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Monday, 04 April 2016 16:41

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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Oral cancer kills nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. Of the people newly diagnosed, only about 60% will live longer than 5 years. And among those survivors, most suffer long-term problems such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties eating and speaking. The death rate associated with oral cancer remains high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. There will be approximately 43,250 people in the U.S. diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Even worse, awareness in the public is extremely low. This is the purpose of dedicating April to Oral Cancer Awareness.

There are many parts of the oral cavity. The lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, and throat all pertain to the oral cavity. Because of the severity of oral cancer, it is important to understand all the areas of vulnerability. HPV is the leading cause of Oral Cancer while tobacco use of any kind and heavy alcohol consumption greatly increase your risk for oral cancer. The fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young healthy non-smoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. Poor diet lacking fruits and vegetables can also lead to oral cancer contraction, while long exposure to the sun puts your lips at risk. Oral cancer is not just limited to the people living these lifestyles. It can happen to anyone, even the healthiest adults. 

Oral screening is the best way to combat oral cancer. Performed by a dentist or primary care physician, oral screening is quick and painless. Traditionally done with gauze or air syringes, new technologies such as the Identafi have made oral screening quicker and more accurate. Utilizing Multi-Spectral Fluorescence and Reflectance technology, Identafi enhances visuals of abnormalities in the mouth that may not be seen with the naked eye.



Identafi by StarDental

The Identafi uses white, violet, and amber wavelengths of light to excite oral tissue in distinct and unique ways. As a result, biochemical changes can be monitored with fluorescence, while morphological changes can be monitored with reflectance. The combined system of fluorescence and reflectance uses the body's natural tissue properties as an adjunctive tool for oral mucosal examination. Conventional examination of tissue is performed using a highly concentrated white light.

Wearing reusable Identafi filtered eyewear to enhance visual effects and allow transmission of reflected light, the health professional then switches to violet for a second observation. The clinician's photosensitive glasses block the violet excitation light and allow the observance of the tissues natural fluorescence. Violet light enhances normal tissue's natural fluorescence; however, suspicious tissue appears dark because of its loss of fluorescence.

When suspect abnormalities are present the selector is switched to amber light, which enhances normal tissue's reflectance properties so the clinician may directly observe the difference between normal and abnormal tissue's vasculature. This independent view of vascular architecture may assist in the assessment of confounders when screening for oral cancer.


Studies indicate abnormal tissue has a diffuse vasculature, where normal tissue vasculature is clearly defined. The combination of all three Multi-Spectral wavelengths provides the clinician with more visual information, improved results over direct visual exam alone and increased confidence for recommending biopsies.

To learn more about Identafi

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




Tuesday, 29 March 2016 16:50

Chicago Midwinter iStar Winners

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DentalEZ is proud to announce our Chicago Midwinter iStar giveaway winners!

Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Anthony Valentine
  • Dr. Jay Buckley
  • Dr. Daniela Brozozowski

 Dr. Anthony Valentine even had some kind words to share!

“I love it and am excited to use it.” “It should be named AllStar!”
Dr. Anthony Valentine

The iStar is a powerful handpiece designed to make dental hygiene procedures easier, faster, and less stressful. Cordless and compact, iStar runs without a foot control, keeping all your focus on the job at hand. Learn more about the iStar here.

For all those who missed out on the iStar give-a-way, we have a special promotion running now through June 30th, 2016.  Purchase an iStar and receive a box of Young Angles.


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Friday, 18 March 2016 16:52

World Oral Health Day

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Recognized internationally every March 20th, World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is a day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth. Because 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime, it’s important to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and hygiene.

Many of these diseases can be avoided with increased governmental, health association, and society support for funding of prevention, detection, and treatment programs. In addition to its core message of awareness, World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden.

WOHD 2016 aims to get everyone to recognize the impact their oral health has on overall physical health and wellbeing to help inspire this change. “It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body.”

DentalEZ® is pleased to welcome Richard Vordermark as Senior Leader of Sales. Effective March 16, 2016, Vordermark will work closely with DentalEZ to strategically lead our US and Canada sales team. Vordermark joins DentalEZ with almost two decades of sales and marketing experience. Prior to joining our team, he worked with A-dec for over 15 years. He started his career at A-dec as a clinical products territory sales manager, was quickly promoted to clinical products region manager, and then assumed the position as overall region manager where he was responsible for managing a substantial budget of $22M. He ultimately rounded off his career at A-dec as leader of its school and government business.

“Ric knows our industry inside and out, and his strong leadership and positive influence within the dental arena will be invaluable as DentalEZ enters the next phase of growth. We are very confident that Ric will integrate quickly within our sales team and work closely with our marketing team as well in order to provide outstanding commercial leadership for DentalEZ.” Heather Trombley, President/COO of DentalEZ Integrated Solutions


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Friday, 11 March 2016 16:31

Slugbuster shines

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DentalEZ is proud to share a recent Dental Advisor report on the cleaning effectiveness of RAMVAC Slugbuster. After 6 months of testing, DentalEZ’s RAMVAC Slugbuster beat out Air Techniques’ Monarch Cleanstream Evacuation Cleaner in performance.  The results displayed less than 5% accumulation of organic debris in the lines treated with Slugbuster compared to 75% more buildup of organic debris in the Monarch lines. The pictures speak for themselves:

Read the full report.

Friday, 04 March 2016 14:36

Chicago Midwinter recap

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Wind and snow didn’t stop 30,000 attendees from getting to Chicago Midwinter this year despite numerous cancelled or delayed flights getting to Chicago.

The festivities began Wednesday night with the Oral Health America Gala and benefit.  Mardi Gras was the theme of the cocktail reception where partygoers showed off their party beads and masks. After some fun, everyone was escorted into the ballroom where Dr. Michael C. Alfano received the OHA’s 2016 Gala Tribute Award.  Congratulations to Dr. Alfano!

As a proud support of Oral Health America, DentalEZ® staff and guests enjoyed a night filled with entertainment and supporting this outstanding organization.  
Dr. Michael Alfano receiving 2016 Gala Tribute Award.

DentalEZ employees having fun at the Gala

Thursday morning the real fun began. DentalEZ was out early on the show floor, demonstrating products from all our brands to dental professionals from the Chicago area and beyond.  In operatory equipment we showcased the new Ortho Cart from DentalEZ Equipment Solutions, as well as, our sterilization center and additional cabinets from our NextGen® Workstation line. Our NuSimplicityTM Chair was on display in 3 operatory settings, one even showed our custom embroidery capabilities! RAMVAC®Utility Solutions included the durable and efficient dry vacuum line of Bulldogs, Bisons, plus Osprey compressors with heads that are 100% duty cycle rated, and the RAMVAC® Amalgam HoG which meets all the new EPA Rules.

On display: NuSimplicity Chairs and NextGen cabinets

On display: J/V Generation Operatory Package, Sterilization Center, OrthoCart, and NuSimplicity Chair

StarDental® Instrument Solutions had the new iStarTM Prophy Handpiece on display and available to try. We even gave away iStars to three lucky winners! In case you missed out on the iStar give-a-way, we have a special promotion running now through June 30th, 2016.  Purchase an iStar and receive a box of Young Angles.

Utility room products plus the ErgoEZ with newly available LED lighting from NevinLabs Workstations.

DentalEZ would like to thank all the visitors to our booth. Chicago Midwinter was just one of the many exciting events going on this year, be sure to visit us at the Hinman Dental Conference and Mid-Atlantic Dental Meetings in March. 

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Monday, 22 February 2016 14:20

Expanding our product management team

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DentalEZ® is pleased to announce several changes to its Product Management team. Aggie Pennington recently made the change from Sr. Product Manager, DentalEZ to Sr. Product Manager, StarDental®, Kim Pinegar recently joined the Company as Sr. Product Manager, NevinLabs® and Columbia Dentoform, Kristin Wolf was hired as Sr. Commercial Project Manager, and Mary Alban joined the DentalEZ team as Sr. Product Manager, Equipment & Utilities.

Effective December 21, Aggie Pennington’s focus switched from the DentalEZ category of products to the StarDental division, where Pennington originally worked after joining DentalEZ nearly four decades ago. A long-time employee, Pennington has held many positions throughout the years. Pennington has a well-rounded working knowledge of all aspects of StarDental, and through her seasoned knowledge and strong relationships built throughout her career she has positioned herself as a staple among the dental community.  

“Aggie is a long-time veteran of DentalEZ and has held many positions, making her an invaluable Company employee,” remarked Heather Trombley, President and Chief Operating Officer at DentalEZ. “She started her DentalEZ career at StarDental and this shift returns her to her roots where she can focus on the Company’s flagship products and further grow our StarDental brand.”

In addition, effective January 4, 2016, Kim Pinegar joined DentalEZ as Sr. Product Manager of NevinLabs and Columbia Dentoform. Pinegar has many years of marketing and product management experience. Prior to joining DentalEZ, she was employed as Product Marketing Manager at DORMA USA and spent eleven years as Sr. Product Manager with DENTSPLY.

“Kim’s experience in both the dental and dental laboratory fields make her an outstanding fit for this position where she will work with both NevinLabs and Columbia Dentoform products,” stated Trombley. “Her expertise will help us refine our strategies and messaging in both product categories and we’re confident that Kim will be a key factor in executing the exciting growth we have planned for these two very important divisions of DentalEZ.”


Kristin Wolf was recently hired on February 9th as Sr. Commercial Project Manager. Wolf brings over a decade of commercial experience to the DentalEZ marketing department. Prior to joining the DentalEZ, she led major commercialization initiatives for industry healthcare giants such as Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Healthcare, and Walgreens. She also has experience working in smaller, targeted areas of healthcare such as orthopedics, diabetes, cardiovascular, and other therapeutic areas. Wolf holds an MBA from University of South Carolina and is fluent in Spanish and introductory German.

“With such a substantial amount of well-rounded experience in the healthcare arena, we are confident that Kristin will have a positive impact on our organization,” remarked Trombley. “We are very pleased that Kristin has a rich background in commercial marketing, holding many roles within a wide variety of healthcare companies. We look forward to a very bright future with Kristin.”


Mary Alban joined DentalEZ on February 8, 2016 as Sr. Product Manager, Equipment & Utilities. Alban holds over a decade of product management experience in the medical device industry, working for companies such as ConMed Linvatec and DePuy Synthes. Alban has been a key driver of product development for targeted medical specialties such as hip arthroscopy, orthopedic implants, and instruments, and has developed and implemented several educational programs for various medical products. Alban graduated from Villanova University, completed a graduate program at West Chester University, and studied Spanish at University of Piura in Peru.

“Mary has a rich background of medical product experience, broad industry knowledge, and excellent communication skills,” remarked Trombley. “I have no doubt that, given Mary’s education and professional background, she will continue to be successful in her career here at DentalEZ.” 


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Monday, 15 February 2016 09:44

February Shows and a Chicago Midwinter preview

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2016 is a busy year for DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions. With new leadership and products, DentalEZ is hitting the show floors at full speed. We will be at the following shows for February, so please stop by and ask for a demo:

  • February 19th-20th: Alaska Dental Society Annual Session
  • February 25th-27th: Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting
  • February 26th-27th: LMT Lab Day

If you happen to be at Chicago Midwinter, visit us at Booth# 1805 to see operatory equipment including our new Ortho Cart from DentalEZ® Equipment Solutions, and the latest in models and typodents from Columbia Dentoform ® Teaching Solutions


Also at the booth, check out the latest in mechanical room equipment from RAMVAC®Utility Solutions, including the RAMVAC® Amalgam HoG. Are you ready for the new EPA Rules

In addition we have a new feature on an existing product! Shown at both CMW and Lab Day, the ErgoEZ Workstation from NevinLabsTM  is now available with benchtop LED lighting.

Last but not least, our new iStarTM Prophy Handpiece from StarDental® Instrument Solutions will be on display and available to try. Stop by the booth for a demo and a chance to win an iStar. We will be giving away one each day so don’t miss out. To learn more about iStar, click here.


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Friday, 12 February 2016 09:07

Give Kids A Smile

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Launched by the American Dental Association (ADA) in 2003, Give Kids A Smile program serves more than 5 million children with free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. All volunteers! 

Give Kids A Smile is an anchor event of the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month. To learn more about Give Kids A Smile and National Children’s Dental Health Month, click here

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Friday, 05 February 2016 09:19

National Children’s Dental Health Month

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Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country. Originally beginning as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, the event rapidly grew to a month long affair.

National Children’s Dental Health Month poster

We understand how it’s not easy keeping children relaxed while in the dental chair. Fortunately, there are many inventive ways to try and relax children while in the practice; like pleasantly flavored prophy pastes and dental chairs shaped like dinosaurs. With the iStar™ Cordless Prophylaxis handpiece from StarDental®, you can use imaginative prophy angles sculpted to look like animals. The bright colors and recognizable animal patterns on the angles are designed to keep children calm in your practice, helping to give all your focus to the job at hand. 

Buy an iStar now thru June 30th, 2016 and receive a box of Young Angles free!  See the flyer for more details.
To learn more about Young Dental visit YoungDental.com
To access free online resources that can help you with teaching children about good oral health, visit http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month/

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