Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

As is my tradition, I won't be putting up a tech post today.

Today is when we should think about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us.

So I will say thank you to all of those people who laid down their lives for myself and those I love.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

USB Cufflinks

When you travel and need your laptop, the biggest disaster that can happen is your laptop bag is stolen. Of course, THAT is where your backup is right? Admit it!

But with these clever devices, the backup is always on you and can't be stolen unless someone takes the shirt right off your back!

They are available here and could really save you if you bag is ever lost.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Impressions after the Deka Laser Experience

I've been lecturing on lasers for about 10 years now. I love teaching the science and the nuances beneath the sales pitches and sales literature. Lasers are amazing devices and they are changing the practices of doctors who use them and patients who receive the treatment.

The Deka unit performed admirably. It is a CO2 unit which has an affinity for water and bone, but it's first and foremost a soft tissue laser. It comes with a variety of handpieces and tips that allow fairly easy access to anywhere in the oral cavity. It is a "non-contact" laser which means you don't have to touch the tissue to get results. You can affect the tissue from a fairly good distance away.

The unit comes with a fully adjustable firmware package that lets you set the laser to pre-programmed settings or to use your own. It even offers a pulsed mode vs. continuous wave.

I watched a frenectomy, biostimulation of inflamed tissue, and a treatment of perio pockets.

After the observation, we cut on some pig jaws so that I could get the feel of it. It was a short learning curve for me so we moved into live patient treatment. I performed a maxillary frenectomy in less than 5 minutes with no bleeding and only 9mg lidocaine with .0045mg epi.

If you are looking for a soft tissue laser that can perform a variety of soft tissue procedures quickly, then give the folks at Deka a call.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Deka Smart US20D CO2 Laser

Being the diehard I am, I'm starting out the Memorial Day Weekend with a course on the Deka Smart US20D CO2 Laser. Later this morning I'll be at the office of my good buddy Dr. Terry Myers in Belton, MO for a lecture and hands-on time with the device.

If you follow my Twitter feed, I'll try to send out some pics of what we're doing...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sopro LIFE Evaluation is Complete

Since mid-February I've been using and tinkering with Acteon's SoproLIFE caries detection system. The device received FDA approval in January 2010, so I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to use it.

  1. A nice 2 in 1 device that features visual caries detection and an intraoral camera in the same unit. Simply pushing a button shifts it from detection to I/O camera and back again.
  2. The clinical images are impressive. In both modes the photos are clear. Acteon makes great intraoral cameras with superb optics.
  3. Caries detection is reliable with glowing red being seen where decay is present.
  4. Use during treatment is predictable. The device has an adjustment for the focal length so that the depth of field is clear when working in proximal boxes or deep carious lesions. Using the device to check for caries during prepping is faster and more reliable than caries detector solutions.
  5. The images can be saved so that areas can be monitored over time if the doctor chooses remineralization therapy.

  1. While the fluorescence images are nice, the device does not have the ability via software to produce "weather radar" maps of decay.
  2. The capture button on the device is actually an area where you swipe a finger to freeze and capture. I've found this to be a bit touchy which means I usually end up taking some pictures that have no value. They are easy to delete, but it would be nice if they didn't get taken to begin with.


A strong product which performs as advertised. Having 2 cameras in one is a big plus. Patient education would be easier with the "weather radar", but patients can still understand the images. If you are in the market for a caries detection system, you should put Acteon's Sopro LIFE on your list to check out.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

DentLight Nano Undergoing Clinical Testing

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For the next few weeks, I'll be using and evaluating the DentLight Nano LED light. It is a high powered LED that can be mounted to your operating telescopes or to a headband.

For regular readers, you know how passionate I am about LED's in general. It is a light emitting diode world and they are only getting better and more plentiful. The time will come in the not too distant future when the incandescent bulb goes the way of the 8-Track tape.

The Nano is incredibly light and incredibly bright. That's a combination that makes it intriguing to say the least. It also comes with 2 battery packs that are slim and light, but can power the light for an entire day.

While not as bright as my Orascoptic Zeon Discovery, I'm looking forward to putting it through it's paces and see how it works for me. The stats for the device are listed below.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

GPS Overhaul is on Its Way - With an 8 Billion Dollar Price Tag

The GPS (Global Positioning System) has become a little like air or sunshine these last few years... so common and ubiquitous that you don't even think about it. The other day, I got in the Tahoe and it took about 1 minute before the system could lock onto the satellites and I remember thinking, "This is taking forever. What is going on?"

We've all (or most of us) have become so reliant on the system that we don't even think about it. Cell phones, cars, UPS, even the watch I wear when I run can access the satellites for instant location services.

Now the system is getting an upgrade that will make it much more accurate and much more reliable. It will cost 8 billion dollars, but when you really think about what it does, the world cannot do without it.

For a great article on the service and the upgrade, check out this article in the LA Times.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pandora Handheld Comes to Market... but Why?

Here's a photo of the open source Pandora handheld. Supposedly you'll be able to purchase one of these soon. My question is... Why?

I mean I love Pandora. I listen at the office, at home, and other places. That should be an indication. Pandora is pretty much everywhere already isn't it? I have a Pandora app on my iPod touch. There's even a Pandora app for my Palm Pre for crying out loud.

The point is, when you can already get Pandora on almost any mobile platform available, do you really need a Pandora specific device? While I applaud the innovation (I'm a gadget guy after all), this just looks to me like a solution looking desperately for a problem.

I'd love to have one to tinker with, but I won't be in line to purchase.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

White iPhone on the Horizon?

Although I can't confirm anything, because after all it's Apple and who can really ever confirm an Apple rumor? Website is showing a white iPhone that is supposedly the next version of iPhone (4.0) that is due to be announced in a couple of weeks.

Is it real? Hard to say, but it sure looks real. Of course with photoshop, anything can.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Curve Dental Founder, Matt Dorey, Launches Blog, “Why I Bleed Orange”

I've been fortunate to know the people at Curve Dental. Some before Curve was ever dreamed of and some after the company was founded. What I've discovered is a group of really good people who are singly committed to the cause of bringing a web based dental software to the market. Being a small company, Curve Dental dental works a little differently than a large company. That major thing that means in a difference in culture. Here's the latest press release to give you a better idea of what I mean:

New blog documents the whiz kid entrepreneur’s journey to revolutionize dental software

OREM, UT—Curve Dental, developers of Web-based dental software announced the launch of Why I Bleed Orange, the personal blog of Matt Dorey, the company’s Founder and Managing Director. The blog’s address is

“The purpose of my blog is to provide transparency in our goal to revolutionize dental software,” said Dorey. “Through my posts I hope doctors will be able to see deep down inside and understand what I’m doing. As a person, I avoid corporate speak and instead try to deliver the real deal. My journey is an entrepreneurial journey; dentists are small business owners and they may be surprised by how easily they’ll relate to my experiences.”

Dorey’s blog is a personal journal chronicling his travels, meetings, observations, and discussions with dental professionals from all over. “I travel all across North America and spend a lot of time in dental practices visiting with doctors and staff,” said Dorey. “I’ve been honored to eat dinner with the family, spend a night in the guest bedroom and experience the dentists’ needs, stuff you won’t get by sending a customer survey every year.” The title of the blog, Why I Bleed Orange, references Curve Dental’s choice in corporate colors.

Curve Dental plans to launch a company blog that will involve all of the company’s employees, include guest writers from key opinion leaders within the dental profession and provide company announcements and news. Every employee will be given the opportunity to contribute to the blog. The company is also working on a Facebook page. The company blog and Facebook page will be launched in June 2010. The company has a Twitter account and frequently posts messages on Dental Town.

About Curve Dental, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Curve Dental provides web-based dental software and related services to dental practices within the United States and Canada. With Web-based software, the dental practice can improve efficiencies, increase productivity and realize work and lifestyle goals due to the software’s flexibility. The company is privately-held, headquartered in Orem, Utah with offices in Calgary, Canada and Dunedin, New Zealand. Dentists can call 888-910-4376 or visit for more information.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sirona Dental Systems Celebrates 25 Years of CAD/CAM Excellence and Leadership

It seems like only yesterday that I was in dental school hearing one of my last fixed prosthetics lectures. The professor was talking about this machine that was being tested in Germany that could take pictures of teeth and then mill out a porcelain restoration. I remember him saying, "We don't know for sure, but there may come time before you retire that you won't need to take an impression." My first thought was "I've got to get one of those!"

Well, here it is 25 years later and the concept of digital impressions has been a reality for a very long time. To mark this momentous occasion, Sirona is hosting a big shindig to say Happy 25th Birthday CEREC. Read on for details:

CEREC® 25th Anniversary Celebration (C25) will be held August 26 – 28th
at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Charlotte, NC (May 20, 2010) - Sirona Dental Systems, LLC is celebrating the 25-year anniversary of its CEREC® CAD/CAM system with a three-day CAD/CAM extravaganza geared toward all dental and laboratory professionals.

The milestone CEREC 25th Anniversary Celebration (C25) will take place August 26 – 28th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Participants can earn up to 18 CE credits while enjoying CAD/CAM-focused workshops, premium entertainment, and plenty of memorable celebrations among luxurious accommodations provided by Caesars Palace.

Following Sirona’s “CAD/CAM for Everyone” philosophy, the CEREC 25th Anniversary program offers an extensive list of CAD/CAM courses for the entire dental team. Programs include clinical techniques, practice management, marketing, hygiene, and hands-on workshops. The celebration is open to all who want to advance their CAD/CAM education and experience. Attendees can also explore the C25 exhibit hall showcasing top dental companies and their products and services.

Sirona plans to present a “who's who” of digital dentistry during the CEREC 25th Anniversary. An outstanding educational curriculum will be taught by the most prominent lecturers in the dental and lab community, including:

Dr. Gordon Christensen
Dr. Rella Christensen
Dr. Dennis Fasbinder
Mr. Jim Glidewell
Dr. Paul Homoly
Mr. Imtiaz Manji
Dr. Edward A. McLaren
Prof. Dr. Albert Mehl
Dr. Mark Morin
Prof. Dr. Werner H. Mörmann
Mr. Bill Mrazek
Dr. Sameer Puri
Mr. Matt Roberts
Dr. David Roessler
Dr. Frank Spear
Mr. Ingo Zimmer, and many more!

Celebrity entertainment includes appearances by Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner, the Second City Comedy Troupe, and five-time Emmy® Award winning comedian and actor Dennis Miller.

Attendees are also invited to celebrate in style at the sophisticated WHITE PARTY taking place at Pure Nightclub on Saturday night. The WHITE PARTY promises to be the hottest dental event of the decade! An “Entertainment-Only Pass” is also available for a spouse or guest who chooses to attend social events only.

“Attendees have the opportunity to build long-lasting business relationships and join thousands of fellow CEREC and inLab® owners and educators by registering now for this once-in-a-lifetime event,” remarked Michael Augins, President of Sirona Dental Systems. “The C25 celebration is slated to be a great place for additional CAD/CAM education provided by the best in our field, as well as a great open communication forum for Sirona, our colleagues, clients, associates, and other professionals who hold the same interests. This event is intended for everyone, just as one of our top goals in the past 25 years has been providing accessible CAD/CAM for everyone.”

Moreover, doctors and laboratories are encouraged to take advantage of special early registration packages:

Register in the months of May and/or June and receive Thursday (Aug. 26) night free at Caesars with full-price tuition
Sign up in May & June: Bring along 2 staff/lab personnel members at regular tuition rate and get 1 staff member free!
For more information and/or to register for Sirona’s CEREC 25th Anniversary Celebration, please log onto, or call 877-360-6275.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Genius Announced USB-Charged Portable Speakers

Genius is the kind of company that makes great niche products. The kind of things we all could use, but we don't always realize it. Then we see the product and say "where has that been all my life?" This latest announcement from the company comes just as summer is about to start. Now that we're all carrying digital music, it's great to have a way to share it with others at barbecues and the pool.

MIAMI (May 19, 2010)– Genius (, a brand division of KYE Systems Corp., today announced new additions to the company’s extensive line of speaker systems, the SP-i150 and SP-i160 Portable Speakers with eight hours of built-in battery life and a 1.25 inch metal driver for greater sound than the average laptop.

The Genius SP-i150 portable speaker has a flying saucer design that’s fashionable and easy to carry. The SP-i160 model has an adjustable design to expand the sound field. Both models include up to eight hours of battery life and are easily charged by any PC or Notebook’s USB port. No power adapter is needed to enjoy music at home or on the go, making these small but powerful speakers perfect for upcoming summer outdoor activities!

The SP-i150 and SP-i160 Portable Speakers may be used with a notebook, Netbook, iPod, MP3/MP4 player, and CD player with a 3.5mm audio plug. The SP-i160 model includes a mini jack converter that can be used with audio devices with a 2.5mm socket as well. Features for the SP-i150 and SP-i160 Portable Speakers also include a LED power/charging indicator, a quick-charge USB cable and a travel pouch. Both models are available in black or white and attractively priced at MSRP USD $24.90 (SP-i150) and $29.90 (SP-i160).
The speakers begin shipping in May. Interested shoppers can go to New,, Tiger Direct,, or for more information on the entire line of Genius speaker systems and other retailers and distributors please visit:

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I can remember back in the day when having access to a couple of weeks of your schedule on your then state of the art Palm Pilot was a huge deal. Now with the continual growth in mobile access on multiple devices, it's no longer just a static screen you can look at... you can access tons of your data while on the go. Dentrix made a big splash at the CDA this last weekend with the official release of Dentrix Mobile. This product is designed to keep doctors and staff in contact with the practice from anywhere and with almost any mobile device, including the iPad.

I got a demo on Sunday and came away impressed. Here are the all the details:

With new Dentrix tool, doctors can see appointment schedules
and patient details when out of the office

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 14, 2010 – Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, announced today the launch of Dentrix Mobile, a remote access tool that allows dentists to view their appointment schedules and patient information from their smartphones and mobile devices. Launched at CDA Spring in Anaheim, Dentrix Mobile is a new feature of the Dentrix G4 practice management system that provides dentists who are away from their practice secure access to the schedules of all their practice providers and patients, as well as important patient details such as prescriptions and medical alerts.
Dentrix Mobile runs on the latest smartphones and mobile devices, including BlackBerry®, iPhone™, iPad™, Palm Pre™ and Android™.
“Dentrix Mobile offers dentists a secure way to view schedule and patient information needed to manage their practice while out of the office,” said Kevin Bunker, Vice President and General Manager of Henry Schein Practice Solutions. “When a patient calls a dentist at home or anywhere else outside of the practice to schedule emergency treatment, the doctor can quickly check the open schedules for all providers in real time from their smartphone or Apple iPad.”
Dentrix Mobile can also be used to verify patient information when dentists receive emergency, after-hours calls for prescriptions. “Dentrix Mobile eliminates a common frustration for dentists who cannot immediately recognize if the individual calling to request a prescription is a current patient or not,” Bunker said. “With Dentrix Mobile, dentists can enter the caller’s name and verify the patient contact information and prescriptions within seconds.”

Dentrix Mobile’s security protection involves password-protected access to the information stored on secure Dentrix Web servers managed by Henry Schein Practice Solutions. Dentists use their smartphone or mobile device to access the server in the same way they use a Web browser to conduct their online banking or purchasing.
“Since no patient information is stored on the mobile device itself, dentists do not have to worry about anyone accessing confidential information if their device is lost.” Bunker said. “Any data viewed with Dentrix Mobile is erased the second the mobile Web browser is closed.”
Dentrix Mobile is available to Dentrix G4 users on a current Dentrix Customer Service Plan at no additional cost. To learn more about Dentrix Mobile call 1-800-DENTRIX or visit

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

ioSafe Review is Complete... Buy One!

For the past month or so, I've been using and tinkering with the ioSafe USB Hard Drive. This device is like having an M1A1 Abrams Tank under your desk. You've never felt an external hard drive like this before. It feels sturdy... like it's an industrial product. Of course that's because this thing is made to survive almost anything mother nature can throw at it. It is waterproof to 10 feet for 3 days in fresh or salt water. It's also fireproof to 1550 degrees F for 30 minutes.

The device is heavy, due to all its protective gear, and even comes with a connector for a cable lock. It also has pre-drilled holes on the base that allow you to bolt it down if you'd like to make sure it doesn't move during a disaster.

The company has put these devices through severe testing to make sure the devices do what they claim. Try searching ioSafe at Youtube and see what people have done to these. Here is a small sample...

Setup is a breeze. If you can plug in an AC cord and a USB cable, you're done!

This is one of the smartest devices I've had a chance to review. I'm still continuing my usual meticulous backup routine and a portable hard drive still leaves the office with me and the day's data is on it. However, it is a huge addition to know the ioSafe is sitting in the office doing scheduled backups even when I'm not there. On Thursday when I left for the CDA, there were still patients being seen, radiographs and photos being taken, 3D scans being done. All of those were backed up in my absence and would have been there had any disaster happened.

Kudos to the gang at ioSafe for this amazing product. As I type this, my feet are resting against the large shipping box marked "ioSafe" that arrived today. I'm installing one in my home this evening to keep all my photos and music secure from disaster. If you want to make sure you still have your stuff... buy an ioSafe. This device is highly recommended.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Impressions from the CDA Meeting in Anaheim

Well, the CDA meeting is now in the history books and I'm back in the Land of Oz again. This year's CDA was a big success with lots of attendees and tons of booth traffic. At this meeting, I was in the Gendex booth talking to folks about the tremendous benefits of 3D cone beam technology and the Gendex GXCB-500HD in particular.

Traffic on both Friday and Saturday was very good. Vendors I spoke with reported very good traffic and the aisles were consistently filled until closing both days. Sunday was less well attended, but the show was only open from 9-2.

Lots of innovation is taking place in dentistry. I saw a demo of the new Dentrix Mobile that allows a secure way to access lots of practice info over the web via a portable device. It's more than getting a peek at your schedule, Dentrix mobile allows your iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, etc to access certain types of info via a secure Internet connection.

Guru patient education software has changed greatly and is offering lots of new animations as well as lots of ways for doctors to use Guru, including an "al la carte" menu that let's the doctor choose & pay for only the animations they want. Guru has continued to evolve since its early days and now even offers the option of running it "in the cloud" so that all animations come in over the Internet with no need to install software. It's this type of forward thinking that keeps Guru at the leading edge of patient education.

DoctorBase is also adding new features such as their Panda software to help you keep in touch with your patients.

I saw lots of programs touting integration with the iPad and more cloud computing is on the way. Curve Dental is continuing to expand their online cloud computing model and will soon have an amazing announcement about something that every office needs and it will be... free.

So, that about wraps it up. Thanks to everyone at CDA who was nice enough to spend some time with me explaining their products.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Surprise! Data is the Killer App

I've wanted a wireless data connection for as long as I've had a wireless device. In fact, I've used and continue to use data more than voice... for years.

In recent commercials for Sprint, CEO Dan Hesse has talked about competitors "all in one" plan being for calls only. Sprint, of course, is offering a similar plan that includes data as well.

Hesse says, and I'm not surprised, that data is more than half of all wireless traffic on all carriers. It's a wireless world, rock on!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Gendex GXS-700 Sensors - An Imaging Dream Come True

As an adjunct to yesterday's afternoon post, The GXS-700 sensors from Gendex are now officially available. I've been lucky enough to be using the sensors on a daily basis for a couple of weeks now (ah the benefits of being the Gendex poster-boy!) I can tell you from personal experience that there is no better image on the market! The straight USB connection with no box is great and makes things streamlined.

Despite the fact that I have several different brands of sensors in my office, the rest are now gathering dust as the staff fights/waits over the use of the GXS-700's.

If you are in the market for a digital sensor solution, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Gendex. This is a homerun product that truly provides images that are second to none.

Friday, May 14, 2010

The New Gendex GXS-700 Sensors Have Arrived!

For the past couple of weeks I've had the unique honor of being the only dental office on the planet to be using the new GXS-700 sensors. They have an amazing quality that truly has to be seen to be believed. Here is the info from the Gendex press release:

Gendex introduces the all-new GXS-700™ intraoral sensors, designed to make migrating from film, or upgrading an existing digital system, easier than ever.

Des Plaines, IL (May 14, 2010) Gendex today unveils the GXS-700 intraoral sensors at the California Dental Association Meeting in Anaheim. As the eighth generation digital sensor from Gendex, the GXS-700 system comes from a strong lineage of imaging excellence, raising the performance bar for other digital sensors. From enhanced image acuity and improved patient comfort, to portability, ease-of-use and product sustainability, these new sensors underscore the company’s desire and commitment to help advance dental practices with innovative and affordable solutions.

“Enhancing image quality to elevate diagnostic capabilities was our highest priority in the design of the GXS-700 sensors,” states Matt Reintjes, Vice President of Sales for Gendex. The sensor’s advanced CMOS sensor technology delivers over 20 visible line pairs per mm, and its small 19.5μm pixel size highlights the smallest details and emphasizes distinctions in density. The result: Brilliant high-resolution images.
Offering the flexibility to meet the needs of all patients in the practice, the GXS-700 system is available in two ergonomically designed sizes suited for both children and adults. Rounded corners and smooth edge finishes comfortably fit the anatomical shape of the mouth. In addition, the durable materials and components used in the manufacture of this product increase its life span.
Destined to become the dental office’s radiographic ‘Workflow Wonder,’ the GXS-700 sensors were engineered for smooth integration into practice management systems. As an additional time-saver, the unique ‘Always Ready’ technology automatically recognizes the presence of radiation; there’s no need to initiate image capture through the software. Plus, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity offers optimum portability—without controllers, adapters, or docking stations. The sensor simply plugs directly into USB 2.0 port on the computer for speed and efficiency.
Dr. John Flucke, Technology Editor of Dental Products Report, notes that his initial reaction was “WOW!” He adds, “We were the first dental office on the planet to use this system in a live clinical situation and the entire staff marveled as the images appeared on the screen. Gendex has just raised the bar dramatically for digital radiography”.

Gendex, known for its reliable, innovative, and affordable imaging equipment, offers a wide variety of solutions for both general dentists and specialists. The company’s strong history in x-ray manufacturing, along with a deep dedication to deliver products that exceed the needs of dental professionals, have earned Gendex recognition as a global leader. Learn more about the full line of Gendex products at
Contact: Jackie Raulerson

Greetings from the CDA Meeting in Anaheim - Come Say Hello at the Gendex Booth

For the next three days, I'll be at the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim. This is a great meeting with fantastic weather, great exhibitors, and Disneyland right next door. In my free time I'll be taking a peak at the exhibits to see the latest and greatest dentistry has to offer.

Of course, you can count on reading about it here. I've got plenty of ways to send out photos, Tweets, and blog posts. So if you can't make it to the meeting, you can experience part of it here.

And if you ARE at the meeting, stop by the Gendex booth #2118 and say hello. I'll be there all weekend and would love to see old friends and make new ones.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

DENTALCOMPARE Completes BPA Worldwide Initial Interactive Audit

SHELTON, CT — 05/10/10 — Dentalcompare, an online dental buyer’s guide found at, has completed its first BPA Worldwide interactive audit.

Glenn J. Hansen, BPA Worldwide CEO and President, praised Dentalcompare for voluntarily opening its records to independent verification and documentation of its data. Hansen pointed out that the Web site audit benefits both advertisers and sites. A BPA Interactive audit provides advertisers with assurance that the sites they choose to invest in deliver the traffic they claim including metrics on page impressions, user sessions, unique browsers and frequencies, and page and user session durations.

“Dentalcompare’s ability to utilize the Web as a communications and advertising medium is evident,” he said. “By demonstrating their belief in the value of audited traffic, they have given a vote of confidence to the future of interactive advertising.”

“Dentalcompare has always been highly transparent thanks to our own internal traffic audit and tracking systems,” said Eric McGovern, General Manager of Dentalcompare. “This 3rd party audit by BPA Worldwide further substantiates the metrics we have used to evaluate and determine our success in the dental marketplace.”

Dentalcompare’s audited traffic data will be available through the BPA Interactive tool or the publisher by emailing

BPA Worldwide:
Founded in 1906, American Business Media is the association of business information providers, delivering business intelligence to industry professionals worldwide, including Madison Avenue, Wall Street and the Beltway. Its 300 plus member companies reach an audience of more than 100 million professionals and represent nearly 6,000 print and online titles and over 1,000 trade shows, with well over $26 billion in annual revenues.

For more information, please contact:
Glenn Schutz

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Iron Man USB Drive

Sometimes you see something and it just grabs you... and for me, this is one of those products. When I was a boy, my favorite super hero was Iron Man. I read the comics and dreamed of one day being Tony Stark. Of course like doesn't always turn out the way you want it to, so instead of being a gazillionaire industrial genius, I work in spit for a living.

But... I can still dream and this little gadget can help me. The picture is the Iron Man jump drive. You remove the little guy's head and there is a USB connector under the helmet. You just plug it into your USB port and you're ready to backup and/or transport data.

Even better is that this little gizmo can pack some serious storage. It's available in sizes up to 16GB for $59.99 That's a ton of storage that will fit in your pocket!

If you're interested check out Tyme Machines where you can also order similar drives featuring some of your favorite Star Wars characters. By the way, in a battle who would win... Darth Vader or Iron Man... discuss.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cosmedent Composite Continuum

I research and test composites and curing devices on a regular basis. I can tell you from personal experience that there is much more to placing these restorations than you could ever imagine. To that end, Dr. Corky Willhite and Cosmedent are putting on a composite continuum. Three weekends of education that will give you more information on composites than you knew existed!

Here are the details:


January, 28 2010

401 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Telephone: (312) 644-9586
Fax: (312) 644-9752

CONTACT: Kay O’Malley
(312) 644-9586


A three part continuum on freehand composite bonding will be presented by Dr. Corky Willhite at The Center for Esthetic Excellence (CEE) in downtown Chicago. Everything you need to know about direct resin technique is covered in this 3-part continuum from “A” (case selection) to “Z” (how to maintain the beauty of your restoration for many years). Part I will be held on September 16-17-18, 2010, Part II on October 14-15-16, 2010, and Part III on November 4-5-6, 2010. For more information or to register for the most helpful anterior bonding course in the country, call us at 800-837-2321 or visit the CEE at

Monday, May 10, 2010

Toshiba Feels Netbooks aren't Dead - Prepares World's Lightest

The iPad was supposed to be the death knell of the netbook computer. In case you don't know, a netbook is a stripped down laptop, usually small in size, with good battery life and is used mainly for connecting to the Internet. They've been popular for about 2 years now with road warriors, but have never really caught on with mainstream users.

A lot of pundits said the iPad was a much better solution and that soon netbooks would be dinosaurs. However, Toshiba must not have heard the news as they are preparing to release the lightest netbook the world has ever seen.

It's weight is rumored to be less than 2 pounds and it will sport a 13 inch screen. There will also be a 512GB SSD (Solid State Drive - no moving parts to drain the battery) and ports featuring the new standard USB 3.0

Those features all sound pretty cool, but what really intrigues me about this device is the rumor of the battery. Supposedly it will come with a SCIB (Super Charged ion Battery) which can really pull a fast charge. It's said that the battery can charge to 90% of its capacity by being plugged into an AC outlet for 10 minutes!

This device is intriguing due to all the current interest in the iPad. I'm anxious to see if this device sells because I'd love to then see more devices with the SCIB technology. Imagine being able to charge all your devices in 10 minutes!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Google Overhaul is Coming Wednesday

Google will be rolling out an update on Wednesday and to commemorate it they are also changing the logo a bit by doing away with the shadowing. I must confess that I've always like the shadowing and think the new one looks stark and dull, but it's not my decision now, is it?

The Google site overhaul will basically give lots of options down the left hand side of the search page that will tie in other potential points of interest with whatever the search topic happens to be.

This is the first serious overhaul that Google has done in some time. However, it may not seem so new to some as Google has been using the new design in beta with some users for almost a year.

They have said the rollout will be done over time, so you may not see it immediately, but you will. Google does not take changing their design and layout lightly so I'm anxious to see how much more usability the site provides me.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

DentalEZ Everlight Test Begins on Monday

As regular readers know, I'm a huge fan of LED's. The death knell of incandescent bulbs has sounded and at some time in the not too distant future, they will join the ranks of 8-tracks and VHS as technologies that were state of the art, but passed by with better options.

When I built the new facility in 2008, I was already looking forward to mobile LED's mounted on my Orascoptic 4.8 TTL surgical telescopes. I've since combined them with the Discovery LED that has 7000 foot candles of brightness. Because of that, I chose not to equip the operatories that mainly work out of with overhead track lights as the Discovery, at 7000 foot candles, is much brighter than a track light.

However, I did own 3 track lights in the old office and it seemed a waste to just throw them away. So I moved them and had them installed in our 3 hygiene operatories. My thought process being that not all of our hygienists use auxiliary lighting and would benefit from the track lights.

Now starting Monday, super hygineist Nikki will begin using the Everlight from DentalEZ. I know that no matter how hard I evangelize about a light on the end of your nose, many practitioners will be more comfortable with a track light. Nikki was using a very old Pelton & Crane unit, but will now be working under the blazing light of 12 high power LED's. The unit was installed on Friday and I'm really excited to see the difference between the old yellowish incandescent bulb and the new bright white LED's.

The Everlight is green, using 70% less energy than halogen lights and is economical since the lights last 6 times longer. This new evolution of a standard piece of dental equipment is one of those things that really gets me excited to evaluate. I'll be reporting back on our experiences.

Here is the lowdown from DentalEZ:

DentalEZ is the first in the U.S. to design an operating light with 100% true direct LED technology. EverLight enables you to work with more precise, direct light without the need for reflectors or fans. Plus, it’s cool, quiet, and environmentally friendly.
• Natural daylight illumination provides clearer oral cavity visibility
• 9 color/intensity settings to meet all your operative needs, including color matching
• Consumes 70% less energy than halogens; lowers bills
• Lasts 10 times longer than halogens
• Available in six mounting options
• Revolutionary, affordable LED technology

Proper lighting is only as good as its positioning. The optimal position of EverLight for a supine patient is directly above the patient’s mouth for mandibular and maxillary. Whenever possible, the light should be in the patient’s mid-saggital plane directly above or slightly behind the patient’s oral cavity. A good guide for proper lighting is to keep the light and eye lines within 15º degrees of each other. For lower anterior lingual the best access is slightly behind.(1) Improper lighting contributes to 25% of fatigue. Proper lighting, on the other hand, can increase production by as much as 20%. Correctly positioned operatory lighting minimizes shadows and maximizes effectiveness.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Google Tablet Running Android OS Spotted at Web 2.0 Expo

With all the talk about the iPad lately, I thought I'd provide this bit of info. While the iPad seems to be a great device and is first to market, there is a wave of products coming that will compete with the iPad. Are they better? Only time will tell, but it's definitely going to be an interesting year as the "tablet wars" heat up.

Here is a photo of the upcoming Google tablet running a version of their Android OS. Since Google has made a major commitment to Android in the phone world, I expect a similar situation with tablets. If you are interested, head over to Zedomax and you can read all the info plus watch some videos that were taken of the device. Also of interest is the fact that Zedomax found the Google tablet prototype in the Adobe booth. If you'll remember recently Steve Jobs said that Adobe's flash was old technology...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Google Demonstrates the Speed of Chrome with One of the Best Videos Ever

You know, you can show all you want with numbers, but sometimes nothing gets the point across better than your eyes. In order to show how fast Google Chrome loads pages, they've pitted their browser... and a screaming Internet connection... against a variety of speedy competitors.

Take a look and I'm sure you'll be impressed with what you see. My favorite part? The Tesla coil, of course. Don't know what a Tesla coil is? Google it! :-)

Here is one of the coolest/most amazing videos I've ever seen:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dentium USA Introduces the SuperLine™ Dental Implant Product Line

The world of dental implants is on a treadmill of continuous innovation. What was once a very unpredictable procedure 20 years ago has become the first choice of dentistry today. Missing teeth are routinely restored with implants every day and they just keep getting better. An example of that is the new Superline Implant System from Dentium. Here is all the information:

Cypress, CA (May 4, 2010) – Dentium USA, a premier manufacturer of dental products developed by clinicians for clinicians, recently introduced its latest development for producing excellent dental implant outcomes, the SuperLine™ dental implant system.

The SuperLine™ dental implant system adds more diversity to Dentium’s original ‘Implantium®’ dental implant system which has over 10 years clinical experience. SuperLine is expected to bring excellent initial stabilization and osseointegration especially in soft bone cases and in sinus graft with implant placement cases. The advanced design of all SuperLine implant products provides many advantages over other dental implant products currently available on the market.

The tapered body design of each SuperLine dental implant provides great initial stability and excellent bone expansion response for reliable and easy installation. The tapered design creates an extremely stable, yet comfortably placed implant that provides excellent integration with surrounding bone anatomy.

Each SuperLine dental implant encompasses Dentium USA’s S.L.A. (Sandblasting with Large grit and Acid etching) surface treatment that facilitates the osseointegration process with a high predictability of success and provides more complete bone-to-implant contact throughout each and every thread of the implant, producing a well-attached base for successful osseointegration.

All implant diameters of the SuperLine share the same internal hex, like ‘Implantium’. The biological connection contained within the implant creates an even distribution load to the fixture, helping to minimize micro-movement and marginal bone loss. Furthermore, the conical hex connection between the implant and abutment interface ensures greater hermetic sealing and provides an improved tactile sense, helping to confirm a more stabilized abutment seating.

The double-threaded design of SuperLine dental implants reduces implant insertion time, therefore decreasing total chair time during the implantation process. The greater distance between the threads of the implants also helps promote early osseointegration, while the increased thread height helps augment initial stability.

Because all SuperLine components are equipped with a true single platform, only one abutment connection is used for all implants, reducing the need for multiple prosthetic components and simplifying the entire surgical and prosthetic procedure.

The all-inclusive SuperLine implant system offers a wide variety of implant diameter and length options for each individual case. For more information, please call 1-877-304-6752, e-mail or log onto

About Dentium USA

Located in Cypress, California, Dentium USA is the worldwide manufacturer and distributor of Implantium® and SuperLine™ dental implant systems. The company also provides a full line of prosthetic equipment, lab components, and surgical instruments. Because all Dentium products are created by working dental clinicians, they are easy to learn and use, cost-effective, and are of the highest quality. For over a decade, Dentium USA has been establishing itself as a global leader in the dental industry through vigorous research and development, state-of-the-art products, unrivaled customer service, and creative innovation.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Curve Dental, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Orasphere, Ltd.

For years, I've used Orasphere to help educate my patients. It features amazing graphics and very explanatory videos that help to explain treatment. I'm also excited about the possibilities of Curve Dental and their Curve Hero software. Needless to say, the combining of these two companies makes for an exciting announcement in the industry.

OREM, UT—Curve Dental, developers of Web-based dental software announced the completion of their acquisition of Orasphere, Ltd., a developer of dental patient education videos that can be viewed on a dentist’s website, computer, on DVD, or on an Apple iPod Touch.
“Orasphere will add to Curve Dental’s product offering by contributing world-class patient education materials to our Web-based dental software,” said Jim Pack, CEO of Curve Dental. “Orasphere’s quality and innovation is a good match for Curve Dental, and their team of people, with their talents and experience in the dental profession, will be a great addition to the current Curve Dental team. We intend to leverage the Orasphere library by hosting it in the cloud—or on the Web—thus removing the need for expensive servers, tedious installation and risky upgrades.”

Curve Dental will integrate Orasphere videos into its Web-based dental software in content-sensitive situations. “If the doctor is creating a treatment plan that includes a crown, the doctor can educate the patient instantly with a crown patient education video already at their fingertips,” said Pack. “By anticipating the doctor’s needs we are creating dental software that is highly efficient and, because it is Web-based, is more convenient and flexible. Moreover, we’re offering this service to our web-based dental software customers at no additional cost.”
Curve Dental will continue to sell Orasphere as a stand-alone dental patient education system via the Orasphere website at The system is available in four different formats: DVD, PC, Web, and iPod Touch and includes more than 72 different videos in 13 categories. The Orasphere library was developed by Drs. Stacy Hunt and Tom Gallivan, who are both dentists.

About Curve Dental, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Curve Dental provides web-based dental software and related services to dental practices within the United States and Canada. The company is privately-held, headquartered in Orem, Utah with offices in Calgary, Canada and Dunedin, New Zealand. Dentists can call 888-910-4376 or visit for more information.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Digits for Gloves & Touchscreens

Although I would have preferred to have told you about this product this winter, still it's an interesting product that holds promise for both health care and just plain keeping your hands warm. Digits allow you to use touchscreen devices without having to remove your gloves.

Here’s how it works:

- Pin the Digit to one (or several) of your glove’s tips.

- The Digit pierces the glove, making direct contact with your finger.

- This connection carries a small amount of electricity through the metal backing to the Digit’s face, which is made of conductive fabric.

- The conductive fabric triggers the mechanism on the touch screen.

Of course this isn't going to work in a health care environment where the gloves cannot have holes in them. Still, I can see in the future some type of conduction to pass through the latex or nitrile.

If you are interested in digits, you can preorder them on the company website for $11.99

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Satellite Photos of the Gulf Oil Slick

Thanks to Crunchgear for the photos, this is what the gulf oil slick looks like. Scary? You bet, especially if you notice how close it is to the gulf coast. Here's hoping the federal government decides to do something quickly.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Class I Recall, Powerheart, CarioVive, NK , Responder models AEDs

From the Institute of Medical Emergency Preparedness:

Cardiac Science Automated External Defibrillators - Powerheart, Cardiovive, NK, Responder models: Class I Recall
This update alerts users that Nihon Kohden (NK) and GE Responder models are also affected although they were not identified in earlier communications about this recall. In addition, Cardiac Science issued a software upgrade for the devices’ self tests on 02/24/10 for the Powerheart automatic external defibrillators (Models 9390A and 9390E) and is planning on issuing a similar software upgrade for other affected devices. However, FDA’s review of the updated software indicates that it detects some but not all electrical component defects.
Normally, users of these devices should always check the status indicator on the front of the external defibrillator and/or audible indicators to see whether the device is rescue-ready (green light is displayed). However, the presence of a green light on the affected devices may not reveal defective or non-working components inside the external defibrillators and give a false sense that they are in proper working order.
[Posted 03/08/2010] Cardiac Science Corporation and FDA notified healthcare professionals and consumers of a Class 1 recall of automated external defibrillators (AED). These devices may not deliver therapy during a resuscitation attempt. Defects in certain electronic components may not be detected by the device’s Daily/Weekly/Monthly self-tests. These defects can cause improper functioning of the device during a rescue attempt, which may prevent resuscitation. This can lead to serious adverse health events and/or death. List of affected models includes:
Powerheart 9300A, 9300C, 9300D, 9300E, 9300P, 9390A, 9390E
CardioVive 92531, 92532, 92533
NK 9200G, 9231
Responder 2019198 and 2023440.
The affected AEDs were manufactured and distributed between August 2003 and August 2009.

[03/08/2010 - Recall Notice - FDA]