Monday, June 26, 2017

Dentists Can Help Patients Detect Diseases Transmitted by Ticks

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While most patients don’t know this, dentists can be a helpful resource for patients who may be experiencing diseases carried by ticks.  Tickborne diseases can be difficult to diagnose and with the warm weather now upon us, the prime time for these illnesses is upon us.  With the warmer weather comes a much higher rate of outdoor activity and a much greater incidence for us to come in contact with ticks.
According to the ADA, Lyme disease can sometimes be identified by the following symptoms: headaches similar to temporomandibular joint dysfunction and nonspecific orofacial pain.  If there is no dental indication for these conditions, the patient may very well be suffering from Lyme disease.  The CDC also advises that other symptoms can include:  fever, headaches, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash - erythema migrans.
The CDC also has a very informative web page on tick diseases and how to prevent them.  It can be found here.  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Carrie Fisher's Death was Precipitated by Sleep Apnea & Illegal Drugs

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It was a sad day for a lot of us geeky Star Wars fans on December 23, 2016.  That was the day that word went out that Carrie Fisher had died on a flight from London to Los Angeles.  I’m starting to realize the reality that sets in when people from your formative years begin to pass away.
For quite a while it was thought that Carrie had simply had a heart attack and departed this realm.  However, last Friday the LA County coroner announced that there were several things that were potentially at fault.  
Those things are illegal drugs and sleep apnea.  As a dentist, I treat OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea on a regular basis and it seems that Ms. Fisher was known to have the disease.  However, combining OSA with drugs that are known to suppress the breathing reflex is a really bad idea.  Most people who die of a herion overdose actually die from a failure to breathe.  So it’s easy to see how that can negatively affect an individual with a known history of OSA.
Also, if you suffer from sleep apnea, make sure to discuss it with your dental professional.  We have ways that can help!
Here is the coroner’s statement:

June 16, 2017 – The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner conducted an examination on the body of Carrie Francis Fisher, age 60, on December 30th, 2016.

The findings of the examination have established the cause of death to be as follows:

Cause of death: Sleep apnea and other undetermined factors

Other conditions: Atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use

How Injury Occurred: Multiple drug intake, significance not ascertained

The manner of death has been ruled undetermined.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Password Security in Dangerous Times with StickyPassword

As we all know, security is becoming a HUGE issue.  One of the best things you can do to fight it, is to use random generated passwords.  These are called this because they consist of a random arrangement of letters, numbers, symbols, and upper & lower case.  How can you be sure of that?  I use the Secure Password Generator which is a great FREE website that will create passwords for you.  This is a great service which allows really secure passwords to be created.  One of the biggest security problems we have is people using the same user name and password over and over on multiple sites.  That means that if one site is hacked and your info is stolen, the bad guys can now log into other sites where you’ve used the same login info.
Of course, the next problem becomes:  If I create all of these impossible to remember passwords, how do I remember them?  That answer, my friends, is StickyPassword.  I have been using this Program/App for over a year now and am incredibly happy with it.  The great thing about StickyPassword is that you only have to remember ONE password and that is the one that opens the App.  You simply input your login info into StickyPassword once and it remembers it for all time.  Also, since it is multi-platform, it can be used on Macs, PCs, iOS, and Android.  That means you set the program up once and all of your login info is then available on EVERY device with no other user intervention.
Here is a quick 120 second video that gives you tons of info:

As Technology Editor for Dental Products Report, I spend a lot of time reading, testing, and researching not only things for my profession, but for technology lovers in general.  StickyPassword is, quite simply, the best password storage solution I’ve come across.  It is highly recommended!!!
Here are some of the benefits listed on the company website:  
Sticky Password manages all your passwords 
and personal data

Automatically fills in forms for you
Generates extra-strong new passwords, whenever you need them
Stores credit card numbers for express checkout
AES‑256 encryption the world’s leading standard also used by the military
Optional synchronization via local Wi‑Fi – your encrypted data never leaves your devices
Your master password for the manager is not known to anyone – not even to us
State‑of‑the‑art biometric authentication: fingerprint scanning
Password database auto‑lock – on your computer, tablet and smartphone
You’re in control: at any time, you can decide to delete the database manually from the clou
Works on your PC, Mac, Android / iOS tablets and smartphones
Excellent browser support: 
Synchronization via local Wi‑Fi
Synchronization via our cloud servers – only if you want
Optional manual offline synchronization
Perfect portability (USB portable version)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Expands and Extends Relationship with Pacific Dental Services, LLC

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Corporate dental continues to push its way into the American healthcare system.  Allowing deals between these large corporate owned entities and huge dental manufacturers puts a lot of pressure on private practitioners who are the backbone of dentistry in the U.S.  This is just another example of offering corporate healthcare deals private practice isn’t given.

DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc., The Dental Solutions Company™, today announced that the Company has again extended and expanded its relationship with Pacific Dental Services, LLC (PDS). 

York, Pennsylvania, June 16, 2017. The new, larger five year agreement between Dentsply Sirona and PDS will provide PDS and the more than 1,600 dentists they support with access to new technologies, and unique marketing, sponsorship, and training opportunities, in addition to the entire Dentsply Sirona consumables offering. In 2012 the two companies set an industry record that resulted in CEREC® CAD/CAM technology being integrated into every PDS-supported practice. The latest agreement continues providing PDS-supported practices with leading Dentsply Sirona equipment and technology such as CEREC and the entire consumables portfolio.

PDS supports over 580 dental practices in seventeen states.  As a group, PDS-supported offices have implemented Dentsply Sirona’s CEREC technology system and are the world’s largest network of CEREC users having completed over 1.4 million CEREC restorations to date. Given the significant number of PDS-supported owner-dentists who have chosen to adopt these technologies for their dental practices to date, combined with the anticipated growth in the number of PDS-supported offices, the parties anticipate that the number of PDS-supported offices utilizing Dentsply Sirona technologies could exceed 800 during the life of the agreement.

Jeffrey T. Slovin, Chief Executive Officer of Dentsply Sirona commented: “We are pleased to announce the extension and expansion of our relationship with Pacific Dental Services with this significant agreement. By partnering with PDS’ supported owner dentists we can accelerate the adoption of our innovative end-to-end integrated solutions and improve patient care.  For years, PDS’ supported owner dentists have been at the forefront of embracing Dentsply Sirona technology as a core differentiator and growth enabler.  We are excited to continue and expand this valuable partnership for years to come.” 

Stephen Thorne, IV, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of PDS explained, “Dentsply Sirona continues to be a valuable strategic partner for PDS and those practitioners we support. This renewed long-term agreement highlights our faith in them, their technology, and the benefit they offer as we continue to lead the field in helping dentists bring modern dentistry to their patients - increasing access, and improving quality.“  


About Pacific Dental Services, LLC:
Founded in 1994, PDS is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations (DSO), providing supported autonomy that allows dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care.  PDS originated the Private Practice+™ model to allow dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients.  PDS also pioneered the concept of modern dentistry – enabling dentists to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. Today they support over 580 dental offices across the United States.  They aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve, helping supported dentists to cultivate patients for life.  For more information, visit

About Dentsply Sirona:
Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with over a century of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide.  Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands.  As The Dental Solutions Company™, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry.  Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The 2017 ADA Meeting in Atlanta will Feature Cancer Prevention Symposium

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For regular readers, you know how passionate I am about fighting, detecting, and preventing oral and pharyngeal cancer.  It’s a horrible disease and there needs to be a concerted effort by dentistry, medicine, and the media to bring this disease to the forefront of public attention.
To that end, the ADA is presenting a symposium on the subject at the ADA meeting in Atlanta this fall.  Here is all of the info from the ADA:
How do dental professionals fit in with oncologists, head and neck surgeons and other health professionals when it comes to helping prevent, recognize and manage oropharyngeal cancer?

Experts associated with the ADA, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help answer that question — and share the latest science and statistics related to the disease — at a symposium preceding ADA 2017 – America's Dental Meeting.

Working Together Against Oropharyngeal Cancer is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 18. Registration includes 4.5 hours of continuing education credits, a luncheon, a networking break and an all-access pass to ADA 2017 — America's Dental Meeting. To register, visit

Participants will get a look at an updated clinical practice guideline for potentially malignant disorders in the oral cavity completed this year by a panel of ADA member volunteers and staff from the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. The guideline is slated to be published as the cover story of the October issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

"As oral health care professionals we simply must continue learning about oral cancer trends and appropriate management," said Dr. Lauren Patton, member of the guideline panel and a professor and the chair of the department dental ecology at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. "Oropharyngeal cancer is a potentially deadly disease if not detected early and brings significant dental morbidity to patients without our active participation in their care before, during, and after surgery, radiation therapy, or chemoradiation, is completed."

The symposium is a result of a collaboration announced earlier this year between the ADA and MD Anderson. Symposium presenters include physicians and dentists associated with the ADA and the cancer center.

"I'm excited to be able to meet with the dental community and work toward educating dentists more broadly about the human papillomavirus," said Erich Sturgis, M.D., a symposium presenter and professor in the department of head and neck surgery and department of epidemiology at MD Anderson. "While cigarette smoking is the overwhelming cause of oral cavity (mouth) cancers, HPV is now the leading cause of oropharyngeal (throat) cancers. The rates of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are rising at epidemic proportions in this country, although many of these cases could be prevented by a safe and effective vaccine given in childhood. Greater awareness may also provide an opportunity for earlier diagnosis of these cancers." 

In addition to Dr. Sturgis, symposium presenters include Lois Ramondetta, M.D., professor in the department of gynecologic oncology and reproductive medicine at MD Anderson and chief of the division of gynecologic oncology at the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston, Texas; Dr. Theresa Hofstede, associate professor in the department of head and neck surgery at MD Anderson; Melinda Wharton, M.D., director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Mark Lingen, professor in the department of pathology at the University of Chicago Medicine; Dr. Marcelo Araujo, vice president of the ADA Science Institute; Dr. Dave Preble, vice president of the ADA Practice Institute; Katherine Hutcheson, Ph.D., associate professor in the section of speech pathology and audiology in the department of head and neck surgery at MD Anderson; and Neil Gross, M.D., associate professor at the department of head and neck surgery at MD Anderson.

For more information about the symposium or to register for it, go online to

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Connected Devices in Medicine Vulnerable to Hacking

For those of you who are diehard tech types, you’ve no doubt heard of the potential problems that exist with the IoT (Internet of Things - connected devices).
Well it turns out it isn’t just your thermostat or garage door opener that can be hacked.  Now a big focus is coming on medical devices.  It seems that a recent study done by security company WhiteScope has shown 8,000 separate vulnerabilities in the code of cardiac devices.  I don’t know about you, but the chance of several coding bugs that are susceptible to hacks are not the kind of things I want connected to my heart.
The most frightening part to me was that when the company accessed the devices not a single solitary one required any kind of security to log in.  You read that correctly.  There is no username or password, not even a pathetic “1234” to get connected to a device controlling the human heart.
Add to that the simple fact that many healthcare devcies used in hospitals are running proprietary legacy systems or even will only run under Windows XP and you can see the potential for disaster here.
Healthcare companies need to get on this NOW.  There is very little time to waste.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mac Ransomware is Beginning to Show Up

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As if this whole Ransomware thing couldn’t get any worse (and yes, trust me, it will get worse), I found a story on  Reuters that a version of this plague has been found that infects Mac users.  While the story is from 2016, do not think for a minute that hackers have given up on this.
One of the things that is a bit scary about this is that folks who use the Mac platform & and not very computer savvy, have been lead to believe over the years that the Mac OS is pretty much virus-proof.  However, that’s not really true.  It’s a bit harder to infect a Mac, but it CAN be done.  Because of that and the fact that Macs have become a much bigger percentage of overall computers in use, the idea of infecting them is becoming more apparent to the bad guys.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Actor, musician, producer and philanthropist Will Smith to join Dr. DiTolla on stage for engaging interview/Q&A at Dentsply Sirona World 2017

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A new headliner announced for SiroWorld!

Ultimate Dental Meeting attendees won’t want to miss the interchange between witty event host Dr. Michael DiTolla and the Fresh Prince himself during the Ultimate Dental Meeting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 12, 2017) – Dentsply Sirona, the Dental Solutions CompanyTM, revealed that Will Smith, an iconic figure in the entertainment industry, will join the impressive roster of celebrity entertainment at Dentsply Sirona World in Las Vegas Sept. 14-16 at The Venetian and The Palazzo Resort.

On Thursday evening, Sept. 14, following a full day of general sessions and breakout sessions, attendees can sit back and enjoy a relaxed, undoubtedly amusing dialogue between Dentsply Sirona World host Dr. DiTolla and Smith. Following the interview, the floor will open to questions from the audience.

The two-time Academy Award nominee and Grammy Award winner holds a diverse career encompassing films, television and multi- platinum records.

Smith’s vast filmography includes transformative portrayals of true- life icons in “Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness” (for which he received an Academy Award nomination) and “Concussion.” He has headlined an extraordinary list of films, including “Hitch,” “I am Legend,” “I, Robot,” “Independence Day,” “Men in Black I, II & III” and he most recently appeared in the summer blockbuster “Suicide Squad.”

He began his career as a musician selling millions of records worldwide before crossing over into television with the beloved “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” In 1998, he, and partner James Lassiter, founded production and management company Overbrook Entertainment, which has produced numerous top film and television projects.

In addition to his artistic achievements, Smith is dedicated to working toward the advancement of communities and individuals through areas of education, sustainability, empowerment and health through the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.

“I am personally excited to welcome one of the most recognized names in entertainment to our event, and hear him share with our attendees the hustle and the drive required to efficaciously maintain a

30-plus year career as he has,” said Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins.

The second annual Ultimate Dental Meeting combines robust clinical and business education with marvelous entertainment. This year’s three-day event, hosted at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas from Sept. 14-16, will again offer 11 educational tracks, exciting general sessions, enlightening breakout sessions, lively social activities and more spectacular celebrity entertainment. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Global Dental Lasers Market 2017-2021: Market growth at CAGR of 10.71% - Increase in Prevalence of Orthodontic and Periodontal Diseases

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Here is some info from PRNewswire that doesn’t really come as a shock to me, but may be a bit of a stunner for some of you.  The market for lasers in dentistry is going to continue to show significant growth.  
For me, after spending 2 days on the road last week doing hands-on laser work with doctors, I’m expecting nothing less.  Here is what they had to say…

The global dental lasers market to grow at a CAGR of 10.71% during the period 2017-2021.


The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global dental lasers market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of dental lasers to end-users such as hospitals and dental clinics. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is advances in laser technology. The advances in dental lasers have changed the use of laser instruments in dentistry, especially cosmetic dentistry. The use of laser technology for hard and soft tissue application has resulted in a high state of refinement with improved care and safety. Most of the lasers used in dentistry are for small-end procedures, and dentists are gaining benefits from laser technology for a variety of procedures such as oral surgery, periodontal, endodontic, and aesthetic treatments.

According to the report, one of the major drivers for this market is increase in prevalence of orthodontic and periodontal diseases. There has been an increased demand for dental and oral care, owing to rising oral diseases. Prevalence of periodontal disease such as bleeding in gums is prevalent among adults and pediatric population.

Further, the report states that one of the major factors hindering the growth of this market is high cost of equipment and procedures. Globally, end-users are preferring laser systems for treating a wide range of dental disorders. However, high cost of dental laser systems will have an adverse impact on the market growth globally. Dental laser systems are expensive and classified as capital items' by healthcare institutions. Procurement of such devices involves many procedures and various budget allocation considerations before making the buying decision. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Zomato Announces Data Breach 17 Million User Records

Restaurant search and discovery app Zomato was hacked recently and had 17 million of their client records stolen.  They were then listed on the dark net for sale.
The interesting & weird part of this is that supposedly the breach was committed by a “white hat hacker” yet they still demanded a payment to take the info down.  I’m not sure how that all works out, but hey, maybe it’s just semantics.
As I keep saying, we’re all vulnerable to hacks & data theft.  The best way to prevent this is to do meticulous updates, meticulous preparation, and meticulous backups of your data.  If your data is erased or encrypted you are in real trouble.
If you’d like all of the info on the Zomato situation, you can read about it on their blog.  To their credit they’ve been very honest about this.
Their blog posts go into quite a bit of detail about this whole experience including what lead to it, how it happened, etc.  If you are curious as to how these things can take place, their blog provides really good information.  Kudos to Zomato for being upfront about this!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

KaVo Kerr Announces Dates and Speaker Line-up for Dental 3D University 2017




World-class educational event focuses on Cone Beam 3D imaging, how it can enhance your ability to treat patients and expose what might go undetected if limited to 3D imaging.



Wood Dale, IL – June 6, 2017, KaVo Kerr is thrilled to announce that it will host its third annual Dental 3D University (3DU), featuring imaging solutions from KaVo™, Instrumentarium™ and Gendex™. 3DU is a one-of-a-kind 2-day event that offers dental professionals an educational environment dedicated to Cone Beam 3D (CBCT) solutions that will enhance their practice and put them in full control of treatmentoutcomes. This year, 3DU will be held September 29-30 in Dallas, TX.


Welcoming doctors, staff and dental students, 3DU offers attendees the opportunity to earn up to 11 CE Credits. The two-day event will cover topics such as successfully incorporating 3D into your practice and maximizing its investment, implant planning with 3D and surgical guides, reading 3D scans, and more, delivered by world-class speakers and industry experts including: 

  • Dr. Lou Shuman
  • Dr. Kevin Aminzadeh
  • Dr. Douglas Chenin
  • Dr. Lou Graham
  • Dr. Diwakar Kinra
  • Dr. Lisa Koenig
  • Christine Taxin
  • Dr. Terry Work
  • Dr. Gy Yatros
  • Laura Howerton, RDH
  • Art Curley


Taking time away from the practice is a significant investment, but a necessary one in order to acquire the knowledge and education to help dentists maintain a clinical edge. Dentists and their teams will emerge invigorated and energized from the event and ready to leverage the power of 3D technology. KaVo Kerr, bringing together two global leaders under the common banner of Dental Excellence, are in a position to be the premier partner to dentists, providing streamlined services and support for this vital technology, helping dentists and their practices realize their potential. 

 “Being the go-to partner for dentists means offering more than just a stellar product. 3DU is an expression of our commitment to the dental team, wanting them to be educated and empowered to use state-of-the-art technology in delivering optimal care and outcomes,” said Pankaj Jaggi, Senior Director, Marketing, for KaVo Kerr Imaging. “We are excited to present a program that will offer tips dentists can put into use right away, as well as concepts that will benefit them in long-term strategizing for the dental practice.”

This impressive line-up deserves a world-class stage, and the venue for 3DU will not disappoint. Located just 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas, the Omni Frisco Hotel is described as “a modern cornerstone of the city reflecting the culture and energy of the area.” Just outside is The Star, the new social hub of Frisco and Home of the Dallas Cowboys, where guests can easily access both entertainment and shopping. Make your hotel arrangements by August 31 to take advantage of the 3DU special rate.

Visit today to pre-register for the event and lock-in discounts for both dentists and dental team members.



About KaVo Kerr


KaVo Kerr is a cohesive organization comprised of two global leaders, united to provide dental excellence and serve as a single premier partner for the dental community. KaVo Kerr operates with a common vision inspiring and helping our customers, their patients and our own associates realize their potential. KaVo Kerr offers solutions for endodontics, restoratives, treatment units, infection prevention, imaging, rotary and instruments.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The World's Largest Plane is Designed to put Satellites Into Orbit

The co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, has used his billions for a lot of forward looking and cool projects.  This is just one of them.
It seems that rockets are outdated.  You know, they are expensive, burn a lot of fuel, etc.  But this plane, the Stratolaunch Aircraft is supposed to be better… much better than rockets for putting things into outer space.
The plane has 6 engines and 28 wheels.
Personally this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen, and I’m only seeing it in pictures.  It should save lots of money and be a lot better as more and more of our tech becomes space based.
If you’d like to read all the news about this, take a look at the website.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Jazz Introduces the New SOLO Sensor

For years now, I’ve been asking companies to come up with a more reliable sensor.  I mean patients are expecting the crowns & root canals I perform to last a pretty long time, but my sensors just sort of ‘wear out from excessive use” and frequently this “excessive use” is 2 or 3 years.  Seriously?  So I was thrilled to get the following info from Jazz.  That a look and check out their website.  I’m interested in what you think of them…

A group of Silicon Valley engineers that have spent over two decades building sensors like DEXIS, Gendex, Sirona and Trophy (now Carestream) couldn’t take it anymore.

Say hello to the new SOLO intraoral sensor!
  • You shouldn't have to pay a +30% premium to a dealer for sensors
  • Your staff shouldn't have to fight with a sensor company over bite marks or what constitutes "accidental damage" versus 
    manufacturer defect.
  • You shouldn't have to share sensors between operatories because of cost
  • You shouldn’t have to pay $10k a sensor just because it’s comfortable.

Get yours for $1499 and $129/mo.  Seriously.
Better than owning, leasing or financing.

Learn More

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Interested in a Truly Paperless Office Experience?

I saw this recently and thought I’d share it here.

It seems that a lot of doctors I speak with understand the need to streamline systems, but many don’t truly understand a lot of the benefits.  So if you want to learn more, why not take advantage of the offer below?



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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I Guess I Expect More from Scammers...

Unless you’ve been living in a cave the last several years, you’ve got to be familiar with email phishing scams.  Sometimes they are pretty good, incorporating logos, looking like emails you might actually have received in the past, impending doom tone, you know, things to get you to act.

Then… you get the ones that look like they were done by a second grader.  The scammers have gotten better and better over the years.  So much so that you really need to look closely at some of these or you could get fooled.  However there are still the occasional ones that are hideous.  This is one such example.  I’ve gotten so security conscious over the past 2-3 years that my jaw dropped when this showed up in my Inbox.  Obviously they are hoping to bate me the  $1,500.000.00 USD {ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLAR}         Yes, you read that correctly: United State Dollar.  I’ve never even seen one of those.  Anyway, give this a read if you want a chuckle and to also see how much better the art of email scamming has become (in most instances).  Here is the full text of what I received.  No graphics are included because the geniuses didn’t bother to provide any in this “official” announcement:



Dear Valuable Customer,

                   We have been expecting you to contact us for your long existing Package that was registered with us for shipment to your residential location. We thought that the UK National lottery board gave you our contact details to contact us, it may interest you to note that a letter was also added to your FedEx package, however we cannot read the full content to you via email for privacy/security reasons we understand that the package itself is a winning bank Cashier cheque which worth over $1,500.000.00 USD {ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLAR} As you may know the FedEx Delivery Express Service world-wide do not ship money in CASH but Bank Drafts/winning cheques are shippable. The package is registered with us for mailing by the UK National Lottery Promotion Board, We are sending you this email because your package is been registered on a Special delivery Order on our desk by (U.K NLB). What you have to do now is to contact our Delivery Department for immediate dispatch of your package to your residential address in your country.

Note that as soon as our Delivery Team confirm your information's it will only take two working days (48hours) for your package to arrive your designated address. For your information, the VAT & Shipping charges as well as the Insurance fees have been paid by the UK National Lottery Board, before your package was registered. Note that the payment that is made on the Insurance, Premium & Clearance Certificates, is to certify that the winning cheque is not for Drug Affiliated Fund (DAF) neither is it a fund to sponsor Terrorism in your country. This will help you avoid any form of query from the Monetary Authority of your country. 
Note that you will have to pay total Security fees of $221 USD to the FedEx Security Company India being full payment for the Security Keeping Fee of your package as stated in our privacy terms & conditions page.

Also be informed that the UK National Lottery Promotion Company wishes you to pay for the Security Keeping charges, but we do not accept such payment just like that considering the fact that all items & packages that is registered with us have a time limitation and we cannot accept payment that is not known to us, so you are to send us your full detail so we can furnish you with our own payment procedures for the security keeping fee of your parcel containing $1,500,000.00 USD.

Kindly note that the lottery promotion did not leave us with any further information we hope that you respond to this mail as urgent as possible because if you fail to respond until the expiry date of this package, we may refer the package to the British Commission for Welfare as the package do not have a return address.
Kindly contact the delivery department (FedEx Delivery Post Office India) with the details given below:

SEX (M/F):

Delivery Post Contact Person: Mr. Bright Wilson
INDIA Office 
Tel: +919- 643-645-831 

This is mandatory to confirm your Postal address and telephone number before we can commence on your delivery.
As soon as your details are received, our delivery team will give you the necessary payment procedure so that you can remit the payment for the Security Keeping Fees. As soon as your payment of 
$221 USD for the security keeping fees is received and confirmed, our delivery team will not hesitate to dispatch your package as well as the attached letter to your residential address. It usually takes 48 hours being an over nights delivery service. Get back to us immediately with your information’s so we can proceed with this delivery. 
Mr. George Ramnnut

General Manager
FedEx Online Team Management

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chipotle Customer Payment Info Stolen by Hackers

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It seems that the word in security these days is not “IF” you get hacked, it’s more like “when” you get hacked.  The latest bad news in that department comes from one of America’s favorite Mexican restaurants, Chipotle.  
The company is reporting that most of its 2250 restaurants were struck by the hack which started on March 24 and was shut down on April 18.  This is an interesting breach as the company doesn’t have any idea how many payment cards or customers were affected.  That is because the malware hackers used searched for data from the “mag stripe” on the cards.  The magnetic stripe or “mag stripe” as it is known is the thin brown band on the back of a payment card that magnetically holds the info needed to identify the purchaser and complete the transaction. 
Since Chipotle does not store the names or addresses of customers during a payment transaction, they have no way of notifying those potentially affected by the hack.  Probably the best way for you would be to forensically check your personal records to see if you ate at a Chipotle during the time the hack was live.  If you *did use a card during that time window, either get new cards issued or pay close attention to charges placed on your account!!!”

Industry experts have voiced their concerns on this problem as well.  However, if you want to read a complete explanation from Reuters, here is the link.  

"If your data was stolen through a data breach that means you were somewhere out of compliance" with payment industry data security standards, Julie Conroy, research director at Aite Group, a research and advisory firm.

"In this case, the card companies will fine Chipotle and also hold them liable for any fraud that results directly from their breach," said Avivah Litan, a vice president at Gartner Inc (IT.N) specializing in security and privacy.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dentsply Sirona is Redefining the Endo Experience

We’ve seen iPod & iPad controlled handpieces before from Bien Aire.  Now comes the latest endo idea courtesy of Dentsply Sirona.  This looks pretty good from what I’ve seen of it.
X-Smart IQ is a continuous and reciprocating cordlesss motor controlled by an Apple® iOS® application. In one cordless handpiece, you get a full-treatment solution that supports you through every step of your endodontic process - from patient education to treatment data. Through a custom iOS app, a digital ecosystem is created that allows synchronization of future products and immediate updates. Move freely and easily between operatories utilizing the easily portable, ergonomically-designed cordless handpiece.

Pretreatment - Engage and Educate Patients

• If your patients have questions, help address and ease their concerns with the interactive app. Using the tablet makes it easy to engage with patients and educate them about the procedure.

Treatment - Flow through your sequence with peace of mind.

• X-Smart IQ lets you flow through your file sequence with comfort, control and peace of mind. Within the iOS® app, select a pre-set Dentsply Sirona file sequence for ease and simplicity. Or, create your own file sequence and save your customized settings for future use. And, if your sequence calls for it, you can quickly switch from reciprocating to continuous motion.

Post Treatment - Treatment Data Capture and Transfer

• Capture treatment notes including: tooth number, working length, last file used, obturation, and notes for a specific patient. Transfer your treatment report to your patient file.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cetylite® Launches New Cool Mint Flavor of Cetacaine® Topical Anesthetic Gel

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Cetylite® Inc. recently designed a new flavor of one of its flagship products, Cetacaine® Topical Anesthetic Gel. Cetacaine will now feature a Cool Mint flavored gel, which will be available by mid-June. Indicated for anesthesia of accessible mucous membranes (except the eyes), Cetacaine is primarily used to control pain and ease discomfort at the application site.


Cetacaine comes available in three forms; liquid, spray, and gel. The liquid form is applied subgingivally into periodontal pockets, where the viscous drops are easily dispensed using the soft-tipped syringe. The spray form safely dispenses a mist of Cetacaine through the spray cannula to suppress the gag reflex when taking x-rays or impressions. Both the liquid and spray are banana flavored. The gel form, which currently comes in a strawberry flavor, is applied with a cotton swab or micro brush to the site where pain control is needed prior to injection and treatment. Cetacaine Gel reacts with body temperature to melt and absorb quickly into tissue, and distributes evenly and consistently.


“When it comes to products that are used in the operatory, it’s all about trust,” stated Kathy Perini, Marketing Manager of Cetylite. “When a clinician finds a product that they can rely upon and that allows their patients to be comfortable, they recognize the value and become very loyal. We know this because dentists and hygienists tell us their success stories all the time. We are proud to have earned their trust. Cetylite has been able to stand tall all these years by making products that stand the test of time.”


The triple-active formula of Cetacaine (Benzocaine, 14.0%, Butamben 2.0%, and Tetracaine HCL 2.0%) features a rapid onset of less than a minute, and 30-60 minute duration. While many clinicians assume

Cetacaine is comparable to OTC 20% Benzocaine, a blind study published in the peer reviewed publication, Anesthesiology Review, shows the Cetacaine formulation to be more effective than 






Benzocaine alone.* Cetacaine Gel offers an outstanding choice for practices looking for an alternative to Benzocaine-only formulations.  


Cetacaine is a prescription topical, for professional use only. It is available through most dental and medical suppliers. For more information about Cetacaine and other Cetylite products and services, please visit  HYPERLINK ""


For press inquiries or to schedule an interview with a Cetylite spokesperson, contact Kathy Perini at (856) 665-6111.


*Documentation of these statements available upon request.

Monday, May 22, 2017

World Summit Tour 2017 — a Brand New Scientific Experience within Implant Dentistry

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San Diego, May 2017—In 2017, Dentsply Sirona Implants welcomed dental professionals from all over the world to the World Summit Tour, the scientific congress on implant dentistry.


The combination of renowned international and regional speakers and a highly multifaceted program arrived in San Diego, the second stop of the four-city tour, following Tokyo, welcoming over 1,000 delegates and 45 speakers and moderators.


“It was an honor to welcome everyone to San Diego for this meeting filled with inspiration, science and learning,” says John Voskuil, VP and General Manager, Dentsply Sirona Implants, North America. “As a company committed to better, safer, faster dental care, this meeting created a tremendous opportunity and environment to truly engage with the dental professionals that we serve. This event featured world-class education and showcased the very latest technology and developments designed to serve the needs of clinicians and laboratory technicians, and advance the field of implant dentistry.”


The theme of the World Summit Tour—Because inspiration and confidence matters—mirrors Dentsply Sirona Implants’ dedication to improved oral health and enhanced quality of life for implant patients worldwide. Each tour stop is designed to inspire clinicians and researchers to share scientific knowledge and clinical experience and discover the latest developments in implant dentistry. By combining general sessions, hands-on workshops, and a choice of various parallel sessions, the program promises to deliver inspiration and education for all members of the treatment team.


The World Summit Tour also included a Poster Competition in the two categories of Clinical Application and Research. Winners were selected by the Scientific Committee members, consisting of Tara Aghaloo, UCLA School of Dentistry; Lyndon Cooper, University of Illinois at Chicago;Barry Goldenberg, private practice St. Louis County; Craig Misch, private practice Sarasota, FL; Georgios Romanos, Stony Brook University, NY, and University of Frankfurt, Germany; and Homa H. Zadeh, University of Southern California.


For more information about the World Summit Tour, registration dates, the venues and the development of the scientific program, please visit

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Memorial Hermann Health System Agrees to $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement

This is one to learn from.  It seems that Memorial Hermann had a person come into one of their clinics with a false ID card.  The staff alerted the police, which was legal, but then MH released the patient’s name in a press release.  This caused the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to become involved and hence the HIPAA violation.
The government’s HHS website has the complete story and I feel it is definitely worth a read to anyone who is in healthcare.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ADA and MD Anderson Cancer Center Join Forces For Cancer Prevention

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The fight against oral cancer continues.  When considering that one person per hour dies of this disease I often wonder why it doesn’t get the coverage it deserves considering the way the 24 hour news cycle works.  Now comes more great info on the fight from the ADA and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The American Dental Association (ADA) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today announced a joint effort to improve patient outcomes through programs aimed at dental and medical professionals and the public to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations and tobacco cessation for oral cancer prevention.
“ADA member dentists promise to put patients first, and as a profession we look for innovative ways to treat and prevent disease, and promote wellness,” said ADA President Gary Roberts, D.D.S. “Together with MD Anderson, one of the most respected cancer centers in the world, we are excited to pioneer new programs to help our patients live healthy and disease-free lives.”
Both organizations agree that increasing the percentage of children and young adults vaccinated for HPV is critical to improving their health and reducing risk of several related cancers, including those of the oropharynx (the part of the throat just behind the mouth which includes the back third of the tongue; the back part of the roof of the mouth, also known as the soft palate; the tonsils, and the side and back wall of the throat). In addition, programs aimed at preventing children and young adults from starting to smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit are another key component of the collaboration. 

 “MD Anderson is pleased to partner with the ADA to develop innovative educational programs that will increase awareness about the prevention and early detection of oral cancers,” said Marshall E. Hicks, M.D., president ad interim, MD Anderson. “Tobacco use and HPV infection remain the leading causes of oral cancers. Through this collaboration, we have a significant opportunity to inform care providers and the public about the associated risks, and we can make a difference in the fight to end cancer.” 
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 50,000 cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx will be diagnosed this year in the U.S., and rates in men are more than twice as high as in women. These cancers are often not diagnosed until late stages, when treatment is less effective.
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of cancers in the U.S., responsible for roughly one-third of all cases. HPV infections are responsible for approximately 70 percent of all oropharyngeal cancers, about 9,000 annually, as well as the majority of cervical, anal and genital cancers. HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are four times more common in men than women, and the incidence rate of these cancers has risen significantly in recent years.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New FTC Website Helps Small Businesses Avoid Scams and Cyber Attacks

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Here is good news for small business owners.  One of the problems we face is dealing with cyber security.  Without the revenue to have full time professionals helping guard our networks, we are often left exposed.  Now comes word from the FTC that help is available.  Read on for the details…


At the direction of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website – – with articles, videos, and other information aimed at helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and other threats.

“Small businesses are critical to our economic strength, building America's future, and helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace,” Acting Chairman Ohlhausen said. “This innovative new website is a one-stop shop where small businesses can find information to protect themselves from scammers and hackers, as well as resources they can use if they are hit with a cyberattack.”

According to the U.S.Small Business Administration (SBA), there are more than 28 million small businesses nationwide, employing nearly 57 million people. Scammers frequently target small businesses with deceptive tactics designed to get them to pay for supplies they didn’t order, donate to fake charities or trick them into giving access to their network or downloading malware that can corrupt their business’s computers.

Cyberattacks can be particularly devastating to small businesses, and many of them lack the resources that larger companies have to devote to cybersecurity. Symantec Corp.’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report(link is external) indicates the percentage of spear-phishing attacks targeting small business rose dramatically from 18 percent to 43 percent between 2011 and 2015.

The FTC’s new web page offers specific information to help small businesses protect their networks and their customer data. This includes a new Small Business Computer Security Basics guide, which shares computer security basics to help companies protect their files and devices, train employees to think twice before sharing the business’s account information, and keep their wireless network protected, as well as how to respond to a data breach. It also has information on other cyber threats such as ransomware and phishing schemes targeting small businesses. The FTC is continuing to work with the SBA on additional ways to help small businesses.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook(link is external), follow us on Twitter(link is external), read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Supporting the full implant treatment process - from planning to final restoration with solutions from Dentsply Sirona Implants


The implant treatment process contains many steps—from imaging and diagnosis, treatment planning and implant surgery to abutment selection, restorative solutions and patient follow-up. Dentsply Sirona Implants presents several new solutions to their already extensive portfolio to delegates at their second World Summit Tour stop in San Diego.

“Whether thought leader, researcher, educator, Specialist, GP, or laboratory technician—while there are obvious unique differences and needs to be recognized, there is also a resounding commonality in the ease, precision, quality, speed and peace of mind that most dental professionals look for—ultimately for the benefit of the patients they serve,” says John Voskuil, VP and General Manager, Dentsply Sirona Implants, NA. “This is why we are committed to putting our customers first and to providing comprehensive end-to-end solutions that drive better, safer and faster dental care. It is exciting to be a part of an organization that can deliver on that promise and to be able to make a positive impact on the quality of life of others.”


Implant solutions


SmartFix® concept

SmartFix is a treatment concept that can provide edentulous patients with an immediate fixed, full-arch prosthesis, supported by a minimum four implants. The SmartFix concept includes an angulated abutment that comes together with a short and flexible abutment holder for easier handling. The option of angulating the screw access channel through the prosthesis opens up for ideal esthetics and function. 

This concept is an easy and cost-effective treatment that offers improved treatment satisfaction for the patient and practice growth for the dental professional. 

“The SmartFix concept has streamlined the treatment of my edentulous patients desiring a fixed prosthesis,” says Dr. Gary Jones, Board Certified Oral Surgeon in Fayetteville, NC. “The integrity of the balance base abutment-implant connection and its versatility with positioning, provide for a more efficient surgical procedure. My patients are overwhelmed with this life-changing, predictable treatment.” 

SmartFix concept is now available for the Astra Tech Implant System EV product line in the US. Unique features include a holder made of Peek plastic for easier handling, especially in the posterior, and compatibility with the OsseoSpeed Profile EV, which when placed at an angle in the posterior, can further eliminate the need for bone reaming procedures. Multibase EV abutments are compatible with Nobel Biocare Multi-unit prosthetic cylinders and bridge screws. SmartFix concept is already available for Xive and Ankylos implant systems.

OsseoSpeed® Profile implants (Astra Tech Implant System)

Almost 40% of all implant sites present with a sloped alveolar ridge after healing.* The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant (Astra Tech Implant System) is a uniquely shaped, patented implant specifically designed for just this clinical situation. It is designed to follow the natural shape of the bone, supporting the soft tissue by preserving marginal bone 360 degrees around the implant. In addition, it can help to eliminate the need for bone augmentation procedures. In fact, a reported 58% of all sloped implant sites have a reduced need for augmentation when using the OsseoSpeed Profile implant.

Dr. David Barack, a Periodontist from Skokie, IL states, “Since 1987, I have experienced the joys and frustrations of evolving implant technologies. The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant has been one of the most impactful developments in my practice. I now place implants with optimal bone utilization, prevention of marginal bone loss, and position to neighboring teeth.”

Newly published results** on OsseoSpeed Profile implants show bone preservation, increased soft tissue volume and regain of keratinized mucosa in patients with compromised soft tissue conditions.

PD Dr. Robert Nölken, co-author of the study, explains “We have seen a great deal of improvement on the peri-implant soft tissue in our research follow-up. This allows us to achieve a good esthetic outcome for patients with thin biotypes.”

This prospective, 2-year follow-up, multicenter study—investigates OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant survival rate, soft and hard tissue maintenance following placement in healed sites of the posterior mandible. Twenty-four centers, 184 patients and 238 implants are included in the study.


Digital implant solutions


Atlantis® CustomBase solution

The Atlantis CustomBase solution combines an Atlantis Abutment and an Atlantis Crown with a screw access hole. The crown is cemented to the abutment extra orally and then all is screw-retained into the implant, avoiding potential complications caused by excess cement. The crown can be designed in the customer’s own software by ordering a unique digital file, with the screw hole indicated. 

“Atlantis CustomBase gives our laboratory the ability to fabricate a screw-retained restoration with a custom designed titanium sub-structure,” states Conrad Rensberg, Owner and Head of Dental Implants, Absolute Dental Services, North Carolina. “Incorporating Atlantis CustomBase has greatly reduced post-delivery de-bonding and fracturing between the restoration and interface. The Atlantis CustomBase in gold-shaded titanium allows for brilliant color reproduction in our high translucent materials,”

Since the Virtual Atlantis Design (VAD) software takes the edentulous space with surrounding teeth and soft tissue anatomy into consideration, the Atlantis CustomBase solution is a premium, single-tooth, screw-retained solution providing patient-specific design of core height and optimized retention and design. This provides a result that replicates natural tooth function and esthetics. Moreover, the Atlantis CustomBase solution provides customized emergence profile for enhanced soft-tissue management and placement of material junction considering biological principles.

Prosthodontist, Dr. Mark Montana, Tempe, AZ, shares his clinical perspective. “Atlantis CustomBase provides customized emergence profile and optimal design of the axial walls, resulting in a restoration that is specific to a patient’s tissue and with a reliable cement interface, when compared to stock Ti-base alternatives.”

The Atlantis CustomBase solution is available for all major implant systems and is fully FDA compliant.


Atlantis® connectivity with CEREC® Omnicam

The upcoming integrated connectivity between Atlantis WebOrder and Sirona Connect SW will make the ordering of all Atlantis abutments solutions easily accessible for the CEREC Omnicam users. The digital impression is taken with either a ScanPost or an Atlantis IO FLO.


mySimplant® Planning Service

With mySimplant Planning Service, computer guided implant treatment is now even easier and more affordable. mySimplant enables clinicians to treat more patients with enhanced safety, and predictability. The user-friendly interface eliminates the need to acquire costly planning software or to spend valuable hours learning how master it. Through a secure online portal, an implant treatment planning proposal is prepared according to the unique specifications set by the clinician for their patient.

This new outsourcing service from Dentsply Sirona Implants gives clinicians the possibility to rely on an experienced partner to build and grow their business while still staying in control of the treatment planning, and most importantly, without compromising the treatment outcome.

For more information, visit

Dentsply Sirona Implants customer survey Austria, Germany, North America, Switzerland; data on file.

** Reference: Schiegnitz E, Noelken R, Moergel M, Berres M, Wagner W. Survival and tissue maintenance of an implant with a sloped configurated shoulder in the posterior mandible-a prospective multicenter study. Clin Oral Implants Res 2016;E-pub May 13, doi:10.1111/clr.12869.

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