Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dentrix Lets Wearable Tech Save You Time and Increase Your Efficiency

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Here is some incredibly cool info from Dentrix on a new was to implement wearable technology into your office protocol.  This is a great way to use your Apple products as adjunct technology to Dentrix.  It’s one more way they are embracing leading edge technology to make things easier and more efficient for the doctor, staff, and patient.  The following is direct from Dentrix and describes in detail how this all works…
 
 
Through the Dentrix Connected program, Simplifeye makes electronic health records (EHRs) less time-consuming and easier for dentists to use. We integrated Simplifeye technology with the Apple Watch and Dentrix so you can reference pertinent patient information as easy as seeing what time it is.

Each day, Simplifeye takes the critical information you need from Dentrix and displays it in a personalized queue for each provider (see Figure 1). It’s the perfect mobile solution for a dental practice with three or more operatories, because patient information and schedule alerts can travel with the doctor from chair to chair.

Simply put, Simplifeye delivers the right information to your wrist at the right time. You only see the patient information relevant to you at that time, on that day. And, you don’t have to remove gloves, open a window, scroll through charts, use a keyboard, or click on a mouse to see the data you need.

Save Time and Drive Efficiency

Simplifeye helps you save time and drive efficiency in your practice. The displays are color-coded by appointment type. This allows you to triage the patients in your queue.

For example, your watch shows Chair 3, Chair 5 and Chair 2 are ready to see the doctor. The patient waiting in Chair 2 is a hygiene check and Chair 3 is an extraction. You do the hygiene check first, clear that chair, and allow the waiting room to funnel in.

Instead of your waiting room stacking up with a first-in/first-out strategy, Simplifeye lets you drive efficiency with informed choices about who to see first in your queue.

Our goal at Simplifeye is to make dentists more efficient at what they do, and what they do best is treat patients. We take care of all the headaches about where to go next, what to do when you get there, what the patient’s name is, and what happened the previous visit. With patient information on your wrist, you can save two to three minutes just getting the appointment started. By the end of the day, you’ve saved 60 minutes or more.

In our product beta tests, Simplifeye decreased waiting time by 10 to 15 minutes per patient. If you normally see 20 patients a day, you could save 200 minutes or more each day. What could you do for your practice with three more hours of production per day?

Increase Profits and Decrease Risk

Using Simplifeye in your practice allows you to see more patients in a day and earn more revenue. Beta tests have shown that Simplifeye increases the doctor’s efficiency by 20 percent. That’s an additional four patients a day or 16 days a year.

If the average patient creates $90 of profit for your practice, adding just two patients per day would give you $70,000 more profit in a year.

Simplifeye gives you and your team a sixth sense about everything happening in your practice, updating displays “live” every minute. It signals your wrist when and where you need to go, keeping production flowing smoothly – no radios, light systems or door flags needed. No more shouting down the hallway, either.

More importantly, Simplifeye helps you decrease risk in your dental practice. In a survey of 1,000 dentists, their number one regret was not looking at medical alerts before seeing a patient. Simplifeye doesn’t let you miss this vital information.

 

When you tap a patient’s name on your wrist, the first thing you see is the medical alert screen (see Figure 2). You must click OK before you can see more information about that patient. So, for example, you won’t wear latex gloves walking up to a patient with a latex allergy.

With its “patient ready” signals, Simplifeye also prevents the risk of leaving a patient alone in the chair while someone finds the doctor.

Improve Patient Satisfaction

Using Simplifeye with Dentrix can improve patient satisfaction in three ways:

 

  1. It reduces wait times, so they don’t spend as much time at the dentist.
  2. It demonstrates that your practice is keeping up with the latest technology.
  3. It enhances doctor-patient communication.

 

With Simplifeye, each provider in your practice can glance at their wrist, greet patients by name and ask specific questions about their visit. (No more starting the appointment with, “Hey, buddy! How’re you doing today?”)

Also, your patients won’t have to repeat the same answers they gave to your assistant five minutes before you walked into the room. Simplifeye lets you personalize each patient’s experience in your office. This shows them you care about them as people, not just patients.

One of the best ways to improve patient satisfaction is the follow-up call. But at the end of the day, who wants to stay late in the office and make those calls?

Simplifeye helps with follow-up calls by putting a list of patients you’ve seen that day on your personal phone. It masks your personal number so you can make calls from home (or from anywhere) on your personal phone, and your patients only see your office number in caller ID.

Where to Buy Simplifeye

There’s nothing else like Simplifeye on the market today. The closest thing would be an iPad, which isn’t integrated with Dentrix to the same level. For personalized queues by provider, medical alerts before you see a patient, and live patient-ready signals, you have to get Simplifeye.

Simplifeye is available from your Henry Schein representative, or by calling 844.633.8002. You can also request a demonstration and get more information on our website.

As its name implies, Simplifeye is simple to install and use. The installation process takes less than 10 minutes. Once installed, you never have to worry about updates, because the software updates automatically through the web.

Simplifeye is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It requires iOS 9.3 or later.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TAUB Products Announces Low Profile Emergency Eyewash Station for OSHA Compliance

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TAUB Products, a long-time manufacturer of dental laboratory and restorative products, has introduced a low-profile emergency eyewash station that adapts to a wide range of office and laboratory faucets. The new station provides instant access to a single aerated water jet, flushing the eyes and washing the face of chemical or particulate contamination. 

 

Jordan Taub, Vice President of TAUB, stated, “The unique design allows water to flow normally downward for washing hands, and during an emergency, the user can quickly rotate it upwards, providing a soft stream of water that will wash the face. The user places the water stream on the brow of the nose and both eyes receive an effective rinse.” 

 

Setting this apart from dual-jet designs, the key features of the product include a single rotating nozzle to wash eyes and face, a low-profile modern design that fits most standard faucets, a flow rate of 1.2 gallons per minute, which exceeds ANSI standards, and a design that prevents standing water, thus reducing the chance for mold development.

 

TAUB Products is celebrating its 65th year in business. TAUB provides innovative, high-quality solutions for dental professionals. For more information on TAUB and its products, call 800-828-2634, or go to www.taubdental.com.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NuSmile Launches BioCem in Canada

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Bioactive RMGI cement is the perfect cement for ANY zirconia pediatric crown

HOUSTON, TEXAS, June 23, 2017—NuSmile Ltd., the worldwide leader in pediatric esthetic restorative dentistry, announced today that its BioCem® Universal BioActive Cement will be available in Canada beginning in July.

NuSmile BioCem is the first and only RMGI cement specifically designed for pediatric dentistry, and especially for use with preformed zirconia crowns. High washout resistance and minimal susceptibility to microleakage, coupled with unique handling and cure properties, make BioCem a great alternative to traditional glass ionomer and RMGI cements. Additionally, its unique bioactive properties have been shown in independent university-led research studies to release fluoride, calcium and phosphate to trigger hydroxyapatite formation. These properties, together with its BPA/BisGMA/HEMA-free formulation, make BioCem the new industry standard defining a new class of RMGI cements.

“BioCem’s bond to zirconia, as well as to pre-veneered and stainless steel crowns is as strong or stronger than RMGI cements, and stronger than glass ionomer cements,” said Mark Binford, NuSmile’s Senior Vice President for New Product Development. “In independent evaluations, BioCem also receives outstanding user ratings for ease of handling, working and setting time, and ease of clean- up.” He noted that BioCem received a coveted “Best Product” designation from Dental Product Shopper, which gave BioCem its highest overall rating ever for a bioactive cement.

In addition, BioCem’s quick and reliable cure and setting times makes positioning, cementation and cleanup with zirconia pediatric crowns easy and predictable. With a chemical and structural composition similar to dentin, BioCem provides a neutral pH profile that is compatible with the oral environment. BioCem’s unique hydrophilic composition exhibits extremely low water sorption and solubility, providing a biocompatible marginal seal that prevents cement washout with preformed zirconia and pre-veneered crowns and does not depend on perfect isolation during cementation. BioCem also exhibits far less microleakage than traditional glass ionomer cements when tested with the most popular brands of zirconia crowns. This is especially important for long term retention without recurrent decay when placing preformed zirconia restorations where some areas with open margin may be present.

“Simply stated,” said Mr. Binford, “numerous studies clearly indicate that NuSmile BioCem is the perfect cement for any zirconia pediatric crown – period.”

As with other NuSmile products, NuSmile BioCem is sold direct to dental practices.

For more information on NuSmile BioCem or other NuSmile products, call +1 (713) 861-0033 or visit www.nusmile.com.

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

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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, visithttp://www.PacificDentalServices.com

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.  Visitwww.dentsplysirona.com 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 ADA.org/ADA17OralCancer.

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 ADA.org/ADA17OralCancer.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Connected Devices in Medicine Vulnerable to Hacking

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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

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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

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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 Dental3DU.com today to pre-register for the event and lock-in discounts for both dentists and dental team members.

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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

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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 Wired.com website.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Jazz Introduces the New SOLO Sensor

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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.
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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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