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Monday, 08 May 2017 16:22

Oral Cancer Screening Frequency

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Last month, in the spirit of Oral Cancer Awareness month, DentistryIQ published Statistics: Oral Cancer Screening Occur. But do they happen often enough? This article was written by Kevin Henry, co-founder of IgniteDA.net, based on actual oral cancer screening statistics taken from Sikka software from 2010 through 2016.

The Sikka Software data shows growth in the average number of pre-diagnostic oral cancer tests administered by dental professionals from approximately 6 screenings per month in 2010 to just over 9 per month in 2016.1

Henry points out that in comparison to 21 patients the average dentist sees daily1, 9 total screenings per month seems like a very low number.“Think about how many patients were going through practices last year that did not receive an oral cancer screening. It’s a scary number.”

Henry attributes this extremely low number of screenings to 3 major factors:

  1. Time- Dental Professionals perceive screenings take up too much time in an already packed schedule.
  2. Cost confusion- Most dentists do not know what to charge and/or if insurance covers the screening.
  3. Fear- Discussing cancer with patients.

Henry takes the time to point out some very helpful resources that alleviate each of these screening road blocks in the hopes that providing this information may help to increase this monthly number drastically. Click here to read the article.

StarDental® Instruments offers a solution to assist dental professionals incorporate enhanced visualization into their practices with the Identafi® Oral Mucosal Visual Enhancement. In addition to the system, StarDental also offers a plethora of information, printable literature, and research about oral cancer. If you would like to learn more about oral cancer facts, statistics, benefits of early detection or the Identafi system, click here

 

1Based on data collected by Sikka Software based 12,500+ dental practices in the U.S.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:19

DentalEZ Attending TDA 2017

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Thursday kicks off this year’s Annual Session of the Texas Dental Association.  This event is scheduled from May 4th to May 6th and will be taking place in San Antonio, TX at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Stop by the DentalEZ® Booth (#637) to check out our new CORE™ Operatory Equipment Package which includes a patient chair, delivery system, and LED operatory light. As always, our booth will also include our very popular line of StarDental Handpieces.

We are proud to sponsor an in-person training Oral Cancer Seminar presented by Karen Davis during the 2017 TDA meeting.

This 3 hour CE course will take place on Friday, May 5th from 8:30am to 11:30am. 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
  • Hand-on application using the Identafi® Oral Mucosal Visual Enhancement System for early detection of tissue changes


Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH, is a practicing dental hygienist in Dallas, TX that Dentistry Today has recognized as a “Top Clinician in Continuing Education” every year since 2006.

If you are attending the CE course, you may download the handouts here.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 11:10

CDA Anaheim 2017

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Established more than 100 years ago, California Dental Association (CDA) biannual conventions are held twice a year, once in Anaheim and once in San Francisco. Whether in San Francisco or Anaheim - it is arguably one of the nation’s largest dental conventions.

This year’s first event will be taking place at the Anaheim Convention center from May 4th to May 6th. Approximately 600 companies will be presenting their latest products and services and close to 30,000 dental professionals are expected to attend. If you’re looking for the latest technology, products and services in dentistry, look no further than CDA Presents. The Anaheim tradeshow will feature many new products. If you’re looking for the next big idea in dentistry, it could be one of these Cool Products.

Stop by the DentalEZ® Booth (#1160) to check out and our cool new product, the CORE™ Operatory Equipment Package which includes a patient chair, delivery system, and LED operatory light. Providing the complete essentials needed for a strong foundation in any dental operatory setting the CORE products offer comfort, quality, and efficiency all at an affordable price. Also our booth will include our most popular products including the 430 high-speed series of handpieces from StarDental® Instruments and our line of dry vacuums from RAMVAC® Utility.

We are looking forward to catching you in Anaheim. 

Friday, 28 April 2017 12:44

The Lucy Hobbs Project™ 5th Annual Celebration

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The Lucy Hobbs Project™ 2017 Annual Celebration is currently taking place at the Lowes Hotel in Philadelphia.

This project, started by Benco Dental, was originally inspired by Lucy Hobbs Taylor, who despite being refused admission to medical and dental schools became the first woman to earn an American degree in dentistry in 1861. While the Lucy Hobbs Project helps to empower women in dentistry, this event is open to everyone in the dental industry.

This year 6 women were recognized for their innovation and contribution to the industry.

  • Irene Marrion- Tarrazzi, DMD, MS – “Woman to Watch”
  • Margaret Ackess, RDA, CDA Med- “Innovator”
  • Andrea Joy Smith, DDS- “Clinical Expertise”
  • Winifred J. Booker, DDS- “Humanitarian”
  • Patricia L. Blanton, DDS, MS, PhD- “Industry Icon”
  • Emily Ishkanian, DMD- “Mentor”

We at DentalEZ would like to join Benco in celebrating these women and all that the Lucy Hobbs project stands for.  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:34

DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions Upcoming Events

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DentalEZ® welcomes spring with a series of regional events we’re looking forward to! DentalEZ has a mission to provide real solutions to the everyday challenges in the delivery of oral healthcare. Here is your chance to see our latest solutions in action. We recently launched our CORE Dental Operatory Equipment to help you succeed in providing uncompromising service with great value. With attractive pricing, a 5-year limited warranty and exceptional reliability, the CORE Chair, Delivery Unit & LED Light provide you with the strong foundation you need for success.

 

  • Star of the North: April 27-29, 2017, St Paul Rivercentre, St Paul, MN, Booth #501
  • Michigan Dental Annual Session: April 26-29, 2017, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI, Booth #814
  • Utah Dental Association: April 27-28, 2017, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, Booth #523
  • Ontario Dental Association’s Spring Meeting: May 4-6, 2017, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada, Booth #1703
  • Texas Dental Association Meeting: May 4-6, 2017, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, Booth #637

In addition to the new CORE products, you can also stop by to see StarDental® Instruments & RAMVAC® Utility products. We are offering the following specials:

  • Buy 2 StarDental high-speed handpieces, get 1 of equal or lesser value, FREE!
  • Buy an Osprey compressor and RAMVAC vacuum on the same purchase order, get a $500 rebate.
  • Buy a NuSimplicity Chair, get a $500 rebate.

 We hope to see you there!

 

 

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 Mucosal Visual Enhancement 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, 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 Mucosal Visual Enhancement 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.

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