Thursday, December 28, 2023

Former NFL Player Mike Williams Died of Dental Related Sepsis


Last week I read with sadness the story of former NFL player Mike Williams and his unfortunate, way too early, demise.  His death was brought about by “bacterial sepsis with cerebral abscesses and necrotizing lobar pneumonia due to multiple caries and retained tooth roots”.

He was working as an electrician on a construction site in Tampa, Florida.  However, before his second career as an electrician, Mike had been a wide receiver in the NFL.  He was drafted out of Syracuse University in fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft.  He went on to play in the league for a total of 63 games.

His first 4 years were spent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  In his first year, he brought down 65 passes for a season total of 964 yards along with 11 touchdowns.  That amazing performance brought him national recognition and resulted in him finishing second in the voting for the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010.

While he had a good career as an athlete, the average career in the NFL is about 4 years and so, in his late 20s Mike left the NFL and became an electrician.

While working on a construction site, he was somehow injured by, according to the medical examiner, "heavy supplies landing on his head" on August 21 of this year.  The injury put him into the hospital in the ICU where he struggled to hang on.  However, once he was hospitalized his health continued to decline and he eventually passed on September 12th.  In addition to the injuries he sustained, it was the dental infections that the medical examiner determined was the ultimate cause of his passing.

Teeth are located in the head with maxillary (upper) teeth in very close proximity to the cranial cavity and the brain.  Infections from dental problems can be serious and even life threatening.

While this situation is not common, it is certainly a situation that can develop.  I think it is a pretty good testament to our healthcare system, knowledge, and modern antibiotics that keep this from happening more often.

My condolences to his friends and family.  In an effort to try and see the good inside the bad, let this be an example to any of you reading this who are frightened of dentistry or have just delayed seeing a dentist because of a busy life.  Dental problems can be more than just "problems".  The effects of dental infections can be dire.  Rest In Peace, Mr. Williams.  

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Amor Sui Announces Reusable and Recyclable Lab Coat


About AmorSui 

AmorSui is a modern personal protective equipment PPE brand that protects people and the planet. The name is derived from Latin and means ‘self-love’, a simple reminder but an important gesture that no one should have to risk their safety while doing what they love. 

From day one, AmorSui set out to design better PPE with the wearer’s interest at heart. Now, the company is on a journey to transform how people buy uniforms by putting people and the planet first. The design of each garment sets a new standard for PPE, providing a premium fit, better protection, and a more sustainable choice. The healthcare system has one of the largest carbon footprints in the world, which is why AmorSui is creating products that can be reused again and again and are 100% recyclable at the end of their life. Its products also utilize anti-odor and fluid-repellent materials to ensure unmatched protection. To learn more about AmorSui, visit 

Founder’s Story 

AmorSui was founded by Ph.D. chemist Beau Wangtrakuldee. Beau was working on a new anti-cancer drug when she was badly burned in a chemical spill. Although her lab coat was considered proper PPE, Beau was not protected. The spill burned straight through her lab coat and onto her leg. This began the AmorSui journey, with the goal of designing better PPE with the wearer’s interest at heart. 

About The Lab Coat 

AmorSui’s Lab Coat is a timeless piece with use cases across several sectors, making it the perfect starting point for setting a new standard for PPE. While traditional lab coats are unprotective, uncomfortable & non-recyclable, AmorSui’s are safe, flexible and designed to be worn 50 times without losing fluid-repellency or anti-odor efficacy. When it’s time for a new one, the coat is 100% recyclable through the AmorSui take-back program. The soft, flexible fabric was specially developed in a soft, approachable white to combat ‘white coat syndrome’ and the coat is complete with features most often requested by the professionals who will wear it daily. 

Its features include: 

●  A premium fit 

●  Breathable design 

●  Anti-odor and fluid-repellent material 

●  100% recyclable 

●  Machine washable 

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Ditch the Desk, Embrace the Cloud: Clinux CAD is Helping to Revolutionize Dental Workflows


As regular readers of the blog know, for almost two years now we've been using the DWX-42W mill form DGShape to provide same appointment, same day, and "just in time" restorations.  It has been a tremendous addition to our clinical technology armamentarium and it is giving us incredible results.  Plus when you factor in the enjoyment it brings to Super Assistant D-Rey (the milling princess) and Super Assistant Boo-boo, digital restorations have also brought a great deal of satisfaction and pride to the team as well.

Selecting the mill was actually the easy part of it.  The more difficult part was deciding on the design software.  As a brief explanation:  Cases are scanned with one of our iTero intraoral scanners.  The scan file is then opened in the design software (exocad) where the restoration is designed and built over the prep scan created by iTero.  Once the design is finished in exocad, it is then sent to the DWX-42W mill which then cuts the restoration out of a block of material.

Doctors will often ask me how I made the decision on the design software.  That's because not many dentists have extensive experience with CAD software.  There are a lot of decision points to consider.  There's cost, reliability, and ease of use along with several others.  My usual advice is to "test drive" some different platforms because I've always felt that "hands-on" gives you a much better feel for a product and how it will work in your hands.  Of course that comes with risks because the time spent testing is usually short; maybe a demo of some type.  The ideal demo would be a chance to use it for a week or so and do a couple of cases... but that is incredibly difficult with software that is installed on a machine in a doctor's office.

There is also the consideration of things like Site Licenses.  How many computers can it be installed on and how often do they need to be renewed?  Some doctors like having access on multiple computers in the office and maybe even being able to design at home.  That means you need the platform installed on multiple workstations which can be expensive or limiting...

That's why I'm excited about the potential the cloud is bringing to this space.  No installs, no upgrades, no problems with licensing.  Try it on a case by case basis with no commitment.  Don't like it?  Move on to another!

Ditch the Desk, Embrace the Cloud: Clinux CAD Revolutionizes Dental Workflows

For decades, dentists have relied on bulky desktop software for their Computer-Aided Design (CAD) needs. But the times are changing, and the cloud is beckoning. Enter Clinux CAD, a revolutionary cloud-based dental software that redefines efficiency, accessibility, and collaboration in the dental world.

Say goodbye to clunky hardware and hello to a sleek, browser-based interface. Clinux CAD runs seamlessly on any device with a web browser, eliminating the need for expensive desktops or dedicated workstations. This means you can design crowns, bridges, and other prosthetics from anywhere, be it your office, your home, or even the beach (though I wouldn't recommend that!  If you are working from the beach, you've got bigger problems than I can solve with a blog post!).

But Clinux CAD isn't just about convenience. Its intuitive interface and guided workflows make it accessible even for dentists with limited CAD experience. With features like automatic margin detection and AI-powered design suggestions, even novices can create stunning and accurate dental restorations in minutes.

Time is money, and Clinux CAD understands that. By eliminating the need for software installations, updates, and backups, it frees up valuable time for you to focus on what matters most: your patients. No more waiting for software updates or troubleshooting technical issues. Clinux CAD keeps itself up-to-date, ensuring you always have the latest tools at your fingertips.

Collaboration is key in modern dentistry, and Clinux CAD makes it a breeze. Share designs and patient information with your team or lab partners in real-time, all from within the secure cloud environment. Imagine collaborating on a complex case with a specialist across the country, all without leaving your desk.

But what about security? Clinux CAD takes security seriously. Your data is encrypted at rest and in transit, and access is controlled with multi-factor authentication. You can rest assured knowing your patients' sensitive information is safe and sound.

Clinux CAD isn't just a software; it's a paradigm shift. It's a move towards a future where dental technology is accessible, efficient, and collaborative. So, ditch the desk, embrace the cloud, and experience the power of Clinux CAD.

Here are just a few of the benefits of Clinux CAD:

  • Cloud-based: Access your designs from anywhere with a web browser.
  • Intuitive interface: Easy to use for dentists of all experience levels.
  • Guided workflows: Create accurate restorations in minutes.
  • Time-saving: Eliminate software installations, updates, and backups.
  • Secure: Your data is encrypted and protected with multi-factor authentication.
  • Collaborative: Share designs and patient information with your team in real-time.

Visit the Clinux CAD website today to learn more and start your free trial.

As AI becomes a bigger and bigger part of what we do in dentistry, these systems will only get better.  Ride the wave of progress!

Friday, December 22, 2023


Today is the Friday before Christmas, so it's time for my annual post about the NORAD Santa Tracker.

I love the Christmas Season!  No matter what your beliefs are, I think that for about one month each year, we can be nice to one another!  So no matter what your beliefs in a higher power "are" or "are not" I still say "Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men!"

So now that I've said that, let's get on with probably my fave post of the whole year.  Every year I love to post about and promote the NORAD Santa Tracker service.  

You can even track Santa from your GM vehicle via OnStar.

Every year lots of volunteers in our military answer the phones and provide info on Santa's journey.  It's one of the coolest things of the holiday season.  My family called one year and we were really impressed to get the info on where Santa was and when he would be in our area.  I cannot say enough thank yous to all the hardworking members of the U.S. Military and especially those who donate their time to this special cause!

If you are interested in tracking the big guy, here is a link to all of the available ways to do that!

I won't go into all of the details in this post, but NORAD has tons of info on the Santa Tracker and all that it entails.  You can access all of that info here.

Merry Christmas OR Happy Holidays to all!

Thursday, December 21, 2023

CordBrick is a Better Mousetrap for Cord Management - Both on Your Desk and in the Operatory


A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a package with a couple of new cord management devices inside.  I took them out and have been tinkering with them ever since to see where they fit into my life.

Interestingly enough, I've found both personal and professional uses for them.  We all have multiple cords in our lives now and some of us (like me) have many.  Those cords bring with them little bits of frustration.  Where did they go?  Did it fall behind the desk?  Is it under something?  How did I manage to create either the worlds largest ball of electronic string or some weird sculpture made of cord spaghetti?

Now we've all seen little gizmos over the years that have slots to hold cords, but CordBrick comes at this better than others I've tried.  


  • Weight: This device is heavy.  The outside is flexible silicone rubber, but the inside is carbon steel.  That means it is capable of holding cords in place without sliding around.  That's important as I've tried other cord wranglers over the years that slip and slide all over the place, especially as you add more cords to it.
  • Organization:  CordBrick has several slots that you push your cords through and then it holds them in place.  
  • Accommodation: The slots are good sized with the ones on the sides being able to even accommodate regular AC power cords.
  • Portability:  You can also use CordBrick when you travel as it allows you to wrap your cords around it and lock them in place.  Unroll when you get to your destination and it is ready to go when you reach your destination.

Dental Cord Organization

The dental treatment areas are highly digital nowadays and that means cord management.  It can be really frustrating to open cabinetry in an attempt to troubleshoot some hardware problem and face a Rorschach test of cords.  CordBrick can help prevent that by keeping things organized and free of tangles.

The other thing I want to mention... did you know that your x-ray sensors get dropped... a lot?  Neither did I until a digital x-ray manufacturer shared with me a survey they had taken.  They had stressed confidentiality and asked dental team members some questions about their use of x-ray sensors.  To their surprise and mine, staff admitted to dropping a sensor at a minimum of once per week!  Frequently that was due to them being knocked off a counter when they were not being used.

CordBrick could be a nice solution to that problem.  Since it is weighted and covered with silicone rubber, it's not easily moved and the coating makes it almost impossible to slide around on a countertop.  A strategically placed CordBrick could help prevent those drops!

Also, since it is covered with rubber silicone I would think it could be sprayed or wiped with a disinfectant without damaging it.

These little organizers are also very affordable.  You can order them from the company website.   

If you are looking for an easy way to keep your cords in a semblance of order, CordBrick is your solution.  These little gizmos are *highly recommended*!  

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

See Clearly, Work Smarter: The Orascoptic HDL Ergo 5.0x Loupe Revolutionizes Dentistry


For dental professionals seeking the ultimate in precision and comfort, the Orascoptic HDL Ergo 5.0x loupe system is a game-changer. This innovative loupe boasts the highest magnification ever offered in Orascoptic's Ergo line, alongside a host of ergonomic and technological advancements that promise to transform your practice.

Unmatched Magnification for Exquisite Detail:

The 5.0x magnification of the HDL Ergo 5.0x allows you to see every nuance of the oral cavity with stunning clarity. Imagine visualizing even the most delicate anatomical structures, from microscopic margins to intricate dental tubules, with unparalleled precision. This enhanced vision empowers you to perform even the most challenging procedures with confidence and control.

Ergonomics Redefined: Comfort Meets Performance:

Gone are the days of neck and back strain associated with traditional loupes. The Ergo 5.0x system prioritizes your comfort with its innovative design features:

  • Refractive prisms: These ingenious prisms redirect light, allowing you to maintain a natural, upright posture while enjoying the benefits of high magnification. Say goodbye to slouching and hello to a pain-free workday.
  • Lightweight design: The loupe itself is remarkably lightweight, minimizing neck and shoulder fatigue. Focus on your work, not the weight on your head.
  • Adjustable working distance and angle: Find the perfect viewing position for your individual needs and preferences.

Technological Innovation for Enhanced Workflow:

The Ergo 5.0x seamlessly integrates with cutting-edge technology to streamline your workflow:

  • Integrated headlight: Experience optimal illumination with the built-in LED headlight, ensuring clear visibility even in dimly lit areas.
  • Optional digital integration: Connect the loupe to Orascoptic's TruLight digital loupe system for real-time image capture and magnification control, enhancing communication and collaboration.

Beyond the Specs: A Commitment to Quality:

Orascoptic has a long-standing reputation for excellence in loupe design and manufacturing. The Ergo 5.0x continues this tradition with its:

  • Premium materials: Durable and lightweight titanium construction ensures long-lasting performance and comfort.
  • Anti-scratch and anti-reflective lens coatings: Maintain pristine clarity and protect your investment.
  • Personalized customization: Choose from various frame styles and magnification options to suit your individual needs.

Elevating Your Practice to the Next Level:

The Orascoptic HDL Ergo 5.0x is more than just a loupe; it's a statement. It demonstrates your commitment to providing exceptional patient care with the most advanced technology and meticulous attention to detail. Invest in the Ergo 5.0x and experience the difference that unparalleled magnification, superior ergonomics, and cutting-edge technology can bring to your practice.

Ready to see the future of dentistry? Contact your Orascoptic representative today to learn more about the HDL Ergo 5.0x and take your practice to the next level.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

The Bite of Reality: A Dentist's View on SmileDirectClub's Demise


Image Credit: ©Smile Direct Club

A very long post today, but with good reason.  This post deals with, not only the demise of Smile Direct Club, but also the entire idea of DTC (Direct To Consumer) healthcare.

I've been a dentist for quite a few years and have been involved with Dental Products Report or one of its sister publications since the late 1990s.  That has allowed me to see a lot of things over the years.  Some of those have been great things, some have been mediocre, and some I saw as prototypes of ideas that never came to market.  However "back in the day" those products and ideas were marketed directly to the doctor.  The reason some of those didn't make it to the market is because doctors did not think they would be effective.

However, with the explosion of social media, now anyone can have a platform and a voice.  That means that, unfortunately, anyone with an Internet connection can promote themselves and/or their product in a matter of seconds.  There some times in life where eliminating the "middle man" isn't a bad idea.  However, in healthcare when that "middle man" (or middle person) is a doctor, it's really not the best idea.  In the past 10 years or so I've had a lot of patients ask me about products or trends they learned of in social media and I've always appreciate that they trust me enough to ask before buying something or simply joining a trend.  However, when you get some investors behind you and have money to spend on marketing, you are pretty much guaranteed to hit a segment of the population that won't ask a doctor for their opinion.

From its flashy ads promising "straight teeth without the dentist" to its IPO valuation exceeding $8 billion, SmileDirectClub (SDC) had a meteoric rise. But like a patient neglecting their oral hygiene, its fall was swift and brutal. As a dentist, I witnessed firsthand the allure and pitfalls of SDC, and its demise offers valuable lessons for both the dental industry and consumers.

The Allure of the "DIY Smile":

SDC's appeal was undeniable. It tapped into a desire for affordable, convenient teeth straightening, bypassing the perceived hassle and expense of traditional orthodontics. Their at-home aligner model, marketed as a tech-savvy solution, resonated with a generation accustomed to online services and self-diagnosis.

A Dentist's Perspective:

While I recognized the potential benefits of at-home aligners for certain cases, I remained skeptical from the outset. The lack of proper diagnosis and supervision by a dentist was a major concern. SDC's model relied on patients accurately taking their own impressions and monitoring their progress, which, as any dentist knows, is fraught with potential for errors and complications.

The Cracks in the Smile:

As SDC's popularity grew, so did the reports of complications. Misaligned bites, gum recession, and even tooth loss were attributed to the lack of professional oversight. Additionally, the company faced lawsuits and regulatory scrutiny for its marketing practices and claims.

The Bitter Truth:

SDC's bankruptcy in 2023 was the inevitable consequence of prioritizing profit over patient care. Their "one-size-fits-all" approach to orthodontics ignored the complexity of individual oral health needs. Ultimately, the allure of a quick fix couldn't mask the fundamental truth: teeth are not simply cosmetic; they are vital parts of a complex system, and their treatment requires professional expertise.  Dentists not only have an undergraduate degree from a four year university, they then spend four *more* years learning the nuances of the human body from basically the shoulders upward.  I remember well my class in "Head and Neck Anatomy".  After 4 weeks (basically the beginning of February) our professor said, "Congratulations!  You now know as much about the head and neck as a General Physician does when they graduate Medical School."  We then continued to study and learn the subject until the end of May.  The human body is an extremely complicated machine and the head and neck are a complicated subset of that machine.  It is not a DIY environment. 

Lessons Learned:

SDC's demise serves as a stark reminder of the importance of prioritizing patient safety and ethical practices in healthcare, even in the face of technological advancements and consumer demand. For dentists, it underscores the need to embrace innovation while remaining the trusted guardians of oral health. For consumers, it serves as a cautionary tale, emphasizing the importance of seeking professional guidance before embarking on any dental treatment, especially those promising quick fixes without proper supervision.

The Future of Teeth Straightening:

The at-home aligner market is unlikely to disappear, but SDC's downfall should prompt stricter regulations and a shift towards collaboration between dentists and aligner companies. Dentists can leverage aligners as a valuable tool within their practice, while aligner companies can benefit from the expertise and oversight of dental professionals.

In conclusion, SDC's demise is not a victory against technological progress, but a call for ethical and responsible practices within the dental industry. As we move forward, let us learn from the mistakes of the past and build a future where teeth straightening is accessible, affordable, and above all, safe and effective for everyone.

Remember, a beautiful smile is more than just straight teeth; it's a reflection of overall oral health and well-being. Choose wisely, and let your smile be a testament to both technology and the expertise of your trusted dentist.

What the American Dental Association has to Say

On December 13, as the story was breaking, the ADA released a statement dealing with the professional association's stance on DIY dentistry:

Following news reports about the liquidation of a manufacturer and marketer of teeth aligners sold directly to consumers, the ADA has reaffirmed its policy stating its opposition to direct-to-consumer dentistry. 

According to the ADA, direct-to-consumer dentistry has the potential to cause “irreversible harm to individuals, who are treated as ‘customers’ rather than patients.” In a press statement, the Association said that dentists are the only individuals licensed to accept responsibility for patient care.

“Under virtually all states’ laws and as is reflected in ADA policy, the dentist is ultimately responsible for the patient’s care and is the only individual licensed and qualified to accept responsibility,” the press statement said.

“Moving teeth without knowing all aspects of a patient’s oral condition has the potential to cause bone loss, lost teeth, receding gums, bite problems, jaw pain, and other damaging and permanent issues,” the statement continued. “Without the involvement of a licensed dentist, patients lose an essential quality control checkpoint — their dentist — to ensure all aspects of their treatment are performed and are progressing in the best interests of the patient.”

The statement reiterates the ADA’s commitment to patient safety and quality care and encourages those using or considering using a direct-to-consumer dentistry service to consult a dentist and discuss care options.

“Oral health and overall health are deeply connected, and the ADA encourages all patients to find a dentist they can visit regularly,” the ADA said. 

For more information on the ADA’s position on DIY dentistry, visit, 

Monday, December 18, 2023

DentaSonic IPR System: Revolutionizing Interproximal Reduction for Orthodontics

A couple of weeks ago, I presented a webinar that highlighted the use of the DentaSonic IPR system.  I thought I would follow that up with a post today about the system & why I am so fond of it.  So here it is!

In the world of orthodontics, achieving optimal results often requires interproximal reduction (IPR), a technique for creating space between the teeth. Traditionally, this was done with manual methods like sanding discs and files, which could be time-consuming and uncomfortable for patients.

Enter the DentaSonic IPR System, a revolutionary solution that offers a safer, faster, and more efficient way to perform IPR. This innovative system uses ultrasonic vibrations to gently remove small amounts of enamel between teeth, creating the space needed for proper tooth alignment.

Here's what sets the DentaSonic IPR System apart:

  • Increased Safety: The controlled ultrasonic vibrations minimize the risk of accidental damage to gums or other teeth.
  • Reduced Patient Discomfort: The system's quiet operation and minimal vibration ensure a more comfortable experience for patients.
  • Improved Efficiency: The DentaSonic system can significantly reduce the time required for IPR procedures compared to traditional methods.
  • Greater Precision: The system allows for precise control over the amount of enamel removed, ensuring accurate results.
  • Minimized Enamel Removal: The DentaSonic system removes only the necessary amount of enamel, preserving healthy tooth structure.

Additional Benefits of the DentaSonic IPR System:

  • Improved patient compliance: Patients are more likely to comply with IPR treatment when it's faster and more comfortable.
  • Maintaining correct anatomical shape:  The DentaSonic system uses flexible strips which provide greater control for the operator which helps keep ideal interproximal contours.
  • Enhanced treatment outcomes: By creating optimal space for tooth movement, the DentaSonic system can help achieve faster and more predictable orthodontic results.

Whether you're an orthodontist or a general dentist looking to improve your practice or a patient seeking a more comfortable and efficient IPR experience, the DentaSonic system is worth considering. It's a revolutionary tool that is changing the face of interproximal reduction and paving the way for a more positive orthodontic experience for everyone.

Interested in learning more? Contact GoldenDent at this link.  Interestingly, their website is "" but the site itself is for all kinds of equipment.  They are a family owned business in Detroit that ships orders... even to Canada for those of you north of the border.  I know that DentaSonic is working to expand their distribution in the U.S. (they are a Swiss company) so you might be able to find the system from other dealers, but currently I am sure it can be ordered from GoldenDent.


Thursday, December 14, 2023

I Told You this AI Thing was Going to be Big, but I was wrong... It's Going to be HUGE


About a week ago, Google announced the launch of its first Multimodal AI model, named Gemini.  I've done a bit of nosing around to learn more about it.  A bit of the excitement has been captured in the launch video Google has posted.  You can view that video here:

What the folks in the video discuss seems really amazing and powerful, but I think if you are like most of us, it is tough to take those words and those brief explanations and really gather the proper concept of what this thing can do.  So, if you are like I was and am a little overwhelmed and underwhelmed with an understanding of what this all means, I advise you to watch another video that Google released that shows a great deal about what Gemini can do.  That video is at this link:

Now that you have a better understanding, here is a post that I had the AI system create, just for all of you...

Google Gemini: Unleashing the Power of Multimodal AI

The world of artificial intelligence took a giant leap forward with the introduction of Google's Gemini. This revolutionary model, released in December 2023, has captured the imagination of researchers and the public alike. But what exactly is Gemini, and what makes it so special?

Unprecedented Multimodal Capabilities:

Unlike previous AI models, Gemini isn't limited to understanding and generating text. It's truly multimodal, meaning it can handle various forms of information seamlessly. Text, code, images, audio, and video are all within its grasp. This opens up a vast array of possibilities, enabling Gemini to tackle tasks that were previously impossible for AI.

Performance Beyond Compare:

Gemini's performance is simply phenomenal. It outperforms state-of-the-art results on a staggering 30 out of 32 widely-used academic benchmarks. And on the massive multitask language understanding (MMLU) benchmark, it even surpasses human experts, achieving a score of approximately 90%. This remarkable feat showcases Gemini's exceptional problem-solving abilities and its capacity for combining world knowledge with complex reasoning.

Scaling to Meet Your Needs:

Gemini isn't just powerful; it's also incredibly versatile. It comes in three different sizes to cater to diverse needs:

Gemini Ultra: This powerhouse tackles highly complex tasks on data centers.

Gemini Pro: Ideal for a broad range of tasks, offering exceptional performance and adaptability.

Gemini Nano: This lightweight version delivers optimal performance on mobile devices, ensuring efficient resource utilization.

Transforming the Future of AI:

Gemini's potential is truly transformative. It can revolutionize various fields, including:

Healthcare: Imagine a future where AI can analyze medical images and patient data with unparalleled accuracy, leading to faster diagnoses and more effective treatments.

Education: Personalized learning experiences tailored to individual student needs become a reality with AI tutors that can understand and respond to diverse learning styles.

Creative Industries: Artists and designers gain access to powerful tools that can generate new ideas, translate their visions into reality, and collaborate with AI in new ways.

The Future is Here:

With Gemini, Google has opened a new chapter in the history of AI. This groundbreaking model paves the way for a future where intelligent machines can understand and interact with the world in ways that were previously unimaginable. The possibilities are endless, and it's an exciting time to be witnessing the birth of this remarkable technology.

Are you ready to experience the power of Google Gemini? Explore its capabilities and witness the future of AI unfold.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Applauds Launch of Canadian Dental Care Plan

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) welcomes the launch of the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) as a historic step for oral health care in Canada. Representing more than 31,000 dental hygienists across the country, CDHA commends the government's commitment to enhancing access to oral health care but also cautions there’s a need for ongoing consultation to support the long-term implementation given the complexities involved in getting things right with this transformational investment.  

Oral health care is health care. Ensuring timely access to high-quality oral care for those who need it most is imperative to combatting oral diseases and conditions that may detrimentally affect an individual’s health and well-being. The CDCP is a significant investment on the part of the federal government in providing accessible oral health care for eligible Canadians. 

"We appreciate the progress that this historic announcement represents, but we also recognize the need for ongoing collaboration to fine-tune certain aspects of the plan," said Francine Trudeau, president of CDHA. "Our commitment to the oral health and well-being of Canadians remains unwavering, and we look forward to working together to build a robust and inclusive oral health care plan." CDHA is dedicated to advancing the dental hygiene profession and will continue to actively engage with the government and stakeholders to enhance the CDCP. 

As the government moves to fully implement this plan by 2025, CDHA looks forward to continued collaboration with Health Canada, Health Minister Mark Holland, and his federal colleagues.

“Preventing oral disease before it happens is essential to improve oral health outcomes for Canadians,” adds Trudeau. “And dental hygienists are experts in oral health education and prevention.” 

CDHA encourages eligible Canadians to enroll in the plan and dental hygienists look forward to supporting improved access to oral health care to an estimated 9 million people. 

About the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA):

CDHA is the national voice of dental hygienists in Canada. Representing over 31,000 dental hygienists across the country, CDHA advocates for the advancement and promotion of the dental hygiene profession while maintaining a commitment to the public's oral health. Dental hygiene is the sixth largest regulated health profession in Canada with professionals working in a variety of settings, including independent dental hygiene practice, with people of all ages, addressing issues related to oral health. For more information on oral health, visit For more information on the work of CDHA, visit  

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

State of California State Laws Still Require Lead Aprons for Radiographs


It's interesting how sometimes it takes a while to really accomplish change.  Over the last 5-10 years, testing and expert opinions have come to the conclusion that lead aprons are not needed for dental x-rays.  As dentistry has gone digital for radiographic imaging, the radiation required to create a diagnostic radiograph has decreased exponentially.  This is a combination of more sophisticated x-ray generating devices as well as the accuracy and sensitivity of the sensors used to acquire the images.  Radiation is now considered negligible. 

Yet, legislatures can be slow to make changes and that includes laws governing healthcare providers as well.   Currently if you are a dentist practicing in California, state law requires the use of a lead apron.

And just so you understand the *why* on not using a lead shield, read on for my take...

Ditch the Apron: Why You Don't Need Lead During Dental X-Rays

For years, we've seen patients donning heavy lead aprons every time they stepped into the dentist's office for an X-ray. But is this cumbersome protection really necessary anymore? The answer, according to a recent announcement by the American Society for Dental Radiology (ASDR), is a resounding no.

Modern Technology Minimizes Radiation

The ASDR now recommends not using lead aprons during routine dental X-rays, citing significant advancements in dental X-ray technology. These advancements include:

  • Collimated x-ray beams: These beams are focused on the area of interest, minimizing exposure to surrounding tissues.
  • Digital sensors: These sensors are more sensitive than traditional film, requiring less radiation to produce high-quality images.
  • Faster exposure times: Modern X-ray machines use fast exposure times, further reducing radiation dose.
  • Lead Aprons Can Be Counterproductive

In some cases, lead aprons can even be counterproductive. The apron's collar can interfere with the X-ray beam, requiring multiple exposures and potentially increasing radiation dose. Additionally, lead aprons are bulky and uncomfortable, which can discourage patients from getting necessary X-rays.

Benefits of Ditching the Lead Apron

Eliminating lead aprons during dental X-rays offers several benefits:

  • Reduced anxiety and discomfort for patients
  • Improved patient compliance with X-ray recommendations
  • Reduced environmental impact of lead waste
  • More efficient workflow for dental professionals

Who Still Needs Lead Aprons?

While the ASDR recommends not using lead aprons for most patients, there are a few exceptions. Pregnant women, children, and individuals with certain medical conditions may still require lead protection. Your dentist will use their professional judgment to determine if a lead apron is necessary in your case.

The Bottom Line

Thanks to modern technology, lead aprons are no longer necessary for most dental X-rays. This shift offers a safer, more comfortable, and environmentally friendly experience for patients. So, the next time you visit the dentist, you can leave the lead apron at home and relax knowing you're receiving the best possible care.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Owandy Launches Ground-Breaking Intraoral Scanner


The AI-Enhanced Owandy-IOS is Affordable, Precise and Robust

Owandy Radiology Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of dental radiology hardware and imaging software, recently launched its AI-enhanced digital intraoral scanner, The Owandy-IOS.

The Owandy-IOS was designed to reshape dentistry’s digital imaging landscape. According to the company’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Boris Loyez. “By combining our state-of-the art optic and imaging technology, we have created a new standard in digital imaging.” 

The key features and benefits of the Owandy-IOS include the following:

Precision: The Owandy-IOS boasts unparalleled accuracy in capturing detailed intraoral images. Equipped with advanced optics and imaging 

technology, it ensures precise and high-resolution scans, enabling dental 

professionals to provide the best possible care for their patients. The precision of the Owandy-IOS significantly enhances diagnostic capabilities and treatment planning.

Ease-of-Use: There is no calibration or warm-up time required. In addition, a dual scan button, long battery life and two tip sizes make it more comfortable for dental professionals and their patients.  AI-enhanced Fast-

Scan technology assists with soft tissue removal and overlap correction, while exceptional transmission speed can scan a full arch in 20 seconds.

Durability: The Owandy-IOS is engineered to withstand the demands of busy dental practices. Its durable construction ensures longevity, and consistent performance, making it an ideal investment for dental professionals seeking a long-lasting intraoral scanning solution. 

Affordability: In its ongoing mission to make advanced dental technology accessible to all practitioners, Owandy has developed the Owandy-IOS to be an affordable solution without compromising on quality. Dental practices of all sizes can now benefit from state-of-the-art intraoral scanning technology without breaking the bank.

Versatility: Owandy-IOS software integrates with Exocad and other CAD/CAM systems. What’s more, the Owandy-IOS is available in wireless and wired versions.

Practice owners can take advantage of a combo launch promotion of the Owandy-IOS and the I-Max 3D Pro CBCT for $59,900 USD until December 31st, 2023. A year-end special booklet is also available for all Owandy Products: For additional information, visit, call 516-858-5695, or send an e-mail to Distributor and DSO inquiries are always welcome.

About Owandy Radiology, Inc.: 

Headquartered in France, and serving North America from Roslyn, New York, Owandy Radiology is a global leader in the manufacture of dental radiology hardware and imaging software. Its products are distributed through dental dealers across the USA, and in more than 100 countries world-wide, on every continent. For more information, visit

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Researchers at UCLA School of Dentistry Announce the Development Game-Changing Implant Technology


Today's post is something that could prove to be a true changing moment in dental implants.  It is truly amazing to me how much progress has been made in the field of dental implantology in the last 20 years or so.  Early in my career, dental implants were an acceptable choice for replacing a missing tooth.  However, back then it was more of a "hit or miss" treatment.  By that I mean, when they worked, they worked really well, but sometimes they would fail.  For the non-dentists reading this, an implant needs to have the body attach bone to it and this stabilizes the situation.  This is referred to as "osseointegration".  Unfortunately, in some cases, the body would not build new bone around the implant and there would be a failure of osseointegration.

Over the years, implants have become more and more predictable as the field of implantology has evolved.  Now comes some incredibly interesting news from the UCLA School of Dentistry about a new technique involving the use of UV light to aid in the integration process.

A team of researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry has developed a new technology that could revolutionize dental implants. The new technology, which uses ultraviolet (UV) light to treat dental implants, has been shown to significantly improve the success rate of implants and reduce healing times.

How does the new UV technology work?

The new UV technology works by removing hydrocarbons from the surface of dental implants. Hydrocarbons are organic molecules that can prevent bone from attaching to the implant. By removing hydrocarbons, the UV technology allows bone to grow directly onto the implant surface, which improves the success rate of implants and reduces healing times.  This is an aid to osseointegration.

What are the benefits of the new UV technology?

The new UV technology has several potential benefits for patients, including:

Increased success rate of dental implants

Reduced healing times

Reduced risk of complications

Improved quality of life

What are the next steps for the new UV technology?

The researchers are currently conducting clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of the new UV technology. If the trials are successful, the technology could be commercially available within a few years.


The new UV technology is a promising breakthrough that could improve the lives of millions of people who have lost teeth. The technology has the potential to make dental implants more successful, more affordable, and more accessible.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the new UV technology could also:

Reduce the need for bone grafting

Make it possible to place dental implants in patients who have previously been considered unsuitable for implants

Improve the long-term success rate of dental implants

The new UV technology is a significant advancement in dental implant technology. It has the potential to revolutionize the way that dental implants are placed and to improve the lives of millions of people.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Maine's Only Dental College at UNE Part of $4.4M Harvard-led Research Network


The funding, from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, will establish UNE’s Oral Health Center as a clinical research site for approximately 40 dental medicine students as they look for predictors of pain in patients recovering from oral surgery.

PORTLAND, Maine — The University of New England College of Dental Medicine (CDM), Maine’s only dental school, is among seven collaborators sharing a $4.4 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to launch a novel clinical practice-based research network to train future clinician-scientists.

 Known as the Collaborative Clinical Practice-based REsearch Program for DENTal Schools (H-CREDENT), the five-year grant from NIDCR, a division of the National Institutes of Health, is being led by the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and will establish UNE’s Oral Health Center, home to the CDM, as a clinical research site for approximately 40 dental medicine students throughout the grant period.

 The goal of the collaborative research project is to look for predictors of pain in patients as they recover from oral surgeries like root canals or tooth extractions. Participating students will collect saliva samples from patients and monitor their post-operative pain as they heal.

Mohamed ElSalhy, B.D.M., Ph.D., M.Sc., M.P.H., assistant clinical professor of dentistry, will serve as principal investigator for UNE on the project. Through the research process, he said, students and faculty will develop a system for identifying patients who experience higher-than-normal levels of pain to aid clinicians in making evidence-based decisions for treating post-operative pain.

“The project aims to train dentists to have a good research background so that they can do research in whatever setting they choose, including private practice,” ElSalhy said.

 Nicole Kimmes, D.D.S., dean of the College of Dental Medicine, will oversee the facilitation of administrative, academic, and clinical logistics. She said students who participate in the program will benefit from a Harvard-developed research curriculum in addition to early, pre-career research opportunities and mentorship by skilled faculty from the CDM and from across the research network.

 “This opportunity will provide participating students and faculty with valuable research training using the curriculum that Harvard has created. The data gathered from training sites will contribute to our understanding of the risk factors that contribute to patient pain development following invasive dental procedures,” she said. “This research project perfectly aligns with UNE’s mission and the mission of the College of Dental Medicine to improve the health of Northern New England, and we are grateful to collaborate with colleagues across the consortium.”

 Additional collaborators on the project include Cambridge Health Alliance, Charles River Community Health, Harvard Catalyst, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Meharry Medical College. H-CREDENT will leverage the consortium’s collective expertise and encourage scientific partnerships between students and research faculty across collaborating sites. 

Kimmes noted that the H-CREDENT program is a great example of the profession’s efforts to expand the practice-based research network.

 “For practicing dentists who aren’t affiliated with the university setting, practice-based research is a vital way to contribute to the science and scholarship of dentistry,” Kimmes said. “By giving dentists that foundation while they’re students, we’re setting them up for success in their own practices with conducting their own research studies or collaborations with other colleagues.”

 HSDM Dean William Giannobile, D.D.S., M.S., said partnering with UNE will advance both institutions’ “shared vision” of enhancing research in the dental health sphere. 

 “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the University of New England College of Dental Medicine and our other regional partners to advance our shared vision of fostering a new generation of clinician-scientists and scientifically astute clinicians,” Giannobile said. “We look forward to trainees in the program going on to make an impact here in New England as well as widely across the profession.”

About the University of New England

The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, with two beautiful coastal campuses in Maine, a one-of-a-kind study-abroad campus in Tangier, Morocco, and an array of flexible online offerings. In an uncommonly welcoming and supportive community, we offer hands-on learning, empowering students to make a positive impact in a world full of challenges. We are the state’s top provider of health professionals and home to Maine’s only medical and dental colleges, a variety of other interprofessionally aligned health care programs, and nationally recognized programs in the marine sciences, the natural and social sciences, business, the humanities, and the arts. Visit

Monday, December 4, 2023

1,4-DPCA: A Potential Game-Changer for Dentists


While the term "game changer" is, at least in my opinion, a bit overused these days, it certainly *does* have applications, especially in healthcare.  Today I'd like to provide some info that will hopefully inform, but also stimulate some thought on cutting edge developments in dentistry.   Now, before we start here I want to add a word of caution.  This post is about a drug that is being studied.  There will need to be all kinds of tests and trials to see if it truly works as promised, but I think this is a truly interesting topic and should be on practitioners radar.  This kind of work is needed to improve our quality of life.  These are the kinds of things that are "many strikeouts with the occasional home run".

Dentists are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to treat their patients. One such treatment that is currently in the experimental stages is 1,4-DPCA. This drug has the potential to be a game-changer for dentists, as it could be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

Periodontal disease: 1,4-DPCA could be used to help prevent the progression of periodontal disease by inhibiting the growth of bacteria in the mouth.

Gingivitis: 1,4-DPCA could be used to treat gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums.

Dental caries: 1,4-DPCA could be used to prevent dental caries, which is more commonly known as tooth decay.

How Does 1,4-DPCA Work?

1,4-DPCA works by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme called prolyl 4-hydroxylase. This enzyme is responsible for the hydroxylation of collagen, which is a protein that is found in connective tissue. By inhibiting the activity of prolyl 4-hydroxylase, 1,4-DPCA can help to reduce the production of collagen. This can be beneficial for treating periodontal disease, gingivitis, and dental caries, as these conditions are all associated with excessive collagen production.

What are the Benefits of 1,4-DPCA?

There are several potential benefits of 1,4-DPCA for dentists:

It could be used to treat a variety of conditions.

It could be more effective than traditional treatments.

It could have fewer side effects than traditional treatments.

What are the Risks of 1,4-DPCA?

There are some potential risks associated with 1,4-DPCA, including:

It could cause skin irritation.

It could cause allergic reactions.

It could interact with other medications.

What is the Future of 1,4-DPCA?

1,4-DPCA is still in the experimental stages of development, but it has the potential to be a valuable tool for dentists. More research is needed to determine the safety and efficacy of 1,4-DPCA, but it is a promising new treatment option for a variety of dental conditions.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a really good article that discusses the long journey of Ellen Heber-Katz who has been working on wound healing advancements for over 20 years.  The best part of these discoveries is that this may not *just* be an advancement for dentistry.  It seems to hold promise for regenerating nerves... among other benefits.