Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Riva Star Evaluation

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Recently there has been quite a bit of discussion in dentistry about cavity prevention/arrest with silver diamine fluoride.  The chemical shows a lot of promise in helping to arrest decay.  In fact, the promise is great enough that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry released a position paper on its use.  
The most notable drawback of the chemical is that it stains things black.  That means that on an open carious lesion, the decay process may be arrested, but the lesion will appear black which could potentially fool the untrained eye or those “just taking a glance”.  The chemical will also stain clothes, countertops, etc.  Because of this, many practitioners have been hesitant to use it.
However, Riva Star from Southern Dental Industries (SDI) claims to offer all of the benefits without the staining.
From the company:
Riva Star was designed by three renowned Australian clinicians, bringing together their clinical knowledge and experience of using these three exceptional components, and combining them into one STAR product – Riva Star!

Unlike other silver fluoride systems, Riva Star’s two step patented procedure minimises the risk of staining. By applying the potassium iodide solution over the silver fluoride, a silver iodide creamy white precipitate is formed and washed off.


  • Desentising cervical tooth hypersensitivity.
  • Cavity cleansing

Riva Star is an effective biofilm inhibitor. This is supported by study results from Otago University (NZ), that Riva Star has a higher inhibition zone against four bacterial species compared to sodium hypochlorite.

We’ll be evaluating Riva Star and reporting back here in after we’ve accomplished a few clinical cases.  Stay tuned.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Dentsply Sirona presents a night with a rock star at the 2018 DTA Annual Meeting

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Founding member of rock band Steely Dan set to deliver closing dinner remarks, as Dentsply Sirona sponsors his appearance and entire event

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 27, 2018) – Dentsply Sirona, the Dental Solutions CompanyTM, is proud to announce it found “the power of connection” as a sponsor of the 2018 Dental Trade Alliance Annual Meeting and its closing dinner speaker, Steely Dan co-founder Jeffrey Baxter. 

DTA’s Annual Meeting takes place October 14-17 at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, California. This year’s theme is “The Power of Connection: Connecting People and Information,” where they hope to explore what happens when you connect people with the right information. Dentsply Sirona has been a long-standing sponsor of this event.

“It’s an honor to continue our support of the Dental Trade Alliance Annual Meeting,” said Special Markets & Customer Support Vice President Keith Clements. “This meeting not only brings together the most talented executives in the dental field, but is vital in helping address the industry’s most crucial issues. This relationship is and will continue to be a priority for Dentsply Sirona.”

On Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m., Jeffrey Baxter, a founding member of Steely Dan, a Grammy Award-winning guitarist for The Doobie Brothers and a national security expert, is set to speak during the event’s closing dinner sponsored by Dentsply Sirona. While Baxter is known for guitar expertise, he also has a high-level security clearance. Baxter’s topic during the dinner is “Tipping the Scales: Using Asymmetrical Thinking to Change the Rules in your Favor.” But don’t worry, his guitar is also making an appearance on this night!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Patterson Dental Announces Eaglesoft 20


New features of the clinical and practice management software include improved user interface and note functionality

 Patterson Dental today announced new updates to Eaglesoft, its clinical and practice management software. Eaglesoft 20 empowers dental practices to further streamline efficiency and simplify their daily processes, with the full backing of Patterson’s best-in-class service and support.

“Our goal is to make sure customers get the most out of their software with these new enhancements,” said Brad Fromm, Director of Commercial Software Marketing. “The updates provided in Eaglesoft 20 will help our customers continue to grow productive, modern practices and keep them running smoothly.”


The updates to Eaglesoft include the following benefits for practices:

New Smart Note feature: Auto Notes now include our new Smart Note selections to enter consistent notes more easily and efficiently

Added functionality to Notes History: New Notes History functionality includes the ability to increase font size, change the color of Note types, and add surface to a Note
Improved user interface: Eaglesoft 20 includes a fresher, more modern Tooth Chart

To learn more about Eaglesoft 20, visit www.eaglesoft.net.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Academy of Laser Dentistry Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Seidner Student Scholarship Program

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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, is now accepting applications for the Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Student Scholarship Program.

Named in the memory of Dr. Seidner, a laser dentistry pioneer who also served as ALD president 1996-1997, three recipients will be honored during the ALD’s 26th Anniversary Conference & Exhibition, April 4-6th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

According to ALD executive director Gail Siminovsky, CAE, “The ALD is very excited to open the registration process for the 2019 Seidner Student Scholarships, which have been awarded since 2004. The purpose of these scholarships is to strengthen the ALD’s ongoing mission of making a positive impact on dental laser education and research.”

The program encourages undergraduate and graduate dental students in the different dental disciplines to deepen their knowledge of laser dentistry. It provides financial assistance that enables successful applicants to present their work at the Academy's annual conference. What’s more, the program allows participation in the educational lectures and workshops aimed at advancing the correct and safe use of lasers in dentistry. In addition, A special award for pediatric dentistry is also available to pediatric dental students.

The Seidner Student Scholarship includes the following:

• One year of ALD membership, conference registration fees,
• Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Certification Course application fees,
• Round trip coach air transportation for the applicant,
• Up to 5 hotel nights in the host hotel and meals already included in regular conference registration. (Meals not scheduled within the conference program are not included.)

Upon successful presentation, an award in the form of a framed certificate for participation will be presented to all Scholarship recipients. A cash award for first ($500), second ($250) and third ($100) may be presented to the top 3 recipients. Presentations are graded by members of the ALD University and Academia Relations and Student Scholarship committees.

Completed applications must be received by ALD by the end October 31st, 2018 for consideration for the 2019 annual conference. Click here for complete details on how to apply.

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 www.LaserDentistry.org.

About ALD 2019:
The theme of the ALD’s upcoming annual meeting (ALD 2019) is “The Laser-Systemic Connection: Lighting the Way to a Healthier Mouth and Body.” The goal for this meeting is to be the world’s go-to event where the entire dental team can learn how to bridge the gap between dentistry and medicine. Kicking off ALD 2019 will be keynote speaker Charles Whitney, MD, the nation’s leading physician advocate for bridging the oral-systemic gap. Dr. Whitney’s specialty of heart attack, stroke and dementia prevention relies heavily on collaborating the dental clinicians to accurately diagnose and effectively treat periodontal disease. For more information and to register, visit http://www.laserdentistry.org/index.cfm/conference .

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Cass Regional Medical Center in Missouri Back Online after Ransomware Attack

As of July 18th, Cass Regional Medical Center is no longer sending emergency patients to other hospitals.  Lest anyone out there think that cybersecurity and/or Ransomware are only for the really big players to worry about, think again.
The problem began on July 9th when problems with their internal communications systems and access to the EHR data being affected.  The result was that emergency patients and stroke patients had to be diverted to other healthcare facilities.
The good news is that the hospital does not think any PHI was compromised, but the bad news is the potential problems that might have affected patients in treatment.  That last statement is in no way an indictment of Cass Regional, but against those who shut the hospital down.  Crooks with no morals are playing a potentially deadly game here and the lives of human beings hang in the balance.

It seems that the cause was a brute-force attack via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and may have included the SamSam Ransomeware.  To prevent SamSam ransomware attackers from succeeding, HHS advises healthcare organizations to restrict access behind firewalls with RDP gateways and virtual private networks, use strong/unique username and passwords with two-factor authentication, limit users who can log in using remote desktop, and implement an account lockout policy to help thwart brute-force attacks.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Blizzard and Hasbro to Bring Gear from Overwatch’s Iconic Characters to Life through NERF RIVAL Brand Blasters

For those of you who are fans of the Overwatch franchise, you’d better start saving now.  This looks to be the *first* of several iconic nerf guns to be featured…

Blizzard Entertainment arrived at Comic-Con International: San Diego with a surprise reveal for fans of Overwatch®: a sneak preview of the NERF RIVAL OVERWATCH REAPER WIGHT EDITION blaster. Designed in the style of Reaper’s signature accessory in Overwatch, the blaster is not only true to the game, but also a fully functional NERF toy.

The Wight Reaper Blaster is the first in the series developed in a collaboration between Blizzard Entertainment and the NERF Rival brand to bring the iconic Overwatch accessories to life. Fans of the team-based action game will enjoy custom NERF RIVAL rounds with the Overwatch logo that are specifically colored for each blaster. The blaster will hold eight NERF RIVAL rounds, which it can propel at up to 90 feet per second. It will be equipped with a spring-action mechanism, a ready indicator, and a safety lock.

The NERF RIVAL OVERWATCH REAPER WIGHT EDITON blaster will launch in 2019.
With a player base of 40 million, Overwatch’s wide appeal continues to drive a robust merchandising program with brands like NERF. Blizzard Entertainment first teased this collaboration on Twitter on May 16; further details were unveiled during a panel discussion at Comic-Con International: San Diego by members of the Overwatch development team.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Patti DiGangi, RDH Marks the First Anniversary of Launching the Dental Codeologist Community Member Program by Introducing Two New Books

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During this year’s RDH Under One Roof Meeting (August 2-3) Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of The Dental Codeologist Community Member Program, which she launched during last year’s RDH UOR.

According to DiGangi, “The Dental Codeologist Community is a brand extension of my DentalCodelogy™ book series that takes a “member’s only approach” to providing dental professionals with the latest news and tips credits regarding dental procedure coding. After just one year, we have hundreds of members with more coding-minded dental professionals joining us every day.”

What’s more, in addition to many other member benefits, the $99.00 annual dues provide a 40% discount on all titles in the Dentalcodeology book series, including these two new invaluable reference resources that that Patti will be debuting at RDH UOR:

• Teledentistry: Pathway to Prosperity - A Critical Decisions Workbook Co-authored by Cindy Purdy, RDH

Teledentistry is a rising trend and an expansion of the traditional dental practice.
Patients can have a virtual dental home in addition to a physical one. Teledentistry can increase quality of care and practice revenue streams by providing profitable
outreach to the community without adding more chairs. As this book title indicates, there are many critical decisions to create your pathway to teledentistry prosperity.

• CDT 2018 Shift: Metrics Driven - Including 2018 Perio Protocols® Flow Charts and CDT 2014-2015 Shift

The CDT Code changes every year for many reasons, including technology or materials that have led to new procedures, or the need to improve clarity and accuracy of already existing codes. In this book, Patti reviews the new, updated, and deleted code changes for 2018. This book contains:

• Substantive Changes CDT 2018
• CDT Shifts 2014-2017
• SOAP documentation
• Includes the just-released Classifications of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions 2017
• Writing Twitter-style Dental-Medical with samples

This book also includes 2018 Updated Protocols.  If you think you already know the right codes, you might not be coding the most effectively. This bonus resource keeps you the most up-to-date. 

Dental Codeologist Members who attend RDH UOR 2019 will also be able to attend an exclusive breakfast meet-up on Friday, August 3rd where Patti will also be signing her two new books.

Dental professionals interested in learning the finer points of accurate dental procedure coding for elevating the standard of patient care and improving practice profitability should join The Dental Codeologist Community Member Program by visiting www.DentalCodeology.com.

About Patti DiGangi:

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS is an international speaker who is passionate about prevention and working with dental professionals to improve practice profitability. Patti is the author of the DentalCodeology book series for busy dental professionals.

Patti is also the “Chief Codeologist of the Dental Codeologist Community Member Program which provides ongoing education, value and interaction for those dedicated to accurate
dental coding for elevating the standard of patient care and improving practice profitability.

Patti holds publishing and speaking licenses with the American Dental Association for Current Dental Terminology and SNODENT Diagnostic Coding and recently authored a chapter in the American Dental Association’s CDT 2017 and CDT 2018 Companion entitled “D9000 – D9999 Adjunctive General Services.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Data Breach

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Now the local news is reporting a class action lawsuit brought on by patients families that were affected by the aforementioned breach.
According to the Kansas City Star:

Children’s Mercy previously said that emails sent to employees gave the appearance they were from a trusted source and often contained links to a phony login page on a fake website. That gave hackers access to the employee accounts if they entered their user names and passwords.

The compromised data may have included patient names and information, medical record numbers, dates of hospital stays and procedures, diagnoses and conditions and other clinical information, according to a letter sent from Children's Mercy to those affected.

Obviously the security of patient protected data is a hugely important part of the digital patient record.  Everyone in practiceneeds to be as security conscious as possible.  Private practitioners are held to the same high standard as hospitals so it behooves those of us in small offices to be as vigilant as possible about security practices.  

One of the companies I’d recommend to my peers in dentistry is DDS Rescue.  The company, which I discussed in a recent article in DPR, is a cloud and local based backup and server replacement system.  One of the things they do for clients is a FREE security assessment.  Click on the link above and contact them.  You’ll be glad you did.

For the full story on the CMH lawsuit, you can follow this link to the story from the KC Star.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

What to Do If You Think You're a Victim of Identity Theft

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With so many security breaches happening these days, many more folks are being affected by the possibility of having their personal data stolen.
What should you do if you even *think* it’s happened to you?  Fortunately, the FTC has set up a website that helps guide you through the things you need to be concerned about and the things you need to do if you are a victim.
Here is the link to the website:  When Information Is Lost or Exposed  
Also, here is a pdf that the FTC provides to help which you can download from the link below:

Monday, July 16, 2018

VIP registration selling out for Dentsply Sirona World 2018

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Register now to secure your spot as a VIP at the largest educational festival in dentistry before tickets are gone

Dentsply Sirona World is heading back to the Sunshine state and it will be the HOTTEST event yet! And for those seeking the full red-carpet experience, VIP registration is still available, but tickets are extremely limited.

VIP registration to this year’s educational festival is an additional $500 and offers more benefits than ever before, including:


  • Expedited onsite registration 
  • Upgraded dining options and exclusive seating 
  • Special VIP section for all General Sessions and Entertainment events
  • Preferred seating in Breakout Sessions*
  • Exclusive entrance and VIP section at Saturday’s Oktoberfest closing party 
  • And more!

Additionally, registration includes access to all General Sessions and Breakout Sessions within 12 different educational tracks, unlimited access to the tradeshow hall showcasing the industry’s leading products and services, and admission to all entertainment and health and wellness fitness activities.

Dentsply Sirona World, hosted at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida, from Sept. 13-15, offers an experience like no other in dentistry! Combining quality educational and clinical content with spectacular entertainment, this event is widely recognized as one of the largest, most comprehensive events in dentistry.

There are multiple registration types† and VIP can be added to any type. Plus, Dentsply Sirona is offering a very limited special team bundle in which one doctor and two staff members can attend the Ultimate Dental Meeting for $2,995- a savings of more than $1,000! Visit www.dentsplysironaworld.com for a full list of registration options and pricing.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ultradent Announces Warranty Extensions for VALO® Curing Lights

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Fantastic news from the good folks at Ultradent.  They’ve extended the warranty on their very powerful and “tough as nails” Valo curing light!
Here is the info:

Thanks to the VALO curing light’s time-tested and proven track record of durability, quality, and dependability Ultradent Products, Inc., is pleased to announce the extension of all current VALO curing light warranties to three years. This extension will add one year to all current two-year warranties on VALO curing lights, making all current warranties valid for a total of three years.

“The VALO curing light brand has exhibited such a wonderful track record with our customers that we’ve decided to extend the warranty on every VALO curing light to three years. This includes the VALO Corded, VALO Cordless, VALO Ortho and the VALO Grand curing lights. The decision to extend the warranty of our award-winning curing lights was an easy one, as we stand by the quality and longevity of the VALO curing light. We hope this small gesture will stand as a token of our sincere appreciation to our loyal customers and give them added peace of mind in their investment,” says Mike Simmons, Ultradent’s equipment brand manager.

About VALO Curing Lights

Ultradent’s VALO curing light uses a custom, multiwavelength light-emitting diode (LED) to produce high intensity light at 385-515nm, capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials. This intensity can also penetrate porcelain and is capable of curing underlying resin cements similar to a quality halogen light. The VALO curing light’s optimally collimated beam delivers a complete, uniform cure to entire restoration. All VALO curing lights feature three curing modes—Standard Power, High Power, and Xtra Power, offering clinicians convenience, efficiency, and flexibility.

Every VALO curing light starts as a solid bar of tempered, high-grade aerospace aluminum, which is then CNC precision milled at Ultradent’s facility in South Jordan, Utah. The VALO light’s unique, unibody construction ensures maximum durability and provides unsurpassed heat dissipation. The elegant, ergonomic, and streamlined designed enables the VALO curing light to easily reach all curing site without sacrificing patient comfort. The VALO Cordless, and VALO Grand lights all run on two lithium iron phosphate batteries that deliver the consistent power the VALO curing light requires. These batteries are also inexpensive, rechargeable, and widely available should they need to be replaced.

The VALO Grand curing light features all the benefits of the multiple-award winning VALO Curing light, but with a larger head size and 50% bigger lens—measuring 12mm! The new VALO Grand curing light also comes with a handy back activation button for ease of use.

To learn more, to purchase a VALO curing light, or for any addition warranty questions please visit ultradent.com or call us at 800.552.5512.


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 ultradent.com.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MouthWatch Launches “Teledentistry Innovation Awards” to Recognize Innovators and Pioneers of Connected and Collaborative Dental Care


MouthWatch, LLC a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, is launching the Teledentistry Innovation Awards. The purpose of the “Tellie” Awards is twofold:

• Highlight the many ways that teledentistry is being implemented across a broad spectrum of dental care including public health and private practice settings.

• Recognize individual, forward-thinking dental providers who are realizing the full potential for connected dental care technology and reshaping the practice of dentistry and the state of oral health globally.

According to MouthWatch CEO and Founder, Brant Herman, “Teledentistry is rapidly expanding in virtually every dental environment; rural settings. urban areas, private practices, and public health programs. It is being utilized by dentists, hygienists, specialists and medical care providers. Our goal is to shine a light on those teledentistry innovators and pioneers who are leading the way and proving by example that teledentistry technology can enhance dentistry, reach more patients, and improve oral health and overall health.” 

The Teledentistry Innovation Awards will be presented to winners in three main categories:

• Dentists / Specialists
• Dental Hygienists
• Oral Health Programs

Nominations are currently being accepted online at http://teledentistryinnovationawards.com/ and self-nominations are welcome. Winners of the hygiene category will be announced on August 2, 2018 at the RDH Under One Roof Meeting and the Dentist/Specialist and Oral Health Program categories will be announced during the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting.

About MouthWatch, LLC:
Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider.

The founders and management team of MouthWatch have relevant backgrounds and successful track records in dentistry, consumer products and communications. Since 2012, this team has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of dentistry. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in introducing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Children's Mercy Hospital Exposes Patient Data from Phishing Scam

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Here in my hometown of Kansas City, is one of the best children’s hospital systems in the U.S.  The Children’s Mercy Hospital system is an incredible healthcare system that deals with all kinds of problems and diseases for children.
Unfortunately, CMH was recently hit with a phishing scam that resulted in the exposure of over 60,000 individuals personal data.  
According to the Kansas City Star "The emails sent to employees gave the appearance they were from a trusted source and often contained links to a phony login page on a fake website, the hospital said. That gave hackers access to the employee accounts if they entered their usernames and passwords.”  For the story from the KC Star, follow this link.
Here is the breach notification from CMH:

Children’s Mercy is notifying families who may have been affected by a recent “phishing” incident. "Phishing" emails appear to be from a trusted source and often contain links to a phony login page on a fake website, frequently fabricating an urgent reason to motivate the recipient of the email to enter a username and password.
On Dec. 2, 2017, the Children's Mercy Information Security team detected unauthorized account access to two employee email accounts associated with a phishing email. These two accounts were reset by Children's Mercy's Information Security team the same day in order to stop any unauthorized access. 

Two additional employee email accounts were accessed by unauthorized persons on Dec. 15 and 16 of 2017. These accounts were reset by Children's Mercy's Information Security team on Dec. 18, 2017 to stop any unauthorized access. 

Unauthorized access to an additional employee email account occurred on the night of Jan. 3, 2018. The following morning, the Children’s Mercy’s Information Security team reset the account to stop any unauthorized access. 

With the assistance of outside security experts, Children's Mercy investigated the incidents to determine what, if any, information was accessed. On Jan. 19, 2018, Children’s Mercy determined that the mailbox accounts for four of the five affected employees were downloaded by unauthorized individuals. Additional remediation is in process, and Children’s Mercy is continuing its investigation into the incident, taking steps to mitigate any impact to individuals, and to protect against any further incidents.

Although Children’s Mercy is not aware of any misuse of patient information, the hospital is notifying affected individuals. The categories of information vary for individuals, but may have included first and last name, medical record number, gender, date of birth, age, height, weight, body mass index, admission date, discharge date, procedure date, diagnostic and procedure codes, clinical information, demographic information, diagnosis, conditions, other treatment information and identifying or contact information.

Children’s Mercy has established a call center (1-855-354-4116) and an informational webpage (childrensmercy.org/February2018) to provide answers to families who may have been affected. Additionally, Children’s Mercy is offering free identity theft protection to those families.

The hospital sincerely apologizes for this situation.

Addendum: As noted above, the hospital is taking steps to protect against any further incidents. These steps have included the implementation of the additional technical control of multi-factor authentication.

About Children’s Mercy Kansas City 
Founded in 1897, Children’s Mercy is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers with more than 500,000 patient encounters each year. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children’s Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children’s Mercy as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals.” For the fourth time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to fewer than seven percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of more than 700 pediatric subspecialists and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy provides medical care to every child who passes through its doors, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Study from Canada Indicates HPV Tests More Effective at Discovering Precancerous Cells in Women than Pap Smear

As someone who is a huge advocate for routine screening of patients for oral cancer, I was excited to see this report from the British Columbia Cancer Agency.  The study performed, to simplify things, shows that testing for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is more accurate than the age old system of Pap which basically attempts to screen for abnormal cells which may, at some point in the future, grow into cancerous cells.  This, screening for women routinely for HPV is a better diagnostic indicator of a potential for cancer in the future than the traditional PAP.
It has become well documented in medical literature in the past few years that one of the principle causes, if not the *main* precipitating cause of cervical cancer is HPV.  This also leads to the fact that the demographics of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers in humans are now demonstrating that the leading cause of oral and pharyngeal cancers ini humans is HPV16, especially in men.  As HPV16 proliferates, it is leading to more and more cancer cases… especially in men.
Until the last 15 years or so it appeared that oral cancers in men were related to age and contributory factors such as alcohol and smoking.  Now however, the age where cancer appears is no longer in older men, but in males in their 20s.  Theories are that the HPV infection in women are leading to infection of men which then contributes to increasing rates of oral and pharyngeal cancers in young males. The incidence rates are now such that oral and pharyngeal cancers in men are making it a disease of “young men” instead of the over 40 or 50 age group.
The other awful part of this change in the demographics is that these cancers are not always easy for patients to self detect as well as the simple fact that when caught in later stages, the treatments can be horribly disfiguring.  Anything that can lead to earlier detection, is a plus.  Studies such as this one can only improve clinical outcomes.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Beyes Introduces the Masteri Class B Automatic Cycle Autoclave

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Beyes Dental Canada recently launched the highly-advanced Masteri Class B automatic cycle autoclave unit. The Masteri Class B Autoclave also has the following distinctive main attributes:

• Speedy – Thoroughly sterilized instruments are available in 21 minutes.

• Safe – Meets all the latest safety and regulatory requirements. The Masteri includes a hook-type door lock, a micro-switch door locking system and an electronic door lock.

• Secure – Built-in data logger stores your information on a USB drive that is waterproof and shockproof with an internal printer available as an option.

• Simple – A full range of sterilization options can be easily selected via an intuitive touch display.

The Masteri is available in 18 and 23-liter chamber sizes and is built to withstand the toughest environments and high-volume demands. It also incorporates a pre-vac mode which removes air from the chamber to ensure optimal steam penetration, as well as a post-vac mode for removing air from the chamber for ultra-fast drying.
The Masteri is also the first autoclave with capacitive sensing control which can detect and measure anything that is conductive or has a dielectric that is different than the surrounding air. Because of this, the touch pad is seamless, and the buttons are fully-protected from dirt and moisture and can be activated while wearing exam gloves.

According to company spokesperson, Jannis Tu, “We’re very proud of the newest member of the Beyes product family. The Masteri is the result of a stringent process of research, design, prototyping and clinical testing. The final product is one of the most reliable, high-performance autoclave units currently on the market – and the only one that comes with a 25-month warranty.”
For more information on the Masteri Class B Auto Cycle Autoclave, visit http://bit.ly/2N1fkKq
or send an email to info@Beyes.ca.

About Beyes Canada

Based in Toronto, Beyes is Canada’s fastest-growing dental company, thanks to its loyal customers. Beyes combines the expertise of highly-skilled people with its well-established manufacturing chain and advanced quality-control systems to provide the dental community with groundbreaking advancements for precision dental instruments.
All Beyes products are manufactured in strict compliance with Health Canada regulations. Moreover, the manufacturing facility is ISO 13485 certified under Canadian Medical Devices Conformity Assessment System (CMDCAS) ensuring superior products quality that meet and exceed user expectations.
The Beyes team is dedicated to providing flawless experience to its customers, at all levels assuring that products and service not only meet but exceed current and future demands. For more information, about Beyes Canada, visit www.Beyes.ca.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Expanding Integration Options for DEXIS Platinum and DEXcam 4 HD

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KaVo Kerr announces the expansion of integration options for the DEXIS Platinum digital sensor and DEXcam 4 HD intraoral camera.

Hatfield, PA (June 29, 2018) – KaVo Kerr is pleased to announce that it is making the benefits of the award-winning DEXIS Platinum sensor and DEXcam 4 HD intraoral camera available to a broad array of dental imaging software programs. Utilizing an industry-recognized driver package, dentists are now able to maintain their existing imaging software program while integrating these highly regarded DEXIS products.

The DEXIS Platinum sensor features:

PureImage™ Technology using proprietary hardware enhancements to deliver sharp, highly detailed, and extremely clear images across the widest range of exposure settings
TrueComfort™ Design using beveled corners, a smooth, rounded casing and a small, angled dome to maximize patient comfort and make precise placement easy
PerfectSize™ single-sensor solution enabling comfortable use for both children and adults and allowing faster procedures without the need to switch between multiple-sized sensors
The DEXcam 4 HD intraoral camera features:

Remarkable clear and focused high-definition images using the latest in CMOS sensor technology and a precision 7-element glass optical lens
5 field-of-view levels to enable clearly focused images from full face to magnified tooth
High-intensity LEDs to enable well-illuminated images even in the posterior regions
The driver package enabling the expanded DEXIS Platinum and DEXcam 4 HD integration options are available now by contacting DEXIS technical support at 888-883-3947, option 1.

To learn more about DEXIS products and KaVo Kerr imaging solutions and the full array of integration options, please contact KaVo Kerr Inside Sales at 888-883-3947, option 4.

About KaVo Kerr
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Five Ways to Beat Summer Heat

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Summer is in full swing here in the Midwest and that means the dangers that go along with it.  As a bit of a public safety announcement for those who are celebrating Independence Day this week, here are 5 ways to deal with it from AccuWeather:

At he height of summer, high temperatures can create uncomfortable conditions.

"The body cools down primarily by the evaporation of sweat on the skin," Director of Integrative Pain Management at The Mount Sinai Hospital Houman Danesh, MD, said. "When the air is dry, sweat evaporates and cools the skin. When the air is humid, sweat doesn't evaporate as well and the body is unable to cool down."

The best way to be safe is to stay hydrated and keep indoors during peak sun hours. However, even inside can get steamy. If you don't have an air-conditioner to rely on, or if that still isn't cutting it, here are five unconventional ways to stay cool this summer.

1. Load up on spices

While it may sound strange, eating spicy foods can actually cool your body down. The heat of your dish will make you sweat and, in turn, cool you off naturally. If that sounds too extreme, Registered Dietician and Professor at the University of Connecticut Nancy Rodriguez suggested using spicy ingredients in salsa, guacamole and other summer snacks.

2. Use the products you already have

You can turn everyday products into a cooling sensations simply by storing them in the refrigerator. Sunscreen, lotions, toners, creams and even perfume can all be kept safely in the fridge to give you a refreshing lift upon application.

Nicole Darmanin, spokesperson for skin care company Mario Badescu, said that products such as eye creams can be kept in the refrigerator and applied cool. "It is so refreshing, especially during the summer months. The application of the cool eye gel around the eyes is also great for calming tired, puffy morning eyes," she said.

3. Cool your pulseThe National Sleep Foundation recommended placing a damp washcloth in the freezer to create an easy, cooling compress. Placing the frozen cloth on your wrists or any pulse points will bring an icy shock to your body. If you do not have an ice pack, leave your wrists under cold, running water for 30 seconds. This will cool the blood in your veins and provide some instant relief.

4. Drink up but avoid caffeine, alcohol

Especially after being outside in hot weather, it is important to hydrate and replenish your body. Registered Dietician and Professor of Nutrition at Baylor Suzy Weems suggested "cool, refreshing liquids" following time in the sun. She recommends water and juices.

She cautioned against iced tea or anything with caffeine as some people can see increased perspiration. As refreshing as it may sound, beer, wine or hard liquor are all poor options, according to Weems. Alcohol is dehydrating and should be avoided during scorching heat.

5. Create a faux AC

To simulate the feel of an air-conditioner, Medicine.net recommended placing a bowl of ice in front of a box fan and sitting directly in front of the flow of air.