Wednesday, May 27, 2015


CHICO, CA: May 20, 2015, - On June 1st, Lares Research will introduce the new Pastel Prophy Handpiece. Designed to make the hygienist’s job easier than ever before, Pastel is said to be shorter and lighter than the leading competitors’ offerings.

The Pastel Prophy Handpiece features three removable pastel (pink, blue, and green) colored nose cones for enhanced asepsis. The nose cones quickly snap on and off the motor and swivel 360 degrees for fatigue-free maneuverability. The Pastel nose cones accept all disposable prophy angles with an easy push-in, pull-out, friction grip chucking system.
The Pastel Prophy Handpiece is constructed of anodized aluminum and stainless steel. Its operation is said to be smooth and quiet, with high torque for easy removal of difficult stains.

Pastel is economically priced and is said to cost hundreds less than the leading competitors. Pastel is included in the Lares Research 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee program.

For more information, call 1-888-333-8440, Ext. 1 or visit

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

“What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW”

If you are confused about what your office should do about the impeding Medicare sign up then this book is for you. Patti, Christine and Jan through examples show you which status to pick! Very simple and straight forward. MJ

Newly-Published DentalCodeology eBook Explains the Complexity of New Medicare Rules Their Impact on Dentistry

“What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW”
is Now Available in Digital Format

Addison, IL – May 20, 2015 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, recently published the 4th installment of her continuing DentalCodeology mini-book series entitled “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW”

For this edition of the popular mini-book series, Patti partnered again with insurance coding authority Christine Taxin, and with another qualified coding and Medicare expert, Jan Palmer to provide dentists with an easy-to-follow primer on how to make informed Medicare decisions that will benefit their patients and practices alike.

“The time is now for dentists to get smart about Medicare,” says DiGangi. She further states that the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ruling that goes into effect on January 1, 2016 will impact many older patients if their dentists prescribe medication, perform biopsies that require pathology tests, or simply refer their Medicare-eligible patients to a specialist.

DiGangi warns that the Medicaid opt-out clause can be particularly confusing and may have a devastating financial impact if not fully-understood. For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a final rule in May 2014 that requires all physicians and eligible professionals—including dentists—who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt-out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D.

Here’s the tricky part - by signing an affidavit to opt-out out of the program, dentists are out of the
Medicare system for two years - not one year. This means that they cannot receive any direct or
 indirect Medicare payment for services provided to Medicare patients during that time.

“Two years is a long time to sit on the Medicare bench,” states DiGangi. “With the aging of our baby boomers, opting-out of Medicare may cause many of their patients to abandon dentists that didn’t may any choice at all. The dentists will leave a lot of money on the table that could be going right to the bottom lines of the practices.”

Early reviews of the mini-book have been extremely favorable. For example, practice-building thought leader Linda Miles had this to say, “Every member of your team should not only read this, but have their own copy for easy referencing. It would cost thousands of dollars and many hours of a team’s time to discover all this information and these resources on their own.”

For more information about “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW’ including how to order, visit Follow DentalCodeology on Facebook. To inquire about bulk discount pricing for manufacturers, schools and associations, contact

About the Authors:

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

Patti DiGangi is a vision driven-clinician helping people see their future of choice and ways to make it profitable. Patti holds a publishing and speaking license with the American Dental Association for Current Dental Terminology © 2015 and SNODENT diagnostic coding. She is an American Dental Association Evidence Based Champion.

Christine Taxin

Christine Taxin has extensive training and experience in both dental and medical coding based on her roles as the administrator of a critical care department at Mt. Sinai Hospital and management of a comprehensive multi-specialty dental practice.

Jan Palmer

Jan Palmer trains dental offices in the administrative aspects and requirements of treating the medical condition obstructive sleep apnea in the dental office with oral appliance therapy. Covering medical coding and billing, teaching to better understand the necessary office protocols to maintain Medical records and how to follow the mandated policies set forth by Medicare.
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Friday, May 22, 2015

In situ remineralizing effect of fluoride varnishes containing sodium trimetaphosphate



This study analyzed the effects of a fluoride (F) varnish supplemented with sodium trimetaphosphate (TMP) on the remineralization of caries-like lesions in situ.

Materials and methods

Twelve subjects used palatal devices with demineralized enamel discs for 3 days, following a double-blind, crossover protocol. Test groups included placebo (no F or TMP), 5 % NaF and 5 % NaF/5 % TMP varnishes. The percentage of surface hardness recovery (%SHR) and cross-sectional hardness (ΔKHN) were determined.


Significant differences were observed among all varnishes regarding %SHR and ΔKHN. The highest %SHR and the lowest ΔKHN were seen for the 5 % NaF/5 % TMP varnish, followed by 5 % NaF and placebo.


The remineralizing effect of a 5 % NaF varnish is significantly enhanced when associated with TMP.

Clinical relevance

The reduction in the subsurface lesion area of enamel treated with the TMP-containing varnish implies that cavities would take longer to develop or might not develop at all depending on individual factors, resulting in lower net caries increments at individual and population levels.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Shakira, announced the launch of 3D White® Whitestrips in Europe

BARCELONA, Spain, May 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Unique whitening product safely* removes years of stains in just two weeks  
Today, 3D White®, with the support of the brand's global ambassador, multi-platinum artist and GRAMMY award-winning star Shakira, announced the launch of 3D White® Whitestrips in Europe. The 3D White® Whitestrips will change the whitening habits of consumers around Europe from July 2015 onwards: 3D White® Whitestrips provide a unique, easy option for a visible whitening effect at home, with a result that lasts for up to 12 months.
A safe* and effective addition to any beauty regimen, 3D White® Whitestrips use the same enamel-safe whitening ingredient that dentists use, reaching below the enamel surface to remove teeth stains. The Whitestrips are easy to apply, with the full treatment taking just 14 days and resulting in noticeably whiter teeth.
"We are excited to announce the launch of 3D White® Whitestrips in Europe," said Stephen Squire, Global Marketing Director, P&G Oral Care. "3D White® is committed to pioneering new whitening technology and Whitestrips represent our most advanced whitening solution yet. Now we can help more people have the whiter, brighter smiles they deserve."
The European launch of 3D White® Whitestrips was announced at an exclusive 3D White® Smile Event for fans and media held in partnership with Shakira in Barcelona on Saturday May 9th. The event, designed to help women maintain their beautiful smiles and empower them to engage more confidently with the world, saw Shakira talk about the power of a smile and featured three other inspiring women who each hosted masterclasses for media and fans.
During the day, make-up artist Caroline Barnes helped guests make the most of their beautiful smiles with make-up tutorials and expert tips; whilst philanthropist and founder of She's the First, Tammy Tibbetts, talked passionately about the importance of doing good as a multi-dimensional woman and her experience of uplifting entire communities by supporting education for women and girls. Celebrity dentist Dr Nancy Rosen, who believes a flawless smile is key to boosting confidence, gave guests the opportunity to be amongst the first in Europe to try 3D White® Whitestrips for themselves during her expert masterclass.
3D White® Whitestrips will be distributed in Europe by Henry Schein, the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental professionals. 3D White® Whitestrips in Europe will be available for purchase from dental offices. The first application will be performed by a dental professional, with consumers able to perform all subsequent whitening applications at home.
3D White® Whitestrips will launch initially in Poland, UK, Spain and Portugal with plans for wider roll out from 2016.
*when used as instructed
About Procter & Gamble 
P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rebilda Post II System Kit

VOCO introduces a Post Procedure kit that includes all matching materials used from the post cementation to the final core build-up.

The kit includes 4 sizes of Rebilda Posts, dentin like flexible glass fiber posts with high radiopacity, high translucency and excellent light conductivity with matching reamers and drills.

The award winning dual-cured universal bond Futurabond U, can be used in the self-cured mode without any light. This is a great benefit in the root canal thus avoiding the pooling effect (the blocking of the canal due to cured adhesive). Special Endo Tim brushes allow easy application of the adhesive into the root canal.

The kit promotes the Mono-Bloc Concept. Rebilda DC is used as a cement and core build-up material. This not only saves time, but furthermore creates one mono block from the root canal to the core build-up with the same excellent physical properties. The manufacturer claims that this concept leads to higher success rates. Rebilda DC flows well, but is still stackable and cuts like dentin. Endo Tims make the cement application into the root canal very easy.

The Rebilda Post System kit has been developed with the input of many dentists. Their recommendations led to the inclusion of many procedure oriented application aids such as special brushes, tips and reamers. All materials match each other and take the guesswork out of the procedure leading to faster, more predictable and successful results.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

i-CATTM Debuts A New Release Of 3D Treatment Planning Software At The AAO Tx STUDIOTM 5.4 features more powerful tools for complete implant, restorative planning and treatment, and airway analysis.

Hatfield, PA (May 14, 2015) i-CAT, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, is pleased to release its new and enhanced
Tx STUDIO 5.4 treatment planning software at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session, San Francisco, CA. Fully integrated and exclusively for the award-winning family of i-CAT
TM cone beam 3D imaging products, Tx STUDIO delivers a host of new and powerful treatment tools for dentists and specialists working with implants, airway, TMD, orthodontics, and surgical procedures.
In addition to its already existing capabilities for accurate implant planning and extraordinary restorative planning capabilities, Tx STUDIO 5.4 also offers new and improved tools. Useful for treatment planning and patient communication, these new features include an enhanced abutment design that allows the crown to be placed onto the abutment and prepped teeth, as well as simulation of pontics and bridges.
For airway analysis, more comprehensive and exclusive tools allow for 2D analysis of the airway with quantitative information on the anterior posterior distance and left and right distance. The airway can now be created and visualized in the variable quadrant. Changes in the parameters and area of the cross-sectional area along the airway are displayed graphically.
• Other helpful tools now available with Tx STUDIO 5.4 offer the opportunity to:
• Simulate a sinus bone graft in two clicks while gaining the approximate graft volume.
• Create bitewing radiographs from 3D data and evaluate those bitewings in all three dimensions.
• Replicate jaw articulation as well as offer control of the translation and rotation.
• Provide 3D analysis using orthognathic advanced cuts and movement that also show tissue change in profile.

“At i-CAT, we continually strive to create innovations to our products and software,” says Yena Chokshi, Product Manager for i-CAT. “The launch of Tx STUDIO 5.4 adds even more efficient planning and treatment tools to our already award-winning 3D imaging modality. As dentistry continues to evolve and offers more options to patients, these new tools show that we listen to our customers and respond to their increasing imaging needs.”
Tx STUDIO treatment software is included with new i-CAT cone beam 3D scanners, giving general dentists and specialists the tools to place and restore implants, perform oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, utilize CAD/CAM applications, and analyze TMJ and airway with greater confidence and lower radiation options.
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About i-CAT
Serving the dental industry since 1992, i-CATTM is at the global forefront in the development and manufacturing of the computer-controlled dental and maxillofacial radiography products, and internationally recognized by highly regarded dentists and radiologists as one of the most innovative companies in dental imaging. i-CAT systems offers clinicians enhanced features for highly effective treatment planning and surgical predictability. i-CAT is exclusively distributed by Henry Schein Dental. To learn more, visit
i-CAT is a member of the KaVo Kerr Group. KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis|Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% of all dental practices. Visit for more information.