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Posted by dentalinsider on September 16, 2008

I got this in an email and I thought I would share it.

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Kerr Recalls Premise Unidose Composite

Posted by dentalinsider on September 10, 2008

September 8, 2008

Kerr Corporation is voluntarily recalling several lots of Premise Unidose composite. They are requesting the return of the product because the material appears to stiffen and become difficult to extrude over time. The recall only applies to certain lots of Premise packaged in the Unidose tips, not product packaged in syringes.

You can find a complete list of lot numbers here.

If you have any of the affected lot numbers, contact Kerr Customer Care at 800-537-7123, for instructions on how to return the product.

As of the time of this writing, Kerr did not have any of this information listed on their website.

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New State Requirements for Dental Technicians

Posted by dentalinsider on September 5, 2008

Thanks to Mary Frances Studzinski of Nowak Dental for bringing this story to our attention.

Recently, there has been a major change to the South Carolina Code of Laws governing the regulations and registration of dental technicians and dental technological work. This year, the SCDLA proposed an amendment to the SC General Assembly that incorporates new certification requirements, including registration for out-of-state dental technicians who want to do business in South Carolina.

You can read the full article here.

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The Dog Days of Summer…

Posted by dentalinsider on August 27, 2008

The phrase Dog Days or “the dog days of summer”, refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere they usually fall between early July and early September. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress.

For as many years as I have been in the dental industry, this summer seems to be slowest that I can recall. I have spoken with manufacturer’s reps, supply and equipment reps from both large and small companies, and dentist’s over the last few weeks. The consensus…this summer is in the toilet and the rest of the year isn’t looking all that good either. Many of the doctors that I have spoken with are seeing patients cancel appointments at the last minute and not reschedule or they just don’t show up at all. Many are taking impromptu vacations or days off because they can’t fill the schedule. Others are pulling people out of hygiene when they need work and are willing to do it now. In these tough times, people will put off dental work, whether it is a necessity or not.

With the doctors not working as much, the trickle down effect is that suppliers are not moving as much inventory, which is hurting the manufacturers. I spoke with a manufacturers rep from an equipment company last week who told me that management is telling them to work any deal necessary to move the equipment. Even with that, equipment wasn’t moving and leads were pretty slim for the coming months. One person said “Let’s see how the CDA (San Francisco) goes, that will tell alot about how the 4th quarter shapes up”

I think we are going to stay in this holding pattern until the financial sector of the stock markets shakes out all of the bad news…and there will be more of it coming, we haven’t seen the auto loans and the credit cards get defaulted on yet. I think we are looking at Q2 2009 before we see things pick up.

What are your thoughts on these “dog days of summer” in the dental industry?

This summer has be fairly quiet in the rumor department, although I think we will see some big things announced come the end of the year.

Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend! We’ll be taking a few days off and will return next week.

DI

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ADA Releases 3 New Podcasts

Posted by dentalinsider on August 21, 2008

Last week the American Dental Association released 3 new podcasts, adding to the 9 previous episodes released in 2006 and 2007. I was surprised that the ADA took more than a year to release these episodes. In 2006, it looked like the ADA embraced the podcast technology and released 6 episodes. They followed up in 2007 with only 3 episodes and now, 8 months into 2008, they release 3 more. I would think that the ADA has enough material and resources, to release a monthly podcast, but since I know how much work they can be to produce, I will cut them some slack…for now.

Episode 10: High Tech High Touch Made Simple

Summary: The following podcast: Dr. Larry Emmott “High Tech High Touch Made Simple” is an excerpt from this speakers’ online CERP course located at www.adaceonline.org The complete online course may be free of charge. This podcast was made possible by an educational grant by CareCredit. To learn more about the topic discussed in this podcast, go to and download the full course.

Episode 11: Making it Easy for Patients

Summary: The following podcast: Dr. Paul Homoly “Making it Easy for Patients” is an excerpt from this speakers’ online CERP course located at www.adaceonline.org The complete online course may be free of charge. This podcast was made possible by an educational grant by CareCredit. To learn more about the topic discussed in this podcast, go to www.adaceonline.org and download the full course.

Episode 12: 12 Necessities of an Exceptional Practice

Summary: The following podcast: Linda Miles “12 Necessities of an Exceptional Practice” is an excerpt from this speakers’ online CERP course located at www.adaceonline.org . The complete online course may be free of charge. This podcast was made possible by an educational grant by CareCredit. To learn more about the topic discussed in this podcast, go to www.adaceonline.org and download the full course.

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Friday Funnies

Posted by dentalinsider on August 15, 2008

WARNING: This material may not be appropriate for everyone and I guarantee that it will offend lots of people especially the ladies, so consider yourself warned.

I came across this website a while back and I found some of the stories rather funny. Since we haven’t had any controversial stories to talk about lately, I thought this might get some comments going.

Tucker Max

My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole.

I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead.

But, I do contribute to humanity in one very important way. I share my adventures with the world.

Have a good weekend all!

DI

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Ultreo Spreads Smiles with New Dentist Referral Program

Posted by dentalinsider on August 13, 2008

“Share a Smile” Rewards Dentists, Patients and National Children’s Charity

REDMOND, WA, August 12, 2008 – Recommending the Ultreo power toothbrush has never been easier – or more rewarding. Ultreo today announces “Share a Smile,” a new referral program that rewards both the dentist and the patient. In addition, as more people are introduced to the benefits of Ultreo via “Share a Smile,” more children in need will benefit. “Share a Smile” provides dentists the flexibility to choose how they want to be rewarded – including an option to donate funds to Ultreo’s partner charity, the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

“Everyday we hear from dentists and patients alike how much they love using Ultreo and how they can now smile with confidence,” says Glenn Bonagura, Ultreo’s CEO and President. “Our new ‘Share a Smile’ program allows us to inspire even more smiles by rewarding our key supporters in the dental community and supporting a charity dedicated to helping children.”

To enroll in the “Share a Smile” program, dentists should contact Ultreo via phone or online. When they do, they’ll receive a welcome kit with a countertop display, patient brochures and a unique “Share a Smile” code to be shared with patients. Patients then enter their dentist’s unique “Share a Smile” code when purchasing an Ultreo at ultreo.com, and they’ll receive a free bonus replacement brush head (a $22.99 value) and free UPS ground shipping.

For each Ultreo purchased using the unique code, that dentist will receive credits from Ultreo. Dentists can redeem their credits quarterly or donate them to Ultreo’s partner charity, the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation. For the participating dentist, this program allows them to focus on what matters most – caring for their patient’s oral health. Ultreo takes care of the inventory, ordering and shipping, and tracking the “Share a Smile” credits.

The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) responds to the national growing need to provide access to community-based programs for underserved children that deliver the best approaches to eliminate dental disease, optimize oral health, effectively reduce student absenteeism, and significantly enhance quality of life and family productivity. Building on existing models, in 10 years, NCOHF will reach 20 million children through a national network of progressive community-based comprehensive children’s dental education and treatment centers. Ultreo’s “Share a Smile” program will help support this effort.

In addition to the trade promotion, Ultreo has also launched a “Send a Smile” e-card application on their website to encourage anyone to share a smile – literally. Consumers can visit ultreo.com to create entertaining e-cards featuring different smiles to send to friends and relatives. Not only is it fun, but consumers have the opportunity to get a special offer when they purchase an Ultreo at ultreo.com. Check out ultreo.com for complete details.

Ultreo is the first and only toothbrush to use patented ultrasound waveguide technology along with sonic bristle motion. It delivers a gentle brushing experience, provides a long-lasting feeling of clean, produces naturally whiter teeth, reduces gingivitis, removes hard-to-reach plaque and definitely inspires more smiles.

For more information about Ultreo or the “Share a Smile” program, visit www.ultreo.com. Dentists interested in enrolling in “Share a Smile” can call 1-877-4-ULTREO or visit ultreo.com/pro.

DI

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Sybron Dental Specialties Acquires Pentron Corporation

Posted by dentalinsider on August 7, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—August 5, 2008

Sybron Dental Specialties Acquires Pentron Corporation
Securing Rights to Resilon Technology

ORANGE, CA – August 5, 2008 – Sybron Dental Specialties, Inc. announced today the addition of the Pentron brands to its corporate portfolio through the purchase of all the outstanding stock of Pentron Corporation. Daniel Even, Danaher Group Executive/President of Sybron Dental Specialties (SDS), said, “We are very enthusiastic about adding the Pentron brands to our family of companies. The crown jewel of Pentron is Resilon®, a synthetic alternative to gutta percha, which has demonstrated through clinical review and scientific investigation to be superior to gutta percha.” Mr. Even noted that Resilon-based endodontic filling materials bond to the canal wall and minimize leakage, thereby reducing the chances of a failed root canal.

Pentron’s Resilon products will be distributed via the SybronEndo distribution channel while the balance of the Pentron brands will continue to be distributed via their current channel. Pentron customers should continue to secure products through their preferred source.

More on this story as details become available.

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AAWD Nominates AnterioRest as 2008’s Best New Product for Women

Posted by dentalinsider on July 30, 2008

During the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD), held June 19-21, 2008 in Oak Brook, IL, AAWD annual meeting attendees were given the opportunity to cast their vote for the 2nd Annual Best New Product for Women

Contest entrants were AAWD member sponsors and exhibitors participating in the meeting Attendees were given ballots with each participating company’s product description. And meeting attendees were encouraged to visit exhibitors to get more information about product. The judging criteria was the product needed to be a product or service beneficial to women dentists or their female patients.
AAWD is pleased to announce that the recipient for the 2008 Best New Product for Women is Career Extenders, Inc. for the AnterioRest®

AnterioRest® provides prevention and treatment of lower back injury. The concept of Back Support From the Front® applies research findings which suggest that anterior support is far more effective than posterior support in reducing muscle stress in an inclined position.

The AnterioRest attaches to the back of the patient chair and terminates in a small cushion against which the practitioner leans, thus freeing arms and hands for stress free manipulation of instruments. The supporting arms can be moved through a full range of motion, accommodating all treatment positions for right or left handed users. The optional dual mount installation attaches two AnterioRests to the back of the patient chair providing support for both the dentist and assistant during four-handed procedures. The AnterioRest has been instrumental in alleviating back, neck, and extremity pain, helping many users return to comfortable living and productivity

For more information about the AnterioRest, log on to www.anteriorestdental.com

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Tooth Manufacturer’s Claims Against Monopolistic Rival Can Proceed

Posted by dentalinsider on July 24, 2008

Thanks to Teresa over at the Dental implant Blog (shameless plug) for the heads up on a story that fell off of my radar. I remember reading something about this a while back, but you know how things get tied up in the legal system for years. Out of sight, out of mind.

Dentsply loses motion to dismiss case brought against them by a competitor claiming monopolistic practices regarding the sale of teeth dating back to the early 1990′s.

A monopolization claim by a manufacturer of prefabricated artificial teeth against the industry’s dominant player, Dentsply International, Inc., was not barred as untimely and did not fail for lack of cognizable antitrust injury, the federal district court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has ruled. Thus, Dentsply’s motion to dismiss was denied.

You can read the article over at the Trade Regulation Talk Blog.

I am sure that one of our readers will be able to gives us the Cliff Notes version of this case and judgment, maybe we even have someone involved that can shed some light on this case.

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