Thanks to Bill Johel from Henry Schein for this recap of another exciting screening event in honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The Total Wellness Day was held April 5th at Summerfield Farms in Summerfield, NC, which included free oral cancer screenings using the Identafi® from StarDental®.
The event was a great success, thanks in large part to being shared all over social media and getting great local coverage. Over 50 people were screened and had many questions as to why their dentists were not using technology such as an Identafi!
As Bill Johel commented, “Overall, this event turned out even better than we could have hoped, and proved to really give back to the local community all while raising much needed awareness for this one deadly disease that our industry deals with.”
Please comment below, how are your oral cancer screening events going this month?
By Guest Blogger of the Month: Ina Pockrass, Co-Founder, Eco Dentistry Association®
As we celebrate Earth Month, remember that there are many shades of green. Practicing in an Earth-friendly way is a journey, not a destination. So whether your dental practice is light green and just getting started with a recycling program, or a dark green, fully digital high-tech practice, we invite you to take time this Earth Month to celebrate your initiatives!
Many dental practices don’t realize that there are opportunities to “go green” in every aspect of the practice, from dental materials and processes, to practice marketing and administration, to the built environment. So if your office is a high-tech practice using digital imaging and practice management software, and leading edge equipment like LED operatory lights and an oral-cancer screening device, you’re probably greener than you think. And, contrary to popular misconceptions, practicing in an eco-friendly way can boost the practice bottom line by as much as $50,000 a year!
To find out where your practice lands on the Green Continuum, take this short survey. Once you complete it, you’ll have access to the aggregated results so you can see how your practice stacks up against your colleague’s practices. And, you’ll automatically be entered to win one free ticket to the Green Dentistry Conference the industry’s only carbon neutral conference, with 12 CE units and a unique line-up of speakers. The winner of the free conference ticket will be announced live in the Eco-Dentistry Association’s Earth Day Tweetchat on April 22, at 9 am PST, noon EST (#ecodentistry).
If you really want to make this Earth Month count, consider joining your colleagues who are leading the way to dentistry’s green future. Green dental patients will be able to find you in the Eco-Dentistry Association’s on-line directory, you’ll have access to special offers and discounts from great companies that share your passion for high-tech dentistry, and you’ll be part of a great collaborative community of colleagues. Go green!
Ina Pockrass is the visionary leader of the green dentistry movement. She has been honored as one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry, and is an attorney and marketing expert. Ina co-created the country’s first green dental office in 2003 and co-founded the Eco-Dentistry Association in 2008. She writes and speaks internationally about green dentistry.
DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce its #MYERGOSURE Sweepstakes. Currently running on the DentalEZ Group Facebook page, the sweepstakes provides all participants a chance to win a free ErgoSure™ operator or assistant stool.
Open to all practicing licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants, the #MYERGOSURE sweepstakes runs from April 3, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Entering the sweepstakes is easy. DentalEZ Group Facebook fans can simply visit the DentalEZ Facebook page at facebook.com/dentalezgroup and click on the “#MYERGOSURE SWEEPSTAKES” tab. An online registration entry form will appear and dental professionals will be prompted to complete the form as instructed.
Non-fans of the DentalEZ Facebook page can also enter for a chance to win. All dental professionals who are not currently fans of the page are invited to visit the DentalEZ Facebook page and will be eligible to enter the sweepstakes simply by choosing to “like” the page. Once the page is liked, the online registration entry form will appear and the dental professional will be prompted to enter their contact information to be entered in the sweepstakes.
#MYERGOSURE Sweepstakes participants can submit up to one entry per day, and each submission counts as one entry for the grand prize. The grand prize winner will be selected and notified in a random drawing on or about July 14, 2014.
The design of all ErgoSure Stools centers on the long-standing DentalEZ philosophy of offering ergonomic design and functionality. All ErgoSure Stools are equipped with 4 independent seat mechanisms for easy adjustment of height, seat tilt, back in and out, and concealed height-adjustable lumbar support. All adjustable features enable the dental professional to easily position the stools while seated using one hand.
All ErgoSure stools are equipped with an integral non-slip skin foam technology texture that is fluid-proof and easy to disinfect. ErgoSure operator stools include a built-in adapter for easy attachment of Free-Motion Elbow Supports, which effectively support the elbow during procedures but do not interfere with the movement of the dental professional.
To enter the #MYERGOSURE Sweepstakes, please visit facebook.com/dentalezgroup.
Please visit DentalEZ Group’s ErgoSure stool product page for more information on the complete line of ErgoSure stools.
Last month, the ongoing debate about dental amalgam fillings continued with a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration accusing the state agency of failing to address the risk of mercury in dental fillings properly. An article from Dental Tribune titled, “Amalgam opponents file lawsuit against FDA” explains the history behind the lawsuit, what the plaintiffs are demanding and an overview of the adverse effects mercury can have in the body.
However not everyone agrees that the amount of mercury that enters the body with dental amalgam is enough to do any harm. J. Robert Kelly, DDS, MS, DMedSc, and DrBicuspid.com contributing writer, expresses this in his article, “Second Opinion: Dental amalgam is safe and effective”. Dr. Kelly writes that the statement, “dental amalgam fillings do not cause health problems” has been independently assessed by groups focused on degenerative diseases, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (autism). “Further, many other organizations outside of dentistry have reviewed the scientific literature looking for any credible link between dental amalgam fillings and general health problems – and have found none.”
Let us know what you think about the safety of amalgam in the comments section below. If your office uses amalgam, be sure to use a RAMVAC® Hg5 Amalgam Separator to keep your patients safe!
As we continue with Oral Cancer Awareness Month, I’d like to share an article from Dr.Bicuspid.com referencing a study in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (January 22, 2014) about the alarming increase in the rate of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) among young adults, including the risk factor of human papillomavirus (HPV). The article, titled “Study: Alarming increase in oropharyngeal cancer in young adults” covers the details of the study including results and observations. What do you think about the increasing rate of oral cancer? Leave us a comment below!
Effective April 1st, 2014 through June 30th, 2014, we will be offering FREE GOODS giving you tremendous flexibility as a purchase incentive.
- Buy any 3 High-speed Handpieces and Get 1 High-Speed Handpiece and swivel FREE!
- Buy one Titan® Low-Speed Motor and Attachment and get 2 of the following FREE: angle, Motor-to-Angle attachment, Torque Multiplier, Straight Nose Cone, 2/3 or 4 line swivel. This includes the new Titan E series.
- Buy 2 Prophy Star® 3 Handpieces or Titan Blis-sonicTM Scalers, Get one FREE!
- Buy 4 hand instruments, Get 1 FREE!
More good news: the high-speed special includes our new 430-45 SWL and SW handpieces. This new angled head handpiece is ideal for general practitioners performing third molar extractions and certain endodontic and periodontal procedures. You don’t have to do a 180° to get a 45° handpiece!
In honor of the start of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering free disposables & patient brochures when you host an oral cancer event using an Identafi® Oral Cancer Screening System! With the HPV virus spreading and oral cancer rates on the rise, it’s up to clinicians to lead the way in early detection. Host a screening seminar and register with the Oral Cancer Foundation in their national screening campaign to end oral cancer.
BE AN ORAL CANCER PREVENTION CHAMPION: Get involved in Oral Cancer Awareness Month!
- Purchase an Identafi Oral Cancer Screening System during the month of April and get $300 off. Includes an extra 75 disposable mirrors upon registering your warranty.
- To make screening all your patients in April easy, ask customers service how to receive an extra 200 disposable sheaths as well. Offer valid for new and existing users.
- Want to hold a free community screening event in April? Let us know and we will provide all the necessary disposables and patient literature free of charge. Promote your event by visiting www.oralcancerfoundation.org or www.identafi.net.
How are you promoting Oral Cancer Awareness Month? Comment below!
The American Association of Endodontists brings us the 8th Annual Root Canal Awareness Week from March 30th to April 5th, 2014. This national effort raises awareness of endodontists, so that patients and general dentists know to contact a specialist when a root canal is needed. Let’s pull together and help endodontists spread the word to the public – root canals should not be feared!
by Guest Blogger of the Month: StarDental® Senior Product Manager Rick Gross
Go to you your local gym on the weekend and look around. One or two of those young, energetic men or women might actually not be as healthy as you think. Within the last year, HPV, the human papillomavirus, has become the number one risk factor for oral cancer. No longer is the typical oral cancer patient a man over the age of 60 who smokes and drinks. Now the face of oral cancer can just as easily be a young woman who looks otherwise healthy and has no harmful habits.
And though there are more than 200 strains of HPV, only nine are associated with cancer and only one is strongly associated with oropharyngeal cancer, HPV 16, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. A handful of other strains are associated with benign growths, such as warts, and there is no strong evidence that these harm us in any way.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that up to 80% of all Americans will have an HPV infection in their lifetime and more than 95% of all of those Americans have the ability to fight off or clear the infection with no consequences. However, we do not know who these 5% are who are susceptible to developing oral cancer from the virus. How do we find them? Through advanced screening at a place they visit twice a year!
The partnership between the well-informed patient and a vigilant dental professional using the latest dental technologies is most critical. Early detection has numerous positive implications including increased survival rate post-discovery and care as well as the reduction in the treatment severity and its inherent effect on the patient.
Patients are looking to their dental professionals to catch this disease early. Make sure your office is performing thorough intra- and extra-oral exams on every patient, including the use of the latest screening technologies such as the Identafi® Oral Cancer Screening system from StarDental®.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Zaffarese to Territory Sales Manager.
In his new position, Zaffarese will be responsible for maintaining existing professional relations while identifying new prospects to increase all StarDental®, DentalEZ®, RAMVAC® and CustomAir® product and equipment sales throughout several northeast regions including Westchester County, NY, the New York metropolitan area, and northern New Jersey. He will report directly to Mark Frankenfield, Northern Regional Manager for DentalEZ Group.
Zaffarese brings many years of dental and sales experience to his new position. Prior to joining DentalEZ Group, he garnered a wide array of professional sales and dental industry experience while holding a variety of positions at companies such as Medicom, Inc., Tri-State Dental Supplies & Equipment and Sultan Dental Products.
Zaffarese holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Iona College and currently resides in Wyckoff, New Jersey.
Zaffarese can be reached directly via email at email@example.com.