Monday, June 29, 2009

Should Endodontists Place Implants? A Survey of U.S. Endodontists

Want to guess the outcome of this survey?

Journal of Endodontics
Volume 35, Issue 7, Pages 966-970 (July 2009)

Should Endodontists Place Implants? A Survey of U.S. Endodontists
Karen S. Potter, DDS∗, Michelle R. McQuistan, DDS, MS†, Anne E. Williamson, DDS, MS
Abstract
Introduction


The purpose of this national study was to assess endodontists' opinions regarding whether endodontists should place dental implants.
Methods

A written survey was developed and mailed to 1505 randomly selected practicing endodontists within the United States.
Results

The response rate was 46%. Univariate, bivariate, and logistic regression analyses were performed. Fifty-seven percent of respondents supported endodontists placing implants. Currently 5.7% of respondents place implants. Regression analyses identified the following variables as being positively associated with endodontists placing implants: graduation from an endodontic training program ≥10 years ago (p = .002); interest in placing implants in the future (p = .0001); the belief that implant placement should be incorporated into the endodontic residency curriculum (p < .0001); the belief that general dentists would support endodontists placing implants (p < .0001); and the desire to continue the rapport with a referred patient by placing an implant if the patient's tooth is nonrestorable (p < .0001).

Conclusions

The majority of responding endodontists believed that dental implant placement is within the scope of endodontic practice. Governing bodies of the specialty of endodontics might consider discussing whether formal implant training should be incorporated into future curricula.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lost Pictures on Flash Media Can Be Recovered


I recently had to recover some accidentally deleted pictures from an SD card in my daughters digital camera. I looked around the Internet looking from some freeware recovery software.

I came across this link to a Image Rescue 3 by Lexar. The link below allowed me to download their software for free by giving them an email address. The software located the deleted photos and I was able to recover them.

It is available for Windows and Mac OS.

Image Rescue 3 software

Thank you Lexar!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Crest launches new Complete 7 Expert toothpaste

I wonder if this is coming to the US?

Crest launches today its new Complete 7 Expert toothpaste which hardens the tooth enamel after 2 weeks.

Enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body due to its high mineral content. However, it is still susceptible to demineralization, a deterioration process which can lead to caries or cavities.

'Not everyone is familiar with enamel and its importance. Enamel is the frontline of protection for teeth and it is crucial to protect and prevent it from demineralising. The right toothpaste can help you to protect your enamel from wear and tear and preserve a bright, healthy and confident smile,'

said Mohammed Azzawe, Brand Manager, Oral Care AP.

Although being the hardest tissue in the human body, enamel can be broken down by several factors including applying too much pressure on the teeth during brushing, sugary foods leading to cavities and also acid erosion.

Acid erosion is a chemical process that occurs due to acids in foods particularly fruits and drinks. It can lead to demineralisation of the tooth enamel which can result in discoloration, sensitivity and expensive dental work such as veneers.

The new Crest Complete 7 Expert Enamel Protection is a specialised toothpaste for comprehensive enamel protection. It contains FluorisilTM, which is scientifically proven to enhance re-mineralisation and rebuild the enamel. FluorisilTM is a combination of fluoride and two types of silicas.

Fluoride is immediately available while brushing and becomes integrated into the enamel to rebuild and strengthen it, making it more resistant to acid attack. Silicas on the other hand deliver superb cleaning power and helps to remove enamel stains. This comprehensive toothpaste also contains the anti-tartar ingredient, Pyrophosphate, to prevent discoloration due to tartar and stain formation.

Crest Complete 7 Expert Enamel Protection is part of the new Complete 7 Expert range of specialized toothpastes which also includes Expert Gums Protection and Expert Sensitive. It is now available for purchase in all major retailers and pharmacies across the Arabian Peninsula.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Review of NHS dental services in England

Professor Jimmy Steele today published his independent Review of NHS Dental Services. The review has been running since December 2008 when the previous Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, appointed the review team to help the Government to ensure that every person who wants to access an NHS dentist can do so and that NHS dentists deliver high quality care and offer preventative work.

Read the NHS dental review here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Belkin Introduces New Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit Over Your Existing Home Electrical Wiring


This might be the answer for those offices that want to incorporate more of the digital office in the opratories but lack the network. Cost to get started is $150.


(Compton, CA) – June 22, 2009 – Today, Belkin announces an addition to its Powerline Networking line with its new Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit adapters, letting you create an ultrafast HD entertainment network through your home’s existing electrical wiring. Powered by Gigle Semiconductor’s mediaxtream™ chip, Belkin’s Gigabit Powerline provides a secure, stable networking signal anywhere in the home—even for areas that are hard to reach by wireless connections.

Because of its high Gigabit speeds and consistent connection, Gigabit Powerline reduces online gaming latency and provides large bandwidth, making it ideal for online PC gaming and ultrafast high-quality transmission of multiple video streams. While the current fastest powerline technology runs at 200Mbps, Gigabit Powerline delivers content at 1000Mbps of speed.
# Setup of a powerline network is simple with its plug-and-play connectivity: Plug one end of the Adapter into an available wall outlet.
# Connect the other end to any device with an available Ethernet port (RJ45), such as a gaming console, set-top box, or computer.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Salivary pH level and bacterial plaque evaluation in orthodontic patients treated with Recaldent® products

O Marchisio, MR Esposito and A Genovesi
International Journal of Dental Hygiene

Published Online: 15 Jun 2009

Abstract: Dental caries and resulting tooth decay can produce a multifactorial destructive process with a very high incidence. Cariogenic bacteria attack enamel with acids that produce subsurface lesions, thereby weakening the enamel and allowing bacterial progression into the dentin. The formation of dental decay, because of demineralization of the tooth structure, can be prevented or delayed by increasing the rate of the tooth's remineralization and replacement relative to the tooth's rate of demineralization. This rebuilding of enamel may be accelerated by the addition of amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) with the aid of casein phosphopeptide (CPP) (Recaldent® molecule). In this study, the role of CPP in stabilizing and releasing ACP on the tooth surface has been investigated to better understand its efficacy in the prevention of tooth demineralization in orthodontic patients. Twenty-five patients who wore fixed orthodontic appliances were enrolled in this clinical trial. It was explained to the patients that CPP–ACP would be used for 3 weeks and then suspended for an additional 3 weeks. Salivary pH evaluation, plaque pH evaluation and oral hygiene index (OHI) were performed at T0, T1 and T2. Results showed an increase in OHI level and an increase of the salivary pH (76% of the patients). Instead of plaque pH level that showed trivial results, only 48% of the patients showed a bacterial plaque pH increase. In conclusion, this study has not provided unequivocal evidence for the protective properties of Recaldent® molecule. Long-term studies are necessary to better understand the role of this molecule.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

EVERNOTE


On my new Palm Pre came a program called Evernote. It allows you to save and sync everything from written notes to pictures from your smartphone or computer. It can even do screen captures from your Mac or Windows PC. With Evernote you can have access to important or unimportant information wherever you may be. The best part is you can sign up for a free account. The free account allows up to 40MB a month which is over 20K text notes or 400 pictures from your cell phone. If you need more space you can upgrade for $5 per month. Watch the video and then check out Evernote for yourself.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Virtual-Reality Dental Training Is as Gory as You'd Expect

Video gaming gives dentists-to-be practice time on virtual teeth
Read the article and see more videos on Popsci.com

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Using 3-D Technology to Increase Patient Treatment Acceptance

On Tuesday, June 23rd, Patterson, Sirona and Schick will be hosting a free, full-day 3-D dental technology event in downtown Chicago. This practice-enhancing event will feature hands-on product demonstrations and an enlightening CE session with Dr. Neal Patel, entitled “Intro to 3-D X-Ray and the Possibilities.” At the end of the day, you’ll have learned how to use 3-D technology to significantly increase patient treatment acceptance. Seating is limited. To register, call 866-994-2279 or visit www.dentaltechnologyevent.com.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

VIOlight’s Clinically-Proven Toothbrush Sanitizer & Storage System Now Available Through Dental Offices


Yonkers, New York – June 1, 2009 – VIOlight Inc., the leader in ultraviolet light toothbrush sanitizers, recently introduced a Dental Professional Distribution Program that enables authorized dental offices to provide their patients with the company’s clinically proven line of products that kill infectious bacteria commonly found on toothbrushes. There are two VIOlight models currently available through the Professional Distribution Program:

• The VIO 100: This counter unit display is designed to hold up to four toothbrushes, including electric toothbrushes, and uses germicidal ultraviolet light, which physically destroys the DNA of microorganisms, thus eliminating 99.9% of germs and bacteria on your toothbrush within 10 minutes.1

• The VIO 200: The VIOlight Personal/Travel Toothbrush Sanitizer uses the germ-eliminating UV technology, but in a sleek, go-anywhere package. The germicidal light activates as soon as you close the lid, and in 6 minutes your toothbrush is sanitized and safely stored until you're ready to brush again.

“VIOlight is not just for those abnormally concerned with germs; several studies have proven that toothbrushes are breeding grounds for bacteria and can be responsible for spreading sickness among families,” explained company founder Joel Pinsky. “Dentists and hygienists can put themselves at the forefront of infection control while providing their patients with an affordable and effective means of disease prevention.”

The Yuck Factor

Researchers have found more than 10,000,000 bacteria living on a single toothbrush.2 A major source of toothbrush contamination is the toilet, which upon flushing, typically spews bacteria and virus-laden water
droplets throughout the bathroom and onto exposed toothbrushes.3 What’s more, a dirty toothbrush can be the source of a variety of infectious diseases and pathogens, such as:

• Hepatitis
• HIV
• Colds & flu
• Biofilm & tooth decay
• Fungi & molds

Despite the favorable living conditions the typical bathroom provides for bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi, VIOlight’s germicidal UV bulb has been proven to be highly effective in killing up to 99% of toothbrush-loving germs.1 One such study conducted by the New York University College of Dentistry, entitled “Reduction in Bacterial Contamination of Toothbrushes Using the VIOlight Ultraviolet Light Activated Toothbrush Sanitizer,” is available for download at www.violightprofessional.com.

The Opportunity

Dental professionals can help their patients prevent the spread of potentially harmful germs while adding an additional revenue stream. VIOlight’s Dental Professional Distribution Program offers a retail model for those dentists that prefer to stock and dispense product within the practice, and a referral program for those that would rather have the commerce handled by VIOlight Inc. Participating dental practices will receive an in-office marketing kit including a VIOlight product display, patient brochures, and an in-office poster.

“Your toothbrush cleans your teeth, but what cleans your toothbrush?” asks Pinsky. “We are providing dental practices with the tools needed to educate patients on the importance of sanitizing their toothbrushes.”

For a limited time, qualified dental professionals will receive a free VIO 200 travel toothbrush sanitizer just for inquiring about the distribution program. For more information call 1-877-339-1361or visit www.violightprofessional.com.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Repeal McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Exemption for Insurance Companies

From the Academy of General Dentistry

Repeal McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Exemption for Insurance Companies
Support H.R. 1583

Are you tired of insurance companies treating you unfairly? Did you know that they can treat you unfairly because they have an anti-trust exemption? Well, there might just be an opportunity to change that! H.R. 1583, the Insurance Industry Competition Act of 2009, would make federal antitrust laws applicable to insurance companies by amending the McCarran-Ferguson Act to repeal the antitrust exemption for the "business of insurance" set in place nearly 65 years ago.

The current exemption allows insurance companies to share related information through practices such as cooperative ratemaking efforts and to fix prices and allocate markets. This bill, however, would allow the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to address unfair methods of competition in the insurance business; federal oversight of insurance companies could ensure that the industry does not engage in anticompetitive conduct like price fixing, agreements not to pay, and divvying up geographical areas.

The opposition by the insurance companies to this bill is tremendous and you need to tell your Member of Congress how important passage of this bill is for you, your patients and your practice. Please urge your Representative to support repeal of the federal antitrust exemption for insurance companies. (AGD is grateful for the American Dental Association working with Congressman DeFazio to introduce this legislation.)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Blog Update

I got back yesterday from doing a lecture in Buffalo, NY. Had a good turnout and the usual flight delays getting home. Just a reminder that if any organizations are looking for CE to contact me. Dental Technology Solutions with myself and Drs. Flucke and Feuerstein are available to help simplify dental technology.

I also missed my 1000th blog post. Too busy and it just blew by so this is post 1005!
Marty

Friday, June 12, 2009

Cupcake CNC and Why Its Important


Would you like to create models just like they do for digital impressions? Well the Cupcake CNC is a rapid prototyping machine. What's that? Its a 3D printer. These type of machine maybe the future of some CAD/CAM. You could create models from a digital scan and send them to the lab of your choice. Cost for this machine is $2500.

Check it out at Makerbot.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Impact of educational posters on the lay knowledge of school teachers regarding emergency management of dental injuries

An interesting article. Get those posters into your children's schools. MJ

Lieger Olivier, Graf Christoph, Mohammed El-Maaytah , Von Arx Thomas
Dental Traumatology

Published Online: 9 Jun 2009

Abstract – The purpose of this study was to investigate the knowledge of school teachers about the emergency management of dental trauma, after an educational poster campaign. A total of 1000 questionnaires were sent to 100 schools in the area where the poster had been distributed. This was compared to another 100 schools (1000 questionnaires) in an area, Where the poster had not been distributed. The questionnaire surveyed demographic data, basic knowledge of emergency management of tooth fracture, luxation and avulsion injuries. A total of 511 questionnaires were returned (25.5%) and analyzed. Results showed differences between the two assessed areas. Teachers, who worked in the area with poster distribution, had better knowledge in handling tooth injuries. For the management of tooth fractures the portion of teachers, who knew the correct handling procedure, was 78.9% (area with poster campaign) vs 72.1% (area with no poster campaign), for the management of tooth luxation it was 87% vs 84% and for the management of tooth avulsion it was 71% vs 54%. In the area with the poster campaign 49% (n = 90 out of 185) of the teachers stated to have gained some knowledge about this topic beforehand. Out of these, 75 teachers (75/90 = 83%), had gained their information from the educational poster. Out of the 75 teachers, who had seen a poster on this topic, 68 (68/75 = 91%) would have managed such an emergency correctly. The present study shows the positive effect of educational poster campaigns. It therefore should encourage professionals in this field to embark on similar projects.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

In vitro remineralization of enamel by polymeric amorphous calcium phosphate composite: Quantitative microradiographic study

S.E. Langhorst, J.N.R. O’Donnell, D. Skrtic
Dental Materials Volume 25, Issue 7, Pages 884-891

Abstract
Objective

This study explores the efficacy of an experimental orthodontic amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) composite to remineralize in vitro subsurface enamel lesions microradiographically similar to those seen in early caries.
Methods

Lesions were artificially created in extracted human molars. Single tooth sections a minimum of 120μm thick were cut and individually placed in holders exposing only the carious enamel surface. The exposed surfaces were either left untreated (control) or coated with a 1mm thick layer of the experimental ACP composite (mass fraction 40% zirconia-hybridized ACP and 60% photo-activated resin), or a commercial fluoride-releasing orthodontic cement. The composite-coated sections were then photo-cured and microradiographic images were taken of all three groups of specimens before the treatment. Specimens were then cyclically immersed in demineralizing and remineralizing solutions for 1 month at 37°C to simulate the pH changes occurring in the oral environment. Microradiographs of all specimens were taken before and after treatment.
Results

Quantitative digital image analysis of matched areas from the contact microradiographs taken before and after treatment indicated higher mineral recovery with ACP composites compared to the commercial orthodontic F-releasing cement (14.4% vs. 4.3%, respectively), while the control specimens showed an average of 55.4% further demineralization.
Significance

Experimental ACP composite efficiently established mineral ion transfer throughout the body of the lesions and restored the mineral lost due to acid attack. It can be considered a useful adjuvant for the control of caries in orthodontic applications.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

GPR Spot Open

If you know a graduating dental student who is still looking for a residency position. Please have them get in touch with me ASAP. There is an opening in a central NJ hospital.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Digitization of simulated clinical dental impressions: Virtual three-dimensional analysis of exactness

Anna S.K. PerssonaCorresponding, Agneta Odénb, Matts Anderssonc, Gunilla Sandborgh-Englunda
Dental Materials Volume 25, Issue 7, Pages 929-936 (July 2009)

Abstract
Objectives

To compare the exactness of simulated clinical impressions and stone replicas of crown preparations, using digitization and virtual three-dimensional analysis.
Methods

Three master dies (mandibular incisor, canine and molar) were prepared for full crowns, mounted in full dental arches in a plane line articulator. Eight impressions were taken using an experimental monophase vinyl polysiloxane-based material. Stone replicas were poured in type IV stone (Vel-Mix Stone; Kerr). The master dies and the stone replicas were digitized in a touch-probe scanner (Procera® Forte; Nobel Biocare AB) and the impressions in a laser scanner (D250, 3Shape A/S), to create virtual models. The resulting point-clouds from the digitization of the master dies were used as CAD-Reference-Models (CRM). Discrepancies between the points in the pointclouds and the corresponding CRM were measured by a matching-software (CopyCAD 6.504 SP2; Delcam Plc). The distribution of the discrepancies was analyzed and depicted on color-difference maps.
Results

The discrepancies of the digitized impressions and the stone replicas compared to the CRM were of similar size with a mean±SD within 40μm, with the exception of two of the digitized molar impressions. The precision of the digitized impressions and stone replicas did not differ significantly (F=4.2; p=0.053). However, the shape affected the digitization (F=5.4; p=0.013) and the interaction effect of shape and digitization source (impression or stone replica) was pronounced (F=28; p<0.0001). The reliability was high for both digitization methods, evaluated by repeated digitizations.
Significance

The exactness of the digitized impressions varied with shape. Both impressions and stone replicas can be digitized repeatedly with a high reliability.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

New Survey Shows Americans Strongly Support Guaranteed Dental Coverage In Healthcare Reform

Nearly 2 in 3 U.S. adults (63%) think that it is important that dental coverage is part of an overall health reform package, and 40 percent say it is very important, according to a new public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America. The survey, sponsored by the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation, and conducted by Harris Interactive(R), was released today at the launch of National Smile Month, the largest independent international campaign promoting good dental care including brushing, regular dental visits, and healthy food choices as well as the need for effective oral healthcare policies.

"As routines change for summer, this is a great time of year to focus on dental care habits, spend extra time with our children in teaching them to brush their teeth, and to ask our elected officials to support health care for our entire body - including our mouth," said Oral Health America's President and CEO Beth Truett during the National Smile Month launch at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, MD.

The survey shows that the vast majority of adults (92 percent) understand that the lack of proper dental care can lead to overall poor health, and that four in five adults (81 percent) agree that dental benefits are as important as general medical benefits in an overall healthcare benefit package.

During June, Oral Health America, National Museum of Dentistry, Hispanic Dental Association, dental offices, community care providers, schools, and camps will be celebrating National Smile Month and encouraging families not to forget their toothbrushes on vacation.

Oral Health America is the nation's leading, independent organization dedicated to eliminating oral disease through access, education and advocacy. The Oral Health America Dental Survey was conducted by telephone within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Oral Health America between April 29 and May 3, 2009 among 1,011 adults ages 18 years and older. A full methodology is available. National Smile Month is sponsored by Patterson Dental, Dental Trade Alliance Foundation, UnitedHealthcare Dental, and other dental industry leaders, and comprises a variety of initiatives during June to focus public attention on the connection between oral health and overall health. A simultaneous campaign runs in the United Kingdom through the International Dental Health Foundation.

Source: Oral Health America

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Brush for 40 seconds?


The 40 Second Electric Toothbrush is only $99

This is the world's most efficient electric toothbrush that thoroughly cleans all of your teeth in 40 seconds, reducing necessary brushing time by 66%. Unlike typical toothbrushes that only clean one surface at a time, this advanced model has four heads that clean six surfaces--the front, back, and chewing surface of top and bottom teeth--simultaneously. The electric toothbrush automatically executes the Bass technique, a brushing method recommended by the American Dental Association: the bristles are aligned at a 4° angle and move towards and away from the gums 810 times per minute to remove bacterial plaque from teeth and at or below the gumline. The pivoting heads self-adjust to accommodate narrower front teeth and broader back teeth and the bristles have varying lengths so that they clean prominent tooth surfaces and hard-to-reach spaces. Two included rechargeable AA batteries provide up to 60 uses after a 12-hour charge. Charger plugs into AC. Includes four soft bristle brush heads and a tongue cleaner.

Check it out on the Hammacher Schlemmer Web Site

Friday, June 05, 2009

So If Invisalign has got you wondering where to turn?

This is ClearCorrect's response to Invisalign's latest announcement. I have heard of some growing pain problems with ClearCorrect but this may be an alternative to those dentists wanting to offer clear retainer orthodontics but without a minimum case requirement. I am also wondering if Align will refund course fees to people who have recently taken or are scheduled to take their upcoming CE classes ( if they choose to cancel) who don't think they can make the minimum?


Thursday, June 04, 2009

Invisalign-10 case minimum.

Here is a recent letter sent out by Invisalign.


Dear Doctor:

Align Technology has always been committed to great treatment outcomes for Invisalign doctors and patients. This commitment is at the heart of everything we do, and is evident in the investments we make in clinical research, product development, and industry-leading clinical education.

But ultimately, success is in the hands of the doctor. As awareness and acceptance of Invisalign has grown, so has consumer demand and the size of our trained doctor base. Which leads us to ask, how can we be confident that every Invisalign® provider actually has enough product knowledge and experience to help give patients a great outcome? Align wants every Invisalign provider to be one we can comfortably direct a prospective patient to with an expectation of knowledgeable treatment and a great outcome.

Effective June 1, 2009, Align is implementing Invisalign product proficiency requirements to help ensure good clinical outcomes and a more consistent standard of treatment for Invisalign patients. This proficiency initiative requires every Invisalign provider to start a minimum of 10 Invisalign cases and complete at least 10 Invisalign-specific CE credits each calendar year to maintain active account status. Details on all aspects of the proficiency requirements are available at http://vip.invisalign.com/proficiency.

Align wants to make sure that every doctor who wants to be successful with Invisalign can be successful with Invisalign. As part of this proficiency initiative, we have defined a Proficiency Pathway of Invisalign educational opportunities at www.aligntechinstitute.com/pathways to help doctors achieve confidence with key aspects of treatment. And starting today, your VIP page will show a dashboard of your patient starts (based on cases shipped to you) and CE credits for the year to help you stay on top of the proficiency requirements.

Doctors who choose not to meet the annual case and CE requirements by December 31, 2009 will be able to continue treating any in-progress cases, but will not be eligible to submit new Invisalign cases or to represent themselves as Invisalign providers.

Attaching proficiency requirements to using Invisalign helps Align preserve the integrity of the Invisalign brand for prospective patients and for the doctors who use our products. Being an Invisalign provider should mean something. Going forward, being an Invisalign provider will represent a baseline of Invisalign knowledge and expertise, and will convey a doctor’s commitment to maintaining proficiency with the Invisalign products and treatment.

As always, the men and women who work for me in North America are there to assist you in achieving your goals, whether that means meeting this year's proficiency requirements, or going beyond that to truly make the most of Invisalign in your practice.

Sincerely,

Dan S. Ellis
Vice President, North American Sales

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Windows 7

For those of you who dislike Vista (just about everyone). Your wait is almost over.
Windows 7 is set to be released on October 22nd. I have been playing with the beta's of Windows 7 and I do like it much more then Vista. However I still prefer Mac and Ubuntu for personal computing more then a Microsoft product. In my office we are and will probably be Windows for a long time to come.

Monday, June 01, 2009

DENTRIX G4 Service Pack 5

The next service pack for Dentrix should be out shortly.

DENTRIX G4 Service Pack 5, now you can:


• Set the default Chart dentition for newly-added patients to primary or adult, based on customizable settings that reflect the patient’s age.

• Allow DENTRIX to automatically check for updates and display a notification whenever updates are available for your software (if your office is on a current Customer Service Plan).

• More conveniently access the Practice Analysis Reports from the Reports menu in the Office Manager.

• View more accurate, updated patient balances in the Ledger that have been automatically updated to reflect family edit changes.

• Print due dates on billing statements for patients without having to set up a payment agreement.

• Choose whether you want to use the simple version of the Select Patient dialog or the more powerful, new Select Patient dialog in the Chart, Treatment Planner, Questionnaires, Perio, and Document Center modules.

• Click a button to return to the default sort order of the Progress Notes if you have customized the way they are sorted in the Chart.

• Adjust the margins on the printed Chart progress notes to accommodate for 3-ring binder holes.

New Rule On Tooth Brushing At Day Care In Mass.

Starting Jan. 1, 2010, new EEC regulations will take effect. One will require all children who attend a licensed child care program for more than four hours, including a meal, to brush their teeth. It's a response to statistics showing that many kids have tooth decay that can lead to cavities

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