Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

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If you've been reading the blog for any length of time, you've had to have figured out by now that I'm a geeky sort of guy.  I'm not just a lover of new tech... I'm a lover of old tech as well.  And that goes all the way back to the space race and the astronauts of my youth.
So this weekend, we spent some time in one of our Kansas treasures, the Kansas Cosmosphere.  The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is a Smithsonian affiliated space museum in Hutchinson, Kansas.  This place has to be seen to be believed.  They have one of the most incredible and amazing collections of space and rocket artifacts in the world!
Take for instance, the photo above of Liberty Bell 7.  If you've ever seen the movie "The Right Stuff" you may remember that Gus Grissom's capsule sunk in the Atlantic before it could be retrieved.  The amazing spacecraft sunk in 16,000 feet of water in 1961 and remained there until it was found and retrieved on July 20, 1999... that meant it spent more than 38 years immersed in 16,000 feet of salt water.  The Liberty Bell 7 has been completely restored by the restoration experts at the Cosmosphere and is now on permanent display.
To see some of these amazing pieces of history so close you can almost touch them brought me an incredible perspective into how brave and smart these people were.  At 6'2" I might not have even been able to fit into Liberty Bell 7 and yet Gus Grissom rode this tiny projectile into orbit.
The museum also boasts the REAL Apollo 13 capsule, yes THE Apollo 13.
If you get a chance head out to Hutchinson, Kansas and see this for yourself.  I could write 10,000 words here and still not do it justice.  Instead, I'll just provide a link and tell you that it's a definite must see for anyone who is a geek or who, like me, grew up watching and dreaming of being one of those guys with the "Right Stuff".

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Darby Dental Supply Continues Product Line Expansion by Adding Popular DenMat® Products

Jericho, NY – May 27, 2011 – Darby Dental Supply, LLC, the largest all-telesales national distributor of dental merchandise, recently expanded its extensive product by offering the most popular DenMat® products on the market.


Under a newly-signed agreement with DenMat, Darby is now an authorized distributor of the company’s Infinity® cement, Tenure® bonding products, LUMIBRITE® Bleach-Free chairside and take-home Whitening Systems, the Sapphire® Portable Diode Laser, Block-Out® cement, and GeriStore® restorative materials.


According to Darby president Gary Rosenberg, “Darby now offers a vast selection of DenMat products that cover a wide array of procedures.  The DenMat name is a symbol of quality, reputation, and reliability, and we’re pleased to offer the DenMat choice in our growing selection of products.”


Infinity cement is a self-adhesive, all-purpose cement used for cementation of porcelain-metal, zirconium, all ceramic resin and ceramic inlay/onlays, cast metal, and all types of posts.  The self-adhesive formula syringes easily into place, avoiding placement sensitivity by sealing dentin tubules, thus preventing post-operative sensitivity.  Dental professionals can expect non-microleaking, stress-resistant margins every time.


For almost 20 years, the Tenure Multi-Purpose Bonding System has demonstrated a proven clinical record of successful restorations with high bond strengths and excellent retention, combined with significant reduction of microleakage and post-operative sensitivity.  Tenure is the first bonding agent accepted by the American Dental Association, and a 4th-generation
multi-purpose, chemical-curing, adhesive system for bonding any resin restorative to all
intraoral surfaces.


Tenure Quik® with Fluoride completely penetrates and seals the tooth interface.  Tenure Quik's formulation provides for a surface-penetrating, low-viscosity bonding agent.  High
bond strengths, fewer steps, and simplified placement, combined with the ability to bond to
all surfaces and the added protection of fluoride, make Tenure an ideal product for
composite placement.


Tenure Uni-Bond® self-etching bonding system simplifies all direct bonding applications with anterior and posterior composites.  It is ideal when cementing crowns and bridges with self- and dual-cure resin cements.  Tenure Uni-Bond is compatible with self-cure, dual-cure, and light-cure composite materials.


LUMIBRITE Bleach-Free Whitening is fast, safe, and professional whitening that is completely bleach-free.  LUMIBRITE eliminates sensitivity and produces predictable results that patients desire.  LUMIBRITE is available through Darby Dental for in-office use, or take-home treatments.


Compact, easy-to-use, and affordable, the Sapphire® Portable Diode Laser is a dental soft-tissue laser surgical/debridement device.  The Sapphire is ideal for both the first-time user and the seasoned dental laser practice.  It may be used for a variety of soft-tissue, gingival modification, and sulcular therapy procedures.


Block-Out by Ultra-Bond® Plus is a multi-purpose, dual-cure cement designed specifically for bonding porcelain restorations.  The formula was developed based on the successful advanced resin technology of Ultra-Bond Plus, but includes a masking agent to successfully block out staining on teeth.  Block-Out is available in four bleaching shades: Supreme White, B0, B1, and A1. The complete shade range provides a proven resin cement for any restorative need.


Geristore's dual-cure, hydrophilic Bis-GMA formulation makes it the product of choice for subgingival lesions and restorations involving soft tissue, histological biocompatibility, adherence to dentin and cementum, release of fluoride, low coefficient of thermal expansion, and low polymerization shrinkage.  The physical properties of this unique and extremely biocompatible restorative make it the ideal material for countless procedures.


For more information on all DenMat products offered by Darby Dental Supply, please call your local Darby representative or visit www.darbydentalsupply.com.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Disaster of Joplin - One Dentist's Perspective

When I was a child I had a fairly nasty temper.  Easily frustrated, I was known to let things bother me and to blow up on a regular basis.  My grandmother, a sweet lady about whom I can truly say I never saw her lose her temper used to tell me, "Honey, count your blessings."  I never knew what that meant... until I grew up and had a much different perspective on life.  By the time I figured that out, my dear grandmother had long ago left this world.
The point of that paragraph?  We all have problems, and some of us have some substantial ones.  However, the next time you are feeling like yours are the worst ones in the world, remember or revisit this post.  I think it will put some things in perspective.
On Sunday, May 22, 2011 a massive EF5 Tornado hit the town of Joplin, MO.  By now you've heard the stories of hope and the stories of tragedy.  My heart goes out to those affected by this disaster.  Joplin is not that far from the KC area and the feeling I get from those I speak with here is a sense of community with Joplin.  Many feel that just a little change in the path of the storm and it could have been us.
Anyway, I have a couple of good friends who practice in the joplin area.  I'm relieved to report that Dr. Ed McAllister & his family are fine, but his office no longer exists & his home has suffered severe damage.  Dr. Charles McGinty & family are also fine, his home suffered no damage, but his office was destroyed.
Dr. McGinty is a good man.  He is very active in organized dentistry in our state and has served as a mentor for me in my time in organized dentistry.  He has bravely shared photos of what is left of his office.
Donations can be given online or through a check made to MDAF Joplin Disaster Relief Fund. You also may donate by calling the MDA office at 800-688-1907.

Friday, May 27, 2011

AirStash Portable iOS Storage

Want even more storage for your iOS device? Ever wish you could just have access to some files without having to have them directly on your device? If so, the AirStash is just what you've been looking for.

The device is beautiful in its simplicity. The AirStash is a SD card reader with a built-in Wifi component. You install the AirStash app on your device, put an SD card into the AirStash, and turn the AirStash on. Your iOS device will see the AirStash and have access to whatever is stored on the SD card.

Amazing? You bet. Even better with a $99 price tag.

Here is some info from the company website:

AirStash stores your movies, music, photos, and documents and wirelessly shares them with your phone, media player, netbook, tablet, computer, and more. Use AirStash like a USB flash drive to drag & drop the files you want to your SD card while charging the built-in lithium polymer battery, then unplug & play on all of your browser-enabled WiFi devices*.

For all the info, or to order, go to the company website.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

ioSafe Rugged Portable Performing as Advertised


I've been tinkering with the ioSafe Rugged Portable for a while now, and I've got to say that I continue to be impressed with the products this company churns out.
For years now I've advocated a series of portable hard drives to do your backup.  Do the backup, take it  home, bring another one in the next day, and repeat.  Overall this system works well, but the drives you use need to be treated gently.  Too much banging in a bag or an unexpected drop in the parking lot can result in disc damage and lost data.  How do you overcome these drawbacks?  With the ioSafe Rugged Portable.
This thing is built like a tank while having all the speed and storage space I need.  Although larger than a "normal" portable drive, the size is not excessive and is well worth the boost in durability.  The device features:

Construction and Physical Security Specifications

• Full Metal JacketTM Technology – CNC machined enclosure from a solid billet of aluminum (Al) or titanium (Ti) alloy. Crush resistant to up to 5000 lbs (Ti) and 2500 lbs (Al) yet weighs as little as a pound (Al).

• Full Suspension DriveTM Technology – Full suspension in all six axes of motion. Optimized for data loss protection from drop and shock of 20’ drops (SSD version) and 10’ drops (250-750 GB HDD versions, 1TB HDD requires optional drive skin) per MIL-STD-810G Method 516.5.

• HydroSafeTM Technology – Waterproof yet heat conducting barrier to protect against data loss up to 10’ for 3 days in fresh water or salt water (aluminum version) or 30’ for 3 days (titanium version) per IP68. Protects data even when USB plug is in. No requirement for a connector cap to retain data protection.

• ChemSafeTM Technology – Full immersion in diesel fuel, oils, hydraulic fluids, aircraft fuels, 12” depth for 1 hour with no data loss per MIL-STD-810G Method 504 • EnviroSafeTM Technology – Continuous exposure to UV, blowing sand, blowing dust, rain, salt fog, icing or freezing rain, 24 hours with no data loss per

MIL-STD-810G Methods 505.4, 506.4, 509.4 and 510. • AltiSafeTM Technology – High altitude operation. 15K ft. (Alum.) and 30K ft. (SSD and Ti.) rated altitudes per MIL-STD-810G Method 500.4 • Theft Resistant Kensington® Lock compatible slot solid metal construction – theft protection

Software Specifications (included but not required for use)

• Genie TimelineTM Pro Full Version2 ($60 Value) Award winning backup software. Simple, block level, open file and OS Continuous Data Protection (CDP) software for Windows users. Disaster recovery for entire hard drive including programs and settings, roll back and AES encryption features for the ultimate protection. Registration required at www.iosafe.com to validate purchase prior to downloading software and install code.

• Apple® Mac® TimeMachine® Supported – Apple Time Machine fully supported. Reformat of device may be required. Simple instructions online at www.iosafe.com

• TrueCrypt® AES-256 Encryption Compatible3 - Open source, encryption software. FIPS 140-2, ISO/IEC 10118-3:2004. PC, Mac and Linux compatible.

Operational Details

• 5400, 7200 RPM HDDs available, 250GB – 1TB capacities • SSD capacities from 256GB-512GB • Billet-machined Aluminum (1lb.) and Titanium (1.5 lb.) enclosures (3.9"W x 5.7"L x 1.0"H) • Multi-platform compatibility with Mac & PC/Windows • USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0 computers)

If you are looking for the best way to protect your data, get an ioSafe.  It's the best your money can buy.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wx Alert USA

It's no fun living in Tornado Alley. Especially this year where we've seen way too many severe storms & tornados.

To help protect my family & to keep me informed, I've found a great app in the iPad App store called Wx Alert USA. This nifty app which is less the $5 will locate your position, provide weather updates & alerts. It will even sound an alarm when the app is not running that indicates severe weather. You can even access the National Weather Service radio broadcasts.

All this for less than $5!

The alarm is unique & loud enough to wake you if you are asleep. I'm now sleeping with the iPad on my nightstand... just in case.

I'm impressed with this app & feel it definitely bears consideration if you are concerned about local weather conditions.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Using Logmein.com as an Adjunct to Over the Patient Monitors & Patient Education

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One of the best parts about my "second job", which is Technology Evangelist, is that I sometimes get to tinker with ideas just to see if they work.  To that end, I've begun tinkering with the idea of Logmein.com as a substitute for an over the patient monitor system.
Many of you are probably using Logmein already.  For those of you who aren't familiar with the service, it is a remote access service.  You install a Logmein piece of software on the computer you wish to connect to and as long as that piece of software is running and the computer has an Internet connection, you can access that machine from anywhere that you have an Internet connection.  The service is secure and requires a username and password to login.
Most people use it to access a work computer from home so that they have full access to documents and, in the case of dentistry, you can run your practice software to do chart notes, check on patients when you are away from the office, etc.  It's a great service and a great time saver.
On Friday I was on the phone with a good friend who works with Guru, the patient education software.  We were discussing different aspects of delivering patient education and we began to discuss my recent article on tablet computing that appeared in the latest issue of Dental Products Report.  As we were brainstorming, we talked about making patient education more mobile and more powerful with, instead of a more powerful iPad App, access to a computer via the iPad.
This lead to discussions of Logmein.com and today I decided to see what I could do using the service in multiple ways in the office.  When I designed my new facility we tried to anticipate changes in technology that we could design for.  I knew that wireless would be a major part of the future and so we setup our wiring with 2 secure wireless routers for the practice and one open and unsecured wireless router for patients.  These are separated and unable to connect to each other for the ultimate in security.   I setup logmein on one of our hygiene computers and then installed the iPad app ($29.99 in the App Store).  Using the nearest wireless router (which is in the clinic area) I was able to connect and control the hygiene computer in almost real time.  I was also able to hand the iPad to the patient and let them see their x-rays as they  held the iPad in their hands.  As I changed screens on the computer, the screens changed on the ipad.  Patients were blown away!
Add to that that I could also control the computer with the iPad and run Guru in real time and you have the making of something special.
Now I have over the patient monitors which, in my opinion, is the best solution, but the iPad solution is the second best solution I've seen.  I'm going to continue to experiment with this and report back here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lockitron Unlocks Your Doors Remotely - Via Your Mobile Phone



Mobile phones are changing our lives in multiple ways.  Some of which are obvious, and some of which are happening behind the scenes.

Lockitron is one of those "behind the scenes" companies that may well change your life for the better.  The company makes locks for your home & apartment that can be controlled by your mobile phone.  That means being able to unlock a door remotely, without you even being there.  It's an interesting idea & one I can see becoming mainstream in the not too distant future.  Here are some details from the company website:

Lockitron Overview

Lockitron replaces keys with your phone. With Lockitron, you can instantly grant family, friends and guests access to your home or business from anywhere in the world using your internet enabled smartphone. For $295 and no monthly fees you can order a Lockitron deadbolt kit that can be installed in about 15 minutes. 

Any internet enabled smartphone can use Lockitron. For a small monthly fee, Lockitron owners can enable text-message access which turns any mobile phone into a virtual key. The upcoming Lockitron Android app will feature NFC capabilities allowing users to unlock or lock their door just by swiping it in front of a Lockitron NFC tag.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mac Malware in the Wild, but it Requires User to Allow it to Install

It seems there is a new piece of Mac malware popping up around the Internet, but it requires the user to actually authorize it running to infect the computer.

It is called "Mac Defender" and arrives as a pop-up that tells the computer user they are infected with a virus and to "click here" to install a fix. If the users agrees, a trojan horse is downloaded which will randomly load porn websites on the computer.

The lesson to be learned from this is that any computer can be infected and it really pays for the user to be as aware as possible of where software they install is coming from. Whether you are using a Windows or a Mac computer, both can be susceptible to viruses... especially if the user agrees to let them be installed.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Technology Work Arounds - and Why They Are Important

For those of you who are regular readers, you probably remember my post in mid-April regarding my faithful MacBook Pro that hit the floor of the San Diego airport and suffered a broken screen. As you may recall, the computer worked perfectly, but the screen was broken which left me with a rather hefty charge IF I chose to have it replaced. Rather than going through the expense of replacing a screen on a 5 year old laptop, I chose to buy a new MacBook Pro instead.

The machine is awesome and I haven't regretted the decision to buy it... until this last week. That's when I shot my newest video for DPR Friday. I shoot the video segments using my Canon HD video recorder and then import the HD video into my Mac. The video files are then sent to DPR Headquarters in Chicago for final editing.

I shot the video, featuring Midwest's Stylus ATC handpiece, and then got ready to import the video file when I realized the new MacBook Pro has different digital video ports from the old machine. Ack! The Canon camera has one cable & it works great with the OLD machine but cannot connect with the new one.

A trip to the Apple store gave me no solutions and I *had*to get the video on its way. So... rather than spend a bunch of time trying to solve the cable problem, I decided to solve the monitor problem instead.

It seems that most digital TV's now have as one of their inputs, computer VGA. So I connected my old MacBook Pro to one of the flat screen TV's in my house and suddenly I had a computer screen that showed the desktop of my old Mac. I was then able to connect the video camera, create the video file, and then transfer the file over my network to DPR.

It was quick, easy, and could be done with any laptop, not just a Mac. Sometimes it pays to think outside the box. Matter of fact, this works so well, I may not bother looking for a new cable at all... even though I probably should!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Curve Dental Announces Field Testing of Its Web-based Dental Imaging Software

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In February at the Chicago MidWinter Meeting, I got a chance to see what Curve had been working on for a while now... an imaging package to go with their web based dental practice operating system.  I was impressed with the way they got a digital x-ray sensor to operate through a browser.  Last week at the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim, Curve hosted a public event demonstrating their imaging system for anyone who wanted to see it.  Now comes word that they are moving to public testing and accepting orders.  This information will hit the "main stream" press on May 21st, but you get a chance to read it here... first.  Enjoy!

Now accepting pre-orders for its Web-based imaging software scheduled for general release in Fall 2011

OREM, UT— Curve Dental, developers of Web-based dental software, announced the company would immediately begin field testing of its Web-based imaging software in select dental practices located in the United States and Canada in preparation for a Fall 2011 general release. The software will allow doctors to capture x-ray and intraoral images directly to the Web eventually using almost any sensor and camera. Dentists may pre-order the software now to lock in favorable discounts and pricing.

“When doctors capture x-ray images directly to the Web they completely circumvent the need for a server, eliminate backup worries and rid themselves of storage hassles,” said Matt Dorey, Founder and Managing Director of Curve Dental. “Being able to capture directly to the browser using the practice’s existing sensor or camera is a monumental breakthrough. While the number of different sensors you can connect to Curve is limited now, eventually our customers will be able to connect almost any sensor or camera to our software.” The company has secured cooperation from the manufacturers of the Kodak®, Sirona®, Schick®, Gendex®, Suni®, Imageworks™, Apixia™, XDR®, Owandy™, MyRay™, and Vatech™ sensors and plans to make its software compatible with these sensors as quickly as possible.

Curve Dental’s imaging software is native to its practice management software using a single database and set of code, which provides the doctor and staff with a consistent look and feel throughout the software. Native code also makes the software easier to learn and less demanding on a practice that must train new team members. A stand-alone version of the imaging software will also be available. “Because our imaging software is native to our practice management software it is more efficient and more stable than an integrated or bridged solution,” says Dorey. “Integrated or bridged solutions equate to separate databases, separate sources for technical support and two applications that work and look differently from each other.”

Pending FDA approval, Curve Dental is planning for a general release of the software in Fall 2011. Like the company’s practice management software the imaging software will also be sold on subscription basis. Interested practices can pre-order the software with a deposit and then use the software without charge until January 1, 2012.

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. The company strives to make dental software less about computers and more about the user experience. Their creative thinking can be seen in the design of their software, that’s easy to use and Web-based. Dentists can call 888-910-4376 or visit www.curvedental.com for more information.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

DentalEZ® Group to Introduce Identafi® Technology at California Dental Association 2011 Spring Scientific Session


I'm a big believer in oral cancer screening.  By examining and finding cancer at its earliest stages, it allows us to give the patient the best chance to beat this disease.  Early on in the development cycle of the Identafi device (way before it was part of DentalEZ) I was tinkering with the device.  Cancer screening is something that every doctor and hygienist should be doing.  Now with the market seeing multiple devices (Dentlight DOE, LED Dental Velscope Vx) and the Identafi, doctors have more choices in reliable devices than at any time in history.


I'mDentalEZ’s First Step in the Evolution Toward More Clinical Product Offerings

Malvern, PA (May 12th, 2011) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, will unveil its recent purchase of Identafi®, an oral cancer screening device used for the detection of oral mucosal abnormalities, at this year’s California Dental Association 2011 Spring Scientific Session.  Identafi will be on display in the exhibit hall at DentalEZ Group Booth #1160 from Thursday, May 12th to Saturday, May 14th.

Now marketed under the StarDental® brand, Identafi detects biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of the mouth, throat, tongue, and tonsils that may potentially lead to oral cancer.  The small, cordless, handheld device uses a three-wavelength optical illumination and visualization system that allows dental professionals to identify oral mucosal abnormalities that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Identafi is intended for use by dentists, hygienists, and oral surgeons.  The handheld device uses white, patented 405nm violet, and green-amber wavelengths of light to monitor biochemical changes with fluorescence, while morphological changes are monitored with reflectance.  The combined system of fluorescence and reflectance uses the body’s natural tissue properties as an adjunctive tool for oral mucosal examination.

The combination of all three multi-spectral wavelengths can provide the clinician with more visual information, improved results over direct visual exam alone, and increased confidence for recommending subsequent biopsies.

Using Identafi in the highly concentrated “White Light” mode, the dental professional can first perform a conventional tissue examination of the entire oral cavity.  The dental professional then switches to the patented 405-nanometer “Fluorescent Violet Light” to help identify any areas of abnormal tissue growth.

The violet light enhances normal tissue’s natural fluorescence; however, suspicious tissue will appear dark in color due to its loss of fluorescence.  When suspect abnormalities are present, the instrument is switched to the unique “Green-Amber Reflectance Light,” which enhances normal tissue’s reflectance properties so the clinician may directly observe the difference between normal and abnormal tissue’s vasculature.  Studies indicate that abnormal tissue has a diffuse vasculature, whereas normal tissue vasculature is clearly defined.*

Additional features and benefits of the Identafi oral screening device include:

  • Patented 405nm violet wavelength offers optimal differentiation of suspicious lesions
  • Small, compact size coupled with an angled examination mirror allows easy inspection of hard-to-reach areas
  • Space-saving design fits any treatment room
  • No need for messy, bad-tasting dyes/solutions
  • Enhances perception of the dental practice as the “highest standard of care”
  • Dental reimbursement code can provide ROI for itself in as few as 8 weeks

“DentalEZ will offer a number of continuing education courses, educational seminars, and online resources geared toward educating dental professionals on the specific use of the Identafi technology and oral cancer in general, which is so important to the successful application of this product,” remarked Rick Gross, Senior Product Manager.  “Because the signs and symptoms of oral cancer often cannot be seen by the naked eye, Identafi technology enables dental professionals on the front line of oral cancer detection to do just that – identify changes in the mouth that may be a sign of something more serious.”


Identafi will be sold by DentalEZ Group’s national organization of trained sales representatives through its existing distributor network.


For more information about Identafi, please call 866-DTE-INFO, or visit www.identafi.net.


*Documents available upon request.


About DentalEZ® Group

DentalEZ® Group is committed to advancing the practice of dentistry through innovative products and services.  Encompassing six distinct product brands — StarDental®, DentalEZ®, CustomAir®, RAMVAC®,NevinLabs, and Columbia Dentoform® — DentalEZ® Group manufactures everything in the operatory, from handpieces to chairs to vacuum systems to dental simulation models, creating a complete line of products to elevate the health, comfort, and efficiency of the dental operatory.  For more information, please visit www.dentalez.com.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sonicare AirFloss Evaluation Starting Today


Somewhere in the central US, there is a package on a FedEx truck that is carrying something that fascinates me to the extreme.  This small package, which is heading for the FedEx distribution center in KC, contains a prototype of the new Sonicare AirFloss device.  Sometime today it will be in my hot little hands and will be pushed to its limits as I try to see just what it can do.
I have several questions running through my mind... Is it effective?  Is it easy to use?  Is it easy to place?  Will patients actually use it?  These and other questions will hopefully be answered as I tinker with the device as part of my own home care in the coming weeks.
If it works as Sonicare indicates, this may well change the concept of interdental cleaning.  My job is to be a sceptic first, but I also know that change can work wonders when the only argument for using a technology is that "but we've always done it this way".  So... I'm anxious to get my hands on it and see what it can do.
Here is what Sonicare had to say about it in some literature I received:

Sonicare AirFloss replaces traditional flossing with micro bursts of water and air. Since the technological breakthrough of the first Sonicare power toothbrush, we have learned a lot about fluid forces and their ability to remove plaque biofilm. Sonicare AirFloss is a new technology chapter in the field of oral healthcare. It uses a unique spray of micro bubbles and a small dose of fluid to generate a gentle and convenient, yet highly effective, interdental cleaning action. Not only does it disrupt plaque biofilm structures in critical and hard-to-reach areas, it promotes healthy gums with the targeted release of water/air spray.


Sonicare AirFloss continues the Sonicare legacy of technology leadership within the oral healthcare segment. And while everything about Sonicare AirFloss seems quite different from the design and function of Sonicare toothbrushes, there is one area where AirFloss was submitted to the same rigorous criteria established for all Sonicare products: the meticulous clinical validation and verification of performance and safety requirements.The design and the concept are intriguing in themselves – but our clinical data are extremely convincing. With Sonciare AirFloss, interdental


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ioSafe... with a 40% Discount!

I've been an ioSafe user and a big fan for over a year now. Their indestructible hard drives are... just that... indestructible.

Now to sweeten the pot even further, comes the announcement at this year's CES that ioSafe was bringing a *portable* drive to the market. Dubbed the ioSafe Rugged Portable, this little device can with stand tons of punishment and still keep all your data intact. So if you worry about the abuse your portable drive might get on the road, this is the answer to your prayers.

I've been test driving one of these for about a week now and have yet to have any problems. I'm giving serious consideration to driving over it with my Tahoe just to see...

Here are the specs...
Crush protection up to 5,000 lbs.
Drop protection up to 20'
Immersion protection up to 30' for 3 days
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Data Recovery Service up to $5,000
World's best warranty
Works with Macs and PCs

I know what you are asking, "Is there anything that could make this any better?" Well how about 40% off the 500GB model? That's right, 40%.
Just head on over to livingtechie for this incredible deal!


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Monday, May 16, 2011

SugarSync - Cloud Backups & Synchronization

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It's been a while since I've sung the praises of SugarSync, but I was feeling the need to do a post on them when on Friday, my buddy Ken Serota made this post. That got me to thinking that maybe, just maybe I should reinforce his comments with some of my own.
I've been a SugarSync customer for at least 3 years now and I'm continually amazed at what it can do.  It's not just a cloud backup solution... although it is that.  It's also a cloud way to keep all your important files updated dynamically.  Let me explain.
Once you have signed up for the service, you install the SugarSync software on every computer you'd like to use with the service.  Then you setup what files or folders you'd like to include.  Once that's done, those files and folders are synchronized.  That means that if you change a Word document on your computer at the office, the moment you hit "Save" that document will automatically be changed and updated on your home computer (as long as SugarSync is installed, running, and you have an Internet connection on both machines).  You don't have to do a thing!
Forget to bring a document from home?  No worries as it will be waiting for you on your office machine.
I even have SugarSync installed on my Android phone.  One of the neat features is that every photo I take is automatically sent out to the cloud and backed up on SugarSync.  How cool is that?
You can even access your account & your stuff over the web from any computer with a browser.  Get to a meeting and forget a contract?  Just log onto your account from your client's office and access your data right there!
SugarSync does tons of other things too.  I currently have a 100GB plan and just can't say enough good things about it.  Check it out!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

No Post Today Due to Illness

As luck would have it... I've been on the road a tremendous amount lately with only Easter weekend off in the last 6 weeks or so.  I've also had a full schedule of patients, articles to write and edit, oh and other things like being a husband... you get the idea.

Anyway, yesterday mid-afternoon (after my last trip until June) I began to feel a little "off".  I woke from a 2 hour nap to a fever and chills.  Better today, but still recovering.  Just don't fell like focusing & typing today.  Posts resume tomorrow...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Thanks to the 5th District Society in Anniston, Alabama

A big "thank you" to the great people at the 5th District in Alabama!  I spent Friday speaking to them in Anniston and had a great time!

They've had some tough times in that part of the world lately.  Many folks are looking at rebuilding both their structures and their lives after a series of terrible tornados.  However, they are upbeat and up to the task.

I was truly honored by how many folks turned out for the event and was impressed with the number of great questions I received.

A special thanks to Dr. John York who was my host and coordinator for this event.  Despite the fact that both  his  home life and office life have been jumbled by the storm, he took time away from them to welcome me, take me to dinner, and make sure that everything went like a will oiled machine on Friday.

Many thanks and many blessings to all of you!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Samsung Shows LED Displays that Can be Folded!

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Do you ever get tired of the thickness of your mobile phone?  I would be willing to be that in most instances almost everyone on the planet would say yes.  Now granted there are some of you who may  not think it's that big of a deal, but I'd also be willing to bet that those same folks would still be happier if it was thinner... you just don't realize it!
Add to that, the idea that most of us would prefer more screen real estate.  I mean, that's one of the reason tablets have really taken off.  I remember one of the knocks on the iPad when it first came out was that it was "just a big iPhone... without the phone".  It was indeed, but that huge & bright screen made it much easier to use some of the apps.
So what we currently have is a society that loves the portability, but also wants to decrease size & weight of said portable electronic devices.
With that in mind, I was intrigued when I read that Samsung, has announced an LED display that is thin enough to be folded/unfolded without damaging the display itself.  Sound interesting?  Imagine a phone or a tablet that could be folded to decrease its size, yet unfolded to give you the screen real estate you need.
This could have a huge impact on both the mobile  phone as well as the tablet market.  Imagine a tablet that is 5 inches wide (that will even fit into some pockets) but then unfolds to a 10 inch screen!  Now this isn't commercially ready... yet.  However, Samsung is stating they've folded these screens over 100,000 times in tests and only seen minimal effects.  If this works as it is supposed to, it may really change the market in the foreseeable future.  Definitely something to keep your eyes open for!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Why Cone Beam 3D Imaging is Important to You... and Your Patients

As many of you who are regular readers know, I'm a big believer in CBCT (cone beam computed tomography). The Gendex GXCB-500HD that is in my office routinely provides me with views of things I wouldn't be able to see without 3D technology.

I also provide scans for other offices that require 3D scans for their patients, so when I got a call from an oral surgeon recently, I was glad to be able to provide a scan. It helps ensure the best possible treatment for the patient. This particular situation required a 3D scan because the surgeon had evaluated the panoramic radiograph and felt there was a potential for the impacted third molar to be close to the inferior alveolar neuro-vascular bundle. In order to get a view of what the situation truly held, the scan was needed.

So we took the scan, burned it to a CD, and had it ready for the surgeon's office to stop by and pick it up.

After taking the scan, I had a few minutes at my desk and decided to open the file in Anatomage's Invivo5 software, just to see what I could see. The surgeon had told me the reason for the scan and I was just curious to see the situation and to see if there was any type of potential complication if the tooth was extracted.

After doing a "nerve tracing" and then applying some filters to the reconstructed image, I ended up with the view seen above. For those of you without a dental background, the red line is the main nerve and blood vessels that travel through the lower jaw. You can clearly see the roots of the lower right third molar are fused and that the nerve and blood vessels are passing directly through the opening between the fused roots. If this tooth were to be extracted, these delicate structures would be severed; causing, at a minimum, permanent nerve damage and numbness to the right lip, chin, and all teeth forward of the third molar. There is also the potential of severe bleeding as the blood vessels would also be severed.

These are the kinds of clinical situations we are seeing with 3D on an amazingly regular basis. Cone beam imaging, simply stated, provides an ability to view structures in ways that are impossible to do so without it.

I highly suggest at least having access to one of these machines. Owning CBCT may not be for you, but you should definitely check your area and see if there is an office or a hospital that will provide scans for you on an as needed basis. The best outcomes are generally dependent on the most reliable information.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Google Announces "Ice Cream Sandwich" for Android Smartphones

You've got to give credit to Google, they just keep plugging along making improvements to this animal they've created called Android.

First they developed the Android OS that powered a new generation of smartphones. This OS has been upgraded and continues to be improved upon.

Next, they decided to go after some of the lucrative slate/tablet market and designed an Android OS dubbed Honeycomb that ran on slates and made the Android experience even better. Honeycomb isn't just Android running on a device with a bigger screen, it's a whole different version of Android with some unique bells & whistles that makes the slate experience different and, in my opinion, better than that of using my Android phone.

Now, from the Google I/O Developer Conference, comes word of a new version of Android for smartphones dubbed "Ice Cream Sandwich". The idea? Bring features of the advanced Honeycomb OS to the smartphone market.

A few of these features are:
1. Enhanced multitasking
2. USB device connection (think game controllers & mice)
3. Honeycomb's holographic user interface

Of course that's just the beginning. Now, not all of the sweet Honeycomb features will work as well or be as necessary on a phone, but some of them could truly change your user experience. I've been very impressed with the multitasking of my Motorola Xoom tablet and would welcome that feature on my phone.

As things progress, we could see some real enhancements.

Of course this will also put pressure on Apple to improve and upgrade iOS. In the end this will mean the consumer will be the winner no matter which OS you are using. I like it when we all win!!!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Could Samsung be Readying the First Chrome Netbook?

The rumors are beginning to swirl as Google's operating system called Chrome begins to see market penetration on the not so distant horizon.  Just to avoid confusion, Google also has a browser called Chrome.  The OS and the browser share a lot in common, but are different animals.  The Chrome OS Netbook called the Cr-48 is now out of beta testing and may be headed to stores sooner as opposed to later.


The rumor I find the most intriguing is that Samsung may well be the first company to bring a Chrome OS device to market.  They've obviously done a pretty good job working with Google on their other operating system, Android.  Samsung has sold a ton of phones that run Google's portable operating system.  It seems that Samsung has been working on a device that is known internally as "Alex".  While this alone isn't a big deal, check out this little bit of info form a Chromium Google Doc:


TEST=gft_hwcomp.py *DEV* # *DEV* contains all '*' 
# seeing PCI fields not '*'.

A sample output on Alex, with approved_componenets=all '*': 
{'data_display_geometry': ['1280x800'], 
'hash_ec_firmware': ['6148...'], 
'hash_ro_firmware': ['6219...'], 
'key_recovery': ['*'], 
'key_root': ['*'], 
'part_id_3g': ['05c6:9244 Qualcomm Incorporated Qualcomm Gobi 2000'], 
'part_id_audio_codec': ['Realtek ALC272'], 
'part_id_bluetooth': ['0cf3:3002'], 
'part_id_cardreader': ['*'], 
'part_id_chipset': ['8086:a010'], 
'part_id_chrontel': ['*'], 
'part_id_cpu': ['Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N550   @ 1.50GHz'], 
'part_id_display_panel': ['SEC:4231'], 
'part_id_dram': ['2048'], 
'part_id_ec_flash_chip': ['Macronix MX25L1005'], 
'part_id_embedded_controller': ['SMSC FDC37M81x (id=0x4d, rev=0x01)'], 
'part_id_ethernet': ['0b95:7720 ASIX Elec. Corp. AX88x72A'], 
'part_id_flash_chip': ['Macronix MX25L3205'], 
'part_id_hwqual': ['SAMSUNG ALEX DEV 6916'], 
'part_id_storage': ['ATA SanDisk SSD P4 1'], 
'part_id_tpm': ['49465800:'], 
'part_id_usb_hosts': ['8086:27cc 8086:27cb 8086:27ca 8086:27c9 8086:27c8'], 
'part_id_vga': ['8086:a011'], 
'part_id_webcam': ['2232:1013 Namuga WebCam SC-13HDO10B39N'], 
'part_id_wireless': ['168c:0030'], 
'vendor_id_touchpad': ['SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad'], 
'version_rw_firmware': ['1']}


That's right.  Right there in the middle is "Samsung Alex".


Here are the rumored specs:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core Atom N550 processor
  • SAnDisk SSD (solid state drive)
  • Syaptic touchpad
  • Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G card
  • 2 GB RAM

At t his point, I'm finding this thing intriguing, to say the least.  More info should continue to leak out, but if you're in the market for a netbook... you might want to hold off a little bit longer.  I would.

Monday, May 9, 2011

DoubleTwist Now Interfaces with Apple Products

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I've been a fan of DoubleTwist for about a year and I still continue to be impressed with the media suite.  I've been especially impressed with how it interacts with my Samsung Epic.  I've purchased an app called AirSync that is made by DoubleTwist and it allows me to connect to DoubleTwist on my Mac and move media files between the devices over my Wifi network.  Really, really, easy and really, really amazing.
Now I'm hearing word that you can also use AirSync with Apple's iOS.  So if you have an Apple device, you can pay $4.99 in the app store and get the same amazing functionality that I get with my Android device.  It will even connect to Apple TV.
Check it out!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Amazon Cloud Player Working Well, Even on my Android

I wrote a few weeks back about the Amazon Cloud Player and how I was now using it.  I continue to be impressed with the system.

As of late, I've even taken to connecting my Samsung Epic through my Tahoe's audio system and played the streaming service as I've driven around town.  Now granted I'm in the home of Sprint and my 4G connection on the Epic is a good one.  However, there are lots of points across the Internet that could cause a lag or even worse and I've yet to see it.

The connection is maintained and the music plays flawlessly.  Now I don't buy all my music from Amazon so I don't have a reason to remove all the music files from my phone, but if things continue like this, I can see a good reason not to have to carry a music device at all.

Now comes word that the service even has integration with iOS.  I've yet to give that a try, but I'm hearing good things about it.  This will continue to be an interesting thread as both Apple and Google get involved.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thanks to UOP and the Gang from ActionRun!

On Friday I was at the University of the Pacific dental school lecturing on "Emerging Technologies".  It was a fun day and I really enjoyed the people who came out and stayed all day with me.

It was a bit of a crazy trip.  I got to San Francisco on Thursday evening and slept at the Hotel Kabuki in Japan town.  On Friday I lectured at UOP and then headed to the CalTrain station.  From there I took a 45 minute train ride south to Mountain View (home of Google) and got a chance to have dinner and spend a few hours with my friends from ActionRun.

If you haven't taken a look at ActionRun's product called Practice Activator, you really should.  In a nutshell, the program contacts patients you may consider "lost" to your practice and brings them back by sending them personalized letters.  We've been using the service since late summer 2010 and have mightily impressed with the results.  Give them a call and tell them John Flucke told you to contact them.  You'll be glad you did!

So after meeting & eating with the ActionRun guys, they dropped me back at the San Francisco airport for my return flights to KC.  I flew all night, leaving SF at about 11 pm and landing in Chicago at 4:30 am.  From there I hopped my connection at 7:00 and was back in KC at 8:30 am.  Needless to say I was a bit of a zombie today.  Sleeping on flights is never easy for me and this one was no exception.  However, I would much rather be groggy in Kansas than have to travel all day Saturday to get home.

Sometimes travel can just be purely crazy and this was one of those times.  However, I had zero problems with the flights which is always a good thing!  Enjoy your Saturday!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Discus SL3 Laser Evaluation Beginning Next Week

I *love* lasers!  They allow me to do some amazing things & that means better treatment for my patients.  I use multiple lasers multiple times every day and there is no way I could go back to practicing without them.
So, needless to say, I'm excited to be able to start trying out the new Discus SL3 laser starting next week.  Small, portable, and powerful, the SL3 looks to be a nice diode laser in the midsize footprint category.
I'll post more after I've had chance to use it clinically.  Here is what Discus has to say about it:

Discus Dental is proud to introduce SL3TM, the only desktop diode laser that offers multiple high-end features at a low-end price. Engineered by the same innovators of the award-winning NV Microlaser, SL3 delivers advanced portability, convenience, and ease-of-use at a value the industry has been looking for.

The SL3 offers:

  • Disposable fiber-tips that eliminate the need to strip and score fiber before each use.
  • Cordless mobility between operatories with long-lasting battery operation.
  • A wireless foot pedal for convenient laser activation without the finger fatigue and loss of dexterity/visibility associated with finger activated lasers.

The robust feature set combined with the entry-level price point, and an 8-ce credit laser certification course makes SL3 an unparalleled and an amazing value.


  • Weight: 1.85 lbs
  • Dimensions: 5.5" x 7.0" x 5.5"
  • Active Medium: GaAlAs Laser Diode
  • Wavelength: 808 +- 5nm
  • Operation Mode: CW and Pulsed at 10Hz
  • Output Power: 3.0Watts Maximum
  • Delivery System: 400 Micron Unifiber™ system w/ Disposable fiber-tip.
  • Activation: 2.4 GHz RF Wireless Foot Pedal
  • Power Source: 100-240 VAC, 0.8 A Max, 50-60hz; or Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Aiming Beam: 650nm Red Diode
  • Voice confirmation: Yes

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sirius XM Channel Switch Goes Well

Today was the day of the big "channel switch" where Sirius XM Radio put their channels into different positions on the "dial" in hopes of making their lineup easier for subscribers to understand & easier for them to find new music.

I've got to admit that at first I was a bit nervous. My XM in my SUV has been programmed with buttons set for my favorite stations for over 18 months. I certainly didn't look forward to having to do a bunch of reprogramming... especially in my vehicle.

So... I was happily surprised this morning (the first day of the switch) to discover that all my presets still worked. They were simply redirected to the new place on the dial where my favorite stations resided. Brilliant!

Basically the channel change was seamless on my part. As far as I'm concerned nothing had to be changed at all.

Of course, my radio may be in the minority. I'd love to have comments from all of you that are subscribers to see how your switch went.

As for me, I've got to say that this was a pretty painless process. And you know we dentists LOVE painless.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Curve Dental to Host Reception During Upcoming CDA Meeting in Anaheim

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If you are planning on being at the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim, make sure to make plans to attend the reception being hosted by Curve Dental.
The "Fresh, web based alternative to dental software" will be hosting a reception to be held at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel in Suite 11-212 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The company will be demonstrating its imaging software at the event.
I got a chance to see this in Chicago and came away mightily impressed.  If you've ever had any interest in getting rid of your server and using a cloud based solution to run your office, you owe it to  yourself to give Curve a look see.  They continue to make impressive progress into the world of running your practice strictly over the Internet.
In attendance at the event will be founder Matt Dorey, Jim Pack, and Andy Jensen.  Take time to stop by, have a cold beverage, and take a gander at some pretty doggone impressive software.
If this strikes your fancy, take the time to RSVP here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sony Still Having Security Problems


Ever had a really bad day?  I mean a really bad day?  Well, Sony is having one now, so if you've ever had one, you know how they feel.
As if this recent post wasn't bad enough, now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sony has suffered another security breach.  This one deals with the Sony Online Entertainment division which makes multiplayer games for PC's.
It seems that there is a potential on this hack that 12,700 non-U.S. accounts and 10,700 bank account numbers from 2007 have been lifted.  At least they didn't wait as long to let you know this time.  This one happened earlier today and Sony is already getting the word out.
It seems that this particular attack gave the hackers access to 24.6 million customer personal accounts.
Sony has stated that its systems have been under attack for 6 weeks and they are not sure why.
Scary?  You bet it's scary.  For the full version of this story, head on over to the Wall Street Journal.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Stolen Camera Finder Helps You Locate. Pinched Camera

Here's a really cool idea. When you take a digital photo, there is lots of info stored in the bits of the image. Things like shutter speed, F stop, and even the camera's serial number.

If you ever have your digital camera stolen chances are that pictures taken with it will be posted to the Internet.

Stolencamerafinder.com scours the net to find images taken with your camera to help you track it down.

Basically you drag a photo (taken with you camera before it was stolen) onto the site and then the site looks across the Internet tomfind photos that match the serial number. Hopefully that helps give you a clue as to where it might be.

The service is even FREE!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thanks to the ODA

I had a great time speaking at the Oklahoma Dental Association meeting on Saturday. Thanks to all of you who turned out and made the all day program a success. I'm truly honored by how many of you turned out and I'm grateful for you making the program a success.

After the lecture, I jumped in my vehicle and was back in my own house by 9:30 last night! It's great to do a program so close to home!

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