October 8, 2018

From the moment I began using Woodpecker products, I have been nothing but impressed. These excellent products come at excellent prices. They have taken standard-made products and improved them to the point that very few similar products can compete. When this level is reached, the true test of excellence is consistently improving your own products.

Woodpecker recently released their most efficient handpiece to date: the Woodp...

October 8, 2018

I was recently asked if I knew of a medical device company out of Asia with some incredible diagnostic equipment. I was told we should watch out for them, since they are working on breaking out into the U.S. market, based on a variety of quality offerings.

Zumax Medical is a medical instrument company based out of China. It specializes in the design and manufacture of diagnostic instruments and equipment. Their product offerin...

October 8, 2018

Some patients will come in and describe the exact tooth and cusp causing their discomfort, while others will only have a quadrant. Whether it’s vertical root fractures or the more elusive “cracked tooth syndrome,” we as providers must properly diagnose and treat these patients.

The Tooth Slooth II is labeled as a crown-seating tool, and it does that job perfectly. However, its most amazing utilization is in pinpointing and iso...

October 8, 2018

My wife says I am not handy, and I tend to agree with her. But when in need of a quick fix, I reach for duct tape for some minor repairs. It actually can be used for a wide array of “fixes,” from tent repair to making prom dresses.

Dentistry can get the same value from Teflon tape (aka plumber’s tape). The number one use for me as an endodontist is balling or wicking it up to cover the access before temporizing. It seals well,...

October 8, 2018

Our practice has tried daily bonuses, monthly bonuses, lunches, gifts, and CE. Recently, we tried a Smiles at Sea cruise as a bonus reward. It was amazing!

This cruise concept is fairly new, created by a hygienist and motivational speaker, Elijah Desmond. The cruise has unique positives that may break the mold of the traditional dental CE event. The team building and relationships formed on a venue where the whole team cannot...

October 8, 2018

I’ve worked clinically with six different scanners, and it’s fun to see how each works. We did a variety of clinical cases with the earlier CS 3500 scanner from Carestream Dental and were happy with the results, but the capture was quite slow. Thank goodness they made vast improvements with their latest version, the CS 3600.

This scanner has a faster scanning capability and is easier to negotiate around the arch. The wand is e...

October 8, 2018

Do you have patients who do everything they are supposed to do from a hygiene standpoint, yet they get caries? At the same time, other patients who have terrible oral hygiene may have periodontal disease, but do not get caries.

The reason for this discrepancy may be very likely due to their ability to buffer an acid challenge and to produce an adequate amount of appropriate saliva to overcome their poor hygiene. The reality is...

October 8, 2018

Training is so difficult for the doctor to oversee, while also treating patients. I found a way to incorporate training into my practice and assure the team is all learning the same information. Front Office Rocks is an online system to educate and evaluate the team. The videos are seven to nine minutes long, with a quick assessment at the end so you can see how well the team has absorbed the information. It is a complete syst...

October 8, 2018

To put this in perspective, I had a hard time upgrading to the latest iPhone, and again when I had to give up my standard headphone jack a few years back. When I first had a chance to put my hands on the X-Smart IQ Cordless Endodontic Motor at the International Dental Show in Germany in 2015, I was perplexed. Little did I know that soon everything was going to be cordless and run by Bluetooth technology. Now that I know what I...

October 8, 2018

Don’t you hate when your team members inform you midday that you are out of distilled water and someone has to run to the store so you can use your sterilization equipment properly?

VistaPure solves this issue by purifying city water so it can be used in autoclaves, dental bottles, ultrasonic cleaners, and instrument washers. The system produces both deionized water, so you no longer need to buy distilled water, as well as hyp...

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