Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Biolase New ezlase Diode Laser

Here is a new diode laser I played with a bit at the Chicago Mid-Winter meeting.

The ezlase is at the 940 nm wavelength and is designed for cleaner cutting and faster hemostasis with better absorption by hemoglobin and oxyhemoglobin. The unit is very compact and even has a wireless foot pedal. It looks like it has an iPod style scroll wheel but it is just buttons. It will fit anywhere and can easily be moved between operatories.

More information is available on the Biolase web site. Click here!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Paperless Technologies

Here is another product that I thought looked promising at the Chicago Mid-Winter meeting. It is from Paperless Technologies and it uses a tablet PC to try and eliminate paper in your office. It integrates with all the major practice management systems. PT Dental allows you to electronically record health histories, dental histories and other questionnaires. In addition, all forms and questionnaires automatically transfer to your clinical areas allowing them to be accessed from anywhere in your office. It allows digital signatures so patients can sign forms! More importantly it reduces manual entry and automates the registration process.

More information is available by clicking here.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Daylight Saving Time Updates For Palm's

New Daylight Saving Time Changes
Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time starts on the second Sunday in March (March 11, 2007), and changes back to standard time on the first Sunday in November (November 4, 2007). This is a change from the current start/end date that is built into some Palm devices.

Palm devices, both smartphones and handhelds, need to be updated so that they reflect the correct time when the new DST changes take effect. Without the Daylight Saving Time Updates, calendar events and email messages will indicate an hour off the actual time in locations that observe DST.

Get the updates at:


As you know I love my Treo phone, well I saw this Ultreo at the Chicago Mid-Winter meeting.

The $150 Ultreo toothbrush is a bit different This toothbrush uses a combination of ultrasound waveguide technology and precisely tuned sonic bristle action to clean your teeth.

I have not tried one but figured I would pass the information on.

More on their web site by clicking here.

DownPak From Endo Ingenuity (A Hu-Friedy Company)

Hu-Freidy annonced a new subsidiary call Endo Ingenuity (ei).

The first product from Endo Ingenuity is called the DownPak. Their first product is a cordless warm condensation device. It combines heat with vibration to help with the flow of the warm gutta percha. You can use heat by itself, vibration alone or combine the two.

The MSRP is $1599 and more information is available on the company's web site

Hopefully I will get a chance to try the product soon and then you will get a full review.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

News From Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting

I spent the day walking the convention floor. Some interesting products were from Endo Ingenuity ( a Hu-Friedy Company) a cordless obturation device that delivers both heat and vibration to the gutta percha.

Another product is from Paperless Technologies. It uses a tablet PC to integrate your practice managment software with forms such as health history, patient information etc.

I am making this post from my Treo. More detailed information and photos when I get to a computer.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Monitors Will Be Cutting the Cord

The time is coming when we will not have to worry about where to place the monitor. Updating the technology in our offices will be simplified. USB 2.0 monitors are just around the corner. So instead of VGA or DVI connectors a simple USB cable will do the trick. But wait I said cut the cord in the title. Yes wireless!

DisplayLink's DL-120 and DL-160 ICs allow "monitor manufacturers, PC OEMs and PC accessory companies to develop products for multi-monitor computing including USB-connected monitors, video-enabled USB laptop docks, and a host of other goodies for the cordless monitor. These USB chips are the "world's first" to offer VGA over a USB 2.0 connection, and there's reportedly no loss in quality or lag incurred when watching films or performing other fast-moving tasks, but that's a claim we'd have to see to truly believe. The DL-120 supports resolutions up to 1,280 x 1,024, while the more robust DL-160 kicks it all the way up to 1,600 x 1,200.

Read more about wireless USB by clicking here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Strong Advisory Warning Against the Discontinuation of Dual Aspirin/Clopidogrel (Plavix®) Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients with Coronary Artery Stents

The recommendations from the AHA advisory panel (Circulation, 2007; 115: available at can be summarized for the dental professional according to the following:
  1. Dental professionals and other healthcare providers who perform invasive or surgical procedures, and are concerned about periprocedural and postoperative bleeding, must be made aware of the potential catastrophic risks of premature discontinuation of antiplatelet (thienopyridine) therapy. The dental professional should contact the patient's cardiologist if issues regarding the patient's antiplatelet therapy are unclear, in order to discuss optimal patient management strategy.

  2. Elective procedures for which there is significant risk of perioperative or postoperative bleeding should be deferred until patients have completed an appropriate course of thienopyridine therapy. The course of this therapy is suggested as 12 months after drug-eluting stent implantation if they are not at high risk of bleeding.

  3. For patients with drug-eluting stents who are to undergo procedures that require discontinuation of thienopyridine (Plavix® or Ticlid®) therapy, aspirin should be continued if at all possible and the Plavix® or Ticlid® restarted as soon as possible after the procedure because of concerns about late-stent thrombosis.

Sirius and XM Satellite Radio To Merge

Here is a copy of the email I received from Sirius:

February 19, 2007

To: SIRIUS Subscribers

Today is a very exciting day for SIRIUS customers. As you may have heard, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio are merging to form the nation's premier audio entertainment provider.

This combination of our two offerings will benefit you - our loyal listeners. As a single company, we'll provide superior programming to you every day with the best of both SIRIUS and XM. Currently, XM and SIRIUS broadcast a wide range of commercial-free music channels, exclusive sports coverage, news, talk, and entertainment programming. Howard Stern. Oprah and Friends. The NFL. MLB. NBA. ESPN. CNBC. Fox News. Additionally, the combined company will be able to improve existing services such as real-time traffic information and rear-seat video as well as introduce new ones.

After shareholder and regulatory approvals, we anticipate that the combination will be finalized by the end of 2007. Until then, both companies will continue to operate independently. We will continue to provide you with the uninterrupted service - as well as the outstanding customer support - that you have come to expect and enjoy from SIRIUS. We do not anticipate any changes in your service during the merger process, however, please call our customer care team on 1- 888-539-7474 should you have any questions.

We look forward to the many benefits this combination will offer and continuing to make your listening experience an enjoyable one - offering more of the Very Best Radio on Radio.

Stay tuned,

Mel Karmazin, CEO

Monday, February 19, 2007

Sony's 1/1.8-inch high-speed CMOS sensor outputs 60fps

So why is this sensor important?

Imagine an intra-oral camera that can take full motion video and stills at very high resolution. These chips will be in the Sony digital camera lineup soon. We can only hope that chips like these make it to the dental world.

Oral health of monozygotic twins with and without coronary heart disease: a pilot study.

From the J Clin Periodontol. 2007 Jan 25

Oral health of monozygotic twins with and without coronary heart disease: a pilot study.

Department of Periodontology, Institute of Odontology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden.

Aim: The purpose of this study was to investigate the oral health in monozygotic twins where one twin had coronary heart disease (CHD) and the other twin had no clinical signs of the disease. Methods: Ten monozygotic twin pairs (age 55-81 years, eight male, and two female pairs) were recruited from the Swedish twin register. The inclusion criterion for participation was discordance regarding the presence of CHD within every twin pair. All participants underwent a full dental clinical examination including a panoramic radiograph. Results: Twins with CHD had 51.5% bleeding on probing compared with 21.1% without CHD (p=0.01), and more pathological pockets (>/=4 mm) were detected among those with CHD (20+/-15 versus 8+/-5), p=0.047). Twins with CHD had a reduced horizontal bone level in comparison with the healthy group (73%versus 78%, p=0.03). Logistic analyses using odds ratio (OR) showed that an increase of one periodontal pocket (>/=4 mm) resulted in an increased risk for the actual twin of belonging to the CHD group (OR 1.17, p=0.03). Conclusions: This study indicates worsened periodontal conditions among twins with CHD compared with their siblings with no history of CHD. This strengthens the association between periodontal inflammation and the presence of atherosclerosis.

PMID: 17257161 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Saturday, February 17, 2007

The OCT Dental Imaging System(TM)

OCT is the first modality in dentistry capable of imaging both “hard” tissue (teeth) and “soft” tissue (gums) in the mouth at a very high resolution. Using the hand-held scanner, the operator captures cross-sectional images, or tomographic slices, at up to 3 mm deep into dental tissue. These cross-sectional images are then displayed individually in real-time or can be stacked in the computer to form tomograms or 3-dimensional images.

What is really cool with this product is not its ability to detect caries but take i
mages of soft tissue. Periodontal assessment can be made in real time in the mouth and the depth of periodontal pockets can be measured without physical probing. Early detection of gum disease is made possible by OCT.

No idea when or if this will come to market but cool technology none the less.

Read more on the Lantis Laser web site by clicking here.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Apples iPhone from Cingular

Here is the information form Cingular regarding Apple's iPhone. $299 for the 4GB model and $399 for the 8 GB model along with a 2 year contract.

US Dental Patents 2005

In 2005, there were 740 worldwide dental patents issued with over 13,000 pages of claims, drawings & diagrams. These patents were issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, & the World Intellectual Property Organization.

- Most lawsuits in the dental industry deal with patent infringement.
- It now costs over $3 million to defend a patent infringement lawsuit.
- Patent litigation has increased 78% in the US during the last 10 years.

Read the whole article here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

New Verizon Phone

Here is a new cell phone available from Verizon. Its not a smart phone but it has a dual hinged display. Makes text messaging easier. So if you don't need a smart phone but are looking for easier text messaging give this keyboard a try.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Treo 750 To Get Windows Mobile 6

Palm will announce an upgrade for the Treo 750 to Windows Mobile 6. Here is a photo of the Treo 750 running Windows Mobile 6.

Here are a list of new features:
  • Built-in Windows Update(!) - Will the carriers stand for this? I know that Palm spends months testing the most minor of bugfixes so the carriers won't have a bird.
  • Built-in memory card encryption and the ability to do remote-wipes.
  • HTML-formatted email (I don't want this, but others do).
  • A neater feature is "SmartFilter," which automatically filters your emails as you type just like most contacts applications filter your contacts. SmartFilter also works on your music collection.
  • Better Live Mail (nee Hotmail) integration, including contact integration.
  • 320x320 Screen Resolution support - Palm, I expect a new WM Treo yesterday with this screen resolution.
  • Windows Live goes out of Beta and will be built-in
  • Direct Push now standard (has been for awhile on WM5, but I know some of you are still stuck without it)
  • 3rd party software should still work fine - just in case you were wondering.
  • Microsoft Office Mobile updated - now full edits documents on all editions of WM6!
  • Pocket Internet Explorer to be faster, they're saying 30% faster - let's hope! Also new, "Mobile AJAX standards"
  • Better Vista integration
  • Enhanced Calendar, including a "ribbon."
  • Improved Security
  • Built-in VOIP(!) - no, not really, but they added support for it "under the hood", according to cnet.
  • A ton of smaller tweaks, changes, fixes, improvements, etc.

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw - Patient Information

Here is a link to the ADA website where you can direct patients to get more information on Osteonecrosis of the Jaw and bisphosphonates.

Click Here

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Nokia Free Smart2Go Mapping Software

Nokia has now made its Smart2Go navigation software -- with downloadable maps from TeleNav and Navteq available. So if you have a Nokia phone with either Symbian or WM5 operating system, go to and download it.

Friday, February 09, 2007

ePocrates Does Not Support Vista

If you use the ePocrates drug software be advised it does not currently support Palm OS or Windows Mobile devices syncing to the new Microsoft Windows Vista platform.

Just another reason to be cautious in moving into Microsoft's new operating system.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Microsfot Patch For IE7

Microsoft has released a patch aimed at improving the performance of Internet Explorer 7's phishing filter. Get the patch here.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

New Insulin Pen

Eli Lilly's innocuous pen-like injector looks to make the process of taking insulin a bit less invasive. The Huma-Pen Memoir resembles your average ink pen and shouldn't look too out of place holding it down in your tee's front pocket, but whenever you need a shot of insulin, it conveniently turns into an injector thanks to the hidden hypodermic needle encased within. The device also "allows the user to dial the amount of insulin they need to take," and keeps the dosage, date, and time of the previous 16 shots in order to keep diabetics from overdosing. Users should be able to utilize the same pen for "around three years," and after a needle is used, another is inserted and ready to go at the owners request. It will officially hit American retail shelves next week for around $45.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Kodak Introducing New Printers

Kodak will introduce in March a set of All In One Printers. What makes these printers slightly different is that Kodak will be charging a fair price for the printer and ink will be about half the price of current inks. Black will be $9.99 a cartridge and 5 color will be $14.99.

Read more here.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

UAppoint Recives Patent

New Orleans, LA, February 6, 2007 -- Increasing, patients want to reserve their healthcare appointments online, and today UAppoint is revolutionizing the doctor-patient communications process by making it possible for doctors to automate the vital process of appointment scheduling.

Thanks to the USPTO granting patent number 7174303 to Benjamin Glazer, et al and assigning it to UAppoint, Inc. reserving an appointment time with the doctor is being automated, personalized and simplified. With the invention of “Customer Driven Sponsor Controlled Network-Based Graphical Scheduling System and Method”, healthcare is joining other industries (such as airlines, hotels, restaurants) in availing online appointment scheduling for their patients.

The state-of-the-art service emails recall notices to invite patients to select a desired appointment time. Beyond an automated notification tool, UAppoint’s unique appointment scheduling system shows patients' available appointments, allowing each patient to request an appointment at an available time. If acceptable to the dental office, a single click confirms the appointment. This is all done securely and in total compliance with HIPAA regulations. And since the medical/dental office decides which time slots are available and whether an appointment request is acceptable, the doctors’ office retains complete control over their schedule.

When staff enters a new appointment in the practice management software scheduler, an appointment card is automatically emailed to the patient. This email gives the patient a written record of the appointment. No double entry and no training necessary.

As the result of UAppoint's innovative solution, doctors' offices can now enjoy greater control over the appointment scheduling process. Effortlessly an optimal schedule is created. The automated process results in reduced overhead, reduced no-shows, reduced frustration, concomitant with enhanced patient convenience and satisfaction.

For additional information please visit

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Nasal Spray Anesthesia For Maxillary Teeth

Imagine having a decayed tooth repaired, painlessly, without drilling or shots of anesthesia to numb the area.

Wishful thinking? Not if two studies being conducted at the University at Buffalo's School of Dental Medicine show positive results.

In one study, funded by a $100,000 grant by Apollonia, LLC, researchers in the school's Center for Dental Studies are testing a nasal spray that numbs the upper teeth.

The nasal spray study is testing the effectiveness in dental procedures of a topical anesthetic normally used by ear, nose and throat physicians when they operate on the nose. Patients who received this anesthetic for that purpose reported it also numbed their upper teeth, sparking interest in using it for dental procedures.

Read more by clicking here.