Throughout the month of October, DentalEZ® will be attending a number of oral cancer seminars to promote the Identafi® oral cancer screening device and explain what benefits providing oral cancer detection as a service can provide to a practice. These seminars will take place all over the country, so if you haven’t had the chance to see the Identafi in action yet, why not attend the one closest to your area and see how the device can benefit both your patients and your practice?
The dates and locations of the Henry Schein Oral Cancer Seminars with Dr. Dennis Abbott are as follows:
- San Jose, CA – October 2nd
- Utah – October 9th
- Milwaukee, WI – October 16th
- Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 23rd
- Metro NY – October 23rd
These seminars are part of an ongoing initiative to make oral cancer screening a more regular service provided by dental practices throughout the country. We hope to see you in attendance!
The Healing Hands dental clinic in Duval County, FL is a charitable clinic dedicated to serving the needs of those at less than 150% poverty level income. As part of Westjax Outreach, Inc., dba Community Health Outreach, the Healing Hands dental clinic is operated by volunteer dentists to provide free dental care to those within Duval County; a service they have been providing for over 25 years.
DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions is proud to announce its donation to the clinic to help support the cause. With the intent of assisting the clinic in serving more patients, DentalEZ shipped one of its own patient chairs to be used in the clinic’s new 6,000 square foot facility.
As a company, DentalEZ recognizes the importance of supporting a good cause, and the folks with Westjax Outreach and the volunteers at the Healing Hands clinic certainly have one.
When the EPA cracks down on amalgam disposal, where will your practice stand? Dental practices across the country will have to deal with the reality of the EPA’s new regulations soon enough. That’s going to mean an amalgam separator will be a requirement for most practices, and even if you already have one you may still need to update your equipment. For a separator to be compliant, the EPA will require a 99% efficiency rating – practices that have a separator already in place below that mark will only have 12 to 18 months to replace it.
Essentially, unless you already have an efficient and compliant amalgam separator in your dental office, you’re going to be in the market for one soon. The Amalgam HoG by RAMVAC® Utility Solutions is not only compliant with the EPA regulations, it exceeds them by boasting a retention rate of 99.7%. By having a separator like the HoG in place before the new regulations begin, you won’t be pressed for time to meet the regulations.
For more information on the Amalgam HoG and on the upcoming EPA regulations, check out the new eBook from Inside Dentistry on the subject.
The DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions team is participating in a walk for oral cancer awareness on Saturday, September 12th! The 7th annual Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness takes place from 9:30am to 12:30pm in the Bethlehem township municipal park.
The event begins with a Dental Professional Continuing Education course with Dr. Lauren Levi prior to registration at 9:30. Those who sign up for the walk before the date of the event can attend this course for free; you can register in advance online.
Interested in contributing to the event? While registrants for the walk are always welcome, donations are certainly encouraged as well! Those willing to donate to the oral cancer cause by supporting the DentalEZ team can do so here.
Other notable draws to the event include games, prizes for top fundraising registrants, and lunch after the walk. The Identafi oral cancer screening device from StarDental® Instrument Solutions will also be on site for the event in the hands of a trained physician, meaning attendees can even get a free oral cancer screening!
We welcome your help in supporting a good cause, and hope to see you at the event!
A common complaint among dental professionals is physical discomfort from performing the duties their jobs entail. Neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and more often stem from leaning forward and looking down at a patient to see into their oral cavity.
DentalEZ® was founded with the idea of making its equipment as ergonomically sound as possible; and over 50 years of experience in the industry have resulted in a line of equipment designed to minimize the impact of the working posture of dental professionals, ultimately culminating in the NuSimplicity® patient chair.
The concept behind the NuSimplicity is to provide an affordable dental chair with substantial ergonomic benefits. An ergonomic baseplate and a narrow chair design provide maneuvering legroom for the dental professional, while a variety of headrest designs provide options for the professional’s preferences of positioning the patient’s head. The chair also features easy-to-use controls for patient positioning, as well as the DentalEZ exclusive Air Glide to get patients into an easily accessible position by moving the chair with the touch of a finger.
From the selection of the materials to the design of the chairs curves, the nuances of the design are best appreciated by the practitioners who have examined the ergonomics of their office and have opted for improvement. If you find yourself suffering during the workday and want to make a change, contact your local DentalEZ sales rep and ask about NuSimplicity.
The CDA show in San Francisco came to a close on August 22nd, and DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions put on quite a show! Though the pre-show buzz was that attendance would be low due to the early date of the show, there was no indication of that being the case in the DentalEZ booth. Dental professionals from around the country visited our booth to discuss DentalEZ chairs and units, StarDental® Handpieces, RAMVAC® vacuums and compressors and more.
The DentalEZ team found themselves quoting a wide range of products on display at the show. One of the products getting a lot of positive attention was the cabinetry display, which was looking sharp in the DentalEZ booth:
If you didn’t get the chance to stop by the DentalEZ booth in San Francisco, don’t wait until the next big show to inquire about DentalEZ products – there are plenty of specials currently underway! That said, we still hope to meet you in Washington, D.C. or in New York City later this year!
Whether or not you consider lubricating your handpieces to be a burden, it may be in the best interest of your practice to consider going LubeFree. Besides saving the cost of lubricant, LubeFree handpieces save time on maintenance and are typically less expensive for a practice over a 2 year period. As an example, the 430 SWL® from StarDental® Instrument Solutions costs 25% less to maintain on average than its lubricated competitors within that timeframe.
The goal of easing maintenance costs is further achieved through the inclusion of ceramic bearing technology. The ceramic bearings that LubeFree handpieces utilize typically outlast their stainless steel counterparts due to the fact that they are less malleable – in other words they maintain their shape, leading to fewer replacements and repairs. The ceramic bearings tend to run quieter and cooler than stainless steel ones do as well, providing additional benefits to the technology that help them outperform as well as outlast.
There are performance issues to take into account as well. Typical lubricated handpieces tend to expel their lubrication over time – this may not come as a surprise as most lubrication instructions for these handpieces suggest that the user run the handpiece for about 30 seconds after lubricating. This may not sound like a significant amount of time, but that may be because it’s not long enough. A study published in the 2005 British Journal of Dentistry reveals that lubricant is typically expelled for up to 40 minutes after the lubrication procedure is complete.
What this means for your practice is that the lubrication expelled beyond the recommended 30 seconds may be expelled into the patient’s mouth. While not dangerous, this lubrication can have a negative effect on bonding on dentin and on enamel as well. Without the need for lubrication, LubeFree handpieces don’t have these issues.
There may be a lot of handpieces to pick from on the market these days, but if you’re not considering a LubeFree option, you could be missing out on a lot of benefits the technology offers. If your practice is on the market for new handpieces, why not entertain an option that’s easier to maintain, costs less, and doesn’t risk the quality of your work?
With so much emphasis on the “going green” movement these days, what’s the difference between doing your part and really going the extra mile to make a difference?
Henry Schein Canada exemplifies the latter. They can quantify the amount of paper they save annually to about 17,000 lbs., which is about 1.8 million sheets. They’ve managed to do this by adding electronic flyers and catalogs for consumers, going paperless in their own shipping department and more.
When most of us hear “going green”, we think of conservation. Henry Schein Canada practices conservation, but they also practice restoration. Every Earth Day, they plant a tree for every order made on their website. To date the initiative has totaled more than 3,200 trees! It’s an effort to go beyond reducing their environmental footprint to actually reversing it.
Hopefully soon we’ll see more companies follow in Henry Schein Canada’s example and take that extra step, but going green is just one of many initiatives that they take part in. Take a look at their Calendar of Caring for details on the company’s various efforts to give back.
The Identafi® oral cancer screening device from StarDental® Instrument Solutions is among the topics of discussion in the July edition of Dental Product Shopper magazine. In a featured section about dental technology, the article focuses on where practices should consider making investments, including the benefits of providing oral cancer screening.
In the article, called “Technology ROI”, Dr. Marty Jablow is quoted on detection technologies like Identafi: "What's the price of human life? That's your return on investment."
Many practices would still like to benefit financially as well as morally from new technology purchases. According to Dr. Parag Kachalia that’s entirely feasible:
“If patients are paying $15 a year (for oral cancer screening) and you’re seeing 1000 patients, you’re going to pay for (the device) easily,” Dr. Kachalia told Dental Product Shopper, while adding that at that price point 95% of patients accepted the screening service. Given the low operating cost for the technology, once the initial cost was recovered Dr. Kachalia’s practice hasn’t been charging patients for the procedure anymore.
Also in the technology feature, StarDental’s Sr. Product Manager Rick Gross is interviewed on the subject of oral cancer screening. Gross discusses the major points as to what’s different about Identafi that helps benefit both practitioners and patients. “Unlike other technologies, Identafi uses narrow band reflectance to help the clinician visualize the vasculature around the lesion. This can help provide the additional info to the dental professional that can be used in determining an evaluation and treatment plan.”
When asked about oral cancer stats, Gross noted that "Oral cancer is one of only 3 cancers for which the death rate has not declined in the past 10 years… Identafi, and similar technologies, assists the dental professional in locating potential oral cancer lesions early… when the 5-year survival rate is nearly 90%.”
With cancer being such a hot topic these days it’s easy to see how having this kind of technology, and publicizing it, can create a draw to a dental practice. For those interested in staying abreast of the subject, sign up for our Identafi oral cancer screening eNewsletter.
August 20th marks the start of the California Dental Association’s meeting in San Francisco, and DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions will be there! Come and visit us at booth 1326 and get up close and personal with our latest equipment.
Feel the plush upholstery on our J/V-Generation® chair, or move our chairs with just the touch of a finger with our exclusive air glide. Then head over to our mechanical room – have you seen the HoG?
That’s the RAMVAC Amalgam HoG, powered by Apavia. With the new EPA regulations regarding amalgam separation coming soon, now is the time to get your practice ready.
Check out our dry vacuums and save!
California residents: trying to conserve water at your office? Let us help with a RAMVAC dry vacuum. Convert from wet to dry and we’ll give you $250 cash back – and you may qualify for local water company rebates as well!
We’ll also have our new sterilization center, StarDental Instruments, NevinLabs Workstations, and Columbia Dentoform Teaching Solutions right there in the booth.
Every order signed at the CDA show will receive a special discount or free goods; ask a rep about special offers. We hope to see you there!