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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

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! 

DentalEZ® recently donated a full shipment of dental supplies and equipment to Project Chimps, a rescue organization dedicated to the lifetime sanctuary care of hundreds of captive chimpanzees. Specifically, DentalEZ donated various dental products, and operatory and utility room equipment to Project Chimps’ new northern Georgia sanctuary including NevinLabs™ steel cabinets, DentalEZ® delivery units and operatory lights, StarDental® handpieces, and RAMVAC vacuums and compressors. The new dental facility will now have all components needed for complete and optimal dental care of the rescued animals.



Peter Volk, Territory Sales Manager for DentalEZ is heading the mission along with Southern Region Manager, Chuck Seeger, and Jason Hodkowski, Senior Institutional Sales Manager. The team is currently working with the company to create the dental facility. “It is interesting because as dental professionals our focus is almost always on our human patients,” remarked Volk. “What most people don’t think about is that all of the animals that they only see on Animal Planet or at the zoo need dental care. Once in a captive environment these animals need to receive all of the preventive care that we humans are accustomed to.”

A recent transfer carried out by Project Chimps prompted the charitable donation by DentalEZ, as well as widespread national attention. Nine chimpanzees once used as research animals at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana were just relocated to the new Project Chimps refuge, hundreds of miles from their former home in a lab where they were used as subjects in biomedical testing.



Workers with the non-profit organization transported all nine animals and now Project Chimps sanctuary, located in Morganton, Georgia, is their new home, a sprawling preserve where over 200 chimps will eventually roam free. The 236-acre sanctuary is located along a temperate rainforest, with rolling hills and a lush, green landscape. In addition to office buildings, a full veterinary clinic, and an upscale kitchen designed by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, there are currently four "villas" that can house 10-15 chimps each, and one larger group building that can house two groups of 10-15 chimps.

“It’s a very rewarding feeling to know that we are providing the medical and dental equipment to chimps that, up to this point, have spent most if not all of their lives in a research laboratory,” continued Volk. “As a DentalEZ representative, it is important that we give back not only to the people in our community, but also to those that do not have a voice. It is our calling as dental professionals to make sure that everyone, both human and animal, are treated with the utmost care and respect.”

In 2015, all chimpanzees were designated an endangered species, marking the end of privately funded research on chimpanzees in the US. Chimps are considered the smartest primate and the closest relatives to humans, which is why the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana has used 220 of them for medical testing.



The opening of the new Project Chimps sanctuary follows a steady shift away from controversial biomedical research on chimpanzees across the country. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) began significantly phasing out its funding of federal research on chimps in 2013, and announced the retirement of its 50 remaining chimpanzees in November 2015.

NIH also ended its research support for chimps but did not own approximately 360 remaining around the US. Now the private institutions that own them, like the New Iberia Research Center, are following suit. However, due to limited space at existing sanctuaries such as Chimp Haven in Louisiana and Save the Chimps in Florida, the creation of new refuges like Project Chimps is crucial.

For more information about Project Chimps, please visit www.projectchimps.org.

For more information about the DentalEZ company and its complete offerings of dental product and equipment solutions, please visit www.dentalez.com.

Thursday, 22 December 2016 15:57

Update Regarding Ruling on Amalgam Separation

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As many of you know, December was supposed to be a critical month for the future of amalgam separation. On December 15th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) communicated a final ruling under the Clean Water Act mandating “specific pretreatment standards to control discharges into publicly owned treatment works.” The new ruling requires dental facilities that are involved with either the placement or removal of dental amalgam to control amalgam waste through the use of ISO 11143-certified amalgam separators.

This ruling will be effective 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, and the compliance date for dental practices will be in three years, the end of 2019.

It also states that a dental facility that places or removes amalgam is subjected to two best management practices to collect and recycle scrap amalgam and clean the chairside traps with non-chlorine cleanser.

 

To read more about the EPA ruling, visit this site:

http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2016/12/epa-issues-final-rule-requiring-dentists-to-install-amalgam-separators.html

What does this new ruling mean for DentalEZ customers?

We have a solution for this problem! The Hg5 amalgam separator that we currently offer is ISO 11143:2008 certified at greater than 99% removal efficiency.

If you want to learn more about our Hg5 Amalgam Separator, you can request the literature here.

Join Dr. Harvey Levy as he presents 2 new live CE webinars with DentalEZLearning.com this month.

The first webinar, Multi-purpose Intraoral Light for Dental and Oral Cancer Exams, takes place Tuesday, December 20th at 7:00 PM (4:00 PM PST), features the Identafi® Oral Cancer Screening Handpiece from StarDental Instruments.

This CE webinar will describe and demonstrate a long-handle multipurpose tool that utilizes amber and violet intraoral light to reveal increased vascularization in the mouth, whereby oral cancers can be differentiated from normal oral tissue. Its white light detects enamel crazes and fractures. Its intraoral light and disposable mirror retract the cheek allowing an easy oral exam in the dental operatory or off-site.   

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
• use the white light to detect enamel fractures
• use the amber and violet light to differentiate normal from abnormal oral mucosa
• retract the cheek and perform a full oral exam with no external lighting 

The second webinar, Operatory Chairs that Make Any Operatory Wheelchair and Gurney Accessible, takes place Wednesday, December 21st at 7:00 PM (4:00 PM PST), features DentalEZ NuSimplicity™ Chairs that use our exclusive Air Glide technology.

This webinar details how the average dental operatory cannot comfortably handle a wheelchair with the fixed operatory chair as an obstacle. This is a barrier to dental care for millions of patients in wheelchairs and gurneys (W&G). Such patients deserve the equal opportunity to sit or lie comfortably while dental work is performed on them. This CE webinar will illustrate how movable operatory chairs glide to the side of the room to allow wheelchairs to be rolled right next to them, facilitating easy patient transfer into the operatory chair.

Upon completion of this CE webinar, participants should be able to:
• use one hand to glide an operatory chair to the side of the room, making plenty of space for a  wheelchair;
• learn how to slide a wheelchair alongside the operatory chair for easy patient transfer;
• appreciate how a patient can comfortably be treated in a gurney after the operatory chair is moved aside in seconds.

DentalEZ is pleased to host both CE webinars. If you’d like to sign up now, registration for the webinars is now open.

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