Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Jersey Society of Periodontists is Now on Social Media


Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn Being Used to Share Information about
Gum Disease, Dental Implants, and Oral Health 

Morganville, NJ (May 29, 2012) The New Jersey Society of Periodontists (NJSP) recently launched a social media program in an effort to connect consumers and other healthcare professionals with New Jersey’s board certified periodontists and provide access to the latest information regarding gum disease, dental implant surgery, and general oral health. 

The society plans on using social media as an interactive communication channel for its members to discuss the underestimated severity of gum disease, as well as providing tips on how to maintain optimum oral health and when to consider dental implants.

Additionally, social media will be used to update current members on upcoming events; share case studies, photographs, and videos; and encourage referral relationships between periodontists and other healthcare professionals.

According to NJSP president Dr. Scott Zirkin, “Social media is a great tool to keep New Jersey’s periodontists connected and engaged with our state’s informed consumers and vast network of highly qualified dentists, hygienists, physicians, and nurses.”


The NJSP can currently be found on the following social networking platforms: Twitter (, Facebook (, and, for professional use, LinkedIn ( 

“We couldn’t ignore the powerful impact social media has had on society,” added Dr. Zirkin. “We’re excited about connecting with the community and sharing information that could provide people with healthier gums, replacements for missing teeth, and, in turn, improved overall health and quality of life.”

About the New Jersey Society of Periodontists:

The New Jersey Society of Periodontists (NJSP) is an organization of New Jersey dentists who specialize in the art, science, and practice of periodontics, including dental implants.  The group is dedicated to advancing the knowledge base and understanding of periodontal diseases, as well as advancing ideas in the surgical techniques of implantology.  The NJSP seeks to explore and discuss problems of mutual interest with those in the practice of periodontics and implant dentistry.  It supports the public, periodontists, and all dental professionals involved in the oral care of patients of all ages.  For more information, please visit  The NJSP can also be found on these social media networks: Twitter (, Facebook (, and, for professional use, LinkedIn ( 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'Gameover' Phishing Scam Targets Bank Accounts

It pays to always remain vigilant and cautious when it comes to any kind of question or concern with your online banking profile.  For several years now, the bad guys have been sending emails (referred to as "phishing") to try and trick unsuspecting users into giving up info that can be used to help them steal your funds.  Today, I happened to stumble upon information from the FBI on the latest of these types of scams.

Cyber criminals have found yet another way to steal your hard-earned money: a recent phishing scheme involves spam e-mails—purportedly from the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), the Federal Reserve Bank, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)—that can infect recipients’ computers with malware and allow access to their bank accounts.

The malware is appropriately called “Gameover” because once it’s on your computer, it can steal usernames and passwords and defeat common methods of user authentication employed by financial institutions. And once the crooks get into your bank account, it’s definitely “game over.”

Gameover is a newer variant of the Zeus malware, which was created several years ago and specifically targeted banking information.How the scheme works: Typically, you receive an unsolicited e-mail from NACHA, the Federal Reserve, or the FDIC telling you that there’s a problem with your bank account or a recent ACH transaction. (ACH stands for Automated Clearing House, a network for a wide variety of financial transactions in the U.S.) The sender has included a link in the e-mail for you that will supposedly help you resolve whatever the issue is. Unfortunately, the link goes to a phony website, and once you’re there, you inadvertently download the Gameover malware, which promptly infects your computer and steals your banking information.

After the perpetrators access your account, they conduct what’s called a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack using a botnet, which involves multiple computers flooding the financial institution’s server with traffic in an effort to deny legitimate users access to the site—probably in an attempt to deflect attention from what the bad guys are doing.

But that’s not the end of the scheme: Recent investigations have shown that some of the funds stolen from bank accounts go towards the purchase of precious stones and expensive watches from high-end jewelry stores. The criminals contact these jewelry stores, tell them what they’d like to buy, and promise they will wire the money the next day. So the next day, a person involved in the money laundering aspect of the crime—called a “money mule”—comes into the store to pick up the merchandise. After verifying that the money is in the store’s account, the jewelry is turned over to the mule, who then gives the items to the organizers of the scheme or converts them for cash and uses money transfer services to launder the funds.

In many cases, these money mules are willing participants in the criminal scheme. But increasingly, as part of this scheme, we see an increasing number of unsuspecting mules hired via “work at home” advertisements who end up laundering some of the funds stolen from bank accounts. The criminals e-mail prospective candidates claiming to have seen their resumes on job websites and offer them a job. The hired employees are provided long and seemingly legitimate work contracts and actual websites to log into. They’re instructed to either open a bank account or use their own bank account in order to receive funds via wire and ACH transactions from numerous banks…and then use money remitting services to send the money overseas.

If you think you’ve been victimized by this type of scheme, contact your financial institution to report it, and file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Facebook Rumored to be Working on SmartPhone

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Rumors are starting to sprout up about Facebook working on their own smartphone.  The murmuring is that the company has hired several talented smartphone experts and designers that have worked or designed for other companies that have created similar devices.
The idea is that if Facebook doesn't' come up with their own hardware, they may be relegated to just being another app type service which is *not* what the company wants.
Supposedly this is the third time they have attempted this and that this time they are committed to make it work.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Remembering Those Who Serve and Served...

No post today as it's Memorial Day here in the States.


This gives me a chance to thank those who serve and to honor those who have served to keep the rest of us free.  I'm grateful to those of you who put their lives on the line so that the rest of us can enjoy the blessings that you all help guarantee.


Freedom truly isn't free and many pay the ultimate price so that the rest of us can continue to live with the freedom that comes from living in the greatest county in the world.


I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who serve or have served our great nation.    Thank you for all you have done.  Your dedication and sacrifice is appreciated and not taken for granted!!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thanks to the Greater St. Louis Dental Society!

On Friday, I spent the day lecturing to the Greater St. Louis Dental Society about the latest and greatest advancements in technology.


I had a truly great time!  It was a great group and one of the best things about being close to home is that there were so many people there that I knew.  It was great spending the day with friends!  Thanks to everyone who came out, especially on a Memorial Day Weekend and took time out of their Friday to hang out with me.


After the lecture I got a chance to head downtown to the Cathedral Basilica and spent an hour in awe of the amazing artwork & the beauty of the building.


Of course, getting home without getting on a plane was just an added bonus!  The drive home took only about 3.5 hours.


Thanks to all for such a great day!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

gTar: The First Guitar That Anybody Can Play


Ever want to learn to play the guitar but just never got around to it?  That pretty much sums up my existence.  I really wanted to learn, but never had the time.


Well now there is a cool idea on Kickstarter about a guitar teaching system that could rock *everyone's* world.  The gTar uses a specially built guitar-like device that actually holds your iPhone.  An app is run that allows the gTar to light up the frets you need to be using.

 Take a look at the video and then tell me if this isn't one of the coolest ideas you've ever seen...


Here is more info from the Kickstarter page:


There's nothing like the thrill of playing a real musical instrument. Unfortunately for most, learning can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. That's why we built the gTar.

The gTar is a fully digital guitar that makes it easy for anybody to play music, regardless of experience. All you have to do is dock your iPhone in the body, load up the gTar app, and an array of interactive LEDs along the fretboard will show you how to play. 

You may be asking yourself what it means for a guitar to be "digital." While most guitars have pickups to amplify the sound of vibrating strings, the gTar has none - instead, we've designed the gTar with sensors that detect exactly what you're playing in real-time and relay each note to your iPhone, which then produces the actual sound. This makes it possible for us to do all kinds of exciting things, so let's get into it!


Start With Songs You Already Love

The free gTar app comes bundled with a library of songs that you can start playing right away. We're adding more every week and we'd love to hear your suggestions.  Also, if you've been itching to play a specific song check out the Song Selection reward tier where we will work with you to get a song of your choosing on to the platform.  One of the things that's so exciting about the gTar is the ability to incorporate different sounds outside of the guitar. So if you want to play a song with a big, warm synth or a booming grand piano, it's all possible with the gTar.


Stop Learning, Just Play

We think that everybody should be able to have fun playing music, regardless of how long they've been playing or how much time they have to practice. That's why we built an intuitive feature called SmartPlay, which mutes out incorrect notes as you play and nudges you along as you play through difficult songs.

Most Guitars Only Have One Level of Difficulty. We Have Three.

If you've never played the guitar before, start with Easy, where you only need to play the open strings. This gives you the chance to start playing your favorite songs right away while getting a hands on feel for the strings. SmartPlay is in effect here, so if you accidentally hit the wrong string, you won't hear anything. 

When you've graduated from Easy, you can move up to Medium and start playing the frets and strings at the same time. Don't worry though, Smart Play is still in effect, so you can continue to play without the fear of messing up.

When you've mastered a song and want to take it to the next level, try playing in Hard. Here, the gTar will continue to display the correct notes, but allows you to play whatever you want. SmartPlay stops working here, so every note you play will ring out.


Go Further

Since the gTar is powered by the iPhone, it can sound however you want. Try playing around in Free Play, where you can choose from a variety of guitar models, keyboards, synths, or even drums. Free Play also provides an expression pad for tweaking sound effects (chorus, echo, reverb, and distortion) and a panel that gives you full control of the LEDs.

Where Does the Money Go?

Over the last year, we've taken our completed hardware design to China where we've been working with an amazing manufacturing team in Shenzhen that have helped us take the gTar from a schematic to a finished product. The gTars in the photos/video you see are all working, fully functional prototypes.

We've already invested in the tooling and have lined up our supply chain.  We now need your help to fund the initial batch of production units. After the campaign ends, we expect it to take 2-3 months to produce, assemble, and ship your finished gTars.

More specifically your contribution will help us fund the following:

- Custom Guitar Body Manufacturing
- Volume Component Ordering (sensors, processors)
- Production Assembly
- Production Quality Assurance and Testing

Here's our team assembling the first pilot units. Due to the complexity of the gTar's assembly, we've had to iterate through more than 10 prototypes - these pilot units were built to ensure that our manufacturing processes would work at scale.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Leap Technology Wants to Make "Iron Man" Computer Control Real


If you've seen The Avengers or either of the Iron Man movies, you've seen how Tony Stark brings up images on his computer and controls everything by just waving and moving his hands.  It looks incredibly cool on the big screen and many of us are wondering how long it will be before we can get our hands on that type of technology.


The answer is… not that long actually.  As in next year not that long.  A company called Leap Motion is bringing a USB device to the market that will let you control your computer like the CEO of Stark Enterprises for… are you ready for this?… $70.  I know, the price completely blew me away too.


I could sit here and rattle on describing the whole thing, but really the video can do everything I can do with words and do it a lot more effectively.  So take 1 minute and 12 seconds to watch the video.  I think you'll be as amazed by this as I am.


Oh, and they are taking pre-orders right now.  Grab that credit card!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Studies Now Indicating Sleep Apnea may Increase Risk of Cancer

For several years, those of us in dentistry have been taking in interest in sleep apnea.  It's a disease where an individual doesn't get enough oxygen when they sleep and it results in many health problems.  Now comes news that the disease may also be linked to cancer.


Here is the story from  Click here for the story from the site.  


Two new studies indicate that people who suffer sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing cancer.

Due to be presented in San Francisco this week at an American Thoracic Society conference, the findings have been touted as "striking" by researchers, the New York Times reported.

Scientists say sleep apnea -- a widespread disorder suffered by 28 million Americans, which disrupts breathing and causes snoring -- is linked to low blood oxygen levels. That lack of oxygen can trigger the development of tumors.

One study, conducted at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health over 22 years, found that severe breathing problems at night increase the likelihood of dying from cancer by 4.8 times, compared to people who had no such breathing issues. People with moderate apnea were found to have double the risk of dying.

A second set of findings, from the Spanish Sleep Network, assessed the incidence of cancer, rather than the mortality rate.

Following 5,200 people over seven years, the study tracked oxygen depletion and found, for example, that people whose oxygen levels dipped below 90 percent, for up to 12 percent of the total time asleep, had a 68 percent greater likelihood of developing cancer, than people who did not have breathing difficulties at night.

Sleep apnea is widely understood to be related to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes -- conditions that are also linked to cancer.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Shofu Announces BeautiSealant


  • Brief Overview:

Fluoride recharging, pit and fissure sealant with high radiopacity.  Self-etching primer eliminates traditional etch and rinse steps providing high bond values in less time.


  • Extended Overview:

BeautiSealant is a tooth-colored, fluoride recharging, pit and fissure sealant with a self-etching primer that speeds treatment time by eliminating the need for phosphoric acid etching.  Using an advanced, self-etching primer, BeautiSealant helps preserve healthy enamel that is easily demineralized with harsh acid-etchants, while still maintaining superior bond strength.   Seeping deeply into pits and fissures, our HEMA-free primer bonds equally to enamel or dentin preparing the tooth surface for a secure and long-lasting bond.  Providing flawless handling characteristics, both the viscosity and the syringe design contribute to a smooth, bubble free consistency, and reduce the common issue of overfilling.  Unlike many competitors, BeautiSealant is also highly radiopaque offering clear visibility at follow-up.  As the newest member of the GIOMER family, BeautiSealant is filled with Shofu’s proprietary Surface Pre-Reacted Glass (S-PRG) with proven cariostatic properties, acid neutralization, and plaque inhibition.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Twitter Updates Policies… In Case You Missed It

 I just flat out *love* Twitter.  I've been tweeting since the service was about 3 months old and I've got to admit that it has become a bit of an addiction for me.  However, in addition to learning about where my travels have taken me and  how my beloved Kansas  City Royals are doing, I also try to sprinkle in things that, hopefully, are of interest to tech lovers in general and sometimes healthcare tech lovers in particular.  If you'd like to follow my Twitter Feed, just head on over and click follow.  
However, this post isn't about me.  It's about the recent update that Twitter sent out regarding it's new and changed policies.  In case you are a Twitter user and missed this, I'm reposting the email I received in its entirety, just so you get all the info.  
New things are always happening here at Twitter HQ. We're growing at a rapid pace, and our commitment to simplicity, transparency, and reaching every person on the planet continues. We thought you might be interested in knowing about some of our most recent developments:
In addition, we've made a number of updates to our Privacy Policy andTerms of Service.
Here are some of the main changes to our Privacy Policy, with links for more information:
  • We've provided more details about the information we collect and how we use it to deliver our services and to improve Twitter. One example: our new tailored suggestions feature, which is based on your recent visits to websites that integrate Twitter buttons or widgets, is an experiment that we're beginning to roll out to some users in a number of countries. Learn more here.
  • We've noted the many ways you can set your preferences to limit, modify or remove the information we collect. For example, we now support the Do Not Track (DNT) browser setting, which stops the collection of information used for tailored suggestions.
  • We've clarified the limited circumstances in which your information may be shared with others (for example, when you've given us permission to do so, or when the data itself is not private or personal). Importantly, our privacy policy is not intended to limit your rights to object to a third party's request for your information.
In our Terms of Service, we've clarified how your relationship with Twitter works and made a number of small changes and formatting improvements, such as new headings for easy reference and updated descriptions of our services.
Take a moment to read our new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, and thanks for using Twitter.
The Twitter Team

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sprint is Bringing "Tri-Fi" Hotspot to Market

When I'm on the road, as I frequently am... too frequently as of late, I really do need to stay connected.  With the proliferation of free WiFi, you have plenty of access, but open unsecured wireless brings about a lot of security issues that I don't want to deal with.  That's why, for the past several years, I've owned and used my own portable WiFi hotspot.

My Sprint Sierra Passport has served me well for these past years and I use it frequently.  Now, comes word that Sprint is about to go to the next step in portable wireless hotspot access.  Here are the details from an article on  If you'd like to read the article on Fox, click here.  

After launching its WiMAX 4G network back in 2010, Sprint is now opting to shift its weight toward LTE, a new 4G standard pioneered by Verizon in 2011. With Sprint's new hotspot, you don't need to worry if you're traveling to a city that doesn't yet have a 4G LTE network — or even a 4G network at all. The device can flit between 4G flavors and even hook into 3G, taking the guesswork out of the entire process.
Sprint's LTE network won't be rolling out until this summer, but that isn't stopping the carrier from readying its hardware arsenal now: The Tri-Fi hotspot, manufactured by Sierra Wireless like Sprint's Overdrive 4G hotspot, will go on sale for $99.99 with a 2-year contract (and a $50 rebate) on May 18. If being away from the web gives you separation anxiety, a cleverly signal-agnostic tool like the Tri-Fi might be just what the doctor ordered — but those hotspot data overage fees can still kill you if you aren't careful.

Friday, May 18, 2012

New Lesion Diagnosis Tool- Identify a Lesion in Seconds - Discount Ends 5/18



Confidently diagnose lesions in seconds!

Introducing VisualDx™ Oral, a first-of-its kind oral lesion diagnosis tool integrated within Lexicomp Online™ for Dentistry PRO. This tool will change your practice as you discover how it saves you time in research and helps you accurately diagnosis common and rare oral lesions, without referring patients out to a specialist!


  • Develop a patient-relevant differential diagnosis
  • Visually validate a diagnosis using over 800 high-quality images
  • Quickly access next steps for management and care
  • Provide patient education with full color images they can relate to

My friends at Lexicomp have put together a heck of an offer.  To get all the details & place an order click here.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New 2012 DentalEZ® Group Catalog Now Available


User-Friendly Design Makes Ordering Dental Products and Equipment

 Easy and Convenient


Malvern, PA (May 16, 2012) DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, recently announced the availability of its new 2012 Product Catalog and Price List.  The 152-page catalog is DentalEZ’s most comprehensive and user-friendly product guide to date.  


The 2012 DentalEZ Group Product Catalog displays the latest product offerings from all DentalEZ brands, such as its new economical line of StarDental® Concentrix® handpieces, ergonomic DentalEZ ErgoSure stools for the entire dental team, and the new Simplicity® hygiene package.  Customers also still have access to industry classics, such as the DentalEZ J/V-Generation® Chair, StarDental’s popular 430 SWL® High-Speed Handpiece Series, and a complete line of CustomAir® and RAMVAC® pumps and system components.  


In addition, DentalEZ has created a convenient new product equipment tool that provides customers easy ordering and product selection for the countless operatory configurations available.  The new product equipment tool is set up much like a configurator, showcasing all possible options for creating the most customized equipment setups.  Furthermore, more options now come standard, for additional value and convenience.   


The new catalog is extremely user-friendly and includes many helpful features, such as a handpiece maintenance section that contains tips on maintaining all StarDental handpieces, including how to extend the life of turbines for high-speeds, and how to properly place StarDental handpiece burs to prevent “bur walkout.” 


The new 2012 catalog also displays a full listing of the DentalEZ sales force, including sales territories and contact information for each representative.   


To order DentalEZ’s new 2012 Product Catalog, please visit or call 1-866-DTE-INFO. 


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


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Do You Guru?

If you don't Guru… or you aren't really sure what Guru is, then have I got an announcement for you!
On Thursday June 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm, I will be hosting an event about Guru patient education software in my office.
i'm a huge fan of using technology to help my patients better understand their needs and  how those needs can be met using our state of the art dental care.  To do that, we frequently utilize Guru which is a cutting edge CGI program that helps explain dental procedures.
Guru allows our office to place images of our patents (whether they are x-rays or photos) directly into the CGI animations to help explain needed treatment and what it involves.
If you've ever thought your office could use some help with communication, this event will be right down your alley.
I'll be posting more details as the event gets closer, but for now mark off the date and we hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Oral Cancer 2nd Most Diagnosed of HPV Related Cancers

I've made posts about oral cancer here before.  This dreaded disease is causing deaths, disfigurements, and misery to many in the US and the world.  This year, in the US alone, somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer.  Nearly one person every hour dies of this horrific disease and we need to do more to stop it.


As regular readers know, I'm advocating 3 different devcies for a total of 4 different modalities to help screen for oral cancer.  Finding the disease at the earliest possible stages allows us to treat it conservatively.  If it can be discovered early, in Stage 1 or Stage 2, the five year survival rate is about 80%.  If instead it is caught at Stage 3 or Stage 4, the five year survival rated drops to about 20%.  Most oral cancers are discovered in the later 2 stages which is the reason for the depressing statistics about this disease.


Now comes news from the American Dental Association that of the Human Papilloma Virus cancers ( oral cancer is associated with HPV ), oropharyngeal cancer is the second most diagnosed HPV associated cancer.  Here is the story from The ADA News:  


CDC: Oropharyngeal cancer second most diagnosed of HPV-associated cancers

Atlanta—Oropharyngeal cancer is the second most diagnosed of cancers associated with the human papilloma virus, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the April 20 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a CDC analysis of 2004 to 2008 data from the National Program of Cancer Registries and from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program yielded evidence of 33,369 HPV-associated cancers diagnosed in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In its analysis of the NPCR and SEER data, the CDC found that oropharyngeal cancer was diagnosed at an average of 11,726 cases annually. Only cervical cancer, at an average of 11,967 cases annually, was diagnosed at a higher rate.

Of the 11,726 annual cases of diagnosed oropharyngeal cancer, the CDC reported that an estimated 63 percent are attributable to oncogenic HPV infection.  Males were diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer with preponderance over females: 9,356 cases versus 2,370 cases.

HPV-associated cancers occur at specific anatomic sites—the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus and oropharynx—in specific cell types (carcinoma of the cervix and squamous cells for the other sites) in which HPV DNA is frequently found.  The CDC analysis identified the rates of diagnosed HPV-associated cancers by anatomic site, age group, sex, and race/ethnicity.

Case definitions based on expert consensus were used to examine the burden of invasive cancers at anatomic sites and occurring in the affected cell types. “Inclusion of oropharyngeal cancers as HPV-associated was further limited to specific sites where HPV is most likely to be found: base of tongue, tonsils, and ‘other oropharynx,’” the report said.

The report touted the use of HPV vaccines in curtailing infection rates. “Many HPV-associated cancers likely are preventable through the use of HPV vaccines,” the report said. “Two vaccines (bivalent and quadrivalent) are available to protect against HPV 16 and HPV 18, the types that cause most cervical and other anogenital cancers as well as oropharyngeal cancers.”

The report noted that “cervical cancer rates have decreased in the United States, largely as a result of the success of screening, but disparities still remain. HPV vaccine likely will help decrease cervical cancer rates further and reduce the disparities.”

However, the CDC concluded, because other HPV-associated cancers, including oropharyngeal cancer, do not have approved screening programs, “HPV vaccines are important prevention tools to reduce the incidence of noncervical cancers.”

Monday, May 14, 2012

Are Laser Fibers Interchangeable?

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A few times since the first of the year, I've received this question from someone who owns a laser and is looking for a fiber optic bundle to attach to it.
Usually this happens when either a laser company goes out of business or (more frequently) the source where the office was buying the fibers simply stops carrying them in the inventory.  Since the offices that use and cleave their fibers depend on a supply of these to keep their laser in-use, not having a source for one can be a bit of problem.
Fortunately, it's a problem that is fairly easy to solve… at least it has been for me.  Here is my solution that has worked in the limited number of cases I've encountered so far.
It seems that the most common fiber in use is the 300 micron variety.  This fiber is pictured above with the purple collar.  What causes most offices angst is when they call a supplier and ask for a "fiber for a XYZ laser" and are told they are no longer carrying that item.  However, what I have found is that it is not the manufacturer that makes the difference, but the diameter of the fiber.  What I mean by that is this: every laser I've come across that takes a 300 micron fiber, has the same adapter port.  What this means is that other manufacturers 300 micron fibers will attach to your laser.
Now this is completely anecdotal and you need to check this out for yourself, but here is what has worked so far in the limited number of cases of "fiber coaching" I've done.
A few years ago, Kavo came to market with a diode laser called the GentleRAY.  The laser takes a 300 micron fiber.  All you need to do is to find a dental dealer that sells Kavo equipment and order the Kavo 300 micron fiber (I believe it comes in a 3 meter length).  On that particular fiber, the fitting which is purple in the photo above is dark red, about the color of cranberry juice.
So if you've been looking for a 300 micron fiber and haven't been able to find one, try ordering the Kavo fiber.  As a test, if you are in an area with a Kavo rep, give them a call and have them bring a fiber by for you to try and see if it will fit your laser.  In the cases I've helped with, they have screwed right on and worked like a dream.
If you have questions or comments… just leave them in the comments section.  Hopefully this post keeps some of you from having to turn expensive lasers into coat racks.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Patient Appreciation Day

On Saturday morning, we had our 2012 Patient Appreciation Day.  From 8:30-10:30 folks were served pancakes and sausage by Chris Cakes… who specialize in "Pancakes with an Attitude".
This year's celebration was punctuated by a visit from my friends at Gendex who brought the "Gendex Bus" to our office.  The bus, or Big Blue, as it is affectionately known is a mobile showroom that features the latest and greatest dental equipment.  Patients got a chance to eat some yummy food and then take a tour of the bus.
We've always tried to do things differently at our office.  Obviously our embracing of technology is a big part of that, but in addition to that we make a constant effort to keep things from being quiet and scary.  We truly love what we do and we want the people who trust us with their care to know that we treat them like friends and not just as patients.  Our pancake breakfasts are just one way we try to show that.
We were truly amazed at the turnout!  We've had a few of these in the past and every time, the number of folks who attend continues to rise.  The weather was perfect, the food was awesome, and being in the company of those you truly care about… well I can't think of a better way to spend a sunny Saturday morning.
Thanks to everyone who attended!!!  Oh, and rest assured, there's  plenty more of this to come!  :-)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Many Hybrid Owners Would Not Purchase a Hybrid Again

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It seems that the green technology powering today's hybrid vehicles has lost its shine for many owners according to a story of
Being a hybrid owner myself, I decided to check into it.  It seems there are a couple of reasons, one is not recouping the initial cash outlay and the other is manufacturers overstating vehicle statistics.
As far as the costs, most hybrid vehicles will cost about $5000 more than their gasoline powered counterparts.  This means that the owner needs to hang onto them longer to see the return on investment.  With many in America changing vehicles like I change my socks, keeping a new vehicle pass the six-year mark is a rarity. This means that the initial $5000 extra outlay of cash is not recovered simply because the vehicle was traded before it has a chance to deliver its hybrid savings and eliminate the upfront cost.
The other reason for disillusionment with hybrids is, simply stated, the fact that many owners feel that mileage statistics are overstated. Many owners of  hybrid vehicles that are small make the purchase thinking of tremendous gas mileage. However, when that doesn't materialize disillusionment quickly sets in.
Personally, as a hybrid owner I find the above information to be exactly the reason why I decided to purchase my hybrid Tahoe. I have a tendency to hang onto vehicles simply because I really dislike car payments. My last vehicle, a Dodge Durango, lasted me 10 years. Also I found the mileage indicated on the sticker the day I bought it to be pretty much in line with what I've experienced. I knew buying an SUV would mean lower gas mileage than a compact. However, my life dictates that I need the extra room.
I'm happy to report that the Tahoe is still averaging between 20 and 21 mpg in combined highway in city driving. The gas powered version gets similar numbers on the highway, but around 12 in the city. I truly feel like I'm getting my “money's worth” with the technology as well as doing my part to make our planet a better place.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sirona Dental Systems and Patterson Dental Partner to Launch the “Wake Up to the Trade Up Opportunity”


In Honor of the Upcoming CEREC 27 and a half Anniversary Event, CEREC® 3 Owners Can Trade Up to Fresh Technology with Last Chance Promotional Pricing  


Charlotte, NC (May 9, 2012) – Sirona Dental Systems, the world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, recently partnered with Patterson Dental, the exclusive distributor of  the CEREC® Dental CAD/CAM system, to launch the “Wake Up to the Trade Up Opportunity.”


During this exclusive promotion, which continues through July 27, 2012, CEREC 3 owners can “wake up” with the help of a free Keurig® Coffee Maker when they schedule and complete an in-office CEREC AC or MC XL milling unit demonstration with their local Patterson representative.


What’s more, CEREC 3 owners will have a last chance opportunity to “trade up” to a CEREC AC powered by CEREC Software 4.0 and/or the CEREC MC XL milling unit at special promotional pricing.


“Sirona and Patterson recognize our loyal CEREC 3 customers want to remain on the cutting edge of digital dentistry,” said Sirona US Vice President CAD/CAM, Roddy MacLeod. “CEREC 3 was a major breakthrough in dental CAD/CAM when it launched in 2000, but since that time CEREC’s many advances, such as CEREC AC with Bluecam and Software 4.0, have dramatically improved the clinician’s restorative dentistry capabilities and, in turn, patient satisfaction.”


The “Wake Up to the Trade Up” promotion enables CEREC 3 owners to incorporate fresh technology, enjoy instant savings and receive an instant incentive – a free Keurig Coffee Maker if they schedule a product demonstration with their Patterson representative. Trade-up options and promotional pricing are listed below:


“In honor of the upcoming CEREC 27 and a half event, CEREC 3 owners who trade up to CEREC AC or MC XL technology and have it installed by June 22, 2012, will have their CEREC 27 and a half tuition paid by Sirona and Patterson – a $1,495 value,” explains MacLeod.


For more information about the limited-time Wake Up to the Trade Up Opportunity, CEREC 3 owners are advised to contact their local Patterson representative or call 800-873-7683.


To learn more about CEREC 27 and a half, the three-day CAD/CAM extravaganza coming to The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino from August 16th through the 18th, visit, or call toll-free 855-237-3248. 


About Sirona Dental Systems


Sirona, the dental technology leader, has served dealers and dentists worldwide for more than 130 years. Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a complete line of dental products, including CAD/CAM restoration systems (CEREC); digital intraoral, panoramic, and 3D imaging systems; dental treatment centers; and handpieces. Visit  for more information. 


About Patterson Dental 


Patterson Dental provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and most-needed services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America. For more information, visit  


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Medidentia Moving to Las Vegas

To those of you who are customers of Medidentia, i thought I'd pass this along:


 After 68 years in New York City, Medidentia is moving! is pleased to announce that it will be moving to the Las Vegas strip effective July 2, 2012. In response to many dentists requests for seminars in fun destinations such as Las Vegas, our larger and more efficient facility will now also house monthly "hands-on" endo training courses commencing in the 4th quarter of 2012.


Please note:


In order to minimize any product delivery interruption, it is strongly suggested to anticipate your needs. As an added incentive Medidentia is now offering a limited time, across-the-board discount of 30% on all Medidentia and Micro-Mega branded products.


Moving inventory across the country is expensive and our best alternative is to clear our warehouse with these deep discounts, so this offer is only available while supplies last! Don't forget to check our website at for more ways to save big.


This move will only serve to enhance our commitment to ultimate customer satisfaction as we continue to serve the dental community, as we have for the last 68 years.


Whether in New York or Las Vegas, we look forward to serving your needs.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Great Cloud and Local Backup from DDS Rescue

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If you've had a chance to read my latest article in this month's issue of Dental Products Report, the you know it's about the DDS Rescue device available through Liptak Dental.  Since I've just written the article and the digital edition is online (link to follow) I didn't want to just repeat myself here.  The joy and the power of the blog is to be able to offer you some info you might not get anywhere else while also making it as timely as possible.
In a brief summary, DDS Rescue is a computer system that is in your office.  It connects to your office network and through no intervention from you or your staff, provides both onsite & cloud backups.
For those of you who have either read articles I've written about backups or heard me speak about the subject, you've heard me mention the term "backup chain".  By that I mean you want as many "links" or backups as are feasibly possible for you.  Because of that philosophy, I look upon DDS Rescue as a good solid "link".  I'm not promoting it as the only one you need, but it definitely serves a purpose and should be considered by any office that wants to ensure the survivability of their data.
Here are some things the company themselves have to say about their product.

What Is DDS Rescue?

Onsite System

A Failover Server at Your Office

DDS RescueTM includes an onsite unit—a failover server—for common network failures, which can get your office back up and running in 10 minutes.Think of it as a high-tech spare tire for your practice.

Online System

Your Programs & Data—Stored Securely in the Cloud

In addition to backups on your onsite failover server, the system routinely copies these files to the cloud.Your programs and data are backed up online and stored in multiple, encrypted facilities. If your office is destroyed, your complete server can be accessed via the web so you can view files and manage your business remotely.

U.S.-Based Monitoring 24 Hours a Day

Every Backup Is Verified

Onsite and offsite systems are monitored and tested to make sure all backed-up data is current, should you need a fast restore.

Easy Installation

And Help If You Need It

You do not need a network professional onsite to install DDS Rescue. Simply plug the DDS Rescue unit into your network and our agents will handle the rest remotely.