Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Data Breach

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Now the local news is reporting a class action lawsuit brought on by patients families that were affected by the aforementioned breach.
 
According to the Kansas City Star:
 

Children’s Mercy previously said that emails sent to employees gave the appearance they were from a trusted source and often contained links to a phony login page on a fake website. That gave hackers access to the employee accounts if they entered their user names and passwords.

The compromised data may have included patient names and information, medical record numbers, dates of hospital stays and procedures, diagnoses and conditions and other clinical information, according to a letter sent from Children's Mercy to those affected.

Obviously the security of patient protected data is a hugely important part of the digital patient record.  Everyone in practiceneeds to be as security conscious as possible.  Private practitioners are held to the same high standard as hospitals so it behooves those of us in small offices to be as vigilant as possible about security practices.  

One of the companies I’d recommend to my peers in dentistry is DDS Rescue.  The company, which I discussed in a recent article in DPR, is a cloud and local based backup and server replacement system.  One of the things they do for clients is a FREE security assessment.  Click on the link above and contact them.  You’ll be glad you did.

For the full story on the CMH lawsuit, you can follow this link to the story from the KC Star.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

What to Do If You Think You're a Victim of Identity Theft

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With so many security breaches happening these days, many more folks are being affected by the possibility of having their personal data stolen.
 
What should you do if you even *think* it’s happened to you?  Fortunately, the FTC has set up a website that helps guide you through the things you need to be concerned about and the things you need to do if you are a victim.
 
Here is the link to the website:  When Information Is Lost or Exposed  
 
Also, here is a pdf that the FTC provides to help which you can download from the link below:
 

Monday, July 16, 2018

VIP registration selling out for Dentsply Sirona World 2018

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Register now to secure your spot as a VIP at the largest educational festival in dentistry before tickets are gone

Dentsply Sirona World is heading back to the Sunshine state and it will be the HOTTEST event yet! And for those seeking the full red-carpet experience, VIP registration is still available, but tickets are extremely limited.


VIP registration to this year’s educational festival is an additional $500 and offers more benefits than ever before, including:

 

  • Expedited onsite registration 
  • Upgraded dining options and exclusive seating 
  • Special VIP section for all General Sessions and Entertainment events
  • Preferred seating in Breakout Sessions*
  • Exclusive entrance and VIP section at Saturday’s Oktoberfest closing party 
  • And more!

Additionally, registration includes access to all General Sessions and Breakout Sessions within 12 different educational tracks, unlimited access to the tradeshow hall showcasing the industry’s leading products and services, and admission to all entertainment and health and wellness fitness activities.


Dentsply Sirona World, hosted at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida, from Sept. 13-15, offers an experience like no other in dentistry! Combining quality educational and clinical content with spectacular entertainment, this event is widely recognized as one of the largest, most comprehensive events in dentistry.


There are multiple registration types† and VIP can be added to any type. Plus, Dentsply Sirona is offering a very limited special team bundle in which one doctor and two staff members can attend the Ultimate Dental Meeting for $2,995- a savings of more than $1,000! Visit www.dentsplysironaworld.com for a full list of registration options and pricing.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ultradent Announces Warranty Extensions for VALO® Curing Lights

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Fantastic news from the good folks at Ultradent.  They’ve extended the warranty on their very powerful and “tough as nails” Valo curing light!
 
Here is the info:
 

Thanks to the VALO curing light’s time-tested and proven track record of durability, quality, and dependability Ultradent Products, Inc., is pleased to announce the extension of all current VALO curing light warranties to three years. This extension will add one year to all current two-year warranties on VALO curing lights, making all current warranties valid for a total of three years.

“The VALO curing light brand has exhibited such a wonderful track record with our customers that we’ve decided to extend the warranty on every VALO curing light to three years. This includes the VALO Corded, VALO Cordless, VALO Ortho and the VALO Grand curing lights. The decision to extend the warranty of our award-winning curing lights was an easy one, as we stand by the quality and longevity of the VALO curing light. We hope this small gesture will stand as a token of our sincere appreciation to our loyal customers and give them added peace of mind in their investment,” says Mike Simmons, Ultradent’s equipment brand manager.

About VALO Curing Lights

Ultradent’s VALO curing light uses a custom, multiwavelength light-emitting diode (LED) to produce high intensity light at 385-515nm, capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials. This intensity can also penetrate porcelain and is capable of curing underlying resin cements similar to a quality halogen light. The VALO curing light’s optimally collimated beam delivers a complete, uniform cure to entire restoration. All VALO curing lights feature three curing modes—Standard Power, High Power, and Xtra Power, offering clinicians convenience, efficiency, and flexibility.

Every VALO curing light starts as a solid bar of tempered, high-grade aerospace aluminum, which is then CNC precision milled at Ultradent’s facility in South Jordan, Utah. The VALO light’s unique, unibody construction ensures maximum durability and provides unsurpassed heat dissipation. The elegant, ergonomic, and streamlined designed enables the VALO curing light to easily reach all curing site without sacrificing patient comfort. The VALO Cordless, and VALO Grand lights all run on two lithium iron phosphate batteries that deliver the consistent power the VALO curing light requires. These batteries are also inexpensive, rechargeable, and widely available should they need to be replaced.

The VALO Grand curing light features all the benefits of the multiple-award winning VALO Curing light, but with a larger head size and 50% bigger lens—measuring 12mm! The new VALO Grand curing light also comes with a handy back activation button for ease of use.

To learn more, to purchase a VALO curing light, or for any addition warranty questions please visit ultradent.com or call us at 800.552.5512.

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About Ultradent Products, Inc.

Ultradent Products, Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s vision is to improve oral health globally. Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MouthWatch Launches “Teledentistry Innovation Awards” to Recognize Innovators and Pioneers of Connected and Collaborative Dental Care

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MouthWatch, LLC a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, is launching the Teledentistry Innovation Awards. The purpose of the “Tellie” Awards is twofold:

• Highlight the many ways that teledentistry is being implemented across a broad spectrum of dental care including public health and private practice settings.

• Recognize individual, forward-thinking dental providers who are realizing the full potential for connected dental care technology and reshaping the practice of dentistry and the state of oral health globally.

According to MouthWatch CEO and Founder, Brant Herman, “Teledentistry is rapidly expanding in virtually every dental environment; rural settings. urban areas, private practices, and public health programs. It is being utilized by dentists, hygienists, specialists and medical care providers. Our goal is to shine a light on those teledentistry innovators and pioneers who are leading the way and proving by example that teledentistry technology can enhance dentistry, reach more patients, and improve oral health and overall health.” 

The Teledentistry Innovation Awards will be presented to winners in three main categories:

• Dentists / Specialists
• Dental Hygienists
• Oral Health Programs

Nominations are currently being accepted online at http://teledentistryinnovationawards.com/ and self-nominations are welcome. Winners of the hygiene category will be announced on August 2, 2018 at the RDH Under One Roof Meeting and the Dentist/Specialist and Oral Health Program categories will be announced during the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting.

About MouthWatch, LLC:
Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider.

The founders and management team of MouthWatch have relevant backgrounds and successful track records in dentistry, consumer products and communications. Since 2012, this team has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of dentistry. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in introducing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Children's Mercy Hospital Exposes Patient Data from Phishing Scam

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Here in my hometown of Kansas City, is one of the best children’s hospital systems in the U.S.  The Children’s Mercy Hospital system is an incredible healthcare system that deals with all kinds of problems and diseases for children.
 
Unfortunately, CMH was recently hit with a phishing scam that resulted in the exposure of over 60,000 individuals personal data.  
 
According to the Kansas City Star "The emails sent to employees gave the appearance they were from a trusted source and often contained links to a phony login page on a fake website, the hospital said. That gave hackers access to the employee accounts if they entered their usernames and passwords.”  For the story from the KC Star, follow this link.
 
Here is the breach notification from CMH:
 

Children’s Mercy is notifying families who may have been affected by a recent “phishing” incident. "Phishing" emails appear to be from a trusted source and often contain links to a phony login page on a fake website, frequently fabricating an urgent reason to motivate the recipient of the email to enter a username and password.
On Dec. 2, 2017, the Children's Mercy Information Security team detected unauthorized account access to two employee email accounts associated with a phishing email. These two accounts were reset by Children's Mercy's Information Security team the same day in order to stop any unauthorized access. 


Two additional employee email accounts were accessed by unauthorized persons on Dec. 15 and 16 of 2017. These accounts were reset by Children's Mercy's Information Security team on Dec. 18, 2017 to stop any unauthorized access. 


Unauthorized access to an additional employee email account occurred on the night of Jan. 3, 2018. The following morning, the Children’s Mercy’s Information Security team reset the account to stop any unauthorized access. 


With the assistance of outside security experts, Children's Mercy investigated the incidents to determine what, if any, information was accessed. On Jan. 19, 2018, Children’s Mercy determined that the mailbox accounts for four of the five affected employees were downloaded by unauthorized individuals. Additional remediation is in process, and Children’s Mercy is continuing its investigation into the incident, taking steps to mitigate any impact to individuals, and to protect against any further incidents.

Although Children’s Mercy is not aware of any misuse of patient information, the hospital is notifying affected individuals. The categories of information vary for individuals, but may have included first and last name, medical record number, gender, date of birth, age, height, weight, body mass index, admission date, discharge date, procedure date, diagnostic and procedure codes, clinical information, demographic information, diagnosis, conditions, other treatment information and identifying or contact information.

Children’s Mercy has established a call center (1-855-354-4116) and an informational webpage (childrensmercy.org/February2018) to provide answers to families who may have been affected. Additionally, Children’s Mercy is offering free identity theft protection to those families.

The hospital sincerely apologizes for this situation.

Addendum: As noted above, the hospital is taking steps to protect against any further incidents. These steps have included the implementation of the additional technical control of multi-factor authentication.

About Children’s Mercy Kansas City 
Founded in 1897, Children’s Mercy is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers with more than 500,000 patient encounters each year. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children’s Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children’s Mercy as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals.” For the fourth time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to fewer than seven percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of more than 700 pediatric subspecialists and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy provides medical care to every child who passes through its doors, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Study from Canada Indicates HPV Tests More Effective at Discovering Precancerous Cells in Women than Pap Smear

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As someone who is a huge advocate for routine screening of patients for oral cancer, I was excited to see this report from the British Columbia Cancer Agency.  The study performed, to simplify things, shows that testing for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is more accurate than the age old system of Pap which basically attempts to screen for abnormal cells which may, at some point in the future, grow into cancerous cells.  This, screening for women routinely for HPV is a better diagnostic indicator of a potential for cancer in the future than the traditional PAP.
 
It has become well documented in medical literature in the past few years that one of the principle causes, if not the *main* precipitating cause of cervical cancer is HPV.  This also leads to the fact that the demographics of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers in humans are now demonstrating that the leading cause of oral and pharyngeal cancers ini humans is HPV16, especially in men.  As HPV16 proliferates, it is leading to more and more cancer cases… especially in men.
 
Until the last 15 years or so it appeared that oral cancers in men were related to age and contributory factors such as alcohol and smoking.  Now however, the age where cancer appears is no longer in older men, but in males in their 20s.  Theories are that the HPV infection in women are leading to infection of men which then contributes to increasing rates of oral and pharyngeal cancers in young males. The incidence rates are now such that oral and pharyngeal cancers in men are making it a disease of “young men” instead of the over 40 or 50 age group.
 
The other awful part of this change in the demographics is that these cancers are not always easy for patients to self detect as well as the simple fact that when caught in later stages, the treatments can be horribly disfiguring.  Anything that can lead to earlier detection, is a plus.  Studies such as this one can only improve clinical outcomes.
 
 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Beyes Introduces the Masteri Class B Automatic Cycle Autoclave

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Beyes Dental Canada recently launched the highly-advanced Masteri Class B automatic cycle autoclave unit. The Masteri Class B Autoclave also has the following distinctive main attributes:

• Speedy – Thoroughly sterilized instruments are available in 21 minutes.

• Safe – Meets all the latest safety and regulatory requirements. The Masteri includes a hook-type door lock, a micro-switch door locking system and an electronic door lock.

• Secure – Built-in data logger stores your information on a USB drive that is waterproof and shockproof with an internal printer available as an option.

• Simple – A full range of sterilization options can be easily selected via an intuitive touch display.

The Masteri is available in 18 and 23-liter chamber sizes and is built to withstand the toughest environments and high-volume demands. It also incorporates a pre-vac mode which removes air from the chamber to ensure optimal steam penetration, as well as a post-vac mode for removing air from the chamber for ultra-fast drying.
The Masteri is also the first autoclave with capacitive sensing control which can detect and measure anything that is conductive or has a dielectric that is different than the surrounding air. Because of this, the touch pad is seamless, and the buttons are fully-protected from dirt and moisture and can be activated while wearing exam gloves.

According to company spokesperson, Jannis Tu, “We’re very proud of the newest member of the Beyes product family. The Masteri is the result of a stringent process of research, design, prototyping and clinical testing. The final product is one of the most reliable, high-performance autoclave units currently on the market – and the only one that comes with a 25-month warranty.”
For more information on the Masteri Class B Auto Cycle Autoclave, visit http://bit.ly/2N1fkKq
or send an email to info@Beyes.ca.


About Beyes Canada


Based in Toronto, Beyes is Canada’s fastest-growing dental company, thanks to its loyal customers. Beyes combines the expertise of highly-skilled people with its well-established manufacturing chain and advanced quality-control systems to provide the dental community with groundbreaking advancements for precision dental instruments.
All Beyes products are manufactured in strict compliance with Health Canada regulations. Moreover, the manufacturing facility is ISO 13485 certified under Canadian Medical Devices Conformity Assessment System (CMDCAS) ensuring superior products quality that meet and exceed user expectations.
The Beyes team is dedicated to providing flawless experience to its customers, at all levels assuring that products and service not only meet but exceed current and future demands. For more information, about Beyes Canada, visit www.Beyes.ca.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Expanding Integration Options for DEXIS Platinum and DEXcam 4 HD

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KaVo Kerr announces the expansion of integration options for the DEXIS Platinum digital sensor and DEXcam 4 HD intraoral camera.

Hatfield, PA (June 29, 2018) – KaVo Kerr is pleased to announce that it is making the benefits of the award-winning DEXIS Platinum sensor and DEXcam 4 HD intraoral camera available to a broad array of dental imaging software programs. Utilizing an industry-recognized driver package, dentists are now able to maintain their existing imaging software program while integrating these highly regarded DEXIS products.

The DEXIS Platinum sensor features:

PureImage™ Technology using proprietary hardware enhancements to deliver sharp, highly detailed, and extremely clear images across the widest range of exposure settings
TrueComfort™ Design using beveled corners, a smooth, rounded casing and a small, angled dome to maximize patient comfort and make precise placement easy
PerfectSize™ single-sensor solution enabling comfortable use for both children and adults and allowing faster procedures without the need to switch between multiple-sized sensors
The DEXcam 4 HD intraoral camera features:

Remarkable clear and focused high-definition images using the latest in CMOS sensor technology and a precision 7-element glass optical lens
5 field-of-view levels to enable clearly focused images from full face to magnified tooth
High-intensity LEDs to enable well-illuminated images even in the posterior regions
The driver package enabling the expanded DEXIS Platinum and DEXcam 4 HD integration options are available now by contacting DEXIS technical support at 888-883-3947, option 1.

To learn more about DEXIS products and KaVo Kerr imaging solutions and the full array of integration options, please contact KaVo Kerr Inside Sales at 888-883-3947, option 4.

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.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Five Ways to Beat Summer Heat

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Summer is in full swing here in the Midwest and that means the dangers that go along with it.  As a bit of a public safety announcement for those who are celebrating Independence Day this week, here are 5 ways to deal with it from AccuWeather:
 

At he height of summer, high temperatures can create uncomfortable conditions.

"The body cools down primarily by the evaporation of sweat on the skin," Director of Integrative Pain Management at The Mount Sinai Hospital Houman Danesh, MD, said. "When the air is dry, sweat evaporates and cools the skin. When the air is humid, sweat doesn't evaporate as well and the body is unable to cool down."

The best way to be safe is to stay hydrated and keep indoors during peak sun hours. However, even inside can get steamy. If you don't have an air-conditioner to rely on, or if that still isn't cutting it, here are five unconventional ways to stay cool this summer.

1. Load up on spices

While it may sound strange, eating spicy foods can actually cool your body down. The heat of your dish will make you sweat and, in turn, cool you off naturally. If that sounds too extreme, Registered Dietician and Professor at the University of Connecticut Nancy Rodriguez suggested using spicy ingredients in salsa, guacamole and other summer snacks.

2. Use the products you already have

You can turn everyday products into a cooling sensations simply by storing them in the refrigerator. Sunscreen, lotions, toners, creams and even perfume can all be kept safely in the fridge to give you a refreshing lift upon application.

Nicole Darmanin, spokesperson for skin care company Mario Badescu, said that products such as eye creams can be kept in the refrigerator and applied cool. "It is so refreshing, especially during the summer months. The application of the cool eye gel around the eyes is also great for calming tired, puffy morning eyes," she said.

3. Cool your pulseThe National Sleep Foundation recommended placing a damp washcloth in the freezer to create an easy, cooling compress. Placing the frozen cloth on your wrists or any pulse points will bring an icy shock to your body. If you do not have an ice pack, leave your wrists under cold, running water for 30 seconds. This will cool the blood in your veins and provide some instant relief.

4. Drink up but avoid caffeine, alcohol

Especially after being outside in hot weather, it is important to hydrate and replenish your body. Registered Dietician and Professor of Nutrition at Baylor Suzy Weems suggested "cool, refreshing liquids" following time in the sun. She recommends water and juices.

She cautioned against iced tea or anything with caffeine as some people can see increased perspiration. As refreshing as it may sound, beer, wine or hard liquor are all poor options, according to Weems. Alcohol is dehydrating and should be avoided during scorching heat.

5. Create a faux AC

To simulate the feel of an air-conditioner, Medicine.net recommended placing a bowl of ice in front of a box fan and sitting directly in front of the flow of air.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Big Thank You to Experimac

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When it comes to tech, you never really know when you will need a bail out.  One day everything is fine and the next day, you are struggling with an unforeseen problem.  Last week, I had that particular nightmare scenario…
 
In case you don’t know, as lithium polymey batteries (Lipo) age, they have a tendency to expand.  On Tuesday of last week, I suddenly noticed that my MacBook Pro was “wobbly” and the keyboard had a “curve” to it.  This was due to  the failure of the Lipo battery and its expansion.
 
A trip to the local Mac store confirmed my suspicions, but their service department could not replace the battery in less than five days.  Five days?  Yes, five days.   Oh and the tech at the Genius Bar also advised that even though they couldn’t fix it for five days that I not use it or fly with ity
 
The problem?  I was leaving in 3 days to do a weekend meeting lecture.  I *needed* the MacBook Pro for that meeting!!!
 
Fortunately, a Google search located a store named “Experimac” just down the road from the Apple Store.  The young lady at the desk assured me that not only could they replace the battery, but that they could do so in a couple of hours.
 
It seems that Experimac is a franchise operation that offers repairs, upgrades, and preowned Apple products. In less than Four Hours my Mac was repaired with a new Lipo battery.  I’m typing the blogpost from my hotel room at my scheduled meeting and ALL is well.
 
Bottom lime?  If you need a Mac device repaired, see if there is an Experimac in your area.  My experience and other online ratings have been exceptional!!y  

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Smoking Drops to Lowest Numbers in History...

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According to info from The Associated Press, the number of smokers in the United States continues to decrease.  In fact, it’s decreasing rather dramatically.  The year before last posted a number of 16% of US citizens smoked while last year, the reported number is 14%.  Those are pretty incredible numbers when one considers that in the early 60’s that number was around 42%.
 
Obviously this is going to have a tremendous impact on healthcare statistics as well.  Removing smoking from the equation should help contribute to a marked decrease in emphysema, COPD, lung cancer, and other diseases.  Here is the entire story from the Associated Press.
 

NEW YORK (AP) — Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low.

About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show.

There hadn’t been much change the previous two years, but it’s been clear there’s been a general decline and the new figures show it’s continuing, said K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of South Carolina.

“Everything is pointed in the right direction,” including falling cigarette sales and other indicators, Cummings said.


The new figures released Tuesday mean there are still more than 30 million adult smokers in the U.S., he added.

Teens are also shunning cigarettes. Survey results out last week showed smoking among high school students was down to 9 percent, also a new low.

In the early 1960s, roughly 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked. It was common nearly everywhere — in office buildings, restaurants, airplanes and even hospitals. The decline has coincided with a greater understanding that smoking is a cause of cancer, heart disease and other health problems.

Anti-smoking campaigns, cigarette taxes and smoking bans are combining to bring down adult smoking rates, experts say.

The launch of electronic cigarettes and their growing popularity has also likely played a role. E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine into a vapor without the harmful by-products generated from burning tobacco. That makes them a potentially useful tool to help smokers quit, but some public health experts worry it also creates a new way for people to get addicted to nicotine.

There was no new information for adult use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, but 2016 figures put that at 3 percent of adults.

Vaping is more common among teens than adults. About 13 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes or other vaping devices.

The findings on adult smokers come from a national health survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 27,000 adults were interviewed last year.

Monday, June 25, 2018

MouthWatch First Webinar THIS Thursday!

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MouthWatch, LLC  recently launched its  "Teledentistry in Action" free CE webinar series to help dental care providers in public health and private practice settings make educated decisions about implementing teledentistry. 

The First Webinar in the Series is “5 Examples of How Teledentistry is Transforming Private Practices” on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 7:30 PM EDT.

According to Brant Herman, CEO and Founder of MouthWatch, “Teledentistry has been quickly evolving and it’s being used in ways that many aren’t aware of - especially in private practices. These webinars will shed some light on how teledentistry is improving patient care and practice efficiency.”

During “5 Examples of How Teledentistry is Transforming Private Practices,” Herman will highlight some of today’s most innovative private practice teledentistry applications and the technology that makes them all possible.  He’ll also explain how teledentistry can help make private practices more profitable by improving the patient experience and elevating the standard of care.

 

This free CE webinar is relevant to all dental team members and seating is limited. To register, click here!!!. Please note, when you register for this webinar, you’ll also receive notifications and details about upcoming MouthWatch “Teledentistry in Action” webinars.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dr. Dan Fischer Receives 2018 Distinguished Service Award from Loma Linda University

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Dr. Dan Fischer, founder and CEO of Ultradent Products, Inc., received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from his dental school alma mater, Loma Linda University, on May 27, 2018. Loma Linda University awarded Dr. Fischer with the honor for his public attainments and commitment to excellence “which have contributed to mankind in a manner which is congruent with the mission of Loma Linda University Health,” said Dr. Richard H. Hart, president of Loma Linda University.

Dr. Dan Fischer traveled to Loma Linda University with his family over Memorial Day weekend to receive the special award at a commencement luncheon hosted by the university president. Of the recognition, Dr. Fischer said, “I felt both humbled and honored to receive this award. It was very meaningful to me that my alma mater recognized the work of Ultradent’s Diversity Foundation and other activities which have occurred and continue to occur with the help of a number of great people.”

Dr. Dan E. Fischer graduated from Loma Linda University dental school in 1974, after which he maintained a full-time practice for 15 years. Since 1990, he has practiced dentistry part-time while working extensively in the research and development of many revolutionary and award-winning products used in the dental profession via his international dental supply and manufacturing company, Ultradent Products, Inc.

In addition to his vast contributions to the dental industry, Dr. Dan Fischer, through Ultradent, supports numerous humanitarian causes throughout the world, including The Crown Council’s Smiles for Life program, Sealants for Smiles, many independent humanitarian missions, as well as his own 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, The Diversity Foundation.

To learn more about Dr. Fischer, Ultradent, and the many humanitarian causes they support, please visit ultradent.com.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Crosstex expands their dental water solutions portfolio with entry into amalgam separation category

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Cantel Medical Corp. subsidiary, Crosstex International Inc. (“Crosstex”), today announced its entry into dental wastewater management market through the recent launch of SycloneTM Amalgam Separator, previously marketed and sold under the brand name, Apavia® Amalgam Separator. This new filtration technology and related assets were recently acquired from ENPRESS L.L.C. and its subsidiary Apavia LLC.

The SycloneTM Amalgam Separator captures mercury-containing amalgam particles from the wastewater of dental offices through a combination of mechanisms, including filtration and centrifugation. In addition, it features a high containment capacity for extended service and pump life, and cutting-edge cyclonic action with rapid velocity and waste capture.

“As a market leader, we are committed to staying at the forefront of the latest industry trends and to providing quality solutions that meet the compliance needs of dental practices. With the SycloneTM filtration technology, we can effectively support the hundreds of thousands of dental practices in meeting the requirement of removing mercury from wastewater and contributing to a cleaner environment,” stated Gary Steinberg, President and CEO of Crosstex.

“We look forward to integrating the SycloneTM Amalgam Separator technology into our expanding portfolio of solutions for infection prevention,” stated Ken Plunkett, Senior Vice President Global Sales, Crosstex. “Given the EPA ruling on amalgam separators for wastewater management compliance by July 2020, the addition of this innovative technology further enhances our dental water compliance products, beyond our DentaPure® Cartridge for dental water purification.”

The SycloneTM Amalgam Separator will be available for customers in the coming months. For more information, please visit www.crosstex.com

About Crosstex International, Inc.

Crosstex, a Cantel Medical company, manufactures a wide array of unique and innovative infection prevention and compliance products for the global healthcare industry. Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, Crosstex is a recognized leader for its portfolio of waterline treatment, biological monitoring, sterility assurance packaging and personal protection equipment (PPE). Sold in more than 100 countries, the range of products distributed to medical, dental and veterinary practices and facilities include our award winning (5 consecutive years) SECURE FIT® Face Masks, DENTAPURE® Waterline Treatment Cartridges and Liquid Ultra® Solution, SURE-CHECK® Sterilization Pouches with internal/external multi-parameter indicators, TYVEK® Pouches with 510K approval, STEAMPLUSTM Type 5 Chemical Integrators, CONFIRM® Monitoring System and PASSPORT® Plus In-Office and Mail-In Biological Indicators, RAPACIDE® OPA/28 High Level Disinfectant, and AXESSTM and ClearViewTM Nasal Masks for nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation.

For information on the full line of Crosstex infection prevention, patient safety and compliance products, please contact Crosstex at 631-582-6777 or visit www.crosstex.com.

About Cantel Medical Corp.

Cantel Medical is a leading global company dedicated to delivering innovative infection prevention and control products and services for patients, caregivers, and other healthcare providers which improve outcomes, enhance safety and help save lives. Our products include specialized medical device reprocessing systems for endoscopy and renal dialysis, advanced water purification equipment, sterilants, disinfectants and cleaners, sterility assurance monitoring products for hospitals and dental clinics, disposable infection control products primarily for dental and GI endoscopy markets, dialysate concentrates, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation products, and specialty packaging for infectious and biological specimens. Additionally, we provide technical service for our products.

For further information, visit the Cantel website at www.cantelmedical.com.

About ENPRESS, LLC

ENPRESS LLC is a worldwide leading manufacturer of composite pressure vessels and filtration systems for use in water treatment. The exclusive and patented products designed by ENPRESS provide superior performance and water saving solutions.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risks detailed in Cantel's filings and reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such forward- looking statements are only predictions, and actual events or results may differ materially from those projected or anticipated.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Business Email Compromise is on the Rise

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We’re all aware of aware of the nefarious “Nigerian Email Scam” that’s been going around for years.  In an interesting development, the US just arrested 74 alleged email fraudsters in what was called Operation Wire Wire.  The idea, of course, was to help decrease the amount of scam emails and, consequently, the number of unfortunate victims that were bilked out of sometimes large amounts of money.
 
However, there is another problem that has now developed.  It’s called BEC, standing for Business Email Compromise and it is a serious problem.  According to email security firm Agari, 24% of email scams are now trying to get money from businesses and that 96% of businesses via email are the focus on some type of scam.
 
While that may not be a *gigantic* problem, for dentistry, that doesn’t mean we are immune.  My office routinely receives all kinds of scamming attempts via email AND the good old telephone.
 
If you are interested in how widespread and problematic this is, head over to Wired and read a fascinating article on it.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

THE IADR/AADR Publish JDR Special Issue on Head and Neck Cancer

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Looking for more information on head and neck cancer?  IADR and the AADR are working together for a special issue of the Journal of Dental Research dealing with the subject.
 
Here are all the details:
 

Alexandria, VA, USA - The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have published a special issue in the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) on head and neck cancer. Dr. Jacques E. Nör, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and Dr. J. Silvio Gutkind, University of California, San Diego, USA, served as the guest editors of this special issue.

Head and neck cancer encompasses a large and diverse group of tumors with complex etiology and pathobiology that is typically resistant to therapy, particularly when diagnosed in advanced stages. The most common of these tumors are head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC), which are diagnosed in about half million people and result in a quarter million deaths every year worldwide. Unfortunately, the overall 5-year survival of HNSCC patients has remained low at about 50-60% for the last 3-4 decades. The lack of more effective therapies has been attributed to late diagnosis and to the intrinsic resistance of HNSCC cells to existing treatment modalities.

In recent years, the prospect of developing safe and efficient therapies for HNSCC has improved by a deeper understanding of the precise mechanisms underlying the biology of these tumors. This special issue of the Journal of Dental Research brings together leaders in the field who discuss the state-of-the science in head and neck cancer and present new early diagnostic tools and mechanism-based and immune therapies that might benefit patients with this malignancy.

"We are witnessing a revolution in our understanding of HNSCC molecular pathobiology, and in the diagnosis and treatment of this malignancy," said Gutkind and Nör. "The work performed by dedicated investigators is shining new light on HNSCC initiation and progression, and breaking new grounds on the discovery of novel prevention modalities and precision targeted and immune therapies. Collectively, these major research efforts aim at improving the survival and quality of life of patients with head and neck cancer."

This special issue includes articles on topics such as: The changing landscape in head and neck etiology, the elucidation of the head and neck cancer oncogenome, new precision therapies, the immune therapy revolution and improvements with early diagnosis.

This special issue is accompanied by an Editorial "Head and Neck Cancer in the New Era of Precision Medicine." This Editorial is an Editor's Choice article and will be open access.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

40 Years of Stories: Find out how Ultradent works with the best and the brightest in this month’s stories!

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As Ultradent celebrates its 40th anniversary, the company has been putting the stories of their employees on their website.  This month they’ve taken a different approach by interviewing 3 doctors who are big fans of the company.  Fair warning on this link, I’m one of those doctors.  Here’s the info from Ultradent:
 

In this month’s very special “40 Years of Stories,” we talk to three very influential Key Opinion Leader clinicians about working with Ultradent and Dr. Fischer throughout the years.

They share personal stories, their feelings about the company, and why they love Ultradent products.

We loved getting this outside perspective on the company and think you’ll like reading it too!

Enjoy!  The story can be read from this link.  

Monday, June 11, 2018

American Academy of Periodontology, SUNSTAR Announce 2018 Innovation Grant Recipients

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The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is pleased to announce that members Hsun Liang Chan, DDS, MS, and Jeff C.W. Wang, DDS, DMSc, are the 2018 recipients of the SUNSTAR Innovation Grant. They will each receive $30,000 for their research projects as part of the AAP’s partnership with oral health and technology company SUNSTAR, which has committed to awarding scientific grants to AAP members whose investigations show significant potential to advance the specialty periodontics.


Dr. Chan’s research project, “In-Situ Evaluation of Periodontal Inflammation with Ultrasonography,” aims to utilize ultrasound imaging to assess periodontal inflammation with the long-term goal of developing a point-of-care device to diagnose and monitor inflammation. “The ultrasound method may be able to detect disease at earlier stages so that treatment can be rendered in a timely manner. It intends to provide information about what is going to happen instead of what has already happened. Therefore, tooth longevity and quality of life can be improved,” Dr. Chan says.


Dr. Wang’s research project, “Development of Patient-friendly Oral Health Report with Customized Oral Hygiene Instructional Video for Enhanced Patient Education Modalities,” hopes to eventually improve patient education, motivation, and compliance with the use of technology-based visual aids and reports. “This [research project] is one step towards future personalized precision patient education, using a tailored oral and periodontal health report as a platform to educate patients about their own clinical, periodontal, and radiographic findings,” Dr. Wang says. “Without patient health literacy, patient motivation, and compliance, the goal of long-term oral health is negated.”


As part of the Innovation Grant program, SUNSTAR has committed $250,000 towards six research grants to select AAP members over a three-year period, which began in 2017. Members of the AAP’s Research Submissions Committee examine all abstracts against criteria established by SUNSTAR and the Academy. Dr. Chan and Dr. Wang are the second and third recipients of the award.
“These investigations have the potential to transform periodontal disease diagnosis and patient literacy,” says Steven R. Daniel, DDS, president of the AAP. “SUNSTAR’s generous backing of this novel research accelerates the innovation that will define the future of the specialty. The Academy applauds SUNSTAR for its longstanding dedication to furthering the science and practice of periodontics.”
“The work of this year’s Innovation Grant recipients will influence the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease,” says Jackie Sanders, manager of professional relations at SUNSTAR. “We are pleased to unite with the AAP in providing a platform for scientific research and, subsequently, the improvement of patient health.”


Dr. Chan, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Wang, predoctoral director and clinical assistant professor, are both faculty at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. They will present the results of their studies at a future AAP Annual Meeting.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

MMG Fusion Continues to Enhance Its Skill Set - Continues to be a Game Changer

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I’ve been working with MMG Fusion for a while and they continue to impress.  As the graphic above indicates, the MMG stands for “Manage, Market, Grow”.  I think my journey with MMG is a great example of why you should listen and research before making a decision.  The reason I say that is that when I first heard of the company name, I thought it wouldn’t be for me since our office doesn’t do much external marketing.  My first thought was that this was a company that helped practices succeed with massive external marketing campaigns.  I could NOT have been more off in my initial impression.
 
That’s because MMG Fusion pretty much does everything you need to improve the marketing aspect of your practice whether it is external OR internal.  So, let’s take a look at some of the ways MMG can help your practice.
 
Social Media
The term “social media” has become a pretty big buzz term in the business world today.  It seems like every business on the planet is either talking about their social media presence or busily filling their timelines with posts.  The problem with any type of investment in social media is gauging your ROI.  You can push as much info as humanly possible through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and others, but how do you gauge if all of that effort is really worth anything to your practice?
 
MMG is integrated into your practice management software and does ROI tracking.  It displays the revenue stream coming in from your social media presence, along with your conversion percentage and all new patients acquired.  Nifty, right?  Not to mention that a strong social media presence will also affect your rankings in search engines.
 
SEO & Website Analysis
MMG utilizes Conversion Coach to help you analyze your performance and is integrated with your practice management software.  Their conversion Coach platform helps you analyze your performance and is integrated with your practice management software.
 
Reputation Management
The Review Tracker gives you an itemized list of reviews from the top 13 industry specific directory sites with live links for easy access.  Seamlessly integrated with your Practice Management Software, the tool automatically sends an email and text to patients 2 hours after their visit asking for their feedback.  This helps increase positive reviews in Google and Yelp, and to filter out negative information.
 
ChairFill
Thinking and running all the time in the background, ChairFill will automatically grow your patient base and achieve your practice production and revenue goals by:
  • Monitoring available chair-time, ChairFill mines your Million-Dollar Patient Records for the Right kind of patients at the right time;
  • Selectively searching your patient records for the most profitable patients and proactively filling your schedule out in advance;
  • Detecting last minute cancellations and filling those openings in your schedule;
  • At your election, automatically tracking and/or runningyour best performing marketing campaigns to continuously acquire more new patients;
  • Creating a positive brand image, managing your reputation and increasing positive reviews for your practice.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dentrix Needs the Right IT Infrastructure to Support It

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The most popular dental management software, hands down, is Dentrix.  They have more installed users on the planet than any other program.  Because of that fact, I figuring that a lot of you are running Dentrix and are interested in ways to run it quickly and efficiently so that your practice runs the same.  To help further that cause, here are some recommendations from the company that can help you along…
 

A diamond ring can be a symbol of beauty, elegance and class. A common way to display a diamond is on a ring with a prong setting, with metal claws that grip the diamond tightly, holding it in place. You probably wouldn’t buy a spectacular diamond for thousands of dollars — and then mount it with flimsy tin prongs. You want a strong setting that will support your diamond and keep it from falling off. Just like that expensive diamond, your Dentrix software is a significant investment and needs the right IT infrastructure to support it so it will work the way it was designed. Without the right “setting,” your Dentrix G7 upgrade may not work as expected.

Dental software has unique IT needs. Since a local IT company, or your computer-savvy nephew, probably won’t understand those needs, it could take years to train them to effectively support your practice, resulting in frustration and reduced productivity. It is important that your dental software has that strong “setting” from an experienced IT company, like Henry Schein TechCentral. TechCentral has more than 15 years of experience serving the dental and health-care industries with a three-pronged approach to providing IT hardware, support and data protection/preservation.

Prong 1: The Right Hardware
Your upcoming Dentrix G7 upgrade will only be as good as the supporting technology. Your dental practice needs an IT provider who understands how dental software works with your workstations, servers, printers, devices. TechCentral works directly with Dentrix, to pre-configure and test each unique solution to help provide peace of mind that you’re getting the right equipment for your dental environment.

Prong 2: The Right IT Support
How many thousands of dollars would you lose if your computers went down, even for a few hours? TechCentral can help decrease the likelihood and amount of costly downtime issues with support that’s available when you need it. With prompt remote assistance from experienced dental technology professionals, as well as on-site technicians, if needed, TechCentral can help keep your practice running smoothly.

Prong 3: The Right Data Protection
No single defense can protect your patient data completely from computer attacks. Used as part of a comprehensive security plan along with antivirus software, digital dentists should use a firewall. TechCentral provides WatchGuard appliances for an advisable extra layer of data protection. In the event your data is compromised, TechCentral Hybrid Backup Services provides a redundant, remotely managed backup and recovery solution both on a local backup device and in the cloud.

Prong 4: The Right IT Provider
TechCentral lets dentists go back to taking care of patients instead of worrying about technology problems. TechCentral is an end-to-end IT provider specifically for the dental market, delivering the strong “setting” your digital practice requires. Before you upgrade to Dentrix G7, request a free comprehensive technology assessment, to evaluate your equipment and systems and help you identify vulnerabilities and solutions. Visit www.HSTechCentral.com/DentrixG7Shine.

Certain components of the products or services described above are provided by third parties. Henry Schein, Inc. and its affiliates are not responsible for, and expressly disclaim, all liability for damages of any kind arising out of the use of those third party products or services.

 

Author: David Broom, Senior Director of Product Management, Henry Schein TechCentral

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

MouthWatch Donates its TeleDent™ All-in-One Teledentistry Platform to the Little City Community for People with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

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MouthWatch, LLC a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, recently donated its TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry platform as part of a pilot program to expand the access to oral care for the rapidly growing resident population at Little City, an organization providing services for individuals diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Little City has been serving individuals with disabilities on its 56-acre campus located in Palatine, Illinois, since 1959. In June of 2016, Little City Foundation merged with Countryside Association for People with Disabilities. With that merger, Little City now serves over 1,100 individuals each year throughout Cook, DuPage, Lake and McHenry counties in addition to its Palatine campus.

According to MouthWatch CEO and Founder, Brant Herman, “Little City’s Oral Health Education Program was designed to serve some of society’s most vulnerable individuals-- youth, adults, and seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With the recent merger, the foundation must serve hundreds more who need oral care and who live in multiple counties. Teledentistry can help the existing staff Little City’s Oral Health Education Program increase their reach and efficiency to serve more people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

The MouthWatch TeleDent Platform consists of three components; the MouthWatch digital intraoral camera, the ExamTab™ portable LCD monitor and the TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry platform that is a scalable and secure cloud-based software solution that enables both real-time streaming and “store and forward” diagnostic images, videos and documentation, thus enabling the clinician to remotely conduct a patient evaluation and recommend next steps for treatment.

According to Tina Lowry, Director of Health and Wellness Services,” Multiple studies have pointed out that individuals diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk for oral health problems and yet they are the least likely to receive preventative care and follow up treatment. This pilot powered by MouthWatch and its TeleDent teledentistry platform will help us reduce the disparity of oral health care within the Little City community.”

About MouthWatch, LLC:
Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider.

The founders and management team of MouthWatch have relevant backgrounds and successful track records in dentistry, consumer products and communications. Since 2012, this team has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of dentistry. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in introducing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Composite, Anterior, Sculpting, Instruments by Aesthecon

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Here’s an interesting idea to aid in composite resin placement.  The CASI (Composite Anterior Sculpting Instruments) are a set of 2.  They are curved to match the natural contours of the anterior dentition. One is designed for central incisors and the other for lateral incisors.  I especially like the engraved aesthetic ruler that is on the handle.  Makes measuring anterior lengths much easier.

A set is currently on its way to me and I’ll do an evaluation on them.  I’ll report back once I have some hands-on experience.

They are currently available through PacDent.  1-909-839-0888

In the meantime, here’s some info on CASI

 

Developed by Dr. Carlos Sanchez, the CASI instruments are designed to help you be a more efficient and effective practitioner.

• The patented design promotes development of the three facial plane veneer contours on any anterior tooth structures

• Facilitate the contour for both mesial and distal line angles in addition to lingual contours

• Aids in creating matrix free lingual and facial shelves

• Establish global primary tooth anatomy

• The iodized handle makes the tool easy to locate amongst other tools

• Engraved aesthetic ruler offers you multiple tools in the palm in your hand.

• Facilitates restoring Class III, Class IV, & Class V

• Increases efficiency in Anterior Direct Composite Veneer Bonding

• Serves for Retraction Cord Placement

Friday, June 1, 2018

Ultradent Celebrates Red Nose Day Across the United States

 

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Employees of Ultradent Products, Inc., proudly showed their support for Red Nose Day across the country on Thursday, May 24, by donning red noses and handing them out at dental offices they visited to help raise money and awareness for children’s causes. Red Nose Day uses fun and humor to help underserved children in the U.S. and abroad get their next meal, attend proper schooling, gain access to clean water, and more by fundraising through the sale and wearing of red noses. Ultradent supported the cause by purchasing 800 red noses in advance of the fundraiser.

Ultradent’s U.S. Director of Sales and Merchandising, Steve Clark, says, “We’re honored to support Red Nose Day. It’s a fun way for our company to exercise one of our core values: Care. Caring for vulnerable children is one of humanity’s most important duties and we’re proud to help push that cause forward.”

Partner charities of Red Nose Day include the Boys & Girls Club, Charity Water, Children Health Fund, Covenant House, Feeding America, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, National Council of La Raza, Save the Children, and The Global Fund.

To learn more about Ultradent’s humanitarian work, please visit ultradent.com.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Canon EOS with a Rocket

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On April 2nd of this year, I got the once in a lifetime chance to tour the Kennedy Space Center and watch the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket pictured above.  This picture is important to today’s post because it clearly shows what looks like a “garage” in the foreground.  In reality, that is what is called “The Flame Trench”.  It runs in underneath the rocket with openings on either side away from the rocket.  The rocket actually sits on the launch pad, but there is an opening that allows for the flames at ignition to go down into the Flame Trench where they are deflected away so that they don’t damage anything.  As you can imagine, there is a tremendous amount of heat generated at liftoff and The Flame Trench deflects the flame and heat away from the rocket so that it is not damaged.
 
One of the things that I was really amazed by as I got a chance to walk around the launch pad and see things up close, was the number of cameras that professional photographers had received permission to setup.  They were all somehow remote controlled to take photos as the rocket was launched.  You can see a fence in the picture above.  The next photo was taken with my back to that fence and you can see the line of cameras that were set up to capture the launch.
 
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I asked one of our guides if the cameras ever get damaged and was told it happens, but isn’t common.  Usually it comes from a small piece of debris that is kicked up by the thrust (something like a piece of gravel) that strikes a camera (that’s why many of them are in protective boxes or wrapped in protective covers).  Personally I would have thought it would be from the heat, but apparently the pros know where to place the cameras to prevent that from happening.
 
However, like anything in life, Murphy gets to have his say.  At a recent launch, the heat from ignition created a small brush fire.  The good news is that the firefighters at the scene quickly extinguished the small blaze.  The bad news was they did not stop it fast enough to prevent the damage to the Canon 5DS shown in the photo below.  The Canon 5DS is a great DSLR and definitely not cheap.  I hope the photographer had insurance.
 
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The Canon was melted beyond repair, but the photos of the launch DID survive.  Below are a pic of the launch the camera took before the fire and also the last photo the camera took before it was engulfed.  As you can see, in the launch pic, the camera was a fair distance back from the rocket, but you can’t always account for every potential scenario.  This is just a terrible stroke of bad luck.
 
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dental Sleep Guru Dr. Steve Carstensen Joins SleepArchiTx Advisory Board

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SleepArchiTx, the only 360° end-to-end dental sleep program, announced that Steve Carstensen, DDS, FAGD, D.ABDSM, has joined the SleepArchiTx Advisory Board. Dr. Carstensen, well-known as an expert in Dental Sleep Medicine, has been treating sleep apnea and snoring since 1998. He is co-founder of Premier Sleep, a private practice in Bellevue, WA, where he focuses exclusively on dental sleep therapy. He also directs sleep education at the Pankey Institute, is a guest lecturer on dental sleep at Spear Education, and lectures at the University of the Pacific and Louisiana State University Dental Schools.

“I am truly impressed with the comprehensive program that SleepArchiTx has created. I have not found another program that makes it so easy for practitioners to engage with the entire dental sleep process,” Dr. Carstensen stated. “With the ADA’s adoption of a policy on dental treatment of sleep related breathing disorders, now it is more important than ever to have services that can help practitioners with dental sleep,” he added. CEO Alice Limkakeng noted, “We are excited to have Dr. Carstensen on board. Our program will benefit greatly from his expertise as SleepArchiTx continues to bridge the medical and dental gap to enable dental practitioners nationwide to be successful with dental sleep medicine.”

Dr. Carstensen’s credentials include being a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He completed UCLA’s Mini-Residency in Sleep, has held several leadership positions at American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), was Chair of the 2010 American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session, works closely with the ADA on current sleep initiatives and is Editor-in-Chief of Dental Sleep Practice Magazine.


About SleepArchiTx: SleepArchiTx is the first truly comprehensive, turnkey solution for dentists and specialists looking to integrate sleep services into their practice. No other solution makes it simple for dental practitioners to screen patients, receive sleep diagnoses from board-certified sleep physicians through home sleep testing, treat and manage with a portfolio of oral appliances, and get paid with integrated medical billing services. For more information, please contact reachus@sleeparchitx.com, 888-777-3198 or www.sleeparchitx.com.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Academy of Laser Dentistry Installs New President & Officers During Annual Meeting in Orlando

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Raminta Mastis, DDS, to Preside as ALD President from May 2018 to May 2019

The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), the only independent and unbiased non-profit association dedicated to improving patient care with the proper use of laser technology, recently installed Raminta Mastis, DDS, as its president. The announcement was made during the ALD’s recent 25th Anniversary Meeting in Orlando.

Dr. Mastis graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1987. She maintains a private dental practice, Michigan Cosmetic and Laser Dentistry, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She previously served as Co-Chair of Certification and Education Committees, Chair of Laser Safety and Communications Committees, and was the 2014 General & Scientific Sessions Chair of the Annual Meeting. Dr. Mastis has been using lasers since 2000 and has 18 lasers of various wavelengths in her practice. She holds ALD Standard Proficiency certifications in Er:YAG, diode, Er,Cr:YSGG, and CO2 laser wavelengths, and has achieved ALD Advanced Proficiency in the Er:YAG wavelength. In addition to laser dentistry, her practice is focused on implant surgery and restoration, esthetic and cosmetic dentistry, and the integration of advanced technologies into practice. Dr. Mastis also holds ALD Mastership status.

Other Installed ALD Officers for 2018-2019:

The following, newly-installed ALD officers will serve a term that concludes with the installation of a new slate of officers during the ALD 2019 conference in Dallas that will take place April 4-6, 2019:

Mel Burchman, DDS, President-Elect: Dr. Burchman has maintained a private dental practice in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, for 38 years. He has been using lasers for more than 17 years and has 8 lasers in his office. He has served on the Board of Directors for one 3-year term, served as the 2015 General & Scientific Sessions Chairman for the Annual Meeting as well as volunteering his expertise as Certification Committee Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Dr. Burchman has volunteered as a mentor and examiner for more than 15 years. In 2012, he was the honored recipient of the ALD Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Burchman also holds ALD Mastership status.


Ed Kusek, DDS, Treasurer: Dr. Kusek graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1984. He has served as ALD Communications Chair and Testing subcommittee Chair. He holds the titles of Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry and Academy of Laser Dentistry, and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Kusek is in private general practice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Arun Darbar, BDS, DGDP (UK), Secretary: Dr. Arun Darbar is at the forefront of laser dentistry in the United Kingdom and lectures on the subject worldwide. He has been a clinical laser user for nearly 25 years and provides cutting-edge dentistry to his patients. Dr. Darbar is an accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Credentialing Committee. He holds ALD Mastership and Educator status and has served as co-chair of Education and Certification, and International Relations Committees. He is a published author, and some of his concepts in low-level laser therapy (LLLT) data have been published as proceedings of SPIE in 2006, 2007, and 2009/10; WALT 2008 South Africa and 2012 Australia; and in UK dental publications. Dr. Darbar is the first and only laser dentist in the UK to be invited to the House of Lords for a charity fundraiser organized by Lasers for Life. Dr. Darbar maintains a private practice in Leighton Buzzard, UK.

Charles R. Hoopingarner, DDS, Immediate Past President: Dr. Hoopingarner attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH) Dental Branch, graduating with a DDS in 1973. He has maintained a private practice in Houston, Texas, since 1973. He was an adjunct associate professor in anatomical sciences at UTHSCH Dental Branch for 12 years. Currently, he is a member of the adjunct clinical faculty in the Restorative Dentistry Department at UTHSCH and has been a clinical instructor at the Las Vegas Institute for reconstruction and laser dentistry. Dr. Hoopingarner has served on the ALD Board of Directors, has held chairman positions for Regulatory Affairs, Education and General Sessions for the 2013 Conference. He has used dental lasers of various wavelengths as integral parts of his patient care delivery system for the last 12 years. Dr. Hoopingarner holds Advanced and Standard Proficiency certifications in the Er:YAG laser wavelength from the ALD, ALD Mastership status, and has lectured internationally on the safety and use of laser technology in the dental practice.

About the Academy of Laser Dentistry: The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is the only independent and unbiased non-profit association devoted to laser dentistry and includes clinicians, academicians and researchers in all laser wavelengths. The Academy is devoted to clinical education, research, and the development of standards and guidelines for the safe and effective use of dental laser technology. ALD was founded in 1993, with the merging of the International Academy of Laser Dentistry, the North American Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Laser Dentistry. For more information, visit www.LaserDentistry.org.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SICAT Endo 3D Software for Improved Planning and Workflow in Endodontic Treatment.

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Dentsply Sirona is introducing another integrated solution to the dental market ‒ the new SICAT Endo 3D software for improved planning and workflow in endodontic treatment. SICAT Endo also enables you to order special surgical guides for guided endodontic treatment. Advantages of the software: enhanced diagnostics, improved certainty in planning, and optimized accuracy of treatment through the use of surgical guides.


SICAT Endo is the first and only fully integrated and complete 3D solution for the diagnosis and planning of endodontic treatment that also supports clinical implementation with surgical guides. Using the software, all root canals can be easily identified in 3D, and the working length and depth of the access cavity can be determined precisely. Even heavily curved and calcified canals can be diagnosed easily. This process considerably improves the endodontic workflow for practitioners. The user-friendly software has diagnostic advantages for optimal treatment planning ‒ efficient, reliable, with predictable outcomes.


Introducing fusion of 2D images with 3D Data
The combination of high-resolution intraoral 2D X-ray images and the depth information from 3D X-ray data facilitates diagnostics considerably. Thanks to the simultaneous navigation in 2D and 3D, dentists are easily oriented in all dimensions and can concentrate on the root canal to be diagnosed.


SICAT Endo is optimized for 2D and 3D X-ray units and CEREC by Dentsply Sirona. The software is fully integrated in Sidexis 4 with 3D data from Galileos and Orthophos SL units combined with 2D data; including Schick 33 and Schick Elite sensors. No export and manual import of data are required. The integration of optical impressions allows the occlusal surface to be visualized precisely, thus optimizing planning for the access cavity and the exact determination of the working lengths.


Jochen Kusch, Managing Director of SICAT GmbH & Co. KG: “With the SICAT Endo software, we have taken a major step towards the diagnostics, planning, and implementation of endodontic treatment. We developed surgical guides for the opening of the root canal, and this is innovative in the dental market. The specific endodontic tools in the software such as 360° visualization of the root canals, the integration of 2D and 3D views, and the integration of optical impressions for the precise visualization of the occlusal relief are crucial support for practitioners in diagnostics and treatment planning.”


Guided root canal treatment with surgical guides
After identifying and diagnosing all root canals in SICAT Endo, dentists can order a SICAT ACCESSGUIDE surgical guide. The use of the surgical guide for opening the root canal helps make endodontic treatment even more effective, safer, and more precise. The surgical guide enables minimally invasive and efficient preparation of cavity access. SICAT ACCESSGUIDE guides are available for orthograde root canal treatment.

ABOUT SICAT
As a leading innovator in dental industry, SICAT develops and markets 3D-based analysis and planning software, surgical guides, and therapeutic appliances for various dental disciplines, such as implantology, functional dentistry, sleep medicine or endodontology and is a partner for dental practices, clinics, and dental laboratories worldwide. With its wide range of product solutions, SICAT paves the ground for advanced digital dentistry. Multiple data sources like 3D X-ray, optical impressions, jaw movement data and 2D intraoral sensor images can be combined with each other – for increased efficiency and quality of treatment. SICAT was founded in 2004 as a Joint Venture between HICAT GmbH and Sirona Dental Systems GmbH and is based in Bonn, Germany.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Patterson Dental Strengthens Software Portfolio Through Distribution Agreement with SolutionReach

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I’ve been affiliated with SolutionReach as a customer for a few years now.  I’ve always been impressed with the company, their forward thinking philosophies, and their excellent products.  Now comes word from Patterson Dental that the company is partnering with SolutionReach to bring the products to even more offices.  If you are not a SolutionReach client, you owe it to your practice to give them a look.

 

Patterson Dental, a business unit of Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO), today announced a new agreement with Solutionreach, Inc. to distribute and support the company’s portfolio of software products for use in dental practices, starting June 1. Solutionreach’s cloud-based patient relationship management platform will be connected with Patterson Dental’s Eaglesoft and Fuse practice management systems.

Fuse is Patterson Dental’s new cloud practice management solution, designed to centralize all scheduling, patient information and practice data – accessible anywhere and in real time. Eaglesoft has been a premier, on-premise dental practice management solution for over 20 years.  

In this new agreement with Solutionreach, Eaglesoft and Fuse will provide customers with increased efficiency and improved patient communication tools for dental practices using the Solutionreach products.

“Patterson’s relationship with Solutionreach is another example of our continued focus on expanding software alliances that better meet the unique needs of our customers,” said Cecile Schauer, President, Strategic Accounts, Patterson Dental. “Solutionreach is a technology leader in delivering improved patient communication, engagement and satisfaction. We are excited about the opportunities this relationship will deliver to help our mutual customers succeed.” 

By combining the power of both systems, Solutionreach and Patterson Dental provide customers the opportunity to achieve even higher return on their technology investments.

"We're excited that our agreement with Patterson Dental is going to help practices improve patient experience. Practices will not only benefit from the technology, but also the knowledge and expertise from Patterson on how to use it effectively," said Jim Higgins, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Solutionreach.

For more information about Patterson’s Practice Management Services, visit https://www.pattersondental.com/Equipment-Technology/Practice-Management/Services.  

About Patterson Companies Inc.

Patterson Companies Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO) is a value-added distributor serving the dental and animal health markets.

Dental Market
Patterson’s Dental segment provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and value-added services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America.

Animal Health Market
Patterson’s Animal Health segment is a leading distributor of products, services and technologies to both the production and companion animal health markets in North America and the U.K.

About Solutionreach

Solutionreach is revolutionizing the healthcare experience for providers and their patients. Through its market-leading patient relationship management platform, Solutionreach supports higher patient satisfaction and loyalty, greater efficiency, and ultimately, stronger healthcare organizations. Solutionreach partners with more than 25,000 provider organizations in numerous specialties. Learn more at www.solutionreach.com.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dentsply Sirona Lab Announces the Launch of inLab SW 18.0

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Dentsply Sirona Lab, the newly created business unit, has launched inLab SW 18.0 as of April 2018. This new software has optimized the functional scope and handling of the CAD and CAM software for an even wider range of applications and more efficient production procedures in the dental laboratory. All inLab software application modules benefit from the innovations.


Bensheim/Salzburg, 16 May 2018. The success of a CAD/CAM workflow in the dental laboratory is essentially a software question. The software should cover a wide spectrum of indications and functions and simultaneously work in a user-friendly way. These are the characteristics that will prove the value of the latest inLab SW 18.0 update across the board.


New uses – More design options
The previous model design has been improved, so that now full-arch models with removable dies and models with implant analogs can be constructed, including a separate gingival mask for any kind of model. Different articulator systems can be put in and the model can be marked individually. The completed model data for production can be provided with a 3D-printer or in central production via the optional STL interface.
In the area of implant restorative solutions, inLab is the first program to offer the option to design multilayer gingival bridges for the production of highly esthetic, directly attached implants with a gingival section. The structure with the gingival section can be separated from the veneer structure for production from different materials, and the veneer structure can be processed as one piece, split into individual crowns, or made from a combination of the two depending on the esthetic goal.
A special feature of the current inLab SW is the new “1:1 Copy Mode”. Using this additional copy function, all geometries of a restoration can be copied exactly in accordance with the original and transferred – ideally for large bridges and implants with a gingival section, when, for instance, any adjustments to long-term temporary solutions are transferred into the final restoration. This saves dental technicians an enormous amount of time and they can take over any attachment geometries 1:1.
“We have significantly expanded and upgraded the inLab SW 18.0 especially where it can efficiently support the dental laboratory and where it guarantees more ease of use,” summarizes Jörg Haselbauer, Product Manager for CAD/CAM Laboratory Software at Dentsply Sirona. “This pertains to gingival elements for bridges and for choosing original attachment geometries for slide attachments. Additionally, the revised administration phase now offers the user – in a clearly organized overview on a screen – an intelligent tool for quickly and accurately positioning and managing restorations and flexible adjustment options during the design phase.”


Lab-to-lab workflow with Dentsply Sirona
For the first time, an inLab laboratory can transfer scan or restoration data quickly and safely to another inLab laboratory and receive it back again via the Sirona Connect Portal to make optimal use of construction and production capacities, for example. This new function also simplifies access to the patient-specific solutions from Atlantis directly from the inLab SW – for the design and manufacture of implant abutments and suprastructures by Dentsply Sirona.


Inclusive inLab CAM software update
The inLab SW 18.0 update includes the inLab CAD SW 18 and the inLab CAM SW 18.0. The new CAM software supports the inLab MC X5 and inLab MC XL production units with optimized workflows. The new archiving function, the option to reuse material, a simplified pin tool, and other improvements in the details boost efficiency and safety when using machines on a daily basis. The new tool status display reliably informs the user about the status of the tool’s wear and tear when using validated materials. Additional materials from Dentsply Sirona and others are also integrated and validated in inLab CAM, such as Cercon ht, Cercon xt, Lucitone 199, Wax Disc, Multilayer PMMA, Shaded PMMA, Burnout PMMA Disc and Celtra Duo.


Digital Denture Milling
The Lab SBU is pleased to announce that the inLab MC X5 milling machine has been cleared for launch—supporting the milling of digital dentures. The inLab MC X5 has been a dependable solution for producing bonded dentures using the Lucitone 199 digital denture disc, Portrait IPN denture teeth, and HIPA as a bonding system. This unit is part of the Dentsply Sirona Digital Denture system (equipment and materials) and has been qualified to be compatible with denture workflows using the engineered by AvaDent design engine.

The inLab SW 18.0 update is available to currently inLab commercial dental lab customers by registering on the Software Downloads page at www.dentsplysirona.com/inlab.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Brasseler USA® Expands its Popular Feather Lite™ Family of Polishers

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New Shapes Added to the Dialite® LD
(Lithium Disilicate) and Dialite® ZR (Zirconia) Polishing Systems

SAVANNAH, GA (May 15, 2018) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to expand upon its popular Feather Lite™ family of polishers by adding all new shapes to its Dialite® LD (Lithium Disilicate) and Dialite® ZR (Zirconia) Polishing Systems.

These new shapes are the latest addition to both the Dialite LD and Dialite ZR intra-oral and extra-oral polishing lines. These all-inclusive polishing solutions expand the line to provide even more options when adding final touches to ceramic restorations.

Intended to be used as the final polish for all ceramic restorations, Dialite Feather Lite Polishing Systems are two-step systems that feature the latest in Brasseler USA instrumentation innovation. Flexible yet durable diamond-impregnated rubber polishing spirals easily adapt to any surface, leaving behind an enamel-like finish while preserving each unique surface differentiation on ceramic materials, including zirconia and lithium disilicate.

These unique flexible spirals are designed to separate and “feather” out on all ceramic restorations to polish hard-to-reach areas, such as posterior and occlusal regions, leaving behind a complete, finished surface area. Using Feather Lite polishers as a final polish will provide patients a well-polished restoration that will resist the formation of plaque, calculus and staining.


For more information about the entire Feather Lite family of polishers as well as all of Brasseler USA’s product and service solutions for dental, hygiene, and laboratory professionals, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.