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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:55

Light Up Their Teeth, Not Their Eyes

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The best dental light is one that allows you to see true colors, does not interfere with bonding procedures, and does not blind your patient. 

A crisp, concise light pattern with a defined edge is the calling card of a quality dental light. Cool-burning, long-life LED bulbs balanced to daylight color temperature between 5,500 degrees to 6,300 degrees Kelvin Color Temperature provide lighting that does not distort colors.

 The Benefits of LED Lights

Traditional light bulbs burn out quickly and emit heat. Colors are not true, making it difficult to match shades when necessary. Some traditional bulbs have poor focus, creating uneven lighting with dark and bright spots.

LED lighting, besides being more energy efficient, has a number of benefits that overcome the problems of traditional light bulbs.

  • No filament to break down or “burn out.”
  • LEDs produce less heat.
  • LEDs are brighter per watt of energy applied.
  • LED lifespan exceeds 50,000 hours

Taking Care of Hygiene

As in any medical office, your dental equipment requires regular sanitizing. The dental light should be designed for easy cleaning with the appropriate antibacterial solutions or heat.

For example, DentalEZ’s CORETM light has magnetically attached handles that can be removed and autoclaved. You can also remove the lens for cleaning with the appropriate solution.

Another innovation available on many lights is the ability to adjust the light intensity without touching the light itself. Hands-free light adjustment reduces the need to press touch pads or dimmer switches with contaminated latex gloves.

To answer ergonomic concerns, you should not need to shift or stand to turn your dental light on and off, nor strain to shift the light focus.

Intensity and Focus

LED lights typically come in arrays, eliminating the need for a special reflector within the lamp assembly and providing direct lighting to the operating field. As mentioned above, the light intensity on the CORE dental light can be adjusted with a hands-free sensor to 10,000, 20,000, and 30,000 lux.

For the best focus, your light should move 360 degrees and provide a crisp, rectangular light focus that does not stray into the patient’s eyes.

Appropriate lighting is essential to precision dentistry. Use as much care selecting a dental light as you do for your next drill.

If you are interested in learning more about the CORE delivery unit or any item in the CORE dental operatory, please visit www.dentalez.com/CORE, where you can view a video, download literature and schedule a CORE™ demo.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:47

Deliver Quality Dental Service with Your Dental Unit

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One rule of patient comfort is never to let them see your tools. Another is to keep your joints and muscles from becoming damaged due to poor positioning of your equipment.

You need a delivery unit that can be ergonomically positioned while keeping instruments, syringes, and equipment out of the direct sight-line of the patient.

Positioning Your Dental Unit

The placement of the delivery unit impacts the way the dentist and technician work. Units can be placed to the rear of the patient, at the patient’s side, over the patient’s thorax, or over the patient’s head.

Rear, over-the-head, and over-the-thorax placements are all problematic. In each case, the dentist is forced to reach for tools out of range of vision and in a position that requires the muscles and joints to be stressed.

Over time, repetitive stress injuries, lower back problems, and other musculoskeletal problems appear, limiting the dentist’s working life.

You should not be required to shift your field of view while locating and retrieving instruments. In the meantime, your technician needs proximity to the most frequently used handpieces.

Potential mounting solutions include Magellan-mounting or mounting the unit to a fixed console that places it near the dentist's dominant side for left or right-handed dentistry. To increase productivity, your unit should be ideal for two- or four-handed practice. Select a unit with the brake-release handle on the side. A bonus is integrated dual access touch pads.

 Unit Design

The tray should lie securely in a groove-recessed border to prevent slipping. You do not want everything on the floor because you tried to move the unit or bumped it with an elbow. Be sure to have an adequate number of integrated handpiece holders available at the front of the unit. For aesthetic purposes, you can look for easy snap-on covers for unused holders. Place the air gauge where you can monitor pressure during procedures. A unit mounted on an aluminum flex arm is more stable and easy to position than one on a rigid arm or that is made of heavier material.

A separate assistant’s unit should be mounted to the rear and contain a centrally located solids collector. This unit is another opportunity to provide integrated touch-pad operation. The rear unit should be easily located wherever the assistant is sitting or standing. Look for a unit that was designed with extensive research and feedback from practicing dental hygienists and technicians.

The dental unit is the engine that drives treatment. It should have pride of ergonomic placement to enhance your ability to continue to perform.

If you are interested in learning more about the CORE delivery unit or any item in the CORE dental operatory, please visit www.dentalez.com/CORE, where you can view a video, download literature and schedule a CORE™ demo.

We are pleased to announce that 2017 marks the 100th year of its Columbia Dentoform® Teaching Solutions product line. For over ten decades, Columbia has provided lifelike teaching models for dental, hygiene, and veterinary students around the world. 

Founded by Columbia University Engineering School graduate Ben Spitzer, the Company had its start in Manhattan, New York. Initially called Columbia Dental and X-Ray Company, the Company originally provided x-ray equipment for dental offices. In 1917, it added metal typodonts to its product offerings but shortly after, discontinued the x-ray equipment to focus exclusively on the dental models. Columbia’s first typodont clients were located in local New York dental schools, and today, 100 years later, Columbia Dentoform products are sold to teaching institutions around the world. 

“We are extremely proud of Columbia’s rich history that has diligently served the unique requirements of dental institutions and students for over 100 years,” remarked Bob Senesac, Sr. Director of Marketing for DentalEZ. “Shortly after its inception, Columbia quickly evolved into a Company that focused on producing quality, lifelike teaching models, while simultaneously improving the instructional process and learning experience for all dental students. We expect to continue to adhere to these principles during the next 100 years.”

Focused on all dental and hygiene students, all Columbia typodont models are designed realistically so that students are able to practice dental and hygiene procedures as though they are working in an actual oral cavity, thoroughly preparing them for real-life practice. Columbia offers standard models and teeth for nearly every teaching situation but also takes pride in customizing unique solutions for all types of teaching institutions including specialty areas such as orthodontic, pediatric, and veterinary dentistry.

Moreover, Columbia also offers manikins to make student practice as realistic as possible and include adult, pediatric, and anesthesia “patients” that perfectly simulate the actual human head and mouth size. The Company even provides lifelike animal typodont models including cats and dogs for veterinary dental education. 

While its history stretches back more than a century, the Columbia brand is looking toward the future with a continuous launch of products. “We are as committed today as we were 100 years ago on establishing new industry standards for design, quality, and service to the dental industry and profession,” remarked Philip Briales, Director of Sales, Columbia Dentoform Teaching Solutions.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the Columbia Dentoform factory, please visit CNN’s Great Big Story: The Peculiar World of Dental Manikins at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W-hwxIKVNI.

For additional information about all Columbia Dentoform Teaching Solutions, please visit www.columbiadentoform.com

Friday, 31 March 2017 15:38

Oral Cancer Awareness Month is here!

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April is Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer has one of the highest death rates of all cancers, killing one person every hour of every day.Of the people newly diagnosed, only about 57% will live longer than 5 years.2 This is primarily due to the fact that most oral cancers continue to be identified at a late stage.2

There were approximately 48,330 people in the U.S. diagnosed with oral cancer in 2016.3 These statistics show why spreading Oral Cancer Awareness is so important. Early detection with adjunctive screenings provides patients better protection against oral cancer. Studies show that early detection increases the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer from 32 to 83 percent.3

The Identafi® Oral Cancer Screening System from StarDental Instruments is a screening tool that dramatically enhances the appearance of suspicious tissue using three wavelengths of light, revealing mucosal abnormalities which may lead to oral cancer or premalignant dysplasia that may not be apparent to the naked eye during traditional screenings.

To learn more about the Identafi Oral Cancer Screening System, and how it works hand in hand with early detection, please visit www.identafi.net

April Oral Cancer Screenings and Events

If you’re an Identafi owner providing a free oral cancer screening event during April, we want to hear from you! Please let us know in the comments below about your screenings or events. If you aren’t an Identafi user yet, purchase an Identafi Oral Cancer Screening System in April to save $300!

Join us in raising awareness of Oral Cancer this month and be sure to share your thoughts below!

Oral Cancer Foundation 
National Cancer Institute/SEER 
3  National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

“Repetitive strain injuries are on the rise in dentistry. Many dentists/dental hygienists have been diagnosed with an MSD, and a majority have experienced some type of musculoskeletal pain in their shoulders and neck, hands and wrists, low back, or forearms and elbows.”
Colin Graham, Employer Ergonomic Services

A patient is in your chair for a brief time. You and your assistants are bent over the patient chair for hours every day. The patient goes home with no pain while yours grows with every movement you make because of the stress and strain on your body. It may be time to select a more ergonomic patient chair … for you, not your patients.

The patient’s comfort is an important aspect of their experience. However, you and your technicians must have easy access to the patient’s head without straining.

How to Select the Right Patient Chair and Dental Stool

The patient chair you choose can make a big difference to your body.

  • Make sure the patient chair, dentist’s stool, and delivery system align with the height of the dentist.
  • The height and backrest of the patient chair should remain neutral during procedures.
  • The patient chair should be lowered and reclined so the dentist can move freely without striking knees or thighs.
  • A small, thin headrest and narrow upper backrest allow the dentist to maintain a neutral posture and remain close to the patient. 

 All seating in the operatory must align with the dentist’s stature to prevent injury. A patient chair with adequate swivel rotation and lift allows you to get close to the patient’s head while maintaining good posture. Your knees are free to move without striking the chair frame.

 Durable Design

A quality patient chair is set on a hydraulic cantilever system and is made of a heavy-duty cast iron body. Weight is reduced with an aluminum cast chair back, base, armrest, and headrest. The back is wide, narrowing to the articulated headrest for access to the patient. The headrest is double-articulating that easily adjusts to the patient’s head. Armrests flip down so the patient can easily enter and exit the chair.

The CORE chair has a 30-degree arc of swivel, 15 degrees to the left and right of center. Control is through foot control or touch-pad, with programmable preset positions. Upholstery is a comfortable, easily cleaned material, such as Naugahyde, in a relaxing color to complement your operatory.  

The patient chair is the foundation, if you will, of comfort for your patients. However, the chair must fit you too so your practice continues to thrive.

 If you are interested in learning more about the CORE chair please visit www.dentalez.com/CORE, where you can view a video, download literature and schedule a CORE™ demo.

Dentalcompare is an objective online resource that helps dental professionals stay up-to-date with the dental industry, discover the right products and technologies for their practice, and learn how to best use them. Hundreds-of-thousands of dental professionals consult Dentalcompare each month to:

  • Compare products side-by-side across manufacturers
  • Read the latest news and technology articles
  • Watch videos on new products and techniques
  • Learn which products and technologies are right for their practice

Every year, Dentalcompare looks back on the most visited parts of their website, as it is always exciting to check out which newly launched innovations grabbed the most attention. We are extremely proud to have made the list in the for Dentalcompare’s Top 10 New products of 2016, not just once but twice!

Our 430 Torque high-speed handpiece and our iStar™ Cordless Prophy Handpiece both made this list of the most popular new items to browse, visit, and read about on the Dentalcompare website.


The 430 Torque from StarDental® Instruments:
The dental handpiece remains the most iconic piece of dental equipment. It’s what patients know and the tool used on just about every restorative case. The 430 line of high-speed handpieces is among the most well regarded and popular around, so news that a new version with some extra muscle is now available was very well received.

 iStar Cordless Prophy Handpiece from StarDental Instruments:
Not to be outdone by the powerful 430 Torque, the iStar is a lightweight and easy to use handpiece designed to make prophy appointments easier than ever. It’s stylish and well designed to meet the needs of hygienists everywhere.

If you want to read the entire article, you can do so here.  For more information or to request a demo, visit www.dentalez.com/istar for the iStar or www.dentalez.com/torque for the 430 Torque.

We are very excited to be exhibiting at the 105th Annual Hinman Dental Meeting, being held later this week at the Georgia World Congress Center & Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, GA from March 23rd to the 25th.

Stop by the DentalEZ® Booth (#1619) to see and try our more popular products including the 430 high-speed series of handpieces from StarDental® Instruments or the Badger LF from RAMVAC® Utility.

Also, don’t miss your chance to check out our new CORE operatory. Comprised of a patient chair, delivery system, and LED operatory light, the CORE package provides the complete essentials needed for a strong foundation in any dental operatory setting; comfort, quality, and efficiency all at an affordable price.


The 2017 Hinman Dental meeting will feature an in-person training Oral Cancer Seminar presented by Karen Davis that we are proud to sponsor. This CE course, features a key product from StarDental Instruments, a DentalEZ Integrated Solutions brand, the Identafi® Oral Cancer Screening System.


This CE course will take place on Saturday, March 25th from 9am to 11am. This course is recommended for both dentists and hygienists and will cover the following topics:

  • The risks associated with oral cancer
  • Methods to reduce these risks
  • Advanced oral cancer screening technologies
  • Thorough and impressive intraoral and extraoral head and neck examinations
  • Using the Identafi screening device for early detection of tissue changes


Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH, is the founder of Cutting Edge Concepts and a practicing dental hygienist in Dallas, TX.
You can view more information about the seminar here.

We hope to see you there!

Today is World Oral Health Day (WOHD). Celebrated globally each year on March 20th, this day is meant to bring awareness about oral health for people of all ages and to highlight the importance of keeping your mouth healthy whether you are young or old. The campaign includes a wide range of awareness-raising activities organized by ‪‎dentists, ‪dental students, national dental associations and corporate partners.  

This year’s theme is Live Mouth Smart. This theme is set to raise awareness for:  good oral hygiene habits, avoiding risk factors and having regular dental check-ups from early in life which can help maintain optimal oral health into old age.

There are many ways to Live MOUTH SMART and make sure you have set yourself up for a healthy future. The theme empowers people to take control of their oral health – throughout life – so they can enjoy a healthy, functional mouth from childhood into old age.

Oral health means the health of the mouth. A healthy mouth allows you to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease. No matter what your age- oral health is vital to your general health and well-being.

FDI World Dental Federation began the tradition of World Oral Health Day in 2013 to raise awareness of maintaining good oral health and its significance in safeguarding general health and well-being.

http://www.worldoralhealthday.org/

We will be exhibiting at the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, being held later this week at the Long Beach Convention Center from March 18th-21st in Long Beach, CA.

2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Columbia Dentoform®.  For 100 years, Columbia has provided patient simulation products for dental education.  In addition to typodonts, Columbia offers life-like manikins, including an anesthesia manikin on which students can practice their techniques, before moving to live patients.

Please stop by the DentalEZ Booth (#208) to see the Columbia Dentoform products and our new CORE™ Operatory Package and to take advantage of our Show Specials.

We are proud Diamond Sponsors of the 10th Annual Gies Awards Gala, which is taking place on Monday, March 20th, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. The Gies Awards are the profession’s recognition for individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 07:54

Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2017

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Dental Assistant Recognition Week (also known as DARW) is held the first full week in March every year. Designated by the American Dental Assistants Association, it is the perfect time to acknowledge and recognize the versatile, multi talented member of your dental team — the Dental Assistant.

Dental assistants are a key part of the dental practice year-round, but they get a special week dedicated to them each year for all the great work they do!

Dental Assistants Recognition Week is scheduled for March 5-11, 2017- a week long tribute to the commitment and dedication dental assistants. Dentists in the United States and Canada will celebrate by honoring their dental assistants for the variety of duties they perform and helping them provide patients with quality dental care.

This year's theme, "Patient focused with passion and purpose." acknowledges the growing importance of dentistry's role in health care and the responsibilities of dental assistants.

Contributing to quality dental care, today’s dental assistants are role models of professional development. Strengthening the entire dental team, they enhance patient satisfaction throughout the world. It is important to let them know they are appreciated! 

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