Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Canon EOS with a Rocket

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

Dental Sleep Guru Dr. Steve Carstensen Joins SleepArchiTx Advisory Board


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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

Other Installed ALD Officers for 2018-2019:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Patterson Dental Strengthens Software Portfolio Through Distribution Agreement with SolutionReach

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Patterson’s Practice Management Services, visit  

About Patterson Companies Inc.

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

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

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

About Solutionreach

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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dentsply Sirona Lab Announces the Launch of inLab SW 18.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

The inLab SW 18.0 update is available to currently inLab commercial dental lab customers by registering on the Software Downloads page at

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CMS Rescinds Medicare Parts C, D Enrollment Requirements

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For those of you who tried (some in vain) to enroll in the CMS program that would have allowed dentists to write prescriptions to their Medicare patients (even though dentistry is NOT covered by Medicare) there is good news.  It is no longer a requirement to be enrolled.
Over a year ago I spent 90 minutes on the CMS website in a vain attempt to get myself enrolled.  Despite my best efforts, after 90 minutes of frustration and trying to figure out and navigate the site, I received a letter 6 weeks later informing me that I hadn’t filled out everything correctly.  Now, I’m a tech guy and I pride myself on knowing my way around tech and the Internet.  I figured that if I was incapable of figuring the process out, there would be lots of others in the same boat.  It turns out I was right.
So… celebrate!  Dentists do not have to register.  I want to give a big thank you to organized dentistry.  The ADA and the AGD lobbied hard to help legislators understand how crazy the whole concept was and that educational effort has paid off.
Here are all the details from the Academy of General Dentistry:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a rule rescinding the requirement that dentists enroll in or validly opt-out of Medicare in order for prescriptions written for their Medicare beneficiary patients to be covered. The rule also revised Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage plans, and repealed a provision requiring dentists to be enrolled in Medicare in order to provide supplemental services to patients enrolled in Part C.

AGD actively pursued the removal of these enrollment requirements and lobbied CMS to finalize the rule in an effort to minimize interruptions to patients’ access to needed care and medications and relieve dentists of unnecessary regulatory burden.

Impact on General Dentistry: AGD successfully lobbied the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS to change enrollment requirements under Medicare Parts C and D and continues to advocate for the interests of its members.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Google is Updating It's Storage Plans and Fees - Get Ready for Google 1

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For years now, those of needing Cloud storage have been renting space on Google’s servers.  Now as bandwidth becomes faster and faster along with high resolution photos and 4K video, more and more is being stored on these servers.  Because of that, Google is updating its storage plans and the fees for them.  The new product is being called Google 1.  Here is the latest price list with capacity:
  • 100 GB for 1.99/month
  • 200 GB for 2.99/month
  • 2TB for 9.99/month
  • 10 TB for 99.99/month
  • 20 TB for 199.99/month
  • 30 TB for 299.99/month

According to ZDNet:

In addition to the new pricing, Google One lets customers buy family plans. Customers can add up to five family members under one bill, with each family member still getting their own private storage space.

Google One also comes with "one-tap access" to Google experts for help with consumer products and services. Customers also get perks like credits on Google Play or deals on certain hotels found via Google Search.

Monday, May 14, 2018

DentaPure Water Filtration System

About 4 years ago, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by the DentaPure folks to evaluate their water filtration system.  The system is simple, efficient, and quite literally applies “rocket science” to the problem of dental unit waterlines.
Those of us in clinical practice know how important clean water lines are.  The tiny diameter of dental unit waterlines (DUW)  allow for the growth of bacteria within them.  These bacteria have the potential to cause infection to patients.  This can occur when a highspeed handpiece is spraying coolant water into a surgical site.  Spraying contaminated coolant spray has the potential to inoculate the area with the DWU bacteria.  To prevent this potential, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend some type of process to prevent the bacterial growth.
There have been several ideas toward achieving the goal of low bacterial counts, but most were complicated and labor intensive.  As we all know, the simpler a system is, the more likely it is to be used and the better it works.  That’s where DentaPure comes in.
The system was developed to clean contaminated water on the space shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS).  Since water in outer space is a valuable commodity and expensive to provide, NASA needed to develop a way to send as little water as possible into space.  The result was a filtration system that allowed astronauts to take a small amount of water and continually purify it for reuse.  The resultant system was then cleared for use in the private sector, including healthcare.
In my office, the blue filter in the picture at the top of this post, is installed inside the water bottle in each operatory.  In order to decrease the chance of contamination, all seven of our treatment rooms are NOT connected to the municipal water supply.  Instead, each dental unit has water supplied by a 1 liter bottle that is filled daily from our in office water distiller.  The distillation process removes hard chemical deposits which keeps the water lines free from hard water buildup, but does not affect bacteria.  To prevent bacterial contamination, the water is filtered through the DentaPure cartridge prior to entering the dental unit.  The cartridge is actually installed inside the unit water bottle and purifies the water before it enters the system.  The cartridge lasts for 365 days and requires no maintenance other than being replaced once per year.
As readers of the blog know, I got a chance on April 2nd to visit the Kennedy Space Center to witness a SpaceX launch up close and personal.  I’ve always been a HUGE fan of NASA and part of the reason for that is the incredible amount of science that is created by them that trickles down to the rest of society.  When someone says to me “why are we spending all of this money with NASA?” I reply with a list of some of the things we use everyday that was developed by them.  DentaPure is one of those products.
Here is the story of DentaPure from the NASA Spinoff website.

Water, essential to sustaining life on Earth, is that much more highly prized in the unforgiving realm of space travel and habitation. Given a launch cost of $10,000 per pound for space shuttle cargo, however, each gallon of water at 8.33 pounds quickly makes Chanel No. 5 a bargain at $25,000 per gallon. Likewise, ample water reserves for drinking, food preparation, and bathing would take up an inordinate amount of storage space and infrastructure, which is always at a premium on a vessel or station.

The DentaPure waterline purification cartridge sees use in 40 percent of dental schools in the United States and is lauded for offering remarkable filtration and significant cost savings.
Water rationing and recycling are thus an essential part of daily life and operations on the space shuttles and International Space Station (ISS). In orbit, where Earth’s natural life support system is missing, the ISS itself has to provide abundant power, clean water, and breathable air at the right temperature and humidity for the duration of human habitation and with virtually no waste. The Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), under continuing developmet at the Marshall Space Flight Center, helps astronauts use and reuse their precious supplies of water. Future work will explore air management, thermal control, and fire suppression—in short, all of the things that will make human habitation in space comfortable and safe.

The ECLSS Water Recycling System (WRS), developed at Marshall, reclaims wastewaters from humans and lab animals in the form of breath condensate, urine, hygiene and washing, and other wastewater streams. On Earth, biological wastewater is physically filtered by granular soil and purified as microbes in the soil break down urea, converting it to a form that plants can absorb and use to build new tissue. Wastewater also evaporates and returns as fresh rain water—a natural form of distillation. WRS water purification machines on the ISS mimic these processes, though without microbes or the scale of these processes.


Umpqua Research Company, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, supplier of the bacterial filters used in the life support backpacks worn by space-walking astronauts, received a number of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts from the Johnson Space Center to develop air and water purification technologies for human missions in space. A natural choice for water purification research, Umpqua has also provided the only space-certified and approved-for-flight water purification system, which has flown on all shuttle missions since 1990.

To prevent back-contamination of a drinking water supply by microorganisms, Umpqua developed the microbial check valve, consisting of a flow-through cartridge containing iodinated ion exchange resin. In addition to the microbial contact kill, the resin was found to impart a biocidal residual elemental iodine concentration to the water. Umpqua’s valve and resin system was adopted by NASA as the preferred means of disinfecting drinking water aboard U.S. spacecraft, and canisters are now used on space shuttle missions, the ISS, and for ground-based testing of closed life support technology. Iodine was selected by NASA as the disinfectant of choice because of its lower vapor pressure and reduced propensity for formation of disinfection byproducts compared to chlorine or bromine.

Product Outcome

Long service intervals of up to a year and ease of installation make the DentaPure cartridge particularly user-friendly.
MRLB International Inc., of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, used Umpqua’s water purification technology in the design of the DentaPure waterline purification cartridge (Spinoff 1998). The cartridge incorporated a resin technology developed by private sector commercialization of Umpqua’s system developed under NASA contract. NASA “was an excellent resource,” stated Barry Hammarback, president and CEO of MRLB, “and greatly assisted our transition of the iodinated resin technology to the dental industry.” DentaPure was designed to clean and decontaminate water as a link between filter and high-speed dental tools and other instruments, and offers easy installation on all modern dental unit waterlines with weekly replacement cycles. The product, like its NASA forebear, furnished disinfected water and maintained water purity even with “suckback,” an effect caused by imperfect anti-retraction valves in dental instruments, which draws blood, saliva, and other materials from a patient’s mouth into the waterline.

Since its appearance in Spinoff 1998, MRLB has continued to use the research conducted by Umpqua to further develop and refine its DentaPure in-line filters. Various models now address a variety of needs, and are used in dental offices and schools across the country. MRLB has paid particular attention to extending the life in lower water usage units—products that before touted a service/replacement interval of 7 days now require changing once every 40 to 365 days. In addition, DentaPure offers remarkable filtration: registered to provide 200 CFU/ml purity (Colony Forming Unit/milliliter, a standard measure of microbial concentration)—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standard is 500 CFU, and untreated lines can harbor in excess of 1,000,000 CFU/ml.

Continued evolution and improvement has led to many unique certifications and commendations for DentaPure. Currently, the only waterline system recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medical device which meets all known standards, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an antimicrobial device, DentaPure has also been tested and utilized by the U.S. Air Force and dental schools in the United States and Europe, and was recognized by Clinical Research Associates as “Outstanding Product 2005.”

Better filtration, greater capacity, and longer service intervals have also led to great savings—the University of Maryland Dental School estimates it saves $274,000 per year courtesy of DentaPure. The DentaPure system has proven so effective that 40 percent of dental schools nationwide employ it. Dr. Louis DePaola of the University of Maryland affirms, “The biggest benefit is that we have a system that is efficacious and user-friendly, in that it allows us to consistently deliver water that meets or exceeds CDC standards with a minimum of staff interaction—attach the unit and except for periodic monitoring you don’t have to do anything for a year. It’s very cost-effective—for a large institution like ours with an excess of 300 units, a daily or weekly treatment isnot practical.”

DentaPure is currently the number one product for constant chemical treatment applications in dentistry, and was the first treatment to meet CFU standards without interim cleaning protocols—the primary means by which it saves money. Turning to the future, Hammarback sees DentaPure “looking at remote site water purification for continuous use, providing yet longer lasting devices, and increasing product recycling.” Ten years after Spinoff first profiled the many benefits of this technology it is utilized every day in myriad dental offices, schools, and labs, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for users such as the University of Maryland. The investment in water filtration for space missions continues to pay huge dividends to users and society, year after year, in technologies so woven into our lives that we use them without even thinking about them.

DentaPure® is a registered trademark of MRLB International Inc.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ultradent Introduces Jiffy® Natural Universal Composite Finishing & Polishing System

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I’m a big fan of Ultradent and use a wide variety of their products on a daily basis.  One of the many products that I’m a raving fan about is the line of Jiffy Polishers.  They have a series of Jiffys for porcelain or ceramic and both work incredibly well.  To this point, the Jiffy composite system has been composed of course, medium, and fine in the shapes of cup, disc, and point.  Adding to that is the Jiffy Brush which is a latch grip polisher that resembles a prophy brush.  However, the secret of the brush is that the bristles are impregnated with 50 micron diamond particles.  The bristles are incredibly flexible which allows them to get into very tight spaces and the diamond dust brings composite resins to a high sheen.

Now, Ultradent is going ever further to give doctors even more options when it comes to polishing their restorations.

Ultradent Products, Inc., is pleased to introduce the newest addition to its award-winning line Jiffy® Finishing line, the Jiffy® Natural Universal Composite finishing and polishing systems. For dentists who care about providing quality results for their patients, the new Jiffy Natural Universal Composite finishing system allows for the re-creation of an esthetic, natural finish on all composite surfaces that looks like enamel and is designed to last. The system is also designed to make the process efficient for clinicians without short-cut results.
The new Jiffy Natural Universal Composite finishing and polishing kits are complete procedural systems that consist of malleable spiral-shaped wheels which naturally conform to all tooth surfaces, and are ideal for finishing Mosaic® universal composite and all other composites. The original Jiffy Composite finishing and polishing system is excellent for contouring, finishing, and polishing any composite material. Each kit also includes everything clinicians need to beautifully finish and polish composite restorations, including a choice of diamond or carbide burs. The polishing cups in the system feature a flared, flexible thin-wall design for polishing near the gingiva. The regular and pointed brushes are impregnated with a diamond grit with gives a beautiful finish on any composite material. Kits available with or without autoclavable aluminum block.

To learn more or to purchase the Jiffy® Natural Universal Composite finishing and polishing system, call 800.552.5512, or visit

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

DPR's List of OSHA Violations that You are Doing Every Day - And You don't even Realize

I love my job at Dental Products Report.  I’ve been writing for the brand and its spectrum of dental  publications since 1999 (it sure doesn’t seem that long).
I LOVE how the publication has kept up with the times and now publishes multiple daily newsletters to keep the profession informed in addition to the monthly print publications.
Today, you can have access to an interesting story on the DPR website.  It’s written by a friend of mine, Robert Elsenpeter.  He’s a great writer and I know you’ll enjoy the article.
Healthcare has been using Universal Precautions since the mid-80s.  Because of that, most people that are involved with patient contact feel that they have the process down completely.  However, there’s a reason why we are required to receive OSHA re-training once a year.  Simply put, little things can be forgotten and fall through the cracks.
With that in mind, give Robert’s article a read.  It deals with things you may be doing everyday that are violations of OSHA  rules yet you may not even be aware of that.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Master the Art of Direct Resin Bonding at 
The Center for Esthetic Excellence in Downtown Chicago

Dr. Dipesh Parmer is making an impact in the world of dentistry. He has been presenting sold out lectures at some of the major dental meetings in the US and Europe. His incredible eye for composite artistry has won him numerous prizes in the UK in Restorative, Prosthetic, Conservative and Aesthetic Dentistry. On September 14-15, Dr. Parmer is presenting “Excellence in Direct Anterior Restorations” at the Center for Esthetic Excellence in Chicago. Call now to reserve your spot at 800-837-2321 or visit us online at

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dentistry’s Social Media Expert Rita Zamora Launching New Book During CDA Anaheim


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While Supplies Last, Free Autographed Copies of “Get Found, Get Liked, Get Patients: Making the Most of Social Media” Will Be Available in the CareCredit Booth on Thursday May 17th from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Boulder, CO – May 1, 2018 – Rita Zamora, a social media marketing thought leader known for helping dentists and specialists shine online, will be introducing her new social media marketing book for dentists at CareCredit booth # 704 during the California Dental Association Meeting in Anaheim.

Entitled “Get Found, Get Liked, Get Patients: Making the Most of Social Media” this easy to read paperback book is intended to provide practical social media tips and advice that can be implemented immediately.

According to Zamora, “Despite the fact that social media has been recognized as a marketing must-have for almost a decade, many practice owners and some marketing professionals for that matter are still overwhelmed at the thought of starting and sustaining a social media program that will help them attract and retain patients. Surprisingly, this can apply to millennials as well. My goal was to write a social media guide, to help DIYers or inform those who need to delegate, that could be read in about 90 minutes.”

The book’s content is largely based on common questions Zamora has received over the years during many of her lectures. Here is an outline of the book’s contents:

• Why Some Dentists Don’t Leverage Social Media to Get New Patients
• With So Many Challenges to Using Social Media, Is It Worth the Trouble?
• The Benefits of Social Media
• Does Social Media Really Work for Attracting New Patients?
• Getting Found. Getting Liked. Getting Patients
• Next Steps to Reading “Get Found, Get Liked, and Get Patients: Making the Most of Social Media”

Zamora’s book includes a foreword written by dental marketing guru Fred Joyal, co-Founder of 1-800-Dentist and author of “Everything is Marketing” and “Becoming Remarkable,” in which he states: “There is no faster moving target in practice marketing than social media. It changes almost daily. Rita is exactly the guide we need. She is both thoughtful and experienced, and this book is her gift of truth and wisdom. Enjoy it, learn from it, and apply it, and your practice will thrive.”

Purchasers of the book will also be able to download special PDF supplements to keep abreast of significant or timely recommendations. During the California Dental Association Meeting in Anaheim, a limited number of signed copies of “Get Found, Get Liked, Get Patients - Making the Most of Social Media” will be available for free (while supplies last) at the CareCredit booth #704 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th.

Why in the CareCredit booth? “A study conducted by Rothstein Tauber on behalf of CareCredit revealed: Three of the five steps it takes to attract a new patient and have them accept and pay for treatment involves extensive research by the patient that can take an average of 76 days before they make a decision. It takes about 145 days for elective, cosmetic procedures,” explained Zamora. “This Consumers’ Path to Healthcare Purchases Study further validates the need for dental practices to value their online presence and utilize social media effectively to get found, get liked and get patients.”

The print edition of “Get Found, Get Liked, Get Patients - Making the Most of Social Media” is available for pre-sale online at for a special price of $16.95. The book will be available in the near future in digital format and also on Amazon.

About Rita Zamora:

Rita Zamora is the owner and founder of Rita Zamora Connections ( and an international speaker and published author on social media marketing and online reputation management. Her advice on managing your online reputation was published in the American Dental Association’s Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies and she served as a Contributing Faculty Member on the topic of marketing for the 2015 American Dental Association's Center for Success Certificate Program.

Rita Zamora Connections is an established dental consulting firm that specializes in social media marketing for dentists and specialists. Their agency provides highly customized solutions
and encourages genuine personal interaction between their dentist and specialist clients and their
patients. Since 2008, they’ve worked with hundreds of dental professionals, through speaking engagements and their agency, to train or assist them in authentic and valuable online interactions. Rita graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing and has over 20 years of experience working in the business of dentistry. Rita can be contacted at

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lares Research ProStyle E Electric Handpiece System

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If you have never used electric handpieces, trust me when I say you are missing out.  Unlike air rotor systems, electric handpieces just do not still.
Powered by a brushless motor and gear driven, electrics have substantially more torque, even at low RPMs.  Air rotor systems are low torque which means they must spin up to a very high RPM which then drops as the bur touches the tooth.  Electrics allow you to work faster and with more precision.
Lares Research has now entered the electric handpiece market with their ProStyle E system.
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Lares is a family owned company with a factory in Chico, California.  They are definitely a company devoted to quality.  For all the info on the ProStye E, follow the link.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ultradent Introduces ChlorCid® Surf Canal Preparation Solution

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For those of you who perform endodontic therapy, here’s a new product for your armamentarium.  For years, Ultradent has sold Chorcid as a sodium hypochlorite irrigant.  Now, comes ChorCid Surf.


Ultradent Products, Inc., is pleased to introduce the newest addition to its award-winning line of endodontics products, ChlorCid® Surf sodium hypochlorite solution with surfactant.

ChlorCid Surf solution, a root canal preparation solution, features the added cleansing power of surfactant to break the surface tension and allow for better sodium hypochlorite penetration into difficult-to-reach places like isthmuses and lateral canals. The 3% sodium hypochlorite solution and surfactant allows for better wall contact, thanks to its unique formulation.

ChlorCid Surf solution comes in two types of delivery, IndiSpense syringes and 480 ml bottles, to cater to every clinician’s needs.

To learn more or to purchase ChlorCid Surf solution, call 800.552.5512, or visit


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