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Saturday, 06 March 2010 04:00

Preparing for Economic Turnaround

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growth-and-sucess The economic downturn of 2007 continues to affect most of us in one way or another, and sure has created challenging times for our industry…to say the least, right?! The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel, as many economists predict a positive turnaround during 2010. Now is the time to start laying the ground work so you’re in the best position when recovery arrives! So how can you begin to prepare? Last month, Roger P. Levin DDS, CEO of Levin Group, published articles in two leading dental publications with tips and strategies to take advantage of during our slow but steady economic recovery. In an article entitled Personal and Professional Economic Recovery posted in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), Levin highlights recovery strategies for you, as well as your practice. Furthermore, in an article featured in Inside Dentistry entitled Take Advantage of the Economic Turnaround, Levin suggests “six specific economic turnaround strategies that can lead to both immediate and long-term growth”:
  1. First impressions make all the difference - Provide your patients with a great experience.
  2. Bring back the patient referral program- Levin suggest four steps:  a thank you note, a thank you call, a lost cost gift certificate, and notation in the patient file to say thanks in person.
  3. People need to be reminded- Call every patient who has not had an appointment in 6 months.
  4. Make sure patients leave with an appointment- Levin recommends having 98% of hygiene appointments scheduled in advance.
  5. Look beyond single-tooth dentistry- Address and suggest procedures beyond immediate concerns. Think “lifelong dentistry.”
  6. Give patients choices- Offer finance options or discounts for paying upfront.
As we enter the new decade, we should all start thinking about change and how we can maximize even the seemingly smallest of opportunities in the new market. As Dr. Levin points out, those who embrace change will have the greatest success. For complete details of each step, pick up February’s issue of Inside Dentistry. [poll id="9"]
darwbanner Your Dental Assistant! March 7-13, 2010 has been designated by the American Dental Assistants Association, along with the American Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association as Dental Assistant Recognition Week. As described on the American Dental Assistant Association website, “One Team, One Goal: Improving Oral Health is the theme for the 33rd annual Dental Assistants Recognition Week: time for dental assistants to receive greater recognition for their own unique and diverse contributions to the dental profession and the dental health care of the public.” Your dental assistant is an invaluable member of your team. They increase efficiency for you and your practice, while providing beneficial care to your patients. So during this week long celebration of dental assistants everywhere, take some time express appreciation to your dedicated assistants. Looking for a way to say thanks? The ADAA site has gifts you can order, such has pens, toothbrush holders, and grocery shopper bags that are all imprinted with the 2010 Assistant Recognition Week theme. Moreover, DentalEZ® Group is proud to partner with the ADAA at the upcoming Hinman Dental Meeting during their Learning Round Table sessions where Aggie Pennington, Senior Equipment Product Manager, will present enlightening information on proper operatory lighting positioning. So tell us, how do you plan to celebrate and show appreciation to your dental assistant this week?
Thursday, 04 March 2010 05:00

The South’s Premier Dental Event

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Atlanta The Hinman Dental Meeting is just around the corner! We look forward to this year’s meeting taking place on March 25-27, as Atlanta always brings exciting things:  warm weather, five-star education, interesting exhibits, exciting events, and even a tornado from time to time! And this year DentalEZ is bringing HOT SHOW ONLY SPECIALS and NEW products for you to test drive. “SHOW ONLY” SPECIALS include: •    High-Speed Handpieces:  Buy 2, Get 1 FREE OR Buy 1 SolaraPlus, Get 1 FREE!! •    Great specials on our NuTorque and NEW NuTorque Lite Electric Handpieces, Low-Speed, and Hygiene Handpieces. •    Shopping for Operatory or Utility Equipment? Be sure to ask about our money-saving equipment show specials…only available during these three days! NEW PRODUCTS and Enhanced Originals: •    Our new NuTorque™ Lite Electric Handpiece is a versatile and economic electric option •    Our NuTorque Doriot Attachment adds a hygiene option to the electric handpiece •    Larger 20 and 30 gallon holding tanks for CustomAir® by RAMVAC® 1027D and 1029T compressors You won’t want to miss this…stop by Booth # 2426!
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 05:30

Off The Midwinter Show Floor

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Over 30,000 dental professionals and exhibitors attended the Chicago Midwinter Meeting last week. The meeting was a huge success and the tradeshow floor was buzzing with new and innovative products! Click here to watch Aggie Pennington, Sr. Equipment Product Manager for the DentalEZ Group, demonstrate the New EverLight LED Operatory light, courtesy of Dr. Tom Hedge. Dr. Hedge, a cosmetic dentist that makes full use of the latest technologies in dentistry, stopped by our booth to check out the newest LED Light and posted this video on his YouTube page. Check it out! Click here to watch additional videos from Dr. Hedge at select booths. The excitement and positive feedback from the Midwinter Meeting set the year off to a great start!
Monday, 01 March 2010 05:00

Trade Show Scoop

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DentalEZ® Group will be exhibiting at the following tradeshows this month: •    Valley Forge Dental Conference •King of Prussia, PA •March 3-5 •Booth # 161 •    Western Regional Dental Convention •Phoenix, AZ • March 4-6 •Booth # 424 •    Midwest Dental Conference • Kansas City, MO •March 18-21•Booth # 408 Have you penciled any of these meetings on your agenda? If so, be sure to stop by our exhibit booth for EXCLUSIVE SHOW ONLY specials and to test drive our exciting new products!
Friday, 26 February 2010 06:00

Multitask Your Patient Chair: One Simple Solution

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Headrest4 How can you maximize your dental patient chair so it works to both yours and the patient’s benefit in a variety of dental situations? Gail Weisman, Editor-In-Chief for dentalcompare.com, has a SIMPLE solution…have multiple interchangeable headrests.  Yes, it’s that easy! As Gail explains in this month’s technology spotlight, The Patient Chair: It can-and should-multitask: “Removable, interchangeable headrests are an easy economical way to accommodate a variety of patient and positioning needs that you'll encounter regularly. So when selecting a patient chair; look for one that accommodates them.” By having patient chairs equipped with multiple headrests (such as DentalEZ’s, which comes equipped with double articulating, non-magnetic horseshoe, magnetic neck support, magnetic catcher’s mitt, and dual durometer) you can easily switch your headrest in 30 seconds or less to accommodate patients with special needs and allow further flexibility in patient positioning. In the article, Gail describes various situations where these headrests would come in handy, she even includes solutions for you! Have a patient with a pace maker, or wheel chair? Chair back too long? What about a young child or shorter adult? Or do you have a patient with neck or back pain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you will find this article extremely beneficial.
Thursday, 25 February 2010 07:00

20th Annual Oral Health America Gala

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At this week’s Chicago Midwinter meeting, Oral Health America (OHA) held their annual Gala Wednesday evening at the historical Union Station, where hundreds of industry peers gathered to raise funds and support OHA’s work. Oral Health America is non-profit organization whose mission is to improve public health by eliminating oral disease. Below is a picture from the evening. It was nice to see an exceptional turnout last night as the industry came out to support such an important organization, and the change in venue was welcomed. gala
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 04:00

In The Market for a New Chair? Read This!

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Simplicity_Chair I am excited to report that our Simplicity by DentalEZ™ patient chair recently received an excellent rating of 4.5 out 5 by Dental Product Shopper, a leading industry source for product reviews and information! If you are, or have been thinking of replacing your patient chair, then you may be interested in reading the results of this hands-on evaluation. Published in this month’s issue of Dental Product Shopper, the Simplicity was evaluated by 8 dental professionals who tested and observed many important aspects of the chair such as patient comfort, ergonomic design, and durability. In a snapshot, evaluators rated each of the following features for the Simplicity: Patient Comfort: 7 rated it as Excellent, 1 as Good Ergonomic Design: 7 Excellent or Very Good, 1 Good Noise Level/Smooth Operation: 6 Excellent or Very Good, 2 Good Ease of Use: 6 Excellent or Very Good, 1 Good, 1 Fair Durability: 7 Excellent or Very Good, 1 Good The overall Pro’s of the chair were:  Patient Comfort, Ergonomic Design, and Durability and Con’s: None were reported by the evaluators! When the evaluators were asked to give their overall satisfaction of the Simplicity by DentalEZ patient chair, 6 said they would definitely purchase the chair again in the future. Moreover, one evaluator described the Simplicity, “Great chair. We are glad we choose the Simplicity model. For the price, the chair is great.” To read the full evaluation in Dental Product Shopper click here.
Monday, 22 February 2010 06:00

Endless Possibilities Electrified!

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NuTorqueLite StarDental® is the only company to now offer choices in electric handpieces to meet all your electric needs. Our NuTorque® line has just been expanded with the introduction of the NuTorque® Lite, being introduced at the Chicago Midwinter show. A modified version of the popular NuTorque® programmable electric handpiece system, the NuTorque Lite is the perfect economical option for the dental professional seeking a less-aggressive entry point into utilizing an electric handpiece system. It is an ideal choice for dental professionals to perform general dental practice procedures, as well as basic endodontic procedures. Much like the original NuTorque programmable electric handpiece system, the NuTorque Lite is a highly intuitive system. Dental professionals will be able to control the system’s features with easy-to-use push-button controls. Benefits of the NuTorque Lite system include:  
  • 2 customizable memory presets for general and endo procedures
  • Speed, Gear Ratio, and Forward/Reverse Direction settings
  • Universal E-type motor coupling accepts seven different NuTorque attachments
  • Adjustable light intensity
  • Autoclavable, brushless motor
The choice is yours…NuTorque Lite is ideal for practices looking to support a wide variety of individual solutions, including endodontics. For an economical system with simple features, NuTorque Lite fits the bill without breaking the bank! Start discovering NuTorque electric choices here along with its full list of attachments. Why use electric handpieces? What are its benefits? Click here to read the post from our guest blogger, Dr. Martin Jablow, as he discusses all features and benefits of using an electric handpiece system.
Friday, 19 February 2010 05:00

New Larger Tanks for Compressors

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1029T30 Do you want a compressor that offers more life to your product while decreasing its run time and maximizing the work load?  Well, the CustomAir® by RAMVAC®compressors are now offering larger holding tanks on both our 1027D and 1029T dental compressors. This new larger tank, called the 1027D20,  will replace the discontinued 1027D 10-gallon model, and will provide as standard a 20 gallon holding tank. The 1029T 10-gallon model will also be discontinued and replaced by the new 1029T30.  The new 1029T30 will now have a standard 30 gallon holding tank.  The 1029T30 will now come built as a horizontal mount, instead of the classic “pyramid” layout, which will allow for an optional sound cover. There are NO changes made to the electrical characteristics, warranty, or features of the compressors. In addition, we will also offer a 20 gallon tank option for the 1025D, which comes standard with a 10 gallon tank. To order a 1025D with a 20 gallon tank use part number 1025D20.

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