Friday, October 31, 2008

G-Cem Self Adhesive Resin Luting Cement

Here is something else new from the ADA convention. I have gotten a chance to use the new G-Cem Self Adhesive Resin Luting Cement. It comes in both capsules and automix syringes. I have used the automix syringes. The material is very easy to dispense and more importantly just as easy to clean up! It will work in both moist and dry environments and I have not had one patient complain of sensitivity. Plus it releases the highest amount of fluoride of any self adhesive cement!

Go check out more at the GC America website

Thursday, October 30, 2008

From ADA-Pelton Crane Helios 3000

Well I finally am getting some time to discuss some products I saw at both the CDA and ADA conventions

Usually you won't find much new in over the patient lighting. Well there is something new. Pelton Crane has released the Helios 3000 LED Operating Light. The light consists of 4 different colored LEDS (red, green, blue and amber). It has 2 settings one for 5000°K and the other for 4200°K. This is perfect for shade matching. You can verify the shade at both setting by simple hitting a switch on the controller. With the touch of another switch you can eliminate the blue color and inhibit the setting of composite. It has a maximum output of 48 watts and uses 70% less energy then a standard halogen bulb. It should only cost about $10 a year to run this light.

So if your looking for a new patient light go check out the Pelton Crane Web Site.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Artificial Joints Not at Risk for Infection After Dental Work

Artificial Joints Not at Risk for Infection After Dental Work
By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today

Published: October 27, 2008
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Contrary to common wisdom and accepted practice, there is no point in giving prophylactic antibiotics before dental procedures to ward off infection in prosthetic joints, a researcher said here.
Action Points

Explain to interested patients that antibiotic prophylaxis is often given to people with artificial joints who are undergoing dental work.

Note that this study suggests the procedure has no effect.

Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented in poster form at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons urge such prophylaxis, but the suggestion is based only on expert opinion, said Elie Berbari, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.
Yet in a single-center prospective case-control study, there was no evidence that antibiotics had any effect on the risk of infection in artificial joints, Dr. Berbari said at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, held jointly with the Infectious Diseases Society of America meeting.
The result is not as conclusive as a randomized clinical trial, Dr. Berbari said, but such a study is unlikely to be conducted because of cost. "This is the best evidence we have," he said.
Dr. Berbari and colleagues studied 339 patients admitted to their hospital from December 2001 through April 2006 with infection in a total knee or total hip arthroplasty.
Controls were 339 patients, also with artificial joints, but without infection, he said.
The researchers collected data on demographic factors and potential risk factors, as well as obtaining data on dental procedures -- from each patient's dentist and doctor -- for the two years before the infection.
Dental procedures were classed as either low- or high-risk. Low-risk procedures included such things as restorative dentistry or fluoride treatment, while high-risk procedures included periodontal treatment or extractions.
The mean age of the cases was 69.5 years and they had had their artificial joints for 15.5 months on average. In comparison, controls had an average age of 71.4 and they had had their joints for an average of 49.9 months.
Several factors were significant risk factors for infection, including diabetes, prior arthroplasty, and compromised immunity, but antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures had no effect, the researchers found.
For low-risk procedures, 41 cases and 65 controls did not have antibiotics, for an odds ratio of 0.6, with a 95% confidence interval of 0.4 to 1.1.
Also for low-risk procedures, 59 cases and 87 controls had antibiotics, for an odds ratio of 0.8, with a 95% confidence interval of 0.5 to 1.2.
For high-risk procedures, 33 cases and 49 controls didn't have antibiotics, while 95 and 148 did, for odds ratios of 0.8 and 0.7 respectively.
As in the low-risk procedures, both 95% confidence intervals crossed unity, so the result was not significant.
Dr. Berbari said the notion of antibiotic prophylaxis before dental work in patients with artificial joints "should be re-evaluated."
He noted that the number of artificial joints implanted yearly in the U.S. is projected to rise to about four million by 2030.
Unneeded antibiotic prophylaxis for those people "is going to be a big issue," he said, especially with the rise of antibiotic resistance.
The study comes as some authorities are suggesting fewer uses of antibiotics, according to Lindsay Grayson, M.D., of the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, who was not part of the study.
In endocarditis, for instance, new guidelines suggest that antibiotics should be used less often, especially for dental procedures, said Dr. Grayson, a member of the program committee for the joint meeting. (See: Endocarditis Prevention Dropped from Endoscopy Guidelines)
"They're a little contentious, because everyone is used to giving antibiotics, he said, "and most of us have erred on the side of prophylaxis."
The Mayo study isn't definitive, but "you would need a massive number of patients" to get a solid answer in a randomized trial, he said.
Dr. Berbari did not report any external sources of support or any conflicts.

Primary source: ICAAC-IDSA Meeting
Source reference:
Berbari E, et al "Prosthetic Joint Infection (PJI) Due to Dental Procedures" ICAAC-IDSA 2008; Abstract K-551.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Clean Machine, World's Lowest-Cost Solution for PC and Mac Support,

FAR HILLS, NJ--(Marketwire - October 24, 2008) - Clean Machine Inc., a global provider of remotely administered PC security and performance management services, has teamed with to make its highly customized PC Concierge service -- a preventative service to protect computers from common performance and security issues -- available for purchase on

Clean Machine's unique and highly efficient model for service delivery is the lowest-cost, quickest, safest and easiest way to keep computers running fast and safely. New and current PC, Mac® and peripherals owners can purchase the service on for $119.99 annually to receive relief from the adware, spyware, viruses and other performance and security problems that continually plague PC users.

Clean Machine software comes on a USB drive that is shipped to customers, and allows consumers, small businesses and other computer users to proactively prevent malfunctions from occurring to their PC or Mac. Customers also receive unlimited repairs, advice and helpful tips from their own personal technician. Clean Machine has the most advanced security in the industry. It includes strict privacy policies to assure consumers that their information is safe and secure, and a five-part security program that is backed by AIG.

"As the leader in online retailing and consumer electronics, we are very pleased that Clean Machine services will now be available to customers," said Larry Gordon, Clean Machine CEO. "We want to enhance the online shopping experience and other computing experiences for's millions of customers as much as possible. Clean Machine was founded because the average home-based and small business PC user is looking for simplicity, performance and value. In these tough times, computer owners don't want to pay up to $250 and sometimes more to get their computer fixed. Clean Machine provides a much lower-cost alternative while offering substantially more service and better value."

The highly-trained Clean Machine PC Concierge uses the most advanced software and tools to remotely:

-- Scan Macs and PCs for viruses and spyware
-- Remove offending programs
-- Enhance Mac and PC security, speed and performance
-- Optimize hardware and software performance
-- Fix problems and offer personalized advice
-- Provide a detailed report and improvements recommendations
-- Six times per year customized preventive maintenance
-- Overnight service

The result is a frustration-free experience and a protected, high-performing computer.

"Many of the services Clean Machine offers are the kind of standard checks that all of us probably should be doing on a regular basis but don't," said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst with Parks Associates. "In addition to checking for and eliminating malware, running disk defragmentation and ensuring the proper configuration of applications such as Windows Firewall™, Clean Machine also provides important customer assurance features. Features such as the detailed activity log that shows exactly what services were performed by the PC Concierge, and providing clearly defined security and privacy practices (including carrying significant liability insurance) are critical components to building consumer confidence in the effectiveness and safety of remote support providers."

About Clean Machine

Clean Machine Inc. is a NJ-based and incorporated company that helps consumers and small business owners easily manage and protect their computing environments safely and cost effectively. The company is has a unique, powerful and inexpensive PC concierge service. Specifically, each customer is assigned a highly-trained tech concierge who remotely examines their computer system on a scheduled and very secure basis. The PC concierge will immediately fix software-based problems and prevent new threats to the customer's computing environment including offensive pop-ups, browser redirects and slow performance, and then provides a detailed report. Clean Machine's proprietary Radar™ technology (Remote Access Detection Audit and Repair) allows its expert technicians to remotely resolve any problems, eliminating the need for customers to go through the frustrating process of speaking with a tech support expert, and still having to do the work themselves. In other words, the Clean Machine PC concierges do it all. For more information on Clean Machine please visit

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Polident® and Super PoliGrip® Help Keep Dentures Cleaner,

PITTSBURGH, PA – October 2008 – Two recent studies of denture wearers and their habits have uncovered some surprising results for dental professionals. One study on denture cleanliness found that only 11 percent of subjects had clean dentures, highlighting the importance of teaching patients proper denture cleaning methods. The other study, which examined the use of denture adhesive, found that adhesives may be beneficial even to patients with well fitting dentures. Examined together, the findings indicate a significant opportunity for dental professionals to educate patients on how to feel more confident and comfortable with dentures.
In the study on denture cleanliness, researchers examined the dentures of 234 patients. Fifty-two percent of the subjects reported that they brushed their dentures with toothpaste or regular soap, which may explain the researchers’ findings that only 11 percent of the patients had clean dentures. Data has shown that brushing dentures with toothpaste causes denture surface roughness, promoting bacterial growth. To prevent this, experts recommend that denture patients use a non-abrasive cleanser such as Polident to brush dentures, as it cleans without scratching. Polident has been shown to be a highly effective cleanser, killing 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria, and removing plaque and stains—all without scratching denture surfaces.
The second study, examining denture adhesive use, found that many denture wearers may benefit from adhesives, even those with well-fitting dentures. The data runs counter to the conventional wisdom among dental professionals that well-fitted dentures eliminate the need for adhesives. For this study, researchers examined Super PoliGrip in 37 patients wearing well-fitting, well-made dentures, testing the food occlusion, bite force and masticatory efficacy as compared to no adhesive use. Results showed significant improvements in food occlusion, with patients reporting a 27 percent increase in confidence, 28 percent increase in comfort and 31 percent increase in satisfaction with Super PoliGrip. Data shows Super PoliGrip provided significantly higher bite force than no adhesive, giving patients more confidence to eat challenging foods. Additionally, the rate of dislodgement was significantly less for Super PoliGrip users, with 60 percent of patients experiencing no denture dislodgement, versus only 24 percent with no adhesive. The overall results showed that Super PoliGrip improved test results for food occlusion, bite force and masticatory efficacy, indicating that adhesives can improve denture treatment outcomes even among patients with well-made dentures.
The number one complaint of denture patients is that food gets trapped under their dentures, which can cause serious irritation. Discretion and freshness are also important to helping denture patients feel more secure, with 87 percent of patients concerned with denture odor. These studies help dentists realize that emphasizing a proper cleaning regimen and recommending an adhesive can benefit all patients, even those with dentures that have been made perfectly.
Data shows that the transition to dentures represents a major change in many patients’ lives, and 45 percent of denture patients report experiencing difficulties in accepting the loss of their teeth, making them feel less confident about themselves. By providing patients with proper counsel on how to keep dentures clean, odor-free and secure, dental professionals play an important role in helping patients feel more confident and comfortable with their dentures.
For more information about Polident, Super PoliGrip, or GlaxoSmithKline’s other oral healthcare products, visit

Saturday, October 25, 2008

DentalEZ® Online Video Series takes Dental Industry Marketing to New Level

Malvern, PA (October 23, 2008) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, recently launched a series of tongue-in-cheek web videos that have propelled the dental manufacturer into the big leagues of interactive video marketing.

The humorous videos are currently featured on DentalEZ’s newly designed micro site, and are taking the dental industry by storm. The videos have generated quite a buzz among dental professionals who are forwarding them virally to colleagues and associates, meanwhile gaining the dental manufacturer priceless brand awareness.

“We are so excited about these videos,” remarked Randy Arner, Vice President of Marketing for DentalEZ Group. “We wanted to make them entertaining as well as informative. As far as we know, these videos are the first of their kind in the dental industry, and we are happy that dental professionals enjoy them as much as we do.”

The first of a series of six web videos was released by DentalEZ back in May 2008. By popular demand, DentalEZ then went onto launch one video a month throughout the last five months as a result of the ongoing positive feedback and tremendous viewership of the videos.

According to Lanmark Group Chief Strategy Officer, Michael McCarthy, “Many B2B marketers forget that their target audiences are power users of the latest internet and social media technology at home. It’s great to have a client like DentalEZ who is not afraid to challenge conventional dental marketing thinking.”

One of the most talked about videos in the series is a humorous skit starring one of Hollywood’s most famous monsters, Frankenstein, where he is shown admiring one of DentalEZ’s popular NevinLabs Freedom™ Workstations. Another features DentalEZ’s popular J/V-Generation® chair, a classic staple among dental operatories throughout the industry, positioned alongside a pool with a bathing suit-clad couple preferring the comfort of the ergonomically correct seating over a traditional chaise lounge.

In addition to the videos, the new DentalEZ micro site also includes an interactive iDemo that showcases a complete DentalEZ operatory, numerous links for additional product information, and a discussion about DentalEZ service and products with a DentalEZ executive.

The DentalEZ online video series can be viewed at and can also be found at several video user generated content sites such as YouTube, Yahoo, and Myspace.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Red Flag Update

Please be advised that the Federal Trade Commission has announced that they will suspend enforcement of the Red Flag rules until May 1, 2009, to give creditors, including healthcare providers, additional time in which to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs to detect, prevent, and mitigate identity theft.

It is important that you begin developing your identity theft prevention program as soon as possible to ensure compliance with the Red Flag rules by May 1, 2009.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

3M ESPE Expands Availability of Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (Oct. 22, 2008) – 3M ESPE is expanding the availability of its Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S., a digital impression system that enables the high-speed capture of accurate and precise impressions. By implementing a new business model, releasing new indications, entering new regions and signing the first distribution agreements, 3M ESPE is making it possible for more dentists and labs to utilize the system and participate in the digital workflow.
Any dentist or lab in active regions can participate in the digital workflow by utilizing a business model that requires no capital investment from a lab and allows doctors to work with their existing lab. This process is very similar to the highly successful business model labs have used for years to outsource their Lava™ Copings to an Authorized Lava Milling Center. Additionally, with the release of Lava™ Software 1.5 for Chairside Oral Scanner, the system is now indicated for single unit crowns, multiple adjacent units, inlay/onlays and 3 or 4 unit bridges.
3M ESPE continues the strategic and regional launch of the Lava C.O.S. by expanding into the Mid-Atlantic, Southern Florida, Texas and Northern California regions. These regions will complement existing operations in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Southern California regions.
Additionally, Henry Schein®, Burkhart Dental and Benco Dental are the first distributors of the device, responsible for installing, maintaining and servicing the Lava C.O.S. for dentists. 3M ESPE will continue discussions with additional qualified distributors as part of the non-exclusive distribution arrangement for the Lava C.O.S.
“We are excited about providing more customers access to this ground-breaking new technology in the growing digital restorative space,” said Wayne Roen, business director, digital restorative dentisty, 3M ESPE. “With our regional expansion, outsourcing model and partnerships with leading distributors we continue to deliver on our promise to transform the practice of dentistry.”
The Lava C.O.S. is a digital impression system that features proprietary 3D-in-Motion technology. This technology allows doctors to capture and simultaneously view continuous 3D video images and the dental industry is the first to benefit from this breakthrough in digital imaging. Doctors can assess their preparation and margin using several review features unique to digital dentistry. The doctor specifies either a traditional (PFM) or CAD/CAM restoration, including Lava Restorations and sends the digital prescription to their lab for marking the margin and cutting the die. The process is complete once the lab receives a technologically advanced stereolithography (SLA) model for finishing and ships the final restoration back to the doctor.
For more information call 1-800-634-2249 or visit

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Regs Bar Dentists from Dating Patients

Harrisburg, Pa. (AP) - Dentists who find their perfect love match sitting in the patients' chair must end the professional relationship and wait a few months before dating, under new Pennsylvania regulations.

The new rules say any sexual conduct with a current patient is sexual misconduct and subject to disciplinary action by the State Board of Dentistry - even if it's consensual. The rules will take effect in the coming weeks.

The regulations will apply to dentists, hygienists and other state-licensed dental practitioners engaged in sexual conduct with patients they have treated within the past three months. There are exceptions for relationships in which the patient is a spouse or a lives with the employee.

The Pennsylvania Dental Association opposed the change, saying current regulations against sexual abuse are adequate.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dentalcast Episode 40: HighQ Lights @ ADA

Here is a video about headlights for better illumination of the oral cavity.
HighQ Lights.

To watch, visit

Monday, October 20, 2008

Identity Theft Red Flag Rules

Are you in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) new identity theft Red Flag rules?

The Red Flag rules require “creditors” of “covered accounts” to develop and implement a written identity theft prevention program that is designed to detect, prevent, and mitigate identity theft by November 1, 2008.

The Red Flag rules were implemented under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 and govern the actions of “creditors”. A “creditor” is defined very broadly as “any person who regularly extends, renews, or continues credit.” The FTC has taken the position that healthcare providers, including physician practices, who bill patients for services rather than requiring full payment up front, or who accept insurance but the patient is ultimately responsible for the fees, are “creditors” and thus are subject to the Red Flag rules.

An “account” is defined as a “continuing relationship established by a person with a…creditor to obtain a…service for personal, family, household or business purposes. An account includes: an extension of credit, such as the purchase of…services involving a deferred payment.” A “covered account” is defined as an “account…primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, that involves or is designed to permit multiple payments or transactions” or any “other account…for which there is a reasonably foreseeable risk to customers or to the safety and soundness of the…creditor from identity theft.” Due to the broad definition of “covered account,” most patient billing and medical records will be subject to the Red Flag rules.

Therefore, if you, like most medical practices, are a “creditor” with “covered accounts,” you will need to establish an identity theft prevention program which provides for the identification, detection and response to “red flags” that could indicate identity theft. “Red flags” are “a pattern, practice, or specific activity that indicates the possible existence of identity theft.” The regulations set forth guidelines for the program and categories of relevant red flags that should be considered in developing the program. The program should be appropriate for the size and complexity of your entity and the nature and scope of its activities.

On September 30, 2008, the American Medical Association, along with 26 national medical associations, submitted a letter to the FTC disagreeing with their interpretation that physicians are “creditors” and therefore subject to the Red Flag rules. However, as of the date of this email, the FTC has not provided a response. Therefore, it is important for most healthcare providers to implement their identity theft prevention program no later than November 1, 2008.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

On The Way Back From The ADA

Not a lot new on the exhibit floor but give me a few days to get the information out on the blog.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Inside the laser pavillion

A great way to compare different lasers and wavelengths all in one place.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Popular New Generation Of Candy Almost Like Eating Battery Acid

Looking for a really frightening costume to wear for Halloween this year? How about dressing up as a piece of sour acid candy, which attacks teeth like Freddy Kreuger goes after his victims?

While this new generation of candy is highly popular, most of it contains acid levels so high that it approaches the ph level of battery acid, according to the California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA), which today issued a statewide warning to parents about the dangers of sour candy.

"This Halloween, we are advising adults to think twice about buying sour candies for trick-or-treaters," said Erika Feltham, a Registered Dental Hygienist and CDHA member who has studied this issue for more than a decade. "We also are encouraging parents to comb through their child's bag at the end of the night to remove sour acid candies and replace them with a small piece of non-sour sugarless candy or gum."

Sour candy comes in dozens of varieties and forms including hard, soft, chewy, gummy, gels, liquid sprays, crystals, foam sprays, powders, cotton candy and chewing gums. Most people think this type of candy is safer because it has less sugar, said Feltham, but they don't know that the acid content is toward the extreme end of the acidic spectrum.

"It is not at all surprising that this candy is a contributing factor to acid erosion," she said. "With repeated exposure and frequency, sour candy can also lead to a host of oral health problems, including increased cavities, tooth sensitivity, staining, soft-tissue sensitivities and loss of shine."

Because of this, CDHA is offering the following tips for this Halloween:

- Avoid, limit or seriously reconsider choosing or eating candy labeled "sour or tart";

- Remember that "sour" means "acid," which is bad for teeth;

- Look for the following acids on the back label of ingredients and avoid them: citric, lactic, malic, tartaric, fumaric, adipic, ascorbic;

- Don't be fooled by "concentrated fruit juice extracts," which is a code phrase for ingredients that can be highly acidic;

- If you choose to consume sour candies, rinse your mouth with water immediately afterwards to reduce the damaging effects from the acids;

- DO NOT brush your teeth directly after eating sour candy as the toothbrush and toothpaste are abrasive. This will scratch and will remove more of the already softened enamel.

"Most consumers and even many dental professionals are so focused on eliminating sugar that they haven't paid attention to the newer and more serious candy ingredients containing multiple acids," said Feltham, who believes the problem is so bad that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) should require warnings on all sour acid candies.

"These acids are what make the sour candies so tart and appealing," she said, "but also what makes teeth more susceptible to oral diseases."

The California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA) is the authoritative voice of the state's dental hygiene profession. The organization was established 20 years ago when two regional associations merged to form a unified professional group. CDHA represents thousands of dental hygienists throughout the state and is dedicated to expanding opportunities for the profession and access to care for all Californ

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tech Day 2008

Tech Day at the ADA 2008. Here is a picture of Dale Miles speaking on CBVT.

Worries about money can take a toll on your teeth

Does the sinking stock market cause you to clench your teeth?

Do you wake up with a headache, sore teeth or a sore jaw? Millions of people clench and grind their teeth without realizing it, particularly while they're sleeping. Both habits can escalate into serious pain and problems of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, which joins the jaw to the skull. And they are far more common at times of stress.

"TMJ and Wall Street go hand in hand, especially lately," says Anthony Chillura, a longtime dentist in New York City's financial district. "Some people get ulcers. Some people get high blood pressure. Some manifest their stress dentally."

While most people clench or grind their teeth (a condition known as bruxism) from time to time, about 10 percent suffer from TMJ problems - and those can set in suddenly. TMJ disorder can mimic migraine headaches, earaches, sinus infections and tooth abscesses. It can cause dizziness, ringing in the ears and muscle pain that radiates down the neck and shoulders.

In some people, the real culprit is a misaligned bite - either from birth or a trauma like a fall or a collision in sports. "It's like you're chewing with a limp," says Harold Gelb, an oral orthopedist in Manhattan who says problems can be building for years and flare up under stress.

Other people "brux" only when they're under stress, especially at times of change like a divorce or financial crisis, says Andrew S. Kaplan, another Manhattan TMJ expert and former president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

Much of the tension comes out at night, when higher centers of the brain are asleep, says Noshir Mehta, director of the Craniofacial Pain Center at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

A clenched jaw can exert up to 300 pounds of pressure, which can wear teeth down and crack them, particularly where there are cavities or old fillings. Over time, arthritis, inflammation and degenerative changes can occur in the jaw joint. The disc in the joint can shift and make clicking or popping sounds. It can also "lock" out of place, making it impossible to open the mouth more than an inch or so.

All that tension also strains the big jaw muscles and activates irritable knots called myofascial trigger points, which produce still more tension and refer pain to other muscles.

Women have more TMJ problems than men - possibly because the jaw muscle bulks up in men, whereas it becomes dysfunctional in women, says Mehta. People taking antidepressants are also more prone to bruxing, for reasons not well understood.

The most common treatment for TMJ is a night guard that fits between the teeth and makes grinding more difficult. Chillura also makes smaller appliances that permit talking for patients who can't stop clenching during the day. Custom-made appliances cost anywhere from $300 to $1,800. Devices that correct misaligned bites can cost $2,500. Over-the-counter mouthguards cost as little as $20 and are better than nothing, some dentists say.

Once TMJ problems have set in, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants can be helpful. Studies at Tufts have shown that magnesium citrate - 250 to 400 milligrams daily - can also help relieve muscle tension.

Read the rest on the Daily Herald Web Site

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Long Computer hours Cause Tooth Decay

From Dental Health Site

The new age has churned out a lot of net freaks and pc addicts. He sits planted on the computer chair surfing on for hours together ignoring the social aspect of his life. Apart from damage to the eye and back,long hours in front of the pc with out breaks can also leave one susceptible to oral health damage.

A study has warned what has been brought out in many reports, against spending long hours in front of the computer. This especially addresses the computer freaks and net addicts out there.

Apart from the other effects on general health such as back strain and eye problems, spending long hours on the pc puts you at a risk of developing dental problems.

Ever noticed bad breath from your mouth when sitting in front of the pc for a long time and suddenly opening your mouth? Well this is just one minor effect.
Surfing excessively causes tooth decay

Surfing Excessively causes TOOTH DECAY

Long hours in front of PC causes dehydration of the mouth. What this means is that there is reduced saliva in your mouth. Saliva is a natural mouthwash which prevents bacteria accumulation in your mouth. So, when this is reduced, bacteria thrive in such conditions leading to the development of plaque.

Frequent occurrence of this puts you at a very high risk for developing Tooth Decay (Caries). This is due to acids released by the bacteria which causes the teeth to decay.
So What to Do About IT ?

Don’t worry you do not have to quit surfing but follow a few precautions.

* Take 10 mins breaks after every hour or two on the Computer ( A BREAK means a BREAK and not sitting infront of the idiot box). Relax yourself and return to your favourite gadget after the break.
* Keep a bottle of water handy. Drink a glass of water after half an hour or so. This re hydrates your mouth removing bad odor and inhibiting bacteria.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Asus Eee All-In-One-Touch Screen PC

Now this might be heading us in the right direction for an operatory PC. It is a little underpowered for doing heavy imaging but for a front desk workstation it might fit the bill. Cost is just under $700 and its available in the UK.

Here are the specs
# Processor: Intel Atom
# Memory: 1GB
# HD Capacity: 160GB
# Graphics Card: Shared Graphics (128MB)
# Operating System: Windows XP Home
# Main Specifications:
# ScreenSize: 15.6" (16:10 Wide Panel)
# Touch Screen: Single Touch Panel
# OS: Windows XP Home (SP3)
# CPU: Intel ATOM (1.6GHz/533MHz FSB/512K Cache)
# Chipset: Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
# Memory: 1GB (DDR2 667)
# Storage: 160GB, SATAII 5400rpm
# Graphics: Shared Graphics (128MB)
# Webcam: 1.3 Mega Pixel
# Mirophone: Digital Array Microphone
# Audio Chips: 2 x 4W Hifi Speaker + SRS
# Communication: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
# WLAN: WiFi 802.11b/g/n
# IO Side Ports: Memory card slot (SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro) / USB ports x 2
# IO Rear Ports: Audio Ports x 3 (Microphone, Line in & Line Out) / USB ports x 4 / Gigabit LAN port
# AC Power: 19Vdc, 4.74A, 65W power adaptor
# Net Weight:4.3Kg
# Software: StarOffice, Adobe Reader 8.0, Norton Internet Security (90 day trial version), Express Gate, Skype, Eee Memo, SoftStyles, Eee Cam & Eee Cinema
# Keyboard + mouse: Wired Keyborad & Mouse

Saturday, October 11, 2008

ADA Annual Sesson San Antonio

Well I hope you have made your plans to attend the 2008 American Dental Association Convention. This year its in San Antonio. I will be speaking at Tech Day on Wednesday October 15th explaining how to maximize your office's Internet connection. On Thursday October 16th it is "High Tech Practice On A Low Tech Budget". There may be a few seats open for that lecture. On Friday October 17th it is " The Chartless Practice- Because Paper Is Not Free A Guide To Reducing Paper In The Dental Office" this lecture is sold out! So if you are around come in and hello. At other times I will be roaming the exhibit floor looking for some cool items to blog about.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Smile Dash Portal ‘Bridges Gap’ Between Dentists and Patients

Lehi, UT – In a world of internet savvy patients and consumers, everyday tasks such as bill paying and scheduling are readily available online. With a few clicks of the mouse, your patient can book a trip, communicate with friends and family and even buy groceries! A patient’s experience with their dentist is both personal and necessary, and should be equally as user friendly.

With the new Smile Dash Patient Portal from Smile Reminder, patients are able to pay bills, keep up-to- date with future appointments and even check their Invisalign progress proactively from the comfort of their home or office. The social network inspired resource takes the dentist/patient relationship to a new level, incorporating direct interaction and correspondence with an easy to use interface. The result: a heightened experience which saves both time and money for both patients and dentists alike.
"My office staff can't physically be available, 24 hours/day for my patients, but the SmileDash provides a great way for my clients to check their appointments, pay their bills, or submit questions, even when my office is closed," comments Ryan Haygood, DDS, Louisiana. "The SmileDash Portal is just another example of how Smile Reminder continually provides tools to build my practice and patient loyalty."

The highlight of the Smile Dash Patient Portal menu is the “Pay My Bill” feature. Patients are able to log-in to their customized portal to view and pay balances without opening a checkbook or wasting a stamp. The credit card information provided by patients is encrypted and sent electronically to the office for processing. No additional fees are incurred by either the patient or practice. This not only eliminates the added time or cost of postage, but also promotes a greener way of living, cutting down on the usage of paper envelopes, statements and bills.
Another great feature of the Patient Portal is Invisalign CLINCHECKS®. With Invisalign CLINCHECKS® patients are able to view digitally created animations showing the progression of their straightening procedures.

“We live in a busy world where time is greatly valued, and convenience is a necessity,” says Smile Reminder CEO Jim Higgins. “The patient portal gives dentists a direct route of communication while allowing patients to access a bevy of information. This enhanced experience allows patients to interact with their dentists daily, rather than every six months during an office visit.”
In a world of fast-paced MySpace users and YouTube viewers, the dental practices of tomorrow have to address the demands and needs of today’s computer savvy patients. The Smile Dash Patient Portal brings dentists and patients closer together than ever, giving them something new to smile about.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Benefits of Bisphosphonate Therapy vs Frequency of Oral Complications: An Educational Program for Dental Professionals

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation today announced the launch of a complimentary dental industry-focused web seminar series entitled �Benefits of Bisphosphonate Therapy vs Frequency of Oral Complications: An Educational Program for Dental Professionals.�

A total of thirty 1-hour web seminars ( are to be conducted between October and December, and will be presented by a rotating roster of clinicians who are leading experts on this compelling and highly relevant subject.

�Benefits of Bisphosphonate Therapy vs Frequency of Oral Complications: An Educational Program for Dental Professionals� will cover the following topics that every general practice dentist needs to know:

* Overview of bisphosphonates and uses in treatment of osteoporosis and metastatic
bone disease
* Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) background
* ONJ frequency in oncology and osteoporosis patients treated with bisphosphonates
* Review of ONJ studies and management

Please click this link for for more information and complete web seminar schedule.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Superior patient education system provides most comprehensive presentations to date

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. announces the release of CAESY DVD 2009, the latest version of patient education software for operatories and consultrooms to explain diagnoses, procedures, alternatives and post-op instructions. CAESY DVD 2009 contains more than 25 new and updated presentations to further enhance patient education.

New and updated presentations include:

* Full Mouth Debridement and Prophylaxis in the Hygiene section
* Pediatric Dentistry
* Perio Maintenance
* Nitrous Oxide
* Sedation Dentistry

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Dentrix G3 Update

Well I got back from doing a DTS lecture in CA last week and my staff said there was a Dentrix problem. They were having problems opening the Document Center. A quick call to Dentrix solved the problem. I had done the Component Upgrade #1 with the disc they had sent me. However there was a newer CU1. We ran the update on the server and the workstations. All the documents had to be updated. It worked fine and now we can view all the documents on all the work stations. Tech support was great. I never thought to look for another update.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Windows XP outshines Vista in benchmarking test

New tests have revealed that Windows XP with the beta Service Pack 3 has twice the performance of Vista, even with its long-awaited Service Pack 1. That is why everyone still wants to run Windows XP. Read the entire article on the link above.


Saturday, October 04, 2008

Why doctors still balk at electronic medical records

For readers of this blog you already know my office is chartless. So we have Electronic Medical Records and my office is already prepared for it. It does have costs but savings are substantial.

Here is an opinion piece from USA Today
By Kevin Pho

Despite the fact that we can complete our taxes and perform complex financial transactions digitally over the Internet, medical records have faced an impasse preventing a transition to the digital age. Patient charts are still paper-based in most doctors' offices across the country.

President Bush's goal was for every American to have an electronic medical record by 2014. Both presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain's health reform plans include language that modernizes our health information system.

Despite the advantages of computerized records — including reduction of errors, improved preventive care and potential health care cost savings — adoption of the technology remains distressingly low.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently found that only 13% of physicians had made the transition to an electronic record system. The primary reason is financial. Upfront costs — which include purchasing servers, computers and software — can be as high as $36,000 per physician.

In addition, the learning curve for these programs is steep, increasing the amount of time a physician spends per patient.

For their efforts, doctors receive only 11% of the savings from electronic records, with most of the savings going to health insurance companies and the government.

In today's environment of rising office and malpractice costs, the decision for doctors to adopt digital records is fiscally unpalatable. David Brailer, former national health information technology coordinator in the Bush administration, puts it best: "The doctors bear all the costs, and others reap most of the benefit."

Furthermore, today's electronic record systems are riddled with problems. Many programs boil the patient encounter down to a series of "yes" or "no" questions that are then entered into the software. The resulting computer-generated notes are almost devoid of useful clinical information.

As Harvard physician Jerome Groopman says, encouraging doctors to ask restrictive questions can suppress open-ended dialogue with a patient, "which can be key to making the correct diagnosis and to understanding which treatment best fits a patient's beliefs and needs."

With hundreds of products on the market, few standards exist that would allow them to communicate with one another. Your primary care doctor might use one system, your specialist another and the local hospital a third.

One needs to look at the Department of Veterans Affairs for an optimal model. All of the VA's primary care physicians, specialists and hospital-based doctors across the country use the same electronic record system. It has played a significant role in the reduction of medical errors, optimization of cost efficiency, and attainment of high scores in preventive care measures.

Like other health indices, the U.S. lags other countries in the digitization of medical records. Modernizing our health information technology will be expensive, with estimates in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Neither presidential nominee proposes enough financial resources to help doctors adopt computerized record systems. Combined with the dysfunction and incompatibility between the current crop of programs, the goal of universal electronic medical records remains elusive.

Kevin Pho is a primary care physician in Nashua, N.H., and blogs at He also is a member of USA TODAY's board of contributors.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Saliva proteins could help detection of oral cancer

Clinicians could detect oral squamous cell carcinoma, a form of oral cancer, using a simple test that detects proteins in saliva, according to a report in the October 1, 2008, issue of Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. This work was led by David T. Wong, D.M.D., D.M.Sc., professor and associate dean for research, at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry.

Previous studies have shown that saliva can be a useful diagnostic tool, but this is the first study to globally evaluate saliva protein levels from oral cancer patients. Since it is very simple to collect and process saliva fluids, the discovery of these biomarkers may lead to a useful clinical tool for noninvasive diagnosis of oral cancer in the future.

"This test is currently not available, but we are developing point-of-care microfluidic devices to detect these markers that we can use in clinical trials," said Shen Hu, Ph.D., assistant professor of Oral Biology and Proteomics at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry.

Wong, Hu and colleagues have been working as part of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)'s Human Saliva Proteome Project, which focuses on identifying and cataloguing the proteomic components of saliva in healthy subjects. This work, also supported by NIDCR, demonstrates the first translational utility of the salivary proteome for oral cancer detection.

Researchers collected saliva samples from 64 patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma and 64 healthy patients.

Five candidate biomarkers were successfully validated using immunoassays: M2BP, MRP14, CD59, profilin and catalase.

The presence of these biomarkers confirmed the presence of oral cancer 93 percent of the time.

"I believe a test measuring these biomarkers will come to a point of regular use in the future," Hu said. "We have demonstrated a new approach for cancer biomarker discovery using saliva proteomics."

Thursday, October 02, 2008

A Nice Article On A Pediatric Dental Office

September 26, 2008

Old Bridge dentists give children reason to smile


The way her friend bragged about her dentist office's waiting area, Larissa Goldberg just had to see it for herself.

So when Larissa, 13, followed her friend, 14-year-old Harley Schaktman, into her pediatric dentist office, the two stopped, stood wide-eyed and then raced each other to the corner of the waiting room, grabbing hold of two video-game controllers. Then, while laughing, Harley watched as her character stomped on Larissa's character on the TV screen.

"Strangely, this has always been a place where Harley came to have fun," said Harley's mother, Jodi, an East Brunswick resident. "The first time we came here, she cried because she didn't want to see the dentist, but she hasn't cried since."

Odd. Isn't Harley supposed to cry? Doesn't everyone before visiting the dentist?

Read the rest of the article on My Central

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

No Issues in the Dentrix G3 Update

We have been live for two days and not a single issue arose after the Dentrix G3 update. My staff was excited to see some of the new modules and since we were on G2 training should be minimal. One surprise was eSync which got on the Internet and updated patient addresses from the Dentrix server. No need for my staff to track down some patients. I am not sure exactly what it tries to sync but will look into it further when I get the chance.

I have been playing with VoicePro on my laptop but I am not yet comfortable with it enough to consider deploying it. I hope to get things tweaked enough so that I can dictate my notes through a BlueTooth Headset. I am not the best typist so this may make things easier.

More as I figure it all out.