Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DDS Rescue… and Why it *Might* Just Rescue You

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With all of the crazy weather we've  been having this year, it got me to thinking...
I mean, it doesn't really matter *where* you live this year, the insanity of Mother Nature will find you.  We've seen huge snowstorms, mudslides, sink holes, floods, wild fires, and lately a spate of tornados across the midwest and the southeast have brought incredible devastation.
While I am shocked and saddened to see all of the destruction, I also have a job to do and that is to help those of us in health care to remember that natural disasters are not only tragedies, but they also affect practices that are businesses that need to survive.  Losing your physical office is devastating enough… losing your office and all of the data that runs it would be catastrophic to the point of needing to start over.
About 3 years ago, I added an important link to my backup chain and backup protocol.  That link is DDS Rescue, a device that ensures around the clock backup and protection of all of my office data.
It's a simple process and one that allows me to sleep easier no matter where I am.  The DDS Rescue system is a 2 pronged approach to data protection.
  1. The DDS Rescue box (pictured above).  The device is shipped to your office and plugs into the office network.  Once plugged in and powered up the staff at DDS Rescue logs into your server (with your permission) and configures your server and the DDS Rescue device to communicate with each other over the office network.  The device creates a mirror image of your server on a schedule that you provide.  This process creates a bootable virtual server that can be run and can access your data in case of a disaster.
  2. In addition to backing up and mirroring your data on the DDS Rescue device in your office, the device also takes your data and creates an offsite backup in a secure data center.  This means that not only is a mirror backup of your data available to you in your office, it is also available to you if  the DDS Rescue device or your office suffer a worst case scenario and are destroyed.  Yes, a virtual mirror of your server is available to you and it is located in a very secure offsite location that meets all HIPAA requirements.  No matter what happens, your data is safe and can be accessed by you.

The device also stays in contact with the good people at DDS Rescue and lets them know that it is functioning and your backups are working and bootable.  It will also send you email to keep you, the doctor, aware of its status.  If anything goes wrong with the device, DDS Rescue contacts you and troubleshoots the problem.  You know your backups are safe and accessible!

The most important business component you have is your data.  Keeping it safe should be your number one priority.  DDS Rescue is a product that does just that.  For more info go to the company website.  I rely on DDS Rescue and strongly feel you should as well.  This product is highly recommended!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

AOL Reveals Security Breach

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Security is a never ending subject in the tech world and another breach has been announced by another big name in the industry, AOL.
The company said Monday that it is “investigating a security incident” that could have affected up to 2 percent of AOL subscribers, however the company has not released solid numbers on how many users have been hit.

It seems to be users of the AOL email service that have taken the biggest hit.  Those folks may have had the bad guys get their e-mail address, address book, and postal address copied.  Not only that, but the hackers also managed to make off with encrypted versions of passwords and the corresponding security questions… although AOL stated that it has not seen any indication that the encryption was broken - however it's hard to prove a negative.

The company has said they are contacting affected users, but are also warning their customers to be suspicious of any potentially nefarious emails.  However, how the user can tell between the AOL *real* email and a scam email has not been made known.

If you are an AOL user, proceed with caution...

Monday, April 28, 2014

iOptima from Bien Air is Now Undergoing Testing

What you are seeing here is the next generation of handpiece controls.  Not too long ago Bien Air released the MX2 handpiece system that allowed the user to control things like RPM and torque with a small monochrome LCD screen.
Behold the net step up!  The iOptima allows the user to have *full* control of the system utilizing an iPod!
The iPod has an app that allows for settings and parameters to be downloaded whenever they change.  Why is that important?  Well, the iOptima is not only a system that controls your standard rotary electric handpiece, it also comes with an *endo* handpiece as well.
That's right, endo is as simple as changing the standard friction grip high speed and attaching the endo handpiece.  Next the iPod app is changed from Restorative to Endo and the file system the doctor uses is selected.  It's just that easy.
The system can support many different endo file systems.  All the doctor has to do is contact the file company and find out what RPM and torque settings are required.  Those numbers are set in the app & you are ready to go.
I'm anxious to get this set up in the office and try a few cases with it.  I've been very happy with my MX2 system from Bien Air, but I can't wait to get the new iOptima system rolling in my office!

Friday, April 25, 2014

VOCO America Introduces Control Seal

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The smart folks at VOCO have a new sealant they are bringing to the market.  It's called Control Seal and it has some unique properties.
The first is the degree of filler that is present.  One of the problems with sealants is that they tend to wear more than the surrounding tooth structure.  This means that, over time, the sealant gets thinner and thinner.  At some point it becomes so thin it begins to chip away during normal occlusal loading.  This is obviously not ideal as the only way a sealant is effective is if it stays in the pits & fissures.
The biggest reason for this "wear problem" is due to the amount of filler particles in the material.  Composites (which sealants are) combine a mixture of filler particles to resin.  The more resin there is, the greater the "flowability" of the material, but the greater the wear.  The more filler particles there are, the more stiff the material becomes and the less the material will wear.  A flowable composite or a sealant has a greater percentage of resin and a lower percentage of filler particles.  A traditional composite has greater percentage of filler particles and a lower percentage of resin.
Control Seal has a 55 percent filled ratio which means that, due to the higher amount of filler, it wears better than traditional sealants.  This means that there should be less wear long term with this greater filler percentage.
The material also releases fluoride which is a bonus for a material that is placed to help prevent decay from developing in the first place.  
Another nice feature is the fact that Control Seal is transparent.  This allows the practitioner to actually see through the sealant and visualize the tooth structure under it.  Often offices cannot easily detect decay that develops under a sealant.  The transparent feature should help offices deal with this situation.
Here is info from the company:


  • Transparent
  • Suitable for laser fluorescence-based diagnostic methods
  • Excellent handling
  • Highest filler content among the transparent fissure sealants (55 % w/w)
  • Outstanding physical properties
    • – high compressive strength
    • – high flexural strength
    • – low level of abrasion

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Why the Golden Rule is Really, Really Important

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Today's post is about the Golden Rule and why treating others as you would like to be treated can affect both your professional life *and* you personal life.
I recently had a situation in my office that I thought could have been handled a lot better and I wanted to share it here as well as let you know the outcome.  Hopefully this provides some good information for a lot of you (especially you doctors who read the blog).
The story goes like this:
A few weeks ago I had a patient come into the office for a routine recare and exam.  Now in Missouri, where I practice, it is legally acceptable for a patient to not receive an exam every time they present for a prophy.  As long as the patient has received an exam in the past 12 months there is not a legal reason for an exam.  However, as long as I'm in the office, I like to perform an exam every 6 months.
The day this situation occurred, it was pretty crazy busy in my office.  I like to run on time.  I don't wait well when I'm on the receiving end of the waiting game and consequently I don't like to keep people waiting either.  When we have  our morning organizational meeting, I pride our office on discussing how we can stay on task and on time.  It's a source of pride for all of us.
However, every once in a while things just get crazy beyond our control.  Perhaps someone shows up late or maybe an unforeseen complication arises during a procedure.  We try to plan for these things, but you can't always prevent everything.
So, on this particular day we had a couple of complications that prevented me from being on time.  I don't like it when these things happen, but it is my responsibility to deal with the complications and  provide the very best treatment that I can… even if that means running behind schedule.
Sarah, one of my wonderful hygienists, called me to do an exam.  However, I was not at a place in treatment that I could get up and walk away.  We told her it would be a few minutes.  Unfortunately "a few minutes" became about 15 minutes.  When I finally did get to a point I could  go to do the check, I found Sarah, but no patient.  The  patient is also a healthcare professional and Sarah  said her patient had to go because they needed to get back to see their patients.  
I felt awful about making them wait and especially the chance that I put them behind in seeing their own patients.  I immediately called the patient's office. I got voicemail, but I left a message apologizing for the delay.  I never heard back, but I hoped the message portrayed how badly I felt.
Today the patient returned for some treatment.  As I entered the treatment area I immediately said, "I owe you an apology for making you wait last time."  I was greeted with a smile and a laugh.  "Oh no you don't," I was told.  "Our office has been having some problems recently with staff and others not communicating and not treating patients with respect.  I played your  voicemail to them and told them "This is how a *real office* takes care of these things."
I was stunned.  What had been bothering me as an example of treating a  patient poorly had been used as an example of what to do when things don't work out (which will happen from time to time).  By treating someone the way I would want to be treated, I managed to turn a bad situation into a good one as well as providing some potential practice marketing as well.
You never know how things will turn out, but your odds are better if you use the Golden Rule.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

American Academy of Periodontology Launches National Campaign, “Love the Gums You’re With”

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Ask most American adults and they will tell you they are in pretty good health.  Many of us are exercising several times a week, watching what we eat, and taking  better care of ourselves than ever before!  However, about 1/3 of all American adults have a chronic infection.  In fact, this infection is an area of inflamed erythematous tissue (meaning it is bright red and bleeds easily) that occupies an area the size of your palm.  What is this, you ask?  It is the area of infection for those who have chronically inflamed gums (periodontal disease to those of us in the industry).


Think about that.  Tonight as you are getting ready for bed, if you removed your pants and saw a bright red area the size of your palm on your left calf and when you touched it, it bled rather easily, you'd be on the phone first thing the next morning making an appointment with your physician to get it checked out.


This same situation happens every day with people who are otherwise health, but suffer from chronic periodontal disease.  If every tooth in your mouth, with its surrounding tissue, was inflamed you'd have an area about equal to the size of one of your palms that was bright red and bled easily upon touching that area.


That's why the American Academy of Periodontology is now starting an educational campaign to help fellow Americans understand about this inflammation and infection.  The mouth is connected to the rest of the body and there are proven scientific links between periodontal inflammation and heart disease, diabetes, and low term birth weight… just to name a few.


Read on for all the details and make sure you are getting regular exams, cleanings, and  checkups from your dental professionals!



Educational campaign urges Americans take action against highly prevalent, yet seriously overlooked periodontal disease.


Chicago, IL – April 22, 2014 — In light of the recent prevalence data that finds almost half of American adults age 30 and older are suffering from periodontal disease, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is launching a national consumer awareness campaign devoted to educating the public on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease. 


The campaign, “Love The Gums You’re With,” is aimed at teaching Americans to take better care of their gums by implementing simple steps into their routine, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from their general dental professional or periodontist.


To gain national awareness and to help consumers better understand periodontal disease, the AAP is teaming up with Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” to launch these efforts. In Harrison’s role as Bachelor host, he has become a love guru of sorts, having garnered the experience to know what goes into making a successful long-term relationship.  Harrison will help patients understand how to ensure a life-long relationship with healthy gums.


“On behalf of the AAP, we’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to educate the public about the high prevalence of periodontal disease,” shares Stuart J. Froum, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, clinical professor, and director of clinical research at New York University’s Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. “We’re hopeful that increased awareness about this common disease and its link to other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer, will drive more patients to visit their dental practitioner and focus on preventive care and early treatment, if necessary.” 


Over the course of the campaign, patients may visit their dentist or a periodontal specialist for additional information about periodontal disease prevention and treatment. You may contact your referral periodontist or visit for more information.  


About the American Academy of Periodontology:

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the professional organization for periodontists – specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school, and periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAP has 8,300 members worldwide. For more information visit 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Testing Completed on Coltene CanalPro CL

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For a little over a month now, I've been pushing the Coltene CanalPro CL and really putting it under some stress to see how it performs.
The device is a cordless endo motor that  can be used to perform root canal treatment.  
My overall impressions have been very favorable.  As a doctor that does all of my own endodontic treatment, I'm always looking for ways to work more efficiently, with less stress on both myself and my patients. I've found the CanalPro CL to be an advantage to my overall treatment protocol.
The device is lightweight and well balanced.  The advantage is that there is no "pull" from a power cord that increases tug or roll on my wrist which means that I don't get hand fatigue which frequently happens when using a handpiece with a thick cord attached to it.  That also means it's easier to get files into the canals since there is no drag on the back of the handpiece that can make it harder to get the file into the canal orifice.
The handpiece head is very small… much smaller than the head on other devices, and because of that it is easier to see around the device and into the tooth.  This is a big advantage in molars where access is very limited.  The small size greatly increases visual clarity in the field.  The head can also be placed into 6 different positions to help access.
The CanalPro CL is also fully programable which means that no matter whose file system you are using, you can enter the torque and RPM settings for that particular system.  The system comes programmed for Coltene's HyFlex files in memory position 3 leaving 4 other memory positions for your other files.  Scrolling through the memory is just a matter of pushing a button.  
From a clinical standpoint, I really like the auto-reverse feature.  When you are using the CanalPro CL and the torque limit for your file is exceeded, the device beeps and then turns in the opposite direction for a few rotations.  This allows you to disengage the file.  After the auto-reverse, the device begins to rotate forward again allowing you to go right back to instrumentation.  This really increases efficiency during instrumentation.
Add to this the device has long battery life on a single charge and a 2 year warranty and this device is a home run for me.
No matter whose file system you are using, you owe it to yourself to check out Coltene's CanalPro CL.  This device is Highly Recommended!!!  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Apologies for Last Week… We Now Return to Regular Posting

In case you didn't notice, not much happened here on the blog last week.

Now as a one man editorial board here, it's sometimes difficult to shake loose adequate time to make a post every single day.  I try my best, but sometimes it just isn't possible and I appreciate that you wonderful readers are understanding about that.

There are other times that I just need some time away to rekindle the posts that allow me to be creative as well as just give the brain cells some rest.

However, last week wasn't either of those scenarios.  Last week was sue travel that I, quite literally, brought upon myself.

I *love* teaching.  Clinical dentistry is truly my first love, but I also love my "other" job which involves writing for Dental Products Report and teaching my peers.  I really love being able to be in front of an audience and educate a group on all the advantages of the latest and greatest technologies.  I also enjoy listening to and  interacting with audiences.  It is always a  great way for me to learn as well.

However, sometimes the scheduling of events can be a bit rough…  Here's what my travel schedule was like recently:

  • Thursday April 10: I worked a half day in my office, then headed off to KCI where I boarded a flight to Salt Lake City.  After a delay in Salt Lake, I boarded a plane for Redmond, OR.  I was picked up in Redmond at about 10:30 and driven 30 minutes to my final destination of Bend, Oregon.  By the time I crawled into bed, it was about 2:00 am on my Central Time clock.
  • Friday April 11: I taught an all day course to a great group in Bend.  There were no flights that could get me back to KC on Friday night, so I ended up spending the night in Bend with an early morning flight out.
  • Saturday April 12: I awoke at 4:00 am for an early morning flight back to KC.  I had to repeat my 30 minute drive back to Redmond.  When my flight left the ground it was still dark.  I hopped back to Salt Lake City where I had a 2 hour layover before boarding my final leg back to Kansas City.  I arrived back in my house at 3:30 pm and picked my mom & dad up for dinner at 4:00 pm
  • I got back from dinner and socializing with my folks around 9:00 pm and emptied by suitcase.
  • Sunday April 13: I went to church and upon returning home, began packing for another trip.  I left the house at 10:45 am and headed back to the KC airport; heading to Denver.  My flight out to Denver was delayed due to weather and when we finally did get airborne, the small prop plane I was on was diverted around a storm.  Rather than fly directly to Denver we headed south through Oklahoma… almost to Texas before heading to Denver.  What should've been about 1:15 flight time clocks in at over 2:15.  My gracious host in Denver waited about 3  hours for me…
  • Monday April 14: I awoke to 8 inches of snow.  My all day program for the Colorado Prosthodontic Society was a blast, but we didn't have a full house of members until about 10:00 am due to the weather.
  • Once again I couldn't get a flight out to my destination on Monday evening so I spent the night in Denver.
  • Tuesday April 15: I hopped onboard a hotel shuttle and headed to the Denver airport.  At 10:00 am I boarded a flight to Cleveland.  I spent most of the day in the air on Tuesday, but was treated to a great steak at a restaurant called "Strip" in Avon, Ohio
  • Wednesday April 16: I gave an all day lecture to the Loraine County Dental Society and then headed home.  I flew from Cleveland to Chicago and then from Chicago back to KC.

I was back in my office on Thursday to see a full schedule of patients as well as going through a huge pile of mail.  Needless to say, I didn't have a lot of free time for blog posts...

Thanks for your understanding.  I'm back and ready to roll as of today!

Monday, April 14, 2014



Lompoc, California, March 25, 2014 – DenMat, a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative esthetic dentistry and advanced oral health solutions, announced today that it has acquired substantially all assets of G. Hartzell & Son Inc. (“Hartzell”). Founded in 1935, and family-run for 79 years, Hartzell manufactures high- quality precision dental and surgical instruments in Concord, California in the East Bay area of San Francisco.

Hartzell’s industry-leading precision instruments are the instruments of choice of discerning clinicians and hygienists for periodontal and dental hygiene, restorative dentistry, surgery, orthodontics, implantology, endodontics, and diagnostics.

“DenMat is honored and excited to acquire Hartzell,” said Steve Semmelmayer, CEO of DenMat. “We are delighted that the Hartzell family has entrusted us with the time-honored legacy of the Hartzell brand. Hartzell instruments are the world’s gold standard for dental and surgical instruments because of their extraordinary quality, consistency and craftsmanship. DenMat now has broadened its range of superior products for hygiene, as well as instrumentation for restorative, periodontal, endodontic and surgical procedures,” added Semmelmayer.

Building on its goal to offer dental professionals a wide range of high-quality choices, DenMat’s addition of Hartzell instruments follows DenMat’s acquisition of a comprehensive line of oral hygiene and soft tissue management solutions from Zila, Inc. Also, in the past two years, DenMat acquired restoratives and impression product lines from Royal Philips Electronics and acquired PeriOptix, Inc., a California-based company known for high-quality magnification and illumination technologies for dental and medical professionals.

Andy Hartzell, President of G. Hartzell & Son, stated “We are excited and flattered about the acquisition of Hartzell by DenMat. We look forward to continuing our 79-year tradition of producing top-quality instruments, and with the addition of DenMat's sophisticated sales and marketing abilities, we will be able to better serve our customers on a more local, timely, and efficient basis.”

DenMat plans to keep most Hartzell operations in the Concord facility for the foreseeable future, with only select functions transferring to DenMat’s new 100,000 square foot world headquarters on the Central Coast of California in Lompoc.

About DenMat: Since 1974, DenMat has been a leader in high-quality dental products for dental professionals in more than 60 countries around the world. DenMat makes and assembles most of its products at its world headquarters on the Central Coast of California. DenMat offers three main product categories: Consumables, Small Equipment, and a full-service Dental Laboratory. DenMat’s consumables include the brands known and trusted: Geristore®, Core Paste®, Tenure®, Ultra-Bond®, Infinity®, Splash®, Precision®, Perfectemp®, Atridox® and LumiBrite®. DenMat’s small equipment includes a broad suite of products, including NVTM, SL3TM, and SOLTM soft-tissue diode lasers, Rotadent® power toothbrush, PeriOptixTM magnification loupes and lights, FlashliteTM (Magna and 1401) curing lights, and Velscope® Vx—the world’s top choice for oral lesion screening. DenMat is the home of the world’s #1 patient-requested thin veneer, Lumineers®. Now better than ever and backed by Thinnovation®: DenMat’s fresh multi-disciplinary approach to anterior esthetics using the latest generation of Lumineers. DenMat now crafts Lumineers by using advanced digital scanning, proprietary design software, 3-D printing—all hand-finished by skilled lab artisans in California. DenMat also features Snap-On Smile®, the ultimate provisional appliance. For more information, visit or call 1-800-4DENMAT (1-800- 433-6628).

About G. Hartzell & Son: G. Hartzell & Son (“Hartzell”) is a family-owned manufacturer of dental and surgical instruments, founded by George F. and George O. Hartzell in 1935. Unlike most instrument companies, Hartzell manufactures most of its own instruments. Approximately 85% of its instruments are manufactured in its factory located in the East Bay area of San Francisco, with the balance of production from Germany. Over the years, Hartzell has maintained the highest standards of manufacturing excellence, through its policy of controlled- growth and continuous research and development. The company developed innovations such as the lightest- weight stainless steel handles available for curettes and scalers, as well as cone socket instruments (removable tips) that provide for an extremely cost effective line of scalers, curettes, and periotomes. Hartzell uses only the highest-quality components and manufacturing methods backed by a rigorous quality control program. These methods have led to Hartzell’s recognition for superior quality by industry leaders throughout the world.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Henry Schein Announces Release Of Dentrix Ascend(TM)

Here's pretty cool news from Henry Schein.  There Cloud based system called Dentrix Ascend is now available.  The press release below has all the details...


MELVILLE, N.Y., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced the availability of Dentrix Ascend, its first cloud-based practice management system.

Having completed beta testing, Dentrix Ascend features a web-based practice management system that enhances dental practice efficiency by providing the benefits of the cloud, including automatic data backup, upgrades delivered in small, easily learned modules, and round-the-clock access from any model of computer--Personal Computer, Macintosh or tablet.

"Dentrix Ascend provides a completely new experience in dental practice management," said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein North American Dental Practice Solutions. "Not only is it cloud-based, but it also improves workflow and practice efficiency with an entirely new, easy-to-learn interface that we created based on hundreds of hours of usability research."

Recognized by Dental Products Report (DPR) as one of the five Top Upgrades and Innovations of 2013, Dentrix Ascend offers a unique approach to managing office workflow in the way it delivers real-time information. "While most software systems provide reports that look back at data from the month before, Dentrix Ascend provides a dashboard of real-time information to ensure dental team members focus on the most important tasks, right away. In addition, it streamlines the path for completing those tasks," Bunker added.

Customers can subscribe to Dentrix Ascend on a month-to-month basis, offering dentists greater flexibility than long-term service contracts. In addition, Dentrix Ascend includes many features that are typically costly add-on modules in other systems--such as patient reminder services and electronic insurance claim submission -- all for a single monthly price.

For more information about Dentrix Ascend, visit

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500(R) Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100(R) Index, Henry Schein employs more than 16,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 800,000 customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 26 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $9.6 billion in 2013, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16% since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at

SOURCE Henry Schein, Inc.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ritter Dental Co-Sponsors The DentalXP Implant Lecture Series


CE Lecture Series will Feature DentalXP’s Leading Educators 


San Antonio, TX – April 9, 2014 – Ritter Dental USA’s Implant Division is co-sponsoring a nation-wide series of dental implant lectures presented by Dr. Maurice Salama, Dr. Henry Salama and other distinguished DentalXP “XPerts”. 


The Ritter/DentalXP Implant Lecture Series was launched with a presentation by implant thought leader Dr. Henry Salama. Dental professionals gathered for the event on February 10th, to make the Fort Lauderdale, Florida venue standing room only. 


Dr. Salama’s presentation, “Making Successful Clinical Decisions and Anterior Esthetic and Implant Therapies: Success by Design”, provided a clear blueprint for delivering esthetic implant supported restorations, an integral component of designing beautiful smiles and achieving successful results in any environment.  


The second lecture of the series was presented by renowned implantologist and clinical educator, Dr. Maurice Salama, on March 20th in Atlanta. Dr. Salama’s presentation entitled “Modern Tooth Replacement Strategies: Implants, Optical Scanning and Digital Workflow in Clinical Practice” was filled to capacity and will be offered in other cities during the upcoming months.


The next The Ritter/DentalXP event will be on May 8th in Dallas, Texas.



Dr. Henry Salama, will once again present his popular and timely lecture “Making Successful Clinical Decisions in Anterior Esthetic and Implant Therapy: Success by Design.”  This 2.5 CEU course takes an interdisciplinary team approach to help restorative dentists, surgeons, orthodontists and laboratory technicians make the right decisions when treating an esthetically-demanding patient.Click for more information and registration. 


Seating for this event is limited. You can also register by calling Ritter Dental USA toll-free at: 855-807-8111. 


The Implant Lecture Series is the 2014 version of the Ritter Road Show, which was started in the fourth quarter of 2013. According to Ritter Dental CEO Fred Battah, “We’re very excited for the transformation of the Ritter Road show with our strategic co-sponsor DentalXP. There is a great demand for dental implant CE – Especially when it’s provided by the highly respected clinical educators from DentalXP.”

About Ritter Dental USA


Based in San Antonio, Texas, Ritter Dental USA is the sister company of Ritter Concept GmbH, which is headquartered in Germany and designs and manufactures, world-class dental equipment that includes dental units, chairs, stools, instruments and dental implants. For more details, Follow Ritter Dental USA onFacebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube andGoogle+.


About DentalXP


DentalXP is dentistry’s fastest growing online Dental Education website, with visitors from over 140 countries. The content on the website is provided by dentists who are widely recognized as experts in their fields. Included in the content are online lectures, online educational videos, articles, product information, and online courses. For more information,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Electro-stimulation of Spinal Cords may Help End Paralysis

Paralysis.  It's a word that strikes fear into almost all of us.

Yet, many are living with the horrors of it every day.

That's why this story on is so intriguing.


It seems that researchers at the University of Louisville may accidentally stumbled upon a clue to helping end this terrible disability.

It seems that patients implanted with a device that provides electrical impulse stimulation of damaged spinal cords can actually regain voluntary movement.  Now, it requires implanting a stimulation device and it only allows for "some" movement… Still it is the first real breakthrough in some time.


Could this actually lead to a cure?   No one is sure, but it sure bears more research.

For more on this fascinating story, see the full article (and video) at  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Could you Really Charge your Smartphone in 30 Seconds?

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If the picture above makes you think of your smartphone by late afternoon/early evening.   I know your pain.  I'm not currently suffering from the problem, but over the years I have several mart phones that would run out of power before I would.  We're so dependent on our devices now, that having low battery problems can really impact your life.
Well good news is coming.  According to the Wall Street Journal, there is an Israeli company that has announced a batter charger for the Samsung Galaxy 4 that can recharge the battery to 100% in just 30 seconds.  They are also working on chargers for other devices as well.
The company, StoreDot.Ltd announced the product yesterday at Microsoft's Think Next conference in Tel Aviv.
This is one of those game changing technologies that will move everything ahead as it hits the markets and other companies race in to compete.
StoreDot.Ltd even has a video posted on Youtube that will show a demo of the device.
Interesting?  You bet.  If it all rings true, this could really shake things up!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Coming Soon: PeriRx LLC’s Breakthrough Salivary Test to Aid in the Fight Against Oral Cancer

As most of you regular readers know, I'm very passionate about oral cancer detection.  Oral cancer is a terribly debilitating and potentially disfiguring disease that my profession is constantly on the lookout for.  One person every hour dies of this horrible disease and those that survive can suffer terrible loss of quality of life.

We all need to be doing everything within our power to find and irradiate this disease.  If caught early, it can be treated conservatively.  However, if it is caught late, aggressive treatment is frequently needed.  If caught in stage 3 or 4, the five year survival rate is low.

So the point is, we all need to be doing as much as possible to find this disease in its earliest and smallest stages.  That is why I frequently post here about screening for oral cancer as well as products that can help practitioners detect it early.

That's why I was excited to get the following press release.  Anything that holds the promise of helping to detecting oral cancer as soon as possible, bears mentioning here.


The World’s Most Clinically Advanced and Scientifically Validated Molecular DNA Biomarker Test for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma is Launching in Late Spring



Havertown, PA – April 3, 2014 – PeriRx LLC, a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology recently announced that it will be introducing the world’s most clinically advanced and scientifically validated molecular DNA biomarker test for oral squamous cell carcinoma detection in the late spring.


According to PeriRx LLC’s CEO Stephen M. Swanick, “This is a simple-to-use, painless and noninvasive test designed for front line healthcare practitioners that enables them to detect disease earlier, enhance patient wellness and reduce the overall cost of healthcare.”  


The salivary test is based on a strong scientific foundation of NIH-funded research with initial discovery and pre-validation work by Dr. David Wong of the University of California at Los Angeles. The test also has the distinction of being the first of its kind assay in the world to aid in the identification and early detection of oral lesions at the highest risk for cancer.


These discriminatory salivary biomarkers have been clinically validated in multiple large trials including studies in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and with premiere US academic medical centers such as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the Providence Health System in Detroit.

For more information, visit To become an early adopter of the salivary test, or to become an investor in PeriRx LLC, contact Stephen M. Swanick at 610-449-9625 or 


About PeriRx LLC:


Based in Havertown, Pennsylvania, PeriRx LLC is a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology that will help clinical professionals detect and treat diseases sooner and enhance the practice of wellness management.  

The company was founded in 2008 to explore, innovate, and develop novel therapeutics or devices focused on the oral inflammatory/systemic connection. The PeriRx executive team consists of CEO Stephen M. Swanick, an entrepreneur and experienced drug and device development professional; Dr. Neil Gottehrer, a practicing dentist; and Dr. Jack Martin, a cardiologist. 


PeriRx obtained its patented and patent-pending technologies from inventor Dr. David Wong’s firm RNAmeTRIX and the Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles. PeriRx and RNAmeTrix have ongoing agreements which ensure the continuing research and development necessary to advance product development from clinical trial, through FDA approval, and into commercialization.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Brasseler USA® Introduces the DuraBraze® Diamond Powered by SpotBrazing™ Technology



SAVANNAH, GA (April 1, 2014) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to introduce the next generation in diamond technology, the DuraBraze® crown and bridge preparation diamond. 


A revolutionary new technology, SpotBrazing is employed in the design and manufacture of the DuraBraze diamond. This patented process improves both the bonding and the spacing of the diamond crystals on the instrument.


According to Larry Rose, Director of Rotary Innovation at Brasseler USA, “DuraBraze addresses key issues that the practitioner encounters in crown and bridge preparation, namely cutting degradation, resulting from either the premature detachment of diamond crystals or clogging of the diamond matrix by debris.  Our feedback from practitioners was that they noticed a distinct difference in both the consistency and the longevity of the cut with the DuraBraze.  DuraBraze is a substantial improvement for those practitioners who emphasize crown and bridge as a core competency.” 


Other key features of DuraBraze include:


  • Advanced self-cleaning channels – with more open spacing between diamond crystals, debris is easily removed and clogging is minimal, resulting in fewer bur changes while saving time and money.
  • Significantly smoother performance and less vibration during bulk reduction.   

 For more information about the DuraBraze Diamond bur and all Brasseler products and services, please visit or call 800-841-4522.


About Brasseler USA®


Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and oral hygiene. Over the past 35 years, Brasseler USA 

has developed a reputation as an innovative market leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instruments and power systems under one brand in the world. For more information, please visit   

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ritter Dental USA Closes Q1 2014 with 12 New Dealers

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San Antonio, TX – April 1, 2014 – Ritter Dental USA, a leading dental equipment manufacturer with a 125-year legacy of innovation, quality and reliability is starting the New Year with 12 new independent dealers.

Most of Ritter’s new dealer partners were signed as the result of meetings held during the company’s Ritter Road Show, which began in the final quarter of 2013. The Road Show, which so far has visited cities in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

The touring events not only provided blood borne pathogen safety and CPR training for dental teams, they also provided free sales training and technical certification for potential dealers.

According to Ritter Dental USA CEO Fred Battah, “During our Ritter Road Show events, we found that the Ritter Dental brand is held in high regard by independent dealers, and that they are very interested in becoming an important part of our expansion strategy.”

Each Ritter Road Show destination featured a show room display of Ritter’s diverse product offerings, including dental units, instruments, compressors and implants. “The Ritter legacy and reputation brought the dealers in, but seeing our products first-hand sealed the partnership deals,” explained Battah. “We’re looking forward to very productive 2014 and beyond with our new partners.”

The following are Ritter Dental USA’s newest independent dealers listed in alphabetical order: ARC Dental Equipment, Brooklyn Dental Equipment, Cahill Dental Sales and Service, Dental Planet, DenMed Pro, Dental & Technology Specialist LLC, Heberd Dental Supply, IQ Dental, KAB Dental, OC-1 Dental Supply, Star Dental and Supply Doc, Inc.


As part of its expansion strategy, Ritter Dental USA is also looking for qualified sales reps, technicians and dental labs to partner with. For more information on partnering with Ritter Dental USA, contact executive sales director Aaron Aston at 855-807-8111 toll-free or

About Ritter Dental USA 

Based in San Antonio, Texas, Ritter Dental USA is the sister company of Ritter Concept GmbH, which is headquartered in Germany and designs and manufactures, world-class dental equipment that includes dental units, chairs, stools, instruments and dental implants. For more details, visit Follow Ritter Dental USA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gmail is 10 Years Old Now...

Man, I am *really* getting old...
Gmail is now ten years old.  It was officially born on April 1, 2004.  In Internet years, that is like 1000 years old.  Dog years seem like light years compared to Internet time.
I remember when it was launched.  You had to  have an invitation to even have an account, and those invitations were hard to come by.  I don't even remember where mine came from, but whoever you are… thanks!
I used the service sparingly at first, but as they kept adding features (especially search) I became more and more a user.
I own my own domain and yet I still find myself using Gmail for things that are important.  I LOVE the fact that I can easily get it on any of my devices and that they all ding or give me some kind of reminder when an email comes in.  I find that one little silly feature is something that makes me use it a lot.  When I'm expecting an important email, I will carry my phone or iPad with me everywhere because I know when an email comes in… I get the ding and I KNOW I've received it.  When you are waiting on something important, that's a big deal.
They were also the first to offer threading of web based email which was a really big deal back in the day.
They won't release data on the number of users, but estimates are between 289 million and 425 million world wide.  That's a huge number and it only continues to grow.
Now with the integration of Google Docs and Google Drive, we're seeing even more integration from the Big G into our lives and also into businesses.  I mean why pay for an office suite when you can get all of that for FREE from Google Docs?
Personally I now live in a Google based world.  My calendar is in the Google Cloud as is a major part of my email (though not all).  All of my articles are written in Google Docs and stored in Google Drive.  If the Big G ever disappeared, there's a good chance I might too!
So here's looking at you Gmail.  You might have hair as white as mine, but you're still living large!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hospital Visits Can Result in Infections

I found an interesting article on CNN last week.
It seems that they have access to some info from the New England Journal of Medicine that is not available to the rest of us just yet.
It seems that while the rate of people acquiring infections while in the hospital has dropped… it still affect 1 in 25 patients.  That's 4% which is a decent number of people.
It goes to show that no matter how hard the health care field tries, we sometimes still fall short in our infection control efforts.
The lesson to be learned here?  Simply put, we in medical fields can never rest.  We cannot look back at what we've accomplished and pat ourselves on the back because it's "good enough".  The goal here should be 0%.  I doubt that will be obtained in my lifetime, but I think it is a worthy goal and one we need to keep pursuing.  
Infection control and all the things that go with it should always be looked at under the microscope of "how can we do this better"?  That's the only way we can improve.