Saturday, December 30, 2006
For those who don't know what Nomad is please check a my November 28th blog entry for pictures.
Basically Nomad is a hand held x-ray machine. The first thing that needed to be done was to see if my State had allowed this unit to be used. In NJ it was approved for use in October 2006. So that problem was dealt with. There maybe some restrictions on how it is used. Aribex (the maker of Nomad) can advise you about the monitoring restrictions if any exist for your state. The unit is a DC and is state of the art for dealing with digital radiography (both sensors and phosphor plates) along with conventional film.
The concerns most dentists voice are about size and weight. Well the unit is similar to an 8 pound cordless drill. It is a little a awkward at first but my staff adapted to it very quickly. In fact the Nomad became the x-ray unit of choice in the office. No complaints about the weight or the unit being difficult to handle. All the assistants and hygienists preferred the Nomad to the wall mounted unit.
One thing that came as a surprise was the staff members telling me it improved work flow. No longer did they have to walk out of the room. They were able to acquire radiographs much more efficiently.
So it was a very enjoyable week with a Nomad hand held x-ray unit. I will hear the complaints when I get back to the office that it is not there. So when I get back from vacation I will be purchasing this unit for my office.
If you are considering building a new office consider one or two Nomad's as they will save you money in the long run along with time and licensing fees.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
An Unlimited Plan offering a full year of unlimited calls to anyone, on any phone, within the US and Canada for just $14.95.
($29.95 after January 31st 2007)
More Information is available by clicking here.
I use this service when traveling in the Caribbean and it works great and saves me more then the $15 dollars.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
(“EOS”) [NASDAQ: MELA], today announced that it has signed an exclusive
licensing agreement with KaVo Dental GmbH (“KaVo”), a leading dental
equipment manufacturer, to further develop and commercialize DIFOTI ® , a U.S.
Food and Drug Administration-cleared non-invasive imaging device developed by
EOS for the detection of dental caries.
In accordance with the terms of the agreement, KaVo will pay EOS an
undisclosed upfront sum as well as up to a double digit annual royalty based on
the number of systems sold per calendar year. KaVo has made a multi-million
dollar commitment to refine the DIFOTI product for commercial launch.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
GreenPrint eliminates wasteful pages in any printout automatically, saving you time and money, and maybe more importantly, saving trees, reducing greenhouse gasses, and decreasing waste.
GreenPrint does this by analyzing each page of every document sent to the printer and looking for typical waste characteristic (like that last page with just a URL, banner ad, logo, or legal jargon).GreenPrint also incorporates an easy to use PDF writer, a fantastic print preview called GreenView, and a reporting feature which keeps track of the number of pages and the amount of money you have saved.
More information is available at the Printgreener.com web site
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Her doctors diagnosed trigeminal neuralgia, a nerve disorder sometimes called “suicide disease” because of the excruciating and dispiriting pain it causes.
Doctors tried painkillers, then stronger medication, but in the end, a cure proved more simple: The young woman removed the metal stud from her pierced tongue. Two days later her pain vanished.
To read the complete story on MSNBC click here
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
1865 - Dr. Mahlon Loomis of Virginia, a dentist, may have been the first person to communicate through wireless via the atmosphere. Between 1866 and 1873 he transmitted telegraphic messages at a distance of 18 miles between the tops of Cohocton and Beorse Deer Mountains, Virginia. He developed a method of transmitting and receiving messages by using the Earth's atmosphere as a conductor and launching kites enclosed with a copper screens that were linked to the ground with copper wires. Congress then awarded Loomis a $50,000 research grant.
Friday, December 01, 2006
There were a few very early adopters who stopped using their digital radiology systems. The problem was they were using notebook computers in an effort to save money ( no computers networked in the ops). Most mid to low end notebook computers lack the contrast ratio ( minimum of 500:1) to diagnose caries. If you are having problems with digital radiography with your notebook consider buying an LCD monitor and attaching it to the notebook.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
I saw this unit but it does not have FDA approval and may never see the light of day in the US. It is a camera style portable Xray unit with a built in digital sensor. It was quite light but I was quite concerned that it may not have adequate shielding. This is why it is so light but we will see what the future brings.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
18th Century smile
A 200-year-old pair of French false teeth have gone on display for the first time to mark World Smile Day.
They were digging at St Pancras graveyard ahead of building work on the Channel Tunnel's new rail terminus, reports The Times.
The porcelain dentures, which were still sitting in Arthur Richard Dillon's mouth, have gone on display at the British Museum.
It is thought he may have bought the dentures, which feature gold springs, from top Parisian dentist Nicholas De Chemant.
Dillon, who was ordained as Archbishop of Narbonne in 1763, escaped the guillotine during the French Revolution before fleeing to England in 1791.
Museum of London archaeologist Natasha Powers said: "These unique artefacts reflect a pivotal time in dental history with the adoption of new materials and methods of manufacture.
"They also represent a period of significant social and economic change for the upper echelons of French society."
Story filed: 09:23 Friday 6th October 2006 -->
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Here is something else from the GNYDM. A company called EcoNet Global has a film developer that doesn't need a darkroom. You feed the film into the processor with the film sleeve on and it gets stripped off and processed. They have a new version which will digitally scan the film. The processor will attach to a computer via USB. So you get a conventional film and digital image from conventional film.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
From New Scientist Print Edition
Dentists could soon be out of a job - a "smart bomb" antimicrobial drug that kills the bacteria that live in plaque could stop tooth decay in its tracks.
Traditional antibiotics are too indiscriminate to be used against Streptococcus mutans because they also kill commensal or "friendly" bacteria, paving the way for other mouth infections. Now Wenyuan Shi of the University of California, Los Angeles, has created an antimicrobial that spares commensal bugs.
Read more here
If you are looking to try a smartphone the new Treo 680 maybe what you are looking for. The Palm Treo 680 press release can be viewed here. The 680 will be available unlocked from Palm for $399 or for $199 from Cingular with a 2 year committment.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
We blew up a photograph to 16 x 24 inches at a professional photo lab. One print had 13-megapixel resolution; one had 8; the third had 5. Same exact photo, down-rezzed twice, all three printed at the same poster size. I wanted to hang them all on a wall in Times Square and challenge passersby to see if they could tell the difference.
We ran the test for about 45 minutes. Dozens of people stopped to take the test; a little crowd gathered. About 95 percent of the volunteers gave up, announcing that there was no possible way to tell the difference, even when mashing their faces right up against the prints. A handful of them attempted guesses—but were wrong. Only one person correctly ranked the prints in megapixel order, although (a) she was a photography professor, and (b) I believe she just got lucky.
I’m telling you, there was NO DIFFERENCE.
Monday, November 20, 2006
In October 2006, Nuance Communications hosted a challenge to determine the fastest and most accurate way to send text messages and email using mobile devices. In a classic match-up of man vs. machine, Ben Cook, recently crowned the world champion of text messaging, raced against Nuance Mobile Dictation, the speech recognition technology that allows mobile phone users to create text messages using speech.
Cook, a teen from Utah, holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest entry of a 160-character standardized message on a mobile device: “The razor toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” Cook’s previous triple tap record for the standard message stood at 42.22 seconds.
Friday, November 17, 2006
For those who don't know Jeff Hawkins is the inventor of both the Palm Pilot and Treo smartphone.
I’ll give you a couple clues. I always think of mobile computing as personal computing. This long-term vision has led us through everything — first the organizers and now through the smart phone space. It’s like everything a personal computer is. Continue down that path. What are the implications of a world where everyone has a super high-speed Internet connection in their pocket and many gigabytes of storage, super-fast processors, audio, visual and multimedia? What are the consequences of that? How will that change computing when you have all that stuff available to you all the time? I try to think into the future. That’s how we come up with new products. So I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it’s following the consequences of mobile computing.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Reportedly, Apple has ordered 12 million of these for delivery some time before the middle of next year.
Many are expecting this device, often referred to as the iPhone, to be announced at the MacWorld Expo in January
Microsoft is planning their own music player phone.
I am not sure whether these phones will be smartphones or just be able to play tunes.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Speed of Injection Influences Efficacy of Inferior Alveolar Nerve Blocks: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial in Volunteers
Mohammad Dib Kanaa, MPhil, DDS, John Gerard Meechan, PhD, BDS, Ian Porter Corbett, PhD, BDS, John Martin Whitworth, PhD, BChD
This randomized double-blind crossover trial investigated the efficacy and discomfort associated with slow (60 seconds) and rapid (15 seconds) inferior alveolar nerve blocks (IANB) using 2.0 ml of 2% lidocaine with 1:80,000 epinephrine in securing mandibular first molar, premolar and lateral incisor pulp anesthesia in 38 healthy adult volunteers. Episodes of maximal stimulation (80 μA) without sensation on electronic pulp testing were recorded. Injection discomfort was self-recorded by volunteers on 100 mm visual analogue scales. Data were analyzed by McNemar, Friedman, Wilcoxon Signed Ranks, and paired t tests. Slow IANB produced more episodes of no response to maximal pulp stimulation than rapid IANB in molars (220 episodes versus 159, p < 0.001), premolars (253 episodes versus 216, p = 0.003) and lateral incisors (119 episodes versus 99, p = 0.049). Slow IANB was more comfortable than rapid IANB (p = 0.021).
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Saturday, November 11, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Just hit the sync button on your mobile device to synchronize your GoogleCalendar and the calendar on your mobile device.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Here is something different.
MP4 Player + Music Player + Digital Watch + Voice Recorder!!!
MP4 Watch is a novel and fashionable design Portable Media Player (PMP) device. Just plug and play into USB port to transfer music files and data. You can Listen Music, Watch Movie and Record Conversations wherever you go. All stored in your wrist, you can enjoy high-tech life on the go.
Better yet with 1GB of storage, backup your practice management software and take it with you. For $98 it may just be perfect.
Get more information by clicking here
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Two things make OpenDNS faster than similar services. First, OpenDNS runs a really big, smart cache, so every OpenDNS user benefits from the activities of the broader OpenDNS user base. Second, OpenDNS runs a high-performance network which is geographically distributed and serviced by several redundant connections. OpenDNS responds to your query from the nearest location. That means we're very fast (and extremely reliable, to boot).
It even corrects typos in a URL that you type. I have tried this service and it works as advertised. So even if you don't understand the terminology go check out the web site and try it for yourself.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Treatment of Periodontal Disease and the Risk of Preterm Birth
Bryan S. Michalowicz, D.D.S ., James S. Hodges, Ph.D., Anthony J. DiAngelis, D.M.D., M.P.H., Virginia R. Lupo, M.D., M.P.H., M. John Novak, B.D.S., Ph.D., James E. Ferguson, M.D., William Buchanan, D.M.D., M.Md.Sc., James Bofill, M.D., Panos N. Papapanou, D.D.S., Ph.D., Dennis A. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H., Stephen Matseoane, M.D., Pat A. Tschida, Ph.D., for the OPT Study
Background Maternal periodontal disease has been associated with an increased risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. We studied the effect of nonsurgical periodontal treatment on preterm birth.
Methods We randomly assigned women between 13 and 17 weeks of gestation to undergo scaling and root planing either before 21 weeks (413 patients in the treatment group) or after delivery (410 patients in the control group). Patients in the treatment group also underwent monthly tooth polishing and received instruction in oral hygiene. The gestational age at the end of pregnancy was the prespecified primary outcome. Secondary outcomes were birth weight and the proportion of infants who were small for gestational age.
Results In the follow-up analysis, preterm birth (before 37 weeks of gestation) occurred in 49 of 407 women (12.0%) in the treatment group (resulting in 44 live births) and in 52 of 405 women ( 12.8%) in the control group (resulting in 38 live births). Although periodontal treatment improved periodontitis measures (P<0.001), it did not significantly alter the risk of preterm delivery (P=0.70; hazard ratio for treatment group vs. control group, 0.93; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.63 to 1.37). There were no significant differences between the treatment and control groups in birth weight (3239 g vs. 3258 g, P=0.64) or in the rate of delivery of infants that were small for gestational age ( 12.7% vs. 12.3%; odds ratio, 1.04; 95% CI, 0.68 to 1.58). There were 5 spontaneous abortions or stillbirths in the treatment group, as compared with 14 in the control group (P=0.08).
Conclusions Treatment of periodontitis in pregnant women improves periodontal disease and is safe but does not significantly alter rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, or fetal growth restriction. ( ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00066131 [ClinicalTrials.gov] .)
NEJM Volume 355:1885-1894 November 2, 2006 Number 18
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Here is some interesting information about the quality of laptops. Consumer Reports recently posted this chart showing the percentage of laptops that need some serious repair - we believe/hope over the life of the product. These numbers are staggering, as is the fact that there is only a 3% difference between leaders Sony and Lenovo and losers Compaq and Gateway.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
"I think they tell you maybe 1 gig of memory is OK," Rollins said Thursday at a speech at Shanghai's Jiaotong University, referring to Microsoft's recommendations. "No. Two gigs of memory would be great."
Thursday, October 26, 2006
HEY, MOM . . . we understand that getting your kids to brush their teeth can be a daily battle. Not any more! TOOTH TUNES is here to help put an end to those battles. TOOTH TUNES is a new, revolutionary toothbrush for kids that makes brushing their teeth fun and entertaining.
Your kids will love brushing their teeth to their favorite hit songs from some of their favorite artists. As sound vibrations stream from the bristles through their teeth, they hear the music in their heads. But, when they stop brushing, the music stops playing in their head. So they’ll actually want to keep brushing for a full two minutes!
Check out more on the by clicking here
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Fastcpr.com repairs cell phones for a flat fee of $44.95 even phones that have gone for a swim in the toilet.
Cellrepair.us charges $19+ parts and shipping.
So far I have not had to use one of these companies but if the time comes you do have options if the cell phone carrier says they can't or won't repair it.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Read more about it here
More information is available on their web site Nubrace.com
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Download Google Maps for your Mobile phone here
Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your office's assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan.
Google Docs and Spreadsheets can be found here
Thursday, October 12, 2006
You can even use these sites on your desktop computer to speed things up! Click on the links above to check them out.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Simply call one of the domestic USA phone numbers from your home, office or mobile phone to be connected to our gateway. Once it answers, dial in the number you want to reach.
Make Your Call
1. Dial one of the numbers listed below
2. When the gateway answers (its in Iowa), enter 011 then the country code and number you want to reach (mobile users, do not hit SEND - the call will go through on it's own)
3. Wait a few moments for your call to ring through and then enjoy your free call.
Click here to learn more.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Read more here
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Click here to read the position paper
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Biometrics is coming to patient check out. Here is another item I saw at NextFest. You sign up and then you no longer need to carry debit or credit cards. Just a touch of your finger and away you go. Its not yet nationwide but I look forward to seeing more of this type device.
More information is here
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Question: Whats is Nexfest?
WIRED Magazine is bringing its vision of a new world's fair to New York City. Experience more than 130 exciting exhibits from scientists, researchers, and inventors around the globe. WIRED NextFest features innovations in communication, design, entertainment, exploration, health, transportation, security, and green living.
Check out more at Nextfest.net
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Today, OrthoClear announced that Align Technology - the makers of Invisalign® - has purchased OrthoClear’s intellectual property, including the company’s extensive patent portfolio related to the manufacturing of clear, removable aligners.
As part of this agreement, Align has committed to complete treatment of all current OrthoClear cases at no charge to the treating doctor. This includes cases in the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong.
Doctors may contact Align directly at 888-822-5446 to discuss the status of their cases.
The OrthoClear Team
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Read more about it http://www.thinksecret.com/news/0609cingulariphone.html
Sunday, September 24, 2006
The ILUMA scanner is furnished to the customer free of equipment charges. ILUMA scanner is unique with the concept of only paying for technology as you use it.
Check it our here
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Here is the link.
Dentalcast has a podcast on the same topic with Dr. Mark Donaldson.
The podcast can be found via iTunes or directly from Dentalcast.net
Friday, September 22, 2006
Here is an article telling you how to recover the lost files.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
If you don't want to mount over the patient monitors another possibility are the myvu glasses for the video ipods. The glasses produce the equivalent of watching a 27-inch TV from six feet away, with a viewing time of six hours from its rechargeable battery. The glasses will be available this fall for $399.
Monday, September 18, 2006
I use these Flash Drives to back up my practice management data. I can keep over half a years worth of daily Dentrix data on each of these devices. These are simple, fast and not fragile.
Click here for the the direct link
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Send Us a Picture and We'll Send it Back to You with Straight Teeth!
Your patient can submit a digital picture (www.orthoclear.com/submityourpicture) and OrthoClear will show the patient what they would look like with straight teeth.
Submitted pictures must be high quality photos that clearly show teeth (if your mouth is closed, there's not much we can do!).
What is Orthoclear?
Friday, September 15, 2006
I use something similar from Sybron.
Never be without the exact ISO size gutta percha point you need again! The Cut & Fit Gutta Percha Point Size Creator allows you to make 20 different ISO standard sized GP points on the spot with a small inventory of points.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I mentioned the other day that an announcement from Apple maybe forthcoming about a cellular telephone. Although there was no announcement by Steve Jobs yesterday, there was the new version 7 of iTunes. Well what is in the iTunes installation but the "iTunes Phone Driver". You cannot install it as it is grayed out but its on the horizon...
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Free Conference Calling Anytime, Anywhere!
LiveOffice FreeConferencing is an affordable and reliable way to host conference calls. There is absolutely no catch and getting your own free conferencing account takes less than 30 seconds. To register for free conference calling services, enter your name and email address (use a disposable email address). A free conferencing dial-in number and conference code will be provided to you instantly with immediate access to free conference calling!
A great way to stay in touch with friends, family and staff. You can have a CE Conference Call.
Use an VOIP client like Skype and even the call is free!
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Free Zagat To Go software for those with Palm, Pocket PC/Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices are eligible to apply. Also, this offer is not available to existing ZAGAT TO GO subscribers and only one free subscription per individual is permitted.
Follow the link:
The invention is a Wireless Digital Dental X-Ray Sensor with Positioning Apparatus.Exploiting advances in digital photography and radiography, the inventor was able to combine the workings of a digital camera, an x-ray scintillator plate and a set of five oral x-ray positioning instruments into a single universal dental x-ray sensing device, just slightly larger than a conventional bitewing holder. There are several version of the device described in the patent. The common element is having a digital dental x-ray sensor directly connected to the bite block, which in turn has all the necessary electronic built inside the paralleling and targeting portion of the device. In one version there is an onboard display screen and removable storage media, another has the devise placed on a docking station from which dental x-ray images can be printed, transmitted to a computer or the Internet, and yet another version has a built in transmitter that instantly transmits the images to a nearby computer monitor.
The entire press release can be read here.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Hitch not only delivers freedom from your computer, it does so with blazing speed. It will transfer a digital photo in under 3 seconds, while an entire album can be sent in 75 seconds! In addition, there is no better way to transfer digital video from a family outing than with Hitch. A two-hour video file can be sent in 15 minutes!
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Could this be the new cellular phone from Apple? The iChat is rumored to be announced next week. No real information yet as to whether it will be CDMA (Verizon/Sprint) or GSM(Cingular/TMobile). How smart a phone no one knows but I assume it will be iTunes compatible.
Look for a possible announcement next week along with iPod Nanos up to 8GB with video. These Nanos could be perfect for patient education and entertainment.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
The UX Micro, which will be available online and in stores for $1,800 in about a month, uses Intel's new Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage processor for standard PC performance in a 1.2-pound package.
It runs Windows XP Professional and has a 4.5-inch touch screen as well as a small fold-out keyboard for text entry. The PC also has built-in Wi-Fi. A built-in fingerprint scanner can lock up passwords and important data. There is a 1.3-megapixel camera on the back and another camera on the front, with a microphone, for video calls.
Less futuristically, the UX Micro comes standard with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and has a battery life of about 2.5 hours.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Sandisk's V-MATE video recorder. The V-Mate is designed to record directly to a wide variety of memory card formats from any composite video source such as your IO Camera, set-top box, DVD player, or TiVo. The V-MATE features a remote control, on-screen programming interface, and an infrared emitter to turn on your TV tuner device and select the right channel for programmed recording. And MPEG-4 compression delivers about 1.8 hours of playback at the V-MATE's maximum 640 x 480 recording resolution. Available in October for about $130.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Videos to show how to do various resets can be found here.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Samsung Electronics introduced the largest Mobile TV based on terrestrial DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) with a screen size of 10 inches to provide viewing excitement on the move. This Mobile TV will open up the era where everyone will have their own TV - one for each person. Click on the link for more information.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part I)
The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part 2)
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
As you know I am a big fan of the Palm Treo Smartphones. Well in September Sprint will be selling the enhanced Treo 700WX. It runs Windows Mobile 5 and will have twice the memory of the Verizon Treo 700. Check out your local Spint or Palm Store.
Click on the graphic to read all the specs.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
I use AVG and think its a terrific product compared to most of the over priced bloatware that passes as anti-virus software. Give both a try.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Do you...Hate answering the phone or voicemail and hearing a fax tone? Hate having your ink, paper, and fax machine being used by people who are breaking the law? Want to put a stop to this?Go to Junkfax.org and see what your rights are. Things to do to try and limit the amount of junk faxes you recieve. Interesting reading even if it does not stop all the junk faxes.