way around the world delivering gifts to all the good little girls & boys.
Want to know where Santa is on his journey right now? Then go to NORAD Santa to follow him on his Christmas Eve journey.
Every year NORAD (the part of the US Military that tracks incoming attacks from missiles or strategic bombers) uses their highly sophisticated tracking system to lock onto & track Santa's sleigh.
You can see exactly where Santa is & you can even watch as the reindeer pull his sleigh through the sky!
Want to know more about Santa's journey & when he will be at your house? Just call 1-877-HI-NORAD & a volunteer from the US armed forces will answer the phone & tell you when to expect Santa at your house!
Or, if you'd prefer, you can just sit at your computer, phone, or tablet and track Santa. Just click here for the live Santa Tracker Feed.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The lady in the picture above is very special to me. A few years ago I decided to get involved with 3D dentistry by having a cone beam 3D device placed in my office. My good and trusted friends at Goetze Dental helped me decide on the best piece of equipment for me, and that piece of equipment turned out to be the Gendex CB-500 HD. I was amazed at the quality of the images it produced and was thrilled it was part of our workflow.
Shortly after it was installed, my phone rang and I was told there was someone named Jackie on the line. I had never met Jackie before, but it wasn't long before we grew close. It turned out that Jackie was helping to market the new device and the company was wondering if I would be willing to work with them to let other doctors know how easy it was to learn to be a "3D Dentist". I love dentistry and I love teaching my peers. I told them I'd be honored to help bring my story to doctors thinking about incorporating 3D into their practices.
Over the years that followed, Jackie and I have gotten to be very close friends. She's an amazing lady who has faced some difficult challenges and she is a fighter!!! I am so proud of her and so proud of her strength and ability to fight. She has taught me a lot about life and has become a symbol of the fighting spirit that we can all embrace.
Recently, Jackie made a blog post and I thought I would share it with all of you. Jackie has worked with Gendex and DEXIS for quite a while now. She loves what she does and she loves the companies she works for as well as loving the people at those companies that she works with day in and day out.
You can sense her love for those people and those companies in the words she uses in the post. I've been a writer for most of my life and I *love* it when I read something and you can feel the power and the emotion in the words. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did when I first read it.
Jackie, I'm proud of you! I'm sharing these words so that others can read them and feel your strength and passion through them. I hope others are as touched and moved by your post as I was... and continue to be.
Take a read:
Monday, December 22, 2014
The Apple App store is a huge business. What started out a few years ago as a couple of programs, has blossomed into a way of life for many of us and a business for others.
It is estimated that Apple has over 1.2 million apps available for download. Amazing huh?
So amazing, in fact that some apps become a franchise/brand unto themselves... Angry Birds anyone?
Have you ever stopped to consider which one is most popular? Games come & go, but some apps become fairly ingrained in our collective consciousness.
The top app for 2014 is Elevate, a personal trainer for your brain.
Fox Business has a great article on the app. To read the article, click here.
Friday, December 19, 2014
This article is always fun, but always a bit stressful because it really bugs me to get things wrong... and invariably, that happens with this project.
So here are the topics:
- Smart Equipment
- The Cloud Connection
- The Electronic Health Record
- Open Source CAD/CAM
- 3D and 3D Integration
- Evolving Magnification
- 3D Printing
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Here's an interesting bit of info when you take into consideration the current situation facing the Russian Ruble. Although economics is not my area of expertise, from what I understand, the current decrease in global oil prices combined with economic sanctions due to the Russian situation in Ukraine has begun to cause a bit of a meltdown in the Russian economy.
The value of the Ruble is falling dramatically and to help prop it up, the country recently increased interest rates to something in the neighborhood of 17%.
As the value of the Ruble falls, that means that the costs of American goods, goes up. Recently Apple increased the cost of the iPhone 6 by 25% to help compensate for the drop in value of the Ruble.
Now comes word that Cupertino has decided to stop e-sales to the troubled country.
This is especially interesting because there are not many retail outlets for Apple products in Russia and there are NO Apple stores in the country. That means that the bulk of Apple's sales in Russia come via e-sales. Basically this means that the country now has an extremely limited access to Apple products.
In the big picture what does this mean? It's hard to say, but I always like to see what the big boys do to help evaluate a situation. It has been estimated that last year Apple sold 1 billion dollars worth of products in Russia. When a company like Apple suddenly cuts off a huge chunk of that much money, I see storm clouds on the horizon for the Russian economy.
Thoughts? I'd love to see some comments on this.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Hatfield, PA (December 12, 2014) DEXIS, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, is proud to announce that Dentaltown has chosen the DEXISTM Platinum digital intra-oral sensor, DEXISTM digital imaging software, and DEXcamTM 3 intra-oral camera as winners of the 2014 Townie Choice awards. DEXIS sends its appreciation to Townies across the nation, clinicians who use technology in everyday practice, and whose votes reflected their loyal use of DEXIS products.
Dentaltown states, “For over a decade, Townies have voted on the most comprehensive list of peer- recommended products and services in dentistry. Winners have become recognized as the most reliable and reputable in dentistry. By voting in the Townie Choice Awards, [Townies] improve the profession by advancing the best technologies and practices used by dentists around the world, helping them practice better dentistry. One vote can impact dentistry for thousands of practices and millions of patients.” To this point, the DEXIS Platinum single-size sensor offers dentists remarkable image quality, patient comfort, ease of use, portability, and time savings. DEXcam 3, a direct-USB intra-oral video camera, adds to the capabilities for patient education and communication.
DEXIS digital radiographs and photographs are combined for use in diagnostics and in patient communication within the DEXISTM Imaging Suite software. This program streamlines workflow and integrates with practice management software, digital pans and select 3D products. DEXIS goTM, the supporting application for DEXIS Imaging Suite, increases portability and patient education opportunities even more. DEXIS go displays all radiographic and photographic images within a patient’s record so dental professionals can communicate with patients using an iPad®.
“DEXIS products have won Townie Choice recognition over the years, and each year, it is still just as exciting that dental peers take their valuable time and effort to vote for us,” says Richard Matty, Director of Marketing for DEXIS. “We are thrilled that our intra-oral imaging products are helping them to achieve their goals in diagnostics and patient education. Dentists use DEXIS imaging products every day, and on almost every patient, and for this, we always strive to maintain the level of excellence that keeps our dental professionals loyal to our brand.”
Team DEXIS is grateful for the positive feedback on these products, continuing its legacy as the most highly awarded digital X-ray system. These votes of confidence encourage the pursuit of the development of new digital dental imaging solutions that can aid in better dental care.
Indications for use: www.dexis.com\ifu
Thursday, December 11, 2014
As someone that has been around high pitched whining dental handpieces for more than half my life, I'm starting to feel like my high end hearing is starting to fade a bit. It might be all of that loud music in my youth too, but on second thought... probably not.
Anyway, there is good news for all of us who either *are* experiencing hearing loss or will at some point in our lives. It seems researchers have discovered a way to both prevent it *and* help restore it.
Read this press release for all the info:
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
A short post today, because, well because the link tells you everything.
I was sent a link to a great story on MSN regarding some tech hacks everyone should know about (hint #1 is pictured above).
So... follow the link and get educated. Some of these are really, really smart!
Here is the link.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
If you've ever filled out an online registration form, you are familiar with "Capcha" the squiggly letters your are required to enter into a box. The idea is that an automated system can't read those squiggly letters... only a human can.
Well it turns out the smart people at Google have figured out a way to find out if your are human or not just by following the movements of your mouse. It seems that humans move the mouse differently than automated systems and simply asking someone to click a check box can determine whether the person is real or automated.
For all the details, check out Wired.com
Friday, December 5, 2014
As many of you know, I am a drone flyer.
I bought mine around 2 years ago and have had an absolute blast with it ever since.
I would suggest doing a little research on one before purchasing, in fact I would even suggest buying a less expensive model before buying one of the more expensive models as it takes a bit of learning before you get really good with one.
I was lucky in that my past history of gaming and working with 3D software helped me more than I realized it would.
We are now hearing all kinds of stories and seeing all kinds of photos and videos being filmed by these flying drones & it is a real kick to be part of it. The process started with me reading an article in the geek magazine Wired and the rest for me is history. It has also propelled someone from the magazine to leave and run his drone company. Read that story here.
There are lots of companies out there and lots of models to choose from. If you are a regular reader, you've even seen some of them here. However, I love the company that Chris Anderson left Wired to pilot. It's called 3D Robotics. In my opinion, if you like the idea of really getting into this, the company Chris started is the way to go. Check out their website here.
Heck, someday Santa may be delivering using one of these...
Thursday, December 4, 2014
TeamSmile®, a unique national dental outreach program, gains continued support from DEXISTM, a brand of the Kavo Kerr Group, for the 7th consecutive year.
Hatfield, PA (December 3, 2014) Since the inception of the TeamSmile program in 2007, DEXIS has been a proud supporter through its donation and maintenance of its digital imaging systems, DEXISTM Platinum sensors, CariVuTM caries detection and DEXcamTM intra-oral cameras, as well as financial contributions. TeamSmile partners with dental professionals and athletic organizations to bring together athletic role models and underserved children in communities across the country at events held throughout the year. These events allow the children to obtain free screening and treatment and also learn about the importance of their overall health. DEXIS has rededicated efforts to assist TeamSmile with company volunteers, on-site systems and funding.
By partnering with professional sports organizations, TeamSmile creates an experience that develops bonds between children’s organizations, oral health professionals, surrounding communities, and the athletes that solidify the message that oral health care is vitally important to long-term health. Understanding that these patients deserve the very best, volunteer dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists and educators provide the highest level of care and use industry-leading materials and equipment. Through this experience, children are taught that the mouth and body are linked for overall health, and they receive free oral health education, screening, and treatment.
Dr. William Busch is the founder of TeamSmile. His loyalty as a DEXIS owner and his vision for helping others are driving forces in the continuing success of the program. He explains, “I have been practicing dentistry for 25 years, and have been a DEXIS owner for 15 years. Being able to help give the gift of a healthy smile to children in the community by using DEXIS imaging—the very best digital technology dentistry has to offer, is a dream come true. In an outreach environment, we only have one day to make an impact. Being able to quickly capture images not only gives us more clinical time with the children, the images help us to educate them about the benefits of a healthy smile.”
“We are so happy to lend our continued support to TeamSmile,” states Candy Ross, Director of Industry and Professional Relations, Dental Technologies, NA for the KaVo Kerr Group. “Participating in TeamSmile events over the years has given us the opportunity to play a role in serving those who need it the most. When I attend these events, I see how our systems help speed the triage and diagnosis process so that the volunteers can treat more children. And that’s what it’s all about—the kids.”
DEXIS is an industry leader in developing high quality digital imaging solutions for the dental community. Since its introduction to the United States in 1997, DEXIS has become the most highly awarded intra-oral digital X-ray system with numerous awards from dental researchers and well- respected dental publications. The company has a strong history of supporting national and international outreach programs including Give Kids A Smile®, TeamSmile® and Mission of Mercy®. For more information about DEXIS, visit www.dexis.com.
DEXIS is a member of the KaVo Kerr Group. KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis|Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% of all dental practices. Visit www.kavokerrgroup.com for more information.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
- Free CE Course: “Salivary Testing for Early Diagnosis of Oral Cancer" (course code #3240) will be given on Sunday November 30th, 2014 at 9am. Attendees will receive $15.00 lunch voucher at the end of the course which can be used at any Javits restaurant. Course presenters are Jack Martin, MD, Neil Gottherer, DDS and Mark Cohen, DDS.
- Free Industry Reception: This press conference for the entire industry will feature some late-breaking research data presented by the PeriRx executive team that further confirms the efficacy of SaliMark OSCC for early oral cancer detection. Several other industry leaders are expected to say a few words regarding the importance of these latest findings. This free event will take place on Monday, December 1st from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at booth # 5430.
For more information about PeriRx, LLC or its SaliMark OSCC salivary test for oral cancer, visit www.PeriRx.com, call 610-544-3500 or send an email to info@PeriRx.com.* Not yet approved for sale in the state of New York. New York practice owners who register online will be kept on file and notified immediately when SaliMark is approved for sale and use in their state.About SaliMark™ OSCCDevelopment of this simple-to-use, painless and noninvasive test was based on the strong scientific foundation of NIH-funded research with initial discovery and pre-validation work conducted by Dr. David Wong of the University of California at Los Angeles. The SaliMark OSCC test also has the distinction of being the first of its kind assay in the world to aid in the identification and early detection of oral lesions at the highest risk for cancer. Recently, the SaliMark OSCC test underwent a PRoBE (prospective-specimen-collection, retrospective-blinded-evaluation) design study which is the most rigorous biomarker validation available. In addition, PeriRx successfully completed a validation of the mRNA markers at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the St. Johns Providence Health System in Detroit.About PeriRx LLC:Based in Broomall, Pennsylvania, PeriRx LLC is a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology that will help clinical professionals detect and treat diseases sooner and enhance the practice of wellness management.The company was founded in 2008 to explore, innovate, and develop novel therapeutics or devices focused on the oral inflammatory/systemic connection. The PeriRx executive team consists of CEO and founder Stephen M. Swanick, an entrepreneur and experienced drug and device development professional; Dr. Neil Gottehrer, a practicing dentist; and Dr. Jack Martin, a cardiologist.PeriRx obtained its patented and patent-pending technologies from inventor Dr. David Wong’s firm RNAmeTRIX and the Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles. PeriRx and RNAmeTrix have ongoing agreements which ensure the continuing research and development necessary to advance product development from clinical trial, through regulatory approval, and into commercialization.
- Free SaliMark OSCC Test Kit: Any dental practice owner who pre-registers and creates a PeriRx online ordering account, will receive one free SaliMark test Kit in order to get familiar with the test, the protocol and the lab results. Simply visit http://perirxsecure.com/register.php to register your practice and set up an account.*
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
8 A.M. — 3 P.M.; 8 A.M. — 3 P.M.; 8 A.M. — Noon
$3,995 — Continental Breakfast, lunch and materials included. AGD subject codes: 254 and 780.
The Ultimate Esthetics Course Summary:
Composite is the most versatile restorative material available for making minor or major changes in dental appearance. With proper technique, the function and longevity of composite rivals porcelain while providing benefits other procedures can’t match.
This comprehensive course (half of which is hands-on!) will teach you a systematic, step-by-step technique, as well as diagnostic and marketing skills to help you achieve predictable success with anterior composite restorations.
What You Will Learn:
Learn a systematic, step-by-step technique for predictable success
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Make freehanded composite veneers look as good as porcelain veneers.
Transform dark discolored teeth into bright, natural shades.
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Make Class III, IV, and V restorations look totally invisible.
Practice a step-by-step layering technique, using opaquers and tints
for predictable shade and incisal translucency.
Achieve a long lasting, natural and stain resistant polish every time.
Learn how occlusion and excellent function are incorporated to
And much more...
Monday, December 1, 2014
When I built my new office about 7 years ago, it turned out to be an avalanche of blessings in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
One of the blessings, and one that I would not have thought of prior to construction, was my close friendship with they guy who ran my building project. That man, Tom Baugh, is a pretty big guy. It wasn't until we were way into the building project that I found out he had played in the NFL for a while.
We bonded over the building (both the structure and the project) and have been friends ever since. Over the years , one of the things we've both taken an interest in is head trauma. Me, because I was in a massive car wreck when I was 23 that resulted in massive head trauma, Tom because of his NFL career and all the things that go with it.
I've also taken an interest in Chronic Traumatic Encephaly (CTE) because of what I do for a living. Tom began discussing some of the info that he had on the subject and I became an "info-nerd" on CTE.
The latest on the potential results of CTE came this weekend with the suicide of an Ohio State player. Now, as someone who has a degree in psychology I'm the first to say you cannot say one thing caused this. Suicide is a complicated subject and it may take quite some time before the true reason(s) are known. However, CTE very well could have played a part. I hope open minds examine this case and that a thorough autopsy is done on this young man's brain.
Here is the story from USA Today:
Missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead Sunday of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Columbus Police confirmed.
Sgt. Richard Weiner said Karageorge, who had been missing since Wednesday after sending a text message about concussions, was found in a dumpster near campus with a gun.
"The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus," the school said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time."
The 6-5, 285-pound defensive tackle had tattoos that helped confirm the death, Columbus police said. An official police report is expected later this week.
Karageorge's mother told authorities he has had concussions and spells of confusion, an earlier police report said. She said he texted a message Wednesday citing the concussions and saying he was sorry if he was "an embarrassment."
After Karageorge went missing, the team's physician, Jim Borchers, said he could not comment on the medical care of student athletes. But, he added, "We are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness."
Julian Bailes, neurosurgeon with the NorthShore Neurological Institute of suburban Chicago, said it is too early and the information is too incomplete to speculate on whether the death was related to concussions or the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
"It's somewhat conjecture to think that's what led to his (apparent) suicide. We just don't know," said Bailes, a CTE researcher. "He is certainly not the typical CTE guy, only in college and so forth. So you don't know.
"The other things, which are often associated with suicide, are mental health issues and/or drug or substance abuse. I just don't know. I just read a little bit about it the day he went a missing.
"There are so many factors associated with suicide. You just don't know."
CTE is diagnosed by examination of the brain after death. Researchers have linked the disease to repetitive head trauma. It was diagnosed in the brains of former NFL players who committed suicide, such as Mike Webster, Junior Seau and Dave Duerson.
"(Whether to have the brain examined) would be up to his family and then maybe even the medical examiner, depending on the circumstances of his death," Bailes said.
"If there's a legal issue of circumstances, was it foul play or unknown or so forth, the medical examiner could chose to do it. But otherwise the family would have to request it."
The Buckeyes defeated Michigan on Saturday, 42-28. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett said afterward that Karageorge missed practices and that teammates started getting nervous Thursday.
Contributing: Scott Gleeson and Gary Mihoces of USA TODAY Sports; and The Associated Press.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
This month's issue of Dental Products Report will feature my annual Top 5 Test Drives.
Every year I get to tinker and test with a number of technologies that I get to see before deployment to the industry at large.
DPR gives me a chance to discuss my favorites every December.
If you're looking for the latest & greatest that our proud profession has to offer... don't miss the December issue!
Monday, November 24, 2014
KaVo Kerr Group Supports the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction
KaVo Kerr Group Prizes Donated to Silent Auction to Raise Funds for Smile-saving Programs
CHARLOTTE, NC – (November 11, 2014) Now through November 24, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy (NCOHF) will hold the Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction (http://www.ncohf.org/get-involved/toothfairy-ball). Along with other generous individuals and corporations, KaVo Kerr Group is donating five outstanding items that bidders can win. These include:
NOMADTM Handheld Intraoral X-Ray Device. The winner will be able to take exceptional images faster and spend more time with patients using the NOMAD Handheld Intraoral X-Ray Device. The NOMAD X-Ray system improves radiography convenience while allowing for quick image acquisition and minimizing the frustrations of wallmounted arm drift and retakes.
HELIOS 3000 Dental Light and installation. The Helios 3000 continues to lead the market with the ultimate LED performance. The winner will greatly benefit from this cutting-edge technology that enables color mixing, a no cure setting, and a crisp 3” x 6” light pattern that illuminates only where you need it to. This dental light offers optimal efficiency to help save energy and lifecycle costs. The Helios light requires specific mounting configurations, the cost of which is included in the auction.
In addition to dental products, KaVo Kerr Group made two experience-driven prizes available:
Luxury suite for 12 at Washington Capitals NHL Game. Winners will enjoy a fully furnished private suite for 12 guests to watch the Washington Capitals play the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 7 p.m. This private suite at the Verizon Center includes theater style seats, a private lounge with two flat screen TVs, and a private restroom. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Dinner for 6 at CityZen, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC. More than just dinner, this is a sensory experience in modern American cuisine created with flair at award-winning CityZen. Food & Wine magazine has called CityZen “one of the hottest restaurants in the world.” Good for any Friday or Saturday in January 2015, for up to 6 guests.
All auction items can be viewed at
All event proceeds will be allocated to smile-saving programs for vulnerable children across the country, and every participating dental practice will receive access to free marketing and outreach tools.
“A virtual event such as this is in keeping with the NCOHF commitment to getting the money we raise directly to the children who need it most. The overhead for the event is low because our Affiliates and the communities they serve are our top priority,” said Henk van Duijnhoven, Senior Vice President of the KaVo Kerr Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors for NCOHF. “If KaVo Kerr Group product donations can help generate interest in this event and funds for the many exciting NCOHF programs, then it is our pleasure to make them available.”
NCOHF: America’s ToothFairy is dedicated to raising awareness of the #1 chronic childhood illness:
pediatric dental disease, facilitating the delivery of comprehensive oral health services and eliminating this preventable disease from future generations. With a growing Affiliate Network of exemplary non-profit community programs, Kids Club, and professional and student service programs, America’s ToothFairy is building a powerful, united effort to eliminate tooth decay and protect the smiles of vulnerable children. Since 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $14 million in vital community-based programs, educational materials, oral care products, and financial grants. For more information, please visit www.ncohf.org.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
The latest offering from the drone company Parrot is now available.
Called the Bebop, the iPad controlled drone has a bunch of cool features like:
- Streaming Video
- Smartphone or Tablet control
- HD Video
- 3 Axes Accelerometer
- Vertical Camera to track speed
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I *love* open source! To that end, we are about to start testing a new CAD/CAM one visit restorative system in my office. Say hello to the TS 150.
The mill was developed by Glidewell labs and is created to do inlays, onlays, and crowns.
The best part? The TS 150 is open source. That means that it will take files created by our iTero scanner. The iTero files are then opened in IOS FastDesign software. This will allow us to design the restoration. Once the design process is complete, the design is sent to the TS 150 mill that will then take a block of restorative material and mill out the final restoration.
Since it is open source, the TS 150 will accept files from the iTero, the True Definition Scanner, and others.
We'll be receiving training today and will actually start milling restorations in the afternoon.
I'll be reporting back on what we are receiving as we get further along in the process...
For more info, check out this from Dental Products Report.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
It doesn't seem that long ago that Google Glass was the darling of the tech world. Remember that?
However since then it seems that Glass has just flat out fallen off the radar. Have you seen anyone wearing the device lately? Me neither.
Now Time magazine puts forth the idea that Glass may not be such a tech darling after all.
It makes for good reading & I highly recommend checking it out.
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Monday, November 17, 2014
On Friday I had the very great honor of speaking to about 80 wonderful doctors and team members at the CDE World in Boston.
Despite the threat of ugly wintery weather (which never occurred), we had a great turnout and a really great event.
As I do events based on the concept of 3D and what it can do for dentistry and today's dental practice, I'm amazed by both the amount of interest I'm seeing from doctors and also the amazing tools the industry is creating to harness the power that 3D provides.
From things like virtual treatment planning on implant cases to digital impression systems that will now interface with milling units, 3D isn't just cone beam any more. The category has moved on to become a huge piece of dentistry and is quickly becoming a major piece of the market.
My thanks to those who attended on Friday. It was a great event and I met some really great people!
Friday, November 14, 2014
Here is some interesting info from DentalEZ. If you happen to use any of the company's Star Dental products, this should be of interest to you.
- Maintenance and repair videos
- Instructional manuals
- Product brochures
- Maintenance check sheets
- Warranty registration forms
and efficiency of the dental operatory. For more information, please visit www.dentalez.com.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
We're all familiar with Siri and now we are seeing lots of TV ads for a new app "Hey Google".
It seems that more and more, big tech companies are creating devices or software (or both) that listen to our voices and then do what we ask.
The latest is Echo from Amazon. The idea that Amazon is hoping to tap into is using Echo to control your Smart Home. Imagine dimming your lights or changing your thermostat just by asking.
This kind of tech is coming and several companies are wanting to help with it.
Interested? I know I am. CNN has a great article on the subject and its devices. Check it out!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This Friday, November 14th, Dr. Lisa Koenig, Dr. Kaveh Ghaboussi, and myself will be doing an all day event that will feature all kinds of information, tips, and tricks on using Cone Beam 3D Imaging to improve your clinical dentistry and to improve your patient outcomes.
We've been having a blast doing these types of events this summer and this fall and this event promises to be another really great event.
Dr. Koenig is an amazing teacher and a really bright oral and maxillofacial radiologist who will provide valuable information on the clinical advantages that can be discerned from a CBCT scan as well as radiation dosages and other data that is important to the practitioner that is currently using or looking to expand their office with cone beam technology.
Dr. Ghaboussi practices in Madison, Wisconsin and will cover the story of how he implemented 3D dentistry into his office and the impact it has had on his practice, his staff, and his patients.
I'll be kicking the day off with a bit on why I'm such a believer in cone beam images and then I'll be closing the day with a discussion of how imaging, in all its forms, has completely changed the way we diagnose, treat, and meet our patients expectations with the best possible clinical outcomes.
Come on out and spend a day learning about the very leading edge of clinical dentistry and imaging.
For complete course info and to register, just click here.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
We all know the secret to keeping our online information private is to develop very strong passwords, don't use them on more than one site, and keep them stored somewhere where others can't see them or find them.
Every time there is a major hack of some site somewhere, there is a flurry of activity as many of us begin trying to obey the rules to the best of our abilities.
Of course one of the scariest part of this is "where do we store all of those passwords?" I mean, if we store them in a Word or text document online, you just run the risk of having someone hack that account or Cloud folder and then ALL of your info is in the hands of the bad guys. You could also write it all down on a piece of paper, but that could be stolen or what if the physical location where you store it were to burn down? How do you get that data back? Each scenario brings with it its own problems.
One solution that came across... and like, is the Mooltipass. It's a device I came across on Indigogo that is looking for investors. The device has beauty in its simplicity. It basically is a device that can automatically create strong passwords and then store them in a password protected device that is portable. Personally, I like the idea of this and think, while it doesn't solve *every* problem of security, it does a pretty good job of solving most of them.
If you would like to order one, head on over to the Indiegogo website.
Here is some info on the device from the Indigogo website:
Monday, November 10, 2014
As someone who lives and dies with an iPhone in my hand, I have one major complaint about the device. It is the fact that the iPhone does not have a replaceable battery. Back in the day, I was an Android guy and I really liked the fact that when I ran low on juice, I could just pop in a new fully charged battery and continue to use my phone.
It's amazing to me that when I go to dental conventions, iPhone battery life becomes a topic of discussion. Often at major meetings, many of us who speak and write will get up early in the morning, go to the show where there are either lectures to give or meetings to attend. You go at a tremendous pace all day and the moment the show closes for the day there are cocktail receptions and dinner meetings to attend. Often you get up at 6:00 in the morning and fall into bed at 11:00 at night only to repeat the process the next day.
Often times, when the show is closing and the dinners or cocktail receptions start, you begin to hear people complaining that "my iPhone is just about dead" or "my battery just hit zero". A strong day's use leaves many with no phone as the evening begins. Our phones have become so powerful and do so much in the background that we burn through batteries at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, since iPhones don't have the advantage of snapping in a spare battery, we run the risk of them going dead at the most inopportune time.
Heck, there has even been a new industry created around this problem as companies create battery systems to help keep dying iPhones powered up.
Entering this market is a product from UNU called the Superpak.
The Superpak is the world's smallest 10,000mAh battery. That means, despite its small size, it can charge iOS devices up to 2 times faster than most of chargers on the market (and that is a big deal). The Superpak has software built into it that allows it to sense what device is plugged into it and that allows the battery to adjust its charging capabilities to that particular iOS device. Cool!
Here are some specs on the Superpak:
Friday, November 7, 2014
I've said it many times before, but it's because I mean it. I really, really love teaching!!!
The tough part about lecturing is the travel, but the fun part is the interacting with audiences and learning from those who attend my lectures. I truly get so much from those who attend that it makes all the travel worthwhile.
A case in point was the course I gave today in Wilmington, DE.
I'm always honored to give a lecture for Ultradent. It's a great company full of great people, but I had an absolute blast with the folks who were gracious enough to attend.
I had a great time and really enjoyed the camaraderie as well as the ideas that folks tossed out over the day.
Thanks to all of you who attended. You were upbeat, friendly, and really made my trip worthwhile!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Amazon Adds New Benefit to Amazon Prime Membership - New Prime Photos with Free Unlimited Photo Storage
Earlier this year, Amazon upgraded the music portion, giving me access to tons of music that I can access online without even paying for it. Cool! They also have given me access to lots of video from their video archive that I can access (once again for free) just because of my membership.
Now, they've made it even better by giving members storage for their digital photos. Here are the details that I received today via email from Amazon:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Kansas City is the home for one of the biggest players in the Electronic Health Record business.
Cerner has been around since the 80's and has grown exponentially over that time.
My family has owned a commercial printing business in the Kansas City area for since the very early 80's and at one time (when they were just a small startup) Cerner was one of their customers. In my college years and on into my dental school years, I worked in the family business and did whatever I could to pitch in. Often times that meant I was driving a delivery truck when I wasn't physically in the UMKC School of Dentistry. During those days I spent a great deal of time with the folks who formed the core of what Cerner would grow into. Heck, I even remember a Christmas party in a nice restaurant in the Plaza area of KC sitting at a small table with Neal Patterson who was & still is one of the brilliant minds that created the company. That's how small they were back in the day.
Well those days are past & now Cerner is a very, very serious force in the EHR arena.
For those of you who, like me, are in dentistry and in the trenches day after day. You, like me, are probably often frustrated by the lack of camaraderie in the dental software & hardware industry. I mean, why can't I use the sensor I want with the software I want & it all works like it's supposed to? Those kinds of things cause huge amounts of angst for lots of doctors & staffs every day.
You know what? It even bothers people in the industry. It *even* bothers people who are highly successful and make tremendously important decisions in the industry.
For proof of that, take a look at this article from my hometown newspaper the Kansas City Star. It's about Cerner's founder Neal Patterson & his take on how & why EHR companies should work with each other instead of against each other. I think you'll really enjoy the article.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
- New advances in periodontology and evidence-based management of disease including treatment protocols
- How evidence-based dentistry can be used in clinical practice to make decisions for patient care
- The fundamentals of systematic reviews – how to interpret results and the role these reviews play in evidence-based dentistry
- New insights on implant maintenance and the role of triclosan with respect to inflammation
- A review of the safety and efficacy of triclosan for use in Colgate Total® toothpaste
- Boston – November 19th – John Comisi, DDS & JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
- Atlanta – November 21st – Angelo Mariotti, DDS & Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD
- San Francisco – December 3rd – Angelo Mariotti, DDS & JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
- Houston – December 5th – Angelo Mariotti, DDS & JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
- Chicago – December 10th – John Comisi, DDS & JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD