Monday, August 31, 2020

Cellerant Consulting Prepares for the Best of Class Awards Presentation

 



Coming on September 1st, you'll be able to watch the Cellerant Best of Class Awards Presentation over the Internet.  It will consist of about an hour of the voting panel discussing the process behind the voting, moderated by Dental Product Report's own Editorial Director: Noah Levine.



The Cellerant Best of Class Awards are now in the 12th year... and I am honored to have been involved since day one.


The Best of Class Awards and voting are the brainchild of Cellerant's CEO and "Fearless Leader", Dr. Lou Shuman.

Dr. Lou Shuman - Cellerant Consulting Group, CEO


About 13 years ago, Dr. Shuman envisioned an award system that was based on merit and was truly tied to products that were considered "Best of Class".  Dr. Shuman had noticed that technology was playing a larger and larger role in dentistry and that it was becoming more and more difficult for doctors to be able to make solid, informed decisions that were the best decisions for their practices.


As one of the recognized experts in the field of "Technology in Dentistry", he decided to make it his mission to provide doctors in the trenches with a reliable way to find the best technology for their practices.  His decision was to put together a panel of fellow like-minded doctors who were also technology experts, and have them explore and evaluate the latest and greatest the industry has to offer.  They then sit down as a group once a year and discuss their findings to determine who is "Best of Class".

The panel consists of:

  • Lou Shuman, DMD
  • Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD
  • Chris Salierno, DDS
  • Paul Feuerstein, DMD
  • Marty Jablow, DMD
  • John Flucke, DDS

All of the panel members are considered experts in technology by the industry.  They spend a great deal of time researching and talking to companies in dentistry to discover the latest innovations getting ready to surface in the industry.

Utilizing a bit of "hive" mentality, Dr. Shuman heads the team and coordinates from his position as Cellerant Consulting CEO to send forth the "worker bees" to explore the industry.  Each panel member has specific assets that help them evaluate and understand the technologies they research.

The voting is unbiased and sometimes heated, but the friendships forged by the voting panel can withstand those discussions and often emerge even stronger.  

I think you'll enjoy the stories and explanations of the voting process as well as learning about the winners themselves.  Be sure to make time to be there.  This link will give you all the info you need!  

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Dentsply Sirona Announces New Virtual Event


 



In this world of non-contact & "virtual everything" the virtual event has become a fairly big deal.  Along those lines, Dentsply Sirona is offering a one hour event that will discuss upcoming events and programs.  Here is the low down:


Please join us for a full hour as CEO Don Casey and his esteemed colleagues update you on exciting events and programs yet to come in 2020. Among them will be this year’s Dentsply Sirona World 2020 – the theme will be Healthy Practices, Healthy Smiles, which represents our continuing commitment to supporting the needs of dental professionals around the world so they can better serve their patients.  

 

We also plan to announce our newest innovations in imaging, with featured guest, Sameer Puri, DDS, who will discuss these advanced imaging solutions about to hit the market. 


It is our pleasure to extend an exclusive invitation to you for our virtual event on August 31st, 1:00-2:00 pm. To attend the event, log on to www.DSWkickoff.com/Press and use password dspress2020.  

Please respond to this email by August 28th if you plan to attend. In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you need copies of relevant materials or would like to schedule an interview with any of our featured speakers, please contact us at dentsplysirona@edelman.com and we will get in touch with you. 


Eric Bruno                                   

Senior Vice President  
North America, Dentsply Sirona

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Ultradent Issues Response to WHO Statement on Dental Care During COVID-19

 



Ultradent, one of the global leaders in dental products and innovation, has released the following statement regarding the WHO statement of avoiding dental care during the pandemic:


Ultradent is actively following the differing opinions from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Dental Association (ADA) regarding WHO interim guidelines saying routine, non-essential dental procedures should be postponed until there is a sufficient decline in COVID-19 transmission rates. We trust, support, and value the scientists and medical professionals guiding us through this pandemic. Ultradent backs the ADA’s position: “With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations,” ADA President Chad P. Gehani, DDS. 

 

"Dentists have been experts in infection control for over 20 years due to the HIV AIDS scare, so we're used to preparing our offices for infection disease control,” president of the California Dentist Association, Dr. Richard Nagy recently told ABC News. Many of Ultradent’s employees were in the dental industry—working in dental offices—during the rise of the AIDS crisis. We believe in dental professionals’ abilities to safely provide quality care amid an emergency health situation, though we recognize that areas experiencing heightened outbreaks should follow the guidelines of local authorities.


Well-respected clinician, lecturer, and researcher, Dr. Gordon Christensen adds “Without justification, the WHO issued an irresponsible and over-reaching “guidance” for dentistry! It does not take into account the precautions dentists have successfully utilized for prevention of infectious disease transmission!”


While Ultradent is a dental manufacturer, we are also made of employees who are dental patients and understand the value of access to procedures and treatments. Utilizing proper PPE and adhering to sterilization and infection control guidelines (issued by the ADA and CDC) have allowed millions of patients like us to safely visit dental offices in recent months, and Ultradent hopes this will continue.

 


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Clinical Evaluation of TerraGene MiniBio Sterilization Monitoring System Completed

 



During the month of August I've been evaluating the little unit above, and I've completed my clinical testing.

The MiniBio from TerraGene is a tabletop sterilization monitoring system.  It allows any office to test their autoclaves and ensure that they are working properly.  

The company sells small vials of spores that are used in the testing.  The spores are placed in the autoclave and run through a normal load and cycle.  Once the cycle is completed, the vial is allowed to cool for 10 minutes.The vials contain spores and a growth medium kept in separate chambers within the vial.  Once it is run through a cycle, the vial is "cracked" similar to a glow stick and the vial is shaken by hand.

The vial containing the mixed contents is then placed in the MiniBio.  The MiniBio then gently warms the vial to 60 degrees C which will cause spore growth... if any survived the sterilization process.  The vials being tested are constantly monitored and an alarm goes off if growth is detected.  There is also a small printer in the device that prints the results as well as a USB connection that puts all of the data into a proprietary tracking software that allows the office to keep meticulous records.

To be sure that the vials work, a separate vial is used that is NOT run through a sterilization cycle.  This guarantees that growth will occur in this "control" vial which increases the validity of the test.

The MiniBio runs a full test in just 20 minutes... yes, you read that correctly.  20 minutes.  For years I relied on an outside service which took a much longer time than that to validate my autoclaves.

The device costs around $600 and the test vials are about $4 each.  There is NO WAY I would go back to using an outside service.  This device is *highly recommended and is a home run product*!!!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Dentsply Sirona World 2020 Announces What's in Store During Virtual Event - Registration is Open for August 31st Announcement Session

 



For the past few years, Dentsply Sirona World has been a tremendous success as one of the most popular privately run meetings in the industry.  This year, with the affects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Dentsply Sirona has made the difficult decision to move the meeting to a virtual format.  However, despite the lack of face to face interaction, the company has been hard at work to help develop a program that continues the tradition of one of the pre-eminent meetings on the planet.  On Monday August 31st Dentsply Sirona will reveal to the industry what to expect at this year's new format.  Registration is now open.  Here are the details of what to expect:


Join us on Monday, August 31, at 1pm when Dentsply Sirona reveals the latest lineup of what’s to come in 2020!

 

 

Please save the date:

 

August 31st, 2020 at 1:00pm EST

Location: Virtual Event

 

What to Expect:

 

  • Exciting programs and events at this year’s Dentsply Sirona World
  • Exciting product innovation announcement
  • Announcing Dentsply Sirona’s continuing commitment to customers with Healthy Practices, Healthy Smiles

 

Speakers:

  • Don Casey, Chief Executive Officer
  • Eric Bruno, Senior Vice President, North America
  • Terri Dolan, Chief Clinical Officer
  • Chris Little, Vice President, Strategic Marketing
  • Linda Gehringer, Vice President, Sales
  • Sameer Puri, DDS

 

 

The virtual event will be held on Monday, August 31 from 1pm – 2pm EST. You will receive an invitation with more information closer to the event. If you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to contact us at DentsplySirona@edelman.com.

 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Kind regards,

 

 













Eric Bruno, Senior Vice President, North America, Dentsply Sirona



Thursday, August 20, 2020

FBI is Warning of Cyber Attacks against Windows 7 Systems that Reached End-of-Life


 


The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning companies running Windows 7 systems of the greater risk of getting hacked because the Microsoft OS has reached the end of life on January 14.




When an operating system (OS) reaches its "End of Life" users need to pay attention.  Once the magic deadline is crossed, the company that owns the rights to the OS stops issuing patches.  That means that the software no longer is updated to protect from hackers, breachers, and crooks.  The longer a user continues to use the OS, the more un-secure it becomes as black hats find more and more vulnerabilities and ways to exploit them.  It becomes a horrid case of "user beware".  This is the reason the  companies issue tons of warnings to users to either upgrade or stop.  As a way to try to protect businesses, the FBI attempts to warn private industry about these kinds of potential disasters.  Here is one such instance...

The FBI has sent a private industry notification (PIN Number 20200803-002) to partners in the US private sector.

“The FBI has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end of life status,” reads the the FBI’s PIN.

“Continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide cyber criminals access in to computer systems. As time passes, Windows 7 becomes more vulnerable to exploitation due to lack of security updates and new vulnerabilities discovered.”

“With fewer customers able to maintain a patched Windows 7 system after its end of life, cyber criminals will continue to view Windows 7 as a soft target,”

Feds urge organizations to upgrading their systems running Windows 7 to newer versions for which the IT giant is still providing security updates.

“Upgrading operating systems to the latest supported version. Ensuring anti-virus, spam filters, and firewalls are up to date, properly configured, and secure.” continues the PIN.

Microsoft still allows its Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, but sometimes the underlying hardware doesn’t support the free upgrade.

The FBI cited the case of previous Windows XP migration, many systems that were not upgraded remained exposed to a significant number of attacks.

“Increased compromises have been observed in the healthcare industry when an operating system has achieved end of life status. After the Windows XP end of life on 28 April 2014, the healthcare industry saw a large increase of exposed records the following year,” the FBI said.

The experts explained that threat actors could exploit multiple known vulnerabilities impacting Windows 7 to compromise the systems running the popular Microsoft OS.

For many of these flaws, it is possible to find online working exploits. such as the EternalBlue and BlueKeep exploits

The FBI added that several companies have yet to patch its systems and urged them to apply the upgrade, the agency also provided the following recommendations:

  • Ensuring anti-virus, spam filters, and firewalls are up to date, properly configured, and secure.
  • Auditing network configurations and isolate computer systems that cannot be updated.
  • Auditing your network for systems using RDP, closing unused RDP ports, applying two-factor authentication wherever possible, and logging RDP login attempts.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

World Health Organization Clarifies - And Walks Back- Statement Regarding Postponing Routine Dental Care

 



After creating a media storm and a massive cloud of confusion last week, The World Health Organization has now offering increased clarification on their statement of postponing routine dental care during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Many U.S. dental offices have been fielding calls from confused patients who were getting mixed signals from WHO and the American Dental Association .  The ADA made immediate statements that disagreed with WHO and encouraged patients to keep appointments.  Here in the heartland of America we've had a few calls, but no has yet changed an appointment due to the statement.


WHO made headlines when media outlets picked up the point that routine dental care should be delayed.  The whirlwind of opinion ensure and now The Chief Dental Officer of WHO Benoit Varenne, PhD has released the following:


WHO Chief Dental Officer Benoit Varenne, Ph.D., also expressed concerns about media coverage of the interim guidance in an Aug. 13 email to global dental leaders. Dr. Varenne said, “Unfortunately, a number of media headlines intentionally or not – when they are referring to the WHO guidance, did not mention that the recommendation to delay routine oral health care is only suggested in an intense uncontrolled community transmission scenario. A scenario that [does] not fit with the current situation of [most countries] around the world.” Dr. Varenne added, “So please be aware of the missing information sometimes disseminated by the media that could increase fear and concern of patients seeking oral health care. I think we have all to play a part in sharing with the public, national dental associations and health authorities the full story provided in the guidance document.”

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Nearly Half Of Adults Say They Or A Family Member Have Deferred Medical Care Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak

 



The Kaiser Family foundation has released some incredibly interesting statistics dealing with the pandemic and its affects on U.S. citizens.  I was especially interested in the section of the study that dealt with healthcare, the lack of appointments during the lockdown, and how that lack of healthcare affected individuals.  The healthcare section is reproduced below.  The full study can be accessed via a link at the end of this post...


The recent stay-at-home orders instituted by most states to help curb the spread of coronavirus impacted most industries, including the health care sector. Many hospitals and medical care providers closed for non-emergency services and many patients with non-emergency conditions postponed or cancelled appointments.The latest KFF Health Tracking Poll finds that nearly half of adults (48%) say they or someone in their household have postponed or skipped medical care due to the coronavirus outbreak, including a higher share of women than men (54% vs. 42%). Notably, 11% of adults overall say their or their family member’s condition got worse as a result of postponing or skipping medical care due to coronavirus.

Figure 1: About Half Of The Public Says They Have Skipped Or Postponed Medical Care Because Of The Coronavirus Outbreak

Among those who say they or a family member have postponed or delayed medical care because of coronavirus, almost all say they will eventually get the care that has been postponed, including 68% (32% of adults overall) who expect to get the care within the next 3 months.

Figure 2: About A Third Say They Skipped Or Postponed Medical Care Due To The Coronavirus But Will Get Needed Care In Next Few Months

Despite nearly half of adults saying that they or a member of their household has deferred medical care due to coronavirus, most adults (86%) and at least eight in ten across age groups, say their physical health has “stayed about the same” since the outbreak began. Few adults say their physical health has gotten better (6%) and a similar share say their physical health has gotten worse (8%) since the coronavirus outbreak began in the U.S.


For the full report, follow this link.  

Monday, August 17, 2020

ADA Releases Statement Regarding the Extreme Safety of Dental Procedures



Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) made an announcement stating that "WHO advises delaying check-ups in areas with community spread".  While I greatly respect the work that WHO does, no one has all of the 100% correct answers 100% of the time, and I feel this is one of the times where WHO has made a bad call.  As someone who practices dentistry full time, I can tell you that *dentistry in the United States is safe for patients, staff and doctors*.


Perhaps in a country where there is less than 'state of the art' equipment and 'state of the art' infection control, delaying treatment *might* be advised, it is a different situation here in the U.S.  Dental personnel here are covered in PPE pretty much head to toe, we are wearing N95 respirators, water proof garments, face shields, you name it.  Air is being filtered, surfaces are scrubbed with virus killing bacteria... there is a lot being done to keep everyone safe.


With all of that in mind, the American Dental Association released a public statement regarding their feelings on dentistry as an essential service and critical part of the healthcare system.  Here's what they had to say:


The American Dental Association (ADA) respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to delay “routine” dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19.

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care,” states ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. “Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”

Dr. Gehani added that in March, when COVID-19 cases began to rise in the U.S., the ADA called for dentists to postpone all but urgent and emergency care in order to understand the disease, consider its effect on dental patients, dental professionals and the greater community.

Both the ADA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) then issued interim guidance for dental professionals related to COVID-19. The ADA’s guidance calls for the highest level of PPE available—masks, goggles and face shields. The ADA’s interim guidance also calls for the use of rubber dams and high velocity suction whenever possible and hand scaling when cleaning teeth rather than using ultrasonic scaling to minimize aerosols.

Dr. Gehani concludes, “Millions of patients have safely visited their dentists in the past few months for the full range of dental services. With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.”

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Aegis VacStation Evaluation in Complete

 



In a world affected by a global pandemic, there are a lot of things that have changed.  This is especially true when it comes to the clinical practice of dentistry.  My beloved profession just might be the most aerosol creating profession in healthcare.

Those of you reading this who are in the profession realize this already.  For those of you who are patients, a quick explanation.  Almost everything a dental professional does inside the oral cavity creates a cloud of mist/water/saliva droplets called aerosols.  This is the way SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, travels.  The viral particles float along in this aerosol cloud and can then be inhaled into the nose or mouth of a susceptible host where the virus can then grow and infect that host.  Once a critical load of virus is created inside that susceptible host, viruses can then leave the body through coughing, sneezing, or dentistry.  This is a process called "shedding".  So basically those people working in your mouth are exposing themselves every day to working in a cloud of potentially infective materials.





So how do you get rid of those aerosols?  There are lots of ways to do that which dentists are doing every day.  However, one of the newest approaches is to simply vacuum up those microscopic particles like car floor mat debris into a Dust Buster.

For the past few weeks my office has been working on clinical trials with a device from Aegis PPE called the VacStation.  It is a high powered industrial vac system that is used clinically.  Put in close proximity to the patient's oral cavity, the VacStation quickly and efficiently removes anything air-born that makes it past the patient's lips.

However, simply "pulling" the aerosols away isn't all that the VacStation does.  The device also does an amazing job of filtering the air that passes through it.  


As you can see from the above diagram, the air is vigorously filtered.  This is accomplished by passing it through a HEPA filtration system that does an incredible job of cleansing the air as it passes through.  Studies have shown that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can vary in size from about 120 microns to 30 microns.  The VacStation filtration filters particles down to 20.3 microns in size.  Basically if a SARS-CoV-2 virus goes into the VacStation, isn't coming back out.

Not only does the air pass through a high-fiber cotton filter, a fiberglass filter, and an activated carbon filter, but after passing through all of those, the air is exposed to an array of ultraviolet LEDs.  These LEDs emit light in the wavelength of 280 nanometers.  Light in this wavelength has been proven in multiple studies to kill bacteria and viruses.  In fact some healthcare facilities are using devices with these LEDs top sterilize N-95 masks and other clinical devices.

The device comes equipped with a rheostat that allows the user to vary the speed and vacuum of the unit.  It is well insulated and does not create much sound at all.  One of my biggest concerns was that the device would be loud & would interfere with conversation with the patient. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the VacStation is very quiet and not really intrusive at all.  Even having several units running simultaneously in close proximity to each other would not be an annoyance.  Originally I thought the device would sound like a vacuum cleaner, but that is definitely not the case.  The background white noise is definitely NOT a problem.

Overall our experience has been tremendously positive.  Staff and patients have both been complimentary of the VacStation.  I would encourage my peers to definitely explore this option as part of your Covid-19 infection control protocol.  The Aegis VacStation is *highly recommended*!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

ADA Board Adopts New Ad Interim Policy on Dentistry as Essential Health Care

 




I have been a member of the ADA for as long as I have been in practice, and I was a member of the Student Association prior to that.  I've always felt that profession should speak with one voice and that has never been more important than in the current environment.  This announcement from the ADA is just one more reason why I am a member... and a fan.


Here is the latest announcement from the ADA:


The American Dental Association’s Board of Trustees has adopted an ad interim policy stating dentistry is essential health care to help guide advocacy for the dental profession during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The substance of this ad interim policy was developed by the Council on Dental Practice, and the House of Delegates will consider it as a resolution during its virtual meeting in October.

So why adopt an ad interim policy now? 

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many states, governors may consider rolling back to an earlier “stage” in their COVID-19 response strategy. If that happens, there may be a risk that dental practices will be told to perform only emergency or urgent procedures.

The ADA Board and I believe this would do a disservice to the public.

The ad interim policy states oral health is an integral component of systemic health and dentistry is an essential health care service because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing and treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.

Whether it is the current pandemic, a future epidemic or a natural disaster in a particular area, this ad interim policy will anchor our advocacy efforts to keep dental practices open so people can continue to access the full range of dental services.

In a recent interview posted on the TODAY show’s website, I was quoted as saying, “Many times people do not comprehend that teeth are attached to the body, to the bone and head, and that it is as important to take care of their teeth as their organs.”

If states start considering roll backs, we must advocate and help decision makers understand —Dentistry is Essential Health Care!

You can read more about our new ad interim policy in this ADA News story.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

An Easy Test has been Created to Test Efficiency of Mask Types

 



Hopefully by this point in the pandemic, all of you reading this are well aware of the need to wear masks and, potentially, eye coverage when in a public setting.  SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 can easily travel in the air between humans where viral particles from an infected individual can be easily and un-noticeably inhaled by a susceptible host.


There is also the potential for an infected individual to cough or sneeze and. potentially propel droplets containing the virus into the mucus membranes of the eye... hence the potential need for eye protection.  When I am seeing patients, I am covered quite literally from head to toe in protective gear so I'm not overly concerned about my eyes with all of the gear in place.  However, when I am not in the office I feel the need to protect my eyes... I mean, you can't be *too* careful.  I went on Amazon and found a clear lens for an Oakley "Heater" frame I had for running.  The wrap around design keeps my eyes protected without having to wear "safety glasses".  The lens did NOT come with a nose piece so I ordered one of those as well.  Basically for about $20 I had a (fairly) stylish form of eye protection.  That's just food for thought.  Here are a couple of photos.



Getting back to the original point of this post, masks are an extremely critical part of the PPE scheme whether you are in healthcare or not.  Simply strolling around Home Depot or the local Costco with no mask is exposing you and greatly increasing your odds of infection.  Of course the other side of the coin is if you happen to be Covid-19 positive and unaware yet, you could be leaving a tsunami of shedded viral particles in your wake and not even realize that you may well be infecting dozens of others.  Those others could then very well infect *more* including the potential of infecting those who have a compromised immune systems and who could be facing death from the virus... which *you* infected them with.


This isn't about personal freedoms, this is about potentially killing innocent human beings.  This is the equivalent of hunting in a field right next to an apartment complex.  You may OWN that field and it is certainly within your rights to hunt on it.  But think about this:  If you miss a deer and the round goes through an apartment wall and kills a grandmother; YOU are responsible for that.  It's not an infringement on your rights as a property holder or a gun owner.  It's about the responsibility of ending another human life.


So now,  hopefully that I have you enthused about wearing a mask to protect yourself and others, let's take a look at their effectiveness.


Some smart folks at Duke University came up with a brilliant yet fairly simple testing setup.  Utilizing off the shelf and easy to obtain parts, members of the Medical School and the Duke Department of Physics created a "black box" that allows for quick, easy, and reliable testing of different mask designs and masking mediums.


I'm not going into great detail about how to build the testing device.  Part of it involves a laser, which can be dangerous to the eyes unless you know what you are doing, so the inventors are asking that only people with laser knowledge try and build one.  The important thing here is learn what separates the reliable masks from the poor ones.


The magic ingredient seems to be 3 layers.  A variety of materials were tested including a fitted N-95 Respirator (which scored the best).  Masks with 3 layers, even those made by hand with simple cloth, provided adequate filtration.  Single layer systems, such as the "neck gaiter" worn by snow skiers and other outdoorsy types scored the worst.


So the big takeaway from today's post is that masks are important.  Masks save lives.  In order to be effective masks need to be composed of three layers.


My personal favorites for non-healthcare workers are the home crafted cloth masks that utilize a pocket.  They are a 2 layer mask with a pocket between the layers that allows the user to place a filtration medium inside the pocket between the outer and the inner layer.  In my humble opinion, the best thing to put inside that pocket is a custom cut HEPA filter.  These filters can be purchased on 
Amazon as well as Home Depot and, I'm sure, other home improvement stores.  You remove the plastic "caps" on the top and the bottom, unroll the filter, and then cut the size you need.  You can easily get *many* pieces out of a single large pleated filter.


HEPA collects 99.97% of particles that are at least .3 microns in size making them even better at filtration of the SARS-Cov-2 virus than a N-95 filter.  These large cylindrical HEPA filters are available for about $40 a piece and you can guard your entire family for months with the amount of filters you can get by cutting them up.  This is *highly* recommended.


If you are interested in the entire study that produced this post, which includes detailed descriptions on the testing device itself, that information can be found by following this link to the Science Advances website.  



Monday, August 10, 2020

Introducing New Practice Recovery Barometer from Dentsply Sirona




Using mobility data from Apple® and Google® along with internal intelligence, this free simple-to-use tool gives dental professionals the ability to estimate patient flow and get their practices ready to recover as quickly as possible.


Dentsply Sirona is committed to empowering dental professionals to provide millions of patients with better dental care and make people smile.  The company is thrilled to introduce its Practice Recovery Barometer, the latest tool. providing personalized support and resources to dental professionals throughout the United States and help them on their road to recovery.

The Practice Recovery Barometer helps give dental professionals a clear view of where their local area is in recovery compared to surrounding areas and the overall U.S.   Based on this information the tool also provides personalized resources in support of practice recovery efforts.  By simply entering a zip code and other basic information, the Practice Recovery Barometer provides dental professionals an easy to understand practice recovery score based on consumer data from Apple®, Google®, and internal intelligence notifying them if patient mobility in their area is full, partial, or limited.  Scores are based on the most up to date information and refreshed weekly enabling dental professionals to compare their own practice to their surrounding area and select personalized programs to best meet the needs of their practice so they can best serve their patients.

Using the Practice Recovery Barometer is fast and easy!  Simply head to dentsplysirona.com/recovery and enter your basic information, along with your zip code to get your practice recovery score today!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

FDA Updates List of Dangerous and/or Ineffective Hand Sanitizers




In a post I made not too terribly long ago, I listed brands of hand sanitizers that contained methanol, which is an alcohol type that can be absorbed through the skin and cause serious health problems.

This story has continued to grow.  Now the FDA has discovered that in addition to methanol, some companies are not providing adequate levels of isopropyl or ethyl alcohol to effectively kill viruses and bacteria.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) advised that ABHR (Alcohol Based Hand Rubs) have an alcohol content of 60%-95% to effectively inactivate bacteria and viruses.  However, it appears that, despite labeling, many companies are not using an effective amount of alcohol.

In an effort to keep my readers informed and safe, here is the most current list I could find of products to avoid:


  • Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • MODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
  • BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
  • Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
  • KLAR and DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Hello Kitty Hand Sanitizer
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
  • BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
  • BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
  • Assured Aloe
  • bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer 
  • LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
  • LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
  • QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer  
  • NEXT Hand Sanitizer
  • Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol extra soft with glycerin and aloe
  • NuuxSan Instant Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • NuuxSan Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and Moisturizers
  • Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
  • Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
  • Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution
  • GelBact Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • TriCleanz
  • Sayab Antisepctic Hand Sanitizer 100
  • Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin E
  • Leiper's Fork Distillery Bulk Disinfectant per 5 gallon and Leiper's Fork Distillery 16 oz bottle
  • Andy's Best
  • Andy's
  • NeoNatural
  • Plus Advanced
  • Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Selecto Hand Sanitizer
  • Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol
  • Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub
  • Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 70% alcohol
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 65% Alcohol
  • Scent Theory -- Keep It Clean -- Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Cavalry
  • ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Scent Theory -- Keep It Clean -- Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
  • Bersih Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
  • Purity Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 70%
  • TriCleanz Tritanium Labs Hand Sanitizer
  • Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%    
  • Parabola Hand Sanitizer  
  • Urbane Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer    
  • Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free 70%    
  • Handzer Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free
  • Kleanz Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Advanced
  • Be Safe Hand Sanitizer
  • Wave Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • DAESI Hand Sanitizer