It's been a busy second quarter for DentalEZ and the events schedule shows no signs of slowing down! Earlier this month, one of the many events we attended was the Ontario Dental Association’s Annual Spring Meeting. We're pleased to share an insider’s account of the event from our Ontario and Manitoba Territory Sales Manager (and guest blogger), Bill McKeon.
The ODA was held in Toronto May 7 and 8 2015 at the Metro Convention centre.
DentalEZ had a new look and an impressive new booth! Thanks to all involved in the design and manufacture, many positive comments were received. The new cabinet line and Star booth complimented the equipment and utility room set ups.
Unfortunately, beautiful outside weather curtailed the number of visitors; however this was a case of quality versus quantity.
Lisa Lee, VP of Sales and Marketing and Aggie Pennington, Sr. Equipment Product Manager/Special Markets Manager attended the ODA and held meetings with national distribution partners. These meetings were productive and will hopefully lead to greater partnerships going forward. Evening events with Patterson Dental and Henry Schein were also well attended.
A new logo, booth and relationships with key national partners signal good things ahead for Canada.
Around two months ago at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, DentalEZ held a contest in which one lucky person would win an iPad. Well the winner has been selected and Maria Perez, a member of our globetrotting international sales team was lucky enough to personally deliver the iPad to our winner, Francisco Leal of Leal Dental, during the AMIC Dental Meeting in Mexico earlier this month.
Upon winning, Francisco expressed thanks for the iPad as well as our support and kindness over the years. Thank you, Francisco!
40 students from the I-LEAD Charter School came to the StarDental/Columbia Dentoform Lancaster manufacturing facility this past Wednesday to see firsthand how handpieces, manikins and Ivorine teeth are made. This is the first time these students have visited the facility, but it’s not their first interaction with products from DentalEZ Integrated Solutions. Back in January, DentalEZ donated 30 models, benches and additional supplies to the I-LEAD Charter School to help support their growing Dental Assistant Certificate Program (DACP). The DACP, which began in 2013, is designed to give students the training they need to get a head start in creating a career in the dental industry.
[I-LEAD students ready to tour the facility]
Upon arrival, selfies in safety glasses were the first impromptu event of the tour. Once students were instructed on proper safety procedures, they were split into three smaller groups to tour different areas of the facility. The first group went with Anne Rummel, Production Manager at StarDental, to witness the creation of handpieces from start to finish. Fred Howery, Columbia Dentoform Production Manager, walked the second group through the process of creating Ivorine teeth, from melamine powder and injection molding to the final stages of hand finishing each tooth. I-LEAD students took note of the differences between the teeth on the production line and the teeth they’re accustomed to working with at their school on a daily basis. The third group saw the complete production of dental heads and manikins. After the tours concluded, a Q&A session followed and of course, a visit wouldn’t be complete without everyone getting a goody bag.
[Manikins and Ivorine teeth displays]
The experience was a learning opportunity for DentalEZ too. “The students from I-LEAD were surprised by the cleanliness of the manufacturing facility. When people think of manufacturing, they sometimes think back to the facilities of years gone by. Not only have today’s technology innovations, as well as better regulations, improved manufacturing standards, but DentalEZ’s dedication to workplace safety and comfort keeps our sites clean, friendly and safe places to work” explained Amanda Wirls, HR Supervisor for DentalEZ.
DentalEZ is proud to support a school dedicated to training our future dental professionals. Learn more about I-LEAD and the DACP.
We’re proud to announce that our NuSimplicity chair has been featured in the independent, April 2015 Gordon J. Christensen Clinicians Report®.The article, “Ergonomics and the Patient Chair,” covers the day-to-day challenges and solutions regarding ergonomics and work-related pain. CR exposes the high prevalence of pain in the industry stating that, “Estimates of back and neck pain among clinicians are astounding, with some studies showing over 80% of dentists and staff affected.” Clinicians Report suggests that this pain problem be addressed with a multifaceted approach including taking breaks to stretch throughout the day and keeping your procedure schedule varied to avoid repetitive movements. Another important step to managing pain is selecting the right patient chair – that’s where the NuSimplicity comes in.
“The NuSimplicity chair combines ergonomic design principles with patient comfort and functionality…
- Convenient controls
- Fast and smooth operation
- Very good access for under chair and good access around patient
- Very good patient comfort”
– Clinicians Report
The article concludes, “Developing and maintaining a neutral working posture minimizes risk of repetitive strain injury and back and neck problems. When positioning the patient, clinical access and clinician ergonomics should be of primary importance. Select a patient chair that allows operator close access to the patient with a thin and narrow back so the clinician’s legs can go under or straddle the patient without the operator leaning over. The NuSimplicity chair was designed for and has many desirable features for excellent ergonomics.”
Each year on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. It’s a day meant to remind us of how important it is to treat the planet with care, not just today but every day. The day-to-day ways in which you help the environment, like turning off the water while brushing your teeth absolutely matter. However, there’s simply no substitute for implementing more substantial changes in your dental practice. DentalEZ has proudly offered green dentistry products for years. From the operatory to your utility room, here’s just some of what we have to offer.
Our StarDental LubeFree handpieces substantially reduce the waste your office creates by eliminating the need for additional oil cans.
Our EverLight LED Operatory Light uses 70% less energy than a typical halogen light and lasts 27,000 hours longer…that’s 10x longer!
And, our newest addition, the Amalgam HoG is leading the industry in filtration. Its high efficiency filtration system is designed to safely and effectively remove harmful waste in an environmentally responsible manner. Powered by Apavia®, the HoG uses advanced vacuum technology and has an industry-leading retention rate of 99.7%.
Check out our Green Dentistry page to learn about all of our environmentally conscious product offerings!
Happy Earth Day!
Join Judy Bendit as she presents an ergonomics centered webinar, “Repetition Works …Except When it Hurts” on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00PM (4:00PM PST).
DentalEZ happily hosts this CE webinar in which participants will review some of the many ergonomic challenges dental professionals face each day and learn about ways to overcome them.
Judy will review seated positions while treating patients, patient positioning, and eliminating negative repetitions by replacing them with positive approaches, along with many other ergonomic topics. If you’d like to learn more, registration for the webinar is now open.
As a longtime advocate of ergonomics in dentistry, Judy has been invited to present at over 300 dental and hygiene meetings in the United States and Canada. She holds an Adjunct Faculty position in the Periodontal Department, Temple-Kornberg School of Dentistry and is a volunteer for the Global Smile Foundation performing community outreach around the world. In recognition of her expertise as a presenter, Judy has been recognized for several years as a “Top Leader in Dental Education” by Dentistry Today. She has been a longstanding member of the ADHA and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Dental Hygiene. Learn more about Judy by visiting her website, www.judybendit.com.
Register for the webinar!
The Oral Cancer Foundation issued a press release yesterday, continuing their efforts to increase awareness for oral cancer. We’re honored to be a part of the work they do!
"NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 9, 2015 -- April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. 2015 marks the 16th year that The Oral Cancer Foundation has led the effort to raise awareness of this disease and the need for an annual screening….Our private sector corporate partners include Bristol-Myers Squibb, Henry Schein Dental, LED/VELscope, OralID and Identafi. The university partners this year are NYU, Penn Dental Medicine, and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
Primary risk factors for developing an oral or oropharyngeal cancer:
- Tobacco use in all its forms
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- A persistent HPV16 (human papilloma virus #16) oral infection
Oral cancer signs and symptoms identifiable in a conventional visual and tactile screening:
- An ulcer or sore that does not heal within 2-3 weeks.
- A discoloration on the soft tissues of the mouth that persists. It may be white, red, or even blackish in color.
- A swelling or lump in the mouth that persists. This also applies to a tonsil that is swollen but painless.
- Any abnormality that bleeds easily when touched. (friable)
- A lump or hard spot in the tissue. (induration)
- Tissue raised above that surrounding it, a growth. (exophytic)
- A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal.
- A numb feeling in the mouth or lips.
- Persistent sore throat, hoarse voice, or cough.
- A painless fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks.
- Difficult or painful swallowing, or a painless sensation that when swallowing things are becoming stuck in your throat.
- An ear ache on one side (unilateral) which persists for a protracted period of time."
Read the Oral Cancer Foundation’s entire press release.
DentalEZ is here to help!
If you’re an Identafi owner providing a free oral cancer screening event during April, we can help! We’ll provide all the necessary disposables, promotional information and patient literature free of charge! Request materials.
If you’re expecting a large crowd, we’ll even loan you an extra Identafi unit!
If you aren’t an Identafi user yet, if you purchase an Identafi Oral Cancer Screening System in April, you'll save $300!
Or, save $900 when you upgrade from a Velscope to an Identafi Oral Cancer Screening System.
DentalEZ® Enhances Family of NextGen® Dental Cabinets With Two New Additions
We're pleased to announce two recent additions to our DentalEZ® NextGen® line of dental cabinets, the new NextGen® Sterilization Center and NextGen® Basic Cabinets.
The efficient design of the NextGen Sterilization Center provides the entire dental team with all necessary requirements for a seamless sterilization process in one Single Flow Center.
- Spacious upper storage cabinets equipped with luminous task lighting
- Glove, soap, and towel dispenser
- An equipment tower with pull-out shelves and open storage spaces
- A deep drop-in sink with faucet/spray
- Tapmaster® hands-free faucet control
- Stainless steel waste drop with basket
- Two enclosed pull-out surfaces for equipment
The DentalEZ NextGen Sterilization Centers are available in four Single Flow Center sizes: 72", 96", 120", or 144" and can be completely customized per size or design to fit specific practice requirements.
In addition, the new NextGen Basic Cabinet line consists of three economical workstations ergonomically designed for workflow efficiency and ease of use. The NextGen Basic Team Workstation and its left-to-right pivoting mobile work surface hold either duo or assistant only instrumentation. The thin, tapered work surface is designed for ease of use during procedures and can be conveniently moved out of the work area with an effortless left or right gliding motion.
Other NextGen Basic Team Workstation features include:
- Upper storage module with two spacious cabinets
- Luminous task lighting
- A built-in electrical outlet with powder-coated aluminum trim to accommodate ancillary devices
- Clean water system
- Easy access drop-down pull-out front shelf for additional storage.
- Base drawers (optional soft close)
The NextGen Basic Doctor’s and Assistant’s Workstation (side workstation) is equipped with side cabinets that are available in a wide variety of door and drawer configurations to meet each unique practice requirement. Features include:
- Spacious storage drawers
- Convenient countertop metal trash drop
- Standard single lever stainless steel faucet
- Stainless steel sub-base with adjustable feet for leveling cabinets
- Optional Tapmaster foot-activated faucet control
- Optional soap dispenser
- Optional finished back panel
The NextGen Basic Dual Access Workstation (DAWS) is a shared workstation ideal for dual open bay operatory layouts. The Basic Dual Access Workstation is available in three models:
- DAWS Model A includes a privacy panel
- DAWS Model B includes a doctor’s console
- DAWS Model C includes x-ray bi-fold doors
Features of the NextGen Basic Dual Access Workstation include:
- An aesthetically pleasing stainless steel shared sink section
- Countertop-mounted stainless steel trash drop
- Numerous storage areas including: accessory item drawers, a customized storage area (available in numerous configurations of doors and drawers), a sink plumbing area, and a trash waste area
- A sub-base with adjustable feet for leveling cabinets
- Spacious upper-level storage area
- Easy-load glove, cup, and towel dispensers
- Access panel that can be used for a cabinet-mounted light or x-ray
- Tapmaster foot-activated faucet control
Heather Trombley Appointed President, Interim President Vickie Waitsman Returns to Role of Vice President, General Counsel
Malvern, PA (March 31, 2015) – DentalEZ®, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Trombley as President, effective March 31, 2015. Trombley succeeds former President Gordon Hagler who announced his retirement in July 2014 following almost a decade of service with DentalEZ.
Following Hagler’s retirement, Vickie Waitsman stepped in as Interim President for approximately nine months. Waitsman has been Vice President, General Counsel of DentalEZ for over 20 years and will remain an active officer of DentalEZ, returning to her original role within the company while transitioning president responsibilities over to Trombley.
“Heather has my complete endorsement and support,” remarked Waitsman. “Her background and leadership qualities make her the ideal choice to lead DentalEZ. I look forward to working closely with her.”
Trombley comes to DentalEZ with 25 years of business leadership. Most recently, she was Vice President of Marketing for CONMED Corporation's orthopedics division before which she led Hall Power and Service, a $150M global powered instrument business. Trombley holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
"DentalEZ is a great company with a long legacy in the dental industry for product quality and service,” remarked Trombley. “I am both delighted and honored by the opportunity to lead this company in continuing to provide outstanding solutions for dental professionals."
“We are extremely grateful for all of Vickie’s substantial contributions and leadership not only within our organization but to the dental industry as a whole,” remarked Jeffrey E. Perelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DentalEZ. “I have much confidence that this transition of leadership will be seamless and that our new President will continue to uphold DentalEZ as an industry leader. Heather has the perfect mix of business leadership and product management knowledge needed to propel our company to the next level of greatness.”
The RAMVAC Amalgam HoG made its official debut at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting just a few weeks ago. If you weren't able to attend the CMW and you're interested in learning more about the HoG, this post is for you!
The new RAMVAC® Amalgam HoG is a high efficiency filtration system designed to safely and effectively remove harmful waste in an environmentally responsible manner. Powered by Apavia®, the Amalgam HoG employs advanced vacuum technology and has an industry-leading retention rate of 99.7%.
The Amalgam HoG provides dental practices and patients with economical and environmentally conscious water purification. The Amalgam HoG is equipped with an advanced cyclonic filtration system that efficiently and effectively separates and removes amalgam, mercury, alloy, and other unsafe contaminants from the waterline, protecting and extending the lifespan of the vacuum pump and virtually eliminating harmful waste into the environment.
The Amalgam HoG has a large tank capacity and is durably designed to safely and reliably service up to 10 water systems at one time. The large replacement canisters reduce the frequency of necessary change outs and are universally molded with industry-standard connections that fit all existing installed units. The simple design allows canisters to be removed and replaced without tools. Moreover, the Amalgam HoG has a clear exterior, providing users with visual fill level inspection and making replacement easily identifiable. All replacement canisters are environmentally safe and recyclable.
The Amalgam HoG provides ease of maintenance with no traps to deal with and, depending on the plumbing system, allows ambidextrous installation and replacement. The patented no-tool necessary housing allows for easy access to the filter for extremely simple replacements. Amalgam HoG filters come with a unique handle for lightweight and easy removal, a bag for proper disposal, and a double O-ring bottom canister exchange.
In addition, the Amalgam HoG complies with all existing and pending state regulations. The Amalgam HoG meets all proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations and is compatible with all new standards, preparing users with early compliance. The Amalgam HoG is NSF certified ISO 11143:2008, and also complies with the American Dental Association’s Best Management Practices (BMPs) that protect the dentist, staff, and patient.