Friday, December 18, 2015

Time Off for the Holidays...

Blogging is hard work!

So I'm taking some time off over the holidays to rest up and refresh.  I'll be back in January...

Thanks for reading & for your understanding.  See ya soon!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions Offers Virtual Operatory Designer




Online Operatory Designer Allows Dental Professionals to 
Visualize and Design the Ideal Operatory

Malvern, PA (December 15, 2015) – DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to offer dental professionals an online Operatory Designer. The Operatory Designer is an online resource that allows users to visualize and personally configure operatories to perfectly match workspace requirements and style preferences.

Dental professionals can log on to operatory.dentalez.com and view numerous color and style configurations for each operatory component. The Operatory Designer resource allows the dental professional to customize the entire dental operatory:

  • Chairs and Stools–available choices include numerous DentalEZ chair and stool selections and upholstery types with over 40 color possibilities. Dental professionals can choose between Ultraleather, Ultraleather Fusion, Naugahyde®, and NaugaSoft colors.

  • Cabinet Countertops–solid surface countertop designs include twelve different color patterns such as Baja Melange, Crystal Mint, and Bedrock. 

  • Cabinet Laminates–options include a wide assortment of hues to coordinate with your countertops and office palette.  

  • Floor and Walls–for the backdrop and floor of the operatory, dental professionals can choose from six wall, and eleven wood or tile floor shades that set the stage for a pleasant operatory experience. 

Users of the Operatory Designer begin with a blank operatory canvas and have the option to personalize each and every operatory component. Moreover, operatory designs can be saved, downloaded, printed, or emailed to share with colleagues or a personal DentalEZ territory sales member to make the virtual operatory a reality. 

“We wanted to take the apprehension and guesswork out of operatory design and bring back the excitement of it for the dental professional,” remarked Aggie Pennington, Senior Equipment Product Manager for DentalEZ.  “Planning the design and colors for the operatory can truly be a hit or miss situation and instead of simply imagining what it will look like, we wanted to provide a precise image of the endless possibilities that DentalEZ offers for the ideal operatory. It’s a fun yet very resourceful tool.”  

To try the new Operatory Designer, please visit operatory.dentalez.com.  

About DentalEZ® 

DentalEZ® is committed to advancing the practice of dentistry through fully integrated products and services. Encompassing five distinct product categories—StarDental®, DentalEZ®, RAMVAC®, NevinLabs, and Columbia Dentoform®—DentalEZ® 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, December 16, 2015

I've Been Ranked One of the Top 20 Dentist Blogs!

A short post today as it seems that the exploding hoverboard story has nothing new...

Seriously, I was very honored when notified that this blog was chosen as one of the Top 20 Dentist Blogs by E-Dentists USA.

It's nice to know that all of this typing & research hasn't gone un-noticed.

If you'd like to see the entire list, here is the link.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Amazon Pulls Hoverboards Amidst "Explosion" Controversy


Wow, that was quick.  I guess that if I was the egotistical type (hopefully I'm not, but if you *think* you're not egotistical... what does that really mean?) I'd be thinking that this blog is an all powerful game changer.  Alas, I know it's not.  At least not when it comes to the global marketing/selling juggernaut that is Amazon.

However, Jeff Beezos (the genius behind Amazon) is no fool and selling products that radomly catch fire is foolish... big time.  Therefore it goes to show how controversial this whole hoverboards catching fire thing is.

This story on CNN.com gives you all the details, but suffice it to say you won't be getting your hoverboard from Amazon any time soon. ..  

Monday, December 14, 2015

Why Do Hoverboards Keep Blowing Up?


Christmas is coming, and with it brings a whole slate new toys for parents... and kids to choose from.

In case you've been in a cave somewhat, you've probably heard of the must have toy for this year, the hoverboard.

While they don't really "hover" they are pretty amazing devices.

The problem has become, these hot toys are catching fire at an alarming rate.  It seems that less than high quality Lithium Ion batteries are actually rupturing and catching fire.

What to do & how do you  know you are safe?  Take a look at this article for the proper precautions.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

America’s New Female Combatants Are Getting Custom Gear

A short post today, but an interesting one.  Now that female members of the armed forces can be in any role including front line combat, the issue of female body armor is taking on a major role.

I saw this story on Wired and thought I'd share it with you.

Take a look at the story on Wired.com  It's an interesting read.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Dentist Ranked #1 Job In America By U.S. News & World Report


I've always wanted to be a dentist.  To some that may seem strange, but it's true.  At the age of 3 I extracted one of my sister's baby teeth and I've been on the journey ever since.   I even have the story on my website.

Obviously, I didn't get into it for the money.  I got into it for all of the better things about it like helping people, being my own boss, and improving patient's lives.

A lot of people get into the profession for a lot of different reasons.  However, I didn't know how popular the idea of being a dentist is until I saw a post from U.S. News & World Report that ranked dentistry as the #1 job in America.

While I've always loved my job, I never dreamed that others would have the same feeling as I do.

To read the article, here is the link.  However, the best advice I can give someone when it comes to choosing a profession is to do what you truly love.  If you do that, you will never ever work a day in your life.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ransomeware is Coming and You Need to Make Sure You are Prepared...


ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos

When something like this hits the news, you know it is either big... or going to be big.  In the case of ransomware, it will be both.

Basically the virus like software grabs your system & installs itself on your hard drive.  This allows the program to run in the background & it encrypts your hard drive.  When you reboot, come back from a screen saver, etc, the system tells you it has been locked.  However it also gives you instructions on how to get your data back.  Normally this involves going to a nefarious website and inputting your credit card number (how safe do you think that is?).  Supposedly then the hackers will give you a password that will un-encrypt your system.

The thing is, if it is getting on ABC News, you it is out there and it is only going to get worse.  This is a crime that is growing exponentially.  It will be even worse if you are a business.

If you are a dental office, check out DDS Rescue (a service that I use and recommend) to help by providing hourly backups of your system.

A few months ago, I was beta testing a Personal Cloud Backup System that had a security flaw (hey, that's why you beta test).  The system was online about 96 hours before it was ransomeware hacked.  It wasn't something I did... the hackers broke into the system over the Internet and installed the software themselves.

If you want to know more about this subject, checkout a quick search I did on Google.

And if you want to find out how to help prevent it, take a look at DDSRescue.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

KaVo Kerr Group Provides Product and Volunteers to ADA 2015 Mission of Mercy Event




First Mission of Mercy event in Washington, DC serves 700+ patients.
WASHINGTON, DC — (November 30, 2015) A cross-section of impressive imaging-related technologies from KaVo Kerr Group were put to use by hundreds of dental professionals who volunteered with the Mission of Mercy event hosted by the American Dental Association in cooperation with the District of Columbia Dental Society. Headquartered in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as part of ADA 2015 — America’s Dental Meeting, this was the first Mission of Mercy event to take place in Washington, DC.
Held Nov. 8, 2015, the free one-day dental clinic employed hundreds of volunteers to serve more than 700 patients in providing approximately $460,000 in care. KaVo Kerr Group supported the clinic with intra-oral X-ray, pan and caries detection products provided by DEXISTM, Instrumentarium DentalTM and NOMADTM. Teams of volunteers from DEXIS and Instrumentarium also donated their time and expertise to the event.
“The solutions provided by KaVo Kerr Group allow us to serve 99% of dental practices around the world. It is meaningful for those of us who are part of KaVo Kerr Group to participate in events like Mission of Mercy in order to see the individual faces of that 99% and, more importantly, the patients who benefit from our products,” said Candy Ross, KaVo Kerr Group’s Director of Industry and Professional Relations for Dental Technologies, North America. “We talk a lot about trust as a core value in our company. It is trust in the products themselves, and trust in our organization to show up for events like this so that smart innovation makes it into the hands of compassionate dental professionals committed to doing good.”