Saturday, December 30, 2006

Nomad Hand Held X-Ray Unit Review

Well I am here in St. Kitts enjoying the morning sun and figured before everyone awakened I would write the review.

For those who don't know what Nomad is please check a my November 28th blog entry for pictures.

Basically Nomad is a hand held x-ray machine. The first thing that needed to be done was to see if my State had allowed this unit to be used. In NJ it was approved for use in October 2006. So that problem was dealt with. There maybe some restrictions on how it is used. Aribex (the maker of Nomad) can advise you about the monitoring restrictions if any exist for your state. The unit is a DC and is state of the art for dealing with digital radiography (both sensors and phosphor plates) along with conventional film.

The concerns most dentists voice are about size and weight. Well the unit is similar to an 8 pound cordless drill. It is a little a awkward at first but my staff adapted to it very quickly. In fact the Nomad became the x-ray unit of choice in the office. No complaints about the weight or the unit being difficult to handle. All the assistants and hygienists preferred the Nomad to the wall mounted unit.

One thing that came as a surprise was the staff members telling me it improved work flow. No longer did they have to walk out of the room. They were able to acquire radiographs much more efficiently.

So it was a very enjoyable week with a Nomad hand held x-ray unit. I will hear the complaints when I get back to the office that it is not there. So when I get back from vacation I will be purchasing this unit for my office.

If you are considering building a new office consider one or two Nomad's as they will save you money in the long run along with time and licensing fees.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone has a marvelous holiday and a healthy new year.

My family is off to a nice sunny and white sandy holiday.

I promise the Nomad review as the next blog entry.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Free Skype Calls Ending

The Skype Free Internet Calling within North America is ending but they have a plan.

An Unlimited Plan offering a full year of unlimited calls to anyone, on any phone, within the US and Canada for just $14.95.
($29.95 after January 31st 2007)

More Information is available by clicking here.

I use this service when traveling in the Caribbean and it works great and saves me more then the $15 dollars.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Kavo Licenses DIFOTI

Electro-Optical Sciences, Inc.
(“EOS”) [NASDAQ: MELA], today announced that it has signed an exclusive
licensing agreement with KaVo Dental GmbH (“KaVo”), a leading dental
equipment manufacturer, to further develop and commercialize DIFOTI ® , a U.S.
Food and Drug Administration-cleared non-invasive imaging device developed by
EOS for the detection of dental caries.

In accordance with the terms of the agreement, KaVo will pay EOS an
undisclosed upfront sum as well as up to a double digit annual royalty based on
the number of systems sold per calendar year. KaVo has made a multi-million
dollar commitment to refine the DIFOTI product for commercial launch.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

ScanX Duo

A single ScanX Duo can be operated by two users at the same time with different patients making it perfect for use in a shared X-Ray pass-through. ScanX Duo uses Phosphor Storage Plates that are ultra-thin, wireless and flexible allowing for accurate positioning within the oral cavity. Using PSPs minimizes image elongation, foreshortening and retakes. The plates are very inexpensive and can be used thousands of times.
More information is available on the Air Techniques Web Site

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Print Greener Save Trees Paper and Money

GreenPrint eliminates wasteful pages in any printout automatically, saving you time and money, and maybe more importantly, saving trees, reducing greenhouse gasses, and decreasing waste.

GreenPrint does this by analyzing each page of every document sent to the printer and looking for typical waste characteristic (like that last page with just a URL, banner ad, logo, or legal jargon).

GreenPrint also incorporates an easy to use PDF writer, a fantastic print preview called GreenView, and a reporting feature which keeps track of the number of pages and the amount of money you have saved.

More information is available at the web site

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Latest Tounge Pierceing Complication

CHICAGO - The teenager said the stabbing pains in her face felt like electrical shocks that lasted 10 to 30 seconds and struck 20 to 30 times a day.

Her doctors diagnosed trigeminal neuralgia, a nerve disorder sometimes called “suicide disease” because of the excruciating and dispiriting pain it causes.

Doctors tried painkillers, then stronger medication, but in the end, a cure proved more simple: The young woman removed the metal stud from her pierced tongue. Two days later her pain vanished.

To read the complete story on MSNBC click here

Monday, December 04, 2006

Goodbye Treo 650

As of today, the Palm Treo 650 is no longer alvailable from Palm. My trusty sidekick continues to occupy a space on my belt but those looking for a 650 are too late. Your choices are the Treo 700P or the sidegrade to a Treo 680. I know I will upgrade when Palm or someone else releases a significantly better smartphone then the Treo 650.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

A Dentist Helped Develop Cell Phones

From the FCC web site:

- Dr. Mahlon Loomis of Virginia, a dentist, may have been the first person to communicate through wireless via the atmosphere. Between 1866 and 1873 he transmitted telegraphic messages at a distance of 18 miles between the tops of Cohocton and Beorse Deer Mountains, Virginia. He developed a method of transmitting and receiving messages by using the Earth's atmosphere as a conductor and launching kites enclosed with a copper screens that were linked to the ground with copper wires. Congress then awarded Loomis a $50,000 research grant.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Digital Radiology Implementation

Last night I attended a digital radiology night with my local study club. The interest in digital radiography is high but most dental offices do not have the infrastructure in place to support it. Before considering digital radiography make sure that you have your operatories computerized and networked. This is the first step in successfully implementing anything digital in the operatories.

There were a few very early adopters who stopped using their digital radiology systems. The problem was they were using notebook computers in an effort to save money ( no computers networked in the ops). Most mid to low end notebook computers lack the contrast ratio ( minimum of 500:1) to diagnose caries. If you are having problems with digital radiography with your notebook consider buying an LCD monitor and attaching it to the notebook.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Looking Into The Portable X-Ray Future

I saw this unit but it does not have FDA approval and may never see the light of day in the US. It is a camera style portable Xray unit with a built in digital sensor. It was quite light but I was quite concerned that it may not have adequate shielding. This is why it is so light but we will see what the future brings.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

200 Year Old Denture

From Ananova

18th Century smile
A 200-year-old pair of French false teeth have gone on display for the first time to mark World Smile Day.
The 18th century teeth, worn by the Archbishop of Narbonne who died in 1806, were found in his coffin after an archaeologists' dig in London.
They were digging at St Pancras graveyard ahead of building work on the Channel Tunnel's new rail terminus, reports The Times.
The porcelain dentures, which were still sitting in Arthur Richard Dillon's mouth, have gone on display at the British Museum.
It is thought he may have bought the dentures, which feature gold springs, from top Parisian dentist Nicholas De Chemant.
Dillon, who was ordained as Archbishop of Narbonne in 1763, escaped the guillotine during the French Revolution before fleeing to England in 1791.
Museum of London archaeologist Natasha Powers said: "These unique artefacts reflect a pivotal time in dental history with the adoption of new materials and methods of manufacture.
"They also represent a period of significant social and economic change for the upper echelons of French society."
Story filed: 09:23 Friday 6th October 2006 -->

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Portable X-Ray

I have been looking at the Aribex Nomad which is a portable xray unit. Hopefully I will have a demo unit in my office next week and I can report back on it.

New Film Developer

Here is something else from the GNYDM. A company called EcoNet Global has a film developer that doesn't need a darkroom. You feed the film into the processor with the film sleeve on and it gets stripped off and processed. They have a new version which will digitally scan the film. The processor will attach to a computer via USB. So you get a conventional film and digital image from conventional film.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Rinsendo - A New Way To Irrigate

I saw this yesterday at the Greater NY Dental Meeting. It attaches to an air hose and delivers irrigating solutions into the canal at the same time evacuating the solutions via a saliva ejector.

It is made by Air Techniniques and costs $1995. More information is available here.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Looking To Get Into Laser Dentistry

If you want to find out more on laser dentistry check out the Laser Dentistry forums. Lots of good information from dentists using this technology daily.

Check Out

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Smart drug bites into tooth decay

22 November 2006
From New Scientist Print Edition

Dentists could soon be out of a job - a "smart bomb" antimicrobial drug that kills the bacteria that live in plaque could stop tooth decay in its tracks.

Traditional antibiotics are too indiscriminate to be used against Streptococcus mutans because they also kill commensal or "friendly" bacteria, paving the way for other mouth infections. Now Wenyuan Shi of the University of California, Los Angeles, has created an antimicrobial that spares commensal bugs.

Read more here

Looking for a Smartphone The New Treo 680

If you are looking to try a smartphone the new Treo 680 maybe what you are looking for. The Palm Treo 680 press release can be viewed here. The 680 will be available unlocked from Palm for $399 or for $199 from Cingular with a 2 year committment.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Truth About Digital Prints and Megapixels

From David Pogues Blog

We blew up a photograph to 16 x 24 inches at a professional photo lab. One print had 13-megapixel resolution; one had 8; the third had 5. Same exact photo, down-rezzed twice, all three printed at the same poster size. I wanted to hang them all on a wall in Times Square and challenge passersby to see if they could tell the difference.

We ran the test for about 45 minutes. Dozens of people stopped to take the test; a little crowd gathered. About 95 percent of the volunteers gave up, announcing that there was no possible way to tell the difference, even when mashing their faces right up against the prints. A handful of them attempted guesses—but were wrong. Only one person correctly ranked the prints in megapixel order, although (a) she was a photography professor, and (b) I believe she just got lucky.

I’m telling you, there was NO DIFFERENCE.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Voice recognition improvements

Check out this You Tube Video

In October 2006, Nuance Communications hosted a challenge to determine the fastest and most accurate way to send text messages and email using mobile devices. In a classic match-up of man vs. machine, Ben Cook, recently crowned the world champion of text messaging, raced against Nuance Mobile Dictation, the speech recognition technology that allows mobile phone users to create text messages using speech.

Cook, a teen from Utah, holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest entry of a 160-character standardized message on a mobile device: “The razor toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” Cook’s previous triple tap record for the standard message stood at 42.22 seconds.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Something New From PALM

Palm founder and CTO Jeff Hawkins reveals in an interview with the San Jose Business Journal that Palm has a third business (after PDAs and smartphones) that they haven't yet revealed to the public. He does mention that it has something to do with mobile computing.

For those who don't know Jeff Hawkins is the inventor of both the Palm Pilot and Treo smartphone.


I’ll give you a couple clues. I always think of mobile computing as personal computing. This long-term vision has led us through everything — first the organizers and now through the smart phone space. It’s like everything a personal computer is. Continue down that path. What are the implications of a world where everyone has a super high-speed Internet connection in their pocket and many gigabytes of storage, super-fast processors, audio, visual and multimedia? What are the consequences of that? How will that change computing when you have all that stuff available to you all the time? I try to think into the future. That’s how we come up with new products. So I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it’s following the consequences of mobile computing.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

iPhone is coming

The Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times is reporting that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd. is producing an phone that also has the same multimedia functionality as an iPod.

Reportedly, Apple has ordered 12 million of these for delivery some time before the middle of next year.

Many are expecting this device, often referred to as the iPhone, to be announced at the MacWorld Expo in January

Microsoft is planning their own music player phone.

I am not sure whether these phones will be smartphones or just be able to play tunes.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Injection Speed Influences Efficacy

From October 2006 Journal of Endodontics

Speed of Injection Influences Efficacy of Inferior Alveolar Nerve Blocks: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial in Volunteers
Mohammad Dib Kanaa, MPhil, DDS, John Gerard Meechan, PhD, BDS, Ian Porter Corbett, PhD, BDS, John Martin Whitworth, PhD, BChD

This randomized double-blind crossover trial investigated the efficacy and discomfort associated with slow (60 seconds) and rapid (15 seconds) inferior alveolar nerve blocks (IANB) using 2.0 ml of 2% lidocaine with 1:80,000 epinephrine in securing mandibular first molar, premolar and lateral incisor pulp anesthesia in 38 healthy adult volunteers. Episodes of maximal stimulation (80 μA) without sensation on electronic pulp testing were recorded. Injection discomfort was self-recorded by volunteers on 100 mm visual analogue scales. Data were analyzed by McNemar, Friedman, Wilcoxon Signed Ranks, and paired t tests. Slow IANB produced more episodes of no response to maximal pulp stimulation than rapid IANB in molars (220 episodes versus 159, p < 0.001), premolars (253 episodes versus 216, p = 0.003) and lateral incisors (119 episodes versus 99, p = 0.049). Slow IANB was more comfortable than rapid IANB (p = 0.021).

Onto Wilkes-Barre PA

The Tech Trio (Drs. Feuerstein, Flucke and I) will be doing our lecture Wednesday in Wilkes Barre PA. We will see what is new in dentistry and I will report back. More information on our lecture is available at the Dental Technology Solutions web site.

Drop me a line from the web site if your organization is interested in having us come entertain your group.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

A Dental Chair?

I saw this in the National Archives. There was no identification but it sure looks like a dental chair.

Friday, November 10, 2006

New Infant Fluoride Guidelines!
The American Dental Association has released new guidlines for fluoride and infant formula. Go to to view the new recommendations.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

GooSync: Mobile HotSync Your Calendar

GooSync will synchronize your Google Calendar with just about any mobile phone. It is a free over-the-air synchronization service for GoogleCalendar.
Just hit the sync button on your mobile device to synchronize your GoogleCalendar and the calendar on your mobile device.

Friday, November 03, 2006

"Watch" Your Video or Office Backup To Go

Here is something different.
MP4 Player + Music Player + Digital Watch + Voice Recorder!!!
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Better yet with 1GB of storage, backup your practice management software and take it with you. For $98 it may just be perfect.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Speed Up Your Internet Connection

OpenDNS provides a safer, faster, more reliable and smarter DNS service free to any Internet user.

Two things make OpenDNS faster than similar services. First, OpenDNS runs a really big, smart cache, so every OpenDNS user benefits from the activities of the broader OpenDNS user base. Second, OpenDNS runs a high-performance network which is geographically distributed and serviced by several redundant connections. OpenDNS responds to your query from the nearest location. That means we're very fast (and extremely reliable, to boot).

It even corrects typos in a URL that you type. I have tried this service and it works as advertised. So even if you don't understand the terminology go check out the web site and try it for yourself.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Perio Disease and Preterm Births

From the New England Journal of Medicine

Treatment of Periodontal Disease and the Risk of Preterm Birth

Bryan S. Michalowicz, D.D.S ., James S. Hodges, Ph.D., Anthony J. DiAngelis, D.M.D., M.P.H., Virginia R. Lupo, M.D., M.P.H., M. John Novak, B.D.S., Ph.D., James E. Ferguson, M.D., William Buchanan, D.M.D., M.Md.Sc., James Bofill, M.D., Panos N. Papapanou, D.D.S., Ph.D., Dennis A. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H., Stephen Matseoane, M.D., Pat A. Tschida, Ph.D., for the OPT Study

Background Maternal periodontal disease has been associated with an increased risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. We studied the effect of nonsurgical periodontal treatment on preterm birth.
Methods We randomly assigned women between 13 and 17 weeks of gestation to undergo scaling and root planing either before 21 weeks (413 patients in the treatment group) or after delivery (410 patients in the control group). Patients in the treatment group also underwent monthly tooth polishing and received instruction in oral hygiene. The gestational age at the end of pregnancy was the prespecified primary outcome. Secondary outcomes were birth weight and the proportion of infants who were small for gestational age.
Results In the follow-up analysis, preterm birth (before 37 weeks of gestation) occurred in 49 of 407 women (12.0%) in the treatment group (resulting in 44 live births) and in 52 of 405 women ( 12.8%) in the control group (resulting in 38 live births). Although periodontal treatment improved periodontitis measures (P<0.001), it did not significantly alter the risk of preterm delivery (P=0.70; hazard ratio for treatment group vs. control group, 0.93; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.63 to 1.37). There were no significant differences between the treatment and control groups in birth weight (3239 g vs. 3258 g, P=0.64) or in the rate of delivery of infants that were small for gestational age ( 12.7% vs. 12.3%; odds ratio, 1.04; 95% CI, 0.68 to 1.58). There were 5 spontaneous abortions or stillbirths in the treatment group, as compared with 14 in the control group (P=0.08).
Conclusions Treatment of periodontitis in pregnant women improves periodontal disease and is safe but does not significantly alter rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, or fetal growth restriction. ( number, NCT00066131 [] .)

NEJM Volume 355:1885-1894 November 2, 2006 Number 18

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Looking For An AED?

If you are looking to purchase a Automated External Defibrillator(AED)
for your office try the AED Superstore they have many models to choose from.

The Heartsine Samaritan should be what most dentists are looking for with a cost of $895.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Protecting Your Laptop

Protect your notebook from theft. Here is an article that gives all kinds of tips to protect the physical notebook and secure the data on it.

Go here to read the article.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Are You Looking To Buy A Laptop

Here is some interesting information about the quality of laptops. Consumer Reports recently posted this chart showing the percentage of laptops that need some serious repair - we believe/hope over the life of the product. These numbers are staggering, as is the fact that there is only a 3% difference between leaders Sony and Lenovo and losers Compaq and Gateway.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Spring Ahead Fall Back

At 2am on Sunday, the clocks need to be ** turned back one hour** as we return to Standard time. And for those of you keeping track, this will be the last time this change takes place before Halloween. Starting next year, we’ll be falling back on the first Sunday in November (thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005).

Friday, October 27, 2006

Vista system may need more memory

Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista computer operating system may need double the amount of main memory recommended by the world's biggest software maker, Dell Inc. Chief Executive Kevin Rollins said.

"I think they tell you maybe 1 gig of memory is OK," Rollins said Thursday at a speech at Shanghai's Jiaotong University, referring to Microsoft's recommendations. "No. Two gigs of memory would be great."

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Tooth Tunes Musical Mp3 Playing Toothbrush

HEY, MOM . . . we understand that getting your kids to brush their teeth can be a daily battle. Not any more! TOOTH TUNES is here to help put an end to those battles. TOOTH TUNES is a new, revolutionary toothbrush for kids that makes brushing their teeth fun and entertaining.

Your kids will love brushing their teeth to their favorite hit songs from some of their favorite artists. As sound vibrations stream from the bristles through their teeth, they hear the music in their heads. But, when they stop brushing, the music stops playing in their head. So they’ll actually want to keep brushing for a full two minutes!

Check out more on the by clicking here

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

New Web Browsers

Mozilla has released Firefox version 2.0

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 7.0

Just click on the link above to download your favorite.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cell Phone Broken or Got Wet?

If your cell phone gets damaged and you don't have insurance for it then you usually have to buy a new one (without the subsidy). Consider these two services that can repair your cell phone for a lot less. repairs cell phones for a flat fee of $44.95 even phones that have gone for a swim in the toilet. charges $19+ parts and shipping.

So far I have not had to use one of these companies but if the time comes you do have options if the cell phone carrier says they can't or won't repair it.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Curse protected 4,200 year old graves of royal dentists

The arrest of tomb robbers led archaeologists to the graves of three royal dentists, protected by a curse and hidden in the desert sands for thousands of years in the shadow of Egypt's most ancient pyramid, officials announced Sunday.

Read more about it here

A New Aligner Company

With the recent demise of Orthoclear a new company has moved into the invisible removable orthodontic fold. The company is call NuBrace. They offer online certification. As this company is new do your own due diligence.

More information is available on their web site

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

RF Concepts microscope

Here is Copernicus a 30X video microscope. Cost is about $6K.


A new oral cancer detection system

RF Concepts All In One Microscope system

Here is the Copernicus Video microscope. Enlarging the image up to 30 times. Price is $6K

New Bluetooth Sensor

A new wireless Bluetooth digital radiography sensor from a company called Myray. Cost for a #1 sensor is $8K. It has an LCD screen that tells you what computer it is connecting to, along with the battery level.

Elvis Sighting

Viva Las Vegas and the ADA
Tomorrow views from the exhibit floor.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Off To the ADA in Vegas

I will be departing for the ADA Convention in Las Vegas. So stop by Technology Day on Tuesday and say hello. Lots of updates from Vegas. Hope to meet you there.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

New From Google

Google Maps is now availbale for the Palm operating system. I tried it on my Treo and it works great. If you could use this with a GPS it would be a great application.

Download Google Maps for your Mobile phone here

Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your office's assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan.

Google Docs and Spreadsheets can be found here

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mobile Search Engines

If you have web access on your mobile phone don't forget that you can easily do Google and searches. These web sites are specially formatted for the small screens on your mobile phone. Go try them out.

You can even use these sites on your desktop computer to speed things up! Click on the links above to check them out.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Good Price on Photoshop Elements 2.0

Circuit City has an online only sale on Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 2.0 for $24.99

So if you like to manipulate photos or do cosmetic imaging

click here.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

UAppoint Welcomes Patients to the Dental Office

The “Patient Welcome Kit” is the newest feature of UAppoint’s Smart Patient Connections service. New patients are welcomed to the practice by email. Attached to the email is a medical/dental history and registration form that the patient fills out at her convenience. If an existing patient referred the new patient, a thank-you email is automatically sent to the referring patient. The service significantly enhances the relationship with patients and saves the dental practice time and money

Read more here

Thursday, October 05, 2006

AAOMS Release BRONJ Paper

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has issued prevention and management strategies for those who are at risk for developing the disease and for patients with Bisphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, or BRONJ.

Click here to read the position paper

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Pay With Your Finger

Biometrics is coming to patient check out. Here is another item I saw at NextFest. You sign up and then you no longer need to carry debit or credit cards. Just a touch of your finger and away you go. Its not yet nationwide but I look forward to seeing more of this type device.

More information is here

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Vein Viewer

I saw this at NewxtFest. If you want to start an IV it helps you visualize the veins.

Its available from Luminetx and its a little steep for a dental office at $25K.

More information is available here

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Heading to Nextfest

Today I will be attending Nextfest.

Question: Whats is Nexfest?


WIRED Magazine is bringing its vision of a new world's fair to New York City. Experience more than 130 exciting exhibits from scientists, researchers, and inventors around the globe. WIRED NextFest features innovations in communication, design, entertainment, exploration, health, transportation, security, and green living.

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Align Technology Purchases OrthoClear

From the OrthoClear Web Site,

Today, OrthoClear announced that Align Technology - the makers of Invisalign® - has purchased OrthoClear’s intellectual property, including the company’s extensive patent portfolio related to the manufacturing of clear, removable aligners.

As part of this agreement, Align has committed to complete treatment of all current OrthoClear cases at no charge to the treating doctor. This includes cases in the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong.

Doctors may contact Align directly at 888-822-5446 to discuss the status of their cases.


The OrthoClear Team

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Treo 700p vs Treo700wx: which one to buy?

Trying to decide which Treo to buy? Not sure if you want Windows Mobile or Palm OS?
Read this article over at the Technology Evangelist site

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Apple iPhone to be Cingular-exclusive at launch

Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US' largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple's forthcoming phone. Apple's iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release. As previously reported, Apple's phone will feature a candy-bar design with a 2.2-inch display and 3 megapixel camera. Robust iTunes and iSync support will also be delivered with the phone.

Read more about it

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Cone Beam CT Scanner On a Pay Per Scan Basis

IMTEC Imaging's ILUMA scanner provides medical and dental professionals the ability to take high-resolution CT scans in the office at a considerable cost and time savings to the patient. The ILUMA scanner is intelligently de­signed for aesthetic beauty, ease of use, ultra high-resolution scans and the safety of the patient. The total scan takes less than 40 seconds to produce an easily maneuverable digital full volume CT image. It is becoming the new standard of radiographic care for patients.

The ILUMA scanner is furnished to the customer free of equipment charges. ILUMA scanner is unique with the concept of only paying for technology as you use it.

Check it our here

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Article and Podcast on Bisphosphonate-Associated Osteonecrotic Jaw Bone

Lexi Comp has a nice article from Dr. Richard Wynn that discusses two seperate articles on ONJ.

Here is the link.

Dentalcast has a podcast on the same topic with Dr. Mark Donaldson.
The podcast can be found via iTunes or directly from

Friday, September 22, 2006

How To: Recover Your Deleted Files

Have you accidentally deleted pics off a media card or quick-formatted your drive, and you want to recover the contents? You may be able to recover your data with these handy tools.

Here is an article telling you how to recover the lost files.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

New Perio Treatment Guidlines

The American Academy of Periodontoloy recently published new guidlines for the treatment of periodontal disease. If you would like a copy just send me an email from the Dental Technology Solutions web site.

Want To Try Windows Vista

You can download the latest pre-release of Microsoft's new operating system Vista. Click here to download MS Vista RC1

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Patient Entertainment Glasses

If you don't want to mount over the patient monitors another possibility are the myvu glasses for the video ipods. The glasses produce the equivalent of watching a 27-inch TV from six feet away, with a viewing time of six hours from its rechargeable battery. The glasses will be available this fall for $399.

Monday, September 18, 2006

USB Flash Drive For Office Backups

CompUSA has a 3 Pack of PNY Attache 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drives on sale for $59.99
I use these Flash Drives to back up my practice management data. I can keep over half a years worth of daily Dentrix data on each of these devices. These are simple, fast and not fragile.

Click here for the the direct link

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Orthoclear Virtual Ortho Smile Makeover

Send Us a Picture and We'll Send it Back to You with Straight Teeth!

Your patient can submit a digital picture ( and OrthoClear will show the patient what they would look like with straight teeth.

Submitted pictures must be high quality photos that clearly show teeth (if your mouth is closed, there's not much we can do!).

What is Orthoclear?
OrthoClear is the Next Generation in "Invisible Orthodontics"
OrthoClear manufacturers precision polymer aligners.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Gutta Percha Cutter

I saw this in the latest Practicon catalog and it caught my eye.
I use something similar from Sybron.

Never be without the exact ISO size gutta percha point you need again! The Cut & Fit Gutta Percha Point Size Creator allows you to make 20 different ISO standard sized GP points on the spot with a small inventory of points.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

iTunes Phone In The Future Revisited

I mentioned the other day that an announcement from Apple maybe forthcoming about a cellular telephone. Although there was no announcement by Steve Jobs yesterday, there was the new version 7 of iTunes. Well what is in the iTunes installation but the "iTunes Phone Driver". You cannot install it as it is grayed out but its on the horizon...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Free Conference Calls

Free Conference Calling Anytime, Anywhere!

LiveOffice FreeConferencing is an affordable and reliable way to host conference calls. There is absolutely no catch and getting your own free conferencing account takes less than 30 seconds. To register for free conference calling services, enter your name and email address (use a disposable email address). A free conferencing dial-in number and conference code will be provided to you instantly with immediate access to free conference calling!

A great way to stay in touch with friends, family and staff. You can have a CE Conference Call.
Use an VOIP client like Skype and even the call is free!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Free Zagat To Go Software

Free Zagat To Go software for those with Palm, Pocket PC/Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices are eligible to apply. Also, this offer is not available to existing ZAGAT TO GO subscribers and only one free subscription per individual is permitted.

Follow the link:

'Wireless Digital Dental X-Ray Sensor with Positioning Apparatus' Patent Granted

Dov Glaser of UAppoint was recently granted a patent for this
new device.

The invention is a Wireless Digital Dental X-Ray Sensor with Positioning Apparatus.Exploiting advances in digital photography and radiography, the inventor was able to combine the workings of a digital camera, an x-ray scintillator plate and a set of five oral x-ray positioning instruments into a single universal dental x-ray sensing device, just slightly larger than a conventional bitewing holder. There are several version of the device described in the patent. The common element is having a digital dental x-ray sensor directly connected to the bite block, which in turn has all the necessary electronic built inside the paralleling and targeting portion of the device. In one version there is an onboard display screen and removable storage media, another has the devise placed on a docking station from which dental x-ray images can be printed, transmitted to a computer or the Internet, and yet another version has a built in transmitter that instantly transmits the images to a nearby computer monitor.

The entire press release can be read here.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Transfer Files Between USB Devices Without A PC

Hitch makes transferring files on the go a snap – all without a computer! Hitch can connect USB devices such as digital cameras, digital audio/video players, USB flash drives and more. Hitch is compatible with many brands of digital devices, such as Apple, Creative, iRiver, Samsung, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Casio, Olympus, Panasonic, Philips – virtually any device with a USB connection. The pocket-sized Hitch will transfer music, video, photos, documents, and more.

Hitch not only delivers freedom from your computer, it does so with blazing speed. It will transfer a digital photo in under 3 seconds, while an entire album can be sent in 75 seconds! In addition, there is no better way to transfer digital video from a family outing than with Hitch. A two-hour video file can be sent in 15 minutes!

Costs approximately$130

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Could This Be Apples New Cell Phone

Could this be the new cellular phone from Apple? The iChat is rumored to be announced next week. No real information yet as to whether it will be CDMA (Verizon/Sprint) or GSM(Cingular/TMobile). How smart a phone no one knows but I assume it will be iTunes compatible.

Look for a possible announcement next week along with iPod Nanos up to 8GB with video. These Nanos could be perfect for patient education and entertainment.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Small PC For Dental Treatment Rooms

Here is a new PC that might be good for use in the office. Its small size will allow it to move from room to room.

The UX Micro, which will be available online and in stores for $1,800 in about a month, uses Intel's new Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage processor for standard PC performance in a 1.2-pound package.

It runs Windows XP Professional and has a 4.5-inch touch screen as well as a small fold-out keyboard for text entry. The PC also has built-in Wi-Fi. A built-in fingerprint scanner can lock up passwords and important data. There is a 1.3-megapixel camera on the back and another camera on the front, with a microphone, for video calls.

Less futuristically, the UX Micro comes standard with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and has a battery life of about 2.5 hours.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Saving Video Is Now Getting Simpler

Here is a product so you can record directly from your Intra-oral camera video of procedures. You can also use it to convert all those home videos on VHS or 8mm tapes and then covert them into a digital format for storing on CD,DVD or hard drives.

Sandisk's V-MATE video recorder. The V-Mate is designed to record directly to a wide variety of memory card formats from any composite video source such as your IO Camera, set-top box, DVD player, or TiVo. The V-MATE features a remote control, on-screen programming interface, and an infrared emitter to turn on your TV tuner device and select the right channel for programmed recording. And MPEG-4 compression delivers about 1.8 hours of playback at the V-MATE's maximum 640 x 480 recording resolution. Available in October for about $130.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Following Up On Cell Phone Security-Resetting Palm Devices

If you own a Treo or other Palm PDA here is the official way to reset the device. The zero out reset should wipe the memory clean. The official Palm website has the How To Reset for the Various Palm devices.

Videos to show how to do various resets can be found here.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

What Secrets Can YOUR Cell Phone Reveal?

Consumers with modern mobile phones may be shocked to find how easily the sensitive, even embarrassing, information stored in their cell phones can be accessed.

The full story is here

Friday, September 01, 2006

samsungs New 10 inch Widescreen TV

Samsung Electronics introduced the largest Mobile TV based on terrestrial DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) with a screen size of 10 inches to provide viewing excitement on the move. This Mobile TV will open up the era where everyone will have their own TV - one for each person. Click on the link for more information.

Back From USVI

Had a great time in St Thomas and St John. Enjoyed the snorkeling and scuba diving. One of the most interesting things in traveling was the space in the overhead bins on the aircraft. With the new security requirements no extra stuff was carried on. It was strange to have my computer bag alone in an overhead bin. Usually people are fighting for overhead bin space. Weather was great and I look forward to another return trip to the Virgin Islands. Next it will be St. Kitts! Now back to our regular programing...Tech Stuff

Monday, August 28, 2006

Away For A Few Days

Sorry folks, I am currently enjoying some R&R and getting to scuba dive too in the US Virgin Islands. Missed Hurricane Ernesto and having a great time. More tech stuff when I get back.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Office Security - The Lock On Your Door

I have been reading a very interesting couple of articles on the vulnerability of conventional locks. The kind you have on both your office and home door. The articles are over at engadget.

The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part I)
The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part 2)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Get The Dust Out

Remember regular hygiene is important just like you tell your patients about their teeth. Your PC's need to be cleaned too. Heat from dust is like tarter to the gums. So get the compressed air and blow the dust off inside and out.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Looking To Save Money

Looking for great deals on merchandise for your home or office? Check out or Both sites offer daily information on the best deals on the internet. I use these sites and they alert me to many money saving items that I would not have known were available.

Monday, August 21, 2006

New Sprint Treo 700WX Coming In September

As you know I am a big fan of the Palm Treo Smartphones. Well in September Sprint will be selling the enhanced Treo 700WX. It runs Windows Mobile 5 and will have twice the memory of the Verizon Treo 700. Check out your local Spint or Palm Store.

Click on the graphic to read all the specs.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Free Anti Virus and Spyware Software

Grisoft the makers of the popular AVG Anti-virus free software for home users have come out with ewido anti-spyware a new free spyware fighting software.

I use AVG and think its a terrific product compared to most of the over priced bloatware that passes as anti-virus software. Give both a try.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Junk Faxes A Problem

Do you...Hate answering the phone or voicemail and hearing a fax tone? Hate having your ink, paper, and fax machine being used by people who are breaking the law? Want to put a stop to this?

Go to and see what your rights are. Things to do to try and limit the amount of junk faxes you recieve. Interesting reading even if it does not stop all the junk faxes.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Redecorating My Office

Getting ready for a cosmetic makeover. Some new dental chairs, floors and carpet over the weekend. Dental chairs in the reception area now.